August 28, 2015

Meal Plan - Week 8

= Vacation!!

I do have a few easy meals planned to cook while we're away. I figure we'll cook 4 nights and eat out the other 3. Of course this is subject to change but I think it will be a good thing to have a rough dinner plan.

Meals planned:

Hamburgers/hot dogs
BBQ Chicken/side/local produce
Spaghetti/Meat sauce (prepping and freezing sauce before we leave)
Steak night/side/local produce

August 26, 2015

Barkbox Review ~ 4th (and final) box

Our subscription has come to an end.  Our last box arrived in the mail late last week.  I really have no complaints about the boxes at all. All of the toys and treats have been enjoyed by my pups. My only complaint is the cost.

I realize it's not feasible to send all of this stuff to you for $10 but for $24 a month, I can buy a lot more treats than what is provided.  It also doesn't help that I have 2 large dogs. The tiny packages of treats just aren't enough to justify the cost.

But it was definitely fun and I haven't ruled out renewing the subscription for a short time in the future.

Thanks for the fun, Barkbox!

August 21, 2015

Meal Plan - Week 7

Still on a roll, 7 weeks and counting.

Sunday:  Pork chops/rice

Monday:  Salmon/fish, depending what's on sale

Tuesday: Macaroni & Beef

Wednesday: Leftovers/sandwiches (changed around the schedule due to soccer practices!)

Thursday: Hamburgers/hotdogs

August 19, 2015

Railings Repainted

I finished up the 1st phase of this project over a week ago but kept forgetting to take a daytime picture. The pictures I took aren't the best (because I took them in the early morning) but whatever. A photographer I am not!

Over a year ago (yeah, that long), I repainted the spindles and the lower part of the railing. It too was that honey oak we all hate.  I couldn't decide what to do about the top part of the railing so it just stayed that way. I had no interest in sanding the railing and re-staining it - too messy. And I wasn't sure if using regular paint was the way to go. Then one day I came across milk paint and how it's the preferred paint to redo furniture - it was the perfect solution!

So here we are before:

And after:
And The Husband agrees!

It does appear that milk paint is hard to find in a store so I just ordered it.  I used "Dark Chocolate" (brown) because I felt black would be too dark (lol) ... and I was right. As you can see, the dark chocolate looks black in photos. I am very, very, very happy with how it turned out!

Here's what I did, step-by-step:

1.  Thoroughly cleaned the to-be-painted area with clorox wipes.
2.  Painter's tape is your friend - use it!
3.  Using a clean rag, carefully wiped paint deglosser on the to-be-painted area. Allow it to dry for about 15 minutes - it dries fast.
4.  Apply the milk paint with a foam brush. Depending on the coverage you get, you will need 2-3 coats. It dries very fast. But I did let the area dry overnight before I did Step 5.
5.  Apply the polyurethane top coat (flat) with a foam brush. Don't over brush, but work carefully to get a smooth even finish.
6.  Done!

Here's a link to the paint products I used:

This project isn't quite done. I still have 2 sections of railing on the 2nd floor to complete. I hope to get that completed during the month of September.

Milk paint for the win!!