Thursday, October 30, 2014

Planting Succulents - Bird Cage

Let me start with saying I have a love for succulents. They are a plant that some people love or hate. The best thing about them its they need little water, so for people who forget to water their plants these are the prefect type of plants for them. My favorite thing about succulents is that they can be living art. You can do so much with them. All the different shades, textures, sizes and styles make it so fun to plant them. 

A couple months back I was cruising through TPT and found this bird cage. I loved how it opened on top making it easy to plant succulents inside, the black could make a beautiful contrast with the greens and it was on sale.   After making my purchase I headed over to the plant nursery and Home Depot to pick up succulents. When I pick out succulents I try to pick out all types and sizes. When looking at a pot full of them I pick the ones that have lots of little buds. Getting a pot saves you money, who doesn't like that. The roots can be separated out or you can even cut buds/parts off the plant and let them sit for a couple days to callus up and then plant them. 

How to callus a succulent:
1. Trim off any rotten bits from your cutting. Use a sharp knife to make a clean cut.

2. Allow the cut end to dry (callus) for at least 3-4 days. Laying it in a container or box out of the sun. Rotate them frequently so that they don't develop roots along their side edges.
3. After the end calluses, plant the cactus succulent.

Bird Cage
Variety of Succulents
Cactus Soil
Shape Knife

How to:
Starting by removing the tags, open the cage up and grabbed a extra bucket or bowl to put under the bird cage for the plants that would drape dow.Place thing Senecio Radicans(i.e. String of Fishhooks, String of Bananas, Banana Vine, Necklace Plant)  in the bird cage first on the bottom,  then pulling the stems part through the bars of the bird cage being carful to not break the Senecio Radicans. This is the plant that is draping one which is why being on bottom gives it a dramatic effect. After Senecio Radicans placed, lined the inside of the cage with moss. Making is tight but leaving a hole in the center to fill with cactus soil. In this process its important  to make sure everything was tight, since the other succulents would be placed in next.  

Picking and planting 3 different succulents for the folic points on the top. I planted these 3 in the center where the cactus soil is. Use a pencil to make a hole on the sides of the bird cage to plant the succulents in one at a time, pushing through the the moss into the soil. Starting with the larger ones first, make sure to blend and carry the different types throughout the outside of the cage. Giving them a tight fit. Like I said in the beginning you can just break the buds/parts on the plants off to callus, which makes it sure easy to take a pencil make the hole and side the succulents stem in the hole.  Once I was happy with the sides I then planted fillers around the 3 succulents that were the folic points. Using a zip tie, zip tied the bird cage closed.

For watering I just take the birdcage down place it in the sink and spray it with water, letting it drain for a couple hours. If I had hung it outside I would just spray it with the hose. 

Other Succulent Projects:

Succulents with a Friend
Succulents for Teacher Appreciate Gift

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Leaf Craft - Making a Turkey

How cute is the leaf turkey? I came across an idea like this on baby center. The one I found was just on a white piece of paper, I thought it would be better with more color. I have a sick kid at home so this gave us something to do without leaving the house. Plus with fall here and leaves changing it gives us a huge variety of colors to chose from. The kids and I set out on a leaf hunt in the backyard, filling their pumpkin buckets with different colors, sizes, shapes and textures. They had so much fun who knew the backyard could have such a wonderful adventure. 

Once we got our leaves, we were ready to head in to get all our other supplies ready. The nice thing about this turkey leaf craft is you most likely have all this stuff in your home. I used a pencil, scissors, circle ruler, tap glider/dispenser, black marker and paper in 4 different shades: blue, green, tan and brown. I also use some shimmer spray on one which is totally an option.  


Paper (used 3 different colors)
Tape Glider/ dispenser (I use a Scotch CAT 085 Advanced Tape Glider, everyone should have one)
Circle Ruller
Black marker

How to:

First step drawing and cutting two different circle sizes 5 inch and 2 inches.
Then  ripe a 2 inch thick strip on the green off for the grass and tape is down with your tape glider. 
Take your tape glider and make half a start the lay your leafs down. 

Tape your large circle over the leafs. 
Make two tape lines with your glider and lay your leafs on for the wings. 
Tape your small circle over a tip of the wings. 
Cut a leaf for the beak and one for the wattle after tape them on.
Finish it up by by giving you turkey an eye and legs using your black marker. 

Here are a picture on my kids Leaf Craft. There turkeys turned out so great something for all ages to do. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

DIY: Refinishing a Pedestal Table and Chairs

This table turned out amazing and I love it! So let me start with telling you how I got this table which is pure luck. One night I was online and saw somebody was selling a round table and chairs for $100.00. I had always wanted a round pedestal table. I was like sign me up for this table, I went to the hubby to tell me. He was like "we don't need another table especially since we were going to be moving." He just burst my bubble, so sad right? 

Well, the next day I was walking with the kids around the block. I stopped to talk to my neighbor when I saw she had a pedestal table and 6 chairs in her garage. I asked her if she was going to refinish it since she has refinished a bunch of furniture. I then proceeded to tell her how I wanted to get a pedestal table. She was like you can have this table. What, really? I was so excited! She told me the story about how she got it and her hubby would be happy to get it out. Both our hubby's didn't want to deal with us and our table issues. When Brandon got home from work I was so excited to tell him. I knew he would respond like we aren't buying another table we don't need it. So I knew exactly how I would come back. When he started to tell me no I responded with a smirk "you can't argue with free", really you can't. So I got to keep this fabulous table that I had big plans for. As soon that conversation ended I was outside digging into my project and writing a list of the things I needed before I headed off to Lowes

This is what it looked like before, the top was all scratched up and fabric was full of stains. 

The hubby and I first started removing the table top from the pedestal. Then I sanded the top of the table removing the finish and stain. I started with 100 grit sand paper then moved to a finer grit sand paper in stages. 

Around 9pm that night the awesome neighbor that gave me the table came over to help me paint the table and chairs using Valspar White Flat Spray Paint(I used 12 cans). Before painting we wiped the chairs and pedestal with a damp rag to remove the dust.  I think we were up painting until 11:30pm.  I also put the wood stain on the table top. I bought Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain 1-Quart Willow Oil Wood Stain. Which I loved the color its like a bleached white wash.  I am a super fan the two tone look. We really had a great time chatting and working on the project. 

The next morning I went to Joann Fabric to find a fabric to reupholster the chairs. I found two fabrics I like so I texted the hubby for a second opinion. One was a red and the other the blues. The hubby said the blues so I grabbed 6 yards of that and 1 yard of of a plastic fabric.  You know like the kind that you can hear your skin ripping off when you get up. I got the plastic fabric to cover my daughters chair that has a booster seat on.

Once I got home I started to put a second top of paint on the chairs and pedestal, then let them dry. While the chairs and pedestal dried I worked on reupholster the cushions for the chairs. I started that by pulling the old fabric off and checking the foam. I used the old fabric as a pattern to cut the new fabric. When cutting was done I started wrapping the fabric around the cushions and stapling it in with 1/2 inch staples. I stapled all the corners, then did one side followed by the opposite side pulling the fabric tight. I saw was checking to make sure all the patterns on the fabric were hitting in the same part on the cushion.  This process probably took me about 1.5 hours to do 6 chairs.

When the chairs and pedestal finished drying I rubbed a wood wax on them and put the table top on the pedestal. Next I gave my table top a lite sand with super fine sand paper. With a damp rag I wiped the table top to pick up any dust before I started to seal my table top. The sealer was a satin sealer that was put on the over the stain. 


Brandon screwed all the cushions on the chairs for me. Then we let the pedestal table and chairs sit in the garage for 24 hours. Refinishing this table and chairs took up my whole weekend.  Thanks to my awesome neighbor and hubby for there help.

Here is the after! Aren't you just so in love with this? I know I sure am. Refinishing this pedestal table is on my top 10 favorite projects I have done. Whats your favorite DIY projects that you have done?

Friday, October 24, 2014

DIY Glass Filled Lamp with Gumballs

Addicted 2 Saving 4 asked me to be a guest blogger for them, my guest posting will be one DYI projects and crafts.  So make sure to look out for my DYI and crafts on Addicted 2 Savings 4 you. 

Lately I have busy working on my 2 year old daughters room. She loves everything girlie, which has been super fun after always doing boy rooms. Who wouldn't be excited to for that. for her room I wanted it to be a combination of shabby chic and classic with a little modern twist. 

Every night before bed we read her a story and I felt like it was to bright with the ceiling light on. So I knew we needed a lamp. I started to look around at stores and wasn't finding anything that jumped out to me. Then one day at TJ-Max I saw a glass lamp full of cotton balls. I thought wow what a great idea. After seeing that I went to Target to see is they had any glass fillable lamps that would open up. They had a glass fillable lamp for $14.99 and I grabbed a lamp shade for $12.99. I started to walk around brain storming what I could fill it with. I walked into there craft area which is right buy the party supplies area. There in the party supplies area I found gumballs of all different colors that were $5.00. The aqua color was on clearance for $2.50.  I grabbed one bag of pink and one aqua. When I got home I started to put this all together right away. Its so simple and easy maybe takes 10 minutes. Now thats not bad for DIY. 


Glass Fillable Lamp
Lamp Shade
Light bulb
Filling - I used gum balls.


The first thing you want to do is in screw that top of your lamp. Be very careful to not unscrew the bottom. Once you have the top unscrewed, off and all papers pulled out you can then start to fill your lamp. I mixed my gum balls together. At first I put all of the gum balls into my fillable lamp, it seemed way too full and too much aqua. So then I did all the pink and half the aqua gum balls, which I liked a lot better. Really its a personal choice on how much you want to fill it. Then screwed the top back on, put a light bulb in and plugged that sucker in. I love that way it turned out and so does my daughter she spotted in in her room right away. 

Other things you could fill you fillable lamp with would be buttons (how cute would that be on a sewing craft space) spools of thread, pipe cleaners, bouncy balls, flowers, leaves, craft puff balls etc.  

Hope I left you feeling inspired. Make sure to share back your ideas what you could fill a fillable lamp with. If you make a fillable lamp please share how yours turned out. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Refinishing a Kids Table and Chairs

Since we had moved I want to set up Hailey a girlie room. It has taken me time to get it all together. One thing I knew I wanted was a table in her room. She loves playing tea party and kitchen stuff. I was going to order one from ikea but then I thought why not get a used kids table and refinish it.  I found the table with chairs on craigslist for a great price.

Picking it up is a funny story. I am a extremely paranoid person and I mean like over the top paranoid. Driving to pick it up I started to think "I know nothing about this area what if its in a bad area, I forgot to give Brandon the address to where I was going." Driving through the neighborhood my thoughts started to get the best of me. I pulled up thinking I am not going in I'll text and say I am here. When I did the girl came out and said its around back. My thoughts "oh shit I have to go around back I am dead this is it." We were walking to the backyard I kept a good 15 feet behind her incase I needed to run. Once I got to the gate I looked back to check if anyone may be following me. Then the girl proceeded to tell me its in the shed. I started to break a sweat and my thoughts went crazy at this point with how I was going to escape if I needed to. What if somebody comes up behind me, grabs me and they lock me in this shed. Anyhow I wouldn't go in the shed I waited for her to hand the table and chairs out to me. After getting the kids table and chairs in the car, I jumped in the car with such a relief of surviving. So yeah lets just say I am a little paranoid. LOL. 

Now back to refinishing the kids table. I laid cardboard out and wiped the whole table down. Then I used Lowes White Valspar Color Radiance spray paint.  I covered the whole table in one coat. Once it dried I sprayed a second coat. 

After I painted the table I did the same process with the chairs but in I did a mint green color. Once all the white and mint green paint dried I then spray painted a clear coat. It looks a little darker in the picture than in person.  Hailey was super happy about her table and pretty much uses it every day. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

California Trip Part 3 of 5: Disneyland

Part 3 of our trip was to Disneyland.  It was great and the kids had a blast. This was one thing the kids were super stoked about doing. Mickey Mouse was the big talk of our house before leaving to California. When we lived in California the kids and I would go to Disneyland all the time but this time was even better since the hubby was going and Hailey was older. It may sound funny to mention avout Hailey being older but it made a huge difference with lines, excitement level and she could go on most every thing we went on.  

We parked at Downtown Disney and road the monorail in so that we would ride right into the middle of the park. It was a hot day by California standards, but after being in Boise it felt like nothing. The lines weren't bad which was nice.  We got to go on 11 rides which is not bad for being at the park from 10am to 3:30pm.

The boys were funny on the rides they would sit with the hubby and say this is a boys only team. The boys only team has been huge in our home lately. Its been boys only for everything. Thank god for Hailey or I would totally be out voted, we have just gotten better at batting our eyes to get what we want. Hunter was able to go on Star Tours for the first time with Brandon and he loved it. It has been huge for him, once we got home its been Star Wars everything. Weston, Hailey and I went on the Astro Blasters which they loved. Hailey was spinning our rocket around and Weston was taking down the bad guys.

The Golden Horseshoe Saloon was where we had lunch, after lunch I ordered us ice cream nachos. Boy were they yummy. It had 2 scoops of mint chip and 1 scoop vanilla on waffle chips topped with chocolate syrup, whip cream and chocolate sprinkles. The kids devoured them. I would definitely suggest this sweet treat if your going to park anytime time soon. Another thing that was a big hit with the kiddos was Mater's Junk Yard ride. Tossing turning and squishing into each other brought tons of giggles. 

All and all the family had a great day spending time together. It was so nice having Brandon go with us and everyone be big enough to enjoy all the rides. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

California Trip Part 2 of 5 Seaworld

Prior to going to California we asked the kids what they wanted to do.  We asked if they wanted to go to the San Diego Zoo, Lego Land or Sea World.  The kids are really into Orcas and wanted to see what they really looked like up close and personal so they chose to go to Sea World. Sea World seems to be such a touchy subject for people after the movie Blackfish which we have seen but our kids really wanted to go. So that's were they we went. 

We wanted to get an early start on the day so we woke up and headed straight to Sea World. Brandon's mom, sister and nephew joined us. The whole month of October the kids eat, stay and play free in San Diego so if you want to plan a trip there go in October. 

Upon entering the park the flamingos were walking along taking up the entire path.  The kids stopped to watch - they thought the flamingos were so awesome.  After that we went off to do the dolphin encounter. At the dolphin encounter there were five Dolphins with an instructor in different sections of the pool. The instructors would  instruct the dolphin to do certain tricks. I was able to get up close to the side with Hunter so he was able to touch the dolphins tail. He was super excited about that, although what 5 year old wouldn't be excited to touch a dolphin.

After the dolphin encounter we headed over to the pets rule show. This was really a great show and the kids had so much fun watching all the different tricks that pets had to do. They got to see dogs,  cats, birds, kangaroos and more doing incredible tricks. This show was probably the highlight of the day at Sea World.

 At the end of the show the kids got to pet a cat, kangaroo and dog. It is amazing how soft Kangaroos are.

The Penguin's were fun to watch. They were moving around so much. They didn't really seem to grab the kids attention to much. I think we blazed through this exhibit. 

The next exhibit was the Beluga Whale, which was fascinating for the kids. They just stood there and watched them for quite some time. The whale would swim right passed the window they were at over and over again. After the whales we rushed over to see the sharks before Ryder, Meggan and Judi went on their own way.

After the sharks we were off to Dine with Shamu but on are way there we saw you could feed the seals. I asked the kids if they wanted to.  What kid is going to say no to feeding seals?  Well then they saw that that they would have to actually pick a fish up with their hands to throw to the seals. I think this was the deal breaker.  Hunter's exact words were "No way, you do it!"  So I did I grabbed the little fish by the tail and threw it to the seals.

Dine with Shamu was ok, but not really worth the price you pay.  There are 3 rows of tables, so if you are in the third you don't really get to see the 10 minute show very well. After the show we took the kids over to go on some of the rides before we left. They loved the rides of coarse and all the kids were able to go on everything. 

Before we headed back to Orange County went to see Brandon's cousin Jessica and her kiddos. We only visited for a short time  being we had to head back for dinner. On the drive back we sat in so much traffic it was really quite annoying after moving away. I am so glad we don't have to deal with traffic like that on a regular basis. 

2 hours later we got to Brandon's parents house where we had to rush to get ready to go to Ruth Chris for dinners for Brandon's best friend Scott's birthday celebration dinner. We got lucky too because we didn't have the kids, they stayed with Brandon's mom and sister. We had a great dinner and long day so we were pretty much exhausted. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

Why does meatloaf just sound so nasty? I had never been much of a meatloaf fan just based on the name. I don't even remember my mom cooking it much as a kid but she did. The hubby likes meatloaf, so I thought I would give it a try again and I liked it. We use to buy the meatloaf from Von's, then would eat it on french bread with mayo like a sandwich - it was so yummy.  I felt like I needed to find a good recipe, one that is simple and tasty. I went through a couple recipes until I found two that I like. Then one night I served both when we had some guest over and asked them for there opinion on which one was better. Now I know not everyone is a meatloaf fan but give it one last shot. Try this recipe out and then share your thoughts. 
Turkey Meatloaf


2 tablespoons butter (or margarine)
1-cup onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/4 lbs. ground turkey
1/2-cup breadcrumbs
1 egg (or 1/4 cup egg substitute)
3/4-cup catsup (1/4 in meatloaf and ½ on top)
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
3/4-teaspoon salt
1/2-teaspoon black pepper

Melt butter in a skillet.
Cook onion and garlic in melted butter for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Place mixture in a large bowl, cool for 5 minutes.
Combine turkey, breadcrumbs, egg, and 1/4 cup of the catsup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper with onion mixture.
Press meatloaf into an 8x4-inch loaf pan.
Spread remaining catsup on top.
Bake in a 350-degree oven for 50-55 minutes.
(Internal temperature should reach 165 degrees.) Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes before serving.

I got this recipe from I changed the catsup to 1 cup instead of 3/4 cup. Meatloaf 

Monday, October 13, 2014

California Trip Part 1 of 5 Flying, Dinosaur Exhibit and Mall

Hunter had a week off school, so we thought it would be fun to try to go somewhere since we were busy this summer with the move. We talked about going to Seattle and California. Seattle we thought would be fun because the kids haven't been there and we could go to the circus. California because we had Disneyland passes that were going to expire, kids activities are free in San Diego for the month of October and we knew we weren't planning to go to California for any of the holidays coming up.  We ended up deciding on California. 

When we told the kids that we were going to be going to California they were so excited. We told them that we would be going on an airplane they were all pretty exited about that other than Hunter.  Hunter said that he'd rather drive because he doesn't like heights. Our flight departed at 8:00am, we had to be up and going pretty early.  Brandon and I were super exhausted being that we stayed up late to watch Sons of Anarchy. Thankfully the kids did really good and nobody was super crabby and they all listened well. Getting to the airport Brandon dropped the kids and I off at the departure area with all the luggage in the car seat, he then went to go park the car in the long-term parking. By the time he was done parking in back we almost just about have everything checked in. Going through security with the kids was super easy. I was a little more stressed out than I guess I needed to be about the security so it was a nice surprise to have it goes super smooth. We didn't have to wait long once we got to our gate, although the kids felt like it was taking forever to load. Once we are on the plane each kid had their own seat being now that all of our kids are not under 2.  It's kind of crummy to have to pay for all the seats but it is nice to have everybody have there own space. On the airplane we let the kids have iPads with their headphones that pretty much kept them entertained the whole flight.  By the time we got to Phoenix for one and only stop the kids were a little bit restless, especially Hailey. Once the plane took off again it was better because they knew they couldn't walk around.  Once we landed in LA the kids were super excited, however they were a little annoyed that we had to wait to get a rental car.  At the rental car place they were saying they were so hungry. Once we were loaded we went to In'N'Out, the kids crashed out with in minutes of our drive there.  After we got food we headed over to Brandon's parents house where we were staying for the week. 

The next day I took the kids to the Wonder of the Dinosaurs Exhibit in the Laguna Hills mall with Brandon's parents. My kids love dinosaurs, especially Hunter.  He has always been very interested in them. I thought this would be a fun activity. There was a lot of robotic dinosaurs, bounce houses, coloring, mini golf, searching  for shark teeth finding fossils etc. The kids had so much fun there they ran around like crazy literally and out of one bounce house to another. There are probably about 6 to 7 different bounce house plus one in the back room that was a maze. It was nice because there wasn't too many people there.  Brandon's parents were so in awe that the place was pretty much empty.

I thought the kids would be super excited about the robot dinosaur but I had to do a little bit of convincing to get them to go where the robotic dinosaurs were.  I think the loud noises from the dinosaurs made them nervous. It was pretty amazing to see all those dinosaurs moving and making sounds and the kids ended up really liking the whole exhibit.

Prior to going into the Wonder of the Dinosaur Exhibit we had seen these little ride on cars outside that the kids wanted to ride. I told them that they could do it after. When were done we stopped over for them to jump on and have a quick little ride on the machines in the mall. It was such a great activity and I definitely recommend it to you if it was in your area. Plus it's a great way to let your kids jump off a ton of energy.

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