Friday, June 15, 2018

Friday Favorites #167

Hi Foxy Friends! Today is my day off and I'm going to enjoy it. Starting off with a gym dance class with some friends, then we're all taking the kids to the pool for some fun in the sun to start off summer right! So let's get to Friday favorites:

In case you missed it this week:

Monday: 10 favorite places to travel
Tuesday: 5 Tips to Plan The Best Summer Vacation
Wednesday: Rompers are my new favorite
Thursday: How to Make a Pallet Sign 

I also made a video for the pallet sign for those that are more visual learners. I am doing it in two parts, the video was getting too long. The first video is how to make/prep the sign, and part 2 is going to be how to stencil your pallet stay tuned for that.

Last weekend started off great, with Mini Fox getting her first/last horse back riding lesson. Well last for a bit, we feel like she's a little too young to start, a little expensive for what we're getting out of it, and they want you to spend all of this time at the stables, and this mama is allergic to every thing there.

I'm not sure why they are holding each other, I can't remember, but it's so cute.

Saturday we headed to Legoland. Each year Legoland has Star Wars Legoland days, which we randomly went to last year, but this year we were prepared. Mini Fox wanted to participate in the costume contest, so we brought her Princess Leia costume with us. While she was super gun ho on participating, as soon as she got up there she got super shy and wouldn't talk...but the fact is that she didn't cry, she got up there and rocked it, even if she did forget to smile...haha! She had a blast and wants to do it again next year, that's all that matters, she had fun.

Baby Fox crawled up here and said...Mama, take a picture of me!

Tuesday, was a big day. Baby Fox had a Readers Theater performance and performed two books. It was super cute.

He was peach pie in this book.

Little sister wanted to go and get a picture with him, he obliged, such a good big brother.

 Tuesday night we headed to a play place...why you ask? Our baseball team had the most volunteer hours, so the whole team got a party here.

No fear this one.

She was the ONLY girl that tried to do the warped proud of her. That's her to the right (from behind she looks so old!)

Baby Fox showed us some cool moves on the trampoline.

The boys were thrilled I was trying to take a picture...

End of school year stuff started Wednesday. I was able to help out with his class party. They walked to a local park and played, threw some water balloons, it was a blast.

Pandemonium when every kid got 3 water balloons, they hadn't yet said go to start throwing.

Last day of school picture, yep he still wants to be a mechanic, just like last year.

Last time dropping him off as a 1st grader.

I was also able to pick him up, which was nice, and he posed for yet another picture.

Then we went for ice cream with the grandparents. So fun to have such a special tradition at the end of the school year.

So now summer of craziness begins! Come back on Monday to find out what our Summer is going to look like!

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

How To Make Prep A Pallet Sign For Beginners

Hi Foxy Friends! Today I am sharing a project I decided I wanted to do back in March. I don't know how the time escaped me? How does that seem to always happen? I wasn't sure how I was going to do it, and I watched A LOT of YouTube videos and figured I would combine them all together and do whatever the heck I wanted! Okay let's get started.

I did this project for my Aunt who has a wine cellar in her house and she made a tasting room out of it, so I decided to make a sign that says "Good Friend, Good Wine, Good Times". The last time I was at her house I snuck down there and measured how big the space was. So your measurements might vary. Okay let's get to it:

What You'll Need:

4" wide boards x 1" thick Boards (I bought Pine wood, length will vary depending on what you are making)
Wood Strip (thin board to hold boards together)
Wood Screws
Foam Brushes
631 Vinyl (or stencil)
Mod Podge
Paint (I chose white)
Sand Paper (small grit, 320)
Spray Sealer

*Let's assume that you have a spot in your home you want this and you vaguely know how big you want your sign, i.e. 30 inches x 16 inches


Step 1: This one is important one, go to Home Depot, Lowes or your local hardware store and find the boards that you want. Hint: Home Depot will cut boards for you, as long as you know the length they will cut for you. I know I wanted 4" boards and I wanted them to be 30 inches long. I found a board that I liked the grain in it. I can't remember what I ended up getting. I think I got Maple. Have the guy at your hardware store cut the wood to your specification. You'll also need to pick up a some wood strip, and have them cut that down for you too (if you know the size of your sign, have them cut it to that size)

I knew I wanted 4 boards wide (4 x 4 = 16 inches), wood strip needed to be smaller than that, so I had them cut it to 12 inch lengths.

Now that you have your boards cut for you, head home! Let's get this project started!

Step 2: Sand down the rough edges of the boards, no one wants splinters.

Step 3: Pick a Side and glue

You'll want to pick the side you like the best and have it face down, so you can use the wood strips to attach all of the boards together. I used wood glue to "glue" down the wood strip, but it ended up moving, so I have no idea if you really need this step. I'm fairly certain you don't...

  Step 4: Drill and Screw

I randomly picked out the screw size, based off of how many/the cheapest I could find, it was a pack of 50 and they were #12 screws. I used a drill bit to start my holes, and drilled through the wood strip and part of the wood board. Then I used the drill to screw in the wood screw, I did this on both ends of each board.

Step 5: Sand

I felt like the screws left some of the boards rough, so I sanded the wood around the screws so no one would get any splinters.

Step 6: Stain the boards then wipe

For this project I wanted to use darker stain. I painted the stain on with a foam brush, then after a few minutes I wipe the stain off the boards with some paper towels. You do this because you are not painting the boards, and you want those gorgeous knots to show through. If you don't wipe the stain off you'll be able to see the streaks of stain on your boards.

I of also made a video for those that like to watch directions, and see how it works. I decided to split it up, so here are steps 1 through 6.

Step 7: Print out your stencils,

I used Vinyl 631 and printed out what I wanted to say "Good Friends, Good Wine, Good Times". I used my Cricut, but you could use the Silhouette, or cut it out yourself. Reverse weed your stencil.

Step 8: Attach Stencil

Attach your stencil how you want it on your pallet.

Step 9: Base Coat

This part I think is sort of optional, but for me I don't want to skip it. This part is going to prevent the bleeding under the letters, because we all know that the vinyl and the wood is not perfect. By using this polycrylic base coat, that is what is going to "bleed" under the letters (which is clear), so when you paint, you get crisp lines. I let the polycrylic set for 15 minutes, then I quickly sanded it down, to make sure that the paint had something to stick to. Remember the Polycrylic was for the paint "bleeding" under the letters so you didn't waste your time doing this step.

Step 10: Paint!

Guess what? It's finally time to paint your sign! I used white paint, but you can use whatever color you want. If you look closely, you can see some of the black vinyl looks "wet", but that's the polycrylic. I did have to go over it three times with the paint. Because of how long it took me to get to the end of the sign, the paint from the beginning was dry, so I circled back to the beginning and did it again without having to stop. I went over it three times, to to make sure you couldn't see the stain behind the paint. It did the job, so I'm guessing three is a good number.

Step 11: Take Stencil Off

I waited 10 minutes before taking the stencil off. Mostly I knew that there was paint everywhere and didn't want to risk the wet paint from the outside of the stencil messing up the rest of the sign. I think the end product turned out fantastic! I wish pallet signs matched the decor of my house, so for now I'll have to settle for making them for other people.

Step 12: Seal

I'm not sure how necessary this step is, but I decided I wanted to seal the whole thing. I mean no one wants the paint peeling right? So I used a spray sealer to seal the whole project. I probably could have used the polycrylic from before, but I felt like the spray would be easier to use...It worked great, and I feel better that my sign is sturdy and sealed.

Side note: I did this for a 60th birthday gift. I decided to have the guest of the party sign the back, which was a great keep sake for my Aunt. I tried many different pens out and the ones that worked best? The ones from Michael's that I use for scrapbooking, so no special pens necessary.

What do you think? I think it turned out great! So what sign should I make next?  I'll have the next video with steps 7-12 up next week, so stay tuned!

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Rompers Forever

Hi Foxy Friends! I'm linking up again with The Blended Blog and this week we're covering shorts. I love shorts in the summer. Lately I've been buying a lot of rompers. I don't know why, but they have been calling my name. I showed you one here, and now I'm showing you another one. This one is from American Eagle, I had never bought anything from there, but needed to get to the free shipping.  Does anyone else do that?

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Unfortunately this one is no longer available, but this one is super close.

At the time I took this picture, I didn't have a strapless bra that I liked (that has since changed, this one is my new favorite and I could wear it all day everyday if I had to, going to buy another one soon).

This lace bralette is so darn cute and right now on Costco it is $4 off plus free shipping, making it only $12...but wait for's for 2! So for $6 each you can get them. They come in Black and Grey and Mauve and White. I have all four and constantly wear them.

See how cute the back is? I find that they don't really carry them in the stores all that often, so best to scoop it up online now!

Make Up Details: Foundation / Finishing Powder / Eyeshadow / Eyelashes / Blush Bronzer / Eye Brow Pencil  / Lipstick (in Obsessed)

Some other rompers that are super cute:

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Now link up your favorite summer shorts!
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

5 Tips To Plan the Best Summer Vacation

Linking up with Shay and Erika for another random discussion. Last year they did a Workin' It theme, and this year they are doing How We theme. I love it. This month is about how to plan summer vacations, so I'm giving you 5 tips to plan the best summer vacation.

As a full time working parent, I try to make the most out of our weekends. It's the time we get to spend together with friends and family, so we like to jam pack our weekends. Not to say that there aren't those weekends, we actually plan to do nothing and have no concrete plans, but mostly I like to catch up with friends and enjoy each weekend to it's fullest extent. That being said, this is how I plan each summer, I like to call it the 5 phases of planning Summer.

I keep everything in my Day Planner, all written out so I can see the whole month of activities. I just don't think I could go to a digital planner.

Planner code:

Yellow = Baby Fox
Purple = Mini Fox
Blue = Work
Green = Family/My stuff
Orange = birthdays/anniversaries

You might be interested in How I Use My Planner

Phase ONE:  Save

...haha, that seems like an obvious one, but by this I mean, we decided in the Fall what we want our Summer to look like, so we can save money. Most things these days cost money, and if we want to make the most of our Summer, we need to plan how we get the money to do so. This year we are going on a big trip for Christmas, so we know we don't have enough to do two big trips, but vacation time at work...blah, work getting in the way of having fun, haha.

So each paycheck we save a little so that we can do weekends away, instead of doing one big long trip. We follow the Dave Ramsey plan, which I talk a little bit more here and how we incorporate that into our lives here.

Phase TWO:  Prior Commitments

The first thing I do, is write down the things we always do. Mostly it's 4th of July and we take the day prior off, and go to my cousins for some fun pre 4th stuff and we take the day after so Mr. and I can go on a day date and relax a bit, we've done this the past few years and it seems to work out well. Once those are written out I can go to the next phase of planning.

Phase THREE: Kids Stuff

I like to plan out what Baby Fox and Mini Fox are going to do. I write out all of the potential summer classes they can take and the times, so I can work out what will work with our schedule. Most of the classes Baby Fox is going to take are Monday-Thursday. So that makes it easier for long weekends. This year Baby Fox is going to take a computer programming class, Lego building class and Build a Fort (if you don't know what that is, check out this post for an explanation). Mini Fox is doing a VBS camp with her little friend and so far that's it. I don't think I can handle much more than that!

Yep this is build a fort, they built that...this is several camps after Baby Fox went...but how cool is this?

Now that the kid stuff is all planned out, next phase.
Phase FOUR: Who

Plan who we want to visit and when it's going to happen and coordinate with those people. This part takes some time, usually I suggest what is going to work for our schedule and hope that it works for theirs too. This year, we're doing two things, we're going to visit some good friends in Northern California and we're also going camping in Yosemite. The Yosemite took a lot of effort, as it's so hard to get camping reservations, but we knew which weekends would work for us, and hoped for the best and it worked out! I love when that happens.

 Phase FIVE: The Small Things

You know during the year when you tell people, yea we should do that this summer, or we should go there this summer. I find that if you reach out to those people and plan those will actually happen. So after all that other stuff is planned, I start reaching out to friend and asking them, hey want to go to the zoo on this day? Want to do a beach day on this day? Of course not every weekend is full, it just seems like it. But those things that we really want to do, like the zoo, we make an effort to get those on the calendar, instead of making it a last minute decision a few days prior. I find things actually get accomplished when it's written down.

After all that is planned, there is still time to plan unscheduled things with friends, like ice cream dates at 7:30pm.

So that my friends is how I schedule our vacation. Next year we are planning our long vacation during summer, instead of winter break, so I'll probably start with that (we'll probably have already bought our plane tickets before we even get to Summer planning) and then schedule all of Baby Fox's and Mini Fox's Summer classes around that.

How do you plan your summers?

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