Home Makeover: Office

When we moved into our new home back in September we were feeling incredibly blessed and thankful that we were able to land such an awesome house. Sure there were things we didn’t like. Sure there were things we absolutely couldn’t wait to fix. But, overall we were just really excited to be in a place that we wouldn’t have to worry about re-signing a lease in 12 months or be fearful that we would have to move… again. Moving sucks.

Now that we’ve settled into the house and we’ve  I’ve had time to find every imperfect flaw in the place, it was time to get to work. (I shouldn’t say that — we’ve been making changes since day one.) Anyhow, one of the projects we recently finished was giving the “home office” a nice hefty makeover.

The previous owners used this room for their spiderman obsessed son’s bedroom. And the lady of the home was totally into spongy paint. Gross!

This is not my bag for two reasons: I do not have spiderman obsessed little boys, and spongy paint was so 90’s! Ick ick ick!

Since I work from home, I need a defined space to work from. We turned the smallest bedroom into a wonderful home office. With a limited budget I was able to makeover this room for $300, all things considered.

First on the agenda, paint!

I started off by painting the office Brown Teepee by Behr. It’s a mocha brown that’s warm and rich. Paint ($35) Supplies ($30).

Brown Teepee by Behr

I saved money by using all the furniture I currently own instead of buying new. This worked because all our current furniture is black. Black was going to be one of my accent colors so this worked perfectly.

Before I even knew what color I wanted to paint the room I found the art work for the walls. Sometimes I think this is better this way because it gives you a drawing board to work with. If I just went with any ol’ paint color it could possibly be harder to find artwork and accessories to go with it. Lately I’ve been really into typography, I love any artwork that has beautiful typography in it. Along with that I’ve taken a huge fondness to Fab.com which is where my artwork for my office came from.

Top Hat Owl - $6.00

Giraffe - $6.00

Birds - $6.00

These prints came as you see them so I still had to find frames for them once they arrived. Since they are black and white they are pretty dull on their own. I figured since I spent so little on the actual print itself I would be able to afford to have them custom framed. I took my prints to Michaels picked my frame and matte and had her work up a quote. Boy was I wrong! I couldn’t afford to have these framed in a million years. They were offering a 40% off custom framing sale and it was still going to be $154 per picture to have them framed. What was a girl to do?!

I thought a little bit and went back to the framing counter. I asked them to quote me for just the mats. Three 11×14 mattes with an 8×11 opening = $35 ahhh, much more reasonable. I was sold. I waited a week for perfect sweet potato mattes to arrive. I opted to not look for frames until the mattes came in as it was putting the cart before the horse, if you know what I mean. I picked up my mattes and went looking for frames. Now let me just preface this with the fact that I will buck up and spend the cashola on something that’s really worth it. I was willing to spend a dime or two on three decent frames. But for the life of me I couldn’t find any I liked. Finally as I was just about to leave the store in a huff I found some black frames with a brushed orange edge… on clearance… really!? How lucky could I be! I waffled for awhile on if they were “the one” and finally decided that at $16 a frame I couldn’t beat it and went for it. The result I couldn’t be happier with…

Sorry about the flash on each one. Don’t they look great, though!?

Next up was some window treatments. I didn’t really want to go boring and blah and hang some mini blinds or something similar. I really wanted that WOW affect. I wanted to make the room pop! Since I’m in there all day long I want the space to feel like me and to make me happy when I sit there. I searched and searched for trendy modern fabric that wasn’t too modern but also wasn’t too dated in style or pattern. Since I can’t sew a straight line I didn’t have faith that I could create something myself. After a long search I found what I was looking for, on Etsy. They were a little pricier than I would have liked, but do you recall before when I said I was gladly willing to pay the price for something if it was exactly what I was looking for? Well I went for it, $115 for curtains, that’s the most I’ve ever spent on curtains (I’m also pretty sure my sister-in-law would tell me I was an idiot for paying that because they are probably uber simple to make). It was worth it.

Now that I’ve given you the pieces and parts to this room are you ready for the big reveal?! Ok here goes…

The curtains!

I apologize for the cat being in all of the pictures. Overall I’m really happy with how it turned out. It’s not HGTV but it’s as close as I can get on a realistic budget. I would still like to add a few more things to the walls and a bit of home decor here and there but otherwise it’s done! Be on the lookout for future Home Makeover posts as we continue to work on the rest of the house!

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Be Mine

I have the best valentine in the entire wide world. I don’t care what you say. He’s amazing. I adore, respect, love and appreciate him. Even though I may be terrible at showing him those things some days, I hope he knows that I truly think he’s the greatest thing since sliced bread.

My valentine was so sweet. You see, he’s no chef. In fact he really doesn’t like to cook, it’s frustrating to him. In our home I’m the chef and he’s the cleaner-upper. For Valentines day (a couple days early) he was sweet and thoughtful enough to make a beautiful dinner for us. He left me in charge of the appetizer and he took care of the main course. He made Peppered Shrimp Alfredo.

I thought I would do a pictorial of his prepartion of a wonderful dinner.

Step 1: Ingredient prep

Step 2: He softens the onions and starts to boil the noodles

Step 3: Add in the peppers and mushrooms

Step 4: Yay, time to add the shrimp!

Step 5: Add 1 jar of alfredo sauce, a little half and half and some cayenne pepper

and… Voila! a beautiful pasta dish

Can’t forget the appetizer and drinks!

That was his wonderful dinner. Then on Valentines night he surprised me with a heart shaped pizza from Papa Murphy’s (which was delicious), 7 roses (for the number of valentines we’ve celebrated together), 2 chocolate covered strawberries and a mini tiramasu. Boy am I spoiled!!

I was not nearly as creative and just got him a card and made him chocolate chip cookie dough brownies. I need to do better next year.

It was a wonderful Valentines day! Thanks my dear for always making it so special! XOXO!

Superbowl Fooood

Well I was thinking that since I didn’t get this recipe posted before the Super Bowl that it was silly to still post it. But you know what, I think you’ll still like it. So I’m going to post it!

I for one am defenitely one of those superbowl people that could care less about the game and more about the eats, the friends and the commercials. This year we had our first Superbowl party at our new house. It was potluck style so everyone brought something to share. I whipped up a grand batch of my not so healthy but super yummy nacho sauce. This stuff is P-E-R-F-E-C-T for good ol’ Superbowl food. Not only is it a sinch to prepare, it’s a cheap and yummy way to feed a whole lotta hungries.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Large can of Hormel Chili (no beans)
  • 2 Cans of Rotel tomatoes (Original style)
  • 1-2 lbs of Ground Beef (depending on how many you’re looking to serve)
  • 1 Large brick of Velveeta
  • 1 Tbsp Dried onion

Fixins:

  • Sliced Olives
  • Sliced Jalepenos
  • Chopped Tomatoes
  • Chopped lettuce
  • Sour Cream
  • Quacamole
  • Tortilla Chips

Directions:

1.) brown your ground beef and dried onion in a pan. Drain of excess grease.

2.) Pour browned ground beef into slow-cooker.

3.) Add to beef, 2 cans of Rotel, 1 can of Hormel Chili (no beans)

4.) Cut and cube your block of velveeta; add to crock pot. Mix together as best you can.

5.) Turn on slow cook to Low for  2 hours. Check in on slow cooker every half hour and give it a good mix. As the cheese starts to melt everything will combine. After 2 hours turn your slow cooker to Warm.

(of  course I would forget to take a picture of the finished product! Probably because I was to excited to eat it! Trust me it’s an ooey gooey cheesey sauce, perfect for nachos)

Serve on Top of chips and pile high with toppings and fixin’s. Enjoy!

19.8

Inches of snow. That’s how much snow we got last week. That’s … a lot! We enjoyed it though, It’s awesome working from home because I never have to fret about driving to work in the snow. The hubs also has a pretty sweet job in that he’s able to remote access to work whenever the weather is bad. We spent Friday together in the office, working.

back patio furniture

 

Just like Colorado, though, Saturday morning after the snow had ended the sun came out in full force. It got up well into the 40’s and started melting away the snow.

Back deck

We spent a good portion of the afternoon clearing the drive way.

Dave also had fun “breaking up the snow” on the street with his 4-Runner.

boys will be boys

We  were pet sitting my friends dog for the weekend. She’s no bigger than our cat so it was also fun to watch her try and maneauver her way around in the snow.

Zuri

19.8 inches of snow was cool. We got another 3 the other night. Colorado’s winter has been pretty dang snowy. I’m ready for spring!

M&M’s

M&M’s had the best Super Bowl commercial this year. In my opinion, anyways. Maybe it’s because I love the little M&M characters, maybe it’s because I love dancing to “I’m sexy and I know it” by LMFAO or maybe it’s because I like eating M&M’s. More than likely it’s all of the above.

For your viewing pleasure

 

 

A close runner up was the Volkswagen Beetle commercial with the adorable St. Bernard mix.

This one cracked me up!

 

What was your favorite Super Bowl commercial this year? 

How To: Valentines Wreath

January flew by in the blink of an eye, and now February is here. In February I celebrate 3 holidays, my Dad’s birthday, Super Bowl and of course Valentines Day. The first two while important don’t really justify decorations.

I’ve been looking for an easy craft that I could create to start my Valentines day decoration collection. I made a simple little wreath. It totaled about $10 in supplies and about 2 hours of my time. That is certainly my type of craft project.

Here’s what you need:

  • Red, White and Pink puff balls (I purchased 2 packages of each color)
  • A 9″ heart shaped styrofoam shape
  • Hot glue gun

Here’s what you do:

Step 1:  dump all your puff balls into a bowl. Heat up your hot glue gun.

Step 2: Glue on puff balls starting in the center of your heart shape, I rotated every other color, you can use whatever pattern you like.

Step 3:  Cover the entire styrofoam shape in puff balls until it’s nice and full looking. All done! You should have an adorable little wreath that you can display wherever you choose!

Told ya it would be easy! Enjoy making your quick (and cute) heart!

Young, Fabulous and Broke

I remember the day David and I moved in with my parents in Illinois. That was a little over three years ago now, yet I remember it like it was yesterday. I remember laying on the bed in the guest bedroom working out our finances and determining that we had absolutely zero money and lots of bills to pay. That 6 month grace period you get before you have to start paying back your student loans goes by quick! We had student loans, phone bill, car insurance, etc. Thankfully for the few months we lived with my parents they didn’t charge us a dime in rent or food so that we could get on our feet.

When we moved into our first apartment in IL (with crazy high rent), I remember paying the deposit and first months rent and then feeling like that 3 month stint at my parents house never existed. All the money we saved, was gone. We were broke. I recall having a heart attack when we had to spend $250 on kitchen chairs so we had somewhere to sit. At the time, that was a tremendous expense!

Not only were we trying to make ends meet on a monthly basis we were also smack dab in the middle of planning our wedding. A wedding that we would be paying the majority of. Needless to say, this was a very stressful time. We had to figure out how to kick being broke in the butt! Thankfully, before  moving to Illinois I worked for a great boss, and at the time I had no idea he was about to help me out in a big way. He would teach me a lot of things about finances and how to set myself up for a healthy financial future. We spoke of finances often, It was great and I miss those conversations. One day he came back from lunch and set a book down on my desk and told me to read it cover-to-cover. He was serious, and said it would be a very valuable read.

This book was called The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous and Broke by Suze Orman. Now, I know many people have their thoughts about Suze Orman, heck, I didn’t know who she was until I was finished reading the book. So I wasn’t going to judge the book by the cover and you shouldn’t either. This book is outstanding. I highly recommend logging in to your Amazon.com account and ordering it (in hardback – this is one for the shelves) as soon as possible.

This book has definitely set the hubs and I up for a healthy financial future. We learned about our credit, and how to use it wisely and to our benefit, as well as, how to manage and take care of our student loans, create budgets and learn to save. And that’s only a tip of the ice berg! I cannot say enough good things about this book, other than it’s a shame that I had to learn these lessons on my own instead of  in a life skills or business class in High school (that’s a rant for another time).

Without this book it would have been very difficult, nearly impossible, to do any of these things.

  •  Pay for our wedding
  • Afford to move back to Colorado
             

  •  Purchase a beautiful home
  •  Purchase a lovely new(er) automobile.
  • And a plethora of other things

I recommend this book to anyone, even if you aren’t young, even if you aren’t fabulous (Although, aren’t we all!?), but especially if you’re broke. I guarantee you’ll learn something you didn’t know before.