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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

One Year Older.....

Today is the birthday of the master mind behind this blog. Yes, we all help occasionally but lets be honest this blog wouldn't have lasted if it hadn't been for Havalah and her amazing talents. So in celebration of Havalah and her amazing life we wanted to share some fun things about her and let her know we love her!
Havalah has always been creative...even if that creativity wasn't socially acceptable :)

What you definitely don't know about Havalah was that about 7 years ago she broke her back and pelvus. Yet here she is finishing one of a couple of half marathons that she has run. She is a great example of perseverance and strength!

Havalah loves the outdoors and she loves sharing that love with her two boys that she loves more then anything. She is an incredible mother!!

And most importantly she has mastered and perfected jumping!

Happy birthday Havalah! We all wish we could be with you today but know that we love you and are so grateful to be your sister and to have you in our lives!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Lamp Revamp Tutorial

I got to be a guest again on the Ribbon Retreat last week. Now I get to share with you this awesome tutorial
Lamp Revamp Tutorial
Last year we moved into an apartment that had no overhead lights in most of the rooms. It was kind of weird since they were fairly new, but oh well. We knew the apartment was temporary so we didn't want to invest in brand new lamps. Thus we took a little trip to the thrift store and scored on this awesome antique lamp. All it needed was a little love and revamping. I thought about spraying painting the base, but honestly, the brass was just too cool as it was. But then I decided to definitely revamp the lamp shade. And I seriously love how it turned out and the fabric I picked was absolutely perfect with the antique base.
Lamp Revamp
And here is Captain Awesome showing you the lamp. He insisted on being in all the pictures, well he tried at least to be ; ). 
Lamp Revamp
DIY Lamp Re-vamp

Old Lamp Shade (you can buy new ones to replace old)
Multipurpose Spray Adhesive - (Joannes has a great selection)
Lay your lamp shade on your fabric. Make sure you have determined which direction you want the fabric to lay on the shade. Now start from one side, start rolling your lamp shade along the fabric. 
You want to mark it at the top and bottom of lamp shade - give yourself an inch extra away from lamp.
Keep rolling and keep marking. Slowly roll it so that you can mark it evenly.
You will notice that it will be a funny shape. Cut out that shape. And don't forget to iron your fabric. Unless you like a more wrinkled look.
 Now it's time for some lamp revamping magic. Go outside or somewhere well ventilated. Grab an old sheet or plastic sheet. But make sure it's clean. Now with your fabric face down on the ground, grab your spray adhesive and your lamp shade. Lay your shade on the fabric and roll it to make sure it is properly matched up. Ok now one spot at a time, spray your adhesive on the shade and slowly apply the fabric to it. You might need to pull of and readjust. Just be patient and go slowly. Make it easier and grab a hubby, I was not so wise. So it took me a little longer. But no worries, just make sure you smooth the fabric as you go until it is all the way around. When you get to the end, fold the end fabric over and spray it on.
 For the top and the bottom, fold the ends over so you can't see the raw fabric edges. After it is folded over add some glue along the edge of the lamp shade. Be better than me and make a straight line, I clearly have issues.
After you add the glue, fold it over. Make sure you did this for the top and bottom. And now....wait what! we're totally done!!! that lamp has been revamped!
Lamp Revamp Tutorial
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Running Playlists

I listen to wide varieties of music and try and find new artists regularly. Because of this I have so many playlists for every moment in life it is ridiculous. But one that is very important is my running playlist. I have changed my running playlist so many times because to me it is so important to have the perfect songs while I run or it can kill my whole run. Recently I've discovered some excellent songs that have made my playlist. But even under the running category I still have a few different ones....

 80's-90's running playlist:

- The Final Countdown by Europe
- Under Pressure by David Bowie and Queen
- Living on a Prayer by Bon Jovi
- Footloose by Kenny Loggins
- Hit Me With Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar
- Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
- Any Way You Want It by Journey
- Let's Hear It For The Boy by Deniece Williams
- Jumpin' Jumpin' by Destiny's Child
- Come On Eileen by Dexy Midnight Runners
- Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind

2000's and up running playlist:

- Live It Up by Colbie Caillat
- Feel This Moment by Pitbull
- The Middle by Jimmy Eat World
- Up and Away by Can't Stop Won't Stop
- Magic by B.O.B.
- Blaze by Colbie Caillat
- Kiss You by One Direction
- DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love by Usher
- More by Usher
- The Fighter by Gym Class Heroes
- Classic by MKTO
- Can't Hold Us by Macklemore
- Party In the USA by Miley Cyrus
- Love Runs Out by One Republic
- Dog Days Are Over by Florence and the Machine

I could do this all day but this is what you get for now :). Enjoy!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Compost Box Makeover

Ok, so I have a pretty exciting makeover to show you today...a compost box makeover! you read that right, a compost box. I know you probably can't get those words out of your head, "a compost box makeover?"  You read that right. As my dad said "now it's too nice to be a compost box". Who said you can't have a good looking compost box?
compost box makeover
We have a small backyard, but I still wanted a small garden and a compost box. My sweet husband helped me on both accounts. The garden and compost box takes up half of the back yard, so basically they are both in perfect view of all angles of the back yard. I didn't really care and was just too excited to have both a garden and a compost box.
compost box makeover
Before I go on, let's take a second to notice how awesome this compost box built by my handy husband. Seriously, it is perfect. However, one day I was a little painter's tape happy and had a brilliant idea for a afternoon activity with Captain Awesome. Some tape, a few shapes and a little paint later we had ourselves a compost box made over. It probably took us 30 minutes max. 30 minutes because 20 minutes was spent trying to stop Captain Awesome from painting everything he else as well, haha. If I just left him at it, the fence probably would have been painted too. 
compost box makeover
grab some painters tape and go crazy with making an awesome design. 
compost box makeover
Paint away. I let captain awesome do most of the painting. Somehow I was able to somewhat influence him into a pattern, sort of. (plus a great activity to do in the undies ; ).  
After paint is dried, add a coat protective lacquer and you are done.
compost box makeover
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