Wednesday, March 25, 2015

PRODUCT REVIEW: FIRMOO

I have a confession to make, I do not actually need glasses. Nope, these baby blues provide me with 20/20 vision! Seeing so many girls who look just plain adorable in their little black specks (my best friend being one of them) has secretly given me glasses envy. That being said, I jumped at the chance to try a pair from firmoo.com.


Don't get me wrong, I am happy that I do not actually HAVE to wear glasses, but it has been fun getting to try a pair and wearing them as more of an accessory!

My only experience buying glasses has been sunglasses and because I have a long, narrow, and somewhat square face it is always a bit of a struggle. Most glasses are quite wide for my face, so when I put them on, they go way too far out on the sides. Logan bought me a pair of Ray-Bans last summer and he had to get the special 'thinner' ones so they would look normal on my face. So when I went on firmoo.com to pick out a pair, I had to pay real close attention to the width of the frames to make sure they were narrow enough for my face. All of the measurements are clearly shown, the pictures are great, but what I really love is the pictures of (non-model) women wearing them.



So, I ordered my glasses and they shipped right away. They came in this great little case with a cleaning cloth. Now, since I do not actually NEED glasses, I am not about to spend an arm and a leg on fake ones. Firmoo.com is more than fairly priced AND if you are a new customer, you get 50% off your first pair!

So go check them out! I love mine so much I made this my profile pic! ;)

Sunday, March 8, 2015

HEALTHIED UP ST. PATTY'S DAY RICE KRISPIES TREATS

I just found out the other day that I could send Ellis to daycare with treats for the kids. For some reason I thought I wasnt allowed to b/c of food allergies, but it turns out none of the kids in her class have any food allergies! 

Ellis loves to watch and help me bake, so I figured it would be a fun Sunday afternoon activity for us to make some a St. Pattys Day themed treats for Ellis class. Now of course I have to try and healthy everything up and lets be honest, I can sometimes get a little carried away. I once made deviled eggs with greek yogurt for a family event and my brother in law will not let me forgot how awful they were. Lol

Anyways, I wanted them to be at least a little healthy, but I also wanted the kids to actually eat them, so I made a healthier version of rice krispies treats. What kid doesnt love rice krispies treats? Ok, what adult doesnt? Yeah, they are yummy! I took out the butter and marshmallows and added natural peanut butter, flaxseed meal and honey! Now they are by no means health food, but they are a heck of a lot more nutritious than the classic version.




Here is the recipe. Both Ellis and I loved them and I am hoping the kids will as well!

Ingredients
1 cup creamy natural almond butter (I buy mine from Costco)
2/3 cup honey
2 tsp. vanilla extract
¼ cup flaxseed meal
8 cups crispy rice cereal
8 oz white backers chocolate

Instructions
1. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray and set aside.
2. Heat the almond butter, honey, and vanilla in a medium size pan on medium heat, stirring until everything is melted together.
3. Remove pan from heat and stir in the flaxseed meal.
4. Add the cereal, stirring well until everything is fully combined.
5. Pour into prepared baking pan and use a spatula or your hands to distribute the mixture evenly, pressing down firmly to ensure that the mixture is tightly packed.
6. Place pan into fridge and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting into squares.
7. Once the pan is cut into squares, place chocolate into a microwave safe bowl and nuke on high in 30 second intervals, mixing between each. When chocolate is fully melted, add in a few drops of green food coloring and stir.
8. Frost the bars with green chocolate and sprinkle what sprinkles or lucky charms marshmallows.


Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

ROOM DESIGN: Ellis' Big Girl Room

I have had Ellis' room done for about 9ish months now, but I FINALLY got around to taking pictures of it to share with all of you! :) I truly love interior design and someday hope to make a post about exactly how I go about designing a space. Yes, I actually have a process. I like interior design, but I LOVE interior design on a dime. Anyone can buy adorable things from PB kids, spend a fortune and have it look amazing, but it takes a bit more work, effort and an eye for what you like to pull it together on a dime. Not that there is anything wrong with buying from PB kids (their stuff is to die for) but I just have so much fun treasure hunting and finding unique pieces to decorate with - plus we are the Buells - we love a deal. ;)








ROOM DETAILS:

Wooden wall: Made by my husband. We bought boxcar siding (tongue & groove) from Menards, installed it and whitewashed it. $400 and a whole lot of elbow grease later Logan wanted to kill me, but at the same time was pretty proud. :)
Got my inspiration HERE.

Quilt: The top was made by my great grandmother - backing and edging done by my mom.

Sheets: Lands' End - no longer sold, but THESE, THESE and THESE are fun

Cube organizer: Kallax Shelving Unit from IKEA with these baskets in light green.

Double shelf: VARDE Wall Shelf with hooks from IKEA with these meal buckets.

Little table & chairs: Walmart (got mine for $30 at Christmas! SCORE!)

Bed: Given to us by friends for FREE! I painted it teal and put upholstery tacks on the headboard.

Bench at foot of bed: Craigslist ($5)

Wooden letter and word stand: Target

Basket: Lands' End

Curtain rod: Made from hardware from Menards for under $10. (tutorial HERE)

Curtains: Old lace tablecloths from St. Vinnies

3 gold box shelves: Super old - I have no ideas where I originally got them. They were black and I spray painted them gold.

Yardstick dress-up clothes hanger: Flea market find - $3 yardsticks for a buck! Used wood glue to attach them to a piece of wood, secured them with screws and then screwed in the hangers.

Magnets: Made by me or letter magnets I spray painted gold.

Night stand: Found on the side of the road - painted it white, lined with scrapbook paper (using modpodge) and painted the sides of drawers gold

TRINKETS:
Blue & gold horse: Logan's from when he was a baby
Play zone door hanger, mushroom, brass dog & pig: All flea market or garage sale finds
Yellow bike: Etsy - Similar
Wooden dice: Etsy - Similar
Children's Book: Julia Child

PICTURES:
Peppers print: Bought from shutterstock, adjusted color/size and printed.
Locally grown Wisconsin print: Designed by me - frame from IKEA
"Your playing small..." quote print: Designed by me - frame from IKEA
Black & white picture of Ellis & Logan: A metal print from tinyprints
Little girl & mom looking at a house picture: Bought an old children's book off ebay for $6 and framed an illustration that I liked. Frame from IKEA.

PILLOWS: 
Striped grain sack pillows: Lands' End - Similar 
Floral tassel pillow: TJMaxx
Round teal pillow: Urban Outfitters - Similar

Saturday, February 7, 2015

FREE PRINTABLE: 'Fancy Pants' Dollar Store Glitter Pen Valentines

I don't know about you, but I thought this one was pretty funny! Seriously... I crack myself up! ;)

One night I got it in my mind that I wanted to design some free printable valentines so I sat down and I designed all eight of them in one night. So here you go - the last valentine of the year. I had so much fun designing these and putting them together!



I got my glitter glue sticks from the dollar store. 
You can buy them in-store or online! 10 for $1!!



 


Attach the glitter glue sticks with hot glue - it will peel right off!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

FREE PRINTABLE: Gem Magnet Valentine

So... I feel I might have gone overboard on the valentines this year.
hmmm. Oh well - here is another one! ;)




This valentine can be printed and used without the magnet or you can craft the magnet to make it just a bit more special! It is quite possibly the easiest DIY ever!

Supplies:



Where to buy (click for links):


Monday, February 2, 2015

FREE PRINTABLE: 'You're A Hoot' Mini Owl Eraser Valentine

Happy Monday! I have been a bit busy with freelance work and the five million other things I currently have on my plate, but I am trying to get all my free printable valentines posted for you all a good week or so before Valentine's Day! :)

I got these ADORABLE little mini owl erasers in the dollar section at Target. 60 for a buck! Now that makes for affordable valentines! I found them a few weeks ago, so they might be hard to find. If you plan on making these, I would call Target and ask if they are available in their dollar section and if not, ask if they plan on getting any more in. I hope they continue to restock. They are just too perfect to valentines!





ENJOY! XOXO

Wednesday, January 28, 2015