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All Decked Out

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Howdy, friends.  Welcome back to the ‘burb.  I’ve got a really, super duper FUN little ditty for you today.  It’s all about our deck.Here goes nothing:So we’ve got this stellar deckOn the back of our houseIt’s Trex and lumber and pretty bigAnd was built by a totally moronic louse.See, he didn’t use treated lumber.Or cedar or redwood.He just screwed those composite planks on pineAnd decided to call it good.The joists, the beams, and the skirting boardsAre now all rotten through.So we get the pleasure of rebuilding this deckOh yeah, and tearing it down, too.Now you might say “that’s not so bad”But how about some icing for the cake?Plywood squares separate cement from woodAnd too few case-ons make it quake.So in swoops the deck guyTo take a good look around.He exclaims “This is like, WAY unsafe” “And must be rebuilt from the ground.”Later came the estimateAnd boy, it surely stank…But we want our deck to be usable againSo we’re breaking out our piggy bank.Mr. Deck Guy is busyFor another f…

Switch Your Switch

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This post brought to you by Leviton. All opinions are 100% mine. I'm constantly amazed at the cool stuff out there on the market today.  And honestly, I wonder where these ideas have been for the last 10-20 years!  Back when I was a teenager, decorating my bathroom in a safari theme, the only option for a better-than-average switchplate were the clear ones you could put wallpaper into.  But NOW....there are so many better options out there for addressing those tiny, devilish details in a room. Like the "Renu" collection of switches, wallplates, outlets, dimmers, and MORE, made by Leviton.  What's so special, you say?  How about the fact that they come in 20 colors (goodbye white or beige only!) and are interchangeable!!!  I'm not just talking about the faceplates here, peeps.  I'm talking about the switches and outlets themselves, too. Anyone else have this class-act going on in their house?  An updated plate in white, with the old beige switch or outlet in …

Bow Time

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I mentioned yesterday a quick little project I was doing to get Avery’s baby barrettes and headbands organized.I actually started out with a huge oatmeal container and realized it was way too big for what I needed, so I made some black bean brownies (crucial detail!) and ended up with an empty cocoa canister, which was perfect.Some scrapbook paper, Mod Podge, ribbon, and a spray-painted candle holder brought it all together.The vertical ribbons are glued at the top and bottom, and they hold the barrettes perfectly.  Headbands fit nicely inside.  I thought about putting the headbands around the can on the outside, but then I’d be removing multiple headbands if the one I wanted wasn’t on top.  Plus, the barrettes would get lost inside the can and their cuteness wouldn’t remind me to put them in Avery’s hair.  Sometimes you just need to see the options, right?It’s a cute little organizer and decoration for the top of her dresser, right next to her mom and dads’ baby pictures.  And now th…

Wreath a Little Patience…

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“Hiya everybodeeee!” (Apparently, Grover from Sesame Street talks like that, because that’s a direct quote from one of Avery’s board books!)I finally got a non-holiday wreath up on our front door.  How long have I been talking about this?? Too long, I know.  Y’all are the most patient blog readers I know. It’s a simple spring wreath with some moss, a burlap bow (a holdover from the fall wreath), and rolled fabric flowers.I used leftover strips of the “roman valance” fabric from the kitchen window (I KNEW I kept those scraps for a reason!) and some burlap for the rosettes.It should look cute for summer too, in case I don’t get around to putting together a new one.PLUS I’m working on a little hair accessory organizer for Avery’s adorable barrettes and headbands.  I’m just waiting for some paint to dry in the basement before I can assemble it and take some pictures   Stay tuned!

Easter 2012

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Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a fantastic Easter Sunday.  We had a great time celebrating Avery’s first Easter.  A lot of family were out of town this year, so we had a small group at our house for church and dinner.  It was a really nice dinner with one of Nick’s sisters and my mom.  It worked out well because our tiny dining room table barely fits 4 adults comfortably.  Any more people and we would’ve been hard-pressed to find seats for them.  On Good Friday we bought a jumperoo for the munchkin.  She loves it!  She goes bananas in that thing, and she had a great time keeping us all company in the dining room while dinner was prepared.  We checked out several from Craigslist and at second hand stores, but the prices weren’t great, and the ones we saw were dirty and more than gently used.  So we sprung for the new one.  For dinner, I served ham, “Velvety Mashed Potatoes” (a Tyler Florence recipe that I will use forever), some fun asparagus spears wrapped in strips of crescent roll…

Pinterest Picks of the Week

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Happy Thursday!I just found myself distracted by Pinterest (as usual) and thought I’d “round up” some of the cooler ideas I’ve seen on there for all-y’all’s reading pleasure. If you want to follow me on Pinterest, just click the Pinterest button in the right sidebar.And now let’s get this ball a-rolling: Source: oboiler.com via Katie @ BurbTales on Pinterest How about this idea for hiding cords?  Pretty nifty. Source: kenziehand.blogspot.com via Katie @ BurbTales on Pinterest Or a welcome post with a hook for changing out signs?  SUPER cool.  I have a 4x4 in the basement I could use for this project. Source: studiogblog.com via Katie @ BurbTales on Pinterest Of course you know I have to include some yard ideas.  These tiered raised beds would be perfect for a sloping yard that may or may not have the best soil to begin with.  And aren’t you digging those mini pergolas!?  Perfect for hanging baskets, supporting a trellis for climbing plants, and just providing that wonderful appeal of good h…

Spring Updates

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Howdy and happy-beautiful-spring-day to you!  Hopefully you’re having a beautiful spring day.  Our temps here are typically in the 50s this time of year, but this week and last they’ve been in the 70s!Here’s a cute spring shot taken over the weekend.  Is she not the cutest munchkin ever?  Me = Mush.  So what’s new with us?Well, I just have to announce to the world the best news I’ve heard in 5 months!My insurance company – on Avery’s 5 month birthday – finally paid the last medical bill from her birth.  Between the four bills, we were denied at least a dozen times, each time for a different reason.  But we persisted!  We had a claims denial specialist working with us, we had the medical providers working with us, and I got very “squeaky” with the claims department at the insurance company.  Lemmetellya, it was a pain, but it paid off.This calls for a celebration!!!  Those bills had been weighing on my mind for months, and we had even been sent to collections. I don’t have to say how i…