Once the warm weather hits, I get crazy cravings for Yasso Yogurt Pops! These are the best things ever made! And they are reasonably good for you too. So instead of reaching for the chocolate bar, this is my go-to snack when I need an extra boost.
If you find your store is out of your favorite pops or you are looking for a fun, simple activity to do with your kids, just make them yourself! And you will probably find that you can do so while saving a few bucks.
What you need:
Add your favorite yogurt to popsicle molds and freeze. That's it!
If your feeling up to the challenge, you can add a little honey before freezing to sweeten it up a bit. But they are just as good without it! And I recommend using Greek yogurt for the extra protein.
I first became familiar with kiteboarding while living in South Florida for a number of years. And I took my first kiteboarding lesson in a yoga class. You see, I discovered this incredible yoga spot called Yoga South in Boca Raton. Their classes are top notch and often attracted the likes of professional athletes who were looking to fine tune their performance whether that was on the ball field or in the water.
I met this kiteboarder in class and started to pick his brain about the sport and why the heck he was in yoga class. Turns out that power yoga is incredible and often an integral piece to prepping yourself for kiteboarding.
Kiteboarding is predominately about core control. Master this in yoga, and you will master this out in the water. Then, you need the balance, flexibility, and strength that yoga brings as a result of endless downward dogs and inversions.
If you are just starting out or curious about the sport, focus on these four things before you hit the water....
core, balance, flexiblity, and strength
Soon, you will realize that you are fitter, stronger, more centered and balanced. This alone will have an amazing impact on your kiteboarding experience!
Now you're ready. Or so you thought. If it's your first lesson, don't plan on getting in the water just yet. You'll learn how to control your kite on land and you'll be glad you did. It takes a few tries to get the hang of it, review safety methods, and master the control against the winds.
Kite boarding is a huge thrill and tons of fun. After 3 lessons, you should fine yourself in the water. Not necessarily surfing, but surely being taken for a ride!
Where to Go:
Headboard - $155
Bedding - $85
Dresser - $280
Here's what we did:
We went with a bold wall color. Don't be afraid of color! A brassy yellow color really makes the room stand out. With such a deep rich color, it is important that you don't oversaturate your room with too much richness. To soften up the walls, we went with a more neutral and color-light sofa, accented with rich green pillows. We kept the rug light too, with the main pop of color as cream with a black border. It looks amazing against the hard wood floors. Instead of introducing new colors in the curtains and lamps, we kept it tonal. Beautiful green and yellow brassy hues that compliment the wall color really help tie the room together. And my personal favorite to brightening up a room is adding white features. It's like a mini facelift to any room. Bright white shelving and country white coffee and end tables immediately make you feel refreshed.
Given the space in the home, this room is serving as the living room, music room, and media room. We had to find a way to incorporate it all without it appearing junky or overstuffed. A rich black computer armoire hides the family computer and keeps it central so parents can keep an eye on their kid's internet use. A complimenting black storage bench creates another area for sitting and a place for kids to store their shoes. See-through bookcase shelving keeps the room feeling larger instead overwhelmed with more furniture. And no living room is complete without and inviting red plaid oversized chair; great alternative to the traditional loveseat.
Several Items from:
Pottery Barn, Raymour & Flanigan, Pier One, Macys, Home Decorators, Christmas Tree Shops.
Before you can go any further, what basement room/s are you focusing on? Start small and then build from there. Don’t try to do it all at once!
Analyze your space
What do you need your space for? Kids Playroom? Teen Lounge? Office? Storage? A place to hide from your family? Laundry?
Figure out what is most needed and most important. In this case, we want a great functional playspace for our kids that will carry them through the years.
I love all the incredible ideas out there, but I find myself getting stuck. How do I justify to my husband that I would like to build a tree house in the basement? And not just any treehouse, an eco-friendly treehouse that is made out of discarded Christmas trees?! How do I explain that it would be really cool to have a slide that starts on the second floor of the house (much like the traditional laundry shoot) and opens up in the basement into a giant ball pen. Or a pirate ship that has a putting area for mini golf. I love all these ideas! But really? The kids are only young for so long. Is it worth the investment? And I don’t think our preteen would enjoy showing off theJake and the Neverland Pirates ship to his buds for years to come. But I must admit, I am a little partial to the slide idea…
- Look at your space. How many rooms or what room/s do you want to update?
- Get the measurements. Measure the length and width of your space and keep this list handy for when you start your shopping.
- Yea or nay tidy up. What is currently in this room that you can either sell on ebay or give away to friends or charity? Things like old toys, broken furniture, boxes of stuff that you have no idea what is actually in them are must-go items! What items can you use in your room remodel? I am a huge fan of keeping the existing functional items and incorporating my theme around those items. It is a great place to start and to get your creative juices flowing.
- Theme. This is an important step in the process. How long-lasting do you want your “theme” to be? If you are like me, I shy away from the short-lived themes like a basement that looks you just stepped out of the movie Frozen! While your children may love it for the short time, what will you do when they become obsessed with another movie next year? We can’t afford year-after-year makeovers. But we can afford minor tweaks here and there as the children get older. Just a general theme for your decor will help you get started to know your likes and dislikes. Combining themes and room ideas can also really add to the room.
contemporary, classic, whimsical, traditional, minimalist, retro, country, etc.
warm, cozy, soft, hard, linear, flat, fresh, open
dark, deep, bright, bold, soft, light, neutral
relaxation, play, bar, social hour, games, entertainment, sanctuary, reading nook
Step 2: Analyze
Step 3: Coming up….
Many times it is hard to figure out how to revive what already exists. How do you freshen it up without tearing it all down or starting over? So became the case with this kitchen project.
Here were my client’s thoughts during our kitchen walkthrough:
- Don't like the appliances. The black appliances don't look "today". I want all stainless steel.
- Don't like the floors. They are boring, big white tiles. Wood is in! I want wood floors!
- Cabinets are top quality, but not my first choice in color. Maybe we can just paint them? And I think I like the look of pull hardware vs knobs.
- Countertops. They’re not granite. What is this anyway? (It appears to be a Corian countertop, which was quite popular some time ago). Again, it’s not granite. Tolerable, but not granite. But, the kitchen island is granite. A mix of black and dark green. How do I make this all work?!
- Kitchen furniture. Really don’t like. Really makes the kitchen seem outdated.
- Wall color. Deep red. Not my first choice. This is a big kitchen and it makes the room seem smaller. Though it is a warm room.
- Window coverings. Along with the furniture, these window treatments are outdated. Want something fresh and new.
Let’s take a general look at the cost of that. Now this is just an approximation. It includes an average-priced item along with installation cost. Also depends on the size of your space. These estimates are for a large kitchen. Could be less, could be more. Homewyse is a great source to figure out for all types of remodeling costs. I highly recommend them.
Here’s a toast to dreaming smarter. Think easy. Think simple. Think fresh.
Take a look:
See the price difference?! It’s huge!
Depending on your taste and budget, you could be spending close to $9500 on the low end when you can really update your kitchen look for just $2500! Savings of approx $7000. And on the high end, for those that want the best of everything…whew! Look out! On the high end of kitchen remodels, you could easily be spending $30,000+ (my numbers are still fairly conservative here). But with some basic changes, you can transform the look of your kitchen for a fraction of the cost and still have your dream result.
Many factors went into the final decision, mainly driven by the budget! Not to mention that all the appliances, cabinetry, and flooring in our kitchen are top-notch, albeit many (many) years old. It just didn’t feel right to swap it out with something of a lesser quality and it felt rather wasteful. So we sunk our teeth and money into areas that were easier to control and manage in terms of trendiness, functionality, cost, and ability.
Can I tell you how great if felt to freshen up this kitchen for less? Instead of spending four or five times the amount on a complete kitchen remodel, we achieved the same desired result on so much less!
How to bring your dated kitchen to life, to love what you have, and how to give it a fresh start with a little extra TLC.
Here, we have a very simple mini-kitchen redo. In their dream kitchen, the client wanted to put in all new hard wood floors, change the cabinet color, update the backsplash and countertops, and change the appliances to a more modern stainless steel. But, they didn't have nearly what was needed for a complete remodel. Plus, it seemed a tad wasteful, especially since these items are a pretty good quality to begin with. They may be a bit dated, but they are still good!
How to bring your dated kitchen to life,
to love what you have, and how
to give it a fresh start with a little extra TLC.
Step 2: Budget Snapshot. It's not time for a total budget breakdown just yet, but you need to have a general idea of what you really can and can't do. Can you really afford new flooring or appliances? Touch-ups instead of major changes? Is your oven so awful that this is a definite must-go item? Or can you really only afford a change to the backsplash? You need to keep this in mind when deciding what items you must keep, as your decor will center around those items.
Step 3: What to keep. After reviewing your storyboards and budget snapshot, figure out what items or appliances to keep. Again, I don't like to be wasteful, so let's figure out how you can make your current items work. It's like throwing out something that has been so good to you through the years! In this case, the client really couldn't make any changes to these larger ticket items. And what you may have thought to be the ugly duckling in the room is really the exact item needed to tie the room together!
Step 5: The Real Budget. Okay, now I need to know what you can really spend and our willing to spend. The exciting part is that you won't need to make changes to the bigger items that can add up quickly! Give yourself some instant savings by working with what you already have. For this kitchen makeover, the client was willing to spend $3500 on changes to upgrade the look and feel.
Step 6: What To Purchase. This is where I use my expertise and have the most fun! I take your storyboards, your existing kitchen items and appliances (whether you love them or not), and figure out how to find you all the fabulous items that will help you create your dream kitchen while staying within your budget.
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The client desperately wanted to upgrade and change their kitchen. They did not have the time, nor budget to deal with the stress of a total kitchen remodel. They were tired of their kitchen, which felt dark, bland, small, and outdated. They wanted something fresh and modern with a french country twist. Instead of changing out the black appliances, we accentuated them with the black french country table and chairs. And the mix-and-match valances were a great Esty find. The light green walls instantly brightened up the kitchen and made it feel more airy, especially with the white floors. The texture from the leather stools give the illusion of warmth. Looks like a brand new kitchen!
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