Friday, August 17, 2012

Photo a day challenge weekly update

So I've been having so much doing the Photo A Day Challenge! I don't have an iPhone (although I really want one!) so I take pictures with my cheapy-good-enough-for-right-now cell phone and then email those pictures to my iPad where I put them on Instagram. If you haven't joined Instagram yet, you should. It's a lot of fun. I like it a lot more than I ever thought I would.

Ok so here are my pictures for this past week (you can see last week's pictures here) ...

Day 9: Messy
Ice cream. Well it's messy when my four year old little boys eat it! 

(This picture kind of cracks me up, sometimes he gives me the craziest looking smiles)

Day 10: Ring 
Watching the Olympics that day. 
I'm kind of sad it's over, it was fun to watch!

Day 11: Purple
Sometimes when getting ready I like to spray a little bit of this body mist on. Smells so good! 

Day 12: Spoon 
A close up of the plastic spoon mirror I made.

Day 13: Simple
The book that I'm currently reading. It's called Organized Simplicity. It's really good!

Day 14: Arrow
A close up of my trash bag box from Target. I started to look around the house for arrows and I found this one in two seconds. I thought I would have a hard time finding one. It's funny the things we have in our house we don't pay close attention to.

Day 16: Food 
I was in a hurry so I just took a quick picture of what's in our fridge door. It's chocolate almond milk, coffee  creamer, strawberry jam, and a container of chia seeds. My husband just started eating them with his oatmeal in the mornings, they are supposed to be really good for you.

So that is it for our past week. I'm excited to see what pictures I can do this upcoming week, stay tuned!

I hope ya'll have a nice weekend!

I'm also sharing at this great party here:
life rearranged

Thursday, August 16, 2012

My thoughts on: HGTV Design Star All Stars Episode with The Facts of Life Set

So I thought it would be fun to write another post about the show Design Star like I did a few weeks back here. *Please note this post has spoilers so if you aren't wanting to know who got voted off this week than don't read this.* And I also want to clarify that I'm not affiliated with this show in any way, I just really like the show. 

So anyways now that I got all that clear! This season of HGTV's Design Star show is the All Stars. The four left in this episodes were Hilari from last season, Leslie from season 6, Tom from season 5 and Dan from season 4. I think it's been a lot of fun watching this season so far because I remember all the contestants from their seasons. If you can't already tell I really do love watching this show. 

 This week's challenge was to redo the set of "The Facts of Life". They were told to design the set as if the show were in 2012. I personally have only seen a couple episodes of the show because it was a little bit before my time. I was born in 1986. But even tho I haven't really watched the show much I know the theme song. I think it may be one everyone knows! 

You take the good, you take the bad, 
you take them both and there you have 
The Facts of Life, the Facts of Life. 

Hilari and Dan were on a team together. Their room was really modern and young. But also very, very, um VERY bright. Dan chose this neon green for painting the paneling and blue curtains. I was really not a fan. The green wall he chose was what got him voted off this week. 

 Some interesting parts of the room was the bookshelf. How fun is the ladder! I always love to see how people style their bookcases. Hilari did this and you can see all the books are facing the wrong direction with the inside pages showing. I've noticed this being done in a lot of places lately. It would be hard to find the book you want to read but it really does look interesting on the shelf like that. 

 I also thought the poufs were neat too. On tv they looked so much redder to me than these pictures tho. Maybe my tv needs some color adjusting! I don't think I could get an orange pouf, but I really want a pouf in a more muted color for my house!

The other room was designed by Tom and Leslie. This was my favorite of the two. I love the blue and yellow color palette. 

I really like the wallpaper Leslie chose for the room too. The judges didn't seem to like it because they said it would be hard to see on tv because it's so muted. But looking at it close I thought it was really pretty. 

This coffee table was really interesting too. Quite a conversation piece. 

 Tom did the painted paneling, and I really liked the colors a lot. I'm not really a fan of all the accessories here though. It feels a little cluttered to me. 

 At the end of the show it came down to Hilari and Dan. The judges voted Dan off because of that neon crazy green wall. I'm not sure who I am rooting for this season. I'm leaning more towards Hilari. She has a really fun personality and decorating taste. I think a show with her would be fun to watch. 

Oh and I also wanted to share something exciting. The season 3 winner Jennifer Bertrand is following me on twitter! Crazy right? It really made my day. I am so thrilled about that! 

So did any of y'all watch this weeks show? I think I will now have The Facts of Life theme song stuck in my head all week! I would love to hear what you thought about this week's show...

Thursday, August 9, 2012

We Are Happy Campers & Photo A Day Challenge Update

Hey ya'll! My apologizes for being so absent this past week. We went camping with my husband's family. We had so much fun. I think it may have been one of the most relaxing vacations I've had in a long time. We stayed a few days in a tent so the kids could experience the whole-sleeping-in-a-tent-making-shadow-puppets-and-telling-stories-experience. And then we moved into a cabin with the family for the latter half of the vacation. 

It was a lot of fun but I'm happy to be home now. This was our 3rd trip in the last two months. Picture taking a road trip with a baby and a couple of four year old little boys. Uh yeah a little crazy. But, we have a ton of fun memories from them that we will never forget. 

I was also able to keep up with the Photo-a-day challenge I mentioned here. So without further ado, here are my instagram pictures from the last 8 days...

This was the view from the top of our tent

Campsite number one


We ate breakfast at this great little diner. 
I had a huge breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage, hashbrowns, and a biscuit. 
Oh it was so yummy!

This was actually easy for me to get a picture of because I'm constantly WRITING things down.
This is one of my grocery lists. 

My baby boy on our bed at the cabin. He was looking at himself in a little mirror we use in the car to see him. He is amused by his own reflection.


Ok well that's it so far. I haven't taken today's picture yet which is supposed to be "messy". It probably won't be too hard to get though because everything is messy here today! I'm unpacking, doing laundry, cleaning out the car, all that fun stuff that happens after a car trip. 

I'm going to go back to my unpacking work but will be posting again soon. I hope everyone had a fun week!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Guest post: Natalie from NorthShore Days

Hey ya'll! I am soooo excited to introduce my first guest post writer here at This Yellow House. Her name is Natalie and her blog is NorthShore Days. She is a very sweet person with a wonderful blog! She has amazing tutorials on making jewelry and making creative things for the house. She also shares precious moments of her three adorable kids. I love reading her blog and I know you will too! 

Hi Everyone,

My name is Natalie and I blog over at NorthShore Days
I am the lucky mum of 3 fantastic, adorable, mischievous and sometimes downright naughty kiddos. I've been married to my Sean for nearly 14 years and we live on the beautiful NorthShore in Auckland, New Zealand.


I'm so excited to be here today. Allie has become a lovely bloggy friend in the short time she has been blogging and its so great seeing her go from strength to strength....

Today I'm going to share my Beach Inspired Wire Ring.
My passion is the beach and ocean - It is reflected in all my creations and makeovers, and I love making simple, wearable jewelry

About 2 months ago I made the matching bracelet to this ring and I also created a shell ring, just recently.

To make this ring you need a largish bead with a fairly big hole  , 18-20 gauge jewelry wirelong nose pliers, and something to use as a measure for your finger size (ideally you would use a ring mandrel, but the lid of my nail polish bottle worked perfectly)

I've taken photos of each step and they are so easy to follow.

First measure your finger with the wire and loop around the nail polish bottle lid.
Thread your bead through 4-5 coils of wire and make sure you leave at least a coil over on each side.
Take one of the leftover coils and wrap it around the bead.
Then wrap the wire end on either side of the bead as in pics 5 thru 8.
Use your pliers and tighten and neaten the wrapping on each side of the bead.

And you have a ring!!

Seriously how easy was that? I love this ring and am on the hunt for similar sized beads to make a few more.

I took about a million photos of my new favourite accessory... 


 I hope you enjoyed my post today and that you are inspired to try make your own ring.
Thank you so much for having me Allie.

Take care