Wednesday, July 16, 2014

DIY Next Project (Backsplash in the kitchen)




So as you know I have been working on a few DIY projects around the house. I finished painting my countertops in June and it turned out better than I ever expected. Here is an update on the countertops. I have noticed that the countertops are really holding up with the top coat they are very durable. My only con is that if water is left on the counter top for too long it will get a ring and the appearance is lighter than the rest of the countertops, this usually disappears after a few hours and it returns to the normal colors. Other than that is is beautiful. If you decide to paint your countertops which at this point I am recommending; than it is advised that you use at least 5 to 7 coats of top coat to finish them off.

Now back to the backsplash for the kitchen. I have been wanting to do a copper backsplash and I am reviewing a few different options. I need a little help deciding which one will best fit my small kitchen. I mean TINY kitchen.

http://www.amazon.com/Sunflower-Kitchen-Backsplash-Tiles-Silver/dp/B00E4BRT82/ref=pd_sim_sbs_hg_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=1DC9GDCFRPX5QY9BXJWK
Stick on tiles

  1. Installing a traditional copper tin backsplash is very pretty and really economical. The prices ranging from $7 for 14 tiles or $17 for 16 tiles, so depending on the area  you like to tile it would to cost too much to do for a backsplash. In my kitchen I think about $250 to do. (Pictures on the right are the copper stick on tiles)
     2. Using textured wallpaper and painting it a color of your choice. Textured wallpaper is very inexpensive and a double roll goes a long way. I figure for my kitchen 2 double rolls at $23 dollars each and then painting copper would be the most inexpensive way to get the feature that I would like in the kitchen. So it would cost less about $60 to do the entire backsplash. (Pictures to the left of the page are the textures wallpaper)

     I think I will make the decision with my readers help. Please cast your votes in the comments section of this post which option you would prefer. I will tally up all the votes of my readers and then post pictures of the finished project in a few weeks. Please don't hold back on all your comments, I would really like to hear your honest options on all the options that are listed. 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

So We bought a home a few months ago and of course it is a fixer upper. I have several DIY projects that I am doing and planning to do in the near future.

Two coats of Primer.
Last weekend I tackled the task of redoing my light blue kitchen  counter tops. I was not able to buy new ones so I opted to do the natural thing and paint my counter tops. After so much research on the subject I decided to use a all purpose primer and sponge the counter tops with various shade of tans, browns and coffee colors. Then after 4 coats of sealer, (I actually think I may do several more just to be on the safe side), I think it turned out really nice.

Now a week later and it is working out really well, I have cleaned the counter top nightly and the sealer is holding up very nicely.

I also decided to paint a chalk board wall and border.

sponged on acrylic paint. 
Final color after 4 coats of sealer.


My next task will be to do the back splash I am researching now several techniques that I have not decided on yet, I think I may do a textured wallpaper and paint it a copper color to look like pressed tin. I haven't decided just yet, and also I am researching techniques for the floors.

If you would like to paint your counter tops here are the things you are going to need.


  • Bulls eye 123 Primer
  • 6 to 8 acrylic paints in various shades
  • sponges
  • paint brushes
  • drop cloth for spills
  • poly acrylic sealer
  • 220 sandpaper in between coats of sealer.


On to the next project..........

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

CollageIt Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Lately I have been trying to organize and work on more stylish phots not just for my blog but for my persaonal collection as well. Recently I had the chance to review a great product called Collageit that does just that. It make my collages more organized or a more random layout.

Make photo collages on Mac OS X & Windows for free

CollageIt is an easy-to-use photo collage maker for Mac OS X & Windows, which makes collage automatically. In a matter of seconds, this collage software can turn any ordinary photos into impressive collages.

- See more at: http://www.collageitfree.com/#sthash.6Hh8Rgu4.dpuf
Features include:
Choose for Windows, Mac and iOS Versions.

1. Simply add your photos to your collage; using “Random Layout” to generate layout automatically and customize collage; then export and share your collage. It is just as easy as 1, 2, 3.
2. 15 collage styles:
3. Easily personalize collage by adjusting photo number, photo space, page margin, rotation, sparse, and so on. Decorate collage with photo border and shadow.
4. Save collage as an image file; set as desktop wallpaper; share through Email; or print it out instantly.

My opinion.
This is great software that will help you create a  great collage affect. The picture are some what hard to position and control the width and size of each individual photo but for the most part it is easy to use and create great projects for collaging, scrapbooking, making photo albums and even posters.

Download it free from the app store.

















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Lotus Bumz Cloth Diaper Review and Giveaway!!!!

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
 Lotus Bumz was so generous to send me a Lotus Bumz Cloth Diaper in the Blue Honeycomb Style to review and offer my honest opinion.

To be totally honest I was absolutely delighted to receive one. These Cloth Diapers by Lotus Bumz are really Cute!!! Not to mention that it is so easy to use, clean and will grow with your baby. I received this right in time for the by Grandsons Baby shower and they had not seen anything like it. I used it as a topper on the diaper cake I had made for her and the cloth diaper was cute it was the first thing she grabbed.













You can see by the picture on the right just how versitle these cloth diapers really are, They will grow with your baby due to the various snaps which makes the clothes a one size fits all it will adjust from small to medium and to large. It also comes with a a 3-layer microfiber insert that lines the already soft interior of the diaper.

In my Opinion:
These diapers are so cute and stylish it is more reliable than the old stand by disposible diaper because babies grow so fast and you are constantly having to move to the next size up. But what about the diapers that are left in the bag, that is money wasted. It is so much more dependable to use a cloth diaper that will grow with your baby.

From the Website:
There are countless reasons to use cloth diapers, such as the environmental benefits, the financial savings and the health advantages of chemical-free fabric. Plus, this cloth diaper is both adorable and functional!

*All PUL outer lining

*Three rows of adjustment snaps to allow for a small/medium/large size in one diaper

*Hip snaps to prevent the sides from drooping

*Waist tab overlaps for extra-small waist size

*Inside is made out of super soft fleece

*Pocket diaper includes a 3-layer microfiber insert

BUY IT: Price range $20.99 to $22.99. Purchase for your baby at the Lotus Bumz Website

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Wearever Diabetic Buster Brown Cotton Knee High Sock Review!!! And Giveaway!!!!

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. Wearever and Defeat Diabetes Foundation Partner to Fundraise in Support of Diabetes Awareness and Prevention this December

A Portion of Proceeds on Select Wearever Wellness Apparel Solutions will Benefit Defeat Diabetes Foundation

DURHAM, N.C. – Nov. 12, 2013 –The Wearever® brand, makers of comfortable, quality, affordable and stylish apparel solutions for everyday health and wellness concerns, and Defeat Diabetes Foundation are partnering to raise money in support of diabetes awareness and prevention. Throughout the month of December, 10 percent of proceeds from Wearever men's and women's incontinence underwear lines and its Buster Brown socks will be donated to DDF.

According to Defeat Diabetes Foundation, there are three main types of diabetes, Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes. Nearly 25.8 million Americans have diabetes, and that number is expected to continue increasing. Diabetes can be life-threatening but is manageable with early detection.

“We want those living with diabetes to know that they are neither helpless nor hopeless and can lead productive lives through the proper self-management of diabetes. The key is awareness, prevention and early detection for both diabetes and its complications,” said Andrew P. Mandell, DDF executive director also known as Mr. Diabetes®. “Wearever offers products that relieve some of diabetes’ most uncomfortable symptoms and side effects and we are excited to partner with them in helping to raise funds to support the cause. Together we can…Defeat Diabetes®.”

Diabetes can cause urinary incontinence in both men and women due to nerve damage and added pressure to the pelvic area when weight gain occurs. Wearever incontinence underwear look and feel like traditional underwear, but offer absorbent protection that works as well as or better than the alternative, adult diapers. The line’s innovative Unique-dri™ sewn-in pad features a three-layer design: the top layer lets liquid in; the middle layer moves liquid out to the edges of the fabric, wicking it away so it doesn’t pool and helping to resist bacteria growth and odor; and the urethane bottom layer prevents leak through so that the moisture is contained within. Wearever makes these products with absorbency levels to suit users’ needs, including light, moderate and heavy absorbency.

Wearever’s Buster Brown Cotton Socks are made with 100 percent cotton and no elastics or synthetics for maximum comfort and durability. Wearever’s Buster Brown Loose Top Socks are made of acrylic, polyester and spandex for breathability and moisture wicking. These gentle socks help to maintain lower leg circulation, reduce swelling, and ensure all-day comfort. The sock line also includes a Cotton Knee High Sock ideal for all-day wear as well. Diabetes can cause poor circulation in the feet as well as skin irritation. Wearever’s Buster Brown socks are designed to improve comfort, promote healthy circulation, reduce binding, and help eliminate skin irritation.

“We’re honored to partner with Defeat Diabetes Foundation and help support its mission and shed light on some important issues and everyday struggles for those with diabetes,” said Bob Deerin, president and CEO of the Wearever brand.

To raise awareness about diabetes, early identification and the products available for diabetes management, Wearever will donate 10 percent of sales from men’s and women’s incontinence underwear lines as well as Wearever’s Buster Brown socks purchased on its website between Dec. 1 and 31, 2013. To learn more, purchase Wearever products or donate, please visit www.WeareverUS.com.

About Defeat Diabetes Foundation
Defeat Diabetes Foundation is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization established in 1990 that focuses on the prevention, early identification and self-management of the epidemic, diabetes. The Foundation maintains a website as a source of information for anyone interested in health and especially for "pre-diabetics" and diabetics that features content about diabetes, its complications and the importance of self-care. Defeat Diabetes Foundation conducts programs each year to promote awareness, prevention and early detection. DDF is a result of Executive Director Andrew Mandell’s own struggle with diabetes and his desire to educate others about the disease. To learn more, visit www.defeatdiabetes.org.

About Wearever:
The Wearever® brand offers comfortable, quality, affordable and stylish apparel solutions for everyday health and wellness concerns. The men’s and women’s underwear line of washable, reusable urinary incontinence panties and briefs is especially beneficial for active individuals who want to continue their normal lifestyle without worry or emotional stress resulting from urinary incontinence. Additionally, Wearever offers incontinence bedding products as well as Buster Brown® socks. Wearever is produced and distributed by Prime Life Fibers®, a Durham, N.C.-based apparel company founded in 2002 by Bob Deerin. To learn more, visit www.WeareverUS.com.
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