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Once upon a time I used to share my recipes here. These Lemon Cream Muffins inspired me to start again. On the Sundays my twins are with me, I try to make breakfast for some yummy family time. The recipe … Continue reading

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May 2016 in the Books

May 2016 is in the books and it was a crazy month full of tests! My last CPCU test, and the kids had AP tests and finals. Here’s to remembering how to relax this summer.May Trunk Makeover

-.2 – Pounds  in May

2 – Blog posts, including my first attempt at a makeover of a piece of furniture

1 – Book read, but it was a for fun book – The Secret Lives of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

May gifts3 – Pieces of new luggage and succulents, thanks to my thoughtful kiddos

7 – Social events, there were some serious celebrating this month

9 – Friends at a celebration dinner at Abuelos

15 – Projects completed, including a couple of steps to some new blog projects in the works

24 – Workouts this month

32 – Photos on Instagram in MayMay Minion

582 – Just Wanna Be Me page views

117,397 – Pinterest impressions

Now that May is the books, it’s on to June with all of it’s adventures and challenges. I’m plugging along on my goals for 2016, how about you?

Top Posts of May 2016

  1. Book Theme Party
  2. Humilty Family Home Evening
  3. Spiritual Thoughts Family Home Evening
  4. Pizza Nachos
  5. Summer Goals
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Coffee Table Trunk Makeover

Trunk MakeoverI’ve had this wooden white trunk since I was a kid. It’s been my coffee table for the last three years. The problem with a wooden box as a coffee table is it’s a pretty hard on my heels when I prop up my feet. I finally remedied the situation by adding a cushion top and dressing it up with some style. I wish I would have remembered to take a before picture.

I started with some cute fabric with cool skeleton keys printed on it, because I love keys. As cute as the fabric was, the background was too light for my room. So, I tea stained it in a huge pot filled with boiling water and 40 tea bags for about 15 minutes.

Trunk MakeoverThe next part required some serious muscle grease in sanding down the trunk to bare wood and making it nice and smooth. Then I added a couple of coats of paint to the base. I covered the top with 2″ foam and wrapped the tea stained fabric around it and stapled it securely to the inside of the lid. If I had it to do again, I would have cut the foam to be slightly bigger than the top of the trunk. I also would have added a thin layer of batting along with the fabric to add a little more padding around the edges.

I’m pretty happy with how first furniture makeover turned out. The trunk is unique and matches my decor. And I got to learn a few new techniques along the way. I have plenty of decorating projects on the planning board, but I’ll have to find another furniture project.

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April 2016 in the Books

CPCU

April CPCU

Another month down, and April 2016 is in the books. I’m approaching my last big test to complete my CPCU, an insurance designation, and I’m pretty overwhelmed. After my test, I’ll catch up on all those things that are building up while I’ve been studying.

-.2 – Pounds lost in April. My first weight loss this year.

2 – Blog posts, including my heartfelt Leaving Motherhood post.

3 – Books read. including my last CPCU book!

12 – Social events, I was sure a social butterfly last month! There was a couple of girl’s nights out and a couple more where we let boys come too, there was family dinners and even a birthday for a cute little boy.

April Party14 – Projects completed, including finishing my taxes and I helped my daughter with her’s too. I’m so glad tax season is over.

23 – Workouts this month, one of my goals I’m doing well on.

38 – Photos on Instagram in April.

1301 – Words added to my new project. I’m not doing good at finishing a project, but right now I need to work on whatever story is in my heart.

1044 – Just Wanna Be Me page views, more than twice as many as last month!

64,650 Pinterest views.

Last month was crazy. Crazy busy. There were some good days, and some really bad days. But life keeps rolling along. Every day is a new opportunity to learn, grow and move forward. Here’s to another month to discover and explore.

Top Posts of April 2016

  1. Book Theme Party
  2. Humilty Family Home Evening
  3. Leaving Motherhood
  4. Summer Goals
  5. Raingutter Regatta
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