Friday, November 29, 2013
'Tis the season! Hope all your wildest Black Friday dreams are coming true as you venture into the abyss (aka the mall). I, on the other hand, am happy staying home today to put up some Christmas decorations because, after all, it is simply uncouth to put them up any sooner than Black Friday.
My makeshift mantel seemed like the most obvious place to start, and behold, we have the above photo! I usually have a stack of photos and prints layered in multiple frames on our shelf. Nixed 'em. I replaced one frame with a piece of Kraft paper with a little holiday cheer written on it. Next, I added a wreath, some candlesticks, and I filled hurricanes with ornaments and beads. A little extra green garland fills in the blanks along with a few extra ornaments scattered throughout.
PLUS, our big red surfboard actually seems to fit right in. Never mind the 4 wakeboards to the left of our shelf…conveniently cropped out of the photo, of course…as well as the 3 bikes that seem to only fit in the living room of all places.
SO, there you have it folks. Our cozy apartment seems more festive than ever this year. Maybe it's that the weather if finally cooling off. Maybe it is that I am more at peace with our life than in years past. Dylan and I just had our two year anniversary this month. I cannot believe how far we have come in two years! New careers, new home, new friends, new adventures!
Stay tuned for more holiday cheer!
Friday, October 18, 2013
Monday, September 23, 2013
It's officially fall, let the crafting begin! 'Tis the season of pretty trees, comfy flannel shirts, and, of course, crafting with friends! A few gals and I got together this weekend for a wreath-making bash, which, I must say, was surprisingly successful. (Oh yeah, it helps when one of your friends works at Joann Fabrics...and knows everything about everything in the craft world. SCORE!)
I went with some felt flowers, which were super easy to make, and added a few hints of faux berries. All of these rosettes were made from about 6 sheets of felt (I bought 12...just in case!). The bow was made with some scrap muslin that I tore into a long strip. All in all, this project cost a whopping $13 (thanks to all my Michael's coupons)!
-a hot-glue gun is a must for this project. Mine is the "high heat" mini gun from WalMart.
-use nice fabric scissors for cutting felt (makes detailed cutting SO much easier).
-be sure to bring champagne to share with friends, it lightens up the mood for all the OCD crafters...myself included in this category!
Cheers to craft season: may all your Pinterest DIY fantasies come true!
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Lately, I've been in a healthy-food rut. And by rut, I mean, I don't feel like eating anything remotely good for me. Generally speaking, I stay away from fast food, breads and pastas, and only eat sweets on occasion, however, life gets busy and sometimes you JUST. WANT. THE PASTA.
There. I said it. Now, moving on.
I made this delicious berry and banana smoothie for breakfast, and I am happy to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Plus, it falls into the "healthy" category. Yay me. So, will it cancel out the handfuls of semi-sweet chocolate morsels I devoured while watching MasterChef last night? Nay, nay. But it's a good start!
Thursday, August 15, 2013
My feet have taken quite a beating this summer between wearing flip flops non-stop, running around the yard barefoot, and spending time in the pool. On top of it all, I am prone to dry, cracked, calloused heels...but who isn't?
That said, I decided to spend a little time getting my tootsies back to a (semi) normal state with a very popular foot soak recipe found on Pinterest. Now, I should warn you before I say anything else – the blue Listerine may or may not turn your feet blue. Mine definitely turned blue, but I scrubbed it all away with the pumice stone. That said, you have been warned...
SO, what is the magical foot soak recipe? Listerine, vinegar (apple cider or white), and hot water. Let the tingly concoction work it's magic for 15-30 minutes, then scrub away the nasties. I kept my tea kettle next to me and added more hot water to the mix every 5 minutes or so.
Afterwards, my feet were baby-soft, aqua blue (right on trend...right?), and super tingly all night. This DIY is definitely a keeper. Now, if I could just get the rest of my projects to go as smoothly as this one...
Thursday, August 8, 2013
The infamous do-gooders of the fashion world – Toms. I can't get enough of them! This season's desert wedge comes in cool chambray and super-bright suede.
Now. If you are anything like me, you know you will wear your TOMS to pieces...literally...until your husband threatens to throw them out the window driving down the highway at 80 mph just so they don't stink the car up anymore...so choose your color wisely! For now, I am settled on the burlap – a little boho/beachy, and neutral enough to pair with anything.
All the best!
(all shoes available at TOMS.COM)
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Summer is quickly coming to a close (thank goodness – this southern heat is melting me!) but before it ends, a few of us are headed north for a little "cabin getaway". My packing list essentials? Denim cutoffs, Chucks, a bandana, sunglasses, and some tasty grillin' sauce!
Growing up, we spent many weekends at our lakeside cabin in northern Saskatchewan (smack dab in the middle of Canada, for all you people who skipped Geography class). Some of my best memories are from Shell Lake – fishing with Grandpa, skiing with my dad, roasting marshmallows, mini golfing at a nearby course, playing volleyball, and picking...& immediately devouring...fresh berries near the side of the road.
Now that I am 2,570 miles away, I truly cherish my memories of Shell Lake...and I can't wait to make new ones during our upcoming trip! Now – let's all say a prayer for no rain...
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Monday, July 29, 2013
Hey folks! Yes, it has been a few weeks (cough, months...cough), but I am finally back with a tasty post on toast – the go-to meal when everything else seems so complicated, takes forever, needs a bazillion ingredients, and, well, you get the point. Simple. Tasty. Toast.
So how does one make a roasty tomato toasty? Read on...
- roma tomatos (1 tomato per slice of toast...cut them into quarters)
- olive oil
- salt & pepper
- goat cheese for schmearing
- fresh basil or any fresh herb...chives are great here, too.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a cookie sheet (or a cake pan) with foil for easy cleanup. Cut tomatoes into quarters length-wise (sounds fancy, right?). Place tomatoes on cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste – don't skimp!
Place in oven for 25 minutes or so. Meanwhile, take the goat cheese out of the fridge to soften up. This makes schmearing a lot easier.
Remove tomatoes from oven to let cool a minute. Pop your toast in the toaster. Once toast is done, schmear with cheese, add tomatoes, and top with fresh herbs of your choice.
Now that I have insulted your culinary abilities, let me remind you that no one is "above" eating toast.
Even Jesus likes toast. BOOM.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Hello, for the first time in a while! I've been busy-busy with work (which is a blessing!), but I had to share my newest find: my china collection!
I never registered for "fine china" during the wedding months–I never found a set that really caught my eye. Until now. I found these lovelies at Homegoods this morning, and I scooped up every piece they had, which really wasn't much, BUT, it is a start. It is Mikasa "Color Studio" bone china in Turquoise, and I was able to mix and match the polka dot pattern and chevron pattern. Homegoods only had 8 salad plates and 8 teacups, however, after searching online, I found that they were available at the Mikasa site for about $10 more per set of 4 (not bad at all!).
Needless to say, I will be adding to the collection over the next few months, but for now, I'm excited to do fancy date nights and (small) dinner parties with friends on my new, lovely dinnerware.
Until next time!