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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Beginnings of an Eclectic Master Bedroom Refresh

Master Bedroom Plan for a light, bright and eclectic refresh at my3monsters.com


{Forgive me for not putting our bed skirt back on before taking these photos . . .The bed, she looks a little naked on the bottom.  Oops. And pretend I smoothed out that duvet cover better, mmmkay?}

Hi guys!  We decided 2015 was going to be the year of "getting after it", or the year in which we finally finished some of the projects we have always talked about doing in our home.  High up on the list was our master bedroom.  Several years ago {after our then-brand-new puppy decided to make our bedroom floor her personal litter box} we ripped out our carpet and decided to get a little creative with the flooring.  I used polyurethane to “glue” burlap down to the concrete subfloor, which looked awesome-ish . . . until we realized that our sweet new puppy was going to continue to relieve herself in there, carpeted or not.  That’s when we learned some simple mathematics and science:   

[brown burlap + polyurethane]+ (dog pee pee)10 = permanent  white splotches all over the floor.  

As if that weren’t ugly enough, we learned another fun fact – burlap isn’t really that durable.   We quickly began to wear holes in the higher traffic areas of the room.  I’m all for shabby chic, but this was NOT a version of the look I had envisioned.  In a fit of utter disgust and frustration, my sweet husband tore up the burlap while I was at work one day, leaving us with an even shabbier and even less chic concrete floor. And then we hit the pause button for several months.

Master Bedroom Plan for a light, bright and eclectic refresh at my3monsters.com

Happily, we treated ourselves to a new mattress forChristmas, which proved to be the catalyst for major change up in here.  We couldn’t have such a nice, comfortable bed and such a nasty, uncomfortable floor.  We found the bargain of the century on some laminate that is an almost exact match to what we have in the rest of the main living area of our house.  While I hope and dream that someday we can replace the whole house with a dark walnut flooring, it’s just not in the cards anytime soon.  The price on this Brazilian Cherry was right {like 39 cents a square foot right} and it looks AWESOME compared to what we had.

Master Bedroom Plan for a light, bright and eclectic refresh at my3monsters.com

The new mattress was much deeper than our old one so we had to get new bedding as well.  Our Full/Queen size down comforter looked like a Twin on this extra-deep queen mattress so we upgraded to a King comforter to get a little more side coverage {and some extra fluff!}.  I chose a gray and white striped duvet cover for the bed to match our gray and white walls and rug.  Plus, it’s a little masculine so it will appease my husband when I start bringing in some more colorful, flowery stuff. That’s where we are today.  It’s starting to really come together.

Master Bedroom Plan for a light, bright and eclectic refresh at my3monsters.com

Here’s a little mood board I threw together to give you an idea of where I’m heading with this space:

Master Bedroom Plan for a light, bright and eclectic refresh at my3monsters.com
Sources: 1. Kantha Quilt  2. Ikea Nyponros Duvet Cover  3. Ikea Foto Pendant Lamps  4. Target Sheets  5. Kirklands Concordia Window Pane Cabinets  6. Faux Grain Sack Curtains and Pillows {tutorial coming soon!}  7. Accent Fabrics {yellow, aqua, birds, gray and white}   8. Cheeky Movie Quote Art {DIY, tutorial via Rain on a Tin Roof}  9. painted basket {DIY, tutorial via Yesterday on Tuesday}  

I’m really loving neutral backgrounds right now with pops of bright color and layers of pattern and texture.  In the next few weeks I have some more cool additions to this space that I am looking so forward to sharing with you – Kantha quilts and faux grain sack curtains and DIY artwork, oh my!  We’re also in the planning stages of a major industrial shelving project in our boys’ room that will take place over spring break.  Keep stopping by to see it all go down right here.

Have a great day, my dears!
Amy


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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

DIY Dry-Erase Calendar with FREE Printable

Dry Erase Printable Calendar at my3monsters.com
Hi guys!  Long time, no see, right?!  I know it's mid-February and this is more of a January-type project. I've been meaning to share this dry-erase calendar project for weeks now, after several of you requested an updated version of the one I made last year.  I just can't seem to find the time to post here as often as I would like to.  I'm trying to go to the gym several times a week and help my kiddos stay on top of their school work, while working full time and attempting to keep my house from ending up on an episode of hoarders. {I have really needed this new calendar!!}

I know, I know. I'm not complaining, really. I've had my "new job" for several months now and I should be used to it, but this is the first month Brent and I have BOTH worked full time and we are starting to drown in unfinished chores. Saturdays are filled with basketball games, baby showers, and Costco trips. Every time I pencil in some quality blogging time, I end up getting a phone call from someone who needs urgent decorating help or some-such aspect of my attention.  That calendar in the photo looks pretty sparse because I haven't even had time to write stuff down!

The point of all of that rambling is that I'm here now and I have this really fun new dry-erase calendar printable to share with you.  Yay!!  This project will only take a few minutes to put together and will help keep you and yours organized all year long.  To begin, download the calendar image by clicking the image below {or from dropbox here} and have it printed at your favorite photo processing center.  It is a 16 x 20-inch print.

Dry Erase Calendar Printable at my3monsters.com
You will also need a 16x20-inch frame with glass insert and a fine point Sharpie marker.  Simply place your photo print in the frame underneath the glass and hang it up.  I used a few Command Adhesive photo-hanging strips {the ones that look like plastic velcro} to attach it securely to the back of my front door.  We had the calendar frame in the same spot all last year and it has stayed right in place, even though the door gets opened {and slammed} a million times a day.  

Dry Erase Calendar Printable at my3monsters.com
I mentioned this last year, but it bears repeating -- you can use dry erase markers to fill in your calendar, but I prefer fine-tipped Sharpie markers.  They are so much easier to write neatly with the ink comes out darker and smoother.  Plus, everything you write stays in place until you clean it off with a little bit of rubbing alcohol.  For quick, minor fixes I use those little alcohol prep wipes, but when I need to erase the whole calendar at the end of the month, I dampen a paper towel with rubbing alcohol and wipe it down.

Dry Erase Calendar Printable at my3monsters.com
Having a dry erase calendar has been a HUGE help in keeping myself organized.  When we sit down and have our little "family planning meeting" every Monday evening we all add our events for the week or month.  It's right on the back of my front door so I see it and am reminded of upcoming events every time I leave the house.  

Do you have any tricks that help to keep your family organized when life gets busy?  Leave me a comment and help a sister out, huh?

Have a great day friends!

Amy


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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

$200 Lush Decor GIVEAWAY

Giveaway prize provided by Lush Decor. As always, all opinions expressed are 100% my own.


Lush Decor Giveaway at my3monsters.com
Hi guys!  I'm really excited to share today's post with y'all. You know how much I love a good room makeover, right?  Well, today I'm offering one of you guys the chance to makeover a room in your home with $200 at Lush Decor.  I hear what you're saying right now . . .  "Can anyone really makeover a room with $200?!"  The answer is a resounding YES!!!

Lush Decor CEO and founder, Jenny Zhu, created the company because she aspired to create affordable home fashion that can be enjoyed through all the phases of your life. They pride themselves in offering a wide range of designs and workmanship to help you create your own “look” and lifestyle.  At Lush Décor they believe that great designs at terrific values will always trump something that is ordinary and very promotionally priced.You can find their products in retail stores like Kohl's and Bed, Bath & Beyond. 

I've thrown together a few mood boards to give you an idea of the rooms you can create for about $200 with products from Lush Decor {and a few added accessories}:


Lush Decor Giveaway at my3monsters.com
I have been sprucing up the room my two teenage sons share lately, so I have boys' bedrooms on the brain.  I love gray and orange as a color combo for them.  Pick up the Lux 6 piece Comforter set, a pair of Stripe Blackout Curtains, and a pair of orange Trellis Decorative Pillow Shells and you'll have the basics for this fum boy's room.  Add a few super hero prints and a marquee letter {that you can make yourself!} and you'll be all set!


Lush Decor Giveaway at my3monsters.com
For a master bedroom that strikes a perfect balance between masculine and feminine, with a little nautical flair, all you need is the Avon 3 piece Comforter Set in white and a pair of Sophie Pillow Cover Shells in navy blue.  White walls and some nautical artwork are all you need to add to finish off the look.


Lush Decor Giveaway at my3monsters.com
I can't leave my daughter out of the decorating-fantasy-fun!  For a super chic teenage girl's room you'll need the Addington 3 piece Quilt Set, with a Berlin quilt folded up at the foot of the bed.  {Lots of bedding options are a bonus!} Throw in a pair of ruffly Belle Window Curtains and some vintage Audrey Hepburn movie posters to keep it playful and feminine.  

Everybody wins with Lush Decor.  Use discount code LOVELUSH1 to receive 10% off any order.  Visit Lush Decor to see what fun combos you could come up with if you are the winner of the giveaway then come back and enter below!!

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Have a great day, friends!

Amy


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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Home Made Soft Pretzels

Easy Home Made Soft Pretzel recipe at my3monsters.com
Hi guys!  One thing you may or may not know about me is that I LOVE finger foods. Really. Anything you can eat with your hands is A-OK in my book and, in fact, highly preferred to a meat-and-potatoes type meal. We all have our quirks, right?  Every so often I get a hankering for a good soft pretzel with cheese sauce for dipping.  The problem is, I'm not a big fan of the frozen variety you find at the grocery store and I have a real aversion to going to the mall.  {More quirks.}  A few months ago I was so desperate for one I almost went to see a movie just because I knew I could get a pretzel at the theater. I finally tracked one down in the Target cafe, but it was only marginally better than the frozen kind.  

What I know now, that I wish I had known then, is that soft pretzels are SUUUUPER easy to make yourself and they taste divine straight out of the oven!  So, just in time for Super Bowl Sunday when pub/finger foods abound, I'm sharing this little secret with y'all. 

Easy Home Made Soft Pretzel recipe at my3monsters.com

Home Made Soft Pretzels

For dough:
1½ C. warm water
1 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. salt
1 pkg. active dry yeast
4½ C. flour
¼ C. butter, melted

To make pretzels:
10 C. water
2/3 C. baking soda
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
Kosher salt {for sprinkling on top}

Combine the first four ingredients in the bowl of a mixer.Allow to sit for several minutes so the yeast can activate and get all foamy.  Using the dough hook, mix in the flour and ¼ C. of butter until the dough forms and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

Cover the mixing bowl and allow dough to rise in a warm place until double in bulk.  {It usually takes about 1 hour.}

Preheat oven to 450º.  Bring water and baking soda to a boil in a large pot.

Easy Home Made Soft Pretzel recipe at my3monsters.com

Divide dough into 8 equal pieces.  Roll each piece into a long rope {about 12 inches} and twist into pretzel shape.

Easy Home Made Soft Pretzel recipe at my3monsters.com
Place pretzels, one at a time, into the boiling water for 30 seconds each.  It seems weird, but I promise they won't fall apart!  Remove with a slotted spoon and place onto a baking sheet. {Line baking sheet with parchment paper if you are worried about them sticking.}  Brush tops with butter and sprinkle with Kosher salt.

Easy Home Made Soft Pretzel recipe at my3monsters.com
Easy Home Made Soft Pretzel recipe at my3monsters.com

Bake for 15 minutes or until nice, golden brown.

Easy Home Made Soft Pretzel recipe at my3monsters.com
To make a super easy Cheese Dipping Sauce, just melt a small chunk of Velveeta {I usually cut off a slice as wide as two of my fingers} with about 2 Tbsp. milk in a small bowl in the microwave.  

These are the softest, yummiest, buttery-est pretzels you will eat in your life.  It's probably a good thing the recipe only makes 8 because I could eat a whole batch!   I mean, I never have . . . but I've sure thought about it.

Have a great week, friends!

Amy




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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Printable Valentines Ideas

Hi guys!  Valentine's day is right around the corner and I miss the days of making Valentine's for my kids' classes.  I mean, I love having teenagers, but they aren't super enthused about passing out cards anymore.  I've taken to giving Valentines to my own friends just for fun.  Today I've thrown together a quick roundup of some of my favorite Valentines here on My 3 Monsters over the past few years.

Bag of Chips Valentines at my3monsters.com

You Blow Me Away Valentines at my3monsters.com

Valentine's Checklist at my3monsters.com

Wood Grain Valentines at my3monsters.com

I Love You "Sew" Much Valentines at my3monsters.com

Vintage Valentines Printables at my3monsters.com

Have a good one, y'all!

Amy


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