DIY Project: Large Art Print Frame for $20! Works for any size!

Hello Hello!
Happy last day of February! Spring is just around the corner! And although I cannot wait for the change in weather, I do have to say I’ll miss winter just a little bit. February is one of my favorite times (NO not because of Valentine’s), but because it my favorite person’s birthday, Kevin!
It’s always cold out during around his birthday, but we make a point to go out and do fun things or have relaxing cuddly or game filled nights together during this month. Everyone is a little sick of winter and snow and cold by this time so we make an attempt to spend time together and an effort to make those times fun!

Well for his birthday this year I decided to surprise him with a little DIY Project! Because nothing says I love you like macaroni art, kidding!
As you guys know, we’ve been moving and cleaning up our apartment in anticipation of the baby. One of the things we did was buy a buffet/credenza for the dining room (room/apartment tour with small changes coming soon). We got this one from Ikea (Regissor), to replace a small bookcase we had in that spot.


This Clint Eastwood poster is pretty old, it used to hang in Kevin’s father’s college dorm room! Which means it has tears, creasing, chipping, but also very precious to my hubby. We’ve talked about getting it framed but since its vintage and an odd size (not standard frame size), it would run us up about $500! We haven’t found anyone who would do a full frame cheaper than that, YET.
(we’re still hoping)
And we’re trying to start a family! So we’re not trying to spend that much money on a custom frame!
Well buying the large buffet kinda made the poster look a little more naked than usual, so I had an idea for dressing it up! Without spending so much $$ on it! And I figured it would make a nice surprise for Kevin 😉

Here’s a few more pics so you can get a better sense

You’ll Need:
4 common board pieces (cut to your desired size)
Medium Grade Sanding Sponge
Sawtooth Picture Frame Hanger (pack of 2)
4 Flat Corner Brace Pieces
Screws (16)
Nails (2)

*It cost me about $20 for supplies (NOT including the drill and hammer)

A little background on supplies; I went with common board because although it’s more pricey than rough cut wood, it has a more finished look. I got 2 pieces 2 1/2 inches wide for $5.50 and Home Depot cuts them to the size you want for free! Also, you should decide how wide you want the wood to be around your poster art print and since it’s basically putting a rectangle together, you will have “inside” pieces, so take that into consideration when measuring.


1. Lay out your pieces
You can see the pieces on the top and bottom are on the “inside” of the other two pieces. These are the sides of the frame in my case. Those “inside” pieces are NOT going to be the full length of the poster because I have to consider the other pieces that will make up the rest of the length. I had two 36″ pieces and two 30″ pieces for this poster.


2. Add the Flat corner brackets to each corner. This is how you’ll join the pieces together.

3. Use your drill and screws to secure each corner bracket. Your screws should only be long enough to go into your wood pieces a little less that half way. So get short screws that are not as thick as your wood.


4. Hammer in your Sawtooth Frame Hangers. Depending on how high above the poster or how low you want the frame to hang.
5. Use your Sanding Sponge to lightly sand and rough edges or corners on your frame. I gave it a light overall sand, especially in the seams where the wood pieces met.

6. Hammer in a couple of nails into the wall ABOVE your poster art print. Where the sawtooth hanger will rest. This poster is delicate so I did not want to ruin it. Hanging the nails ABOVE where your poster is on the wall will allow the frame to rest on top and over it.

*The frame lays on TOP and OVER the poster. The poster is NOT attached to the frame in any way. I was not trying to ruin our poster. 

If you have an inexpensive poster or something not precious/delicate, you can staple the poster to the frame and make it one complete piece.

You can also stain or paint the frame if you want to give it a more finished look!

I will probably stain the wood frame in the future, just not something I was going to do as a pregnant lady!


This DIY took me an hour to do! It was fast and pretty cheap!
It was a success and I’m pretty satisfied how this came out, it makes the poster look more finished and the best part is that you can make this for ANY size of poster or art print that you have!

Simple, easy, and budget friendly DIY projects can make a big difference to things in our home!


Reluctantly Adulting is back and….Kevin and Brenda are having a baby!

Guess who’s back? Back again.
Brenda’s back. Tell a friend!

Hellooo lovely folks!
It has been a long while since I’ve written a blog post, and let me tell you why. I’m having a baby! I’m currently 25 weeks (5 1/2 month) along and the reason why I took a break from blogging is because pregnancy has been hard for me.


How we told close friends who live far.

I suppose a little background is in order. Hubby and I decided at the end on 2016 that we wanted to try for a baby at the end of summer 2017. So I kept track of my menstrual cycle and figured out when I ovulated from the beginning of 2017. Mid June I stopped my birth control (pill), we used back up protection the rest of June and all of July. Come August we were officially “trying” (we tried more regularly on the 3 days before and after ovulation) and WE GOT PREGNANT!
Yup! We knew by mid September when I peed on “the” stick. It happened fast and easy for us. People hate us.
BUUUUT…’s pretty much been rough from the start.
I had some bleeding the first few weeks and it was very worry some, turns out I had an infection due to bacteria that changes once you get pregnant. I threw up almost every day up until a couple weeks ago. Which meant low weight gain. Nausea was pretty bad for the whole first trimester and I still get episodes once in a while. Indigestion sucks. But baby has been doing great the whole time! Plus the fatigue. I spent so much time just feeling exhausted for the first trimester and most of the second. I just wanted to rest and do nothing all the time.
Everyone says it was normal and to rest take it easy but I feel like I got NOTHING done!
A baby takes alot of time and preparation.


Average maternity look for me: leggings/jegging, long top, and oversize sweater.

Finally I’ve gotten a boost of energy and other symptoms have eased up, and I get to feel baby move all the time now 🙂
Now I’m in overdrive trying to get SO. MUCH. DONE.
It’s February 1st already! Baby will be here in May!
MAY guys!
That’s only 3 months away!
January has been the first true productive month for us. We have been cleaning and purging our small apartment. Yes, we decided that baby will be fine here in our 1 bedroom abode.It’s been quite the undertaking. But using some mind power and rearranging, to make a happy home for two adults, one 45lb dog, and soon to come baby. It’s all exciting and scary at the same time!

Typical us: Trying to get a cute 20 week New Year’s Eve pic. The halfway point of pregnancy.

So many things have been happening, and I’m excited to share with you guys all the changes and updates! I probably will be posting less frequently because things are just going to get a little hectic from now on!


On the docket this month:

*Finish purging/organizing the aprtment
*Setting up a registry
*Starting on the baby “nook”


Thank you for following along!
And as always; if you have any questions or comments and advice,
I love to hear from you!



We first announced the pregnancy on Halloween (2017)

Stuffed Loaf: The Perfect Picnic Food

Hello wonderful readers!
The end of summer is here and the weather is getting cooler, but that doesn’t mean picnic season is over. In fact, autumn fall weather is the best time for picnics, in my opinion! You guys know I love picnics, as I talked about it a little on my Summer Bucket List last week.  In summer I want cookouts and grilled food, refreshing beverages and watermelon; but in the fall I want picnics, watching the leaves change color, and getting cozy sharing a flannel blanket! The temperature dips is the perfect time to get close and comfy with your loved one 😉

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Summer Bucket List 2017: REVISITED

Hello Hello!
“The time has come.” the Walrus said, “To talk of many things”
Guuuuuyyyys….one more day and August is over. September is right around the corner! Literally.
Where did summer go??
I know, technically, it’s summer until September 21st, but with school back in session and temperatures cooling down, it does feel like the unofficial end of summer. Summers are always a little busy for us, family, travel, friends, activities, weddings. It’s great living in a city where there’s a lot going on, and family and friends who are willing to hang out or do fun things! Speaking of fun things, let’s reflect back on my Summer Bucket List, I wrote at the beginning of summer (June 7th) and see how much I was able to cross off this year!

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Wine and Cheese Pairing: A Tasting Party

Hi lovely readers!
Last month I did a quick and easy entertaining post, that involved delicious cheese! Well it seemed like you guys were big fans of it because I got a lot of positive responses to it! Your feedback and post ideas are a HUGE help to me!!! Honestly sometimes I get stuck and I have no clue what kind of content resonates with you guys, so I LOVE LOVE LOVE hearing from you! No comment or idea is too small to share ❤
So, thank you!

Through your response I have learned that everyone loves entertaining! And we all want to impress, whether you are hosting or whether you are a guest. You want to make a great impression that leaves people thinking you are fancy 😉

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Evanston’s Craft Breweries: A tour of my favorite local beers

Hey folks!
Been working on my summer bucket list, and one of the goals on there was Exploring my city (Evanston)! I’ve been working on it but there is a ton of hidden gems in this little town that it may need a post of it’s own! I really love this place! And one of the things that Evanston prides itself on, is local business. There are SO many independent shops, restaurants, breweries, and a lot more, around! Everything seems more unique in this town, and it definitely has a cozy, self love feeling, I’ve never experienced anywhere else. It truly feels like “home” for me!

AND if you know anything about me…..
you know I like me some beer!

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