Guest Bathroom Remodel – Day 1

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Guest Bathroom Remodel low cabinets

Originally we were not going to remodel any of the bathrooms until next spring because the cost was not within our budget. But my daughters bathroom is small, and we are keeping the shower unit, so the only thing we were going to need to pay someone to do was lay the tile.

Guest Bathroom Remodel oak cabinetsAnd since tile guy is going to be here later this week laying the tile for the laundry room floor, Chino suggested we just have him take care of the small bit of floor now, and just add the other stuff like a toilet, vanity, light fixture and mirror over the next few months as our budget allows.

old tile floorBut, in order for tile guy to be able to lay a new tile floor, we had to start the demo process lickety split. Which meant, GET IT DONE THIS WEEKEND! ;)

corner shower unitTechnically, the bathroom was fine, {like everything else in this house}.

old yellow fan ventBut the bathroom is outdated with a low toilet, low cabinets, a bad light fixture, rusted heating vent, and a seriously yellowed ceiling fan as well.

Guest Bathroom RemodelWhen the HH pulled back the cupboard I noticed there was only 1 paint color change to the wall. Which made me kind of sad. How on earth, in 20 years, was this bathroom only re-painted one time? I don’t know why that bothered me but it did.

Today, I’ll be pulling up the tile.

leonia sand tile

Here’s the new stuff. Leonia Sand 6″ by 24″ tile. Tile guy is going to stagger the tile for us. This is the vanity I want to install. It sits about 5″ higher than the old one and it’s about 11″ smaller length wise.

What do you think? Any suggestions?

~Mavis

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No Carve Pumpkin Decorating Idea – Pumpkins With Ribbons

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No Carve Pumpkin Decorating

If you don’t have time {or the desire} to carve a pumpkin this year, you can use a bit of hot glue and ribbons or Washi tape if you’re really lazy, to spruce up your pumpkins.  It will literally take a couple of seconds, and your neighbors will think you’re Martha freakin’ Stewart {a lot of people don’t know that that is her real middle name :) }.

No Carve Pumpkin Decorating IdeaYou’ll Need:

Ribbon or Washi Tape
Glue Gun
Pumpkins

No Carve Pumpkin Decorating Idea - Pumpkins With Ribbons

Directions:

Okay, follow these precisely, because they are complicated:  wrap the ribbon around the pumpkin {in whatever fashion that floats your boat} and glue it down {or if using Washi tape, stick it on} Did you follow all of that, or should I repeat the instructions?

Simplicity with the allusion of ingenuity, my friends–that’s what it’s all about.

~Mavis

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The 10 Best Coffee Cake and Scone Recipes

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10 Best Coffee Cake and Scone RecipesHave you ever sat around thinking, “I wish Mavis had all of her favorite coffee cake and scone recipes in one place?” You haven’t? Well then I’m being proactive on the off chance you ever do one day have that thought. I shoved them all in this one handy dandy post. So it’s a post chalked full of the most flavorful, delish coffee cake and scone recipes you ever did taste. Try one, try ‘em all. Sunday brunch just got a whole lot more awesome!apple coffee cake recipe
Traditional Coffee Cake – This is one of my very favorite things to serve on Christmas morning. It has tradition right in the name, so it seems fitting. It’s also a really moist coffee cake that is hard to mess up. Bonus! {Pin for Later}

Blueberry Buckle I found this recipe for blueberry buckle on my friend Jane’s blog a couple of years ago and have been making it ever since. {Pin for later}

Recipe Vanilla Pear Coffee CakeVanilla Pear Coffee Cake - Adding pear to that blueberry buckle recipe gives you this coffee cake. It is a genius addition and is so freakin good!  {Pin for Later}

Applesauce Spice Coffee Cake - The perfect Sunday brunch recipe. Also equally delicious Monday through Saturday! {Pin for later}

recipe-blackberry-apple-cakeBlackberry Apple Cake – It’s Traditional Coffee Cake on crack. Seriously adding the blackberries takes this cake to a whole new level. {Pin for Later}

Traditional Homemade Scones - The perfect Sunday brunch recipe. Also equally delicious Monday through Saturday!   {Pin for Later}

blueberry scones recipeHomemade Blueberry Scones - Trust me when I say you’ll thank me for this recipe because it blows those Starbucks scones out of the water. {Pin it for later}

Traditional Raisin SconesTraditional Raisin Scones – The ingredients are simple but their taste is anything but. Classic, yummy scone.  {Pin for Later}

Blackberry Ricotta SconesBlackberry Ricotta Scones - I like to make these the night before and then serve them up for breakfast the next morning. Saves me from having to throw on an apron in the morning and keeps us from eating cold cereal everyday!  {Pin for Later}

sour cream sconesSour Cream Scones – Slap some jam on these and they are seriously the best way to kick off your morning. {Pin it for Later}

Looking for more Coffee Cake and Scone Recipes? Check out my Quick Breads and Muffin Pinterest Board.

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Upcoming Seattle Tilth Events and Classes

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Seattle tilth fall classes

The Seattle Tilth is such a cool organization. They inspire and educate people to safeguard our natural resources while building an equitable and sustainable local food system. They have been providing hands-on education in organic agriculture for 36 years. They believe that all people deserve access to healthy, nutritious food and that changing the way in which we grow, cook and eat food has the potential to transform people’s lives as well as the communities in which we live. Check out what classes and events they have coming up:

KidsEdRBUFW 2Announcing Enhanced Garden Educator Workshops
The Seattle Tilth is partnering with the University of Washington’s College of Education to include a new component to their Garden Educator Workshops this fall. Join them to learn about incorporating Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core requirements in your garden education lessons and learn about useful resources and teaching techniques. They have an upcoming workshop on November 22. Or ignite your children’s passion for the natural world with hands-on learning in their school garden and farm tours.

Seattle Tilth Garden Drive
This fall, go beyond the old school canned food drive and join their Just Garden program’s Garden Drive! Invite members of your congregation, school or workplace to support food garden construction for families and communities facing hunger in King County.

Compost BinsFall Classes:

Composting
Fall is a great time to gather materials and learn how to create your own compost — join our final composting class for the year and take part in building a hot compost pile.
Composting 101 Sat. Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-noon

Garden Educator Training
Teachers and parents: bring garden education to schools, classrooms, youth programs, child care programs and community centers.
Schoolyards & Sustainability Sat, Nov. 22 10 a.m.-noon

Buy Apples to Fund Farm Education
This fall, eating an apple a day comes with a bigger benefit than keeping the doctor away! If you shop at PCC, be sure to pick up specially marked Farm to School bags of Fuji apples. Proceeds support hands-on educational field trips for K-12 students to Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands and Garden Educator Workshops that show teachers how to create garden classrooms.

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 10/25/2014

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Mavis Butterfield on InstagramFollow me as I share some random goodness

planting vegetables in a stock tankGarden Updates

chino the handyman

Remodel Updates

Freezer Meal - Black Bean and Pumpkin Chili

Recipes

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Mornings with Mavis 

10 Ways to Make Your Produce Last Longer

Tips and Tricks

crazy iphone text messages

Weekly Shopping Trips and Other Stories

Videos

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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Plant Tulip Bulbs in Fall for a Colorful Spring Garden

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mass-planting-tulip-bedsI know it’s starting to get a little gray and gloomy out there, so it seems odd to be thinking color right now. But even though planting might be the last thing on your mind, tulip bulbs shouldn’t be. I’m talking all about fall bulb planting in my latest eHow article: Plant Tulip Bulbs Now for Fall Color.

When my daughter was 3 years old, we made a our first trip to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in La Conner, Wash. That trip really opened a whole new world to me. I had no clue there were so many tulip varieties available, and ever since that trip, I’ve tried to plant a few new varieties each spring.

My all time favorite tulip variety is the Parrot Tulip. Their frayed edges make me swoon and every fall when I pass by the big tulip displays at the store, I just have to grab a few bulbs to add to my collection. 

Read the full article HERE.

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Friday Night at the Movies – The Big Year

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I recently watched The Big Year on a flight, and I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised.  I was expecting goofy and ridiculous, but it was actually amusing and clever.  If you are looking for a light-hearted feel-good movie, you should totally check it out.  It’s about three men, each in different phases of their life, who go on a year long adventure {turned competition} to do all of the things they always dreamed about doing.

the big year

Let me know what you think if you decide to watch it–or if you have already seen it.

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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Looking for more movies?

Check out the full list of my Friday Night at the Movies Selections or click on over & look at all the movies on Amazon Instant Video. There are a ton of videos to choose from that will cost you absolutely nothing {nada, zilch, free-o} with Amazon Prime; like thousands of regular movies & TV shows & hundreds of documentaries {Wahoo!}. Get all the details HERE!

 

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Mavis’ Remodel Blog Day 24 – What is the Best Counter Top for White Cabinets?

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installing new white kitchen cabinets

Cameron has been busy installing our new kitchen cabinets this week. He’s a newbie. This is his first time installing kitchen cabinets so it’s taking him a little longer than it normally would. But that’s okay, we’ve all got to learn. I have no problem with being Chino the Handyman’s guinea pig as long as it’s going to save me a little bit of money in the end. ;)
timberlake sonoma white linen kitchen cabinets

Last night, after Cameron was all done installing the white cabinets and had gone home, the HH and I figured out that the cabinet guy ordered the wrong sized cabinets for above the refrigerator. They’re about 3 inches too long. Oops! Oh well, what’s another week or two… right? It’s an easy fix and it won’t interfere with the floors, counter tops or backslash tile being installed so I am not freaking out.

timberlake sonoma white linen cabinets

The view out the kitchen window is going to be AWESOME, don’t you think?

measuring kitchen counter tops

Javier the counter top guy also stopped by to take measurements. Chino warned me ahead of time the original counter top I had picked out was out of stock and I needed to pick a new one. Which actually was a blessing in disguise because I played it safe the first time {like I always do} and chose something very neutral that I was not 10 million times in love with {My white kitchen cabinets are an exception though}.

To quote Dorkis Lane from Larkrise to Candlford “it’s my one weakness.” And I do it every time when it comes to choosing paint, counter tops or cabinet colors. In the back of my mind I’m always thinking… what will the people who buy this house from us like? What can I put in here that won’t turn someone off  when it comes time to sell the house?  I hate that I won’t just GO FOR IT and pick something I am truly in love with.

the best counter top for white cabinets

I am truly in love with one of the counter top samples above though. Like, as in, I knew the second I saw it that’s what I wanted to install in the new kitchen but was too afraid to take the plunge.

To get a general consensus though, I called up my friend {and new neighbor} The Church Lady and asked her to pop over for a second and give her opinion. I asked Javier which counter top he would choose to go with the white cabinets and the HH as well. And to my surprise, each of them picked the same thing {without me telling them which counter top sample I liked best first}.

brown and black granite counter top#1 Santa Cecilia Granite

serra quartz white cabinets

#2 Serra Pental Quartz
safari polished quartz

#3 Safari Polished Quartz giallo ornamental granite white cabinets

#4 Giallo Ornamental Granite

Which one would YOU choose? Which one do you think would go best with white cabinets and a dark hardwood floor?

~Mavis

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Free Kindle Books, Santa Express Train Tickets, Slippers, Boys Clothing, Online Sales, Recipes and More

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I am totally jumping for joy today because I just found out there won’t be any workers at our house this weekend! Wahooooo! You can bet I plan on hanging out in my pj’s all weekend painting walls and puttering around the garden {if it ever stops raining}. I hope you get to relax this weekend too. :)

Peace Out Girl Scouts,

Mavis

lucky jeans

Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day - 50% Off Lucky Brand Denim for the whole family. Prices starting at $16.25.

garmin fit band

Also on sale today is the Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band for $99.99 shipped. Both my daughter and my friend Jen have one of these and they just go on and on about how cool it is. The Garmin Vivofit Fitness band is the only fitness band that greets you with a personalized daily goal, tracks your progress and reminds you when it’s time to move.

free kindle books

Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can. Don’t have a Kindle? Download the kindle app on your other devices. It’s easy! :)

Ruffio the Animal DeerAmazon has Ruffio the Animal Deer on sale for $22.77!!! The reviews on this thing are crazy good too. If you have a little one on your Christmas list ofr are looking for a super fun birthday gift for a little one {that will wear them out} Ruffio the Animal Deer is the best thing ever.

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You can never go wrong with Rice Krispie Treats, especially when they look this adorable and Halloweenish! Check out how to make these colorful Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats HERE. Find more cool projects on my Halloween Pinterest Board.

boys ninja turtle shirts

I know it’s fall, but now is a great time to stock up on boys shirt and short sets for next summer. Amazon has shirt and shorts sets on sale for as low as $4.50. Here are just a few of the deals available:

Shop Boys Shirts and Short Sets

UNIONBAY  Moccasins

Grab a pair of  UNIONBAY Yum Moccasins for $18 shipped. There are a ton of different styles to choose from.

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It’s never too early to catch a great holiday deal! Get started on your holiday shopping this year at Vistaprint, starting with 50% off all holiday cards and calendars. Just enter the promo code BEMERRY at checkout and save on holiday products!

gymboree fall sale

Gymboree 40% off everything {and some items are  even 80% off} at Gymboree!

hobby farms magazine

Here are the latest Deals from Discount Magazine:

These deals will expire tonight 10/23/14 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

apple-coffee-cake-recipe

When I get my kitchen back {man, I sure miss it!}, one of the first things I’m baking is this Apple Coffee Cake. It’s a really perfect way to use up that fall apple crop {apples are so cheap this time of year!}. Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

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REI Outlet Deal of the Day - The North Face Grizzly Pack Jacket $69.73 {was $140} shipped.

cents of style

Cents of Style is having big Clearance sale today. Shoes, jewelry, scarves, are on sale plus much more for just $5.95 each PLUS shipping is free. Plus, score an additional 10% off when you use code FALLSALE at checkout which would make everything just $5.35 each! Start Shopping the Cents of Style Deals.

santa express train ride

Groupon is offering a $31 for a Santa Express Train Ride for Two from Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad and Museum {Up to $62 Value}. New to Groupon? Join Groupon Here! Already a Groupon member… Go HERE to see this deal.

johnsons baby lotion

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Mavis Butterfield’s Budget-Savvy Halloween Crafts on King 5 News

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I stopped by the King 5 Studios today to make some fun and inexpensive crafts on New Day Northwest and things got a little out of control with co-host Jim Dever {of course it did!}. Here’s the video in case you missed it.

Have a great night everyone,

~ Mavis

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