Update: Home Tour

Hey friends!

A while back I told you about our home adventures and that we were updating our new little home.  Well a lot has happened since then and I’m happy to say it was all good changes.  The house is coming along nicely and we are currently doing some finishing touches to our current home project.

Although we have LOTS more home renovation to do, we are so stoked to be this far into the game!  Here are some pics of our living and dining room.  The bedrooms are done as far as updates to it but I’m currently in the process of decorating the rooms to suit our styles.

My two younger girls share a bedroom and have two totally different tastes in style and every time I want to do something to their room it’s a huge struggle to get them to agree to anything.  Lucky for me I have veto power and will be moving forward with some design elements I think will be perfect for their room.

My older girl’s room is a totally different challenge.  She knows what she’d like to do with her room the problem is that her room is so small we’re having a hard time finding furniture and decor that doesn’t make the room too cramped!

As for the master bedroom, Tan and I seem to be in agreement with most of the decor elements, finding the time to implement them, however, is another challenge.  I’m sure everything will work it’s way out *fingers crossed*

Anywhoo, enough yappin’!  I’m sure you’re dying to see some pics of our home in the “during” phase of the before and after renovation job!  (Just a quick heads up, I took the current photos on my cell phone and did a rush job, I promise to post better pics as soon as I can!)

Living room {Before}

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…and {After}

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Dining room {Before}

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….and {After}

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I hope you enjoyed the pics, trust me when I say, it looks even better in person!  My friends and family are very happy for us and have commented on how beautiful everything is turning out!

I truly feel Blessed!

Until next time
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Chobani Coconut Yogurt Cupcake

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I love Superbowl Sunday, and not just because of the game.  I love the great snacks, foods and desserts that we enjoy on game day!  Today I thought I’d share a super easy and yummy Coconut Yogurt Cupcake made with Chobani yogurt!

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UPDATE:  I totally flaked and forgot to take pictures of the vanilla cupcakes, so when I made the chocolate version I used these babies as reference.  Sorry!

This recipe will give you about 20 cupcakes:

For the Cupcakes:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 cup of Chobani Greek Yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

For the Frosting

  • 1/3 Cup of Chobani Yogurt
  • 1/2 Cup of Store bought Frosting

Directions:

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line your cupcake pan with cupcake papers.
    2. Combine flour, salt and baking powder in a mixing bowl; set aside.
    3. Whisk together egg yolks and add butter and sugar.  Fold yogurt and vanilla into egg yolk mixture.
    4. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until foamy.  Combine yolk mixture and egg whites.  Gently fold in flour.
    5. Bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven when a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean.
Frosting Directions:
  1. Fold store bought icing and Chobani Yogurt until well blended.  Using a sandwich bag or a piping bag if you have one, pipe icing onto cooled cupcakes.

The family gave this recipe a thumbs up (literally) and I think it was pretty tasty.  So go on and make yourself a batch and watch how your team ;) will eat this up!

xxoo,
Awilda

Crazy For Christmas 2014

Did I ever tell you how much I like Christmas?  Really liked Christmas?  Well I do.  I absolutely do.  Growing up we didn’t have too many traditions, but one tradition we always had was decorating our Christmas tree.  My Mom would bring out all her Christmas decor and my sisters and I would help her decorate.  By the time we were tween’s we had it down to a science.  Christmas music was playing in the background (mostly in span-glish) the tree would come up and on with the decor.  Now that I’m a proud Mama of three I get to have this tradition with them.  Over the years Tan and I have created our own family traditions we hope to pass to our kids.

With that being said I decided to share some questions and answer with you my awesome friends.  Here it goes:

  1. When do you start your Holiday Shopping?  I typically start right around November 1st.  Although I decided that my future holiday shopping will start in July ;) – too much to do too little time)
  2. What’s your favorite Christmas movie?  Hmmm… let see Elf is a good one, no wait Scrooged, yeah I like that one but I also like  Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, I mean come on with those fun misfit toys!…
  3. What’s your favorite part of the Holiday Season? I would have to say seeing my family.  I love to see them and laugh and eat and listen to music.  Good times.
  4. When do you put up your Christmas Tree?  Who decorates it?  Usually the day after Thanksgiving and it stays up until January 6th (Three Kings Day) -it’s a big deal in our family.  We all participate in decorating the tree.  Tan has the honor of every Christmas Eve placing our star on top.
  5. Do you have any Holiday traditions? Yes, lol.  Hmm… there’s the baking cookies for Santa every Christmas eve and decorating our tree, but one of my absolute favorite thing to do is to Drive down to Shady Brooke Farm and see the Holiday Light Show.  Every year we do this and every year I love it!
  6. Would you rather live in a gingerbread house or Santa’s Workshop?  The Workshop of course!  I get to play with all sorts of cool toys and be with Santa!
  7. What type of tree do you currently have?  I have 2 fake trees.  I would love to have a real tree but unfortunately I’m allergic :(
  8. Would you rather eat a gingerbread cookie or a candy cane?  Hmmmm… tough one.  I’ve never had a gingerbread cookie but I’d like to try one.
  9. What’s your favorite Christmas/Holiday song?  I pretty much like all the holiday songs, but if I had to pick one, I’d say “Baby It’s Cold Outside” (the Bing Crosby/Doris Day version)… my favs!
  10. Have you ever made a snowman? Yes I have and every chance I get I build one with my family.  We freeze our tushies out there but it’s great fun and afterwards we enjoy some Hot Chocolate! Yum!

Now it’s your turn!  I would love to know what your holiday traditions are!  Here is a blank list for you to copy and paste!  Please comment below with a link to your blog!

  1. When do you start your Holiday Shopping?
  2. What’s your favorite Christmas movie?  
  3. What’s your favorite part of the Holiday Season?
  4. When do you put up your Christmas Tree?  Who decorates it?
  5. Do you have any Holiday traditions? 
  6. Would you rather live in a gingerbread house of Santa’s Workshop?
  7. What type of tree do you currently have?
  8. Would you rather eat a gingerbread cookie or a candy cane?
  9. What’s your favorite Christmas/Holiday song?
  10. Have you ever made a snowman?

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Merry Christmas and a Wonderful Holiday Season!  See you in the New Year!

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I’m BAAACK!

Guess who’s back, back again!  Awilda’s back tell a friend…. Ok enough of that!  Hi guys!  I’m sooo happy and excited to be back!- can you tell?  I cannot believe that it’s been 4 MONTHS since we last chatted!  A lot has happened over the passed few months and let me tell you it has been one heck of a ride!  I would love to sit down and chat with you about the many crazy shenanigans that has happened here at Casa de HNC but it would probably take about another 4 months to say it all – and Oh honey I don’t have the strength!  So I’ll just give you cliff notes version of what’s been happening.  Deal?  Ok. First go ahead and grab yourself a cup of coffee (or hot chocolate ;) ) i’ll wait…. ready?  Good, let’s get started….

When we last spoke Tan and I were putting some hard work into updating our lovely home when the powers that be decided that it was time for us to jump ship and move in to our home in mid-renovation.  Crazy right?! Although I won’t go into the boring details as to why we had to move (long story) I will say that it was the BEST decision for our crew.  Immediately there was a shift in the air -all positive- we were able to devote more time in working on our home and are a lot further ahead than we have dreamed possible.  I’m not gonna lie and say everything is perfect, but I will say I find it to be a bit easier.  While we are still in thick of it as far as renovations go we are so much closer than we were 4 months ago!

Aside from our Home Reno Projects, the kids are doing great!  They each love the neighborhood, love their school -shocking, I know- they actually get up every morning energized and excited to start their day.  Of course I still get the occasional “Can I stay home Mom?” request but it beats hearing how much they hated their old school on an almost daily basis.  Let me tell you, I used to struggle with theses kids, now my oldest is up before me and my younger two are actually helping me pack their lunches!  Awesome I tell you!

We had our very first Halloween parade at their middle school and the kids went trick or treating with their cousins and neighbors that night.  I actually gave out candy for my first time ever and had a blast!

My youngest celebrated her 7th birthday at Chuck E. Cheese with her family and my second baby celebrated her 11th birthday.  We took her out to eat at Ruby’s Diner and her grandparents surprised her with a visit.

My oldest girl has made some new friends and they immediately all clicked!  I’m so happy for all three of my girls, they were each worried they wouldn’t fit in or have friends but they each have made a very happy transition and I see many more great adventures for each of them.

As for Tan and myself we each are also doing pretty well.  Like I mentioned in the beginning of this post, we are still working hard with the home renovations and there are times when it feels like it will never end.  So far the bedrooms are done with the exception of some room decor that I’d like to add.  The living room and dining room are closer to being completed as well.  We are putting down trim and will be painting the walls as well as redoing the floors to give it a but more oomph!

As soon as I can I’ll try to post some pictures of our living room and dinning room.  As for the rest of the house we still have a lot more to do.  We haven’t even tackled the kitchen -that’s a monster left for another day.  The family room, laundry room, front and back patios and three bathrooms all need some love as well, but Tan and I both agreed that we’ll be taking a break from any major remodeling for at least 6 months.  Don’t worry thought I’ll still be sharing some awesome DIY home decor, craft and cooking projects as well as any cool shop findings.

Thanks so much for reading my long post, you my friend are definitely a rock star!  Until next time… stay awesome!

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Taking Stock

July is my birthday month as well as Tan and My Anniversary (woo hoo!)   I have to admit, the beginning of last year was not the best year for me but I have been doing a lot better.  I try my best not to be a negative person.  I feel that when you focus on the negative you miss out on the positive, (Can I get a Amen!)…  Although we have had our share of bumpy rides, I truly believe that God has big plans and we are now in a better place.

The other day I was reading one of my favorite blogs when I came across this post and thought I’d join in on the fun.   For the original post please go here.

Making : wire bracelets
Cooking : sandwiches ;)
Drinking : coke
Reading: Heaven is For Real
Wanting: to finally move in to our home and start projects that are stuck in my head
Looking: for bedroom furniture
Playing: board games with the kids
Wasting: time
Sewing: nothing… yet!
Wishing: to see my family more often
Enjoying: the summer with my girls :)
Waiting: for my hubby to come home
Liking: cool drinks on a summer day
Wondering: if I’ll ever be organized
Loving: my family and life
Hoping: summer doesn’t go by too fast
Needing: some space for my stuff
Smelling: clean linen
Wearing: pink lace tank top with jean shorts
Noticing: how big my girls are getting
Knowing:  everything is fine
Thinking: about my future goals ;)
Feeling: happy
Opening: email

Hope you all have a wonderful day!  Until soon!

xxoo Awilda

Fun 4th of July Round Up

I love summer and I love celebrating the 4th of July!  To help celebrate the 4th I created a fun 4th of July round up with fun and easy crafts, snacks and decor:

How nommy is this Cracker Jack party snack by Pizzazzerie:

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Refresh yourself and your guest with these adorable patriotic drinks by In Katrina’s Kitchen:

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I love chocolate covered pretzels and I love these from Oh My! Creative:

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I think I’ll be making this vintage banner for my next Patriotic Holiday by Catch my Party:

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Enjoy these awesome Free printables by Bird’s Party:

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Stars on the lawn is a fun activity my kids love!  Via Sunset:

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These are some pretty cool topiaries from Simply Designing:

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Pretty and Simple is what I call these sparklers in a jar from Kara’s Party Ideas:

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Until next time!

xxoo
Awilda

 

Birthday Wish List

Anyone who knows me knows that I love jewelry.  And since my birthday is coming up I thought I’d share a few pieces that I’d love to own:

This gorgeous bracelet is from Saressa Design:  I love it and WANT it lol

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How adorable is this necklace by Elisabeth Ashlie.. WANT!

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How about these babies by Aina Kai… Beautiful eh?

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How pretty is this infinity bracelet by Nadin Glassico.. I WANT!

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So there it is folks… my birthday wish list.  I’m sure I’ll be seeing adding more to my wish list but this is a very good start.

Until soon!

xxoo
Awilda

 

DIY Wallpaper Removal {what worked for me}

The other day I posted a picture of my three beauties removing wallpaper from our dining room (see below).  At the time, we were about 30% started (after about a week of scraping) and had a long way to go. Especially since we also had to remove wallpaper from the living room, hallway and two bathrooms.  Ugh!

How to remove wallpaper, DIY wallpaper removal via Hip 'n Creative

Gorgeous, eh!

DIY wallpaper removal via Hip 'n Creative

DIY wallpaper removal via Hip 'n Creative

After I posted these pics, a friend suggested that I use a spray bottle with fabric softener to remove wallpaper.   I tried it and it worked like a charm!

Here are the supplies you will need:

  • Spray bottle or bucket with sponge
  • A scraper
  • wallpaper scoring tool
  • hot water
  • fabric softener

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Use one cap full of fabric softener with one spray bottle full of hot water (as hot as you can get it without burning yourself)

Step One: We were lucky that our home didn’t have any furniture so no heavy lifting and moving.  We started off just picking a corner where the wall paper was easy to peel and started pulling it up and out.  The first layer of wall paper is pretty easy to remove and shouldn’t give you a hard time, but if it does you can use the water solution to help with the removal.

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Step Two: The under layer of wall paper is a bit tough and has all that yucky glue.  At this point I used a small scoring tool, like the one pictured above (you can get at any hardware store) and scored the walls.  The small holes will allow the solution to remove the glue behind the wallpaper.   I highly recommend you do this step because it will help, trust me!

Step Three:  Spray your wall with the solution and let it sit for about five minutes.  Remember to spray small sections at a time or you’ll have to respray the wall -speaking from experience here folks!  I did one strip to two strips at a time (or whatever you can do in less than fifteen minutes).  Then grab your handy-dandy scraper and scrape that bad boy- scrape it I say!   You can use a wallpaper scraper or a putty knife.  We used our awesome father in laws tools which was a huge time saver!  God Bless that man!

Some of our wallpaper came off super easy (easy enough that my six year old just peeled it off -top and bottom layers!) other areas were not so easy and we had to spray and scrape several times until we got it all out.  But in the end all the wallpaper is off the living room, dining room and the hall way -woohoo!  The bathrooms will be left for another day.  Next up on our project is cleaning and “mudding” the walls until they’re nice and smooth.

Until next time…

Adios xxoo
Awilda

 

Home Tour

Today I thought I’d give you a quick tour of our home.  It’s not a new home but it is new to us and we love it.  The previous home owner was an elderly lady who did the best she could with what she had (God rest her soul) but the home needs a bit of updating.  The pictures were taken during our home inspection and since then we’ve been pretty busy and have made some major behind the scene up dating.

here is our living room:

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Right now Tan, the kids and I are working hard removing wallpaper and updating the electric throughout the first and second floors.  Once we’re moved in (which hopefully will be soon) we are going to create a ‘punch list’ of projects we’d like to get done -at our leisure.   Don’t worry though, any major work (like updating the electric) was done by the professionals.  ‘Cause crazy we’re not! ;)

Our kitchen:

 

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Here are some more pictures of our home in their “before” stage… Come back often and see the awesome “after” transformation!

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We’re hoping to finish up with our renovation project soon, so we can enjoy our little space within the next couple of weeks.  I cannot wait to move in and enjoy the summer in our New Home!

2014 Walk-a-thon

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Tan, the kids and I participated in a recent walk-a-thon and I have to say it was a blast.  The walk was about two miles long, a good distance for the kids to participate in – which for them was a big deal especially since they get tired just waking one city block, lol.   It was such a fun time!  Once we arrived at the Community Center the kids participated in some fun activities.  They ran a three legged race, played a round of soccer, the older kids played volley ball and soft ball and well as basketball and the little ones played toss, hockey and indoor games of tug of war and building blocks.  At break time they enjoyed ice cream treats, hot dogs and plenty of water, which we definitely needed that day, because boy was it HOT!

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It was such an inspiring day and it was pretty cool to interact with my kids and their friends!

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I highly recommend participating in a walk-a-thon!  I can’t wait to do this again soon :)