To Make / Bubbles

 

     Good morning! Just wanted to share a super easy DIY I made for Bailey this spring. Homemade bubbles only require a few ingredients, and all it takes is a little foraging to craft a wand to go with them! Get the how-to below!

Materials:

- 1 part dish soap

- 3 parts water

- 2 tsp. of vegetable glycerin

- a twig

- copper wire

Directions:

1. Assemble your wand by curling the wire around the end of your twig a few times, and then shaping it at the end that will form the bubbles. For your bubbles, fill your jar 3/4 of the way with water.

2. Then, add enough dish soap to fill to the top, then add your vegetable glycerin.

3. Shake to combine, and enjoy!

To Make / Stuffed French Toast

 

     Hi there! Over the weekend, I made some delicious stuffed french toast using the super healthy Ezekiel bread, and it was too good not to share! The recipe is simple, tasty, and as healthy as possible using greek yogurt cream cheese along with the sprouted bread. Check it out below!

Ingredients:

- two slices of Ezekiel bread

- half a cup of greek yogurt cream cheese

- one egg

- 1 cup of almond milk

- cinnamon

- 3/4 cup of blueberries

- honey

Directions:

1. Grease a skillet, and whisk together your egg, almond milk, and cinnamon. Soak each slice of bread on both sides for about 15 seconds each, and cook in the skillet over medium heat for a couple of minutes on both sides, and set aside.

2. Meanwhile, also cook up a blueberry compote by smashing your blueberries in a small skillet and drizzling with honey. Cook for about 8 minutes over medium heat and set aside.

3. Assemble by spreading your cream cheese between the two bread slices like a sandwich. Top with the compote and you're good to go! Enjoy!

For Spring!

 

     Good morning! Just wanted to wish everyone a happy start of spring! It's warm and sunny here today, so I plan to celebrate with a good outdoor chalk art session with Bailey this afternoon. Thanks for reading, and have a fun Monday!

For Inspiration / March 17, 2017

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      Hi there! This week was a doozy, what with the time change and a round of colds that hit us the day after. Because of this, I was inspired to start a new series, where I share what's given me life throughout the week. Let's get started! 

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     These leftover flowers from Baileys birthday party. The color is just perfect! 

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     Bailey's miniature kitchen utensils. They are too cute. 

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      The mug that holds them on top of her kitchen. It's to scale with the cylinder I have holding mine in our kitchen, which makes it even sweeter! 

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     This bracelet, which my sweet mom brought me from Arkansas. I've been wearing it everyday, and each time I look at it I'm reminded of my parents and home. :)

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     Lastly, the dish that holds my bracelet on my nightstand. I made my mom and two sisters matching ones for Christmas with their respective zodiacs, and it's another cute reminder of them. 

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     That's all! Thanks for reading, and have a fun weekend! 

For a Craft with Bailey / Painting

 

     Good morning! For Brett's birthday back in February, Bailey and I made a sign for him!

     I really just wanted her to get to finger paint, but unsurprisingly, she was more interested in creating handprints on anything but paper! We still got a few good ones on the sign though!

     She did love the paint though, so I think we'll have more large scale paint projects in the future. Thanks for reading, and have a fun Wednesday!

For #MomStyle / Farmer's Market

 
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      Hi there! The outdoor farmers market starts soon, and I'm irrationally excited. So excited, that I've already planned out my outfit! 😂  

     Provided that it's a beautiful day out, I plan to wear my overalls with my denim top. I swear, I didn't pick overalls to portray a farmer; I just really like them! 

       Im pairing those with my beloved blush bandana and my favorite slides! They are the perfect accessories for spring, and I've already been wearing both out and about.  

     Thanks for reading, and have a great day! 

To Make / Flower Crowns

 

      Good morning! My sweet Bailey is three today!! Instead of going into the depths of time and how fast it goes, I just wanted to share a little DIY I made for Bailey's spring flowery themed party this weekend. There will be a few of Bailey's play date friends there, along with her little cousin Madi, and I wanted to make them special flower crowns for the festivities. Get the how-to below!

Materials:

- paper flowers (these were in the $ section at Target!)

- twine

- scissors

Directions:

1. First, get the wires attached to the flowers unwound and ready for the twine. Also, measure out your twine around your head and cut to the appropriate size.

2. Attache the flowers with the wiring to the twine in an alternating pattern.

3. Tie onto your adorable models head, and enjoy!

For an Adventure / Sister Weekend

 

     Good morning! Just wanted to share some of the photos from a couple of weekends ago when my little sister came up to visit! She hadn't been to Columbia for a few years, so I took her around the downtown area and to a town-favorite french restaurant, Upper Crust. First we did some shopping downtown though, and picked up some cute stuff! That chocolate is definitely already gone, and the mug has been a staple in my collection. We found most of these items at Route!

      This was at the restaurant. We were all surprised by how large Bailey is now, compared to the last time she got to sit on Becca's lap (btw, Bailey turns 3 tomorrow!).

     We had a delicious brunch at the aforementioned Upper Crust, and yes, that Bloody Mary was too good!

     Thanks for reading! For family that is reading, can't wait to see you all this weekend for Bailey's birthday! For everyone else, have a great Wednesday!!

To Brew / Iced Hibiscus Tea Latte

 
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     Hi there! I'm officially on the cold brew train this spring, and while I have already made my favorite cold brew coffee, I also wanted to try cold brewing tea! I picked a yummy hibiscus flavor, and got to (super easy) work. Get the recipe below!

Ingredients:

- one large hibiscus tea bag

- 3-4 cups of water

- 1 tbs. of honey

- ice

- almond milk

Directions:

1. Brew the tea topped with the water overnight in the fridge. Pour over ice, then add your honey.

2. Stir, then pour in your milk!

3. Stir again!

4. Add your favorite straw and enjoy!

To Take Photos / Over the Weekend

 

     Good morning! Just wanted to share some photos from this weekend with you all today. It was a nice, relaxing one, and it was warm enough to venture out to our favorite gardens! The sidewalks are basically Bailey's running track, so we just walk behind and make sure she doesn't get too far ahead. We had to stop in the school house to snap a picture of Bailey of course!

     Then, all weekend, Bailey was styling her stuffed animals. She's gotten in the habit of arranging them somewhere then asking me to take a picture. I guess she's picked up on some of what I do!

       At the gardens, they didn't have a ton of blooming plants yet. Shockingly though, there were quite a few beds and bushes that already had shoots coming out of the ground.

      They did have some magnolia trees already flowering. This type of tree is the only kind I've seen doing that so far. Brett's parents have one in their backyard, and it was also flowering last week! Crazy!

     Lastly, I've started meal prepping on Sunday's something to eat for breakfast all week. This time, it was whole wheat banana muffin bread, and it's the perfect thing to have on hand for my busy mornings.

     Thanks for reading, and have a fun Monday!

For Design / Rosewater

 

     Good morning! For this months design appreciation, I looked to a pretty bottle of rosewater that I had acquired for a waffle recipe (coming soon!). It's apothecary inspired packaging is so inspiring!  

       The amber glass bottle, combined with the deco fonts, gives off the look of the Great Gatsby era. 

       Also, I must say that the pink color way is spot on for rosewater. I have a thing for themed packaging!  

     Thanks for reading, and have an awesome weekend! 

To Make / Linen Spray

 

     Hi there! I was recently combing through Homesong's DIY's, and found this really simple "recipe" for an all natural linen spray. I've been wanting to try one out for awhile as a pillow spray, and this was the perfect opportunity! I tweaked the ingredients a little to make it lavender scented instead of pine scented. Get the how-to below!

Materials:

- witch hazel

- distilled water

- lavender essential oil

- a small funnel

- a glass spritzer bottle (I find mine at my local health foods store)

Directions:

1. Fill your bottle about 1/3 of the way with witch hazel.

2. Add in 20 drop of lavender essential oil, and then fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water.

3. Place the lid on top, and shake for a second to combine all of the ingredients. Spritz and enjoy!

To Read / March

 

     Good morning! To kick off March, I wanted to announce this month's book du jour: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. Controversial but classic, Lolita centers on the story of a man's love for a girl.

     Nabokov gives insight into obsession, and all of the complicated nuances that go with a love story. I'm already over half way through, and am intrigued as to how such a story will end, as one can assume it won't end well. With that in mind, let's get to reading! Have a fun Wednesday!

To Bake / Bread

 
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     Hi there! I'm a major bread lover, as it goes so well with wine and cheese, and I am always down to made various kinds at home. Bread making is a process for sure, but with so few ingredients, it's relatively simple. I've made focaccia and sourdough, but hadn't made country white, when I stumbled on this recipe from Homesong. I'm not one for excessive elbow grease when it comes to cooking, since I consider it something that should be soothing and creative, so this no no-knead option sounded perfect! Get the recipe below!

Ingredients:

- 3 cups of AP flour

- 1/4 tsp. of yeast

- 1 1/4 tsp. of salt

- 1 5/8 cup of water

Directions:

1. Combine flour, yeast, + salt in a large mixing bowl. If you have a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment, I recommend using the bowl that goes with that. Add your water, cover the bowl, and let it rest on top of your fridge for 12 hours.

2. Turn the dough into itself a couple of times, and let rest for another 15 minutes.

3. Shape the dough into a oval/ball, and wrap in a cloth towel. Let rest for 2 more hours.

4. Preheat your oven to 450, and place your dough in a baking dish.

5. Bake for 30 minutes covered, 30 minutes uncovered, until the bread has a crisp golden crust.

6. Let cool, then slice and serve with butter, jam, cheese, or whatever you like. Enjoy!

To Find / Something Natural

 

     Hi there! Just wanted to share my new favorite face mask today! I picked it out as a Christmas gift, and have been loving it ever since.

     It's from Moon Rivers Naturals, and is made from turmeric and calendula. Both of those ingredients are anti-inflammatory, which is perfect for my always rosy skin. 

     My favorite part about the mask though, is that it dries into your pores super well. When you remove it, you can really feel it cleaning them out, and afterwords, your pores look noticeably smaller. Highly recommended! 

     Thanks for reading, and have a fun Monday!

To Make / Beeswax Candles

 

     Good morning! Today's DIY is one I've been wanting to try for awhile, and finally got around to it last month! Beeswax candles are the most natural candles out there, and super simple to make. Not to mention the wax melts down to a pretty yellow, and burns nice and slow. I consider these essential! Get the DIY below!

Materials:

- beeswax pastilles

- wick + wick holder

- washi tape and a stick to hang the wick from

- essential oil

- jar for candle

- double broiler

Directions:

1. Melt down about 2 cups of wax in your double broiler.

2. Set up your wick and pour the melted wax into the jar, then add your essential oils.

3. Let cool overnight and clip the wick, et voila!

For Bailey / Lately

 

     Hi there! February's short, so that means it's already time for another Bailey, Lately update!

Bailey, Lately:

- is basically not napping anymore. She'll have the random late afternoon one once or twice a week, but other than that, it is nonstop toddler time from dawn til dusk!

- can draw smiley faces. Like an actual smiley face! She draws them over and over again, saying who each one is.

- has also been coloring within lines fairly well. She obviously can't get marker perfectly inside a shape, but she definitely will fill each shape and not just scribble all over a page now.

- is starting to count on her fingers. We've been teaching her that she's two and holding up two fingers, which she just mastered. She can do three easily, but holding down that extra finger to make two took her awhile to get the hang of.

- speaking of two, Bailey will be three in about two weeks. Don't even get me started on how fast time flies, and all of that jazz.

- is a big fan of Horizon Organic Honey Graham Crackers. As is my duty as mom, I've tried them out myself and can understand the obsession. They are mighty tasty!

- is about to finish up her winter activity of gymnastics. We will continue it in the fall, when it's time to head indoors again, but now that spring is basically here, we want to get her involved in outdoor activities! Most likely, it will be soccer (her Dad is a skilled player).

- can't get enough of the aforementioned warm weather. It's meant parks mostly for her, and that is her happy place. Any place that has a slide and she's there!

     That's all, folks! Thanks for reading, and have a fun Tuesday! 

To Make / Overnight Oats

 

      Good morning! Today, I just wanted to share a delicious overnight oats recipe! This is great to make on a Sunday for meal prep, to have on hand all week for breakfast. It was chocolatey and full of nutritious steel-cut oats, perfect for a healthy breakfast. Get the recipe below!

Ingredients:

- 2/3 cup of greek yogurt

- 1 cup of steel cut oats

- 1 1/3 cup of almond milk

- 2 tbs. of chia seeds

- 1 tsp. of vanilla extract

- 4 tbs. of almond butter

- 4 tbs. of cocoa powder

- 2 tbs. of honey

Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.

2. Pour into jars and refrigerate overnight.

3. Top with cacao nibs or whatever you like, and enjoy!

To Appreciate / Design

 

      Hi there! While this candle smells amazing, it was really the packaging that got me. The pretty pink triangles and the font are spot on! 

      Not to mention that it's in a pretty lidded jar. All of the heart eyes! 

      Overall, it's the clean lines combined with the scattered shapes that really draw the eye. If you're going to have candles out on display, might as well pick cute ones! Thanks for reading, and have a fun weekend!