DIY

|Entry Redo|

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Our entry has been blah for pretty much the entire time we have lived at our house. We added paint and a new light fixture, but it wasn’t enough. I wanted to brighten it up and make it inviting! 

We came across a hell of a deal at Lowe’s over the weekend that we couldn’t pass up. HARDWOOD floors that were originally $75 a box for only $25 a box! 

Now, if only we could have replaced the flooring in our entire house. Anywho, quick, easy install. It looks absolutely gorgeous. I told my husband I wanted to move my chair to the front entry and just live there. 

We created faux shiplap by cutting a 4×8 piece of 5mm plywood into strips of 6 inches and spacing it about a nickel’s width apart. 

I went through and painted in between the cracks with a brush and then rolled the rest. I had a light yellow color behind the planks so I didn’t have to paint the wall before installing the faux shiplap. *YAY*






Check out how great it turned out. Let me know what you think!



Voila! 


All in all, this entire entry way project with flooring, closet door, faux shiplap, and paint [we already had the trim] cost less than $200. SCORE!

Our next work in project is the front door. We have stripped the paint from it and will be staining it. Before and afters coming soon 🙂

Until the next door opens,

We Are The Marshall’s

|Bathroom Reno Reveal|

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Ya’ll… The guest bathroom is done(~ish)! Done enough to post! [We lack painting the open shelving] It has been long over due, and I am so glad that it is functioning. Three people and one bathroom under one roof just doesn’t cut it for me. Especially with me being the only girl in the house! [I need my space.]

First off, please keep in mind that we gutted this bathroom [top to bottom], which is why it took fooooorrrreeevvver! So worth it in the end.


During Demo: What a mess!

Replacing and installing insulation in the subfloor.

Floor ductwork and platform built for AC unit.

Moving light fixtures and putting up headboard ceiling.

Shiplap everywhere! 🙂

Floor leveler down and sanded. Flooring installed.

Cement board for tiled shower installed & remaining shiplap installed.

Tile Installation, Grouting and Sealing.

Finishing Touches.

 

And Voila! We have a functioning bathroom! :]

Until the next renovation,
We Are The Marshall’s

 

|Spring Break 2017|

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What a month! It is speeding by so gracefully… Here’s a recap of some of my favorite memories AND a sneak peak of our newly renovated bathroom! (Plumber came over Spring Break and we have been super busy.)

This cute little farmer picked up his own apple for a quick snack. How cute is this?? I’ll post this DIY Pinterest find Farmhouse Produce Stand in a few days. Literally, one of the easiest DIY wood projects. 

Amidst our mini Spring Break trip we stopped at the Cosmic Cavern in Berryville, Arkansas! Rhett had an absolute blast (mom & dad did too!). So much information to let soak in and great sights to see!

We went to Branson, Missouri for a few days over Spring Break this year. Used our timeshare points (Bluegreen) and stayed at The Falls. Such a quiet (outside) place to stay for a mini vacation tucked into the hills of Branson. Of course, the first place Rhett wanted to go, was the jacuzzi tub, we obliged. He had so much fun in his “swimming pool”. 

We went to the Dixie Stampede while we were in Branson, and again, Rhett absolutely loved it. He loved seeing the horses and the lights and fire that went along with the show. I’ve been to Branson multiple times and I have NEVER been, until now. Of course, I will be back. The food and show were amazing. 

Bathroom Sneak Peek:


Check out our super cute helper! I’ll make an entire post from start to finish when all the finishing touches are made. 

Until then,

We Are The Marshall’s

|Pinterest for the Win|

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Since taking over the man cave from my husband, I have been trying to come up with a storage solution for my vinyl rolls. Pinterest had some DIY shelving, etc that seemed functional, but at the same time, bulky. Bulky is the last thing this now craftroom/man cave/toy room needs. 

I finally found a pin that was a grocery bag holder from IKEA. Well, I don’t shop at IKEA and the closest one is about two hours away. So I resorted to Amazon. Cha-Ching! Score!


$10.35 + free shipping because I’m a Prime member. Can’t beat that price. It arrived today! Check this out!


It’s perfect!  I’ll have to order one more to fit the rest of my vinyl rolls. This one holds 14! I was impressed! 

Now, back to the crafting and Christmas music. 🙂 

xoxo,

We Are The Marshall’s

|It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year…. Still|

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Officially on Christmas Break from work; off work until 2017. I have so many projects, ideas and plans for Tommy and I over the next two weeks.

This past weekend we had our 2nd Annual Christmas Party & Scavenger Hunt with friends and it sure was memorable. [This picture says it all.. Thanks Chan for being the brave one!]

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I have spent the last several weeks making & selling shirts for friends & family for Christmas presents and whatnot. Talk about SUPER BUSY! But so fun and worth it! These will be available for purchase from my Etsy shop shortly.

Here’s just a FEW of what I have done. 🙂

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Rhett visited the North Pole of Texas recently and enjoyed every minute of it! He was able to ride the train around the property and see all of the Christmas lights, have a picture made with Mrs. Claus and see Santa along the way. He has not stopped talking about it since he got home.

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I hope over the next couple of weeks, Tommy and I are able to work on our guest bathroom. It has been “out of order” for about 6 months. We had plans back in the summer to work on it and just never got around to it. It is so fun to plan and purchase items to renovate. And the satisfaction after completion is indescribable. Hopefully that feeling comes soon. Until then, I’ll keep buying and working [hopefully]. I’ll keep you updated on any progress & purchases with that project.

From my family to yours, I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas.

Until next time,

We Are The Marshall’s

|It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year|

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I absolutely •love• to decorate for the holidays! Christmas being my favorite! For the most part, my tree is pretty simple, I only put sentimental ornaments on it [bought from vacation, homemade, gifted, etc]. I didn’t want the traditional tinsel garland, so I decided to try out the Cranberry & Popcorn garland! Super easy! With that, I also made Cinnamon & Salt Ornaments with Rhett! [DIY for both below] It turned out absolutely perfect. I’m. In. Love!

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I ended up making a total of four 5 foot strands of the Cranberry & Popcorn garland. Here’s how:

CRANBERRY & POPCORN GARLAND

  • I popped 2 bags of popcorn last week and let sit in the fridge until I was ready to use.
  • I had my cranberries sitting out in a vase [for decor until I was ready to use as well].
  1. Cut 10 feet of fishing line [I used two arm to arm outstretched lengths]
  2. Thread onto a needle and tie a knot at the end.
  3. Always start and end with 2-3 cranberries.
  4. Put about 8-10 pieces of popcorn in between each set of cranberries.
  5. Once you are at the end of the line, tie in a knot. Voila!

DIY CINNAMON-SALT ORNAMENTS

  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup Salt
  • 1/2 cup Cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup of very warm water
  1. Combine all ingredients together in large bowl.
  2. Put on floured surface and knead until dough forms.
  3. Roll out to desired thickness.
  4. Cut with cookie cutters or create your own ornaments.
  5. Let dry for at LEAST 24 hours [I flipped mine over & let dry for another 24 hrs].
  6. You may paint after completely dried, brush with Modpodge or just leave as is.

I cut this recipe in half and it made approximately 12 small/medium ornaments.


Today, I have been super busy! Obviously, with the above DIY’s. 😉 However, even with all of that, I managed to make a trip to Hobby Lobby. I found some great buys! Everything I purchased was 50% off, so that made the trip even better. I was able to purchase additional Christmas wrapping paper [because you can never have enough], my “outdoor flowers” [because I cannot keep anything alive], gifts for my Secret Pal @ work, as well as a few home decor items. You have to see my FAVORITE!

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This galvanized Farm House ‘milk carrier’ was only $10! I’ve decided to keep all of my dried goods [pasta, beans, grains, etc.] in mason jars in it, as well as some fresh flowers I picked up at the grocery store earlier this week! It turned out so perfect!

More cleaning and re-arranging happening tomorrow! It’s never-ending in a house with a toddler!

xoxo,

We Are The Marshall’s

|November|

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Wow! It’s almost the end of November, almost Thanksgiving, almost Christmas, almost 2017! A •lot• of things have happened this month. Lots of traveling, time with friends, new President-elect, new furniture, you name it!

Let’s start with the traveling:

Recently, I went on a four day cruise out of NOLA to Cozumel, Mexico with just the GIRLS! No husbands, no kids, no worries! I could not even describe the amount of food we ate, it was all so good, so of course we had to try it all. The weather was absolutely perfect, the atmosphere was addicting and refreshing. It was an absolute blast, but I sure was happy to get home to my husband and baby. 🙂

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Friendsgiving:

I wanted to start a tradition of Friendsgiving to sort of jump start the holiday season. I love, love, love to cook and I love to have friends over, so what better way to bring us all together? We decorated, we ate, we drank, we passed out shortly after, but not because of the alcohol! [insert evil grin] Everyone brought a side dish or dessert, it was all pre-determined so no one brought the same dish. We were responsible for the meat and appetizers. Tommy smoked a turkey and a chicken, and I roasted two chickens. The appetizer was Dressing & Sausage Balls w/ a Cranberry Dipping Sauce. SUPER EASY & SUPER DELISH! I will post the recipe in a few days; it tastes so good! We decorated the tables into two tables; a girl’s and a guy’s table, of course the guy’s table had to be a bit sarcastic on the decor. 🙂

DIY Table Decor:

You will need two rolls Brown Kraft Paper (depending on the size of your table), black Sharpies in different sizes, tape, fall decor & an artistic hand. Cut and fit the brown Kraft paper to your table size, and secure with tape. Use the black Sharpies to decorate with fake plates, utensils and frilly designs & sayings. Add your fall decor to the center & Voila!

Cannot wait to do it again next year!

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President-elect:

I am 27 years old, and I am proud [yet almost embarrassed] to say that I voted for the first time in my life this election. I did my research on the candidates, chose the one I felt could best lead our country, exercised my American right, and voted. Proudly!

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New Furniture:

I have had the same “big man” chair for about 8 years now, and although it is still super comfortable, it doesn’t look as pretty as it did when I first brought it home. Same goes for my couch. We have decided it was time to just bite the bullet and purchase a new couch and chair. I can guarantee I did more research on these two items than I had on any college paper this semester. Buying a couch is an investment, and although I don’t want to spend an arm and a leg, I want something affordable, yet durable. These two things normally do not go hand and hand. I decided to purchase from Wayfair. I will post info & pictures once these items arrive. Crossing my fingers everything turns out!

Next Adventure:

My husbands 30th birthday is this month! What better way to celebrate than to take him on a mini vaca? Catalina Island, California and Ensenda, Mexico here we come! 🙂 Yes, I’m a cruise/travel person, if you can’t already tell! Pics to come soon!

Until then,

Happy Thanksgiving friends!

xoxo,

We Are The Marshall’s

|Life Happens|

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I have seriously neglected my writing over the last several months. I have gotten on to write a blog post and nothing seemed to come to mind that was worth writing, or at least I thought it wasn’t. Now, looking back at all the things that have happened and the things that I have accomplished, I realized my ·want to· to write just wasn’t there.

I have become a garden grower and chicken farmer in just a few short months. I’m not claiming to have a green thumb at all, because by the looks of most of the vegetables in my garden, you could clearly define that I am far from that. I’ve enjoyed planting vegetables from seeds and watching them grow over time and be able to go out in the yard and pick what I wanted to have for dinner knowing that it is truly fresh and nothing was added to it that could harm myself or my family.

A little •DIY• we did for our garden [as pictured above]: We took a 1×2 cedar board and cut into about 12in pieces to create stakes and then burned the names of the veggies onto it. Turned out super cute and can easily be used for future gardens over the years.

Tomatoes and garden beans have been just two of the veggies we have been able to cook with frequently. All of this Texas rain we have gotten this Spring has just helped these grow! I let Rhett come out with me and pick the veggies that are ready to be harvested; he’s in charge of holding the basket for me to put my veggie finds in. He is most entertained by watering the flowers and vegetables, so I had to go out and buy his own watering can. Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 7.37.28 PM.png

The one thing [or 13 things] I am most proud and excited about is my new hobby of chickens. After months of begging my husband to let me get “just a few” chickens, he finally gave in. We started out with 4 baby chicks unsure if they would be roosters or hens. Since then, we have increased our coop size to 12 pullets and 1 rooster. Who would have thought that chickens could be so entertaining? I mean, I seriously could sit outside for hours and just watch them peck and scratch around the yard [and I do!]. We built our own coop from scrap lumber we had leftover from other home DIY projects, so really, it doesn’t cost us anything extra besides the tin we had to purchase for the roof.

I even used my Cricut to create decorative signs for my coop! If I’m going to have a chicken coop in my yard, it’s going to be cute! 🙂

My sweet babies started out as chicks, and are now almost grown! We’ve got three hens that are already laying, and two that are about a month shy from being at the laying age. I’m on pins and needles waiting! About a week ago we got 7 baby female chicks, and with the addition, we had to add on to our coop. I’ll post pictures at a later date. [all of this rain has made it a muddy mess] But for now, here are some older pictures of my first loves.

Seriously! Baby chicks are the cutest things… they are like puppies or kittens, you just can’t stop looking at them!

It is always a joy to go out and check our nesting boxes to find FRESH eggs in there. We are getting about 3 eggs a day at this point, which is perfect for my family of three. In a few months we will be over run with eggs I’m assuming whenever my other hens start to lay. I will spread the love of fresh eggs with my friends and family because as I’ve learned •Fresh Eggs are the Best Eggs•.

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Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.

xoxo,

We Are The Marshall’s

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