because life should be eventful

Stocking Stuffers for Her

 Stockings are always a big tradition for Christmas in my family. Some stocking stuffers are the best gifts we will open on Christmas! Below are some great stocking stuffer ideas for that awesome lady in your life! 
Enjoy! Xo
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Life Lately Instagrammed

Happy Friday everyone!!! If you don’t follow me on Instagram, you should! But if not, here are some pictures from life lately..

knitting by the fire in Nashville

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our beautiful mantle my mom put together for us

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I LOVE my ceramic Starbucks mug with my re-purposed sweater mug sleeve

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our beautiful Christmas tree

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I just adore this ornament

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mini pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving that were a hit!

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so thankful for our first Thanksgiving as a married couple

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our silly great dane

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the awesome bar cart frame that handsome made for me!

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our cargo carrier that handsome made for our jeep

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a family picture 🙂

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loaded with wedding stuff and ready to head back to Texas!

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Taking Note

I saw this on one of the blogs that I follow and ADORE (the daybook) and thought it was such a neat idea to delve into the personal realm of my life a little more than I normally do! 
 
Enjoy! Xo
 
 
Making : dipped wooden spoons – DIY coming soon! 🙂
 
Cooking : Soups – I am obsessed these days and they make great leftovers

Drinking : Coffee – definitely in my coffee drinking phase right now

 Reading : Mockingjay. Well, re-reading it. After Catching Fire, I wanted to remember what happened. 

Wanting : A pair of flat black riding boots

Looking: At Christmas lights is one of the best things about this time of year.

 Playing: Black Keys Pandora station, non-stop.  

Wasting: lots of plastic water bottles – i. will. not. get. sick. 

 Sewing: does stitch-witching count?

 Wishing: for colder weather!

Enjoying: our house all decorated for the holidays

Waiting: to see who wins The Voice

 Liking: violet eye liner

Wondering: what Santa will bring us! 

Loving: all of our wedding memorabilia sprinkled around our house – daily reminders of the best day ever. 

Hoping: that I can make it to the gym today

 Marveling: at how one late night can throw your whole week off – sleep wise

Needing: to order prints from our wedding! 

 Smelling: pumpkin soup that I made last night

Wearing: navy capris, tan sweater and leopard flats

 Following: StitchFix on Instagram

Noticing: how much of a home body I have become

Knowing: everything happens for a reason

Thinking: about wanting to go home and make stuff

Feeling: melancholy – about where I am as a person in life and where I want to be

 Bookmarking: BIG scarves

Opening: Christmas presents shipped in the mail

Giggling: Vine – best of videos

Feeling: like I’m ready for a nap. 

Royal Colors

 I absolutely love fall. It is definitely my season! I love the rich colors and lots of layers to keep warm. Thanksgiving in Nashville last week surely did not disappoint! The temperatures were cold and perfect for snuggly layers and lots of time by the fire! I absolutely adore this top from Loft. The navy is a great color for fall/winter and the sheerness of it gives it a whimsical feel for layering. Plus, it’s a longer top which is great with skinny jeans but thin enough to be tucked into a skirt or pants. I realized when taking these pictures that my entire outfit is from Loft! I may have a problem.. 

Enjoy! Xo

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Sweater: Loft (here)

Top: Loft (similar here)

Cami: Loft (here)

Pants: Loft (corduroys here)

Boots: Target (old, like these!) 

Necklaces: Loft/gifted/gifted

Bracelets: Charming Charlie/Gifted

DIY No-Sew Curtains

Happy Monday everyone! I have been wanting new curtains in our living rooms since we moved into this house. Fortunately, the house came with curtains already but they were straight from the 70’s. We dealt with them through the wedding but knew we’d eventually replace them. One good thing about them – they were heavy enough to block out the Texas sun! When my mom and brother were here a couple of weeks ago, I told her that I wanted to get some new curtains for the living room. I had this big bolt of fabric that she had given me literally YEARS ago that I have lugged through 3 moves and told her we needed to use that! It’s a wonderfully retro pattern which fits our little retro house! She suggested using some stitch witch to bind the edges instead of sewing – we all know how my sewing machine and I get along! So we set out on this new project that only took a couple of hours and cost less than $30! 🙂 That’s what I’m talking about!!! 

Enjoy! XO

What you’ll need:

Fabric of your choice (make sure to measure how long you want your curtains to be!)

Stitch Witch (I went through about 2 packages of it)

An old dish towel (wet)

Iron

Ironing Board or Table

Curtain Hanging Hooks

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 Start by laying out your fabric and laying the stitch witch down as wide as you want to make the edge. I didn’t make much of an edge because I wanted as much of the fabric for length as possible. 

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Fold the fabric over the stitch witch and then lay your wet dish cloth over that. Then iron! Make sure your dish cloth is really wet but not dripping. You’ll need the moisture to help bind, especially for thicker fabrics! 

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 Lift up your towel and check the edge to make sure it is good and sealed! Then move around the panel repeating these steps. 

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Then hang! I used the curtain rod that is already up (and will eventually spray paint a different color). I love those little curtain hooks! 

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Then I decided to add in a plain brown panel to help give it some variety with the stripes! 

Sausage and Cabbage Soup

I just LOVE soup recipes for cold and rainy days. We have had quite a few of those recently in East Tx, so a big pot of hot soup sounded just right! I honestly just made this soup from things I already had in my fridge and needed to use up! I will definitely be making it again though. So make this soup, cuddle up under a blanket and watch a good movie on those cold winter nights coming!

Enjoy! Xo

Ingredients:

1 package of sausage (can be any flavor or kind you personally like)

1/2 head of cabbage, chopped

3 carrots, peeled and diced

3 stalks of celery, chopped

3 tablespoons of garlic

1/2 white onion, chopped

1 can of white northern beans

1 large container of chicken broth

Salt and Pepper

2 tbps Worcestershire

2 tbsp Italian Seasoning

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I started by slicing open the sausage links and browning the meat. Then chopping the celery, cabbage, carrots and onion and browning that with the sausage. 

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After that was all nicely browned and the veggies were a little soft, I added in the italian seasoning, Worcestershire, salt and pepper and mixed well. If you get a nicely flavored sausage, you won’t need to use much seasoning!

 

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Then I added the chicken broth (and I think some extra pasta sauce I had leftover from the week) and let simmer for about 30 minutes. 

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My faithful cooking assistant 🙂

 

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YUM! We had a little rice on the side (Handsome LOVES rice) and I shaved some parmesan on top. This soup was DELICIOUS!

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Be Thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope your day is filled with lots of food, fellowship and football! 

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New Thanksgiving Recipes

Every year I love to look up new Thanksgiving recipes to try. We usually have our staples at the dinner table that day (Fried Turkey, Pumpkin Pie, Cornbread Stuffing) but we always love to look up new ways to make the classic dishes. I have done some scouring over Pinterest the last couple of weeks and have found some of the recipes I’d love to give a shot this year! What are some of your tried-and-true favorite dishes and what new dishes do you plan on making this year??

Enjoy! Xo

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Amish Potato Rolls

Mini Pumpkin Pies

Rum-Orange-Cranberry Sauce

Romaine and Feta Salad

Bacon Wrapped Turkey (O.M.G)

Glazed Carrots with Pecans

Sourdough and Mushroom Stuffing

Sweet Potato Casserole

Apple Tart

Christmas Decor DIY 1

Another idea inspired by Pinterest! I saw this idea and thought it was so adorable! I went to Lowe’s and got a couple bundles of wired garland to make these wreaths with. I didn’t want to use live garland because of the mess it makes and since I was going to have several hanging in the window, I thought fake garland would last better. You can hang with any sort of ribbon or even tulle you want! It’s a festive way to decorate your windows all winter long!

Enjoy! Xo

What you’ll need:

Wired Garland

Wire cutters

Ribbon

Nails/Hammer

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I cut about 1.5 feet sections of garland and then shaped them into a circle. 

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I twisted the garland into itself to fasten it. 

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I made mine a little bigger than what I saw on Pinterest. I used a couple different types of garland as well. 

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Then just hung them in the window with some red ribbon and burlap ribbon! 

Guest Room Makeover

Here are a few pictures of our newly redecorated guest room! I am so happy with how it turned out. When we moved into the house, the room was already painted this bright teal color. I decided instead of painting again (I HATE painting) that I would just play up the color with a fun, bright room! You have already seen the re-loved dresser I did but I wanted a fun DIY headboard for the bed. I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought it was genius! Plus, I love this blanket but never want to use it for fear of ruining it! So this was a perfect solution.

Enjoy! Xo

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