There is something that i love about knit jersey, its soft, luscious, and perfect to wrap around your neck to keep you warm on a chilly day. When i was making this infinity scarf i had planned in my head a brighter green, but alas my only choice was this olive. I had originally just planned to make a simple green scarf but i got a little into the St. Patricks day spirit and decided painting gold shamrocks on it just seemed right. Shamrocks are cute aren't they? Keep reading for the full tutorial on the scarf and to see the adorable shamrock shoe clips i made. This March 17th you don't have to be decked out in green, all you need is a little to not get pinched. :)
Happy Monday friends. Is anyone else really dragging from the time change? I really wish the whole country was like Arizona and gave it up- i hate re-adjusting my kids. St.Patricks day is a week away and i have a few cute little crafts for you today. This do it yourself gold shamrock flower pot is so cute and so easy. I also made some fun bows with painted gold shamrocks, who doesn't love a bow?! Enjoy your Monday, it looks like its going to be gorgeous weather finally and so i think we are headed outside! wooo hooo!
St. Patricks day is right around the corner and i wanted to give you all a dessert to celebrate the occasion with. I kept thinking about different ingredients that are green and finally settled on pistachios. We've been on a nut kick around here since the cleanse and so it just sounded right. I love a dessert that presents well and is easy to put together and these parfaits hold up on both accounts. So if you need a pretty dessert to serve your family or friends these pistachio pudding parfaits have you covered!
I'm really really over winter and I'm starting to get cranky about it. I think i might start un-following people on instagram that are in warmer climates because i get in a bad mood looking at their sunny photos, not really, but i've thought about it. ;) There are a few things that make me happy when its cold outside- going to the gym, having fun inside with the kiddos and nice warm comfort food. This chicken pot pie is a great recipe, and i realized i should share it after i emailed it to the 3rd person who asked for it. Its my go to recipe when i need to take a dinner to someone and i've made it a couple times for our freezer meal group, it freezes so well! So go ahead make the best traditional chicken pot pie that i know next time you need something to warm your inside when everything else is cold.
What's for dinner? How many times a day around the world is that question asked? I know for me most of the time i have a plan which keeps my cooking-dinner anxiety at bay, but there are always those days when my menu has ran out or my plan was never executed. What happens to you when you don't have dinner planned and its 4:45? i'll tell you what i do, i order take-out or eat cereal and either way its not pretty or very good for this ole body. When i was emailed by Relished foods to try out their food program i was happy to say yes to this genius start-up out of Chicago. Relished takes all the stress and a lot of time off your plate to give you no-fail dinners. Keep reading to see what we ate and how it all works!
I've never been one to celebrate St. Patricks day, to be honest i just wikipedia-ed it a few days ago to read what the holiday actually is. I feel like its kind of a drinking beer holiday and we don't drink beer so i kind of wrote it off other than the fact that i make sure to wear green on the 17th of march so don't get pinched. However, i do love green, like a lot. Back in high school i had a friend that commented one day that i was always wearing something green. I painted our entire main floor green apple green when we first moved in (later learned that painting neutrals on walls is a better way to go) anyhow, it seems that this holiday can be fun for the non-drinking type too, you just have to get a little creative. I came up with this cute lucky shamrock canvas art, its a monochromatic piece of art with raised chipboard lettering. Keep reading to see the full tutorial!
Every year i have this goal to send our birthday cards to everyone in our extended family, and i never complete it 100% i feel terrible. Isn't it the worst to forget someone's birthday?! If anyone has a great app or reminder system i would love to hear about it. I usually just buy cards but i thought (since my list is over 50 people that i need to send to) it would be fun (and cheaper) to make cards. Also i
hoard collect washi tape and its a perfect excuse to break it out. I'm excited to show you all the different little variations of washi tape birthday cards i came up with yesterday afternoon. Now all i need to do is get them in the mail on time!
I'm really excited to start a new series on the blog called "show me your space". I have all these awesome friends that have amazing homes/offices/studios that need to be shared with the world. So a few times a month i'll be showing them to you!
First up is my adorable friend Whitney, she is a nurse and mom to sweet precious baby Adley. She and her husband Hunter remodeled their home, well really they bought a house and built a new house using the house that was there, completely gutted and rebuilt the house. I am so so impressed with the finished beautiful home that they created. I was so excited to see it when i was back home in Nashville at Thanksgiving, and even happier when she said ok to letting me photograph and post for all of you to see.
First lets look at some before photos, this first set is a before and after of the exterior front and back. I love the color of the painted brick, the landscaping is lovely and the stone accents on the front pillars add great character and refinement to the front of the home.
I can only imagine it would be quite difficult to choose the exterior color of a home. Whitney's advice is this:
"One of the hardest decisions was picking the paint color for the outside brick. What was most helpful was 1) finding an example of painted brick that you like and trying to match it. And, getting the small pint size sample paint cans and painting some on the house. Be sure to look at it in sunlight, in darkness, with shadows, etc. What we thought was going to be very dark, once painted on was still quite light!"
Does your family have favorite go-to dinners? Every family does, right. Well its kind of rare that i have a dish that i make multiple times, even rarer still that i make it more than 3 times. Matt always tells people that we never eat the same dinner twice, which isn't really that untrue. I guess i try to make new things because my pinterest boards and magazine clippings and cookbooks with dog-eared pages are just overflowing with tons of recipes to try. However, i have made this sausage meatball pasta bake with vodka sauce more times than i can remember. Its fail-proof, always delicious and feeds a crowd.
The cleanse is over, if you didn't gather that from the photo above. Hold the judgement just a second, i'm still green smoothie-ing it up every morning for breakfast, eating salads and healthy all veggie meals for lunch and skipping the candy and sugary snacks for apples with almond butter, but dinner is another story. I'm still going to try to do all veggie meals twice a week, but lets be honest yesterday i was craving some cheese. Oh cheese, sweet melty cheese. This sandwich is a super easy, super fast, kind of cop-out dinner but it feels ok because you add broccoli to it. :) Need a quick dinner idea, this broccoli, turkey and white cheddar grilled cheese sandwich is calling your name.
Hey friends! As most of you know i am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and in our church all members hold "callings" or jobs, our church is a volunteer church, no one gets paid, and currently i serve in the women's organization called the "Relief Society". I am the 2nd counselor which means that i am over activities for the women of the church. Its a super fun calling and i have enjoyed every minute of it. You might remember our ice cream social or campout that i planned last year, well last weekend i put on a "Super Saturday".
Throughout the church the term super saturday is known to the members to be a big craft day where you come and can make multiple different projects at one activity. In the past women attending have been shown the crafts in advance and there is a small fee for the cost of each craft, however the church has asked that members not be asked to pay for any activity held by any organization of the church. So we got approval for a budget and planned our crafts accordingly.
Today i'd like to share some tips on planning a Super Saturday or craft event for a large group of people.
1. Know how many people you are prepping for. This can be hard, especially in a church setting where people are fickle about RSVPing, my best advice is go back to your most successful activity and use that attendance number. We had 60 people at our campout so we used that number because we assumed that it would be as popular, and we were right. We also asked for sign-ups just so we could make sure we would have enough, but honestly we didn't depend on them, and if we had we would have been stressed because we got 20 RSVP's during the 4 days leading up to the event.
2. Choose simple, attractive and useful projects. This seems like a no-brainer, but really choose projects that meet the goals of your event, are simple enough for everyone to complete in a timely manner and that are cute! Spend a few hours on pinterest and talk to those that will be coming to the event and see what types of things they might want to do.