A Goodwill Find PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lisa M Eng   
Saturday, 13 August 2011 09:10

We were at Goodwill's 50% off 2 weeks ago and I scored these little puppies for $6.  I told myself if I'd ever come across some for Baby Boy Eng's nursery, I'd get them.  Score for me!  Can't wait to sand them down, paint them and put his name on the paddles.  They will then be hung with rope on the wall over his crib.  Can't wait!


Almond Bark Pretzels PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lisa M Eng   
Saturday, 13 August 2011 08:55

I had a bowlful of pretzels leftover from a trail mix (not really a fan of plain pretzels), so Allison and I decided to make almond bark pretzels.  I love the scrumptious little buggers.  High calorie, high fat...what's not to love?!  I did the dipping and Allison took care of the sprinkles Laughing  So simple, yet so delicious. 

A Nautical Nursery Reveal PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lisa M Eng   
Saturday, 16 July 2011 16:49

Since finding out we were having a boy, I knew that I wanted to do a nautical-theme in his room.  Jesse would rather have done a Nintendo-theme, but seriously...don't want to freak him out as a baby.  When he gets older...maybe.  Here is a look at our Office before transforming it into the new nursery for Baby Boy Eng:

(The blanket is from Allison’s crib set, so don’t be thinkin’ I’m doing pink in his room Laughing)

Pretty boring if you ask me.  I was so excited to get started on this project!  Actually, I only designed it…Jesse did all of the painting of the room and furniture – kudos to him (LOVE YA!).  It's nautical-themed with a touch of apple-green color and monkeys (sometimes I have good ideas in my head).  It turned out fantastic…just take a look for yourself:


We already had the crib and glider rocker from when Allison was born.  I found this changing table/dresser on Craigslist for $25.  A little sanding and couple coats of paint and it's good as new!

That little wagon is a Radio Flyer we found at Goodwill for $2.  I'm pretty sure it won't be staying there b/c Allison likes to pull her baby around in it.

I decided not to put a dust ruffle on the crib and go with a basket for toys instead.  Got this basket at a garage sale for $1.


The blank space above his crib is where his name will go...once we agree on one.


Got this little monkey coat rack at Target for $2.50 - fits perfectly, don't ya think?!  And that hat...oh that little golfer's hat is too adorable.


I ordered this barometer off of Ebay for $10, which is more than I wanted to spend, but it's from Germany...so I was sold!


These were on the 80% off clearance rack at Hobby Lobby ($1.28/each).


Here is the toy box we picked up at Goodwill 50% off sale for $7.50.  Turned out great after being sanded/painted.  I'll post before pics later...it was hideous.


Just a glimpse at all the cute little outfits for my little guySmile


Of course we couldn't go without putting up a lighthouse fan pull ($10).  I'm sure the room would've been a disaster without it (HAHA).


Got this corkboard at Goodwill for $2.  We just painted the wood trim and then I covered it in fabric.  Turned out great!


I picked up these 3 picture frames for $1/each at a garage sale a couple of months ago.  I'll post before/after pics of those too.  LOVE how they turned out!


Here are some pillows I sewed myself.  Rather cute and they fit in nicely with the decor.


I fell in love with this bedding at Pottery Barn and it would've only set me back $300...um ya, no...I think not!  I found this fabric online, ordered it and made my own duvet cover, bumper pad and curtains for a measly $40.  Ya, I'm a bargain shopper and DIY girl for sure.


I found these dresser knobs at Hobby Lobby's 50% off sale for $1.50/each (took 7 total).


We picked up the lamp base for $2.50 at Goodwill and I bought the shade at Target for 75% off ($1.98).  I hot glue-gunned the rope on the shade for decoration.


I had these white panel drapes just lying around, so I decided to take some of the fabric from the bedding and sew it to the bottoms of the panels.  Cheap and easy Smile


Here is a panoramic view of the room, just in case it's hard to tell from the other pics.


Well, there you have it...a Baby Boy's nursery all done on a rather tight budget.  Anything is possible and I'm so glad I'm thrifty like that.  The only bad part of doing this room is that now I want to tackle other projects around the house (insert Jesse rolling his eyes).  I'm sure there will be little time with a 2-year old and newborn in the house, but a girl can dream. 

Comments (3)
3 Tuesday, 19 July 2011 15:27
Lisa M Eng
Thanks ladies! We can't wait for the little guy to arrive too :D
new baby room
2 Monday, 18 July 2011 07:02
wow Lisa! The room looks great.. You sure are crafty! I can't wait to meet the little guy.
baby room
1 Saturday, 16 July 2011 20:16
Lacey Allery
Very very nice!
Summer Salsa PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lisa M Eng   
Saturday, 02 July 2011 09:55

We’ve had an overabundance of tomatoes from our garden!  We planted Yellow Pear and Early Girls this year.  The plants are like 6 ft tall and have outgrown their cages…they’ve gone wild.  Jesse harvests the fruit and Allison puts it in the bowl.  We get a big bowlful every 4 days.  To say Jesse LOVES tomatoes, that would be an understatement.  The guys can eat handfuls at a time.  I craved them when I was pregnant with Allison, but not this time.  Allison really likes them though.  Since we have so many tomatoes and only 2 people (1 of them being under 3 ft tall) eating them, I’ve decided to make fresh salsa.  Now that I can handle—YUM!  We like our Pico de Gallo in the summertime.  If you’ve never had it, it’s a must try!  I don’t have a recipe per say…just kinda throw things in a pot.  I call it the Grandma way Laughing  If you’re willing to experiment, here are the ingredients:

Pico de Gallo Salsa

1 can black beans

1 can yellow corn

Fresh tomatoes (as many or little as you like)

Fresh cilantro (1/3 cup???)

Approx. ¼ cup lime juice

Garlic powder



I really just add the seasonings to my liking.  Like I said, you have to play with it.

We like to eat them with Tostitos Lime Tortilla Chips...mmmmm Smile

WARNING:   Having a 2 year old “help” you will only decrease your amount of fresh tomatoes ;)

Comments (2)
2 Saturday, 16 July 2011 19:57
Lisa M Eng
I wish I could mail some to you! We've been eating them everyday for weeks, if not months now. Oh well, the harvest is almost depleted...then I'm sure I'll be complaining about buying store-bought ones :) They really don't even compare to fresh garden ones.
1 Tuesday, 12 July 2011 13:30
I will have to try that! It sounds really good. And I guess Jesse and I are more alike than I thought.. I love tomatoes as well! I literally bought a 2 pound container of cherry tomatoes 2 days ago and they will be gone by tomorrow. If only tomatoes were easily mailed I would take some of those off your hands, especially fresh right off the vine!
Pee-Pee Teepees PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lisa M Eng   
Sunday, 26 June 2011 20:56

So, I’ve heard that little boys tend to “wee-wee” anytime, anywhere.  Therefore, the pee-pee teepee was invented.  My friends with little boys say they work great, so I was sold on trying them out on my little guy…when he arrives in T minus 7 weeks (yey!).  However, they are a little pricey and I’m a DIY kinda gal.  I like the motto, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way”.  I believe anyone can do something if they put their mind to it.  So, I set out to make my own and let me tell you…it’s SUPER easy to make these little puppies!  With the money I saved, I’m sure I can afford to send Allison to at least one class at a local community college Wink  Here’s a pic at what the little teepees look like:


Pretty self-explanatory, I think Laughing

 Oh ya, and we're like 75% done with the baby's room.  Hope to have pics of that by next weekend (no promises tho).

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