Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Happy 3rd Anniversary!

Today is our 3rd Wedding Anniversary! 


I can't believe how fast time has gone by! A lot has happened in the last several years. We moved into and bought our first house. Had our first child and now have another one on the way!

Look at this guy! What a cutie!

On our Honeymoon in Mexico
 One of the best parts about being married has been starting a family. For us, God had us on the fast track, and we were expecting just a few months after our wedding. It was an unexpected, but happy surprise.  Elsa has been a huge blessing to us in this family. It's so true that the only thing better than having Chuck as my husband is having him as the father to our little girl. There is nothing that will melt your heart more or make you fall more in love with your spouse, than seeing them with your children.

I mean, look at this guy? He's such a good father and husband.  Always putting other before himself.

 He will even rub my feet on pretty much a daily basis. :) Ha ha.

He is what my mom calls, "a good one". But I think he's the BEST one!




So, for this anniversary we are on a bit of a budget saving for the arrival of baby #2. So we like to be creative with our gifts. Which can be a challenge, because he's like the most simple, down to earth guy there is. Doesn't want much or need much. PLUS, his birthday is a month before our anniversary (didn't think that through…) so all my bright ideas are pretty much spent. This year, Chuck kept telling me to just get him a card. Which is hard for me to do, because one of my Love Languages is gift giving. So in my mind, that's not enough! Ha ha. But I know he will be so satisfied with a heart felt card.

Thankfully, I received an email about Anniversary Cards by Treat. What could be more perfect to get the guy that is hard to buy for? I love that I could personalize it with our own photos. You can also personalize the message too. You can know for certainty that your card will be one of a kind, unlike the cards they have at the supermarket. The price is great too, it's the same price as your standard greeting card, or cheaper! They also have a digital copy format available if you want to choose that.

I could see using this for birthday cards, holidays, grandparents, etc. there are so many options and occasions to send someone a card!

I can't wait to see his surprised face when he gets his card this year!

Love you my dear husband!




Thursday, August 21, 2014

Shabby Chic Dresser Makeover!




Hello everyone! It's been a while and its been a crazy busy summer with a lot going on! My brother got married, Elsa had her second birthday, and we are expecting baby #2! So with all thats been going on, we have been trying to de-clutter and revamp Elsa's room and baby #2's room (which was formally our office!) There's been a lot to do and buy!

Thankfully, my parents gave us my old furniture from my room growing up, which I am going to use in Elsa's room. The only down side is that the furniture is a little bland and doesn't go with her room. So, we decided to give it a face lift!

This project was quite an undertaking while being pregnant and having a toddler to look after. There was a lot accomplished during her nap times. But with the extra energy of being in my second trimester, I managed to get it done in about 4-5 days (all by myself might I add! Go me!) I will give some credit to my husband who did the heavy lifting moving it out to the garage for me.

So for your Shabby Chic DIY Make Over you will need the following:

1 qt "White Truffle" paint, Semi Gloss (Behr)
1 qt "Wheat Bread" paint, Semi Gloss (Behr)
4-5 cans of white spray primer (flat white)
Sand paper (100 Grit)
Drop cloth
2 brushes
Polycrylic Finish Spray in Semi-Gloss
New Hardware (optional)


Step 1:
Remove all hardware from furniture. I lightly sanded to remove the shine and gloss from the stain, then used an old t-shirt to remove all dust. I did not fill in scratches because I wanted a worn look.

Step 2: 
Spray area with primer. Watch for drips and runs. It's better to use several light coats, then one heavy coat. Once dry, lightly sand any runs. Remove Dust. 



Step 3: 
Cover with base coat, white truffle. Allow to dry to touch.


Step 4:
Once base paint is dry, using a dry brush technique apply the "Wheat Bread" paint for a distressed look. A dry brush technique is to only apply a minimal amount of paint on the brush, wipe off extra if needed, and lightly brush to get a textured look on wood. Use sparingly, you can always add more paint. 

Step 5:
Allow paint to dry to touch, and apply Polycrylic finish. Allow everything to dry for at least 24 hours before putting back hardware, or drawers into the dresser. 





Step 6: 
Add new Hardware. I loved these I found at Hobby Lobby, I really liked to mix and match the colors too. 

Step 7:
Enjoy your brand "new" furniture!