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Inspiration: Cute Nursery Ideas for Girls

Posted by Andie on March 27, 2014

From a design perspective, it doesn't get much sweeter than nurseries for baby girls.
Aren't they just precious?
I mean seriously.  I can't even handle the cuteness! 

Well, since we are talking babies...
The party is about to get a little crazier at our house in the next week or so:)
I am over the moon to announce that we're expecting a little baby girl!  Any day now!
We. Can't. Wait.

 Between getting the nursery ready (more on that to come), shopping for baby girl clothes (nobody told me how dangerous it is!), and helping my 22 month old son get ready to be a big brother--- let's just say it's been a crazy few months.  Thanks for being so patient with me you guys! 

And now, let's all just take a moment to drool over these gorgeous baby girl nurseries......

 

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Paint Swatch Art

Posted by Andie on March 22, 2014

Does anyone else think little paint swatches are as cute as I do?  I am absolutely fascinated by them.  Even if I'm not planning on painting anything, I often find myself in the paint isle of stores just oohing and aahing over all of the beautiful vibrant colors.

While paint swatches are considered useless garbage to most people, I'm always trying to come up with ways to use them creatively around my house!  A few weeks ago, I got a hankering to make a piece of colorful art for our nursery--- I picked up a bunch of paint swatches, pulled out my scissors and got to work.  An hour later, I was pretty happy with the results!  If you're looking for a fun, inexpensive art project (kids would especially love this), look no further! 

Here's what you'll need:

paint swatches- the more colors the better!
poster board or canvas
scissors
triangle template (or any other shape for that matter)
double sided foam adhesive stickers (or a glue stick)
matted picture frame

Directions:

1. Round up a variety of paint swatches.  I used different shades and tints of the same color, but the sky is the limit as far as colors go!
2. Cut out a triangle template, and then use it to cut out a bunch of colorful trianges from the paint swatches.
3. Arrange the triangles on a poster board or canvas however you'd like.  I did 7 rows with 8 triangles per row.  
4. Once the triangles are exactly where you want them, back them with the double sided foam stickers and stick them to the poster board or canvas (this will give the triangles a 3-D effect).  You can get technical and use a ruler to be extremely precise, or you can just eyeball it like I did.  I didn't want mine to look too perfect, so I went with a more "thrown together" look.  
5. That's it!  Pop the poster board into a matted frame and hang it up on your wall!  

  

 

 

 

 

What kinds of projects have you done with paint swatches?

 

 

 

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Green Rooms

Posted by Andie on March 17, 2014

In honor of St. Patty's day we're focusing on the color green!  In design, green often symbolizes balance, stability, renewal, growth, nature and wealth.  Green is fascinating because it can be warm or cool, depending on the amount of blue & yellow in the hue.

Green has some pretty interesting genetics.  Blue and yellow couldn't be much more different if they tried.  Blue typically represents authority, efficiency, productivity, complex thinking, and tends to have a calming, soothing effect.  Yellow represents happiness, cheerfulness, energy and vigor!  Obviously, green is a complex color with a lot of emotional possibilities! 

Whether you prefer soothing or vibrant, you're sure to find a green that fits the bill!  From kelly to olive, to emerald to lime, you can make just about any green look fantastic in your home!  Here are some rooms that are sure to make you green with envy....

 

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Posted by Andie on March 12, 2014

Remember when I posted about cookie paddles and I said that I'm always on the hunt for the best chocolate chip recipe in the entire world?  I AM CONFIDENT THAT I HAVE FOUND IT!!  I got the recipe from a friend- and let me tell you, they are to die for.  No, really though.  I've probably made hundreds of different chocolate chip cookie recipes ever since I started making cookies when I was 8 years old.  Over the years I've had favorites, but I've never actually been able to say that I had found the very best homemade chocolate chip cookie in the world.
 
Until now.  BAM.  This is it.  These cookies are amazing.  They are wonderful right out of the oven, and they are still soft 6 days later (they hardly ever make it that long without getting eaten though).  Seriously, you just have to make these and see for yourself!  I don't think I'll ever use another chocolate chip cookie recipe for as long as I live!
 
Here's what you'll need:
 
 
 
 
 
Kellee's Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
1.5 cups sugar
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 sticks crisco (If you don't have the sticks, 2 cups normal crisco is fine)
4 eggs
Blend together.  
Then add and mix:
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla
 
In separate bowl, mix:
2 tsp. baking soda
6 tsp. hot water
Once combined, add to bowl with everything else
 
Then add:
5.5 cups flour (one at a time)
1 package milk chocolate chips
 
*Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes  (I prefer my cookies to come out looking a little golden, so I think 11-12 minutes is the perfect amount of baking time.  Just do whatever you like!)
 
 
*It is very important that you follow the directions precisely!  
 
Here's a visual for you:
 
 
Step 1: Blend crisco, brown sugar, sugar and eggs together.  
 
 
 
Step 2: Add salt and vanilla.  Mix well.  
Step 3: In separate bowl, mix baking soda and water together.  I've been told that the hot water helps activate the baking soda. Once combined, add it to everything else.
 
 
 
Step 4: Add flour (one cup at a time), followed by chocolate chips.
Step 5: Eat cookie dough until you are sick! 
 
 
Step 6: Roll generous balls of dough onto a greased cookie sheet.
Step 7: Put half of the dough mixture in a ziploc bag to put in the freezer so that you can A) Snack on cookie dough whenever you want, or B) Throw cookie dough in the oven at a moment's notice when you're in a bind and need to produce a home-baked treat STAT for some event you forgot about:)
Step 8: Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes ( Or 11-12 if you're like me!)
 
 
 
 
Step 9: ENJOY!!!  There is no way you'll be able to stop at just one.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
*MY NOTES:
- I've recently become a major believer in the power of cookie paddles (used on a Kitchen Aid or Bosch Mixer), so if you have those use them! If not, don't stress.  They are still good when mixed with a hand mixer.
- The recipe calls to cook them for 8-10 minutes depending on your oven, but personally I like to cook them for 11-12 minutes and take them out once they've browned just a tiny bit.  Just watch them close and go with your preference!

 

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How to Get Rid of Hard Water Stains

Posted by Andie on March 7, 2014

One of the drawbacks to living in an old little house is that we don't have a water softener.  Honestly, if it were up to me I would happily spend every cent of my tax return on one, but we rent so that's not a possibility:)  When we first moved in the hard water situation didn't seem too bad, but over time it became HORRIBLE.  It got to the point that running our dishwasher did more harm than help. Our dishes weren't getting clean, and they started getting a nasty white film covering them that got worse and worse with every wash.  

For months we tried everything we could think of to fix the problem and get our clean, nice looking dishes back.  We used just about every dishwasher detergent on the market, lemi shine rinses, vinegar, etc.  The result?  Nothing even came remotely close to touching the hard water stains on our dishes! 

It finally got to the point where our hard water stains were so disgusting that we were embarassed to have friends over.  I was starting to think that we were going to have to move in order to get our dishes back to normal again. And honestly, the situation bothered me so badly that I even entertained the thought of moving for a minute!

After doing a LOT of research online & speaking with a local dishwasher repairman, I finally found 3 products that have completely SOLVED our hard water problem!  Honestly, it was nothing short of a miracle in my eyes!  I am still amazed by the fact that our dishes now look as good as they did on the day we bought them!   

So, if you have hard water stains on your dishes that are just unbearable, here are 3 products you need to get your hands on:

1. Dishwasher Magic 

Have you heard of this stuff?  It's amazing!  It's a one-time use cleaner and disinfectant.  You simply place it in your empty dishwasher and run a cycle. (Depending on how bad the build up is in your dishwasher you might want to use 2 of these puppies- that's what we did.)  It removes lime scale, rust, iron, soap scum, grease and food stains that have built up inside your dishwasher.  This gives new life to your dishwasher and drastically improves cleaning performance!   

2. Citra Charge Dishwasher Scale Remover

Citra Charge packets were a total game changer for my dishes.  You simply place a packet in the utensil basket of your dishwasher, load the dishwasher up with dishes, and run a cycle normally.  Each Citra Charge packet lasts for 3-4 dishwasher loads.  

I was pretty skeptical when I loaded my dishwasher with all of my crusty, disgusting hard water stained dishes.  I honestly didn't think it was going to work.  I was SHOCKED at the results.  Not only did Citra Charge get rid of the film on my dishes, they looked shiny and spotless again!  Below are two photos of the same pan lid.  The photo on the left was taken before I used Citra Charge, and the photo on the right was taken after going through two dishwasher cycles with Citra Charge.  

 Before Citra Charge vs. After Citra Charge

 

 

3. Citric Acid

I was told that after using Dishwasher Magic & Citra Charge, I should wait a few months until my dishes started getting a lot of hard water build up again, and then simply repeat the process as needed.  That seemed foolish to me though!  Why let it build up again?  Then my husband and I did a little research and found that using Citric Acid in conjunction with your normal dishwasher detergent works wonders when it comes to hard water and keeping your dishes shiny and pretty.

 

For the past few weeks, I've added a couple of tablespoons of Citric Acid every time I've ran my dishwasher.  (1 Tbsp with the detergent in the dispenser and 1 Tbsp in the bottom of the tub.)  You guys!  My dishes look PERFECT!  It's incredible.  The end.  

After using the citra charge packets & then citric acid in my dishwasher for a month!

Perfection!!

Now, go ahead and start cleaning your dishes.  

I promise you'll become a believer too!

 

 Any other hard water treating secrets out there we should know about??

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Free Vintage Posters

Posted by Andie on March 4, 2014

Artwork can be expensive.  Even if you're buying simple prints from websites like etsy or ebay it can really start adding up!  Recently I re-decorated my little boy's room and wanted to go with a vintage travel theme for the artwork on the walls.  I found an awesome vintage travel poster online, but when I added it to my shopping cart and found that it was a whopping $550.00 I about died!  No way was I going to pay that kind of money for a print that was going on my 20 month old son's wall!

Now I was on a personal mission to prove to myself that I could redecorate a space on a very tight budget and it could still be cute!  

I started looking around and found this amazing website I had to share!  It's called Free Vintage Posters.  The name is self-explanatory--- there are hundreds and hundreds of vintage posters- all available to download for FREE!  And they've got all kinds: travel, animals, design, food/drink, western, circus, sports, war, advertisements & movies!  I ended up downloading a bunch of travel posters, and paying about $4.00 total to get them printed out as 5x7's at a local print shop!  Then I popped them in some old wooden picture frames I painted in funky, bright colors and hung them on the wall.  I have to say, I'm pretty proud of myself.  It looks so cute and you'd never guess I only spent about 10 bucks on the project!  

I'll spend $10.00 over $550.00 + any day.  Wouldn't you?  Check it out!  Here are some of my favorites....

 

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