apple Our Fifth House: February 2012

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Lost Mojo & Spring Fever

You would think after having a glorious, long girls weekend by the pool under the wonderfully hot sun of Palm Springs that I would come home feeling refreshed and ready to tackle lots of projects.  Well, it's raining today.  It's raining, it's pouring; and I just feel like snoring.  Or rather I feel like curling up on my couch to finish reading this book.

                                                                       Source: suzannecollinsbooks.com via Melissa on Pinterest


I resisted the bandwagon as long as I could, but you know what they say about curiosity right?  You probably caught a glimpse of the first book - The Hunger Games - in yesterday's post.  I bought the book to read on the plane and finished it in three days.  I bought the second at the airport for my return flight, and I've been devouring it almost as fast as the first.

I'm up to my eyeballs in unfinished projects right now.  I just can't seem to find my mojo.  Have you seen it anywhere?  Apparently I lost it in the air somewhere between Kentucky and California?  Or maybe I left it out by the pool?  The warm weekend weather and the relatively mild winter we've had here in Kentucky has made me yearn for spring.  I'm ready!  Who's with me?!  Maybe these pins will help me find my mojo or at the very least help to put a little spring in my step.


                                                                     Source: marthastewart.com via Charlotta on Pinterest


A watering can as a vase!  Once again - leave it to Martha!

                                                            Source: crazyjayzplace.blogspot.com via Momma on Pinterest


I'm all about butterflies for spring this year!

                                                                    Source: dosfamily.com via Jennifer on Pinterest


Spray paint + soup cans = cuteness!

Do you ever just feel completely unmotivated?  What inspires you to get moving again?  Instead of picturing me in my sweat pants making a permanent indention in my couch, think of me like this today.


                                                                           Source: 500px.com via Cindy on Pinterest

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Poolside




I got home late last night from a fun girls weekend in Palm Springs.   Spending a couple of days poolside with  my besties was so much fun, but the older I get the longer it takes to recuperate.  ;)  I'll be back with a trip recap and hopefully a project or two before the end of the week.  That is if I ever get finished cleaning my house.  By the looks of things you'd think I was gone for a month not just a long weekend.  HA!  Doesn't matter - it. was. TOTALLY. worth. it!   Okay- gotta get back to vacuuming before someone calls the health department.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Leave it to Martha

So just when I was all set to buy the materials to diy a sunburst mirror for the guest bedroom, I came across this little number at none other than The Home Depot.


The price was right at $34.97!  It took me all of 5 minutes (maybe) to hang it up above the bed.  


Leave it to Martha to bring good design to the people.  ;)   I still have lots to do in this room  - slow and steady wins the race - right? 

I'm on my back home from spending the weekend with my girlfriends in Palm Springs!  What did you do this weekend?! 

Friday, February 24, 2012

What the Heck is Fish Foam? (Giveaway!)

****THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED******

So, when I received the e-mail with the words "Fish Foam" in the subject line I thought maybe it was a spam e-mail.  I had never heard of it before.  It didn't go to my spam folder though, and I have a pretty descent filter.  So, I went ahead and opened the e-mail.  The offer to try out a new glass cleaner (for free), especially one that is ammonia-free seemed too good to pass up, so I quickly replied, "Sure, I'd love to put your glass cleaner to the test!"

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I had the perfect test subject too!  Case in point, the soap scum on the glass shower door in our master bathroom.


I'll admit that in the above photo it's sort of hard to see the soap scum, so let's get a closer look at the hideousness shall we?


EWWWW!  Glass shower doors only look good when they're clean, but keeping them clean can be a major pain.  I've tried many cleaners but all of them only worked "okay"; and they all required some major scrubbing action on my part.  As soon as the Fish Foam arrived, I put that stuff to the test.  


It doesn't drip which is awesome!  But the best part is all I did was wipe it off  - no scrubbing at all - and the soap scum came off completely!  


Hooray!  What used to take me about 30 minutes to get it looking fairly clean only took me about 5 minutes!  Now, that is cleaning that I can handle doing more than about once a month.  ;)  In fact, now it's so easy to clean the door that I keep the can of Fish Foam under the bathroom sink, so it's easy to wipe down the door every couple of days.  

Here's a little more info straight from the Fish Foam people. 
Fish Foam is an all-weather, ammonia-free glass cleaner and when sprayed, the professional grade cleaner immediately goes to work to make your glass sparkling clean.  It does not leave streaks or a haze. Thousands of home and business owners across the country have tried and seen the improvement Fish Foam makes...even on the sunroofs of their cars.  Your windows, mirrors, winshields, and glass surfaces will shine and cleaning them has never been easier.  

Okay, so now that you know what this stuff is and you've seen how awesome it is, do you want to win some?! 

is giving away THREE 3-packs of FISH FOAM CLEANER
to THREE Our Fifth House readers!  
 (US Residents only)

To enter this giveaway: 
1.  Leave a comment telling me what glass surface in your home you struggle to keep clean. 

For additional entries: 
2.  Tweet about this giveaway. 

This giveaway closes on Thursday March 1st, and winners will be announced Friday, March 2nd.   


Even if you don't win, you can easily place an order by clicking here.  It only costs about $4 a can if you order the 3-pack which is really great considering how well this stuff works!  

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Kitchen in a Closet

I'm not the only girl in the house with a fresh new space for cooking.

play kitchen

My little girlfriend's kitchen got a makeover too!

play room in a closet

She has a big double closet in her bedroom, so I decided to use one side for clothes and the other for toys.  Santa delivered this pink play kitchen when she was 2, and it is still in perfect condition.  Good thing Santa got a little help from a Pottery Barn rebate and a friends & family discount otherwise I don't think she would have been so lucky.  ;)

She's 5 1/2 and still loves to play with her kitchen, so I wanted to give her a dedicated kitchen space.  Setting it up in the closet works well for both of us - she loves that it feels like a "playhouse" and I love that the "playhouse" has doors to contain the mess.  ;)

play kitchen



I can't believe how perfectly this little stove fits in here.  It's like this closet was meant to be a kitchen!

play kitchen

She even has open shelving!  (Target)  She's a big fan of the command hooks for her teacups. 


My favorite part is the flower pendant over the stove.  It's a lampshade that I made for her nursery.  

play kitchen

How cute is this little salt and pepper shaker that I picked up for $3 at a thrift shop?!


I also love the gallery wall. 

play kitchen in a closet


I just used things that I already had to make it feels less like a closet and more like a playroom, or ummm....a playhouse is what my daughter would like me to say.  This owl print is actually a note card that I layered over some fun wrapping paper.  


The little mirrored butterfly hooks are also leftover nursery decor items.  I found them at TJ Maxx (obviously years ago).  



The girl loves the chalkboard which is just some plain old chalkboard paint on the wall.  

play kitchen in a closet

I had so much fun turning this closet into a playhouse.  The very best part was the look on the girl's face when I revealed it to her.  


This was followed by her saying, "Thank you, thank you, thank you!" while jumping up and down. 


It's amazing what a little paint and a few accessories can do!  I just love that girl and her beautiful pictures! 


Are you using any of your closets for something other than the usual clothes and shoes?  




* Linking up at Thrifty Decor Chick , At The Picket Fence, Beneath My Heart , Home Stories A to Z

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Choosing Paint Colors......

can be frustrating.  Walking into the paint department of any home improvement store can be overwhelming.  I, for one, am always amazed at how many different shades of white there are!  

I don't typically start a room design by choosing the paint colors first.  I almost always start by thinking about how I want the room to feel, and then I go from there.  I also look to my wardrobe for color inspiration.  I've found that to be an easy way to see what colors I'm most drawn to, and in my case, it's lots of neutrals with pops of red.  


Who's surprised? 



It can take me quite a while to find the "right" color.  If you're anything like me you will be excited to learn about a new site dedicated to help you take the headache out of selecting paint colors.  Glidden Paint has recently launched My Colortopia, where you'll find content from design bloggers (many of whom you'll probably recognize) that will guide you through the painting process - from finding the right color to getting it on the wall.  

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In addition Glidden has also developed a fun quiz that can help you find the colors that best suit your personality and lifestyle. 

You can take the "My Life, My Colors Quiz" right here:


What were your results?  How do you find color inspiration?

*I have been sponsored by Glidden brand paint to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Just Do It Already

Happy Monday!  I had a nice relaxing weekend.  How was yours?  I got my hub to snap a new head shot for me.  I really don't like having my picture taken, but I felt like I needed a better photo (one that is little more clear) for the blog.  Ugh - here I am.


I'd much rather be on the other side of the camera.  I got a DSLR camera for Christmas.  I've been a photographing fool since New Years Day.  Guess what?  I've been shooting in manual mode!  I don't know anything about photography, but blogging has definitely peaked an interest that I didn't even know I had.  While I want to learn how to take better photos for my blog, I am even more interested in learning how to photograph my kids.  Childhood is temporary and these sweet days are flying by.  I feel like I can stop time, even if just for second, when I take a picture.

My best advice for shooting in manual mode - just do it already!  Don't be afraid of what you don't know.  The best way to learn is on the job training.  Why bother dipping your toes in the water, when you can do a canon-ball?  Trust me - I'm living it - I'm learning as I go - and I'm having so much fun playing with my big girl camera!  I've read my camera manual like three or four times now, and I've also found these two posts to be very helpful for a beginner- Bower Power (tips for better outdoor photography) & Centsational Girl (basic photography tips).

My girl doesn't mind when I hassle her to pose for me.  She's my most willing model.










Clearly I have a lot to learn still, but it's so much fun learning as I go!  Speaking of just doing it already, I bought my ticket to the Haven Conference this weekend!

Hands=On at Haven Conference 2012

Are you going?  I was actually given a little nudge by a new friend.  I've been online friends with Traci from Beneath My Heart for a little while now.  Last week we met for lunch.  It turns out we only live like maybe 10 minutes from each other!  We had such a fun time talking!  Her sister Cyndi joined us as well, and we all had a great time.  

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Me and Traci
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Cyndi and Me
Traci was so sweet to answer all of my "newbie" blogging questions and not make me feel like a complete moron for asking them.  She's truly a beautiful person - both inside and out!  I'm so blessed to have been able to meet her in person and turn an online friend into a real life friend!

Funny that this post is about photography because I actually forgot to bring my camera with me to this lunch, so I had to borrow the above pictures from Traci.  ;)

Now to announce the winner of the sneakpeeq giveaway - Kristie Hagney!  Congrats!  I'll be sending you an e-mail with the details.  Thanks to everyone who entered.

****UPDATE - After almost a year of shooting in manual mode and using my camera every day, I've come quite a long way.   I'm still learning, but I shared what I've learned so far in this post here.

Friday, February 17, 2012

And The Tag Goes On......

Lisa from Shine Your Light tagged me in this fun little game where you ask 11 bloggers 11 questions and then they turn around and ask 11 bloggers 11 questions and on and on - you get the picture.  So here we go yo!

1.  What's your favorite place in the United States?
I really don't have a favorite place.  I love different areas of the country at different times of year.  New York City is really pretty at Christmas time.  Charleston, South Carolina is a beautiful place to vacation in the summer.  The most beautiful fall leaves you'll ever see are in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.  


2.  Where would you love to visit that you've never been before?
Napa Valley  - Have any of you been?  I'd love to go there - just me and the hubs - someday.  



                                                                            Source: google.com via Jason on Pinterest



3.  Favorite song you're loving right now?
I am so embarrassed to admit this but I have to tell the truth.  I'm loving the song I Love You Like A Love Song by Selena Gomez.  I can't even believe I just shared that with you all.  My girl and I belt it out every time that song comes on the radio!  

4.  Good book recommendation?
I hate to admit it, but I'm a bit behind with my reading.  Last book I tried to read was The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.  It was so intense that I only got 2/3 of the way through and stopped.  I keep trying to force myself to finish it before moving on to another book. 

5.  What's your best quality?
I'm a bright side kind of person - it's always half full.  Some people find this quality annoying, but I really believe that even the bad stuff happens for a reason.  



                                                                         Source: stumbleupon.com via Eugene on Pinterest



6.  What is something about yourself you'd like to change?
Just one thing?  I'd like to change a million things.  I guess my number one would be to do a better job of managing my time.  I'm always running late.  It makes my hub furious.  I try.  I guess I need to try harder.  I  just always think I'll be able to get more done in a certain amount of time than is actually possible.  This is when my positive outlook can sometimes get me into trouble.     


7.  What is the number one thing you hope to accomplish in 2012?
I want to learn (like really really learn) how to use my new camera.  

8.  What is your favorite project that you've ever accomplished? 
So far I would have to say that my magnetic, chalkboard wall in my entry foyer is my most favorite.  




It makes me smile every time I walk through the door.  I love doing what I love in my home without regard for what anyone else might think (except for my hub - I guess).  It's totally not what you would expect to find in an entry, especially paired with the wainscoting; but this is why I love it so much.  I think mixing things that you wouldn't typically put together just runs in the blood - I am after all,  Puerto Rican, Mexican, and Japanese.  ;)


9.  What is the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you?
One of my very best friends spilled the beans and told my hub (before he was my hub) that I had a crush on him.  If she hadn't done this, he might not have had the courage to ask me to go out with him.  So, I guess it's kind of odd that the nicest thing anyone ever did for me was to break my trust, but really sometimes your besties know what's best for you!  


10.  Favorite kitchen or home improvement tool?
I'm not sure that this counts as a tool, but I'm a big fan of a foam paint roller.  I use them on furniture, trim, and to paint ceilings.  

11.  What do you enjoy about blogging?
I enjoy so much about blogging.  I love connecting with other people that are just as passionate about decorating and creating as I am.   I find inspiration in the blog world daily, and I'm beyond thrilled to be a small part of such an awesome community!

Thanks so much for tagging me Lisa!  I'm planning to be at Haven too, so she and I will get to meet each other in person!

Now, I'm tagging these awesome bloggers with some new questions, and I hope they play along!  

1. Aubrey - All Things Bright & Beautiful
2. Courtney - A Thoughtful Place
3. Cassie - Hi Sugarplum!
4. Megan - Honey We're Home
5. Danielle - Danielle Oakey Interiors
6. Abby - A Delightful Design
7. Sherry - Design Indulgence
8. Michelle - Ten June
9. Michaela - Michaela Noelle Designs
10. Rene - Cottage and Vine
11. Tiffany - Living Savvy 

These are your questions should you choose to play along!  Come on - all the cool kids are doing it - peer pressure doesn't end in middle school.  

1. If you had a time machine, where or rather when would you go?
2. Diamonds or Pearls?
3. What's your favorite movie?
4. When you were a kid, what was your favorite television show?
5. Let's pretend you found $50 in your couch cushions, what would you run out and buy?
6. What is your favorite color?
7. Why did you start your blog?
8. What is your favorite home decor store?
9. Name one thing in your make-up bag you can not live without?
10. Do you watch Revenge?
11. Will you still be my friend even though I made you suffer through this little game of tag?

Here are the rules: 
**You must post the rules
**Answer the 11 questions that the tagger posted for you; then create 11 questions to ask the people you've tagged
**Tag 11 people and link them in your post
**Let them know you have tagged them



Well we made it to the end!  I believe we've all earned a round of applause!

Happy Weekend!
 
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