Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

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I had an old wooden table and 2 wooden chairs from my Grandma and I really wanted to paint them white. I decided to go with Annie Sloan Old White Chalk paint since I had heard such great things and everyone I had talked to had amazing results. Start by prepping your furniture. That means simply wipe off the dust and putty any imperfections. This is why i absolutely love this paint there is absolutely no prep work!

annie sloan chalk

A few things I learned along the way that may help you with your first project: this paint dries way more quickly than normal paint. Don’t keep going over and over the paint like I did or it will become clumpy. Brush it on and leave it! If you want to do more than one coat, let it dry first before applying your second coat.

annie sloan paint

Next step, waxing. I used clear wax, but you can also get tinted wax this will go on the top of your piece once you are finished painting. If you want to sand your piece you need to do that before applying the wax.

Once you wax, you’ll loose that chalky feel to the paint, and you’ll get a nice, matte finish.

Take your brush and dip it into the wax. The wax goes along way so just start out with a little bit. Just dab and rub the wax over the entire thing.

Then using a cloth rub the excess wax off. That’s it! How easy is that?

ANNIE SLOAN TABLE

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Guest Room

I’m looking forward to spending the weekend with one of my best friends from college, Mary Helen. She is flying in from Atlanta tonight and I couldn’t be more excited to spend the weekend exploring Indy together and showing her around at all the great bars and restaurants.

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Here are 7 tips to prepare for guests from around the web:

– Vacuum the bedroom they will be sleeping in

– Have extra pillows and blankets

– Get a simple tray for the bed. Stack with books and magazines.

– Set out nice, clean towels.

– Have extra toiletries.

– Have a night light/lamp by the bed so they can see

– Be sure to clear off the nightstand and put a yummy smelling candle there for ambiance and a nice scent.

Hope you have a great weekend!

How to: Beer Cake

beer cake

Here is the birthday cake I made my boyfriend this year for his twenty ninth birthday! Very easy to do and a lot easier than making him a “real” cake. He’s not into sweets like I am so this was perfect for him.

I took 3 pieces of cardboard (something more sturdy would work better) cut them into different size circles, one 30-pack of beer and then started to stack!  Last, I took some 1″ ribbon and tape it around the beer can to complete the look. You can always add a birthday candle at the top but I just add some streamers/bow ribbon. The whole beer birthday cake took about 10 minutes and it was a huge hit! 🙂

Two Incomes One Salary

If you live in a two-income household I love the idea of living off one income and saving the other person’s entire salary! I have been reading up a lot on this topic and have found some really good tips and tricks in order to make this plan possible. By saving one entire salary this builds up your savings ridiculously fast and you find that you’re really not missing out on anything, either.

Begin by creating a budget and figuring out what your end goals are. You need to set a goal so you have something motivating you that you’re working towards: Are you saving to buy your first home or an early retirement? To pay for your kid’s college, pay cash for your next car or to take a nice vacation each year? Whatever it is have a goal in mind and stick to it!

Second make a list of all of your expenses for a year. This would include monthly bills and less occasional expenses like your 2 trips to the dentist a year. This will help you understand if it is possible to pay for all of your yearly expenses off of one salary. Below is an example of the expense tracking I made for myself to see how much money we would have left each month after paying for all of our bills/expenses:

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Start planning on how you can cut your expenses. Cooking from home, tracking your spending, buy less house than you can actually afford, getting rid of cable, challenge yourself to find free fun, go shopping less often, these

What can you do with the savings?  There are plenty of options:

  • Double up on your mortgage pay down.  It is possible for a couple to pay off their entire mortgage in just three to five years by living on one spouse’s income and using the the other income to pay off the mortgage.
  • Emergency Fund. Set aside 3 to 6 months (or even 9 months!) of living expenses. Like in my previous post you should also create special sub-savings accounts I have one for house down payment emergency fund and vacations. You could get creative and make one for just about anything you are saving for.
  • Make a car payment to yourself. You can put aside enough money to buy your next cars in cash create a sub account for this and it’ll add up so quickly!
  • Max out all of your retirement account!
  • Create a child’s college savings fund.
  • Take a risk. Put aside enough savings so that you are able to start your own business or take some kind of major career or entrepreneurial risk. Or retire as early as age 35 or 40!

Living on one person’s income and saving the entirety of the other is one of the most effective ways to ramp up your savings and live a more financially free life!

Meal Prepping

salads

Holy meal prep. I threw together some salads and vegetables for the week which I normally try to do every Sunday before the work week begins. It saves so much time planning ahead and makes it way easier to eat healthy and stick to clean eating. I try to switch up the salads every week so I don’t get bored with them. This week I decided to add fruit to my salads and use poppyseed dressing instead of my usual balsamic vinaigrette.

salad

Day 1:
Breakfast: Overnight Oats

Lunch: spinach, turkey, cottage cheese and strawberries (poppyseed dressing)
Dinner: Brussel Sprouts & Burrito Bowl

Day 2:

Breakfast: scrambled eggs with half avocado
Lunch:spinach, turkey, cottage cheese and strawberries (poppyseed dressing)

Dinner: Lettuce Wraps & Stuffed Mushrooms

Day 3:
Breakfast: whole wheat waffle with peanut butter
Lunch: spinach salad with turkey cottage cheese and strawberries (poppyseed dressing)
Dinner: Quinoa Stir Fry

Day 4:
Breakfast: Yogurt and a cup of fruit
Lunch: Spinach Salad with turkey Cottage cheese and strawberries (poppyseed dressing)
Dinner: Greek Yogurt Chicken Parmesan Bake

Day 5:
Breakfast: Breakfast Casserole (makes enough to have for entire weekend)
Lunch: Spinach Salad with turkey cottage cheese and strawberries (poppyseed dressing)
Dinner: Out

Related  Posts you may have missed:

How two can eat under $200 a month,  Cooking on a budgetEgg Muffins & Protein Balls

Fringe Trend

Fringe has always been a summer must have and this year, it’s hotter than ever! If you’re still looking for fun pieces to add to your end of the summer wardrobe, why not get something fringed? Check out these fun ways to wear fringe for summer.

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cross body fringe

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summer fringe

fringe cardigan

Baked Chicken Fajitas

I could eat Mexican everyday of the week if I was allowed. My favorite way to eat fajitas is cooked on the grill or stove top, but I have found that baking is much more convenient. It’s nice to be able to put all of the ingredients together toss it in the oven and leave to do other things while it is baking.

baked fajitas

Ingredients
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 tsp taco seasoning or chili powder
2 tsp cumin
½ tsp garlic powder
1 medium onion, sliced
1 large bell pepper, seeded and sliced (I use half a green and half a red)
Toppings such as cheese, sour cream, and guacamole – if desired

Instructions

This is too easy you won’t be able to mess it up!
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place chicken strips in a greased 13×9 baking dish.
In a small bowl combine the oil, taco seasoning, cumin, garlic and any other spices you desire.
Drizzle the spice mixture over the chicken and stir to coat.
Next add the peppers, and onions to the dish and stir to combine.
Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender. Serve on tortillas with your favorite toppings.

Other chicken recipes you may have missed:

BBQ Crockpot Chicken   White Chicken Chili    Loaded Baked Pot & Chicken Casserole

 This weekend Jake & I enjoyed our last wedding of the summer! We were in attendance of a whopping 8 weddings from May to July and had such a blast! On July 18th one of the hottest days of the summer one of my best friends from college, Meredith tied the knot and married Kyle. It was a perfect day and I can’t wait to get all of the photos back from the day to share with you all, but for now my iPhone pictures will have to due. Remember their engagement story I posted back in May? Congrats again to the beautiful couple, so excited to see what’s in store for you both! Just don’t ever leave Indy. Ok?