Friday, December 7, 2012

Peppermint protein shake

Having  protein shakes every day has inspired me to tinker and come up with different flavors so that I never get sick of drinking them. A few weeks before Thanksgiving I had peppermint ice cream at a family gathering. Its one of my favorites and  I seriously could eat like 2-3 bowl fulls of it at one sitting and still want more! It became the perfect inspiration to help  me come up with this healthier creation. Enjoying the festive treat without all the extra fat, sugar and calories. Not a bad substitute for the real stuff!

                                                                1 cup milk
                                                                1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
                                                                2 small crushed up candy canes
                                                                1/4 tsp peppermint extract
                                                                1 packet of Stevia (or other sweetener)
                                                                 2 handfuls of ice

                                                                  Nutrition info
                                                                     286 cals
                                                                     7 g  fat
                                                                     20.5 carbs
                                                                    34 g protein

Friday, November 30, 2012

Snowflake wreath

Wow I have been MIA on here for a while and honestly had a hard time figuring out where to start! I will  have to do some serious back posting later. For now I will start with my new Christmas wreath that I made.

Got 3 different sizes of snowflakes at the $ Store. I also bought  2 packs of each size.

I scrubbed all the glitter off the snowflakes with soap and a sponge than spray painted them white.While the spray painted was wet I sprinkled fine clear glitter on each snowflake.

 I started the bottom layer with the larger snowflakes and hot glued them to the form. I than filled in the gaps alternating the sizes of the small and medium snowflakes. To add more dimension, I stuck some of them with one pop dot and others with two and hot glued them onto the other snowflakes.Than I added on the rhinestones to give the wreath a little more sparkle.

I got two of these silver sunburst ornaments from the $ store and glued them together.

For the fabric wreath hanger I had an old red curtain that happen to be the perfect length that I needed.

Super simple to make!


Friday, September 28, 2012

Halloween wreath

I started putting up all my Halloween decor up on Monday. Maybe a bit early but this is pretty standard for the Stanley  household! While we decorate its tradition to either have a Halloween  movie playing.  Nightmare before Christmas...HECK yea!
   This wreath I actually made last year and was pretty happy that it made it a whole year without falling apart!

I have a ton of the Rosemary bushes in my front yard and they were in desperate need of a trim. Used some of the trimmings to make this wreath. Just hot glued the branches and than let it set out to dry  for a few days. Once it was good and dry I just spray painted it. Super easy!!

Not too bad when the whole thing only cost me $1! Just bought a wreath form at the $1 store. Everything else I already had.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Fall wreath

Ok I know that I already said this but I seriously am so exited that it is almost fall. Only 3 more days! We are already noticing changes in our night time weather. Love it!!  Oh and I made the first soup of the season last night. Lentil soup. So good! I am totally dying to get out our Halloween decorations and I am pretty sure I will start decorating next Friday.  Halloween is such a big holiday for us. Sometimes we plan a year in advance what we are going to dress up as.Yea we are that serious about it!
   So I needed to create a fall wreath for this season. I had one last year made out of corn husks but wasn't completely happy with how it turned out. I really have been thinking about this all year. Trying to come up with a fall wreath that I would love. It took a wreath that I already had in my living room to inspire it!

The leaves were cut out of construction paper. I used about 6-8 papers for each color. I also folded the paper in thirds and got 6 leaves out of one sheet. I than folded each leaf.

    I than hot glued the leaves horizontally and stacked the leaves counter clock wise.

     The twig wreath was the best form to use so that I could thread the fabric through the twigs to hang the wreath.

     My original inspiration. This book page wreath in my living room.

  Total random but one day I will have a real mantel!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Dresser transformation

Phew! What a fun filled weekend it has been with family! Did a date night with parents on Friday, than Saturday had a double b-day party for a niece and nephew and today had a baby blessing for my newest  nephew. Though they will continue to party on today  heading to St George for Labor day, I opted out as I don't think I can handle another day of junk food and lots of sugar! Ok really I just want to sleep in and enjoy having a lazy day with the kids home. Do wish my husband didn't have to work but at least he will get off a few hrs early. Well I won't be entirely lazy, pretty sure I will  get my butt to the gym  and maybe start on my fall wreath. Kinda really need to ditch the  July 4th wreath and get something new up!
 So for the last month I have been in the mood to start up some pretty serious projects. Redoing my bedroom being a top priority! Though it was previously painted blue just because that was my favorite color, I was never really  inspired on the decor to go with it. It has taken me a few years to finally become inspired! First step was repainting. I do love color but I prefer to start with neutral walls and add the color in the decor. So my house is pretty much all beige and gray now. It is SO much easier just to change up the decor than to have to repaint all your walls. Just wished I had figured this out 4 years ago when we bought this house!
    After painting I found some fabric that I loved and sewed some curtains for the main window in our bedroom . I than took on the project of  redoing my dresser. Sanded it, spray painted it than got new hardware.

The mirror I got from Ross. It originally had a black frame so I sprayed painted it white. Wanted the contrast.

My husband actually had a strong opinion about  the hardware when we were at Lowe's! Usually anytime I ask him for his option on anything having to do with decor  he tells me whatever I choose will look fine but when I force him to choose I will usually always choose the opposite. Not on purpose but he always wonders why I ask him in the first place! I just get crazy indecisive sometimes and his choice for whatever reason makes my decisions easier. This time I just had to say "Yup you are right" and buy the hardware he liked. LOVE how it looks on this dresser.

The top of the dresser was in serious need of a makeover. My accent color in the room will be yellow. I  recovered some old books in scrapbook paper than found this Owl at Ross that I was thinking of repainting but I am really starting to like the color as is. Gonna need to find a pillow or something to tie that color into the rest of the room.

This spray paint from Krylon  is AWESOME! First off I have never spray painted a big piece of furniture with canned spray paint before but thought I would give it a try. Krylon has come out with this new paint with primer in it. It coated the dresser really well. Out of the 5 cans I had I only needed to use 3! Totally gonna be using this again for future projects. Krylon also has this paint in a variety of colors that you can check out on the website at

Ummm yea my dresser or I should  say my room became the drop off spot for everything! The good thing about makeovers is I have to go through everything and reorganize. BTW in one of my drawers I had a cassette tape and when my son Andrew saw it he asked "Mom what is this?" "Is this like an old fashion CD or something?" Ok that made me laugh and feel old at the same time! My son didn't even know what a cassette tape was!! What?!

Great piece of furniture to start with but much happier with it now. Alright onto the next room project. Working on my night stands and convincing my husband to build me a head board for our bed. Hmm might be a while before that gets done!


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