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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Spring Colored Nails...

I was inspired by this months In Style Magazine...there were some "nail ideas" and I couldn't help but use nap time to my advantage.

disclaimer: i really do love nap time. It's sort of like my life line when it comes to getting super duper important things done like, ahem,  my nails!?! No, but seriously, I don't always use nap time wisely but when I do I have to blog about it, right?!

I tried to copy the navy blue nails shown below (the ones on the top right) but instead of navy as the base I used coral. My nails don't look like this at all, but it's what inspired me and they turned out pretty fun and springy so I was okay with it not looking much like the original. :-)

here was the order: first I painted the base coat (coral) than I added a few dashes of green here and there...dotted a few spots with navy blue and inside those dots I added tiny dots of hot pink. Lastly was the yellow, which I dotted sporadically.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Best Bridal Shower For The Best Girl...

As many of you know, I come from a family of five girls...I am the second oldest. When my oldest sister Whitney got married I had so many different emotions. I was sad that life was never going to be the same...once you get hitched it really is never how life was before you were married. I guess that is the whole point, but as a Senior in highschool (since all I was thinking about was myself haha) I didn't like change too much. Actually, what am I saying, I still don't like change!

Well, crazy that the night of Whitney and Spencers wedding dinner I met Joshua; who is Spencer's cousin. Three-ish years later Josh and I got married. Talk about meant to be right?! Anyways, than last year my youngest sister, Sadie, got married to a wonderful guy...and now, in about three weeks, my other sister Rachael is getting married to Sadie's husbands brother! 

I know, I know... say what?! Trust me, this is all legal! :-) So to celebrate such a wonderful occasion my middle sister Paige threw a beautiful (and by beautiful I mean so many small details went into everything) shower. 

We played this game MASH, where everyone filled out a fake future life, and at the end Whitney read three of them. It was pretty hilarious what some of the ladies answers were...like who would you marry "paul newman"...really?! Oh wowza.

I loved the colors, the food, the guests, the table runners, the flowers. It was so perfect for our one and only blonde sister...and I couldn't be happier for her! 

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Color List...and bringing awareness

Happy Happy Friday to you! I have loved this week for a lot of reasons but mostly because it hasn't been super hot nor has it been super cold; it's been pretty perfect. I know for many of you on the East coast you want to punch me through the computer right now... :-/ and to you I say my door is always open for a visit to the sunshine!!!

Here are a few of my favorite finds this week. However, first and foremost I wanted to just say a little something about my #1 which came from a beautiful women named Heather who suffers from mesothelioma. She is trying to bring awareness to this horrible cancer that she is trying so hard to fight. She's an inspiration and a true fighter who will overcome this! Please spread the awareness...

1. Meet Heather
2. Beautiful music (Elizabeth is a friend of mine and an amazingly talented flutist...her CD is just beautiful!)
3. need some BBQ ideas?
4. green smoothie heaven
5. a house on wheels (some day I want to do this with Josh...did ya hear that hubby?!)
6. colorful jellyfish for my littles, yes please
7. face paintings gone wild
8. when should you go to sleep?
9. cities are so colorful
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Strawberry Fields Forever...

I will never forget when I heard this song for the first time. In middle school, my oldest sister was super into the Beatles; this was my favorite song on their track (as she played it over and over and over again). Oh, it brings back such fond memories. 

Speaking of strawberries me and a friend ventured out to the Carlsbad strawberry fields to pick our own.  These strawberries are SO good and juicy. It seemed like our bucket never got passed the half way mark when Sage was filling it up. I think she ate her weight in them! :-)

I have to admit, picking these juicy, red strawberries made me want to go bake my triple layer cake again, but then I remembered how if I bake one more dessert my husband my disown me (...speaking of eating your weight in something)! 

Anyways it was a fun afternoon, thanks Abby and baby Jack for joining us!
 ^^^one is not like the other :-)


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Yellow Sunflower Petals & Bunny Ears...

Last night we had some friends over for dinner and Sage requested cupcakes for dessert. So as I was making them (I used this red velvet cup cake mix which is SO good) I glanced at my vase of semi wilting sunflowers and had an idea. I decided to use it's petals for bunny ears...and sprinkles for the bunny face. Sage couldn't quite get the face/sprinkle part BUT she totally loved the petal part :-).

***on a side note: You know those people who can frost a cupcake so effortlessly and it looks flawless. Yeah, that's NOT me. I've come to terms with the fact that I just can't frost a cupcake beautifully. Ugh, but hey they tasted good and that's what REALLY matters, right?!

Oh and the cream cheese frosting I used is one of my faves:
1 8 oz. softened cream cheese
1/2 cup butter softened
2 cups confectioners sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 TBS milk
^^^see what I mean?! How do you graceful frosters do it?! :-)
^^^I've created a monster...she was at my feet the entire time while making these :-/
 


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Monday, April 14, 2014

An Eruption of Color

I always love getting emails from blogging friends who see something colorful and send it my way! Just today I got one from Cheryl that made my jaw drop to the floor. Not even in my wildest dreams could I have imagined an entire village covered in colorful flower petals. However, it really happened...

"An advertising agency commissioned photographer Nick Meek to bring this vision to life to promote Sony's new 4K TV. It took the creative team and the inhabitants of an entire village in Costa Rica over two weeks to pluck all the petals of the brightest, most vibrant flowers they could find. Over 8 million flower petals were collected to represent the 8 million pixels of Sony's new TV. The flower petals were released creating breathtaking visuals. The petals swept through the town, erupted from a volcano and floated down the river."

I wish I could have been there to witness something so amazing and breathtaking as this. At least I now know that if someone can manage to gather up 8 million flower petals and have them erupt out of a fire breathing mountain...anything, and I mean ANYTHING is possible! 
 
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Bangin' Blueberry Crumble Bars

We went to the park for a picnic with some friends and everyone had to bring something "to share". So I went with a new recipe. I know, I know what your thinking...who tries something new to take to a bunch of people?!?! Well, I do, simply because you can't go wrong with streusel and blueberries right?!

So, without further adieu here's a few lovely photos to get your mouth watering and than to the recipe...
^^^add the cornstarch to thicken up the blueberry syrup^^^
Blueberry Crumble Bars (Color Issue Style)
Filling:
1 1/2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. cornstarch 
1 tsp. lemon zest

Crust:
1 1/2 cups oats
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
12 TBS butter

1. In saucepan combine blueberries and brown sugar with 1/3 cup water--bring to boil. Stir occasionally until sugar is dissolved. Lower heat and simmer for 3 minutes.

2. In small bowl whisk cornstarch and 2 TBS water until dissolved. Add to simmering berries and cook while stirring for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and add lemon zest.

3. Mix all crust ingredients together. Pour half of the mixture in a 9x13 pan and cook at 350 for 15 minutes. Let cool briefly and spread berry mixture over it. 

4. Sprinkle remaining crust mixture on top and cook for 30 minutes. Let cool or serve warm. 


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