Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Spring cleaning: Cheap & Easy - Closet Organization

Yep. It's official. I've gotten lost in my mania... again.

It all started with clearing out some of my clothes to give away... When I was overwhelmed with the mess that was my closet. I started making a pile.. which somehow morphed into a full-fledge organization manic-episode.

I had put off this disaster of a closet and it was time to face the music.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Fun Disney Trip Reveal

We have been secretly putting together a Disney World trip for this summer. We originally agreed that we didn't want the kids to know about it so they wouldn't ask me every day, "When are we going to Disney?"
That would drive me nuts.
But, as we kept talking in code about it, we realized we were probably going to spill it on accident, and well.. How many times do you get to tell your 6 and 7 year old they are going to the happiest place on Earth?
One, actually. Especially if you don't live anywhere near Florida.
SO! Jerrod and I came up with a fun little scavenger hunt of clues for them after school one day. The funniest thing was their total confusion as to why we were doing this...
Here's how we did it:
I put clues next to Disney figurines (Dollar Tree!) throughout our house. Each character gave them a clue and they collected the glass rocks aka "jewels" along the way. As they went to each character they added the jewels to a little box. I'll caption each picture with the rhyming clue we wrote. Jerrod wrote most of them...
I think he missed his calling in advertising.
At the very end they watched a Disney World promotional commercial and we handed them a bag with Disney shirts and 2 jars, one that read: "Days 'til Disney" and "Disney here we come!" As they opened the bag, we said "We're going to Disney World!"
I swear that was the first time they knew what was going on... not exactly little detectives, but the most obvious thing was they loved the anticipation as to why we were doing this ridiculous activity.
They of course were thrilled and filled up the jar with the jewels they collected along the way, each one representing a day until we leave. So now they won't ask me when we are going, score!
 
Clue #1

 

 
"Hi-ya, Pals!
Mickey Here.
It's time for a scavenger hunt,
Your clues are near...
Collect these jewels along the way,
And go check where dolls might play!"
 
(Which led them to Lily's Dollhouse)
Clue #2
"Oh, Hello!
I hope you like my new skirt!
The next clue is on a tool to dig dirt!
Toodles!"
 
(This led them to the shovel in the garage)
Clue #3
"Garsh, guys!
You found me fast!
The next clue you'll find here you'll find
Pictures from the past!"
 
(Leading them to the entertainment center in the living room)

 

Clue #4
"Alright, alright...
I hope you had fun on your scavenger hunt,
and it didn't take you all day!
Now go the TV and press play!"
 
 

(Disney promo started...)

Opening the bag of Disney shirts and Jars...
"We're going to Disney World!"

They were thrilled!! I'm so excited to meet Jerrod's brother while we're out there, (and his wife and their 4 kids!) It's amazing we haven't met yet, but I've heard so much about them I'm super anxious!

And here are the jars in action... The kids are loving moving the "jewels" each day... And haven't asked me when we're going YET! So... WIN!

 

I hope you enjoyed this post! Be sure to tell me if you take any ideas from it, I'd love to hear!

Love, Sierra

 

300 Cal Meal: Yogurt Parfait


This is a pre-gym fav of mine.

Yogurt: 1/2 C. Dannon Light and Fit 
OR 100 Cal Greek Yogurt Single (100 cal)

1/2 C Puffed Oats Cereal (60 Cal) 

1 banana (80 Cal)

2 Tbsp Dried Cranberries (60 Cal)

= 300 Calories of heaven. 




Friday, April 4, 2014

Date Night #ootn


Date night outfit! Pasta night! 

Top: J Crew Factory
skirt: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Michael Kors

300 Cal Meal: Salsa Salad


Easy Peasy and so good:

Baby Spinach (30 Calories)
Cucumber Slices (-0 Calories)
Tomato Slices (20 Calories) 
Ham Slices (90 Calories) 
Salsa (30 Calories) 
Cheese (20 Calories) 

 Total: 190 Calories total... 
So you can splurge on dinner or an extra snack later! 





Thursday, April 3, 2014

#OOTD

DeAnna and I love to put together outfits, so to have more activity on 
the blog between tutorials and creative shares we are going to be posting ootd's (outfit of the day) inspirations! I'll try to add the brands of the clothes or where I bought them under each picture. 

Top: J Crew
Shorts: J Crew 
Shoes: Hunter Wellies flats 
Belt: Levi's 
Watch: Michael Kors 

Xo Sierra 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Updated Desks with Chalk Paint

I have decided to switch up my room a little bit. I got tired of hauling out my sewing machines every time I needed to sew, and then sharing the long desk in our room with the iMac was just as annoying if Jerrod needed to use the computer (he's literally obessed with creating new plays for the youth football team he is coaching.)
So obviously we needed another work space in our room. I was on the lookout for the perfect 42" desk to fit in the corner of our room. I went to my FAVORITE consignment store (where I got the kitchen table and buffet) and they gave me a smoking deal for this mission style desk and a solid pine chair ($100 total! AND they delivered!)
I'm not a fan of mission style furniture, like at all, BUT! I knew I could make this work with a new paint job and a little distressing. I went with Valspar's "Green Gables" to match the new print I'm putting in our room by Alphonse Mucha (the muse for my home decor style).
I wish I remembered to get a before picture, I forgot I only FaceTimed the "before" to my sister. Just picture it without the paint. ;)
I slapped on one coat of chalk paint using THIS recipe (in case you're new here.)
Then distressed with a fine sand paper and covered with a wax seal. I also painted wooden adornments and glued them on each side using Elmer's wood glue and a vice (took like an hour each to dry.) Piece of cake! And now Jerrod has his own desk, and I think the Mission style is well camouflaged to match the rest of our room (which is getting increasingly more eclectic, to my approval!)

 

 

 

 

The drawer is a keyboard slide, so less clutter, yay.
As I mentioned, I ordered a new print for our room that changed the color scheme slightly. Because of this, I needed to bring my new sewing desk/vanity to a more muted color. I used left over paint from my dining table and buffet to paint the legs of this desk:
The paint is "Irish Cream" by Allen Roth.
I did one sloppy coat and then sanded it to show the teal beneath. I wanted a very "chippy" aged look.

I then added my sewing machines and vintage window frame turned jewelry stand. I cleared a section to now hold my sewing essentials, so now it is equal parts Vanity and Sewing Desk. I am thrilled with the result.

To create more cohesion, I added a different wooden adornation to the back of the new chair I bought.

I just love how this all turned out, epecially the cute hanging storage!

I am going to make sewing machine covers and a cover for my dress form that will match my color scheme in my room, but until then I had to share!