Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I'm Not a Total Blog Slacker...and last chance to enter giveaway!

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I know you guys probably think I'm a total slacker, but it's really not that!! I have been s-w-a-m-p-e-d SWAMPED!  The past week has been crazy for me, and it doesn't look like there's any end in sight. 

I had to sit at a booth at an inservice for work last week on Thursday.  We had a three day weekend at the lake Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Garret's sister had her baby yesterday(YAY!!), so we spent all last night traveling and seeing the baby and mommy.  I'm working my booth for work again today at inservice number two.  I just found out Garret's parents are staying with us Wed night, which leaves me....ummmm....tonight to clean the house.  Did I mention that I'm still doing my regular job on top of all this? 

Trust me when I say I am not complaining about all the fun stuff I got to do at the lake this weekend. Or the fact that we have an adorable new baby in the family.  And of course, not that G's parents are coming in town.  I love them and it's always nice to spend time with them. 

I just want you all to know I'm sorry I've neglected you, but I promise, it's not because I'm slacking. :-)  Love you all and will get back to you as soon as I can get above water for more than a few seconds!!  In the mean time don't forget today is the last day to enter this giveaway! Thanks for hanging in there with me!!


Thursday, July 19, 2012

New Bathroom Sink and Fittings? Yes Please!

It's obvious I'm a renovation/redo/redecorate fanatic.  My newest obsession-the guest bathroom off of my kitchen.  Especially focusing on the sink.  The sink in our guest bathroom off the kitchen is just a pedestal sink.  I would love to replace the entire thing with a sink that has cabinets below. I love walking through different home stores and dreaming about all the different cabinet hardware, and bathroom fittings.  Picking out a new pretty faucet...oh I wish.  Here are some ideas of what I really love!

And here are some bathroom fittings I love as well!

I love the knobs on this one...

 And this one too!!

The sleek look of this one is really awesome. 
 Picking the fittings would just depend on the sink, and cabinet that I chose.

WHY Did We Buy a House With Light Carpet!?!

I love our house, don't get me wrong.  But what were we thinking purchasing a home with such light carpets?  The thing is, the carpet is really in great condition, so there is no need to replace it at this point.  Give us a couple years with it, and I'm sure all that will change.  The sad part about it is that it's just me and Garret.  There are no children, and no pets!  I mean, yes we have children in our house from time to time, but all the dirt was definitely not tracked in by them.  Garret and I are both really good about removing our shoes, and leaving them on the wood floor before hitting the carpet, but not all the time...

I need to find a good carpet cleaner in the Kansas City area.  I'm sick of trying to fight with it myself.  There is a company down in Texas called The Steam Team, out of Austin.  Here's there website if you are local and want to check it out http://www.thesteamteam.com/austin-carpet-cleaning/. 

I have tried spot cleaning with Oxy clean, I have tried renting the machines at the grocery store, and have borrowed Garret's mom's machine.  Her machine probably worked the best, but the stains underneath the carpet on the pad came back up within a matter of days.  If anyone knows of a good carpet cleaning company in the KC area that's affordable, send them my way!!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

It's Another Giveaway!!! Hurray!

I'm feeling sad now that our last giveaway has ended, so I've created a new one to go along with me kicking things off for new sponsor opportunities!! 

 If you would like to win 30 days of free Large Ad Space here at There's No Place Like Home, you can enter using the Rafflecopter below!  I'm giving away two of these, so good luck to you all!!

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The Original Giveaway Winners, and ALL NEW: Sponsor Spots!!

Hi ladies and gents!  I want to let you all know that There's No Place Like Home is now accepting sponsors!!  I have the prices VERY low right now to kick things off!  I'd like really like to have a great group of sponsors, so I've tried to keep the pricing super affordable.  I can't wait to showcase new blogs and shops to you guys! 

I currently have over 450 facebook fans, as well as a great group of followers here on the blog.  I will be doing numerous facebook shoutouts for sponsors, as well as features and giveaways right here!  If you have a blog or shop, and would like to be a sponsor, you can get all the info RIGHT HERE!  I'd love for you to make There's No Place Like Home a home for you and your blog!!

Okay, now for the giveaway winners of The Original Dish Drying Mat!!

Congratulations to Cat O. and Sandra M.!!!  I will be sending each of you an email here shortly!! 

Thanks to everyone who entered, and you can look forward to many more giveaways in the near future!!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Seagram's Smooth HouseParty!

A few weeks ago I hosted a Seagram's Smooth HouseParty!  Just wanted to show you a few pics!  Don't mind my cluttered garage...

Drinks and party favors ready to go!

All the party guests!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Homemade Chalk Paint Nightstand!!

It's finally less than 100 degrees outside after WEEKS of torture.  I used the opportunity to finish a project I've been dying to get to!  I found a two drawer night stand at a garage sale for $5.00 about a month ago. It was made of pretty cheap material, but I knew I could pretty it up!  Read on for DIY details!

I would love to show you the before picture, but I forgot to take one!  It makes me so mad when that happens!!  I did, however, find one that looks similar to my before to show you if that helps.

Pretend this is my before, because it's fairly close other than a few details.
Here is a pic after two coats of homemade chalk paint.

And here is the finished product!!  I did one coat of clear wax, distressed, then a light coat of dark wax glaze, followed by another coat of clear wax.  Added some new hardware, and called it good!

I have borrowed the chalk paint recipe from 2ndEssence.  I did a half cup plaster of paris, half cup hot water.  Whisk those together, then add one and a half cups paint. Works pretty well I think!

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope everyone has a fantastic week!!  Don't forget to enter the 30 days free Large Ad Space giveaway!

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Original Giveaway!

Everybody get excited! I have a great giveaway today, with two winners! I'm super stoked to do a review of The Original Dish Drying Mat!
When The Original company contacted me and asked if I would try and review their Dish Drying Mat, I was more than willing to. I had been wanting one for quite a while, but never got around to getting one. As much as I've used it since it arrived at my doorstep, I really should have purchased one a LONG time ago!
There are seriously dozens of ways to use this mat. The most obvious is for dishes. I actually have dishes drying on it as we speak. Before, I would let my dishes pile up in the sink until my dishwasher was empty again, but now it's almost easier to hand wash a few things and let them air dry on my Original Dish Drying Mat! 

I use another Original Dish Drying Mat for my paintbrushes and other crafty supplies that I have to rinse out. Before my Dish Drying Mats arrived, I was just wasting a billion paper towels to dry my paintbrushes on. Or setting them in the sink, which I'm pretty sure irritated Garret to no end. Now after I wash them out, I just set that mat out and it's a perfect solution. Especially for someone like me who has wet paintbrushes hanging around 75% of the time!

Giveaway time!!

If you would like to be the proud owner of a brand new Original Dish Drying Mat here's your chance!!  Enter using the Rafflecopter below to win!! I will announce the winners here on the blog, and email the winners as well!!

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I'm So Excited...

Things I'm excited about today:

1. I get to see Magic Mike tonight with two of my best friends.  AMC Cinema Suites style, which I love. Half naked men, reclining seats, dinner and drinks? It doesn't get better than that! (I've heard the movie is not that great, but I'm still not going to be the only woman alive that didn't see it)

2. Garret is out of town for a few days with work for a car show, which means I can do whatever I want.  This will include: painting furniture INSIDE the house without complaint, spend all evening watching all the "Real Housewives" shows I've been wanting to catch up on, and giving myself a mani/pedi.  

3. Garret is out of town for a few days with work for a car show, which means...I only have to clean the house ONCE today, and it will remain clean for the next few days!!! Hurray!!  Side note-I really do love Garret, but I think we can all agree that having a few stress free days to yourself is never a bad thing.

4. Later today I will have a product review/giveaway for something I really love and use every day. Stay tuned!

5. The 5 emptied and clean wine bottles I have on my counter.  The crafty possibilities are endless-Pinterest, here I come!  And no, I did not empty those 5 bottles by myself.  Which brings me to....

6. I have pictures to show you guys of my Seagram's Smooth House Party from last weekend!!  It was hot, but still pretty fun.  I will attempt to get those pics up before I head off to Magic Mike tonight.

7. I almost forgot something! I'm excited to try and finish the 3rd book of the Fifty Shades series!!  I haven't had a minute to breathe over the past week, and I've been dying to read it!  Man, I'm even more excited now!!

Okay, well I have to get to work if I'm going to be home in time to get today's review/giveaway up on the blog.  Thanks for stopping by, happy Thursday!! Isn't it great that it's almost Friday??