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!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

the story society

hello there.
I wanted to share with you an exciting project
I've been working on with my sweet gal pal,
I met her a couple months ago through some mutual friends.
I really had no clue we'd hit it off the way we did.
She is all kinds of awesome!
We have quite a few things in common,
and one that stood out is our love for people's stories.
hence how this project came about.
it's called [the story society]
It essentially provides folks with a platform
to be able to share their story,
and potentially the opportunity
to inspire others with their uniqueness.
"our lives are our stories
& each is worth sharing"
It has been awesome hearing the responses to this pour in.
It brings a sense of authenticity to the table in a very special way.
in my opinion, bringing all sorts of different people together.
creating a community for others to be vulnerably beautiful.
[click on photo to read my story]
I encourage you to consider sharing your story too.
who knows what kind of impact it could have.
email: if interested.
follow on twitter & instagram: @storysociety
my heart is overflowing with excitement on this project. <3
thanks for taking the time to read.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

encouraging collection

our current collection was inspired from many ways.
as some of you know I'm an assistant coach for a local high school girls tennis team.
last year we had our first pink match.
we raised money for cancer 
& specifically for one of our girls little brothers.
 it was a huge success!
this year we had our second pink match & it was equally awesome!

but this illness came too close for comfort.
cancer hit my family a few months ago, as my aunt had discovered
she had breast cancer. just to be safe she made the choice to have
a double mastectomy. my aunt Pam is one of the bravest, toughest,
women I know. I'm grateful for her strength & her heart for God.
these bracelets were made as a symbol of strength
and perseverance through tough issues.
we are donating a portion of the proceeds
to cancer research during the month of October.
together we can make a difference. <3
here are our four bracelets:

[click on photos above to check out on etsy]

and a special little shout out to my helper, b.
i'll leave you with this:
have an awesome Sunday.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

pumpkin spice syrup: pintest

so as we all know..
fall is into full swing. (YAY)
and at this point pumpkin is added to like every recipe.
because, lets be honest...its the best.
I have been trying to cut back on my "let me just grab a quick coffee" cost..
those iced coffees add up fast..
I started cold brewing my own iced coffee from this recipe
I found on this glorious invention called pinterest!
So this led me to finding a recipe for pumpkin coffee syrup & here we are:
I gave it a go and wanted to share it with you.
my first official "pintest". haha
here you go my friends..
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 1.5 cups

2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over low heat.
2. Bring to a simmer and stir occasionally to keep the sugar
from burning until sugar is completely dissolved.
3. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before transferring to an airtight container. 
4. Refrigerate and use within 3 weeks & shake when you use.

currently my favorite hot drink of choice:
oiginal source: Savvy Recipes

my thoughts:
I love the spice in this syrup but I added a little more pumpkin than what it called for.
I added about 3 tablespoons instead of 2.

I hope you enjoy this fun way to spice up your coffee. ;)