Recaps, Famous People, and Reality TV

Well, my friends, I am FINALLY back from my oh-too-long vacay. For your and my sanity, I swear I'll never leave for that long ever again! Let's get down to bid-ness... First off, I just have to give a huge thanks to all the Guest Bloggers that posted here over the last month. Weren't they all just fab?!! Honestly, I'm now following quite a few of them myself! Also, if you are just dying to get a recap of our vacation, I made FIFTEEN posts about my vacation while we were on the road. Check all of them out here. I tried to add some humor to each post as not to bore you to sleep. One … [Read more...]

A mini closet makeover

Do you remember when my ceiling flooded and I had to tear out the sheetrock and replace it with new sheetrock? Last month I ended my post with my sheetrock looking like this: Unfortunately this is NOT a follow up tutorial for how to finish installing sheetrock (aka texturing it to look like the rest of the ceiling). Nope my friends, I STILL have not finished the patch job. It still looks like it did a month ago. However, when I was patching the hole and ended up with the above result, the reson I never finished the job is because I got totally sidetracked on a different … [Read more...]

Goodwill {finally} rocks

Goodwill freaking ROCKS. Yes, you read that right. Allison is actually saying something nice about Goodwill. I went to Goodwill on the fly and to say I SCORED is an understatement. For some reason they had tons of brand-new merchandise from Target. I asked if Target just donated it all and the Goodwill lady told me that Goodwill purchases huge lots of unsellable lots from Target (ie: damaged goods). LUCKY ME! So, what did I walk away with? Huge tray: Vinyl Coo-coo clock kit: FIVE rolls of vinyl for $.99 each! I got one each of the chairs and phone booths, and … [Read more...]

Goodbye past, hello future!

It's time to retire the ol' blog layout, header, & buttons. I've loved every second of the orangie blog. It's where this blog came from. It's my roots. But as they say, "It's time to grow the hell up!" You may have noticed I removed the original header a few weeks ago & put up a basic temporary one. And now I've finally gone and changed the whole darn layout. Here's the very first button I ever made: I want to be embarrassed by it, but it just reminds me of my first days living in Los Angeles when I was bored and depressed and missing Texas. I created a blog to … [Read more...]

pumpkin cookies w/ cream cheese icing

Pumpkin cookies with cream cheese icing Yes, they are as good as they look! I have to say before I take all the credit and give a tutorial on these cookies, that the cookie recipe was given to me by my friend Jenny H. (not Hepworth ;)) and the cream cheese icing I found on a recipe site. I did do a little tweaking to the recipe though, so I guess I can partly claim it as my own. :) Here's how to make these delicious Pumpkin Cookies with cream cheese icing. (I'll re-post the full recipe at the bottom of this post for easier copying & printing) Measure out 1 Cup of … [Read more...]

The best of September 2010

Let's wrap up September, shall we? (Click on each picture to see the original post.) I started off the month by showing off my new clearance pillows and my semi-finished family room! And then swooned over the new GLASS bowl for the kitchen aid (I still want one!) I showed everyone my Master bathroom renovation I did last year... I embarrassed myself by posting an outtake video from my Sponsor Redi Shade. And then gave you a tip on how to make your morning school routine run more smoothly. Then I gave a tutorial on how to create a cheap (but not … [Read more...]

16 hours (but who’s counting?)

Guess what happens in 16 hours?! (1:30pm Friday) CLOSING on our house!!!!!!!! Woo Hoo! In 16 hours, this is all going to be m-i-n-e. bawahahahahaha (Well, er, the kids and van are already mine, but now I get the house too!) And in addition to these two very adorable kids, this will also be mine! I will officially be a slave to the bank. Yippie???!! After we sign our life away we can finally be a slave to the man also to earn enough money to decorate this place. We already ordered a black french-door freezer-on-the-bottom refrigerator but unforch it … [Read more...]