Homemade slurpee recipes for kids

I just came across this really fun post from the kids activities  blog, 5 homemade slurpee recipes for kids.  I am dying to try these with the girls.  They absolutely love love love slurpees although I don’t like to give them all that sugar and junk that’s in the ones you get from 7-11am or speedway.

So I am thrilled to find these recipes and can’t wait  to try them out….
homemade slurpee recipes for kids

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Tiny Bathroom? Try these for BIG Impact

I’ve seen tons of stuff all over the Internet/Pinterest saying diy space savers or maximize your bathroom space, when i clicked onto then though they never actually helped or it seemed to hard to time consuming to expensive or just pan to overwhelming for me to attempt to do these on my own. This morning though I came across a really great post with links to every idea, and where they got the items necessary to compete the project.

Which is pretty awesome, I’m quite amazed bc I too suffer from a tiny out dated bathroom that had no storage whatsoever, not even one single built-it cabinet… The only thing I love about my bathroom is the color of the tile, it’s lime green (yeah yeah it might scream 70’s but to me I love that color and want to restore as much add I can, but I’m in no shape to over haul my bathroom just yet. That why I found this past to be so helpful bc these are very inexpensive ways to add storage to the bath without breaking the bank or testing any thing out to add new…. Check it out

15 DIY LIFE HACKS to create more storage #bathroom

These are ideas id love to add to my tiny bath room

1. Frame your mirror for a dressed up look.
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2. Adding these Bekham spice racks from ikea either on your wall or inside your cabinets or linen closet ifs simple…simple…simple…

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3. Use hooks & shelving for added clothing or towel storage for looks or efficiency.
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4. Inside you’re medicine cabinet adhere these tiny lil holders for makeup, tooth brushes, and other grooming essentials.
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5. Love love love this add a magnetic strip for Bobby pins or other metal hair clips.
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6. Thus is a must do for my family, each family never gets there own shower caddy attached to a shower rod, so no more fighting over who’s is who’s
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7. Over the door shelving for extra grooming supplies, is my favorite. This way no one can make a mess of the stuff and not clean it…
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8. This idea is deffently unique bc I’ve never seen this before, I love it because it adds depth with out taking up valuable space needed for other storage.
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9. Now here is a great way of thinking out side if the box. By using a plate stand to stack things vertically.
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10. Rolling your towels gives you more space plus these baskets a cute idea.
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11. Add a roll out drawer for better access and an extra towel holder.
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12. Behind your bathroom door is where you can add more towel bars for more vertical storage.
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Make sure to check out more on this post@15 life hacks for a tiny bathroom

Halloween Free Printables

Tons of free printables on favorite blogs I follow. These printables are more for decoration, I’m big on subway art plus I had to express my love for all of these amazing ladies that have beautiful designs, and gorgeous homes.

Here is a list of some I would love to put in my home.

1. Happy Halloween… Trick-Or-Treat… by whipperberry.com & myfabulouslife.com
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2. Halloween Subway Art
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Bonus also 12 more adorable free printables from others listed on 36thavenue’s blog. I love this blog and you will too…

3. I ❤ Halloween by swelldesigner.com
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4. Surrender Your Treats by lilluna.com also has these other subway art for Halloween & Christmas.
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Subway Art Halloween + Christmas ones too by lilluna.com
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5. Got Candy? Here is a cute printable with candy corn..
Got Candy? by lizzyjanebaby.com
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6. Halloween count down…
Halloween Chalkboard Count down by apumpkinandaprincess.com
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7. Halloween Owl Printable
Halloween Owl By The Crafty Chicks

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8. Spooktacular Halloween Printable by whilehewasnapping.com
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9. Don’t let the polka dots fool you. Witch Printable by the36thavenue
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10. If the shoe fits… (hehehe)
Here’s a cute printable to add to your witch collection…
by balancinghome.com
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I am thankful to for each of these amazing bloggers to be generous in sharing there adorable printables that they have crafted.

Free Childrens E-book

Need some helpful ideas to do with you kids or get them to play independently…

I found this great ebook for tons if  childrens activities from paperworks.com

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This will give you tons of ideas to keep them busy for hours. Plus its free, keep it for rainy day ideas or whatever you’d like. Comes as a pdf file.

Easy Colorful Inspiration from bhg

Tons of things to do, the last week before the kids go back to school, as I sit here lacking any motivation to get up and get organized.
When I need a kick in the pants, I turn to my daily inspiration emails I get from my beloved bhg.com (Have I told you I love you… bhg I love you..) You turn my bad days into inspired goodness, if I didn’t have you my skies would be grey & gloomy..

This mornings inspiration came from this article

Anything with turquoise/chevron brightens me, (dont know why but that color/pattern makes me cheery and happy fills my thinking cap with lots of warmth and dusts off the cob webs and gets those gears grinding..

1. That is why I choose this painted and patterned buffet. Not to much just enough that it looks fresh and colorful, not only is blue calming its also fun. Add some shiny hardware (or paint the existing hardware a metallic while your at it do the hinges too)
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For a more distressed look (that I like) use a fine grit sand paper to add the distress look to the corners and edges.

2. Roller Shades in Lime and Teal.. From the turquoise pendant light with the lime panels and the interesting pattern on the roller shades and the pillows this room is filled with colorful patterns.
Accent plain roller shades with fabric and spray paint the curtain rod to make the window treatment look new. The dresser is a one of a kind, I simply adore this look the aqua color as the base makes the white stenciling pop, then the lime colored hardware is like jewelry, eye candy for the dresser….
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3. DIY make your own pouf. I’ve seen these every were but they are so expensive, but so cute.. Sew your own pouf. Get in on this hot trend without breaking your budget with these easy-to-follow instructions for making one of these stylish seats for well under $50.

To keep the project affordable, bhg used a $7-per-yard linen burlap fabric that is durable and easy to work with.
Here is a link to download pdf instructions on how to make your own. pdf file instructions on how to make this pouf
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4.Find thrift store frames to adhere remnants of fabric and wooden letter to personalize for a spin on photo frames. Which there are many possibilities with this project from using your childrens precious art work, road maps, keys to your first house, use a layered frame to hide your thermostat, make fabric/paper flowers frame those.
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5.I’ve had this similar idea for my entry way doors, by using clear contact paper or frosted, cutting out each shape into small Moroccan tiles then applying then to my entryway doors that are currently bare.
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6.Concealed Storage
These mail boxes with the kids names on them are a great way to reuse an old mail box, just a little bit of spray pant and a label to write your child’s name on it and its ready to hang.
To hide art supplies, books, crafting goodies and other important items all you need is some fabric, a tension rod and hem tape and this look can be achieved within the hour.
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7.Give the hutch in your house a facelift by painting it a fav color, then adding wallpaper or fabric to the back.
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8. Revamp the Lamp….
Easy…Easy…Easy… To achieve this look its quite easy, all that is needed is a can of spray paint, ribbon, pins or glue and of course a lamp.
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These are some of my personal favz that pack a punch of color… I will be trying these..

Love, Natalie

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My Master Bedroom Inspiration

I have been searching for inspiration on how in the world am I going to fix up my room and please the hubz to feel he doesn’t belong in or room, and after searching for almost a year now I have found some great blogs that have inspired me to put together our room. Here is one of my favorites..

By using several pieces Kate previously owned she came up with an amazing master bedroom for her and her husband. How she put together a mini art gallery of pieces dear to her heart with a gorgeous touch.

This room is gorgeous, I love how romantic it feels, but not over the top by centsational girl. The bed’s fabrics make this room, along with the paint color.. Kate mixed it up a bit with the wall coloring ’s two blended together: ½ Ben Moore ‘Camouflage’ and ½ Ben Moore ‘Misted Green’

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Love…Love… Love… The mirror plus how she centered it to make this gorgeous mirror and the bed the focal point of the room.

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Another thing I can’t get enough if is this knock-off Dorthy Draper dresser… Originally a thrift store piece purchased in a dark color had taken up space in a different room that wasn’t in use very much. Added white paint, gold trim and now look at it. I still can’t get over the fact that this piece was a darker blue color, she did an amazing job.

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This next photos are centered around a beautiful antique dresser, piece of art they purchased a long time ago, and flowers from around their backyard. Following the design rule of layering in three’s. Plus my personal favorite the wedding photo, looks as though out of a fairy tale. All pricessless pieces that tell a story of there lives together. Perfect art gallery, which gives me great inspiration of how to create something similar.

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A bronze colored chandelier just the right size and color to add to this wonderful room… Kate really shows off how you can turn your bedroom in to a blissful retreat by decorating with pieces from around your home.. What a great job she’s done.

Remember, these photos were taken from censtational girl’s blog and is not my design. I love her design and wanted to give her credit for such a beautiful room she put together. I hope this has given you inspiration as it has given me.

For more details and product info or just to browse Kate’s blog which had tons more of beautiful designs click on the link below.
http://www.centsationalgirl.com/2011/08/master-bedroom-update/

Entryway Design Idea

We are fast approaching our 5th month in our new home, and I keep wishing and hoping if I just budget a little bite more, cut back on my BAD Tim Horton’s coffee addiction daily and not go into a single store for those spur of the moment shopping runs of oh I ran out of toilet paper or milk then maybe I can put $$$ aside for my decorating projects I’ve been day dreaming&dootling in my design notebook which has grown to 5 or 6 books now, lol…

Then, it came to me.. After running into centsational girl and viewing all of her amazing diy projects she’s done (& makes it totally look so easy plus her simple tutorials) my hubz (which i am forever grateful for, he can make/fix anything) and I could so totally do this on our own.

MY DIY DREAMLAND

I’ve been doing a lot of research on diy home improvements and I am very confident we can pull this off. Considering the fact as a little girl 4-5 years old while growing up I watched my dad build a 2 1/2 car garage with an attic & insulated it himself, also within that year he built a shed, within the following years remodeling the basement and re-doing the roof & siding.

I can’t hardly wait to try it out on my own. I swear I should’ve been an interior decorator. I love to look at the millions of possibilities a room can be done. I could sit for hours and look at different home decor & do it yourself magazines. You should see my collection…

Here is one of my personal favorite design of entryways/mudrooms I had found from centsational girl’s blog

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This gorgeous entryway with white board & batten is a classic design

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Just the basic board & batten has the feel of a Built-In look-a-like is very convincing..

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Here these bronze hooks give this design a classic look to use for the whole fam

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In this close-up the cove-molding builds one of this entryways characteristics of a built-in feel.

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Simple floral decor is timeless approach

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At this angle, the seamless ledge gives you added shelving for proud pictures to be displayed

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Final pieces displays beautiful family photo’s (as art work)of the children that will enjoy this space for a lifetime to come.

Displaying photo’s of the family is the best part. I love the lil piggies…

Add a couple of jackets, toys and other outdoor essentials completes centsational girl’s basic board & batten project..

I can’t wait to re-do my entryway now, so much inspiration centational girl has given me, she did an amazing job, don’t you agree?

http://www.centsationalgirl.com/2011/01/basic-board-and-batten/