Welsh’s Refreshingly Simple Juice Review

SO….I revived a bottle of Welsh’s refreshingly simple juice from BuzzAgent for free so that I can give it a review, and I loved it! I tried it first just with some ice in a glass and it was great, it tasted light, refreshing and had a great taste, then came the real test…the kiddos and its safe to say they loved it because the whole bottle was gone that same day! I highly recommend!

Trying to be a DIY-ER!

Last year we started on the journey of replacing our gnarly carpet with laminate wood floors (and fyi, we are still not done, lol). When we made the decision to do this we wanted to pick really the cheapest option that we could while still making sure that we were going to love it, we found what we wanted at Lumber Liquidators for a real bargain but decided that all of the pieces needed to do all four sets of stairs in our house was just not worth it. For the longest time I left the carpet on the stairs for one simple reason…I was terrified! There are so many stairs in our home I knew that if I choose the wrong thing it would haunt me forever, So I took to the blogs and DIY websites and decided that I didn’t want to spend the money on new treads and really thought that if I did it well I could just paint and seal what was there already and it would look great (and if not…I was really just out of time and a few bucks for paint)!
Since we have three active little boys we knew we wanted to go with a dark color on the treads and then lighten the look up with a light color on the back of the steps, in the end we decided on traditional black and white.
I wanted to do this in stages, I knew that if I did this on all the steps in the house and it looked terrible I would be super upset so we started with the ones going into the basement because those are the ones we have to look at the least amount of time.
I pulled up the carpet and then painstakingly pulled out every one of the five million staples that we in them, that seemed to take forever and was super tedious but it had to be done and there was no getting around that. Next I moved on to sanding, and this is where I would have had better equipment and more know-how because I had no idea just how messy this would be! I did not have a sander that came with a dust catcher on it (probably because I borrowed it from a friend who knew I didn’t know how to use his tools and he gave me the cheapest thing he could from his tool collection) and I did not put up any plastic barrier to prevent the dust from covering everything in my house… so obviously the frieken dust covered everything in my house! Next time, I will not make that mistake!
Once I sanded the stairs several time with two different sandpaper grits and they were smooth enough I swept them, and then again and again to make sure all the dust was off, once that was done I took wood filler to any areas that needed it. This part was probably the easiest . Once the filler dried I sanded and swept them again.
At this point I was thinking two things… man, I’m exhausted and the next part will be so much fun! As excited as I was to paint the steps I decided to be done for the day and finish the next day…and finishing it the next day turned into finishing it six months later because well, lift happened! Then one day I had nothing on the schedule and woke up all motivated to finally get this done….then I realized that this was going to be a nightmare! As artistic as I am, I am not a good painter…yet; I try and try again thinking I will magically be this amazing painter. I started with the black paint on the treads because I didn’t want to mess up the white backs once I painted them so I decided to save that part for last. The black paint was everywhere…in my hair, on the walls, on my new wood floor…it was a mess but I did manage to get some paint on the steps and after two coats they looked so good. I was so proud of myself!
Once the paint had dried, I put a matte poly on top of them and let it dry. Then I made a very important decision…I was not going to paint the backs white! Well, I mean they were going to get painted white, just not by me. I called my father in law and pouted…and pouted some more and he agreed to paint them for me (Why did I not think about this before I painted the black??). Now I am just waiting for him to come over and then the basement steps will be done!
This process really wasn’t that bad and could be done in one weekend if you are really motivated to get it done!


Dish Obsession

I have an obsession with decorations for our dining room table…I need it to look like something straight out of an episode of Fixer Upper at all times! For about 6 years we have been using a dish set from Targets Shabby Chic collection that is all white with some beautiful raised patterns on the rim and I have loved it, replacing it was not something that had ever crossed my mind, that is until….I saw the new Pioneer Woman  Flea Market line at my local Walmart. So….this line is mostly mix and match, which, to be honest I have never been a huge fan of but this line is so perfect its unreal…perfectly mix-matched! I have picked out a blue dinner plate, a white and coral salad plate and a yellow, white and coral footed bowl and instructed my hubby that I need (yes, that’s right, need not want) this for Christmas and there will be problems if he doesn’t get them, lol. The best part about this set is that every piece of the dishes is less then $5.00 (Yes, less then $5.00, that is not a typo!) Beyond what I choose they have so many more amazing pieces, including a dish pattern that looks like watercolor flowers, stained glass drinking glasses (that are really heavy and nice), cake stands and serve ware!

dish Collage





Guess who’s back…back again? lol, sorry I couldn’t help myself!

I have been gone for WAY too long and I know it! Our photography business took off and I really lost track of the time! I am so sorry! Keep an eye out for much more fabulous things for you and your home coming up very soon! I cant wait to share all of this new content with yall!

Barbie Barbie Barbie

OH MY GOODNESS!!!! My life is complete (or at least it would be if I stayed here…) http://www.palms.com/accommodations/las-vegas-barbie-suite/

The Palms Casino and Hotel in good ol Las Vegas now has a Barbie Suite and it is BEYOND AMAZING!!!! They have several fantasy suites in there hotel but this one is by FAR the best!!!! Now if I could just convince the hubby to not only spend the money but stay in a all pink Barbie room…lol. Too bad we are already married…this would make for an amazing bachelorette party!

Barbie Suite

Barbie Suite

Chubba’s First Haircut

Hello everyone. I’m on here doing my second guest blog. I like to give you my two cents from time to time….Well as you all know we have two amazing little boys Dominick and Jaxson.

Jaxson just turned one a few months ago and had yet to get his hair cut. The Wife insisted on letting it grow, She would always say ” I want it to be like Tom Bradys.” I don’t even know why she would say this as she hates Brady. So we would bicker back and forth about getting his haircut. Finally on friday I convinced her to take him for his first little haircut. On the way to the barber shop she mentioned that we hadn’t even discussed how we were going to get it cut, So me being me I suggested that we get it cut into a little fohawk and needless to say she agreed and now he has his first little hawk.

I asked her probably 100 times later that day if she regretted cutting it at all and she told me no and the she would do it again. He is like a totally new little boy. Here are some pictures from before and after. Please vote in the poll and let us know which look you like better and ladies please listen to your man he isn’t always wrong.

first hair cut photos