Lorelai’s Pumpkin Carving Contest

 

Contest Rules:

  1. Entries MUST be received by Midnight October 31st, 2013 (PDT).
  2. Entries must include: A.) Photograph B.) Your Name C.) Title for the Pumpkin Carving D.) Your Blog Name and URL.
  3. Submit all entries via email to: lifewithlorelai@gmail.com
  4. All entries must be Carved, real Pumpkins.
  5. Entrants must follow Life With Lorelai on at least three medias: Blog, Facebook page, Twitter, Pinterest, and/or Google+.
  6. Email addresses will not be publicized.
  7. Photos, names, and blog information will be used for publicity and promotion related to this event and Life With Lorelai.

Voting:

Pumpkin Carving Photos will appear on Life With Lorelai blog and other media. Photo albums will be added to Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest. You will be able to vote using all of these medias. BE SURE to include the Entry # and Pumpkin Title in your votes on Twitter and Life With Lorelai.

Voting will take place between November 1st and November 7th.

  1. Vote via Twitter @LorelaisLife using #LWLPCC2013 (don’t forget entry # and Title)
  2. “Like” photos in the Facebook Album
  3. “Like” photos on the Pinterest Board
  4. Cast your vote in the Blog Comments of Life With Lorelai (don’t forget entry # and Title)
  5. +1 photos in Google+ Album

Winners will be announced Friday, November 8th.

So, get your creative juices flowing. Gut some pumpkin, and get to carving! Let’s have some good old fashioned Halloween fun.

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Are you excited for Halloween?

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The Closet Re-purpose Project Begins

Isn’t this Lovely?
Have you ever Re-purposed a Closet?

Well, if I had thought of taking a picture before I got started, you would think this was lovely. At least, you would see the huge improvement. If you have been reading this blog, you know that I live in the house I grew up in. The house is 42 years-old and has had four generations of my family living in it.

This particular walk-in closet is located within a gigantic room over the three-car garage. It has it’s own staircase, and it is where until recently Christopher was living. Needless to say, it had become a huge catch-all, store-all, and if-you-don’t-want-to-deal-with-it-now stick-it-in-there room. DRIVES ME CRAZY!

When Christopher left, he left a lot of his junk behind, but Rory and I have big plans for this enormous room including this closet. When my family first moved into this house, the room over the garage was our playroom, and the closet was my dad’s office. Over the years with differing family moving in and out of the house, it became a bedroom and walk-in closet. My dad’s office moved to another wing of the house into another bedroom.

My dad just turned 85-years old last week, and I’m not sure he will ever be back to California. Even if he does return, I doubt he would be spending much time in his office. Rory and I want to reclaim that office bedroom and move my dad’s office back to its original location. So now, the project has begun.

If I had taken the picture at the start of the project, you would have seen tons of clothes hanging and folded on the shelves, and boxes and bags staked and piled all over the floor. So much stuff went to Goodwill. Other stuff just needed to be thrown away. Of course there are other things that just need to find appropriate storage. This large room also has a coat closet and two tunnel closets that run the entire length of the room, one on each side. These need cleaning out too, but we have to do this major project one step at a time.

Here are some pictures of our progress…

This closet would easily fit a Queen-sized bed with night stands and dresser.

It is actually larger (square-foot wise) than a couple of Luke’s bedrooms at his house. It just doesn’t have any windows, but it does have air conditioning!

Don’t you love the original carpeting?!

And look at those Cable TV Wires… Nice, right?

This is the first major step in the reorganizing and revitalizing of the house after all of the construction from the flood at Christmastime. We have to get this closet re-purposed so we can get my dad’s office stuff out of my room and my son’s room. Kirk would like to have his room back so he can come home from college to stay a weekend or the holidays with us again.

So now you’ve seen it. Don’t you feel better. Your house isn’t so bad after all. Wish me luck in my endeavors as I tackle this mountainous project.

Does your house hold any dirty little secrets?

What projects are you working on?

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Mason Jar Pump Dispenser – DIY

DIY
Mason Jar Pump!

A couple of weekends ago, I posted a scrumptious recipe for Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup (This recipe has been updated. Find the new recipe here… Pumpkin Spice Syrup–Improved Recipe, Saavy?). The photo I used showed the syrup in a mason jar with a pump. I loved this idea, and decided to make one for myself. The project is really very simple, but Luke and I had a great time doing it together. Here is the How To…

What You Need:

  • Mason Jar with Canning Lid and Ring
  • Plastic Bottle with a Pump (Soap Dispenser)
  • Nail
  • Power Drill with a Hole Attachment
  • Box Cutter
  • Stainless Steel Washer or a second Lid (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Empty contents of pump bottle and clean.
  2. Measure width of bottle threads. (We used a soap dispenser that measured 7/8″)
  3. Measure for the center of the lid, and use the nail to mark the center.
  4. Drill hole in the center of the lid and smooth edges.
  5. Use box cutter to slice off the top of the bottle with the threading and a little shoulder to keep it from pulling through the hole.

Assembly:

  1. Check fit of all pieces. Trim pump straw (at an angle) to proper height for jar.
  2. Slide bottle threading through the stainless steel washer, and then through the lid hole.
  3. Place pump through the threading and tighten.
  4. Place lid on jar and lock in place with the lid ring.

Notes:

  • We used the stainless steel washer to give extra support for the pumping. You could also double the lid for more strength. Both of these are optional.
  • All pieces are removable for easy cleaning, especially when using the pump for food items.
  • DO NOT use zinc lids if you will be using the pump for food. Be sure to use the canning lids only!

Rory and I are loving our Mason Jar Pump Dispenser filled with Pumpkin Spice Syrup! I hope you find this DIY project easy and fun. Let me know if you give it a try.

Have you made anything similar?

What DIY projects have you done for your home?

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15 Tips & Tricks – Organize Your Home

You may have read on my blog before, here and here that I am still trying to recover from an upstairs bathroom flood, which caused a waterfall in my living room for over 5 1/2 hours, just 5-days before Christmas last year. On top of this monumental disaster, I am trying to de-clutter and re-organize my home. I live in the house I grew up in with my daughter Rory. So, after 42-years and 4-generations, there is LOTS of work to be done around here.

Pinterest is an amazing source for organizational tips and tricks. I am gathering quite a collection of Pins on my Pinterest Board. I thought I would share a few of those Pins with you, and I hope you will SHARE This Post with others too!

Organize Your Home

Let’s Get Organized!

In Southern California, flip flops are almost everyday wear. So, needless to say, we have a lot of them around our house. Here is a fantastic way to control the flip flop clutter and abolish the flip flop black hole that steals away just the flip without the flop. And bonus, you get to re-purpose those awful wire hangers you get from the dry cleaners! Make a set for a friend for Christmas.

Organize Your Flip Flops with re-purposed Wire Hangers!
DIY Tutorial

In case you are short on hanging closet space, here is another great idea for flip flops…

Flip flop organizer for closet – use Letter Organizers. Clever if I do say so myself.

Do you hate digging through your “Junk Drawer” looking for things? Get all those small loose things organized.

Labeled mint tins (or similar) as a solution to organize “Junk Drawer” items.

What do you do with all of your Big Ticket Receipts, Manuals, and Warranties for your household appliances, electronics, gadgets, furniture, decor, etc.? Here is a neat way to stay organized and have everything you need at your fingertips.

How To Organize Big Ticket Receipts, Manuals, & Warranties. However,I keep all of my vehicle maintenance and repair paperwork in a separate folder tucked under the floor mat in the back of my Suburban. This way the records are handy when I need them.
DIY Tutorial

Try this adorable and inexpensive idea for your Grocery List, Message Center, or Reminder Station!

Awesome Grocery List, Message Center, or Reminder Station Idea!
DIY Tutorial

If you’re like me, you have a collection of gift wrap, tissue paper, and bags that need to be organized and managed. Check out this awesome idea.

What a great way to store Gift Wrap, Tissue Paper, and Bags! DIY Tutorial

Have you ever had to lift a bunch of pans to retrieve one from the bottom of the nesting pile? It can be heavy, especially if you have some cast iron skillets in the mix. Here is a solution to that problem, and it keeps things neat and organized.

You can remove one pan without having to remove them all. Turn a vertical bakeware organizer on its end and secure it to the cabinet wall with cable clips.

Tired of fumbling through your gadget drawer hunting for measuring spoons? Ever have to try to convert measurements after a long hard day when your brain just does not want to focus on math? Look at this really cool idea!

Make this Chalkboard Hanger for Measurement Conversions and Measuring Utensil Organization. DIY Tutorial

Don’t know what to do with those bulky small appliance attachments like dough hooks, whisks, and batter paddles? Now you do…

Get bulky small appliance attachments and gadgets out of your drawers. Organize Your Kitchen For Cheap. DIY Project

Can’t find the right lids for your Plastic Storage Containers? Keep them organized with this simple trick.

Use a CD Rack as an Organizer for Plastic Storage Container Lids.

Need to pull one cord, but you don’t know which is the correct one? Here is an easy solution.

Label Closing Tabs from bread wrappers and the like, and attach them to the appropriate cords. Simple, yet a HUGE problem-solver.

You have loads of chargers and cords for you phones, computers, cameras, music players, etc. How do you keep track of which charger goes to which gadget?

Label your charger and cord with the name of the item it goes with. Lots of organizing tips for electronics here.

Hate those unruly Cords in your drawer? Try this little DIY Project to tame the wily beasts.

Use empty Toilet Paper Rolls to hold Cords and store easily. Decorate with tape, stickers, ribbons, or drawings. If you wanted, you could even label them for what product the cord belongs. If it’s an extension cord, label how long it is.

I cannot stand the tangle of wires and cords laying about underneath desks, entertainment centers, etc. This is an awesome idea.

Use Hook Screws to attach a Wire Basket under the desk to keep cords off the floor.

And last, but not least, is a really cool idea for anyone with a pool. Live by a lake? This would be great for you. This would make a unique gift for Christmas!

This PVC Towel Rack for pool owners or lake home inhabitants would be easy to construct. What a great way to keep things organized and not have them just strewn around the poolside.

How do you like these Organization Tips & Tricks?

Do you have any Tips or Tricks to share?

Photo Credits: storagegeek.tumblr.com – marthastewart.com – unplggd.com – homedesign.marthastewart.com – lilblueboo.com – etsy.com/MintToast – athomeinlove.com – 3sonsplus1.blogspot.com – lovethispic.com – fabulouslyorganizedhome.com – theoldparkhomestead.blogspot.com – manditremayne.blogspot.com – epbot.com

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Our Little Happiness Jar Is Full

Our Happiness Jar Is Full !

A while ago, Rory and I made a Happiness Jar. I wrote a blog post about our project, and why we were doing it in Our Little Happiness Jar, click to read about it.

Today, our Jar was very full, and we decided to read the notes we stuffed inside. It was great. We sat down with our morning cups of coffee, and took turns reading the scraps of paper. What a joy. We laughed and talked about some of the memories the notes brought back, about how somethings had changed. We became sentimental with others. It was a nice moment, quality mother and daughter time, and a wonderful start to our “Happy” day.

If you don’t have a Happiness Jar, I would highly recommend you think about starting one for your family. We saved our notes in a ziplock bag and marked it with the date we read them. Maybe somewhere down the line it will be fun to take a look back.

Do you have any similar family traditions?

Does your family sit down and focus on the happiness/blessings of your lives?

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The Side Yard Project Begins…

Last year Luke and I laid paving stones in his side yard. We did the half from the backyard. this year we are laying the stones in the rest of the side yard leading to the front yard. We finally got rid of the huge pile of clean fill dirt, thanks to Craigslist, and are able to get started with the project. Here is a picture of the stone walk we laid last year. You can see the area at the end of the walkway where we are working now.

Luke got the trench dug for a cement curbing along the house. The foundation is really rough and certainly not straight, so we thought pouring a little cement to give us a straight line would be the best bet.

And here’s Luke, my he-man, after he finished digging the trench. Hahaha!

Well, folks…this was just a little piece of what we did over the weekend. Hope you had a wonderful weekend too.

What did you do this weekend?

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DIY – Bug Umbrellas For Party Drinks

DIY Bug Umbrellas for Party Drinks – add some pizzazz to your party with this easy party decor that your guests will love and appreciate.

Bug Umbrellas for Party Drinks

Delightful, Whimsical, Playful – Perfect for your next party!

 

I saw an article in the Orange County Register about this clever little idea over the weekend.

Look at those bug umbrellas…ADORABLE! The simplicity and cuteness are perfect to brighten a table for any outdoor occasion.

Who wants a pesky fly in your drink? Here’s an easy solution… add bug-proof umbrellas!

What You Need:

  • Cupcake Liners
  • Colorful Straws
  • Scissors

How To:

  • Pinch the bottom of the Cupcake Liner in the center so that it folds.
  • Cut a small triangle, just large enough for your straw to fit through.
  • Place the straw through the hole, and invert cupcake liner to fit over the top of the glass.

End Result:

Colorful, Practical, and Fun Drink Covers! Bug Umbrellas are an easy party decor that your guests will love and appreciate.

 

Here’s a Printable just for you:

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DIY - Bug Umbrellas For Party Drinks
 
Colorful, Practical, and Fun Drink Covers! Bug Umbrellas are an easy party decor that your guests will love and appreciate.
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Type: DIY
Cuisine: Party Decor
Ingredients:
  • Cupcake Liners
  • Colorful Straws
  • Scissors
Directions:
  1. Pinch the bottom of the Cupcake Liner in the center so that it folds.
  2. Cut a small triangle, just large enough for your straw to fit through.
  3. Place the straw through the hole, and invert cupcake liner to fit over the top of the glass.
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You can find all kinds of decorative cupcake liners and straws these days.

I can’t wait for my next outdoor party! Thank goodness it’s summer; I’ll get a chance to try these very soon.

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Our Little Happiness Jar…

Times are tight and tough right now for Rory and me. So, I thought I would do something to remind us that we are still blessed in many ways. There are still things for which we can be happy.

We have long had the tradition of a Christmas Blessings Box. This decorated box sits below our Christmas Tree with Christmassy paper and pens next to it for everyone to write random blessings and place them in the box. We do our big celebrating and gift opening on Christmas Eve, but on Christmas morning (after the excitement of stockings), we settle in next to the tree and read the notes in the Christmas Blessings Box.

I thought it would be a nice idea to turn this long-time holiday tradition into an everyday opportunity. I knew I had seen something on the internet regarding a Happiness Jar and it had reminded me of our Christmas box. I did a search and found lots of photos and even the originator of the idea. Read about Elizabeth Gilbert and her Happiness Jar, here.

Remembering that I had found an old mason jar when cleaning off the shelf over the dryer, I went to find where I had stored it. I grabbed my prize and went to scrub it clean. It had bits of old labeling stuck to it. Have you any idea how to get off those pesky bits? It’s really very simple…vegetable oil! I ran the jar under hot water to heat the leftover labeling and then scrubbed the jar with vegetable oil. The old labeling came easily off the glass.

Now, I had a sparkling jar to decorate. I tied a beautiful floral print bow around it and designed a printable (watch for this Printable DIY as a post soon).

I liked the idea of using a clear Mason jar for my Happiness Jar because you can see the blessings piling up inside. I figure that once a month Rory and I will sit down together and read these happy notes. Long live the Happiness Jar!

Do you have any similar traditions or ideas?

UPDATE: Our Little Happiness Jar Is Full

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Pumpkin Carving Page

I know it’s not Halloween, but the “Pumpkin Carving Page” is published!

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