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Creating A Calm & Serene Master Bedroom Redo

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I’ve shown you almost every newly redone room in the house now but I haven’t shown you the master bedroom. It seems like that room is always the last one to get done and it really should have been the first. Mom needs a calm and serene space to relax and get away from the craziness of the rest of the house. I knew exactly what I wanted to create in the master bedroom but I was on a super tight budget after how much I spent on the rest of the house. I had to get creative and flex my DIY muscles to create the kind of space I wanted. 

 

If you missed it the first time, here is how my master bedroom used to look. You can see the full tour here.

 

 

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It was kind of pieced together haphazardly with some new pieces and some older things I hadn’t replaced yet. It needed to be updated so badly. I knew I wanted to move the bed away from the window. I am a serious insomniac and there are nights when I don’t fall asleep until well after 4am. So waking up at 6am with the sun shining brightly in my face was not working out for me anymore. I also knew I wanted to finally change the old curtains and I wanted a rustic reclaimed wood headboard. It only took me a weekend to get the room done once I figured out what I wanted. Here’s our new space:

 

 

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The headboard was my big DIY project. It took me 2 hours to make and only cost me $20. I’ll show you soon just how I made the headboard. It came out even better than I was anticipating and I built the rest of the room around it. I added the Mr & Mrs over the new headboard because that wall is so tall. I originally planned to paint the room but every color I picked out was almost the same as what was already on the walls so I left it alone. 

 

 

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I tried to keep the room as simple as possible. I wanted it to be serene and calming. I found the curtain at IKEA, of course. They are the perfect compliment to the bedding and the rug. I also moved the chest of drawers into the master bathroom and replaced it with another cube bookshelf from IKEA. We’re using it to hold the television and it gave me a little extra storage. I wish I had somewhere to put the elliptical machine but we don’t. So for now, it’s stuck in the corner of the master bedroom. At least I can catch up on my favorite shows while I exercise. I didn’t change anything about the photo collage wall because I love it. 

 

 

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I love my new master bedroom. I accomplished my goal of making it a calm and serene space. Now if I could just get the kids to keep their toys out of my room it would be perfect. Those little people toys hurt when you step on them at 3am! 

 
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TDC Before and After

 
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Life With A Threenager

I officially have a teenager….and a threenager. Zoey turned 3 a couple of months ago. I have realized that I had totally forgotten, or perhaps blocked out, what life with a 3 year old is like. Cause it’s not all sunshine and roses. More like tantrums and drama. Oh the drama. 

 

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Zoey was a really easy going baby. Nothing bothered her, she was very chill and go with the flow. Apparently she used all that easy going chill up in the two years because she’s a totally different creature now. 

 

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She’s stubborn and opinionated. She’s independent and loud. She’s dramatic and possessive. She’s feisty and fierce. She rolls her eyes with hands on hips as well as any teenager. She has mood swings that would rival a pms’ing teenager. She sighs loudly and shakes her head at the adults in disgust.  She loudly proclaims that we are not her boss and defiantly sits in time-out when we attempt to show her the errors of her thinking. She cries large crocodile tears when she doesn’t get her own way and stomps her foot when those tears don’t change our minds. 

 

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She has suddenly decided that all food with any nutritional value is to be avoided at all costs. She was the best eater out of all the kids until she turned 3. Now I’m lucky to get anything other than chicken nuggets and fruit snacks in her. Fruit is met with a disdainful sniff and vegetable are met with a full out tantrum. Ketchup counts as a vegetable these days, right? I’m totally counting it. 

 

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She throws herself dramatically to the floor in protest of whatever horrible thing she has been asked to do- most often it’s putting her shoes in the front closet instead of leaving them in the middle of the floor. Oh the horror. 

 

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I can’t believe I forgot the change that overtakes seemingly easy-going toddlers when they hit the age of 3. How could I forget? I assume it’s a form of PTSD designed to make sure people have more than one kid….you know, like pregnancy and childbirth. Thankfully by age 4 it gets better and they turn back into normal kids.

 

42 weeks and 6 days until she turns 4…not that I’m counting or anything.

 

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Easy Cajun Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo {Red Lobster Copycat}

I’m always on a quest to discover new and delicious options for quick weeknight dinners. We are so busy these days that I don’t have time for extensive and time consuming prep work. I need fast and I need yummy or these little creatures won’t eat. One of my absolute favorite things to eat is the Cajun Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo from Red Lobster. When I was pregnant with Zoey I consumed it by the pound. Seriously. The hostess at the front desk knew me by name. That was embarrassing. I’ve never found a recipe that was as good as Red Lobster, affordable to make at home, and easy enough to do on a weeknight. After experimenting and trying different ingredients I have finally done it. I have made a Cajun Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo that is delicious and rivals Red Lobster. 

 

No seriously, I mean it. I served it at a large family function and was reprimanded by my mother-in-law for spending too much money on take out from Red Lobster. I took great delight in telling her it was home made. It’s the little things, y’all. Of course it helped that I found the Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit mix at Wal*Mart. Those biscuits….they were sooooo good! They tasted just like the real ones from the restaurant. I will never serve this pasta dish without the biscuits ever again.

 

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Ingredients:

 

3-4 boneless chicken breasts, cooked & diced*

Zatarains Blackened Seasoning, to taste*

1 lb Fettuccine noodles

2 jars Prego Homestyle Alfredo sauce

1 pint grape tomatoes, halved

 

*I chose to use 2 packs of the refrigerated Tyson’s Southwestern Style Chicken strips instead to save time.

*I found the Zatarains Blackened Seasoning at Wal*Mart

 

Directions:

 

1. Cook noodles as directed on package. 

2. Meanwhile, combine diced chicken and Zatarains blackened seasoning in pot. The Zatarains blackened seasoning has some serious kick to it so start out with a little bit and increase it as you go. 

3. Heat chicken over low to medium heat until blackened seasoning coats heated chicken, about 4-5 minutes stirring frequently.

4. Once chicken is heated through, add halved grape tomatoes and stir frequently until they soften, about 2-3 minutes.

5. Add both jars of Alfredo sauce to chicken and tomatoes and continue to heat over low to medium heat.

6. Serve sauce mixture over hot fettuccine noodles with Cheddar Bay Biscuits.

 

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Doesn’t that look amazing? The taste is even more amazing, especially for a dish that used no time intensive, home made ingredients. From prep to table, this dinner took me 15 minutes- and that includes making the biscuits!  

 

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Cajun Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo
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Ingredients
  1. 3-4 boneless chicken breasts, cooked & diced OR
  2. 2 pkg Tyson's Southwester Style Chicken strips
  3. Zatarains Blackened Seasoning, to taste
  4. 1 lb Fettuccine noodles
  5. 2 jars Prego Homestyle Alfredo sauce
  6. 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
Instructions
  1. Cook noodles as directed on package.
  2. Meanwhile, combine diced chicken and Zatarains blackened seasoning in pot. The Zatarains blackened seasoning has some serious kick to it so start out with a little bit and increase it as you go.
  3. Heat chicken over low to medium heat until blackened seasoning coats heated chicken, about 4-5 minutes stirring frequently.
  4. Once chicken is heated through, add halved grape tomatoes and stir frequently until they soften, about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add both jars of Alfredo sauce to chicken and tomatoes and continue to heat over low to medium heat.
  6. Serve sauce mixture over hot fettuccine noodles with Cheddar Bay Biscuits.
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The Books On My Kindle

It’s not a secret that I love to read but I don’t think I’ve ever done a full post on the books I love to read. How is that possible? Last year I bought the Kindle Fire HD when it was newly released to replace my old first generation Nook reader. I love the Kindle Fire HD. Love it. I love it so much that I plan to upgrade to the new Kindle Fire HDX sometime around Christmas time. I use my Kindle every day and I’ve accumulated quite a collection of books in the last year. Today I wanted to share some of the books I’ve enjoyed reading and some of the book series that I love. I freely admit to be a romance book junkie- but I also enjoy other genres too. I like mysteries, humor, paranormal….I just love to read. 

 

Series I Love:

 

Christine Feehan’s Carpathian Series– this is probably one of my most loved series of books. It’s paranormal vampire with a twist. I have every book in this series and I re-read them frequently. Dark Prince is the first book and sets up the rest of the series. 

 

J.D. Robb’s In Death Series– another one of my most favorite series. I have been reading these since the very first one was published back in 1995! There’s 38 books in the series, I think, and every one of them is fantastic! It’s futuristic but done so well that it doesn’t seem outlandish. The romance is hot and the action is fast-paced. Naked in Death is the first in the series and sets up the rest of the series. 

 

Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum Series– I love books that make me laugh out loud while I’m reading them and I laugh at every one of the books in this series. Stephanie Plum is a bounty hunter- a really bad bounty hunter whose car gets bombed on a regular basis. The supporting cast of characters in this series are hysterical and the main love interests are HOT! One for the Money is the first book in the series. You don’t have to read them in order but I recommend you do. 

 

Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress Series– another series that I own every book released. I pre-order her books because they are just so good! It’s paranormal vampire but with a twist again. The main character, Cat, is a bad ass and you know how I love a good bad ass chick. This series is full of action and romance. Halfway to the Grave in the first book in the series and this series does need to be read in order. 

 

Those are the main series that I read- the ones that I buy every single book on the day it’s released and stay up way too late to finish reading each one.  I have some other favorite author’s that I will read just about anything they release.

 

Dee Henderson- she is a Christian author and I fell in love with her O’Malley series and then her Uncommon Heroes series after that. Her last few books have not technically been part of either series but they tie in with them and they are soooo good. I love her writing style. If you love romance books but don’t want to read the smutty ones you should check out Dee Henderson. She quotes some scripture in her books but it’s seamlessly woven into the story lines and every story has an element of faith in it. Her O’Malley series is probably one of my favorite series of books of all time. 

 

Kathleen Brooks- I have really enjoyed her Bluegrass series. They are super cheap on Kindle ($2.99-3.99 each) and really good for the price. The stories are romance with some suspense and action mixed in. The first one is Bluegrass State of Mind and it’s free on Kindle. This series revolves around a town and a family so you should read them in order. 

 

Dianne Duvall- I discovered her Immortal Guardian series by accident and they are really good books! Again, paranormal vampire with a twist. They are heavy on the action and romance and I’ve read all of them. Darkness Dawns is the first in the series and they should be read in order. 

 

Kristen Proby- Her With Me In Seattle series is another one I found accidentally and fell in love with. Again- the prices are great (around $3.99 each) and each book gets better and better. Great romance, hot alpha males, and some drama. I highly recommend them! Come Away With Me is the first book and you should read them in order. The series is about a family and it has some really hysterical scenes that had me laughing out loud. 

 

Lila Felix- I adore her Love & Skate series. It’s more new adult and I was hooked from the very first chapter of the first book. The storylines revolve around one family and they are just fantastic! Again- very reasonably priced in the Kindle store- the first one is even free!  You should read these in order. 

 

Quinn Loftis- Her first book in The Grey Wolves series was one of the first freebie’s I downloaded to my new Kindle and I was hooked. It’s definitely a young adult series and the main female characters are a little ditzy but the books are good. It’s a wolf shifter series and I love me some wolf shifters….The first book is Prince of Wolves and is still free. You should definitely read these in order. 

 

Shelly Crane- Her Significance series is another one that I found because the first book was a freebie. And it’s soooo good. It’s another young adult series. It’s paranormal romance but no wolves/vampires. It’s a soul mate book and I loved it. The first book is Significance and it’s still free on Kindle. You should definitely read them in order. 

 

I have so many books on my Kindle y’all. I have well over 1500 books and out of those I have about 400 that I haven’t even read yet! I buy them when they go on sale for $0.99-$2 and save them to read later. It’s an addiction.  I finally made a Favorites collection on my iPhone Kindle app to keep track of my favorite books that I want to re-read. If you’re looking for a single book instead of a series- here are a few I recommend.

 

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton.  I laughed the whole way through this book. It was hysterical but definitely not a young/new adult book. Lots of sex and lots of adult humor. Not for the faint of heart prudish types. 

 

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. This book is all kinds of messed up and full of drama- which is exactly why I loved it so much. Sometimes you just need a drama filled angsty book that makes you scream. This was that book for me!

 

Chasing McCree by J.C. Isabella. This is a young adult book with some adult themes in it. The main characters were really easy for me to relate to and I was sucked right into their story. It’s a great read for only $0.99. 

 

Fallen Crest High by Tijan. Something about the way this author writes her main male characters just speaks to me. I don’t know why, maybe because I see a sliver of them in some of the men in my own life. I don’t know. But I love her books. Fallen Crest High is the first in a series with Fallen Crest Family following it and Fallen Crest Public due out in December. I also really loved her newest book, Carter Reed. I love me some alpha males, clearly.

 

Wait For You by J.Lynn. Oh my gosh. This was one of those books that I devoured from cover to cover in a few hours. I could not put it down. Having been through some similar issues in my own life I really related to the main character. The second book is out now and I just bought it yesterday. The third one comes out in February, I think. 

 

So now that you know what kinds of books I love to read, do you have any suggestions for me? What have you read lately that you enjoyed?

 

**None of the links in this post are affiliate nor am I being compensated for any of them in any way**

 

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He Said, She Said: Horse Face

 
 
 
 
{You know all those funny and/or stupid little moments that happen in every marriage but nobody ever talks about? Well welcome to He Said, She Said: True Stories where I give you an unprecedented glimpse inside the marital dysfunction. You are welcome.}
 
 
Setting the Scene: Matt and I were fully engrossed in watching a marathon of Sunday Football. The screen showed an extreme close up of the Seattle Seahawks coach. The following conversation took place as we watched the coach screaming and yelling over a bad call.
 
 
He Said: Wow, check out the vein in his forehead.
 
 
She Said: That thing is gonna blow at some point.
 
 
He Said: With calls like that one it will be sooner rather than later.
 
 
She Said: Oh goody, something to look forward to for the 4th quarter.
 
 
He Said: That coach looks like something. I can’t figure it out though. 
 
 
She Said: Like another person?
 
 
He Said: No, not a person. Give me a minute, I’ll figure it out.
 
 
**30 Minutes Later**
 
 
He Said: I got it! He looks like a horse. His face looks like a horse’s face.
 
 
She Said: Well. That’s unfortunate. 
 
 
He Said: Why?
 
 
She Said: There’s only one part of man’s body that a woman wants to resemble a horse. And it’s sure not his face.
 
 
He Said: Nothing….he was too busy choking on his beer.
 
 
**10 Minutes Later**
 
 
He Said: He also kind of looks like a bobblehead.
 
 
She Said: Well. Now you’re just being cruel. (for those non-regular readers, I have a very unhealthy fear of bobbleheads)
 
 
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