Wednesday, December 25, 2013

mack christmas: 2013

whoa. was christmas a blur or what?!

our christmas was so fun & special for many reasons..

it's hard to believe its our
second married christmas!
Adam & I were able to spend some much needed time together
with our numerous holiday vacation days! :)
it was awesome!

we celebrated a few of our christmas eve traditions..

breakfast & gifts with family:

[my sweet grandparents]

    kiddo gifts were on point this year.               that vw bus in on my list for next year ;)

she LOVED her new scooter!
[my great aunt cindy always gives the best handmade gifts]

candlelit service with family:

caroling at midnight with friends & some old school carolers
in Glen Rock, PA:

                                                                                                [let me tell you, we were frozen as per usual.]    
           we even unwrapped christmas pj's before bed!

this year we, meaning I, made a ton of food gifts:
(Adam mostly taste-tested as they were coming out of the oven)
 were the majority & they were delicious!
[click for recipes]

I also made some
homemade dark chocolate peanut butter cups..
yeah, they didn't last long either.
I made this little market basket out of felt
for my sweet baby cousin, Ana.
It turned out super cute & she loved it! :)

onto Christmas Day:

it was baby blue's first christmas.
he loved all his squeaky wrapped goodies,
& chewing the paper of course.


my cousin shawna, got ENGAGED! yay!
and we realized we have way similar rings (both from the 50's)
we got to spend time with my brother,
Collin, which is always eventful.
He's a cool kid.
Adam & I recieved a bunch of homesteading &
canning goodies that will be put to great use! ;)
^^the aftermath^^
And Adam spoiled me with some new lovins for our bed!
[my man loves some flannel]
the day ended with a beautiful christmas sunset
happy birthday, Jesus. <3

Overall christmas was seriously one of the best yet! <3
We are beyond blessed by our family and the love that surrounds us.
Hope you had a beautiful christmastime with your loved ones.

our 2013 review in 15 seconds!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

weekend project: fridge makeover

happy wednesday. :)
as you might've seen on instagram I did a little project this weekend.
I decided to finally paint our fridge!
(like I had been talking/pinning about for months)
I quickly gathered up my supplies from the hardware store &
celebrated my last afternoon off (until june) with all things paint.
Currently, we have random chalkboards throughout our home,
but I really loved the idea of making our fridge into one.
(mainly for little notes + lists of every sort)
i dream in lists...weird.
here are some photos from this project..


who knew you can get chalkboard paint in a variety of different colors?
i chose classic chalkboard green, to be bold!
you can find black chalkboard paint HERE
or colored chalkboard paint to be mixed at your local hardware store.
next step was removing the handles &
taping this beast
in all the cracks & crevices
primer time!

& obviously a painting selfie gram was a must!
the fridge needed three coats of paint &
then 3 (LONG) days to dry completely.
so with that being the case, i filled the weekend up fast!
my brother was in town bowling in a tournament for penn state.
i finally got the opportunity to see him bowl live & meet his pals.

this kid makes me proud.
& these two fellas consumed the rest of my weekend.
(they're by far my favorite part)
(i'm a lucky lucky lady.)
 three days later:
back to the grind.

when you're using chalkboard paint,
you MUST "season" your surface.
this prevents the first markings you make
to not be burned into your board.
..make sense?

trust me, it works
and its incredibly messy to say the least.

the home stretch...

so thankful for this man & his helpfulness.

told ya, pretty messy ;)

 final step was wiping the surface clean
with a dry then damp rag.

there you go, folks.
that's how I spent my weekend.

it was a fairly easy project to complete,
you just have to be patient..
(which can be a stuggle, if you're anything like me)
if you decide to try this,
i'd love to know! :)
Oh and I made my first ever youtube video
..haha! (don't laugh too hard)
apparently my fridge is a SHE &
it surprisingly only took me one try for each clip.
watch out world, more videos to come! :)

have a really awesome day!