What I’ve learned about stenciling your home………

………DON’T DO IT!  The only two houses I have ever owned have had previous owners who apparently loved stenciling.  At the same time I painted the last room in our old house, we sold it and moved and found a great house with more stenciling for me to paint over!  We love the bones of the house so I was willing to overlook it yet again even though there are quite a few large paint jobs that I have been slowing chipping away at.  If you end up in the same situation as me here are a couple of very important tips:

1.) Take your time to do correct prep work and sand, sand, sand that yucky stenciling!!

2.) Prime or make sure to buy paint and primer in 1 because you will have a bunch of coats

If you forget to do step 1 you will be left with a solid color wall that you can see bumps of the stenciling in.  Not a very good look and once you paint over it’s too late!  eek

Since moving in to our house in September I just finally finished our kitchen and a small bathroom.  The last stenciling to go will be the mud room!

Kitchen Before and After

Kitchen Before

Kitchen Before

Kitchen Before

Kitchen Before

Kitchen After

Kitchen After

Kitchen After

Kitchen After

Kitchen After

Kitchen After

Bathroom before and After (I really want to meet the previous owner and ask what they were thinking)

Bathroom Before

Bathroom Before

Bathroom Before

Bathroom Before

Bathroom After

Bathroom After

Bathroom After

Bathroom After

Mudroom (yet to start) This is another moment where someone went a little too country

Mud Room Before (yet to be done)

Mud Room Before (yet to be done)

If anyone loves painting please feel free to come on over!!!!

Monday Meal Planning

One of the things I do to save a little money and time throughout the week is do all of my meal planning and grocery shopping on the weekend. It does take some time and I find myself falling into a meal rut almost every weekend and look anywhere to find a new recipe. Luckily this last week I was lucky enough to get my new Family Fun magazine on Friday and it had a bunch of really yummy crock pot meals!  I just had to share by far my favorite new crock pot recipe I got from the magazine.  Super easy to set up the night before so all I had to do was turn the crock pot on in the morning and then come home to a hot meal (I hate doing the prep in the morning).

Korean Soft Tacos

If you like any type of taco you will love these.  They are sweet and spicy and the added cabbage gives it a nice crunch!

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Since I have a toddler it’s also important that I can adapt a meal for toddler fingers and something she won’t turn up her nose to.  This is great because I can easily turn it into a quesadilla for her for dinner and then it easily packs for a yummy lunch.

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On a side note, I’m still in love with Eva’s Nibble Tray, it makes packing lunch so much easier!

For the rest of the week we have some other new recipes I can’t wait to try out along with some oldies:

Have a great week!