Parents and Painting Weekend


Hi Blog friends. Hope you all had a nice weekend. (Yes, I know it’s Wednesday. I aimed for Monday but didn’t I make it.) I had a terrible weekend. Or a great weekend. I guess it really depends what angle you look at it from. Fun angle= terrible weekend. Productive angle= great weekend.

Though I am completely exhausted from non-stop house work this weekend, it is nice to look back and see all that was accomplished. I barely have enough energy to write this post so bear with me. (At least when I started it I felt that way. That’s probably why it took me 3 days.)

My weekend started of with some overnight guests…mom and dad! My parents were getting their house tented for termites and they stayed with us Friday night into Saturday.  I was a little apprehensive about how this would work, the four of us, plus the dog, under 1 roof, but it was totally fine. I came home friday afternoon to find my mother had swept up my whole house, although I myself had swept, vacuumed and mopped the night before. She was apparently doing me the favor of hitting up the few spots I obviously missed.

Ah, Mothers.

The next morning I made a big breakfast for everyone, a few rounds of cuban coffee and put everyone to work!

Check out my spanish tortialla with ham, potatoes, onions. Special shout out to my friend Xen for the “reciepe”!

My dad and hubby got to work putting together this super huge and super awesome umbrella we bought for the pool deck. Along with our new chaise lounges, this may become my permanent “spot” all spring and summer long! Check out my dad and hubby testing it out.

Que Buena Vida! (What a good life!)

Looks good, uh? This scene would continue to call my name all weekend though I was never able to enjoy it.

We then proceeded to clear out our dining room so that we could install our West Elm lamp AND paint the dining room and sunken living room.

Empty Dining Room

Sunken Living Room/Staging area

Unlike my picking a gray color fiasco, I wanted a neutral beige for the dining room and got the color right on the first shot. Go me! It’s called Parisian Taupe from Behr. Even the name is fab!

The lamp from West Elm was finally taken out of its box and we then discovered that every single one of what I estimate to be about 300 of the lamp’s crystals were individually packaged and had to be unwrapped. Not sure if that explanation makes sense. Here is the lamp.

See the little hanging crystals? EACH one was wrapped. So I sat there unwrapping and then my mom helped and I swear we were at it for at least 45 minutes. Wow!!

Half way thru unwrapping

Ta da!

Part 1 of the lamp...

Screwing it in...

Look how dang pretty it looks up!!!!

Don't mind the ladder, chair, roller, etc..

Starting to love this room already!

Next we started prepping to paint. Wow, did I forget what a pain in the arse painting is. Prepping, edging, painting, cleaning, repeating steps, etc…



Mom’s helping me spackle paste a few holes in the wall. Did these old folks think the rent was free at this hotel?! Nope…get to work, Parentals!

The Dog is really tired from helping out too.

By the time Saturday night rolled around, I felt exhausted and defeated. I only got as far as 1 coat in the dining room plus a 2nd coat on one wall.

Painting, Painting, Painting...

Though it was St. Patricks Day, I consumed NO beer & wore NO green.


I did, however, manage to sneak in some wine (of course I did). Just a girl, her painting tools and some vino on a Saturday night.


Sunday I got up and got right back to it! More painting!  My poor hubby got sick somewhere along the way and was laying down with a cold most of the day as I persevered on and continued painting ( I like to make myself sound like Joan of Arc or something uh? Settle down there with the sensationalism, Susy).

Luckily, my hubby felt better later and helped me finish up the other room. I had bought enough paint for 4 different rooms and even thought we worked all weekend, I barely got thru two rooms. My goals were apparently too ambitous.

And *don’t* think it was an ugly weekend outside, either! It was beautiful and sunny and totally beach or pool appropriate. This is what I wish I was doing this weekend!


It’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do it! (I don’t sarcastically mean the lounging, I literally mean the painting). I could have (almost did) pay someone else to paint for me but I figured this is one of the few things I can do myself so let’s save some dough.

Can’t wait to share the final room look with you guys! It’s gonna be great! Here’s a sneak peak.

Lamp light on...

Light off...

This is the temporary table. Remember, my rustic table is getting made by my table maker man!

I can’t wait to aim to do something normal next weekend like go to the movies (hello Hunger Games!!) or eat something other than take out! Fingers crossed!

What do you think of the color?  Any suggestions? Leave me a comment with your thoughts!

Have a great rest of the week!


Super Food Bowl

Happy National Drag your Butt to Work day everyone! I believe that is the unofficial title of the Monday after the Superbowl. I mean really, I understand Football is traditionally played on Sundays but can’t they make an exception for this final game and play it on a Saturday? Well, I guess traditions are traditions for a reason.

One major Super Bowl tradition is that of the Super Bowl party and the food that comes with it! It seems like chips and dips (and beer, duh) are as essential to SuperBowl Sunday as Turkey is to Thanksgiving. I kept this in mind while preparing the menu for the Super Bowl party I hosted at my house this weekend with family. Though I had lots of hands helping in the kitchen, my biggest helper was Pinterest! You all know what Pinterest is and if you don’t, climb out from under that little rock and go check it out! It’s basically a virtual pinboard where you pin all sorts of ideas, recipes, designs, styles, etc, etc, ETC.!!!

The game plan was to make a some football themed appetizers per some Pinterest inspiration. I kicked it off with a football pizza. How cute does that look?

Well mine looked pretty similar and tasted great!! This really can’t be any easier to make and everyone loves pizza so you can’t go wrong. Final score: Winner! You can get the recipe here from Pillsbury.

Pre Cooked


 Next I decided to tackle some Football Field Guacamole ( I just made that name up). I also got this idea from Pinterest but the original source is a blog named A Little Tipsy. Hers is more of a seven layer dip but I just took the concept and made regular guacamole and spread it out evenly. Then, per my bright 14-year-old niece’s suggestion, put some sour cream in a Ziploc bag, cut a small hole at the end and made an impromptu cake decorating pen to make the yard lines. Put two toothpicks at each end of the field and scored a game winning field goal with this guac!


I also decided to tackle some Saucy Asian Meatballs from Gimme Some Oven. They were very easy to make and a whole new twist to meatballs. I hate to admit that while I often make my own batch of delicious meatballs, I usually go the easy route and use frozen meatballs. This time, I used lean ground beef and really got my hands dirty! Aren’t they pretty?!

{Source: Gimme Some Oven}

Full disclosure…I personally wasn’t crazy about them BUT…everyone else seemed to be a big fan! Even my pickiest eaters loved it after they tried it!! I guess I was still expecting a marinara type taste when eating a meatball and the asian sauce kept throwing me off. But that’s just me! My sister actually called me this morning asking me to email her the recipe because her boyfriend loved them so much! Touchdown!

I didn’t want to fumble up the appetizers since that’s the best part so my husband made his can’t-go-wrong, world famous “tomatico” commonly known as Pico de Gallo. It’s equal parts tomato, onion and cilantro. It’s a huge hit, no one can pass it up! I didn’t take a picture of it but it looks a little something like this!



Besides the food, the best part of the Super Bowl is the commercials of course! I’m a huge fan of all the funny and creative spots that air during this game. My favorites this year included the Doritos commercial with the dog, the VW commercial with the dog, the Clint Eastwood Chrysler commercial (seriously makes me want to buy American), and of course the Ferris Bueller’s Day Off inspired Honda CRV commercial! I also loved the sandman commercial for Kia and the vampires commercial for Audi.

The food and the commercials are really the best part of the super bowl for me. Even cuties like Eli Manning and Tom Brady aren’t enough to get me excited for a football game all on their own. Someone call me when the Dolphins make it to the Super Bowl and then maybe I’ll watch the game more than my expanding waistline!

What Superbowl food was your favorite? What commercials did you like best? And most importantly, did you catch all my football lingo within the post?

Be a good sport and leave me a comment! (Ok, I’m done)