DIY Project - This old Desk!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

ah, speaking of DIY Projects...this blog has really gotten dusty, hasn't it?

I thought that as the kids got older, I'd have soo much free time!


I still want to document some projects, some of my life's work...
I'm back at it, a little.

Both of our kiddos have wanted desks for quite some time.
We are short on square footage at our house, plus...
Would they use them, or would they simply become a place to collect things?

Well, my local second hand store had a smallish desk, in pretty rough shape - but for this price?
(Plus, 25% off on Thursdays!! WHOOOO!)
Why not?


I tossed in the back of my Traverse and brought it home.

To say that it was in rough shape, would be an understatement.
 The previous owners had even carved names in it...

The hardware was not my favorite... 

So I put my best handyman on the job, removing it.

 And I have ZERO experience with Chalk Paint - but I read that you don't even have to sand...
So...why not, right?

And much to my surprise! It DID cover, amazingly well!

 And I loved this turquoise color!!
Derek and I did this while she was off and running somewhere else, because with that girl, if you give her just doesn't always end well.

Would she like this??

We hunted high and low and low and high for new hardware.
There is sooo. much. fun. hardware!! for desks out there...

but...not for this desk.
Turns out, most hardware is 3" and these handles are 2" - 
And yes, there are work arounds...but this is us, and we aren't terribly DIY-ey at our house...

So...we used some shiny silver spray paint...

Now, I know what you are thinking...
This doesn't even look like the same desk...
That's because we have terrible lighting in our home, and I tried to snap some pics just now so you could see the finished product.
She's been using the desk sans knobs for awhile now - we finally decided to stick with what we had and put them on...So...

until I can get a great photo in better light....
Finding a chair to fit this smallish desk was also a challenge - but we found these awesome cubes at Gordmans  - the big soft fuzzy one is just a solid block, perfect height for her to sit and work at her desk - the two cubes off to the side, those are actually storage cubes, and they can hold up to 250 pounds sitting on them as well...

Perfect seating in her room when friends visit, and a nice place to stash that stuff you don't want out in the open, too! Win-Win!

Have you used Chalk Paint?
did you love it or hate it?
Did you wax it?

I can't wait to tackle another project!

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First Day of School - 4th and 5th Grades!

Friday, September 9, 2016

How DID it get so late so soon?
It's night before it's afternoon!

Her last year of Elementary School!

Excuse me, there's something in my eye!

I love seeing how some of the creativity that comes out when the kids make their own Back to School signs, but last minute, I decided to google, and found some I loved from


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Back to School - Save 20% off your entire purchase at Gordmans!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Take this page with you to your local gordmans store and save 20% off your entire purchase!!

While we don't love back to school, we love gordmans!
Clothes, shoes, jewelry, hand bags, blankets, pillows, fun things for your dorm room...

They've got it!

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Pfizer Pediatric Platform #GiveAway

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Pfizer Pediatric Platform

We got really, really lucky this past winter...
Not one sick day taken by anyone, not even the kiddos.
Is that unheard of, or what?

We made it through the winter...but we didn't get too far into spring, before #SickJustGotReal
Allergies, we thought.

But then with both kids coughing...not just the runny nose, stuffy nose combo action...
We knew it was more than just springtime allergies....

Pfizer Pediatric Platform to the rescue.

Maybe I'm weird that way, but I always like to have something on hand.
Just. In. Case.

and I'm glad I did...
Because while no one needed a sick day,
 it was sure nice to be able to go to the medicine chest and find some relief for not one, but both of our kiddos!!

A few great options?

Ease those aches and pains, while reducing a child’s fever fast with Children’s Advil®, a great solution for kids as young as 2 and up to 11. Children’s Advil® comes in several great-tasting flavors, including: Sugar-free Dye-free Berry, Bubble Gum, Grape, Blue Raspberry, Fruit and Dye-Free White Grape flavors. There’s also Infants’ Advil® White Grape, which provides unsurpassed fever relief with a syringe for easy dosing for children 6-23 months.

My kids prefer grape...and thankfully, have always taken meds like a champ!

Formulated just for kids, Children's Robitussin® DM Day/Night Pack (Children’s Robitussin® Cough & Chest Congestion and Children’s Robitussin® Nighttime Cough) non-drowsy daytime formula helps break up chest congestion, while the long-acting nighttime formula relieves coughs and runny noses to help kids get the rest they need.

All in a great tasting grape flavor, Children’s Dimetapp® Cold & Cough tackles a child’s most bothersome stuffy and runny noses, all while working to relieve cough.

*It is important to remember to always read and keep the cartons for complete warnings and dosing information on Pfizer Pediatric Platform products and to use as directed!! 

And check those expiration dates!
We are known for keeping stuff on hand, but it needs to be changed out and updated - though I much prefer to do it that way, vs having to go to the store at midnight so people can get some decent rest!

How would you like to stock your medicine cabinet with the Pfizer Pediatric Platform?
(Children’s Advil®, Children’s Robitussin®, Children’s Dimetapp®)

Pfizer Consumer HealthCare is giving away a prize pack to one lucky winner!

Simply enter via the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win!

For more information - feel free to snoop around

·         Sick just got real.™ website
·         Sick just got real.™ Facebook page
·         Pfizer products available on

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 “The Pfizer Pediatric Platform products, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All thoughts and reviews are my own.”

Fundraising with Coca Cola Products & My Coke Rewards

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

I love love love to volunteer at school with our kids.

I've been lucky enough to go out on a few field trips this year, and it's so fun to get to spend time with the kids and their classmates!

I wish I could do more, but life gets in the way of that....

One thing that we are able to do, however, to give back to our school, is the MyCokeRewards for schools program!

We don't drink a lot of pop at home (anymore) but we know a lot of folks who do, and we do buy cases of water, and some cases (Dasani) have codes on the bottom of their plastic packages!

Each Coca Cola rewards code varies in points from 3 points for the codes in the caps, to 10-25, depending on if you get the code from a 12 pack, a case, or one of those shrink wrapped packages of bottles from your local big big box store.

Every 3 points is the equivalent to a nickel!

Doesn't take long for all those codes to add up, and after entering those codes, you can go under 'CAUSES' in your MyCokeRewards account, find your cause, and viola!


1000 points is a quick $15.00 for your cause!

(Ours being our kiddos elementary school!)

Doesn't get much easier than that, does it? Well, I guess it can...
If you don't save your Coke Rewards codes, or don't want to enter them yourself, we'd love to add them to our collection along with our Box Tops for Education! 

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St Louis Missouri - Spring Break (or) Bust!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

This year for Spring Break, we decided to Road Trip it.
Cross a few things off of the Bucket List...

First Stop?


We were arriving into St. Loo, just before 8 pm, and I thought...
I wonder how late the Arch is open?

Maybe we could pop in at night, before we go to our hotel?
Maybe it's cool at night??

So...I pulled up the info on my phone....
What DID we do before smartphones?

Apparently, I should've done my research before we left Minnesota!

You guys!!
I cannot make this up!!

So, we went to the hotel, to make a plan...
We had 10 days off, a car packed full...and zero plan.

That WAS the plans.
Just us and the open road.

After finding out that the Arch, Grant's Farm AND Meramec Caverns were all closed...

ALL closed...

We did the best we could.

dozens of family selfies, as close as we could get!

No Trespassing!


 St Louis did not disappoint, however.

Turns out, they celebrate St. Patty's Day a whole week early, 
and they do it in pretty exciting style!

After taking our selfies outside of the arch, wandering around outside of the (closed!!) Cardinal's Stadium,  and people watching during the St. Patrick's Day parade...

We decided to get out of dodge...

It was cool, literally, with some sprinkles and rain showers mixed in...
but we've got places to go and things to see!

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