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A Great New Way to Shop Vintage

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A few weeks ago, I discovered Chairish, a new site that brings you eclectic, curator-approved vintage and used furniture and art, when I was approached with the idea of designing a room around one of their amazing vintage rugs.  I was quickly impressed by Chairish's easy to navigate, streamlined site, and spent hours looking through their extensive collection of furniture, rugs, art, and accessories.

It was so hard to pick just one rug from Chairish's fabulous rug collecton, but I chose this Modern Graphic Mustard & Grey Rug.  Grey and yellow are two of my favorite colors together, and the print is to-die-for. Take a look at my style board; it's my first ever!



Ellyson Sofa : Crate and Barrel

Modern Graphic Mustard & Grey Print Rug : Chairish

Kyra Side Table : Crate and Barrel

Kyra Coffee Table : Crate and Barrel

Vintage Mercury Glass Bowl Lamp : Chairish

Mid-Century Modern Badelli Owl Bank : Chairish

Fortuny Turquoise Floral Pillow : Chairish

Silk Velvet Yellow Ikat Pillow : Chairish

This was such a fun opportunity!  I loved browsing through all Chairish has to offer, which is a TON!  You seriously need to check them out; especially if you love unique pieces and great vintage finds!

Art for Everyone on Minted

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Recently, while browsing for birthday invitations on Minted, I came across some fun new products that I had no idea they carried! I was familiar with Minted's stationery and invitations, but now they have a line of art prints, gift items, and even party decor.

The Art Collection is ah-may-zing, with a wide variety of prints to fit nearly every taste.  I found one that would fit perfectly in my living room:


Twisted Horizon 
Entitled Twisted Horizon, this gorgeous print reminds me of a morning at the beach, when the water is still glassy and the sun is just breaking through the fog...I love it!

How adorable is this Je m'appelle print for a little girl's nursery?!

Je m'appelle 
Seriously considering getting it for Henley's room.  I already have one, but just look at it...adorable!  There are so many great nursery and children's prints that I spent nearly a half hour looking through them.

Another print I found, Alone, is a sunset photograph focusing on a rock at a beach in Malibu, CA.  With my love for photography and the beach, this one stood out to me as well and would look lovely in our bedroom.


Alone
Aside from the prints themselves, Minted really goes above and beyond when it comes to choosing and customizing your piece.  For starters, on other sites, they list the sizes for your print, but its always hard to picture how 8x10", 11x14", 18x24", etc. will look when you get it home and on your wall.  Minted takes care of that; they have photos of a model holding the print in each size, so that you can get an idea of just how big the print will be.


Next, if you wish to frame your print, Minted offers eleven different frames to choose from.  You can see your print displayed in each frame, making it easy to choose the perfect one to go with your print and your decor.


Another thing that impressed me about Minted's Art Marketpalce, is that they have examples of each piece, in varying sizes and configurations with other prints and frames.  You can browse their samples to determine what size you might want or to get ideas to create your own gallery wall or photo display at home.



Finally, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that Minted is partnered with Every Mother Counts, an organization dedicated to a safe pregnancy and childbirth for all women.  Minted donates a portion of all art sales to this cause, which is one that is near and dear to my heart as a mom myself.  You can find out more here.

I cannot wait to see what their art prints and other new products look like in person!  I have a wish list of things I want from Minted and can't wait to order them!

*While I was offered compensation for my review, the opinions of Minted and their products are completely my own.

Hershey Kiss Powder Puffs

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Another rainy day today...fortunately, my hubby was home today to make the gloomy day much brighter.  We scoped out the ads in the Sunday paper, then Henley made confetti out of them, we went out to lunch, and then I made cookies...finally!

At the beginning of December, I received a bag of Hershey's Kisses via Influenster and was asked to share a favorite recipe using Hershey's Kisses.




Well, my go-to peanut butter blossom is a little too generic, so I browsed Pinterest for a new and easy recipe to try.  I came upon these Chocolate Kiss Powder Puff Cookies from Averie Cooks and instantly wanted to give them a shot.

These cookies are so easy to make.  I threw them together in about ten minutes and had them for a yummy snack within thirty.  There is no measuring, mixing, or tons of cleanup involved...perfect for me (or anyone short on time, for that matter).  Here is how to make them:



Hershey Kiss Powder Puff Cookies
(Adapted from Averie Cooks)

Ingredients:
  • Package of ready-made pie crust (I used Pillsbury Pie Crusts)
  • Hershey's Kisses (28, unwrapped)
  • Powdered Sugar

Directions:
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray (I prefer Pam's Baking cooking spray).
  2. Roll out your pie crusts on a cutting board.  Slice each pie crust into 16 pieces (4 rows x 4 rows).  The four corners will be smaller than the rest of the squares, so combine two corners together.  Each pie crust will yield 14 cookies/squares. 
  3. Place a Hershey Kiss in the middle of each square.  Fold the pie crust up around the Kiss, roll    into a ball, and smooth out the creases. 
  4. Put the cookies on a cookie sheet and bake 14-16 minutes.  Mine were done in 15 minutes.
  5. Let the cookies cool about ten minutes, then roll in powdered sugar and enjoy!


These cookies are so yummy, and I have to admit, I think its pretty fun cutting them in half and seeing the Hershey Kiss' shape! I only used one of the pie crusts included in the package today, so the next rainy day (or in-need-of-dessert emergency) I can pop more these in the oven!

Pear-Cranberry-Pecan Crumble and a Review of Homemade Decadence by Joy Wilson

Thursday, January 8, 2015

A few weeks ago, I was delighted to learn that in a monthly pool for Birchbox Book Club, I won the December Book of the Month to review!  While I do enjoy reading, and would have loved the chance to review any book, it was even more perfect that this month's book was a dessert cookbook.  You know how much I love dessert (and if you didn't, you do now)!


Homemade Decadence by Joy Wilson (Joy the Baker) is one of the cutest cookbooks I have ever seen.  From the second I opened the package and saw the cover, with its gorgeous Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Layer Cake, I was in love.  Beyond the cover, the book is full of other incredible recipes: Chocolate Dipped Cookie Dough Balls, Buttered Popcorn Crispy Treats, Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie, Maple Apple Upside Down Cake, and Strawberry Rosé Sangria Granita (to name a few).  All of the recipes look relatively simple and have clear, easy to follow directions.  The pictures are gorgeous and through Joy's introduction and preface to each recipe, you can really tell that she put her heart into this book.  The best part about Homemade Decadence is that there aren't just a handful of recipes that look yummy, they ALL do!  It was so hard to pick a recipe to try first, but the Pear-Cranberry-Pecan Crumble was calling my name.


Pear-Cranberry-Pecan Crumble
(Adapted from Joy Wilson, Homemade Decadence)

Ingredients 

Filling

  • 4 ripe but still firm pears, preferably d'Anjou
  • 1 heaping cup fresh cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon juice

Topping
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into cubes and at room temperature, plus more for the baking dish
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Butter the bottom and sides of an 8 x 8-inch baking dish or spray with Pam baking oil.

2.  For the filling, chop pears into chunks and remove the top stem, fibrous inner stem, and seeds.  Place the pears in the prepared dish, then add the cranberries, sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice and toss.


3.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.  Add the chunks of butter, and, using your fingers or a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour mixture until there are crumbles that are roughly the size of peas.  Add in the pecans.  If you want to forgo nuts, add an extra 1/2 cup of oats instead.



4.  Add a third of the oat mixture to the pears/cranberries and mix well.  Add the rest of the oat mixture on top.


5.  Bake until brown and bubbling, about 45 minutes (mine was ready in about 50 minutes).  Let cool about 20 minutes and serve warm, with ice cream if desired.



6.  The crumble will last about 3 days in the fridge...if you don't eat it all first!




This Pear-Cranberry-Pecan Crumble is absolutely delicious!  It is definitely a keeper in our house.  I had it for breakfast and dessert for three days straight! Henley loved the pears from it, too :).

Christmas Ribbon Busy Box

Friday, December 12, 2014

I was putting laundry away in our closet the other day and Little Miss Henley found my box of gift wrap.   She pulled out all of my pretty tissue and a bunch of ribbon that I have been saving hoarding for the last who knows how many years and had a field day with it!  She was a happy camper for at least twenty minutes, which is the longest she will do anything before she gets bored.  I was so happy to actually get a whole pile of laundry put away that I didn't even care half of the tissue paper was destroyed.

Since she loved the ribbon so much, and also has an affinity for cardboard boxes, I wanted to make a baby friendly and relatively indestructible toy for Henley to play with.  I have seen lots of busy boxes and books with ribbons and I thought that it would be a perfect, quick, and easy project to make a Christmas Ribbon Busy Box for Henley, especially to give to her while I am wrapping presents this season. 



What you need:

• Small cardboard box 
• Ribbon
• Scissors
• Tape
• Markers, Stickers, etc. to decorate the box if desired. 

Instructions:

1. Decide how many ribbons you want to use and poke that many holes in the sides of the box that are parallel to each other. I used the sharp end of my scissors to poke the holes and 9 pieces of ribbon for mine. Make sure to make the holes big enough for the ribbon to move through easily, but not so big that the knot can slip through. 


2. Tie a knot at one end of each ribbon and then string them through one side, in the box, then out the other side.  Finish by tying a knot in the other end. 


3.  Tape up the lid on your box.  Make it fun with some Christmas Duct Tape! I found mine at Dollar Tree :).  If you don't have Christmas tape, you could also decorate your box with stickers and markers, or better yet, let your little one do it!



I can't say that Henley loves this box more than getting into my box of gift wrap, because lets face it...babies love what they can't have.  She does, however, play with it for a few minutes and likes to fling it around by a ribbon or two, ha!  Once in a while she can actually pull a ribbon through, but I don't think she does it purposefully yet.





If you make this for your little ones, please share!  I hope they enjoy it!

Christmas Slime

Monday, December 8, 2014

We had quite a few rainy days this week...ugh! I know that here in California we need rain, but I hate it.  If it never rained I would be totally fine with that, you know, minus the whole drought aspect.


Rainy days are the worst.  I hate being cooped up indoors, especially with kiddos around.  I had my five year old niece with me last weekend in addition to my own little 8 month old and you can only do so much inside all day before everyone goes stir crazy.  Fortunately, I remembered that I had supplies to make slime and turned it into a fun, rainy day, Christmas activity. 

This is how you make Christmas Slime: 



What you need: 

• Bottle of Elmer's School Glue (118 mL)
• Red and green food coloring
• Glitter
• Water
• Borax (1/2 teaspoon)
• Small/medium mixing Bowl
• Cup
• Fork

Directions: 

1. Empty your bottle of glue into your mixing bowl.  Fill your empty glue bottle with water and add to the glue.  Stir until well combined.  I used a fork and whisked it, which I think worked better than a spoon.

2. Add a few drops of food coloring to get your desired color and stir to combine. 

3. Add a couple of shakes of glitter and stir. Don't worry, the glitter stays in the slime and won't get glitter all over the place! 

4. In your cup, mix 1/2 cup of hot water and 1/2 teaspoon of borax until dissolved.  Then, add to your glue mixture. 

5. Mix together until your water is completely absorbed.  The mixture starts turning into slime almost instantly!  I used my hands to mix instead of a fork after a minute or so.  Then, when it wasn't retaining some of the water I put my slime into a ziplock bag and squished it around in there to get it mixed extra well.




There ya have it! Squish it, use cookie cutters on it, make handprints and watch them disappear...we played with ours for quite some time!  Even Henley had fun!  She didn't know what to make of it at first, but was fascinated by it.  It was so neat to watch the girls make and discover the slime! We will definitely be doing this again.  


I'd love to know what your little ones think of this project!

Thanksgiving Floral Arrangement and The Bouqs Review

Thursday, December 4, 2014

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by an up and coming online flower company, The Bouqs, about reviewing their product in exchange for a free bouquet.  There is something about having fresh flowers in the house that brightens my day, so obviously I said yes.


The Bouqs' main collection of flowers is the "Volcano Collection".  These flowers are grown in South America on a volcano, literally.  This collection takes a week or so for delivery, and is where I chose my bouquet from.  They also have the "California Collection", which is a little more expensive and subject to taxes, but offers next day delivery. 

I was pleasantly surprised by the youthful, modern design of the site and happy that it was extremely easy to navigateYou get a clear, concise view of what each bouquet looks like, and can select each one in three different sizes: Original (around a dozen stems, $40-50), Deluxe (two dozen, $50-60), or Grand (three dozen, $70).  Shipping is free, so you don't have to deal with crazy delivery fees.

The Bouq that I chose was "Dawn" in the "Volcano Collection".  I picked it because I loved the fiery orange color and thought it would be perfect for a Thanksgiving arrangement.  When it arrived, I was so excited!  The packaging was simple, yet cute.  The bouquet comes boxed and wrapped in brown paper.  The box has directions for unwrapping, arranging, and caring for your flowers. 



I unwrapped the flowers and they were gorgeous!  Despite being boxed and wrapped, they were fresh and unharmed, minus a couple of petals that were a little bent.  These roses were better than ones at the store by far, and just as beautiful, if not more so, than from a florist.



I removed them from the packaging and followed their directions, which were basically how I always care for my flowers.  Look at how beautiful the colors of these roses are!  Perfect for fall!



 



To compliment the colors in the bouquet, I took  square of burlap and wrapped it around the vase I had.  Then, I secured it with a rubber band and tied a burlap and orange chevron ribbon around it.  Perfect for my Thanksgiving table!



I received my Bouq on November 20th.  It is now December 4th and the roses just started wilting .  I changed the water out twice and they lasted me this long!  I have to say that I am very impressed with the quality of my bouquet.  I definitely recommend you check out The Bouqs for the next time you order flowers!



Disclaimer: I did not pay for these flowers, and I am an affiliate of this company, but they didn’t buy my opinion.