i should be mopping the floor: January 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Make Your Own {Easy} #StarWars Canvas Art

We've been working to transform our younger son's bedroom into something less toddler and a lot more soon-to-be-six-year-old. We're in complete Star Wars mode.

I decided to create a couple of simple art pieces for over each bed. Believe it or not, I was an art major for the first three semesters in college...then I switched majors...twice more {much to my parents' chagrin}. While 2-Dimensional Design wasn't my strongest class way back then, I channeled my inner college art student and got to work creating some easy canvas pieces for the younger boy's room. It was really easy and anyone could do this. I basically created a simple line drawing and then filled it in with paint.

Here's how they look in the room over the beds.

I'm excited that the room is really starting to come together {although if I had turned the camera on the wall behind me, you'd see it's still waiting for a dresser re-paint, window treatments and toy storage...and it's a hot mess, y'all}. HoweverI can't wait to tell you how I did complete the bedding on the CHEAPITY, CHEAP, CHEAP! It is from three different stores, but I think it all came together pretty well. I actually just pulled the sheets out of the dryer before snapping this pic. I even had to use the Downy Wrinkle Releaser to calm them down for photographing {that's just for you!}. It's about the closest my family will ever come to experience the luxury that is ironed sheets. Live it up, peeps.

{To see how we created the board & batten in this room, for less than $30, click here.}
{And that lamp was a Goodwill makeover. To see that tutorial, click here.}

I used canvases from HobLob {with that lovely 40% coupon}.
I had most of the paints on hand. I also used my son's Boba Fett water bottle for my inspiration. It came from the Target Dollar Spot {where I somehow manage to spend more money than any other part of that store}.

I used a pencil to copy the pattern of the helmet on the bottle.

On the straight areas, I pulled out my old art class ruler 
{it's been saved since 1997...that's got to be some sort of record, y'all}.

Since Boba's helmet is multiple shades of green, I just mixed a few colors to get what I wanted {on my fancy palette...aka a Dixie plate}.

Then it was a basic stay-in-the-lines, fill 'er in project.

Each color required two coats.

I went in after I was done and added some accents that weren't on the water bottle {but that my kids insisted on for authenticity}. I'm kind of clueless on the details of these characters, so I had to consult my in-house experts, Frick and Frack, during this process}.

After the inner area was complete, I filled in the outside with navy blue...covering the edges as well.

The room's occupant wanted Boba over his bed.

I also painted Darth Vader in the same method, but I don't think he turned out nearly as well as Boba Fett. He was way more complicated. Bleh. I may go back and do a simpler character with cleaner lines to replace ol' Vader. We'll see.

Here is a before shot of this side of the room:

And the after:

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Dated Memories Giveaway

My friend, Carrie, has a FABULOUS business! Her {online} shop, Dated Memories, puts together a beautiful way to display those special dates in your life. She has such a knack for this, y'all!
Recently, she's also added letters to her array of beautiful photos. Such a fun and kitchsy way to display your name or anything else of importance!

Perfect for an anniversary date.

Or someone's birthday? The possibilities are endless.

Carrie is offering a $30 credit to her online store, Dated Memories to one lucky reader of ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com. These would make a lovely gift as well.
Follow the Rafflecopter below to enter to win this prize.
We will draw and announce the winner one week from today!
Good Luck!

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Iron Chef Mom Party {Peanut Butter Edition}


Iron Chef Mom is back for 2013!

This week’s featured ingredient is PEANUT BUTTER!
I know you've all got some AMAZING peanut butter recipes out there...from sweets to savory items.
I can't wait to see them all!

Before we get started it’s time to announce the winner of Iron Chef Mom Vanilla
{hosted last week by Trish at Mom on Timeout}
You voted and we tallied…

the winner is Renee from Joyful Mom {#52} with this delicious 
Congratulations, Renee! Feel free to display a winner's badge,
because you're an Iron Chef Mom!

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Last week's Host Choice was #89, Scottish Vanilla Tablet
from Tash at The Velvet Moon Baker:

Get ready for next week’s party by looking at the schedule below:

Weekly Linkup Guidelines:

1. Follow the weekly host {ishouldbemoppingthefloor} on FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest.
2. Link up only recipes that include PEANUT BUTTER! Any peanut butter recipes you have: past or present! (Peanut butter does not have to be the main ingredient!)
3.  Vote! This week you can vote by LIKING the three entries of your choice. You're welcome to vote when you link up, however, it would be even more fun if you wait until the weekend when all of the recipes are linked up to the party! We'll be using the honor system in voting...only three votes maximum per person. Please and thank you! ;)



Sunday, January 27, 2013

Mop It Up Monday #52

So glad you're here for Mop It Up Monday! Hope you can come back by tomorrow night...I'm hosting Iron Chef Mom again. Join me TOMORROW NIGHT and link up all of your wonderful PEANUT BUTTER recipes at Iron Chef Mom Battle Peanut Butter!

And come over again Wednesday for a super fun give away from


WOOHOO!! We had over 400 links at last week's party!! WAY FUN! You guys know how to PAR-TAY! Thanks bunches for joining me today! It's been a great week and I can't wait to see what you've been up to. Here's what I've been up to over here this last week:

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Would love for you to link up your favorite project, recipe, tip or whatever. The more the merrier: link up as many posts as you like. Let's MOP UP SOME FUN!

Rules for the Par-Tay: 
1. Link Back (button up or link in your own way!)
2. Visit Other's Links and leave some comment love.
3. Join us on Facebook:

Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to come back on Tuesday to check out my personal top ten favorites from today's party.
{Not sure what a linky party is? It's a virtual party for bloggers to share their creativity with others out there. If you have any questions about what/how/why we linky, let me know and I'll do my best to give you a good answer.}

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Friday, January 25, 2013

{Faux-Made} Mexican Chocolate Bundt Cake #cakemix

I adore Mexican chocolate with a passion! LOVE it. When I saw several bundt cake recipes with it, I thought...I bet I could figure out a way to faux-make that! And I'm super pleased with this moist and extremely flavorful result! Dare I say...it's even better than homemade! 

You'll need: 
  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix {you will omit the ingredients on the back of the mix}
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 stick + 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 bag Hershey's Cinnamon Chips
  • Amazing Glaze Chocolate Flavored Icing

Combine wet ingredients and mix well.

Pour the cake mix and spices onto the wet ingredients.
Blend with a mixer until nice and smooth.

Fold in your cinnamon chips.
{You don't have to use the entire bag...it may be too cinnamon-y for some tastes.}

Pour into a prepared bundt pan.
Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes.

Remove cake and let cool.

 Remove lid and seal from glaze and microwave according to package directions.
I like to add a teaspoon of cinnamon to mine to carry the flavor into the topping. I add it after its hot and shake the bottle to incorporate it. Simply drizzle the glaze all over the cake.
Dust the top of the icing lightly with cinnamon.

It's complete heaven, y'all. 

{If you're all about the faux-madeness of a good cake,
 check out my just-as-tasty Faux-Made Banana Cream Cake}.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Friday's Freebie: Printable Chore Charts

A friend recently asked if I had any printable chore charts on hand...it was odd to me that I didn't. We adore a good chore chart! This one is designed to be printed on a letter-sized paper...but is 8x10 sized so it can be framed and used with a dry-erase marker, if you like. Or laminated with peel & stick magnets on the back for your refrigerator door {which is also great for dry erase markers}.

It's probably obvious, but here's an example of how we use ours. To be clear, I'm not a complete drill sergeant. Most of our chores are for every other day...to be swapped with brother {vacuuming just occurs Saturdays...although I'm not opposed to "oops I vacuumed up a Lego or six while you were at school" vacuuming}. Plus, I totally filled this in with Photoshop...not 100% accurate. To protect the innocent, I used an alias for the dog. But not the kid. Sometimes I truly question how my brain functions.
To download, please click on an image below {print as many as you like} :
{kindly give a blog follow before downloading any of my free printables...please and thank you}

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