Guest Room Re-Do: took 2 hours and cost $11.99!

Time for another “old house” update. If you’ve been following my house posts, you’ll know that we’ve been slowly updating a Montgomery, AL 1960′s house we purchased in October of 2013. Today I want so share my super frugal guest room update with you.

We only have three bedrooms (and we have three boys!) so I had been using this room for the two older boys. They all decided they wanted to bunk together in the same room, so…wow! Now I have a guest bedroom!


Here is a true  “before” picture from when we first purchased the home.

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These days, if you stand still in my house for too long, you just may get painted! I decided that this guest room headboard needed the kind of help a little paint and distressing could provide. I had some paint left over from my distressed couch project, so I didn’t have to spend a penny on paint this time. I gave the headboard a good sanding and then two quick coats of paint.


Guest Room Headboard1


Guest room headboard2


I had been wanting to get a mirror over the dresser, so I made a trip to Good Will and got this one for only $11.99. It had good bones, but looked much better once it was painted and distressed! I sanded it and then taped off the mirror before painting:


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After the first coat of paint…

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After the paint dried on both of these pieces I used sand paper to do the distressing. I then used some low-grade steel wool to rough it up a bit more. It even added a very slight blue hue, which I loved in my blue room!


Final touches in the room: I gathered a few things I wasn’t using well in other areas of the house: a letter “A” that had the same coloring and shimmer as the lamp, some seashells, a clock, etc. So fun! And so cheap.


Here is the final product!

Guest room 2


Guest room

Back to School and Learning with Netflix! #StreamTeam

Netflix Logo Update 2014

August 13th seems like such an early start for school, but we have had our “first days” and we are off to the races! My oldest son started 2nd grade this year, and I will be homeschooling him! He and I are both super excited, and…so far, so good! We are using the classical education model for schooling, so we will have a strong focus on logic and memorization. He will learn how to diagram a sentence, how to analyze literature, and in history he will learn all about the middle ages. Super cool stuff! He is crazy about math and science, so I’m really looking forward to huge progress in those subjects this year.

Joel first day of second grade

My second son just started Kindergarten and is loving it! Today he came home and announced that he now knows the names of two of his classmates by heart. Although he is already reading simple words, he cannot wait to get proficient in reading. Fun days ahead for this sweet boy!

Nathan first day of kindergarten

My challenge is going to be to keep my third son (two) occupied and busy while I teach my second grader. Today we got out his absolute favorite: Thomas the Tank Engine (and all the tracks), bristle blocks, and even the easel with chalk and crayons!

First day of school 2015

First day of school 2015


In addition to his toys and crafts, my littlest is allowed to spend 30 minutes each morning watching an educational show on Netflix, such as one of the Leapfrog episodes (my absolute favorite- so fun and educational!), Little Einsteins, or one of the titles listed below.

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Reading Rainbow- NOW STREAMING!

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Magic School Bus


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The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!


After an afternoon of play, reading, piano practice, etc., I allow the older boys to watch their favorite educational shows: Odd Squad and Wild Kratts- both of which stream on Netflix! I really appreciate the opportunity Netflix affords my kids to blend entertainment with learning- while providing me with the ability to make dinner in peace! :)


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Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

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How the State Got Their Shapes

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Odd Squad

Before I go, I have to tell you…Netflix is now streaming one of my absolute favs: Leap Year!! I am so stinkin’ excited!!! If you haven’t seen it, stop what you’re doing right now, grab a snack and watch it. Seriously.


Leap Year



What have you been streaming on Netflix recently? I would love to hear from you!



Note: As part of the Netflix Stream Team I am given movie suggestions, crafts, and recipes each month, as well as a complimentary subscription. This does not affect my opinion in any way. I have enjoyed Netflix as a frugal family entertainment option for years prior to joining the Stream Team.



Deal Alert: 20% Clearance Kid’s Clothes at #Target w/Cartwheel App!

Hey friends- just jumped on here to let you know that it’s a great time to check out kid’s clothing on clearance at Target. The Target Cartwheel App is offering 20% off clearance prices on kid’s clothing now through Saturday, July 25th. Just add the offer to your app and show it at the register when you check out.

Check out my post about how to use the Target Cartwheel app here.



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My DIY Distressed Couch Project!

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The wooden sleeper couch pictured above was given to my husband and I the first year we were married. It was in good used condition ten years ago and has had lots of use since then! It is solid wood and VERY heavy. Nevertheless, we have moved it with us everywhere we’ve been: four states in ten years! My husband has been after me to get rid of it, but I just haven’t been able to let it go. Yes, it’s worn, but it sure is handy when we have overnight guests, and…we own it! I didn’t want to have to replace it.


Our solution: the old couch had to be painted. My inspiration was a “media stand” (formerly a dresser) painted and distressed by a local gal. She painted the dresser pictured below in flat Country White (purchased at Walmart).


Media Stand


We moved the heavy couch outside and I began sanding it with an orbital sander. The sander made the job much quicker than I was expecting! Still, it took a solid hour to prep the wood for painting.



With the sanding done, we moved the couch back inside (for some reason I didn’t feel like painting in 98 degree weather!) It took me a few hours and two coats to get the job done. Not gonna lie- it’s a bit of work, but so worth it!




Here is the couch with two coats of paint. It looks fine, but it’s going to look much better with a bit of distressing…


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With the painting done, we worked together to do the “distressing.”  The orbital sander came in very handy again.  Total time spent on the distressing was about one hour.




The couch is done! I love it and can hardly believe it’s the same piece. The white obviously lightens the couch, and the distressing matches the media stand on the opposite wall.


distressed couch


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No more dark, dated couch on my gallery wall! What a fun, fresh look! I love it, and the best part? It only cost me $10.94 – the cost of the paint!


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See more of my fun, low-cost DIY projects in our “new” home here.


#Dragons, Sidewalk Chalk and Banana Splits #StreamTeam

Netflix Logo Update 2014

I am loving this summer and all the adventures we are enjoying with our boys. My husband and I were recently talking about how much work and planning are involved in creating special memories for our children. These things don’t just happen on their own! The fun memories from our family vacations and camping trips will hopefully stick with our boys for years to come, but those memories are created through quite a bit of effort!

Some special memories are created with much more ease, and I’m going to share a few of those with you today.


Banana Split

Banana Splits

I think food is often connected to fun memories- especially for boys! My boys have a big-time sweet tooth, but we don’t enjoy ice cream every day. Today, as my two oldest were playing a game of Monopoly, I decided to surprise them with banana splits. Yum! Fun summer memory created…check!

Dragons Race to the Edge, Netflix

 Dragons: Race to the Edge!

Last week we had a fun surprise show up at our door! In honor of their new original series, Dragons: Race to the Edge, Netflix sent us some Hiccup and Toothless goodies!!

As Hiccup and Toothless soar beyond their home on the island of Berk in search of new dragons, Dragons: Race to the Edge introduces some of the most exciting dragons yet, each with its own amazing abilities — shock waves, cannon balls and fire blasts, just to name a few.

Get a sneak peak by clicking the video below!

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Sidewalk Chalk…

Armed with their new costumes and sidewalk chalk, the boys headed out to the driveway to create some pictures of the city of Berk, Hiccup and Toothless. I love the creativity!

Dragons Race to the Edge, Netflix

Dragons Race to the Edge, Netflix

Dragons Race to the Edge, Netflix


Dragons and Pizza!

So, I have to confess that my guys had never seen How to Train Your Dragon, but thankfully, How to Train your Dragon 2 is streaming on Netflix! So we had a pizza party and watched it together as a family for the first time! Our two year old even watched every second, and growled ferociously (followed by giggles) every time a dragon roared. More fun memories…thanks, Netflix!

Here are some pictures of our Dragon pizza party!

(Pardon the flooring samples…we are getting ready to put wood flooring in our den!)

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Dragons: Race to the Edge; How to Train Your Dragon 2

Dragons: Race to the Edge; How to Train Your Dragon 2



What have you been streaming on Netflix this summer? I would love to hear from you!



Note: As part of the Netflix Stream Team I am given movie suggestions, crafts, and recipes each month, as well as a complimentary subscription. This does not affect my opinion in any way. I have enjoyed Netflix as a frugal family entertainment option for years prior to joining the Stream Team.



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