Sassy2Savvy

and everything in between… Wife, Mom, Sister, Friend

A Laundry Room Transformation October 10, 2012

Filed under: S2S DIY,Uncategorized — sassy2savvy @ 11:40 AM

Laundry Room Transformation

Before Laundry Nook

They say “Love grows in a little house” I believe that to be true as well as “Clutter grows in a little house as much as love.” If you know me, you know I do not do clutter and I have a little house! One thing that bothers me is my laundry nook, like how I used the word nook. This closet (Yes! closet size)  is located off of the eat-in kitchen area.While looking at laundry rooms on Pinterest, I noticed that they had so much more room to decorate and organize then I did. This got my wheels a turning and I was challenged to make my nook functioning and organized. As you can see from the pictures above, this space was quite an eye sore. I would never think to open this space when I had company. Just because you are challenged with a small space, don’t let that hold you back.

For months I wanted to transform my nook, I had so many ideas but not so much money to invest in it. I kept my eyes open and a friend of mine had a cabinet hutch sitting in her garage. I loved the country charm it had. Well after a couple visits and seeing this hutch, I got brave and asked her about it. She was just waiting to get rid of it. SCORE!! At the time I knew I loved this piece but was not sure where I would use it until a light went off laundry transformation (my husband does not like these ah ha moments, as it means more work for him)

Let’s see what a little bit of paint, some shelving hardware, and some decorating can make:

Total Cost in Laundry Project (35.00)

After Transformation

Step One:

Pull out washer and dryer and clean nook. Wiped off walls, swept floor, and cleaned the baseboard and pulled down old wire shelves.

Step Two:

Paint the area using left over paint in garage. My house is made up of more neutral tones, so I had two colors left over and mixed them to create a similar color for the laundry nook. This saved me from having to buy paint (No money invested yet)

Step Three:

Measured the space for my new cabinet and painted cabinet with leftover paint (I wanted a shelf over the washer and dryer and the cabinet to appear as it was coming off the shelf)

Step Four:

Put up shelf and cabinet (Money went into buying the shelf and hardware for mounting the cabinet. $30.00)

Step Five:

Move back in!!! Put back the washer and dryer. Fill cabinets with cleaning supplies and decorated my shelves (Everything that I used to decorate was already in my home some where (including the close-pins from my craft area). I’m in love!!!

So with a little time, paint, and used products you can turn a not so organized mess into a Pinterest style laundry nook for almost nothing.

 

Tile Subway Art Craft October 2, 2012

Filed under: S2S Crafts,Uncategorized — sassy2savvy @ 9:37 AM

Fall Tile Subway Art

Here is a quick and fun craft to do at home. Pretty inexpensive as I used a lot of supplies I had from home. I did use vinyl lettering on mine and you can find the link to Uppercase lettering below. If you havent used them, I suggest you check them out. You may be hooked.

Supplies:

12×12 Tile (Had some left over)

Vinyl Lettering or Stickers (Lettering I used is from Uppercase Living)

Modge Podge (Optional)

Directions:

1.) Clean tile very good

2.) Practice Run: Arrange letter on tile before you decide to stick them down. Make sure this is how you want it to look.

3.) Create subway art by sticking the letters and or pictures to the tile.

4.) Optional to use modge podge as a sealer. If you use stickers then I would encourage you to modge podge the top to seal it.

Have Fun and Be Creative

 

Vinyl lettering I used was from www.wallwords4u.com

 

 

A City Being Built September 24, 2012

Filed under: Daily Devotion,Uncategorized — sassy2savvy @ 1:39 PM

A City Being Built

You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.

Matthew 5:14

As I was driving in my car today, I was over whelmed with the most joy when I heard my two little girls singing worship songs form the back seat. I would be lying if I told you it didn’t bring tears to my eyes. I heard these two little voices that sounded like angels rocking out to music that sang “for greater things are yet to come, for greater things are still to be done in this city.” It was over whelming and enlightening to hear these words flow from two little girls who had no idea the impact of the words they sang, however my heart could feel the impact.

God, what a blessing you gave me with these two little girls. These same girls that fight from the back seat over a toy, these same girls that put finger prints on my walls, these same little girls that sometimes call my name 1 million times in a day, are the girls you intrusted me with. What a conviction of my heart today, to know that God placed these two beauties in my life for a purpose. These two little girls did not choose me, but God choose these two little girls for me. Wow!! Can you say pressure!

Our kids are gifts and their little personalities can be compared to a “city under construction.” The heart and mind of a child is constantly being built. As God placed me as the contractor in my girls lives, I sometimes forget that these girls look to me as a blue print of how to be built. Wow, forget pressure, I think I feel failure.

My feeling of failure is just that, failure when I think I can do it alone. It was confirmed to me through these two beauties and their song that we as adults are also cities being built, the bible is God’s blue prints for us, and our quite time and obedience is our refinement. I mess up quite often by losing my way and getting caught up in things that have no value, but thank you God for your grace and mercy!

What God showed me this morning was with Him and through Him I am not a failure. When I draw close to God my girls watch that and they to draw close to God. And today just the affirmation of them singing songs of praise, was like a sweet reward from the Heavenly Father.

Sometimes as adults, as parents, as friends, or spouses we feel like we are failing or have failed. Just remember there is a God that loves you and with him and through him all things are possible. Meditate on Philippians 4:13 (My favorite verse) today “For you can do all things through Christ, who gives you the strength.”

Have a Blessed Week

 

Fall is coming, Fall is coming! September 19, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — sassy2savvy @ 10:44 AM

Fall is Coming, Fall is Coming!!

How I love this time of year! Its time to start sharing some ways this family prepares for the fall season. I just decorated my house, made some fall treats for the kids, and am preparing some fall meals. Tonight, we are having potato soup in the crock-pot (its under the recipes section and it is sure to be a family favorite).  What are ways that you and your family prepare? Would love to hear of any traditions you par-take in and any recipes you want to share.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sassy2savvy will take these next eight weeks and dedicate it to bringing in the fall season. The blog will be over-taken with ideas, recipes, projects and more. I hope you enjoy these next few weeks as I take you into our home and share my favorite time of year.

Liz

 

Daily Devotion

Filed under: Daily Devotion,Uncategorized — sassy2savvy @ 9:33 AM

I Need, I Want, and I Have to do!

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.”

Philippians 2:3

What a week it has been and it is only Wednesday my friends. I have found myself in a “poor me” state of mind and anything that possibly could get on my nerves this week, has succeeded. Have you ever had that type of week? Maybe this week has been tough for you as well.

Last night while laying in bed I had time to reflect on my reasoning for such a “poor me” attitude. I had to ask myself a couple of questions. Was this attitude warranted? Was this attitude helpful to my family and was I really getting anywhere by feeling sorry for myself? It is funny how God grabs our attention when our focus becomes on ourselves and not on him or his purpose for our lives.

Friends, when I look back over my last month I have noticed a pattern. I have become so self-absorbed and seeking all my needs, that I have not noticed anyone elses. I have gotten stuck in the mental rut of the I needs, I wants,  and the I have to-dos that I have been oblivious to others. I have not stopped much to think of what a friend may need, or how I have made my husband feel lately.  Its funny, I find that when I am serving others with the “right” heart then that is when I am truly my happiest. Now wonder I am feeling quite “dumpy”!

Our lives are temporary here on earth, all of this could be gone tomorrow. What really matters is the relationships we build, the time we take to serve, and the love we have to share. Sometimes, it can be as easy as a perspective change to change our attitude. I heard someone once say, ” a person will not remember what you say, they will always remember how you made them feel”. I bet if you and I were to hug our kids, share lunch with a friend, and or call a family member to see how they were, our bad attitude and self-pity would soon disappear.

So for the rest of the week, I will get out of my mental rut and transition my focus off of myself and look to God for ways I can serve and love others! Have a great week friends and smile, it could be contagious.

Liz

 

Button Monogram September 11, 2012

Filed under: S2S Crafts,Uncategorized — sassy2savvy @ 9:58 AM

Button Monogram

Many friends have expressed interest in a Button Monogram I did for my daughter’s room. It is a fun and easy craft, older kids would even enjoy making their own. I hope you like this as much as my daughter and I do.

Supplies:

– 12×12 scrapbooking paper (We used a card stock weight with heavy glitter)

– Button of choice

– Sticky tack glue/crafting glue

– Letter template (can be made from computer font)

– 12×12 Shadow Box (Got it from Micheals pretty cheap)

Directions:

Step One: Cut out letter template and glue to scrapbooking paper.

Step Two: Start glueing buttons on making sure to over lap your template so it does not show. The buttons will need to be layered in order to fill in the template. We have three layers of buttons. Dont be afraid to use a lot of glue, it will dry clear and you want your buttons to stay on (Note: Use different size buttons to give dimension).

Step Three: Once glued, let it sit for 24 hours to dry. Once dry, stand up and make sure all buttons are secure.

Finishing Tough: Put into shadow box style frame.

I told you it was simple and pretty easy. I have had so many compliments on this piece we did. Enjoy and happy crafting!!

Liz

 

Running a Tired Race

Filed under: Daily Devotion,Uncategorized — sassy2savvy @ 9:17 AM

Running a Tired Race

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still”

Exodus 14:14

This past Saturday I competed in my second Tough Mudder race in Maryland. For those of you that are not aware of what the Tough Mudder is; it is a long race (about 10-12 miles) through mud and obstacles that consist of ice, water, fire, and even electric shock. The race is extremely fun, however it can be quite tiring.

Well running the race I had a lot of time to reflect and pray. The praying was more asking God for strength and help to finish this race. The reflection came from a conversation I had days prior to the race. A few friends and I were talking about how life sometimes can seem like a tiring race, always trying to push through obstacles, so we can see what is on the other side.

My race this past weekend was full of obstacles which consisted of jumping over very high walls, climbing up hay bails stacked five high, jumping into a cargo container full of ice (34 degrees) and getting to the other side before I froze. However, I would be lying if I told you I did it all by myself. This race is based on team work, your entire team helps one another get though the obstacles. If I tried some of these alone, I would fail or not complete each obstacle.

Isn’t God on our team? However so many of us try to run this race of life, filled with so many obstacles alone. We fight through our walls, our hay stacks, only to find that we hit the wall or fall off the hay stack when we do it alone. I think sometimes God sits there and wonders why we run into the same wall over and over again without getting on our knees and simply asking for help. God is just waiting for us to be still, to be fed up enough hitting the same wall that we yell out “I can’t do this alone.”

Many of us know this, but how many times do we still try and try by our own will and not His will. I am so guilty of this. I start my day with a list of things to do. I get the kids ready for school, I clean the house, go grocery shopping,  work on PTA stuff, and look over my soccer mom priorities. By the time my daughter gets home, I can be frazzled and even sometimes just in a foul mood. Do you ever have those days? Those are the days that I feel like I just am running into walls and falling of the obstacles. It is days like these that I never once stopped and asked God to be on my team.

When I start my day with God on my team I usually wake up and read my bible and have my quite time. I don’t feel so alone or over whelmed. I feel like I have more time in the day and what stressed me yesterday does not seem so important today. It’s funny how easy that is to say but how hard it is to do. Friend I challenge you to get in some quite time each morning. In my quite time I read Gods word and talk to God in preparation for the day and then I set out on my day, never alone and with a mighty God ready to help throw me over that wall.

Have a blessed day!!!

Liz

 

Invited to the party September 6, 2012

Filed under: Daily Devotion,Uncategorized — sassy2savvy @ 10:58 AM

Invited to the Party

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.”

                                        Matthew 25:36

Have you ever had that “awe ha” moment. The moment you realize something and it slaps you so hard that it almost takes your breath away. Well I just celebrated my 30th birthday and actually that in itself was not that “awe ha” moment. I am comfortable in my skin and with my age so that part did not bother me. However it was another moment relating to my birthday that grabbed my heart. It was not until I was sitting in church that God in a quite moment between worship grabbed my attention. I felt him say “You call me father and friend, you call upon me in the time of need, I am with you daily, but I was not invited to your party.” At that moment all I could say with a deer in the head like look was, “God you are so right and I am so embarrassed and sorry.”

See friends, I did not know about my party as it was a wonderful surprise thrown for me from my amazing husband who had help from my parents and one of my best friends. With all my friends being present (both believers and non-believers) I had the opportunity and honor to invite my Jesus to celebrate with us and I did not. We did not say grace before we ate the great food prepared. I even gave a speech and thanked everyone for coming and for the gift of their friendship, but I didn’t even acknowledge my heavenly father. What was I thinking?

I had such a huge opportunity to witness through my actions but was to caught up in the moment. I had the opportunity to share what is most important to me through my everyday actions and did not take it. What really grabbed my attention, was that I had the opportunity to make my walk match my talk and I FAILED. However, I love my God and I believe in his grace and mercy and I know just like a best friend forgives, so does my amazing Heavenly Father. How many times do we forget to invite God into our daily actions? It does not matter if it is a birthday party, graduation, dinner with friends, God  wants to be invited and should be invited.

Reflect today on how many times you might have forgotten to invite God to your party. I am sure once you reflect on this you will engrave a mental note that says, God will be my first guest of choice at EVERY party. I know that image has been in the forefront of my mind all week. I challenge you and will pray that you will invite God to every event. This week I have gotten up each morning and verbally said “God I invite you to be apart of my day” and friends what a great few days it has been.

Until Next Time,

Liz

 

Refreshed and Renewed July 12, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — sassy2savvy @ 10:32 PM

There are some things in our life that we can not control and the last two months have been quite crazy in our household. Many of you have noticed that Sassy2Savvy has not been updated in some time and I have had many requests to get back to work. I did not plan to take time off however due to unforeseen emergency surgery I had to put the blog on the back burner. Once I became healthy again, I had a lot to catch up on within my family. Once you add in kids going on summer break, family vacations and camps time just slips away.

I have learned a few life lessons these last few weeks…

Lesson 1: Never take your health for granted.

I had to have my tonsils out. I have had strep throat almost 20 times in four years. This surgery was way over due and the recovery was rough. Our health is so important and we are only given one body, some things we can control and others we can’t. I had almost four weeks of down time to really embrace how important overall health is to our family unit.

Lesson 2: My kids need to know I value their interests.

My oldest plays soccer and this summer our soccer schedule seems to be packed with practice and many tournaments including nationals in Knoxville, which the girls took 2nd place. It was an accident leaving my computer at home for the 8 days we were in Knoxville, but an important lesson that sometimes we just need to put everything down and focus on what really matters to our children. My daughter loved that I was on the sidelines with no other agenda cheering her on. Our kids treasure the time we can give that is uninterrupted. Sometimes we forget that their interests are just as important as our interests. I loved putting the computer down and sitting on the soccer field cheering.

Lesson 3: Being a mom is a full time job.

I never knew how much I valued my job as Mom. Having my tonsils out was a huge deal. It took me away from my duties as mom and made me rely on others. Four weeks was quite a long time to take sick leave, and to tell you the truth the hardest thing to do was to let go of my title for a few weeks and let others in to take my place. I have a new found appreciation of being a mom. I love cookie dinner, organizing my house and planning outings with my family, though certain days are harder than others, I am blessed to be able to have a family.

Sometimes we need a little down time to appreciate what we have. I am excited to be back writing my blog and I have a few new ideas to share. Writing is my passion and I think we all have a story to tell.

 

 

 

Your Husband, Your Investment March 8, 2012

Filed under: S2S Coffee Hour,Uncategorized — sassy2savvy @ 10:00 AM

Coffee Hour Discussion #2

This week I will be celebrating my tenth-year anniversary with the most important man in my life. However, I think it took me quite a few years to treat him like the investment he is to our family. You are probably wondering, why I am referring to our relationship as an investment. I know it sounds like a business deal and not a marriage but I think once you read my story you will understand like in a business, investing brings fourth rewards but these rewards are not of monetary value, it’s far better!!!

Last spring I read a book, “His Needs, Her Needs”, it was a pivotal turning point in my view of a relationship. The author, Willard F. Jr. Harley can seem to come across as intense, however I am a firm believer that there is always something (a pearl I like to call it) that can be taken from any book and applied to life for the better.

The pearl from this particular book is; in your daily relationships with people, you are making love deposits (meaning filling their love bank) or love withdrawals (meaning taking from their love bank). When you add to a man’s self-esteem (what man does not like to be told he is wonderful, amazing, and the best) then you are investing in him as a person and respecting the needs he has. When a man’s love bank is full he then starts reinvesting because he has the assurance of love and respect from his wife. No I am not a love doctor, nor am I really a mushy person, this just made so much sense to me and I wanted to share.

You know it’s a GREAT book when you stop thinking wow he really needs to read this book, and start thinking OMG, I think this book is yelling at me to create change(yeah I don’t like reality checks) but this one was great and what a huge return I received on our relationship and marriage. So the more I started making deposits within his love bank (notes of encouragement, hugs and kisses, words of affirmation, prayer) and the less I withdrew (nagging, putting down, not respecting his ideas and thoughts) then I started seeing a man who was more secure, a man who was more loving, and a man who was much more sensitive to my own needs (BINGO, see ladies it does give back). Now the book really grabbed my attention, when the book started talking about when I am not making love deposits, then who is making them in my place. I don’t know about you, but us woman can be pretty territorial and I do not think I want someone else depositing when all I am doing is withdrawing (Yikes!!!)

I was very fortunate when I told my husband how much this book changed my whole attitude on marriage that he also wanted to read it. It is a common joke in our home to say “Wow, that was a great deposit” or “Ouch” withdrawal. But the point is we are both more aware of the remarks and small gestures that will pick one up or tear one down. We strive to make many more deposits than withdrawals daily, and this has been so rewarding with priceless returns.

So, my question to you is, are you making deposits or withdrawals??? Sometimes it is very difficult to realize that maybe “I” need to make some changes, but what a huge blessing it has been.

Happy 10th Year Anniversary to an amazing man, who has encouraged me, loved me unconditionally and walked this journey with me side by side. We have learned so much and you are my partner, best friend and soul mate. (3-9-2002)

It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35)

(Reference) His Needs, Her Needs: By Willard F. Jr. Harley, Willard F. Harley, Jr. – Baker Publishing Group (2011)

 

 
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