Sunday, October 27, 2013

American Girl outfit giveaway...

Oh how I'm hoping I win!!  Check out this awesome giveaway....



Saturday, October 5, 2013

Front Door Update

I saw this photo online of an awesome pink door with a vinyl address decal on it and fell in love.  I took my chances and painted my front door pink and found a shop on Etsy called Leen the graphics Queen that makes the vinyl decals.

So here's my pink door...


Sorry, not the greatest photo...cute dog though, right? :)

The pink lasted a few weeks but when I pulled out my Fall wreath it TOTALLY clashed.  How do you create a Fall wreath and incorporate PINK?  So, I repainted (not a very exciting color but it's neutral and it's what I had left over in the garage) then added my address decal.

Here she is now...


I love the decal, it adds a touch of class that makes my door stand out from the rest in the neighborhood.  Thanks Leen!

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Forever in our Hearts....

June 2002-August 27, 2013

We love you Daisy, you'll never be forgotten.

Spray Painted Outdoor Lights

Our outdoor lights are a sad sight and it wasn't doing much for the curb appeal of our home.  I ended up spray painting them to give them new life.

       
                                                                          Before:

After:



I learned a quick lesson on taping off the glass, just use painters tape...you'll see my examples below on taping.

  **Start taping from the bottom of the pane and work your way up.  That way, when you use your box cutter to trim the excess off the sides the tape won't catch and peel backward.  Nice and neat.

If you look in the first picture, you'll see the middle strip of tape in the top corner was caught and started to peel back.  Notice the bottom piece of tape wasn't affected because the middle layer of tape was over it.  'Going with the grain' I guess you could call it.  It was after this picture that I learned the lesson.  :)



Thursday, August 15, 2013

Spray Painted Poster Board

It works!  I was worried about ruining my poster board sunburst mirror but I took the chance and it worked!

I used Krylon Dual (Paint + Primer) in Gold.  It really warmed up the room.  I thought for sure the spray paint would just drip and make a mess but I lightly sprayed and waited a few minutes between coats, which I probably put on 3-4, and it worked out great.

Here she is, before.....



After.....


Opie the Photobomber...



Monday, July 29, 2013

Chicago!

We sold our camper earlier this year in order to go on larger trips and expand our traveling territory.  Our first stop, Chicago.

I lived there for a short period of time, right after I graduated from United Airlines flight attendant training in 1997.  I forgot how much I missed it, what a fun trip for us, the girls had a blast.

Our itinerary...

Day 1:

- Took the "L" to the Skydeck at Willis Tower
- Rainforest Cafe for lunch
- Jay Pritzker Pavilion to see and hear the free orchestra music
- The Cloud Gate (aka the Bean)
- The Crown Fountain, the kids played in the water (it's okay, it's allowed)
- Buckingham Fountain, it has hourly light and water shows

Day 2:

- Shedd's Aquarium
- Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
- Navy Pier (caught the Cirque Shanghai show)

Day 3:

- Kiddos wanted to go back to the Crown Fountain and play
- Drove home

If I were to offer tips for those of you who may be planning a trip there, buy tickets ahead of time.  Also, those who bought the Fast Pass, they cruised to the head of the line each time.

Try to eat a little earlier, say 4:30-5pm, just before the crowds.  And for Navy Pier, it was a mad house, maybe because it was Saturday night and there were fireworks but next time I'd shoot for a weekday.

Also, the Bean and the Crown fountain are very close, next time (I was prepared the second day) I'd have the kids wear their bathing suit and there's a public restroom on the level just below the Bean where they can change into dry clothes.

Shedd's Aquarium has an awesome Stingray touch exhibit, I highly recommend it.  The 4-D movie, on the other hand, didn't compare to the Bug's Life 4-D at Disney.  So if that's what you'd expect you may be disappointed.

The cheapest mode of transportation would be the bus.  We were too intimidated to try it though and ended up paying a fortune for taxi's.

We stayed at the Grant Park Best Western on S. Michigan.  It was the cheapest around with a parking structure and it was one of the few that had a pool (on a roof, which the kids thought was cool).