How to Stabilize / Reinforce Dining Chairs


We’ve been taking it pretty easy around here lately. This summer has been the busiest I can remember, and now that we’re back from the World Longest Yard Sale (our last commitment before my baby is due… in March), we’re just enjoying family time and soaking up what’s left of the summer. I may never make plans to leave the house ever again. Nick recently took a new position at his job, and it means he’s back on 1st shift (after 1.5 years of being on 2nd shift).  This has been a serrrrrious adjustment for us… ok mostly ME. I got very … [Read more...]

Paint & Trim Updates // Dining Room


One of the first things we did when we moved into our house was UNDO the teal sponge-painting job in the dining room. At the time, we didn’t really have a design vision for our home yet, we just knew the sponge-painting had to go. Like yesterday. We went with this lovely ‘celery’ shade, and it served us well for several years. Since then, we removed the wall between the living room and dining room, replaced our dining table, added a linoleum area rug,  refinished the dining table, added this credenza, and patched the 114-year-old … [Read more...]

Preschool? REALLY?


I used to be one of those people that rolled my eyes at ALLLLLL the pictures parents posted of their kids on the first day of school. A good week to take a break from Facebook if you ask me… because you’re missing nothing. Well today I’m eating my words, because the girls started PRESCHOOL this morning. As you can see 50% of my small litter of children are stoked. The other 50% is whining about the sun in her eyes. I wasn’t sure how I (or the girls) would handle this big life event, but everything went smoothly… without any tears! I had a … [Read more...]

Habitat Home Reveal 2014


I was all pumped to write this post this morning, and even woke up early to write it while the girls were still sleeping. But then my computer was ungodly-slow, and I quickly went from frustration to my best ugly-cry. So I removed myself from the situation and shut down my obviously-overworked-computer. And now that it’s naptime and I’m back at it? WRITER’S BLOCK. So that should explain why I’m just blathering on and on. Shall we just do this home reveal already? Aren’t we a swell-looking group? These girls were hilarious and fun, and … [Read more...]

Habitat Reveals {Dining/Kitchen, Boy’s Room}


Dudes… I’m sorry for leaving you hanging yesterday, but there was just too much content and I didn’t want to rush through it! In case you missed it click here to read about our experience with the GMC Hidden Treasure Hunt. We traveled along The World’s Longest Yard Sale, snagged some treasures along the way, and fixed up/furnished a home for a family in need in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity! We left you yesterday with a photo of the house… still empty and waiting for some TLC. It was bright and early in the morning, and we had our … [Read more...]

GMC Hidden Treasure Adventure

Our GMC Habitat Adventure! {Sawdust and Embryos}

Nick and I just returned from the most amazing, exhausting, rewarding, stressful, memorable week of our entire lives. After being in 4 different airports, driving 1,105 miles, sleeping in 5 different hotels, having a cancelled flight and lost luggage….ummmmm we’re ready for a nap. A few months ago, we were asked by GMC to participate in adventure with a beautiful cause behind it. Along with a group of other bloggers, we would be flown to Atlanta, and spend 4 days driving along the World’s Longest Yard Sale… picking up treasures along the way … [Read more...]

Murphy Table for the Tots


By now, if you follow us on Facebook or Instagram, you know that we’re participating in the GMC/Habitat for Humanity ‘Treasure Hunt Challenge’… which involves traveling along the World’s Longest Yardsale (my personal heaven on earth), snagging some great buys, and fixing up a house for a family in need at the end! Can you think of anything more fun and rewarding? If anything’s gonna snap me out of my pregnancy-induced-coma, it’s going to be a yard sale that’s 700 miles long. #thatsright But today, since I have some down-time (and because I … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Dippers


Hi! Its Meghan from Cupcakes with Sprinkles back and so excited to be here! Its hot in Utah. I have been trying to bake a little less because of the heat but the other day I was so in the mood for cinnamon rolls. So I found these cinnamon roll dippers and thought they would be a little less labor intensive. They were perfect. These are little cinnamon cookies. Almost even like pie crust cookies. They are light and flaky, sweet and cinnamony. AND dipped in some cold and whipped sweetened whipped cream. These are perfect cookies for the hot … [Read more...]

Pregnancy / Life Update


Mornin’ friends! And Happy Friday to you! I’m just stopping in to share a little life update… Are ya ready? I’M SICK. I’m not complaining by any means, but I felt that my loyal readers deserved to know why I’ve been MIA here on the blog. I’m not going to go into any details, but let’s just say I feel icky and nothing is getting done around the house. I actually don’t mind the reminder of the tiny miraculous life growing in me. This ultrasound pic was from 8 weeks… the baby is the little gray blob. The white ‘O’ is the yolk … [Read more...]

Wooden Paddle Boat

Build a simple Wooden Toy Paddle Boat that's powered by rubberbands! {Sawdust and Embryos}

Hey All, Nick here. I have been thinking a lot about wooden toys lately.  I am not sure if it is because of the impact that Bethany’s Grandfather had on her family as a child (he was notorious for building toys for the grandchildren… like this dollhouse)  or the fact that toys now a days are just LAME! I have spent countless hours looking for sweet wind-up bath toys like the ones I had as a tot… only to come up empty handed.  BOO! So let’s go through this.  Shall we? The girls and I started by making a template (template is … [Read more...]