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The windows in our living room face a bare and boring small side yard with a glorious view of a brick fence. It’s just as lovely as I’m sure you are imagining it. We plan on planting a couple fruit trees over there eventually, but the space could use some color regardless. So, I decided to give one of the bistro tables a makeover so that it could live in our side yard outside our living room as… wait for it… a bistro table! Original, I know!
Here’s how I did it:
Indoor / Outdoor Spray Paint – I used Rust-Oleum Real Orange
Craft Paper – I used solid white, teal and orange
Octagon Paper Punch
Outdoor Mod Podge
I started by disassembling my bistro table and covered it with 3 coats of orange spray paint. I let the paint dry completely over a few days.
Meanwhile, I punched a ton of octagons out of my craft paper in all three colors. And then the fun started… My Love, Lovebug and I played around with the octagons to come up with different patterns for the table until I, I mean, we settled on one that we like best.
Next I measured out the midpoint of the table and started gluing the paper octagons down with Outdoor Mod Podge, starting at the middle and working my way out. The table has little holes shaped in a design on it, but my paper and glue covered them up perfectly.
We ended up with a flower-ish design, which is interesting because that is exactly what I had envisioned! 🙂 Anyway, I started by gluing down an orange octagon right in the middle of the table, using my Outdoor Mod Podge and a foam brush. Then, I added a row of teal octagons around it, then followed with a row of white around that. I continued with that pattern, orange, then teal, then white, laying down a little glue as I went along.
I continued until the table was covered. Then, I let the Mod Podge dry completely for a couple days.
Once the Mod Podge had dried and the craft paper was secured on the table, I sealed the top of the table with 3 layers of Outdoor Mod Podge and let it dry completely.
Then, I waterproofed it by putting 3 coats of clear urethane over it. I let that dry completely and my table was done!
Finally, I took my table outside and admired my handiwork! I absolutely love how it turned out! So vibrant, colorful and the perfect pop of color to add interest to the small side yard (read: brick wall) outside our living room.
They are tender with a nice bite to them. The brown bits give the perfect little crunch. Plus, they are seasoned really well and the pomegranate vinaigrette adds just the right amount of sweetness and acidity to send them over the top! Plus, they are the perfect side dish to almost any meal!
You guys! I have been converted!! DO. NOT. TELL. MY. LOVE! I can’t give him the satisfaction of knowing that I have changed my opinion of Brussels sprouts because of his recipe (although his cute smug smile suggest he already knows).
If you love Brussels sprouts, or even if you don’t, give this recipe a try. You might be surprised at how lovely Brussels sprout can be!
- 1 pound Brussels sprouts, cut in half through the stem
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 4 tablespoons pomegranate vinaigrette - we use Cindy's Kitchen of Brockton oil free
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Place the Brussels sprouts on a sheet pan and drizzle olive oil over them. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then toss to coat. Arrange the Brussels sprouts in a single layer on the sheet pan and place them in the preheated oven. Roast for 20-30 minutes until they are fork tender and starting to brown.
- Transfer the Brussels sprouts to a bowl and immediately drizzle with the pomegranate vinaigrette. Serve hot.
- Pomegranate vinaigrette can be substituted with balsamic vinegar.
We started the countdown with donuts for breakfast with 7 days to go…
With 6 days left, we had a sleep over and movie in mommy and daddy’s room. It was fun for her but so very precious to me. I loved cuddling with my sweet girl thinking about how quickly time has flown by and how my little baby would be starting kindergarten in a few short days.
5 days and counting… We surprised her with bath time fun! I went to the dollar store and picked up 7 packs of glow sticks. Each pack had 4 – 6 sticks in it so the tub was full of light. She had so much fun that bath time took twice as long as normal!
We had one last surprise for Lovebug on the first day of school. We decorated the bathroom mirror with encouraging notes using dry erase markers and filled the bathroom with helium balloons. We just wanted to start her day off with a smile on her face. And boy did she ever!
Lovebug loves school and was already really excited about kindergarten. But, we wanted to create some fun memories leading up to the big day. When she thinks back on kindergarten, will she think about this countdown? Probably not. But, I know I will always remember it and the excitement on her face as she would ask what her surprise was for that day. So, maybe the countdown was more for me than for her. But, either way, we had some fun and made some lovely memories. So, it was worth it. In fact, it was so worth it that we will likely do a countdown to school every year going forward! 🙂
Here is the free printable for the Disney Store Alphabet Scavenger Hunt. Just right click and save to your computer. Then, open it in a word processing program, adjust the size, if necessary, and print.
Who doesn’t love opening presents? It makes the whole experience so much more exciting!
The Bookroo team selects books based on personal experience and recommendations from parents. So, you can feel confident that the books will be fun and entertaining. Ours certainly were! I think we read our two picture books at least 20 times in the first week and they are still in pretty heavy rotation!
The kids couldn’t get enough! If they weren’t listening to us reading their new books to them, they were flipping through the books on their own.
And sometimes, they would settle in together and Lovebug would read to Littlebug. Books and sisters are the best!
And if you get a book you already have, you just send the awesome Bookroo team a picture of you giving the book to someone else and they’ll give you a $5 credit on your next subscription! They’ve thought of everything!
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