Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Where Do You Blog?

Kate over at Centsational Girl, who just happens to be 1 of my favorite bloggers, is having a pretty cool linky party! “Where Do You Blog?” Which I think is fantastic!!

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So here is where I blog :

I have two small toddler babies so I need to be around them all the time!!

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Most of the time I will get them playing in the living room or coloring on the kitchen table which I can see very well from the couch!
So I am here most of the computing time!

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I love being out here! I spend a lot of time making this area great for the kids and making sure the grass is nice and green!

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My grass is doing great, my hydrangeas? not so much! I don’t know if our big dog, Chloe, is trampling on them when she runs the fence? But I am trying to clear out that area and make it more doggy friendly so she is not trampling my plants!

So where do you blog!? Join me over at Centsational Girl!

holly

September 22, 2010

What date is that you ask?
That my friends is the first day of fall. Now I love Summer! But if you live in the South, or Maryland, which is where I live.. it’s HOT!
And everyone I know is over how HOT it is. And it’s not just “oh yeah its hot outside” Its I can’t breath and can see my breath instant sweating when you walk outside kind of HOT!
So yep I am ready to move on to the next season which happens to be a great one!
FALL
I have not started decorating for fall. I have a countdown on my blog and when it reaches 0 days, THAT is when I decorate, and I do it all FALL and HALLOWEEN!
You see Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, the other being July 4th!
And this year is going to be fun! I am going all out in the front yard and going to make it cool for all the neighborhood kids and of course my youngsters!
And I am excited about it.

But everyone is having linky parties in Blogville and I want to join!
So in the fall last year we lived in Maine. If you have not seen a Maine fall, you are missing out. They are gorgeous! I loved Maine until it got cold as Antarctica up there!
So here are some of pictures from the Fall of Maine!




And then after all the beauty comes…
On the same lake above just 2 months after…

{this is me. standing on a frozen lake in front of our house. which I have never done before. and held my hands out like that the entire time. maybe for balance? I was scared to death and not to mention very cold!!}
I did do a post on Thanksgiving this year if you want to check it out here

And I am joining Sarah at her Fall Linky Party!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

I need your help!!!

I know I have already posted BUT I need your help!!!

Yesterday at Luckett’s Fair I bought an AH-MAZING mirror/chalkboard from Miss Mustard Seed Marian!

But now I don’t know where to put it!! My husband says the wall I want to put it on looks to cluttered and now I maybe think so too?

I don’t know! Here look!

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{So this is behind the couch, maybe plates here instead?}

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{This is going up the stairs and I guess I should mention I turned this around to be the mirror}


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{This spot is at the bottom of the steps, next to the bar sorta and the thermostat}

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{This spot is beside the french doors}

Or none of those? Upstairs maybe?

Update: My husband took charge and hung it for me… And this is where he hung it:

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AND I LOVE IT!!! He is learning something =) hehe


What do you think??

Friend making Monday, even though it’s Sunday!

I guess I could probably wait one more day but I feel like doing it now, over at Silver Lining it is Friend Making Monday!

Today

Today I just woke up… Ugh we have the kids going to bed at a bedtime which is about 9:30 for our son and he is waking up at 7-7:30am, which I don’t like because I am not a good morning mommy type of gal! I moan and groan laying in bed wishing he would fall back asleep!

So Today my arm is sore… Yesterday I went to the Luckett’s Fair in Leesburg, VA to see Marian from Mustard Seed Creations. Her and her mom are simply amazing! And the things I bought I had to carry to the car and my arm is now sore!
Although half way to the car I passed a fire station.. filled with firemen.. and one helped me with my stuff and took it to the car! I almost wanted to put him in the car, of course I am happily married =)

I heard something about going to feed the ducks today with my kiddos!

Or maybe the airplane park! Which is right by the airport so the airplanes fly overhead and they are like touchable they are so close hence “Airplane Park”

A full day of getting the kids out into the sun and having some fun!

Even though I want to go back to Luckett’s Fair and shop Marian’s booth some more! Dernit…

Oh and I have pictures from yesterday! I did not take any of Marian’s booth so you will have to visit her page to see them, but I did take some of the antique store I went to which took my breath away!

So for now I’m off

holly

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

New mantle facelift!

I am working on my new mantle and I haven’t even painted the mantle itself yet! But I am excited so off we go…

The other day I was going to an “antique” yard sale! Ya never really know with these but out I went, it was a yucky day but that would soon work in my favor!

I hurried the kids into clothes and drug them to the car in the pouring rain and raced down the road. Even across a HUGE bridge and I hate bridges! But I felt it in my body this yard sale was right…

I pulled up and all I saw was a “Due to rain everything is free” sign! Antique yard sale is free say what???

Now I don’t know how long the sign had been there, a couple of the things I saw in the tiny pictures that I wanted were gone… or they weren’t what I thought they were! Who knows!

But I did get a couple things:

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{Tall skinny milk glass, white pitcher with something on it that will get a nice coat of spray paint, clear candy dish on a stand thing-a-ma-bob, milk glass tall bowl, tall plant holder with something on it also and will get a coat of spray paint. You can check out how Layla did her mantle and found everything and painted it all to look cohesive here}

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{Stack 'o teacups, I love teacups and free so these came home with me
Yep I am rhyming!}

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{Picture frames with warped, wet pictures and matte inside}

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{Those old cloth calendar things, they have pretty pictures and cool old numbers and such so I grabbed them}

So that’s it… Free is good! And a lot of it will look excellent spray painted and up on the mantle! NOW someone send me some motivation to paint and chippy the mantle!!

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{While on a mini vacation down to visit my parents and in laws for my daughter’s first birthday we went into the Disabled Veterans Thrift Store which is huge and clean and I found this little basket with handles for 2.00 and I got a new iron for 4.00!

I got a new coffee table pictures to come and I think the basket will look wonderful there… what do yall think about painting it white? Just the black parts? Everything? What are your thoughts!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I hate computer crashes!

Our laptop crashed a couple of months ago and we lost everything! Has that happened to anyone? You loose all your pictures from kids and decorating idea pictures! Computers and laptops are too expensive to just crash like that!

The other day I got an invitation to do a review on a product that makes your computer stronger against such crashes and lost of saved information!

It’s from a company called Digeus Software and at first I was skeptical! Is this a scam? Can I trust this website? I did some research and all in all in sounded legit!

So I was happy to download it and do a review! I am reviewing the system optimizer 8.2 and its pretty simple to use! I’m not completely tech savvy, but know the basics! So I downloaded it and it was very user friendly! I feel so much more protected.

I did the scan for duplicated files. And clearly you need to go through them before you delete and make sure you are not deleting files needed. If you don’t know what it is, don’t delete it!

Here is what Digeus says:

Digeus System Optimizer is the smartest way to solve computer problems and protect your valuable data. This easy-to-use software helps you eliminate system crashed, prevent computer problems, and restore your system to a healthy state.

Eliminates system crashes, freezes and slowdowns

Automatically identifies and repairs common Windows problems

Easy to download, install and use

Free support and service

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This particular product does all sorts of things. You can check everything out here.

So far I like this product! Its very user friendly! I feel protected from things that could harm my computer!

Digeus Software

I will keep you up to date as time goes on to let you know how it is doing!

holly

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I Love Meg!!!

So a couple weeks ago A Little Knick Knack celebrated 300 followers and she did an amazing give away, a handmade sign! And well as luck would have it I was her 300th follower!!!!!!! And I got something too!! A handmade sign!!!! She sent me the picture of it and saying I was excited is an under statement!!!!
I jumped up and down with pure happiness!! And still am!! I have been looking out my door for a while waiting for it to arrive! This morning I’m cleaning up and I was walking out to take the recycling to the bin and what did I trip on?!?!
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What the heck is that!!!
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OHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MY PACKAGE!!!!!!!!
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I flew inside with it while the kids are swarming me thinking it something for them!!! Can’t mama ever get anything!?!? NO!

And here it is up on the new free mantle!!
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Wait… what's that!?!? WOODY! Get out of the picture!!

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Isn’t it lovely!!
Go visit Meg, she is super awesome and she is getting ready to have her 400th follower give away! Maybe you will be that lucky follower =)
Here is where she made the sign!

Thank you my love, I am ever so grateful! I will cherish it forever!

holly

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Lots going on ‘round here yall!

If you don’t know yet I will tell you. I am hosting Thanksgiving this year. This is a big deal to me! My parents will be here, his parents will be here, his sister possibly. My house is by know means big, but I want it to feel big and comfortable.
I know I know. Thanksgiving is a long way away! But not really ya know! I have a lot to do!
I need to get a slipcover for our couch, it’s between this one and this one. I was going to attempt to make it and I have just given up on that idea until I master a couple smaller sewing jobbers!
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I needed to paint 2 end tables. 1 is done! YaY! Here is what the table use to look like.
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I need to get white curtains for 3 windows and French doors.
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I need to paint the free buffet turned TV stand thingy. (pictured above)
Need to find a rug I love so I can accessorize with a color in it. Now that Summer is ending I don’t know about the one I wanted from overstock. I almost feel like I could make that wintery! Or go with something more neutral for the upcoming winter days like this one. Or go big (or go home) and buy something I really love that could do double duty winter and summer here. Whatcha think?
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(Um excuse the mess… kids!!!)
On top of the rug needs to be a coffee table but I am having issues with that. I like one with space underneath like this one Sarah from A Beach Cottage found on the side of the road! If you don’t read Sarah’s blog go now, she has impeccable taste!! And now she has a trunk underneath which I love, I would probably do a basket but same thing right?
Or this one I found on craigslist just today.. it has storage which I love but its big and chunky and I can almost get away with decorating the middle of it so the kids can’t touch it! MUAHAHAHA
So I’m torn!
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I need to repaint our table & chairs. Yep just did them a few months ago in dark, rich colors I thought I would like, but I don’t! It’s not me at all!
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(ok well maybe I didn’t finish it completely last paint job because I knew I didn’t like it! so I need to repaint and finish the table! It was originally blue)
I need to paint my new FREE off of craigslist fireplace surround or mantle if you will. It will be white, chippy, lusciousness! I need to get something for the back so you can’t see through to the wall. Maybe some bead board? But that feels so obvious! Anyone have any different ideas? Maybe I will find a free fireplace insert for it =)
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I know it needs to be decorated more. I will finish it after it’s painted!
And clearly I need better toy storage! I have moved a lot of their stuff to the basement, which is their little playroom but our son doesn’t always want to be down there by himself. Where the toys are here I also need to get some bar stools =)
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I need to paint the white squares and fill in that wall. The people who use to live in the house had their flat screen mounted on the wall, since that is not my style there is a huge white spot where their TV was. I guess they painted around it? I don’t know! So I found out what color it was (yep this is a rental and he doesn’t want us to paint DERN!!!) So I am going to paint the big white squares, but for now I am working on decorating that wall. So far………
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I don’t know about the smaller one. It was originally yellow and I feel like the yellow is popping through. I might go back and spray it again. And I am not loving the drop cloth turned linen look in there. So maybe I will go back and put some chalk board paint on the glass… Yeah I think I will do that looking at the picture. Me not likey! The other one has nothing in the middle so next thrift outing it will get filled! Need some plates for the other side of the smaller one!! haha
I needed to paint the drawer I got thrifting. Back here.
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(It needs something else, I will look for that next thrifting day too)
I needed to paint the writing table. Here I liked it brown but I LOOVE it the light light light blue/white I got on the OPPS pile for 5 bucks! It’s called Seashell grey by Valspar! I used it to paint this table, the small end table, and a desk and chair I did (more on that later). Now I need a chair for here!
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Oh you want to see the amazing vase from Faded Plains? Sure!
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(I know beautiful huh!? I love Andrea’s store!! I picked those purple things from our yard.)

And I through this together the other day when I did the bathroom apothecary jar here. I got the candlestick and vase at Dollar Tree. I got the rocks from Target and the candle from Home Goods! I think I need a few more!
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I have so much more to post about but will split it up!
Give me your feedback!!
holly

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