Friday, September 19, 2014

The Friday Four Roundup #10 {Fall Home Decor and Waffle Cookie Recipe}

1. I finally got out the fall decorations! Mostly because my kids kept asking me when we were going to decorate. Here is a sneak peak of an arrangement I made for the front porch:

2. When I had the waffle iron out after I made waffles this week, I decided to get the most use out of it before I put it away and made one of my childhood favorite cookies. Have you ever made cookies with a waffle iron? The kids think it's super fun!

Chocolate Waffle Cookies
1 c. sugar, 1/2 c. margarine, 2 eggs, 2 c. flour, 1/2 c. cocoa, 1/2 c. milk, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/4 tsp baking powder. Cream together sugar, margarine and eggs then add the remaining ingredients. Mix well. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto hot waffle iron. Close and bake 1-2 min. Cool completely then frost with icing. (I put about 3 in each square). Makes 3 - 3 1/2 dozen.
Peppermint Icing
1/3 c. margarine softened, 1 1 /2 c. powdered sugar, 1 TB milk, 1/4 tsp pure peppermint extract. Mix together all ingredients until smooth and creamy.

There were some fall home tours this week. It's always interesting to see inside other people's homes and how they decorate and their different styles.

3. To see the Finding Fall home tours click HERE.

4. To see the Eclectically Fall home tours click HERE.

Happy Weekend! ~ Rebecca

Sunday, September 14, 2014

DIY Wood Ruler Growth Chart (A Pottery Barn inspired no cost to me project!)

I have wanted one of these for awhile. Last week my 8 year old Ikea bed frame kinda fell apart (oops) so we had several large wood boards that we didn't want to throw away. My husband actually came up with the idea of repurposing one of them for the growth chart I've been wanting. Not only was it already the perfect size, but it was already stained. Woot! (They sell them for $100 here). This project was going to cost me $0! So I got to work.

I started by getting out a large ruler and figuring out where I wanted to mark the lines, how big to make them, and what font I wanted to use for my numbers.

I marked it every inch the entire length.

Then I drew a line with a sharpie about 1 inch long with every third line being 2 inches long and every foot mark 3 inches long.

For the numbers, I decided on one of my favorite fonts, Century Graphic in size 200. I printed and cut the numbers and used them as stencils, tracing onto the wood with a pencil, then filling in with the sharpie.


And then.... I hung it up! LOVE IT! Can't wait to measure and mark my kids' growth on it and keep it forever ;)

Have a GREAT week.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Friday Four Roundup #9 {Favorite Fall Scents}

We LOVE Fall scents in my house. We wait all year long until Autumn comes so we can spice up the air around here ;)

Here is a small list of our top favorites:

Probably my number one top scent of all time. Right now :) And it works for winter as well.

2. Scentsy COZY FIRESIDE. 
It smells just like you would imagine. You just want to curl up with a blanket and appreciate life. Also great for winter.

2. Anything pear. My husband particularly loves this Yankee Candle GOLDEN SPICED PEAR that a lovely friend gave us because she remembered I love anything pear (how sweet is that?). We like to use this one to make the house smell great, and in the kitchen as well.

4. Bath and Body Works SWEET CINNAMON PUMPKIN. This is another all time fave. My hubs and I discovered this on one of our dates at the mall as a newly married couple and fell in love with it and have loved it ever since. Awww. One thing I love about scents is that they can instantly bring back memories. This one always reminds me of fall in our first apartment and then 10+ years of fall memories since then!

Also, pretty much anything Pumpkin from BandBWorks is a winner. And it's so lovely that yummy smelling stuff isn't just limited to wax, we love to break out the festive soap this time of year too!

What are your favorite fall scents? Is it feeling like fall where you live? We still have sun and nice weather, but it is definitely getting chilly nights and mornings here. Have a great weekend!

Monday, September 8, 2014

September Teacher Appreciation {reMARKERable}

I got this idea through pinterest from here.

1. Buy a ton of supplies for cheap at back to school sales! In my case, I have to find 36 of everything.

2. Type up and print your label in a word document. I thought it would be cute to use coordinating yellow cardstock.
Looking forward to a
r e M A R K E R a b l e
school year!

3. Cut tags and attach simply with tape.


Hope your school year is off to a good start! 

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Friday Four Roundup #8 {2014 Fall Fashion Edition} And some deals.

Welcome to the 2014 Fall Fashion Edition of my roundup, I hope you had a great week. Are you ready for fall? I am still in the getting ready stage. I wanted to decorate for fall this week now that Labor day is over. However, it is still beautiful sunny weather so I am soaking up every last bit of summer that I can. We have long winters here so I have learned to truly appreciate warm days. In the meantime, I can dream about my perfect fall wardrobe...

1. BASIC SWEATER. I'm loving the idea of a classic, soft, slightly oversized "slouchy" type white cable knit sweater. This one from H&M is pretty much perfect and I like the longer length in the back. Plus H&M is currently offering free shipping on a purchase of $50 or more through the 7th with code 2541.

2. JEANS. Any sweater would look fabulous paired with a great pair of skinnies. I prefer the dark wash on a pair like this, also from H&M. They have buy one pair get one 50% off right now.

3. ACCESSORIES. The obvious choice would be a scarf in warm autumn tones or perhaps a plaid. I don't like to wear something that keeps my neck warm when I'm already wearing a sweater with a high neck line though, so I think it would be fun to try something a little more unexpected like this necklace from Downeast Basics.

And of course you need a great bag. This one with a fun print is anything but boring and I love the brown for fall. 

4. BOOTS. Leather knee high or ankle are both great options. I've had my eye on this pair for quite some time. Right now Target has 20% off all their boots.

Click to view sources: 1 / 2 / 3 necklace, bag / 4

Monday, September 1, 2014

Easy Kids DIY Butterfly Canvas and Girls Room Gallery Wall

You may have noticed in the back to school post that the girl's room has changed a bit. One of the things we did was take down all their art scattered all over their walls. Then we decided what we wanted to stay and created a gallery wall. After I laid everything out there was an open spot. Since one of my daughters loves horses and she already had her horse painting in the gallery, we decided we needed a butterfly painting for my other daughter who loves butterflies. I gathered materials I already had, googled a few butterfly templates and let her pick one and then she created this canvas.

Pretty cute! I love that we have something that represents each of them in their shared space and is meaningful.

Gallery wall:

Hope you had a great long weekend, is Summer over in your neck of the woods? Can't wait to pull out my fall stuff, what about you?

~ Rebecca

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Friday Four Roundup {7}

1. Just say no to the ice bucket challenge, Matt Damon explains why. Many countries are without fresh water and here we are dumping it on our head just to see if we can challange our friends to look stupid too. If you really want to make a difference, just donate the money.

2. Ten supposed trending fashions for fall . However I would just say no to blanket coats, cropped pants, and can we PLEASE not go back to overalls?

3. Cute ideas for what to do with all the shells you collected this summer. I especially love the unique necklace idea.

4. What are you doing for your labor day weekend? We are participating in a parade this evening. Lots of sales going on, go check them out!

Enjoy your extended weekend ~ Rebecca