Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Bed Frame Makeover

Hadley was in need of a bigger bed, so I kept an eye out on Freecycle and came across this bed frame. Then I found a boxspring also on Freecycle. I just needed a mattress, so I put a want ad on kijiji and someone gave us one for free! I love free!

Here's the bedframe before:

I sanded it a bit and then painted it antique white. Then I sanded the edges and a few scuffs, and then antiqued it with walnut stain. I just grabbed a rag and put a tiny bit of stain on it and carefully rubbed it on the sanded areas. It's kind of hard to tell the difference in the pictures.

Here's the after:

Hadley LOVES her new bed. Next on the list: paint her dresser and side table the same colour, and make her a duvet cover and bedskirt! Fun, fun!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

How to feed a family of 5 for $1

My husband is awesome. He loves a good deal, and loves to share his findings with everyone, so I thought I would share with all of you! If you live in the Lethbridge area you might even be able to benefit. Last week he was at Liquidation World (by the courthouse in Lethbridge), and noticed that they had cases of Heinz vegetable and chicken soup for $7 (for 24 cans). We went there yesterday to get some and they had been reduced to $6, so $.25/can! I went in and got 3 cases. I had to dig 3 rows down to get the "Princess" shaped ones, but it was totally worth it. When I got back to the van with them, we decided to get more and get some for John's brother too. Good for food storage! So, all in all, we came out with 8 cases of soup.

Tonight, John wanted to try some out, so we heated up 4 cans of the "Dora" vegetable variety and all got filled up.....for $1! Take that Hamburger Helper!(says John) I was surprised at the amount of veggies in them. Peas, carrots, potatoes, beans, and corn!

Anyway, if you live around Lethbridge, I would recommend getting some; your kids will love it! And it tastes pretty good. It comes in Dora, SpongeBob, Princess, Winnie the Pooh, Shrek, and Alphagetti. Half are chicken noodle, and half are vegetable.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

We're Back

Not only am I back to the blogging world, we are back to Lethbridge! We have been since July, but I've been putting off posting because I didn't like my blog layout and wanted to change it before I posted. I finally took time to change it, so I guess I should write something! Hmmm. I guess a lot has happened since I last wrote, but I don't really feel like writing about absolutely everything, so I'll give you the quick story.....

We live in Lethbridge and John has a temporary job and is looking for something more permanent. He will probably be starting work at a bank in October and will be taking one class at the U of L. He is still trying to figure out what career he wants, but has a few ideas, and just needs to do a little more research.

I am still "working"(it doesn't really feel or pay like work...but whatev) with my friend at Cute Like Me. We recently started a giveaway/review blog, and are loving that. I have started a new hobby, but I don't really know what I'm doing. I love the look of painted old furniture, and I am attempting to paint a few different items, namely, a coffee table, bed frame, and 2 dressers. I will post more about those when they are done.

We are loving the house that we're renting and we are getting to know more people in our ward. We are planning on staying here for a while. At least until we have a definite plan of what John wants to do for school/work and such. Probably 2 years or something.

Well, I think that's all....I'll try updating this more regularly now....I don't know how many people actually read this, but whatev. It's still fun.

Here are some pics that are totally unrelated....besides the fact that they are my children....

Hadley modelling her new haircut by John

Brian with his loot from the Stirling parade.

Elijah pointing at something (descriptive, I know) at the Stirling parade

A crazy clown