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 One of the things that needed to go was the outdated and ugly wallpaper in the guest bathroom and kid’s bathroom.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!


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.