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Floor Vase DIY With Oatmeal Container!




floor vase from oatmeal containers


So I LOVE pinterest, who doesn’t?! When I see this pin, I knew it was right up my alley! It was cheap, re-purposing, and so cute!

I had saved empty oatmeal containers until I could do this project…so I ending up buying nothing for this, just used items I had on hand.  But even if you would go out and purchase each item for this project it would still be way cheaper then most floor vases! They can cost $50+!!

I used:

Robin Egg’s Blue paint ($1)

Twine from the dollar tree ($1)

2 Oatmeal containers ($5)

small amount of hot glue


1. Before I did anything, I cut the bottom out of one of the oatmeal containers. I then sat that container on top of the opened 2nd container and hot glued them together so that it was one long open container.

2. The original poster just ripped her outer label off her oatmeal containers, but mine weren’t ripping off correctly, so that’s why I just painted mine. I painted the whole long container with two coats, it wasn’t perfectly covered but it was fine because I knew I would be covering it with twine.

3. To start the twine part, I hot glued a piece to the very top, once that was secure I just started wrapping the twine around the container, trying to make sure there wasn’t huge gaps between the layers.  At the end I hot glued the end piece to the bottom. I didn’t hot glue through out the vase, but because it was one piece of twine it didn’t need it, I just kept the twine pretty tight to the container.

Some spots do have more of the robin’s egg blue showing through but I like that. I then added lighted twigs and some floral picks I had and viola! Done! Easy! And NO ONE ever would be the wiser that it is made from oatmeal containers!!!

floor vase made with oatmeal containers


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Breakfast Station For Kids Using Quaker #QuakerTime #Ad

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breakfast station for kids


So school is starting in the next few weeks around here, and some of you are actually sending your kids back already! {Which I think is an excellent idea!! Get on the all year school train PA!} I needed to get things ready for back to school now because the next few weekends are pretty busy for our household.

My kids have an entire list of school supplies they need for this year, so we headed over to Walmart to get everything on their supply list. While I was there I wanted to grab some easy and quick breakfast and snack items. I decided that with both boys in school full time now and me working as a school nurse I need things to run as smooth as possible in the morning!

grab and go for mornings

I decided I was going to make a lunch box station, with grab and go items for their lunch boxes. And a breakfast station with items each of the kids can choose to grab and help prepare for themselves!  I do believe that my kids need to start helping more with these chores so this was a perfect solution!

quaker display 1

Right when we walked into Walmart there was a huge display of Quaker items set up with bonus boxes of Chocolate Chip granola bars 24 count plus a birthday cake bar bonus! Perfect!! These can be used for in the mornings, and also be thrown into their lunchboxes as a nice snack at lunch or afternoon!  The granola bars are a perfect grab and go item along with a banana for mornings if we are a bit rushed for time!

find breakfast station items

Then I grabbed the Maple & Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal packets in a 20 pack box. Needing to just add hot water for a quick and hot breakfast is perfect for my plan! Plus both boys love the Maple & Brown sugar flavor! It’s really convenient to be able to buy it in such a large quantity without needing a “club membership”

cap n crunch

And lastly I grabbed a HUGE box of Cap’N Crunch Peanut Butter cereal. If the boys feel like a bowl of cereal, they can quickly grab the pre-measured  amount, add milk and done! Plus the oldest kid in the house LOVES this cereal too! 😉

See all the Quaker items you can find at Walmart on the Walmart Quaker page!

I am excited to see how my breakfast station works out once school is in full swing and mornings are a bit more chaotic around here. But for now the boys like knowing what is available and feeling a bit more independent being able to help themselves!

Find even more great breakfast ideas and more at Quaker’s pinterest and see videos of recipes at Quaker’s Youtube page! Some yummy ideas on there!!


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Chore & Reward Sticks Discipline System

chore and reward sticks

Ok, so I really, really needed a better discipline system in place. Ok honestly, I just needed a system period.

I have two boys ages 10 and almost 7, who overall are good kids. No really they are. BUT they like to whine, and nag, and complain and I can not stand it! They will ask me four times the same question to break my will and try and get me to, out of complete exhaustion, change my mind. I’m not going to lie, it did work. Too many times and that’s why they did it! They also would like to say they are “bored” which drives me batty! And even though for the most part they get along with each other, like any other siblings they have times where they can be down right nasty to one another.

I thought of a way that without having to think about I could come up with a punishment for each of these crimes. Usually early bedtime was my go to punishment but that and no electronics were really my only two tricks up my sleeve.  So then I thought of having some additional chores they would have to do if they were “bugging” about something, fighting with each other, said they were bored, or just overall not behaving.

So the Chore Sticks discipline system was born!

Here is how it works in our house:

  • Each of my sons has weekly chores that they MUST complete or if they don’t they, don’t get their weekly allowance. {Which side note, has been a saving grace for all the “gimmies” at stores. If they don’t have the money for an item they want, I don’t buy it. They have to save up their allowance from each week to purchase what they want when we are out shopping. Sometimes if we are someone where we might not be back for a long time, or its a thrift store where the item may be gone next time we are there, I will “loan” them the extra money they need. But they don’t get any more allowances or loans until its paid off}

SO the Chore Sticks are in addition to their weekly chores.

chores on chore sticks

  • If either child is not behaving for any reason they will receive a warning that if they don’t stop the behavior they will need to pick a chore stick.
  • If they don’t stop the behavior they get to choose a chore stick. Green dots for my oldest son, and red dots for my youngest. Some of their chores are the same, but some aren’t able to be completed by my younger son.
  • If the chore is not completed, or if they did a very poor job just to get it done, they will automatically have an early bedtime that night.

reward sticks

I actually had both my sons come in when I started making the sticks and they asked if they could get rewarded for good behavior too, so we made some reward sticks, as well. As the picture shows above they are little treats that they might not get to do all the time. They also asked if they chose to do a chore stick could they get to pick a reward stick, so that is also in place right now.

My sons seemed to be actually excited about the sticks. My oldest asked me to make sure that I made sure they actually did the chore on the stick and told me I was “mature” for coming up with the idea. {He also really likes to follow rules and having structure}

Actual Use of the system:

It has been wonderful! I have only had to give a few warnings, and a couple chore sticks out. And I have children going out of their way to get along and help out around the house for the chance of getting a reward stick.

It is really nice that I can add in additional rewards or chores if needed, or even take some away if I want.

I think both my kids honestly NEEDED some better structure and boundaries. They now know the consequences of their actions and stop and think before continuing with their bad behavior. I just hope it sticks 😉 and it continues to work for us!!

Oooooh and one of the best parts of this system??!!? You don’t need a bunch of fancy items to make it work. Some Popsicle sticks and two little Dollar Tree vases is all I used!! So for $3 total I had my system in place!! That’s why I jokingly called it the Dollar Tree Discipline system.. But you can use anything you have on hand, even little baggies would work!

Please share if you start to use this system and it works for you!!! Or if you do something else, what is it? And how does it work for your family!!

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File Cabinet Dresser

filing cabinet dresser how to

My oldest son’s room in our new house is a Vintage Car theme with lots of metal touches. We were looking for an industrial feel in his room. When we had our old house my son’s shared a room and a double dresser. I never really liked the dresser for the boys plus it was so big it wouldn’t work for either of our boys’ new rooms. It does however work perfect for my husbands clothes inside our walk-in closet!

So we were thinking about what would work best in our oldest sons room, and thought how a metal wide filing cabinet would work perfect for his room! My husband went to a local auction and actually bought a ton of different filing cabinets for a really great price, so I had lots of different filing cabinets to choose from!

Cameron’s room is done in orange and grays, so I picked the cabinet based on its size and the fact that I wouldn’t have to paint it 😉 It has really nice deep drawers that hold a lot of clothes!

Plus bonus of using a metal filing cabinet as a dresser, at least for my boys, is they like to stuff their drawers full of clothes, and with cheaper dressers the bottoms like to fall out, literally. With the metal dressers that won’t happen!

I think the wide filing cabinet works best as a dresser but you could always try it with the taller skinnier style. We actually used two of the short, skinny filing cabinets to make his desk, that I will post about another time!

I also will have to post photos of his entire room soon! I just have to get him to clean it up first! 🙂

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New House Paint Colors and Design Ideas :: 3 Shades of Gray

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So I shared a house update the other day, and told you I would go over the thought process of each room.  Here is a room by room design ideas post.  I know that the grays seem very similar, and on the little design I made they do, but believe me once I put the samples up on the wall they each had their own look.


Here is our floor plan for the main level.  We are not going with a ginormous house with lots of wasted space. Instead this is just over 1500 square feet of very functional usable space.  We also have a complete walkout basement that will be finished to include a storage room, a “guest” bedroom, office for me, and a huge family room space.

floor plan of new house

agreeable gray

So because the living space is so open I will be using Agreeable Gray through out the living room, dining room, and kitchen. It will also be the hallways color, as well.   I think it will be the perfect neutral to go with my turquoise, creams, and browns that I will use through out the living space.

I like to think of my home decor style as rustic, industrial, modern farmhouse {is that a category?!}  So that will be the style of those spaces.

Agreeable Gray:

to me this gray is very light but “creamy” gray with just enough undertone of brown to make it a perfect “greige”. I wanted a light, airy color for our main living space with warmer tone, not cold.  


We are using Sherwin Williams Versatile Gray in our master bedroom and main {hall} bathroom.  Our bedroom has lots of the same colors as the rest of the house. Creams, browns, and teals.

photo credit: http://www.thesmallthingsblog.com/

photo credit: http://www.thesmallthingsblog.com/

This is a bedroom with Sherwin Williams Versatile Gray on the walls, with moldings and carpet like we will have. Definitely a great color for our space!

Versatile Gray:

This gray is darker then Agreeable gray, has a much more “taupey” color to it with a hint of purple undertones.  For my master bedroom I wanted something darker, to bring more warmth to the room.


The Master bathroom actually doesn’t have that big window you see in the above floor plan, because we took it out because we added a breezway off the garage to the mudroom door.  So the window was pretty pointless. 🙁 It was a beautiful window and would have let in a ton of great light but I would rather be able to walk from my garage right into my house.  Because of the lack of windows I wanted a light playful color in the master bathroom and also the mudroom/laundry room. That’s why I chose Sherwin Williams Aquatint.

The last two colors are for our boys rooms. We have two boys and each of them will have a different “themed” room

Image Credit: http://chiconashoestringdecorating.blogspot.com/2013/07/bigger-boy-room-reveal.html

Image Credit: http://chiconashoestringdecorating.blogspot.com/2013/07/bigger-boy-room-reveal.html

Amazing Gray:

This gray is a medium gray with just a hint of green. It’s not too cool and not too warm. When I put the sample up to see if it would work for the main living space, I actually thought it would work perfect for my son’s industrial space. 

Vintage Car, Industrial Styled room is being painted Amazing Gray. And will have accents of orange and pops of teal.  We are doing some fun stuff for this room that I can’t wait to share with you! Including using filing cabinets as dressers, lots of vintage goodies, and fun bed linens!

Image Credit: http://oakridgerevival.blogspot.com/2011/05/paint-colors.html

Image Credit: http://oakridgerevival.blogspot.com/2011/05/paint-colors.html

Kilim Beige:

I wanted a tried a true “khaki” color for my son’s vintage western themed room and the paint guy said this color was one of their best sellers of beige because there is no green or red undertones.  

Our son’s Vintage Cowboy room is going to have some fun touches with a name rope sign, bandanna banner, with classic blues and reds.

Follow me on Pinterest to see more of my inspirations for my new house 🙂

And stay tuned as I get projects done for this house and can post them! I plan on posting at least these:

Rope Name Sign for boys room

Filling Cabinet Dressers

Diaper Boxes redo for toy storage, AND where how to store those boxes {On something you probably already have!}

Make your own curtain rods

Plus MORE 🙂

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Minecraft PE Edition Update! Now Includes People!

minecraft pe update

My son has been trying to figure out with no luck for weeks now how to get people on Minecraft PE.  It was super sad he couldn’t figure it out. Well good news there is a Minecraft PE Update available!! And the update includes Spawn Villager which means you can now have people in Minecraft!!

Today is my son’s 9th birthday and this makes him SO excited!! He said it was a nice “birthday surprise” 🙂

minecraft pe has people now

Here’s how to check for the update:

Go into your app updates there should be a update available for minecraft in there.

Need to get Minecraft App? Grab it for $6.99 here on Amazon, and you can use your Free coins if you got them when I posted about them before


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Playdoh Mix in A Jar:: Recipe & Free Printable!

playdoh mix in a jar

Here is a fun snowy or rainy day activity! Make some of your own playdoh! My kids and I have been wanting to make some home made playdoh for a few days now but hadn’t gotten around to it until today. The other day I got all the dry ingredients together and thought, Wow this would make a great little gift item to give to the kiddos you know who like to make things.

homemade playdoh ingredients

Making homemade playdoh isn’t hard at all, and all except the cream of tartar I had all the items on hand.

To make this as a gift place these items into a 1 quart jar or plastic container

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar

Then you can attach the following tag to your gift {Just click on the image to make it larger and print}

playdoh mix in a jar tags

On my computer I had to uncheck “fit photo to page” button so that it would print correctly.

Or to make your own playdoh add this to your dry ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons oil { I used coconut, makes it smell yum}
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water {be careful! 😉 }
  • whatever drops of food coloring you would like

homemade playdoh recipe


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I just placed my first order and I am excited to get my box of goodies! And excited to continue to see all the new kits they put out!

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