August Monthly Meal Plan

I am back with a new August Meal Plan. Sorry that I have been a bit MIA but life is a bit different now and I was in no mood to do monthly meal plans or much of anything else to be honest with you guys. But life must go on and one way for me to keep things in order is to have my meals planned out for us. I am still including grill recipes because it is still Summer here even though it doesn’t feel that way when you go to the stores and shelves are filled with Halloween candy and Fall decor. I have also created a new Cooking Channel on Youtube and you can watch a full video on what my thought process is when it comes to my monthly meal planning

My August Meal Plan

The reason why I write it all out in pencil is because in case I want to change things around. I also wanted to share my new menu board that I created on my DIY channel. I love using it every week

Here are some of the new recipes that I will be trying out this month

Thai Chicken Satay with Peanut sauce https://carlsbadcravings.com/thai-chicken-satay-with-peanut-sauce-recipe/

Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs (because we were suppose to be in Hawaii ) https://www.cookingclassy.com/hawaiian-chicken-kebabs/

Grilled Shrimp https://valentinascorner.com/grilled-shrimp-recipe/#recipe

Santa Fe Chicken https://www.spendwithpennies.com/santa-fe-chicken-packets/

Bacon Ranch Chicken https://www.dinneratthezoo.com/bacon-ranch-chicken-foil-packets/

Chicken Sandwich (COPYCAT CHICK-FIL-A SANDWICH) https://cincyshopper.com/copycat-chick-fil-a-sandwich/

Chilli Lime Chicken https://rasamalaysia.com/chili-lime-chicken/#mv-creation-50

You can also get all of these recipes on my Summer Dinner Board on Pinterest https://pin.it/1VbmKjo

And if you need more inspirations on meal planning make sure you check out all the rest of the meal planning posts as well as my meal planning video on my Cooking Channel

Happy Reading

Sonja

Gallery Wall

I have been wanting to create a gallery wall in my Living room for several years now and something has always prevented me from doing it. Not this year. It was my NEW YEARS resolution for my home to create this gallery wall. With my 13 year old golden passing in October it gave me even more reasons to do it since I wanted him to be a part of it. I got some gift cards from Michaels for Christmas and decided I was going to put them towards the frames. Wow frames can be expensive. I ended up going with their cheapest ones since they were the look that I was going for.

The frames that I got are these https://canada.michaels.com/en/black-styleline-poster-frame-by-studio-decor/M10118042.html?dwvar_M10118042_color=Black&dwvar_M10118042_size=22.375%22%20x%2034%22 When I got them they were 50% off so that was a great deal.

Than it was time to pick out the matting for the frames and these were even more expensive.

The one I got was https://canada.michaels.com/en/double-mat-11in-x-14in–8in-x-10in-opening/10084042.html?productsource=PLPRV. This was not on sale so I only got one and used 40% off coupon.

I than bought Poster board https://canada.michaels.com/en/22×28-white-poster-board-by-creatology-10ct/10176772.html?productsource=PDPRV and cut out my own. The poster board was acid free and leak proof which is good for the pictures. I got my pictures printed at Costco which was very inexpensive. The hardest part was narrowing to six I wanted to put on the wall.

I decided to create a memory wall for a summer cottage that we vacationed for almost ten years at every summer. Not only was it our favourite place to visit and relax as well as enjoy the lake as much as we could, It was my golden’s as well. He spend hours and hours of swimming in the lake. Once I got all my matting cut out and picture frames assembled it was time to put it up on the wall. I used the paper that came inside of the frame to map out my wall and figure out where I wanted to put up the frames.

I attached the paper with a tack and used that hole for screw guide. I also used a level to make sure that all the frames were levels and tacks in the right place. I also used drywall mounts (it think that is what they are call ) to put the screws in and hang up the pictures. One last thing I did is used a measuring tape to make sure everything was evenly spaced out. I could not be happier with the way this gallery wall turned out. Now I have my buddy looking down at me all the time and I get to look at a place that made me happy for so many years.

If you would like to watch this tutorial you can see it here

Happy Reading

Sonja

January Meal Ideas / Meal Plan

I am back with another month of meal plans. This is a first one for 2020 and My goal for 2020 is to provide my family with variety of meals as well as serve up healthy and delicious meals. My family has several dietary needs and I strive to provide clean made from scratch meals as much as possible. Since most of the meals are lower in carbs I do let you know different carb options you can add to your meals since sometimes I do add them for my kids depending how many carbs they had that day. I also like my dinners to have plenty of vegetables and I always serve them with a side salad even if I don’t list the salad in my Monthly Menue.

Here is my meal plan for the Month of January

I will include the list of meals and link a recipe to any that I have. I would also like to invite you to join me on my Youtube Channel where I share many recipes, meal prep, what’s for dinner and other cooking / kitchen related content. You can subscribe here https://youtu.be/75uuF9U6Qy8

My January Dinner Plan

  1. Pork Roast and Chicken Noodle Soup. I like to make soup as part of a meal prep for the week for my lunches as well as for Daycare and kids school lunch. I make it from scratch and freeze the broth for other soups I will be making that month. You can see my soup recipe here https://youtu.be/PG1hnIneby4
  2. Chicken Stirfry
  3. Pork Tenderloin Marsala. I will be serving it over cauliflower mash and a saladhttps://selfproclaimedfoodie.com/tender-pork-marsala/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&utm_term=788531630_32769762_143004
  4. Baked Chicken Caesar. I will be serving the chicken with a side of roasted vegetables and a salad. For the kids I will make rice to put the chicken and sauce over it. https://www.thecookierookie.com/melt-in-your-mouth-caesar-chicken/
  5. Korean Chicken Thies. I serve this with and Asian Slaw and rice for the kids https://www.theendlessmeal.com/korean-paleo-chicken-thighs/
  6. Meat Loaf with side of roasted cauliflower and mashed potatoes for the kids. As well as a salad
  7. Low Carb Chicken Cordon Blue with pasta and butter sauce for the kids and My husband and I will have zucchini with the same butter sauce (melt butter add garlic, red pepper flakes and parmesan) and a salad https://www.homemadeinterest.com/low-carb-chicken-cordon-bleu-casserole/
  8. Home made pizza and Lentil Soup https://www.cookingclassy.com/italian-vegetable-lentil-soup/
  9. Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken  https://therecipecritic.com/instant-pot-lemon-garlic-chicken/
  10. Chicken Alfredo I serve kids with penne and for us I will some zucchini and salad. The sauce I use is https://therecipecritic.com/the-best-homemade-alfredo-sauce-ever/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Tried-and-True-Challenge
  11. Hungarian goulash https://whereismyspoon.co/hungarian-beef-goulash-authentic-hungarian-goulash-recipe/
  12. Fish and Chips with coleslaw. For my husband and I I use turnip fries and the kids get regular potatoes fries.
  13. Butter Chicken I will make rice for kids and cauliflower rice. https://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/gordon-ramsay-s-butter-chicken
  14. Chicken cacciatori I make it with pasta for the kids and cut up veggies like peppers and zucchini for us
  15. French Dip. I use buns for the kids and lettuce for us. I will also have a salad. https://spicysouthernkitchen.com/crock-pot-french-dip-sandwich/.
  16. Cream of Cauliflower Soup https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a58008/loaded-cauliflower-soup-recipe/
  17. Thai Lettuce Wraps
  18. Instant Pot Garlic Sesame Chicken with rice for the kids and salad for us https://sweetandsavorymeals.com/instant-pot-garlic-sesame-chicken/
  19. Buffalo Ranch Wraps With salad https://www.thelazydish.com/easy-crockpot-shredded-buffalo-chicken-sandwiches/
  20. Taco Casserole https://thecozycook.com/taco-casserole
  21. Fried chicken with roasted potatoes and turnip fries and salad
  22. Spaghetti over pasta for kids and spaghetti squash for us
  23. Salmon and salad
  24. Chicken Burritos in a wrap for kids and over salad for us with roasted veggies
  25. Schnitzel with home fries for kids and salad for us

Just a side note my kids will eat all the salad and veggies that I serve in case if I didn’t write it in. The only difference is my husband and I eat lower carb most times.

Hope you find these meal ideas helpful and they help you with your meal planning.

Happy Reading.

Easy sausage Pasta

Today I am sharing this very easy dish. It is super budget friendly and part of my $10 Dinner Challenge that I hosted over on my Cooking channel on YouTube. This such an easy dish that can be frozen for more dinner options. I like to grill tons of sausages one night, use some for dinner the first night and than make a big batch of this pasta the next night and freezing half of it for a freezer meal to use later when I am busy. I am a huge fan of cooking once and eating multiple times. So lets jump into the recipe

Ingredients

serves 4

4 sausages (it can be any turkey, pork or chicken)

2 to 3 large tomatos (chopped )

2 red or yellow bell peppers (chopped)

1 cup of spinach

1 tbs fresh basil

2 cloves of garlic

1/2 pkg of pasta ( I used small shells you can use penne or rigatoni as well)

1/2 cup of Romano or Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup of pasta water

1tbs or red pepper flakes (optional if you like a bit of heat)

1 tbs of olive oil + 1 tbs of olive oil

Insturctions

Heat up first tbs of olive oil than add minced garlic cloves and sauce until fragrant. Add chopped peppers and cook until soft. Add sausage and heat through. Follow with spinach, basil and tomatoes. Cook until spinach wilted.

Meanwhile you should have water boiling for pasta. Cook pasta accordingly to the package or until al Dante

Once pasta is cooked add it to the meat and vegetables. At this point if you find that it is a bit dry add pasta water. I didn’t need to because I was using pork sausage so they were a bit fatty which made pasta not so dry. Drizzle with remaining olive oil and sprinkle with cheese. You can now also add red chilli pepper flakes. Enjoy

You can watch the recipe here https://youtu.be/fFKoObT64JU

Sonja

How I stay on track – Working out at home

Missing your gym Yet? I haven’t had a gym membership for a while now and am in the best fitness level of my life. I still have weight to loose but that is a story for a different day. My fitness level is great and I am able to keep up with a lot of hard workouts and run a 5K. I have achieved all this without stepping into a gym or spending tons of money. I would like to share how I did this with you since some of you might be looking to do some more working out than just walking (nothing wrong with walking I still doit everyday).

I have been consistently working out from home for over a year now and I love it. Being a mother of two busy teenagers, business owner and a homemaker at the same time, finding time to squeeze in a hour at the gym plus travel time was not going to happen. My husband and I decided to invest in some gym equipment for home. We started with elliptical and treadmill and a few weights. If you would like to see a post on home gym you can find it here https://domesticdiva76blog.com/2020/01/18/my-at-home-gym-setup/ This was great but I got bored and needed more. When I had a gym membership things I loved were the different variety of classes that I could do. This is when I discovered Beachbody on demand. Years ago I had purchased 21 Day Fix DVD set but never really put much effort into it. Last year around this time I reached my highest point in inactivity and decided to do something about it. There were several people on instagram that had influenced me and I pulled out the DVD set and gave it a go again. This time I loved it, went through the whole program and even though I could have repeated it I was too scared that I would get bored. So I decided to sign up for the Beachbody on Demand two week free trial. I was blown away with all the different workout programs available to me. I did 21 Day Extreme next and signed up for the year after my two weeks were up. To this day I have done 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, 80 Day Obsession, Morning Meltdown 100 and couple Hybrid calendars that I have found on Pinterest combining some different programs from BOD just in between these other Programs. And I love their Yoga programs, I do these sometimes when I need an extra stretch. All this for just $119cdn a year. In my opinion best investment in myself yet. Along the way I have purchased couple more dumbbells and some bands and also some floor mats because I wore out the carpet that was where I work out. Still a lot less that I would have spend for the gym. One of the best things is also that my family uses it too. We just need to schedule ourselves well through the day to workout. I usually workout early in the morning so it is not a problem for me.

I know a lot of you think that you have to buy their shakes and sign up for challenges. But you don’t and I didn’t start there. I’m not saying they don’t work. They do for some. I believe shakes, supplements, and coaches are aids. I personally love the way Shakeollogy tastes but it is very expensive for me especially since I am located in Canada. I do buy it but only several times a year as a treat for me. I use a different shake if I want to use a shake and don’t have Shakeollogy. They can help you improve your workouts and health, but they don’t replace real work and eating healthy or actually doing your workout.

Being that we are all stuck at home now if you are looking for an inexpensive way to stay fit and on track I would say give the Beachbody on Demand a try. I am so gland I did. And FYI I am not a coach I just love the programs. If you need help figuring out how or what let me know I can send you in the right direction.

Also I wanted to mention that they do offer some great Nutrition programs but you do have to pay extra for those. I have lost 30lbs following the cups (ultimate portion fix), because no matter how much I exercise for weight loss your nutrition has to be on point. I workout for my physical and mental well being.

Are you struggling to stay on track during these uncertain times?

Tour of my at home gym (this video doesn’t include my new floor mats)

Sonja

Pandemic Preparedness Check list (free printable)

I have gone through many things in life but never thought I would be self isolating for so long. We live in Ontario Canada and are now on week four of staying at home. I have had a two week list that I prepared for myself at the beginning of this self isolation but now we are moving on to week five and I had to adjust the list and create a new one based on what I used/needed most last month. I wanted to share this list with you as it might be helpful for you. I will have a free printable at the end of this post.

For those of you that do not know what I am talking about it is COVID 19 and most of the world at this time is suppose to stay at home and only go out for essentials when needed. I was going out once every two weeks but now with meat processing plants shutting down I wanted to have enough meat to last me at least a month. If you do not know what Pandemic means its definition is “an epidemic of disease that has spread across a large region, for instance multiple continents or worldwide, affecting a substantial number of people”.(wikipedia)

I also want to clarify that this list is an Emergency list but it is not for No Power/No Water emergency list. This list is for now when we have those things and can store our food properly.

PANTRY

  • Water (we have an RO System so I don’t buy water on regular basis but like to have around 3-4 cases in case for anything that we might need it for)
  • Coffee / Tea (we ground our own coffee beans and for a month supply I like to have about 4 big bags of beans)
  • Sweetener that you use (I like to have a bag of brown and white sugar, bag of monk fruit, stevia and a jar of honey and maple syrup)
  • Bagged beans (go a lot further than canned)
  • Canned tomatoes ( I buy a case from Costco )
  • Bottled tomatoes (sauce kind that has just tomatoes)
  • Tomato Paste
  • Steel Cut Oats
  • Rolled Oats (I like these for baking and granola)
  • 22lb AP flour
  • Any other specialty four that you may need
  • Pancake mix (I use Kodiak and buy 2 boxes)
  • Cereal ( I buy one big box we are not big on cereal)
  • Broth ( I buy a case.  I use a lot of broth and usually use my own but in case I run out I like to have back up)
  • Pasta (I buy the 6packs from Costco)
  • Semolina (to make my own pasta)
  • Bag of Rice ( I buy a big bag it lasts me for a lot longer than a month)
  • Big bag of Potatoes
  • Big Bag of Onions (I buy red and white)
  • Garlic (I like to get fresh but you can also get jarred)
  • Peanut butter 
  • Box of Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Any other type of seasoning that you use on regular basis
  • Cooking oil
  • Salad Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Vinegar (cooking, cleaning, salads)
  • Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder
  • Vanilla 
  • Chocolate Chips.  
  • Soup noodles

FRIDGE / FREEZER

  • Frozen fruit and vegetables
  • I like to have enough meat in the freezer to last me a month (ground pork, turkey, beef, steaks, pork loin, pork tenderloin, whole chickens, chicken breasts, fish, whole turkey halved, soup bones, Beef for roasts and stews etc)
  • Bag of French fries
  • Frozen pizza
  • Box of chicken strips
  • Sausages and Hamburgers (we make our own sausages so I have them in the freezer and I also make Hamburgers myself so I need to have ground meat on hand)
  • Mayo
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Yeats
  • Eggs (I buy couple flats, they keep long in the fridge)
  • Fruit (properly stored can keep in a fridge for a while.  We usually eat fruit that will go bad faster first and than save apples for later)
  • Vegetables (same way as fruit)

PETS

  • Dog food
  • Bird food
  • Dog treats
  • Medicine
  • Poop bags

OTHER SUPPLIES

  • Cleaning products
  • Bleach
  • Paper Towel ( I typically don’t use it but I have a new puppy and don’t want to wash poopie  rags)
  • Laundry supplies
  • Trash bags
  • Food Storage bags
  • Wipes
  • Face Masks
  • Gloves
  • Feminine Products
  • Hand Sope
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Toothpaste / floss
  • Deodorant
  • Razors
  • Body Soap / Shampoo/ Conditioner
  • Body Lotion
  • Lip Balm
  • Tissues
  • Toilet Paper
  • Prescription Meds
  • Vitamins
  • Painkillers
  • Allergy Meds
  • Cold Medication
  • Antiacid
  • Anti nausea
  • Anti diarrhea

Free Printable

This list is good for a month for most things. Fresh fruit and veggies as well as any dairy I buy won’t last me a month. I did not include yogurt and milk or cheese however I do buy them when I go and just try to find the longest expiry date and if it is could of weeks away I will buy a few especially milk and yogurt, the cheese lasts a lot longer if properly stored.

Let me know in the comments if you would like to see how I store all my food for longer shelf life. There are a few things I use and follow for proper food storage.

Hope this was helpful and I think I covered and included everything but if you have something that you think I should add to my list let me know.

If you would like to see how I equip my purse for the safest grocery shopping check out my What’s In My Bag video

Happy Reading stay safe and stay at home

Sonja

April meal plan

Hi guys. Hope everyone is keeping healthy and staying at home. This is a new experience for all of us and we have to make the best of it. For this months meal plan I shopped my freezer, fridge and pantry and only went out once to buy the ingredients that I was missing and some fresh fruits and veggies. I am using a lot of can produce as well as frozen. I almost never buy canned veggies even for my tomato sauce I use fresh ingredients. But we can all ajust and make the best of it.

Here is my meal plan

Here are some of the New recipes that I am using and some that I have tried before but haven’t shared with you yet

Homemade pizza | Dough recipe https://www.recipelink.com/msgbrd/board_11/2006/NOV/7900.html. Pizza sauce https://premeditatedleftovers.com/recipes-cooking-tips/fast-and-easy-pizza-sauce/ (I use whole caned tomatoes right now instead of tomato sauce and use a blender. Otherwise I like house fresh tomatoes and a blender)

Stuffed Schnitzel coming soon

Spring roll in a bowel https://www.messforless.net/keto-egg-roll-in-a-bowl/

Beer Batter Fish https://lovefoodies.com/british-beer-battered-fish-and-chips/#.VBr0R_mSzhR

Duck LaOrange https://www.krumpli.co.uk/duck-a-l-orange/ (I have only made the duck from the recipe. I doubled the recipe for the whole duck)

Cabbage Rolls https://www.chasingthedonkey.com/croatian-cooking-stuffed-cabbages-sarma-recipe/

Hope you found this menu helpful. I love sharing it with you and let me know if you are going to try anything. You can let me know here or on Instagram or Facebook

Thanks for reading

Happy Cooking

Sonja

10 Kids approved Easter Activities

During this time you must be at your wits end trying to figure out what to do with your kids. We are now on to our third week of quarantine (COVD19) and let me tell you I feel your pain. I have put together some of my favourite activities that I have done with my daycare kids previous years for you to try out. These are kid approved meaning kids age 2-6 approve it.

Printable Easter egg Matching Game https://viewsfromastepstool.com/homemade-easter-egg-games-kids-printable/

Easter Science Activity https://busytoddler.com/2017/04/easter-science-activity/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&utm_term=300278646_8412770_280899

Pasta Easter eggs https://www.thebestideasforkids.com/pasta-easter-eggs/

Salt Painted Easter eggs https://onelittleproject.com/salt-painted-easter-eggs/

Toilet Paper Roll Bunny Stamps https://www.craftymorning.com/toilet-paper-roll-bunny-stamps/

Shaving Cream Marbled Paper Easter eggs https://typicallysimple.com/marbled-paper-easter-eggs/

Easter Sensory Bin http://twinmomrefreshed.com/easter-sensory-bins-for-toddlers/

Spring Movement Games Using Plastic Eggs https://www.tobeakidagain.com/spring-movement-game-using-plastic-eggs-free-printable-action-cards/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&am

Bunny Collar Hop for Toddlers https://www.toddlerapproved.com/2017/03/bunny-color-hop-for-toddlers-and.html

Q – Tip Painted Easter eggs https://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2013/03/q-tip-painted-easter-eggs-fine-motor-art.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_smartloop&utm_content=smartloop&utm_term=21647564

I tried to include activities that won’t require you to shop for anything and most likely you have all the materials at home

Enjoy

Sonja

Rustic Wood Lantern diy

Here is another DIY project. I absolutely love the way this lantern turned out. It wasn’t hard to make and the materials all together came just under $25.00. Much cheaper than buying one this size at the store.

The materials that I used are

Wood (I got all mine at Home Depot)

1 1x2x10 https://www.homedepot.ca/product/thd-1x2x10-select-pine/1000115507

1 1x2x8 https://www.homedepot.ca/product/thd-1x2x8-select-pine/1000115500

1 1x10x4 https://www.homedepot.ca/product/thd-1x10x4-shelving/1000141484

The Paint I used I did not buy I had on hand

Rust – Oleum Linen White Chalk paint https://www.homedepot.ca/product/rust-oleum-chalked-ultra-matte-paint-in-linen-white-887-ml/1000842661

Rust – Oleum Charcoal https://www.homedepot.ca/product/rust-oleum-chalked-ultra-matte-paint-in-charcoal-236-ml/1001011502

Annie Sloan French Linen https://www.anniesloan.com/annie-sloan-products/chalk-paint/french-linen-chalk-paint

brushes and jute rope came from Dollarama and screws I had on hand

First you want to pre cut all the wood. I had my long pieces cut in half at Home Depot so I could bring them home

Here are the cuts that I made at home

1x2x10 cut into four equal lengths so 2.5foot

1x2x8 cut into 4 – 51/3inch, 4 – 71/3inch and 4 – 1 inch pieces (for the legs)

1x10x4 was cut into 2 10 x10 pieces. You will have some leftover for another project from this one

Once all your pieces are cut it is time to assemble your lantern. I used a screw gun and screws. I would recommend pre drilling the holes especially if you are doing this by your self. (advice from one of my followers). I didn’t do this but I recommend you do it.

You attache the 2.5f pieces to the square pieces on the top and the bottom at each corner. Once your lantern is assembled glue on the legs using wood glue at the bottom of the lantern in each corner.

Now I move on the small cut pieces and create a box for the top by gluing it and I also insert the small pieces in between the wall sides at the bottom to box it in.

Now its time to place something heavy on top of the lantern and let the wood glue cure. I left it until the next day. Than I painted my first coat of paint. I used Linen white, painted the whole thing but I didn’t go overly heavy with the paint because I wanted some of the wood color to bleed through. Obviously this is a personal choice.

Once the paint dried I dried brush the Charcoal and French linen. If you do not know what a dry brush technique is it is when you use a small amount of paint on a brush to achieve a unique depth on your surface. You remove paint from your paint brush so you are essentially using a dry brush to apply your paint. It creates shadow and depth on your piece.

Once the paint has dried the last thing I did was hot glue Jute rope as a handle on top. And that is it. Love how Coastal Rustic Farmhouse it looks and it will be a great addition to my front porch once all the snow is gone for good.

If some of my instructions are hard to follow you can always check out a full video tutorial.

Happy DIYing and let me know in the comments if you are going to be trying it. And if you do try it and make it I would love it if you share your picture on Instagram and tag me in it. Domestic Diva 76

Sonja

Chalk Paint Tutorial | Weathered Wood Look

If you are at all familiar with my blog and my youtube channel you know I love to makeover furniture. My most favourite way to do so is with chalk paint but I do love using stain as well. I have lots of different tutorials here on my blog as well as on my channel. If you wish to watch some of them here is the link to my playlist

In todays blog post I will share how I created a wood weather look on my old sofa / console table. I love the style of this table but was very unhappy with the finish since I had this furniture for last 20 years and the finish was peeling off. So instead of running off and buying new furniture I spend $50.00 on supplies and refinished not only the consulate / sofa table but a matching coffee table and side table and I still have tons of paint and wax leftover. I did not buy wax since I had it from different projects. Here is what the table looked like before I finished it.

The products that I used were

Annie Sloan Coco Paint https://www.anniesloan.com/annie-sloa… Annie Sloan Dark Wax and Clear Wax https://www.anniesloan.com/annie-sloa… Annie Sloan Wax Brush https://www.anniesloan.com/annie-sloa… Paint brush I used I can’t find a link to it so here is a similar brush https://www.amazon.com/ideas/amzn1.ac…

First thing I did was give the furniture a good cleaning. I also sanded with a light sand paper just some areas that were chipping for smoothness. You also want to do this if you have sticky stuff on your furniture. Furniture has to be all clean otherwise paint won’t stick. After I was done I painted the whole piece in Coco.

Than the fun part starts. The real transformation. I applied dark wax. This is not a protective wax but an antiquing wax. I use the wax brush and brushed it all over and than take a lint free rag and take some off.

I do this to the whole piece and let it dry for couple of hours. Now its time to seal the piece and I use a clear finishing wax to do this. This will give it an ultimate protection. I apply it the same way as the dark wax. Little goes a long way you do not want to go heavy with wax. I let this cure for a day or so and than I came back with another lint free rag and gave it a light buff. And that is it

I could not be happier with the way these pieces turned out. I love working with chalk paint and can’t wait to work on another project.

If you would like to watch a video tutorial you can do so here

Happy Painting

Sonja

DIY FAUX FLOWER SPRING ARRANGEMENT / CHEAP AND EASY (tutorial)

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to create a beautiful flower arrangement for this Spring season! Let me show you how I put together an inexpensive faux flower arrangement for Spring with dollar store items.

It’s great to have pretty flowers, but arranging them can be intimidating for some. Today I’m sharing a simple trick to getting your flowers to stay exactly where you want them in the container and can be rearranged at the same time. No glueing necessary.

First step is deciding what type of florals and greenery you want to use. I picked up all of mine from a Dollarama and Dollar Tree. My focal point were Peonies and they came from Dollarama.

Once you have decided which florals you will be using you need to pick a bucket or a vase that will be the appropriate size. I choose this one that came from Dollarama and I absolutely love the farmhouse French rustic look it has and for $4.00 it was a steel.

Next you need to pick up some floral foam or styrofoam squares. These can be found in both stores.

Once your foam is in place it is time to add your flowers. I am not a professional florist but have done enough arrangements to know what works for me. I start with my focal point in this case it was my Peony and than I work around it. I add similar size items and usually try to add in odd numbers.

Than I follow with flowers that are smaller and fill in the place.

Last thing I add is greenery and this goes pretty much anywhere where there is room for it to go. You can add height with it or some to drupe down if you want. It really is what you want. There is no right or wrong way of styling it. If you love it than it is the right way.

I could not be happier with the way my arrangement turned out. It is such a great way to add some color to your Spring Decor

If you would like to see my full video tutorial you can watch it here

I also have a tutorial on how to make a lavender arrangement and you can watch it here

Happy Decorating

Sonja

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