A Drink For The Lady?

I am so eager to get started on this garage-sale-stand-turned-bar-cart project I mentioned in a post last week. I have so much inspiration that I simply haven’t been able to 100% decide which direction I want to go in – color, etc. Do I want to go bright and vivid, vintage glam, or play it safe? {I think I can take Option 3 out of there, I never like to play it safe with fun DIY projects!}

Let’s look at what I’m working with again:

I know she’s not pretty right now…and I think I’m pretty sure I don’t want to keep her black {though it does match my current dining table, however, I plan on changing up that table and chairs soon anyway…but that’s another story for another day.}

I’ve already resolved that I’ll need a piece of glass to fit the top…another option I’ve thought of is a mirrored top, but not sure I want to cover the geometric design of the top, it sort of gives it a little character. I want the glass or mirror to stick out a couple inches from each side. I would also love to find a way to get casters on the legs so it will actually be a cart rather than just a bar.

Here are the gorgeous bar carts that I’ve been eyeing for inspiration:


The more I think about it, I’m leaning toward gold. It would play off the new yellow tones I’ve added to my home as well as be a bit glam…but we’ll see.

But a bright color looks fun too…


Can’t wait to get started on it and show you the final project!

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Friday Fab Five

I’ve seen this type of post done on Fridays around the blogosphere and thought I would join in on the fun. Here are 5 things I’m totally smitten over at the moment…

{one} This necklace:


{a’la the Carrie necklace in SITC}:


{two} Bar Carts like these at Society Social:


{Psst…check out their fabulous and inspirational Magalog here.}

{three} Speaking of reading, I’m pretty far into the first of this trilogy on my Kindle and I LOVE it:

{four} This new piece of art I’ve started and am currently working to finish…thought I was finished, but the more I look at it, the more I want to make it even better and more detailed:

{five} Making lunches for my 1st grader this year that are inspired by this mom:

Tanner’s 1st Day of 1st Grade Lunch

TGIF! Happy Friday! xoxo

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Weekend {Meet Our Newest Family Members}

This weekend had an early start – a 5am run on Saturday (had to do it before hubby left for USCG duty!) and then I got my boys up and ready to hit a few yard sales. I was hoping to find some great furniture to DIY into something spectacular, but I had no such luck. The yard sales were pretty barren…not a lot to offer. I suppose it’s hit or miss typically. However, I did manage to get a great deal on some blank canvases! I got seven 8x10s and one 16×20 for a total of $5.00. Not too shabby at all.

The one big find we did come across was a used 20-gal fish tank with a brand new filter included. It was in great shape. Over the last few weeks, I had actually been thinking about getting a fish tank for the boys, but was hesitant due to the start up costs. But I got this set-up for $20.00:

This is of course after I scrubbed it down with soapy water and Windex’d all the glass inside and out. All we had to do was go buy a few starter fish and some food. {Tanner and Breckin were so excited to pick out fish, it was so cute.}

Here’s Tanner – Feeding his new pet fish for the first time:

Their names are Mellow Yellow, Firefly & Sugarplum. {I’ll let you guess which is which.}

We plan on adding more to the family in a couple weeks…the pet store employee recommended starting with no more than three and introducing more in a couple weeks.

The previous owners gave me this stand with the aquarium:

But I’ve chosen not to use it with it…I’m actually envisioning some sort of makeshift bar cart…just needs a little TLC {Maybe a couple coats of spray paint in a bright, fun color? I’m loving the ones at Society Social right now – if you haven’t checked out their most recent Magalog yet, you simply must}:


…and I’m also thinking I could get a piece of glass for the top to have a flat surface…anyway we shall see what it ends up as.

I recently discovered {via Pinterest} my new favorite go-to website for healthy meal planning – Skinny Taste. The recipes look simply scrumptious and I tried out one this weekend {and we have more planned for the week}. Saturday we had Grilled Chicken with Spinach & Mozzarella. 


It turned out sooooo good {any time the hubby approves of a super-healthy dish, it’s a winner}. Here’s a picture of mine:

Our Sunday started off with another Skinny Taste recipe – PB+J Yogurt. When I was skimming the site the other day, I saw this and knew the boys would eat it right up…and that they did. Plus, the ingredients are ones we keep in the house all the time and it’s easy to make. I substituted almonds for the peanuts though.


Then we had a lazy morning of playing out in the backyard {Daddy built this fort for the boys}:

I managed to get to Target for some essentials {aren’t all things at Target essential?} and clean house a little bit during Breckin’s nap. We had a big thunderstorm roll in, so our original pool plans got foiled.

Daddy came home from USCG duty and we had a nice {and healthy} meal that I found in All You‘s latest issue…Black Bean, Corn & Shrimp Salad. It was as good as it looks.


After the boys went to bed, Jake and I settled in with a couple glasses of wine to relax before getting back to the grind.

How was your weekend?

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