Archive for May, 2013

The Lagrasse Staging Project…

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Free Printables, Graphic Design, Interior Design, New Construction Design Projects

When a house is for sale, it is a good idea to stage it with furniture so the future home buyer can visualize how they could set it up.  Plus, it looks a lot better and adds more character to the home.  Homes sell a lot faster when they are staged correctly.  This house was brand new and very nice so it was a pretty easy job!  We decorated the kitchen, dining room and family room.   

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I like to decorate very clean and simply...big chunky pieces of furniture is the key and then add a few decor pieces.  A mirror in an entry way opens up the space.

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When I first saw this family room, I thought it was a funky shape...but once we got the furniture in and the tv on the wall, it warmed it up and it felt like home!

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For the kitchen we used turquoise and yellow as our colors to give it a fun, upbeat feeling.   I made some signs and put them in frames (download for free below), found some funky cups and bowls and displayed them I added a few other decor pieces.

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Dining Room-After

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This home is 3000 square feet and the price is $379,900.  It is located in my favorite brand new subdivision in Saint George, Utah in the Little Valley area.

If you are interested in this home, contact Steve at 435.313.7312.

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The Most Incredible Chocolate Cake Recipe

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Recipes

For Max's 6th birthday, he requested a chocolate cake with white frosting.  I wasn't in the mood to make a cheesy "kid" cake, so I whipped up this bad boy and it was seriously the yummiest chocolate cake that I have ever had...and it was pretty easy too. cake1cake3Here is the birthday boy blowing out his candles...and don't mind Millie Kate in the background flirting with the boy that she says she is going to marry!cake2

Here are a few of his favorite presents
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Max with his buddies...I just love these boys! Oh and yes, Max is the youngest of this bunch, but a head taller than all of them.  
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I doubled this recipe for the picture above...this recipe will normally make a 2 layer cake. 

Incredible Chocolate Cake

1 package devils food cake mix

1 3.4 ounce package of instant vanilla pudding mix

1 cup sour cream

1 cup butter

4 eggs

1/2 cup warm water

2 cups milk chocolate chips

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

2 sticks butter (softened)

4 cups confectioners sugar

1/2 cup  heavy whipping cream

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, pudding mix, sour cream, butter, beaten eggs and water.  Stir in the chocolate chips and pour batter into a well greased 8 or 9 inch round pans. 

Bake for approximately 35-45 minutes, or until top is springy to the touch and s wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean.  

Frosting: Whip all ingredients until smooth...when cakes are cooled, put frosting on top of each layer and then frost the outside of the cake.  I chopped up chocolate chips and put that in the center and along the bottom.  EASY and so delicious!! ENJOY!

 

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Max’s Adoption Story…

Written by Lyndi. Posted in About Me, Kids & Family Life

I believe that adoption is the most amazing of miracles.  I know that Heavenly Father has a specific plan for each one of us.  There is always a reason why things happen exactly how they do.  In my case, I know that I couldn't get pregnant for so long because I was supposed to adopt Max and he was meant to be my son.   I realize now that he needed to come through someone else for certain reasons too.

Three years after my husband and I were married, we had our first baby girl Madison.  I got pregnant easily with her and although I gained fifty pounds, had toxemia and the labor was 18 hours of pure torturous hell,  I still felt so lucky and happy to be a mommy.   When we started trying for a second baby it wasn't as easy...after three years of tests, meds and doctors I said,"why the hell am I doing this?" and I knew that adoption was the answer.  I was so excited for this process, it just felt right.  We didn't know what to expect...most adoption agencies said the average wait time was between 3-36 months.  The unknown was the hardest thing to deal with for me...I like to be prepared and I couldn't prepare for this.  Once we got our paperwork into the agency, they called us 3 days later and said our baby will be here in 2 weeks!  I couldn't believe it...they told us it would be one of three babies, so we weren't sure if it was a boy or a girl.  This process was sooo fast and two days after we got that call from the agency, I had an intense spiritual experience and I knew that this baby was meant to be mine and I knew he was coming very soon.  The following day we got a call and they told us that our baby was born (10 days early) and we needed to drive to Salt Lake City right away!  We grabbed some clothes, took Madison to grandmas house and went on our way.  

When we arrived to the hospital I wasn't really sure what to expect.  We had never talked to Max's birth mom before and I was very nervous for this meeting...I just didn't know what to say.   What do you say to someone in this situation?  She had made a completely selfless choice on choosing adoption over abortion or keeping the baby.  She was in a position where she couldn't take care of another baby, but her choice to place Max up for adoption was very difficult for her.  I felt pure joy in my heart for this special moment of meeting our sweet boy for the first time, but I also felt incredible sadness for Max's birth mom.  We met and she was very sweet.  She was the first person to hold Max and feed him his first bottle.  I tried my best to tell her how grateful we were for her choice and how much we will love and adore this precious gift that she had given us.   We still communicate, but on a rare occasion...I look forward to the day that we will see her again.  

When Max was nine months old, I found out I was pregnant...I was in utter shock.  The doctors had told me the chances were very slim to ever get pregnant again...but I was!  Millie Kate was born and we called her our miracle baby, but then when she was nine months old I got pregnant AGAIN!  Lucy was born in September of 2010...at that point, I had 3 kids 3 years old and under.  It was a huge adjustment and we only had one goal and that was survival :) .  We did survive and feel so blessed to have these precious little spirits to raise and take care of.  

I have always had a sweet feeling about adoption and I have seen the miracle of adoption happen in several peoples lives and I am absolutely in love with the process.  If you are contemplating adopting or placing your baby for adoption I suggest that you do it.  It won't be easy...there will be a lot of ups and downs during the process, but the end result will be worth every heart ache.  I am very open to Max about his adoption.  He understands and has a healthy attitude about it.  When he was two years old, he said "I'm chocolate cause I love to drink chocolate milk so much".  He's never has had a negative experience about being black when we are white.  It really is a non issue.  When he was first learning to understand that our skin was different, I would tell him that we are all different...just like ice cream flavors.  We call Max-chocolate,  Madison-strawberry,  Millie-chocolate chip (cause she was born with jet black hair), and Lucy-prailines and cream.  Yeah, I like Ice Cream so I can relate anything to it!! 

I love Max the same way that I love the girls I gave birth to...there is no difference in how I raise them or treat them.  I love this boy with all of my heart and soul.  He is funny, sweet, loving, patient and can brighten anyones day with his big smile.  I feel so lucky to be his mommy, to have him beg to sleep with me every night, to have him run and jump in my arms when I pick him up from school, and to have him make me laugh hysterically every single day.  I am so incredibly blessed.  5169_107571680801_7442737_nimgs67vr.ashx2740_75163440801_6242212_n5169_107571635801_2302219_n31288_422437180801_4239329_n8819_173154055801_7679309_n8819_173154040801_3830157_n33809_10150104527815802_530374_n

 

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Repainting Furniture

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Interior Design

I had a dresser and some old end tables of my grandmas that I was going to get rid of, but I decided to paint them instead.  I needed a new dresser and night stands for my daughters room, so I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best!! I was very hesitant at first and didn't have high expectations, but with some help from my expert painter friend it turned out great!

This is his advice for repainting furniture:

-you must sand it down (I know...not very fun)

-get an acrylic paint...this will make the furniture finish more durable and less likely to scratch.  This paint color is from Sherwin Williams and is called Refresh...it's sooo pretty in person!

-choose fun colors and buy new knobs 

 

This is the before picture...yes, hideous.  IMG_9901

and after!!

dresserI wish I would've taken a before picture of these end tables.  They were yellow with gold leafy specks and they are at least fifty years old...but they are now beautiful!  I also LOVE sentimental things and I was very happy that we could save these end tables that were my grandmas. 

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My favorite picture of my crazy week…

Written by Lyndi. Posted in About Me

It's been a week full of moving, cleaning, unpacking, eating out, staying up late, waking up early and drinking a lot of caffeine! We threw all the rules out the window this week and this picture of Lucy shows that....yep, we let her watch Dora :) .  I'll be back to posting more tomorrow...it's Max's 6th birthday this week and I will be posting all about the story of his adoption.  It's a good one...stay tuned!!

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My uplifting quotes for today…Free Download

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Free Printables, Graphic Design, Life Coaching

I usually have a pretty good attitude on life.  I am a positive person naturally and I like to look on the bright side of things in most cases...but some days just suck and I would like to hit the fast forward button!  I have tried to train myself on these low point days, to change my mindset and to create a different situation.  I believe that we can create whatever we want in life.  These are 2 of my favorite quotes that help me on days like this and keep my head above water.  Stay Awesome!!! Download for free below.start being awesomecreating yourselflovelyndi

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How to decorate a Laundry Room…on a budget!

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Free Printables, Graphic Design, Interior Design

The laundry room isn't the first place you would think to decorate, right?  Well, it's the first room that I decorated in my new house because it is easy and inexpensive!  Check out the before picture on all the stuff that I used...not very impressive, but with some spray paint, glass jars and some old frames I was able to make this laundry room a happy place to be! 

I wanted to decorate with things that I use, so I bought Oxi Clean, detergent packets, Downy Clear (cause its white, and I wanted it to match) and the pink Downy Unstoppable's.  I bought the Valspar spray paint from Lowes and all the glass jars from Target.  I put the fabric softener in a large glass old fashioned drink container with a spout...I love it, even though it looks like milk!  I painted all the lids and frames...created some cute laundry quotes (download for free below) and printed off some pictures of my kids playing in water.  I spend sooo much time in the laundry room, so I am so glad that I have something fun to look at!! 

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 This is what I started with

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