Before and After: Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel

So excited to share my very budget friendly kitchen remodel. We made 4 changes and did it in 4 days for $5,000.00. See itemized costs below.

  1. Quartz counters
  2. Subway tile backsplash
  3. Farmhouse sink – Kohler Whitehaven from Lowes (opened a charge for $100 off)
  4. Faucet – Moen from Costco












The Centerpiece of my kitchen is the Vintage Stove


Most of the decorations throughout my kitchen are Flea Market and Thrift Store Finds.


Quartz Counters (2 pieces) 1,350.00

Subway Tile     200.00

Farmhouse Sink  800.00

Moen Faucet     150.00

Labor (4 days)  2,500.00

Total  $5,000.00

Thanks for stopping by!




White Décor in the Dining Room

I found a corner cabinet at the Salvation Army for $30.00 and quickly painted it white. That started my Dining Room mini-makeover.



Then I got curtains at Target. (I removed the old dark shutters)


Then more shelves, once again from Salvation Army ($3.00 each). I LOVE open shelves.



Happy Wednesday friends! xo


Repurpose Ladder into Birdhouse Stand

Last weekend I was lucky to find a FREE old wooden ladder on the side of the road. I have wanted one to create a bird house setting in my garden. Thankfully I had red paint and some old bird houses.    

   It’s at the edge of my back yard and I love seeing it from my porch.

I hope you’re having a happy day. 



Den Reveal

There’s new paint and a few accessories in my den. The ideas for this room were a collaboration from my awesome neighbors and good friends Karen and Cheryl, plus all the Instagram inspiration I see everyday.


I wanted a more clean and simple feeling.

Before After of Den TV

Before After den photo wall
Karen advised me to put up this curtain to give a more clean look since our large collection of DVDs are behind it.
My favorite addition to the room (the centerpiece) is this painting below. I have to give credit to my good friend on Instagram, Juler54.  She found it at Home Goods and posted it to her IG feed. Plus she recommended the paint color. I love both. The painting is special because it shows the bike path of one of my favorite beaches – Playa Del Rey, where I rode my bike many times, especially during college. Also, my husband lived  right on this beach when we met and we had our first date.
Den pic

Source List:

Wall Paint – Crystal Haze by Dunn Edwards

Paint Trim – Chantilly Lace Benjamin Moore

Rug and ottoman Tray – Target

Baskets under TV, Painting and Pillows and many accessories on the shelves – Home Goods

Lamp and Mirror – World Market


I hope you have a good day.



Laundry Room Update

There are so many gorgeous laundry rooms that are inspiring me. I love the one below from Duo Ventures Blog.

Laundry Room

So I decided to do a quick update on mine. It was getting really messy:

Laundry Room Before

I took everything off the shelves and cleaned it all really well. Then I put it all back, but in containers.

Laundry Room After Laundry room tablecloths Laundry Supplies Laundry Room Shelves

Before After Laundry Room

I had most of the baskets, but I picked up a few from Home Goods (Wash Container) and Target (White Baskets and detergent containers).

I hope you have a good day.






Vitamix Kale Smoothie Recipe

This is a quick, delicious and healthy Kale smoothie.

Green Smoothie

I got this recipe from my Pilates teacher, Marita.

Kale Shake


1 cup Almond Milk (I use 1/2 cup chocolate and 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla)

1 1/2 cups Kale (about 1 large handful) (you can also use spinach)

1/2 banana

1 Tablespoon peanut butter (I use a handful of cashews)

1 cup ice (you can add more or less depending on how thick you want it)

Put it all in the blender and blend for about 3 minutes, until smooth.

Kale Shake ingredience

It tastes like a banana shake with a little peanut butter and chocolate.  I LOVE IT. Kale is a SUPER veggie that is loaded with vitamins A, C and K. It’s a great way to start the day.

Have a good one.



Pie Crust Heart Cookies

Pie crust is my favorite, so when I saw these cookies made by Jennifer Rizzo I had to make them.


I used the Pillsbury crust and some semi sweet chocolate chips.

Pillsbury pie crust

heart shaped pie crust cookies

These are my cookies 😊

Pie Crust Heart Cookies - FollowingfriendsBlog

I used a knife to spread the melted chocolate between the cookies. Drizzling the chocolate on top was hard, but they sure tasted good.

I hope you have a happy Valentines Day 💕