Chalkboard Magnetic Closet Doors

Chalkboard Magnetic Closet Doors

When I shared Revyn’s awesome room earlier this week, one thing you all really liked were these closet doors.  So today I thought I’d share with you how we did these fun doors.  It’s super easy!

RevBedroomDoneDoorsBefore these are the doors she had.  These were her colors before, zebra and lime green.ClosetDoorsBefore

On these doors we tried the magnetic paint you can buy at Lowe’s.  It’s around the chalkboard and dry erase paint.  The only problem is that it’s not very magnetic.  We put 3 coats of magnetic paint in these squares, then topped it with two coats of chalkboard paint.  Once she went to stick stuff on them, those magnets slid down the door like it was a slip and slide.  All that painting, drying, painting, drying, etc. for nothing.  There were only a few spots that sort of held a magnet.  You can see the only two things on that top second square.  Those were the two magic spots on this set of doors.  You had to be pretty picky to hang something with a magnet, it had to be light and in the exact spot.  It was a little aggravating when she discovered they were really magnetic because we made sure we shook and mixed that paint up good.  We shook it like it was a shake weight, but it still didn’t work.

So when we embarked on the room redo, her main request was good magnetic chalkboard doors.  We priced new doors at Home Depot (to start all over from scratch), but ended up picking out the exact doors that she already had.  So instead of spending money to buy the same doors, here is what we came up with.  We took the doors down and sanded them.  Then we had a local metal fab shop cut us pieces of really thin gauge metal (20 or 22 ga) to fit on each closet door.  We actually had to do this twice.  The first ones we had cut were 16 gauge paint grade but those pieces were to heavy and thick.  You have to be careful to get the weight light enough for the doors to still function, and thin enough so they still close tight.ClosetDoorsMetalG adhered the metal to the doors with a LocTite adhesive that worked on wood and metal.  Then we stacked whatever we could find on top of them so that they glued down tight.  Then I wiped each piece down with paint thinner to remove any grease or oils that might be on the metal.  Next I painted on chalkboard paint following the cans instructions.  I did three coats on these doors.ClosetDoorsPaintedOnce they were dry we seasoned the chalkboards outside, then hung them back in the room.  This is such an easy and inexpensive upgrade that will provide so much fun for her and her friends.  Heck, G and I even like leaving her little messages on there.  The shop we used cut us these eight pieces for about $60.  So for $60 and a quart of chalkboard paint we have these fun doors.

Don’t be afraid to go out of the box to be able to get the end result you’ve imagined in your head.  I seem to decide how I want something, then it’s trial and error until I get it like it’s pictured in my mind.  Sometimes those mental images are what drives me to try and try again.  I hope your able to use this idea for something in your home.  You will enjoy all the notes and sayings you can leave on the chalkboard.  Besides, writing with chalk is just fun!

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Revyn’s Room Done!

Revyn’s Room Done!

Woohoo!!! We finally finished Revyn’s room 100%!   As in I’ve patched every uh-oh hole, done all the touch up paint, and finished every project.RevBedroomDoneDoorsWarning, this post is full of pictures and lots of eye candy.  I’ve been dying to share it with you, but life has been crazy and we’ve been fitting in little projects to finish her room wherever we can.  One project I worked on in the car was the long garland above her closet doors.  I had it draped from the front passenger seat to the back seat, as well as lots of pieces of thread I had to get off the seats.  I have to fit in project making whenever I can!  The closet doors were another project we did that I will share with you later.  They are magnetic and huge chalk boards!  Doesn’t that just scream teenage fun!

The vanity above and below is one she found at an antique store and fell in love with.  We had to repaint it though to match the ceiling tins on her headboard.  You remember the one we made here.  The chair was recovered with a coffee sack I picked up at a flea market last fall.  The chandelier is the IKEA one that we hacked to make it a plug in.RevBedroomVanityThese curtains are from IKEA also, and I just tea stained them.  Instead of using a curtain rod, I kicked it old school and just nailed them up there with some tacks.  I love the vintage look of them.

Here’s a litte vignette we set up at the end of her couch to hold her jewelry and rosaries.  RevBedroomMannieThe color palette of this room started with this door she found at Texas Antiques week in Warrenton.  She loved the mail slot, doorbell, skeleton key hole, and stained glass.  But what caught her eye as we drove through town was the color.RevBedroomDoorCrossThe black screen was another find of hers from Warrenton on that same trip as the door.  First it was going to hold jewelry and earrings, but now we decided on pictures.  The cart night stand was a $15 rusty chippy score.

Now here is what her favorite thing is.  The lights above the bed, the cupola, and how it all looks lit up!IRevBedroomBedLiteBiggerIs this not awesome!  She said she sleeps under the stars!  Thanks to my mom’s good friend for the bed springs.

Here it is not lit up, which is usually only when she isn’t at home.  Any other time when she is home everything is on.  Cue the electric meter to start spinning.RevBedroomBedNoLightsThere are lots of personal details in this room besides the stuff she had picked out in the headboard, vanity, bedsprings, door, and cupola.  Her window showcases this stained glass she made, the light up “r” we found her for Christmas, and the heart she found.RevBedroomWindowAlso these curtain ties I made have buttons with her name on them. What a great little detail.RevBedroomCurtainTieShe picked out these closet door knobs at Hobby Lobby, and then we added the skeleton keys.  I found them in the dollar bin at Michaels and just painted to match the knobs.RevBedroomClosetKeyHere are a few more projects that we made.  I’ll share the details with you later.RevBedroomCrossShadeThis room was a BLAST to do.  We all worked on it and had so much fun doing it.  G and I are kind of jealous because we want our bedroom to look this awesome.  So it just climbed further up on our to-do list.  We are wanting to add a little bit of salvage into every room.  Especially after we went to an architectural salvage store in Alabama and here in Texas.  I love things that tell a story and have our own family personal touch added to it.  Hence why I like all the little details.  So here’s to continuing to go with what I chose as my one little word in January……Clear.  Clearing projects off the to-do list!

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Flea Market and Junk Gypsy Paradise

Flea Market and Junk Gypsy Paradise

It’s my favorite time of year…..Flea Market Season!  The biggest and best one I’ve been to is Texas Antiques Week in Round Top and Warrenton.  We go in the spring and fall every year, because we love it!  This year I’ve made several trips back and forth on the weekends.  Thank goodness we are only a few hours away.  Here is what we picked up with all our shopping.  I labeled our plans for the purchases so you can see what’s to come.  The Virgin Mary statue is because I wanted one, and I’m catholic.  She will look awesome in our home watching over family.  I found a sacred heart Jesus I wanted but it was way more than what I wanted to pay, so I’m still looking.  A few things I don’t know what I’m going to do with them, but I have a few ideas.  I’m just not sure how they are going to end up.Warrenton2014FindsThis small military card catalog filing cabinet will be storing craft supplies in my future craft room.  I love all the small drawers, and the color matches the roto-bin craft storage I bought in the fall.  I’ll be starting on this room after I paint a armoire I’ve had.  Warrenton2014FileCabinetThe other place I love to go to is Junk Gypsy Headquarters.  This year we went the weekend before it all started in Warrenton and before the massive crowds of people hit the small town.  I wanted to go early and enjoy it without dodging crowds.  Just pulling up here gets me all excited.  I mean just look at the outside of this amazing shop.  Umm..Can I just move in here please!  You won’t even notice me.Warrenton2014OutJunkGypsyThere is just so much creativity and goodness in this store.  I asked the girls working if I could take pictures to put on my blog and they said “you betcha, enjoy”.  How sweet is that!  So if you haven’t been there, here are some pics so you can see whats behind those big red doors!

Look at this LOOONNNGGG dining table.  I love the church pew, and of course the Shelton sign.  That’s one reception I wish I could of been a fly on the airstream at.Warrenton2014JGTableI totally love this foyer and wish this was the entry at our house.  Warrenton2014JGFoyerThis mannequin is so cool with the indian head dress on it.  I think I may need one for mine!  Put it not the flea market find list.Warrenton2014JGMannieCheck out these bedrooms!  Couldn’t you just move into one, or stop and take a quick nap.Warrenton2014JGCowboyBedWarrenton2014JGBedChandyNow how about these awesome dressing rooms!  Who wouldn’t have fun trying clothes on in here.  Everything looks better on under a disco ball.Warrenton2014JGDressRoomWarrenton2014JGDressingRoomOnce you have all your treasures, here is where you check out.  Doesn’t this make spending your money more fun!  That is until the credit card bill comes in.Warrenton2014JGCheckoutI asked Brack to take a picture of G and I while we were waiting for Rev to try on some clothes, and from that point on he made fun of me taking pictures and became the photo bomber.

Warrenton2014JGMeG

Warrenton2014BrackPhotoBomb2        Warrenton2014BrackPhotoBombI I I also ate at Royers a few times during my multiple trips.  The bad part is we gave up sweets for lent, and they are famous for their PIE!  They are the Pie Haven after all.  So needless to say we bought one on our first trip there and it’s in the freezer for Easter.  I’m sure it will be as delicious as we have imagined.  This place is small but so cool.

Warrenton2014RoyersFamily  Warrenton2014RoyersBR

I hope you enjoy all these pics, and are able to make it there in the fall.  I promise you will have a blast!  Let me know if you go and maybe we can meet up.

 

Slinky Spring Wreath

Slinky Spring Wreath

I’ve been short on time here lately trying to get Revyn’s room wrapped up for you all to see.  Plus I’ve had lots of reports at work that are due by April 1st for 2013.  These reports just keep coming, but I finished them all!  Woohoo!  I was trying to come up with a spring wreath idea, and then one day in the school parking lot waiting on Rev I figured it out.  I’m sure lots of you out there get in some pinterest time while waiting on your kiddos!  Those parking lots should now come with free Wifi for us moms so we can check out pinterest and Facebook.  Wouldn’t that be great and save on our data plans.

I wanted a smaller wreath to hang in our house to bring in the bright spring colors.  So here is what I came up with.

SlinkyWreath

It costs me under $5 to make it!  As I searched pinterest here was the inspiration I kept focusing on from Patina White.

PatinaWhiteWireWreath

I was short on time and was trying to think of an inexpensive way to make it.  Then one day in Target I found these slinky’s in the dollar bin.

SlinkyWreathSlinky

So I picked up a few, and we made a wire circle from electric fence wire.  Here is how it looked around the wire circle to  help keep its form.

SlinkyWreathWireFrame

I attached it to the wire circle with tie wraps.

SlinkyWreathTie

Next I painted the whole thing white so that my eggs would pop against the white color.  I painted it the lazy way as it was getting dark and was super windy.  I found a semi calm spot, held the wreath in my hand, and then just twisted around as I painted.  I may have ended up with white fingers and nails.

SlinkyWreathPaintedWhite

Then I just started stuffing in the package of eggs I bought.

SlinkyWreathEggs

For the top I had this flower (you can get some similar at Michaels for a buck) and just made a junk bow behind it.

SlinkyWreathBow

So for under $5 you can have this bright colored spring wreath to put in your home.  I hope you all are enjoying spring blooming as much as I am.  The wild flowers coming up here in Texas are stunning.

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Ready For Take-Off

Ready For Take-Off

I hope you are all having a fantastic week.  Here in TX the weather has been gorgeous!  Hopefully we won’t have another cold spell, because I’m loving this 70-80 degree weather!

I wanted to share with you a painting project today for a bedroom room.  As you know our son LOVES flying.  It’s his passion (and major).  G is not a pilot, but he also has strong passion for aircraft.  So we have this airplane room that brings the runway right into the house.  I don’t have step by step pictures for these two projects because it all depends on your wall and the door you use.  My dimensions won’t be the same as yours.  I know your thinking what are you talking about!  So let me show you.

RunwayWall

RunwayDeskBoth of these projects are a painting chore and involve some math.  But I love the outcome!  Here is what you will need to do to make your own runways.  Don’t be afraid if you mess up, it’s just paint so paint over it and try again!  Just bring your patience to this project.

1.  Measure your wall so you know your dimensions.

2. Pick your runway number.  Our wall has 17, and whether or not that’s a real runway number is beyond me.  I told Brack to pick me a number with straight lines because we have that heavy knockdown texture and it’s to difficult to get a curve.  It’s difficult enough getting a straight line!  So 17 was his choice.  The desk was smooth so he chose 24.

3. Draw out your design using a reduced scale so you know the dimensions needed for all the rectangles and number.

4. Cut out the shapes from large paper pieces in the right dimensions, or just use an overhead to get the right size.  I used an overhead, and used the shapes from my scaled down drawing.  I adjusted the overhead until I got the right dimensions then drew the numbers on the wall, and use painters tape to mark off all the rectangles and border.

5. Bring a steady hand and get to painting!  The bottom of the wall is a charcoal gray, the top a light gray, and then white for the runway graphics.

RunwayWallCloseup

RunwayDeskAllFor the desk top we just used an old door.  Then G screwed some 2×4 pieces to the wall, and built the end leg from some soda crates and old lumber.  Our challenge was to do it all with stuff we had.

I hope your able to incorporate this into your life for some boy who also has a passion and love for airplanes.  It’s a little tedious, but so worth it!

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Wine Barrel Table

Wine Barrel Table

I have something amazing to show you today that my sister and her hubby created.  My sister is also creative, and has a handy hubby.  She’s the one who helped me make my first mesh wreath over Thanksgiving.  We are both always on the lookout for awesome projects, and if it’s really cool we send each other pics.

So let me show you what these two made for their new house.  This once empty room is now resembling a wine tasting room.  She sent me these pictures off her phone so I could share it with you.

WineTableTopThey scored this wine barrel and decided it needed to replace the “high dollar” card table and folding chairs they had in this room.  Here is what she scored in its untouched state.  It’s amazing just like this.

WineTableRawThen they took a grinder to clean up the bands and remove the rust.  Look at those puppies shine.

WineTableGrindingAfter they had it all cleaned up they stained it, and then clear coated it.  Then they took all the bottle caps they collected (hmmmm, I wonder how they got so many?) and lined the inside top.

WineTableStained

WineTableCapsAfter they had all the caps arranged, they placed a piece of glass on top, and turned it into this amazing table.

WineTableFinishedIsn’t this so cool.  They did a great job.  Thanks to these two for sending me all the details and pics so I can share it with you.  Hopefully they will send me pics and details of their next project to share with you all.

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Fruit Salad

Fruit Salad

Sorry I’ve been MIA for the last week, but it’s been a little chaotic around here.  We decided to have some carpet work done to make it look better, and it turned out to be WAY more work than I thought.  We had to move EVERYTHING off the carpet onto any uncarpeted area.  You don’t realize how much stuff you have until your moving it all.  We had the dresser in the kitchen, the table full of stuff, you couldn’t use the front door because that area was full, plus our walk-in shower was full of stuff.  It’s been crazy and we couldn’t find anything.  Getting dressed each morning involved going to the kitchen and shower to gather up your stuff.   Then as we went to putting it all back, it turned into spring cleaning.  I’m wiping everything down, and the collection of dust on the back of the furniture has put my allergies into overdrive.  But the most amazing thing is that we now are finally finishing our baseboards!   Why is this exciting you ask?  It’s because we moved in before we were finished, so it’s been over 8 years of living without baseboards and a few doors.  It’s unreal how finished a room looks just with the addition of baseboards.

Next, I would like to thank each of you who voted for me in the Creating with the Stars contest.  I didn’t win, but that’s ok because there is always next year.  I just appreciate you sharing on Facebook and going to vote for me.

Now onto what I wanted to share with you.  I feel like I’ve been living with our house looking like a bowl of fruit salad, so maybe that’s what got me craving it.  The weather was gorgeous Saturday, which had me wanting fruit salad.  I’m ready for spring, and nothing says spring to me like fresh fruit.  One of the hostesses made this amazing salad at my nieces bridal shower, and that’s what I was craving.  When I make fruit salad I just throw all the fruit in bowl, add a few dashes of sugar and serve it up.  This one was different and had the best flavor.  Let me share this great tasting fruit salad with you.

FruitSaladCup

Gather up all the fruit you want to use.  I used strawberries, bananas, apples, blackberries, raspberries, and a can of mandarin oranges.  Once I chopped the apples and sliced the bananas I added a little lemon juice to keep them from browning.  Add all your fruit into the bowl, and then add this.

FruitSaladPieFillYes, that’s a can of peach and a can of apple pie filling.  This adds the most amazing layers of flavors to your fruit salad.  You have got to try it!  Just look at how gorgeous this fruit looks when you serve it up, not to mention how delicious it is.

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With the warmer weather here, I hope you give it a try.  It would be great for a spring time picnic, or pot luck dinner.

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IKEA Chandelier Hack

IKEA Chandelier Hack

Have you been looking for a small chandelier that plugged in, and was under $50?  We have been for Revyn’s room, and everything we found was close to or over $100.  So not in my price range.  Everyone I found at garage sales, flea markets, or ReStore’s were to big for the area we were using it in.  I kept going back to the one at IKEA, but it is a direct wire not a plug-in.  Revyn and I know that G can do ANYTHING!  He is such a handy dude, jack of all trades!  So now our IKEA chandy is plug-in, and I’m going to show you how you can do it.  Here it is hanging up, minus the cord cover.

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Now let me show you how my awesome hubs did this.  Here is the kind of chandy we bought at IKEA.

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****If you are not comfortable with electrical wiring you might want to get a professional to do it.  All of G’s coding is done for his own use with what he has at the time, not per electrical code.****

1. Here is how it comes out of the box.

IKEAChandyOutOfBox

2.Shorten the chain to your desired length if you need to.  The chain links are opened with pliers, links removed, then closed back up.  To do this you have to remove the top cone piece and rod so you can get to the chain. Pay attention how you take it apart, because once the chain is shortened you have to put it back together.

IKEAChandyShortenChain

IKEAChandyShorterChain

3. Now remove the wiring you that you will not be using, and shorten the white cord.  Here are the pieces you remove that you don’t use.

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4. Here is what you need to make the cord to run from the direct wired top, down to your outlet plug.  We also added a switch to the extension cord portion so you don’t have to plug and unplug it, you just flip the switch.

IKEAChandyWireParts

5. Determine the length of the cord you need, and cut off the excess from the outlet end.  You will need the plug end, so don’t cut from that end.  Once you get it the right length, figure out where you want the switch to go and wire it.  You will need a multi-meter to figure out which of the 3 wires is hot.  Here is a picture on how you wire the switch.

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6.  Here is the finished piece with the plug end and switch.  Now you have to wire it to the chandelier.

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7. We had already installed the hanging bracket piece that came with it on the stud.  Hang your chandelier and wire in the extension cord piece.  I labeled the 3 pieces (Hot, Neutral, & Ground) of the extension cord so you can see it wired in.

IKEAChandyWiring

8. Now install the cone piece to hide the wiring, plug it in, and your ready to go.

Here is a little extra photo to show the fun we had at IKEA that day shopping for a few things.  This girl cracks me up and is so fun to shop with.

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IKEA has some cool stuff, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box and make it work for you.

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Rodeo Cup

Rodeo Cup

This past weekend our daughter, Revyn, competed in the Rodeo Cup Contest at Houston Rodeo.  This is for a high school students and a total of 62 kids competed.  Her schools floriculture team as well as some floral design students all competed in this contest.  They had such a blast, and I was blown away at the arrangements these high schoolers did. Nobody from her school made it into the final 20, but that’s ok.  Two of the girls are seniors, and the others are all sophomores.  So Revyn has two more years to compete and try for the final 20.  Revyn took these pics with her phone, so please excuse some blurriness.  I wanted to share with you what these kids are up to because I’m impressed.  These are the girls that took this blooming challenge. Plus their fearless Ag teacher who puts up (and contributes) with all this craziness.

TroyGirls               RevHoward

The photo bombers are Phineas & Ferb.  As an adult I have to say that this is one cartoon I don’t mind watching.  There is lots of adult humor in it.  But back to flowers……

They had to complete 3 arrangements for this.  One they did Sunday morning in their hotel rooms for “Dining With a Texas Flair”.  Revyn didn’t get a super great pic of hers on the table, but here is what she did take.  There’s the cute selfie in transit to the rodeo, and then of it on the cart for check-in.

Rev             RevArrgt

So as I look at the check in picture, and my reply was “Oh my gosh I love that cart, and your arrangement!”  I had seen her practice arrangement and lots of hotel pics from Sunday morning, so I didn’t feel super bad about my comment.  Here are some other ones she was able to get a pictures of.  The one on the right is one of her classmates.

RamSkullFlowers       AntlerFlowers

The next part of the competition is where they were given a certain amount of flowers to make two designs.  One was a wedding bouquet, and the other was for the theme “Hometown Treasurers”.  For the “Hometown Treasurers” they had to furnish their own containers.  Here are some that they did.  Revyn’s is the first pic.  She said “I don’t know what I was thinking with those big leaves. I ran out of flowers, had the base showing, and I panicked.”  I told here, live and learn, and it’s not bad for her first time to compete.

RevEntries    Football

CowSkull    MasonJar

Windmill      WagonWheel

TruckAt this same time there is a competition of home grown containers.  In this one you pot your plants 8-weeks before the competition in your chosen container and grow them.  There was some creativity in these containers.  Here were some of Revyn’s favs!

Birdhouse           3TierContainer

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Aren’t these great arrangements and container plants from high school students!  I’m so glad that there is a program out there to allow these kids to pursue something different.  This is Revyn’s passion.  She wants to go to college and major in event planning and have a floral shop.  It’s so funny when we go into the grocery store because she goes to floral department and starts telling me all about the flowers.  What you need to do to them, what they go great with, and on and on.  She has flowers on the brain!  I hope your as impressed with these kids as I am!  Here’s to pursuing your passion, and enjoying your high school years!

 

Asking For Favors

Asking For Favors

I’m sure many of you are like me and hate to ask people for favors.  I think, “Hey, I’m superwoman and should be able to do ALL of this myself.”  So along with that comes stress, holding things in, and failing at times.  Man is it hard to not only type, but admit I fail at times.  See where the superwoman thing can really mess with ya!

However, today I’d like to ask a huge favor from all of you.  I entered Revyn’s Architectural Headboard in a contest called Creating with the Stars.  Most of the entries are chosen by a big time blogger that you will get paired with for future projects.  I must admit these are some of my blogging heroes!  However, one entry will be chosen with one component being popularity.  So if you would, please click on the picture below and go VOTE FOR ME #99!  Once on the page of Creating with the Stars, CLICK ON #99.  A click on my link equals a vote!  Please pin it, share on your Facebook, and ask your friends to vote.  I would SOOOOOO appreciate it.  I’m hoping God has it in His plans for me to get selected!

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Now onto my other favor because I need help during Lent.  As you probably know we are Catholic, and for Lent I give up something bad as well as add something good.  For the good thing I’m writing down 3 things I’m thankful each day.  I’m nurturing my attitude of gratitude!  Hopefully this will help squash some of my negativity that comes with stress.  As for giving up something bad this Lent, we made a family sacrifice to limit our highly processed foods.  Yes, that means no more sweets, ice cream, fried foods, etc.  My body is going to go into shock because I have a HUGE sweet tooth.  But I can do this, and I will feel so much better!  The big thing for me besides sweets is my daily Dr. Pepper 10.  I love that stuff, even if it’s supposed to be the man’s diet drink.  It’s like my crack.  They were on to something with this 10 stuff because it tastes way better than the regular diet.  So I’m telling you all about it to make me accountable every time I want to get a DP10 or eat some sweets.  I love to have a fountain drink, but you can’t get DP10 like this.  I must confess that I love the fine crushed ice that comes with fountain drinks, so I sorta make my own DP10.  I get Diet DP with a few shots of regular DP.  Here I was on Fat Tuesday getting my last fix on at Target no less.  Why not be in one of my happy places to enjoy my last homemade DP10!  Who doesn’t love Target?

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Knowing I’ve told all of you does me a huge favor by making me accountable for my actions.  I hope that I make these 40 days and it will have changed my habits.  This way I won’t go back to these unhealthy things!  Here is to my journey this Lent.  One thing I’m grateful for today is being able to share with all of you.  Thank You!