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Rustic Ikea Rast Hack

While in Dallas a couple of weeks ago we popped into Ikea to pick up two of the Rast dressers to use as our nightstands.  They come in raw wood and I knew I either wanted to stain or paint them and add new hardware.

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We got home and I got to work.  I ended up using the Minwax Classic Gray stain and finishing them off with Annie Sloan Dark Wax.  I wanted it to resemble barnwood.

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This was just after applying a coat of the Minwax stain.

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And this is the finished product with a layer of the Annie Sloan dark wax applied.

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Lauren - Okay, do you think a proclaimed non DIY’er could do this? I LOVE it!
Where are the knobs from?

Colleen - I love this, Jenny! Great work!

Jenny Collier - I am totally a non-DIYer. It was so simple…I promise!

Jenny Collier - Thank you so much!

Chicken, Mushroom, and Bell Pepper Marinara over Mung Bean Fettucine

I have mentioned before that my friends, Lauren, Samantha, and I created a Facebook Advocare 24 Day Challenge group in September of last year.  We were doing a group challenge and wanted a place to post recipe ideas, ask questions, and just be a support system for one another.  When starting the group we laughed and thought if nobody wanted to take the challenge along with us at least it will be a place for the three of us to converse.  Much to our surprise we now have over 560 people in this group.  Lives have been changed in more ways than one.

One of my favorite parts of this group is sharing our meal plans and favorite recipes.  Clean eating doesn’t have to be boring and we all have cravings of foods that used to be a normal part of our lives…like pasta!  A fellow challenger discovered the gold that is mung bean fettucine.  Made up of only mung beans & water you wouldn’t believe how much it resembles (and tastes like) pasta.

I took one of my favorite pasta recipes (formerly served with rigatoni and a handful of parmesan) and cleaned it up to add a little variety and flavor to our diets:

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Chicken, Mushroom, and Bell Pepper Marinara over Mung Bean Fettucine:

1 lb chicken breast

2 green bell peppers cut into thin strips

2 cloves of garlic

1 lb fresh mushrooms, sliced

clean marinara

1 pkg mung bean fettucine

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1/4 tsp black pepper


Cook mung bean Fettucine as directed.

Heat oil in a deep large skillet on medium heat.  Add chicken, garlic, and black pepper.  Mix well.  Cook 5 minutes.  Add mushrooms and green peppers, stir.  Cook 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.  Stir in marinara sauce.  Simmer for 5 minutes.

Drain fettucine and place in a large bowl.  Add half of the chicken mixture and mix.  Top with remaining chicken mixture.


Editing your iPhone pictures

Today on Every Day Cheer I am giving some tips & tricks for editing iPhone photos.  Be sure to head over to check it out!



Spring Style for Toddler Boys & Girls

We’re hoping spring weather is just around the corner after a blustery winter.  My kids have outgrown almost all of their clothing!  Ella jumped from a 2t to a 4t (which she’s almost already outgrown) within a year!  And Hudson is finally growing also!  So, needless to say we are on the hunt for some new spring & summer clothing.  Today, I wanted to share some of the pieces I wish to add to their spring wardrobes. spring style_girl


spring style guide for toddler boys

V-Neck Tee | Rainbow Sandals | Fleece Moto Jacket | Vest | Camo Tee | Colored Jeans | Hoodie | Cargo Shorts | Vans


kilee - Jenny- this is so cute! Perfect looks. I have a random question for you- what fonts did you use for this collage? Also what font is your logo? I love them both and am looking for some new font for a project I’m working on.

Kilee Nickels - Jenny- this is so cute! Perfect looks. I have a random question for you- what fonts did you use for this collage? Also what font is your logo? I love them both and am looking for some new font for a project I’m working on.

Mamarazzi Webinar

Those of you that have been asking for an online Mamarazzi class…today is your lucky day!  Ashley and I are hosting our first webinar on Saturday, April 12th.

Mamarazzi Webinar

Cost:  $175.00 includes a PDF version of our workbook as well as access to an alumni-only private Facebook group where you can ask questions and communicate with us long after the class.  Purchase your seat here:

What we will cover:  The basics of photography including what aperture, shutter speed, and ISO are and how they work together.  We’ll go from shooting in auto or semi-automatic modes to shooting in manual and nailing the exposure of each photo you take (Hooray for no more dark or blurry images!).  We’ll also talk about lighting, composition, and how to take more creative storytelling photos of your child.

How it will work:  We will meet online at 10am CST.  Ashley and I will go over our presentation as you watch.  As we go through if you have any questions our moderator will pass them along to us.  You will also be emailed a recorded copy of the class afterward to re-watch if need be.

It will be a first for us…but we have absolutely loved teaching this class for the last four years and are excited to teach those of you who can’t make it to Oklahoma for a class.  Can’t wait to see how your images change after just a few hours.  Reach out to us if you have any questions at

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