Boys Subway Wall Art ~ FREE Printable!

by Laura on March 20, 2014

I have found that I have an obsession with fonts. A good font makes me sooo happy!

When decorating little man’s room, I wanted to make framed art work that would still look “cool” in a few years.

I used picmonkey to create a custom art piece. Click on it below to download it for FREE! I’m hoping to add more of these soon. I have a whole file folder of fun creations!

I created a reading corner for little man. Bean bags, books, and randomness have happened. I love all the unique pieces that I’ve found. Aiden is most productive with his homework on that bean bag.

Decorate boys room on a budget

And of course I had to capture Aiden’s bean bag goodies. {action figures, mp3 player, book light, book marks, nerf bullets}

I love little boys and their imaginations.

Bean bag goodies

Here’s my supply list….unhealthy obsession with thrift stores revealed!

Decorating boys room for cheap

There are so many fun subway word art images on the internet. I wanted to create my own, complete with some of my favorite fonts!

I found this clear plastic box frame at the thrift store. I love its chunkiness and clean design. I’ve seen these at Hobby Lobby. They have a cardboard backing, so they are pretty cheap, but pretty awesome!


If your needeing a unique art for that little stinky boy, I think this one works perfectly….and it’s FREE!

DOWNLOAD ART HERE for 8 x 10 image

subway wall art for boys room



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Thai Noodle Salad

by Laura on March 7, 2014


I have been searching for so long. For the perfect Thai Noodle Salad dressing. Ever since an old co-worker made this amazing Thai Salad, I have been searching. I finally found it!!

It is a little spicy, sweet and salty….amazing!

 I love that you can use any vegetables you have on hand to toss in this salad. I also added chicken to this for the fam fam.

Thai Salad

It is so colorful!

Thai Noodle Salad Recipe

  • 8 oz Rice Noodles
  • 1 pound chicken tenderloins
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 3 Carrots
  • 1 Cucumber
  • Green Onions
  • Cilantro
  • Lime

Thai Dressing (amazing dressing!)

  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 6 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce (Briggs Amino)
  • 4 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Sriracha sauce
  • 4 Tablespoons lime juice
  1. Cook the noodles according to directions. FYI- I overcooked these slightly and they will get pretty soft if you overcook them. Beware of mushy noodles!
  2. Cook chicken in pan with oil. After they have cooked through and they are diced, add 2 TBSP of cornstarch and mix with chicken. Add 1/4 of the dressing you have made to the chicken.This creates a yummy thick coating.
  3. Dice all the vegetables, and keep them raw.
  4. Combine all the ingredients. (chicken, veggies, and the rest of the dressing)

If you like it really saucy, just double that dressing recipe.

To make this vegetarian simply delete that chicken!

Check out more yummy food ideas here –> Recipes



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Our Closet Re-Model….Better Late Then Never

by Laura on February 7, 2014

Have you ever been without closet place for over 2 years…you know sharing your daughters closet {thats 3 feet of space}, MM having to hang his clothes in an antique wardrobe designed for a 5 yr old.  Well if not you are not missing out.

We have FINALLY finished our master bedroom closet, well not completely, but enough that my clothes are hanging and my shoes have a home.

To get this far we started from scratch, building walls and all.

Here is the bare wall start….yikes!


Let’s go down remodel road….


Texturing the wall phase.


MM staining the concrete floor. { Click here to see our concrete  floor tutorial! }


I love this line from Lowes : Allen & Roth  We have used a smaller cylinder version of this outdoor light in our hallways and above the kitchen sink. They are dark black brown color. My favorite part is the “X” design with the metal on the sides.   SO don’t forget to check the outdoor lighting section – especially when looking for that metal industrial look!


almost finished….


MM built  one large wrap around shelf up high with clothing rods attached.  We also went ahead and built the bottom shelf that also wraps around the closet. This will serve as the base for my future built-in storage and drawers….someday!

We built the shelving out of 4×8 sheets of plywood. We had Home Depot rip these into 16″ sections. It was the perfect depth for the top and bottom shelving.

For the front trim of each shelve we used 1×2′s.


Boom…Clothes inserted…

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For more DIY Goodness , Check out our DIY page for more Home remodeling ideas.


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DIY Installing Sliding Glass Patio Doors !

by Laura on December 21, 2013

Oh this little project has been in the works for a little bit. Our actual living room area has only 1 large window. So I was desperate to cut a hole in our wall. Luckily I have this amazing Markie Mark that can make my crazy plans happen.

So my plan was to install lovely sliding glass doors that lead out to new concrete patio….and easier access to the back yard, because for some reason walking an extra 30 feet is too much!

We bought a 6 foot sliding glass door  from Lowes. This door was $298- it was the best price we found for a new one – even better than ReStore/Craigslist!

We started by cutting out the drywall inside the house.

Our opening was approx 4 inches wider than the door frame on both sides to allow for new door framing space.  The height was approximately 12 inches taller than the door frame to allow for a new header.


So this may have been our view for a week or two…..We ran into electrical work that had to be re-routed around the door….there is never a simple easy project here!

To get this section cut out MM used a masonry saw to cut through the limestone wall. He did this from the outside. We rented a masonry saw from Home Depot. He also purchased a Masonry blade.


MM Measured his lines, marked them, and began to cut. Wear a mask and glasses….it’s extremely dusty!!


DIY Install Patio door in Brick or Limestone wall


Then it was demo time….aka child labor day around here :) From inside we used hammers to knock out the wall. It actually came down pretty easy once we got a good chunk knocked out. And the kids thought this part was cool.



** Bonus ** We recycled the Limestone rocks for our new Fire Pit area in the backyard!


Here is the view after all the rock was chipped out. The header was installed. And 2 x 4′s were installed on either side to create a frame for the door to be installed.


Installed just in time!  I’ll admit, I nearly cried trying to help MM install this. It was super heavy….luckily I work out sporadically.

DIY Install Patio door in Brick or Limestone wall

Here is a view from the outside. We screwed the door into our frame. Used the Door/Window Flashing tape around the edges.

DIY Install Patio door in Brick or Limestone wall

All the drywall got patched up, and MM installed trim around the door.

DIY Install Patio door in Brick or Limestone wall

Door wall in progress!  All that yummy light!

DIY Install Patio door in Brick or Limestone wall

Here she is all finished.  I purchased the curtains from Home Goods and added about 12 inches of grey silk to the bottom of each panel for added length.

DIY Install Patio door in Brick or Limestone wall

I absolutely love how this door turned out. It brings in so much light and really opens up the Living Room!

We are now working on our Master Closet!! We have been sharing closets with the kids, clothes stacked in plastic bins, and stuffed in drawers. I can not wait for this thing to get done!

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I built a bookshelf….all by myself

by Laura October 3, 2013

mmmm Yes that’s right. I built a bookshelf. A real life size one. All Wood. No help was needed from MM….crazy! My Sweet client Heather, who I’ve been privelged to do some projects for, asked for a wooden bookshelf. After drawing up some designs for her we decide to base our design off of Ana [...]

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Baby Boy’s Baseball Nursery

by Laura September 9, 2013

My sweet friend , Miss C, created a wonderful boys nursery for her much anticipated baby boy! Now this was no normal pregnancy, after many Dr.appointments, tears, laughter, and long prayers Mr. J finally arrived a few weeks ago. Miss C finished his room just in time and I was able to give them this [...]

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DIY: How To Pour a Concrete Patio

by Laura August 7, 2013

It’s coming up on our 1 year anniversary of buying this ole’ house!! I am pretty sick of working inside. I have come to loathe painting and mudding over drywall! SO enough griping. We switched gears and started on the backyard makeover. {which totally makes sense…right} We installed sliding patio doors that lead out to [...]

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15 Unique Window Treatments – DIY & Easy!!

by Laura July 11, 2013

Okay so we all know I have Curtain anxiety….I’m always so indecisive at the store, and sometimes I just don’t want all that fabric around my windows. Well I have teamed up with Hometalk to create this pretty awesome board…   “Unique Window Treatments” hop on over there and check it out and see what [...]

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July 4th & DIY Mason Jar Lights

by Laura July 10, 2013

We have spent our 2nd Annual July 4th Celebration with M&M {Homestead Love}. It’s always relaxing there, playing washers, chit-chatting, eating, eating, riding the golf cart, chasing Miss E around, and just being with our sweet family! We got the chance to squeeze in a little DIY craft project : Mason Jar Lummineers …. Mason [...]

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July 4th Trivia…feel smarter than your kids

by Laura July 3, 2013

I’m a failure. There is not a hint of July 4th decor in my house or around my house. No pinterest project to show my craftiness. No bundled flag wreath on the door. I’m sorry blog moms.  I’m gonna go with the gift of knowledge this year…your welcome! I love nerdy history questions & I [...]

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