Chalk Painted Child Dresser & Painted Furniture Care

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Today I'm sharing this darling blue and white, nautical-inspired dresser makeover using Annie Sloan chalk paint and Valspar textured lime wash as well as giving you alternate paints to use for this look. As I was writing this post I also realized that I have never discussed how to care for painted furniture so I'm also sharing a few tips about how I care for and maintain my painted pieces which have been finished with wax.

Chalk Paint, Dark Wax and Hemp Oil Table Makeover

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Today, I'm making over a coffee table/storage bench using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Miss Mustard Seed hemp oil.  I often mix brands and finishes on the same piece of furniture since there really is no single brand that is the "best" in every situation. 

Homemade Vanilla Almond Granola with Dried Fruit {Recipe}

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Since I'm not inclined to bake protein bars for my health-conscious sons (at least not yet), this year's Valentine's Day gift to to them includes homemade vanilla almond granola with dried fruit.. It's the kind that can be eaten with milk...or yogurt...

                                                                    or by the handful right out of the jar (just keeping it real).

DIY Valentine's Day Decor: Cupid Arrows and Quiver

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As a mom of two sons, it kind of surprises me that I didn't think of this Valentine's day decoration while my boys were still young. This year, my Valentine's day decor involves weapons. Yep, you read that right. Weapons.  Specifically, DIY Cupid's Arrows complete with their very own quiver!

Easy Non-Candy Valentine {kids craft}

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Today, I'm showing you how to make easy, non-candy Valentines. As simple as a single heart with a pencil "arrow" or a "pocket" for filling with gift cards, small toys, small gifts, flowers, note pads, tickets to the movies, and yes, even candy.

Heart Shaped French Toast with Strawberry Butter {Recipe}

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It has been a long time since I've shared a favorite recipe and I thought that with Valentine's day coming up, this is the perfect time to share a super easy way to make simple French toast special without spending a lot of time doing it. Heart shaped cookie cutters and whipped strawberry butter turn ordinary French toast into a Valentine's day breakfast that your sweetheart is sure to love

Easy Crochet Throw Blanket Pattern

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When my youngest son  made his Christmas list this year I thought that I pretty much knew what would be on it. A couple of new t-shirts,  khaki pants, a pair of jeans, socks, a sweater. Standard issue, 20-something year old, college guy stuff. 

When I opened the email just after he went back to school from Thanksgiving break, I realized that I was right....

                                                                        ...for the most part.

New Feature on the blog: element

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I've decided to introduce a couple of new features on the blog in 2015. The first one that I'd like to share is


Beginning today,  once each month (or more often as the desire strikes), I'll be sharing things and products which I consider essential.  It may be a paint brush, a brand of paint, a home or personal care item, a tool, or maybe even a tip about painting furniture or maintaining garden pruners. 

My Wish for you in 2015

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It's a brand new year. A blank page. A chance to write a new story, do new things, make new memories
                                                                                   ...and mistakes.

                                                                                                Let's make some wonderful mistakes!

                                                                   Happy New Year!