Friday, April 29, 2011

Apple Wreath Inspired by Dear Lillie...

Once upon a time... 

I stumbled across this blog...

Dear Lillie

her home is stunning...

her taste impeccable...

She has inspired many projects in my home...

Most recently, this wreath...

I had to have one of my own!

Grape vine wreath... check!

Boxwood garland... check!

Faux Walmart apples... check!

Ribbon... check!


... and I think it looks beautiful in my kitchen,

appropriately hung on my pantry door.


Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter 2011

{Apparently it is too much to ask for a cute picture of them together!!}

Military Care Package Idea

I'm long over due for a post and I am far behind on my weekly updates! 

My little man started t-ball and it has kept us pretty busy on top of me finally joining a gym! 

With that said... I wanted to share the last package I sent my Sailor... 

My favorite past time, google, led me to a website with ideas for military care packages. One website suggested themed boxes, which I thought was such a cute idea... so, after my Sailor requested protein powder I decided to go with a "health" theme!

I cut the card in the shape of a dumbbell and it reads... 

"To our dearest Dumbbell,
A little something just for the health of it!
Love Always,
Your Down B & The Mini's"

protein powder
sunflower seeds
gatorade sports bottle
gatorade drink mix
gatorade fuel shots
applesauce to go
5 hour energy shots
misc. power/energy bars
power bar protein bites

I also included the Sports Illustrated Swim Suit Edition...

but didn't want those pretty girls to distract my man from the only pretty girl he needs to be looking at...

Thank you modge podge!

That of course is a picture of a body I haven't seen in a few years... but hopefully this new gym membership will make sure that body is waiting for my Sailor at the pier!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

My new bee eff eff eff's!!

I would like you to meet my two new best friends...

Seriously... these two products are 


I bought the counter cleaner at Walmart because I was out of my Method (from Target) cleaner at home and I try to stick to natural cleaning products (at least in the kitchen-baby steps)... this was all I could find for natural cleaners at Walmart....

I almost didn't get it either because I didn't think I liked the smell...

but OMG I am now obsessed with the smell!! It is the cleanest freshest smell and it is so fragrant (without being over powering) and I swear to you, just wiping your kitchen counters will leave your whole house smelling fresh... upstairs and downstairs!!

I actually get excited to clean my kitchen now!

Not to mention, it is hard to find good cleaners for granite, the Method cleaner I had before actually didn't do a very good job. It would leave a residue that I would have to re-wipe with a granite cleaner... this Meyer's cleaner leaves the granite sparkly and clean!

The Dryel on the go stick was another one that I just happened to grab while trying to find something to remove Blue ICEE splatters from the roof of my car! 

It literally works like magic!!

Anything or Anyone that makes my life easier... is a friend of mine!

I just wanted to also thank my followers/readers.... I know I am not a very faithful poster (which I hope to improve upon), but I can't tell you how much it means to me to read your comments or how excited I feel when I see a new follower!!


Friday, April 8, 2011

I ♥ Pennants

This year when I pulled out our Easter decor, I decided that I didn't like any of it anymore. 

So I tried to think of something inexpensive I could make to decorate for Easter/Spring!

I have seen a lot of pennant banners on several blogs and with some...

 extra burlap
mini clothes pins (craft section of Walmart)
stencils (craft section of Walmart)

I decided to make one of my own. 

I didn't have a rotary cutter so my pennants are not perfect, which I must admit does kind of bother the perfectionist in me, but I think it came out pretty darn cute and cost next to nothing!

My little topiary is missing it's planter... keep hoping I will find the matching one somewhere!!

What are you waiting for?? Go make one!!

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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Week 8

While I can't say that life has gotten any easier without you...

the second month has been easier than the first!

5 more months to go...

This week, we went to Pump it Up with the MOM's group...

Sat in the sun and had some "dome" crackers (as brother calls them)...

Someone got BUSTED!!

Sissy did lot's of standing on her own and took 5 steps this week, but still isn't officially walking...

...and finally, this week marks the end of breast feeding!! 

Hallelujah! Praise the LORD!

We miss you Sailor!!