Deciding on a paint color is tough
Mike and I are having a difficult time settling on colors for our master bedroom and bath. We recently moved our furniture around to give the room a fresh look and I realized that it was the wall color that needed to be changed. Besides Lily’s pink bedroom, the rest of our walls are painted in warm earth tones. I want to lighten up the bedroom with a shade of light gray and blue for the bathroom to tie in our Pottery Barn Malika rug.
Today’s tip will give you two ways to reduce the stress of choosing paint colors! After researching for awhile online, I wrote down a few color options and headed to the store to pick up samples. I was able to cut down my choices, as the swatch colors were much different in person then online.
Tip number one: Cut the swatches to only have the color you want in front of you. Most swatches have three to four color options. Trying to concentrate on only the specific color you want while surrounded by others that are so similar is confusing!
Tip number two: Paint the options on more than one wall in the room. As light filters into the room during the day, the color can change depending on where the light hits. You might be fond of a color you tried behind your bed, but might see different hints of colors you don’t like when you view it in an area with more or less light.
We were able to quickly decide on a color for the bathroom, but still puzzled on what to do for our bedroom. Option one is Stonington Gray and option two is Revere Pewter (both from Benjamin Moore). Stonington Gray has an icy feel to it with a bluish tint. Revere Pewter is darker than it’s competition and feels warmer. Because we did a sample behind our bed and closer to natural light we were able to pick up on shades of blue and didn’t like the icy feel. We are leaning towards Revere Pewter, but I think I need to check out more options to be confident with the decision.
In the end using these two tips can help narrow down paint choices and hopefully reduce color confusion! Does anyone have a favorite shade of gray??
Being married to an Italian man we frequently eat pasta and I only knew a few recipes prior to meeting him. This one is so simple and has only five ingredients! This makes a good amount, so if you are only making this for two, you can cut it in half and still bake it in a 9×13 or in an 8×8. Or keep it how it is and have it for lunch the next day like we do! I’m not very particular when it comes to marinara and typically we use Classico’s Tomato & Garlic. I have made sauce from scratch a few times and it just takes way too much time. For this recipe I buy one of the best store bought sauces, Rao’s marinara. This stuff is ridiculously expensive for pasta sauce… I’m talking 9 bucks for a jar. BUT I always have the other ingredients on hand, so a $9 meal is pretty good if you ask me! Hope you enjoy a new way to eat spaghetti!
16. oz of spaghetti (I use angel hair)
27.5 oz jar of pasta sauce
1 cup skim milk
1 and 1/4 tsp garlic salt
2 cups part skim mozzarilla
-Preheat oven to 425 degrees and coat 9×13 baking dish with spray.
-Break noodles in 2 inch pieces and cook according to the instructions on the box and drain. Do NOT overcook it.
-Beat the eggs, milk and garlic salt. Mix this and the pasta together, slowly adding in 1 and 1/2 cups of the cheese.
-Put the pasta mixture in the dish and bake for 15 minutes.
-Take out of the oven and lower the temp to 350 degrees. Pour the pasta sauce all over the top and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
-Bake for 30 minutes.
-Let it cool for few minutes and cut it in squares to serve!
I have had a few people email me asking about Lily’s birthday party and where I found the letters spelling “one”. Those letters were a DIY project that was SUPER easy and also pretty darn cheap!
The letters are found at Joann for $2.99 and so was the Mod Podge (in matte) for $5.49. There are some other projects in the future that I will use this glue, so I justified spending that much on glue! To keep in the color scheme of the party I used colored tissue paper that I already had (free!).
The tissue paper was cut in small pieces making it easy to apply around any curves of the letters. To start I poured a small amount of the glue on a paper plate and laid out some wax paper to work on. Using a small foam brush (I already had one, but they are dirt cheap) I applied some of the glue to a small area of the letter.
I quickly started to apply the tissue paper before the glue would dry. After the tissue was on I would brush over it with more glue to help smooth out any bumps. Bumps and creases are inevitable because tissue paper is so delicate. After the first color of paper was glued on I turned the letter upside down to dry and started on the next one. By the time I was done with the “E” the “O” was dry enough for me to start the next color! I applied two layers of tissue paper for each color and three for the yellow so you didn’t see through to the cardboard.
I love these cardboard letters from Joann! Spell out a name, hang your monogram or first initial on a gallery wall or hang a letter with a thick ribbon on your front door after you cover it in moss! There are so many fun projects you can do with these letters and I LOVE that they are so cheap, come in many different sizes, and can stand on their own!
photo cred: Kimberly Photography
source: Pottery Barn
I enjoy switching out fillers for vases periodically to give new life to my rooms. With new seasons and holidays it’s fun to be playful with your home’s décor. Over the years I have amassed an embarrassing collection of glass vases, mason and apothecary jars filling two large shelves in my garage! Every once in awhile I will purge a few, but it’s empty place gets filled later on with a new find from Pottery Barn or Home Goods.
August is just around the corner so the holiday season will be here before you know it! This year I’m going to have more fun with all my glass pieces and the their fillers. I haven’t decided what I will do so I started putting together a list (I told you before I am a compulsive list maker!) of various objects.
There are simple items from the pantry like pasta, beans and rice that you can fill apothecary jars with and display them on your kitchen counters or above cabinets. I have three glass containers in my bathroom that hold Q-tips, cotton balls and face pads. It gives the bathroom a simple and clean appearance (plus it gives me more space in my drawers!). Have a game room or a den just for the boys? How about filling an empty glass bottom lamp with golf balls or tees? The possibilities are endless! So enjoy this list and have fun!
My poor baby girl is having a rough time right now. Lily has been dealing with teething pain, an ear infection and things got even worse! Seeing some red blisters and a rash forming, I got nervous that she was allergic to her medicine and took her to the doctor again.
Turns out she has Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease on top of everything else. Her doctor says that it is running rampant all over Tampa and that she had seven cases last week alone. There is a 3-7 day incubation period so she could have infected in Tampa or while we were in Puerto Rico. So not knowing exactly where we are during this illness, Lily and I are staying inside for a few days.
The sores in her mouth are what bother her the most, so that calls for cold fruit and popsicles! To stay positive I soak up her constant need for hugs…it makes me melt. On healthy days my little tot wants to climb over ottomans, pull out my Tupperware, and dance to music. But over the last 48 hours she wants to stay in my arms and demands repeat readings of “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” while she rests her head on my arm or lap.
There were more smiles today, so I savor those happy moments while they last.
I leave you with some photos from Puerto Rico before all the trifecta crept in! On our last night there we dined at Il Mulino, a famous italian restaurant from New York. IT WAS AMAZING…and a good story. To make it short…Lily took a late and very long nap so we thought it was safe to assume that she bedtime would be later and we could enjoy a longer meal (I think the sun fried our brains- what were we thinking!!!??). Lily had a field day screaming (a happy scream to get attention), tugging at the table cloth and flinging my scallops…yep she is not a fan of seafood! Dessert was doggy bagged and we had a family picnic on our hotel floor….which turned out to be a sweet little family moment. And the dessert was orange sorbet (served in a hollowed orange peel) that was one of the best I have ever had!!
I guess I read something funny
You are gonna think I am crazy but this breakfast treat is so delicious that I have had it for lunch, dinner and dessert (but not all in one day!). It is filling, healthy and tastes like one of my favorite desserts….banana foster! Any dish with warm banana anything is a winner.
This recipe comes from a marvelous food blog, Annie’s Eats, that I discovered via Pinterest. This blog is racked with fantastic recipes. Tired of making your kid the same thing over and over?? Annie has some great ideas here. Looking for more healthy meals or a new menu for the holiday season?? Annie has great ideas as well!
The best part about this dish is that it includes ingredients that I always have, making it a very easy meal. You can also swap out fruits to change it up! I did make one small change to make it a tad healthier and omitted the butter! I have had the dish with and without it and you can’t taste a difference!
So get ready to add a new recipe to your personal favorites people….this dish is that good!
Baked Oatmeal with fruit
From Annie’s Eats
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
¼ cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)
½ tsp. baking powder
¾ tsp. ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
¼ cup light maple syrup
1 cup milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2-3 ripe bananas
1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen), divided
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease a 8×8 baking dish.
- Mix the oats, half of the nuts, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and set aside.
- In a small bowl whisk your egg and then add the milk, vanilla, syrup.
- Peel and cut your bananas about ½ inch thick and then lay them on the bottom of the dish.
- Top the bananas with half of your blueberries and then sprinkle with your oatmeal mixture.
- Next pour your liquids over the oatmeal making sure you stay even.
- Top with the remaining blueberries and nuts.
- Bake for 35 minutes (until the top is light brown) and let it cool for 5 minutes.
My poor little girl had her first horrible fever on the flight home from Puerto Rico. She has had small fevers but they have quickly passed and were never over 100. Sunday morning she awoke with a 101.3 fever and after giving her Tylenol we headed for breakfast. I chalked it up to teething and didn’t think much about it as she was still smiling and having a ball flirting with the servers…everything changed a few hours later while on the plane back home.
As she was sleeping on my chest (ah I miss those days!) I could feel her body temperature rise through her pajamas. She would wake up and look up at Mike and me with flushed cheeks and fall back on my chest. She took a few sips of water but didn’t want her lunch. She would fall in and out of small cat naps. She became lethargic and I was freaking out inside. Not being able to get a rectal reading on the thermometer we took it via her armpit and she was at 102.5 (she was not happy and it was so hard to do this!). We tried a cold compress and she ripped the towel off. All we could do is hold her and keep taking her temp. It is unbearable to watch your child fight a sickness and there is nothing you can do. Up until this point I have never really felt needed by Lily. Of course she needed my milk, diaper changes, food and baths….but all she wanted was me. Mike tried to hold her, but tears fell down her cheek and she reached back out for me. As she laid on my chest and rubbed her fingers on my arm it was the first time I felt that Lily knew she needed her mommy.
Towards the end of the flight she started to come around and became a little more playful, which was relieving. As soon as we got of the plane I made a bee line for the bathroom to get a rectal read. I was shocked as it read 103.3 because she didn’t feel as hot, her cheeks were no longer flushed, she was not lethargic and was making her usual noises. I knew then that on the plane her temperature had to be much higher than we thought. We called the on call doctor and took Lily to an urgent care that specializes with children care. Forty-five minutes and two prescriptions later we were on our way home with an ear infection diagnosis.
So today’s tip came to me last night as I placed her medication (Amoxicillin) in the fridge. Remembering this pin I took a sharpie and wrote on a white label sticker the numbers 1 to 10 (she has to take this every 12 hours for 10 days). I then had two columns for am & pm for when I give her each dose. Each day I give her the medicine I will place a check mark in the appropriate spot making it easy for Mike and me to remember what day/dose we are on. Now on her medication bottle there were printed labels all the way around. I wanted to keep the important prescription information and that is why I opted to just stick a sticker on there rather than try and find space on the bottle like the pin showed.
Whenever I would get sick I would always use a Post-it or blank paper and keep track of my dosing. By keeping track on the actual bottle you don’t have to worry about losing the instruction papers. To keep it easy I leave a sharpie next to the plastic syringe so I can mark the bottle after I measure out the medication.
This is the first time we have had to put Lily on any kind of meds so I set up a little nurse station (pic below) next to the fridge where her medication has to be stored. Here is a breakdown:
1. Ear drops (only for pain).
2. Cotton balls to help with the ear drops.
3. Syringes for Amoxicillin and Motrin. I have these placed in a small dish to keep them clean.
4. Thermometer. I took a Sharpie and labeled it with an “R” to stand for the “rectal thermometer”, you don’t want to stick that one in your mouth!!
5. Infants Motrin (I used CVS brand, same ingredients but cheaper).
6. Sharpie for tracking medication and under that are printed information sheets for both meds from the pharmacy (kept these for side effect info).
7. Dosing breakdown from urgent care. They gave us a print out for correct dosing for your child’s wieght for Tylenol and Motrin. This was awesome and something I will keep!
So I hope you do not need to use this tip anytime soon and fingers crossed that my little Lily recovers from this icky thing!
photocred: Kimberly Photography
The sugar scrub favors created for the baby shower for a dear friend were adorable and super easy to make! Inspired by this pin on Pinterest and with this recipe (from One Good Thing by Jillee), the other lovely ladies who co-hosted with me got together and whipped up these favors in less than two hours!
The simple recipe only called for two ingredients, sugar and Dawn’s hand renewal soap. There were over 50 favors made so we purchased the items in bulk at a wholesale store to help with costs. The Ikea ‘Korken’ jars were big enough to have the baby’s vinyl monogram applied and small enough to fit by the tub, sink or in the shower.
Missy, one of the co-hosts, was able to make the vinyl monograms for free at her husband’s work! With her experience Missy applied the monograms herself prior to us filling them with the sugar scrub, so allow for that time to be included! Her husband’s work doesn’t sell the monograms so look on Etsy as there are many vendors who sell personalized vinyl signs including monograms!
So with a bottle of wine we sat around a table and mixed the sugar and soap in large bowls to the consistency we liked and then scooped the sugar scrub into the jars. Yep…it was that easy!
Happy Birthday Dad! We love you so much! We will see you tonight when we get back from Puerto Rico!