How to frame a bathroom mirror

Our family has moved a lot over the years and it seems that in every home we’ve landed, the mirrors in the bathrooms have been naked.

Now just to clarify, I don’t mean the people in the bathroom mirrors were naked. I mean the mirrors themselves were. No pretty framing … no detail … just a piece of glass hanging on a wall.

Well, you know me and I can’t have anything plain hanging up around this joint, so I made it my mission to add frames to

I started ambitiously tackling the mirror in the downstairs half bath right after we moved in. I added white chair rail molding around it, cutting the pieces out on a miter saw. You can get all the details of that project here.



I apologize for the crappy photos. I had just started blogging and was definitely still learning the ropes with the camera. (Who am I kidding? I’m still learning the ropes.)

For the mirror in our upstairs guest bathroom, I ordered a mirror frame from Mirror Mates. I had a really good coupon that brought the price down and, honestly, at that point I didn’t trust my DIY skills enough to build my own frame by myself. (The hubs helped me out with the half bath mirror frame.) The frame turned out beautifully and it was pretty easy to install.



To read all about how that project went down, click here.

Then, the gears really started turning. I now had insider secrets about how to make my own frame, thanks to what I learned from the Mirror Mates template. ;)

Hands-down, my favorite mirror frame in my home is the DIY driftwood mirror frame (with no nails or screws) I built in our master bathroom.



I made this one all by myself. Remember those commercials where people try to do amazing feats and, when they’re asked how they’re qualified, they reply, “I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night?” Well, after this project, I felt like I could do anything because, “I built my own mirror frame in the master bathroom.” :)

To get the details on how you, too, can build this amazingly easy mirror frame, click here.

Have you ever attempted to dress up a mirror in your home? I’d love for you to leave a comment – or even a link – describing your project.

Happy mirror framing!

Thrift store dresser redo with paint and stencils

A few years ago, I bought this wooden dresser at a thrift store for $80.


The picture was taken after I had already removed most of the drawers and started stripping off the finish. I have to admit, $80 is a little salty for me for a thrift store purchase. But this was a solid wood piece in great condition, made in the U.S.A, with dovetail drawer construction.

I knew it would work perfectly as a buffet in our dining room, so I immediately stained the piece to match my table and chairs.

Buffet with lampsFast forward to last week. I was feeling like that dresser was looking a bit dark and heavy in the room. So I decided to give it a second makeover, because I’m crazy like that. ;)

I scrubbed the dresser and drawers down with a deglosser first to help remove any wax residue and prepare the wood to take paint.


For this project, I used Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish paint. I chose a mixture of two parts Lace to one part Everlasting.


I applied the paint using my HomeRight® Finish Max Pro Fine Finish Sprayer, giving everything two coats of the chalky finish paint.


I’m notorious for grabbing whatever is within reach to help me out. ;)


After the paint dried, I used my orbital sander to smooth out any rough spots and give the edges a distressed look.


In addition to not requiring primer, I’m impressed with how beautifully this chalky finish paint sands down. The finish on this piece was as smooth as glass when I was done.

The next step took my distressed dresser from a furniture piece to a work of art.

I mixed up equal parts of Americana Multi-Surface Metallic™ paint colors in Chocolate, Champagne and Gold. (Americana Multi-Surface paint is available at Michaels.)


I chose the Royal Design Studio Springtime in Paris stencil, placing the dresser on its back so I could easily lay out the stencil pattern and apply the multi-surface paint. This paint will adhere directly to most surfaces and is self-sealing.


Here’s a look at the piece after it was stenciled.


I applied a coat of clear creme wax to protect the finish and waited for that to dry.


Finally, I buffed the piece with a soft cloth and reattached all the hardware. Done!





I think this “‘new” buffet helps to brighten up the dining room a lot. What do you think?

Don’t forget to visit the DecoArt® Multi-Surface website for more crafting ideas and inspiration.

Special thanks to the folks at DecoArt for sponsoring this post and providing the paint needed to complete this project. As always, all opinions – and sweat equity – are 100 percent mine. 

Quick and healthy breakfast meals

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. I received a stipend to facilitate my purchase for my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Like about 99 percent of you out there, one of my goals this year is to make healthier food choices for our family. Breakfast is a particularly tricky meal because everyone is scrambling to get ready and we don’t have a lot of time for a hot breakfast.

Plus, I’ve mentioned a few times on this blog that I would rather stick a hot fire poker in my eyeball than get up super early, so it’s safe to say that 6:30 a.m. is not exactly the time of day when I’m feeling like Betty Crocker.

But I still want to make sure we get a nutritious start to our day. And I know I need to begin by making Little Changes. So I’ve been on the lookout for easy-to-prepare, ‘super foods’ that we can get into our tummies quickly in the morning.

If you’re not familiar with the term ‘superfood,’ it describes an unprocessed, natural food that is packed with vitamins and antioxidants powerful enough to help lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, and even put you in a better mood – all with zero negative side effects.

One superfood our whole family absolutely loves – and one I’ve been adding to our breakfast meals every day – is blueberries.


According to a recent WebMD article, blueberries are packed with antioxidants and phytoflavinoids, and are also high in potassium and vitamin C, making them the top choice of doctors and nutritionists. Not only can they lower your risk of heart disease and cancer, they are also anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is a key driver of all chronic diseases.

Today I thought I’d share with you some super easy, quick and healthy breakfast meals I’m making right now that incorporate blueberries. If I can whip these recipes up in the morning, anyone can. :)

1. Blueberry apple sandwich (Prep time: Less than 5 minutes)


Cut an apple in half and remove the seeds and core. Spread the two halves with peanut butter and add a layer of blueberries. Done! The 2-year old tends to eat the blueberries first and then ask for more to be added before he gets to the rest of his “sandwich.” :)

2. Blueberry green smoothie (Prep time: 5 minutes)


I think people shy away from making smoothies in the morning because they believe they need to be overly complicated and mixed precisely to taste good. Not true! I absolutely love making smoothies because I keep the same, simple key ingredients on hand and don’t measure anything. Smoothies can be one of the quickest and healthiest breakfast choices you can make.

To build a smoothie that is truly nutritious, you’ll want to keep the sugar content low and the vitamins and minerals high. Here’s my favorite combination:

Base: Coconut milk (about 1 cup) and a dollop of vanilla yogurt (Greek offers a higher boost of protein.)

Fruits and veggies: Baby spinach (2 cups), frozen blueberries (1 cup), and an apple (seeded and cored with skin left on)


If it’s too thick, I’ll add a splash of water. This smoothie is sweet enough on its own; I do not add sweetener. My kids love this stuff and I feel good knowing we’re getting a nutritious breakfast, even if it’s in a glass.

3. Blueberries on yogurt and egg-white scramble with whole wheat toast (Prep time: Less than 10 minutes)


This meal sounds like something fancy you’d order at a restaurant, but it is so easy to prepare. It’s simply a cup of Greek yogurt topped with fresh blueberries alongside scrambled eggs (yolks removed before cooking) and a piece of whole wheat toast.  

To jazz up the egg-white scramble, I add a few sprinkles of salt/pepper, chives and cilantro while they’re cooking. Perfection!

4. Slow cooker blueberry crisp (Prep time: Less than 10 minutes)

Slowcooker-blueberry-crispI originally got this recipe from Tiffany at Eat at Home. I modified it for breakfast using yogurt as a topping.


  • 16 oz. frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • ½ cup pecan pieces
  • ½ cup almond meal (I found this at my local health food store.)
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 5 Tbs. butter, softened

Directions: Spray the inside of the crock with cooking spray. Place blueberries in the bottom of the crock (no need to thaw). Stir together oats, pecans, salt and almond meal (whole wheat flour or oats ground fine may be substituted for almond meal).


Add honey and softened butter, using a fork to make crumbles. Loosely crumble the topping over the blueberries.


Cover and cook 3-5 hours on low.

Serve warm topped with vanilla yogurt.


A crock pot with a timer is a perfect way to have this recipe ready to serve in the morning. Or make it the evening prior and heat it up in the morning.

Again, please remember I must make food that small children will eat. All these recipes are kid-tested and approved. And they help us take baby steps toward eating healthier.

Smaller things like drinking more water or incorporating more blueberries into our
diets are Little Changes we can make to live healthier in 2015 and beyond. Thanks to our friends in South America, blueberries are in season all year round. Here are a few more fun facts about blueberries:

  • The domestic blueberry season runs from April to September, and once that wraps up, imports from Chile, Peru and Argentina start flowing in. So you can always find juicy, plump blueberries in the supermarket just like you do all summer.
  • Other forms of blueberries are great, too. You can stock up on frozen or freeze-dried berries to use when you can’t get to the store to buy fresh.
  • Blueberries have just 80 calories per serving (1 cup).
  • With 3.6 grams of fiber per serving, blueberries help meet your daily recommended intake of fiber.
  • Blueberries contribute vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese.

The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council website offers a variety of tips on how to make eating blueberries a part of your lifestyle as well as a slew of recipes incorporating blueberries, which can be found here.

Plus, right now the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council is hosting a sweepstakes through which you can enter to win a trip for two to Los Angeles for the Little Changes Kitchen Challenge alongside actress, author and TV host Alison Sweeney.

  • Runners up may win one of four $500 Whole Foods or Lululemon gift cards for a
    refreshed pantry or workout wardrobe. Choose little, win BIG. Hurry! Sweepstakes are open now through Feb. 16.
  • Enter to win here!