Milk Paint and Why it's a Favorite

Milk Paint and Why it's a Favorite

SO whats the difference in this and other paints you ask?

Well... you know how all these old furniture pieces have that white chippy finish to them??

Well that's what  you get when you paint with milk paint! If you look back at my other post on some pieces I painted using different types of paint, you can see the difference. There are some tricks to get a lot of "chippiness" and since I have only painted a couple pieces using milk paint, I can only tell you what I have learned thus far.

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Favorite Self Help/ Parenting Books

Today I wanted to share some of my all time favorite books that have helped me so much over the years. Some of these books I have read multiple times depending on when I needed it most. I thought I would share these with you in hopes that they will help you.

First up is one of my all time favorite parenting books: "12 Steps to Becoming a More Organized Mom." This book was a lifesaver for me when our children were young. This is the book where I learned the "five minute quick clean". I still use that tip to this day! Not only does this book help you with organizing your life but, she also shares how to prioritize things so you are not overwhelmed with taking on too much. She also gives tips on becoming a better wife and christian. This is a must read, so do yourself a favor and download it now or buy one asap HERE.

Next parenting Book I highly recommend is "Boundaries With Kids"

In my opinion, one of the most tragic things we have done as a society when parenting, is teach our children that we will clean up the messes they make rather than letting them feel the pain of making bad choices. This creates a child and eventually an adult, that they can make excuses for their bad behavior and never own up to it. "This book helps you teach your kids to take responsibility for their actions, attitudes, and emotions." 

You can purchase Boundaries with Kids HERE

Here a few additional great reads for Parents:

Transparenting

And for those of you who have a strong-willed child, these two books are a MUST!

Parenting with Love and Logic

Strong-Willed Child

Next up: Is Your life out of control?

Do people take advantage of you?

Do you have trouble saying no? 

Do you others to quilt you in to doing things?

If you answered yes to any of these, then this book is for you! Heck, even if you didn't answer yes, do yourself a favor and get this book!

BOUNDARIES

Two books that have changed my spiritual life and helped me grow stronger in a relationship with God were these two amazing books:

Experiencing God

and 

The Purpose Driven Life

It doesn't matter if you are just starting your spiritual journey or a seasoned Christian, these books will change your life. 

I hope you will find any or all of these books as helpful as I have all these years. Mine still sit on my bookshelves so that they are easily accessible to myself or my family members. Enjoy!

Denmark Cottage Chocolate Cake

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This is our favorite chocolate cake! Here is the recipe I have used for years. I perfected it when I had my cake business a few years ago, in fact, this pic was from my business baking days. Even now it's my go to chocolate cake recipe. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!! .

Denmark Cottage Chocolate Cake

In a Kitchen Aid Mixer mixer combine these first five ingredients.

•3 cups all purpose flour (white Lily)
•1/2 cup cocoa sifted (Hershey) •2 cups sugar
•2 teaspoons baking soda•1 teaspoon salt

Mix on low speed with paddle attachment for a few minutes to combine.

Add in:

• 1 cup of coffee • 1 cup water
• 2/3 cup vegetable oil • 2 teaspoons vanilla • 2 tablespoons vinegar

Mixture will be very thin but this is what makes it such a moist cake! Spray two 8 inch cake pans with Wilton Baking spray with flour and pour batter evenly into both pans. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30-35 minutes or until knife inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Do no over bake. Cool on racks.

Denmark Cottage Chocolate icing

•2 sticks salted butter softened •1 teaspoon vanilla (Nielsen Massey)
•2/3 cup cocoa powder (Hershey)
•1 lb confectioners sugar
•1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (for coffee flavored icing, add 2 tablespoons of instant coffee to cream)

Cream butter in Kitchenaid Mixer for 2-3 minutes. Add vanilla. Slowly add confectioners sugar 1 cup at a time. Add cocoa powder. Mix until combined and gradually start adding heavy cream. I like to whip mine on medium high speed to get it fluffy. 

For this particular cake pictured.. I first sliced each 8 inch cake in half and iced in between the layers so I had four layers of cake. I iced the top and outside and then used my hands to coat the sides with  Chocolate Vermicelli (purchase on Amazon). I piped the petals using the Wilton piping tip #125 and then added more chocolate vermicelli to the center. Now I want some chocolate cake!

Download recipe HERE

Eyebrow Tutorial

Eyebrow Tutorial

This is my first video and might be my last, since it took me 10 times to do it😏 please be nice😊

I'm certainly no expert, but I think most makeup artist would agree that Eyebrows can literally change the look of your face. If you are like I was in the beginning, I couldn't ever get the shape right and it would take me entirely too long, at least that was the case, until I found the Sonia Kashuk #27 eyeliner brush. Total game changer for me!! I think it's because of the angle and how narrow it is. The key is to line underneath the eyebrow first then do the same at the top and just fill in the middle of the brow as you go. 

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All You Need is Love....

All You Need is Love....

All you need is love... Oh if only that were true... Relationships would be a lot easier.

 There is no doubt we have all had times in our marriage or relationships (including us), where you lose that passion you once had due to so much happening in your lives. I can remember feeling at the end of the day that I had nothing left in me, especially being intimate. Well fast forward to where we are now and we can truly say we feel as much in love today (if not more), as we did when we first started dating. So how did we get to that place ? 

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Favorite Things Friday

Favorite Things Friday

It's favorite things friday again and since its the Christmas season I thought I would share a few of my Christmas favorites wih you.

First off.. This is my favorite Christmas candle EVER! Every year I get this candle as well as the wallflowers and room spray from Bath N Body Works and my home smells like a fresh cut tree.

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Favorite Things Friday

Favorite Things Friday

Today we wanted to share with you a couple of favorite things. First up is one of My (Tammy's) personal  favorites... a letter written by my great grandmother to her son (my poppy) in 1938. He was in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Washington State. He made $25 per month and would send it all home to his widowed mother. 

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Conflict/Resolution

Conflict/Resolution

Today we want to talk about conflict or disagreements in relationships. After 26 years of being together, we have most certainly had our share of arguments. With most any relationship wether it be friends, family or spouses, there will always be times you don't see eye to eye, but the key to maintaining those relationships is how you handle your disagreements. 

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Favorite Things Friday

Favorite Things Friday

We've decided to start something called "Favorite Things Friday". Every Friday we will post about something that we can't live without. It might be something from the kitchen or something from outside, a beauty product, a favorite shirt, etc. it might be a few things at a time but either way, I think you get the point😉

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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Coffee

This is a favorite of mine on fall mornings and it's super easy to make. I typically use sweet n low but you can use whatever sweetener you like. My cups are from Crate and Barrel and are the perfect size! 

 

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Coffee

12 ounces of coffee

4 tbls. - Coffee-Mate caramel macchiato Creamer

1 packet Sweet N Low

1-2 shakes of McCormick pumpkin pie spice

Reddi Whip extra creamy spray whipped cream

 

Mix all ingredients into coffee except Reddi whip and stir.

Top with whipped cream and add one sprinkle of pumpkin spice over top.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Boot Weather

Im so excited the weather has actually been cool here in Florida and you know what that means?? Boot wearing time! We have been waking up to temps in the low 50's and then it warms up to high 70's low 80's.  This outfit is perfect since I can just remove the sweater if it gets too warm. I recently found theses booties at TJ Maxx and I love them!! They have a little ruffle detail on the top and side and are just the right height. I can't wear anything over 3 inches or it hurts my back (struggles being over forty I guess). Anyway, I hope you are getting some great weather where you are. Happy Fall! Outfit details at bottom of post. 

By the way, fashion is not my expertise and I'm not sure how many of these post I will do 😏 But if you care to see more, just let me know and I will do my best😉.

 

 

OUTFIT DETAILS:

Sweater TJ Maxx (recent in store) similar

Boots TJ Maxx (recent in store) 

Jean leggings Express

Leaf necklace Forever 21 (recent in store)

Earrings clearance at Target (Love These)

Bracelet Charlotte Russ

Purse  Guess

Sleeveless sweater Old Navy similar

Quinoa/Couscous Salad

This is a recipe I recently came up with. I love salads of all kinds... crab salad, Cobb salad, cauliflower salad, seven layer salad, tuna salad, etc. etc. etc. and now I love this salad!! I pretty much make it every other week and eat it for lunch most days. These are the ingredients I typically put in it, but you can leave out what you don't like or put in anything you do.  I normally use feta but wanted to switch it up a bit and try fresh mozzarella. I also used couscous this time but sometimes I use quinoa. 

The dressing I mix into this salad is my go to dressing for every salad I make. People love it! You can find the recipe HERE. 

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Ingredients

1 Box Roasted Garlic and Olive Oil Couscous prepared or 2 cups cooked Quinoa

1 can black beans rinsed and drained

1 cucumber diced with skin on (remove seeds)

1 red bell pepper diced

1 cup sliced cherry tomatoes

1 container of crumbled feta cheese or chopped fresh mozzarella

2-3 green onions chopped

1/4  to 1/2 cups of Vinagrette (recipe HERE)

 

Mix all ingredients together in large bowl and stir with spatula. Pour into decorative bowl and garnish with chopped green onions and whole cherry tomatoes. Serve as a side dish or seal in plastic conatiner and refrigerate. I typically add a little more dressing after its been in fridge.

ENJOY!

Red Wine Vinagrette

This is my go to salad dressing! I always get rave reviews when I use it on my salads. It is also what I use on my Quinoa/Couscous salad. Double the recipe and keep in refrigerator to use whenever you need it.

Red Wine Vinagrette

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

1/2 cup olive oil or canola oil

1/2 sugar ( for low fat version use 8 packettes sweet n low or Splenda )

1 teaspoon dijon mustard

1 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper 

Pour into mason jar and shake. Store in refrigerator up to two to three months.

 

Opposites Attract

Opposites Attract

They say opposites attract.. well that was somewhat the case with us. Todd's very adventurous, loves to be in front of people making them laugh. I on the other hand tend to be a homebody and definitely don't like drawing attention to myself. So how have we made it work for the last 26 years?? Tammy's take on it: Well.. first I had to learn to not take life so seriously. Then I had to open myself up to going on new adventures (which turned out to be some amazing life experiences for me). It would be easier to stay home and be in my comfort zone, but now I know I would have missed out on some life changing moments. There are still times when we might be on an elevator with a group of people and Todd announces he has to hurry and get back to the space shuttle or to an important surgery and I just laugh out of awkwardness and he gets mad because I've ruined his joke. But then I love how sometimes people join in on the fun and I get annoyed when other people look at him crazy . My point is my fellow homebody's or introverts.. relax .. have a little fun, get out of your comfort zone, explore this amazing world with your significant other! It doesn't have to be anything crazy like skydiving or mountain climbing.. just get out and have fun.. I promise you won't regret it and your significant other will love you for it!

 

Todd's take on it: Ok. My turn...One of the ways to meet your significant other halfway if they aren't adventurous, is taking the time to explore what they like. I never was the type of guy that enjoyed a quiet evening at home until I met Tammy. It's cool to sit around the fire pit with a bottle of wine and talk about life, the past and future etc. Read a book together in bed. If you're outgoing and your mate isn't,  never push them into activities they aren't interested in or make them feel bad for not being outgoing. Rather, ease them into something you both agree on. 
Never..  ever.. tell them "loosen up" or ask them "why can't you just have a good time?" That's not how to motivate someone you love. 
If you like to hike don't start out by making your spouse hike a 25 mile trail!!!! One of the things that has worked for us is that I can be that adventurous dude that goes surfing or hiking . I can be me, BUT NEVER so excessive that I ignore what's most important....my wife and family. Everything in moderation.  Balance is the key to most everything.