Monday, March 21, 2016

DIY Garden Markers

Yesterday was the first day of Spring!
I can't believe it, we won't get Spring like weather here in Colorado for another two months or more. I spent yesterday back at the community garden, pulling weeds and filling in holes in the pathways. Reality, I will be planting next month! I just can't wait. My Spring garden is totally different then my Summer and Fall Garden. For Spring I will be planting: Radishes, Lettuce, Carrots & Beans. Today I wanted to share what we used last year as our Garden markers, super easy and cheap to make. Really, these costs us 0.00$ to make and they lasted the entire season against weather and rain.
What you need:
Paint stirring sticks
Spray paint or acrylic paint
White or Black permanent marker
How to:
Take paint sticks and give a coat on both sides of paint, this year I used left over Green spray paint.
Let them fully dry and then use a marker to write on the Garden plant name
Let them all dry and stick them into the ground
THAT simple.

See one of the garden sticks by my foot?
This was near harvesting time of my garden, they lasted all season! 

Friday, March 11, 2016

Bulk Dry Mix: Mini Chocolate Chip Oatmeal

We are always looking for ways to make un-processed foods ourselves, ways to get healthy. This is one that my son really likes and he is funny amount his oatmeal. It has to be thick, this is THICK and some. It cooks the way its suppose too, with a few helpful tips this is the best he has had. Better then any store bought and the best part is, it only took a few basic ingredients. All ingredients used for us are Organic and found at Wholefoods market.

Here is the how too:
adapted from offthecuttingboard
Dry Mix:
Mini Chocolate Chip Oatmeal
2 cups quick oats (grind them up in the blender or food processor)
2 cups quick oats (leave them whole)
1 cup brown sugar
 1 1/2 TSP salt
2 TSP cinnamon
1/2 TSP nutmeg
1/4 Cup Mini Chocolate Chip Morsels
1/2 Cup powdered milk

1. Combine the sugar, salt, cinnamon, powdered milk and nutmeg in a bowl. Stir it well.
2. Add in the regular quick oats and the ground oats.
 Stir well and store in an air tight container for up to 2 years.

No more strange names I can't read on the back of the box. No more added chemicals and more bang for your buck! Its a win, win

Wednesday, March 9, 2016


The renovations continue to my nine year old son Caleb's room, his got a few fresh coats of paint and a new dresser. I wanted to get a bed foot board and headboard but that will have to wait a few more months. He is happy for the outcome of it. Before we bought this place last year we were renting it, its a small 1,000 sq ft condo and previous to that my son and I shared a very small one bedroom 700 sq ft apartment. He had his own room, but had to share space with me. So we both are happy that he has his own space now.

I knew we wanted to do modern colors and to highlight a accent wall. We went with a nice Navy Blue for the accent wall and Grey for the rest of the walls. Started off by taping everything off and then started rolling on the paint.

 I was really liking this color choice by this point

Decided to donate/consign a ton of toys as well, less clutter!

Final outcome, we also added a new tall bookcase to the left of his bed and took out one entire large bookcase that was filled with toys & books.

New dresser
 Re-placed all knobs with fun glass ones and all outlet covers got modern brushed nickel covers, doors all got new coats of paint as well. He will be getting new carpet in his room early next Spring.

Monday, March 7, 2016

DIY Bath tub re-surfacing

The projects continue at our newly purchased condo home, this time I focused on re-painting the bathtub. This was done almost 8+ months ago and its holding up beautifully. No scratching or chipping! Very impressed with the results. I bought the kit in a box, at Home Depot and followed the directions. You have to scour the tub 3 times and rinse with a cleaning agent, then dry between each cleaning. Once that is done, your ready to paint. The paint is a in a can. Word of advice, buy a super good high graded air mask. I started with a cheap normal mask, that wasn't enough. I went back to the store in the middle of painting and got a mask made for chemical odors, with carbon filters. It STILL wasn't enough. Do yourself a solid and get those large ones with side vents. This stuff is POWERFUL chemical smelling. Its the Epoxy in in that smells so strong.

BEFORE, no matter how many times I cleaned this tub. This is the way it looked, very scratched and stained.

Do this project only when you have a few good days of weather back to back. All my windows and doors were open, I had three purifiers running. Pets locket into another room with the door shut and a towel under the cracks. I could not sleep in my room for two nights, because of the smell. Do set up a fan after your done to set drying faster. Careful of runs when painting. Tape off your area well, so no splatters hit anything. tape off the faucet etc. This was a very rewarding outcome, its a lot of work but it looks amazing when done!!

HUGE TIP: On the box it said to let dry for 3 days before use, I let it go for 4 days and laid the shower mat down and showered. The next day I went to pull up the mat and the mat peeled up paint with it!! It was NOT fully dry. Let it sit a whole week to be safe, it takes awhile to dry, even more so then the box states. I need to go back re-do a few areas at the bottom now. 

Now to find a good way to make grout nice and White again! I also pulled up all the old caulking with a tool and put down all new fresh White.