TINY Laundry Room Makeover for 65$ !!

Am I the only person that is super productive when their spouse leaves for the weekend? It’s like FINALLY I can focus on a project without distractions and I can do it the way I want and not have to negotiate about it. Freeeeedddooommmm!!

(Can you tell we’ve been married for a few years?)

I was excited to finally get my laundry room to a point where I didn’t hate being in it. While I don’t think that having a nice space to do laundry will make me enjoy the act of folding more, I did think that revamping the space would take my anxiety level down a few notches.

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See my pain.

I went for the cheap fix. Alex wanted to tear out the shelves and put in an all new organization system. I waited a year. Now it’s my turn.

Here’s what I bought:

  • Brushed Nickel Shower Rod – 15$ TJ MAXX
  • 84″ Curtain Panels – Pack of 2 – 25$ TJ MAXX
  • Laundry Basket – 15$ TJ MAXX
  • Wall Decal – 10$ – Amazon
  • Light Bulbs (Soft White) – 5$
  • White Trim Paint – 0$ (Left over from another project)
  • Wall Paint – 0$ (Left Over) – Olympic 5006-2C “Sable Evening” – Semigloss 

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I re-did the room in one day. I only wish I had done this sooner!

I knew that to make the white cabinet and washer/dryer pop I needed some contrast. I went with the same color I used to paint my fireplace and cabinets in the Star Wars bathroom. I tried using a white curtain initially, but it was too much dark and white, so I toned it down with a neutral blue grey curtain that I love!! I got the laundry basket from TJ Maxx as a basket  to replace the ugly plastic ones. (I still use the plastic ones for carrying laundry but not to collect laundry.)

Now that this room is done I can relax a bit. Ahhhh. And for only 65$ I don’t have to go through the 3 stages of buyers remorse. High five for that! Sometimes you just gotta do it YOUR way!

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Even though I kept the vinyl flooring, it doesn’t bother me anymore. Plus that’s an easy fix for later!

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Ooey-Gooey Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting (Almost* Sugar-Free!)

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I really wish I could say this was completely sugar free. However, it really is ALMOST sugar-free. Yet, this tastes so sinfully good your brain will think this is just too naughty to be clean.

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See what I’m talking about??? NAUGHTY.

(Don’t look at my nail. No really… don’t look at it.)

Lucky for you, (and for my kids… I’ve been tricking them into eating healthy stuff for years) I have a few tricks up my sleeve.

Rather than adding sugar to the batter, I omit sugar all together. I add 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips for some melty goodness. DO buy the mini chocolate chips. You can eat less sugar but still get that chocolate chip flavor in every bite!

Lastly, I had to do it. But the cream cheese glaze is the icing on the cake – literally. It takes this ultra moist bread and turns it into something that could compete with Cinnabon. It’s knock-you-dead good y’all! My son’s words were: “Mom, as soon as this is gone you HAVE to make more.”

Even with the chocolate chips and glaze , you are still eating less sugar than a typical cake. Plus, with a full serving of fruit and veggies (Apple +Pumpkin) You can even eat it for breakfast. Hell. Eat it for Breakfast, Lunch AND Dinner. You won’t have an ounce of guilt.

INGREDIENTS:

2 TBS Pure Butter

2/3 cup Organic Unsweetened Applesauce

2 Eggs

1/3 cup water

1 (15oz) can PURE pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling!!)

1 and 3/4 cup White Whole Wheat Flour (I used this one from Walmart)

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp salt (use just a tad less than this)

GLAZE:

1/2-1 cup powdered sugar

1/2 cup cream cheese

1 TBS milk of choice (anything will work. Use water in a pinch)

Directions: Preheat the oven to 325. Melt the butter in a glass dish and add all the wet ingredients. (If butter is hot, do not add the eggs next) Blend thoroughly with mixer of your choice. (I still use a simple hand mixer) Now, combine the dry ingredients in a separate, larger bowl. Last, dump the wet ingredients into the flour mixer and blend until combined. Be careful to not OVER blend. You can use a spatula or fork to gently blend it all together. Pour into a 5″X 9″ loaf pan sprayed with cooking oil. (YOU CAN ALSO MAKE MUFFINS!!! But, I’m lazy. I stopped making muffins 5 years ago. Haven’t touched a muffin pan since…It’s been awesome.) Bake for 50-60 minutes!

Once it’s done let it cool while you make the glaze. Start with 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, cream cheese and a little milk. Be really careful not to add too much. Start with 1 TBS. Beat until smooth. Add more powdered sugar as needed.

Pour glaze over the bread and just TRY not eat a bite before it cools down enough not to melt your tongue off! Worth it? Yes!

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Will accept a new, cuter loaf pan.

Oh – and PIN THIS!

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GUIDE: Hiking Mt. Si

 

mt-si-washingtonIf you’re thinking about hiking Mt. Si, please read this article. It’s short and sweet and will keep you from making a complete fool of yourself. Say What? Is this possible?? If you have been to any high-traffic hiking spot, sadly yes – it’s true. Don’t let yourself be “that guy” – follow this guide to look like you’re a seasoned veteran…even if your not. :)

Mt. Si is hands-down an INCREDIBLE hike, no matter your skill level. Whether it takes you 2hrs or 8hrs – it doesn’t matter. You crossed the same path and saw the same view! Many people train on Mt. Si for Rainier. If you can do the entire thing in 2 hours you are ready to tackle Rainier! Because of this, you will find both seasoned mountaineers and newbies alike on the Mt. Si trail (as well as people running it!) so it’s important to be respectful of one another rather than shaming each other. It doesn’t matter your goal – everyone has the right to ENJOY!

TIP: If you have an invasive dog, keep it on a leash. Even if you know your dog is only running up to say hey, it is rude to have an invasive dog off leash. If you have a dog that likes to bark at people constantly – don’t bring it.

*** TIP: Do not bring a personal speaker and blast music on the trail.***

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What you need to bring:

  • Camelback with Water
  • Something to munch on every 1 hour of exercise. (I like Energy Beans, Clif Bars, Blocks…etc) I did the entire thing in under two hours and ran the entire way down. I would encourage not trying to eat a full meal, but rather eat small snacks as you get hungry (DO NOT go more than 90 minutes of heart pounding exercise without fueling ! )
  • Beer for the top?
  • Climbing Shoes or snug fitting hiking shoes (for the last 40 feet and decent down the haystack gully)
  • Your dog
  • A positive, friendly attitude

THE HIKE

The hike is straight forward. You can’t get lost! Yay!

You will KNOW when you get to the top…but it’s actually not the top. This is a great view here so choose to move on or stop here. The haystack scramble is rewarding but only do it if you feel confident and prepared.

If you want to do the Haystack Scramble, continue on through the trees in it’s direction (you’ll be looking slightly left at it). When you get to a fork, go right. If you’re not sure, wait a minute and someone will show you the way. Once again, it’s a busy trail. The trail here is still very clear. You will switch back left and make your way up to the base of the haystack. It’s a really obvious gully where you will see a bunch of people looking scared and not knowing how to get down properly.

THE HAYSTACK

BE SMART. As with any mountaineering, climbing or hiking – if you know that you are not ready for the haystack, don’t do it.

There is no perfect way up or down the haystack. Rather than climbing straight up, think about winding your way up the path of least resistance. We stayed mostly left.

Feel free to put your climbing shoes on here or wait until the last scramble to the top which is much airier and trickier. Yes, it get tougher. At the top, look left – this is the last scramble to the top and is legitimately scary. Be very careful down climbing this!

CELEBRATE. If you made it here, you made it the highest you can go and you can see everything!

Now, DOWN-CLIMB DOWN. (That means turn your little body around, face the wall and step down one at a time. This feels weird at first but is more natural and safer than crab walking.)

I can’t tell you how many people I saw trying to crab walk the entire way down the haystack, which is very difficult and off balance. DO NOT CRAB WALK DOWN THE HAYSTACK. Even worse was when I saw a person guiding a group of 15 people down the haystack in crab walk style.

Being scared is normal. It’s ok to be scared up there. Just don’t let your fear cause you to make poor decisions.

SUMMARY:

  • Do NOT crab-walk the entire way. DOWN CLIMB on all steep parts.
  • DON’T Disturb rocks, potentially kicking rocks onto people below.
  • Do not litter!

Here is a video on down climbing if you’re not sure. Thanks for reading!