Happy Birthday, Kenz!

You may be reading this expecting another glamtastic blog post from Girl Loves Glam. Today is McKenzie’s birthday, however, so I sneaked on to my wife’s blog to share a special birthday surprise about why I love you, Kenz. Let’s take a trip, shall we?

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Remember this picture? It was one of our engagement photos taken at the old Westwood Theater in Rexburg. I thought I was really in love with you then. Boy, I had no idea what being in love truly felt like. I do now.

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Being in love with you is making a homemade hovercraft in the garage . . . just to see if we could.

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It’s playing Scrabble late into the night on our living room floor.

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It’s spending Valentine’s Day ice skating outside and taking turns falling on our rear ends.

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Being in love with you is being the two oldest people in the Sesame Street 4D movie at Busch Gardens, but having more fun than all of the younger kids.

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And it’s being parents to the most wonderful baby girl in the world.

I love you with all my heart, McKenzie. I am proud of you for so many things. Right now, I am proud of you for taking your ideas and having enough courage to turn them into a very successful blog. Happy birthday, Sweetheart! You make my heart full.

Here is a very special birthday video that made me think of you. I hope you don’t cry . . . from laughter!

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Enclosed Porch Makeover: Paint!

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Ok guys. This is SERIOUSLY starting to get good. Paint is all the wall!

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Who remembers this nasty color? The trim was this weird brownish color and the wall was this brownish color. It was time for some major paint.

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For the wall color, I chose Crushed Ice from Sherwin Williams and had Home Depot match the color for the Behr paint plus primer. It worked like a charm to cover the dark color. I did one coat, then a second coat over the textured places that the paint didn’t go all the way in. It looks fabulous!

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It made the room so much brighter. Now for the window seals. I didn’t want to do anything too pricey, so I got some cheapo Better Homes and Gardens Glidden paint from Walmart. I used the Cotton White color. So much better!

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I can’t even tell you how much better things are looking now that the window seals are done! I was really avoiding the ceiling for as long as I could, but I finally buckled down and did it.

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I was sure to wipe it down so that it would be nice and clean before I started painting. As soon as I started to wipe it off, The weirdo texture started coming off! First of all, who texturizes a bead board ceiling?! I was SO excited that the texture came off so that I could have a nice and smooth ceiling. I couldn’t wait to cover up the brown paint that the previous owners got on the ceiling and the random places that didn’t have any paint on it at all. Surprisingly enough, painting the ceiling wasn’t all that bad! I can say that now that I am done. It was totally worth it.

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Sorry for the cruddy picture, but I couldn’t wait any longer to take pictures!

I am not even kidding you, you will DIE when you see what I did to this room today! I am so excited to show you!

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Enclosed Porch Makeover Intro

Welcome to what could be my biggest project yet!

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I am so excited to get this area looking pretty! It has always been that area of our house that I have just ignored, but it is the first thing people see when they come to our house! It was in need of some serious help!

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Nasty brown walls with the trim painted the same color and THE WORST tile ever created. This color makes me want to vomit! I have some major plans for all of this! My first project… taking down all of the baseboards and the one strip of molding there was.

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This was one of the more disgusting things I have ever done. There were families of earwigs that went to die behind my baseboards, big, gaping holes behind it with spider nests, dirt, and who knows what else. I would like to pretend I was really brave and tough about it, but it was not an easy task! Not to mention I may or may not have used a few naughty words in my brain when I was cussing out the person who put this trim up with the longest nails in history and in some places caulking the crap out of the back of it. It was a learning experience to take it off!

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Next, I did a lot of foam spraying and hole filling. After the foam dried, I cut off all of the excess with a knife. I know that this is going to help my house stay warm and cool and also keep nasty critters out of my house!

There is a lot more to come. I can’t wait to tell you about paint colors, inspiration, and learning experiences!

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Door Turned into Shelf!

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Let me given a little backstory… A while back, Dave and I went through a “picker” phase. We would go on Craigslist and try to find treasures that we couldn’t live without. I found the cutest old door that I could not live without! When we bought our house, I was so excited to find a home for my door. This was the best I could come up with though…
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Not great. Matters got worse when I had a visitor with a little boy. He tried to open the door and it started to fall on top of him. Luckily, I didn’t have kids yet. As soon as Harper started growing in my tummy, I started brewing ideas of what to do with my door. I told Dave all about this shelf that I wanted made out of our door. I think he thought I was a little nutty, but one day, long after mentioning my shelf idea, I came home to this in the garage.
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First of all, isn’t it the cutest that he put a wreath on it and put pictures on the shelves so that I could get the “vision”? He waited to paint it until he got the ok for what color to paint it.
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He filled in the nail holes.
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We primed it.
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Then painted it! I couldn’t wait to decorate it.
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I love that I now have a space to do my seasonal vignettes too! My favorite part? The doorknob!
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Do you love this as much as I do?
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Summer Mantel

Ahh! I can’t even tell you how excited I am that I can now do vignettes on a mantle! I have never had a mantle, until just recently, BUT that is for another post coming up!

Could you just die over how cute it is? I know Summer doesn’t officially start for a while, but Dave is done with school THIS WEEK!
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I started the mantle by making the wreath. I started wrapping the wreath with the electric blue fabric, then I ran out! So, I finished wrapping it in hot pink fabric. I made lots of felt flowers and added some houndstooth ribbon to the ends.
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I was most excited to add the wood pendants to it that I bought from Pick Your Plum a while back. I painted them, added some vinyl to it, and hung them up with some baker’s twine!
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I picked up some cork topped jars at a yard sale and added some ribbon in one and some vintage straws in the other one. I had a cream soda and looked down at the bottle and realized how stinkin’ cute it was. I sprayed it green and added a little washi tape to it!
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I got this lamp a long time ago and I was so excited to get some use out of it! I had to washi it a little bit first though. I added a vintage mason jar, my owl friend I am totally in love with, and a painted this frame I got at a yard sale to finish it off!
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Baby America

Here is your giggle for the weekend.

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This could quite possibly be the greatest picture ever taken.

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Free Bag=Business Bag

How many times do you get these free bags from places and not know what to do with it? Here is your solution! Come find me at Expressions Vinyl Blog today to make your own, personalized bag out of a free bag!

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Have YOU made an Organization Board?

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Did you use my tutorial to make one of these boards? Or do you have plans to do it in the near future? If so, I would LOVE to feature your project! I will be accepting photos of your organization boards until May 19th! Please email me your photos, along with your name and blog post about the board (if you have one) to girllovesglam@yahoo.com

I can’t wait to see your creations!

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Snappin’

I know all of your favorite bloggers are talking about Snap. You are probably kind of sick of hearing about it, but let me just give you a little glimpse inside my Snap experience.

During Snap, I met tons of new friends, felt welcomed by the Snap crew, enjoyed great speakers, ate delicious food, and laughed constantly.

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Be jealous. I got to know some of the coolest girls in the entire world.

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The Queen Bee Market was amazing and trying out new products that aren’t even available to the public yet was really fun.

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Snap was seriously one of the most incredible experiences I have ever had. Go meet some of the girls that I met this week…

Sugar Blossom Boutique, Oopsey Daisy, Crap I’ve Made, The V Spot, Flats to Flip Flops, Lolly Jane, What’s Cooking with Ruthie, My Sister’s Suitcase, My Party is Over, Remodelaholic, A to Zebra Celebrations, A Little Tipsy, Shabby Nest, Bridgey Widgey, Happy Looks Good on You. Dirty Laundry, Landee, Take the Side Street, Sugar Bee, U Create, See Vanessa Craft, Mod Podge Rocks, Johnny in a Dress, Scissors and Spatulas, Clever Pink Pirate, Less Cake More Frosting, Announced Design, Not Just a Housewife, Today’s Creative Blog, I Heart Naptime, Deep Space Sparkle, Kristin Duke Photography, Sew Craft Create, I am Momma Hear Me Roar, Skip To My Lou, A Lotta Living, A Real-Life Housewife, The Potter’s Place, Organize & Decorate Everything, Lil Blue Boo, WhipperBerry, Faith, Trust, & Pixie Dust, Elk Dresses, Vintage Revivals, The House of Smiths, Lil Luna, and so many more that I probably missed!

Take a seat and visit all of these incredible blogs. You will drool over them all!

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Chevron Spring Cardigan

I know that a lot of you were pretty excited about the makeover I gave my cardigan on my productive Sunday. Well, the wait is over and you can make one too!

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I made a tutorial for you to turn any drab cardigan into your favorite piece of clothing! I guest posted this tutorial on the Expressions Vinyl Blog.

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Meet me over there, and create one of these lovelies with me!

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