Tuesday, December 20, 2016

'Chill Pill' Recipe

In light of Mike's foot surgery this morning, I thought it would be appropriate to share the recipe for a drink I recently created. It's kind of a spin on a hotty toddy. We were in Oklahoma over Thanksgiving and it was mighty cold outside. We were about to go for a night ride on the side by side and I just didn't feel like making a cocktail. I wanted something to warm me up. So, I made some camomile tea...and then I decided to add a splash of Mike's whiskey to it. Now, normally I wouldn't even consider whiskey because I do NOT like it. However, Singleton is an exception. It is the first, and only, whiskey that I have sipped (not frequently) and enjoyed. And his Singleton happened to be in the camper. I then squeezed a lemon wedge in there because, well, the lemon was lying right there and seemed like it was right for my concoction. I gave it a little stir, and to my delight it was very good. 

As we were out on out ride I thought of a name for it...the 'Chill Pill'. It did just that. It had a very calming, relaxing effect, and not to mention, it kept me warm. It's only fitting that I make another one to keep me warm today and because A. I'm playing nurse, and B. Mike took his chill pill (not to mention went under anesthesia earlier), so why not take mine. Off I go to be a good caretaker...Why do you need a chill pill today?


Chill Pill

1 cup/8 ounces Camomile Tea (hot)
1 ounce Singleton Whiskey (substitute any whiskey)
1 lemon wedge


Monday, December 19, 2016

Creaking Doors Hang Longest

This is certainly the case for this door. Although you probably couldn't use it as a door anymore, it's still hanging and being used for something! 

I finally got Mike to hang this screen door for me that I got in Round Top. It was one of those proud finds. I needed something rather large and dramatic for the wall space above the couch. When I saw this door and the price, I was like, yes please! It was $10! Of course I had to give it a little face lift, It was rough around the edges when I scooped it up, but nothing I couldn't make pretty with a little ASCP. You may remember the before photos from a previous post, but if not, here's what it looked like before...

Mike removed any remaining mesh from what was once the screen part of the door. I basically just sanded it down really well with extra course sandpaper, wiped it down after sanding, and dry brushed two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White. I didn't use any wax because it wasn't necessary for where I was putting it, and because I love the flat look. I left the door handle alone and just painted around it. If you can't tell, that's what the wreath is hanging from. Such a simple project and I can't wait to find the perfect picture frames to make a collage of some sort.  For now, I'm just going to enjoy that it actually got hung and how beautifully it fills the wall space. How's your holiday shopping coming? I ask because we still have so much Christmas shopping to do and that fact is what's currently going through my head, but thank goodness for Amazon prime, right? Are you done with your Christmas shopping? Until next time friends...


Thursday, December 8, 2016

A Simple Christmas: Why It's Less Stressful This Year

I think this might be the earliest that I have ever started jotting down New Year goals/resolutions. I'm curious why I have begun reflecting on this year already. Maybe it's because i'm already ready for the holiday madness to be over. As much as I love this time of year, because it is Jesus' birthday, the pressure and expectations are stressful. 
This year has been slightly different than others in the past for me, because my focus has been in the kitchen. I feel the pressure to find time and get Christmas shopping done, and wondering when i'll be able to get out and get gifts for everyone on my list. First, thank goodness for Amazon...and Visa gift cards. Well I guess first is, reminding myself that regardless Christmas isn't, and shouldn't be, about getting tons of gifts for people. It should be about the birth of Jesus. So, if I don't get everything bought on my list i'm not going to stress. Whether you got 1, 2, 3, or 4 gifts, at least you got something.
Another way i'm avoiding stress, is by minimal decorating this year. I still have yet to completely decorate. I haven't even  hung one ornament on the tree. The tree is really gorgeous without anything on it, so that helps. Typically in the past, I get new wrapping paper colors and ribbon. I'm keeping it simple by using what I have from last year, which is plain kraft paper wrapping paper. It's simple, and neutral. Even though it's our first year in this house for Christmas, trying to go all out with warm, and cozy decorations, it's not worth the time that I can't find, or the stress. 
One of last year's New Years goals was to be more organized. And that was something that I was pretty consistent about. More so organization of my thoughts. I have consistently jotted down notes, this year, so that I didn't forget ideas, or to-do's. I found that making little notes has helped with not getting overwhelmed and stressed out...stressed out because i'm overwhelmed. 
So far I have about 6 things written down of what I would like to achieve, accomplish, change or gain in 2017. I'll share some with you guys as it gets closer to the New Year. We can compare notes perhaps! Until then, i'm going to stay positive for the remainder of the Christmas season and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, our God almighty!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Merry Painting

Hey y'all! It probably feels like I fell off the face of the earth. I wanted to check in here on the blog and let everyone know i'm still around. I've been struggling juggling getting content for the blog and doing DIY projects at the house. I guess i'm not much of a multi-tasker after all. If you don't know already I have been working away at painting the kitchen cabinets. I'm relived to report I am about 70% done. If you really want to be nice 80% would be some what accurate too. My goal is to be done by Thursday. So cross your fingers and say a prayer for me. 
I have yet to completely decorate my house for Christmas, which is a bummer because I totally envisioned our first Christmas in the new house to be so festive. I still have time, but I probably won't go all out like I wanted too. I got a tree, and that's a pretty major part. 
I am also preparing the house for a holiday party i'm hosting at the house for some blogger friends. I am having this party mainly because I am doing a blog post on holiday party food and drinks ideas. I want to do a spread of hor d' oeuvres and drink ideas, and it just doesn't make sense to waste a bunch of food just for a photo. I thought it would be a great idea to gather some new friends together and hopefully meet some new fellow bloggers as well. I have a few things, after I tackle the cabinets, to get done around the house for the party, but other than that i'm going to try not stress about it. One of the biggest challenges is that Mike has been traveling so much. In fact he is gone now, will come home for a couple days, and be gone again for another week. That's so tough because I need his man power at times. 
Another challenge is stressing out about not posting anything on MN. I so miss blogging and solely focusing on content for it. And I thought that was stressful. I was wrong. Painting kitchen cabinets is stressful guys. Originally we hired painters, booked the date, and I got a voice mail the day before (on a Sunday) they were supposed to come, saying they couldn't come until the following Monday (insert angry face emoji). That little hiccup basically left a sour taste in our mouth and we reverted back to an original thought, which was chalk painting the cabinets ourselves. I was a tiny bit skeptical about using chalk paint on the cabinets because I heard equal parts good and bad things about using chalk paint on kitchen cabinets. However, until right before we started this project we were informed about a new product. They now make a water based poly urethane that you can seal chalk paint with. The scary thing about chalk paint in such a high water area like a kitchen is how well it holds up long term. And no matter what, wax that you would typically seal chalk paint with on a piece of furniture doesn't hold up, again long term, on kitchen cabinets. Needless to say it's been quite an adventure. I wanted a specific color, that of course doesn't exist, so I had to mix two colors of the Annie Sloan chalk paint. And because I was using that color on many cabinets, in order to get the color consistent, I've had to make a ratio and mix it in small batches. I am done mixing as of last night, and can move on to the top cabinets (there aren't as many) and i'm only using one color for those. So hopefully it will be smooth sailing from here. 
I learned to not overdo it. I took a day off on Saturday, and I don't wake up and and get straight to it. I don't want to be completely be burnt out to where I do a crappy job. I have high hopes that I can be done by Thursday. And if I don't mess around, maybe I could get done Wednesday...night. 
I can't wait to reveal the new cabinets on the blog and share some tips that I learned along the way, some of those tips I learned the hard way too. If I had to give some good advice now though, hire someone. If I wasn't so stubborn I would have waited for the following Monday for them to do it. On the bright side, we saved a chunk of money. What's been going on with you? How is the Christmas holiday treating you? I'm about to put pen to paper before I get to painting and start planning out some fun content I want to do for MN. See you soon!

Throwback Tuesday to what i'd rather be doing ;)


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Family Time is the Best Time

We have been in Hot Springs, Arkansas since Saturday and finally made it to Oklahoma yesterday for the duration of our Thanksgiving trip. The reception out in Hot Springs was nowhere to be found unless you walked up a steep hill. The hill wasn't close enough to the campsite for me to bother to make a post because it was quite chilly. I will say being disconnected was a very nice feeling. The colder temps have been refreshing, seeing as Texas hasn't provided any winter days yet. We enjoyed our stay at the ORV park in Hot Springs. I found the trails to the most challenging we have been on since we got our side by side. My stepson Dillan was able to join us on Sunday with his new toy, a 2017 Canam Outlander 4 wheeler. Now we really are a UTV family. There are so many adventures ahead of us that I'm looking forward too and now that we are in Oklahoma, camped on Mikes dad's property in the mountains, there is lots of exploring to do. Usually we would be in an old jeep but this year we are in our new toys. Although Jesus' birthday is my favorite holiday, getting to spend quality family time with both mine and Mike's family together is such an amazing feeling. My grandmother lives about 50 miles away in Arkansas from Mike's dad here in Oklahoma so it makes it possible for us to spend it together. I'm so thankful for the relations our families have made and am ready to sit around the table tomorrow and visit with everyone in one room. I'm also so thankful everyday for Mike. He is such an awesome provider, a wonderful dad and son. Life without him would not be pleasant and I honestly don't know what I would do without him. I thank God everyday for blessing me with him. What or who are you thankful for?
Here are some pictures from our little adventure at the Hot Springs ORV Park. It was so pretty and the weather could not have been more perfect. At night we sat around the campfire and ate some delicious cold weather meals. This trip will make it to one of the most memorable for me because of the quality time I got to spend with my little family. Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Go stuff yourself! Happy Thanksgiving!

P.S. I tried to share more photos but it's taking too much time to upload, which is taking away from my family time!


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Comfortable = Confidence

The most important rule I go by for my personal style is, be comfortable. Being comfortable is important for me because it's what makes me feel confident with what i'm wearing. You probably know exactly what I mean when I say, there's nothing worse than being out, your in a cute outfit, and your constantly having to pull, tug, lift, stretch, adjust, etc. If the fit is off, everything is off. Those outfit days are long gone for me, I've learned my lesson, miserably. If i'm hitting the town I MUST be comfortable. I also must have something to keep me warm, because there's nothing worse, for me, than freezing to death. One of the things I've learned about my personal style, is that I love trying to dress up a piece that's super casual.  Why? Because 9 times out 10 casual pieces are the most comfortable pieces. Mixing casual and dressy is my goal. I don't always do it, but I love to. For example, a simple t-shirt paired with a pencil skirt. such a cute look. Or even ripped jeans, comfortable heels, a basic tee and a blazer. Classic, love that look. I try to think outside of the box when i'm styling a look, for any occasion. When i'm standing in my closet, instead of buying a new outfit, I think about what pieces I haven't ever thought to pair together. I also tell myself to not think about what's trending, and rather maybe start a new trend. Regardless of what your wearing, personally, as long as your comfortable and confident, it will show, and you will look good. Confidence is the best accessory you can have. I believe when your confident it's obvious. It radiates an energy that somehow attracts people. And for me feeling comfortable, makes me feel confident. Test my theory. Step 1: Wear something casual and mix it with one or two dressier pieces that you feel good about and feel good in. Step 2: Walk into a room like you own it and see how many people pick up on your confident energy. You will be turning heads. Those are usually the times that people approach me the most and compliment my outfit. Today's look is an example of just that. I went to breakfast with my sister and can't tell you the looks and compliments I got, and this look is definitely nothing fancy. Also, the look from Monday's post. I wore that outfit last week to an event I went to with Mike. I was super comfortable (and warm) and people were stopping me to tell me how cute I looked. All because I was simply comfortable, which made me confident. Let me know how my theory works out for you! Until next time...

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