SUYL: DIY Projects

Last Summer my husband and I sold our old house and moved into our current home. We have only been here for about 8 months but our to do list/wish list is starting to get long. We knew when we purchased our house that we were going to have to do some DIY projects and updating. Since we’ll hopefully be here for a while that’s okay. One of the things that needed to go was the outdated and ugly wallpaper in the guest bathroom and kid’s bathroom. One day while the kids were at school I got a wild hair and decided to test their bathroom to see what we were up against. I figured if it was going to be a tough task at least its in a bathroom no one ever sees.

bathroom redo

I sent my husband the above picture with the caption…. “So.. This happening”. I’m sure he wasn’t too thrilled when he saw this…haha. Thankfully the wallpaper came off in sheets. It only took a few days to rip all the wallpaper and remove a few stubborn pieces. With the spots that were a little more difficult I used a solution of fabric softener and water in a spray bottle. This worked great and the remaining pieces came right off. Once we sanded a few places and fill in some holes it was time to paint!

Here are the before and after pictures.

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I am so thrilled with how it turned out. I would just walk by and stare for a few minutes. Couldn’t believe how much bigger and brighter it looked.

Head over to Kelly’s Korner to check out more DIY Projects or to submit your own!


Wordless Wednesday: Unforgettable

I’m joining Deb at Focused on the Magic for her Wordless Wednesday Disney Blog Hop. The theme this week is “Unforgettable”.


There are so many unforgettable Disney moments that I had a hard time choosing one. This picture is from the first time we took my daughter to Disney World.  I will never forget walking into the Magic Kingdom and her seeing Minnie Mouse for the very first time. The excitement on her face was priceless.

Thank you to Deb for hosting this fun blog hop. If you want to see more Unforgettable Disney Moments or to submit your own click the button below.
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SUYL: Chicken Pesto Pasta

I am so excited that Kelly has started back her Show Us Your Life Series! The theme this week is Favorite Recipe Right Now. I don’t know about you but I’m always on the lookout for new recipes to try. Every time we visit my mom Chicken Pesto is always one of the meals I look forward to. We have had it with chicken, shrimp, scallops, and even some asparagus. It is quick, easy and oh so tasty!

Chicken Pesto Pasta

chicken pesto


  • 2 Chicken Breast- Cooked ( I’ve also used a Rotisserie Chicken)
  • 2-3T  Olive Oil
  • 1 8.5 Ounce Jar Pesto ( You can also make your own)
  • 1T Garlic Minced (It is also good chunks of garlic)
  • 1/3 Cup Pine Nuts
  • 1 Lemon
  • Pasta of Choice (I’ve used Penne, Spaghetti, Fettuccine)


Cook Pasta according to package. Drain and return to pot.While the pasta is cooking heat olive oil in a small skillet. Toast Pine Nuts and Garlic over medium heat until tender. Careful not to burn. Stir in jar of pesto. Add pesto mixture, chicken and juice of lemon to pasta. Mix together… Top with a little Parmesan cheese.


Wordless Wednesday: Disney Royalty

I’m joining Deb at Focused on the Magic for the first time this week for her Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop. The theme this week is Disney Royalty.


This is from the first time my daughter visited Magic Kingdom. We were so happy to snag this Fast Pass last minute!

Thank you Deb for hosting this fun Blog Hop and I can’t wait to participate again! Click the button below to see more Disney Royalty pictures or to share your own.
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Friday Favorites

I thought I would start something fun on Fridays and share a few of my favorite things from the week.

anthology candle

1) Anthology Candles–  Have you heard of these whimsically inspired candles from Anthology Candles? I first read about them on Facebook about 6 weeks ago when the company went viral for their Disney inspired scents. I immediately ordered the Pineapple Whip and patiently waited the 4 weeks for it to arrive. Let me tell you the wait was so worth it! This candle smells amazing. Even went its not burning I can smell the pineapple goodness. I can’t wait to try the Main Street Bakery next. If you have ordered from them I’d love to know what you think or if you could order one which scent would you choose.

2) Maternity Tops– I am in need of a few Spring/Summer things to wear for this pregnancy. Since this is our last baby I hate to spend a ton of money on maternity clothes. Yesterday I hit the jackpot at Kohl’s and Old Navy. I found a tank top on clearance at Old Navy for $3.41 and a  cute top for $4. Then using my Kohl’s cash and coupons I was able to get another dressy top for $4….. Score! Makes this momma and my husband very happy!

3) Spring!– Spring time is probably my favorite season with Fall a close second. There is just something about watching everything start to bloom and come back to life. I love the crisp mornings and warm afternoons. I look forward to being outside with my kids picking flowers and having picnics at the park. I like to soak it all in until the nasty pollen starts and we’re stuck inside until it washes away.

4. The things my 3 year old daughter says– I have been cleaning house most the week in preparation for my husband’s family to visit this weekend. This morning my daughter looked at me just as sweetly and said: “Mommy thank you for cleaning this house all by yourself. I’m so proud of you that you didn’t ask me to help” ha! How do you even respond to that besides “you’re welcome”?

So let’s hear it…. What are a few of your favorite things from the week?

Mickey Banana Bread Muffins

One of my kiddos favorite things to eat for breakfast is homemade banana bread. It also happens to a favorite of mine as well. A piece of banana bread with a little butter and a hot cup of coffee… heavenly!! Anyways….. I had some bananas that were very ripe so I decided to make the kids some Mickey Banana Bread Muffins for the week. This is my normal go to banana bread recipe and  then I use a Mickey muffin mold we bought at Disney a few years ago. You can also find the Mickey Ears Silicon Muffin Mold on Amazon.


Quick Banana Bread Recipe

3-4 Ripe Bananas
3 Eggs
1 Cup Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
1/3 Cup oil
2 1/3 Cup Bisquick
1/2 Nuts (optional… I normally leave them out)

Mix everything together Bake at 350 degrees 55-60 Minutes. If baking muffins mine took  12-15 minutes.


Cheesy Mexican Corn Dip

Last night we started back with Life Group at our church. It is one of my favorite things my husband and I are a part of. We enjoy getting to connect with other couples and friends to just do life with one another. One of the things I love about our Life Group is the all the yummy food! We have a theme for each time we meet and last night it was dips. This is the first time we’ve done this theme and let me tell you it didn’t disappoint. We had all kinds of yummy goodness. Everything from a Doritos Chicken dip to hummus and pita chips. I made this delicious Cheesy Mexican Corn Dip.


Cheesy Mexican Corn Dip

2 Cans Mexi-Corn
2 Cups Monterrey Jack Cheese
1 Cup Parmesan Cheese
Enough mayo to hold it together

Bake at 350 Degrees for 25-30 minutes until the cheese is nice and bubbly

Serve with tortilla chips