i should be mopping the floor: February 2015

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Happy Birthday Printable

This Happy Birthday Printable Poster was created to celebrate a special someone's birthday today {and you can grab one, too!! AND, there's lots more birthday inspiration below, as well.

Happy Birthday Printable | Birthday Blog Hop Celebration
Super excited to team up with several of my fellow Real Housemoms' contributors to wish our fearless leader, Aubrey the happiest of birthdays! Check out ALL of the amazing birthday posts below.>>>

Friday, February 27, 2015

Free Printable Bunny Banner

This Free Printable Bunny Banner is a fun and cheerful addition to any spring decor.

Free Printable Bunny Banner | Print as many pennants as you like for desired length | Instant Download
Is it spring, yet? I mean...really, y'all. Let's bust out the eggs and bunnies already and get this show on the road. I'm ready for Easter decorations and fluffy fun stuff. I thought this sweet little banner was a fun way to add some bunny love just about anywhere. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

20 Free Spring Fonts

These 20 Free Spring Fonts are probably a more sure thing than that ground hog was this year {ummm...it snowed in Texas yesterday, y'all...what on earth?!?}. Download yours and let's start warming up a bit! 

20 Free Spring Fonts | Download for all of your crafts, printables, vinyl, and more!

After this last week, suffice it to say, I'm really weather for the warmer weather. Winter usually passes us up down here...but this year, it all came in a five day crazy fest. Let's bust out the galoshes and play in the puddles. Download some fun, frilly, and SPRING fonts below.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Layering Paint for an Antiqued Effect

Layered paint can give pieces such a fun antiqued effect. It's one of my favorite techniques to transform furniture.

Layering Paint for an Antiqued Effect
When I'm ready to tackle a new piece of furniture, I have a mental rolodex of paint techniques I go through before deciding on the *perfect* finish. I have to say, this is one of my favorites that I use time and time again. Layered paint: see the complete tutorial below>>>

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Skinny Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup

This Skinny Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup is the perfect way 
to warm your tummy...without adding inches to it! 

Skinny Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup | Only 4 Weight Watchers Points per 1 1/2 cup serving
I love Minestrone. My high school pal's dad owned an Italian restaurant within walking distance of our school that we frequented back in those days. I always had the Minetrone Soup {plus, like twelve breadsticks...God bless a high schooler's metabolism}. Their restaurant closed a few years later and I was left scouring my mom's red & white checked cookbooks for a good Minestrone Soup recipe because I wasn't through with my Minestrone obsession {we're talking pre-Pinterest, pre-Google days, people...it was borderline archaic}. After perfecting my own little recipe {and my hair flip...ahem, I was the queen of the hair flip and collar pop in the 90s. It was scary, really.}, I ate it all the ding-dang time. Since starting my healthy plan {I really just want to type diet, y'all...but I've been on it for 18 months, so surely we all know I'm committed by now, right?}, I've missed good ol' Minestrone and started working on a skinnier version. Check out my lightened up version of this classic below...it's easy to throw it all in the slow cooker and walk away.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Lilly Pulitzer-Inspired Spring Monogram Printables

These Lilly Pulitzer-Inspired Spring Monogram Printables are
the perfect way to add some some color and fun to your decor.

Lilly Pulitzer-Inspired Spring Monogram Printables | Letters A-Z Available in 8x10 Instant Downloads
 I'm a big Lilly Pullitzer fan...I adore her use of bold colors and patterns. I thought it would be fun to create a printable inspired by her style and design. Letters A-Z are available for download below.

Breakfast for Lunch

Who wouldn't want Breakfast for Lunch?

Breakfast for Lunch | Easy idea to send your kiddos in a school lunch.
Today, I'm sharing this fun lunchbox idea over on the NatureBox blog.
Click here for all of the details.




Wednesday, February 18, 2015

DIY Herringbone Canvas Art

 This DIY Herringbone Canvas Art is the perfect DIY project to 
create a big statement on a budget.
DIY Herringbone Canvas Art | Step-by-step instructions to create a fun piece of herringbone canvas art.
This piece and its tutorial were originally posted on my other blog {hence the watermark}. I've decided to just be a one blog kind gal from here on out, so I'm starting the process of publishing some of the posts from over there to here. I'd like to have some of my favorites around forever as I close that blog out. I apologize if this is a repeat performance for ya. Let's move the whole "I want to start a second blog" thing over to the "what was I thinking?!?" column. Bit off way more than I could ever chew>>>

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Skinny Upside Down Caramel Creme Pineapple Cupcakes

These Skinny Upside Down Caramel Creme Pineapple Cupcakes are 
the perfect sweet treat to help you stay on track and still feel satisfied.

Skinny Upside Down Caramel Creme Pineapple Cupcakes | Only 5 Weight Watchers Points Plus each.
I'm happy to report I'm still on my weight loss journey...18 months strong, y'all! While I had a five month plateau (yuck) and slight increase over the holidays (double yuck), I'm finally headed downhill again. The last few weeks, I've been consistently loosing good, solid numbers again. I had to tweak my plan a bit to get back on track...but it has been working like a charm. Yee and haw!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Blog Birthday $500 Giveaway

Woohoo!! Celebrating some birthdays today with a giveaway!

Check out the fun below>>>

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Inspiration Monday | Beddy's Giveaway

It's a special Inspiration Monday with a fabulous giveaway. We have all kinds of awesomeness going on with features, your links, and beautiful BEDDING!


Friday, February 13, 2015

Kitchen Cleaning Routines & Printable Cleaning Checklist

Today, we're chatting about kitchen cleaning routines: what works and what doesn't.
I'm also sharing a free printable cleaning checklist for your kitchen cleaning. It is the first in a series of cleaning checklists that I'm posting all spring. AND, I have a FUN new product from Bounty to tell you about...it makes some of these routines a lot more enjoyable!


Kitchen Cleaning Routines & Free Printable Cleaning Checklist
Do you stick to a routine to keep your house tidy? I've found, over the years, that this is the best way to keep myself on track. Check out some of my methods below.

Free Watercolor Facebook Timelines

Add some color to your cover with these free watercolor Facebook Timelines.
Free Watercolor Facebook Timelines | Six Designs | Instant Downloads

I'm on such a watercolor kick! Last week, after I posted the Free Watercolor Desktop Wallpapers, I had an email requesting them to be made into Facebook sizes. I thought it would be fun to put some new inspirational quotes on these. Download yours below. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Our Daily Essential Oil Routines

*Disclaimer* The information in this post has not been evaluated or approved by the US FDA. Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice

My family members love our essential oils to give us a boost every day. Below are our daily oil routines, along with a great giveaway and hop. 

Our Daily Oil Routines using Young Living Essential Oils
 Not only am I sharing my family's daily oil routines, we also have our monthly Young Living Essential Oils giveaway in this post...as well as links to my friend's oily posts, too.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Cherry Oatmeal Muffins

These Cherry Oatmeal Muffins are perfectly spiced and freeze well for busy mornings.

Cherry Oatmeal Muffins | Perfect to store in the freezer for busy mornings or kids' lunch boxes.
You guys may know by now, but I love a good freezer muffin. Not only do I love them to have on hand for busy day breakfasts, they're fantastic to add to my kids' lunches, too. Put them in the lunches in the morning and they're thawed by noon! See the delicious recipe below.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Boy's Bedroom Mini Makeover

A big thank you to Beddy's for sponsoring today's conversation.

We gave our youngest boy's bedroom a mini makeover with some super fun new bedding from Beddy's, and a few other small changes, too. 

Boy's Bedroom Mini Makeover | Star Wars Themed Room with Beddy's Bedding
Let me just start by saying...I love this new bedding. I didn't even realize how much I would love it. But I do. It has brought about stress-free mornings and cozy, restful nights. And the room always looks tidy. Check out all of the other room and bedding details below.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Inspiration Monday

Welcome! This party continues to amaze us week after week. So. Much. AWESOME. Thank you for always joining us with all of your talent and fabulousness. We couldn't do this without ya!


Saturday, February 7, 2015

Cherry Almond Sweetheart Scones

These Cherry Almond Sweetheart Scones are perfect for Valentine's breakfast.
Whip them up for all of your special valentines!

Cherry Almond Sweetheart Scones | Perfect for your sweetheart's breakfast!
 I'm definitely on a homemade scone kick lately {remember my blueberry ones from last week here?}. I blame Downton Abbey for this new calorie-laden addiction. But seriously, how could I resist making them into Valentine-y heart-shapes? And adding cherries? And almond extract? And all kinds of Valentine-y yumminess? Check out the recipe below>>>

Friday, February 6, 2015

Three Free Watercolor Desktop Wallpapers

These Three Free Watercolor Desktop Wallpapers are the perfect way to inspire you at work or home...or wherever you happen to be computer-ing.

Three Free Watercolor Desktop Wallpapers | Standard Size | Instant Downloads

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Ham and Mac and Cheese Lunchbox Muffins

These Ham and Mac and Cheese Lunchbox Muffins will be the envy of the cafeteria.
They're a delicious way to use up leftover mac and cheese. Thanks to Horizon for giving me the inspiration behind these yummies.
Ham and Mac and Cheese Lunchbox Muffins | Four Ingredients (you probably have them all) | Goes together in a flash!
I've mentioned *him* before...but I have this child who will not touch a sandwich with a ten foot pole. I find myself constantly searching for what on earth to pack that kid for lunch. And I do pack him a little thermos of mac and cheese fairly often...but 90% of the time, I forget the spoon. The container does come home empty...and I choose not to ask questions {wink}. These muffins are such a great alternative for me {and him!}.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Valentine's Snack-O-Gram

Only a little over a week until Valentine's!
I've got two fun printables to make some FUN snack-o-grams for all of your sweethearts.

Valentine's Snack-O-Gram | Free Printables
I'm sharing the above printable as another punny one over at The NatureBox Blog today. Click here to check out all of the fun and download your printables.





Four-Ingredient S'mores Dip




This Four-Ingredient S'mores Dip is delicious on fruit, spoons, and yummy Honey Maid Go Bites. It's perfect for kids' gatherings from play groups to parties...especially on Valentine's day!

Four-Ingredient S'mores Dip
This dip is perfect for serving to those hungry kiddos that come home afterschool...it's a fun little treat that is simple to put together. Check out the recipe below.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Free, Vintage, Shabby, and Romantic Fonts

These 20 Free, Vintage, Shabby, and Romantic Fonts are some of my absolute favorite typographical goodies out there. They embody everything that I love about fontology. I thought they'd be perfect to share during this month of love. 
Free, Vintage, Shabby, and Romantic Fonts | Instant Download Links
Be sure to download all of these beauties below>>>

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Inspiration Monday

Welcome, friends. It's time for Inspiration Monday!
We are all ready to BOWL you over with some SUPER INSPIRATION!

Super fun announcement: we had over 800 projects linked up to last week's party. How incredible is that? Thank you so much for taking the time to be here.

We are thoroughly inspired by you every week.
To search all of our features and faves, use hashtag #InspirationMonday,
and feel free to follow us all on social media via our blogs. When you link with us, you're always seen on all seven blogs...but only have to link up to one!

This weeks features were chosen by Julie from Redhead Can Decorate...