Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Painting complete. Let's celebrate with Beef Stroganoff!

The painting in Guy's room is complete! Yay! I think it turned out great, although I would prefer a lighter shade. The color is beautiful. Valspar Reserve is probably my new favorite paint now. As I had mentioned before, I had been sticking with Behr Premium Ultra. But, now that I know that I can grab a paint-primer in one a lot closer to home, I may just stick with Valspar from now on. Too bad I only have to buy paint for one other room in the house. Maybe that's not so bad though.

Valspar Reserve was super thick and spread very well. It only took one gallon to complete Guy's room. And he LOVES it!

-A few tips on painting a room if you don't have much experience:
-Use painters tape (Scotch Blue is prefered)
-Get as much as you can done all at once. It sucks having to go back to the hardware store for a new paint tray and brushes because the ones you used the day before are all crusted up. Even if you have every intention of taking a break and getting back to it, life happens for us as parents. It wouldn't hurt anything to buy an extra paint tray or brushes while you are picking out your paint, that way you already have it.
-Work one wall at a time in a steady up and down motion. Don't go all willy-nilly with the roller, especially if you are not using a matte finish.
-Wear gloves. Seriously, if you have dainty little hands like I do, you'll want to wear gloves. My hands were nearly blistered after day one. A $3 pair of gardening gloves made it so much better.
-Keep a damp wash cloth handy, in the case of a little drip on the baseboard or swiping a loaded paint roller against a door knob.

One cute thing when painting with little ones around, as I was moving as much out of the room as I could, Kay removed all of the furniture out of her dollhouse. I thought that was cute for her to mimic me. And apparently Radar found a nice spot to catch an afternoon nap.

To address the toy issue I brought up before, since we are eliminating the play room the kids will need to keep their own toys in their rooms. I was dreading dividing them up myself, but, I gave Kay and Guy the credit and accountability to organize the toys themselves. I brought out all of the bins a couple at a time, gave them their own boxes with their names on them, and they were able to distinguish what belonged to who without any fighting, arguing, or complaining. Say what?! The boxes will serve as temporary toy boxes, as I will be selling the bin shelf in the yard sale and making some DIY storage for their rooms.

Tonight for dinner, I made homemade beef stroganoff. Nothing better than a nice hot meal after some physical labor!

I splurged this time and cooked it with stir-fry steak instead of ground beef.

The first time I made this I licked the spoon, the bowl, everything clean. It's so creamy and yummy. So much better than that "Helper" stuff.

You can either mix the noodles in or serve them separate. Guess which option I went with.

Tomorrow is a full day with NO painting! Time for me to get to bed and get back to our regular routine before the weekend arrives. I'm so hoping to have a yard sale this Saturday.

Beef Stroganoff recipe

 1 lb. ground beef or stir-fry steak
2 tbsp coconut oil (or cooking oil of your choice)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (10.75 oz) can condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 c sour cream or Greek yogurt
4 cups egg noodles, cooked
chopped fresh parsley

Slice steak strips into bite-size pieces.
Cook beef and onion over medium-high heat until brown.
If cooking with ground beef, drain the fat and return meat to pan.
Turn heat to low, add soup, paprika and sour cream stir in with the beef and onion.
Simmer on low for 2-3 minutes. Mix in egg noodles or serve beef mixture over noodles.
Sprinkle with parsley.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Reclaiming Guy's Room

I'm very excited that Guy will be getting his room back soon! It was an office before his arrival. After his arrival, it was a hybrid of office/toy room/his room and I've always felt bad about that. Now it is a play room while he and Kay share her room. When he was two years old, she would sneak into his crib with him in the wee hours of the morning and wake him up to play. It was sweet, but it was also too dang early.

So, we put his big-boy bed together and now they are sharing her room.

Since Guy came so soon after Kay (less than 11 months), we didn't get to prepare very well, and I know that's a lame excuse. I have always felt bad about not giving him his room or having it ready for his arrival. He never really had his room. It was never ready. Now, it will be. And he is very excited to be a part of the process! It's time for me to stop feeling guilty, and start getting busy.

We had to move both their dressers into the play room to make room for two beds in Kay's room.

And the toys... oh man the toys. I'm not looking forward to splitting these down the middle. Prior to the pics I had already filled up one large box to sell at my next yard sale. Toys that they haven't even missed.

First thing's first: Paint! I let Guy pick the color he wanted his room to be. He picked his favorite color, green. I went with a light sage-like green to keep a cool tone for the beach "theme" I try to carry throughout our home.

To cover up the crayon marks I chose a paint & primer in one. I typically use Behr Premium Ultra. But, since Lowe's is a lot closer to our home I chose to try out the Valspar Reserve. It cost a little more, but I saved myself a 30 minute drive. I leaned more toward the middle shade, "Paris Mint", but Guy picked the darker shade, "Belle Grove Moss", so that's what we went with. Radar even likes it, and he's a jerk.

Tomorrow, we begin painting!