Archive | June, 2013

Weekend Update with The Jenkinsons

23 Jun

Kyler has been big into peek-a-boo lately. She plays it all the time and if she thinks she can find a good hiding spot, a peek-a-boo is quick to follow.

Friday night, I worked the Boyz II Men, 98 Degress and NKOTB concert….. oh yes, this is June 2013, not a post from 1995 🙂 I have to admit, it was a GREAT concert.

Meanwhile at home, Kyler was hanging out with Dad. Sometimes she comes home with a pony tail and apparently her hair wouldn’t move after he took it out.

Many morning faces of Kyler.

My other “kids”

She has been big into saying “cheese” while looking at herself in my phone.

Tonight, we had a family dinner and a movie night! We moved the coffee table out of the way and watched Disney’s Brave while eating pizza (well Chris and I, Kyler really isn’t a fan. She had a couple bites but had peas instead).

Although I had to work a lot this weekend, today was a good day hanging out with my sweet family. I have been slacking on house projects lately (and blog posts) but can’t seem to find the time! After our vacation, we are getting serious! Under 2 weeks and we will be in the Turks and Caicos! Can’t wait!

Weekend Update with The Jenkinsons

16 Jun

This week has been an exciting week because they started construction on our pool!

A few days later….this guy showed up and the real work begun!

Kyler and Ammo watched.

Isn’t our pool beautiful? 🙂

Kyler looks so much like Chris here!

My Friday off was spent shopping with my momma…. always a good time 🙂

For Father’s Day, we headed back to my parents to have some fun in the pool.

She loves her Daddy ❤

Kyler made her Daddy a few presents for Father’s Day.

She loves paint and they make such cute gifts at this age so I am happy with how they came out and I know Chris loved them too.

Kyler enjoyed herself some corn on the cob… although half way through she decided to try out a different way to eat it.


Happy Father’s Day to everyone!!!

Happy Father’s Day to my wonderful and amazing hubby, Chris! You are the BEST dad and Kyler and I are so incredibly lucky to have  you ❤

Happy Father’s Day to MY awesome Daddy-O! I couldn’t have picked a better Dad if I tried 🙂 I’ve looked up to you ever since I was a little girl and you continue to be the person I go to when I need guidance, help, or just need someone to talk to. You are a GREAT Poppa and she loves you so much!

Happy Father’s Day to my Pappy, I know you are reading this 🙂 I love you and you always know how to make a crowd laugh.

and last but not least, Happy Father’s Day to my Father-in-law! We wish we lived closer to you so we could celebrate days like these in person but we are thinking of you!

Weekend Update with The Jenkinsons

9 Jun

We had a pretty relaxed week for us especially compared to the last few.

Kyler loves her books…. sometimes she gets a little ahead of herself which makes it hard to read to her 🙂

Playing at Kenley’s house before dinner.

Sitting down having a chat before bath time.

I signed up for the UCF event “A Knight To Remember” through work a while ago and it was on Saturday night. There were a ton of restaurants there and you just walked around and sampled yummy food. I was STUFFED by the end of the night.

The UCF Arena…. where it all started! Seriously, it’s where I met Chris and where I kicked off my career. It will always be a special place to me 🙂

The babysitter wasn’t able to watch Kyler that night so the Gilbertson’s aka lifesavers watched Kyler. I know Kyler had a great time with Kenley!

Today, we went to SeaWorld for a couple of hours.

Crappy picture but still cute!

Polar Bear!

Turtles and fishies 🙂

The line for the new penguin was way too long so we didn’t get to go (this makes me really sad) but at least she got to see a penguin (well sort of)

It was a fun weekend off of house duties and just having some fun. We need to get back at it and get a move on though….these things are going to make/refinish themselves 🙂

Have a great week!!!

How to Install Beadboard & Wainscoting

3 Jun

Installing beadboard or wainscoting is an inexpensive and quick way to dress up a room! Beadboard/wainscoting is fairly cheap, however, if you are doing a large room then I can see how it can become costly. We have done both in our new house and we are happy with the results:

Shaker Style Wainscoting:


They both install pretty much the same. The tools we used were:

  • Table Saw (or you can use a circular saw)
  • Jig Saw (for small cuts)
  • Miter Saw (for trim)
  • Crow Bar
  • Level
  • Nail Gun
  • Tape Measure
  • Caulk gun
  • Painting supplies


Building Materials for this project:

  • Beadboard panels
  • Trim
  • Paintable caulk
  • Paint


  1. Our baseboard has a bit of a ledge on it therefore we did not have to remove it. If your baseboard curves to the wall, then you will need to remove your baseboard first before installing the panels.
  2. Determine how high you want your beadboard to go on your wall.
  3. Once you know how high you want the beadboard to go, measure your first panel and determine your cuts! This is by far the most tricky part. Make sure you consider electrical outlets, cuts around vanities, windows, etc. We went back and forth with the table saw and jig saw for this.
  4. Once cut, place on the wall and ensure everything fits. Make sure you locate your studs. If everything looks good, put some glue on the back of it and place on the wall. Take your nail gun (if you have one) and nail a few nails into the studs. We choose to glue and nail to make sure it was flush against the wall. If you were to nail only, there is a bigger change of your panels bowing out especially if your wall isn’t completely straight.
  5. After you have installed all of your beadboard, the next step is the trim. We used the miter saw to make all of our cuts. We picked a molding that had a cap on it and I highly recommend that. Once everything is measured, leveled and in place, glue and nail those to the wall as well.
  6. Once everything is installed, take your caulk and seal up all of the joints. This is the messy part. Be patient with this step as this is key to making sure everything looks polished.
  7. Take wood filler (you could also use caulk, however, we did and I wish we hadn’t) and fill in all of your nail holes. Let that dry and sand down before painting.
  8. Last step…. paint it! You can paint it whatever color you like. We picked a crisp white in a semi-gloss since it’s in the bathroom.

Shaker Style Wainscoting:

Building Materials used for this project:

  • Plywood
  • 1×6’s
  • 1×4’s
  • Trim
  • Paintable caulk
  • Paint


  1. Start by taking your baseboard off with a crow bar. You will be using a 1×6 in place of this.
  2. Measure everything out before you cut. You need to determine how much space you want between your stiles. You want to make sure you have the same amount of space in each box throughout the room. This is where your math skills will come in handy. Laying all of your boards out on the floor will give you a good visual.
  3. Once you know where you want everything, time to cut your plywood. If you have smooth walls, you can really skip this step. We have textured walls so it would have looked funny. Score if you have smooth walls!!!
  4. Glue and nail the plywood panels onto the wall. Tip: Make your seams where you are going to place a 1×4 over it to hide the seam!
  5. Once all of your panels are up, cut and install your 1×6 baseboard around the room. Make sure it’s level and glue and nail into place.
  6. Cut and install your 1×6 top rail next. Again, make sure it is level!
  7. Cut all of your vertical stiles and then glue and nail in place.
  8. After you basic shaker boxes are up, measure and cut all of your trim/chair rail then install!
  9. After everything is up, caulk all of your joints and fill in all of your nail holes.
  10. Once dried and sanded (nail holes that is), time to paint! Make sure to use a primer first so you don’t have to keep putting a lot of coats on.

What a difference right? You can really change the style or feel of a room with some molding. There are so many different styles of wainscoting out there and some are easier than others. I will say this…. if you aren’t the handiest person or don’t have some one that is handy nearby, this project may be a little difficult for you. The cuts are by far the most challenging aspect so you need to be comfortable with a saw and your measuring skills.

Good luck and happy wainscoting!!!

Weekend Update with The Jenkinsons

2 Jun

What a week 🙂 I have been off work this week and oh how nice has that been.

We were still pretty busy finishing up our bathroom re-do in the beginning of the week. If you missed that post, you can read it here.

Thursday was a Kyler and Mom day… we pretty much just played all day!

On Friday, I treated my mom to a spa day at one of my favorite places ever. Happy Mother’s Day Mom!

Saturday, Kyler and I headed over to Merritt Island to celebrate the upcoming birth my best friend Jenn’s baby at her baby shower!

Pretty Kyler

My beautiful friend Jenn!

17 years of being best friends! Love this one like a sister 🙂

Today, we attempted to go to the splash pad for the first time. Kyler wasn’t really a fan…. when it was low she liked it but as soon as the water shot up… she wasn’t a fan.

Tonight, I made chicken and shrimp fried rice from scratch…. yummy!

That was my week! Back to reality tomorrow. I had a great time being a stay at home mommy this week with my sweet girl 🙂

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