Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Things - Washi Tape, Salsa, and Black Widow

I'm off work from today until Tuesday! Whoo hoo!! I love holiday weekends! Let's get this Friday started.

One. Like I said, I love holiday weekends. But let's remember WHY we have this glorious summer holiday. When Labor Day was first proposed back in the 1880s, it was to consist of a street parade to showcase "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations" of the community. Without those hardworking Americans that came before us, we wouldn't be where we are today. So, take a moment away from the barbeques, boat rides, and sleeping in to remember that this holiday is in remembrance of those who dedicated themselves to making our country better.

Two. Now, to change the tone completely, did you see the giveaway I'm co-hosting? I teamed up with 5 other bloggers to bring you the chance to win 1 of 6 awesome items! Enter now

Blogger giveaway with 6 prizes

Three. Watermelon Peach Salsa. This is my Paleo recipe find of the week, thanks to Pinterest. I'm definitely going to try making this very soon! 

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Four. Iggy Azalea's music is starting to grow on me. I'm liking her new song, Black Widow, with Rita Ora. Check out the video!


Five. Washi tape and the Whitney English Day Designer. Swoon. Organizing my day has never been more fun!


Enjoy your Labor Day weekend!! :-)

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Happy National Dog Day + Wake Up Wednesday Linky

Yesterday was National Dog Day. In honor of that, I'm photo dumping pictures of my fur-baby, Lily. Enjoy!

Lily the doberman watching the neighbors
 Stalking the neighbors.

Lily the doberman with jazz paws.
Naptime jazz paws.

Lily the doberman napping; don't disturb.
Don't disturb.

Lily the doberman napping on pillow.
More naptime.


Lily the doberman napping on pillow.
Even more naptime.

Lily the doberman and her furry paws
Just look at those furry paws. 

Does your pet sleep in crazy positions like Lily?

Here's the Wake Up Wednesday Linky! Don't forget to add your link at the bottom! And enter the Rafflecopter giveaway!


               

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adding nailhead trim to a wood table

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When furnishing our garage turned family room, I knew I wanted a round table with some chairs in there.  This way the room could double as extra dining space as well, or as desk space.  I had my eye on the Weston Crank Bistro table from Arhaus furniture for a while.

Painting Metal Chairs with Chalk Paint

Chalk Painted Metal Chairs
I am not sure where I got them, but they have been painted many colors...here, you see them blue, with little red peaking through, with just a touch of rust too..beauties I tell you, beauties in the rough!


This idea for a poncho shirt has been swimming around in my brain for a while. I have a shirt from Charlotte Russe that is similar to these, but is not as long as I would like it to be. I looked at the basic construction of that shirt to come up with my plan for making these.  They are easy and fast to make, and oh-so versatile. I could see them with a cardigan over or a long sleeve under in the fall and winter. Enjoy! 


Slow Cooker: Beef and Broccoli Recipe

This is hands down the best thing I have ever made in our married lives. I’m pretty sure my husband loved it more than anything else I have made. He is so sweet he will never say anything. But honestly try this out, it is delicious and super easy to make!!


peas
This is a picture of my sweet grand-daughter Emmaline after she experienced
 eating peas for the first time:


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Remember this DIY Chain and Pearl Necklace I posted yesterday? Well, someone requested that I make her one. And I did. And it was awesome.


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Today I’m sharing a fantastic flower box with you. On Saturday my niece Laura was married. Her wonderful reception was at a vineyard here in Connecticut.
It was held outside under a tent, that was exquisitely decorated! The weather was perfect for the occasion. It felt like an early fall evening. Everything was beautiful, especially the bride!



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Natural Way Organics creates all-natural, organic products for hygiene and other purposes around the house. Not only can you safely wash your hair and entire body with Olive Oil Castile Soap.


Waiting for him to ask for my number.
Waiting for him to use it.
Waiting for him to ask me out on a date.
Waiting for him to confirm said date.
Waiting for him to pick me up for said date.


Lemon Brownies 7
I love getting a bag of lemons given to me, our wee tree is getting there but only have 3 lemons from it so far! The next decision is what to make with them. A few months ago Pinterest was full of Lemon Brownie recipes, I was intrigued - I am a little slow on the uptake but I finally made them today and they are delicious! Lovely lemony smell filling the house and a lovely fresh alternative to our decadent chocolate brownie you will find elsewhere on my blog.


Years ago I found this awesome wood caddy at an antique store. It was stained a dark wood & I refinished it in burgundy to go in my guest bathroom to hold magazines. 


Summer Makeup Favorites | My Life Well Loved
Alabama heat is no joke! It has felt like spring for most of the summer, but now that the true to
 form humidity and soaring temperatures are coming to fruition, it’s the perfect time to 
showcase my Favorite Summer Makeup. These products have been my saving grace this summer for some color and to cover any unwanted blemishes.

Hello my lovely friends, today lets climb one more step on sewing ladder and make a Tote bag with faux leather base. Are you as excited as I am? Then, lets do it!!! This post looks too lengthy because of explanation, but trust me its super simple to sew it.



You go one morning to check the garden for any ripe produce. There's a zucchini there that is still a bit puny, but should be ready by the next day. You forget to check in the morning, but remember and look after dinner. It has gone from the size of a hot-dog to the size of your arm in less than 2 days! Yikes! What are you going to do with all that zucchini?!


Plum Tart
I had peaches on my shopping list, because it is peach season. However, the ones I found did not look fresh or ripe, and had no smell to them. I am not sure what that is all about, but like a store-bought tomatoes there was no flavor. So what to do? I went through the market sniffing fruit. The plums I could smell and looked inviting so I brought home enough make a plum tart.


The Best Homemade Café Frappé Recipe – Low-Sugar, Rich & Creamy! | Roxy's Kitchen With five minutes and five ingredients you can make your own! #summer #drinks #icedcoffee #lowsugar
I’ve said this before, I’m not a big fan of coffee – with one exception though, frappes! They were very popular during my high school years back home in Romania (15 years ago!), especially during the summer time. This is when I pretty much fell in love with this delicious iced coffee drink. 

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Ten on Tuesday - Award Show Edition

It's finally Tuesday! Yay! Since the MTV Video Music Awards were on Sunday night and the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards were held last night, I thought I'd base my Ten on Tuesday post about those award shows. Here it goes:

1. Twerking. I was hoping that Twerking would be cut from this year's VMAs, because no one wants to relive that debaucle that was Miley Cirus last year. Well, within the first 10 minutes of the VMAs, there was some twerking. However, if you have a butt like Nicki Minaj, I believe you're allowed to twerk, a little. It was a bit more tasteful, with her cheeks painted at least, so she wasn't bearing all. But it was still a bit risque. Maybe next year will be the end of twerking altogether. Here's hoping.

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2. Taylor Swift. I'm just so confused. I liked you better as a Country artist. Why do you want to sing Pop music? She performed her new song, Shake it Off, with a Great Gatsby theme. Although, this new song is super catchy, I like the old Taylor better. But, here's the video to her new song. If I have to have this song stuck in my head, so do you. :-)


3. Kim Kardashian West. I could've gone without seeing her boobs on display, but I'm LOVING her shorter hair.


Kim Kardashian West at MTV VMAs 2014
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4. Beyonce is in fact, a real, live person. She actually cried when Jay-Z brought her daughter Blue Ivy on stage. She won a well-deserved Video Vanguard award. 

Beyonce at 2014 MTV VMAs
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5. OITNB. Can you believe that on the left is Crazy Eyes? Yeah. Hard to believe. Uzo Aduba, Taylor Schilling, and Laverne Cox clean up nicely, compared to their trapped-in-prison characters.

OITNB at the MTV VMAs 2014
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6. Breaking Bad stole the whole Emmy show. Bryan Cranston won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama, Aaron Paul won Best Supporting Actor, Anna Gunn won Best Supporting Actress in a Drama, and there was a lot of writing/directing awards given as well, including Best Drama. Why did Breaking Bad have to end?? By the way, I loved Anna's makeup. It was so minimal, but stunning.

Anna Gunn wins Best Supporting Actress at 2014 Emmys
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7. The Bromance Award goes to ... Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. Have you ever seen their show True Detective? It was nominated for several awards, so it must be good.

Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson at the 2014 Emmys
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8. This happened. Bryan Cranston and Julia Louis-Dreyfus reenacted a scene from Seinfield when Julia won her Best Actress in a Comedy Series award for Veep.  

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9. Chris Hardwick explained a very important grammar mistake while talking about Internet trolls. THANK YOU! (Side note: I have no idea who he was before this. Lol)

Chris Hardwick Internet trolls and spelling errors
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10. My pick for best dressed: Amy Poehler. She looked phenomenal in silver. 

Amy Poehler at the Emmy Awards 2014
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Did you watch the MTV VMAs or Emmys?

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Ribbon Chix + Giveaway!

Happy Monday out there! My weekend flew by again and just seemed too short, but alas, the weekend is never long enough. Give me all the coffee.

Today, I'd like to talk a little about my favorite local boutique, Ribbon Chix, and share a new group giveaway! Ribbon Chix is located in Murray, Ky., about 45 minutes from where I live. It's the most adorable boutique and they provide the cutest of the cute in clothing, shoes and accessories. They carry brands such as Toms, BedStu, Big Star, Free People, Dingo boots, Minnetonka Moccasins, Lenny and Eva, and my favorite Bourbon and Boweties bangles! Just look at some of their new fall arrivals!
Ribbon Chix
{Photos from Ribbon Chix}
I've shared my love of Ribbon Chix in this post, where I showed off a new shirt from there and some Bourbon and Bowties bangles. 

Ribbon Chix and Bourbon and Boweties

Also, in this post, about my trip to a winery with some gal pals, I wore a maxi dress from none other than Ribbon Chix. :-) 

Winery trip with the girls

What I love most about this boutique is that their gift cards can be used to shop online! So when Morgan from the Truelife of KMK suggested a local giveaway, I knew I had to add a Ribbon Chix gift card to it! 

I joined five other bloggers to bring you a "local" giveaway, where we all selected something from our hometowns to give to you. There will be six winners. Be sure to follow the other lovely hosts and check out what they are giving away too! Enter now!


1: Scarf and earrings from Francesca's 
2: "Dontcha know" magnet, Aubrey raspberry lip balm, Kind bar, Cinnamon, Orange poppy soap bar, Umbrella earrings, Hand-painted feather arrow adjustable ring
3: $20 giftcard to online boutique- Ribbon Chix
4: Scarf and earrings from Retrospect Boutique in Fortworth, Texas
5: Assortment of healthy snacks and makeup
6: Captain Planet Necklace from Vestique Boutique (found here)


Morgan // Hannah // Julie // 
Ashley // Amanda // Chastity
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Good luck!

How do you get through rough Mondays?

I'm linking up with:
Mix it Mondays | Mingle Monday | Let it Shine 
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

5 On-The-Go Paleo Snacks + Wake Up Wednesday Linky

Today, I'd like to share my top go-to Paleo snacks for when I'm on the go. It's challenging sticking to a Paleo diet when away from home, but it can be done, with a little planning.

5 On-The-Go Paleo Snacks

5 On-The-Go Paleo Snacks

If you're like me, and like to eat something every few hours, or at least have a snack ready nearby, just in case, then this list is for you. These items can all be easily placed in a plastic bag or container and kept in your purse or travel bag.

1. Fruit - This is my ultimate go-to. How easy is it to pack an organic apple with you? Easy-peasy. But apples aren't the only fruit that can be portable. Bananas and organic pears are other great options, as well as organic berries - strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. The berries will require a plastic bag or container, but still quick and easy to throw together.

2. Nuts/Seeds - Almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc., are all great snacks, and they're packed with nutrition to keep you going. I often keep a bag of almonds in my car for a quick snack.

3. Boiled Eggs - This requires some planning, and possible refrigeration if going to be away from home long, but it's the ultimate protein snack. Yes, it's a bit random to chow down on a boiled egg or two, but this snack will definitely tide you over until your next meal. I like to boil about 6 to 8 eggs on Sunday night to have as snacks throughout the week. Word to the wise: boiled eggs smell, well, like eggs. So you might not want to take them, say, into a movie theater as a snack. ;-) Just keep them in the shell until ready to eat and they will last a good day without refrigeration.

4. Larabars - I love Larabars, and they are one of the only foods I buy packaged. Larabars are made with whole ingredients, like dates, nuts, coconut and dried fruits. A variety of flavors are available, however, not all of them are Paleo. If they contain peanuts or chocolate, they are not considered Paleo. I love the coconut cream pie and cashew cookie flavors, which are Paleo-friendly. I wouldn't recommend having a Larabar everyday - just when you're in a hurry and need a quick snack.

5. Sweet Potato/Kale Chips - Homemade sweet potato and kale chips are excellent snacks. Yes, you can purchase these at the grocery or health food store, but check the ingredient list first! Some brands aren't technically Paleo because of the oils used to bake them, or added ingredients. Terra Sweet Potato and Root Chips are good options, on occasion. But it's really best to make them at home, so you can control all of the added ingredients. Here are a couple of excellent tutorials on making your own sweet potato chips and kale chips.


Paleo snacks

What are your favorite on-the-go snacks?

Now, on to the link up and giveaway:




Welcome to the 30th Week of 

Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" 

32 Blogs  -  1 Party


 Giveaway

We are so excited to have you all party with us.
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Today I want to share my front porch with you. My accessories have both complimenting and contrasting colors in them. I wanted them to work with my house color (Cabot exterior latex stain in Spruce Blue.) and not clash.

Glass Insulator Lights

Glass Insulator Lights
Today, I thought I would share with you some of the lights what we installed in our new house! 


Carrot Orange Bread

Carrot Orange Bread with Orange Juice Glaze
Created a special treat today that I know you will love.  I’m calling it my Carrot Orange Bread with Orange Juice Glaze.

Even though my Peach Cobbler was a failure this week, living in Georgia: I HAVE to can peaches each year. Now, we have a ton of Summer Georgia Peaches for the next few seasons thanks to successful canning. 


Whipped Feta Dip from The Pink Recipe Box

Whipped Feta Dip | www.pinkrecipebox.com

Sometimes I feel like the recipes I share with you guys are too simple and too fast to 
call them recipes. Today is one of those days. 


Thrifty Thursday...Glass Mushrooms for the Garden
from Artistic Endeavors Inc 101
A trip to the thrift store with my daughter yielded supplies for a quick garden project.


Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza
from Upstate Ramblings
Slice of Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza
Pizza makes an good family dinner, because it is not only quick to make it is cost effective too.  But always serving cheese pizza is boring, so I like to change it up with some different toppings.  A few weeks ago I made Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza, and the family loved it!


Crock Pot Shredded Beef Tacos Recipe
from A Mom's Take
Crock Pot Shredded Beef Tacos
While I grew up eating what I now refer to as the American version of a beef taco, I found as an adult that I much prefer the milder flavor and taste of a traditional shredded beef taco.


DIY Citrus Avocado Face Mask
from Robyn's View
Citrus Avocado Face Mask
Avocados are rich in moisturizing oils and healthy fats that you skin will adore. When you combine avocados with the skin brightening properties of citrus, you have a face mask that can’t be beat!


DIY: Cucumber Mint Body Scrub + Free Printable Labels
from Living Frugal with Erika
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I know that we all need a little relaxation from time to time, and what better way than with a DIY Scrub? Not only is this perfect for relaxing at home, it also makes a wonderful frugal gift idea! Take an afternoon and create this easy DIY Cucumber Mint Body Scrub

 Homemade Coffee Sugar Scrub
from Living Chic
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I have been obsessed with Homemade Body Scrub recipes lately. I decided to whip up a Coffee Sugar scrub recipe of my own this morning. It is so easy and very inexpensive.


Funfetti Cake Bites

Funfetti Cake Bites
We love dessert at the Smith House, and though I’m obviously not a professional baker, I still enjoy whipping up some sort of sweet treat to share after dinner.

How-to: sew a soft ball
from Green Apple Colttage

soft toy ball
Another baby boy was born on the very day I posted a picture of a home made soft ball  I had sewn for my nephew. A perfect opportunity to sew another one, don't you think? This time, I added several loops.


Lemon Blueberry Squash Bread

from Cooking with K
Lemon Blueberry Squash Bread
Have you every heard of yellow squash in a quick bread recipe?  I was first introduced to it last summer  by my daughter.  I love to bake with zucchini in bread, but never had made any with summer yellow squash.


The Last Wall in my Kitchen!!

from Debbie Dabble

Finally, I would like to share with you the last wall in my Kitchen......
And wrap up my Series on my Kitchen where I shared One Wall at a Time......




Every weekday I get an email from Short Daily Devotions, this one yesterday really touched my heart and spoke to me. I really want to share it with you today.

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