i should be mopping the floor: May 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014

Free Printable Chalkboard Father's Day Card

This free printable chalkboard father's day card is perfect for 
all of the awesome dads out there.
 One of my kids gave me a very similar card for Mother's Day and it influenced this card that I designed for Father's Day. Because there's all sorts of awesomeness floating around these days...from moms and dads alike! Download yours below>>>

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Setting up an Iced Coffee Bar

An Iced Coffee Bar is the perfect refreshment station 
for summer parties of all kinds. Just add ice.
#IDelight
Iced coffee is one of my favorite summer time treats. I love the idea of having an entire space devoted to the drink at summer weddings and parties. They're fairly simple to set up...with lots of enjoyment from guests. It's a fantastic way to beat the heat. See lots of fun coffee bar tips and ideas {and a free printable} below>>>

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Four DIY Projects Styled on One Table {from Brett}

Hey y'all! It's Brett from Being-Bianca.com and I'm pleased as punch to be back again this month with a home decor share that is big on style but easy on your wallet. Just like any good, sweet tea drinking southern belle; if something stands still around me long enough there's a strong chance it will be painted gold or monogrammed. This is the reality Dear Hubs, Lil B and my diva dog live with daily. Lucky for them, I found this table before I got to them!

one table four ways 

 Our living room is in a constant state of evolution. 
 When you last saw it over here it looked like the below>>>

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

How to Give Mom the Gift of Clean

Today's post is brought to you by Scotch-Brite. Even though I'm being compensated, I have to say that I really do love all of these fantastic products sent my way. Fantastic stuff!

While Mother's Day is now behind us, my family has continued their new love of cleanliness. And now, I'm not the only one getting the house that way.
#GiftofClean
If you remember, we had The Great Dish Stand Off of 2014 happening in the not so distant past in my house. I'm happy to report that the below dishes are no longer sitting on the counter.


My guys have more than redeemed themselves. 
They've become the Kings of Clean:
I can't tell you how much it makes a mama's heart happy to have her home cleaned...not only on Mother's Day but other busy days for her as well. My boys know how to treat me right. Check out their handy-work below, featuring some of our favorite Scotch-Brite products.

We've also loved incorporating some of these awesome 3M Scotch-Brite products into daily cleaning routines. My husband can't quit talking about that toilet wand {I wasn't even sure he knew how to use a toilet wand until we shot that above video}. It is pretty cool...it had him at the disposable head. 

Here's a few of our favorite products that we were able to try out:



All in all...this mama is loving the gift of clean.

How does your family help you around the house?




Sunday, May 25, 2014

Inspiration Monday with a NEW Hostess and Giveaway

We have some BIG NEWS today! 
Our sweet bloggy friend, Debbie, from Refresh Restyle is joining the fun on Inspiration Monday as a permanent hostess! We're thrilled to have her on board! If you're linking up via her blog, it's fantastic to have you partying with us! Your links will now be seen simultaneously on all six blogs at the same time {and you only have to link up with one of us}.

Be sure and follow all of us on our social media outlets as we love to share and promote your posts there, too. Search #InspirationMonday for the fun!
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Friday, May 23, 2014

Free Rainbow Printable

This Free Rainbow Printable is a fun inspirational quote for 
anyone chasing after their dreams 
{I'm pretty sure that's a lot of us}!

Going to blog conferences always stirs a lot of goals/dreams/plan emotions in me. When my husband picked me up from the airport after I returned from the Snap conference, he had the cutest little book in the car waiting for me. It was chocked full of inspirational quotes for anyone pursuing a dream. I just knew I could make a few fun printables to keep the blissful post-conference feeling alive and well. Download this one below.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Over 50 Free Summer Fonts

I've rounded up over 50 free summer fonts for you to use this time of year! 
They're perfect for all of your printables, invitations and decorative pieces. 

Are you a font-aholic like me? I can't get enough. I started my love of fontage when I was the editor of my high school newspaper in the early nineties {we were the #6 high school paper in the nation...BOO-YAH!}. Not that I'm reliving my "glory" days, but yes...my love of all things typography is an old one. Check out my favorite fonts to use this summer below {direct download links are below each image}.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Creamy Pesto Chicken from Claire

Hi there ISBMTF readers!  It's me, Claire, from A Little CLAIREification back with a delicious little recipe for you all.  This Creamy Pesto Chicken & Vegetable Pasta is easy to whip up for a lazy Summer evening with family and friends.  
Creamy Pesto Chicken And Vegetable Pasta Recipe by ALittleClaireification.com
Speaking of Summer, can you even believe we are already more than half way through May?  A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of seeing Kristi again at the SNAP! Conference in Salt Lake City - time is just flying by.  It was so good to see her!!  Love that girl.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Create a Simple Garbage Can Storage Area

I'm happy to report that we finished our simple Garbage Can Storage area in our side yard! 
And I've included a tutorial if you'd like to make your own.

One part of our yard makeover is complete. It's a simple, but a very effective idea to keep our unsightly garbage can hidden from the street.

My city-issued eye-sore of a dumpster is now hidden. Amen and hallelujah. I so wish I could have some cute painted metal garbage cans on my curb, but we get to use these beauties above. They are more practical and functional with their fancy wheels and super truck that picks them up. But...meh.
And I'm proud to say, this mini deck we built for our can went together in one morning's time {this doesn't include the drying time for the stain and weather sealer}. It was very simple, straight-forward construction.

Check out the detailed tutorial below>>>

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Inspiration Monday

Happy Sunday and welcome back to Inspiration Monday Party!

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Free Printable Ice Cream Subway Art

I've got the scoop on some free printable
ice cream subway art.
Available in two flavors...errr, color options.

I was totally over subway art a year ago. And now, I seem to like it again. And I really love ice cream. So, I might as well join them together, right? Thanks to the I Should Be Mopping the Floor Facebook Community for helping me think of all the best flavors! This would be perfect displayed at an ice cream social or just in your summertime decor. And well, who doesn't like ice cream? Download yours below>>>

Thursday, May 15, 2014

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Washi Tape Covered Hangers

These Washi Tape Covered Hangers would be a super cute and easy graduation gift, or even a wedding gift for the happy couple! They're simple to make but add a whole lot of fun to a closet!

In all of the gifts I received before heading off to college {umpteen years ago}, one of my favorites was a set of fancy clothing hangers from my cousin. I had used the same pink plastic hangers since I was about eight years old. So my new pretty, floral padded hangers seemed ridiculously luxurious. I felt like all that and a bag of chips loading my awesome new hangers into my dorm room closet that August. And to this day, I still have those pretty hangers in my closet!

When I recently saw some painted wooden hangers on Pinterest, I thought they'd be another fun hanger graduation gift. And then the wheels turned a bit further and I thought washi tape would be even easier than paint! Check out this simple tutorial below>>>

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Chicken Poppyseed Fruit Salad

This Chicken Poppyseed Fruit Salad is one of our summertime faves. 
We made it for our weekly Saturday Night Supper Club last week. 
#MealsTogether

Do you have a meal tradition with your family? Ours is called Saturday Night Supper Club. Grab the above recipe and read more about our tradition below {and learn about a great contest from Tyson}.>>>

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Year of the Yard: Side Yard Progress

We're continuing with the progress we've made in our little side yard yard. We've had to make a big plan change, but I'm actually really excited about where we're headed.



As I mentioned in the first post of this series, we're embarking on several outdoor projects this summer. Our first one is in full swing and is occurring in the side yard of our home. Check out our original plans here. We're using a lot of great Spectracide products in our revamping yard. They give us more bang for the buck! Check out the progress below>>>

Monday, May 12, 2014

Cream Cheese Kolaches

Today, I'm over at the Rhodes Bake-N-Serv Blog
sharing an old family recipe that is dear to my heart, 
Cream Cheese Kolaches.

These Czechoslovakian Cream Cheese Kolaches {with Posipka topping} have the most delicious, yeasty flavor of my childhood in them! And I found the handwritten recipe in an antique recipe box that came from my late uncle, a professional baker in San Antonio, Texas way back in the 1930's until the 1970's.

Click here to check them out.











Neglect your chores like me and don't miss a thing:




Sunday, May 11, 2014

Inspiration Monday

Happy Mother's Day and welcome back to Inspiration Monday!
We're so happy you're here today. This is the place where your links are seen simultaneously on all FIVE blogs at the same time,
all you need to do is link up to ONE of our sites.

We're enjoying some warmer days here in the Texas and we're totally in the mood for summer! We couldn't help but share all these yummy cold, summer time drinks that were shared at last week's party! {Check them out below}>>>


Friday, May 9, 2014

Free Printable Mason Jar Recipe Cards

These Free Printable Mason Jar Recipe Cards are the perfect
addition to fun spring and summer mason jar gifts filled with yumminess.
I'm not sure I can put into words my love affair with the mason jar. It's cute. 
It's all vintage-y and fun. And, it's fabulous inspiration for many other projects. I designed these fun mason-jar shaped recipe cards to go with all sort of things...or to be given alone. Download yours below>>>

Thursday, May 8, 2014

I'd LOVE the Gift of Clean for Mother's Day

Thanks so much to Scotch-Brite for sponsoring today's #GiftofClean discussion.

Skip the flowers and chocolates. I kid you not, all I want for Mother's Day is the Gift of Clean. A sparkly house is at the tippy top of my list. And apparently, on the tops of lots of moms' lists. 3M Scotch-Brite is here to help.

According to a recent survey[1], 75% of moms would prefer a clean home on Mother’s Day to being served breakfast in bed. In addition, 60% of moms would most prefer a clean house over other gift options like candy, flowers or a card. 

That sounds ridiculously spot on to me. Currently in the area of cleaning in my house, we're having the Great Dish Stand Off of 2014. And, by hook or by crook, I will not be the one to put those suckers away. Allow me to indulge a bit...

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

DIY Appreciation Bouquet

My sweet friend and contributor, Rita, is here today! I was blessed to get to meet and spend some time with Rita last month in Salt Lake City! She is an absolute GEM! She has a super cute {as always} project for us today: A DIY Appreciation Bouquet!


Hi again, it is Rita from Pink Polka Dot Creations.
I have been busy getting a new face lift, (well my site has, not me) and I would love if you have a minute and could come on over and tell me what you think!
Today I have a great project just in time for Mothers Day, but this is a fun one that could be for several different occasions such as Birthdays, Teacher Appreciation, Graduation, Baby or Wedding Showers, Just Because, or just for a cute Thank You gift! It is a cute spin on an old project!
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Rosemary Lemon Cake Mix Cookies

These simple, summery Rosemary Lemon Cake Mix Cookies
are easy to put together, but taste amazing!

So, I definitely didn't invent the cake mix cookie. Some other genius was behind that. I have, however, been making, eating, and beating myself up with guilt over them for over 12 years now {it's been a long relationship}. 

Back in the day, I was a Southern Living at Home consultant. In my hostess kits, I would tuck a box of cake mix with the fail-proof recipe for cake mix cookies on them. They were perfect for a par-tay {and were featured in one of our cookbooks}. Check out this delicious variation on them below>>>

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Inspiration Monday

Welcome Back to the Inspiration Monday Party!
We're so happy you're here today.
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Friday, May 2, 2014

Free Printable Mother's Day Card

This Free Printable Mother's Day Card is 
the perfect way to show mom how much you love her!

Mother' Day is just a little over a week away! I've got your back with this floral free printable Mother's Day card. Print, fold and fill it in with love! Download below.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Super Simple Framing Project

The amazingly talented Brett from Being Bianca is 
here today with a great DIY tutorial!
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Hey y'all!  So thrilled to join you again this month!  Now, the real question ... where has this month gone??? A few weeks back, I shared an easy, rustic framing project that I completed to show off my antique egg prints over here.  Today, I'm back again with another so simply "framing"project that can take any poster from boring normal to fab in just a few minutes (and on a budget to boot!).