Keeping it Simple

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Easy Way to Update a Kitchen- How to Install Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

Disclosure: I was give product in exchange for this post, all opinions are 100% my own.

You might know that we have been doing some home improvements in our house lately, especially in our kitchen.  We are attempting to make it look nicer because it's not that big of a kitchen.  We still want it to have a wow factor even though it's small, so we have been doing some things to it lately and it is definitely starting to feel like a nice kitchen!!  When we finished putting in our back splash, I felt like it was missing something and that was kitchen hardware.  Our kitchen looked nice but I felt like the hardware gives it a much needed finished look to it.  For some reason I was hesitant to put the hardware on (we had a bad experience before and I was afraid that it was going to be hard).  Well it was super easy to do and it looks fabulous!

Here is our kitchen before- even though it's a nice kitchen it doesn't have any kind of wow factor, it's pretty plain.  

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Well not anymore!!  It's not plain at all and the hardware really adds to that!

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I think that hardware looks awesome but it's much more than just for show, it's for function too.  My kids have been really tough on our cabinets and since we didn't have any pulls or knobs on them, they would pull down on the drawers to open them.  This eventually led to this- a cabinet drawer falling off.  Once that happened I knew that we need to put some hardware on to make it easier to open and to make the weight more central.
I looked through all the fun knobs and pulls at D. Lawless Hardware and I was blown away by how many different styles and finishes there were.  They have metal ones, crystal ones, colored ones and lots of different shapes.  I decided to go with a satin nickel finish for the ones that I picked out.  I loved the squareness of these knobs and the classic look of these cup pulls.

Now for the installation.  To make it much easier and consistent, you should use a measuring tool.  All you do is put the tool up onto the cabinet door and then mark where you want to the hole to go.
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Then using the drill bit that is included with the tool, you drill a hole.
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And then lastly, you screw in the knob.
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And that's it for the knobs, so easy to do!  My husband and I were able to put on all the knobs in about 30 minutes.  And they look so great!
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For the drawers and pulls:
We measured the drawers to find the exact center.
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Then using the tool template, we marked where to drill the holes.
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And then again we drilled the holes and screwed the pull onto the drawer.
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And that's it!!  Don't they look so great?!?!
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I love how it gives our cabinets a finished look and updates it!

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And an extra bonus, our cabinets and drawers are so much easier to open now, woohoo!
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If you have been wanting to update your kitchen (or bathroom) cabinets, then you have to check out D. Lawless Hardware.  They have a huge selection and great prices too, I'm sure that you will find something that you love!  Plus you can get a 10% discount off your order if you use the code "keepingitsimple".  Go check it out now! 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Quick and Easy Meal Idea- Best Ever Taco Soup Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Albertsons. All opinions are mine alone. #StockUpOnDelMonte #Safeway  #CollectiveBias

The other day I woke up and it had been raining all night.  The temperatures were in the 40s and when I went outside it just felt like fall and I loved it!! After all the heat of the summer I'm so excited to see rain and cooler temperatures, especially since it means that it's soup season!! I love it when it's cold and I can eat a warm bowl of soup to warm me up.  My favorite soup to make is taco soup. It is so amazing and yummy and one of the easiest meals to make.  If you know how to brown hamburger and open a can, then you can make this meal (it's that easy!).  Another reason why I love this meal is because most likely you have everything that you need for it in your pantry already. I just buy two or three of each ingredient when I go to the store to keep in my pantry and when I am in need of an idea for dinner, I can just make this really fast.  Everyone loves it, so it's a win-win for everyone!     
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I headed to Safeway to pick up all the ingredients for the taco soup.  Right now Safeway and Albertsons are having an awesome stock up sale (from 9/30/15-10/13/15) on Del Monte products, so it's a good time to stock up on your favorite fruits and veggies.  

I found the Del Monte cans with the canned fruits and veggies and the tomatoes next to the pasta. 
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This is what you'll need for the taco soup: 
1 pound hamburger
1 14.5 oz can of Del Monte Stewed Tomatoes
1 15.25 oz can of Del Monte Golden Sweet Corn 
1 14.5 oz can of Del Monte Diced Tomatoes
15 oz can of tomato sauce
1 15 oz can of dark red kidney beans
1 10 oz can of diced tomatoes and green chilies
1/4 cup of taco seasoning 

1) First you brown the hamburger and drain.
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2) Then add all the other ingredients.
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3) Stir and bring to a boil for 5 minutes.  Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. 
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And that's it!!  I told you that it was easy!!  Serve with cheese, a dollop of sour cream and tortilla chips. 
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You can dip the chips in it or mashed them up and put them directly into the soup.  Either way it's amazing!!!  
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What is your favorite soup?  I love this taco soup and a good potato soup!  

Make sure to stock up at Safeway so the next time you go to make your favorite soup, you'll be ready! 

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Pumpkin Crafts and Recipes {MMM #298 Block Party}

I've mentioned it a time or a million before, I love Pumpkin! My whole house is decorated in them this time of year, it smells like them, and almost every day I eat something with pumpkin in it. Love I tell you. True love.

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Hi everyone! It’s time to link up all the cute things you’ve been doing! I’m Tiffany from Making the World Cuter, and I’ll be hosting this block party today. We are still (it won't ever end, so don't think that it will) remodeling. The boys bunk room should be up on the blog this week and I am SO excited to share it with you! Be sure to check back on me so you can see how darn cute it turned out!   So many pumpkin ideas were linked up last week that I couldn't possibly include them all, so if you pumpkins speak to your heart, be sure to browse last weeks party for so much pumpkiny goodness!

Pumpkin Everything

Pumpkin Everything! 28 Pumpkin Ideas, crafts and recipes I love ya Pumpkin printable and gift tags | Harvest Munch Mix | Pumpkin Pillow | Pumpkin Stamped Shirt Pumpkin Spice Pudding Parfaits | Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Dump Cake | Five Spice Pumpkin Peanut Muffins | Pumpkin Marshmallow Bites No Sew Yarn Wrapped Pumpkins | Pumpkin Apple Butter | Pumpkin Nutella Cookies | Pumpkin Pie Fudge Pumpkin Spice Body Scrub | Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins with Cranberry Buttercream | 4 Ingredient Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins | Pumpkin French Toast Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting | Cinnamon Pumpkin Spice Kiss Cookies | Spiced Pumpkin Banana Fritters | Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Chocolate Frosting White Pumpkin with Paper Flowers | Pumpkin Bread | DIY Cloth Pumpkins | Baked Pumpkin Donut Holes Halloween Garland | Pumpkin Glazed Donuts | No Sew Burlap Pumpkins | Pumpkin Patch Sign  

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Friday, October 2, 2015

SNICKERS(R) Apple Salad Recipe and Halloween Candy Wrappers with Printable Jokes

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BooItForward #CollectiveBias

Halloween is getting closer and closer and I'm getting more and more excited about it!  Now that it's October I feel like I can do Halloween related things and people don't think I'm a crazy person :).  My kids are loving all the Halloween themed food and treats that they come home too.  And I love the excitement that they get when I surprise them with something special I make them.  With all the Halloween candy being out in the stores now, I thought that it would be fun to buy a bag of it and make a fun treat with it!  And since it's apple season, I thought that it would be extra fun to create a treat inside an apple.  But not just any kind of apple, but a Frankenstein apple.  
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This is what you'll need for the SNICKERS® Apple Salad
1 tub whip cream
1 package vanilla pudding
2 cups milk
4-5 medium apples, 3-4 large apples
4-5 SNICKERS® candy bars (or 12-14 Fun Size bars)

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1) Add the milk and pudding together and stir.
2) Thaw whip cream and add to the milk and pudding.  Stir and refrigerate while you cut the apples and candy.
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3) Cut up the SNICKERS® bars and 2-3 of the apples (the other ones will be turned into Frankenstein) and add to pudding.
4) Stir and refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving.
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Right before you serve the salad, make the Frankenstein apples.
5) Cut the top of the apple off and then using a knife and fruit baller, take the inside of the apple out.  You can cut up inside of apple and put it into the salad if you want to.  Put a little lemon juice in the apple to make it not brown as quickly.
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6) Using chocolate candy melts (melted) add two brown M&M's® onto the sides of the apple and then draw a face with the candy melts.  Put into fridge  for a couple minutes to harden it. 
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7) Add a couple spoonfuls of the salad into each apple.
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8) Top with whip cream and some bits of the SNICKERS® bar.
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And that's it!!!  A treat you can eat the whole thing, yum!!  These were a huge hit with the kids
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Since I was in the mood for Halloween and had some Halloween candy left over, I thought it would be a perfect time to start "BOO'ing" my neighbors and friends.  So I made these super fun BOO kits for them.  
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This the fun MARS® bag that I picked up for the SNICKERS® apple salad and then for the BOO kit.
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I found it at Walmart and all the other ingredients at Walmart.  The candy was in the front of the store by the check outs. 
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This is how I made them: 
Since I love to make everything Halloween themed, I turned the candy into Halloween characters using this printable I made.  There are 5 different faces for them, you print the witch and Frankenstein onto green paper, the pumpkin onto orange and the ghost and mummy on white. 
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For the SNICKERS® (and other MARS® Fun Size bars) I cut the paper to 2 1/2" by 3 5/8".  For the TWIX® and M&M's® I cut the paper 3" x 3 5/8".  
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I wrapped the paper around each of the candies (for the M&Ms® I folded the bag in half and put the paper around it) and then glued it.  They are pretty fun huh?
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For the witch and the mummy you have to do a little more. After I wrapped the printable around it, I added a little hat to the witches.  For the mummies, I cut some white strips of paper, put them onto a brown stamp pad and then glued the strips onto the mummy, to make it look like it had wraps. 
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And finally I added a joke to each of the candy bars.  My kids are at the age that they love jokes and it's so fun to joke with them, so I figured that a lot of kids would like these cheesy jokes.  Most of these are original jokes made up by me, so they are pretty bad ;).  You can get the printable for that here.   I also made the jokes bigger so you can print them out and put into school jokes (that's what I'm going to do for my kids).  
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And that's it for the fun candy bars, aren't they fun??
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Now time to put together the BOO kit.  You can get this fun BOO printable on the MARS® website.  All you have to do is print out the two pages and then:
  1. Cut out this "We've been BOO'd sign.
  2. Fold the "You've been BOO'd" greeting card (page 2) and tape openings together.
  3. Include the card and sign when gifting BOO bundles.
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I also picked up these adorable Halloween cans for the BOO kit, aren't they so much fun??  I didn't have to do anything to them because they are already all monstered up.  There is a coupon for these and the candy, you can get $2.00 off of one 6 pack of 8oz. cans or two 2 liter bottles or 2 bags for MARS® candy.  Make sure to print it off before they are gone.
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I found some fun buckets and then put all the things inside.  I also added some fun paper straws and some washi tape to the card. 
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The kids and I had a fun time putting these on our neighbor's door step!!
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You will want to enter to win the BOO It Forward Sweepstakes because Walmart gift cards are up to grabs!!  Just enter the widget below.  

What is your favorite Halloween candy?  I love anything with chocolate :).  Make sure to check out all the other great BOO kit ideas, they are a lot of fun! 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Halloween Decor Idea- Paper Straw Wreath

It's October!!!  Time to start decorating for Halloween, woohoo!  This year I actually waited until October (well yesterday, but that's close enough) to decorate.  I have seen these paper straw wreaths quite a bit and I have always wanted to make one.  When I found these super cute Halloween straws at the dollar store, I knew that I wanted to make a wreath out of them, so I did and I love the outcome!

This is how I made it:
I took some cardboard and cut a circle out of it.
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Using my glue gun, I started gluing the straws around the card board.
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Once I had all of the striped straws glued on, I put the spider webbed ones on next.
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And here it is all with all the straws on it.
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I cut out an orange circle with my silhouette and I also cut out a spider web out of black vinyl.
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I put the vinyl onto the orange circle and then glued it onto the straws.
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And that's it!!  I put it onto the frame that I made a few years ago and glued a big spider onto the frame.  
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Here it is with all of my other Halloween decor, like my spiderweb table runner, paper straw spider and Halloween plate
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And here is a close up, I love the colors and designs of the straws, they just make me happy!
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Have you decorated for Halloween yet?