Thursday, May 31, 2012

Table Pinspiration

I have a kitchen table that I can't decide what to do with. Its small and round and doesn't match the chairs I have for it. I know I am going to paint it but I can't decide on a color or if I am going to do a design on the top. I have been having a face off with this table for weeks trying to decide what to do to it. I just can't make up my mind. So here are some of my picture inspirations for the table.

Option #1, Farm Table
I love this table, I really want to just make this table and throw my other one away, but I'm not going to do that. I could paint my table like this and refinish the top though. That is a possible solution to my problem. What to you think? If you like this table and want to make one go see Loraine at Breakfast 4 Dinner She gives you step by step directions on how to make one of these lovelies.

 Option #2, Yellow Table
I know what you are thinking. This isn't a kitchen table, well imagine with me that it is. I love yellow, it is my favorite color. I am obssessed. I've been thinking about painting the table yellow and doing some white stripes across the top. But what about chalk paint? Could that even work on a kitchen table top? What do you think? I got this table off pinterest and I can't find the blog it belongs to. So if you know please leave a comment so I can give this blogger credit!

Option #3, Map Table
And again I know its not a kitchen table, but it could be. I kind of love the map on top of this table. How cool would that be to have a map on top of your kitchen table? I think this might be the route I go but I'm not sure yet. My table has  1 leave in it so I don't know how that would work. It could make this really difficult if I wanted to take the leave out. To find out how to make this table go and meet Maryann from Domestically Speaking She can give you step by step directions to make your own map table!

Option #4, Red Table
This is a coffee table but I still love it. I think it looks so incredible red. I am doing my kitchen for sure in red coke stuff. I've been collecting it for about 10 years so I have a bunch of it. I don't know if red would be to overwhelming though since everything else will have the red Coke stuff. I adore this table though, it is so gorgeous. To find out how Tara made such a delightful table go check out Once Was Junk and get her directions on painting and glazing!

What do you think I should do with my table? My kitchen theme will be Coca Cola, I have a bunch of decorations for it already. I am thinking of using yellow as an accent color to down play all the red so a yellow table wouldn't be completely crazy. I would love your input!

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Healthy Choice Challenge Week 2

So how did the first challenge go? If you are a new reader check out Healthy Choice Challenge from last week to get in the loop. Was it harder then you thought it would be to drink one less soft drink a day and drink water instead? I have started challenging myself to drink at least 50 oz of water a day. I think this is difficult because I've never been one to sit and drink a whole drink, I usually leave it for a while then come back to it. With the water I have to consiously make myself drink it every day.

These last few weeks have been hard for me. Harvest is going on so my boyfriend is to busy with that to work out everyday. So I have been slacking a lot on working out, its just not happening right now. I have been doing lunges and an ab workout everyday but its not the same as my usual lifting and cardio. Hopefully next week when Harvest is over I'm not in to bad of shape.

I thought I would share with you my favorite healthy smoothie, I love smoothies. They are a great way to get in your fruit serving while still enjoying something tasty. Its almost as good as a strawberry malt from Braums.

I found this recipe on Pintrest, that's where people find everything! I don't know how we did things before Pinterest. The only changes I make are I switch the rasberries with strawberries and I use V8 fruit fusion juice, which also helps with my fruit/vegatable allowance for the day.

This smoothie is great for breakfast or on the go. I drink it on my way to work in the morning. Just a little tip, if you grind up the oatmeal in the blender before you add everything else it helps make it small and undetectable.

My challenge this week is for you to go outside and do something for at least 30 minutes. I know its hot, its in the 90's in OK already. But you can ride a bike, play some catch with your kids, go swimming, or just work on the yard. Whatever you want, just some kind of activity for 30 minutes outside. The only rule is no sitting, like laying out or riding the lawn mower. Those don't count.

Want some more inspiration? Check out Janice from Fitness Cheerleader and her post on Getting and Staying Healthy is Sexy.

So go outside and be active!! Have some fun in the sun! What are you going to do outside this week for the challenge?

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Mini Stool Makeover

I've had this little stool for about a year. I use it when I'm working on things and have to sit close to the ground. It used to be in my closet so I could sit on it when I was picking out shoes. Haha yes I have a lot of shoes and I'm very indecisive.  I got it at hobby lobby originally, I painted it black and blue when I first got it and then never could decide if I liked it. Well I didn't. I just didn't know what else to do with it.

I decided to spray paint the bottom of the stool Krylon smoke gray and then upolster the top of the stool with some fabric I have. I put two coats of spray paint on it and let it dry good before I added the cusion and fabric.

I decided to use quilt batting on the stool because I thought it would be easier to work with. It was really easy to use. I cut a piece bigger then the stool, I wanted it to wrap around the stool so the sides would be cusioned also. Then I got out my handy dandy staple gun and went at it. I cut off all the excess after I was finished.

Then I cut up an old white t-shirt because the fabric was a little see through and I wanted the pattern on the fabric to be noticable. So I stapled that on and cut off the excess after.

Finally I cut the fabric to fit the stool and added some extra fabric to cover under the stool and all the white from the t-shirt and batting. I ironed this before I stapled it on so there wouldn't be any wrinkles.

And here is a picture of the fabric up close so you can see the little pattern.

The longest part of this project was waiting for the paint to dry. It took about 15 minutes to put all of the cusion and fabric on the stool. That's because my staple gun kept running out of staples. I think its a cute little makeover that was much needed on this stool. The cusion makes it nice for projects that take awhile and you have to sit. All and all this was a quick little project that I know I will enjoy in the future.

How was your memorial day weekend? I spent most of yesterday on the combine with my boyfriend. They are about half way finished with harvest! Yaay!

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Monday, May 28, 2012

What's for dinner?

One of my favorite things to make is pasta. It's easy to make and you can whip it up pretty quick. Plus if I can add vegetables in with something its always a plus because that is usually the only way I can get my boyfriend to eat them. One of my favorite things to use in pasta is Philadelphia cooking creme. They are so good and easy to use with any kind of vegetables and chicken. 

This is one of my staple dinners, its quick and easy and I can take the left overs for lunch the next day. 

Chicken Zucchini Pasta
1lb of Chicken, cubed
1 medium zucchini, chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped 
2 cups of pasta (of your choice)
1 Philadelphia Cooking Creme (I use Santa Fe blend, it gives it a little spice)

1. Start cooking pasta, while your pasta is cooking put your chicken and zucchini on a skilled and cook them for 4-6 minutes until chicken is cooked through. 

2. After chicken is cooked through add Philadelphia cooking creme and tomatoes to chicken and zucchini. Let this simmer for 2-4 minutes. 

3. Drain pasta and mix everything together in a pot. This helps the pasta get evenly coated. Serve immediately. 

I hope you have a  blessed Memorial Day, I am sure many of you have friends or loved ones who are or were serving. I pray our soldiers stay safe while they are giving us the freedom to have days like this. God bless! 

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Peaks, Pits, Praises, Prayers

I don't get to spend as  much time as I would like with my boyfriend, due to jobs,  homework, and family responsiblities. So when we are together it is always nice to just sit and talk about our day and how things are going. He is from a farm family and harvest just started, this week actually. So he always has interesting stories about what is happening on the farm. When we are together we always talk about our day and how it was, I tend to be a little negative about things at times but he always makes me talk about the peak as well as the pit of my day.

So the Peak of my week has been that I finished my annoying little table and I'm very proud of how it turned out. I think it looks great.

The Pit of my week is that harvest has started and that means even less time I get to spend with my boyfriend. I know it will only be a few weeks but it makes for a long day when we don't get to talk or see each other until late at night.

My Praise for this week is that my cousin Trey is graduating high school today. He is my only boy cousin and my family is really close so he is more like a brother to me. I made cupcakes and cookies for his graduation party all day yesterday, the recipes will be at the bottom of this post. I am so proud of him for graduating, I know that he will do great things one day.

My Prayers at the end of this week are that harvest goes well and no one gets hurt and that the combines stop breaking down. That Trey isn't intimidated by what's coming and that he puts his future in God's hands. Lastly, that my family that traveled to Oklahoma for Trey's graduation have safe travels back home and that everyone has a safe memorial day vacation.

Now time for some recipes, I made three different types of cupcakes and I just used a box mix but I used the Perfect Cupcake Recipe from Tidy Mom on all three of them and let me just say, they are amazing!!!

Why yes this is a picture of the 6 dozen cupcakes I made last night.

I also made chocolate chip cookies because they are Trey's favorite. I have found that the best recipe for homemade chocolate chip cookies is Betty Crockers Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies so that's they recipe I always use. You didn't get a picture of those because by the time I was finished last night I just wanted to go to bed. But I also made 3 1/2  dozen of those.

What are the Peaks, Pits, Praises, and Prayers from your week?


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Thursday, May 24, 2012


Since I will be moving into a new apartment/house at the end of the summer I have been looking for lots of inspiration for the rooms of my new home. Thanks to Pintrest there are so many wonderful ideas out there right at our fingertips. So here are a few of my inspiration boards for my future home.

I love this room in general, the white couch with the trunk as a coffee table. I'm slightly obssessed with mixing dark and light things like this right now. I reallllllly love the number art on the wall though, This is a Pottery Barn picture from one of there old adds but Everything Mom has a tutorial for how to make your own numbered art.

I am in love with the color of this frame. What a gorgeous color! I love how they used it as a picture hanger. I think this is such a cool idea. Wouldn't it look great in my living room on a wall, or in a hallway. So many possiblities! Good Willionaire has a tutorial on how to make your own hanging picture frame just like this!

I know its probably a ridiculous notion to have a craft room this amazing in my college house/apartment but a girl can wish right. I am so impressed with everything about this room. The colors are gorgeous and I love that big table with the storage under it. I hope that someday I can have a craft froom this amazing. To find out all about her craft room go and check out Raising up Rubies blog, I am so amazed that her hubby made most of the things in this room. I might have to stick the boyfriend into a wood shop class, do they have those in college?

I adore this tree. What a fabulous idea to put a tree right there, it's unusual and spunky. I love it! How unique, I also really lilke the tangerine and turquoise together. I'm debating on having tangerine in my bedroom at the new place. To find out more about this room check out Kendall Wilkinson's blog over at Chinoiserie Chic.

This bench is just so cute, the shelves above it with the hooks, how perfect for an entry way! I love the baskets inside the cubies for storage and wicker is pretty much my favorite right now. I think this look is great, you can find out more about this bench and the entire laundry room makeover at Amanda Carol at Home!

What is your inspiration for home changes? I have so many I can't decide on what to do! Hopefully I can decide by the end of the summer. I will be spending my entire afternoon today baking cupcakes and cookies for my cousins graduation party. There will be recipes tomorrow and pictures. Have a wonderful day!

See you tomorrow