Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Healthy Snacks

healthy snacks


Does this happen to you? No sooner do you sit down or start working on something and your kids say, "Mom, can I have a snack?" Geez, I'm really sick of that question. So last week, I determined that our kids are way old enough (8 and 6) to figure this out on their own. So, why haven't they? Well, I'm partly to blame. I'm a bit of a control-freak when it comes to what they eat. But also, our darn fridge has shelves that are too high for our spritely-sized people. So I came up with a couple of ways for our kids to help themselves to some pre-approved healthy snacks.

First, I lowered a shelf in the fridge--which happens to be one that also slides out for easier access--and filled it with plastic containers of 1) baby carrots 2) celery sticks 3) granola bites and 4) string cheese.

convenient after-school snacks


Next, I used an undermount wire shelf in our pantry to lower the healthy stuff to eye-level. It has 1) dried fruit 2) almonds 3) applesauce cups and 4) pretzel rods on it.

after-school snacks for kids


Finally, our freezer drawer (which is reachable because it's on the bottom of the fridge) has 1) yogurt tubes and 2) yogurt-covered frozen blueberries in it.

I showed the girls all of these options and explained that anything in these three spots is fair game. They can help themselves anytime they want without asking because all of the choices were healthy ones. You would've thought I'd just given them each a pony. So there you have it: healthy snacks for our kids that may also turn into healthier snacks for me! And now I'm not bugged by, "Mom, can I have a snack?" anymore. Freedom for all!  How liberating!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Summer Wreaths to DIY



Hi there! I made a quick and easy embellishment for a sunflower wreath I purchased that I want to share with you.



Nothing fancy, just some brown ticking striped fabric cut into the shape of a little flag, which I glued some rope to. Then I free-handed our last initial on it with some black fabric paint. I must confess, I often purchase basic floral wreaths, and spruce them up with ribbons, nests, and other stuff to make them look customized as a way to save some time.

It's not too late to make a summer wreath for your front door! If you need some more inspiration for ways to say welcome, check out these 10 Summer Wreaths over on my Home Accessories site. My favorite is the bicycle wreath, but they're all great. What's your fave?

Here are some other inexpensive and easy things I've DIYd for our front door!




Rain Boot Wreath


Placemat Door Hanging

Friday, July 24, 2015

2 More Ways to Add Class to a Builder-Grade Home

builder-grade updates


Hey, hey! One of my posts that's received the most traffic is 10 Ways to Add Class to a Builder-Grade Home. It seems a lot of us are looking for simple swaps for those cheap fixtures and finishes that prefab home builders are so fond of using. We live in a prefab home, as a matter of fact, and over the years, have put a lot of effort into transforming what I once called our "beige box" into a home that has some character. Here are two more things I checked off the list this week: upgrading doorknobs and spray painting light switches in our entryway.

I swear, I don't know why it has taken me so darn long to get to these two projects. I've been bothered by those knobs and switches for years, guys, and it took me less than an hour to fix these little eyesores.

First, I must confess, I had tried to spray paint our brass doorknobs a couple of years ago, and as you can see from my before pictures, the paint didn't take. A lot of people have had success with painting their doorknobs if you believe Pinterest, but I wasn't one of them. D. Lawless Hardware came to my rescue with these great-looking oil-rubbed bronze doorknobs for both or garage door and half-bath door. Aaaahhhh...much better.

new doorknobs

oil-rubbed bronze doorknobs


Next up, the beige light switches. While I had swapped the brass light switch covers in favor of white ones a long time ago, it bothered me to no end that the switches were still 1970s beige. Not to mention dirty. I know, it's pretty easy to re-wire new ones, but guys...I don't know. Sometimes I can't even be bothered with the smallest of projects. So, I removed the switch plate covers, covered all but the switches really well with paper towels and painters tape, and sprayed those suckers white. (Please Note: Don't try this with outlets because the paint will get into the holes and cause major electrical havoc.)

how to spray paint light switches


Again...much better.

spray painted light switches


I did this one, too.

spray painted light switch


So there you go. Two more upgrades to our builder-grade abode that make a ton of difference in my opinion. It's the little things.

Other Posts You Might Like:

10 Ways to Add Class to a Builder-Grade Home

Chandelier Makeover

Spray Painted Light Fixture

Same Door, New Look

Square Wainscoting

Transform a Builder-Grade Home with Trim

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