Thursday, July 31, 2014

{Easy} Back to School Meal

I love this quick and easy meal-but more importantly my family loves it.
It's the easiest dinner you'll every make.

All you need is:
 a loaf of french bread
pizza sauce
mozzarella cheese
and any pizza toppings of your choice.  

Slice the bread length wise. 
Spread on the sauce.
And then my favorite part-let everyone add their own toppings and essentially make their own dinner.  Pretty tricky!

Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 15 minutes.
And done!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Master Closet Redo

When we moved in to our new home I unpacked quickly.  We were all settled in within a month.  Now that summer is here, I'm backtracking and meticulously organizing every room in a way that I couldn't when we first moved in. My first summer project is my closet. 
I was tickled pink to have a walk in closet for the first time in 20 years-while it isn't as big as most it is bigger than what I had and I love it! So here's the before pics:

I've been storing my shoes in labeled clear bins for a few years now.  It worked well in my previous closet but not so much with this new space.

There's lots of shelving in the closet which I love but it wasn't being used to it's max potential.
So we emptied the closet and purged! The truth of the matter is the only way to be truly organized to get rid of stuff.  So that's what I did-5 bags of stuff went to Goodwill.

By the way, this is what my bedroom has looked like over this weekend as we worked on the closet!  No bueno.'s the after!

I reused 2 of the organizers that were in the closet and relocated them. Now I have a whole wall of rods all to myself.  We took off the ugly plastic drawer pulls and put some gold ones on.

My favorite part is the wallpaper I got at Target that we lined the back of the shelves with.

One of the challenges for keeping my closet neat is that clothes always fall off the hangers.  So I invested in the black velvet hangers.  Not only do they all match which just looks neater, but now I don't have to worry about clothes falling off.  

I color coded everything using ROYGBIV. It just looks neater that way!

And then there's the jewelry.  I got long drawer pulls and S hooks from Ikea.  Dylan spray painted them gold for me and now my necklaces are nice and pretty.

I lay out my jewelry and outfit the night before so this pretty candy dish holds the next day's jewelry.

Brian also installed a hook so I could hang the next day's outfit as well.

Brian put a small rod at the bottom of one of the shelves to hold my purses.  I used shower curtain rings to hang them.  This is one of my favorite organizational ideas in the closet. Thank you, Pinterest.

I put all of my sandals and flip flops in this cute, inexpensive basket from Ikea.

Brian installed a pull out rack for his belts and my scarves. (Yes, Brian worked hard in this closet!)

I found these bags at Ikea for $1.50!  They are holding our winter clothes and Brian's hunting clothes.
And this Brian's little corner of the closet LOL.

All of his clothes are on the opposite side.  They're not as cute :).

I love being organized! And it's always fun to add a little pretty to it too!
Now on to the next summer project!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Bathroom Reveal

So we bought this adorable house about 4 1/2 months.  It was perfect for us with an amazing kitchen, 4 bedrooms, a pool, and a great neighborhood.  But the bathrooms were the original ones from 1974.  Yes, 1974.  So we have a powder blue bathroom and a gold one.  We dove right in and decided to renovate the gold one first since it was the bathroom guests would use.  Here are the before pics:

And now here's the after-brace yourself-my hubby was the handyman on this one and he did an AMAZING job!!

Do you love it? or what??  I have to say I'm a bit jealous-this is my kids' bathroom-those lucky dogs.

I'm so proud of my hubby and all of his hard work!!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Guarding Your Heart With Social Media

I've haven't blogged in a gazillion years! Why not, you ask?
I have a list of legit excuses:
1.  After 14 years in the elementary classroom I switched positions this school year and I'm now our school's elementary library media specialist-which. BTW.  is a position I adore. ( I never dreamed that a job existed that I would love more than teaching!)
2.  I started my Master's Degree at FSU (Go, Noles!)
3. We sold our home of 19 years and bought an adorable home in a new but neighboring city.  (4 months later, I still wake up every morning and give God all the glory for this home He's blessed us with.)
4.  My boy started high school. We're now parents of a high schooler!!! (sniff, sniff)

While it hasn't been a stressful year-it has  been a busy one!  And when things get busy and overwhelming, all things but my God, my husband and my family have to take a back burner.

But now we are all settled in our home, the school year is wrapping up at work and at graduate school and summer is on the horizon!!! (insert Hallelujah chorus)  So a little blogging is in order.

And now to the matter at hand...
How do you guard your heart (Proverbs 4:23) in relation to social media?

I'm a big fan of social media.  It's fun, it's entertaining, it connects, and it can be a blessing.  But it can also cause drama and put things in front of us that we shouldn't be looking at or be involved in.  
I have one rule to help keep my social media life in check.
 I like to call it the "For All Eyes Only" rule.
If someone posts something on my feed or timeline that I wouldn't want my children to see, or if I would be embarrassed to read it or see it with my husband-then I shouldn't be reading it or seeing it either. Some things that fall into this category are foul language, scantly clad women, continuous gossip or complaining, posts revolving around alcohol, and/or constant political bashing. Your list may be different.  But these are the things that cause me to get annoyed or angry or that I feel uncomfortable reading and seeing. And I certainly don't want my children looking over my shoulder and seeing these things.
It's that simple.

Now here's the catch.  I've had to delete/unfollow friends, sometimes good friends, and even family, to adhere to this rule.
Does it mean I don't associate with these people or that I don't hold these people dear to me? Absolutely not! Remember before social media, we still kept in touch with people?
Social media is not and should not be the only way to stay connected with those we hold dear!
I've had to explain myself to people at times.  But I do it unapologetically, with love and do my best to not make it into a big deal-because in the big scheme of things-IT'S. NOT. A. BIG. DEAL. It's just Facebook, people!

So that's my rule, and I'm sticking to it.  Do you have a checks and balances system to guard your heart and mind when it comes to social media?  As women striving to be godly I encourage you to have a plan and stick to it!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Happy Happy Happy Birthday!

Duck Dynasty Style!

I made this cake using fondant and sugar sheets made by Wilton.  I hand cut the designs and stuck them on!

I bought great printables from Printable Parites to Go

I found these fun masks from

We asked everyone to wear camo.

It was a happy happy happy birthday!


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