Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Kitchen Inspiration & Plans

After selling our home in January, we have been searching for the perfect fixer-upper.  I am happy to announce that we are finally under contract on a home!  We cannot wait to begin renovations... This will be our biggest DIY project yet! .

The current kitchen in this house is just plain awful and will need new cabinets, appliances, flooring, well--everything! (pictures coming soon) The house was built in the 60's and has great bones, but has not been touched since.   Meanwhile, here are my plans and inspiration so far:

Clean white cabinets, light counter tops, wood flooring, subway back splash, grey island, mixed-metal details in lighting and hardware, and hopefully a farm house sink-- if the budget allows.  I love the look of a tribal printed runner in a kitchen.  It makes the kitchen so much more cozy. 

Kitchen Board

These kitchens are major eye candy...

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Target Finds For The Family Under $30

Target is such a great place to find affordable pieces for the entire family.  I can't get out of that place with groceries only....Ever!!  Let's face it though, Mommy vacations at Target are THE best.  One hour shopping alone and I do major damage.  

Below are my favorite spring items for the family---all under $30!  Shop these looks now because all clothing, shoes and accessories are buy one, get one 50% off!! 

Finds For Her


Finds For Him

Thursday, March 19, 2015

DIY Mini Easter Baskets

I made these super cute mini baskets for Evie's class for their upcoming Easter party.  I am so excited to share this DIY with you because I love the way these little babies turned out!

I hopped on over to Michael's with my 40% off coupon and a budget of $20.   I found these precious paper berry baskets for $7.99-- ($4.79 with my coupon) and some adorable packs of spring decorations for just $2 each.  This project costs under $15 and took 40 minutes to complete.  10 baskets made for just under $1.50 each!

Materials needed:

1 pack of berry baskets
1 pack of pipe cleaners
1 bag of Easter grass
3 packs of decorations 
1 pack of trim (each strand is long enough for 2 baskets)
Glue gun
Glue sticks
Knife or ice pick 

How to make a basket:
  1. Puncture a small hole on each side of the basket with a knife.
  2. Thread the pipe cleaner through the hole and wrap around each side to create handle.
  3. Cut trim/ribbon in half.  (they're 36 in. long and you only need approximately 18 in. per basket)
  4. Glue trim around edge of basket.
  5. Glue decoration to the front of basket.
  6. Add grass to basket and you are done!

Aren't they adorable?!  Evie girl will have a blast filling up these baskets with candy for all of her sweet little friends!  

Happy spring everyone!


Friday, March 13, 2015

moscow mule recipe

In honor of St. Patrick's Day festivities this weekend, I wanted to share with you my new favorite cocktail--the Moscow Mule.  No green beer or Jameson whiskey involved but festive, nonetheless!  I bought these beautiful copper mugs on Amazon for a steal (a set of two for under $25) and gifted them to my brother for Christmas.  We tried out the recipe one night for a family dinner and we were hooked!  It is such a refreshing drink that can be served year-round and with only three ingredients, it is super easy to make at home.  I apparently have been living underneath a rock because this drink has been around since the 1940's but I just discovered it.  Better late than never, right?

moscow mule recipe

1.5 ounces of vodka
4 to 6 ounces of ginger beer 
( I found the Gosling's ginger beer next to the tonic water in the alcohol section of the grocery store.  If you can't find ginger beer, ginger ale works too!)
1 lime
copper mug

Pour the vodka into copper mug with ice.  Squeeze the lime over the vodka, and drop the wedge into the mug.  Fill the mug with ginger beer.  Stir gently and garnish with lime slice.  Tip: the colder the mug, the better. 

Cheers to the weekend!


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

my favorite spring dresses for evie

There is nothing cuter than a sweet girl in a spring dress.  I fondly remember going shopping for spring dresses with my Mom right before Easter when I was a little girl.  I look forward to making the same memories with Evangelene.  She is at the age where she is starting to tell me what she thinks is "cute or not cute" when we go shopping together.  Oh, what fun!  All I can say is thank heaven for little girls!  

Below are my favorite 10 spring dresses under $50: 
(I really could have posted at least 50 dresses.....*sigh*)

old navy
old navy
etsy- sally sarah designs

discount codes:

Gap: 30% off -- code HAPPY

Old Navy: 30% off until 3/11 @ midnight-- no code needed

Boden: free shipping for orders over $49

Zara: free shipping for orders over $50

Happy shopping!