Saturday, December 1, 2018

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Shop The List! My Family Gift Recommendations

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Monday, August 27, 2018

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I've been waiting (and waiting) to be able to build my dream dining room table but it wasn't exactly in the cards...or the budget...after we moved across state lines in early January. Don't you just love those additional costs to moving that just show up? 

Anyway, I decided that if I had to keep my current table, it couldn't stay "as is". There was just no way that was going to work with the look I'm going for in my new home. 

Chalk Paint DIY

There you have it. The before. And I know it isn't pretty, y'all. That's precisely what made me take a school day at home alone and a quick trip to Hobby Lobby for supplies.

For this project, I wanted to go with a two-tone look. I grabbed the color Primitive by DecoArt for the table top, Castle Slate by Folkart for the base, and the Home Decor Satin Varnish to seal it when the paint had dried.

Chalk paint DIY

I began by painting the top with one coat. It took three full coats to get the finish I was going for. I didn't want to see much of the wood color through the paint. Also? I absolutely adored the gray undertones of this white color.

Chalk Paint DIY

Chalk Paint DIY

I really liked how the white paint was finishing around the rough, old edges of the table. It gave it an aged look without compromising the beauty of the chalk paint finish. And the Castle Slate on the base was everything I hoped it would be. I only did 2 full coats on the base as I didn't feel I needed that much coverage with a darker color.

Chalk Paint DIY

Here is the table with one of the chairs painted in Primitive to match.

Chalk Paint DIY
I'm in love with the contrast of these 2 colors but mostly I love how they compliment each other rather than compete.

Someday I'll be able to build that Farmhouse style table and bench seat. But for now, I'm enjoying the simple upgrade to what I already had. It was inexpensive and took an afternoon to do. The chalkpaint dries pretty quickly which makes is a quick process.

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A Chalk Paint Table #DIY - Farmhouse Flip

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

**thanks to the pr representative who sent complimentary items for review. I was not compensated for this post beyond those items. This is my experience and opinion. Others may have a different experience or view. 

Most kiddos have their favorite subject(s) in school. For my boy, it's history. He loves jumping into history books, visiting historical sites, and watching historical documentaries to learn more and more and more about what came before him. 

He's also going to start Middle School. (Someone hold me.) And would you know, the thing that made him excited about his class schedule was that his first hour is spent in history. My friends over at Workman Publishing heard about his love of history and sent us some books for him to enjoy.

Maybe you've seen the Big Fat Notebook series of books for Middle School students? They have books that cover history, science, math, and English. These books are crammed with facts and are also very captivating for the reader.

The style of the book is like one, big notebook. The font is large and the pages are colorful while also descriptive. It makes it a bit of an "easy read" but is also teaching a lot of information at the same time. These are wonderful references for Middle School students!

And if you're a parent who worries about bias, be it from a religious, political, or other world view, you can set those worries aside. The stories told in this book are strictly the facts of what happened. It's actually really refreshing. My son has enjoyed looking over World History and American History topics and sharing with us the things he's learning.

Now, let's chat a bit about Spy On History. My boy was also sent this book to enjoy. This got him excited in a different kind of way. This story invites him to participate and help crack the code to solve the mystery.

But he doesn't do this just by reading. No. He's armed with maps, tools, and hints along the way to help him out. And because he loves history, he takes this very seriously.

I love his love for history but I love finding helpful tools for him even more. Being able to get him books that will stimulate that love for all things history and add to his learning is a wonderful gift. And I'm picky, y'all. I want him to have books that are really geared toward his age and reading level without dumbing down the information or sharing it in a boring way. 

I guess my point is, there are A LOT of choices out there but I choose to stick with something I know will meet my kiddos where they are and encourage further learning. You'll find, like I did, Workman Publishing offers loads of books like this for all ages. 

Now to find a few things for my girls from Workman Publishing. What do you think you're kiddo(s) will enjoy? 


A Few Book Picks For Middleschoolers From Workman Publishing (review)

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