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Monday, July 14, 2014

DIY Chevron Pallet Flag


Better late than never???
Good thing the American Flag is ALWAYS in season, right!? 
Can I get an amen?

If you're following along on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, you got a sneak peak!  Charlie and I whipped this up the week of 4th of July to help give the front door a little patriotic flare!  Chevron, Americana flare that is!

A couple years ago, a friend took down their old fence and called us to haul it off!  They knew we'd put it to good use!  That old fence has been used many of times so far and I've got big plans for it in the future, too! Thanks Mark & Kathy! :) 

Let's get right to it….

You don't need an old fence to make your own Chevron Pallet Flag.  Just some scrap wood, an old pallet, or even new lumber if you can't get your hands on some used, rustic goodness!


Assemble yourself a cute little pallet.  We just used more scrap wood on the back, a little wood glue and some staples.  You could even use nails.  The more rustic and beat up the better!





Then, I sloppily spray painted my pallet red.  I didn't want it to be perfect and I didn't want it to completely cover.  I wanted the worn look. 


I painted a small square blue. Again, don't worry about being neat and tidy with it.  We're gonna sand this thing down even more before we're done!  

Unless you like things neat and tidy…and in that case, you're probably on the wrong site anyways…


I used some scrap card stock paper, a ruler and a pencil to draw a chevron pattern stencil.


I traced my stencil directly onto my pallet and painted between the lines with white paint. 


Then….some cute little hand drawn stars.


Now, the fun part…

Sand the crap out of it…



I used a small sanding block. 
However, if it hadn't been 9:00…
And, if my kids weren't asleep…
And, if my electric sander weren't in the shed…
And, if I weren't scared of the dark…

I totally would have used my electric sander!
My arms would have appreciated it.  


A little burlap makes everything better…


I love how it turned out and plan to leave it up ….until Christmas probably! 

What do y'all think???

Have you ever made a pallet flag?  We'd love to see your projects!  Share with us on Facebook!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you have an amazing week!





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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sneak Peek

Hey Y'all……Charlie here again.  Where has summer gone? It seems like yesterday we were at the hospital waiting on Baby Guthrie to make her appearance; and that was in April. Well, like most families during the summer months we have been running non stop. From birthday parties, BBQ's and summer loving activities we are always on the go. I was just telling Emily that for about a week straight I think I ate nothing but hot dogs and hamburgers. Although, we have been mighty busy, we still managed to get some projects finished up around the house. If you follow along with us on Facebook you saw that we also survived a flood from the creek behind the house!  I'm going to go ahead and leak a few pictures of what we've done and challenge Em to share the details of each project in the following weeks.


  
A sure sign of summer is a tractor in the field mowing hay. With the extremely wet summer we've had, our neighbor is finally able to cut hay today.

Speaking of a wet summer, here are a few pics of the the damage the creek did when it decided to flood. 









Yea…Not Cool!!! We lost 7 chickens and had a lot of wet and muddy tools and equipment.  But, the water didn't reach the house and we're fortunate for that!  After 2 days of cleanup around the shed and pool we were back to normal.

Enough about mother nature and her crazy ways, here are a few pics of our completed projects. I'll make sure Em shares all the details with you in the next few weeks. That's only if I can get her out of the pool...next week looks like its going to be another hot one!




We've put the finishing touches on our old room and created a beautiful room for a very special 2 year old.





We also put together a pretty cool gallery wall in our entryway with room to grow.  I'm sure we will have a lot of photo sessions in our future to add to it.





Sneak peek of the dessert table Emily and Tonya (from Love of Family & Home) put together for our 4th of July party! 

Make sure y'all stop back and check out how we put the finishing touches on these projects.  I've also got a few ideas up my sleeve that Emily doesn't know about!!


-Charlie


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Weekly Cleaning Schedule {Free Printable}


Yep.
It just got real up in here, y'all!

Welcome to our life.  
It's not all perfectly polished projects and pretty decorated walls all the time!  

This.

This is REAL LIFE at the house of B&W.

I'm going to assume that you guys are totally relating with me here.  And, that all of your houses also look like this on a daily basis?  If they don't, just hit the red X and let me believe the above statement is true. :) 

Ok, so this is clearly the result of a really awesome day for a two year old.  But, holy toddler it takes forever to clean when she decides to take out every single car, purse, ball and shopping basket that Target has ever made!

I mentioned last week, that the dreadful time had come for me to return to work.
I did.  And, I'm happy to report that we're all surviving just fine so far.  And, Charlie truly is Super-Dad.  I should probably have him give the "surviving just fine so far" report.  He may have a slightly different angle on that analogy…

Anyways, going back to work means I have very limited time for anything in the evenings, let alone keeping a clean and tidy house!  So, I had noticed several types of weekly cleaning schedules floating around Pinterest-Land and decided that might be a solution for me.  I whipped up this cute little printable and we hung it on the fridge.  We are attempting to use this schedule to help us stay on top of the house-work and ultimately eliminate it all piling up on the weekends.  I would much rather spend my weekends relaxing by the pool chasing a toddler and cleaning up spit-up!       
Who's with me!?!?





Right click and save the image to print it off for yourself.  You could also frame it and use a dry-erase marker to keep track of the daily tasks! 

I'm hoping this works for us! It has so far!

Do you have any tips or tricks to keeping up with your home during the week?  I'd LOVE to hear all about them!


Monday, June 9, 2014

We went to the Zoo...

Eight weeks have come and gone and it's time for me to head back to work.  Thankfully my Dad Boss was kind enough to allow to spend an extra two weeks at home with my family before officially jumping back into the whole "Working Mama" thing.  We've been working hard trying to finish up some projects and spend as much quality time together as we can before Monday rolls around!  Soooo…..we decided to go to the Zoo.

Yes, the Zoo.  

With a two year old and a one month old.


In June.


In 85 degree Midwest humidity.  


I'm pleased to report, that it was MORE than a success!  I did some major planning before hand.  We wanted to keep things budget friendly, comfortable for the baby and fun for the toddler!


The plan was to prepare lunches, snacks and plenty of water and drinks the night before.  I had my cooler ready to be loaded by the fridge.  The diaper bag was packed and ready.  All of our clothes were set out.  Breakfast was prepared, in the fridge and ready to eat on the go.  We basically had to wake up, feed Baby G, load the truck and hit the road.



I made sandwiches, bagged chips, froze water bottles, had ice bags ready, fruit chews, cheese sticks, fruit, candy bars, and any other possible snack the hubby, toddler or baby might need!



I was prepared.  
Very prepared.  
Or so I thought…..

Have I ever told y'all that we make some good sleeping babies!?!?  KNOCK ON WOOD. 

Like clockwork, Guthrie goes to sleep around 9PM and wakes up around 6AM every. single. day.


My plan was to use Guthrie as my alarm clock, as I have every day for the past 7 weeks, feed her, load the cooler and bags, get dressed, wake up Paisley and head to the Zoo. All in that order.

So, it's Zoo day and I've prepared my butt off the night before.

Morning comes.

I hear Guthrie start to move around so I roll over and glance at the clock.

It said 8:12.

8:12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Don't start judging, y'all!  I absolutely refuse to complain about my 7 week old baby sleeping for 11 hours straight!  Not gonna happen.  That sweet girl is is a Godsend and I know how lucky and blessed we are! 

Sleep away, Baby G!

So we continued with the plan.  Fed Guthrie, packed the bags, got dressed, loaded the truck and hit the road.  Two hours behind schedule.

It was 10 AM.

We live two hours from the Zoo.

We stopped for gas and grabbed some fuel for Mama and Daddy, too!



We arrived at the Zoo, found parking and loaded the big ol' double stroller.



We walked into the Zoo.  
It was 12 PM.  
Time for lunch.





Then….finally…it was time to check out some animals!!!

We started with an animal show which Paisley really, really wanted to participate in….


We rode the train…





Stopped for Dip N Dots regardless of the fact that I had packed every snack ever created....



Checked out more animals...





Took a few naps….







And then....



a big ol' animal took a dump right in front of her precious little eyes!



and, "Mama! It was yucky!!!"



Oh..that face...

The face of a successful zoo trip.  Poo Poo and all. 

Charlie and I were so pleased with the day's success, that we even treated ourselves to a beer! 


Here's our best "Zoo on a budget, with two young kids" tips!: 
  • Pack your own lunch, snacks and drinks
  • Don't pay to park, if possible.  Our zoo has free parking in numerous places around the zoo entrances.  
  • Arrive earlier than we did to get better, closer, free parking!
  • Check out the Zoo website before you go and know your potential expenses and savings.  We bought safari passes which were $12 each.  That let us ride the train and the carousel as many times as we wanted, plus passes into the children's zoo, movie, 4-D simulator and stingray exhibit. All of those things were $3-$5 per person, otherwise. And, considering Paisley rode the carousel about 175 times, we came out ahead for sure.
  • Grab a map once you arrive and plan out your day.  You don't want to make the trip only to see half the zoo and walk in circles all day.
  • We even saved money on gas by using our Kroger Card points and scoring $0.40 off a gallon!
  • Take sunscreen and bug spray! 
  • Take breaks.
  • Take your time.
  • Allow your kids to truly take in every moment.  Even the poo-poo ones!
  • Don't keep the little one strapped down to the stroller the ENTIRE time.  Let them explore.  This also means you will need to take turns chasing them.
  • HAVE FUN!!!

We had such a great day!  We laughed till we cried and made some really great memories!  

And, Paisley is still talking about the stinky poo-poo….

What budget friendly, kid-friendly trips do y'all have planned this summer!?! We'd love to hear your tips and tricks to making them successful!  






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Friday, May 30, 2014

CROCKPOT Chicken Quesadilla's


If you follow along on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you probably saw this photo.  
You might have also read that this was Charlie's plate.  It totally got cold while I was photographing it….  
Sorry, Charlie!  
#bloggerproblems

What I didn't mention, Is that while photographing it, I forgot that mine was on the stove top and it definitely burned.  
They're still good crispy in case you're wondering…

I'm queen of opening the fridge, grabbing whatever I see first, throwing it in the crockpot and hoping and praying it's edible at the end of the day.  

I'd say I'm successful about 80% of the time.  
I'll take that.

It's almost time for me to go back to work, so the more recipes I have that can be thrown (literally) together the night before or morning of, the better for my sanity! 

So here's how the CROCKPOT Chicken Quesadilla's went down y'all…

Ingredients

2-3 Large Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
1 Cup Salsa
1/3 Cup Queso Cheese Dip
1/2 Packet of Ranch Dip Mix 
Tortilla Shells
Shredded Cheese


Yep, that's all. 

Here comes the hard part…

Throw the first four ingredients in your crockpot and turn it on….


I stirred it up, turned it on high and put the lid on.

I started this in the morning and we were having it for lunch so I cooked it on high.  You can definitely slow cook it all day on low for a dinner meal instead. 


Once the chicken was cooked, I shredded it and let it simmer in the salsa/cheese/ranch mix for another 30 minutes or so.

Then, I put my tortilla shell in a pan and filled it with my crockpot quesadilla chicken and shredded cheese.  I cooked it until the cheese was melted and it was slightly (or burnt in my case) browned on each side. 


It turned out really, really good!  
It had a little kick (I used Medium salsa and cheese), and really great flavor! 

I plan to double or triple this recipe once I go back to work so I have some lunches for the work week, too! 


A great big spoon full of sour cream on top and these babies were ready to go!  (after they were photographed….and cold)



So glad you stopped by today.  Have a great weekend y'all!!!



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