Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cowboy Garden Salsa Recipe

I could eat Mexican food for every meal and never get tired of it!  My hubby and I have 2 non-negotiables for a good Mexican restaurant: #1 They must have sweet tea and #2 they must have good salsa! If they don't have either of those things, we're out! When we planted our garden a couple months ago, I picked vegetables that go in salsa so I could make my own.  Today my dad and I whipped up our own version of chunky salsa with a slight kick to it! It turned out so good I had to share!
Here's what you need:

  • 3 jalapenos, chopped, seeded and deveined. If you like a little kick to it, then leave some of the seeds in. Go on, I dare ya!
  • 4 fresh tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 can Muir Glen, Organic fire roasted diced tomatoes. (This is optional, but I think it gives it extra flavor. Plus I like the fire-roasted taste, without having to roast my own tomatoes.)
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 Tbsp cumin
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Mix up all your ingredients in a large bowl and serve! (If you like your salsa to have a smoother consistency, then you can puree it in a food processor.)   

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

TV cabinet re-do

It's funny how technology changes the styles of furniture we have in our houses.  A few years ago, everyone had these big bulky tv cabinets to hold our obnoxiously large box tv's. Now, we can just hang our tv's up on the wall. So when my dad gave me this old Ethan Allen tv armoire, I immediately knew I could turn it into a craft closet for all my supplies!  Let me tell ya, this thing is SOLID! It weighs a ton, which also means it is a good piece of furniture!
Here are the supplies I used:

  1. 1-2 cans Krylon spray paint Primer. 6.49 at Michaels
  2. Elmer's Multi-Purpose Spray Adhesive. 4.99 at Michaels
  3. Americana Decor Chalk Paint in Everlasting. 8.99 at Michaels
  4. Americana Decor Creme Wax in Clear. 11.99 at Michaels
  5. 3 packages Everbilt 2 in. x 1-3/8 in oil-rubbed bronze decorative hinges. 3.27/pkg of 2 at Home Depot. After 2 trips to Home Depot getting the wrong kind of hinges, I landed on these. I love how they look on the outside of the furniture.
  6. Pewter Owl Knob. 5.99 at Hobby Lobby. 
  7. Approximately 1 yard of fabric of your choice. I got mine at Hobby Lobby.
  8. Plywood, cut to size for your shelves and 1x2's if needed to place the shelves on.

  • First, I completely gutted the inside, taking out all of the hardware and the nifty swivel stand the TV went on.
  • Remove the back and cover with fabric. Cut your fabric to match the size of the backing and spray the backing with spray adhesive. Staple the edges to make sure it stays secure.  Set aside.
  • Spray the entire piece with primer.  This is not necessary with chalk paint, but it does save a lot of time.
  • Apply 2 coats of chalk paint, inside and out and let dry.
  • SAND SAND SAND until your arm hurts! I like the wood underneath showing through, so I sanded the heck out this baby! I wanted it to look like an old, worn out piece of furniture, not like I looked lazy and only did 1 coat of paint, know what I mean?
  • Apply the wax with a brush, coating the entire piece. Take a cloth and buff it out.
  • Attach the back with fabric by screwing into the back with the existing screws.
  • Finally attach 1x2's to the sides with screws. Mine came with them, but I moved them around to fit my containers. Place the plywood on the 1x2's.

And here's the final product:

I'm in love with how it turned out! I've been waiting for just the right spot to put this old window pane and I think it goes perfect on top of this piece! 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

For all the 30 something stay at home moms

While I was eating lunch this afternoon, I was scrolling through Facebook on my phone and began subconsciously comparing myself to other moms on my newsfeed.  It seemed as though everyone was doing something BIG--having a book published, starting their own business, moving up the corporate ladder, buying a huge 2 story house in an upscale suburban neighborhood. I began to envy these women that seemed to have it all together enough that they could manage a family and a successful career. I mean, lets get real, I can hardly keep up with my blog, let alone another full time job. When my high school and college boasts about their alumni's accomplishments, I hardly think being a stay at home mom would make the list. I actually got on my Linked In account the other day. BIG MISTAKE! Umm hello? What am I supposed to put on there? Expert at changing diapers, washing dishes, and mopping floors. That should look impressive compared to my college friends who are all climbing their way up at design firms.

Every night after the boys are in bed, I think to myself, "WHY AM I SO TIRED?" I didn't really do anything today. It seems like I never really get anything accomplished, yet I Never. Stop. Moving. When my husband comes home from work and asks me about our day, my mind suddenly goes blank and I'm like, "oh, not much, you know, the usual." So really, WHY AM I SO TIRED? So today I started making a mental note of everything that I did today: Took the kids to the playground, made lunch and dinner, cleaned up the living room, practiced baseball with my 6 year old, cleaned up boo boos, cleaned the toilets, swept and mopped the floors, had the boys clean up the play room (which by the way, would be much easier to do myself by the time I have to ask them 15 kazillion times to do it), put clothes on my 3 year old after he had taken them off and was running around the house naked, helped my husband with something for the church, did 2 loads of laundry, did 2 loads of dishes, took out the trash, played referee to my 2 boys who were tackling each other NFL style on the living room floor, took the tube of toothpaste away from my 3 year old, (who had someone managed to smear it all over the bathroom counter, as well as, form a gigantic mound of bubbles from the soap dispenser and manage to get it all over the bathroom, but miss the one thing he was actually supposed to clean--his hands), cleaned the kitchen, disposed of an unidentifiable oozing object in the refrigerator, gave the boys a bath, read them a Bible story, and put them to bed. AND I WOULD NOT CHANGE IT FOR THE WORLD!

I love my crazy, chaotic life. Being a mom is the most amazing thing in the world. Yeah, it may go unrecognized, unnoticed and I may never get a "thank you" or an award, but to my two kiddos, I am their world.  In Bible study last night we talked about how some of the most demeaning jobs are sometimes the most important.  Look at Jesus' example when he washed His disciples feet. I mean He is the King of the whole world, yet He did the lowliest of jobs. Moms, don't ever fall into the trap of thinking your job is not important or comparing yourself to other moms your age. You may not be gaining worldly success, but you are successful in the eyes of your children and most importantly, the eyes of God.

We need to stop comparing ourselves to other women, and instead embrace who God has called as to be at this moment in our life. One calling is not greater than another. The greatest success you can have in life is to fulfill God's purpose through your life. Now I am going to go eat a bowl of ice cream. Why? Because the kids are in bed and I CAN.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Fun DIY Flip Flops to Kick off Summer!

The last day of school was last week so it is starting to feel like summer! But nothing makes it feel more like summer than getting a brand new pair of flip flops.  I decided to spruce up my plain Old Navy flip flops with some bling. Because everyone knows us Texas girls like some bling, right?

Here's what you need:

Swarovski Elements Crystals (approx. 4mm in size)
I got these at Michaels, but they also have them at Hobby Lobby. Make sure they are Swarovski. They cost a little bit more but it is so worth it! They are so much more sparkly, especially when the sun shines on them.  You will need about 4 packages. They are about $5 a package, but you can get them cheaper if you use a coupon. I had a 25% off coupon at Michaels so they only cost me about $15 total. 

A pair of plain black flip flops
I used a pair of black Old Navy flip flops that I picked up for $2.50

E-6000 Glue
You can get this at Michaels or Hobby Lobby.  This is the only glue I recommend because once you glue it, its permanent. Just make sure to do it in a well ventilated area unless you want to get a little loopy because there all all kinds of crazy warnings on the tube.  If you have a 3 year old like me, maybe you want to get a little loopy. Anyways, I recommend doing this outside.

To make them, just take a small brush and paint some glue on the flip flops (a little at a time) where you are going to place the crystals. Do 2 at a time with about 30 crystals on each strap. (120 total). Let dry before wearing them!
The whole project cost about $20!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Lone Ranger Birthday Party

Is it just me or does anyone else LOVE birthdays? Growing up, my parents always made it such a huge deal whenever me or my sister had a birthday.  We would come home from school and there would be balloons and party decorations everywhere and then we would get to go out for a big birthday dinner and come home and open presents.  I guess that's why I go a little overboard for birthday parties.  My hubby kept telling me to remember it's just a 6 six year old birthday party! I can't help it, its fun!

The birthday boy all dressed up!

My son was dead set on having a LEGO themed Lone Ranger party, but when I saw this vintage 1954 Lone Ranger lunch box, I decided to go the vintage route. Plus, he loves watching the old Lone Ranger westerns with his daddy so I figured he would like this just as well.

We borrowed a western backdrop from our church and set it up for a photobooth in the backyard. The kids had a blast dressing up and taking pictures.  They are such hams!

Root Beer Floats

Rice Krispie Hay Stacks

Water Balloon Shoot-out

Free Printables:

Goody bags (fold and staple to top of 4x6 clear plastic bag)
Happy Birthday Banner
Bubble Refill Station sign
Loot Sign (for gift table)
Horse Parking sign
Waterin Hole sign

Party Planner Printable

Try to say that 3 times in row! 
This past weekend was my oldest son's 6th birthday party. I will be posting more about the party, but first, I wanted to share a little printable that I put together to help me plan the big day! 

Click here for the FREE download!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Giveaway Winner!

Hey ya'll, it's time to announce the winner of my giveaway! So sorry for all the trouble with rafflecopter. For those of you that left comments, I entered you in manually.  So with that being said, the winner of the 16x20 digital chalkboard love story print is.......

Cynthia Richardson!!

I hope your son and daughter-in-law enjoy it :-) I will email you shortly.

Thanks again for everyone that participated in the giveaway! Be watching for more to come!