Thursday, June 28, 2012

Collections Etc.

Hey, hey my friends! Today I am featuring a post by Megan at Collections Etc. She has some great ideas for updating your bathroom on a budget.

When you are on a tight budget, redecorating is often the last thing you think you can afford. Money is tight, and day-to-day expenses take priority. However, there are ways that you can redecorate using very little money while still emphasizing your own style and creativity. Bathrooms are one the easiest and most affordable homes to redecorate, making it a perfect place to start.

Start by thinking about your style and the space you envision for your bathroom. If you don’t have an idea of what you want to do, browse through home décor catalogs or websites for inspiration. A picture may inspire you to create the oasis you’ve dreamed of! Since frugal redecorating is the goal, you’ll find creative ways to recreate what you like. Take that inspiration and run with it--straight to your local thrift or second hand store!

Paint is a high impact, low cost way to get a new look for your bathroom. Paint can be pricey, but start by checking your local hardware or big box home improvement stores. Usually near the paint counters, the store will set up an area where they will have “oops” paint. This is paint that has been incorrectly mixed according to a previous customer’s specifications, or paint that has been returned because a customer doesn’t like it. Someone else’s trash becomes your treasure because these paints are usually sold at a deep discount. Bathrooms aren’t generally very large, so it may only take a few pints to spruce up your space. For an investment of only a few dollars, you’ve got the start of a beautiful new bathroom.

Back at your local thrift or second hand store, you’ll want to look for accessories similar to those you liked in the catalogs and websites. Don’t be afraid to check several different stores; you might not find what you want at the first store. Thrift stores can yield wonderful treasures for very little money. Brand new shower curtains can often be found for pennies on the dollar, but even a slightly used curtain will be “new to you”, and will give your bathroom a new look. Accessories, such as rugs and soap dispensers, can also be found inexpensively. Check everything that you intend to purchase for visible wear and tear since most thrift stores have a no return policy.

Let your family and friends know that you are redoing your bathroom. You may be able to score new accessories for nothing, just by asking! Chances are they’ve recently redone their bathroom and will be happy to share what they are no longer using.

You can also visit local arts and crafts stores for beads and other trinkets that can be used to decorate your bathroom. Not only are these relatively inexpensive, they’re a great do-it-yourself project for you and your family.  
Look around your home for items to be repurposed to use in your bathroom. You may have pictures hanging on the wall in another room that would look perfect in your redesigned bathroom space. Small votive candleholders or old jelly jars can serve as ambient lighting.

With a little thought and creativity, you can turn your bathroom into an oasis, all for very little money.

For affordable bathroom décor check out Collections Etc.

You can also request a free catalog here!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Meal Plan Monday

Week of June 25 thru July 1

Chicken Stir Fry, Rice

Hamburgers/Turkey Burgers, Sweet Potato Fries

Eat Out

Parmesan Crusted Chicken, Parmesan Noodles

Pesto Salad, Wheat Rolls

Tacos, Mexican Rice

Farfalle with Turkey Sausage, Peas & Mushrooms

Have an awesome week!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Painted Stairs and Stair Runners

Sometime in the near future we want to replace the carpet in all the bedrooms and on the stairs. I love the look of painted or stained stairs, however, with 2 kids and a dog I think a staircase runner is a necessity.

Here are some ideas from that I just love . . .
 has a wide variety of runners that you can choose from. Click here to get ideas and more info about their Summer Sale.

Thank you for supporting my blog and sponsors!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Meet the newest member of our family . . .

Benny Milton Schmid

We are so excited to have a little Maltese running
around our house again. After Jake's unexpected illness and death last December we talked about someday getting another dog. A few days ago we adopted Benny and couldn't be happier.

 Benny is 8 weeks old and weighs 1 lb. 12 oz.
He is teeny tiny and looks just like Jake - only much smaller!

If I'm not around much over the next few weeks you'll know where to find me . . . playing with this little guy and enjoying every minute with him.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Meal Plan Monday

For the week of June 18 - 24

Chicken, Brown Rice Pilaf, Salad

Chicken Enchilidas, Mexican Rice

Eat Out

Homemade Chicken Salad on Croissants, Fruit

Beef & Pea Pod Stir Fry, Rice

Angel Hair Pasta with Zucchini and Garden Herbs, Wheat Rolls

Crockpot BBQ Chicken, Potato Salad

Have a great week!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Not again! and A Pallet Table Update

Well, it seems as if our bad luck has returned. A
few days ago Handyman Hubby was in a minor car
accident. It wasn't his fault and nobody was hurt - thank goodness! A teen driver wasn't paying attention and hit the back bumper. This is the damage to our car. Of course the damage to his car wasn't as bad.

This car has been paid off for a while and doesn't
get driven much. Handyman Hubby works from home
so most of the time it sits in the driveway. That will
change soon because Taylor is getting her driver's
license in about 2 weeks and she'll be driving this car.
Pray for me please!!  : ) 

 On a more positive note, the  pallet table is looking great! The casters are on and it actually looks like a real table!

It still looks really rough but once it's sanded and 
painted it will look a lot better!

I found some paper lanterns in the Target Dollar
Spot. I loved the bright colors so I picked up a few
of them for our tree. I might have to go back and get
a few more and some of the bright pink ones.  : )

The patio is almost finished and I can't wait to
share it with you all! 

The next few days are going to be cra-zee around
here! My mom is coming for a visit (from Colorado) next week and I have some exciting news to share. No, I am NOT pregnant!  : )  Here's a little hint . . .

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Making Of A Pallet Table

Remember this?
I love this pallet table! It's so awesome!
I am happy to report that we found a pallet and have started creating our own outdoor pallet table! Yeah!

This is what we started with . . .

I didn't want the table to be that large so Handyman
Hubby cut some of it off.

We (well, Handyman Hubby did) removed the boards from the leftover piece . . .

. . . so we could fill in the gaps.

It's starting to look like a table. Sort of.

We flipped the table over and added some wood
pieces (leftover from another project). The casters will be attached there.

That's where we stopped today. Now I need to go
shopping for casters! 

Here are some that I like . . .


I also have to decide if I want to leave the wood
as it is, stain it or paint it. Any suggestions?

Monday, June 11, 2012

Meal Plan Monday

For the week of June 11 thru 17

Breakfast For Dinner

Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken, Potato Salad,
 Green Beans

Turkey Tacos, Mexican Rice

Hamburgers/Hot Dogs, Pasta Salad, 

Salad (from our garden!) with Grilled Chicken,
Veggies and Sesame Dressing

Eat Out

Chicken and Roasted Red Potatoes, 
Creamy Carrots

When we have pizza for dinner I like to use my
pizza man plates.
 I found them years ago at a garage sale and paid $5 for the set. Isn't that pizza man the cutest! I love finding treasures like this at Goodwill and garage sales! 

Have an awesome week!!

Friday, June 8, 2012


I'd like to welcome my new sponsor has been in the internet business
for over 10 years. Their mission is to supply high quality stair runners, natural flooring, custom made rugs and stair rods at wholesale prices. 

Their handmade stair runners are available in various beautiful natural fibers and borders. Unlike a fully fitted carpet, no professional fitting is required for stair runners. Embellishing your stairway with natural carpets is a great way to usher the summer season into your home!

Here are some of my favorites!

Jute Boucle
Jute Boucle with Striped Border

Sisal Chocolate

Right now has an awesome sale on carpet runners! You can go here to check out the available options.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Summer Front Porch

It's officially summer at my house! Yesterday was the last day of school for my kiddos. Now I have a 6th grader that will start Middle School in the fall and a Junior in High School who is about to get her driver's license! 

I'm sure you've noticed that I haven't been posting
as much lately. The end of the school year is always busy around here. I've been dealing with some personal/health issues too. I don't know if I will share all of that here on the ole-blog or not. I like to keep things fun and not delve too much into my personal life. If I decide to share then you will be the first to know!!  : )

Okay, enough of the chit chat and onto some fun
decorating! I finally finished sprucing up the front 
porch for summer.

I didn't make a whole lot of changes from last year.
I still love the wood box I found for $5 at a garage sale! Do you see the rock next to the plant? I wrote "No soliciting" on it with a sharpie! Most sales people ignore it and ring the doorbell anyway but it looks cute!

Here is the wreath I made for the front door. It was
super easy and cheap!

I purchased a wood "S" from Hobby Lobby for $3.49 and some sunflowers for $5.99 (after 40% coupon).
I clipped off the flowers and hot glued them on
the "S". Then I added some decorative ribbon to
hang it from the door. 

New and unique wreath for $9.48!

We're still working on the backyard and patio. The
mulch is finally finished and I've planted lots of flowers. We moved the furniture around on the patio and I really like it! 

I think the next project for the patio might be this . . .

I LOVE that pallet table! 
Anyone know where I can get a free pallet? 

Linking up: