MLK Weekend Recap

We had such a fun and action packed weekend here in Monterey. We managed to go biking, hang out with friends, watch football, grill, finish a dresser, build and install shelves, wash the cars, bleach & reseal the grout, and spent quality time together. Whew! Winded much?

An important part of my New Year’s resolutions was to focus on fitness. My husband is an ACTIVE, on the go, outdoorsy (is that a word) kind of man and we’ve decided to incorporate a weekly family biking trip into our fitness routine. It’s amazing how quickly 2 hours can pass by when you’re biking along the coast. Isn’t the view amazing?

We took a little break at the midway point to take pictures and for V to stretch her legs. She was so well behaved, but the wheels started coming off (no pun intended) toward the end. Putting a toddler who loves to play and climb into a chair and buckled up for hours is probably not her idea of fun, but I’m sure she’ll learn to appreciate it as she gets older and when we upgrade her ride from the backseat to a tricycle.

We grilled some shrimp while we watched football.

I FINALLY¬†finished this beautiful dresser (it deserves it’s own post).

Made a set of shelves for our storage lacking bathroom for less than $17 total. Got to love the price. 1x8x8′ piece of pine cut into 32″ pieces, sanded, primed & painted and attached 6″x8″ simple metal brackets. A functional space as well as display area.

I bleached & resealed the kitchen grout. Went from nasty, splotchy and brown to sterilized, white, and pristine with a Clorox bleach pen, toothbrush, and clear grout sealer.

And of course the most important thing we did this weekend was spend some good old fashioned quality time together. I love watching my loves enjoying quiet time together. It makes my heart melt and I think it’s absolutely adorable seeing men with their daughters.

I’m hoping you had an amazing weekend also. I have a tutorial as well as a full reveal of the dresser coming up this week. Can’t wait to share!

{**Update** Readers wanted to know how I achieved the bleached grout results, so this is for all you clean freaks!**}
Time-1hr per 10 sq. ft.
Need: 2 bleach pens, old tooth brush, 2 clean rags, clear grout sealer.
Cost-About $10 (depends on how many bleach pens you need)

  1. Make sure your tile and grout are clean and free of debris. Hit all the nasty stuff with your bleach pen.
  2. Wait 15 min for the bleach to penetrate then scrub the grout lines with a toothbrush. I did mine quickly (less than 5 min for 10 sq. ft.).
  3. Wipe down your tile & grout with a warm wet rag, you’ll need to rinse it out¬†occasionally.
  4. Dry the tile with your other clean rag.
  5. Apply the grout sealer per the bottle directions. I like the stuff with a brush like this one {here}


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  1. 1

    Are you in a tshirt in winter? I wanna move there!

  2. 2

    How much work was bleaching the tile? I have some spots in my bathrooms and kitten floors that are high traffic and the grout is looking a bit yucky. I might give this a try.

    And your dresser re-do looks great, I can't wait to see more!

  3. 3
    Craft Crazy Mom says:

    Yep, t-shirt in winter:) It's usually between 60-70 year round, last weekend just happened to be a very nice day.

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    Craft Crazy Mom says:

    It took about 1 hour start to finish to do my counters. Apply all the bleach on the grout liberally, wait 15 minutes, scrub the grout with an old toothbrush, wipe down with a wet washcloth, dry, and apply the grout sealer (follow directions on bottle). I highly recommend doing it with the bleach pen. I use to use regular bleach WEEKLY without any results. Good luck!

  5. 5

    You have great taste! Can you do a post on your home? Each room…baby, Living area, bedroom, bathroom, etc…

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    Craft Crazy Mom says:

    Thanks! I'm actually working on that right now, it's still a work in process, but it'll be up soon!