Thursday, April 28, 2016

Easy Chalky Monogram Art

Do you love monograms? What about chalk (or chalky) paint?

Right around Christmas time, I snapped up some big particleboard monogram wood circles for a song because they were "Christmas clearance" at my local craft store. 

I knew I could make something super cool for my twin daughters' room that had nothing to do with Christmas. I don't know if it's because I've lived in the south for so long (over 30 years now ya'll), or if it's because identical twins makes monograms almost a must...but I'm really into personalizing their room with their initials. I mean, this is the second project in their room makeover that I've shared that involves monograms...I just monogrammed some pillows for them! But hey, if it's monogrammed, they can't argue about to whom it belongs, even if they try to pass themselves off as each other....

Anyway, this project is super easy. Basically, you need just a few tools:

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Pretty Sunflower Hardware - A 10 Minute Furniture Makeover #ad

Do you have a dresser that you love, but you just aren't quite satisfied with it? That was me when I looked at the curlicue dresser I redid for my daughter's room. Do you remember how I transformed a dark stained triple dresser to a light and bright gray and white dresser with a curlicue pattern? I loved how it fits into her room--the curlicues gives it so much whimsy, which fits into the butterfly and fairy theme. There was only one thing that I wished I had done differently: the hardware. I stripped the hardware and gave it a rustic faux enamel look with chalk paint, but it wasn't nearly as light and bright as I wanted it to be.

So this weekend, my husband and I took 10 minutes and completely changed the look!  How? By changing out the knobs!

This is perfect for you if you're looking to quickly change the look of a piece, especially when you don't want to invest the time to change the finish (or you like the finish, you just want a different vibe).

Monday, April 25, 2016

Menu Planning Monday 2016-04-25

Hey ya'll. I know that this menu comes a little late; I had every intention to send it out earlier but I was enjoying a weekend where everyone was home, everyone (in my immediate family) is well, no birthday parties occured, and I didn't have to work. It's nice to have a weekend where we just rested and had a little bit of fun.

menu planning monday

Here's the plan for the week:
Monday: Pasta with dressed up sauce, Cheese Sticks, Salad
Tuesday: Grilled Chicken, Salad, Rolls, and Fruit
Wednesday: Chicken Fried Rice
Thursday:  Tacos with hidden veggies, Fruit

Friday: Leftovers

Sunday: Italian Chicken Rollup, Salad, Fruit

 What are you eating this week?
Architecture of a Mom Signature

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Easy Chewbacca Cupcake Tutorial - Perfect Star Wars Dessert

Howdy folks!! Man, it's been a long time since I've posted a recipe or tutorial. Part of why I've been MIA is that I've been prepping for the twins' birthday party. They  wanted a Star Wars birthday party, and they wanted to feature their favorite character: Chewbacca. I've made it clear that I'm no expert cake decorator, but even my limited skills can change some simple store bought cake mix and canned frosting into amazing Chewbacca cupcakes that will make any Star Wars fan happy!

It's perfect for May the Fourth, a Star Wars Birthday, or maybe a marathon viewing of all 7 episodes!