1.27.2015

coffee bar

we made a little coffee bar area off the kitchen....
I love it because it frees up so much counter space :) 

the kids think it looks like a perpetual holiday party, 
because this is what we usually do for gatherings....

I found this adorable chest-of-drawers at a 
{new to us} vintage thrift store....
it had coffee bar written all over it :)

 I love the k cups and syrups in my vintage bread box...

and I'd really been wanting a taller mug rack 
but this concrete base added some height...

please excuse the flipped image from my 
high tech computer cam

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1.26.2015

baby shower gift idea


my sweet friend had a baby shower for her daughter 
{which is so weird that my friends are becoming grandparents....} 

anywhooo, we wanted to give the parents-to-be a unique gift....
so I gathered up gift cards from some coffee places and fast food restaurants 
{I asked each place for a cup, lid, and straw then stuffed the cups 
with brown and white tissue with the gift card inside} 
 it all fit in the cutest bag ever with their other little gifts....
just something different to make life easier those first few days
running back and forth to the hospital, etc...


my friend had the cutest games, we all thought this was just a 
cute little decoration, but it was actually a memorization game....
the guest who wrote down the most items (after it was removed of course)
won the prize! super cute idea...
babies...   :) so exciting....
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1.23.2015

becoming class


if you haven't been by jeanne oliver's blog...
go take a look at her amazing classes 

right now you can register for her free class,

it's a lovely study/devotional/decorating
featuring your favorite bloggers :)

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1.21.2015

valentine's decor

love is in the air.... time to spread some hugs and kisses around the house...

I strung a few pennants on the mantel...

love these little tiny wire twinkle lights (held over from Christmas)....

I covered a few books with pink scrapbook paper for a little color...

love this cute printable from Eclectically Vintage...

some heart doilies and pom pom string taped up with washi tape...

not valentine's decor....but I am in love with these winter teas from Celestial Seasonings...
 xoxoxoxo

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1.19.2015

pizza pizza



we are having so much fun with our new mixer...
this creation was topped with:
a slight brush of olive oil, Gorgonzola cheese, caramelized onions
thinly sliced pears, and proscuitto
similar recipe HERE but with THIS DOUGH
my son made this yummy stuffed crust pizza
hubby made a special creation but we didn't get a pic....
we are having such fun making our own pizzas :) 

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1.16.2015

little ones

I just have to share this cuteness from my girl's dorm room...
how darling is her little table? with the Keurig, a must-have...
 
 we had so much fun moving her in....now it's time 
for her to hit the books :) 
I don't know where time goes....but- college- how fun!!!
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1.15.2015

my new addition...

we've been making pizza, pizza, and more pizza.....
 
 all thanks to this new addition to the kitchen.....
hello beautiful Kitchen Aid mixer :)


 I had lunch with one of my besties the other day, 
then we walked around Target and talked food and cooking.....
she uses her mixer daily....and encouraged me to 
invest in one...all because I said I buy pizza a few times a week 
for all of the kids hanging out at our house...
this mixer is amazing..no joke...
so far we have perfected the pizza dough, 
then took a stab at cinnamon rolls, peanut butter cookies, and Swedish pancakes....
yikes, the most fun ever!
do you use one? what is your favorite recipe?


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1.07.2015

happy new year

we've had the best break ever.... 
this week we had a fun trip to L.A. to see the Pompeii exhibit
(and to eat, shop, eat some more....walk the city, etc...) 
my best girlfriends and I took some of our crew
(they are getting older, our numbers are fewer) how cute are these guys? 


love them to pieces...
admission to the Pompeii exhibit included the Endeavour Space Shuttle, as well....amazing...
how cool to be in the presence of this vessel...

if you're in Cali and can make a trip to L.A.'s California Science Center, 
do it before Jan 11th.... this is a super neat/educational/incredible exhibit...
it is thought that the temperatures reached 570 degrees
causing instant rigor mortis (thus the in motion poses)


soooo, a few fun things....
check out Jeanne Oliver's blog for a lovely, free 
class HERE (she's adorable, and the class includes 
a weekly devotional and a decorating/design element) 

AND my favorite HGTV friends are back..
Fixer Upper is on Tuesdays at nine  ~YIPPEE~


I kept these little battery operated copper lights out from 
the Christmas decor....I just love them draped along the mantle...


I have a lamp obsession...just found this concrete base
lamp at Kirkland for twenty bucks (shade included)
....how could I pass it up?
although I miss Christmas around the house, 
I do love some simple decor like these succulents...
I am hoping for rain...we had about one day of rain,
then a freak snow storm....and in a moment of weakness I 
ordered myself some Hunter boots with my nordies gift card....
do I dare keep them? will we ever have rain again? haha :)
happy new year :) welcome 2015...

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