Thursday, May 15, 2014

Master Closet {Reveal}

Finally, the day you've all been waiting for... Okay, so maybe I am a bit dramatic, but I am finally posting the pictures of our master closet renovation! In case you missed it you can find the before here, part 2 here, and part 3 here.

Let's start with the wall color reveal. I know it's bold, but a closet should be cheerful!

wall/closet color

Then we hung the shelves one section at a time.

Don't laugh at my facial expression... That things was heavy (especially for this weakling!) Also, I apologize for the blurriness, the picture was taken in a hurry (for obvious reasons).

And now...

We have a big full length mirror that we still need to hang, but everything else is finished!

You'll notice that we still have boxes stacked in the corner. Joel has reserved that spot for a gun safe. As soon as we have saved for it, we will buy one and put it in there.

Look at all the shoe storage I have now!!

I even have built jewelry storage! Now I just need to fill it with my jewelry.

We even have art work hanging on the wall!

Y'all Joel did such a great job making this a dream closet!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Meal Planning Monday - May 13

Monday - Me: Bunco, Boys: on there own

Tuesday - Texas Roadhouse for school fund raiser

Wednesday - Enchiladas

Thursday - Fish and veggies

Friday - Pizza

Saturday - Grilled chicken salad

Sunday - Tacos

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Throwback Thursday - May 8

This throwback is dedicated to my first Mother's Day. The day did not go according to plan, you can read all about that here.

But this little boy made my day and still does!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Smart Money Smart Kids

~ A gentle reminder: Hooked on the Howards uses Amazon referral links. When you do your shopping through the Amazon links on this page, you support the blog at no cost to yourself. It’s much appreciated!~  

If you have read this blog anytime at all, then you know that Joel and I are huge fans of Dave Ramsey. We have been following his baby steps and are almost debt free! You can read more about our whole debt journey here.

This past Thursday, Dave and his daughter Rachel were in town for a book signing. They co-wrote a new book called "Smart Money Smart Kids". It is all about "raising the next generation to win with money". You can check it out here.

barnes and noble book signing

I talked Joel into coming with me and we ended up being 12 in line! We got our book signed and our FPU certificate signed. But that's not even the best part.

smart money smart kids

At each of the book signing they have been giving away $2,000 toward a college scholarship fund! Joel and I both entered to win and wouldn't you know... JOEL WON!!

barnes and noble book signing

We got to be 'interviewed' by Dave right there in Barnes and Noble and then we had our picture taken with Dave and Rachel!

scholarship winner

Y'all we have not started a college fund for Landry yet. We are still on baby step 2. So winning this is HUGE HUGE! When we got to the car and the realization of what just happened hit me I cried. This is as if we had put away $1000 per year of Landry's life. This is not the gift of $2000, it is so much more. We are going to invest this over the next 16 years and by the time Landry heads to college this money will have grown to much much more.

Dave and Rachel,
I doubt you read my little blog, but if you do "Thank you from the bottom of our hearts"!
Joel, Carissa, and Landry

Monday, May 5, 2014

Meal Planning Monday

budget meal planning

Monday - Pepperoni Casserole

Tuesday - Baked chicken and green beans

Wednesday - Chicken squares

Thursday - Tilapia and corn

Friday - Breakfast for dinner at Emily's birthday

Saturday - Mom conference

Sunday- Kitchen closed for Mother's Day