I know, I know, I know…It’s been a while! December always seems to be the busiest month not just for me but for everyone. Lets see where to start…Well, both Landon and I turned a whopping 28 years old, we’re going to be an Aunt/Uncle for the 11th time, we went goose hunting for the first time, took a family trip to the mountains and went skiing, and won a MacBook! All-And-All, I’d say December was a pretty awesome month!
We brought in the new year with a few friends, playing cards and dominos. Nothing to crazy but a nice friendly gathering to celebrate what’s to come for 2012. I haven’t really thought or decided on any goals to happen in my life for this year but I hope it will bring exciting and new experiences to me (as it always does). What are you’re goals, hopes, or dreams for 2012?
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About a month ago I was lucky enough to gather old barn wood boards with the help of my husband and a few good friends. I took my time hand picking each board and made sure they had character. Character meaning: dings, scratches, paint, and a nice weathered look. Once I got the wood home, I got the power washer after them. They were super dirty but cleaned up very nice. I measured each board to 5′-0″ to 5′-1″ long & Landon cut them for me.
I wanted the top to stagger in height a little and not be straight across. Straight across seemed to contemporary for our cabin themed bedroom.
After cutting the boards, we used wood screws and screwed them down to pre-cut 2X4′s. I then applied 2-3 coats of polyurethane to all areas but the back.
Here’s what our bed looked like before, couldn’t even see the headboard!
I hope to add a pair of these from westelm.com
And I also need to find or make something to hang above the headboard. I’ll post the update later.
Here are a few crafty items I made with some of the leftover wood…
Merry Christmas Everyone!
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Haunted Houses…who doesn’t like a good scare right? Well, let me tell you, it’s a whole different experience when you are the one doing the scaring. It’s so much FUN! And FUNNY! I don’t know why but it brings great joy to me when I successfully get a terrified, gut-retching scream from a grown adult. Hahaha…it’s very satisfying! I think it’s because Landon always scares me at the house and when I try to scare him back, it usually ends in complete failure. So, even though it’s not Landon, it’s still rewarding! My sister-in-law and good friend went with me to “scare” at the opening night, of the haunted house.
I love Halloween Parties! Getting dressed up and decorating the house with fun & spooky items is so much fun! Thank goodness for my friend Linsey, she let me borrow the majority of the decorations. My niece also helped me out by doing a craft project, covering vases. She loves doing crafts just as much as I do. Lucky for me she was on Fall Break so I assigned her homework…Cover 6 clear vases with tissue paper, using a 50/50 mixture of water and elmers glue. She said it was by far the best homework she’s ever gotten! She did a great job!
The craft my niece and nephew got to take home with them were the hanging Halloween lanterns. They had fun picking out different colors of tissue paper and tearing it into smaller pieces. (Thanks Nana for helping with that!)
After the paper dried for a day, I used my silhouette machine and vinyl to cut out spooky faces & words to place on the outside of the jar. They turned out so good! We also made time to go to the local pumpkin patch. The kids had such a great time sliding, jumping, and hunting for pumpkins.
For my house party. I didn’t get the greatest pictures of the decorations but here are some I snapped with my phone…
Deviled Eggs – Avocado spiders
Candy Corn Pretzel Bites
Sweet & Spicy Pecans
BLT & Salsa Dip and Chips
Sinful Wraps – Peanut butter and chocolate
Happy Halloween Everyone!
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October 9th was mine & Landon’s 1st Year Wedding Anniversary. We celebrated by making a quick trip to Red River, NM. It was nice to get away for a little bit and enjoy the cold weather. It had snowed 4″ in Red River the night before and the temperature didn’t get over 42 degrees while we were there.
It was crazy to think this time last year we were sitting on a beach in Mexico, and now freezing in mountains!
This past year has went by way to fast, but all in all, a great year. I couldn’t imagine myself with anybody else, but Landon. I love him so much and am truly blessed to have him and his wonderful family in my life.
Looking back at planning the wedding, I can honestly tell you the most difficult part was deciding on the theme & colors. After that, it all kinda falls into place. At first I was all over the place with ideas but finally narrowed it down to…Rustic Romance!
I had to go with the succulents because they were & still are the only plant I can keep alive for a decent amount of time. My mother & I grew the mass majority of the flowers ourselves and we (my mom, mother in law, sister-in-law and myself) made most of the decorations too. I kept it simple & sleek with the decorations and flowers cause lets face it…the main focus should be the BRIDE & GROOM!
So, here’s to the next 50 years with my wonderful husband, may they be as blessed as our last. I Love You Landon and the life we have made together. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us.
“Love Never Fails”
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Over the past weekend I made Brownie Covered Oreos are easy smeegee to make & yum, yum, yummy to eat! They were perfect to snack on during the Football game.
Here’s the recipe:
1 Brownie mix (or use your own brownie recipe)
1 package Oreos (I’ve used both regular and berry blast-both are great!)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare brownie batter according to package directions. Leave in mixing bowl. Dip Oreos in brownie batter then place in bottom of cupcake tins that have been generously sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until brownies are cooked through (doesn’t take long). As soon as you remove, take a plastic knife and run along edges, (this is VERY important so you get the cookie out with brownies not stuck to pan.
2. Let cool for 5 minutes, and EAT! *Makes entire package of Oreos *
I had a Scentsy Party a few nights later and let’s face it…You need food/snacks at every party! I made Loaded Baked Potato Bread, Stuffed Zucchini, and Turtle Cookies (from Wal-Mart, refrigerator section). Let me tell you…all was delicious & I had a really good turn out! Thanks everyone who came by or placed an order. Ya’ll are AWESOME!
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De-clutter your home in 30 Days!
Everyone wants a clean home, right? Here’s a simple challenge to accomplish in 30 days.
Make a list of all the areas in your home that could use some TLC
- Start with #1 on your list. Grab a bag/trashcan and get busy. I use the golden rule, “if I haven’t used/worn it in 2 years, I probably won’t in the next 2 years.” Get rid of it!
- Mark that area off your list & start on the next area the following day.
- Before you know it, you’ll have a clutter free environment that’s much more inviting & easier to maintain.
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