Catching Up

Life has gotten really busy lately. Even though I am in the midst of project as always, a lot has been left undone. The kids are growing fast and it seems that this just goes so quickly that if I  get too preoccupied with things that are fun but not as important, I feel I will be missing so much of these short, busy years with them. A lot has happened in The Family Fun Spot Family.
First, if you are reader of this blog you know that I blog a lot about my home country of Uruguay. Well, this past month I became a United States citizen. I used to have conflicting feelings about this because I used to think that I was sort of betraying my country for doing this. After some “emotional work,” I realized that those thoughts were not true. I will probably live here for the rest of my life, and even though it is true that I was not born here, my family was. My husband, our wedding, the kids…all american. So I call Uruguay my home country and the U.S.A my “adoptive” country that I love so much. I love everything about America and I am proud to be an american citizen. I just wanted to share this with you. If you are unaware of the naturalization process, it requires passing a government, history and civics test and doing an oath.

Me and the hubby in the oath ceremony
We celebrated important milestones in our family.
Our middle son turned 8! He got baptized and became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

(Got this free printable from Pinterest)
We had a luncheon at church with our friends. My son shared his baptism with another friend, a girl born only two weeks after him.

Cupcake toppers from Etsy (Tamy Ray Cards and Print)

We also had the Pinewood Derby. A little bittersweet since it was my oldest son’s last one and my younger son’s first one!
They got 2nd and 3rd place!
 My cute little princess had her dance recital
And many, many more things! We are also in the middle of planning our vacation. I am so excited about that! To top it off, we are switching the kids’ rooms so you know what that means…makeovers! Stay tuned for that. Each child will have his or her own bedroom. For now, feast you eyes upon the inspiration for the changes (and yes, they will not look EXACTLY like this but kind of similar (the thrifty way)
And for the boys something like this:
Stay tuned!

From Ugly to Pretty

Long ago I purchased this lamp at the Goodwill for 4.99. It was ugly but I saw the potential.

I wanted something for my little office that would bring some gold color, but of course I did not want to pay too much in getting a new one. So I tried the Rustoleum metallic gold paint and let me tell you, this product is AWESOME! (and no, I am not getting paid or sponsored) 


I cleaned it up really well and let it dry. Then I taped the light bulb area with tape and covered the wire with aluminum foil. I gave it a light spray, let it dry and repeated the process three times. I did not even applied primer and the paint still looks good!

I love how shiny it looks and how smooth it is!

Quick and easy “new” lamp for less than $10!!!

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Kitchen Update: The Floor

Happy New Year! I hope you had a great beginning of 2015! We sure did even though we had a green Christmas but a white 2015 with below 0 temperatures…that is OK. We read books, played games, watched movies and had some yummy hot cocoa, so it was not that bad.
Today I am sharing with you our new floor in the kitchen and living room. We actually wanted to change the floor for quite some time, but thought that we were going to wait some more. Thanks to black friday deals, we could not pass this opportunity by because the floor we wanted was 50% off! So we jumped right into it and yes, my adorable husband spent more than 14 hours putting in the floor (and had to visit his chiropractor couple of days after…) The name of the floor is Alameda Hickory by Traffic Master  and we love the color even better than the Brazilian Cherry we have downstairs…wish this one was available at Home Depot when we started changing the floor….

First, the tedious job of ripping carpet…satisfying at the same time!

This carpet was so old and really dirty. My oldest has allergies to dust mites so this had GOT to go!

The worst part is taking off the darn staples from the carpet pad underneath…

The kiddos had a blast ripping off the old laminate. They love to help out with projects!

Dinning area with old laminate…

 Kitchen…

 Sorry for the horrible pics, the lighting was really bad…

Yes, it was a really big mess but worth it!

Installing the underlayment for the floor…
Always start with a corner, and then stagger the planks.

Looking better already

What a difference! We also changed the trim as well.  Here is is, with the room decorated for Christmas…

We did all this for less than $300 for the whole kitchen and living room. This floor is really easy to maintain. We love it!

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas + Little Kitchen Tour

It has been crazy around here. We have been sick plus sick some more but very blessed as well. We had a great Thanksgiving and we enjoyed our time off with family and good friends. After a GLORIOUS meal my BFF Emiley and I went shopping a little (we do it more for fun than we do it for shopping itself, just some girl night out time!) My husband and I usually go in the morning as our older boys sleep over at grandma’s with the cousins.
We have been getting ready for Christmas and the kids could not wait one more second to decorate the house. However, we found a GREAT deal on the floors we wanted for our kitchen while we were at Home Depot…49 cents a square foot! Whaaaaat? so half the price. We went ahead and started working on tearing off carpet and old laminate and replacing the kitchen and  living room with new floors. To the kids disappointment, we all had to wait to put the Christmas tree until our floor was done. I will show you pictures of the before and after of that in another post. To top it off, our fridge started leaking like crazy as my husband was putting the new floor and we had to end up getting a new fridge (I know, darn it, right?). But it was pretty old and was not worth it to invest in fixing it.
I love decorating for Christmas since it is my favorite Holiday. I like simple things, and I did not want to spend money in the decorations. Homemade decorations, free printables, some stuff we already had and getting something new for this year was my goal.
Prepare for TONS of pictures…

The smaller pillows are placemats from Target that I opened up and stuffed up with batting… 3.99 each!

I found this garland in the dollar section at Target and I use it to display cards:
My beautiful friend Patricia

This deer was on sale for $8 I think…

I printed “Silent Night” and “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” from HERE and used frames that I already had.

Homemade ornaments, and some ornaments the kids have made during the years are so precious…

Dollar Tree ornament…

 Our first Christmas together…2003! Look how young we were!

We love to do our advent every night and read from the story of Luke in the Bible about the birth of our Savior. We enjoy hot cocoa and marshmallows by the tree since we do not have a fireplace.

My daughter loves her felt Christmas tree I made two years ago using my Silhouette Portrait machine for the ornaments plus some cheap snowflakes from the dollar store.

 We have a hot cocoa buffet with marshmallows and candy canes.

Hello there!

We have a collection of our favorite Christmas books. I will share them with you soon.

The kitchen
I have had a lot of you ask me when I was going to post pictures of our kitchen. I guess now is the time. We are actually pretty much done with the kitchen. We started back in February when our faucet broke. We got this one from Amazon and it has been great!. We then proceeded to change the sink that was all scratched and painted the countertops using Giani Granite Paint.
Then the hardest part of the whole makeover: painting the cabinets. You can click on the link for the tutorial. The hardware is from HERE and HERE.
Here are some more pictures of the kitchen decorated for Christmas…
These canisters are from Walmart, the chalkboard labels are from Hobby Lobby

This little Christmas tree is from the Goodwill, 2.99!

 My antique scale is from Etsy, the cheese thingy is from the Goodwill. The “rosemary” box is from TJMaxx.

Sorry about the crock pot, but dinner was in the making…chicken tacos!

More details…the “peace, love and joy” plates are from the Goodwill, the kitchen towel is from H&M Home. Have you checked their home stuff ? it is AWESOME!
It is all about family. 
Sneak Peaks from the boy’s room:
Little Princess:
And some Christmas decor in our bedroom:
             
Hope you got enough pictures. We are having a great time this Christmastime remembering the birth of our Savior and creating memories. Have a Merry Christmas!
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Tale of a Little Side Table

Good morning friends! Sorry I have been absent from the blogging world, but we have been SICK! And ya know, when one kid gets sick all the others do as well, including parents. I am still recovering but apparently it is a slow process. I got one bug after another non stop and it has been a rough couple of weeks for our family. Since I have been indoors and taking things easy (and made a few exceptions for going to work at the Dental Office) I have been working on  some of my projects that have been abandoned in my dusty to-do-list.
I have been changing some things in my daughter’s room (she loves when I move furniture around, but the thing is that her room is so tiny that I do not have many options though!) Her room is white, pink and gold and I have been wanting to incorporate some mint colors as well. She loves it. One of the walls has gray and white stripes and I am planning on replacing those with gold vinyl polka dots.

FYI: that pink rug from Homegoods was a Goodwill find of only $7. I actually WASHED it in my washer machine (yes, you read it right) and dried it outside, then I fluffed it with a comb. My daughter LOVES it because it is so comfy for reading!
I  am not the biggest fan of pink but my daughter sure is, and I let her have her room her way, after all this is her place. Some time ago I found a cute little table at the Goodwill for $9 that looked like this:
It had marker writings on the top and looked pretty beaten up, so I cleaned it, sanded it a little bit and painted it all white.
It looked like this for the longest time but I thought it was too blah…plus this also happened:
Artistic hands took a hold of it!
While in Michaels, I came across this:
chalk paint + color I was looking for + only 8 bucks + 40% coupon= HEAVEN! 
This meant NO PREP for painting!!! YAY!  I started painting, and I had in my mind how I wanted it to be: mint, white and gold!

 (my daughter loves this birdie)

Much better! Now it is not so boring!
After the paint was dry I waxed it with Annie Sloan clear wax and painted the edges of the drawer with gold metallic acrylic paint and a small brush. I also spray painted the hardware with Rusteoleum Gold Metallic Spray paint…(BTW, this paint is the BOMB!)
All three stages:
Stay tuned for her bedroom transformation. If you know us, you know it will be cottage-y, girly with tons of thrifty finds and homemade accents…

Trash to Treasure: New Life to Old Lamps

I have been looking for a set of lams for my family room. I live in a tri-level home so the family room downstairs can be a little dark despite having two big windows and recessed lights. I wanted something cottage-y, distressed or patina-like. I saw some awesome lamps at Target (my absolutely FAVORITE store I can’t live without) but they were $49.99 a piece. For a frugal girl like me that is too much for a lamp. However, I must confess that one day I even put them in my cart when my mind told me “go ahead”, but then my heart told me the price was outrageous and I decided to follow my heart (I needed two ;-)…no way! EVAH)
So off the the Goodwill I went. I found these pair of matching lamps for $12.99 and I though they could be saved:

They needed some work but overall were in good shape. They even came with the lampshades that are no that bad, I might use them for further projects. They were just not what I wanted for my family room.
First, I cleaned them very well with water and soap and let them dry. Then I applied two coats of Rustoleum Spray Primer. 
Then I applied two coats of Rustoleum “Slate Blue” it is a gorgeous color!

Even though the color was beautiful it wasn’t what I had in mind and I wanted to do sort of a glaze to antique them a little. So I used some leftover Americana glaze in dark walnut.
I applied it with a cloth and then I wiped it down with a damp cloth. A little goes a long way!
Here you have them with and without the glaze:

After I wiped off the excess glaze, I applied a coat of Annie Sloan’s clear wax (my all time FAV)

Then I found some shades at…yes, you got it! TARGET on CLEARANCE for 13 dollars that still fit what I wanted. 
So here they are now:
Must reads on the table” Stand a Little Taller” by Gordon B Hinckley that my grandma Lu gave me once for Christmas and “Your Happily Ever After” by Dieter F. Uchdorf

I LOVE the extra shine  and protection that the wax gives them!
Now they fit perfectly in my family room for only $26 dollars! 
Pillow covers are from another FAV store: H&M!, throw and frames from TJMaxx, table is hand me down from my in-laws and painted, basket is from JCPenney outlet
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