Home Decor: Decorating with Candle Wall Sconces

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So I’ve had these mirrored wall sconces since forever and I wasn’t sure what to do with them.  I used to have them on the wall of my old dinning room but when we moved to our new home I decided not to use them in the dinning room again.  So I put them away -where they sat in storage for a THREE years.  Until a few weeks ago.

I was chatting with Tan about our back patio and was thinking of creative and inexpensive ways to spruce the place up when, boom! I remembered my wall sconces!  So Tan and I decided right then and there to put those bad boys to use and up they went.

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It took us about 10 minutes to decided where we wanted them and to drill holes on the wall.  We used a hammer drill and some concrete anchor screws to make sure they stayed in place. [Please ignore the ugly shades and old door -those I’ll tackle in another time!]

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See how purdy they look?  [Although the pictures show real candles I switched them to battery operated candles that I also had in storage.  No risk of any of the kids getting hurt.]  Now I need to tackle the rest of the room.

It’s amazing how switching out your decor can give a room a pop of character.  I really do urge you to switch your decor around, it gives life to a dull space and doesn’t cost you a thing!

Have an awesome weekend!

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Cool Treats

My goodness is it hot.  I can’t even think straight.  All I can do is think about keeping cool and eating a cool treat.  Since my mind is on cool treats, I made a list of 6 yummy cool treats that can help beat the heat!

Andes Chocolates Mint Ice Cream by ChocolateChocolateandMore:

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How about this “Funky Monkey” PB Ripple Chip Bananas Ice Cream by Cupcakes and Kale Chips

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Keep cool with these Watermelon Slush by Mommy on Demand:

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Chocolate and Nutella Covered Bananas by 2 Cookin Mamas:

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Yummy Creamy Chocolate Fudgecicle by Chocolate Covered Katie:

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Nummy Ice Cream Floats via Southern Living:

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I may or may not be eating a yummy cool treat as I type this post.  I hope this inspires you to try a cool treat.  I love peeping other peoples work, if you want to share your yummy treat, send me a link and I might just stop by and stalk a few of you.  Until next time, Keep cool my friends!

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Free Printable | Bored Jar

So the kids have been home from school for a little over 2 weeks now and I have to say it hasn’t been too bad.  I’m happy to say that they were finally able to enroll in summer camp and are having a blast!  But there are still times I see them mope around the house saying their bored or there’s nothing to do.  I can’t help but roll my eyes when I hear them say that.  Funny how I always find something for them to do, but they can’t.  So I have, once again, implemented the “Bored Jar” technique.  A few years ago when my oldest was in first grade (I miss those days) she would sit around the house doing nothing.  I created a bored jar and have used one ever since.

Now that she’s 15 -having plenty of friends and activities to keep her busy, I find my younger two sitting around the house, bored.  Over the years I have changed/adapted the bored jar to fit our current need.  This summer I updated my jar -keeping some oldies but goodies -and have added new ideas to our jar.

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If you’d love a copy of my bored jar labels, just click on the image above and download them onto your computer.  But if you prefer to create one custom to your family’s needs it’s pretty simple.  Here is what I did:

Step One: write down all the things your kids love to do (I also added some chores, so it’s a gamble as to what they’d pick) add some things you want to try with them as well.  You can use colorful scrapbook paper or type them out on your computer and print.

Step Two: Cut the paper into strips and place them in a clean jar.  You can use anything you like, an empty tissue box, a juice mix container or anything you have available.  

Step Three: Decorate the jar however you’d like (or have your kids decorate it).  You can use anything, ribbon, paper, paint etc- the only limit is your imagination.

That’s it!  Easy right?  One of the things that I learned over the years is: Don’t let your kids use the bored jar unless they are totally out of ideas on their own.  Trust me they will go through activities and be back to square one before you know it!

I hope this inspires you to create a bored jar of your own or maybe you downloaded mine!  I would love to see what ideas you came up with!  Just send me a link of your bored jar (or how you used mine) and I’ll pop on over to check it out!

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DIY Coffee Filter Flowers

I love flowers, but of course they never last as long as I would like.  So I decided to go on Pinterest and see if I can find some cute inspirations to create my own flowers on the cheap. What I found were some fun tutorials on making flowers out of coffee filters.  So of course I thought I’d try my version of these babies and this is my result:

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Today I thought I’d share my version of how I made these coffee filter flowers.  It’s really pretty simple and not too time consuming.

What you’ll need:

  • 12 coffee filters (12 cup size)
  • glue gun & glue sticks
  • green tissue paper (for leaves) – this is totally optional
  • floral wire & tape (or artificial flowers with stems)
  • scissors

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First let me mention that I used some old flowers that I had for years – 10 years I think?.  They may look good in this picture but when you touched them they would crumble and fall.  My little one was a master at showing me that little tid-bit of information lol.  Since the flowers were starting to fall apart I decided to re-purpose them in my project.  Awesome, right!

The Steps:

step 1: First take the coffee filters you’ll be using to make the flowers and flatten them out, like a pancake.  Next take three (3) coffee filters and fold in half.  Then fold again forming a cone shape, then fold again forming a thinner cone shape. Do that to every three sets of filters.

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step 2:  Now grab you’re handy dandy scissors and cut a 3″ rounded edge to the first set of filters.  The next set to about 3.25″ and each one a .25 inch bigger then the last.

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step 3: Snip a notch at the bottom of the filter, this will be the opening for the flower stem.  If you’re using floral wire, you don’t need to do this step.  Just pierce the wire through the filters when unfolded.

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Unfold the filters and stack them up from biggest to smallest.  They should look a bit like this:

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step 4: Grab your unfolded filters and slide those bad boys through the flower stem.  I used a dab of hot glue on the floral stem between each three sizes of the coffee filters to keep them from sliding around, kind of smooshing them together, starting from the shortest filters and working my way back to the biggest filters.  Repeat these steps for all your flowers.

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step 5: Lastly I had some left over leaves from the previous flowers so I just glued them on to the bottom of the stem.  If you don’t have that you can use green tissue paper and cut them to look like leaves and glue them to the bottom of your flower.

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That’s it!  I absolutely love how perdy these flowers look!  I may have went a little coffee filter crazy and made like 100 of these!  Just kidding!  I did love the way they look but kept it to a reasonable ‘bouquet’ amount.  The best part about this project was that my 15 year old thought they were professionally made.  When I told her I made them and what I used she was pretty impressed- and that means a lot from my 15 year old, believe me!

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You know, there are so many awesome ways that coffee filters can be used.  I plan to use them a lot in my house!  Oh I see many filter projects in my future! Not only do they make awesome flowers, you can also make them into a wreath, garland, they make great kid friendly crafts or use them as party decor!  The possibilities are endless!  And if you really want to go all out dip the filters in food coloring and water mixture, let dry and you have some pretty and colorful decor!  No matter the choice you’ll love this project!

Now go on and try this project yourself.  If you get a chance to make one, I’d love to know about it.  Send me a pic of your project and maybe I’ll feature it on my blog.  And if you happen to be on Pinterest why not follow me!

Have a wonderful week!

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Summertime Activities

Well it’s summer vacation time at HNC and it’s been a tradition of ours to take the kids someplace special for their last day as a fun way to start off the summer.  We’ve taken them to many places but we’ve also kept it simple and treated them to a special lunch at their favorite restaurant.

But alas, no sooner are the kids home do I hear “Mom I’m bored” or “Mom there’s nothing to do”- which I start hearing that by the end of the week.!

I do my best to have them join summer camps and do activities, but this year we have been placed on a waiting list and I’m truly not sure if they’re ever going to be able to join.  *keeping fingers crossed that they get in.*

While we wait to hear from our local Rec. Center I came up with this Summer Activities List. It’s been a real life saver and helped the kids find something to do.  If your looking for something fun for the kiddos to do, just click on the image below and to download my printable.

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What about you?  How do you keep your kids entertained over the summer? Do you have any suggestions you’d like to share.  Just comment below and let me know what you’ve done to help fight the summer time boredom blues!  Have a great day!

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DIY Rustic Coffee Table

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Hello my friends!  How are you all this lovely day?  Me.. not too shabby.  Here at HNC we’ve been very busy with end of the week school events and getting our summer groove on!  Hopefully it won’t be too hot this week and I can get a lot done before the kids are off for summer vacay (which means this Mama is gonna be even busier!)

I did want to show you this really awesome project that Tan and I worked on last weekend.  It’s our very own rustic coffee table!  GUYS I’m in love!  It is perfect!

Tan and I have been on the hunt for the perfect coffee and end tables since we first bought our home.  I’ve seen some nice tables out there but they were way too expensive.  So we talked about trying a D.I.Y project ourselves.  With Tan’s mad skills and my ‘can do’ attitude (if I could, I’d DIY everything) ;) we decided to give it a try.

I searched Pinterest and found this awesome coffee table that we both loved and began planning.  We started working on this table last week using plans from Ana White’s website.  It’s super easy and the plans were laid out for us to follow.

To be honest neither one of us have any experience in wood working but we thought, why not?  We bought all the necessary tools, crossed our fingers, and hoped for the best.   And here she is in all her glory!

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Now I’m not going to reinvent the wheel here and re-list the plans, but I will share with you some awesome photos of Tan in all his woodworking glory!

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When we began this project, I wanted to stain the wood a natural dark color but it didn’t come out quite the way I wanted it to.  After a few failed attempts-on a scrap piece of wood -we decided to go for a gray stain.  We went to our local home improvement store and selected Weathered Gray from the Varathane Wood Stain collection.  Using a clean rag we lightly wiped the coffee table and removed the excess giving it that rustic look. (We wanted some of the natural wood to peak through).

We got to work on staining it and only used about 1/4 of the stain for the coffee table (the rest will be used on our future end tables).

We actually had a blast building this table and are very proud of how it all turned out.  I have to admit that I’ve been bit by the DIY bug again and am now on the hunt for future wood working projects!

I hope this inspires you to work on a project you’ve been wanting to try.

Until next time!

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DIY | Repurposing Old Wood Frames

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What up my peeps!  Today I thought I’d show you this super easy, super fun way to re-purpose some old wood frames you may have laying around the house.   Giving them a new look will make them feel like new frames!

It’s super easy and I think it came out cute!  I’m happy with it and so is my hubby!  Let’s get started..

What you’ll need are:

  • 3 old frames (either from you stash or flea market)
  • wool pad
  • spray paint (your color choice)
  • print out of your favorite sayings, quotes or important dates (like wedding or birthdays)

Other tools needed are 3M picture hanging strips or if your frames are heavy hook shaped picture hangers of your choice (these are smiliar to ones we used).

This is what the old frames looked like before…

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Not bad but I had them for about 10 years and was getting tired of looking at them.  We bought them on sale back then and pretty much just added a pic of our baby girl and hung them on the wall and called it a night.  Fast forward to today and I am ready to give them a bit of an update.

The first thing I did was grab my husbands wool pad and lightly sanded the frame, just to remove the varnish sheen it had.  This will help the spray stick.  You can’t see in the pictures but these were shinny frames.

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We had a black matte spray paint, which is exactly what we needed and quickly gave it two coats.  Making sure to allow enough drying time between the coats.

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While the frames were drying, I went on my computer and using Microsoft Word, I quickly typed out three phrases, making sure they were centered to the page and printed them out.  I gave the glass from the frame a quick cleaning and when all was dry, I put everything together.

Here are what my frames say: Our Wedding Song, Our Wedding Date, and a cute quote I found online.  And that’s it.

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Total cost for us was ZERO Dollars!  We had everything we needed and I think it came out lovely.  What I love about the frames are that each frame was a different style but by painting them all the same color, they look like they kind of match.  Without being too matchy!

I’m thinking of having a master bedroom tour.  If your interested let me know in the comments section.  I’ll start working on the rest of the room organization.  Who knows, Maybe I’ll post it on YouTube in the near future.

Until soon!

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20 Reasons Why I LOVE My Home

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Hi friends!  So this morning I was up doing my usual routine of making breakfast for the kiddos as well as packing their school lunches, when I heard this beautiful little bird singing it’s morning praises.  I’ve heard it’s song every morning and thought to myself that’s one more reason why I love my home.  That inspired me to share with you 20 reasons why I LOVE my home. Obviously there are way more than 20 reasons but I didn’t want to over do it.

Mind you I am sharing my thoughts in no particular order.  Ready?  Here we go!..

1. I absolutely love our neighbors/neighborhood, the people here are all so nice!  I get to wake up to a gorgeous view every morning no matter the season!  My neighbors are sweet and help each other out, which is a win!

2. We are literally 2 houses away from a beautiful park/baseball field.  Which is awesome for my girls to burn off some energy, play with friends and when my nieces and nephews come over it’s a quick trip to the park for some entertainment.

3.  We have three bathrooms!  THREE!  And with three girls (a teen, a tween and a school grade girl) believe me when I say this is a must!  Getting ready in the morning has been a lot less stressful.  In our previous home poor Tan always had to wait his turn while us girls hogged the bathroom getting ready every morning.  Now he’s ready 20 minutes before anyone else is.

4. I am three minutes away from the Mall, up to 7 minutes away from three craft stores, a dollar store and my local supermarket! Yay!!!

5. I love that we have a 2 car over-sized garage.  It’s huge! When we first bought our house we immediately took all of our stuff from storage and dumped it in our garage (a great money saver) and it sat there for almost 8 months while we updated and renovated parts of our home.  This passed weekend, Tan was working hard cleaning and organizing the garage and really making it his own. The best part is that once he’s done, we’ll have our garage back and can store my SUV, his car, all his tools and he’ll still have enough space for a work station!  WooHoo!

6.  We have a laundry room!  When we lived in the city, we used to do our laundry in our basement.  Every week I would haul all our laundry down our steps and sort, clean, fold and haul it back up the steps.  With my back issues it was really difficult and I would sometime have to leave the laundry in the basement until Tan or the kids could help.  Now that it’s one small flight of steps, laundry is a breeze.  And you know what the bonus is?  Our laundry room is so big it doubles as a craft room!  Yeah baby!

7.  I love hearing bird sing every morning.  We also have seen deer, foxes, ground hogs, rabbits and even a beaver (but I’m not sure since I’ve never seen one in person before).

8. I love that we have a front porch!  Although I haven’t yet furnished it, so we could enjoy the outdoors (haven’t found anything I like yet), it is a beautiful thing to have.  Once we do find something we love, I’m spending nearly everyday outside.

9. We have a beautiful enclosed back patio. It’s huge and it’s all ours baby.  We can sit on one side of the patio and dine on the other side.  It’s actually great, we can enjoy the outdoors without the hassle of bugs.  Awesome sauce!  Did I say ‘awesome sauce’? Yeah I did.

10. We have a family room/office.  It’s great, the kids use it all the time as their play room.  Tan and I use it as our home office.  I can listen to them play while I work.  It’s great!

11. We actually have a dinning room.  Our previous home was an open living/ room dinning room.  Which was fine and I liked it.  But there is something about dinning separate from the living room.  That’s our family time.  No distractions from TV or other electrical devices.

12.  We have a dish washer!  The girls are happy about this one lol.  I don’t mind doing dishes and I find it to be therapeutic but there are times when we have company over or are in a hurry or just too tired.  That’s when the dish washer is my friend!  Unfortunately, our dish washer is on the fritz and we agree to replace it when we remodel our kitchen, ’cause that kitchen is a hot mess!

13. We live in a safe neighborhood.  My kids can go outside and actually be ok.  Granted no one is ever truly safe but when I sit outside on my little folding chair and watch my girls run around and have fun.  It’s a good feeling.

14. I love that we are in close proximity to our family.  My sister is about 10 minutes away and my in-laws are even closer.  I hope to have them over more often and spend some summer days out and about.  Having fun and creating memories. Love it!

15. I love that I have a walk up attic.  Great for storage space and who knows maybe in the future we might make it into another bedroom or office space… maybe a gym room or studio. Hmm…

16. I love that we have closets.  In our previous home we had a huge master bedroom closet but the girls didn’t have a closet (their rooms were too small) so we had to make do with small dressers.  Which was fine at first but once the girls started growing so did their wardrobe.  Their rooms were getting cramped.  Which leads me to the next thing i love…

17.  Our bedroom!  Each rooms is actually good sized room.  Tan and I have have a nice sized bedroom with a half bath that is a life changer!  But the girls also have great room sizes.  They can actually fit 2 twin beds, 2 dressers and have a closet and still have room for shelves and decorative accents.  My oldest girl has an actual closet and window in her bedroom.  Which she loves.  Which means I LOVE it!

18. Our living room is a great size.  Our furniture fits well and we have enough space to add more pieces.  We are currently working on a coffee table and two end tables. Which I’ll share with you in another post.  But more exciting projects are coming soon!

19.  We have central air conditioning.  I have to say we’ve been blessed to have central air throughout our home and on those hot summer nights, I will be using that bad boy fo’ sho’.

20. Last but not least is my kitchen. Although the kitchen is a bit outdated, it is a blessing to be able to cook a meal in a working kitchen (believe me there were days when I had to make dinner on a hot plate, not easy or fun).  I have a double oven, a dish washer, a cook top and enough space to add a kitchen table.  It’s a cute kitchen with a gorgeous view of the baseball field in which I get to enjoy third graders play ball and root for my favorite teams.  I also get to enjoy nature as I watch deer, foxes and many other of God’s creatures walk across my yard.

Every morning I thank God for my many blessings.  I thank Him for my beautiful family, my wonderful friends, my sweet neighbors and my Happy Home.

How about you?  What do you love about your home?

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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