Category Archives: Pinterrific

DIY Family Rules; Stairs Style

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In this house…

we are real

we make mistakes

we say I’m sorry

we give second chances

we have fun

we give hugs

we forgive

we do really loud

we are patient

we love.

I have a love hate relationship with Pinterest (see I’m  not feeling very Pinny lately!) but I must admit that it’s a great tool to use to store ideas. In fact, earlier this summer I came across an idea for Family Rules going up the stairs, possibly on Facebook because it was somewhere I couldn’t pin from. I then tried to link to the blog that was referenced below the picture and it was no longer available. Crap. I then did a google image search and what to my wondering eyes did appear, way down on the bottom of the page was the image I wanted it. Then I pinned it and went about the task of finding where I could get my own. Side not, it is absolutely weird how much the person whose stairs I pinned resemble my own, it’s really downright eerie, as you’ll see later. After finding not quite what I wanted a few different places by google searching in this house family rules and decals, I finally ended up on Etsy. UrbanWalls had exactly what I wanted and probably is where the ones in the pin came from. On a side note, Danielle Hardy of Urban Walls was super awesome and helpful cutting them down so that they would fit my stairs and doing a custom decal for our family room. The custom decal by the way is above the couch and says “This is definitely where I parked my car!” Name that movie anyone?

Anyway, once I had my decals I just cut them apart and applied them step by step, it probably took about a half hour. Only snag I ran in to was that sometimes if I wasn’t careful the transfer tape would pull off a bit of our white paint, because whoever originally painted the stairs didn’t really do a stand up job. You can see it on the Mistakes stair. That’s it, totally done! Voila Family Rules on the Stairs. Eventually maybe my kids will be able to read them…

 

 

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Worked for IT!!!! and DIY Gutter Bookshelves

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This blog post is totally late, like I meant to write it Monday, now it’s Friday. That’s what life with two small children is like, time moves FAST. So let’s pretend it’s Monday and I actually got this up when I intended to, mmmkay. Thanks.

So your Father’s Day may have went something like this, special breakfast or brunch planned by you and some combination of the kids, some gift giving, unwrapping fabulous homemade gifts if your crafty, store-bought if you’re not, no judgment I’m a big fan of both, maybe a call to your own dad to say Happy Father’s Day and then maybe you had some fun family activity planned or maybe you just went about your day. I’d love to know, I always wonder what other people do since we do none of those things. Instead, I did enormasize Jeff’s Father’s Day E-Card on our massive I-Mac for him and then proceeded to ask him what he wanted to do, since I’m a slacker and had come up with nothing to do. He responded that he was in a home-improvement mood and wanted to do house projects. On Father’s Day? Yup! Apparently he wanted to earn his Father’s Day, maybe he thought if he worked for it, I would improve my planning next year. In my defense, he is the hardest person to buy for, although if you asked him he would tell you I was. So for Father’s Day, my husband, weeded our massive flower garden, planted a hydrangea for me and built gutter bookshelves among other things. Gutter bookshelves are AMAZINGLY simple, look fabulous and my son loves them. Easiest DIY project ever, seriously it costs like $20.00 (I’m pretty sure that included the price of a new hacksaw) and takes like 20 minutes, if I was allowed to play with the hacksaw I could have totally done it myself. But I’m not, some people just shouldn’t play with sharp objects, I may be one of them. So that was it, our Father’s Day, I did buy him some delicious dessert for after dinner when my guilt set in and then on Monday I ordered him a present, which will be here like next week. I would feel bad about that but my Mother’s Day present came from Croatia like 3 weeks after Mother’s Day. I think we just have a mutual understanding that as long as we get gifts, it doesn’t really matter when they’re given, except Christmas, I am kinda crazy about Christmas. I’ll post a picture of his gift after he gets it, because it is a pretty fab idea for any mothers out there looking for a gift for their husband. I love Etsy, have I mentioned that before.

For those of you interested in Gutter Bookshelves for your Playroom/Reading Area here’s what you do:

Figure out where you want them and measure out how long you want your shelves, you can have them meet in a corner, you will just need corner brackets or they can just be long shelves. I followed someone else’s advice and found that about 14 inches from the bottom of one gutter to the bottom of the next works well.

Go to your local home improvement store, Lowes, Ace, Home Depot, Menards ( I went to Menards where I baffled the man working in the Gutter Section when I told him I wanted Gutters to make book shelves)

Purchase as many 10 foot (that’s how they’re generally sold) sections as  you will need based on the length of your shelves of open white vinyl gutter (you want vinyl so as not to cut the tiny humans). Make sure to buy end caps for each section of shelf, you will need both a right and left end cap, if your will wrap around a corner you will need a corner bracket piece for each set of shelves.

Pick up some dry wall screws

Pick up a Hacksaw if you don’t have one

Go home measure out the length of your bookshelf sections, cut with a hacksaw, put on your end caps and attach to the wall using your drywall screws with an electric drill, put a screw in each end and a couple in between, we used about 5-6 per 3 foot wide shelf because we have old plaster and wanted them to be secure. Wash, Rinse, Repeat and you’re done. If you’re really picky you can cover the dark screws with white paint or those sticker like nail covers, if you’re lazy like me you figure the books will hide them.

Voila, awesome kid accessible shelves which make your kids excited about reading, at least it did mine, and by reading I mean begging me to read to them, maybe this was a bad idea…Also I should probably keep my day job and never try to find one writing directions, sorry.

I’m not sure if the top one is not level or if just looks that way because we have the heaviest books on that end… I’ll have to work on fixing that.

I’m NOT feeling very Pinny lately!!

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Don’t get me wrong I love Pinterest, I love the idea behind Pinterest, but at the same time, it seems like it’s just another way of reminding me what a failure I am or can be. I don’t need to be the last girl picked in dodge ball heck I don’t even need to play dodge ball. I pin all of these great ideas and have sworn that each week I will try to make/replicate one of the pins that I find and admittedly have found some great recipes and kids crafts. Yet sometimes I find myself staring at Pinterest and internally screaming GOD I UNDERSTAND I WILL NEVER BE F%CK*NG PERFECT so please stop pinning all these amazing crafts/ideas that only those annoyingly perfect mothers whose children don’t suck all of the energy and life out of their mothers on a daily basis can do. Assholes.

I get that I am the mother at play group whose hair looks like she doesn’t own a brush (stupid natural curls I curse you), who most often has spit up on her arm and nearly always finds some random stain caused by my toddler’s sticky fingers only after I have pulled out of the driveway. I notoriously fail to remember to bring a diaper bag and am as a whole generally the one unprepared for whatever the activity may be and often leave thinking how do the rest of them do it. I’ve come to accept that and know that I LOVE my children and they LOVE me and we have a LOT OF FUN together albeit messy, crazy and totally disorganized, but I just don’t need crap from Pinterest. So when all you perfect mothers pin your crazy ideas about how I should spend that rare free time I have to make DIY dolls that are ridiculously cute and I really want one, I also kind of want to be sick. Do you people really have time to do that, if so I think I might hate you a little. Needless to say, I might need a hiatus from Pinterest.

A Wee Case of the Jitters and some Damn Good Cupcakes!

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I think that may win for longest blog title ever, not that I’ve ever checked. It’s definitely a personal best. I’m pretty sure Word Press would frown on it based upon all these blogging tips they keep sending me. They can bite me. I can’t help that the creative part of my brain has been disarmed by the caffeine I’ve ingested. This caffeine is tantamount to my survival, whereas creativity is not.

You see, where most people’s new years resolutions involve giving up things, like I won’t eat as much fast food this year, I’ll stop drinking so much pop this year, I’ll work out 3x a week this year, I’ve decided to TAKE UP drinking coffee this year. I love me some Vanilla Latte, Starbucks and Moka you tantalize me every day, unfortunately I can eat some places for what a good latte costs me, and now that I’ve gone down to working 2 days a week, never-ending deliciously yummy lattes have to go. Unfortunately this also happens to be the prime of my sleep deprivation, so the logical and economical solution was to take up coffee. So I went out and bought myself one of these Keurig machines determined to master the art of drinking coffee. I tried really hard to drink it black but just couldn’t do it, perhaps I just didn’t like the coffee in the sampler pack that came with it, but have found with some caramel flavored creamer, not a lot just a splash, I can actually successfully drink, wait. for. it, one whole cup a day, no more sloshing half cups down the sink for this girl. Strangely enough, regardless of my love of lattes, although admittedly half caf or decaf since I always seem to be pregnant/breastfeeding lately, the occasional caramel macchiato and the boat loads of ice tea I drink, one freaking cup of coffee has me totally jittery. I have friends that drink something like 12 cups in a morning, if I did that I’m pretty sure I would need a sedative. Does this just go away when my body becomes addicted to the caffeine? Lets hope so! In the mean time I guess I will just have to suffer through it, at least I’m awake and alert.

And now onto the cupcakes.

Because I’m being lazy and combining posts, the cupcakes are my Pinterest creation of the week. These cupcakes are DAMN GOOD. I used this recipe for the Chocolate Cupcakes and followed her link to her recipe for Cream Cheese Frosting of which I made the Chocolate version. I followed the cupcake recipe exactly except the best I could do was Nestle cocoa, they turned out AMAZING. Ever since we stopped making boxed baked goods in our effort to make things more naturally and we found it DISTURBING just how long they stayed moist (no cake should be moist a week and a half after baked, yes sometimes it takes me that long to throw things away, backoff) we’ve been looking for a good cake/cupcake recipe. We need look no further, THIS. IS. IT. I had a little more trouble with the frosting, I don’t think the 10 minutes was long enough for my butter and after I couldn’t get it to unclump, I eventually had to microwave it for about 45 seconds, which given our sucky microwave didn’t melt anything but made it warm enough to blend, and it turned out DELICIOUS. I should warn you it makes a lot of frosting but it is soo good I’m trying to think of other things to frost, because you don’t throw shit this good away! I added chocolate sprinkles to some of the cupcakes, I left some with just the frosting, and I dipped some in Andes mint crumbles. I’ve only tried the Andes mint ones thus far but they are to. die. for. Below is a picture of my creations, for all you haters that are like OH.MY. GOD. she didn’t pipe her frosting, the exit button to this blog is in the top left corner, please find it now. No, I used the good old-fashioned knife method, I had to frosten these bad boys while one kiddo was sleeping and before the other one burst into tears, time was of the essence. Now if I still haven’t sold you on these cupcakes, I sent the following text to my husband after finishing…

A: “I think you need to come home and eat a cupcake, it’s kind of like chocolate sex”

to which he wittily replied:

J: “I missed the middle all I got was home and sex”

Men, sigh. I think I’ll go eat another cupcake….

  Delicious Fabulous Cupcakes

(it made more than this but my husband ate several unfrosted ones)

*Edited to clarify that I’m either pregnant or breastfeeding and that I am by NO MEANS currently pregnant with no immediate plans to be any time in the near future or maybe ever again!

Sweet Sweet Breakfast Treat

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I love Pinterest, I might be addicted to Pinterest. In fact I was wondering if they will start having support groups for people who spend too much time on Pinterest. P.A.A. Pinterest Addicts Anonymous perhaps? But as much as I love the hunting, finding, pinning and the nosing around what other people are pinning, I really like to actually try to recreate some of the things I’ve pinned. SO in full disclosure I thought I would share my successes and failures with you. This week we made Baked Oatmeal with Strawberries, Chocolate and Bananas from Pinterest and it was DELICIOUS! We used Steel Cut Oats because that was all we had on hand but it made it just a little chewier than I imagine rolled oats would and we were ok with that. It was pretty chocolatey which wasn’t a bad thing but I think next time I am going to experiment and try substituting raisins for the chocolate chips to make me feel like it’s a healthier option. But lemme tell you, there will DEFINITELY be a next time. Heres to hoping my 2 year old doesn’t think we’re going to eat something like this for breakfast everyday because lets be honest, most days breakfast comes from a box!

If anyone is somehow not on Pinterest that wants to be, leave a comment with your email and I will be sure to get you an invite.