Monday, May 26, 2014

Father's Day gift ideas

Happy Memorial Day! THANK YOU to all of those who have and currently serve our country.

In a couple of weeks we will be honoring someone else- DAD. Here are seven Father's Day gift ideas.

Duct tape wallet (insert gift cards)
Monogrammed basket- fill with his favorite things
Comic book coasters-add a six pack of his favorite pop or brew

Pegboard organizer- hang a new tool on it for gifting
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Thursday, May 22, 2014

How to refresh furniture hardware

Painting or refinishing an old piece of furniture can be fun, but what do you do about the hardware? You have two choices- replace the knobs and handles with new ones, or clean and paint the old ones. I chose to paint the old ones on my student desk makeover.
Here they are before- pretty gross!

I took a sheet of 600 grit sandpaper and started sanding away the grime. Make sure you don't use too coarse of  sandpaper or you will leave scratches that will show through your paint. You want to sand just hard enough to remove the grime and scuff the handle enough for the paint to stick.

Here it is after some sanding:

After sanding I cleaned each handle with alcohol and then let it thoroughly dry. I painted my handles with Rustoleum satin nickel, according to the directions on the can.

I'm happy with my new updated handles and  a can of spray paint was cheaper than new hardware.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

WIWW- tunic

Blouse- Belk option option option
pants- Belk option option
necklace- old
shoes- Ross option option option
Worn May 11, 2014
How do you wear a tunic? I bought this top a few years ago and have only worn it like this and with long black pants. It's one of those items that I wear once a year. It was a clearance purchase back when I made random purchases because they were "cheap" without much thought to how I would actually wear them. I get compliments on this top when I do wear it, but it's probably not getting the best use. Any ideas? (Seriously, leave me your comments or links to some ideas for this top. I'd love to have your opinion.)
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Monday, May 19, 2014

One Dozen Patriotic Party ideas

Memorial Day is next week! Do you need some ideas to get ready for your Memorial Day celebration? Here are one dozen decor, craft and food ideas you can use for Memorial Day or Fourth of July. You'll be decked out in red, white and blue in no time.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Student Desk makeover

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I'm excited to share my desk makeover with you this week! Last year my hubby built a counter height craft table for me and I refurbished a bar stool to go with it. I love the table and hope to share it one day too. I just need to finish getting my craft room in order because there is no way to photograph just the table. (We make slow progress around here.)

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Paleo lemon brownies

On Monday I shared ten paleo lemon treats ( cookies, cakes, and bars) and today I wanted to share one more that has quicky become my favorite. I found this recipe for Paleo lemon brownies through pinterest. I modified it a little to make it dairy free because my husband doesn't tolerate butter.

Below are the ingredients I used:

1/4 cup almond flour
1/4 cup tapioca flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/3 cup honey
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup coconut oil melted
2 eggs
2 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 Tablespoons lemon juice (juice of half a lemon)

For the glaze
2 Tablespoons coconut oil
2 Tablespoons honey 1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest Pinch of salt

I followed the directions in the original recipe with the exception of one thing: I did not use my food processor or electric mixer. I stirred everything by hand. They still came out great! (I find it easier to wash a spoon than the mixers or blades to the processor and I could use the exercise too.) I love the tip in the original recipe about wetting and crumpling the parchment paper. It really helps!

Hope you're having a great week!

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

WIWW- Mint cardigan

Cardigan- Old Navy option
dress- Old Navy option option
shoes- Old Navy option
necklace- JCrew Factory
bracelets- DIY
Worn May 4, 2014
It's been a while since I did a WIWW post here. I was really busy at work last month so the blog was ignored for the most part, but I'm back to share this bright and comfy outfit. I just realized that almost all of it came from Old Navy. All pieces were bought at different times. But I guess that's the good thing about shopping at the same store over and over- their pieces will coordinate.
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Monday, May 5, 2014

10 Paleo Lemon Treats

Even though lemons can be in season year round, something about spring and summer makes me want lemon flavored goodies this time of year. Before our diet change, one of my favorite candies was Lemon heads. Now I try not to consume sugar and artificial flavors and colors, so I've rounded up ten lemon treats that are gluten and/or grain free and dairy free.

Grain free lemon zinger cookies

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