Monday, April 23, 2018

Welcome Spring Blog Hop FEATURES: Springtime Cakes


For the past month, we've joined in with several other bloggers to host  the Welcome Spring Blog Hop!  A month later, and I'm still waiting for some actual spring weather, so it's been a breath of fresh air to enjoy all the posts!

If you haven't visited the hop yet, do stop in - you're sure to find plenty of Spring inspiration!

There were so many delightful posts - today I'm going to share a few delicious Springtime cake recipes!

Don't forget to visit these other bloggers and see what they're featuring!

Meet the co-hosts of our Welcome Spring Link Party

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Awesome Life Friday #156

Welcome to Awesome Life Friday!

We're so looking forward to seeing what you've been cooking, creating, growing, decorating, reviewing, giving away, and thinking about this week!

While you're here, leave your posts at the other link up we co-host here - Party in Your PJs!  It starts on Tuesday evenings, and runs through Sunday.  I hope you'll join us there as well!

So, now the best part of Awesome Life Friday -  the FEATURES!

With Earth Day in just a couple days away, I had a special fondness for posts that focus on the ideas of reduce, reuse and recycle as an aspect of them, whether it was repurposing an older item, switching something mass produced for something home made, or even making one dish meals.

Furniture Flip: My Favorite Table // A Fresh Squeezed Life
"I am a collector of cast-off furniture pieces because I like free things. And I love to make something pretty out of them!"

Sheet Pan Meal: Balsamic Chicken with Roasted Vegetables & Feta // Busy Being Jennifer
"Lets be realistic for a second. We’re busy people. VERY busy people, and we don’t always have time to “slave over a hot stove” for dinner, that’s where a sheet pan meal can be a handy option!"

Grilling the Plants for Earth Day // The Boondocks Blog
"I am not going to plant any trees, that is hubby's specialty.  Instead I'm going to salvage something from my basement and give it a new life."

Thrift Store DIY Desk Organizer // Fresh Vintage by Lisa S
"I found this DESK ORGANIZER the other day when I was out Thrift Shopping. I thought it had potential. Any wood, even cheap wood, will look great with a coat of chalk paint."

How to Make a Super Easy Essential Oil Bug Spray // Happy Mothering
"Since we started our natural living journey, we stopped using conventional bug sprays. We've tried some natural bug sprays as well, but it's so easy to make your own there's no reason to buy it."

How to Make an Edible Miniature Garden // 5 Minutes For Mom
"My daughter helped me with this project, and she had so much fun digging in the dirt, “handing” me the plants, and watering them. So, not only is this a fun gift for my mom, but also a sweet gift from my daughter, too."

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DIY Chalkboard Table


Our kitchen table was given to us shortly after the Mister and I moved into our first apartment by my father. It had been passed around various members of my family for years before even he got it, but for a newlywed couple just starting out, it was perfect.

After a few years, however, I found myself wanting to make it my own.

After some browsing around Pinterest, I decided that a chalkboard table would be the perfect thing for a little family with two young kids!

Actually transforming the table was a lot easier than anticipated!

I went to the hardware store and got some sandpaper and some chalkboard spray paint.

In use as a dining table
Then, one evening after the kids went to bed, I dragged the table out to my carport and started sanding away.

I only did a light scuffing of the varnish, to give the paint something to adhere to.

Thankfully, that was all it needed, and even though it was the part of the job that took the longest, it still didn't take very long at all.

The next part was the most fun, painting!

Even though I was outside I still put on a particle mask and went to town!

I ended up emptying the entire can on the table.

After letting the table dry overnight, I was delighted with the results!

Chalk Octopus!!
I now have a beautiful table that my kids can color on during the dreary wet months of winter in western Washington, and I spent less than $20 to get it!

After a few months of use, I have noticed a few spots where the paint has rubbed or chipped off, but it's really nothing that a bit of touch up chalkboard paint that I got at the craft store can't fix!