Thursday, April 10, 2014

This is how lazy our society has become.

When I get home from work at night I am usually a wee bit worn out from the day.  I often dread making dinner and all the other domesticated duties that I know are waiting for me when I get home. 

HOWEVER, never have I driven home thinking OMG I am making spaghetti tonight and there is ABSOLUTELY no way that I have the energy to break the spaghetti noodles in half.  Nope never had that thought role through my head.  Soooooo if you've ever had that panic run through your head, you're in luck. 

Half length pasta!!  No need to break

I have to admit that I did buy 6 boxes of it this week! That was only because they were on sale and I had coupons so I scored them for 24 cents!!  Bottom line?  If I over do it at work I don't need to worry about coming home and dealing with the daunting task of breaking the pasta ;)

I'll be sharing the after pictures of my Pier 1 Sunburst Mirror makeover next! 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tequila makes her clothes fall off!!

Hahahaa I bet that title caught your attention didn't it?  Ok, ok so I was thinking of the Joe Nichols song and the line where he sings about "bridal showers with Bacardi punch".  Weeellll our baby shower had pink champagne punch and I had to share the recipe with you.....

I found this wine at the Milan Market and thought the pink bottles would be cute amongst all the green and blue.  Oh and maybe I thought that sparkling pink champagne sounded delish.  Yep, they were also 50% off ;)  So I picked up four bottles of this.

Once again I left our fate in the hands of the World Wide Web.  I found this simple but DELICIOUS recipe:

1 bottle sparkling pink moscato

1 2 liter of Vernors

1 can frozen lemonade concentrate

1 container of raspberries to garnish

It was sooooooo easy and soooooo good!  You've gotta try it. Did I mention it was really good?

Do you have any good champagne punch recipes to share?  I mean, come on, can you EVER have too many?  I think not.....

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Two of my BFF's are pregnant with their third babies (yep we asked them if they knew how it kept happening) and they are both having sweet baby boys.  Sooooooo I got together with my other BFF's and we decided to throw them a little surprise baby shower.  We told them that we were going to have a girls brunch at my house and then the plotting began.

I decided to take to the interweb and do some searching for baby shower ideas and that is when I made the biggest mistake ever.  I gave in and went to the dark side started searching Pinterest.  I will be the first to admit that I am NOT the most crafty and/or artistic person on earth.  Let me tell you that I've had plenty failed attempts at cute pre-school treats for my angels (ahem, rice krispie treat snowmen).  So, seeing all of these adorable ideas, I decided I was not going to be a Pinterest fail statistic.  I then proceeded to infiltrate my SIL's email with all of the things we "needed" to do for the shower. 

The one thing I was bound and determined to make were the tissue paper poms that were EVERYWHERE when I googled baby shower ideas.  Annnddddd believe it or not here they are...

I loooovvvveeee these little things!!  Why?  I have absolutely no idea, but they make me smile.  Confession?  I still haven't taken them down yet!!

My next plan was big fluffy glorious cupcakes all over the dining room table.  Annndddd I was going to make homemade frosting and bust out the decorating bag and some decorating tips.  YIKES!!  As I said, I jacked up rice krispie treats shaped like snowmen many years ago so I wasn't feeling overly confident.

However before I get to the cupcakes my sister-in-law found her own little project that she wanted for the table.  Her first attempt at the cupcake rattles wasn't exactly successful but she regrouped and this is her finished product!!!

Yep marshmallow baby rattles!!  Aren't they adorable???  The marshmallows were dipped in white chocolate and rolled in sprinkles.  Love them.....and so did the kids!!!  They were all running around with little blue lips and blue teeth. 

Now for the cupcakes.  Johnna and Jamie came over Saturday night so we could get the cupcake conveyor belt going and here they are.

I must admit that I am rather proud of our mad cupcake skills!!

And what would a spring table be without tulips?  In the blue throwback mason jars.  LOVE THEM!

Here is the finished product....

Thursday, April 3, 2014

What a difference a year makes!!!

It is crazy to think that a year ago I was obsessing about frost laws and the piles of rain we were getting!! Ryan and I (and all of our friends and family) spent weeks babysitting the sump pumps and digging trenches to dry out the water that was sitting in our footers.  Wow, it was stressful coming out every night and fighting the elements.....and it seems like yesterday.

However here I am sitting in our great room all nice and toasty and loving every minute of it.  I have to admit that I still wake up every single morning and smile when I look around.  I try to tell Ryan everyday how thankful I am for all of his hard work.  I think he gets tired of hearing it but guess what?  Don't care ;)

So the point of this???  I have a ton of pictures to share with you and I would have shared a ton of them tonight.  But guess what?  I dropped my beloved iPhone (I really mean that....I loved my phone) in the shitter yesterday along with all of my pictures.  Sooooooooo that being said I really don't have any pictures to share with you right this moment ;)

Instead of sharing some of my pictures I am going to show you what I bought on Saturday from Pier 1.  It is going to be part of a little collage on our wall with some of our family pictures.

Yep so I went and scooped it up over the weekend.  I know this is going to be a big shocker, but I painted it.  Gold really isn't my thang but I looovvveeedd it.  So, I will share my after pictures as soon as I get Ryan to hang it all up this weekend.....oh and as soon as I get something to actually use to take a picture :-)

Friday, January 17, 2014

Another Project!

We have plenty of furniture projects in the works as we speak.  We are *this* close to having our dining room table finished (I will share pictures as soon as we are done) when my mom sent me this picture.....

Ballard Designs

I have a curio cabinet in our basement that Ryan got me MANY years ago.  It is a very light wood color and just not my decorating style these days!  So, when mom sent me this, I quickly added another project to our furniture to-do list.  Man oh man I might need to buy some stock in Benjamin Moore paint along with Rustoleum ;)
Next up on the list is Emma's desk, then time to dig my curio cabinet out of the basement!