Monday, August 25, 2014

Bedroom Digital Art

I went to college to be a graphic designer. Even though I don't use graphic design in my day to day office job, I love to be creative and use my talents to decorate our house. 

We recently redesigned our master bedroom. I wanted to have a simple piece of artwork in our room, so I decided to do some sort of love quote. 

I have noticed that chalkboard art has been a recent trend. I decided to combine the chalkboard look with typography to create a custom piece of artwork for our master bedroom!

Here is the design I came up with. I have created some additional pieces in alternative colors for you to use. You can right click and save as. Enjoy!









Until next time,

Kara





Friday, August 22, 2014

Rental Property Remodel Update

We purchased the property right next door to our house back in the summer as an investment property. We have been in full renovation mode since.

The house was a beautiful stone home, built in 1950. The curb appeal was where the beauty stopped.   



This was a foreclosure home, so we knew before we even looked at the house that there would be some issues. However, the house was a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home with a good layout. It also had a attached one car garage, a detached two car garage and a fenced in backyard. So to us it was a great investment and why not start with a house right next door to your own?!?

We saw the "for sale" sign posted on a Friday and made an offer on Monday. We got our offer accepted, so the renovations began!

The house was very dirty and smelly on the inside. The previous home owners obviously had gotten used to the smell. It was a mixture of smoke, pet odor, pet urine and musty/wet smell. Let me just tell you that the hubby couldn't stand to be in there without wanting to gag. Once we painted all the walls and ripped up the carpet the smell was mostly gone, but once we sanded the hardwood floors it really helped our smell issue!


The entire house got a fresh coat of paint.We painted all the walls and ceilings in the house. We were trying to go for a neutral color since the house was smaller. I wanted it to feel more open. 



The hubby didn't want to paint the ceilings, until this picture when he painted white paint on top of what should have been white. What a difference a little paint can make!



Since we plan for this property to be a rental property, we wanted to refinish the hardwood floors. In the long run it will be cheaper than constantly having to replace carpet. They turned out fantastic! They still need the polyurethane coats, but then we will really be in business.



We laid down laminate flooring in the kitchen. It's much easier than I thought it would be! My brother-in-law and I managed to tackle it without many issues.



I removed terrible wall paper borders down in the kitchen and bathroom. Let me tell you the inventor of wall paper should be shot. It is terrible to take off the wall, even with wall paper remover gel spray. Talk about making a mess!

We took care of the whole musty smell by adding two dehumidifiers down in the basement. Talk about a huge difference. I don't know why more people don't invest in them. It's under $200 to keep from having mold and mildew show up!



We still have a lot of little things to do. Add trim to the kitchen and bathroom, polish the kitchen cabinets, add the handles back to the kitchen cabinets, add appliances, paint all the air vents, put all the light switches back on, lay the bathroom and back entry floors, paint the window trim and baseboards. I feel like we knocked out a lot of our big projects, but we have a lot to go before our new renter lives there in October.

But I think we are well on our way to a great investment property!

Until next time,

Kara




Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Office...it never gets old!

School is back in full swing and so is golf season! The hubby is not getting home until about 8:00 every night, so everything has been hectic!

When he gets home he likes to unwind. We either end up playing Tiger Woods on the X-box or watching Netflix. Lately, we have been watching The Office. 

We have seen every episode and some of them ten times, but they are timeless. I don't think I would ever get tired of them.


Here are just some funny quotes and moments from the show!

















Until next time,

Kara

Friday, August 8, 2014

Book Series Recommendations!


I absolutely love to read. I am a major nerd when it comes to reading and getting immersed into the story and characters!

I have read the following book series and would recommend them to all my friends!

My Hubby doesn't understand how I can read a book series and then eventually re-read the book series again... well I know what happens, but I love the story so much I don't care. I just want to re-read it again!

These are some of my favorites!

1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

This is my oldest series favorite. I think I started reading the books when I was 10 or 11. I remember having to buy the books the day they came out and having to go see the movies the weekend they came out in the theaters!





It's a magical story about a young boy finding out he is a wizard and his famous story that he is just finding out. It's a story about growing up, friendship, love, family and adventure! How could you not be spell bound?

I can't wait to one day read these to my own kids.

2. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I actually didn't read this series until I saw the first movie. I didn't think it would be something that I liked. However, after seeing the first movie and reading the entire series the following week, I am hooked!

I cannot wait until November when Mockingjay, Part 1 comes out! My Hubby likes the movies too, so he will go to the movies with me to watch this. I personally love Jennifer Lawrence as an actress so I'm glad she plays Katniss.



The Amazon synopsis is:

"In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love."


3. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

This is another book series I enjoyed in my high school/college period of time! I know its a silly book, but I still love it. I also just rewatched the movies!


The Wikipedia synopsis is:
"Twilight is a young-adult vampire-romance novel by author Stephenie Meyer. It is the first book of the Twilight series, and introduces seventeen-year-old Isabella "Bella" Swan, who moves from Phoenix, Arizona to Forks, Washington and finds her life in danger when she falls in love with a vampire, Edward Cullen. The novel is followed by New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn."

4. Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris

When I first heard of the HBO show TrueBlood I just laughed. I was like who would watch that? OK, I have a confession.... I love it now! Well the show is really just the result of the book series written by Charlaine Harris.

It was a great series to read. I think there are a total of like 14 books. I finished them within a month. I just never could put my books down... my Hubby was glad when I finished it because he was getting ignored for a full month! If you have seen the HBO series, don't think the books will be identical. The HBO series was inspired by the books, but they don't follow them very closely. I loved the books way more than the show. They are just so much more exciting!


The Amazon synopsis is:

"Cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse is no typical Southern belle. She can read minds. And she’s got a thing for vampires. Which, in a town like Bon Temps, Louisiana, means she’ll have to watch her back—and neck... "

5. Game of Thrones- Song of Fire & Ice by George RR Martin

This is a complex book series to read. It is well written, but there are a ton of characters to keep up with!

I started by watching the HBO Game of Thrones series. The Hubby was going to be gone on a weekend bachelor party and so I wanted something to do, so I rented the series from the library. It was okay, but I felt like I would really enjoy the series if I knew more about what was going on.

Well the book series provide ample detail and I really enjoying watching the HBO series after reading the books. It all just fell into place! I would recommend, but they are pretty long, so don't be overwhelmed!


Amazon synopsis is:
"Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King’s Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert’s name. There his family dwells in peace and comfort: his proud wife, Catelyn; his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon; his daughters Sansa and Arya; and his bastard son, Jon Snow. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse—unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season.

Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances. Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the lovely but cold Cersei, his son, the cruel, vainglorious Prince Joffrey, and the queen’s brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister—the first a swordsman without equal, the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind. All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms.

Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Prince Viserys, heir of the fallen House Targaryen, which once ruled all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki—whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him: his beautiful yet innocent sister, Daenerys."



I hope maybe this gave you a new idea of a book series to pick up or maybe just reminded you to go back and remember one you read before!

Until next time,

Kara






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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars!

I am always on the look out for good deals at the grocery. Well I came upon the Manager's Special aisle and found a few cake mixes on sale for $.79 each because the boxes were bent.

I bought like 7 mixes! However, the Hubby doesn't like cake. He will eat it if we are at a birthday party or a wedding, but he will never request it. For his birthday I will either make cookies or brownies, because he doesn't want cake.


I decided something needed to be done with some of these mixes! I decided to search Pinterest for ideas. I stumbled across people using cake mixes to make cookies! SCORE!

These are super easy to throw together for an easy after dinner desert!



Cake-Mix Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

1 Yellow or White Cake Mix
2 eggs
5 T butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups of chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 in pan. Mix all ingredients together, then add in chips and mix, spread into the pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. Let bars cool slightly before cutting into squares.

You could adjust this mix to your family's likes or dislikes. You could add butterscotch chips, white chocolate, peanut butter or anything really!

The Hubby said he liked them too!

I hope you enjoy!


Until next time,

Kara