Author: The 36th Avenue

BeYOUtiful Erika!

An amazing Photographer and an EXTRAordinary mom…       I had the blessing of meeting Erika years ago while we were both living in charming Washington, Utah. The first thing that struck me about her was her smile and the deep love and appreciation  that she had for her family.     Just a few days ago while thinking about the beauty of motherhood the memory of that love and the image of a simple smile came back into my mind… reminding me of how powerful the small moments that we share with our children are. Among the many things that I love about Erika  is the fact that her little boys have been a great inspiration for her to do and become what she is… I adore her!   So…, I introduce to you Erika Snow.       so who am i? i am. a jeans and flip flops kind of girl laid back and relaxed a mom times three i love. long, lazy saturdays how the world smells when warmed by the sun  football good books, better music,  best friends melted cheese i can’t live without. diet dr. pepper my iphone my son’s proclamation that i am his best friend the sound of giggles floating down the stairs  mascara     why did i become a photographer? simple . . . my kids.  I wanted to capture each precious moment...

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Viva el 5 de Mayo!

What a fun idea from Martha Stewart. {click here to see the article} I am in the process of making these festive decorations while my children are at school. I think they’ll be surprised when they come back… after all this is what a party is all about. We are having a fiesta in my casa today… The Streamers The Flags picture source The Comida Picture Source …My Chicken Fajitas with Guacamole & Salsa de Pico de Gallo Ingredients: 1/4 Cup Olive Oil 1/4 Cup Snipped Cilantro 2 tsp finely shredded lemon peel 2 Tb. Lemon Juice (from fresh lemons) 1 tsp. chili powder 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp. pepper 1 Lb. skinless, boneless chicken breast halves. Tortillas Shredded Lettuce 1 Cup shredded Cheddar Cheese 1 Large  chopped “tomate” {tomato} 1/2 Cup sliced pitted ripe olives Guacamole. Fresh Salsa. Grilled Onions, Red and Green Peppers. 1. Marinade:  Combine cilantro, lemon peel, lemon juice, chili powder, cumin, and pepper. 2. The Chicken: Rinse chicken; pat dry with paper towels. Cut chicken into bite-size strips. Add chicken to marinade, turning to coat. Cover and chill about 1hour. 3. Grill Chicken and Vegetables: Drain chicken, reserving marinade. Grill chicken for 12 to 15 minutes or till chicken is tender and no longer pink, turning and brushing once with marinade. {I like to place my chicken in a small broiler pan, that way I don’t have to...

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…Sweet Dreams.

~Neutrals~ { House Beautiful } { House Beautiful } ~Black and White~ { House Beautiful } { House Beautiful } { House Beautiful } ~Fresh~ { House Beautiful } { House Beautiful } { House Beautiful } ~Delicious~ { House Beautiful } { House Beautiful } { House Beautiful...

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Bookmarks

Don’t forget, tomorrow is…    National Teacher’s  Day!         …let them know that they are appreciated.   This is what my kids have to say about their teachers…         My teacher is…nice,the best teacher I ever imagined, {..cute ;)}aWeSoMe! My teacher is… full of stories,on topic, {I’m not sure what “on topic” means… I think I’m getting old}fun,and…. and… and…mmmmm…sweeeeet.♥ My teacher is… nice,kind,fun,careful,h-a-pp-y. We l♥ve you...

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My Summerlicious Bathroom Makeover!

…Let me share with you the journal of my bathroom makeover… {Day One}1. I went shopping with my little Mimi {she is three}… and we were done in less than three hours. It helps me to go out there knowing what I want… in Mimi’s case that is a Chocolate Chip Cookie from Target {by the way have you ever had one of those… “thank you for making me fat cookies” …Hello!}   2. I cleaned my bathroom. Clean=READY. Here is a picture of my lonely toilet-shower room. {call me crazy but I think toilets are cute!} 3. I got some of my magic items ready . {L☺ve}       4. I made my roses… {12 of them to be exact}       …and I thought “why not make a toilet seat cover since I am at the sewing machine..?” I think it was around this time when my husband said…  “babe…, you are something.”For him something = creazy 😉     … if you are wondering it was 11:30pm when I went to bed and I slept like an angel.   { Day TWO }   I woke up in the morning really excited to finish the small toilet room… This part of the process was fun.  Let me show you a little picture tutorial of what I did!   I have had these hooks for quite sometime and I have to...

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…My Iron Board Make-Over!

I LOVE it! This was so EASY to do and it took me around 1 hour from beginning to end and a little bit over $10.00. I have always had my iron board inside of my closet and I hated it because it has taken during all this years space that I needed for things like fabulous shoes…   hello! So I decided to make a cover and have the Miss Iron Board hang in my Laundry Room where she belongs. The fabric I  have chosen  is the inspiration for the rest of the space… I will post more pictures as I go along with the project. I am not sure however that this will inspire me to iron more often than before {I hate ironing…} but hopefully this inspires me to fill my closet with… I don’t know some few new pairs of shoes 😉  Anyways, If you feel like making your own cover click here , this is a cool site where you can find instructions. If you would like to change your cover and  don’t feel like doing anything click here and you can see a bunch of really cute covers at Etsy. Well… I better go now I need to do some laundry {OK, that was...

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Bathrooms…

So here is my problem: I am renting a house! {Grrrrrrrrrr….. Aaaaaaaaah…. Noooooooooo} However, this won’t be an excuse for me or a STOP SIGN in the road of making this house my home. I’ll be working on my bathroom for the next few days… Here are some pictures of amazing bathrooms that are warming up my own creativity…   Pure Sophistication Personal and Warm Two Words: LOVE it! Old Subway Style Modern...

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Tutorial: Painting Fabric Using Vinyl Templates.

…First of all I want to thank all of you for the great response to my entry, specially thanks to Jen from  tatertots & jello   for sharing my totes on her FB Page… Here is the tutorial of how to paint fabric  using vinyl as a template.   This is what you’ll need to create your own tote: fabric paint, vinyl template, flat brush, and your tote. Ready? Here we go…   1.   Iron the tote… {I found mine at WalMart in the craft aisle. They cost me $6 for a package of 3} If you don’t have a vinyl machine the cost of the vinyl for a 13×13 tote is between $8 and $12 (depending of the design)     2.   Rub the back of your stencil to transfer the entire vinyl to the CLEAR TRANSFER PAPER. Carefully and slowly peel off the squared paper.       2. Place and center your vinyl on the tote as you would do on any other surface. I use clear transfer paper for my vinyl, that way it is really easy for me to see where I am placing my template.         3. Remove the transfer paper and take a few seconds to press with your finger along the edges to make sure the paint won’t go under the template.       4.  I like to place the backing paper of the vinyl inside of the...

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