I love distressed jeans. Since it's fall time and it's starting to cool down a bit (I can walk to the car now without breaking a sweat at times) I wanted to get some cute distressed jeans to wear. I have looked in so many places, but don't want to spend a lot because I mean $50 for some holey jeans??? No. I found a pair of gray Calvin Klein jeans at the thrift store for $4. Yes. I decided to Distress them myself and saved myself a ton of money. All you need is a razor, scissors and tweezers.
First thing I took a new razor to the pockets. You literally scrape the razor along the sides of the pocket or on any part of the pocket and you can see it lifts the fabric off. It makes little holes and looks like the jeans have been properly worn for a long time. It gives it that comfy worn in look. When scraping the fabric literally I pushed down and ran the razor over the areas multiple times. I just kept scraping the fabric until I got the look I was going for.
I used the scissors to snip the tops of the pockets and cut a small hole on inner (coin?) pocket on the jeans. I only used tip of the scissors to make the little snips and didn't go below the seam of the pockets. I then ran the razor over it to snag it up a bit and made it look choppy.
And of course the hole in the knee. I tried my pants on and cut a small hole before I cut the knee open. That way I knew where the hole was going.
Lastly I made distressed holes, without making it a gaping hole, with tweezers. I cut a little hole with your scissors and then approximately one inch or so down cut another one. I took the tweezers and carefully removed only the colored fabric by pulling down on the colored threads. What was left was the white jean strings covering the hole. I did these a bit higher on the jean leg and on the back pockets.
Love how these turned out. Super easy to do and fun because they are one of a kind! I did cut the bottoms off because I love that worn "don't care" look right now. If you wanted to keep the bottoms hemmed you could snip the hem with scissors to make little cuts and run the razor over them to give them that worn look. The bottom of the jean is important to keep in mind because you don't want a perfect looking hemmed jean while the rest of the jeans look worn. This is a great way to make a pair of distressed jean shorts as well! Just cut off the pant leg to your liking and distress the shorts the same way! Hope this gives you some motivation to try this yourself and save money in the process!
This time six years ago we were at our rehearsal in St. Petersburg at The Sunken Gardens. It was the start of our family and we had no idea what was in store over the years. Marriage is hard work, yet it is also the most rewarding experience I have gone through. Two people working together towards a common ground-a happy life. Happy Anniversary Manny! I love you more now than I did those 6 years ago.
208-2009 Year 1-We got married, went on our honeymoon, had fun, learned a ton of stuff about marriage. (It's not easy)
2009-2010 Year 2- We had a ton of fun. Partied and worked.
2010-2011 Year 3- Went on a couple trips, got pregnant with Sophia.
2011-2012 Year 4- Had a baby, learned a ton about being married and having a kid. (Spoiler alert-It's really hard to be married but adding a kid?? Whew!)
2012-2013 Year 5- Adjusted to being a family of three, started going out together (just the two of us) and planned our move to Orlando.
2013-2014 Year 6- Made it to Orlando, got pregnant with our second girl and learned how precious life is.
2014 The end of 6 years, the beginning of our 7th- Adjusting to two kids, making time to enjoy each others company.
Whatever this next year holds I know that my husband will be by my side. He is the perfect husband for me and no one else. I love you and am so glad we chose each other as the person we spend the rest of our lives with.
I love getting my home decor from thrift stores. A lot of times I can find things that someone doesn't want that just need a little love and it fits perfectly in my home. I found a great vase that I got for .99 (yes that's cents) and a lamp that I have had forever that I love and just don't want to get rid. The problem with both of them? The color. I have jumped on the gray bandwagon and decided to spray paint both pieces dark gray. I think they are perfect now.
Sophia painted this of cacti. I had to put it up on display because I think she did such a great job.
A can of spray paint can change the whole look of an item, which in turn changes the look of your house. I love re decorating and spray paint makes it possible.
Life just flies by lately. Amelia is more scheduled so my days are cut into three blocks now and it just seems like the days are shorter. (thankfully the nights aren't as Amelia sleeps all night) I wanted to show what are days are consisting of from pictures I've been taking over the last few weeks. The one exception that doesn't normally happen is Frozen on Ice. My best friend here in FL and I took our girls (who are BFF's too) to see Frozen a few weekends ago. I think I was enraptured by it just as much as Sophia. It was an amazing show and fun to do something just me and her. Baby Amelia stayed home with Daddy. Sophia thought that part was pretty cool too.
Ballet class happens everyday....sometimes all day.
Frozen on Ice. She was this excited the whole show!
And this bathing suit. I had it when Sophia was this age, but she hated wearing it. So glad I got to pull it out and have Millie wear it. The rolls....I die.
These faces take up my days and I wouldn't want it any other way.
I love pop tarts. I haven't had one in years because frankly I don't want Sophia to have one. I'm afraid she would ask for one all the time and it has some interesting ingredients in it so when I came across a pop tart recipe I thought let's give it a try. My warning to you: It's extremely addicting.
Hmmmmm the filling....strawberry jam. (might add cream cheese next time) Thinking this could be anything and trying out some different types of fillings for this. Thinking eggs and ham or bacon, adding some peanut butter in there to accompany the jam or maybe chicken and cheese...the possibilities are endless.
So when they were cooking one broke in half and some leaked out the edges. That being said these are so good. The crust is flaky and just melts in your mouth. You can top yours with frosting and sprinkles if you want, but I wanted to keep the sugar to a minimum. These are great and I can't wait to try it with different fillings!
Homemade Pop Tarts
I have seen palazzo pants around for awhile, but just this last summer I decided to hop on boqrd and get a pair. I LOVE them. I have worn them numerous times and think they are so "comfy cozy" in the words of Sophia.
1. I like this casual way to wear them. A little jean vest is perfect and for the fall time a jean jacket would be great to pair with these pants.
2. The graphic tank is perfect for a casual look while the belt defines the waist and dresses it up a bit.
3. Wearing a basic white t and black blazer don't overpower the color and pattern of the pants. Super cute option.
4. Because the pants are such a focal point I love how she combines it with a simple white tank top.
My way- I decided to use a black chiffon tank top tucked into the pants with a simple gold leaf necklace, white cocktail ring and sandals. Because the pants have so much pattern and color I kept everything else I was wearing very simple. I have to be careful how I wear these pants because I am short and it can make me look shorter because the pants are so wide. I love these pants and would buy another pair with a different pattern if I find one I like! Would you ever wear these?
I found these pants at forever 21 and as soon as I saw them I loved them! My sister bought me the top and it works perfect together! (at least I think it does)
When I was home (in Washington) in August we had family pictures. It had been three years since we had them done. Sophia was Amelia's age! Crazy how much things change in three years! We used Jennifer Tibbets Photography this time around and she was amazing! Sometimes when you get your pictures done it can be a little awkward. I mean someone (that you don't know) standing there telling you to smile or act natural when they are staring at you from behind a camera can feel a little weird. Jennifer made the whole process so relaxing. She was funny and very flexible with our family. Having 10 people to photograph at once can be a chore, but she made it fun and put everyone at ease very quickly. I had a few poses I had found on Pinterest and emailed them to her (before our shoot) that we wanted to try out. She was able to pull up those specific pictures and posed us exactly how we asked! She was very thorough and made sure we all were comfortable throughout the time allotted. You can check out her website here. We will definitely be using her for all our family pictures once we move up to Washington. Thank you Jennifer! You did amazing work and everyone loves the pictures! (which can be hard to do with 8 different opinions)
I think my family is pretty awesome and Jennifer did such a great job capturing us! I made a photo book with all our pictures on Shutterfly. They are currently having a promotion of 50% off all photo books and free shipping on orders over $39. It's a great way to display all the family pictures from photo shoots!
Football season is getting in full swing! Being from Seattle I am proud to say I am a 12. I haven't followed football until the last few years. My family have become quite the 12'ers and I'm on the bandwagon with them. Every Friday (for those of you who do not live in WA) is Blue Friday. Meaning everyone is in blue and green. And I mean everyone. It's insane. One of my close friends owns a print shop! Her and her husband are just starting their business and have created some amazing Seahawks gear! (They will custom print for anyone though) You can see their website here. Last year they printed a ton of these Hawks pants, but never got them so this year I got a pair. They are great! Can't wait to wear them out today for my Blue Friday down here in FL!
And I had to include this for Sophia because she kept saying "look like a Seahawks Mama!" So this is my Seahawks impression. GO HAWKS!
I have been doing so good when it comes to making presents for my family this year! My new years resolution has been making something for each family member on their birthdays instead of getting the usual gift card. My brother's birthday was in March (I just came across this post now) and I came up with an idea based on this shirt I saw here. I think it's great gift for a guy and well my brother loved it. He actually thought I bought it at a store. Win win for me! It's fun to come up with ideas that fit a specific person and their personality!
My brother. He just graduated barber school and is now barbering and shaving at Supernova in Tacoma. You can find their website here. He just started and does great work! Onto my birthday art project....
This is now hanging up in his room over his bed. I just used four canvases I got from JoAnn Fabric and used a stencil to write out the words. I also used a paint pen from JoAnn's so the edges would be crisp and clear! I never used a paint pen before this and I love how it works! They come in all different colors and it's way easier to use instead of a paintbrush and paint. It didn't take too long to do and he loved it! (which is the whole point anyway) I'm finding it so much fun to be more creative for birthday presents this year!
Making cookies with a three year old and four month old should be an Olympic sport. Whenever I try it ends in tears of frustration (usually from all three of us) and me swearing off baking forever. But then I always come around to try again. I keep thinking things will get better. And I'm sure they will in a year or two....Anyways I came across a recipe that used three ingredients. I found it here. I decided to give it a whirl since there wouldn't be a counter full of ingredients. Because it didn't take long to mix the ingredients and bake them there were no tears! We actually didn't talk too much in the end because we were stuffing our faces with these little goodies. I'm always skeptical about shortened recipes but these tasted like the real deal! Win! I will be making these whenever a cooking mood strikes. On another note please do not judge me on the quality of the pictures. I had to use my i phone (camera battery died right when I turned on the camera) while juggling my four month old and my three year old "helper". Don't judge the cookies off the pictures either because they tasted amazing! Recipe is at the bottom.
4 ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup white sugar and 3 tablespoons separated.
1 tsp. vanilla (I added this to the recipe but you could omit this if you wanted)
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir together. Roll dough into balls and use fork coated in sugar to gently make a criss cross pattern on each ball of dough.Bake 350 for 6-8 minutes.
***I made these for my mommy/kiddo playgroup and we ate them all. (no names you know who you are) They passed multiple tasting tests so I hope you try these!
Hi I'm Ruth!
Wife to Manny and Mama to two little spunky girls, Amelia and Sophia. This is my little corner on the internet where I share my style and everyday life as a stay at home Mama.
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