Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Green Snacking

I've been meaning to do a post on how great these reusable snack bags from ReSnackIt are, and then I noticed yesterday that they were going to be on Zulilly today, so I thought this would be a great day to share since they're on sale.

These great little "snack baggies" come in great fun prints, are reusable, so they're earth friendly and wallet friendly, because those Ziplock baggies can get expensive, and they also make different sizes for sandwiches too.

Here's some info from their website:

The outside of ReSnackIt® is 100% cotton. The inside (lining) is a non-dyed nylon that is lead free, phthalate free, BPA free and PVC (vinyl) free. The trim around is 100%cotton, making it more durable and it completes the over all look of the baggie. Velcro® keeps ReSnackIt®closed, and is positioned so it can accommodate different sizes of sandwiches/snacks.

My kiddos, love them, and they've held up really well to rinsing out and reusing.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Backporch Revamp

Our backyard is in the process of getting a makeover, at least the area right off of our back porch. Due to our dogs inability to walk calmly down the steps, their constant leaping from four or five steps up, has created an unfixable mud hole at the bottom of our stairs. That problem is getting fixed in about two weeks with some pavers. In preparation for that though, I wanted to get the covered patio concrete cleaned and stained/painted/sealed, as it was covered in muddy paw prints and tracks from the aforementioned mud hole :)

After scouring over the shelves at Lowe's, I decided to use a solid textured paint in lieu of a stain, A. Because I've used the stain before and it didn't hold up well to lots of foot traffic, and B. its about a third of the cost :)

Here's the rundown of materials & tools needed:

1). Etching Powder: I could find a link for this, we had some leftover from our Garage Floor kit
2). A Bucket and stiff Bristle broom/brush
3). Paint Roller with long handle and rolls, I found the Wooster Microfiber rolls worked best
4). Floor-Tex Decorative Texture Coating, we had ours tinted to Tobacco
5). Floor-Tex Topcoat, we choose ours in the Satin finish, but they've got a high-gloss option as well

So here's the steps:
  • Rinse down and clean any residue spots on your concrete
  • Mix etching powder with water in bucket (one bag gets mixed with two gallons water)
  • Working on an area of 10x10 at a time, use stiff bristle brush to apply etching solution

  • Rinse each section as you complete, until entire area is done
  • Let concrete thoroughly dry, we let our dry an entire 24 hours
  • Apply Floor-Tex paint, I first used a 3 inch brush to cut in all the corners and go around all of the edges with a thick coat, before starting with the roller. I found it was easier to pour the paint directly onto the concrete and then use the roller to spread out, when I used the paint tray, it seemed like a lot of the texture was being wasted in the tray and not making it onto the floor
  • Let each coat dry 4 hours as suggested, I ended up laying 3 coats, as this porch sees ALOT of foot traffic, and I want it to hold up really well
  • We let the final paint coat dry 24 hours, and then came back and rolled on the sealer, using the same method as before, just pouring it directly on the floor and rolling out,don't worry, this will look cloudy, but it dries clear.
  • Let dry and cure for a good day or two and then move back your furniture.

Me and the hub both really love how this turned out, it picks up with the tones in our brick, and really warms up the space, no more blah concrete :) We rearranged the furniture, it looked like this before, to give the kids more room to play right out of the back porch when it's rainy.

Now I just have to paint the railings, we decided to paint them black with the same paint from our front door, and I just have to hold out a bit longer for pavers down below, and we will be ready for some barbecuing!

Monday, April 23, 2012

A Little Spice Makes Everyhting Nice

My mom dropped off this spice rack from my grandmothers because she thought I might like it and could find some way to spruce it up.

So I emptied out all the ancient spices and gave everything a good cleaning and scrubbing. After letting it all dry overnight, I used two coats of gloss black acrylic paint, making sure to go back over and get all the little crevices.

 Next I filled up with all the spices I had, I still want to change up the labels, but haven't come up with what to do with them yet.

Though it looked nice a clean, and fit better in my kitchen being black, it still needed something else. So I ran by Hobby Lobby and grabbed this great , chunky ceramic knob, and half off ;)

I measure to find the middle, borrowed the hub's power tools, made a quick hole, about two minutes of spinning to get this bad boy all the way down, and presto, much better.

Still not completely in love with it, but I've been busy with a whole slew of projects, so it will do for now :)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

What Didn't Get Blogged About

Sunrise Service at Blue Wahoo's brand new Stadium
Little Miss B lost BOTH her front teeth, so cute!

The first vegetable from our garden, a big ole radish, YUM ;) 

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Finished Chevron Art

Remember my easy Chevron Art tutorial here, well I finally got around to getting a picture of it hanging. I ♥ it, and it's even beginning to grow on my hubby, very understated, but still something playful to catch your eye :) What do you think?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

April Birchbox

This month Birchbox went green. It was filled with lots of organic and natural products, that smell oh so yummy! Here's the loot from this month, and reviews on what I've tried so far:

Be Fine Skin Care
  • Cleanser - This cleanser was a very runny consistency, I like something with a little thicker consistency, but the mint made my face feel amazingly fresh afterwards
  • Moisturizer - I'd rate this okay, it's a nice, not to heavy moisturizer, and it smells good, but there was nothing overly fantastic that stood out about it

Atelier Cologne in Orange Sanguine

A-MA-ZING!! Love this scent, but then again I'm a nut for anything with a fresh citrus vibe. Really love this and have already almost used up the entire tester, definitely going to have to order a full size version of this one.

Revolution Freedom Glow Beauty Balm & Olie 004 Oil

I really like this Balm Stick, its a nice summery pink that looks great as both a blush and lip tint, and it's full size, so it'll last quite a while. The Olie 004 Oil says it can be used for hair and skin, so I tried some on my legs the other day and it did make them rather nice and smooth, without leaving a heavy oily residue, but the scent was only so-so.

Have you tried out Birchbox yet? It's so much fun receiving a little mystery package every month and getting to try out so many products. I always get so giddy when I get my cute little box in the mail.

Check it out at BIRCHBOX 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Quick, Cheap 'n Easy Silver Cleanup

I'm sure lots of people know this trick, but I'd forgotten about it until I needed some silver polish and didn't have any.....that's where good ole Crest stepped in. I picked up these cute silver plated salt and pepper shakers from an antique store a couple of weeks ago, and with a little dab of toothpaste, an old wash cloth and a couple minutes of rubbing and then rinsing off, voila, shiny, pretty silver shakers. The hubby aid he liked the patina better, I wasn't digging it. I think I'm going to try my metal stamping kit on these and monogram them, hmmmm :)