Monday, January 31, 2011

Last Chance to win a simple starfish necklace!!

Check out simple starfish and enter for a chance to win a necklace at her blog here. :) She's got some really cute jewelry!! :)

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Super simple salads :)

Ok, All Things Thrifty Home Accessories and Decor posted a fantastic Cottage Cheese Fruit Salad recipe yesterday, and asked others to share our favorite salad recipes as well. It's part of her "All Things Delicious [January Edition]Share your Favorite Salad Recipe!"

Anyways, here are 2 of my favorite salads that my family enjoys throughout the year! They aren't super healthy, but not too bad if you use low-fat and fat-free items! :) Enjoy!

We call this one "Green Stuff" and it's been a family favorite for YEARS!

Green Stuff (Pistachio Fruit Salad)

2 cups pineapple juice (use juice from pineapple first, then oranges)
2 pkgs. pistachio pudding (small, fat-free, sugar-free)
16 oz. sour cream
8 oz. Cool Whip
2 cans pineapple tidbits
2 cans mandarin oranges (I use big cans)
1 jar cherries (without stems)

Mix pudding with juice (pour juice in first then slowly add pudding). Add sour cream and Cool Whip. Mix in fruit (drain well).

We usually half this recipe. We use half the amount of cherries then make it again with the 2nd half when the first batch is gone.

This is one of my most favorite chicken salads ever. It's so different from any others that I've ever had! :) YUM!!

Flying Cheddar Chicken Salad

2 cups chopped chicken
1/2 cup Miracle Whip Salad Dressing
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1/4 cup chopped onion

Combine all ingredients. Mix well.

We usually double and sometimes triple this recipe.

I don't have any pictures, but the next time we make it, I'll take a few and add them on here! :)

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Silhouette Giveaway at House of Smith's!

Head on over to House of Smith's and enter the giveaway for a Silhouette machine!! If you're not already a follower, what are you thinking?!?!?! Shelley's blog is AWESOME!!! Check her out!! I know you'll love her blog as much as I do!! :)

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Monday, January 10, 2011

CSN Stores Giveaway at House of Grace

If you haven't read House of Grace, you've been missing out! Bonnie has a fantastic blog with amazing cleaning tips using all non-toxic Shaklee products, healthy meal ideas, and super amazing thrifty decorating tips! :)

Right now she's hosting a CSN Stores $40 gift certificate giveaway! Head on over to check out her blog and enter to win! All you have to do is be a follower and leave a comment!! :)


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Check out Sweet November!

Ok y'all! What a great way to get your name out there! Sweet November is offering FREE ADVERTISING until they reach 300 followers!! Check it out here!

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Join in the Blog Hop!

My Repurposed Life

My Repurposed Life is having a Blog Hop! Join in!! :)

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Friday, January 7, 2011

My latest thrift store find....

So I've been wanting a bench for our master bathroom so I could have something to prop my feet up on when I'm painting my toenails (Yes mom I will put a towel down first) :), hehe you could say I'm a bit messy with finger nail polish. Anyways, I also just like to have something besides the skinny edge of the tub to sit on as well, so that's how the search for a cute little bench began.

I of course found a rather expensive one at Pier 1, that I absolutely love and is exactly what I want. But I'm not going to pay over $90 for it. Here it is... (It's on sale for $80 now, woo hoo, not!) :) hehe The one I actually like is all different shades of turquoise, it's really pretty.
Found the pic of the blue one Adam had taken for me! :)

Anyways, my Mom and I were at one of our local antique store/flea market/thrift store places. haha It's just a big ol' mess of a store, but I love it because they have awesome deals! :) 90% off is just my style! :)

So I had seen a cute bench several months ago in the back room and then the next time I went it was gone. I was kind of sad, because it was only $20 and I talked myself out of it like an idiot. Well, Mom and I were there on December 23, and what do you know, right up front, there is my bench. hehe :) Turns out the vendor had moved their stuff up front, and I guess was in the process of moving and I just hadn't seen the bench. Well it was only $15 now!! YAY!! :) haha Well I snatched it right up and it went home with me this time. haha

Here she is...

Even though her retro print is cool, I'm still planning to recover her. Maybe I can re-purpose this cute fabric for something else. :)

I haven't had time to re-cover it yet, but we are planning to duplicate as best as we can. I love the patchwork look of the Pier 1 one. Keep checking back, I'll post it as soon as we are done with it!

I'm linking up to



freckled laundry

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Dining Area Light - To Redo or Replace?

So now that I have some time to think since I'm not working with mark. as much anymore I've been noticing more things in our house that I'd like to change/improve upon. First up, our light fixture, chandelier, whatever you want to call it in our dinning area/kitchen that I was looking at last night. It's ugly, it's off-center from the table, and it's really dusty (haha, yeah this one is my fault, I can change that easily) ;).

We've talked about replacing it, redoing it, etc. since we move in our house over 5 years ago, but we haven't ever done anything. So I'm thinking now, should I try to make it better or just be done with it a buy something new. I'm also debating on whether or not to put a fan there for some extra air flow into the kitchen. Our stove doesn't vent out of the house, it vents through the microwave, which is stupid. Why they still build houses and don't just run the dang vent up through the attic and out of the house is still one of my pet peeves! So basically all that hot air just come right back into the kitchen. UGH! It makes me happy when I'm cooking in the winter (if you can call what we have here winter), and it's awful in the summer!

Anyways, here is a picture of the current ugliness that is our dining room light fixture;

(That is one messy table, yeah, I know.)

Then, here are the cute ones I might replace it with....

This one is from Lowe's, and it's probably my favorite out of the ones I've found so far. Plus, I'm thinking, I can probably make ours look similar to this one, especially if I can find some new globes! :)

Ok, obviously Adam would never go for this one, but I can dream right? :)

This one reminds me of Beetlejuice, haha. :) Adam would never go for this one either, but I still love it! :)

This one is way to expensive, but I think it's really cool! :)

This one is soooo FUN! :) I can totally see this in our house! Plus it matches our green paint! ;) Too expensive though!

This one is completely unique! I LOVE THIS! :) Adam's response "hmmm". haha

I'm not sure what we're going to do yet, but as soon as we decide something I'll definitely post about it!! Stay tuned.... :)

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Look what I did all by myself, hehe

Our front window blinds were already a little broken from our crazy cats, but yesterday (after Bella tried to hang herself, yes you read that right, our cat tried to hang herself) it completely snapped off. We were sitting in the living room, playing Call of Duty (love this game haha), and I suddenly see Bella swing through the air with the cord to the blinds wrapped around her neck. Not sure how she pulled that one off, but let's just say that the cat condo is not by the window anymore. Thankfully only the blinds were injured in the chaos, but it gave us quite a scare. So here is the before of the blinds.....

Then 15 minutes later, the after....

(Yep, my window sills are DIRTY, but when you have 4 cats in the house, they get dirty quick! Basic H2 where are you!!! Don't judge... haha) :)

YAY! I replaced the broken slat all by myself! :) hehe It wasn't even that hard, and thankfully the previous homeowners left us a whole stack of extra slats!! By the way, you don't have to pop the center little button out on the bottom, since there is no cord in the middle, only on the sides! :) I'll remember that next time!

Just had to share my little DIY triumph tonight!!

(I did read up a little on what I was doing... you check that out here. I love you

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rattydaddydinkdum scarf designs so far....

Mom and I were really busy making lots of new scarves before the craft show last year! We sold out of most them, but managed to get a quick photo of all of them before the show! :) They aren't the greatest photos at all, and they really don't do the scarves justice. They are SOOO CUTE in person!! We've done a few custom ones as well, so those are on here too.
I wanted post all of them so everyone could get an idea of what we can do!! :)

We can pretty closely duplicate any of them, but keep in mind that yarn and fabric get discontinued pretty regularly, so it may not be an exact copy of the scarf you see in these pics! :) MSG me on here, convo me at our etsy store rattydaddydinkdum, or send us an email at rattydaddydinkdum [@]
(Note: If you're looking for a certain team colors scarf, we can probably make it!) :) We are working on more scarves now, and will be posting them at our etsy shop with better pictures!! So stay tuned!

Scrappy Scarves (Approx. 5-5 1/2" wide and 76" long)

Under the Sea

Silver Bells

Pink Mustard

Pink Camo

Midnight Rainbow

It's Very Purpley



Blueberry Mocha

Holiday Cheer

Beary Merry Christmas

Skinny Scrappy Team Scarves (Approx. 4" wide and 76" long)
NOTE: These scarves are not licensed NCAA products. They are, however, handcrafted from licensed NCAA fabric. We are not affiliated with or sponsored by the NCAA.

Florida Gators

LSU Tigers

Florida State Seminoles

Auburn Tigers

Alabama Crimson Tide

Skinny Scrappy Scarves (Approx. 4" wide and 76" long)

Purple Pixee Dust


Mardi Gras


Ga Ga for Green
Fall Festival

I'm linking up at
Get Your Craft On Tuesday

Suzy's Artsy Craftsy Sitcom


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