I picked up this chair about 5 years ago and used it at my old apartment in the small kitchen area. I always intented to give it a quick makeover but instead it just stayed looking the same and when I moved into my cousin’s new house it ended up in the basement. Last week I walked past it covered in a bunch of tools and crafting supplies in the basement and decided to just take the time and work on it so I would actually use it! Now I’m dying to make myself a desk/crafting space to put this chair!What I used:
-Spray Paint
-Scissors
-Leather
-Rope
Leather Punch
-Canvas
-Staple Gun
How I made it:
-Took the chair apart. This one was pretty simple and just needed a standard screwdriver.
-Spray painted the frame. I decided to do this because it had some rust and scratches that needed to be covered up.
-Covered the seat cushion using leftover canvas. Stretched the fabric tightly over the existing cover and secured with a staple gun on the underside of the seat.
-Reattached the seat cushion.
-Cut out a piece of leather that would stretch across the back of the chair and around the bars.
-Lined up leather with the holes from the screws that held the top of the chair in place and used the leather punch to punch holes.
-Attached the leather back to the chair using thin rope. Fed it through the punched holes and the holes in the metal frame and then tied it.
Obviously you won’t all have this same exact chair to makeover but I’m sharing more to inspire you to grab those chairs for a few bucks at a thrift store or for free from other people’s trash piles and turn it into something you love!

xo. Caitlin

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3 Easy Pancake Toppings @themerrythoughtIt’s almost back to school time here. I’m equally elated and so bummed. I know some of you have had kiddos back to school for a week or two already, or are just about to start up, we don’t start until the beginning of September. Right now I’m feeling like maybe I should start nudging the boys towards a more school friendly schedule and also trying to squeeze in all the activities and enjoy the last few weeks of summer vacation we have left. Haa – always such a struggle with the back and forth!3 Easy Pancake Toppings @themerrythoughtOne of my mom struggles is getting the boys to eat a decent breakfast, especially once school starts and our mornings are more rushed. I’ve shared recipes before for easy or on-the-go breakfasts, things that I try to entice my boys with, especially my youngest who has never been big on eating breakfast in the morning. And we’ve shared lots of topping idea recipes here – we just love topping our food! So when Revolution Foods asked if we wanted to try out their Breakfast Hero Pancake Batter, we thought we’d have some fun with the boys and create some toppings for our pancakes. Honestly, one of the easiest ways I’ve found to get my boys to eat what I want them to is to have them help out – whether it’s deciding on what to make, helping prepare, or just letting them “play” with their food a bit by adding toppings, when they’re involved, they eat it! We loved this pancake batter – you just thaw it and pour (and there’s no artificial ingredients), the quickest way to fresh pancakes on busy mornings! It also made it easy for Lincoln to help make, I’ve been trying to get them to help more in the kitchen; something that I know they need to be doing, but sometimes not easy because it ends up taking longer and being messier. I’m trying to let that go and just get them in there!3 Easy Pancake Toppings @themerrythoughtThe Breakfast Hero Pancake Batter would also be perfect for an easy, breakfast-for-dinner night (we love doing that), but they also have tasty Dinner Hero boxes, that make quick & delicious dinners for those crazy week nights (and with my aversion to making dinner, things like these are a life saver!). And Lunch Bundles for a grab n’ go lunch – my boys think these kind of lunches are the best! And right now, you can win a month’s supply of Revolution Foods! Click on over to this page to enter for your chance to win some yummy food for your family!3 Easy Pancake Toppings @themerrythoughtWe sampled all three flavors – original, multigrain, and chocolate multigrain and mixed and matched toppings to come up with our favorite combinations below. All three flavors were really good and the boys and some of their friends gobbled them down!3 Easy Pancake Toppings @themerrythought3 Easy Pancake Toppings @themerrythought3 Easy Pancake Toppings @themerrythoughtBerries and Jam – original pancakes topped with berry jam, fresh berries and drizzled with maple syrup.3 Easy Pancake Toppings @themerrythoughtPeanut Butter and Banana – chocolate multigrain pancakes topped with creamy peanut butter, bananas, and drizzled with honey.3 Easy Pancake Toppings @themerrythoughtPeaches n’ Cinnamon – multigrain pancakes topped with greek yogurt, peaches, cinnamon and drizzled with maple syrup.3 Easy Pancake Toppings @themerrythought
Share with us how you ‘hero’ – what are your tips & tricks for getting kids to eat? Any favorite easy breakfast ideas or favorite pancake toppings we should try out? And don’t forget to enter the giveaway above!!

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Remember when people used to use placemats all the time? I don’t remember using them much at my house growing up but my grandparents had quite a few different sets and put some out at their house at every meal and I had some friends’ families that did the same. Do any of you still use placemats in every day life? I definitely love a nicely styled tablescape with placemats but I’m not sure if I could ever make it a habit to use them regularly.

But… if you happen to have some extra placemats lying around or can steal one from your grandma – you might be able to turn it into this minimal wall clock! I love seeing warm, natural accents being brought back into people’s white, minimal homes lately. So I’ve been thrifting some vintage baskets for my walls then I found these thick placemats and decided to turn it into a clock to go along with the baskets.What you need:
Rattan Placemat
Drill
Clock Movement
How to make it:
-Measure to the center of the placemat.
-Drill a hole for the clock movement to go through.
-Secure clock movement according to directions.
xo. Caitlin

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Tomato, Basil & Burrata Flatbread with Avocado @themerrythoughtToday’s post is just one more example of me struggling with keeping it together with work over the summer…seriously, I don’t know what is going on with me! I’ve been really excited about sharing this recipe, I’ve had the ingredient list just sitting on my desk for weeks, making me hungry every time I sit down and look at it. I finally get around to making it to share here, photographed it, cleaned up my mess, sat down to enjoy it, and realized I forgot to put the balsamic glaze on it before I took the pictures. 😩 So you’ll see balsamic glaze listed in the ingredients, but it is missing from the flatbreads in these photos. I guess the upside to it is at least I remembered before I ate it, so I got to enjoy it in it’s full glory. Which is most important. Just don’t be like me and forget it for yours! Although Mike had eaten quite a bit of it before I realized I had forgotten to put it on and said it was good even without it.Tomato, Basil & Burrata Flatbread with Avocado @themerrythoughtA while back Caitlin introduced me to one of my new favorite food loves – burrata! She’ll sometimes bring it to our meetings and serve it up for a quick, delicious lunch. Ever since my first bite, I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy it. (It is a little on the pricey side, so that usually means my tastings are few and far between).
Grilled flatbreads are a favorite during summer months and since this one includes a bunch of my favorite things, I thought adding in burrata cheese would be the perfect blend…and it is! The recipe below doesn’t list exact measurements, so add as little or as much as you like for each of the ingredients.Tomato, Basil & Burrata Flatbread with Avocado @themerrythoughtTomato, Basil & Burrata Grilled Flatbread with Avocado

garlic flatbread
olive oil
8 ounces burrata cheese, sliced into chunks (this is enough for 2 flat breads – just use 4oz. for one)
tomatoes, sliced
avocado, sliced
fresh basil, chopped
salt & pepper
balsamic glaze (I use this one)

Brush both sides of flatbread lightly with olive oil. Grill flatbread over medium heat until lightly charred on both sides. Layer on the burrata, tomatoes, avocado and basil. Grill over medium heat until cheese is melted. Top with additional basil if desired and salt & pepper to taste. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and serve immediately.Tomato, Basil & Burrata Flatbread with Avocado @themerrythoughtAnd if you’re craving more flatbread recipes, try this Mediterranean Flatbread and this Grilled Potato Asparagus Flatbread Pizza.

-Manda

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I’m continuing to work on some projects for the living room and keep going back and forth between feeling encouraged by the progress and feeling overwhelmed by it not just being done already! But I’m pressing on and I have a few more projects I’m pretty excited about to add to the space! Until everything comes together, this little footstool is going to be the perfect companion for late nights editing and blogging from the couch.What you need:
-Four 1″ x 36″ square dowels
-Tape measure
-Pencil
Miter saw
Wood glue
-Nail gun
Drill
-Screws
-Leather strips (I bought mine from Michaels you could try this if you aren’t near a Michaels.
Staple gun
-Scissors
How to make it:
-Measure and mark: (You will need to be mindful about which pieces you cut out together so you can make the most of your four dowels.)
-Four 10″ pieces
-Four 8″ pieces
-Three 18″ pieces
-Use the miter saw to cut these pieces.
-Create the end squares by using two 10″ pieces for the sides and two 8″ pieces for the top and bottom.
-Dab a bit of wood glue on the end of the 8″ piece, line up against the 10″ piece and secure using a nail gun – *** be sure the put the nail slightly off center because you will also be screwing this together at the center later.**
-Continue for both squares.
-Measure and mark the center of the bottom and sides of the two squares.
-Line up the 18″ pieces at the center mark at the spots and repeat the same steps with the glue and nail gun.
-At each spot where the wood pieces came together, pre-drill a hole down through the center of the dowel.
-Secure with a 2″ screw.
-Take end of leather strip and use a staple gun to secure it around the bottom side of the top 8″ piece of the end square.
-Stretch it across tightly and secure on the other side.
-Trim excess leather.
-Repeat for each leather strip.
xo. Caitlin

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