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So when I was asked to do a little somethin’ somethin’ with the Rubbermaid Bento Organizers I was really excited because I actually already use these little slices of heaven in my home! But I wanted to come up with something new for Christmas gifts that would incorporate them AND be a fun gift to get besides.. well.. a box with dividers. Though, useful– isn’t always the biggest WOW gift- right? Right? So I came up with something for a little girl or boy who 1.) Could always use a place to put trinkets, can I get an amen? and 2.) Would be fun enough to open as a gift.
So I thought about what my kids like to do– bake. What a fun thing for them to have their own mini-baking station! So I set off to Target to buy a Rubbermaid Bento Organizer and some fun little baking items. Imagine my delight when I could find MINI (think: Kid sized) goodies.. Mini cookie cutters and mini spatulas. I die.
I also got a really cute ornament because, I just couldn’t resist– glitter and pink. Two of my favorite things.
And, the rest is the easiest part ever– throw it all in the bento box and tie-er-up with string! Now, as a gift I would probably give a box of cookie mix with this but I know sometimes box mixes strike a cord with some people– you could always send a homemade jar of cookie mix y’all.. and everything would be right in the world. If you’re like me– send the box. ;) And their mom will thank you for not only giving a CREATIVE gift that just keeps giving, but one that will keep the clutter at a minimum because you gave the box to clean it up with too! The cool part about these Bento boxes are that the insides can be shifted to make room for whatever you are putting in it.
Other ideas for Christmas in a box gifts–
Bubble bath, candle, soap, loofa
Rainbow Loom bands (and all their million, trillion pieces)
The possibilities are endless and because Rubbermaid has so many different sizes for the bento boxes, you can go as little or as big as you’d like! I love that! Plus– this week they’re on sale (score!) and there’s a coupon code so you can get 1.00 Off at Target!
So instead of giving a gift in some box that anyone could just toss away after the gift is given, maybe– try out a Bento box that just keeps giving! I’m excited enough about these that I’m ready to give ALL my gifts in reusable boxes!
I saw this wreath on Pinterest a while back.. and it’s GORGEOUS NO? I love it. It’s beautiful. So naturally I had to copy it. That’s a form of flattery right? I wanted to spend as little though that I had to so that meant using ribbon I had from my cousins wedding.. and a straw wreath.. boo but I was able to snatch up a broach that my Mom gave me from some of my grandmas things. I’m pretty sure she’s okay with me using it and wont haunt me. But the verdicts still out on that.
I did buy the feather though. 1.99 maybe? USE THOSE COUPONS girls!
I was a little bumped the ribbon was transparent so I’m not really calling this project a win yet. Because I’m not 100% happy. Buttttttttt It is kind of pretty. And I like the colors, it’s very warm, fall, ready for thanksgiving type. So, clearly I’m conflicted. I might rip it up and put some ribbon on that I like. I might not. Time will tell!
You know the drill. Glue the ribbon at the end, wrap wrap and wrap and glue along the way. I also pinned it a few times in the back to hold it while the glue dried, but really hot glue dries fairly fast so I might not have needed to do that.
Once the gold was on I just glued the feather on, and added some glitter to the broach since the colors weren’t working for me.
And just stuck the pin in there. I wanted to be able to take it out when I’m ready (See.. Can’t commit.) So pinning it was the simplest way for me to do that.
Boom Done. You just spent 10 minutes making a wreath and you’re done already! Satisfaction at it’s finest. I’ll use the rest of my crafting time to wipe off my dusty door.. whoa now. Sorry about that! ha ha Even photoshop can’t fix that mess. Let’s just close up so we can’t see it…
Much better.. ;)
Do you follow me on Instagram? (I swear it’s not fishing for followers.. ) I posted this picture the other day and it made me laugh.
CLEARLY since I’m knocking my to-do list out of the park lately and getting more and more things done around the house that I want, I need to be more careful when I say we need something.. rather than want. For example, this cookbook shelf we needed. Is it really a need…when you have 4 cookbooks? ha ha. Maybe not, but I’ve had family members and friends offer them up to me since then. I guess they don’t want to see Jared put the kaboosh on my project series and doing things that are unnecessary to the house ha ha
Anyway– I wanted a place to put my cookbooks (lol…) and we could always use more shelving. Am I convincing you yet? Let me show you how to make the EASIEST shelf ever. Because you know I like things quick, and easy.
Here’s a before picture– since I missed out on that. We have very standard cabinets. Unfinished from Home Depot– painted Popcorn white. Plain Jane– and a planked backsplash. Simple and clean.
It’s not my dream kitchen but it’s a HECK OF A LOT BETTER (Yes I’m yelling) than it was before–Small picture. Only one I have from when we first moved in. So cute. I wanted that Terra-cotta paint color like nobody’s business. Funny how things change.
Back on track– I didn’t take a picture of putting on the lattice strips for a few reasons. One– because I was gluing.. drilling and holding them up while taking pictures alone. This means, I said screw it and just did it without the pictures. Measure and level.
Now, this is where your husband will say “I told you to pre-drill the holes.” And you’ll say “I told you to quit your job and stay at home with me and help me with these things.” He’ll roll his eyes and you’ll move on. Basically. Pre- drill your holes, playas. It’s got some glue on it too, I’m honestly not worried about it but I sure don’t want Mike Holmes coming and critiquing me either.
Lets have a closer look…
Okay so you pre drill, and make sure EVERYTHING IS LEVEL. you don’t want a crooked shelf, I mean c’mon. So the shelf sits on top but what about those (Cracked) strips of wood!? I know. Lets cover those up. I grabbed a wider strip and nailed that sucker right onto the shelf. Similar to making a box– but after one wall of the box you get tired and quit. ;)
I could tell you I painted all that underneath so it would be pretty and glorious and magazine ready but I’d be lying. Aint nobody got time for that.
I do however, plan on caulking it. But I wasn’t making an extra trip just to buy some new caulk. Truth.
I did have time to style it though, so Jared didn’t have to stare at an empty shelf for too long. I like keeping the silverware up there actually, it keeps little fingers from grabbing an extra fork they don’t need.
Pretty milk glass.. pretty leaves from outside.
There she be people! And I know you’re all thinking.. gosh.. she has such a clean kitchen. She’s like super mom. Lets zoom out….
Bahh ha ha ha. Illusions people! Happy Tuesday! Happy shelf making & faking clean houses.
Okay I did sprinkle a little more Halloween around the house, but it did NOT involve lugging up those stupid heavy boxes upstairs so I’m still happy with my “NO MORE” stance on decorating.
Today the windows were open, we had a pumpkin candle burning and I wanted to get a lil’ artsy. Soo.. Instead of trying to find a cute quote like last years Halloween Chalkboard, I just drew my second favorite Halloween characters! (First being, the witches from Hocus Pocus of course!)
The best thing about chalk is that it’s so forgiving! You just shhmear it around if you want to add some shading, soften it up, or just go ahead and erase it if you hate it. (Case in point– I asked on Instagram if y’all thought I should add Zero, the dog. The verdict was no. So he was erased and I did the graveyard scene that is so well known from the movie.)
Now, lets get this straight- I do NOT call myself a chalk pro, and I know for a fact the shading isn’t technically correct because it’s coming from all different directions, but the more I practice.. the better I get!
I wish I could give an actual tutorial for this but that’s kind of hard. How about just some inspiration for you and another project knocked off my list. Because, anything that takes me 2 hours really is a project in my book! ha ha Happy Halloween!
I’m going to be posting a few times today to play catch up– so be on the look out for day 9 & 10 too!
They were pretty standard, black / white with orange or green. I did the same thing this year but really it’s a totally different look since I threw EVERYTHING I could up there and I love the non-symmetrical look of it with the crazy bats flying out from behind the tv. Obviously I’m not cleaning enough back there ;)
Everything that I used, I already had so this cost $ no money $ which is what my husband likes to hear. But, you could easily recreate it with some dollar store skulls, some glittered out like martha stewart on crack and some printables from the internet.
(Look a bat fell, and I didn’t even fix it. Embrace the imperfections people! ha ha Or.. I got lazy)
If you can’t find black books (I only had two.. Twilight for the win) Just turn them around and let the pages do the talking. (ha..get it? Pages.. Words..yeah..) The bats would have been way easier if I had a silhouette but since I choose to spend my money elsewhere like lamps and pillows and taco bell, I don’t have one. But I do have two little girls who need to practice their cutting skills! Parenting at it’s finest. Here babes, cut out 100 bats, ready set go.
The imperfections don’t even phase me anymore, but you knew that.
There you go! This is the extent of our Halloween this year, I’ve been trying to organize and purge our house from things we really *don’t* need and I refuse to open any more boxes.
Remember when I added the Map Wallpaper to the entryway? The zebra print, though I loved it very much so, just wasn’t working at all.
Most of the time it’s covered in coats and backpacks and other stupid things that find it’s way there (tools, juice boxes, rocks, random socks) so I overlooked it for the most part. But then I found this fantasticly green curtain at an end cap at Target for 7 dollas! Dolla dolla bill y’all. Even though it looked like a barrel full of monkeys popped out on it, I was sold. My house gravitates towards greens/blues/mustards.. so it was right up my ally.
But– I wasn’t ready to part with the zebra because knowing me, in a year or so I might want to change things up.. lose the maps? paint? I wasn’t ready to quit the zebra. So for now I just covered it up with some fabric I had from an ikea curtain I cut up. This way, you wouldn’t see the stripes through the monkey fabric.. I mean, shower curtain.. wait, that doesn’t sound better.
You can find approx 17.9 million tutorials on covering a bench, I recently did one here that shows how we tufted it. But for this one, it was super easy..
Staple, fold, staple…and fold. I folded the corners like a present facing towards the sides where they wouldn’t be seen in the little cove. And, voila. 2200 staples later and there she is! In her glory.
It’s projects like these that I really like. Super fast, I can watch a tv show during it and I need zero help. And, I’m still excited about it by the time I’m done because it was so fast.. ha ha :)
Many of you know that back in February I took a leap of faith and decided to get fit, get healthy, and work my job into my daily lifestyle. Besides my blog I spend about 50% of my other time answering emails about my product, what it does, why we need it etc. So to be a product of the product I’ve been going to the gym religiously every day (yikes. some days are TOUGH) and trying to cut out the sugar sweets and basically all around bad things that I can without giving up EVERYTHING, I’ve definitely limited myself.
My favorite thing about leaving the gym though is coming home and getting to mow down on some protein I’ve been currently working out on an empty stomach which– some people get heated over so we wont get into that, but it’s something that I’ve been trying because I’ve heard good things and I actually like the results I’ve been getting.. Google it. ha ha, but once I’m done.. The monster inside wants FOOD. NOW.
Enter Lean Cuisine Honestly Good meals that I got at Target. My favorite thing about them? Besides the fact that they’ve got natural products in them and a sauce packet so I can add a little (or a lot, some days ha ha) of the sauce depending on how my taste buds are feeling that day. They cook in 6 minutes flat! When I’m STARVING, that’s just the pick me up that I need. Low calorie, high protein, good veggies and a bit of carbs to make me feel full.
My favorite is the Honey Citrus Chicken.. Once I leave the gym, I have the house to myself.. put on some netflix shows (breaking bad.. oh my gosh! So glad I started watching it.) and have some Mommy time in a peaceful house, muscles burnin, and chowing down. haha.. guilty pleasure for SURE!
Going going gone! If you’re looking for a healthy alternative that’s all natural and tastes good I definitely suggest checking out the Lean Cuisine Honestly Good line at your local Target store! They were on cartwheel this week and who DOESN’T like to save a pretty penny while trying to eat healthy? Plus– you’ll do good while doing so. Together with farmers they’re donating a portion of the veggies grown for the Honestly Good line to local communities. Doing good things with every bite I tell ya. This world does still have good in it.. :) Happy Tuesday.. Happy healthy living!
Catching up so you get a double dose today!
I’ve been sharing my never ending painting on instagram lately and I’m smitten with out it turned out! Originally it’s been seen in episodes of Good Luck Charlie–and the ever so fancy Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy made her own version on a canvas, I just chose to change mine up a bit making it with a piece of plywood and a box frame. I LOVE IT. I thought the colors would make my eyes twitch but, I picked all colors that I LOVED and most are more jewel toned than rainbow bright, so I think that helps.
Basically to make it you want to figure out what size petals/circles you want to have. I used one of the girls plastic cups, and measured half of that and that’s how big you want your grid to be. Does that make sense? Then spend approx 16 years of your life making a grid and tracing the cup over and over to make circles in 4 of the squares and it’ll look crazy and cool at the same time. Don’t fret– it gets better.
Then you start your painting. Random is best! I tried to just do each corner area and the middle with each color, and then as I went I would just go back through 5 red..5black..5 pink.. 5 more red.. 5 more black.. etc and fill it in to your liking. I made sure to add some khaki, grey color, and white to calm it down a bit too as well as leaving some spots just open and not painted in. I LOVE the look of it unfinished. It reminds me of a blue print or something– something…fantastic.
For the frame I took some 1×1/4 inch strips of wood and we used the nail gun to nail them into place creating a box of sorts to frame around it. I used classic grey stain to give it a good POP.
I put it upstairs on the top of the stairway since that’s what we like to call the “childrens wing” really it’s just the upstairs but I like to pretend I live in a big fancy house. Ha, not even close. But it sets a good tone for the second floor.
Colorful chaos. It matches the little side table the girls like to put BETWEEN the playroom and the bedroom. Oy, children. But it is nice seeing this beauty.. with her sexy legs every time I walk up the stairs.
This 31 days gig is TRICKY! Well maybe not the whole writing about it, but completing projects is kind of tricky.. I tend to start something and get distracted and start another without finishing the first.. It’s like I’m bouncing off the walls most days saying “DO ALL THE THINGS!” But then… I don’t.
Anyway– we’ve been working on the basement for quite some time and it’s SLOW for a few reasons.. We’re paying CASH and Jared works 6 days a week so it’s either me just doing it– or having one day of help.. and being his only day off on Sundays.. he’s not exactly gungho to start sweating in the basement.
So the “family room/office” side of the basement is half drywalled and the basement is missing tiles for the floor, a toilet and paint.. but every few weeks we try.. haha.. that’s so sad. But moving on– The other side of the basement is a HOT O’ MESS. It scares me, and since it’s where the washer and dryer are and I spend 67.2% of my time there I’d like to not be so scared the whole time I’m in the room, if ya know what I mean. #ghostsliveinscarybasements
I’ve wanted a little cottagey feel for down there, and I mentioned to Jared that I’d like to plank a wall to hide some of the cinderblock walls. After I explained that it wouldn’t take forever, he agreed and we spent one date night slicing some wood & slapping it on the walls. Crappy cellphone pictures to follow–
I suppose there was a little more into it.. :) I wasn’t very concerned with what wood to use besides wanting it to be thin, since it wont be touched much– I can’t imagine. I didn’t think I needed something super durable– I found some 1/4 underlayment at Home Depot for super cheap. My new bff Jordan cut it for me too.. Which was MUCH EASIER than trying to get it home in huge sheets. Once we got it home we just measured it down and cut it, I wish we could have had each piece run the whole wall but our wall was too long so some have two strips some have three. I should have taken more pictures but sometimes I’m a crappy blogger. These ladies have really good posts about planking walls and I got a lot of inspiration from them! :)
Okay okay– so we got ‘er up on the wall and now comes the fun part.. PAINT. We were fortunate enough to have been sent a finish max sprayer from HomeRight to use on the walls and I’m SO glad we did. It went SO so fast. And, the finish is impeccable!
After one coat of primer–
I totally realized I didn’t fill in my nail holes until after I primed. Stupid– I know. But I got so excited to use the sprayer I just..went for it!
Gosh, this picture makes me look like such a cool person, I know. Oversized shirts for the win.
Then Jared came and helped me do the coat of paint– we used the paint we had used forever ago, and I was a little worried because it’s NOT the best paint. I actually hate using it but it’s a good white (Popcorn) but the quality lacks, big time. I can’t explain it other than it’s thin and looks cheap. But—- and this is a huge but.. wait.. what?
Ha.. But, with the sprayer it gave such a good even coverage you could hardly tell we used sub-par paint! I was so excited! I tried to take a close up, forgive me since it’s not great but you can see the velvety finish it gave. Ohhh.. goosebumps. It’s perfect. I could just snuggle right up to it.
We went through and touched up the spaces, some paint would pile up and we would just scrape it out and use a small handled brush to touch it up a bit so you could see the gaps again– easy peasy!
You can see how VERY LITTLE overspray happened too– on the floors especially. The fact that it’s a very fine mist I think helps a lot. I didn’t have crazy dust all over the place– I put plastic up the first day and ended up taking it down and just going at it without it for the next few coats.
The top of the stairs (bottom of the stairs? Top of the wall) hadn’t gotten paint at this point, but since we’ll be spraying the ceiling once we hide those wires– it’ll be finished with that. I can only keep my neck facing up for so long ha ha :)
It’s far far from done– we need to add trim, spray the ceiling, paint the floor, add some softness & bring in a folding table (Which is also getting the finish max treatment! Woohoo!) but it’s getting there.. The room is already so much brighter thanks to this, it’s amazing what some paint can do!
Huge huge thanks to HomeRight for supplying the paint sprayer for us to play with.. It definitely helped us and made the walls look so so much better than before! I was compensated for this post and given the paint sprayer to give an honest review on. However, all thoughts, opinions and baggy t-shirts are mine. :) Only honesty over here! Love it– and share it.
Flashback Friday for this post, friends. I’ve been painting my life away working on tomorrows post so we’ll be back to our regular routine then :) But.. I sure do love this rainbow chain, which yes everybody and their mama knows how to do but hopefully it will inspire some rainbows in your life! :)
It’s been pretty freakin’ rainy here in Michigan for the past few weeks. So, instead of spending weekends at the pumpkin patch like we kept planning on doing…
We’ve been napping. Coloring. Watching endless episodes of Sons of Anarchy (Me! Not the children, don’t call CPS quite yet.) and..making rainbows. :)
The playroom needed a little happiness so a pack of paper (only one page of each color made the whole thing!) and a little glue and bam, major happiness.
Did you notice the change on the gallery wall? I put the gift Kristi sent me from her shop Barn Owl Primitives and a 2.00 button I bought at Hob Lob a while back.. Oh, and that frame next to it? I saw a tutorial on Pinterest and HAD to go for it. ;) So cute.
I still want to strip the paint off the desk there (I did it in a moment of confusion, I blame it on little sleep– I really hate that I did that to the beautiful wood. Don’t hate me) and add a string of lights per request of the little ladies. I’m also thinking of taking out the kitchen since they don’t play with it and replacing it with a tent perhaps?
Well hellllllo00! I worked in the hallway again today to give it the finishing touch it needed I think. I’m excited because 1.) So easy. My type of project 2.) Cheap. Even better!
I wanted to put a mirror in here, but I’ve been drawn to wood tones for a bit now and I couldn’t find any frame that was the color I wanted, with clean simple lines. I was going to build my own but then Hobby Lobby came to the rescue! The 50% off for all frames made it especially exciting, well as exciting as shopping for frames can be. ;) They have isles and isles of frames ranging in price, style.. whatever you want you could probably find. I found just what I needed, besides color but nothing a little stain couldn’t fix..
I mixed two– Classic Grey and a Walnut type color. Not too dark, not too light– I know I’m so technical it’s truly amazing.
Let’s stop and talk about these babies for a second.
They’re awesome! They hold your project up to paint it so it doesn’t stick on your drop cloth..floor.. what have you. Jared stuck them in my stocking last year (yeeahh buddy) so I’m sure they’re pretty affordable, and well worth whatever price they are.
First the grey and it gave it a beautiful weathered look but not quite what I wanted.. so I put some of the darker color on (I originally thought about mixing them, which is why I had the jar in the picture.. Changed my mind last minute. Such is life) just enough time to take a picture and cleaned it off. Done! 10 minutes. Golden.
Now I know you’re saying, “Okay Rachelle, you have the frame but what about the mirror?” Yes, HL helped out there too with a 16×20 mirror for under 15.00 (Plus my 40% off coupon on my phone- Don’t pay full price for anything at HL..EVER!
I let ‘er dry for a few hours, just enough so it wasn’t tacky but to be honest I figured once I put it on the wall it could finish drying/curing if it needed to and there weren’t any fumes so I took the chance. Just pop the mirror in there and I put a bead of hot glue on the back to give it some grip and hold it in place and then used the little tabs they sell at hobby to keep it secure. Done and DONE.