May 29, 2014

Kitchen Accessories

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Good Morning! If you've been reading awhile, you already know that we painted our cabinets white over a year ago and love it!  It's amazing what paint can do.  It has made this space so much brighter and definitely flows better with the style in the rest of our home.  You can go here for some before pictures of our very dark kitchen.  You may also remember that we wanted to change a few other things in this kitchen, those being the lighting and backsplash.  And since we are DIYers, we have been waiting for things to slow down a bit so we can tackle it.  I'm really hoping this summer will be that time.  We will still be busy with camps, trips, jobs but it's a different kind of busy in the summer and I want to focus on getting those two projects done!

 

But today I wanted to share a few of my favorite kitchen accessories with you.  Some are the exact ones I have and others are very similar.  You can click the links below for more details.



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Our kitchen, like most everyone's, is where we spend most of our time, so having it designed and decorated to our liking is really important.  Agree?
 
Have a great day!



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May 27, 2014

beach essentials

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Good Morning!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend.  We spent our weekend at the coast and we are heading back next weekend, so I picked up these new pieces above.  Absolutely loving the mix matched suit and Panama hat!  And the best part is that each piece is under $20!  So you can still look chic at the pool or beach without blowing your budget! 

I also bought this tankini top and I would love to have this dreamy beach tote.  It has been so popular that it is on backorder until June 7th, but you can still preorder it here.

Summer is upon us...are you beach/pool ready?

Enjoy your day!

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May 23, 2014

Memorial Day Treats // S'mores Bars

 
 
Ingredients
 
3 tablespoons butter
1 package (10 oz) regular marshmallows
6 cups cocoa krispies cereal
3 original graham crackers broken into small pieces
1 & 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
 
Method
 
  • In a large saucepan melt butter over low heat
  • Add 10 oz marshmallows and stir until completely melted - remove from heat
  • Add cocoa krispies cereal and graham cracker pieces - stir until well coated
  • Add 1 cup mini marshmallows - gently stir until combined
  • Using a buttered spatula evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 pan coated with cooking spray
  • Sprinkle top with remaining 1/2 cup mini marshmallows and chocolate chips - lightly press into mixture
  • Cool and cut into 2 inch squares
 
 
I recently ate these at Lyla's mother's day tea party and oh my goodness they were so scrumptious!  I knew I couldn't leave until I had the recipe in my hands.  We are heading to the coast this weekend for Memorial Day and I wanted to bring these, so I made a practice batch yesterday just to make sure they were as yummy as I remember :)
 

If you're looking for a perfect treat to enjoy this holiday weekend these won't disappoint.  It's the perfect mixture of melted chocolate, gooey marshmallows, and sweet graham crackers.  Enjoy!
  

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May 22, 2014

Memorial Day Weekend Wear + LIKE to KNOW:IT

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sandals // sunglasses // iphone case // bracelet // tunic // shorts // dress (similar here, here & here)

Good Morning!  Only a couple more days until Memorial Day Weekend!  Yay!!  So today I wanted to share some fun summer pieces with you as we get ready to kick it off this weekend!  I adore these sandals and think I'm going to pull the trigger and get them as they're different from all my other flip flops and sandals.  And of course they're striped, so I need them :)  The white J.Crew tunic is 25% off with the code PACKME.  I also tried on these shorts yesterday and loved the fit and fun print.  I was pressed for time and I'm one that is always back and forth with my purchases over analyzing before I buy, but also heading back for these!

I've had some of my IG friends ask me recently about the LIKEtoKNOW:IT link on some of my instagram pictures, so I thought I would share this feature with you all too.  I LOVE instagram!  It is definitely my favorite social media outlet.  And now there is a fun feature called LIKEtoKNOW:IT.   You sign up once at LIKEtoKNOW:IT entering your email address and preferences of how often you want the links sent (and if you choose ASAP, they come fast) and then every time you "like" a photo on instagram with the LIKEtoKNOW:IT link, it will automatically send the outfit or room sources directly to your email.  It's pretty cool.  So it's great for both design and fashion lovers.  I follow several other bloggers who's design and fashion styles I adore and I love getting instant sources with just one tap.

Have a great day!


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May 19, 2014

Seashells + Driftwood + Palm Leaves

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Good Morning!  Hope you had a lovely weekend!  If you follow on IG, you know that we celebrated Preston's First Communion this weekend.  It was a special day for him and my heart was full watching him participate in this sacrament.  We had a small brunch after mass at our house and I made these for the first time and loved them!  They would be perfect for a Memorial Day lunch if you're still looking for something to share this weekend.

Did your May calendar explode with activities?  Ours is so packed and now we are heading into Memorial Day Weekend.  How did that happen?  I really look forward to Memorial Day Weekend.  It's the kick off to summer and the weather is usually perfect for outdoor activities!  To bring a little summer to our home, I put together this summer vignette.  The driftwood and shells are beach treasures we've collected.  Last year I sprayed some of my shells gold to add some glam.  Oh how I love the beach and I love having a few reminders of our trips in our home as well.

Are you ready for summer?  Do you have plans for Memorial Day Weekend?


May 15, 2014

Latest Loves

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tunic // iphone case // watch // earrings // clutch // sandals


Good Morning!  Thank you all so much for all your very kind comments about my Mother's Day post on both my blog and IG .  I truly enjoy the friendships I've made through blogging and social media.  Such a sweet group of friends :)


Today I wanted to share some of favorite fashion pieces and pass along some amazing sales happening right now.  Love this embroidered J.Crew tunic and chic iPhone case (which is on mega sale right now)!  J.Crew is offering 25% off with the code SOGOOD.  The Michael Kors watch is such a simple, classic accessory that would be a great investment piece...and it's my favorite color...white :)  The fun peach sorbet clutch is from the Gap and comes in five other colors and patterns.  Use the code TREAT to save 40% at the Gap.  And finally so many outfits would pair perfectly with these sassy little sandals.  


Have a beautiful day and happy shopping!


P.S.  The winner of the $550 Amazon Giftcard giveaway is entry #22879 Cristy T.  Congratulations!  Jenn will be contacting you soon.



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May 12, 2014

These Two...

Good Morning! I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day Weekend!  One of my favorite parts of the weekend was listening to my kids sneak into our room, "quietly" wake my husband and head to the kitchen to make me breakfast in bed on Sunday morning.  I was of course awake the whole time, but played along and pretended to be asleep until they excitedly brought in my breakfast.  So fun to watch their excitement about the whole process. 
 
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Can I please freeze this age??
So proud to be their mama!


May 8, 2014

Mother's Day Table

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Good Morning! I am soooo glad it is finally Thursday!  It has been a busy work week for me and I am so ready for the weekend!  My son has his First Communion next weekend which our families will attend, so we will also celebrate Mother's Day with them at that time.  That leaves this weekend open for us to enjoy a low key weekend, which is a perfect Mother's Day treat for me.  My husband is doing the cooking, but I of course couldn't resist setting a table!

This is a really simple table I put together using stuff I already had on hand. Even the flowers are out of our landscape. I went with the bright pink napkins to coordinate with my pink knockout roses. Love that it's a bit girly which I think is perfect for this occasion.

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Do you have plans for Mother's Day?

Have a great day!


May 6, 2014

Mother's Day Gift Guide + $350 Cash Giveaway

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Mother's Day is next Sunday, so I've gathered up some gift ideas I know would make any mom smile!  Or if you're a mom, you might find something to put on your wishlist.  Or better yet...you can enter this fantastic giveaway I'm co-sponsoring and get a chance to win $350 cash to celebrate Mother's Day!  You can use the rafflecopter below to enter.

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Good Luck!


The winner is Alicia Miller.  Congratulations!  Mandy will be emailing you soon.  Have a wonderful Mother's Day :)



May 2, 2014

April Top Five

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Happy Friday everyone!  And Happy May!  Closing out April today with a quick recap of my top five projects for the month.

One -- Updated Lyla's room with this gilded arrow.  Love it with her big gold heart!  Super easy tutorial here.

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Two -- I made these yummy lemon bars to celebrate the warmth and sunshine.  You can go here for the recipe.

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Three -- My blue and white Spring tablescape.  We used it as our Easter table this year.  More details here.

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Four -- I made these for adorable egg nest brownies for Easter and they were a huge hit.  Thank you Carolina Charm for sharing the amazingly, cute recipe.

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Five -- My simple Spring mantel.  Can you tell that I love yellow!  It's such a cheerful color and just makes me happy!  It has definitely been my go to color lately.

*Also linking up with the five on Friday group...Darci, Natasha, Christina, & April.  Hop over and see what they are up to.


Have a fantastic weekend!