Monica Wants It: A Lifestyle Blog

Monday, May 2, 2016

DIY Marble Fireplace & Mantel Makeover

Towards the end of February I got contacted about joining a DIY mantel makeover challenge sponsored by Angie's List. I was super intimidated because I knew that a project of this scope would be HUGE and that I'd have to get over my fear of tiling because I dreamed of having a marble surround.

This is a DIY before and after fireplace makeover that is a must see. The post features tons of photos of the new marble fireplace surround, and the blogger custom built the mantelshelf using inexpensive wood and MDF. There's a link to a detailed tutorial on how she did it. (via monicawantsit.com)

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Vanilla Latte Recipe using Simply Pure Creamer

As you all know, on February 21 of this year I took a step towards losing the weight that has bogged me down since 2009. I gained a lot of weight after my May 2009 wedding, and seven years later I've come face to face with it and decided to make changes for the better, as you can see below.

Monica Wants It: Weight Watchers progress pic. 19 pounds lost in 9 weeks!

In 9 weeks I've lost 19 pounds and completely changed how I approach food. Although I'm consuming far less pastries and desserts, I still leave room in my days for my fave morning treat... creamy iced coffee.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

How to Makeover Your Patio for Spring

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BigLotsOutdoor #CollectiveBias

Tips and ideas for an affordable patio makeover that is perfect for lounging and entertaining in your backyard. The patio set that is featured is gorgeous!
Spring is in the air, and we finally got a tiny reprieve from the insane amount of rain that swept through Texas. We recently moved our dining set off of our covered patio into the backyard by the pond, so we had a huge vacant space to fill with a patio set. 

Tips and ideas for an affordable patio makeover that is perfect for lounging and entertaining in your backyard. The patio set that is featured is gorgeous!
We've wanted a sitting/conversation patio set for years, but hadn't found one that had all we wanted. I wanted it to sit 5-7 people, Daniel said it must have ottomans, and Pee Wee needed a sofa all to himself. With spring here, and summer fast approaching, we wanted a set perfect for summer soirees. At the end of this post, I'll share a sparkling tea and fruit skewers recipe, plus an easy DIY decor project.

Monday, May 2, 2016

DIY Marble Fireplace & Mantel Makeover

Towards the end of February I got contacted about joining a DIY mantel makeover challenge sponsored by Angie's List. I was super intimidated because I knew that a project of this scope would be HUGE and that I'd have to get over my fear of tiling because I dreamed of having a marble surround.

This is a DIY before and after fireplace makeover that is a must see. The post features tons of photos of the new marble fireplace surround, and the blogger custom built the mantelshelf using inexpensive wood and MDF. There's a link to a detailed tutorial on how she did it. (via monicawantsit.com)

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Vanilla Latte Recipe using Simply Pure Creamer

As you all know, on February 21 of this year I took a step towards losing the weight that has bogged me down since 2009. I gained a lot of weight after my May 2009 wedding, and seven years later I've come face to face with it and decided to make changes for the better, as you can see below.

Monica Wants It: Weight Watchers progress pic. 19 pounds lost in 9 weeks!

In 9 weeks I've lost 19 pounds and completely changed how I approach food. Although I'm consuming far less pastries and desserts, I still leave room in my days for my fave morning treat... creamy iced coffee.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

How to Makeover Your Patio for Spring

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BigLotsOutdoor #CollectiveBias

Tips and ideas for an affordable patio makeover that is perfect for lounging and entertaining in your backyard. The patio set that is featured is gorgeous!
Spring is in the air, and we finally got a tiny reprieve from the insane amount of rain that swept through Texas. We recently moved our dining set off of our covered patio into the backyard by the pond, so we had a huge vacant space to fill with a patio set. 

Tips and ideas for an affordable patio makeover that is perfect for lounging and entertaining in your backyard. The patio set that is featured is gorgeous!
We've wanted a sitting/conversation patio set for years, but hadn't found one that had all we wanted. I wanted it to sit 5-7 people, Daniel said it must have ottomans, and Pee Wee needed a sofa all to himself. With spring here, and summer fast approaching, we wanted a set perfect for summer soirees. At the end of this post, I'll share a sparkling tea and fruit skewers recipe, plus an easy DIY decor project.