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New Addition: Recipes

03.12.14

Good morning!  I am excited to announce that I will now be sharing recipes on the blog!  Parker and I have transformed to a healthy lifestyle after enjoying all the comfort foods you can possibly imagine during the first six months of our marriage.  Pot roast, chicken and dumplings, heavy pastas, casseroles, you name it, we ate it.  Don’t get me wrong, we still enjoy some of those yummy treats (usually on the weekends), we’re just now living a more health-conscious lifestyle.  It was hard to give up the unlimited carbs and sweets, but we’re to the point where our bodies crave fruits, vegetables and protein.  We are consuming unlimited fruits and vegetables, limiting our carb intake and enjoying lean proteins.  We eat 6 small meals a day in order to keep up our metabolism and prevent being hungry.  We are slowly switching to non-processed and all organic foods, and it is definitely a learning experience!  I’d love to hear from any of you who have any insight to offer!

Today I am sharing one of our favorite breakfast foods!

Oatmeal:

1/2 cup oats 
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon local honey
1 teaspoon Truvia sweetener 
1 teaspoon cinnamon 
1 handful of blueberries (or berry of your choice)
*Microwave the first two ingredients for 1 minute.  Mix in the last four ingredients and enjoy!  
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diy // saving a special date

03.05.14

Today I am sharing a fun and super simple way to save a special date.  As you might know, Parker and I got married last June, so I have been looking for a project to display our wedding date.  My friend and hair salon owner, Sharon at Studio 319 in Lufkin, gave me this calendar page from June 2013 (our wedding month).  Sharon was selling these adorable calendars in the store, but this one was left over after 2013.  I have to give all the credit to Sharon for this project because she gave me the idea to frame and display this June 2013 page.

I love how the June month has coral and fish because it takes me back to our fabulous honeymoon in St. Lucia…sigh…

I used a gold marker to draw a heart around our wedding date, June 15th, and put it in a frame I found at IKEA.  The end.  How easy is that?!

I love how the white mat gives a clean and fresh look, but you could use any frame of your choice. This would make a sweet anniversary gift, but if you don’t have an anniversary you could also display a birthday or any holiday with special meaning.

Hope you all have a great rest of the week!  Parker and I are traveling to Atlanta this weekend to visit his family!  See you back here next week for more fun, DIY projects!

XO,

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featured // honey we’re home

02.28.14

Welcome back to Featured Friday.  Today I am featuring one of my absolute favorite bloggers!  Meet Megan from 

Honey We’re Home

!

Megan is fabulous and such an inspiration to me.  She really does it all; she is a mom, part-time lawyer and an avid blogger of not one but TWO blogs!  In addition to

Honey We’re Home

, she also has a Health/Fitness blog called 

Honey We’re Healthy

.  Megan was so sweet to answer some burning questions tha I’ve been dying to ask her.  Enjoy!

When did you start your blog and what inspired you to do so?

I started my blog in 2010 when we were building our home and I just had a baby.  I wanted to chronicle this special time in our lives and document the process of decorating our home from scratch.  I was also inspired by blogs I fell in love with like La Dolce Vita and Elements of Style.

What is your favorite aspect of blogging?

Over the years, I have fallen in love with styling and photographing a space.  It really is a creative process putting a blog post together.  I love creating a post that I’m proud of and that I feel like people will get something out of.  I’ve been fortunate to make best friends through blogging and I love connecting with like-minded women too.  There are so many talented, kind, beautiful women bloggers.

What is the most challenging aspect of blogging?

Finding TIME to do it!  It’s definitely hard to juggle all the aspects of life and something always suffers or gets put on the back burner, but then you just readjust.  I’m learning to accept that I can’t do it all and that I need help.  If I can’t get a post done for a few days, I have to let it go and just get to it when I can.  I try to take the pressure off of myself to post frequently opting instead for quality posts.

Where do you find inspiration?

I still read blogs and have a ton in my reader, I am a big fan of Pinterest (@honeywerehome) and just going to the bookstore or walking in the park clears my mind and helps me come up with new ideas.

Have you considered going into Interior Design?

No!  I’ll leave that to the experts. 🙂

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I’d love to have another baby!  We’ll probably still be in this house and I’ll have wallpapered some rooms, and hopefully landscaped our yard!

What is the easiest and most cost effective way to update a room?

I love adding mirrors to bring in more light and to make a space feel larger, but fresh flowers always brighten a room too.

Describe your decorating style.

Fresh, clean, glam, organized!

Here is a sneak peak of her beautiful home:

Love a clean, white kitchen!

I love how Megan seasonally decorates.  Check out her dining room console table and its’ many faces!

Be sure to check out 

Honey We’re Home

!  A big thanks to Megan for being featured!

XO,

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Painted Furniture DIY

02.25.14

entertainment center makeover

Hello!  Today I am sharing our entertainment center makeover!  I had so much fun painting this piece and will share the details for this painted furniture diy.

I acquired this piece when I was living in my first college apartment.  My mom found it at Hobby Lobby and spray painted it black to go with my bedroom furniture.  Here it is before the paint job.

entertainment center makeover

Since we are now using this piece in our living room, I decided I wanted to lighten it up.  I jumped on the grey train and chose Sherwin Williams Mindful Grey as the paint color.  While I love painting furniture, I am no expert, so I followed a tutorial my dear friend, Cyndy from The Creativity Exchange, posted on her blog.  She has a wonderful post on achieving a beautiful, matte, satin finish on furniture.  She actually worked on the piece from the post for one of my best friends!  Check it out here!

First I sanded the entire piece with a fine grit sandpaper.  After sanding I used a wet cloth to wash off any dust or dirt.  It is important for your furniture to have a clean finish before painting.  Here it is after sanding.

painted furniture diy before

After wiping down the piece, I started priming.  I used Zinsser Bulls Eye primer.  I highly recommend priming before painting.  Priming creates a smooth surface and helps the paint really cling to the piece.

Here it is after one more coat of primer.   painted furniture diy before

Yikes!

painted furniture diy before

Much better!  Don’t freak out after one coat of primer.  You will need at least two coats of primer.  I allowed the primer to dry for 24 hours before painting.

Now onto the fun part!  I added an extender to the paint in order to achieve a beautiful, matte finish.  I picked up a can of Floetrol extender while shopping for paint at Sherwin Williams.  I added a couple of lids full of extender per couple of cups of paint and mixed well.  It was my first time to use an extender, and I highly recommend it!  It eliminates brush strokes and gives the furniture piece an overall smooth and flawless finish!  This is after the first coat of paint.

painted furniture diy before

I gave it one more coat of paint and called it quits.  I was so happy to be finished!  I am such an impatient DIYer. 🙂

painted furniture diy

I did decide to add a grey stain to the doors.  It doesn’t show up great in photos, but it added a nice touch.  The important thing to remember about stain is that a little goes a long way!  I barely dipped my brush into the stain and then wiped almost all of it off before applying to the doors.

I used the same knobs I had but spray painted them gold (surprise, surprise)!

painted furniture diy

painted furniture diy

 Let me know what you think! It makes my day to hear from you!

 

XO,

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