Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Ten Minute Kitchen Update

Hello! Did y'all have a good Labor Day weekend? I'm sure everyone's kids are probably back in school by now. The summer sure went by quickly. I have a little kitchen update to show you, but first I have a funny story to share with you about my son's school lunch. 

My youngest is in high school and first of all, can I just say how much school lunches have changed since I was in school? Oh my goodness...they have build your own burger bars, taco bars, pizza bars, etc. They even sell Starbucks Frappuccinos and Chick-Fil-A sandwiches. 

Anyway, I'm able to upload money to his lunch account online, then he uses his PIN number to pay for it. It's definitely convenient. I can also go online to see what he's buying and how much it costs.

After the first few days of school, I decided to go online and see what he had been eating and how much it was costing me. Well, I was a little shocked to see he was spending around $9 PER DAY!!! What??? Yep, nine dollars for a single day's school lunch! 

The problem was that he was buying a $3 frappuccino along with nachos, fries, cookies, etc. Needless to say, we had a little talk about a more appropriate amount to spend each day. ;) I do have the option of blocking certain foods (basically you can place a block on certain things so they can't purchase them) but so far, he's been able to curb his spending a little.  Is it just me or do y'all think $9 is a bit much for a school lunch? 

Okay, so on with the kitchen update. Remember when I said I had other plans for that frame by the backdoor? Well, let me show you what I did with it. 

Y'all probably remember this chalkboard I have in my kitchen. I love changing up those little papers for different holidays, birthdays, etc. (you can see the makeover I did on this chalkboard HERE) While I still love it, I thought it was time for a little change. 

So, I took the frame from the living room, and added this piece of scrapbook paper and this little "nest" printable I got several years ago. 

You can click HERE to see where I got this free printable. Like I said, I printed it several years ago, but I think the link still works.

I simply used double stick tape to attach the scrap paper to the white cardboard that was in the frame. Then I attached the printable right on top of the scrap paper and popped it back into the frame.

I just love this little definition of a "nest." :)

And here's the finished product...

Here's a close up of the frame. My sister in law gave it to me several years ago. She was going to donate it, but I scooped it up and brought it home with me. :) I think it was originally black, and I spray painted it Heirloom White. Then I dipped a foam brush in some watered down brown acrylic paint and just kind of rubbed it on the raised portion to bring out the design. 

I love how it looks on that wall!

Below is a wider shot. 

wall clock from lillian vernon

I've gotten a few emails about that clock. It's one of my favorite buys from Lillian Vernon years ago, but unfortunately I don't think they make it anymore. 

I've seen similar ones at Kirkland's from time to time. Do y'all have Kirkland's coupons texted to you? I signed up for that awhile ago and it's so neat to have their coupons so handy. 

Well, that's all for now. Hope y'all have a great day!



  1. I love this and the perfect spot for it as well. Hope your Holiday yesterday was relaxing :-) YES!!!! $9 IS A LOT TO SPEND FOR A SCHOOL LUNCH - totally agree!

    Have a beautiful week...

    1. Thank you, Sherri! So glad you agree about the ridiculous lunch prices!! I couldn't believe how much he was spending on a daily basis. Lol! Hope your week is going well. :)

  2. I like your homemade artwork. It's so cute! I agree that $9 is an expensive school lunch. Heck, that's more like a nice restaurant lunch! I'm sure it's hard to not buy everything he wants when it's not his money he's spending too. Sounds like his school offers some great choices. Wish it was like that when I was in school. I would've been eating chick-fil-a every day!

  3. That does sound a little high for a school lunch..... on the other hand though, everything is so expensive these days it is unbelievable so I can see how it could add up quickly!!!!! I love your little nest artwork...it turned out great :o)

  4. Lisa, yes! nine dollars is a little much for lunch, I was smiling when I was reading about how you can block items he can buy. Where was that technology when my kids were growing up??? LOL It is so nice to be able to know what they are eating and how much they are spending. I love, love your art! I just finished a few minutes ago remaking an old frame I had to use in my newly decorated guest bathroom.You know how I like to re purpose things. :) Enjoy your Tuesday, although it sure feels like a Monday to me. :)

  5. Reading your story makes me want to be in high school again! Our lunches were not like that at all! Well actually, I always left campus for lunch but your son's options sound more appealing! And I agree that 9 bucks a day for lunch is a bit too much. Good think your son made some adjustments :)

    And I love your easy update!! That printable is so cute! Quick and easy are always the funnest, right?

  6. Lisa,

    Too funny about your son's lunch!!! That would be my son too!!
    I love your kitchen update, especially the nest print! ;) I love how you can change one thing and it changes a space! Enjoy your new picture!!!

    1. Can you believe how exorbitant those lunch prices are?! Oh my! Starbucks is getting the best of me. Lol! So glad you liked the nest print. I just love little things like that. :) Happy Wednesday, Janine!

  7. I love the frame and print! The colors are so soft and pretty and I like how you added the darker paint to the raised design.

    I nearly fainted when I read about the new offerings at your son's lunch. And yep, I think $9.00 is a lot. But, I think if you can get healthy food for that price, it's worth it. I was living on the cafeteria food at the hospital when my hubby as in and out recently. I felt good that I could get healthy food. The bad stuff was right there beside it but I had willpower. I don't think kids do. Good for your son lowing his cost on his own.

    Jane xx

  8. Your nest frame is perfect! I'm playing with scrapbook paper today too. :)

    When our sons were in high school we gave them a lunch budget per week. Even when my boys were in school (4 years ago) I had heard of people spending $10/day. Don't remember how much we gave them per week but they had to figure it out or run out of money. They also had the option to pitch in their own. Worked for us.

  9. OMGosh, $9 a day for lunch is outrageous! I really don't think they should be selling coffee beverages at all. I also like that a lot of schools are going to much healthier options for their lunch selections. I could really get on my soapbox about all of this, but I will refrain!

    The new look for that wall is really nice. Very sweet little saying.

  10. Yes, Mama I have to agree $9 is a bit much haha! Oh technology... Amazing you can blog, and see what he's buying and reload! That is handy though!! Love your quick little update!
    Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com

    1. I know, right?! Oh my! And that $9 was just for ONE lunch! That's almost $50 per week for one child! Crazy! :) I bought some bottles of Starbucks drinks at the store and I'm letting him take one to school with him if he wants. And bonus...the store bought bottles cost me half of what he was spending on them at school. :) I can't believe how much the school marks up the price!

  11. Hmmm, yes ~ $9 a day is expensive! Almost $50 a week. It's amazing to me that Starbucks is offered in schools. Guess I'm way behind the times! :)

    Great job with your framed project ~ I've seen the "nest" graphic and always thought it was neat!


  12. Oh I love inexpensive updates and your new artwork is so pretty! Thanks for stopping by our home tour the other day!

    1. Thank you, Jane! Hope you're having a great weekend! :)


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