September 24, 2014

Masculine Wet Bar Reveal!

Well I actually thought I had written this post already because the wet bar has been at it's most complete state (thus far) for about a month and I took pictures right after we finished.  Apparently I hadn't shared this room with you yet, so here we go!

In case you forgot here's how it was from September 2013 (when we bought our house) to August 2014...
We are so happy with how this room has turned out!  From the paint colors, to the glass shelving, to the new design for the base cabinet, everything is the way we envisioned it.

The first step was painting the back wall with chalkboard paint.  The painting part was quick, but the "hard" part was rubbing chalk over the entire wall once the paint was completely dry.  I went through lots of chalk...  Then we painted the other walls with the same color we used in the master bedroom, Sherwin Williams Pavestone.
The glass shelves we used are from Ikea and can be found HERE.  They were inexpensive and the perfect depth for bar shelves.
I love having all our glasses displayed.  Yes they get dusty but we just wash them off before we use them.
I love the masculine feel of them!
 You may remember this little set up from Instagram.  The tray is from Target, the black cutting board perfect for slicing limes is from Home Goods, the shaker and glass decanter are from Ross, the bar napkins are from Home Goods, the stir spoon is from World Market (and only $2.99!!) and the glass holding the bottle caps is from a Wednesday beer night at Flying Saucer.
We LOVE the wall hanging bottle opener!  It's so handy and fits perfectly with the style of this room and our home!  PS It's from Target, still available and only $14.99!
This is a sign I bought for Adam years ago from Hobby dad told him this during his father of the bride speech during our reception so I only found it fitting to get it for him when I saw it. :)
As you can see we still have the same cabinets but this is high on our to do list.
We also weren't able to install the wine fridge yet because it was just barely too wide for that opening AND the only plug is on the other side of the cabinet.  So we have redesigned the base cabinet to replace this one to put the wine fridge on the left, a simple open cabinet with one shelf to hold both baskets in the middle and close in the front of the other side on the right to hide the bottom of the sink and all the plumbing for the sink.
 Here's what's all in the cabinet now.  We still haven't needed to purchase much alcohol (except scotch for Adam) since our Stock the Bar House Warming Party and 28th birthday party for Adam last thanks to everyone who came and supplied our stash!
I hope you enjoyed this room reveal, and as always, thanks for stopping by!!
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September 22, 2014

How To Add a Pin It Hover Button

So you're scrolling through websites or blogs and realize to Pin an image all you have to do is hover over that image and click the little "Pin It" button that's right on the image...ingenious right?! Well now you can have that too!  Pinterest has become such a huge part of blogging and getting brands out there that it's almost imperative to have a Pin It button right on your images.  So here's how you do it!
This is a pretty easy process using the official Pin It button.  So don't be terrified to do it, but don't wait!  This is something you need to do ASAP!

Step 1: Log in to Pinterest and click the plus sign in the bottom right hand corner.

Step 2: When the plus sign opens, click the link at the top of the tab that says "The Pin It Button".

Step 3: Scroll down until you see the Widget Builders and click on the link that says "Add a Pin It Button".

Step 4: Click the Button Type "Image Hover" then choose your preferences for the Pin It button you'd like.
Note: From this screen, you can build all your Pinterest widgets for your blog like board widgets or specific pin widgets if you want to link back to that or a full Pinterest profile widget to add to your sidebar.

Step 5: Copy the code in the box.

Step 6: Go to Code it Pretty and follow her steps to place it in your Blogger template.  :)  Let her know that the ABC's of Life sent you!  Happy Pinning!

Let me know in the comments below what you have loved about our site that you'd like to know how I did it!

Hope you enjoyed this Beginner Blogging tutorial, and as always, thanks for stopping by!
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September 21, 2014

Target Haul!

I posted the picture below on Instagram yesterday telling y'all I would be posting a Target haul today so here it is!!

The majority of the things we got were actually from the One Spot (or dollar spot)!  We were in Killeen, TX this weekend visiting family and had to run to Target to pick up a few things we forgot to bring and ended up finding most these goodies right when we walked in the door.  I have actually been looking for a lot of these for a while after seeing other Instragram photos.

So here's what we got!

The infamous Threshold initial mugs ($4.99) you may have seen ALL over Instagram!
Simple black mouse pad for the office ($2.99, by the printers)
Black and gold pencils with pretty funny "beer-related" sayings on them ($3, on an end cap by party supplies with LOTS of other black/gold items)
The rest of these are from the One Spot so they were all $1 each!!!

2 packs of round chalkboard labels and 1 pack of kraft paper labels (probably would have bought more if they had it!)
1 pack of kraft and chalkboard stickers/labels, the second sheet is chalkboard (again would have bought more if they had it)
Lots of alphabet stickers!  Not totally sure where these are going yet but I couldn't pass them up!
1 pack of striped paper straws (definitely looking for more of these) and 1 pack of polka dot paper straws
Gold/silver washi tape!  Will look perfect in my new Whitney English Day Designer the hubs got me for my birthday!!!
2 chalk markers...these didn't say "permanent" so I'm hoping they wash off easier than a lot of the other chalk markers
Black/gold and kraft paper gift tags (thinking I might be using these in the wet bar actually...)
Mason jar lid for flower arrangements...ingenius!
As you can see in the Instragram photo, we did also pick up a 4 color pen ($2.49) and a smaller July-June planner ($14.99) to keep up with all my awesome It Works! customers :)

Hope you enjoyed this Target haul and let me know in the comments below what your favorite find from the One Spot is right now and I'll keep my eyes out for it :)

Also if you're not following me on Instragram head over there and you'll get updates instantly on what's going on in the little world of the ABC's of Life!

And as always, thanks for stopping by!
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September 14, 2014

September Birchbox + First Impressions

It's that time of the month again!  Birchbox time!  This month's box was geared towards the beautiful change from summer to fall which I am loving right now as the breeze blows in through my open already knew that though if you follow me on Instagram where I just posted this picture of sweet Charley playing guard dog. :)

If you aren't following on me on Instagram, head on over {HERE}...I post all sorts of stuff and a lot of times it's when I'm out and about and find beautiful pieces I want to share with YOU!
So back to the Birchbox!  Here's what came in my monthly subscription box:

  • Acure Organics Day Cream
  • Harvey Prince Ageless Liquid Loofah body wash
  • Macadamia Professional Healing Oil Spray
  • Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel
  • TEMPTU S/B Highlighter in Champagne Shimmer
  • Bonus: ChapStick Hydration Lock 2n1 stick
My first impressions:

  • Acure Organics Day Cream: It smells fabulous!  It's very citrus-y and reminds me a lot of Origins Ginzeng Face Cream.  It's pretty light and moisturizing for a first use.
  • Harvey Prince Ageless Liquid Loofah body wash: I got this a few month's back in a body lotion and LOVED it and when I saw the body was was in this box I got super excited...then I realized over half of it had leaked in the box...major bummer!  The smell is fabulous!
  • Macadamia Professional Healing Oil Spray: I use the conditioning mask religiously and have tried a sample of the oil before so I'm super excited about trying multiple uses of it now.  It's light and smells delicious!
  • Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel: I have not had a chance to try this yet but I am excited!  I'm all about facials and peels for super rejuvenation!
  • TEMPTU S/B Highlighter in Champagne Shimmer: This is a beautiful bronze shimmery liquid highlighter.  It comes out a little dark but once blended in looks stunning!
  • Bonus product: I may have found my new favorite ChapStick!  It goes on like butter and my lips still feel fully moisturized after 30 minutes (and still going)!
Overall grade of this month's box:

I really love getting this box every month and I'd love to know what your favorite subscription box is...leave it in the comments below!

I hope you enjoyed a tour through this month's Birchbox, and as always, thanks for stopping by!
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