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Jessica Bruno

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Our master bedroom nightmare closet

I hope you all had a great Easter! We enjoyed brunch at a local restaurant and then spent the afternoon outside soaking up the sun! Our master bedroom closet is a nightmare and in need of some TLC. Now that the master bathroom is completed, the bedroom and closet are next on the list of things to do. This closet is not very big and unfortunately, is fairly narrow. While it does have a newer wire shelving unit installed, it’s not very functional.

master bedroom closet before-1

As you can see, the clothes and shoes are wreaking havoc in our closet! I swear, this is why I always am behind on laundry, I never have a place to put the clean clothes. There is something to say for proper clothes storage. Whether it be a closet organizer with shelves and cubbies or dressers large enough for bulky clothes, proper clothes storage is a necessity.

master bedroom closet before-1

I have no idea what I plan on doing with this closet to make it more functional but I do know that getting rid of 75% of the clothes will help! ha. I bagged up over 7 garbage bags full for the Salvation Army and disposed of the rest. I figured, if I haven’t worn it in two seasons, it needs to go away. I think I wear the same outfits every week, does anyone else do that? They always consist of the same couple pairs of yoga pants and favorite fitted t-shirt. Stay tuned to see what happens to our master bedroom. If you follow us on facebook, I posted this bedroom update of the empty room and my husband’s response :) hehe.

Hamburger Casserole

Hamburger casserole is one of the few casserole’s that my seven year old will eat. He has issues with food being mixed together but for some reason, he loves this. It’s quick, easy and delicious. This is one of those dinners that you can make for a large crowd or if you prefer left overs for a couple days, this does the trick!

hamburger casserole

Hamburger Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 bag 12 ounce No Yolk egg noodles
  • 1 15 ounce tomato sauce
  • 1.5 lbs lean ground beef
  • 2 tbsp crushed garlic
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 1 bag shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • salt, pepper and italian seasoning

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil, garlic and onions until onions are browned and then brown ground beef. Once beef is browned, add tomato sauce and simmer
  • Cook egg noodles according to package directions
  • Mix cottage cheese, sour cream and cooked egg noodles in a dish
  • Grease bottom of glass 9x13 baking dish and layer noodle mixture, meat and cheddar cheese and repeat. I did two layers.
  • Season to taste with italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
  • Bake 25 minutes at 375 degrees or until top is browned and cheese is melted.
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Adapted from Pioneer Woman

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Hamburger casserole is sure to be a crowd pleaser. It’s rich cheese texture is absolutely delicious and pairs nicely with fresh greens and garlic bread. So what do you think, is this dinner for tonight? My grandmother loves this dish and still has a plate left for lunch this afternoon :). Looking for other recipe ideas, be sure to check out “our kitchen” page.

My grandfather……..is a piece of work

Don’t get me wrong, I love my grandfather dearly and there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for him but he is a piece of work. Literally. Never in a million years did I think I would be living with the man. My grandparents have their own space in the converted garage which makes it nice, because when you live with four generations, you all need your own space. Even if it is just one or two rooms to hide in!

Lets just say, I don’t do well with laundry and I made the mistake of telling him I had a bazillion loads to do. It’s the biggest thorn in my side and it’s always there. Even though we have this new laundry space, it still gets away from me!

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Many times I will hang out with my grandparents at night for a few minutes, just chatting and sharing what I do all day.  He hasn’t quite grasped the concept that our blog is now my full time job and creating and conquering DIY projects is a big part of that job. Many times I am on the computer writing blog posts and sharing our content on social media, returning emails and trying to stay organized. I guess that could look like doing nothing. My dad has even chimed in on occasion and said, “don’t you get sick of looking at that computer all day?”

My grandfather’s famous line, “kid, what do you do all day?”

my grandfather is a piece of work

“oh nothing”

If you follow us on instagram, you saw me post this a couple weeks ago. My grandfather didn’t even have electricity when he was growing up so I guess I cannot expect him to understand the world we live in these days with the internet, social media and electronics.

The gap between my grandparents generation and my generation is huge and then add in my son’s generation, well that is a completely different ball game. That story is for another day ;).

PS. he is recovering nicely from second hospital stay last week.  I told him, he better knock being sick because the good weather is almost here and he needs to start enjoying it! Oh, and don’t forget to enter the $100 Home Depot gift card giveaway, it’s still going on!

Master Bathroom Resource List + update

What a weekend…..and I don’t mean that in a good way :(.  My grandfather landed himself back in the hospital with pneumonia in his other lung this time and then I ended up getting it as well. Good grief we are a mess here! If you follow us on facebook, you know he came home late Saturday night so he is on the mend. Last week we shared our master bathroom makeover and many of you emailed and commented wondering where many of the items were from.

Master Bathroom Resource List

master bathroom makeover {before & After} www.fourgenerationsoneroof.com #SWPaintingweek

1. Valence – Target

2. Shower Curtain and baskets – Home Goods

3. Towel Rod – Target

4. Wall color: Composed by Sherwin-Williams / Trim & Vanity color: Extra white by Sherwin-Williams

5. Bath mat – Marshalls

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I spray painted the mirror white and used towels that I already had to hang on the towel rod. The framed image is a piece of scrap book paper placed inside a white frame that was in our storage closet.

master bathroom resource list.

Now I’m off to open every single window in our house to air it out! See you later germs!

Be sure to checkout the full master bathroom reveal for more pictures and inspiration. Giving a bathroom a makeover in a weekend is definitely doable and most certainly can be done on a budget. I only purchased a few new items which kept this makeover reasonably priced. Want more bathroom inspiration? Check out my husband’s bathroom and our kitchen half bath.

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Our Spring Mudroom Wall Makeover + Home Depot giveaway

Our mudroom wall unit that we created over a year ago has been a blessing in keeping our coats and shoes organized. Unfortunately, our home lacks in closet space so the coats would continually pile up on a chair near our side entrance. This mudroom wall, loaded with coat hooks and a DIY shoe storage box, got a pretty new makeover recently sporting new spring colors compliments of Procter and Gamble and Home Depot. 

Spring mudroom wall makeover #brightideas

Seriously, I love this springy space! A big difference from the pile up of coats from winter.

Good riddance winter!

 Spring mudroom wall makeover #brightideas

I headed to The Home Depot and picked up my cleaning supplies and some new paint. Don’t be afraid to add a pop of color to one element in your space. The tangerine color that I added to the lid of the shoe box was just enough color to add a wow factor to the wall.

First, I started by removing all of the winter coats and boots storing them in our basement closet. Once everything was removed I cleaned the shoe storage box out with Mr. Clean with Febreez and bounty paper towels. Nothing better than a clean smelling shoe box! ha.

Spring mudroom wall makeover #brightideas

Easy.

Spring mudroom wall makeover #brightideas

It’s amazing what a little cleaner, water and elbow grease will do for a space.

spring mudroom makeover #brightideas In about one hour, this box was cleaned out and freshened up.

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After a coat of white paint and tangerine for the top, the shoe box is ready for spring!

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Orange is one of my favorite colors and it coordinates with just about every other color (in my mind) so I thought it fitting for this wall space.

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Ahhhh, sunglasses and a pretty blue purse. It was a happy day making over this wall space.

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Are you ready to enter to win a $100 Home Depot Gift Card plus a few new cleaning supplies? Enter below via the rafflecopter widget.

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The winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another will be drawn. Products shown above may not be the products you receive with your $100 gift card.

spring mudroom wall makeover #brightideas

I am so happy to be done with winter and even more happy that our spring mudroom wall area is clean and decluttered. The pop of orange is just what the space needed to liven it up for spring. You can find more inspiration to Bring in Spring at www.finditathomedepot.com. There are many other talented bloggers showing off their spring makeovers so don’t miss out, head over and see them now!

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Procter & Gamble and Home Depot. I was compensated for this post but rest assured, all opinions and words are 100% my own.

Building a Creatively Made Business + Giveaway!

I am really excited to announce the new Building a Creatively Made Business 2.0  over at Jen Rizzo! Do you know Jen? She is super kind, talented and a great blogging friend. She has launched this fabulous e-course along with two other talented bloggers. Isn’t that fabulous? Keep reading because she is giving away a free “1/2 hour business consult” to a lucky reader.

Building a creatively made business, A new e-course to help you grow your business.

If you took the last e-course, you know how much information was shared and how motivational and amazing it was! They want to be the mentors for you that they never had. The three of them have been learning as they go, and they want to make your path easier and motivate and inspire you! They want to support your dream because you can be more than you have ever imagined.

Building a Creatively Made Business 2.0 is full of their experiences in building successful businesses. It not only has tons of new information and content, but also includes some of the best content from the original class as well.

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Are you a dreamer?

Do you have ideas, dreams and a beautiful product to go with it?

Have you been putting off starting your own business?

Do you feel stuck in the online business you have already created?

Do you just need someone to take your hand and walk you through the process?

It is time to take yourself and your dreams seriously.

Let’s start at the beginning.

Join them for a three week journey in building a “Creatively Made Business 2.0”.

 SOME of the topics they will cover, Setting up your business, Websites, Social networking, Promoting your business, Pricing and staying competitive, Photographing your product, Setting yourself apart, Growing your brand, Markets and shows, Lookbooks, E-Courses, Manufacturing, Reproducing your work and Keeping the books.

Each week you will hear from other guest business owners and they will share what they wish they would have known and give you their best piece of advice.

You will have access to the jeanneoliver.ning.com community and Facebook group so you can connect with other business owners (or dreamers) in the class.

Each of the three weeks we will have a live chat where you can ask questions.

You will have printable  PDFs each week that will help you brainstorm, take notes and see your business with clarity.

All sessions are pre-recorded and available as videos for you to watch at your convenience.  You will learn at your own pace and around your own schedule.

Growth, dreams and possibilities are right around the corner.

Registration is now open!

The course will begin May 20th and will be available for one year.

Early registration price is $49.  The price will go to $59 on May 1st.

There is nothing better than learning from the pro’s and honestly, why reinvent the wheel? This is a fantastic opportunity to learn from three women who have been there and done that!

Giveaway: 1/2 hour business consult with Jen Rizzo

To enter to win, just leave a comment about what holds you back in your current business or is preventing you from starting one. What is your biggest obstacle! Giveaway is open until April 16th at midnight. A winner will be drawn randomly and you will be notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize or a new one will be drawn.

 If you don’t win a spot, no worries, just click the “registration is now open” link above and you can purchase your spot there. Good luck!  

Our Curb Appeal Project {before}

After every winter, about this time when the snow starts melting, we start getting anxious to get outside and clean up the flower beds. This year, curb appeal is top on the list of projects. Lets just say between the snow and dogs, the grass and flower beds are a disaster. This is a three part series sponsored by Spectracide and I couldn’t have been more happy to have been asked to participate in their “Back Yard Project Series.”

We have a few flower beds around our home and this one happens to be one of the largest. As you can see, the hydrangeas and their surroundings are looking a little pathetic!

I plan on raking out the entire bed and creating a clean area to spread new mulch. Unfortunately, as you can see, the weed blocking fabric got chewed up by the snow blower and needs to be completely removed.

This is one of my inspirational photos to keep me motivated! I will not be adding the rock border but a simple grass edge border instead. I absolutely love how clean and fresh this flower bed looks.

Better Homes & Gardens

Once everything is removed, I plan on creating a new edge to separate the flower bed from the grass area. Once the edging is complete, I will spread Spectracide weed and grass killer and allow it to dry completely before I add new mulch.

I swear weeds love our yard! Sometimes I think they invade only our yard and leave the neighbors alone :). I know you know what I mean! Do you have a problem with weeds and grass taking over your yard or flower beds?

Towards the end of last summer, the grass managed to take over a portion of the flower bed. The edge essentially disappeared.

Adding curb appeal to your home not only adds value but for us, it’s a sense of pride. Our yard requires ongoing maintenance but if you do it yourself and see the beautiful results, it leaves you feeling accomplished and very proud. We are all about DIY here at our home, inside and out. Looking forward to the snow melting and getting started on this outdoor project. Stay tuned, we’ll be back in a couple weeks during the process of renovating and restoring our existing flower beds.

To all of my yard warriors, whether you are after a total yard overhaul or just want to keep your yard looking its best, visit the Spectracide Facebook page for tips and savings to get started.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Spectracide. The opinions and text are all mine.

Our Master Bathroom {before & after}

Our master bathroom isn’t very big but I am the only one who uses it so it is perfect for me. Last week I shared a sneak peek of our new green and white master and boy, what a difference paint can make! It’s amazing how clean, fresh and bright this small space looks. Our master bathroom makeover is sponsored by Sherwin-Williams as part of National Painting Week and the color Composed, is what transformed this space from drab to fab.

master bathroom makeover {before & After} www.fourgenerationsoneroof.com #SWPaintingweekThe master bathroom before was lacking in character in style. It was a space that was thrown together when we moved in a few years ago using left over items from our previous home.

master bathroom makeover {before & After} www.fourgenerationsoneroof.com #SWPaintingweek

See what I mean by a little bit of paint can completely transform a space?

The color Composed, by Sherwin-Williams Emerald Interior (Satin finish), is a deep dark green but gives the spa feel that I was going after. The goal was to complete this project on a minimal budget.

I did purchase a new shower curtain, towel rod, bath mat and baskets.

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I painted all of the trim and vanity a fresh new white (Extra white/Emerald Interior by Sherwin-Williams) color in a semi gloss finish.

Here is another before picture:

master bathroom makeover {before & After} www.fourgenerationsoneroof.com #SWPaintingweek

The vanity prior was a cream color and it didn’t coordinate at all so painting it white was necessary. I am hoping to add new hardware at some point but that is for another day.

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I used two small finish nails and gently tapped them into the side of the vanity to hang the basket. The basket is perfect for toilet paper or even a magazine if that floats your boat in the bathroom ;).

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A new towel rod, an inexpensive white valence and a set of new white towels added the finishing touches to the space.

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I spray painted the existing black mirror white which helped keep me within my budget.

spring master bathroom makeover

and after,

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Here is one more before and after,

spring master bathroom makeover

after,

master bathroom makeover {before & After} www.fourgenerationsoneroof.com #SWPaintingweek

The lime green hand towel and checkered towel add the perfect contrast to the dark green on the walls. Don’t be afraid to mix in different shades of the same color. I was pleasantly surprised how the lime and composed/green looked together. I am so pleased with how our master bathroom makeover turned out. If you are looking for more paint projects and ideas, be sure to check out SWPaintingWeek.com as well as these other fabulous blogger projects over at Vintage Revivals (niece’s bedroom) and Simply Grove (side table). You MUST jump over and see their projects today, they are amazing! Oh and guess what, these three rockstar bloggers are sharing their projects tomorrow, Thistlewood Farm (study)I Heart Naptime (son’s bedroom)House of Earnest (console) and many more bloggers throughout the week. You won’t be disappointed!

So, are you ready to paint your master bathroom now? Ready. Set. Go!

Update:Wondering where I bought something? Be sure to checkout the resource list for this bathroom makeover.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Sherwin-Williams and I was compensated for this post. All opinions and words are 100% my own. I think the bathroom is fabulous!

Organization in my son’s dresser {nasty!}

Project organization took place this weekend in our house. It wasn’t planned, it was a case of my son having a minor melt down because he never can find matching socks which made me have a bigger melt down because his dresser drawers are a nightmare. It’s a constant daily battle trying to get him organized and be able to get himself dressed without my help. So I decided to purchase a few inexpensive plastic kitchen organizers at Home Goods and use them inside his drawers to keep his things corralled in one place.

organization kids dresser drawer

Here is the before:

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I emptied the drawers and lined them with shelf liner.

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Isn’t the shelf liner pretty?

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These plastic bins with a rubber bottom are perfect for drawers.

organization dresser drawer-2

I weeded through the socks and threw out the old and randoms ones.

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Now the drawers are organized. Yay!

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Plastic bins and small baskets are perfect for keeping smaller items in drawers organized. The plastic or wooden silverware organizers would be perfect for jewelry and cuff links. My husband said to me, “I need those for my drawers!” Don’t we all honey.

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This organization project was fairly quick and easy. Weeding through the old items and matching up the socks was the hardest part, but honestly it didn’t take long. I basically threw everything in the trash and as you can see, he needs a few new pairs :). Be sure to checkout our other organization projects from earlier this year, our craft drawer, pantry closet, bathroom closet, vanity and refrigerator organization project.

Our easy dinner ideas {March recap}

Thank goodness March is over! Between my grandfather being in the hospital, my mom having surgery and the nasty cold weather, March was a long month. Here is a quick look at our easy dinner ideas from March. We don’t normally do to much gourmet cooking around here as we need quick, easy and a dish that usually provides left overs. I am working on the gallery slider below. It’s a little jumpy right now but bare with me as we are trying to get it fixed. Use the arrow keys to scroll through the dinner ideas.

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Our Chicken &Broccoli Casserole

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Use your arrow keys on your computer or at the top of the post to scroll through our yummy gallery ;)

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