Friday, August 18, 2017

An Easy Scone Recipe and Decor Pics

I wanted to share this easy Mocha Chip Scone recipe with y'all today. I made them twice last week. Don't they look yummy?



It's Sandra Lee's recipe. Here's a link:


Speaking of good things...look what I found at the store this morning...



Thin Mints cereal!!! So yummy! 


I get questions about my plate wall all the time...


Here's what I used to hang the plates:



I got mine at Hobby Lobby.


I try not to bore y'all with the same pics over and over, so here's a different view of my living room...



And my foyer...


Just trying to mix it up a bit. :) 

Hope y'all have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

~Lisa 


Monday, August 14, 2017

Around The House

Has school started in your area? It's about to start back here. With my youngest starting college, this will be the first time in 18 years I won't have to worry about meet the teacher, open house, schedule pick ups, buying school supplies and filling out those stacks of registration forms. And you know what? I'm kinda loving it! My son drove himself to school last year, but prior to that, I endured car lines for 17 years!!! And for 7 of those years, my boys were in different schools, so that meant 4 trips a day to 2 different schools. Whew! I'm enjoying my much deserved break. :) 


Holly keeping watch on the front door. 

So I have to admit something...


I bought Pumpkin Spice Creamer the other day. Too early? Maybe. But with this heat, I needed something to make me think of fall. 

I might have also purchased this...


It was buy one, get one free so I couldn't resist. :) 

Speaking of coffee creamer, have y'all seen this? 



Reese's PB cup flavored creamer!!! Reese's PB cups are probably my favorite candy. I haven't been able to find it yet, but I hear Walmart carries it. Have y'all tried it? 

Hope you all have a wonderful week! 

~Lisa



Friday, August 11, 2017

Another Walmart Deal

Hey, y'all! Thank you so much for your input on the kitchen counters! The clear winner on here and IG was Ouro Romano. I think that's the one we're going to go with. I'll keep you posted. :) 

So I took my youngest to his last pediatric dentist appointment the other day for his cleaning. They "age out" when they're 18, so he'll go to our family dentist from now on. He's been going to the pediatric dentist since he was so little and it's weird that it was our last appointment in that office. He could have driven himself of course, but since it was his last appointment, I wanted to be there. :) 

If anyone in the Clear Lake, Friendswood, Pearland, or Bay Area needs an excellent pediatric dentist, I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Bogert on Clear Lake City Blvd. 281-480-8877. He's not only the best children's dentist, but he's also one of the kindest men you'll ever meet in your life. Everyone in the office is so sweet and helpful too. So happy we were able to take our boys there for all these years. If I could go to Dr. Bogert myself, I would. :) 


So, you've probably noticed how popular tassel earrings are right now. I bought some Bauble Bar ones at Target on clearance, but now they carry an entire line of them at Walmart! AND...they're only $4!!!

walmart tassel earrings


I bought the white and pink, but they had a ton of other colors. Here's a pic from the WhoaWaitWalmart Instagram page...



Look at that selection! And all only $4!


In other news, my parents finally moved in next door a couple of weeks ago! My aunt came out yesterday and we had a "girls day" at the tea room for lunch and then took my mom grocery shopping. It was so much fun being able to get together like this again. I made a lemon pound cake for us and I was going to share it on here, but it wasn't very good. Lol. I'd much rather have lemon squares. :) 


Holly says "Happy Friday!"

Thanks for stopping by!

~Lisa 


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Kitchen Counter Samples

I mentioned the other day that we're thinking of replacing our kitchen counters. I'm pretty sure we're going to go with laminate again because we've been so happy with it. I love being able to use any kind of cleaner on it, from natural cleaners, to Clorox Clean Up to my nightly wipe down with vinegar and water. It doesn't stain, you can leave water on it for weeks and it won't do any damage and the new color choices are spectacular. The new edge options are my favorite part. Instead of straight or just rounded edges, you can get the Ogee Edge. 

In fact, I still love my current counters, I just don't love the edges. I should have paid extra to get the Ogee Edge in the first place. Note to self: Spend a little more in the beginning and get what you want, rather than paying a lot more in the future to replace the whole thing. 

I thought I'd share some samples I received to show you just how far laminate has come. And by the way, I didn't lighten or edit these in any way because I wanted their true colors to show through. The Milano Amber color is from Wilsonart, but all the rest are available from Formica.


Formica options

I brought out this sample I already had of our current counters in Milano Amber color...



And here are the new samples I ordered...











The one below, Ouro Romano, is one of my current favorites...



For awhile, I was trying to decide between Ouro Romano and Argento Romano. But I wanted a combo of greys and creams and the Argento Romano is more black and white. P.S. All this "romano" talk is making me crave pizza. ;) 




My other favorite is River Gold. Here are some examples of Ouro Romano on the left and River Gold on the right...




You have to keep in mind, these aren't continuous samples...meaning they aren't cut from a single piece of laminate. They're all from different pieces, so the colors don't flow together like they would in reality. 

Ouro Romano on the left and River Gold on the right...









Here are some larger examples of River Gold I found online...




More River Gold...




It's pretty, right? And can you believe it's laminate???

It's so hard to decide. I think Ouro Romano is a little more traditional, while River Gold is a little more updated and interesting. 


I think Ouro Romano has the perfect amount of creams and greys...




Just for reference, here's a huge sheet of Ouro Romano at Lowe's...



They just happened to have it stocked right next to my current counter color, so I had to snap a pic for comparison... 

Ouro Romano on the left, Milano Amber (my current counter) on the right. 


A big sample of Ouro Romano...



Here's a close up of the Ogee Edge that we want on Ouro Romano...



That edge makes all the difference to me. 

Okay, one last time. Here is River Gold in my kitchen...




And here is Ouro Romano...






I tested both samples with Clorox Clean Up, Lysol Anti Bacterial Kitchen Cleaner, Vinegar, Green Works All Purpose Cleaner and even RED FOOD COLORING! There wasn't a problem with any of that and the food coloring even came right off with bleach. This is why I love laminate so much. :)

I already posted some pics of each on Instagram and took a vote to see which one people preferred. I'm curious to see if the same one wins on here too. I'll let y'all know what the fan favorite was. :) 

So what do you think? Ouro Romano or River Gold? Please leave a comment with your favorite. Thanks! 


~Lisa 



Monday, August 7, 2017

Around The House

Oh y'all...it is SO hot here! Our "feels like" temp has been hovering between 107 and 109. Lord. Our blinds are closed up tight to keep out the heat. I can't wait until the fall when we can have them open again.

I figure we still have about two more months of this heat before we're blessed with highs "only" in the 80's. This is definitely the hottest time of the year here in the Houston area. We have heat warnings almost daily. 

So what do you do when it's so hot outside? Well, you eat this...




I mean, seriously...look at the forecast...




And you take pictures of the inside of your house because it's just too hot to go outdoors...

I spent this particular afternoon drinking cooled coffee (because it was too hot for hot coffee and I didn't want to mess with iced coffee) and perusing the latest Ballard catalog...




I'm kind of loving the pop of color the stained glass, vase and rug add to the foyer...





So many things I love about this next picture. First off, Miss Holly Joaquin. She's taking her job of "sofa cushion karate chopper" seriously. And see that ladybug mug? I got that because I used to tell my boys "Ladybug stories" when they were little. Just made up stories about a Ladybug and her friend, Alligator. Original names, I know. ;) 



Also, the photos on the wall. Those were taken at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. My boys are actually in the first pic, but you can't really tell. BTW I was so happy when I found those barn wood frames at Kirklands. And last but not least, that jar or vase, or whatever it's called (on the end table) that my sister in law gave me. I love it! 

Here's a closer pic of the photos and the vase...






And of course a close up of Miss Holly...




I told her to look at the camera and she graced me with opening one eye. I woke her from a nap, so this was expected. Lol. 

~Lisa 




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