May 29, 2012

Painted Window Boxes

They came out so cute!
Remember in my Salsa Garden Part 2
where I showed you I wanted to put in some 
window boxes on my shed?
Well, I finally found them and finished them! 

May 25, 2012

Kitty Toilets :D {DIY Litter Box}

Yes, I'm really going to discuss Kitty Toilets.
 Especially in light of yesterday's post where 
 I referred to 

I truly am not looking forward to next week, 
but it needs to be attacked and done with!
Back to Kitty Toilets

May 24, 2012

Finally Finished!!

I'm going to say it again!

Finally Finished!!

I love that!  Don’t you get this great sense of accomplishment?
I know I do, especially when you’ve been
 working on something for almost 2 months.

May 22, 2012

Gardening around Stonybrook{Life in the Fast Lane}

You've probably thinking I’ve dropped off the face of the planet….
But no I’m still here!

It’s just hard to find time to write, when you’re flying in the fast lane!
So, here’s an update on what I’ve been doing….
I’m actually so excited to show you.
Spring is one of my FAVORITE times of the year.
I get to be outside more and get my hands dirty!

Where do I start?
Let's see how are my rhododendrons are doing.
They bloomed!
Gorgeous, right?

May 19, 2012

The Winner is!!

For my FIRST EVER Give Away 
the Winner is....

Check out her blog, it is truly adorable!

I already sent her an email, and soon she will receive her free 3-pack of Fish Foam!

Have fun cleaning!! 

Wait.... I don't think cleaning is all that fun, but I do LOVE the results...

May 16, 2012

Fish Foam Giveaway!!

This is my first ever giveaway!  So, I pray it all works out okay!
When I was contacted a couple of weeks ago by Fish Foam and asked to do a product review or giveaway, I was like “Shut the front door!  
Really? I’m such a newbie!”

But then I thought come on Lori, put your big girl pants and go for it…..!
So here we are!

Now, if you’ve been around blogworld, you have definitely seen reviews and giveaways for Fish Foam. I actually had wanted to check this stuff out for myself.
Just a little side note, all of my opinions are my own,
and I will be honest with my review.

May 14, 2012

Appetizers For Bookclub ~ and college stuff everywhere...

This post will be short and sweet!

Well, life has been a bit out of the ordinary here at the Stonybrook House. I didn’t realize how much I missed my kiddos.

Last weekend, I drove 4+ hours to pick my daughter up from college and brought her home and all of her STUFF! Then my son came home from college a few days later with all of his STUFF! 

We’ve had STUFF everywhere!! From laundry to mini fridges to college books to just stuff everywhere! Wow! What an adjustment. More food is needed, and more dishes are left out!

But I have enjoyed hanging out with them, chatting and catching up on life. It’s been a great week. So, that’s where I’ve been.

Plus working in the yard and of course, at the "glorious" apartments…

And I had book club last week also at my place! I adore my book club.

These are the refreshments I made! 
Book Club Appetizers
 Two of them were from Pinterest!
Dreamsicle Cupcakes
Dreamsicle Cupcakes ~ 2 ingredients:
one can of diet orange soda and one white cake mix!
Fruit kabobs
 Fruit Kabobs ~ Yummy!!
veggie tray
Just some plain veggies...

So anyway, here is my Progress report:

Street light garden is 95% finished, just add mulch. 

A solution for mailbox garden, so that mulch won’t run down the street.

Electric box garden, the decision was made to abandon this garden. It is going back to mostly grass. So, I am in the process of transplanting all of the plants in there except a few.

Dirt was delivered last week and the process of filling
up the planters is underway!

Hopefully the salsa garden will be planted by this weekend, if it would ever stop raining!!

Plus, we are almost done with one apartment! Carpet in the living room and trim and we will be finished!

I Love Progress!! It’s getting there slowly but surely!

 photo New Lori 100_zps2lw4mgnc.jpg

May 8, 2012

DIY Garden Planters {Salsa Garden – Part 2}

Well, I guess as you can tell, Part 2 didn’t come out the next day….
Let’s see what happened?? Hmm… worked at the apartments all day on Friday… Went out on a date with hubby… Too tired to work on it then.
Saturday…. Up early cleaning, laundry, paperwork…
Oh… worked at the apartments all day…. Too tired…
Plus, I was leaving the next day to drive 4+ hours
 to pick my daughter up from college.   
So, there you have it….
It’s already Tuesday!  Lesson learned?   
Don’t even hint when another post is coming out…. 
Oh well, that’s what life is like… bumps and turns, hang ups and up hangs…  :)

So, here we go.  
 I’m going to show you all what we did with this…

May 3, 2012

Salsa Garden ~ Part 1

I have to tell you, I am sooo excited about this latest project!
I just don’t think I can get it all in one post, so I’m going to do a Part 1 & Part 2.

This project would not have been possible without my wonderful hubby! He planned exactly what I wanted.  He measured and figured, did all the mental math.  He’s so good at that.  
 I do NOT do mental math… that’s what calculators are for.   
I’d rather use my brain power for something much more FUN!!

While I’m on the subject of hubby…. I’ve been wanting to do a little spotlight on him.  
 (He’s going to be so surprised when he reads this…  :))))
Since August 2011, when the kiddos went off to college, hubby began a mission to lose weight.  Now this was a shocker for me, he’s never really been concerned about his weight.  Not me.  
I've been very aware of the numbers on the scale....
 In 2005, I lost about 40 lbs. (Finally lost the “baby” weight.)

Well, with the kiddos gone, it was soooo much easier to monitor and watch what we ate!  We basically got rid of the junk food and ate smarter, whole grains, veggies, fruit, and more fish. 
Well, let me just show you the difference.

This is a pic of the fam at my daughter's High School graduation.
So, that's June 2011

May 1, 2012

DIY Sliding Coffee Tray

I questioning whether I'm a bit ADHD lately! 
I feel like I have about 100 projects going and none of them are even close to be finished.  Ugh! Well, not a 100 probably more like 10, 
but I'm feeling like I'm all over the place. 
Things will settle down and I will be able to focus and get these projects finished!  I will!
BUT for now.....
I had to do this project truly out of necessity!
I just couldn't take it anymore.  
You know when something is driving you nuts and you get to the point
 where you just HAVE to do something about it.

Well, that's what happened to me....

If you know me even just a little bit, you will know that I LOVE coffee. 
   I bought this awesome coffee pot a couple of years ago.  It's one of those metal thermal pots.  Which is perfect because we have broken so many coffee pots and this one is unbreakable!  
  I really love my coffee pot, so that's not whats bugging me.