High Five for Friday!!

Hey Hey!! It’s Friday!!! And a holiday weekend! Woot! I took off work yesterday so I have to work today. That’s okay. At least there is a 3 day weekend ahead!

Let’s get to it!

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1.  Last Sunday I went to a Lancaster Barnstormers game (a local baseball team).  True story. I was picked by the crazy game guy to play a game where they had three items from the Barnstormers merchandise store. I had to price the three items within $20 to win. Not only did I win this same game two months ago when I was at a game, I won this time with a guess that was spot on $62!! Woot! I totally blame my shopping addiction for my ability to dominate this game! And I scored some flip flops, a travel mug and a shirt!!

2.  My 16 year-old self was totally geeking out this week when I saw the short-lived *NSync reunion on the VMA’s!  Seriously, they need to get back together. That was high quality music people!!  I saw them in high school with third row seats with my BFF.  Not only did I see them, but P-Diddy opened for them. Concert of the millennium! HAHA!

3.  As if you didn’t already know, Labor Day is Monday and work is officially closed! HOORAY! I don’t have any plans other than sleeping in and some house projects. I guess that’s not “laboring”, although I would rather be sitting by a pool somewhere soaking up the last bit of summer!

4. Last weekend I got to go bridesmaids dress shopping for my BFF from high school’s wedding (same one I saw *NSync with!)  I am so happy for her and she is marrying an amazing guy. They are so cute and happy and I am totally honored to be part of her special day. And she let us pick whatever dresses we liked……….so awesome. I’m actually excited to wear the dress!

5.  Yesterday I took off work and went to Hershey Park with my fella. It was great to go, ride some crazy roller coasters and feel like a kid again (especially hitting up the log flume and Tilt A’Whirl). And the free chocolate at the end of the Chocolate World ride doesn’t hurt either! Yum!!

That’s my five. Do you have any plans for the holiday weekend? Any last minute beach going? Totally jealous if so!!!

As always I am linking up with Lauren!!!

Happy Weekend!!

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Silver & Gold – A little Rub’n Buff action

So, I have decided to do a complete makeover of my living room decor.  Everything I have in that room is from my old house, bought specifically for that house.  I used what I had to make it work when I came here, but it just isn’t giving me the warm fuzzies in this “new” house.  So I set out to make some changes for as little cash money as possible!

While I am putting the finishing touches on one of the bigger changes, I’ll share a small change I made that was literally an “under $10, only took 5 minutes” project!!

I was doing a little accessory browsing at TJ Maxx recently and I came across this awesome silver vase for $3.

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I loved its curvy pear shape and the detail of the bottom, but it was the wrong finish for my new living room scheme.

I remembered the amazing invention of this stuff……..

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I have been wanting to try this stuff out for the longest time, but gold wasn’t an option in my house until my new design scheme was born.  So with $6 of Rub’n Buff and my $3 vase, I got to work.

I had read the best method was to apply the paint with your finger tip.  The instructions say to use a brush, finger tip or rag.

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I put a pea-sized glob on my finger and rubbed it on the vase.  A little really goes a long way with this stuff.  Once I covered an area, I let it sit for a few seconds.  Then I took a clean rag and “buffed”, in a circular motion, over the area I just “rubbed” on with my finger.

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Some tips I learned quickly that I figured I would share……….

1.  Make sure each area of the item you are rubbing & buffing is fully covered with the paint. If there are any thin areas, the buffing will easily take some of the color off.

2.  Work sections at a time.  Allowing it to fully dry on each area makes the buffing a little tougher and doesn’t allow for a finish with some variation. So buff as you go rather than rubbing color on the whole thing first then buffing.

3.  The instructions say to use this in a well ventilated area…………follow the directions.  This stuff is pretty strong. I had the windows open in the dining room and the smell was around for a few hours after.

4.  When working with a vase like this, DON’T stick your finger in the top while working on the bottom portion if you don’t want it to get stuck.  I was stuck in this thing like a Chinese finger trap.  After a few minutes of mild panic where I contemplated smashing the vase to get it off (or driving to the ER with a vase stuck on my finger to save the $3 vase), I relaxed and wiggled my finger out!

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5.  The instructions say to use soap and water or mineral spirits to clean your skin when finished.  I just used dish soap and water, and with a little scrubbing, the paint came off pretty easily.

This stuff dries very quickly and after about 5 minutes of rubbing & buffing, the vase was finished. It wasn’t tacky to the touch or anything.

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I left the finish on the bottom of the vase a little splotchy to give it a little more visual interest with just a SMIDGE of the silver poking through.

I love it!! And Rub’n Buff couldn’t be any easier to use!! I’m a fan! I have been thinking what else I can transform throughout the house! Silverware? Cups? Lamps? The whole house may be gold soon!!!

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Sneak Peek!!

Hello Hello!!! First up, I have to admit I have nothing new finished to share. HOWEVER, I feel like I have a million and one projects waiting for me, or that are in the very beginning stages……so there is plenty on the way!!!

But for now, here is a sneak peek of some of the things waiting in the wings!

First up, this baby came in the mail today. So excited to build it and add a personal touch……

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This is the result of a weekend trip to Ikea….two projects waiting in the bag…….

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A quick accessory addition that is totally out of my comfort zone…….

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I have a date with some contact paper one night this week…..

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There is some sewing in my future (which is a problem since I can’t even sew a button on a shirt………)

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And I can’t wait to give this stuff a whirl……..

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So……..that is what is waiting for some attention from me….along with some continued cork removal in the spare bedroom and cabinet staining…….no excuses to not get moving on all of this right?!?! Looks like I have a busy week and weekend ahead of me!!

STAY TUNED!!!!

High Five for Friday (sort of)!!

Hey hey!! It has been two weeks since my last post.  I was away last week on vacation and somehow needed a week to recuperate/do laundry/get back into work/the gym, etc. House projects have totally taken a back seat, hence no posts!!  I definitely need to get myself moving this weekend!

Rather than my normal High Five for Friday post, I am going to do a High Five for Vacation post and share my whirlwind week of vacation with my fella and his daughter.  If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen some of this adventure already.

First stop, Philadelphia……we went to the Philadelphia Zoo and Dave & Busters (restaurant and huge arcade) on the first day….

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I haven’t been to the zoo in years. I loved it!! The giraffes were awesome. I just love them (although the whole time I thought about what an awesome pattern their coat would make for a jacket – faux of course!!!) The flamingos were pretty busy, but the polar bears and gorillas were not.  Check out that guy sleeping with his leg up on the wall! Hilarious!! We spent a good half hour watching two monkeys fight while a giant orangutan just watched in disgust.  Definitely my favorite part of the zoo.

We were staying overnight in Philly so that night we decided to trek down to historic Philadelphia and took in the Liberty Bell (from outside – after hours) and Independence Hall.

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Yes, that really is my fella’s giant nose and glasses. KIDDING!!! I just choose to not put him up here on blast!

Living right outside of Philly all my life, I have never had an authentic Philadelphia cheese steak.  So for dinner we decided to split one from the infamous Pat’s Steaks. We couldn’t decide between Pat’s or Gino’s but the longer line outside of Pat’s sold us.  It was definitely yummy!

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The next day we went to the Franklin Institute (I haven’t been there in years either, but I definitely remember sleeping over for school one time!) and the Camden Aquarium.  IMG_2758

There was some sting ray feeding from the other two in my group but there was no way I was putting a headless fish in the water for those things to eat out of my hand. I just took pictures!!

The next day was an “off” day, but that night I went to my first Phillies game of the season with my mom. I got free tickets and haven’t been to a game yet this year so I had to do it! It was the first time I have gone to a game that they won!!!

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I didn’t realize I took that first picture when a Cubs player was on the screen. Whoops! And I totally love the Phanatic.  He is hilarious.  If I ever find myself out of a job, I’m applying to be the Phanatic.  Fun job!!

The next day we were off to the beach for 3 days.  That is my perfect vacation!! I could spend a lifetime relaxing on the beach listening to the waves and sunning!!

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We did some sundown seashell searching, ferris wheel riding and walking on the boardwalk.  The weather was decent on day 2 and our 3 days flew by.

Next we were off to northern New Jersey to my fella’s sister’s house.  We took in a Yankees game – since he is a Yankees fan.

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Me? Not so much.  He made me wear this shirt after I threatened to wear a Phillies shirt to the game! At least I paid my respects to my home team earlier in the week!

The next day we hit up the NJ State Fair in my fella’s hometown.  That was quite an experience!!!  First up, the animals…..

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There were pig races, a petting zoo, hilarious chickens with mohawks, pigs, and sheep wearing t-shirts.  I just kept walking around saying “look at that one!!!”  This city girl didn’t grow up around animals and my fella just laughed at me the whole time.

Then there was deliciously horrible food to be eaten and interesting sights to be seen……….

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I devoured that corn dog (yes I realize the irony when there were plenty of live pigs to be seen at the fair!) and that funnel cake. I taste tested my fellas sausage and pepper sandwich just to make sure it was okay!!!!   I definitely needed to hit the gym hard when I came back home this week.  But it was delicious!

You could also pay $1 to get into see Spidora the living spider woman (she talks to you!) and the headless woman! It took all self-control to not shell out the $2 to see these wonders of the world! HA!

And then there is this wonder of the world………

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While waiting for the kids on the rides we posed in our bathing suits and got this gem taken.  Hilarious!!!!

Overall it was a good vacation. Lots of time in the car traveling from here to there, but it was fun!!

I’ll be back next week with some house related stuff (hopefully!!)

Happy Weekend!!!!

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High Five for Friday!!!

Happy Friday everyone!!!

This week went pretty fast but was pretty uneventful!  Here goes my top fives for the week!

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1.  I read online about an app called Slice.  It advertises that it keeps track of everything you buy online.  I buy a fair amount of things online. Clothes from J Crew Factory, some various home decor items, and books from Amazon.  I like to track my packages but hate scrolling through my email for the various tracking emails.  Slice will access your email account, identify shipping emails and keep track of all of your shipments in one place. It includes shipping estimates, delivery notifications, etc.  I love it!! Much handier than checking back through my emails all of the time.  And it’s free!

2.  I have been working out 4 times a week for the past year and a half.  If I don’t go to the gym on my normal days I feel grouchy and in need of some exercise.  However, the gym gets boring and tedious.  Flowers like this make running outside so much better than running at the gym!! And short breaks to snap pictures always helps too!

3.  I went to an “indoor” pool party (rain forced us to have the party away from the pool and inside) with a group of new friends.  I had heard about how AWESOME grilled angel food cake is and found this recipe on Pinterest.  I took angel food cake for grilling, key lime pudding and raspberries to the party.  This picture is NOT mine.  Me and everyone else ate our dessert too fast for me to snap a picture!! The grilled angel food cake was amazing and smelled even more amazing! I want to just grill some up to make my house smell heavenly!

4.  My fella lives in an area of Pennsylvania where produce stands are plentiful.  I stopped last weekend to stock up on tomatoes, zucchini and cucumbers.  I decided to make toasted cheese and tomato sandwiches.  My dad used to make these for me when I was very little and to this day I love them! A slice of bread, American cheese, tomatoes and pepper, toasted in the oven for 4-5 minutes. DE-LICIOUS!!! I have been craving more ever since I had these for lunch!

5.  And lastly, today is my last day of work!! I am on vacation next week and absolutely cannot wait! I will be spending a few of those days at the beach.  My soul is aching for the beach!! If I don’t get to the beach each summer my life is incomplete!!! Come on 4:00!!!

Hope you all have a fab weekend!!! Happy Friday!!!

Linking up with Lauren.
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