Owning a Business

Farmhouse Table Tutorial

You guys! I cannot believe that this is even the real deal, but we finally have our very own farmhouse table! 

As you may be aware, my husband and I own our home business, SMS Designs LLC, where we create signs and furniture out of reclaimed wood. You can read more about our business here

Well, we just moved into our new home a little over a month ago, and I’ve always dreamed of having a large table to share meals over. Sharing meals with family and friends is really special to me. I love being able to laugh and bond over a delicious home cooked meal. Time together is my favorite time spent and I finally can say I can share that over a handcrafted table my very own husband made!

If you are interested in finding out more about our business, please visit my husbands well manicured page here and be sure to read up on his how-to tutorial for our farmhouse table here

Thanks for stopping by friends!

Wishing the warmest blessings to you,

Sabina

Around My Home · Inspiration

DIY Dresser Renovation 

If you know me personally, you know I have a knack for anything and everything DIY.  If I can save our family some money, I’m going to do it. 

Right now we are still unpacking and trying to organize our home. We moved a month ago and this process seems like it’s never going to end! Our current struggle was trying to organize our clothes in our new closet, but we also needed dressers and our old (like realllly old) IKEA brown dressers were not cutting it with the color scheme we are going with. 

I will be honest and say this project did take me a little longer to complete than I wanted it too (typical), only because I was trying to find the best paint and application process along the way. 

What didn’t work for me:

  • Chalk paint
  • Chalk spray paint

I love chalk paint. I’ve used it for other furniture items I’ve refurbished, but for some reason it was not working for me this time around. Disappointing!!

What worked for me:

  • Behr Ultra paint from Home Depot

No joke. I found a small roller brush and rolled on 2 coats of Behr’s color “Off White” and I was done!


Haha, okay, I was done painting, but I still had a few more things to do to the dressers. 

I scoured Hobby Lobby for knobs for the dresser as I wanted to give it an extra touch. I found these cute cream and blue floral knobs that go well with the color scheme I was working with. 

And lastly it was time to add some decor to the top. Thanks to my 2 favorite stores (Hobby Lobby and Michaels), I was able to find the perfect items to “dress” my dresser!


For dressers that are over 10 years old, that my husband brought into the home, I would say I am extremely satisfied with how it turned out. And, I was able to do it all for under $100 (including the times I tried other paint types), which is a huge score since I was trying to avoid buying new. 

What do you all think? Any other DIY advocates have a favorite project they did?!

Wishing the warmest blessings to you,

Sabina

Around My Home · Owning a Business

Product Launch

You guys I am so excited about this new product of mine, I can’t help but share a little about it!

As you may know, I own SMS Designs LLC with my husband. We make reclaimed wood signs and furniture and have been doing it since early 2015. You can read more about our business here.  

Currently our woodworking is on small hiatus as we just moved homes and are configuring our new workspaces. But I had this desire to do something and my creative juices were flowing!


For a limited time we are offering these beautiful 15 oz ceramic mugs with specialized quotes on them. I have a select few designs I’ve made and you can find them all here!!! I offer 3 different colors at this time: white, black and blue. 


Once my inventory is depleted, we will be done selling these mugs for the time being, so I’d make sure you get your hands on them ASAP!

A quick note: I did not make the mugs themselves, but I did create and design the specific vinyls. 

In addition, these mugs can be washed in the top rack of your dishwasher, but hand washing is preferred. 

If you don’t see a design you like, I even have a selection to work with me on a customized design. Win win!

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and follow my work. It’s so very much appreciated!

Happy shopping!!

Wishing the warmest blessings to you,

Sabina

Inspiration · Motherhood

Matching Shapes

Spring time in Minnesota is probably one of my favorites. After spending what feels like months in “isolation” due to the cold and snowy winter months, the thaw, warmer air and sun is always welcomed! “April showers brings May flowers” couldn’t be more true about our current spring season here in Minnesota. We have had some amazingly beautiful, warm, sunny days, but these past few weeks have also been filled with a lot of rain. 

I was searching through the internet to find some simple at home sensory activities to keep my little one busy, and found the perfect one on Busy Toddler’s Instagram page. I cannot take credit for this, but I can say my almost 2 year old loved it! 


What you’ll need:

  • Contact paper
  • Construction paper
  • Permanent marker
  • Scissors 

I recently have been loving contact paper for various projects I’ve been doing around the home and for our business. It’s the perfect non-permanent, non-residue leaving adhesive. 

What I did was cut a large sheet off of the contact paper roll and on the back of the adhesive side, I made my 4 panels for the shapes. I then had to write my shape names backwards as once I peeled the contact paper, the adhesive side will stick out (so your little can stick shapes on to the contact paper ;)). To hold down the paper I just cut little strips of contact paper and taped the corners. You could also use painters tape. 


I chose the following shapes: square, triangle, diamond and circle. I used my construction paper and cut out all of these shapes, in different colors and sizes. The possibilities are endless of what your little can learn!


We discussed our shapes and my little was more than ready to begin matching. He’d say the shape as he picked it up and placed them on to the corresponding panel. 


I kid you not, this kept him busy for 20-30 min! Picking up shapes, sorting them, naming them, pointing out big vs. little sizes. 


I highly recommend this activity if you are trying to, as Busy Toddler says, “make it to nap time.” Don’t get me wrong, I am so grateful to be able to spend my days home with my toddler. It’s been almost 2 years of this and so many lessons learned along the way. But let’s be real, as I know us mama’s love nap time 😉

And just a little tip: you can easily find all of your materials at your local dollar store. Why spend so much on a material that may not last more than a few hours!

I hope you and your littles enjoy this fun activity as much as we did!

Wishing the warmest blessings to you,

Sabina

Motherhood

Planting Seeds With Littles

Happy Easter friends! He has risen! Let us not forget the true meaning of this season as Jesus rose from the dead after being beaten and crucified. 

“He is not here; He has risen, just as He said.” Matthew 28:6

What an unbelievable sight that must have been for Mary Magdalene to enter the tomb and see Jesus missing. And as she’s crying out He appears and she doesn’t recognize Him at first. How amazing of a moment that must have been as not one single person has ever risen from the dead besides our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as promised. 

I hope you were able to spend your day praising our Lord with family and friends near by!

Us, on the other hand, had a sick kiddo in our household today. We pretty much spent all day inside, with the exception to see the bulldozers that are in our neighborhood a few times! Little man is all about large construction trucks these days!

I just wanted to sit down and share with you a fun thing we did last week. I found the cutest little pots at Target, in their dollar section, a few weeks back which bore seeds to different plants. 

I actually purchased these before our move and my little has been asking non stop to plant them. Finally, a week into our new house I fulfilled my long drawn out promise to him. He was so excited to help out!

I am not a green thumb to be honest.. I had a garden once (haha), but we acquired this raised bed with our new house and I’m hoping to do some planting this year. We shall see (don’t hold me to it ;))


I purchase 2 daisy and 1 sunflower pot. The directions on these pots said to put 6 of the seeds. It was such a fun activity to work on counting and one to one correlation with my son.

Within a few days the sunflower started popping up like crazy! I was so excited, but then I looked at the daisies and there was nothing. To my surprise, after a few more days, the daisies began sprouting!

It has been so wonderful teaching him how a plant has come to life from a seed. Granted, many of the lessons may blow over his almost 2 year old mind, it’s still a fun experience!


How many green thumb friends do I have here? What have you been busy planting so far?

Wishing the warmest blessings to you,

Sabina

Recipes

Roasted Red Pepper & Asparagus Quinoa

Woah, I cannot believe how crazy moving has been on our family! I apologize it’s taken me so long to get you all some new content. Now that we are moved, and somewhat settled in, I will have more time to sit down and write!

Moving is hard! Especially with a kid in tow. Boy am I just so thankful for family. Our son spent almost an entire week with both grandparents between finalizing all the packing to a “quick” DIY flooring project in the new home. But we are glad that we are able to have grandparents so close who were able to watch him while we got some major stuff done. 

Not only was it difficult with trying to juggle care for our kid, but our diets were {embarrassingly} sooo bad!! I’m so happy to have been able to go to the grocery store this past weekend and get back into the swing of things again. 

Last night I made a simple quinoa meal. Let me tell you, when it comes to cooking, simple is the way to my heart! We used to cook a lot with quinoa, and then stopped, not sure why, but I’m happy to have implemented it back into our lives. And my son just loved it!!


What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups raw quinoa 
  • 3-4 chicken breasts
  • 1 package of asparagus
  • 2 red peppers
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Turmeric 
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Garlic salt

Cook quinoa according to package. At the same time, cut your red peppers in to strips and break off your asparagus heads appropriately. Set your veggies aside. 

Recently I’ve been using my garlic press instead of chopping up garlic so I pressed 3 cloves in to the pan with olive oil. 

I then chopped the raw chicken in to cubes and threw it with the veggies into the pan to cook. 


I chose to use turmeric, cinnamon and garlic salt as my spices, the combo is actually surprisingly delightful. As the veggies and chicken were cooking, I just added a dash of each spice to the pan. 

Once all the food is cooked up, I mixed the veggies and chicken in with the quinoa into a bowl and it was ready to eat!


I hope your taste buds will thank me for this delightfully simple recipe. My husband and son couldn’t get enough themselves! Here’s to settling into our new home and finding new and fun simple recipes for weeks and years to come!

Wishing the warmest blessings to you,

Sabina

Inspiration · Recipes

How To Prep 2 Meals in Less Than 2 Hours

What a weekend it has been! I woke up sick the other day thanks to my kiddo, so I have been resting as much as possible in between running a business and taking care of my family.

Last weekend I implemented meal preparation for our lunches for the entire week. I did one recipe for the week and you can read about it here.

My husband asked for some variety this week for lunches, so I decided to make 2 meals to provide that.


Meal #1: Honey Seasame Chicken

We are pretty big chicken consumers here, so I wanted to come up with another chicken, veggie and rice bowl that would be healthy, delicious, and simple.

Here is what you will need:

  • For The Sauce
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 soy sauce (low sodium)
  • 1/4 raw honey
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • For The Meal
  • Chicken (6 breasts), chopped
  • 3 cups brown rice
  • Snap peas (3 cups)
  • Broccoli (3 cups)

I begin with getting the brown rice cooking as rice always takes the longest. I ended up cooking 5 cups brown rice as I knew I was going to need some for the 2nd meal.

While the rice was cooking, I mixed together the sesame honey sauce for the chicken and veggies and set that aside. You can add red pepper flakes if you preferred.


I then placed the snap peas and broccoli with olive oil into the pan and let that fry up for about 3-5 min. After the veggies are cooked, add in the chopped chicken and let chicken cook through. Once the chicken cooked through, I added the honey sesame sauce over the pan and let the veggies and chicken soak in it for about 2-3 min.


Once cooked, I measured 1/2 cup cooked rice per container and then eyeballed the chicken and veggies.

Meal #2: Ground Turkey Taco Bowls

Ground turkey is a leaner alternative to ground beef, and I’ll be honest, I am not a fan of left over ground beef.

Here is what you will need:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • Taco seasoning
  • 2 cups brown rice (cooked)
  • Grape tomatoes (1 container), chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 lime
  • Can of black beans
  • Can of corn


The rice was already made once I got to this meal. I made 5 cups ahead of time to split, so I began by making a simple pico de gallo salsa by combining the chopped tomatoes, onion and jalapeño (I de-seeded ours). I then pressed the garlic cloves, added a small amount of salt and pepper and the juice of one lime.
I then quickly fried up 1 lb ground turkey and added about 1/3 of the taco seasoning in the packet (I save the rest by placing it in a zip-loc bag). As the meat was frying I opened the canned corn and beans and rinsed them off.

Once the meat was cooked, I portioned out enough for 4 meals.


You guys, these meals are so simple! Even with stopping to take pictures, it took me less than 2 hours to cook and prep these meals. I know you have the time available in your calendar and hope you find these meals not only helpful to your weekly prep, but delicious too!

Wishing the warmest blessings to you,

Sabina