an empty wall…

Unfortunately, our house doesn’t offer a lot of opportunities for wall art. The entire rear wall is mostly windows and the rest tends to be small bits of angled wall interrupted by doors or stairs. Our one large wall is the one I stenciled (shown here) and has a simple mirror to break up the busy pattern.

Recently, we moved around some furniture in order to better showcase this beautiful Amish dry sink we got from my husband’s grandmother.

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We had used it upstairs as a changing table but felt like that kept it waaay too hidden for something this great. So, we moved it downstairs into our dining/kitchen area and now right above it is a huge empty wall.

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As soon as I saw it, my wheels started turning…what would I put there? Something wooden/antique? Framed artwork? A shelf for seasonal items? I love gallery walls, but already have one up the stairs – evidenced here.

Then…I remembered seeing an idea while back and wishing I had a spot for it – a plate wall!

I love the vintage look and feel like it could really mesh with our modern farmhouse style. So, I started browsing around the web for some inspiration and found these:

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image sources here, here, here & here

I can’t wait to get started – but this is definitely going to be a work in progress as I watch for plates at thrift stores and slowly build a (cheap) collection that will work. I checked Goodwill today and found nothing that was even remotely cute. This might take me even longer than I had expected! Once I have something to show – I’ll share some pics and prices.

My one dilemma is this: my uber-symetrical brain loves the more organized version, but I feel like the whimsical version that travels up the wall might be a better fit for the shape of my available space. Thoughts? Concerns? Suggestions?

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freebie – desktop wallpapers for April

It’s already April – time to change up your desktop wallpaper for this month!

Here are my favs from around the web…

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April Brings Spring via Smashing Magazine // Nautical Summer via WedgieNet.net
Colorful Raindrops via Pepper + Buttons // A Welcome Rain via Greenhaus

 

And my Desktop Wallpaper Freebie:

(download your screen size below)

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1024×768 \\\ 1280×1024 \\\ 1680×1050 \\\ 1900×1200

I hope you enjoy these – I’ll be back next month with more!

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freebie – desktop wallpapers for March

You know the drill – time to change up your desktop wallpaper for this month!

Here are my favs from around the web…

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Crazy Enough from Smashing Magazine // Gold Spots from Oh, Those Prestwiches
Wooden Stripes from Smashing Magazine // Clovers from Sarah Hearts

And my Desktop Wallpaper Freebie:

(download your screen size below)

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I hope you enjoy these – I’ll be back next month with more!

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cutest phone case on the block

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Cell phone cases. I have always had issues with cell phone cases. I mean, I want my phone to be adorable, but I also want it to be protected – and I don’t want to pay a ton of money. Have you seen the prices of some of those cases?! Yikes. My last iPhone case was from the clearance section at TJMaxx – it said it was supposed to fit my phone, but somehow the camera hole was cut wrong and it covered the flash, so I had to pull it off if I ever wanted to use the flash. Yes, it was pretty ghetto, but it cost me $4!

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my new Shutterfly case!

 

Now, my phone not only has a fully functional flash, but I also get tons of compliments on the case every single day.

It’s a photo iPhone case from Shutterfly and it is so cute. It was super easy to design using the templates on the Shutterfly site and it came in less than a week. I got it a few months ago and was curious to see how it would hold up. My phone gets a lot of use (from the 2 crazy boys who play Angry Birds) and it’s been dropped its fair share of times and this case has held up great. It does exactly what you hope a case will do – protects your phone – this case just looks great while doing it.

Now that we’ve added a new family member, I want to get an update with new family pictures (in these pics, he was still in my tummy). Check them out - I think you’ll love them as much as I do!

I did receive a free product from Shutterfly to review for this post. However, I always give my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences about products. I would never recommend something I don’t personally love. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the bloggers’ own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.

 

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A delicious store-bought pie?

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mrs. Smith’s for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

There’s nothing worse than seeing a delicious pie at a party and digging in only to realize that it’s a nasty store-bought pie with a terrible crust. I love pies, but I am rarely ever impressed with non-homemade ones. So, when I received the chance to try out some of Mrs. Smith’s Signature Deep Dish pies, I had my doubts.

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Mrs. Smith makes 4 different flavors of deep dish pies:

  • Signature Deep Dish Dutch Apple Pie with Caramel Sauce
  • Signature Deep Dish Cherry Pie with Butter Fudge Sauce
  • Signature Deep Dish Peach Pie with Cream Cheese Icing
  • Signature Deep Dish Pumpkin Pie with Cream Cheese Icing

 

The biggest disappointment I had with the pies, was that I had a really hard time finding all of the flavors. I went to various Wal-marts and could only find the Cherry pie with butter fudge sauce. Sadly, I was excited about trying the others, but struck out at each location.

The cherry pie was super easy to bake – I even had my 4-year-old help me get it ready so that he could say he baked his own pie. (Preparation included unwrapping, putting foil on a cookie sheet and cutting slits in the crust.)

The pie came out looking delicious and he was so proud of himself. In addition, it turned out delicious! The crust was golden and flakey. The filling was tart and sweet. Everyone in our family gobbled it down very quickly.

It came with a butter fudge sauce, but we didn’t feel like it was absolutely necessary to the flavor of the pie. We prefered it on it’s own with a little bit of whipped cream. One great thing about the pie is that it is even good leftover. I might have even snuck a piece for breakfast this morning….

Luckily, you don’t have to take my word for it – you can try them yourself! Mrs. Smith’s has given me 4 coupons so that you can try each one! Not only do you get to try out all of the deep dish pies, but they have also given a $50 Williams-Sonoma Gift Card! You can pick up any missing kitchen accessories you might need or you could always get a lovely pie pan and switch your store-bought pie into it after baking…then no one will know you didn’t bake it!

How to Enter:

3 entries possible:

1. Leave a comment letting me know which pie you are the most excited to try and what you would use your Williams Sonoma gift card on.

2. Like Mrs. Smith’s on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know you did it.

3. Follow Mrs. Smith’s on Pinterest and leave a comment letting me know.

The giveaway runs through next weekend – Sun., Jan. 27th, so enter quickly!

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My Favs – Pre-School Books

 

 

My lil’ guys LOVE reading – which makes me a very happy  book-loving Mommy.

We take weekly trips to the library and I always hit up the book section at Savers & Goodwill for cheap books.

I thought I’d share some of my favorite recent finds:

 

We love Oliver Jeffers…especially these two:

How to Catch a Star

 

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My 3-year-old can quote every word of this book…

 I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt

 

We’ve read this one so many times, even I can quote every word…

How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague
(we love all of the ‘How do Dinosaurs’ books)

This one is especially great with the Tickle Monster mitts…

Tickle Monster by Josie Bissett 

What books do your pre-schoolers love? I am always looking to add more to our library!

 

This post contains affiliate links to Amazon.com – if you choose to purchase books using these links – I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.

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