Menu Plan Monday: Week Of 10/18/14

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Here’s this week’s menu plan and grocery shopping list! I’m actually on my way to North Carolina for a conference this weekend, and since I won’t be home until Tuesday night I’m pretty sure my husband will be feeding my kids frozen pizzas, but I figured I’d put together a menu plan for him anyways. (And maybe he’ll head to the store for me?) ;)

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If you’re hoping to get on track too, check out my Fall Menu Planning board on Pinterest where I’ve got all the links to the recipes we’re eating each week. Head on over HERE to check that out, and I’d love for you to join all the PPP boards on Pinterest too.

 

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Shopping List
  • 4 bone in pork chops
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 26.5 oz jar spaghetti sauce
  • 2 cans rotel
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 2 onions
  • green pepper
  • 2 cans low sodium chicken broth
  • 8 oz pasta
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • small can French’s onions
  • eggs
  • bacon
  • frozen biscuits

Side Dish Extras

  • salad
  • garlic bread
  • fresh fruit
  • baked potatoes
  • canned, fresh or frozen veggies

Pantry Staples

  • garlic powder
  • seasoning salt (I use Lawry’s)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • paprika
  • Worcestershire
  • liquid smoke (optional – I probably won’t use this for the pork chops)
  • chile powder
  • cumin
  • cilantro
  • butter
  • parmasan cheese (for topping spaghetti)

 

Do you have anything yummy on your menu plan this week?  I’d love to hear what you’re having, and if you have any great recipe ideas please leave a comment to share!  Here are a few previous menu plans that you can also try out:

 

Check out my recipes to try board on Pinterest, and see more penny-pinched recipe ideas.  This post is linked up to OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday where you can find lots more menu planning ideas! 

 

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Slow Cooker Chili Colorado Burritos

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I’m always so excited to find a new way to fix something in Mrs. Potts! So, when I noticed this recipe for Slow Cooker Chili Colorado Burritos, I knew I had to try them out.

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Goodness, this was e.a.s.y., and a great meal to add to our slow cooker rotation. (If you’re a busy momma, you  know how much it helps to have some slow cooked meals up your sleeve!) Literally it took 2 minutes to dump everything in Mrs. Potts in the morning and another five minutes to make the burritos before dinner, and dinner was done. 

 

I love that.

 

Here’s how to get dinner on the table at your house tonight too. ;)

 
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Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs beef stew meat
  • 19 oz can mild red enchilada sauce
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes (do NOT add water)
  • can refried beans
  • 7 burrito size flour tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • green onions (optional)
  • sour cream (optional)

Instructions

  1. Put stew meat, enchilada sauce, and 2 bouillon cubes in slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low 7-8 hours.
  3. Once meat has cooked, shred beef.
  4. Heat refried beans in microwave for about two minutes.
  5. Cover the bottom of each tortilla with small layer of refried beans, then add 1/2 cup meat mixture.
  6. Repeat on all of the burritos and roll up, then place in 9x13 baking dish.
  7. Spoon remaining enchilada sauce from slow cooker over the enchiladas.
  8. Top with cheddar cheese.
  9. Broil in oven for 2-3 minutes, long enough to melt cheese.
  10. Top with sour cream and green onions if desired - enjoy!
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Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 7/10/13):

  • Beef Stew Meat $4.99/lb at Winn Dixie
  • Old El Paso Tortillas $1.25 at Kroger, use $1/3 Old El Paso Tortillas
  • Or Ole or La Banderita Tortillas $1.50 at Publix
  • Kraft Cheese $2.29
  • Kroger Sour Cream $1.50, or Daisy Sour Cream $2 at Giant Eagle, use $.45/1 coupon from the 7/13 Smart Source or $.60/1 coupon from the 9/7 Smart Source insert

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Recipe adapted from Food Pusher.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

 

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Menu Plan & Grocery List: Week Of 10/12/14

Here’s this week’s menu plan and grocery shopping list! I’m a little behind after having my in-laws visit this weekend, but we had just the best time with them.

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See? ;)

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If you’re hoping to get on track too, check out my Fall Menu Planning board on Pinterest where I’ve got all the links to the recipes we’re eating each week. Head on over HERE to check that out, and I’d love for you to join all the PPP boards on Pinterest too.

 

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Shopping List
  • Ritz Crackers
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 – 2 pounds stew meat
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 19 oz large can mild red enchilada sauce
  • artisan loaf bread (may check the day old bread section for this – our local Kroger carries quite a bit and it’s usually still fresh!)
  • 8 slices swiss cheese
  • 1 lb. sliced ham
  • 2 onions
  • 1 large green pepper
  • 4 cups canned tomatoes
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • banana peppers
  • can refried beans
  • 1 16 oz cans red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • package chili seasoning mix
  • package burrito size flour tortillas
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese (one for enchiladas, 1/2 cup for Red Lobster biscuits and 1/2 cup for topping chili)
  • sour cream (optional – for enchiladas and chili

 

Side Dish Extras

  • potatoes for mashed potatoes
  • fresh, canned or frozen veggies

Pantry Staples

  • Bisquick
  • eggs
  • butter or margarine
  • garlic salt
  • olive oil
  • Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper
  • beef bouillon cubes
  • chili pepper
  • paprika
  • cayenne pepper
  • milk
  • water

 

Do you have anything yummy on your menu plan this week?  I’d love to hear what you’re having, and if you have any great recipe ideas please leave a comment to share!  Here are a few previous menu plans that you can also try out:

 

Check out my recipes to try board on Pinterest, and see more penny-pinched recipe ideas.  This post is linked up to OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday where you can find lots more menu planning ideas! 

 

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Free Boo Printables: You’ve Been Boo’ed!

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 Free Boo Printables

My friend Cheryl put together the most fun free printable for you all todayIf you have kids, I’m betting you already “boo” in your neighborhood, but if not, this is a great year to start.

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Visit your local Target or Dollar Tree dollar bins and grab a few fun items to share with your neighbors, then “boo” them by sneaking a treat at their front door. This is one of our children’s favorite Halloween activities (they love picking which neighbor gets the surprise!)  Go HERE to download your free “Boo” printable today, and share with your friends too. Happy Haunting!

 

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I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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Pepperoni Pizza Braid

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We tried out this Pepperoni Pizza Braid last night for dinner, and it was a huge hit! Other than thawing out the bread ahead of time (be sure to give yours a few hours to thaw out), it took just a few minutes to throw together and was a great penny-pinched alternative to frozen pizza.

 

My kids loved it, and we doubled the batch so there would be plenty for leftovers for my husband to pack for lunch at work. I love the idea of making these ahead and freezing them too, so if you need an easy way to get dinner on the table on a busy night you may want to try that out! Here’s how to get started . . .

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Thaw bread completely.

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Roll out dough and spread tomato paste and seasonings in the center of the dough.

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Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese.

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Cut small strips along the sides of the dough using a pizza cutter.

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Fold the dough to make your “braid”. (My kids did this – so it wasn’t made all that fancy!)

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Bake in oven at 350 for 25-3o minutes.

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Enjoy!
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Pepperoni Pizza Braid

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf frozen bread dough (I use Rhodes or Kroger brand, could also use Publix dough found in the bakery)
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 tsp crushed oregano
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • sliced pepperoni
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • butter
  • parmesan

Instructions

  1. Thaw bread completely.
  2. Roll out dough and spread tomato paste and seasonings in the center of the dough.
  3. Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese.
  4. Cut small strips along the sides of the dough using a pizza cutter.
  5. Fold the dough to make your "braid".
  6. Bake in oven at 350 for 25-30 minutes.
  7. Brush with a little butter or margarine and sprinkle with Parmesan.
  8. Enjoy!
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Recipe adapted from Must Have Mom – thanks so much for the great recipe idea! If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Menu Plan Monday: Week Of 10/4/14

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Here’s this week’s menu plan and grocery shopping list! My in-laws are visiting later in the week (which will be a pretty big accomplishment for them), so I needed a few gluten free/soy free/dairy free recipes for my mother-in-law. I decided to stick with items that were just naturally gluten free as much as possible, so hopefully it’ll make for a smooth trip for them! Here’s a peek at what we’re having . . .

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If you’re hoping to get on track too, check out my Fall Menu Planning board on Pinterest where I’ve got all the links to the recipes we’re eating each week. Head on over HERE to check that out, and I’d love for you to join all the PPP boards on Pinterest too.

 

  • Monday – Buffalo Chicken Sliders, carrot sticks, chips
  • Tuesday - Pepperoni Pizza Braid (I’m doubling this one to have extra leftovers)
  • Wednesday – leftovers or pb&j sandwiches
  • Thursday – Slow Cooker Beef Stew (I’m going to substitute the flour with corn starch and think that should work out perfectly – reviews on this one are great!), gluten free bread
  • Friday  - Gluten Free Chicken with Orange Sauce (you could easily make this with or without gluten), rice and broccoli
  • Saturday – steaks, baked potatoes, corn on the cob
Shopping List

4 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast

  • 2 lbs beef stew meat
  • 3-4 steaks
  • 10 oz Frank’s Hot Sauce
  • dry ranch dressing packet
  • slider rolls
  • ranch dressing for topping
  • onion
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • carrots
  • celery
  • bag of potatoes – 3 potatoes for stew and enough to bake on Saturday
  • loaf of frozen Rhodes bread dough
  • tomato paste
  • 2 cups pepperoni
  • 2 cups Mozzarella
  • butter (I’ll substitute with Almond milk due to dairy allergy)
  • orange juice
  • bay leaf

Side Dish Extras

  • potatoes for mashed potatoes
  • broccoli
  • bag salad
  • bread for stew night or Homemade Bread (may also want to try out some Cinnamon butter)
  • rice (I’ll use brown rice)
  • carrot sticks
  • corn on the cob

 

Pantry Staples

  • flour
  • kosher salt
  • pepper
  • clove garlic
  • paprika
  • Worcestershire
  • oregano
  • garlic powder
  • dry mustard
  • cinnamon
  • ginger

Do you have anything yummy on your menu plan this week?  I’d love to hear what you’re having, and if you have any great recipe ideas please leave a comment to share!  Here are a few previous menu plans that you can also try out:

 

 

Check out my recipes to try board on Pinterest, and see more penny-pinched recipe ideas.  This post is linked up to OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday where you can find lots more menu planning ideas! 

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College Care Packages {From The Dollar Bins}

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Here’s just the simplest little fluffing, because I can’t seem to manage painting a piano or wallpapering a bathroom every week like I’d like! ;)

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We have four nieces and nephews in college, in the military, and in their first apartment, and I try to send out a little care package twice a year. It’s so easy to let these get pretty pricey, but thanks to some coupon savings and a few Target and Michael’s Dollar Bin finds, I can usually score a deal or two!

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I went to Michael’s yesterday (who have my favorite dollar/bargain bins ever, which a PPP reader also told me worked with the current 25% off coupon), and grabbed everything above for less than $3. (WOW!)

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I’d also purchased the items above at the Target Dollar Bins a few weeks ago (except for the M&Ms)IMG_9816

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My total spent on each package was less than $5 (I even included some free shaving creme from Kroger’s sale a few weeks ago and a 25¢ Cadbury Egg from Walgreenssacrifice I tell you),
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And now just have to pop them in the mail.

Sending college kids free samples also is a great way to surprise them with a treat – it’s amazing how those little free samples really add up, and just by adding a few items from your stockpile you can easily send a fun and frugal care package!

Have you come up with fun ways to surprise someone special recently? I’d love to hear about it! You can also check out how I made a few teacher gifts using items from the Dollar Tree ~ love it!
I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

 

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{Easy} Lasagna Alfredo

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Earlier this week we needed dinner done in a hurry, and tried out this super easy way to make Lasagna Alfredo at home when time was just short. I forgot the spinach at the store (ack!), and took advantage of a few prepared foods to make life just a little easier. (I wish I’d had time to cook the chicken at home and make homemade Alfredo sauce, but some nights that just doesn’t happen, and I always better than heading through the drive-thru in a pinch!)

 

My kids loved it, my husband love it, and it made a huge pan including enough for leftovers later in the week. I promise, working to stick to our menu these last few weeks really has kept our grocery budget in check, and it’s taken so much stress off me trying to figure out what we’re having each night! (If you’d like to see this week’s menu plan and grocery list, check it out over HERE.)

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(The picture’s kind of awful – it was late, and we need dinner. Just trust me that it’s much yummier than it looks!) ;)

 

Lasagna Alfredo

Ingredients

  • 16 oz package lasagna noodles
  • 10 oz package frozen chopped spinach
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cooked
  • (2) 16 oz jars Alfredo sauce (or make your own from scratch)
  • 4 cups mozzarella
  • 2 pints ricotta
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 360 and cook lasagna noodles to al dente. Drain noodles.
  2. Meanwhile, mix together chicken and one jar Alfredo sauce.
  3. In another bowl, mix together ricotta and drained, thawed spinach. (Make sure to drain all liquid out of spinach or your lasagna will be runny.)
  4. In 9x13" baking dish, layer one layer of lasagna noodles.
  5. Then pour chicken & Alfredo mixture, and sprinkle on top with one cup Mozzarella.
  6. Place another layer of noodles on top of that, and spread spinach & ricotta mixture next.
  7. Pour 1/2 cup of remaining Alfredo sauce on top of spinach mixture, and spread out.
  8. Then add another cup of mozzarella over the sauce, and one more layer of noodles.
  9. Top with remaining Alfredo sauce, 2 cups of mozzarella, and salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes ~ enjoy!
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Here are the best deals I see this week (as of 10/1/14)

  • Barilla Pasta $1 at Kroger, use $1/2 Barilla or $.55/2 coupon from the 9/7 SmartSource insert
  • Prego Pasta Sauce $1.17 at Kroger, use $1/2 coupon from the 9/7 SmartSource insert
  • Ragu On Sale $1.50 at Publix (or make homemade Alfredo sauce)
  • Publix Shredded Cheese $2.50 at Publix
  • Sargento Cheese on sale $2.50 at Kroger
  • Tyson Chicken Breasts or Tenderloins 32 oz $6 at Publix
  • Green Giant Frozen Frozen Boxed Veggies $1.07 at Target, buy 10 get $5 Target gift card (also check out this scenario to get free ground beef while you’re at it)

Recipe adapted from All Recipes.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Menu Plan Week Of 9/28/14


 

Here’s this week’s menu plan and grocery shopping list! I’m super excited because one of our family’s favorite recipe is this Best Ever Slow Cooker Roast (I promise, even though the picture isn’t all that pretty it is the best. ever.) and since I have an extra shoulder roast in the freezer it will make for such a yummy (penny pinched) meal this week.

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If you’re hoping to get on track too, check out my Fall Menu Planning board on Pinterest where I’ve got all the links to the recipes we’re eating each week. Head on over HERE to check that out, and I’d love for you to join all the PPP boards on Pinterest too.

 

Shopping List
  • 2.5 – 3.5 lb shoulder roast
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 2 packages hot dogs
  • 2 onions
  • 3 carrots
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 1/2 cup beef broth (for slow cooker roast)
  • 3 10 oz. cans beef broth (for pasta fagioli soup)
  • 1 can BEEFY Mushroom soup (NOT cream of mushroom)
  • 1/2 tbsp beef bouillon
  • 2 jars Alfredo pasta sauce (could also make this from scratch – I’ve tried this recipe before and been happy with it)
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 pints ricotta cheese
  •  2 28 oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 16 oz can red kidney beans
  • 1 15 oz can white kidney beans
  • 1 package lasagna noodles
  • 10 oz package frozen spinach

 

Side Dish Extras

 

Pantry Staples

  • flour
  • kosher salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder
  • olive oil
  • water
  • corn starch
  • 2 packages yeast
  • sugar
  • milk
  • vegetable oil
  • salt
  • baking soda

Do you have anything yummy on your menu plan this week?  I’d love to hear what you’re having, and if you have any great recipe ideas please leave a comment to share!  Here are a few previous menu plans that you can also try out:

 

 

Check out my recipes to try board on Pinterest, and see more penny-pinched recipe ideas.  This post is linked up to OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday where you can find lots more menu planning ideas! 

 

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How To Paint A Piano

 

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How To Paint A Piano

I don’t think I’ve ever (E.V.E.R.) been so excited to see what $100 can do, and am tickled to share this week’s Friday Fluff Up project with you!  

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Back when we were first married, my mom gave my husband and me a piano, and we were so excited to have one in our home. (I grew up playing the violin and piano, and couldn’t imagine not having something to plunk on!)

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And the piano was just perfect, even though it never looked exactly the way I’d hoped.  When we added built in bookshelves in our office in our last home the piano headed to our guest bedroom, and it was fine because I just never looked at it. (But, I always knew I wanted something different ~ I just wasn’t sure how to get there!)
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When we moved into our new home in Ohio I fell in love with the floor plan, but we were stuck (again) with no home for this little piano. In a perfect world it would march on down to the basement, however our stairwell isn’t very wide, and I’m not quite sure it could make the trip down the steps all in one piece. (I have considered taking it apart to get it down there though? Still a possibility.)
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We did have this very unused dining room though, and I kept thinking that just maybe it would work there. (Remember how I furnished our dining room for $150? Yup, everything just moved right with us when we headed North, despite a little wear and tear that’s finally been fixed on the table. Yikes!)

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After looking (and looking and looking and looking) through painted piano pins on Pinterest, I finally gathered up my courage to paint that little piano and oh. my. word. I am so glad I did.

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Literally, last Thursday night I decided to tackle it at 5:30 PM (when I should have been cooking dinner), and painting was done with two coats by 7:30 PM. I added some wax this week in about 30 minutes, and my project is done!

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I love it.

 

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 After seeing this “chalk paint” (not chalkboard paint like you might think) at the cutest shop ever in Westerville Ohio (Edwin Loy Home), I decided to try out their Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.IMG_9729

As y’all know, while I’ll pinch pennies on just about everything I don’t believe in penny pinching on paint (I promise, it’s worth it!), and I’m just so pleased with the results. I bought a quart of their paint, a small can of wax to finish it with, a paint brush, and some cheese cloth to rub in the wax in with, and for less than $100 this little piano has a new happy  home.

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Success!

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So, have I lost my mind? (Maybe?) I’m still debating if the piano’s going to stay there, but as I sit at my makeshift desk typing here each day I love looking across the hall at my fun fluffed up dining room. I’d love to hear your thoughts and if you have any other suggestions on where else this fun little piece can go!

 

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I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

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See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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