Color Matching the Perfect Shade of Yellow + $100. giftcard giveaway.

It’s no secret that I love yellow.
But not all yellow.
Sometimes yellow can be too pastel-y.  Sometimes yellow can be too zing-y.
My fave yellow has hint of mustard to it.
Too much mustard and it looks muddy, too little and it looks like a babies room.
It’s nearly impossible to describe the perfect shade of color to someone but when you see it, you know it.


The knob on this hook is fantastic yellow.
So good that I toted it in to my local ACE Hardware and said, “Gimmie a can of this yellow.”
And that they did.

With their state of the art color matching technology they can match any shade within minutes.
And while you wait…


This is why I love ACE.
It just has that corner hardware shop feel where the people who work there REALLY know about construction and REALLY want to help you (or a furry friend in this case).

Back to the paint…
My plan was to give this bookshelf a facelift that I recently scored.


I loved the lines but the it the peach-toned wood was pretty drab.  I started by painting everything an Amy Howard Gray.
I then taped off the gray and pained the cubbies my color-matched yellow.
I’ve proclaimed my eternal love for Amy Howard’s One-Step paint that requires no sanding or priming in this post.


Chalk-based paints have a flat finish to them.  Instead of sealing with the Finishing Wax I decided to give it a glossy finish by foam rolling it with a coat of gloss Verathane.



Worked like a charm.


Drab no more.


I’d say that’s a match.



ACE Hardware wants to help you color match some paint to your favorite item with a $100. giftcard giveaway!  And of course we’re giving you lots of ways to enter!

*I am part of the ACE Hardware Blogger panel. This is a sponsored post written by myself. I was compensated for the paint to use in this post.*

Chocolate Caramel Oatmeal Bars

The sweet Kami from No Diets Allowed is always coming up with the BEST recipes.
Today she’s sharing a crowd-pleaser for us just in time for Thanksgiving!
Take it away Kami…

How lucky am I to be contributing for the very talented Michelle? I LOVE everything she shares (obviously, we have lots in common) and wanted to cook up something special for 4Men1Lady. Insert these chewy, crumbly Chocolate Caramel Oatmeal Bars. They have quickly become my favorite go-to dessert.

caramel oatmeal bars - Everything Food Conference

So… I have a couple secrets to share. You might want to sit down. Ready for the first? I’m actually not a huge sugar and chocolate fan! This is where most people gasp and give me sympathetic pats on the arm. However, I do have a sweet tooth. Since sugar now gives me an instant headache, I enjoy using healthy, tasty, and sweet substitutes for recipes resulting in satisfying desserts like my Honey Peanut Butter Cookies and Chewy Ooey Gooey Brownies. Now both my mouth and stomach are both happy!

Ready for secret #2? These crumbly Chocolate Caramel Oatmeal Bars make me a hypocrite! These are my favorite go-to holiday treat. I make them for holiday parties, family get togethers, neighbor gifts, and just to indulge on. This is the only time of year I make them and look forward to sharing their chewy goodness with you.

Chocolate Caramel Bars - Everything Food Conference

Caramel Chocolate Bars - Everything Food Conference

I’ve been cooking up lots of things recently including the most engaging, rewarding, fun, and delicious food blogger conference ever! We’re dedicated to stuffing your minds and stomachs, helping build brand/blogger relationships, and making sure you leave pumped and ready to succeed. With this amazing lineup of popular bloggers, it’s going to be nonstop engagement, fun, and partying.

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register2Back to these addicting treats. I’ve become a huge fan of whole wheat pastry flour. It keeps baked goods light and fluffy while keeping the nutritional benefits of whole wheat flour. You can use either whole wheat pastry flour or all-purpose flour in this recipe, but I definitely recommend at some point trying whole wheat pastry flour.

oatmeal chocolate chip bars - Everything Food Conference

One final tip for my fellow moms. It can be tricky baking with young kids. I try to be creative and find ways for my 3 year old to be involved whenever I’m cooking. I gave her the job of unwrapping the Kraft caramels and she was in heaven. It kept her little hands and mind occupied while I worked on the more messy part.

Happy baking, everyone! Enjoy the holidays and every single moment with your families.

chocolate chip cookie bars - Everything Food Conference

Chocolate Caramel Oatmeal Bars

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour or all-purpose flour
2 cups quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cold butter, cubed
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans
1 package (11 oz) Krafts Caramels, individually unwrapped
1/2 cup milk (I used coconut milk)

  1. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly. Set half aside for topping.
  2. Press the remaining crumb mixture into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes. Sprinkle with the chocolate chips and pecans.
  3. In a small microwave-safe bowl, add caramels and milk. Microwave for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted.
  4. Drizzle melted caramel over top. Sprinkle with the remaining crumb mixture. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack for at least 2 hours before cutting.
  5. Yield: about 4-1/2 dozen.


Personalizing your table with Painters Markers (2)

Today I’m back with the second half of my post on Painter’s Paint Markers.  See our first post here.
I’ve been experimenting with place settings for our holiday table.

For this setting I went for rustic chic look.


 I experimented with drawing directly on a ceramic bowl.

PicMonkey Collage

The design partially came off when I ran it through the dish washer and I was able to remove it all with the help of a Magic Eraser.  Great if you don’t want the design to be permanent on your ceramic dishes but you may want to test the marker in an inconspicuous place first.  Just make sure to draw where food won’t be in contact with the paint.



Throw the formal place setting out the window and opt for a more casual, but equally as chic setting.

For this next setting I went for a natural look.


The two boards are actually cheese boards put together to mimic the look of a wooden place mat.  It’s layered with a circular natural fiber place mat then topped with a regular round plate.  I found the burlap doily for $1.00 and drew some embellishments on it with a Painter Paint Marker.

Natural collage

I used a clear glass bowl which is great when you want to see through the dish to what is underneath it.



With a simple piece of Kraft colored card stock I wrote the word, “Enjoy” then wrapped it around the utensils and used it as a napkin ring.

Of course we can’t leave out the kiddos!  I used some simple Kraft paper as a table protector.


This is one of my main go-to’s whenever I have kiddos over to my house and I’m going to be serving them food.   Using a Painter’s Paint Marker I drew a place mat directly on to the Kraft paper.  Kids love it when you embellish their place setting with pictures, their name…


…and even a menu.


Kids are messy eaters + their attention span is short.  Crayons are great way to make meal time fun and give their busy hands something to do between bites.


When the meal is over you just wrap it all up and throw it away.  Easiest and fastest clean up ever.

Don’t forget …  Painters is having a monthly contest between October – December where you can make your own creations using Painters. They are giving each monthly winner a prize valued at $500! The Style by Aisle with Painters Contest will have five different themes (August-December) which are based on store “aisles.” You can submit your homemade creations to the Painters site.  You can also download a coupon for Painters products on their site.