June 24, 2011

The best invention ever...

is this...

For Mother's Day my Husband got me this steam mop. 
After testing my neighbors, I decided that I needed one. 
I begged and begged Eric for one and it came just in time for Mother's Day. 

I got it all assembled and tried it out and was sadly disappointed.
It leaked water everywhere, left streak marks and after a few minutes would stop steaming. 
Not at all the experience I had with my neighbors. 
So we tried it for a few weeks hoping it would go away or maybe it was assembled wrong when finally I gave in and sent it back. 

Well finally they sent me a new one and I must say that I am so happy with the new one. 
It is perfect!!

A few days after my mop arrived my son was playing out in the sand box. 
He kept running in and out and tracked all of this sand onto my floors.

Normally my OCD self would be going crazy, but I knew it would be a cinch to clean up with my new mop! 
I just let him play all day and didn't even worry about it.

 This thing is awesome!
It swivels so nicely and can get into corners and tough spots so easily.

And the best part is that it cleans and sanitizes at the same time which is great when you have a toddler crawling around. 
That was probably what sold me on the thing, the fact that this little man can go all over my floors without the worry of germs or harsh chemicals.

So bottom line is if you have a lot of hardwood floors like I do,
then this is a must have!!

June 20, 2011

Cute Fathers Day Ideas

Well I know that yesterday was Father's Day, but I couldn't post this before because my Husband reads this blog. So now I guess I will share some ideas for next year!

I don't normally do much for Father's Day besides the routine breakfast in bed and kids drawings, but this year I found some super cute ideas online that I couldn't resist.

For Father's Day I got my Husband a new i pad case that had a blue-tooth keyboard attached. 
One of my friends shared this idea and I couldn't pass it up!

Its called an i dad. So creative! 
I made the larger one for my Husband and stuck it inside his i pad case and the smaller one I sent to my Dad with a gift card inside. 
For the how-to instructions check out Tip Junkie.

Next my neighbors and I made some super cute grill cupcakes.  
I love how they turned out!

The grill is made out of white chocolate, the hamburger is a tootsie roll, and the cheese and sausages are starbursts. 
Eric saw them and couldn't believe that I made them...he was actually shocked! 

Then lastly I found a cute (and free!) Father's Day download from Shindig Parties 2 Go
I just downloaded it and sent the whole file to UPS to print on thick card stock and cut it out.

So if you like any of these ideas be sure to pin them to your Pinterst and save them for next year!!

June 14, 2011

Master bath plans

Sorry I have dropped the ball on this blog, but I have some pretty exciting and BIG things coming up. Things that I am in shock about really, that have to do with Rod Works and Studio 5!!! Sorry but those things will have to wait:( 

For now I want to share my plans for our master bath as we are getting ready to change up this room a bit. 

Our bathroom is kind of a hard space for me. Its big and has everything that I want in a bathroom, but it really has a lot of wasted space. One day I would love to redo the whole thing, like expand the shower and add a window...but for now I will settle on a few smaller scale changes. Here is our bathroom before we moved in.

So far I am thinking that I want to frame in the mirrors like this:

(photo courtesy of The Idea Room)

I also want to paint the room a similar color to the picture above. I definitely want to add some beadboard around the tub and add a veneer front to hide the hideous jetted tub motor. 

Maybe something along these lines:

Also I want to rip out the ugly marble surround on the tub and replace it with some tile.

And lastly I always wanted a chandelier above my tub like these photos:

( photo from Nate Berkus)

(Things that inspire)

This one is bit big but you get the idea. 
I love the color and sparkle of this bathroom and it serves as my inspiration for my bathroom. 

I was able to get started on my bathroom revamp last week when my Dad came in town and brought me a beautiful chandelier.
He installed it for me and I love it. 
We didn't have a light source above our tub at all so this was a nice surprise!

A little bit of light makes a big difference in a small space. 
Well there is our very small start to our bathroom revamp. 
Hopefully in the next couple of weeks we can get this room done...crossing my fingers!

June 6, 2011

Family pictures

A couple of weeks ago we had my friend and wonderful photographer took our family pictures. 
I just got them back a few days ago and I have to say that I LOVE them! 
They turned out better than I could have hoped for. 
So here is a HUGE thanks to Carrie at DC Photobooth!!

Here are some of my favorites...

It was so hard to choose my favorites, all of them were so good. 
I am seriously in LOVE with them!
 Thanks so much Carrie!

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