A Change in the Boy’s Bathroom… (and Kentucky Bottle Cap Art)

August 12, 2014 AT 11:28 am 22 Comments

Happy Tuesday, friends!

Last week, I showed you the DIY Sawhorse Desk that we made for Jonathan and Luke’s room.


I have had so many readers ask me where I bought or how I made the Kentucky Bottle Cap Art that was hanging on the pegboard.

bottle cap state art

That was a project that I did last year, and you can read how I did it HERE.

bottle cap state art

(It’s super easy.)  Smile


I also wanted to tell you about a little change we have decided to make in the boys’ bathroom.

We had originally planned on making concrete vanity tops, but decided to go with butcher block instead.

I drove to IKEA the week before last to buy some butcher block countertop like we did for our kitchen makeover, but they don’t have it anymore!  UGH!

So we found out that our local Lumber Liquidators in Lexington now carry butcher block countertops!  Yay!  So we bought an 8 foot piece of maple for the boys’ bathroom. 


Cy cut a hole out for the sink and hooked up the plumbing, and now the wood is ready to be stained.

But I kind of like the natural look. 


What do you think?

I was going to stain it “Provincial” which isn’t a very dark stain.

It would be similar to our guest bathroom, but not quite as dark.  The bathroom vanity is made of oak butcher block.

how to build a butcher block vanity

I’m trying to decide whether to stain or leave it natural.


I would LOVE to hear your opinion!


Have a wonderful day!!!


Sunday Encouragement

August 10, 2014 AT 6:12 pm 2 Comments

Although I am not looking forward to not seeing my boys as much once school starts, I AM looking forward to having more of a routine for myself each day.

My top priority is to spend more time in God’s word.  (My second is too eat cleaner and exercise more.)

Friends, I cannot say enough how important it is to spend time in God’s word each and every day.  Even if you only have a few minutes in the morning before you rush off to work, I encourage you to spend it reading from God’s word.  There are so many great devotionals out there that give you some scriptures to read and and encouraging word for the day.


This world can be so overwhelming, especially with all we are seeing in the news lately.  It breaks my heart.  We need a good dose of God’s word to keep us rooted.  We also need to pray each day and cast our burdens on Him.  He knows our hearts, and He loves us so much.

As we start this new week, let’s try to set aside time with God each day.  I know it will make a HUGE difference in our attitudes and in our lives.


Have a blessed week, friends!


Favorite Pins Friday!

August 8, 2014 AT 3:45 pm 2 Comments

Well, this was the last full week of summer for my boys.  Sad smile

I’m going to miss hanging out with these stinkers every day!  We’ve had a great summer together, and it’s going to be lonely around the house without them.

(Although, I will be able to get a long more done!)  Smile

Anyway, here are my favorite pins from Pinterest this week!


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DIY Apple Jar Tutorial at the36thavenue.com Such a cute gift for teachers! #crafts





DIY Kitchen Tips / Put these 10 steps into play to ensure that your DIY kitchen remodel runs smoothly, stays on budget, and ends successfully.





I love every single thing about this mudroom.  What's your favorite detail?





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Have a Blessed Weekend!



DIY Sawhorse Desk

August 7, 2014 AT 12:21 pm 20 Comments

Hey Friends!

I am so excited to show you the DIY Sawhorse desk that I built for the boys’ room!!!  Just in time for school to start!


I can finally say that I. AM. DONE. with their room! Smile

Jonathan helped me create a video to show you how we made this desk for their room. 

Here are the supplies that I used from Lowe’s:

-one sheet of MDF board cut to the size need for the top of the desk

-three to four 2×4’s for the legs depending on the size of your desk

-three 1×2’s to hang the pegboard on


-MinWax stain in Provencial

-two packages of sawhorse brackets

-chalkboard paint, paint for pegboard, foam roller, and paint tray




If you measure the sizes you need for the 2×4’s, 1×2’s, and pegboard, you can have the helpful employees at Lowe’s pre-cut ALL the boards for you so you do not have to do any cutting of your own at home!  Yay!  Smile

(I chose to cut my boards at home.)




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This post was sponsored by Lowe’s Creative Ideas.  All ideas and opinions were 100% mine.


My Dream Master Bedroom

August 2, 2014 AT 9:34 pm 315 Comments

At the Haven Conference, I attended the “Interior Designers Tell All” session taught by Lori May and Dayka Robinson.

Lori said something that stuck with me.

She said “Focus on one room at a time.” 

Huh?  I don’t think I have ever done that in any of my homes.  I am usually working on designing one room, while painting another room, while decorating another room.  Do you do that?

And when I have my hands in too many projects at once, I get extremely frustrated, and I feel like I’m never getting anything accomplished.

So the space I am focusing on right now is the boys’ bathroom.  We are going to get that finished THIS week! 

Then the next room I am going to focus on is our very neglected master bedroom.   Sad smile

It’s just a hodge podge of miscellaneous stuff.  No rhyme or reason at all.

So I have been thinking and dreaming about my dream master bedroom.

I created a polyvore board to help my dream start to come to life.


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Isn’t that a fun space?  I love the blues and reds together. 

Now, when I finally get my master bedroom decorated, I am going to work really hard to keep it clean.  What good is a pretty space if it feels dirty?

And believe me, as a mom of four boys, keeping a house clean is NOT easy!

Having the right cleaning tools on hand makes cleaning easier and dare I say fun?

I think so!

That’s why I love the Dyson DC59 Motorhead!


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This pretty little powerful thing is valued at over $500,

and one lucky person is going

to win a Dyson DC59 Motorhead

in this fabulous giveaway!!




Here’s how to enter…

Visit  Dyson,  and then come back here and leave a comment on this post by answering this question:

What is your dream space and what Dyson DC59 Motorhead feature do you enjoy the most?

(The winner will be announced Monday, August 18th, and will be notified through a response to their comment. They will have 5 business days (by 8/25/14) to submit their email address and claim their prize.)

Good luck!

**Many thanks to Dyson for sponsoring today’s story and showing me how to keep my dream space clean.


Favorite Pins Friday!

August 1, 2014 AT 2:16 pm 5 Comments

Happy Friday, y’all!!

Tonight we are celebrating my sister’s birthday, and tomorrow I get to take Luke to the Reptile Expo.  yippee!!  SmileOh the joys of boys! 

I pray you have a blessed weekend!

Here are my favorite pins from Pinterest this week!



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Styled Shoot: Glittery Gold + Pretty Pops of Color - www.theperfectpalette.com - Styled by Each & Every Detail, Cottonwood Road Photography










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A Reader’s Home Makeover (Before and After)

July 30, 2014 AT 9:54 pm 21 Comments

Hello, friends!

On Saturday, I was at Pet Smart and met one of my blog readers.  I love when I meet one of my readers!!!  She said she felt silly introducing herself to me, but I absolutely LOVED it! 

I love knowing that people are actually reading what I write.  {hee.hee.}

Anyway, she showed me some pictures on her phone of the makeovers she has been doing in her own home.  I was so impressed!  Smile

I asked her to email them to me so I could share them with you.  I think it is good sometimes to see work of non-bloggers who are DIYing and working to improve their homes on a budget.

Here’s what Tonyia had to say about her makeover…

Our 30 plus year old kitchen really, really needed an update!  photo 1(2)

photo 2(2)

We laid a ceramic tile floor, took out the soffitts to open up the space…

photo 2(3)

and expanded the lower cabinets and countertop area to make the kitchen larger. photo 3(1)The eating area is now out in the sunroom area.photo 1(1)

We purchased our cabinets & counter top from Home Depot, but my husband did the installation himself (with the help of a friend). This saved us some $$$.photo 2(1)

Here’s a close-up of my favorite part of our new kitchen (open shelves & IKEA farmhouse sink). I’ve displayed a mix of some glassware that was my grandmother’s along with some newer pieces.

photo 1(3)


I have some “before” pics of our sunroom, but can’t locate them at the moment. These pics were taken  after we did the demo part. photo 1(4)Let me just say that this room was awful. We took out 2 sets of sliding glass doors that separated the sunroom from kitchen & dining room areas of the house, raised the floor because we used to have to step down a little into the sunroom, added heat/air, installed new windows & put in a new wood ceiling (it used to be a popcorn type ceiling).

photo 2(4)


The walls used to be paneling and this room only had single pane windows before so we basically could only use this room during “nice weather” months before.

photo 1(5)

Now this room is an extension of our home and we can use it year-round!!  photo 3(4)You can see our new eating area in these pictures.

photo 2(5)This project was my favorite during our first floor remodel because of the china cabinet transformation my mom & I did together (bottom picture is a “before” pic of the cabinet) photo 3 and also because of the group of paintings on the wall.

photo 2(6)

My grandmother was a beautiful artist & she painted all the pictures in this grouping. With her permission, I walked through her house and took pictures off her walls to create this grouping.

All of the frames were different (barn wood & other shades of light & dark wood) so I spray painted all of the frames black to give them consistency on the wall. I love how this turned out!! 

My grandmother lost her life to cancer October 2013, but she was able to see this completed project and was so proud that I have them displayed in my home.photo 1(6)

Oh, and the table belonged to my great-grandmother. I knew I wanted to use this table before the project started, so it was the base of the room & I picked out everything else to compliment the table.


One last room to share with you of our first floor remodel. I don’t think I mentioned it before, but this whole project took us about 3 years. We both work full-time, and we have a 15 yr old son that is involved in sports, so that doesn’t leave a lot of spare time to work on the house.

The first picture is what our ceiling used to look like in our living room & dining room.

photo 1(7)

We removed this ceiling & installed a new wood ceiling out of natural wood with several coats of polyurethane.

photo 2(7)

It automatically made these rooms look bigger. We installed this same wood ceiling in the sunroom.
You can sort of see what our living room used to look like in the 2nd picture. The funky shape above the old TV had the same dark wood that was on the ceiling. Our dining room is on the opposite side of the wall & then you walk into the sunroom.  You can see the horrible maroon/purple wall color that we lived with for many years . It was this color when we bought the house. . . I did NOT pick this color.

photo 3(5)
In the above picture, you can see the new mantle & entertainment center space that my husband built himself. I found the cabinet doors that are on the storage area next to the TV at the Habitat for Humanity Restore on Southland Dr. (another little trick I learned from you)!!  I found an old cabinet at the Restore that had doors the exact size we needed.  I bought the cabinet, removed the doors & donated the cabinet back to them.  SmileThe doors were brown when I bought them. A couple coats of white paint and they looked brand new!!

Here is the rest of that space…photo 4

photo 5

Didn’t Tonyia do an amazing job?!  I love seeing all of the hard work they have put into their home the past three years.

And I love that she has filled her home with so many precious keepsakes.  That is what makes a home truly special! 

It was so nice to meet you, Tonyia!  Thank you for saying hi to me at Pet Smart, and thank you for letting me share your beautiful home with my readers!!! Smile


Have a blessed day!!


My Life as a Rap Star

July 28, 2014 AT 10:49 pm 20 Comments

Well, y’all have know me for about 6 years now, but I bet you didn’t know that I have another life as a Rap Star.

Yep.  It’s true.

You know me as a mom and blogger, but ladies, I’ve got skillzzzz you’ve never seen.

I’m excited to share with you my very first recording as a rap artist.

The lyrics were written and performed by me at our recent Haven Conference.

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My back up dancers were Beth from Home Stories A to Z, Sarah from Thrifty Décor Chick, Rhoda from Southern Hospitality, Mandi from Vintage Revivals, and Brooke from All Things Thrifty.

The filming is a little shaky in the beginning because people were trying to get pictures with Chip Wade.  I know?!  What were they thinking? He only has a tv show on HGTV!  What’s the big deal? 

Anyway, Prepared to be amazed (or not)…


Favorite Pins Friday

July 25, 2014 AT 12:46 pm 6 Comments

Happy Friday, y’all!

I hope you have had a great week!  Today in Kentucky, it is absolutely beautiful!!  The high is supposed to be 83 degrees with almost no humidity!  AAAAHHHH!!!!

Tonight, Jonathan is having a bunch of his buddies over to celebrate his 15th birthday.  They are going to stay all night in our guest house.  The guest house has been just a storage area for us the past three years, so I moved everything over to one side of the guest house, so the boys could stay all night on the other side. 

I know they will have a lot of fun out there! Smile

Here are my favorite pins from Pinterest this week!








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Selena Gomez's LA House For Sale (3)






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CUTE Ball Jar Gift idea for teacher { lilluna.com }




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Have a blessed weekend!!!



Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

July 24, 2014 AT 11:28 am 4 Comments

Hi everybody~ it’s Ruthie from Cooking with Ruthie, and I’m so happy to be visiting with y’all again.

Today, I’ve brought one of our favorite cookie recipes… Peanut Butter Cookies but they’re even tastier all dressed up with some mouth-watering milk chocolate on them.

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies are going to

put a smile on everybody’s lips that eats one :)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies by www.cookingwithruthie.com



Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Ruthie
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 36


  • 1/2 C shortening
  • 1/2 C peanut butter (I used creamy)
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 C flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 C milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp oil
  • sheet of parchment paper
  • 1/4 C peanut butter chips, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Coat half sheet pan with cooking spray.
  3. In a large mixing bowl cream shortening and peanut butter, add sugars; mix until smooth.
  4. Add egg; mix well.
  5. Add dry ingredients all at once; mix just until incorporated.
  6. Scoop by teaspoonfuls onto prepared pan, cross mark with a fork.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  8. Cool on rack.
  9. Put chocolate in a microwave safe bowl, add oil, microwave for 15 seconds, stir well.
  10. Microwave another 15 seconds, stir until smooth.
  11. Repeat a third time if needed.
  12. Using a sppon to assist- coat half of each cookie with chocolate, set on parchment paper and sprinkle with chopped peanut butter chips for garnish.
  13. Allow to cool to set.
  14. Enjoy!


Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies by www.cookingwithruthie.com


Summer is flying by and it’s hard to believe it’s already almost the end of July! I hope your summer is going well and you’re enjoying lots of fun with family and friends.

Here are a couple of yummy summer recipe ideas…

BBQ Pineapple Meatball Skewers by www.whatscookingwithruthie.com

BBQ Pineapple Meatball Skewers

Heirloom Tomatoes Caprese Kabobs by www.cookingwithruthie.com

Heirloom Tomato Caprese Kabobs

Strawberries and Cream Baked Donuts by www.whatscookingwithruthie.com

Strawberries and Cream Baked Donuts

I’ve had a busy couple of weeks getting my blog all spiffed up with fresh new look… I’d love have you come on over and check ‘er out sometime at www.cookingwithruthie.com or connect with me on Pinterest, Google+, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Happy Cooking!

Ruthie from www.whatscookingwithruthie.com

xoxo~ Ruthie



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