Monday, October 12, 2015

Our Bathroom + Some Other DIY

I did not realize until I was looking around my blog showing Toby (my hilarious Accounting Assistant and A/P Specialist pictured below), how many insane DIY projects I’ve done over the years.
And for my girl Rayna… this post is also for you.  My DIY vases, candles and wine bottles are also included below in case you want to whip up some of the ones you were asking about yesterday.
What I wanted to start mentioning is my bathroom project!!  Jaime and I have a really nice house, but there are things you start to pick at.  First it was our new carpet that we replaced (also pictured below).  We have 3 different links to that project with the pic in case anyone wants to check those oldies but goodies out.  That was a hard project.
Besides bedroom stuff, furniture, a ton of DIY for pure enjoyment and visual effect… the bathroom floor was driving me insane.  With all of the nice carpeting, wood work, specialty molding and real stone floors, the one nice main bathroom had vinyl!  Ugly vinyl that was done really, really wrong.
Instead of buying a decent looking design (which I could see what they were trying to go for), they had the insane idea of cutting squares of vinyl and gluing them down individually like crazy to try and create a fake stone look.  This is a note to anyone doing vinyl flooring.  You don’t want seams, especially 500 seams in a room.  And especially not in an area that is going to be exposed to steam and moisture.
Even worse than the eventually sliding tiles, was what I found under when doing the project.  They had glued overtop of another vinyl floor.  Which, even though I was irritated, it did make removal easier because instead of prying up individual squares we ripped everything out in a sheet.  Anyway, below is the pic of our bathroom all finished and the wood look makes a huge difference in the entire design of the room.
And then below are some DIY projects for Rayna and others looking to throw something together for next to nothing that looks really, really nice.  And I will say my favorite place to scout out paintable pieces is the thrift store.  I find glass containers all the time for around ten cents a piece.  Happy DIY’ing!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

I Can't Get Enough of This Site!

So when I get bored... really bored... I start surfing the net.  I found this amazing shopping site that I cannot get enough of... and NO... this is not a sponsored post.  I found it a few months ago when I was so bored I was literally using Google to find things to do when you are bored and BAM!  There it was like a little beacon of "I'm Soooooooooo Going to be Broke" hope.
The site is  I literally spent a couple of hours on it looking through all of the things that they have for sale.  They have everything... I mean everything!
You can get kits that convert your stairs to a giant slide, balls that let you walk on water, the actual TRON motorcycle!  The list goes on.  Fun stickers for the back of your car, clear canoe's, sound activated car stickers, glow in the dark toilet paper, sleeping bags that look like you're getting eaten by a shark..
I could go on all day.  If you're ever bored, you have to take a look.  They have everything from inexpensive $10.00 items up to thousands of dollars for personal flying machines to bypass traffic.  Enjoy... and try to pace yourself if you start shopping on the site because it is addicting!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Our Birds Week 1

So today we've had our birds for exactly 1 week.  They arrived on Wednesday the 23rd when they were only 2 days old.  It's funny because I didn't remember that when they arrive that small they don't really have wings.  They have these little nubs that feathers eventually grow on to create the wing.  So we have these little wingless nuggets running around and they just completely crack me up.

But after only the first few days they've started to get feathers sprouting on there wings.  It happens so fast.  It's been a lot of fun watching them grow so far and watching the kids become calmer and gentler due to having them around.  So we have a few videos to see how they are doing the first week in.

The first video is from the day they arrived and I first opened the box.  The second is the first time I let them loose in there giant 4 foot space that they will be in the first 6-8 weeks before they go into there coop out back.  And the last video is of them starting to sprout wings at the end of week 1.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

St. Jude Walk 2015 - Accomplished!

We had an awesome time walking for St. Jude.  After the 3 mile hike through and around the city we were starving and stopped off at Bristol for lunch.  If you happen to live in the Kansas City, MO area, I highly suggest this place for some of the best seafood in the area...

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The "Chicken" Phase + Giant Update

So I've been MIA a while while grieving over losing my father.  He passed at the end of April and it's been harder on me than I ever expected.  I have admittedly been going through some weird phases and am here to say that if you've done some of these strange things, you are not alone.  Well, a phase I didn't even know was possible is the "Chicken" phase and it's just as it sounds.  I have been obsessed with getting hens (female chickens).  We had hens when I was younger and I really enjoyed them.  Especially the funny little things like throwing PJ in the coop... who btw freaked not only his self out but almost gave my chickens a heart attack.  So that was sweet and sour.

What I ordered was 4 Salmon Faverolles.  They are a French bird and I know that sounds all spoiled and strange, but they are really inexpensive.  They are less than $5.00 a piece and are shipped overnight when they are a day old.  Much cheaper than other rare breeds like Blue Ameraucanas which are $20.00 a piece.  Our Faverolles arrive this upcoming week and I have been nesting like a mom would.  First, above is what the birds look like when full grown and how hilariously cute they are with there fluffy white manes and 5 toed feathered legs.

After a ton of research we went with the SummerHawk brand coop.  Other types had too many things that weren't included so by the time you added them you spent just as much $$ or more.  They have heavy duty construction and expansion pens so you can give your full grown birds a ton of running room.  Our coop comes with everything... roosting bars, sleeping quarters, laying quarters, easy open egg gathering hatch, pull out easy to clean side pan and all.

For now I'm being ghetto fabulous, as pictured above.  We aren't professionally raising chicks so we aren't buying or building something fancy for the chic phase.  We're using a box from the giant giraffe that I bought the kids for there birthday.  The gift that just keeps on giving.  It's huge so they can grow the full 6-8 weeks without us having to change the box out.  Then they will finally be sent off to there fancy Victorian home out back.  And we will have the expansion pen to add another 3 feet or so, so we'll have the large pen layout that's pictured way above in this post.

Now we're just waiting on our chicks.  We have our heat lamp, straw, chick starter food.  We decided to go non-medicated.  But they are vaccinated against Mercer.

For anyone considering chicks, here are some of the things that I've learned.  First, wash your hands whenever you chill with your birds.  You can get salmonella.  You can even simply keep hand sanitizer nearby and use it after handling your little booboo baby chickie bears.  You want to have a red heat bulb and keep the temp at 95 degrees, lowering by 5 degrees each week until they are older and don't need the heat.  Plan on your chicks hanging out with you indoors for at least the first 6-8 weeks.  Some extra boosting supplements the first week to get them through the stress of shipping is a really good idea.  You can use fish oil mixed into the starter feed, water supplements for chicks and oddly enough... cooked egg yolks.  Seems a little "Walking Dead" but they are supposed to be incredible for them.

Now finally, choosing the correct breed for your needs.  After a ton of research I landed on Faverolles because of their temperament.  They are the sweetest birds you can get, are great for kids and are so sweet they often get picked on by other breeds.  So we went with nothing but Faverolles.  They will follow you around, come to their name and make awesome pets.  They are consistent layers after about 6-7 months when they start to lay.  Even through the winter.

So there you have it.  Hopefully I'll be in here more often sharing our progress as I try to pull back together to my normal self.  Writing is really cathartic so I'm hoping it helps to just get things out and help me to move on.

One other thing I've also dove into is giving back.  So I did also want to mention that our walk for St. Jude is this Saturday the 26th.  I'm still raising money for the cause so if you want to read a little about it and/or donate... I'm still trying to exceed my goal.  You can visit my donation page here:

Ah yes... and I've also been cooking a lot as usual.  Below are two recipes that I love that I've made in the last week that I highly suggest trying...

2 >>> Crepes ... Easy Recipe

And I just made the kids and Jaime's with a simple chocolate sauce drizzled over top and powdered sugar.  The sauce is just carefully melted semi-sweet chocolate chips with a little milk added until you get the consistency you want for drizzling.  For me... I use cranberry preserves on the inside and a little melted butter on top.  They fricken rock!

And below... Some random pics of us and the boys... who are doing great by the way.  I never did get a chance to blog about our big camping trip from the mid-west to California and back with a cruise in the middle and the Hollywood/The Grand Canyon visits on the way back.  We hit so many states as well as Mexico and Catalina Island.  The boys are 5 years old and are just now in Kindergarten and are doing really, really well.  They are still rowdy, happy little twin boys...

And a random bit of info, Cadillac's suck.  After two major break downs that cost us well into the thousands to fix, I decided to literally put my car on the curb in permanent time out and buy a new Chrysler Town and Country Touring.  The best vehicle that I've ever owned!

Lastly... random pics from our big trip in early April... love you guys!  Thank you everyone for reading and catching up :)