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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Blog Humor- Episode #2

Recently, Monica and I received an email from a close friend that included the comic below.

Blog - Demotivational Poster

We have such supportive friends, don't we? (Dan, we love you.)

And I wouldn't be surprised if this happened to Monica.. Eric, be forewarned.

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Fab Find Friday

Well, we have a weekend full of ideas for things to do in Bucks County. So many great opportunities to enjoy your long weekend!


Friday Night Fireworks- Lights on the River
Every Friday night throughout the summer, the  New Hope/Lambertville boroughs sponsor a fireworks display at 9:30 PM (Memorial Day through Labor Day). I (Jess) have witnessed these fireworks and they're awesome- mostly because it's such a beautiful area and takes place right over the Delaware River.

We just found out about a HUGE barn sale this weekend. This guy, Hugh, has been having an annual barn sale for 20 years and claims it is the largest barn sale in Bucks County. Count us in! We are heading there on Saturday morning, but the sale is Saturday, Sunday and Monday from, so there is plenty of time for you to go and take a look. The address is:
  3054 York Road, Furlong, PA
(We'll update you with the hours as soon as we find out.  We're waiting to hear back)

This is a FREE concert at Planet Smoothie in Doylestown. Calling Out Closer is a young, Christian band, and your kids will love them (you may even like them too!) Free smoothies, free food samples and free music- why wouldn't you go??!!


Ok, I alluded to this before, but this parade is one of my favorite events of the year! Doylestown is holding their 145th Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 30th at 10am. The parade starts at CB West, goes east on West Court Street, then east on west State Street, and finally north on North Main Street to Doylestown Cemetery for a special service. Get there early to save seats, and then go have breakfast somewhere in town. Such a fun morning, and nothing beats that patriotic small town feeling!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend, everybody!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Summer Mantle {Playroom Edition}

Today we're excited to be a part of Layla's summer mantle link party!
Our new home has two wood burning fireplaces.  One in the main family room, and one in what was intended to be a library, but we use a playroom. (It took me a while to finally convince the builder that we were not in the "library" stage of life and that it would be a playroom for 4 messy kiddos!)

My children adore the beach.  They ask me all the time, "When are we going to the beach,"... even in the dead of winter! So, we thought it would only be fitting to have a beachy playroom.  Since it is a playroom, I resisted my urge for lots of white, and cool faded blues, and instead took color inspiration from these bright pictures of my kiddos. 

Remember the black-turned-yellow mirror project? Well, it makes a big impact on the brown wall and I love it so much more than the boring, old black. 
So here's the mantle, photo collage, and fun curtains...
 First, I thought I'd stand on a stool and take some pics straight on... Oops! There I am! The one fun thing about this picture is that you can see my family room mantle in the mirror on the left! See, my lack of photography ability actually got a 2 for 1 mantle picture! Score!
 Here's my boat conundrum... love the boats, but wasn't feelin' the boats on this mantle...
 What do you think?  In the end, I went with no boats... partially because everything in this room has a very high potential of being destroyed by a small child!
The cool blue bottle, and jar were scored at the same flea market we've been posting about, and I got them for under $5.00!
 I had bought the white starfish, and was on the hunt for coral, but man it's way overpriced! Thanks to the awesomeness of blogland, I got the suggestion to just buy some cheap fishtank coral and spray paint it! That's totally up my alley! Who knew Pets Plus could be a crafting resource?
 It definitely needed some paint... the pink was blech!
Much better!
I also ordered two more of my favorite beach pics from Canvas People but as much as I love them, I can't seem to find a home for them in the room. They definitely don't work on the mantle... hmmm
 This will give you a peek of the room... (I did not clean, as proved by the train table, because it's the kids' job and I was sticking to my guns... blog or no blog!)
 I just bought a fairly bright green sofa for the room, but need to go and pick it up. It will go on this side with my favorite little people recliners!
 So, there you have it... my summer playroom mantle! I think it works and the kids don't even notice like it a lot! One final picture... I realized the blue jars looked awful on the right side of the life preserver, so I moved them back to the left.  Much better now!
Thanks for letting me share my mantle and let me know what you think and also if you know where to buy a really inexpensive oar! I think that's all that I'm missing!
**One sidenote... I don't know what's up with the color in these pictures... some are really faded out and for some reason only look that way on the blog.  Sorry, if the drab colors are depressing you! :) **

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Easy Pulled BBQ Pork

Memorial Day is almost here, and with it comes picnics! For some reason, this holiday is one of my favorites- I love dressing my kids in patriotic colors and going to the local parade, and the fact this this day officially kicks off the summer!

Last year's Memorial Day parade in Doylestown- Charlie was, quite obviously, not born yet.

 Anyway, I'm going to share with you a very easy meal that is sure to please the crowds at your picnic this year.I saw a similar recipe somewhere (I can't remember where!) that inspired my own version. Here goes:

3-4 lb. boneless pork shoulder roast
1/2 bottle of Dr. Pepper (or Dr. Bob, in my case. Haha. Who comes up with these names?)
2-3 cups Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce
Salt, Pepper & Garlic salt to taste

This roast was a 5 1/2 pounder because I was making it for a crowd. It ended up that we had TONS of leftovers that my hubs has been eating all week.

Hopefully, pictures of raw pork don't gross you out too much! First, place your roast in the crockpot. Add salt, pepper and garlic salt to your pork roast on all sides. I like to really rub it into the pork.

Then pour the soda over the top of the pork so that it comes about half-way up your roast.

Pour one cup of Sweet Baby Ray's over the top of your pork.

Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Open lid, and drain all but about 1 cup of liquid from the crockpot. Using two forks, shred the pork. Add 1-2 cups (depending on your taste) of BBQ sauce to the pork and mix together.
Serve with extra BBQ sauce. (I like it just as it is, with no extra sauce!) This is a really good, easy pork recipe that never fails.

I was too busy eating the pulled pork to remember to take "after" pictures of the finished product, so just imagine this is it:

Eat and Enjoy!

Hookers Needed!

I knew that would get your attention... and I just couldn't resist (Jess is most likely wanting to kill me right now!) [This is Jess, and yes, I'm red with embarrassment right now.] Today's we're talking about my need for hooks. 

I'm a scatterbrained mess.
I'm always looking for my keys, sunglasses, Blackberry. A few weeks ago, I lost not one, but two sets of car keys and ended up stuck at the house while Eric went to work.  I was beyond frustrated at Eric with myself. 

Then, I had an idea...
I was going to make a place to keep my keys! I had just been to the Flea Market that Jess posted about, and had an empty gold frame.
 I'm not a fan of gold, so I whipped out some Valspar Black Satin spraypaint (I think I have about 15 colors of spraypaint on hand at all times).
 I also keep big boxes around to spraypaint on... I've painted the grass one too many times for the hub's liking. 
   Once I told Eric what I was making, he was a happy camper!
 I ran to Lowe's while the paint was drying and grabbed three little hooks for less than $3.00 each. 
 Oh Snap! The Keys didn't fit!
Wait... a quick little turn of the frame and...
Instant Key Hook{ers} that perfectly almost fit!
 Here's the view out our back door leading to the garage (thinking that I will remember to hang them up as I come in the door). 
The key hooks are really helping, but I will admidt at least once a week I hear, "Monica, there's only one set of keys on the hooks..."  UGH... I'd be amazing with half a brain!
 And I've had a few requests for a tutorial on how to make this message board, so that will be coming soon!
So, be honest... do you need any hook{er}s too? 

Sunday, May 22, 2011

DIY Headboards

Well, many of you have asked, so I thought now was the time to share how my hubs and I made our headboard out of an old door. It truly is a VERY easy project, and like I mentioned before, is super inexpensive! Unfortunately, I don't have pictures of the process, because we did this several years ago before I was into taking pictures of everything just in case it would make a good blog post. :)
First, I just want to remind you that this project was very low-budget, using items we already had. In addition, neither my husband or I cared what it looked like behind/below the bed. It's not perfect, so if you're looking for something perfect (ahem! Monica and Eric), you won't find it here. Anyway, we started with a plain, interior door that we had removed from another area in the house (read: FREE!) I painted it the color of three of the walls in our bedroom. We measured the ends and cut off the top part of the door using a saw. We held the door up to the wall with the bed in place so we knew how high we wanted it. Then, we took a 2x4 from the random collection of wood in our attic, levelled it, and mounted it to the wall using screws and a drill.

Finally, we rested the door on top of the 2x4 (making sure that the hole for the door handle was on the bottom), checked to see if it was level, and then put two screws on either end of the top of the door into the wall.  I painted the screws the same color of the door so that they blend in and you almost don't notice them.

That's it! Pretty darn easy, and it cost us nothing. Score!

Need some other DIY Headboard inspiration?
I've rounded up my favorite DIY headboard projects and can't wait to share them with you! Just click on the link to be taken to the instructions on how to make them. (And as always,  if you attempt to make one of these  headboard projects, please send us a picture!)
Southern Living
I love this headboard made out of a mantel. So creative, and an awesome spot to showcase some of your favorite treasures.
Too Much Time on my Hands
Monica showcased a headboard made from a pallet in this post, but here is another example of how you can turn a boring, old pallet into something fabulous!

Wouldn't it be fun to write love notes to your hubby that he could see when he wakes up (or goes to bed ;) Or, use it as a place to tell your kids how special they are to you. How about writing something you love about them every day for a year? So many possibilities!

I know I've seen shutters at yardsales or flea markets in the past, but who knew they had so much potential grouped together as a headboard??!!

This headboard can be made using 1x6 whitewood boards for LESS THAN $100! An added bonus is that you can change the color depending on the color scheme of your bedding.

Isabella & Max
This padded fabric headboard makes a major statement and is the focal point of this whole room. Definitely not a beginner's project, but is worth giving it a try.

Our Vintage Home Love
And finally, my favorite of all. I love this look so much that I may be attempting it soon. Stay tuned!

Which headboard can you envision yourself falling asleep under?

Have a great day!

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