Love This Look! Light fixtures 2017

Hi, Everyone! So I am starting a new feature called Love This Look! I went through the parade of homes this year and was inspired to share my finds with everyone. The first thing I fell in love with was the light fixtures there were so many neat and cool options for everyone. Some really fancy and some for the average person ūüôā Here are some of the ones I found in the houses we visited. I will do another feature in the future of some other ones I saw and liked here are ten that caught my eye.

Love this look!  Light Fixtures

Here are the light fixtures I saw this year going through the parade of homes. Here is the link for the houses we viewed. I put the names of each home these were in. Going through the houses I really started liking to look up! A light fixture can complement any room.

From Baneberry House

These four above were from the calders home

 From Cascade Estates

From Deer Crest Circle

From Chateau Blanc

 

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You can buy these styles in the links below

1.Black pendant light 2. 4-Lite Pendant  3. sphere pendant light 4. Crystal Pendant Light 5. Crystal Chandelier Ceiling Light 6. Rope lights 6 head7. Gold One Pendant Light 8. Wrought iron chandelier 9.Clear Pendant Light 10. 4 light pendant light

Keep an eye out for future posts of Love this look! I will be doing features throughout the year. I love sharing my finds with everyone.

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Utah Valley Parade of Homes index.

How to Install cheap board and batten.

 

How to Install a Cheap Easy Board and Batten

So this project has taken a little bit of time more than most projects I have done in the past.  In this post, I am going to show you how my husband and I installed our board and batten as cheap and as easy as we could. I am loving every day that goes by how pretty it looks. When I decided I wanted to get this late last year I prepped our wall when I painted it so it was ready for the boards. The way I did this is different then getting the actual boards for a true board and batten look. I used MDF Preprimed boards they were 49 inches long and 3 1/2 inches wide.

Installing your Board and Batten

Fill any holes

This is your chance to fill any holes you have in the wall or any dings. We have removed a security system from our wall and had to fix a small hole. We also filled in the dings in the wall from kids and our crazy cat that attacks our walls lol. I swear she gets so wound up and then leaves marks on our walls.

Prep With White Paint

To get started you will want to paint the bottom half of your walls where the white will be. I measure up the wall when I painted it to the point where the top board would lay. Then I masked it off painting the bottom of the wall white and the top the grey-blue. ¬†When I pulled the masking tape off the wall I had a line marking where the top board will go. This was left for months. When I painted the wall last fall it started snowing and raining a lot. With MDF Board you don’t want it to get wet or have too much moisture¬†it will ruin the boards completely. So after like 6 months of bad weather we finally had a weekday we could run over and get the boards to start the project.

 

BaseBoards

Our baseboards a the regular thin baseboards. I wanted to beef up our baseboards and also have a flat area to stick the boards on. We decided to buy trim and use it for the baseboards it was .84 cents a foot so not bad. Although we found with the cheaper trim it did fall apart easier if you put the nail in the wrong spot.

Getting regular baseboards can get expensive and right now nothing is wrong with our current ones so getting the trim was the better option for us.If you do get baseboards get ones with a flat top that the boards can easily fit on.

We took the trim and a board to space the baseboard and trim. Next, Nail the boards down with the nail gun keeping it flat. Please use a level to keep everything straight. If you get one board off it can mess up the whole thing so keep that in mind. We were always measuring to make sure it stayed right.

Top boards

Once we did the baseboards and cut the corners a hundred times we were finally ready for the top boards. We measured out everything on spacing and realized the boards needed to be placed at 49 1/4 inches from the top of our baseboard trim.

Placing the top ledge piece to the side of the top board. After our experience on our test wall in the hall, we realized we needed to place the top ledge piece on first before we stuck it on the wall. Last time we had placed the top piece on the wall then tried to nail the top ledge to it while on the wall. We first found out that the nail gun was too fat to fit in the little space and the nails wouldn’t go all the way down. we were forced to hammer the nails into the board which then scuffed the walls then I was forced to paint the wall to get the marks gone ūüôĀ

The way we put the piece on was one of us held the two boards so the were both flat on the back side that goes to the wall. The other person nailed the ledge down to the side of the top board. ¬†Just be careful at this point you don’t do it too close to either edge of the top board piece nails can end up ruining the board then you have to start over ūüôĀ

Verticle boards

We had to decide how far away from the corner to start the first board. Once we did that then we measured 16 inches between boards to make this easy we used the level to keep the spacing. Our¬†level was 16 inches long so we would measure the top spacing, middle, and bottom to keep everything 16 inches apart. It just so happens on our last board the level fell and broke ūüôĀ So now we need to buy a new level. I never thought we would use our level as much as we had. If it was on a required¬†list of tools it would probably be on our top ten list with a hammer and screwdrivers.

How long we cut our boards

So we had previously done board and batten in our hallway. We called it our test wall! We wanted to make sure we could actually do the board and batten without it looking horrible. My husband and I are fairly new to the DIYing. Our last house we really didn’t do much other than things that had to be done. I think we replaced the toilet seal, upgraded some pipes, lawn care, and gutter repair in almost 10 years we lived there. Our new house we are constantly updating to the look and feel to make it more us.

Ok ok so enough on our test wall. After measuring it we had to cut all our boards to just under 49 1/4 inches long.

Filling Holes

So once all the boards are up you will need to go and fill in all your nail holes. I used spackle to fill in my holes. I fill in the hole and take a wet sponge and then wiped off the excess.

Ready For Paint

Now you can paint! I painted the baseboard and trim first then painted the top piece and the edge. Then painted in each square around the edge. You will then want to take a mini roller and roll the paint in the middle of each square and paint the verticle boards.

Caulking

The last thing you will want to do is fill the holes lines etc with caulking this gives it a clean seamless look to the boards. I still need to do this but it will get done you can’t skip this step.

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Things you will need

Your MDF Board or lumber of choice

 

Finished Look!

 

Please note while I do DIY and tutorials I am by no means a professional please read through each post carefully and consult a professional when needed.  I will not be responsible for injuries or damages while following a tutorial from my site. All tutorials are done at your own risk. Please be safe and smart while doing projects

Utah Valley Parade of Homes 2017

Here is a list of the houses we saw this year with the parade of homes this is more of an index of the houses, builders, specs etc. We did not visit all 30 of them so this is the 16 we saw. Now if I ever got paid to do something like this I would gladly go and do all 30 ūüôā One can only dream right! I’m going to be doing future love this look posts so keep an eye out for them. There were so many neat things each house had that I loved. I may have been a little obsessed with light fixtures this year.

My Real Estate Agent gave us the parade of homes tickets she had in a giveaway. If anyone is out there looking for a Utah County Real Estate agent you can’t go wrong with Angie Fisher she is an amazing agent!

Parade of Homes 2017

House 1

Laurel Home located in woodland hills

Builder split rock fine homes

Subcontractors: Bedrock Quartz, Bullfrog Spas, Burton Lumber, cutting edge closets, Hamilton Park Interiors, High Mountain Timbers, Honey Bucket, Jones Paint & Glass, Overhead doors of Utah Valley, Pella Windows and Doors, Premier Building Supply, Robertson Cabinets, Stone Mountain Castings & Design, Ted Hone Excavating,

House 2

Baneberry Home in Woodland Hills

Builder is Split Rock Fine Homes

Subcontractors: Bedrock Quartz, Bullfrog Spas, Burton Lumber, Cutting Edge Closets, Ferran Building Systems, Hamilton Park Interiors, High Mountain Timbers, Honey Bucket, Jones Paint & Glass, OverHead Door of Utah Valley, Pella Windows & Doors, Premier Building Supply, Robertson Cabinets, Stone Mountain Castings & Design

 

House 3

Kate Home in Mapleton

Builder is Arive Homes

Subcontractors: A Company, Acute Engineering, Andersen Windows & Doors, Creative Granite & Design, GE, Maple Landing Cabinets, Mountain Land Design, Overhead Door of Utah Valley, Premier Building Supply, RB Construction, Stonehenge Fence, Sunroc Building Materials, USI All Purpose Windows & Doors, Wasatch Truss

House 4

Chateau Blanc Located in Mapleton

Builder is  Brinkerhoff Custom Construction

Subcontractors: BMC West, Burton Lumber, Carbide Construction, Construct Builders, Ferran Building Systems, Hansen All-Season, Hardware Essentials, Inouye Design, J&S Intermountain¬†Siding & Home Improvement dba Holliman Siding & Home Improvement, Lighting Specialist, Maple Mtn Fireplace, Mountain Land Design, Pella Widows & Doors, Reed’s Built-Ins, Rose Concrete Coatings, S&J Cabinets, Stiner Painting, Sunroc Building Materials, The Stone Shop, Zions Bank.

House 5

Legacy Dream Located in Orem

E & L Custom Homes

Subcontractors: ABC Supply Co, Alside Supply, Burton Lumber, Central Bank, Hearth & Home, Osmond Designs, Overhead Door of Utah Valley, Page Drafting & Design, RC Wiley, USI All Purpose Windows & Door.

 

House 6

Eight located in Orem

Builder is Sweetwater Homes

Subcontractors: A Company, BMC West, Central Bank, Contractor Resource, Creative Granite & Design, Galaxie Lighting, Hanson All Seasons, Hearth & Home, Kyco Services, Mountian Land Design, Natalie Mies Design, Quality Craft.

House 7

The Box Elder Residence Located in Alpine

Builder is Concept Builders LLC

Subcontractors: Bedrock Quartz, BMC West, Builders First Source, C&C Mechanical, Castle Rock Interior Solutions, Clegg Steel, Columbia Millworks, Construct bulders, Cutting Edge Closets, General Construction & Development, Harris Architecture, Ivy Interiors, KB Design, LEI Consulting Engineers & Surveyors, Lighting Specialist, Mountain Land Design, Mountainland Supply, Premier Building Supply, Prime 3 Windows, Rose Concrete Coatings, S&J Cabinets, Smith Hardware & Glass, Sparky Boys Electric.

 

House 8

Mezza Located in Alpine

Builder is Raykon Construction

Subcontractors: Anderson Windows & Doors, BMC West, Columbia Millworks, Design by Craig Veenker, Dunrite Playgrounds, Galaxie Lighting, Hearth & Home, Honey Bucket, J&S Intermountain Siding & Home Improvement dba Holliman Siding & Home Improvement, JAB Marble & Granite, Jones Paint & Glass, Kodiak Bulders, Landforms Design, Maple Mtn Fireplace, Mountainland Designs, National Flooring Brokers, Overhead door of Utah Valley, Rose Concrete Coatings, Smith Hardware & Glass, Taylor Masonry, Teresa Adams Designs, Tile Solutions, The Stone Shop, Zions Bank.

House 9

Deer Crest Circle Located in Alpine

Builder is Raykon Construction

Subcontractors: BMC West, Builders First Source, Columbia Millworks, Craig Kitterman & Associates Architects, DBD Plumbing, Ferran Building Systems, Galaxie Lighting, Hansens All Seasons, Hearth & Home, Honey Bucket, J&S Intermountain Siding & Home Improvement dba Holliman Siding & Home Improvement, JAB Marble & Granite, Kodiak Builders, Liv Designs Collective, Lowry Doors, Maple Mtn Fireplace, Mountain Land Designs, Mountainland Supply, National Flooring & Brokers, Overhead Door of Utah Valley, Pella Windows & Doors, Rose Concrete Coatings, Smith Hardware & Glass, Sparky Boys Electic, Stone Mountain Castings & Design, Taylor Masonry, Zions Bank.

House 10

The Josephine Located In Highland

Builder is Emerald Homes

Subcontractors: ABC Supply Co, Acute Engineering, Anderson Windows & Doors, BMC West, Emerald Homes, Hearth & Home, High Country Constructions & Painting, Kyco Sevices, Lighting Design Company, Mr. Carpet, Premier Building Supply, Staker Parson Companies.

House 11

Old World Chateau located in Highland

Builder is Titan Construction

Subcontractors: Big Fish Automation, BMC West, Central Bank, Epic Painting, Geneva Rock, Hansen All Seasons, Hardware Essentials, Hearth & Home, Honey Bucket, Inouye Designs, JAB Marble & Granite, Mountian Land Design, Pinnacle Garage Doors, Rocky Mountain Window & Door.

House 12

The Evanson Located in Lehi

Builder is Timber Creek Construction

Subcontractors: All Star Garage Doors, Bedrock Quartz, BMC West, C&R Stone World, Five Star Building Materials, Geneva Rock, Honey Bucket, Jones Paint & Glass, K-Tech Plumbing, Maple Mtn Fireplace, Mountian Land Designs, Osmond Designs, Rockwell LLC, Rock Mountain Window & Door, Steiner Painting, Sunroc Building Materials, Whitewater.

House 13

Calders Cottages located in Pleasant Grove

Builder is Hatfield Homes

Subcontractors: A Company, ABC Supply Co, Alpha Interiors, Builders First Source, Central Bank, Clydeco Building Supplies, Columbia Millworks, Hearth & Home, Jones Mechanical, Pella Windows and Doors, Staker Parson Companies, SW Morgan Fine Home Design, Trash Unlimited.

House 14

Cascade Estate located in Orem

Davies Design Build

Subcontractors: All Star Garage, BMC West, Builders First Source, Castle Rock Interior Solutions, C&C Mechanical, Columbia Millworks, Harris architecture, Mountain Land Design, Premier Building Supply, Redwood Engineering, S&J Cabinets, Smith Hardware & Glass, The Stone Shop, Tri-Tex Construction Group.

House 15

The Remodel 1989-2017 located in Provo

Builder is European Company Inc.

Subcontractors: Four Chairs Funiture, Gardiner’s Concreate Coatings, Mountain Land Kitchen & Bath.

House 16

Evolution located in Orem

Builder is Ezra Lee Design + Build

Subcontractors: CIC Foundations, Columbia Millworks, Decorative landscaping, Ferran Building Systems, Five Star Building Products, Hearth & Home, J&S Intermountain Siding & Home Improvement dba Holliman Siding & Home Improvement, Jeske Glass, Jones Mechanical Marwood Designs, Mountain Land Designs, National Flooring Brokers, Pella Windows & Doors, Rose Concrete Coatings, Sunroc Building Materials, The Stone Shop, Zions Bank.

Keep in mind this is an index for future posts. I will be doing some love this look and idea pages in the future.

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3 in 1 Outdoor Game

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3 in 1 Outdoor Game Golf, Bean Bag, and Football

We are having so much fun at our house lately. Winter blues have finally passed now its time to have a blast! So I wanted a fun game we could take camping with us. I have seen the toss game, a golf game etc. I thought Why can’t I make a fun game that could do all 3. So I came up with this 3 in 1 outdoor game that incorporates¬†them all. With a few simple moves of a hinge, you are ready for the next game. ¬†Read below on how to make this 3 in 1 outdoor game. I made two boards for this post you could make one and be fine to play all the games. You would only need to do 2 peice of mdf board instead of 3

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Items you will need

 

Making your 3 in 1 Outdoor Game 

Cut Down MDF/Wood Board

So you will want to get one board of MDF and cut off the end I cut off about 11 inches and felt that was a good place for my middle board to be. If you want yours longer or shorter adjust to your liking. At first, I used my circular saw and it was ok but I had troubles it was my first time using it. I ended up ¬†I used a jigsaw to cut my piece off it wasn’t super straight but I don’t¬†have a table saw believe me it’s to-get list. So I had to sand down the end of my board to make it flatter.

Place and Cut Out Circles

You will want to place and cut out your circle. I used plates to help with the sizes it helped get the circle I was looking for with not much effort ūüôā The plates I used is the smaller cake plate and a larger regular plate.I just eyeballed the placement but you can measure if you want to get it just right. Once your circles are in place take a pencil and draw on your circle to the board. ¬†Now you can cut out the circle.

Cutting out the Circles

First, make sure your board is propped up I used my saw horses to hold my boards.I took a drill bit and cut a hole in the middle of the circle. Then I took my hole cutting attachment¬†piece and cut a big hole out of the middle of each circle. Next, I took my jigsaw and cut from the middle to the edge of the drawn circle I cut it 3 times from middle to edge close togeather so I could put the jigsaw in just right. Now you will want to follow the outline of the circle with your jigsaw to cut out the circle. I tried to stay in the line but my holes aren’t perfect ūüôā They work for what I need I’ll get better with the time that’s all that counts right!

Also, watch your feet once the circle is cut out it will fall out onto the ground. Sand your holes so they are smooth you don’t want to reach into a pokey hole. I used 220 grit sandpaper. You do have to hand sand the holes I tried to do it with my orbital sander it was a no go ūüôĀ Times this by 2 if you want to have a back and forth game. You could easily just make one board and play on it too.

Cutting Your Ends

Take your 3rd board and cut it into 4 pieces I cut mine at 12 inches apart.(this would be for 2 game boards for the 4 pieces) This is for the ends that are attached with hinges. 2 for each game board.

 

Attaching your Hinges

Now you can attach your hinges. You will need 8 hinges 4 for each game board. The hinges I bought the screws ended up being too long so I bought 1 inch nut and bolts to go through it. They poke out but it keeps the board sturdy like you need. ¬†Also when attaching your hinges make sure you are able to have it open at an angle or it won’t work that well. I marked and predrilled the hole then put in the nut and bolts to attach the hinges to the board. Make sure you put your hinges on right too. I kept testing mine so they would fold in nice when you put it up.

Adding mesh

I added mesh to the circle so when you throw something into it, you don’t lose it behind the board somewhere. Plus if you have ever been camping by a hill you know that things tend to go down the hill and I don’t want to keep climbing up and down like crazy. You will take the laundry mesh bag and cut it in half. Sew the ¬†end shut on the one peice

You will take the laundry mesh bag and cut it in half. Sew the  end shut on the one peice

Take the staple gun and staple the edge of the mesh as I went on the wider mesh bags I folded and stapled so it would fit. I’m not a perfectionist on these types of things so if you wanted you could make the bag to fit well and you wouldn’t have to fold it as you staple.

Decorating your boards

I added fake grass to my boards I bought a big thing of fake grass the type you can take camping and put out.  You could also spray paint it, paint it, sticker it, tape it, etc to make it your own. If you used fake grass cut it out before you add the mesh. I cut it to fit the board then lay it on top of the board and cut it out with a razor blade box cutter.

Adding the fake grass I cut out and nail glued it to the board I also stapled it to the board

Adding Velcro

You might want to add velcro to keep your sides from falling one way or the other when carrying it.  I added my velcro to the back of the pieces and back of the board. I used a fatter piece and cut it down the middle.

Making your Bean  Bags

Take a piece of fabric and cut out squares I cut out 6 in by 6 in squares. I cut out 6 total. I used Batman fabric for all of my bags. You may want to do 3 of one color and 3 of another color. I know my boys wouldn’t be happy if one was Batman and one was a plain color since I don’t have other cute fabric ūüôā

After you have the squares cut out you will sew it inside out all around the edges except a little bit.

Now you will want to flip it inside out so the right side is out. then fill it halfway full with beans.

Fold in the edges of the open part and sew shut.

How to play 3 in 1 outdoor game

 

How We Play Golf Chip Game 

So the golf chip game you will lay the board down and pop it up on one side. This is where you can switch it up and pop up either side to make it more or less difficult. You can make up your own points if you want. We do 5 points for the small ones and 3 points for the big one up to 25 points.

 

How We Play Bean Bag Game

Prop up one end of the board just like the golf game. Take 4 bean bags per person taking turns the first to 50 points wins! 3 points for big one hole and 5 points for small holes. you could also prop up the board with both sides up and toss it in that way too. This goes for the golf game too.

How We Play Football Toss Game

Take the board and set it on its side with both ends holding it up. We use a table to put the board on then toss the football into the holes. I would use a smaller football to toss. We did our points as 100 for the large hole and 300 points for the small holes. The first one to 1000 wins. My boys love throwing balls so this game was so fun for them.

If you choose to make this please reference back to my site to give me credit for the idea.

Please note while I do DIY and tutorials I am by no means a professional please read through each post carefully and consult a professional when needed. I will not be responsible for injuries or damages while following a tutorial from my site. All tutorials are done at your own risk. Please be safe and smart while doing projects.

 

7 Reasons Why I love Being a Mom of Boys

mom of boys

I love being a mom of boys. Below is 7 of 100 ‘s of reasons why I love it. I always thought I would love having a daughter but after having boys I’d never trade it for anything. ¬†My boys are my everything!

 Mom of Boys 7 reasons why I love them!

Never Dull

Life is never dull with my boys it can be dead silent and one of them farts or says something funny. You learn to laugh even though its poop, fart, pee all the TIME! The other day my oldest came running in the house half crying saying his brother peed¬†on him. I was half laughing as he turned around and he had pee all the way down his back. I asked him what happened and he said my brother said he was going to pee and he would pee on me if I didn’t move. We’ll we know what happened! Let’s just say he was tossed into the tub right away.

Full of love

You can spend all day telling them to stop touching each other and fighting but at the end of the day we always have cuddles and watch a show or talk about our day. My boys always love when I hug them, hold them, kiss them and tickle them. Usually, the end of the day is the best for this.

Adventures

We love going on adventures like hiking to an area in the woods, digging holes in the dirt, riding 4 wheelers, going to soccer games, playing in the water. ¬†Boys are carefree and you can get dirty clothes most of the time not ruining them. Just no white shirts please they look the worst before any other color. ¬†Usually, my boy’s clothes have dirt and holes in them at all times as a mom you just learn to deal with it.

Clothes

It’s so easy to get them clothes most clothes match and aren’t too expensive. Unless its plaid on¬†aplaid my son tried to mix plaid shorts and a plaid shirt the one day I was like wow buddy you need to change one or the other it’s too much! Picture green larger plaid shorts and blue smaller plaid shirt it was like looking in a kaleidoscope.

Fun

They are so fun we can just go out in the back yard and play games any game really. They love to move around and let energy out. Which helps me stay active when I play with them outside. I don’t know if other boys are like my boys but when we play video games (xbox) we stand holding our controller and jumping around.

Love learning

My boys love to learn new things constantly so if we can use our hands to make something creative they love it. We have fun making dinner, creating fun little games, airplanes, slime, drawing, painting, etc. Educational tv, my kids love learning about dinosaurs, mysteries at the museum, magic, super why, etc.

My oldest can’t wait to start learning how to play an instrument¬†and learn a new language I kind of want to do it with him too. I encourage learning in our house and love they¬†love it too.

Sports

Oh, what mommy doesn’t¬†love to go and watch your son play sports. I love to cheer on my little guys it makes me so proud to see them having fun and learning teamwork while they do. Also, seeing them smile and look for you when they make the goal or get an awesome shot.¬†It makes me so proud to see them excelling and learning new things.

I hope everyone that is a mom of boys can enjoy this post. I would probably gloat if I was a mom of girls too! I am not so I have no idea what its like to have a daughter I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy my boys.

 

 

 

Gak Slime Make Your Own

My little boys had so much fun making their own Gak Slime. This is one of the easiest play projects we have done. My son is having and end of year school party and we wanted to give his friends a little something they can play with and enjoy. I think the fun part about this was making the Gak Slime.  I guess I will find out how they like playing with it soon. During my childhood we loved this stuff I think if we would of know how to make our own then we would have had some of our own. My parents never had a ton of money growing up so we never got the actual Gak. It was always dollar store putty.

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Things you will need to make it

Warning! Do not eat the Slime it can be harmful if you ingest a lot of it.  There have been people claiming to get burns from borax I personally have not experienced this with myself or my children. We used a small amount of it in this recipe you might want to try and use less and see if it still works. Or you can go with the Sta flo liquid starch and see if that works better for you. If you do experience any burning please wash it off and go to the Dr. for professional help. You should wash your hands after using it anyway!  If you use this recipe use it at your own risk.

Mix the Borax

The first thing you will want to do is put 1 tsp or less of Borax in 1 cup of water you will want it to dissolve as much as possible. My little onE loved doing this part I think it’s because I let him scoop it and put it in the cut to mix. Yes, this part was messy but it made my little guy happy. ¬†My cats got on the counter and had to check it out they did stay far enough away no kitties were hurt in the making of the Gak Slime. We washed our hands after playing with the Gak and after each color so we didn’t mix colors. I would suggest you have them play in a non-carpeted area ūüôā

Add Color to Your Glue

Next, you will want to mix the 4 oz glue with just a little bit of water and your food coloring of choice. I did about 4 drops of food coloring to get our colors you can mix more if you want a darker color.

Make your globs 

Now you can add the borax water mix to the bowl it will make globs. Now, you can get the globs out with your hands and start playing.

Playing with your Gak Slime

This was such a fun easy project and what boy or girl doesn’t love playing with this stuff. If you have a boy like I do they will learn how to make it fart lol. So enjoy it! ¬†Wash hands when done!

 

Do not ingest the slime if you do please call American Association of Poison Control at 800-222-1222 immediately. Use at your own risk!

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Refresh Flower Pots

So after a hard winter, I had to do something with my flower pots. I have only had them for 2 years. The poor things took a beating with this crazy hard winter we had. They needed to be refreshed for this summer. Below is how I refreshed my flower pots.

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Cleaning Your Flower Pot

So the outside of my pots had this white yucky stuff from the hard winter. I took some soapy water and a scrub brush and cleaned it all away. Make sure with anything before you paint that you clean it first. Have you ever painted something and a hair or dirt was on it. It falls off the wall or sticks there causing a bump. Not the most pleasant look!  My pots looked so bad and white I wanted to make them look back to their original glory.

 

Painting The Outside of The Pot

I used Rust-Oleum metallic paint and primer in one in oil rubbed bronze. Below is a picture of one of a painted one next to the weathered one. Sorry, the picture is kind of dark.

Painted pot all nice and back to where it was when I bought it

Refresh Your Soil

So after sitting all winter long, the soil became compacted. I took a shovel and moved the soil around. You might want to consider adding more fertilizer or mixing new soil into the old pot.

Flowers Next!

This year I decided to buy perennial¬†so that they come back each year. I hate buying the annuals every year and they just die and never come back to life ūüôĀ I bought Viola, Shasta Daisy, poppy and Vinca flowers this year. They were pretty and the Vinca should help fill in the pot a little. Hopefully, it won’t choke my other flowers we will see how¬†it goes.

Now you have your finished Refreshed flower pot done¬†and it’s ready to help spruce up your outdoor area. As you can tell I have ways¬†to go in the backyard to get it all in shape for summer and the end of spring since that’s all we got this year. SNOW ruined the early spring.

 

 

12 Presents For Boys Ages 7-10

Hi everyone!

Have you ever been stumped¬†on what to get a 7-10-year-old¬†boy? ¬†Where it’s getting close to my sons 8th birthday now I’m¬†wondering what I should get him. ¬†I starting trolling the internet and here is a list of 12 presents you can get your 7 to 10 year old. I think he would like a lot of these and a few he already has. With all the trends going on out there it’s hard to know what children are into these days. So below are the things I know my son has mentioned to me. I hope this helps you as much as it has me.

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12 Presents for Boys Ages 7 to 10

1.Heli ball– These are super fun to play with just watch that you don’t hit your face ūüôā My son got one of these for Christmas¬†he has a fun time playing with it in the house and so do I!

2. Lego Dimensions-This is a fun game you go around trying to get missing people in different areas you build actual legos for the set. Before you can even start playing you have to build the portal and the guys in the kit.  You can also get level packs like ghostbusters. They do carry it on different platforms. I can even play it too lol!

3.Skylanders– This is fun for kids. My children even get along playing it. Also having lots of Skylanders guys help too! We don’t have this Skylanders yet we have the one before the Imaginators. My child won’t let me forget this is one he really really wants.

4.Starwars LegosРMy kids can never have enough star wars ever at least that is what they think!

5.A stomp rocket– This would be fun for summer as long as you don’t¬†loose it over the fence ūüôā

6. The Lego Ideas Book– A book my boys would actually read!

7. Nerf guns¬†-Who doesn’t¬†love a Nerf War. Although you might want to get safety glasses. We actually have a safety¬†glasses rule in our house. If someone isn’t¬†wearing the safety glasses then you can’t shoot them. The nerf guns now days can cause some damage ūüôā

8. An RC Quadcopter- We’ve never had one of these I heard they can be fun or hard to control.¬†

9.Razor Scooter-A scooter to get around the razor brand seems to last the longest. Although I think I will end up buying a few over the years kids are hard on outdoor toys.

 

10.-Dodge Tag-This looks like a fun game. This would be something to get them active and outside when it’s warm.

 

11.Ninjago book and character-Sorry with all the legos my kids just love them! This is a storybook and Ninjago lego guy. A lot of boys are into these legos. They have a TV show based on the ninjas that have different powers and fight off bad guys.

 

12. Minecraft game for a tablet or phone. ¬†The game or any Minecraft¬†toy¬†works to fulfill the Minecraft want of a boy. My children love creating things on this game and you can get it for your game system it’s on different platforms. They also have battle mode where you can fight each other while creating things.

This game personally makes me motion sick but I have really bad motion sickness.

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DIY-Easy Shiplap Style Wall

Hi! So I have this wall at the end of my stairs and I never knew what to do with it. I have always loved the look of shiplap/planked walls and wanted to do a few in my house but not go crazy. Last year I bought a bunch of used wood boards thinking I would do a shiplap wall in my living room but after measuring I was short by about 10 boards. To give the texture and love to my basement wall I decided it would be a good area for a shiplap wall. Here is how I installed the shiplap style wall.

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Steps to the Shiplap Style Wall

Step One

Sand all the boards. I only sanded the one side doing both sides would have taken a long time and would have been a waste of time to sand both sides. Just make sure when you put it on the wall that you put the sanded side out towards you. ¬†In addition, sanding helps so there is not as my children say pokey things. It will also help put a smooth coat of paint on if that’s what you want to do.

Note: If your boards have footprints, marker, etc on them sand it down until the marks are gone.

 

If you are looking to stain the boards you will want to do that before step two. Once the boards are on the wall it will be impossible to stain.

Step Two

Level the bottom

So I took the boards and made sure they would fit ok and as seamless as possible. Where there is a step in the middle of the wall I had to make sure the next boards would fit straight across not overlap or any gaps. So I have I added a little space in between the first boards and the baseboard. Use a level to make sure the bottom boards are level so the rest will be too ūüôā

Nail Gun Greatness

Nailing the boards down I took my 18 gauge nail gun to nail them down. I love my nail gun it’s so nice it’s all in one no needing a compressor to make your gun work. Plus with all the safety features it has I feel my kids can’t just pick it up and hurt someone. It does have a tendency¬†to get sticky and you have to clean it but it could just be the brand of nails I am using.If you would like a nail gun like mine here is the link.

 

Stagger the boards

I nailed the boards going in one direction and cut the end pieces using my miter saw. ¬†The next row I put the boards going on in the other direction basically, you are doing a zigzag on the wall so it creates a staggard effect. Don’t¬†forget to put pennies in between the boards to create a little space.

Here is a picture show you the directions I went. Its in the back and forth all the way to the top

Step Three

Once you have the boards on in your shiplap style you can paint them. I did a white wash paint on my boards. To get this effect you will take your paint and add water to it then brush it on the boards.  You will need a 50/50 water-paint mixture to do a whitewash.You can use as little or as much paint as you want if 50/50 is too much or too little. Wanting to have the grains in the board and the imperfections stick out, I stuck with the 50/50 mixture. You could also stain your boards before you hang them. I have seen a lot of different styles but you pick what suits you best.

Note: With so much water in the paint mixture it’s runny you may want to put down some plastic. I made a mess on my hands, clothes etc. I did have a rag to clean it up which is smart to do when you are painting anyway. Also, keep an eye on places that drip it will have drip spots.

Finished look 

Here is the finished wall with the white wash. Sorry! this picture isn’t the most bright.

Step Four

Style it!

Grab some cute decor or tables to style your shiplap style wall. Here is some cute decor I found at wayfair.com. Now I just need to b

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