Monday, August 30, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
No it was time to make it my own. So I went into the freezer and pulled out some frozen broccoli and shrimp and steamed in on the stove top.
After that I mixed the ingredients per the bag instructions (not a big task since it was just the mix plus water...real intense I know) and then added the steamed items and garlic and let the mixture cook.
It came out to be the easiest most delicious soup possible!
Seriously Chris and I ate it for 3 days straight! I hardly ever do leftovers but this was amazing!
Not hard but a perfect meal after a long day of work that doesn't take much effort.
I was going to do a post on fall fashion shoe wear today but I must admit...I DO NOT LIKE the shoe styles right now. I don't mind the rider boots and will probably purchase a pair this year but whats up with the biker boots. It reminds me back in the early 90's with the grunge period where we all wore Doc Martins. Been there and I have no plans of going back.
Sorry just not going to happen. So the search will continue!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
I just love how different the orange scarf. The navy blue one at the bottom is also a must have from Old Navy that save Peace & Love all around the rim of it. LOVE it!
I love the texture and shape of the purple scarf above and leopard print is really in season again this year! Now I just need a better way to organize all my scarves in my closet, lol! Any suggestions?
A few months ago my parents decided to sell their house and move to a newer one story now that they are empty nester's. With doing this they wanted to start fresh and buy new furniture. Their existing furniture was purchased before they were even married and were pre-owned even before that. With being a new homeowner ourselves and of course being on a major budget they asked us if we wanted any of their pieces. I literally jumped at the chance and picked a few items (ok not just a few but a ton) that I knew would be perfect in our house and would also fill of some of the empty rooms we have. I honestly feel that they don't make furniture like they used to. The quality of furniture these days is no where near what it used to be so these pieces really are amazing. All they needed was a little tlc to make them look new again and to fit our style.
Two of the pieces I received were my parents dresser and nightstand from their bedroom. I loved the details and especially the hardware. I also loved how length of the dresser and how much storage it provided. I instantly new that I wanted these pieces for my front room that was completely empty minus a large square mirror hanging on the wall. Part of my inspiration came from a post here that my sweet and super creative friend Meredith did awhile back. She transformed her late grandmother's hutch into an amazing colorful console table. I knew I wanted to have it serve that purpose as well for us. I loved how bold she went and choose that beautiful color blue. I was a little scared to choose a color as I had no idea what color of fabric I wanted to use to recover the couch and chair that will go in there in the future so I opted to use an off-white that would pop and also match the chair railing in the room. I also knew that it would help that beautiful hardware stand out which is what I really wanted to accomplish.
The first step was to remove the hardware and all the drawers and start to sand the pieces down. Ok I am going to be honest here. I didn't do much sanding. The pieces are really old so over time it had worn down on the shine and top coat protecting the stain. So I just focused on a few spots and began painting. First I used a roller brush to coat the piece but then went directly over it with a paint brush because I liked the way that it looked better. All in all this project was fairly easy. It took a total of 2 days for drying and reapplying paint and 3 coats. I started this project on a Saturday and by Monday night it was in the house in its new place. I made sure to take lots of pictures of the progress along the way. I want to make sure that I am documenting all of the projects we have done in the house. It's always fun to look back at them years from now and see all the before and afters.
After all 3 coats of paint had dried.
The nightstand. Look at the detail metal pieces at the bottom. Love it!
All the drawers painted and ready to put back in their place
I accomplished my goal of making the hardware really be a key piece to the furniture
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Doesn't it all look inviting?! Letting the outdoors make their way inside. Love it! I can't wait to hit up the HomeGoods to see what I can find!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Yummy Puppy Chow I made! It was the first thing to be devoured! It's been sooo long since I have had this treat and it was delish!
The birthday girls! Abby & Brixie!
Lots of food...
The boys getting into some sort of trouble.
Adrienne's best friend Chance...oh how she misses seeing him everyday!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
More to come next week!
This weekend my friend Lauren and I are hosting a doggy birthday party for our little dogs that just turned one. Yep you read that right, a doggy birthday party. Hey I don't have kids yet and any excuse to have a party is a good one for me. Everything will be dog related. Hot dogs, Puppy Chow and even Doggy cupcakes. We have a pool for the dogs to play in and there will be toys galore. Should be a good paw-ty!
Yummy Puppy Chow
Hope yall are all having a great week. Only one more day of work and then our weekend will begin! xoxo