Friday, December 27, 2013

Best of our elf on the shelf!

Here's a recap of some of our favorite elf on the shelf moments from this Christmas! Thank goodness for Pinterest because seriously who could come up with all this?! 

thank goodness Christmas eve has arrived & elfie must go back home, its a LONG month.....
its like the "where's waldo" of Elves!

zip-lining through the living room!

donut snowman anyone?

little tic-tac-toe with Belle!

held up by nutcrackers!

good ole fashioned sack race with friends!

we ALL had the stomach bug, even the elf didn't escape the germs!

snow angels!

toilet paper the tree, naughty elfie

story time in the playroom

roasting marshmallows on the mantle

bows everywhere

hanging with baby Jesus

date night with the Christmas mouse

little game of candy land with friends

swinging around in the kitchen

Sunday, December 15, 2013


#1 baked ziti with meatballs, fresh bread & tossed salad
#2 beer can chicken w/ green beans & cheesy garlic biscuits
#3 philly cheesesteak stuffed peppers  
#4 lettuce wraps w/ eggrolls

chocolate chip muffins
christmas pretzel snacks {girl's class treat}
snowmen donuts {girl's class treat}

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

School pictures!

Emerson ~ Kindergarten

Savannah ~ 4th grade

Monday, November 25, 2013


My sweet little nieces are here for Thanksgiving all the way from sunny Arizona.....we welcomed them to NY with our first real snow storm of the season!!!! 

They're having a blast!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Reason # 976451723839 I LOVE spray paint! {Dresser makeover}

Seriously......spray paint....magical transformations await you inside those metal cans people!!!

Found this piece on craigslist, loved the size, style, details.....not so in love with the woodtone, it actually looks nice in the picture but it was the circa 1960/1970 dark faux walnut look and I wasnt feeling it!  We are in the process of a little mini-makeover for our master bedroom and I had been on the hunt for a new dresser since the current one I had since high school....yes thats right and since we are approaching my 20th reunion I thought why not spring for a new one....well new to us of course and well under the pricetag of a new one...this has dove tailed drawers and is a solid piece not like some of the cheap-o furniture today!

BEFORE {from dark wood & brassy hardware}

AFTER {to clean crisp cream & shiny grey hardware}

Now to tackle the wickedly outdated paint and get onto the fun stuff....well after we finish putting back in the wall we ripped out and all that...nothing like a little demo in the master suite right?!?

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Friday, November 8, 2013

DIY little girl bedskirt!

I bribed promised Emmie a super fancy schmancy bedskirt since long story short a certain crafty Aunt Martha was supposed to make her a tutu for her bed when she tossed the crib and went into this big girl bed but now that she is 5 we decided to move she finally agreed to take off her bed rails!! 4 days later happy to report she hasn't fallen out! {yet!}


Take a cheap simple Target bedskirt and add some pretty fabric, super cute trim from Joanns & voila!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

HAPPY Halloween!

From the cutest little ladybug & fanciest fairy in all the land.......


Our trick or treat crew

Saturday, October 19, 2013


#1 italian tortellini soup w/ fresh bread
#2 crockpot roast {never got to this last week so carrying over}
#3 taco soup
#4 grandma's mac&cheese w/ hotdogs
#5 meatloaf w/ mashed potatoes & fresh rolls

coconut oil chocolate chip cookies

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Chick-Inn Coop...Our Hen House!

Dave decided to bring home chickens from Pop-o's one day.....I wasn't totally against it but not exactly for it either!  We have nowhere to keep them was my main complaint....So what to do? Cruise Pinterest of course...I found the coolest coop but it was BIG and a major project!  I said this coop and the chickens stay thinking we would be loading them back up to Pop-o's barn! 

Low and behold about a month later....ta-da! Dave never ceases to amaze me, he built this from the ground up just off a simple picture I showed him!

Moving day!

Happy Hens!

now to find a few more hens...hoping to get an Ameraucana since they lay the beautiful colored eggs, a plymouth rock & maybe a frizzle

Sunday, October 13, 2013


#1 Crockpot roast w/ potatoes & carrots and fresh rolls
#2 Apple Balsamic pork chops w/ applesauce & green beans
#3 Omelettes w/ fresh fruit
#4 cheeseburger sliders w/ tossed salad

pumpkin donut muffins
pumpkin brownies
apple crumb-top pie

Thursday, October 10, 2013

HaPpY 9th BiRtHdAy SaVaNnAh LeE

9 years ago today I became a mom for the first time...shocked its been that long but at the same time I can barely remember not being a mom to my sweet Savannah! 

Today, you woke up with a smile on your face {extra early} and chatting in bed with your lil sis!  Half day at school was an extra bonus including a surprise pick up from Daddy with lunch at McDonalds!  We will celebrate with a chocolate cake & chocolate frosting {totally MY girl!} and spagetti with meatballs for dinner just like you requested for your special day!  This weekend we will go to The Wild Animal Park in Chittenango with a few friends instead of having a big party, you are an animal lover always and this should be a fun way to celebrate! 

I love you my sweet sweet Savannah and am so proud of the young lady you are becoming, so kind and thoughtful, smart & silly!  Happy Birthday beautiful girl, may ALL your wishes come true!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Monday, September 9, 2013


#1 Pasta with tomato cream sauce w/ fresh bread
#2 Korean beef lettuce wraps
#3 crockpot chicken tacos w/ spanish rice
#4 zucchini boats w/ garlic cheddar biscuits

apple crisp {grandpa's favorite dessert so we delivered with vanilla icecream for a grandparents day surprise!}

Friday, September 6, 2013

Desk Makeover!

So, Emmie was starting kindergarten and she decided she needed a desk for the loads of homework she would be bringing home ;) 

I scored this beautiful antique solid hardwood desk for $25!!!! 

little sanding, pink paint and personal details to match her room later.....
she loves her diamond monogram, now just need to revamp her chair to match!!