Colorful House Tour


house-makeoverI can’t even believe I’m writing this post. We’ve loved this house so much over the past 8 years. When we moved in it was the best that we could afford. We had just moved from Canada to Raleigh and had a 3 month-old. And I was not working at the time. I’m not sure if I actually saw the potential in the house or if I was still in that completely sleep deprived new mom state.

This home had zero charm and character. I recently found some of the realtors pictures from when we bought the house (I’ll post those in another post soon) and it was pretty terrible. Typical builder everything. Not one thing was upgraded.

I’ve certainly learned that you don’t need a historical home with big chunky moldings and exposed brick to have a cute and charming house. Any home can look like this with a small budget and a little bit of DIY’ing.

But I’ve loved the challenge of working on an extreme budget and learning how to do things along the way.

My little business The Salvage Sign has begun to really take off and I have completely run out of work space.

So we have decided to move.

I will be so sad to leave this house. The only house my boys have known. And all of our wonderful neighbors. But I think it’s time.

I will try to update sources and paint colors soon. But I have a lot of boxes to pack before I do that. Hope you enjoy the little tour of our coloful home.

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Bathroom Organization Ideas

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Basically the last two months my husband has been out of the country traveling for work. That means very little blog projects have been happening around here. By the time I actually get my kids in bed I’m too exhausted to do any painting or furniture makeovers.

So here is a simple 5 minute bathroom organization project I finished last weekend.

I picked up the little wooden hooks forever ago at a thrift store for $1. Perfect for necklaces. The wire baskets came from DecorSteals.com. I originally bought them for my kids room to put books in, but they were much smaller than what I thought. So they sat in my craft room for the past year. But hung on the wall they make the perfect storage for my hair dryer. It’s great to have that stuff up off the counter.

scarfsI also found this wooden accordion hanger at Goodwill. Perfect for my scarfs.

It only took 5 minutes to do and I already feel way more organized.

 

LEGO Soap

My son’s 4th birthday is next week and he has decided that he wants to combine all 3 of his passions: LEGO, superheroes and ice cream, into 1 awesome party.  So a “Superheroes Love LEGO & Ice Cream” party I’ll do.  Why not, you’re only 4 once, right?

I’m trying to keep this party small and easy.  Four year old’s don’t expect much so why go overboard!

I always try to include cute, practical stuff in the goody bags.  As if kids need more cheap plastic toys.

Lego Soap

I have seen LEGO soap on Pinterest which I knew the boys would love.  But when I went to Michaels to buy the soap supplies I was shocked at the cost.  I would have to pay $3.99 per dye colour, plus the cost of the soap, soap mold and essential oil.  It would have added up to $50.  So instead I thought maybe I could just buy the soap ($9.99 used a 50% off coupon which made it $5.00) and 1 essential oil jar for $1.99.  I thought I could use a silicon muffin tin I had at home to make clear soaps with LEGO pieces floating inside. I really had no idea what I was doing but I thought for $7 I would give it a try.

And it worked!

Now I didn’t entirely think this project through.  Turns out we made a very exfoliant soap (once the soap dissolves the LEGO pieces aren’t exactly soft).  But my kids have been using the soap in the tub, and they love trying to wash themselves enough to get to a LEGO piece.  Boys wanting to clean themselves is a win win situation. Don’t you think?

LEGO Soap Instructions:

(Wow this picture makes the muffin tin look really dirty, I swear it didn’t look like that in person.  That’s kind of embarrassing).

Supplies:

  • 1 block of olive oil soap
  • essential oil
  • a handful of LEGO
  • a silicone mold (I used a muffin tin but you could also use a bread pan and just cut the soap into squares)

Total cost $7.00  and the block of soap made enough for 9 good size soaps.

Cut soap into the pre-marked squares.

Place about 10 of the squares in a microwavable dish and microwave as directed on soap box.  Mine was for 40 seconds.  Stir.  Then continue to microwave at 10 second intervals until soap has fully melted.

Once soap is melted add 5 drops of essential oil per square that you melted. Stir.

Pour soap mixture into molds then add LEGO pieces.  I used a popsicle stick to push the LEGO down.  Remember the soap is still hot, but don’t worry it doesn’t melt the LEGO.

Let the mold sit on your counter for a good 30 minutes to solidify (this time will vary depending on how large your mold is).  My husband thought that if I cooled them at room temperature rather than in the fridge the soap would stay clear (I wanted to see the LEGO pieces as much as possible).  But I don’t know if this is true or not.

And now the part that I thought would be a disaster.  The removal.  To my surprise (since these types of projects NEVER work out for me) the soaps just slipped out of the mold with a little push from the bottom.  Couldn’t be easier.

I picked up these little cellophane bags at the dollar store (40 bags and the little ties for $1).  Wrapped each one up and we are done!  Easy peasy goody bag gift.

My boys LOVED these soaps.  It looks like I’ll be making another batch very soon.

Really the possibilities are endless with what you could add in here.  I’d love to hear some of your ideas…

Check out the LEGO crayons I made for $3.00.  Makes a great gift.

 

 

Don’t Forget to Wash Your Hands

Normally I’m not a sucker for all those gadgets out there that we’re told you absolutely must have.  But this is one that I feel has made my life a little easier.


We had bought a little step stool for my son to use in the bathroom.  But he was still not able to reach the faucet.  So he was constantly needing my help to lift him just a few inches closer to reach the water.  Of course he always seems to need my help right in the middle of a phone call, or a diaper change, or making dinner.  At least it seems like that.

So for $12 I picked up the Aqua Duck Faucet Extender from Amazon, and couldn’t be happier.  It just slips onto any faucet, including the bathtub faucet.  My youngest son went through a phase where he hated taking baths. So one night I pulled off the faucet extender and put it in the bath and he loved the little waterfall it created.  It got him into the tub, and he let me wash him without a huge struggle. Awesome.