i should be mopping the floor: January 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014

Free Chalkboard Printable for Valentine's Day

This free chalkboard printable for Valentine's day
is available for instant download below.


Are you guys tired of my chalkiness, yet? Last one, promise. For a few weeks, at least. {wink}. You can download this 8x10 image below. Frame it up and give it or display it this hearts' season. B-T-Dubs, I think chalkboard printables look best without the glass.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Trick to Creating Hand-Lettered Chalkboard Designs

Want to learn the trick to creating hand-lettered chalkboard designs?
The video below will walk you through step-by-step to giving your boards that professional touch.

Sometimes I regret video tutorials...I just hate the sound of my video voice. So, if you can get past that, I hope this video on creating hand-lettered chalkboard designs is helpful!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Top Ten from Being Bianca


Well, hey there, y'all! Remember me? I'm Brett from Being-Bianca and I joined you back in December to share a festive, elf inspired ornament from our oh so elf filled Christmas decor. Ring a bell?

 elf ornament cover

As my (I'm totally buying a lottery ticket with this kind of) luck would have it, Kristi invited me back to be a regular contributor on ISBMTF. ***Squeal with delight!*** I"m just over the moon to be joining you back every month with fun home decor projects, tips and tricks! 

It's hard to believe 2013 came and went so quickly, and we are already about 1/12 complete with 2014 to boot, but I thought it's only fitting to start my first post as a contributor with a round up of some of the Being-Bianca highlights from 2013. Now, I started this little ole adventure in blogging in September 2013, so it's fun to look back at these highlights to see where we have been (and where we are going!). The top ten are a bit skewed towards festive fall projects (because that's when we started), but humor me and know that most of these can be adopted to other "springier" events or just save the ideas away because fall will be here again before you know it (gasp!). And with that, on with top ten….

Spots two through ten are filled by some fun decorating and crafting projects. 
 {{{from top left}}} 

 And the number one spot for 2013 was held by our festive fall home decor tour:
 
 And with that, I'll see you again in just a few weeks with some February fun!

bianca


Bianca is that overzealous, type A, go getter, Martha wanna be, over-achieving, style conscious, serial decorator, enthusiastic hostess, semi-crafty gal in all of us that’s just itching to get out.  Share in the mis-adventures, musings and fun as she explores little every day ways to be bianca over at her blog.








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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Valentine's Decor Home Tour

I just love Valentine's decor
I love the colors, the sentiment, and just adding a little love here and there.

There are some holidays that I flat out don't decorate for. But Valentine's just tugs at my heart...no pun intended. Of course, I swoon over red and aqua on a daily basis, so this just gives me an excuse to pull a bit more out.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

MEGA Inspiration Monday and HUGE Giveaway

The prize pack has been provided completely by Wilton Armetale at no cost to hostesses. 

Welcome to the MEGA Inspiration Monday party! We are live on over a dozen blogs...you only have to link up on one to be seen on ALL of them! Crazy FUN!

We will all be featuring links Sunday and Monday on our social media outlets. You can find links to all of our social media sites listed on each hostess's blog:

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Superbowl of all Giveaways {And some SUPER Dip Recipes}

Who is ready for an awesome giveaway? 
You could win 500 big ones...just in time for kick off!

And...check out the delicious dip recipes below to serve during the game!




And...check out these six sensational dip recipes that were linked up to our last Inspiration Monday. Perfect to serve while watching the big game!










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Friday, January 24, 2014

Love Never Fails Free Chalkboard Printable

This Love Never Fails  Free Chalkboard Printable 
is made up of the lyrics to one of our favorite songs.

The song One Thing Remains from Jesus Culture is quite popular around my house...especially with my six year old. I wanted to have the main message of the song displayed somewhere in our home, to remind us of His love. I created an actual chalkboard with the main lyrics on it on my kitchen (on our Chalkboard Backpack Station). I've created a printable below for those of you who prefer the less-messy method. 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Tex-Mex Grilled Cheese

This post is brought to you by Wilton Armetale. I have been compensated in product.

Here's a twist on a classic sandwich: 
Tex-Mex Grilled Cheese. It's a mouthful of YUM, y'all.

This version of grilled cheese happened a bit by accident. I went to make my boys quesadillas a few weeks ago and was out of tortillas {gasp!}. I grabbed bread and a new tradition was born. We've made these several times now and LOVE them!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Recipe Favorites from A Little Claireification

Well hello there, lovelies! It's me, Claire from A Little Claireification and I am absolutely THRILLED with a capital "T" to be here once a month as the food contributor for 2014.
You should also know that "I Should Be Mopping The Floor" has been one of my favorite blogs since I started blogging so I am honored to be here sharing with you all.
A little bit about me: I am a working Mama to THREE boys. I love to cook, bake & craft and I also love to save money when I can. Oh, and I am addicted to CHEESE. :)
ISBM Collage January PM
If you aren't familiar with A Little Claireification, here is a quick look back at some of my reader favorite recipes from last year so we can get to know each other a little better: 1) Mini Ombre Valentine Cakes 2) Irish Steak & Mushroom Pie 3) French Lemon Tarts 4) Drunken Lemon Orzo 5) Salted Caramel Banana Cream Pie w/ A Pretzel Crust 6) Easy Weeknight Bolognese 7) The Best Red Beans & Rice Ever 8) Rosemary Parmesan Cornbread 9) Honey Almond Fillo Tarts w/ Raspberries & Custard

I hope you enjoy them! I have already had a few new favorites this year like my Healthy Crockpot Sesame Chicken and my Chili Chocolate Valentine Truffles so come on over and take a look around. Please leave a comment so I can follow you back as well!
I am SO looking forward to sharing new tasty treats and savory dishes with all of you in 2014. Thank you again, Kristi, for having me! xoxo

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Claire is the blogger behind A Little ClaireificationShe likes to keep it as creative as possible. While she is the food contributor over here, she also blogs about anything from craftsrecipes and DIY projects to ideas on time management, organization and inspiration. I knew she'd be an awesome food contributor when I found out her favorite food was cheese...need I say more? :)











Monday, January 20, 2014

Setting Up a Simple Tea Station

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This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for 
Collective Bias and its advertiser.

Do you have a resolution to give up sodas and sugary drinks?
Setting up a simple tea station in your home can give you a tasty alternative...
and a little pinky-up sophistication!
#AmericasTea, #shop, #cbias


As some of you are aware, I've been changing up my lifestyle to include a lot healthier habits. So far, since September, I'm down over 20 pounds {can I get a what-what?}.

Football Party Ideas & Printables

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social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser.

Are you ready for Game Time? These Football Party Ideas, free printables and convenience foods from Nestle can make planning your gathering a breeze.
#GameTimeGoodies, #shop, #cbias

We host a party for the big game every year in our home. Things like this can get stressful, but this year, I've got it down to a science with these football party ideas and free printables. I use convenience foods. I still provide tasty options for my guests, but am able to also enjoy my time with them, instead of being in the kitchen the whole time. 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Inspiration Monday | Inspired by Room Reveals

Welcome back to the Inspiration Monday Party!

big inspiration monday
This is the place where your links are seen simultaneously on four blogs at the same time… All you need to do is link up on ONE of our sites!

Friday, January 17, 2014

To Do List Free Printables


I've got free printables to help you keep your resolutions...
every Friday this month.

Today, I've got these To Do List Free Printables that are perfect to help you manage the simple tasks life throws at ya!

Ahhh...I love a good to do list. Especially one where all of the 'to dos' have already become 'ta das'. Sometimes I go back and write stuff I've already completed in...just so I can cross it off. Our little secret, k?

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Black, White & Gold Valentine's Mantel

The simple Valentine's decor on our mantel was done on a shoestring budget and with just three simple colors.

I've been excited to show you guys the new decor up on the mantel! I totally went a different direction than my usual red and aqua...but I'm really liking it! I tried to combine graphic black and white patterns with touches of some glammy gold here and there. 

Here's how I did it for next to nothing>>>

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Southern State of Mind's Top Ten of 2013

Hello lovelies and hello 2014! 
Heather here from Southern State of Mind! I am so excited to bring you some fun new home decor ideas over here at I Should Be Mopping the Floor this year. But before we get started, let's have some fun looking back at some of our favorite Southern State of Mind moments from 2013.
Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Glittery and Graphic Heart Garland

This glittery and graphic heart garland is a simple, 
yet glam way to bring some love into your Valentine's decor.

I've taken a different turn with my Valentine's decor this year. While my usual aqua and red would seem super appropriate, for some reason I was in the mood for black and white...and gold glitter! It's getting cray cray over here, y'all.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Inspiration Monday | Inspired by Baked Goodness Today

Welcome back for another fun party this week!
We hope your 2014 is already off to a blessed, creative start,
and know that you will find even more inspiration here this week.
Choosing party features is really hard because
 y'all are so amazing and talented.
You are!!

And we are so glad you share your love of creating with
us each and every week.  Don't forget to share the love by
rocking our sweet party button on your page and visiting some
other links at the party too.
If you're new here welcome, here is how it works:
when you link up at ONE of our sites for this party,
your submission shows up on all of our blogs.
I know right?

We satisfied our sweet tooth with these awesomesauce features this week,
get ready to bake the Winter cold away!!

big inspiration monday

Friday, January 10, 2014

HUGE Amazon Card Giveaway!!

Did Santa miss some stuff on your list? 
Here's your chance to win a $1,000 Amazon card to make up the difference!


How fun is THIS?!? I've teamed up with some of my favorite blogging friends to bring you this giveaway! Here's hoping you win!!

Brought to you by the following friends>>>
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Free Printable Menus

Is one of your resolutions to get organized? 
I've got free printable items to help you out...every Friday this month.
Today, I'm sharing several free printable menus to help you with weekly meal planning. Download one or all of them below!

These menus are a simple solution to weekly household meal planning. I have mine laminated and use it with a dry erase marker. You can also print a new one for every week. Lots of possibilities to get those meals organized!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Using Petroleum Jelly to Age Wood

Here is another simple method for distressing wood pieces.
It uses Petroleum Jelly as a paint-repellant. Very fun to try.

This finish was not my first choice for our barn door {see the tutorial on how we assembled and installed the barn door here}. However, I'm really happy with how it all worked out in the end! Below is the process>>>

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Creating a Simple Coffee Bar

Want to create a simple coffee bar in your home?
With a few simple elements, this inviting space will feel like a coffee house!

This little project started with me & David's Christmas gifts to one another. Ironically, we both shopped at Starbucks...we truly didn't plan this one. He bought me those PRESH red and white chevron mugs {with spoons in their handles} and I got him the Verismo machine so he can enjoy espresso at home. To be clear, *someone* wants me to make sure you all know our gift giving was very proportionate. He also gave me a fabo dutch oven {in red, of course}!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Snowflake Rolls

Here's a super fun treat for a winter day meal: 
Snowflake Rolls made with Rhodes Bake N Serv Rolls.

Today, I'm blogging about this fun recipe both here and over at the Rhodes Bake-n-Serv Blog. Stop by and see all the fun they have going on over there, too...it smells delicious and yeasty-good over at their place. 

Are these not the most precious dinner rolls you've ever laid eyes on {or lips around}? And they have that yummy yeasty flavor we all need in a good dinner roll. These would be super fun at a lunch stuffed with chicken salad...or alongside a hearty winter soup. There's lots of possibilities for these cuties. Check out the simple recipe below:

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Inspiration Monday | Today We're Inspired by Healthy Recipes

~Happy 2014!~
We are so excited to get our 1st 2014 Inspiration Monday Party started.
This is the place where your links are seen simultaneously on all for blogs at the same time...
all you need to do is link up to ONE of our sites.
For most of us, the new year usually brings with it the desire to get healthier.
Although that may mean different things to different people,
eating healthier is usually where we begin.
With that being said,
our features this week focus on healthy recipes.
We hope you enjoy them & we look forward seeing what you decide to link up this week.
 
big inspiration monday
Healthy Recipes
{Click on the links below to see the tutorial or recipe for each feature}
Key Lime Pie Recipe

Please keep in mind: 
- Be sure to mingle with other party guests (It’s always fun to click on a few other links to see what fellow bloggers are up to.) - Link up all of your creative fun, including recipes, crafts, printables, DIY projects and other fabulous things you’ve been up to on YOUR blog. - Please do not link Etsy stores, giveaways, or other link parties {Bummer, huh? But there are lots of specific parties out there just for these fun things!} - By linking up to Inspiration Monday you are giving the four blogs, listed above, permission to feature your project and/or photos on our social media outlets and blogs. -If you wish to be featured, please include the "Inspiration MondayParty" button or link on your link party list (find the button on the side bar).









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Friday, January 3, 2014

Free Printable Chore Charts

With the new year comes LOTS of resolutions.
Is one of yours getting organized? 
I've got free printables to help you out...every Friday this month.

Today, I'm sharing lots of free printable chore charts to help get everyone involved with household organization.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Top 10 Recipes of 2013

In 2013, I did a lot more recipes on the blog than ever before. 
Food has become one of my favorite things to blog about. 
Below are the top ten reader-picked recipes from last year. 

I've always enjoyed cooking for my family. But after taking a few short photography classes, I decided I've fallen in love with food photography as well. And that has had me in the kitchen a lot more...in a good way! While I'm certainly not a professional, it's just too fun for words. And of course the result can be yummy! 
Here's the top ten picks from the past year>>>

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Top 10 DIY Projects of 2013

I had such a blast this past year with different DIY projects! 
So fun to look back over it all.
Below are the top ten reader picked projects. 

As I look back over last year's fun, I'm amazed at how much things have changed around our house. From our kitchen {insanity} to odds and ends all over the place...it was a blast! to And I can't wait to show you all the cRaZiNeSs I've got planned for 2014!

But for now...here's a few of the highlights from 2013: