Kitchen Island Planking

When we built our house, we weren’t smart enough to add the wrap around from the cabinets. In addition, that lovely builders grade FLAT paint was showing all the dirt and grime from all of us living in the kitchen. Because the pillars go all the way to the ceiling in the living room we couldn’t just paint it a different color… So we had to get creative! Ok… I got creative, and my super handy husband made it happen!



And after… Hours of staining, measuring, cutting, nailing, trimming:


Love it! He did such a great job! So grateful I have a talented husband to make my crazy ideas and Pinterest finds come to life. 


Home Gym Makeover

When we arrived home from our Christmas trip to Iowa we discovered Trigger (our retriever) had “ruined” the room he was kept in when our housesitter wasn’t there. And by ruined… I’ll spare you the details… it was gross.  So initially we had the carpets cleaned, but that didn’t work and in the back of my mind I had wanted to put down a new gym-like flooring in that room anyway as it was a triple-purposed room {gym, guest room, Triggers room}.  So… away we go!

The bed in there is a Murphy bed built by my husband {of course}.  First, that came off the wall and the carpet came out. 


Then we got to work! A few coats of paint (grey and black). Stained planks for the TV wall. Shelving around the bed with complementary stained wood behind the shelves. Then flooring, of course. We went with 3/4″ foam flooring ( which could not have been easier!  

We added TRX and will soon replace the mirror with a wall quote.  



 For some artwork I used my Cricut Explore, some scrapbooking paper and $8 frames from Michael’s. The shelves house not only our weights, bands, med ball, etc but also “inspirational”/skinny pictures! Ha! I need all the help I can get!! 

Super Fun Favorite App

I thought someday I would “grow out of” my need to monogram or personalize everything… But it’s been about 10 years and I still haven’t! And NOW there’s an app the enables my addition even further- Monogram by Yellow Lab! I have a new background probably every two weeks for my iPhone. You can even email the image to yourself and set it as your computer wallpaper. I often send unsolicited monogrammed wallpaper to my friends. They’re just so cute I can’t help but spread the fun! Each season/holiday they add more backgrounds.
Here are some of my faves:










Kitchen Light Switch

I had big plans to DIY our kitchen light fixture like this:


From here
But I had a hard time finding all the items and was dreading putting it all together. Then I ran across a posting on the good old Dripping Springs Garage Sale Facebook page for a light fixture that was similar to our dining room fixture for $50! It was slightly damaged but the way our kitchen sits, you’d never see it! Long story a little shorter- turns out it was our neighbor four houses away that I hadn’t met yet… In the same model house as ours! With a little magic from Nelli I had a new $200 light fixture for $50 in just a few minutes!!!



Fun Box

When I get a chance I love to read through the latest posts on It’s rare I don’t find some deal that I could use. This was one of my most recent favorites- a $5 Target box of samples. If you’re familiar with Birchbox this is similar… Except it’s not a monthly subscription and the samples are way bigger and more useful {at least to me}.

The sample box I received looks like it is unavailable but there’s a college student study break one AND the Walmart $5 Beauty Box says it will be back Nov. 25 {I’ve also received this one and it did not disappoint! It even included a full size clinical deodorant!} and then there’s the Beauty Box Target for $7! Great items for stocking stuffers… If you don’t use them for yourself first! 😉

Jamberry Obsession

Another obsession of mine is the very popular Jamberry phenomenon. They are nails stickers and boy do I love them ALL! I have way too many… or maybe not {gift card is on my Christmas list this year- cough cough}. You can get the hang of it to apply them pretty easily and they last around 2 weeks on your fingers and 6 on your toes! I mean how cute are these {and this is only a small sample of their designs}. Mix then up with a few painted nails if you don’t want to go crazy with all 10 digits! Each sheet is $15, but you get two sets worth of nails and buy 3 get one free! My friend April is a consultant, so hit her up if you want to try some!

jamberry spring nails.jpgjamberry-giveaway-3If you see me in the very near holiday season, you may see me rockin’ these!


Two Super Easy DIY Wreaths

This is my most recent one {currently hanging} and my first attempt at a burlap wreath. I’ve seen a million tutorials on these on Pinterest, so I thought I’d give it a whirl. Now I consider myself to be semi-intelligent, but my masters degree was no match for a freaking DIY burlap wreath. After reading probably ten different tutorials I finally came across a video… And low and behold I just needed to literally watch it be done. Then it was easy. I found that cute “N” with a burlap tie at a cute little boutique in Jacksonville, Florida {I knew when I saw it I needed to use it on a burlap wteath}.

This wreath reveals my ridiculous obsession with mint and gold. This one is so simple. Just grab a plain twiggy wreath from Hobby Lobby or Michaels {don’t forget your coupon!}, a can of spray paint, and some decorative berries. Use whatever color combos you want!


My Deepest Darkest Secret

I really hate to reveal this, because I get so many compliments on these. But I have to come clean… Yes… I painted my curtains!!!!
Another Pinterest success. Here’s how I did it.
1- 3 sets of $20 IKEA curtains w grommets (I only needed 5 panels though)
2- Hang the curtains taut with nails in the garage
3- Measure and tape stripes
4- Use black flat paint and a roller. In the pin I found they said use a brush. Oh hell no… That was taking forever. Switched to a roller and whipped right through it.
5- Wait. Wait. Wait for it to dry.
Mine aren’t perfect. Some spots you can clearly see they are painted. But the overall effect far outweighs a few imperfections.