Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Jake's Place

Our dog Jake is very spoiled. He's just so cute and lovable that I can't help myself. Just look at that face!

I decided to personalize the area where his food and water bowls are. I know I'm crazy. Handyman Hubby already told me. 

I love how it turned out! 

Jake likes it too!

The vinyl paw prints are from Michaels and the self-adhesive letters are from JoAnn's. I used my 40% off coupons and spent about $8 total. Plus, I still have the rest of the adhesive letters that I can use for scrapbooking! 

Please tell me I'm not the only one who does stuff like this for their pets.  : )

**Don't forget about the Shaklee giveaway! You can enter here until Thursday, June 2.**

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Happy 3-Day Weekend!

It's a 3-day weekend and it finally stopped raining!! Yeah!! 

I hope the weather is nice where you are. Have an awesome weekend!!

Don't forget to enter my Shaklee giveaway!! Click here to enter.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Favorite Things Friday - Week 3

It's Friday and you know what that means . . . time for more of my favorite things!

These colorful pots from Wal-Mart are too cute. The price is great and they come in several sizes. They also have watering cans in the same bright colors. Guess which color is my favorite. : )

Chocolate is always a good thing to have! I love the Hershey Nuggets Milk Chocolate with toffee and almonds. I suggest the large family size bag!

I really need to get a few of these lanterns from Pier One for my patio. They have several colors (love the blue!) and sizes.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Shaklee Review and Giveaway

I'm sure most of you have heard of Shaklee Organic Cleaning Products. I have heard of their products but never had the opportunity to try them . . . until now. 

Bonnie from House of Grace so kindly sent me a sample of Basic H2 Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate to try. I just mixed the concentrate with water into 2 spray bottles and was ready to go!

Pretend you don't see my pile of dirty laundry in the background, umkay.

Now is the part when I show you photos of my filthy, dirty house and how clean it is after using the Shaklee cleaners. 

This is my kids bathroom sink. It is really gross but thankfully the dirt doesn't show up too well in the photo.



I love how shiny everything is! The glass cleaner is awesome! No streaks or smears on the glass.

Okay, now this is really embarrassing. I swear we aren't dirty people! This is my kids shower and it hasn't been cleaned in a long time. Obviously. I was hoping that the dirt would bother my kids and they would offer to clean it. Ha! I must be crazy! They could care less what it looks like.



Much, much better.
Note to Handyman Hubby: The tile needs to be re-grouted.   : )

Here is my thrift store tray that I keep in the master bathroom. It was lookin' a tad bit dirty. Sorry for the bad photo. My camera is crappy not the best.



Look how shiny and purdy it is now!  

I am very happy with how the Shaklee products worked on my dirty house. Their products don't have any strong odors or harsh chemicals. That's a good thing if you have asthma like I do.

I've saved the best for last ~ Bonnie is giving 5 lucky readers a sample of Shaklee Basic H2 Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate!! 

There are 3 ways to enter:

1. Follow my blog and leave me a comment (if you are already a follower, just leave me a comment saying so)

2. Follow Bonnie's blog House of Grace and leave me a comment here.

3. Follow Bonnie on Facebook and leave me a comment here.

This giveaway ends on Thursday, June 2nd at 9 PM EST.

Good luck!!

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Magic Of Paint

It's no secret that I love to paint. It's so much fun to take a not-so-pretty item and turn it into something fabulous. 

I noticed my outdoor clock and thermometer were looking a bit shabby. I purchased the set from Lillian Vernon about 10 years ago. They really needed a facelift!

For some reason, the thermometer looked worse than the clock. A lot more of the paint had chipped off. 

I brought them inside and gave each a fresh coat of paint. This is what they look like now . . .

They look brand-spankin' new!! 

Now I have a new problem. That faded green light looks really crappy. Not to worry . . . it will be getting a fresh coat of paint soon - if it ever stops raining!

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Domestically Speaking

Organize and Decorate Everything

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Baby Bunnies

We recently discovered a hole that a rabbit dug in our backyard. Inside were 5 baby bunnies. They are just the cutest little critters!

We've been watching to make sure the mama rabbit is taking care of them. 

Yesterday we had a lot of rain and their nest flooded. They all made it out but were laying in the grass all wet and cold. I brought them inside to warm them up while Handyman Hubby scooped all the water out of their hole. 

The mama rabbit came back later and took care of them. Aren't they just adorable?!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Garage Sale Goodies . . .

. . . I love to shop garage sales. Especially on a gorgeous spring day with my best friend Lori! (yes, we're both named Lori - how cool is that!) We had so much fun and scored some great deals! 

I love the turquoise canning jars! The papers are  actually a bunch of old receipts from a Grain Store. They are dated 1937!! The bowl and urn are from Lori's mom. She knows how much I love turquoise and wanted me to have them. I just adore her mom!

My favorite find is the old wooden box I got for $5!! Here it is on my front porch. I love it!! 

You just never know what treasures you might find at a garage sale. 

Have an awesome day!   : )

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Nesting Place

Friday, May 20, 2011

Favorite Things Friday ~ Week 2

Yeah! It's Friday! Time for more of
my favorite things.

EOS Lip Balm - I love 
these cuties! The Summer
Fruit flavor is my fave! 
Some of the other flavors
are Lemon Drop, Sweet Mint
and Honeysuckle/Honeydew.
I have found them at Walgreens and Walmart for about $3.

Softly Hair Spray is great! It holds well but isn't too sticky. The scent is nice too.

I found these decorative Eco file folders at Target. You know I love my Tar-jay!
You get a pack of 12 folders for
$4.00. They also have lots of
other fun office supplies and items in these patterns.

Have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Crazy Ohio Weather

. . . Let me just say that we've had the craziest weather around here lately. First, May started out with rain every day for 2 weeks. Then we had record high temps in the mid 80's and turned on the A/C. Now we've been 20 degrees below normal and I had to turn the heat back on!! Crazy I tell ya!

I finally got some flowers planted but my to do list is about a mile long! My front porch is pretty much done except for the rug. It's old and faded but I can't find one I like. I'm also thinking about making a small "no soliciting" sign for the table. 

Our back patio is where I still have tons of work to do.  I got my rug and chairs out but haven't been able to sit outside because it's either raining or too cold!

I am on the look-out for an outdoor coffee table but haven't had much luck. They are either too big or too expensive. I think I'll stalk Craig (and his list) and hopefully can snag one for a great price. Should I go with a square or round table?

Handyman Hubby has been busy with his new power washer. We've talked about getting one for the past few years and finally bought one.

I didn't realize how filthy our sidewalk and patio stones were until he cleaned them! Holy cow they were gross! 

Can you see where he's cleaned the concrete? Aaahhh! That's so embarrassing!!

Okay, enough talk about how filthy dirty my sidewalk was. Look at what we have in our back yard . . .

. . . those are teeny tiny baby rabbits and the mama rabbit built the nest right in the middle of our yard!  They are the cutest little things I've ever seen! It's hard to tell how many there are but so far we've counted 6. The hole is deep so there could be more at the bottom. My daughter Hannah - aka "Animal Lover" - checks on them every day. She wanted to know if we could bring them inside and feed them with a bottle! Too cute!

Have an awesome day!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

And The Winner Is . . .

. . . . Laurie from Laurie's Little Bits of Creativity. Her comment was "I would love to try the Hawaiian Style". 

Congratulations Laurie!!!

I will be sending you an email to get your mailing info.

Thanks to everyone who entered this giveaway. You really have to go try the Freschetta Simply Inspired pizzas. They are dee-lish!!

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Favorite Things Friday

Happy Friday!! Here are a few things I'm loving right now.

       I can't get enough of the Avon Foot Works Cooling Foot Spray! It comes in yummy scents like Watermelon, Cherry Ice, Lime Mojito and Tropical Coconut. I use it on my legs and feet in the summer.
Warning! It's addicting!!

The Endless Silky Eye Pens from Pixi are awesome! They come in great colors and are easy to apply. I'm using the BlackCocoa now. You can find these at Target for about $14.

Have you seen these cuties at Bath & Body Works? Mini hand sanitizers with your astrological sign on them! How fun!!

Sorry about the lack of posting lately. I've been dealing with some major stress for the past few weeks. Sick doggie, teenager driving me cray-zay!! and a bunch of other stuff. Hopefully it will all calm down soon. I think I'll go spray my legs and feet with some Avon Cooling Spray right now. Maybe I should spray my whole body!   : )

Don't forget to enter The Freschetta Pizza and Bamboo Cutting Board giveaway! It ends on Monday, May 16th.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

New Freschetta Simply . . . Inspired Review and Giveaway

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of FRESCHETTA® for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
I am so excited to share FRESCHETTA® 's new pizza line, Simply…Inspired™ with you all.
In addition, the fabulous people at FRESCHETTA®  have offered to give one lucky Thrifty Decor Mom reader a coupon for a complimentary FRESCHETTA® Simply…Inspired™ pizza and a Bamboo Cutting Board!!

FRESCHETTA®  believes frozen pizza shouldn’t simply taste better. It should be better. That's why FRESCHETTA® frozen pizzas are made with top-quality ingredients and taste-tested recipes, just to make sure your pizza will always deliver FRESCH® flavor. They use all real cheeses, sauces made out of tomatoes picked at the peak of their ripeness, premium meats and spring wheat flour to create a fresh tasting frozen pizza.

We had the opportunity to try the Classic Bruschetta this weekend and it was delicious!  My family loved it and wanted more. I guess I should have purchased 2 pizzas!  We were impressed with the abundance of flavor and generous toppings. I can honestly say this is the best frozen pizza I've ever tasted!  Now we can't wait to try all the other varieties!

The six distinctive flavor varieties include:  

Southern BBQ Recipe Chicken ~ Classic Southern flavors blend to perfection: grilled white meat chicken   and roasted red onions piled on a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce and topped with real mozzarella and gouda.
Rustic Pepperoni Pomodoro ~ Classic meets cutting edge: thick slices of pepperoni, Shiite mushrooms and roasted red peppers layered over a zesty red sauce, topped with signature blend of cheeses and spices.
Hawaiian Style ~ With a mix of savory Canadian bacon and bacon, mozzarella cheese, pineapple and a bold, sweet and tangy BBQ sauce, our pizza is a fresh approach to a classic favorite.
Classic Bruschetta ~ Bringing vibrant flavors to life, this pizza offers a creamy tomato and garlic pesto sauce, roma tomatoes and roasted garlic topped by a blend of premium cheeses.
Harvest Supreme ~ Enjoy the sensation of fresh-picked vegetables straight from the harvest, real cheeses and flavorful sauces in a pizza you would expect from your favorite restaurant.
Farmers Market Veggie ~ It’s like a walk through the farmer’s market. With marinated and roasted Portobello mushrooms, rough cut tomatoes, roasted red onion and zucchini, this pizza bursts with fresh tasting flavors.  

Plus two Limited Edition flavors available now:

Chicken Bianco ~ Love it before it leaves. This limited edition pizza features grilled chicken, roasted red peppers, black olives and spinach. We add a creamy Alfredo sauce and savory herb blend. It’s a light, flavorful pizza for anytime.
Tuscan Farmhouse ~ The flavors of Italy run deep in this limited edition pizza. With marinated and roasted mushrooms, roasted red onion and spinach, mozzarella and parmesan. Try it before it’s gone!

More good news:

FRESCHETTA® Simply…Inspired™ pizzas are wrapped using the new Fresch-Taste Seal packaging. The seal locks in the vibrant flavors while using 30% less packaging material - plus there is a clear window to take a peek at what your buying instead of it being hidden inside a box. 

To learn more about the FRESCHETTA® brand and locate a store near you check out the FRESCHETTA® site here. There is also a printable coupon available - just click on 'pizza coupons' at the top!

To Enter This Giveaway:
1.  Follow my blog and let me know by leaving a comment
 (if you are already a follower leave a comment saying so)

Extra Entries:
and choose which pizza you want to try. Leave me
a separate comment for 1 entry.

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then leave me a separate comment for 1 entry.

This giveaway will end at 9 PM est on May 16, 2011.
The winner will be chosen by a random number generator
and contacted via email.

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