Hey all! Valentine’s day is around the corner and I don’t know about you, but it’s a family day around here. The kids and I generally put on as much red as we can muster up and spend the day cutting out red construction paper hearts to string for garland. We finish off the evening with some yummy food on our fanciest dishes, toast to our family with sparkling cider, and eat yummy Valentine’s Day cake! On top of all that we surprise each other with small gifts – some are homemade and others not so much. So I’ve rounded up some of my family’s favorite Valentine goodies for yall from the one and only Walmart! Some of the items are fun and very affordable and others like my oh so favorite scent – Coco Chanel Mademoiselle are a bit on the pricey side. But this has to be my all-time favorite scent and when I wear it I get so many compliments. On the other hand, Donna Karan cashmere mist comes in a close second and is much more affordable! So whether your shopping for your family or yourself – I think you’ll thoroughly enjoy some of our favorites!
Avocados are a staple in our house. I’m always picking them up at the store – but sometimes I will end up with too many and they get too soft for my kiddos. When they start turning brown we know they’re still good – It’s just what happens when they oxidize. But my kiddos can’t get past the color – so it’s guacamole to the recuse! If you’re anything like me then you like recipes that require minimal effort – if that’s the case then you’ll love my no chop guacamole recipe! ps- does anyone hear the word guacamole and think of that crazy kid’s song… you know, where a lady peels an avocado? I’ll attach it below to ensure it’s stuck in your head all day. You’re welcome.
4 large avocados
3/4 – 1 cup of salsa
1/2 of a lime’s juice
1 teaspoon minced garlic
and 1/4 cup dried cilantro or 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
Mix by hand or in a mixer and enjoy!
As you know – I’m currently in a blog series called bathroom refresh where I’m trying to update my bathroom on a $100 budget. This is actually quite hard to do – so I’m trying to pull as many things from my house as possible to save the budget for statement items like new light fixtures and pulls. Now – You might be confused because the title of my blog is called “How to update your bathroom fixtures with spray paint” but in my case, my light fixture and pulls are so outdated – spray paint wasn’t going to fix it. I decided to use my budget to try and buy a light clearanced out, new pulls, and textiles. So, this meant I had to be willing to repaint a new light fixture to get it exactly the shade I was looking for. I found a light on clearance for $40 and it was exactly what I was looking for! Except that it was brown and not black. I also pulled a mirror that was the perfect size from my guest room – and it’s also brown and not black. That’s where my handy dandy can of spray paint comes in.
It’s important to always use the right spray paint for your projects. In this case, I’m spray painting metal so enamel paint is best. It will last longer on surfaces compared to lacquer. It also adheres better. Some times I will use a top coat to help seal in the color, but not always. I usually only do that on “high traffic” items that get used a lot or touched a lot like chairs, furniture, etc. Because this mirror and light fixture is a “hung and done” kind of deal, I’m not worried about the paint coming off.
2-3 light coats are always a good idea when spray painting to ensure you’re getting full coverage. Also, I’ll emphasize LIGHT coats! If you spray it on too thick it’ll probably drip and then it’ll be obvious that it was spray painted. Try and stand a good 12 inches away from your fixtures so that it doesn’t bubble up and look sloppy.
It’s important to wedge your tape right up underneath the frame of your mirror so you don’t “accidentally” leave a thick stripe of spray paint. The more of the tape you get under the frame the better.
The great thing about spray paint is that it only takes seconds to get an even coat… it’s the dry time between coats that can be time-consuming. A half-hour is a good amount of time to wait in between coats if the coats are light.
If you don’t have fixtures – or yours were so outdated like mine then you should check out my latest post on choosing the right fixtures for your bath!
Hey guys, Remeber this fall when I did that Old Navy try on? Well – I was over there today and noticed that they’re having huge sales! Just about all the items I tried on are majorly discounted! I Mean Clearance items are up to 75% off!! Here are a few of my favorite looks from this fall!
After the first coat of white paint, I realized that the paint stuck out like a sore thumb. You see, all of the other elements in my bathroom are a light tan. I didn’t notice this until the first coat of white paint was up and the contrast was very obvious. Sometimes you can follow all the steps on your design plan and it doesn’t work out. There just isn’t money in the budget to change the light beige toilet, shower surround, and tub to new whites ones so… instead I’m going to repaint the walls. The walls were a dark beige color before I painted them a bright white. My plan now is to mix white paint with a light tan paint I have and mix it until it’s a creamy neutral with a hint of tan to it. That way it doesn’t clash with the other tan elements in the bathroom. Now that brings me to another problem I have in this bathroom. I don’t have an exhaust fan and mold can grow easily on the ceiling. I need to deep clean this bathroom before I paint over my ceiling – but I’m not a fan of using bleach. It can be tough to fight mold and other bathroom germs without it. But I’ve rounded up some cleaning hacks that don’t require bleach that will leave your bathroom sparkling!
Baking soda is an excellent cleaning agent. It can create an awesome paste that will cut through mold, mildew, and tub grime. If you mix it with equal parts peroxide and let the paste sit in your tube it will wipe away shiny and clean after just a few minutes.
Vinegar is great for disinfecting as well. I like to Mix 1 cup white vinegar and ½ cup lemon juice in a spray bottle and spray it all over my tub. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then sprinkle baking soda on top. Let it sit for another 10 minutes and wipe it clean. Seriously, your tub will sparkle! You can also pour a half cup of vinegar into your toilet and let it sit for about 20 minutes. It seriously cleans the bowl without needing a toilet brush. Just flush it down and your toilet will be sparkly and clean! Vinegar also works great to mop those bathroom floors! Just add a ½ cup of white distilled vinegar to a half-gallon of warm water.
Ok- This is probably my favorite hack because it doesn’t necessarily pertain to just bathroom cleaning. I literally use Castile soap for everything! Castile Soap comes concentrated so you have to dilute it. Just a couple tablespoons of Castile soap in a spray bottle of water makes a perfect disinfecting spay! Want even more cleaning power? Use this spray to get rid of tub mildew and then sprinkle on baking soda and let sit. Seriously, the mildew wipes away!
Thanks so much for reading along – Leave some love below if you also like to clean with safer cleaning supplies and drop a comment with your favorite cleaning hacks!
This year for my Thanksgiving tablescape I wanted to go really neutral. I found these great burlap table runners on Amazon and decided that was going to be my inspiration! I ended up buying 4. One that ran the length of my table and 2 that I could cut in half and run the width of my table to use as placemats.
I have a really useful tip to use when cutting burlap. Measure your burlap to size and snip the edge of the runner exactly where you want to cut your burlap. Then, find a loose thread and pull all the way until the tread comes out. It will bunch together until the tread comes loose. This will leave you a perfect line to cut and your edges won’t fray.
First I added my burlap runner down the middle. Then, I added my cut burlap to the width of the table creating placemats for each chair. Next, I added my pinstripe table runner to add some color and texture to my tablescape. And lastly, I added greenery! I love to use real or faux garland to my tablescapes.
Add your centerpiece to the center of the garland. If you missed my post about making a Thanksgiving centerpiece you can read on here. I also added varying size pumpkins from our garden and taper candles and candle holders to add height to my tablescape.
I like a more eclectic vibe for my table setting. I used mismatched white dishes that were thrifted and drinking glasses that were also thrifted. To help the table feel more cohesive with my eclectic vibe I used matching black chargers and buffalo check napkins. These napkin rings were from Target long ago – But you can find similar ones here.
The key to any tablescape is to add many layers and varying heights. This adds depth and dimension and is visually appealing. Basically, you want one thing that your eye is going to be drawn too (here – my floral arrangement) and then other things that aren’t going to compete with it, but complement it.
I hope you’ve enjoyed friends.. checkout my Pumpkin bar recipe for the perfect Thanksgiving day treat!
So it snowed today… are you guys ready?! It may not officially be winter on the calendar but as soon as it snows it’s winter in my books. I got all my kiddos winter gear out including coats, hats, gloves, and of course all of our down comforters and gave them all a good wash. Whatever we have to do to stay warm – am I right?! I don’t know what it is about colder weather that makes me obsessed with making everything cozy – but seriously bring on everything soft, plush, and fuffy!
This year in keeping with my cozy winter theme – It was time to swap out my bedding for something more fitting for winter. Out went the linen sheet and in came the flannel sheets! My friends from Garnet Hill sent me over a set including sheets, pillows cases, and a duvet cover from their signature line in white! All flannel! I’ll be honest – I’m a flannel bedding virgin… But I’m happy to report that since I’ve experienced them… I’ll be a flannel sheet kinda girl for life. Only in the chillier months that it. Who else here has never experienced flannel sheets before??
I seem to always have the coldest feet ever… I mean my poor husband will tell ya because I often put my toes on the back of his legs. Sorry, not sorry! I can’t be alone – Am I right?! But listen, guys, with Garnet Hill’s flannel bedding… there’s no need to torture our husbands anymore! My feet stay perfectly warm! My husband even commented on how amazing this flannel bedding is! He never notices anything. Seriously, I could have changed our bedding set from white to maroon and he wouldn’t notice a thing. He’s a practical kind of guy – so when he noticed that he felt warmer in bed he realized something must be new!
So apparently flannel is a napped cotton fabric, which means its loose fibers are teased loose from the weave. These loose ends make flannel super soft and fluffy to the touch, plus the fibers trap air to keep in the heat… so there that!
Who needs a three?
Flannel is the perfect bedding this winter and I for one am thrilled to be sleeping on the warmest – coziest – softest bedding ever!
Ok -I finally ordered my daughter a set of Beddys bedding. She’d been asking me since I collaborated with Beddys for the boy’s room a year ago and for some reason, I was dragging my feet. The price can be intimidating at first – but I knew how out-of-the-world amazing they are.. so I finally went for it.
Needless to say, I am beyond thrilled with her set! It is so adorable and she is completely smitten! Each and every day since getting her Beddys she’s made her bed. I don’t even have to prompt her to make her bed in the morning. Again – another way Beddy’s has made my life easier.. they want to make their beds!! It’s crazy.. but there’s something fun about zipping up the sides of their sets! Hey – no argument here!
Now that all my kids have their beddys, it’s become a regular part of their routine to make their beds THEMSELVES in the morning. Don’t get me wrong… It’s always been their routine. But they generally looked worse than when they started. I was still an encouraging mom that nodded and smiled and praised the heck out of them for trying. Then the bed making fairy – A.K.A mom- came in the room when everyone was in school and remade their beds. I’m not proud of this.. but hey – it’s the truth! So when I say they make their beds THEMSELVES, I really mean it. They make their beds every day and it’s perfect every time. It’s foolproof – all they have to do it zip up the sides of their bedding and stack their pillows! voila – Done! It really does make my life easier. It’s now one less thing off my plate and I know these sets are worth every penny!
If you’re curious about washing – the quality – and the physics of them… Let me save you some time – they’re amazing in all of the above. But If you want to know all the nitty-gritty, I’ve written another blog post with all the deets. Check it out here.
In this post, I wanted to actually show you how EASY it is to put the bedding on your bed and how easy it is to make every day! Plus, it looks perfect every time! I’ve added a video below for you to check out!
Not only is the bedding perfect for kids.. but Beddys bedding is just so beautiful I’d put them on any bed in my house. My daughter has the Chic white bedding set. It looks fabulous paired with pink accessories and very darling in a little girls room, but would also look fabulous as bedding in a farmhouse, cozy cottage, or shabby chic styled room too!
And of course Beddys is so fabulous they gave me a code to share with you all – So now you can try it out with a discount… AND with a 30-day money-back guarantee – there’s really no risk!
Use code THEFARMHOUSELIFE20 to start making you’re life easier today!
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Did you know that all pumpkins are edible? Yes – It’s true! All those pumpkins you styled on your dining table and on your front porch display don’t have to go to waste. Bring them in from outside before the weather starts freezing and turn them into yummy treats!
I’ve got three little ones around that are constantly asking for treats.. so a simple way to give them yummy baked treats without the guilt is to make them vegan. I’m a plant-based eater around here so I’m constantly looking for ways to get my kids to eat more plants, less dairy and meats, and of course more fiber! I’m realizing more and more how hard it is to get my kids to eat the recommended daily dose of fiber theses days. With a simple swap out of some ingredients, it’s easier than ever to give my kids a yummy treat with guilt-free ingredients.
To start – preheat your oven to 400 degrees. When preheated, put your whole pumpkin on a cookie sheet and place it in the oven for about an hour. When it’s toasted brown and sunken in turn off your oven and take out your pumpkin. Let it cool and then cut it in half and scoop out the seeds. Then, scoop out all of the meat and put it in a large bowl and set aside.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then, mix your flax and water and set aside. Next, you’ll add in the pumpkin, oil, sugar, and flax mixture. Then add in all your dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
Pour your batter into your pan and pop it in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Keep in mind the color of your mixture is going to depend on what type of pumpkin you used. Mine was a light green heirloom pumpkin so my mixture is more yellow than bright orange.
While your bars are baking, start on your frosting. Always start with your wet ingredients and then slowly add in your dry ingredients. If your mixture is too runny just add in more powdered sugar. Set aside until bars are cool and then frost your bars!
I get asked how to arrange pillows and throws on a sectional a lot. And I totally get the confusion! On a normal coach, you have two ends.. you put a few pillows on each side and voila! But with a sectional, there are three ends! So If you’ve ever asked yourself how to style a sectional – you’ve come to the right place!
I like to add a few throws on my sectional. Especially in the colder seasons because they get used a lot. Here, I’ve droped one over the arm of the sectional in a dramatic fashion and let it sort of cascade to the ground. The other, I’ve folded up the long way and placed it over the back of the couch and let it hang down to the floor. Then I layered my bigger pillows over them.
Start with two larger (24in) pillows with matching covers on each end of the couch. Then add in two matching 20 or 18 inch pillows next to them. This works as bookends on your coach and brings structure and coordnation. A trick of the trade…use pillow covers that are a size or two smaller than your pillows. This makes your pillows look so much more full! – Also, are you looking for the perfect karate chop pillows? Use down inserts!
You certainly don’t need all of your pillows to match. I like to stick with creamy neutrals to add contrast to my dark couch. I also wanted to tie in my emerald green ottoman so I added a similar lumbar pillow and another pillow with green trim to tie it all in.
Start with your largest pillow in the back corner of the coach. I like a 26incher there. Then add in the next height of pillow next to it. As you can see from my image, the height of my pillows in the corner is cascading down to my lowest point which is my lumbar pillow. Adding varying heights helps to give the pillows more depth and deminetion. And adding in varying textures helps it to not look so matchy matchy, but all sill vey coordinated.