Monday, April 30, 2012

Industrial Shelves

10 years ago on our college budget I slowly one at a time bought the cherry finished Target shelves, 5 of them to be exact and when we moved into our new house I knew right where I wanted them to go...THE CURB.  I however am not a wasteful person and I did need shelves for my books so I put them where I knew at some point I would have new fabulous books shelves and swore to myself we would live in the house for 6 months before I did anything to it..the six months has come and gone and I have done a few projects(I will share soon) but our most impactful by far are our new shelves in the family room.  Gone are the  Target shelves, they were saved from the curb and banished to the basement to hold games and puzzles.

This was a process for me.  I debated painting the old shelves and adding new backs, I drew several varying shelf plans, wandered the hardware store for inspiration, scoured catalogs, magazines, and blogs and it was Pinterest where I found my final inspiration.  Shannon at Anythingology made these fabulous industrial rustic shelves and then the process began and I tweaked her plans just a bit here and there due to the fact my shelves were going to be huge compared to hers  at 149 inches by 96 inches. I would like to add Shannon was quite helpful when I emailed her about her shelves and asked oodles of questions...thank you Shannon! 

To be honest I did not do anything to make these shelves so I need to give credit to my David for making these for me while I was on bedrest, the best thing is he learned how to stain, so now I will have a staining partner for any new projects on the horizon!!! 

Here are my mammoth but much loved shelves(the tweaks we made will be at the end) 

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Here are the tweaks we made to Shannon's plan:

1.We made ours narrower by just using a 2 X 10 X 16 and we had Lowes cut them to size for us

2.  We stained them using Olympics stain and sealer tinted with the color Barnwood

3.  She made hers using pipes in the front and back and we used the pipes only in the front(saved us over $100) and screwed in a 2 X 1 painted the color of our wall for the back brace and for extra support we screwed the shelf into the support

I honestly LOVE them and have really opened up the room!




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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Top 10 Bed Rest Activities

I am going to start this post by saying I am fine and resting.  I want no worried Grandmas!

I have been on bed rest in some form or another for all 4 of my pregnancies and I can tell you it is difficult but absolutely doable, for the safety of the baby.  I however found myself on bed rest not being pregnant recently and this became more of a struggle.  Not only was I put on bed rest I had just shopped for no less than 10 projects to do around here when I was rushed to the ER.  I was told to take it easy(I can still paint right????  No according to the husband and mom) and the following day was told I needed to be flat on my back bed rest.   This is when I came up with my Top 10 Bed Rest actvities so without further ado:


10.  Come up with a top 10 bed rest list

9.   Clean out coat closet...yup from flat on my back with my Davids help

8.  Sleep..oh yes who can not catch up on some sleep

7.  Write lists for every project in every room of your house

6.  Write a list of things to do and buy for every party you are going to have at your house this year

5.   Catch up on reading your favorite authors books

4.  Read every magazine in the house make more notes on #7 and #6

3.  Kill Zombies

2.  Facebook Stalk ang Blog Hop

AND

1.  Pin on Pinterest without feeling one little bit guilty





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Sunday, April 1, 2012

April Fools Day

Last night at about 10 I realized it was April Fools Day the next day...so a quick text was sent to my hubby to on his way home from Priesthood grab a few items at the store so he did and I got to work quickly to make a few things.

This was great fun...I found this seed packet printable here , and filled it with frosted cheerios which started off their fun breakfast(on the back it says sow in a pile and cover with 1-2 inches of milk along with some other funny guarantees)......

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I then I made a plate of brownies.......or should I say Brown E's

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Lucky for my kiddos their daddy made them a actual plate of brownies!!!


To wash it all down you have to have some juice right????  This juice however was not helpful at all somehow it solidified darn how did jello get in there???
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I would not want to leave anyone out of the April Fools Day hijinx so if you happen to visit my home today this is hanging on the front door(the kids have not realized this yet)...
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I just moved it from the laundry room and hung it up...not bad for 30 minutes of prep and the kids had a good laugh too!!!

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General Conference-Fun For Kids

Twice a year we take time out of our weekend to watch General Conference. 
What is General Conference, you ask?   Here is a quick answer:  General conference is a semiannual gathering of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. During general conference weekend, Church members and others gather worldwide in a series of two-hour sessions to receive inspiration and instruction from Church leaders.   If you would like more information about General Conference you can click here.

I am a planner and I share this only because when things don't go as planned I can have some stressful moments.  This was not the case at the end of February when I found out I needed to teach Sharing Time(a time to teach the children on Sunday) at the last minute and then ultimately ended up teaching it the whole month of March.  I quickly came up with the goal that by the end of the month I wanted all the children in Primary(Primary is for children ages 18 months through 11 years. The Primary theme is “All thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children” (3 Nephi 22:13). The purposes of Primary are to help children) to be super excited about hearing the words from the prophet at General Conference.  This as often is the case when you are teaching something at church it carries over into the home.  I had not one original idea for conference except the importance to have my children really excited about it and understand its importance. I began to ponder what to do and followed the thoughts that flooded my mind and so I set off into the wonderful world of pinterest and came up with some fun for my kiddos and the last item I talk about I prepared for the children in Primary as well.


My first idea I had was to make tents and so I searched high and low and found a tutorial I felt like David and I could pull off.  I really debated this project but when I realized all the other possibilities for them it was a must do.

I followed the plans I found here

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The kids absolutely have loved these this weekend and they have sat in them for the entire Conference thus far and I can forsee it continuing today as well.


I know we have seen this all over and I have read great things about doing this so I thought I would give it a whirl and do you know it worked.  The children really listened to conference.  The premise is you put candy in the buckets and every time they hear a word they get to take a piece of candy.  We put items for trail mix in our buckets and they had a fun treat by the end of the session(I found my buckets at the Dollar Tree and I found these wonderful free printables here along with a lot of other ideas, it is worth a look!

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The children will also be decorating new scripture bags today and
I also found some great printables I am sure they will have fun with:


The Conference Packet is fabulous and my children worked on it the entire first session of conference yesterday earning goodies along the way.

  We start spring break with this weekend.  I usually hear the Friday morning how excited the kids are to have 9 days off and all the fun we are going to have but this was not the case this year.  Friday morning my Little D came down the stairs and said, "Tomorrow is General Conference I am so excited!!" and that was the topic of conversation at breakfast General Conference.   It warms my heart...my testimony is this you will be lead by the Spirit the things you need to do as a mother to increase the faith of your little ones, act on those promptings and you will see the blessings pour down from Heaven into your home.   I am grateful for the opportunity to hear from President Monson, his councilors, and the other general authorities and I most grateful for a Loving Heavenly Father who has blessed me to know through the Holy Ghost the things that I should do to better follow the example of His Son Jesus Christ...Amen


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