weekend wishes

weekend wishes | 47 | 1Happy Sunday! Hope y’all are enjoying the weekend! I’ve been taking it easy at home- finishing up spring cleaning, reading and writing out a few notes, but after spending most of the weekend in, its time to head outdoors and soak up all this gorgeous spring weather. The husband and I are celebrating our 5 year wedding anniversary today and have left the day open and free for some spontaneity in our new home city that we are completely in love with! Wishing you all a relaxing beautiful day and keep reading for my favorite links from the week…

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weekend wishes | 47 | 3 10 interior designers share their top IKEA picks.

A new take on tacos I’m itching to make.

Early bird rituals I’m taking notes on.

Chin up… my dears.

All in the name of ice cream.

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crème de la crème : easter crafts

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Happy Thursday lovelies! Anyone else behind on their Easter crafts? Is it me or are the days just springing by! The holiday is in about a week and I haven’t even begun to brainstorm ideas yet. So I did some late night hunting around the blogosphere for egg inspired craftiness and as always I’m blown out of the basket year after year. The egg designs are honoring spring blossoms and seem be trending in everything floral from painted botanicals to green foliage. Keep reading for more and don’t miss my favorite craft the cotton candy nests!

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simple savorings : crispy potatoes 

simple savorings | crispy potatoesWho can resist a serving of crispy potatoes? Thrown in a salad, as a side with grilled steak or if you’re like me and enjoy it as a little something to snack on with a side of mayo of course (and they are a much healthier alternative to the French fry), there’s just something about those crispy little bites. And I’m so excited to have finally mastered the technique to making them. The secret is a two step process where you partially boil them first to ensure evenly cooked potatoes, then finish them off in the oven to create the ultimate crisp. I know it seems laborious, but trust me it’s worth it. Keep reading for the recipe…

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Crispy Potatoes

*serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 2½ pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, unpeeled
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cut the potatoes in 1½ to 1½-inch chunks, I like to cut mine into thirds and place them in a large pot.
  3. Cover the potatoes with water by 1 inch and bring to a boil.
  4. Lower the heat, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Drain the water and transfer the drained potatoes, the olive oil, salt, and pepper to a rimmed baking sheet and toss.
  6. Roast the potatoes and tossing occasionally,until they are very browned and crisp. Serve immediately.

in my pantry : mayo

in my pantry | mayoThere is one of two groups that you fall into with this white creamy condiment, the love it or just detest it… I’m talking about mayonnaise. If your like me, you love the stuff! You also, probably have tried every brand out there, found your favorite, and won’t attempt to try any others. Like everything, I prefer to make it from scratch but that can be rather time consuming with a busy schedule, so I always keep my favorite Just Mayo by Hampton Creek in the fridge. I use it in potato salad, on sandwiches, a tablespoon in homemade Caesar salad dressing or my favorite with a side of fries. Since there’s nothing artificial and free from cholesterol, gluten, egg, soy, lactose and dairy, I can enjoy it guilt-free. And stay tuned as I’ll be sharing the best crispy potatoes tomorrow, perfect for dipping in mayo.

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*This is not a sponsored post, all opinions are my own. 

up close and personal : 5 ways to overcome a bad day

up close and personal | 5 ways to overcome a bad day | 1 A couple of weeks ago I suffered from one, I’m sure you have a time or two as well. I’m talking about a bad day, where everything seems to be going wrong and abosolutely nothing works in your favor. Getting in late for work, flat tire, bakery ran out of your favorite morning muffin- all the makings for the beginning of a not so good day. Sometimes we need a little something to help shake it off and prevent a single day from turning into a terrible week. So, I’m sharing my 5 ways to overcome a bad day.

1. Pick up fresh flowers- The power of flowers is amazing! I always find them to bring an instantaneous smile to my face.

up close and personal | 5 ways to overcome a bad day | 22. Bake- I know you’ve heard me say it before, but baking is so therapeutic. And a little sweet treat never hurts.

up close and personal | 5 ways to overcome a bad day | 33. Do something creative- Whether you like scrapbooking, drawing or painting dress up a blank canvas. I know it will be an instant mood changer.

up close and personal | 5 ways to overcome a bad day | 44. Read a magazine- Even if it’s just for ten minutes read an article or two.

up close and personal | 5 ways to overcome a bad day | 55. Get a new lipstick- Last but certainly not least and my all time favorite way to overcome a bad day. Get a new shade for your lips and kiss that BD goodbye!

How do you deal with bad days? I love to hear your ways of overcoming them.

weekend wishes

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Happy Sunday loves! Spring has sprung and I for one couldn’t be more excited! It was a whirlwind of a week (if you couldn’t tell by my Instagram feed) full of SXSW festivities from inspiring panels to great music and I couldn’t have asked for a better first South By. While it’s amazing being surrounded by creatives, tech gurus, film buffs and musicians it can be a little overwhelming and by yesterday morning I was in need of a recharge. A day spent unplugged is exactly what I needed after all the excitement! Hope your weekend includes a little relaxation and keep reading for my favorite links…

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Hot pink tennis courts… adding to my travel list!

A fresh floral cocktail just in time for spring.

Must try making my own tinted lip balm.

Saving this spaghetti carbonara recipe for my next pasta night!

Narnia themed birthday party… am I too old to have one?

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DIY : all-purpose citrus cleaner

DIY | all purpose citrus cleanerGet ready, as tomorrow we officially welcome the first day of spring! With that, also comes one of my favorite things to do this time of year, spring cleaning. Yes, I’m one to get over the moon excited to give my home a deep clean and perhaps a tad bit more giddy to make my own all purpose cleaner. It’s an all natural citrus infused spray that I use on just about anything, from door knobs to countertops. Keep reading for the instructions…

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All-Purpose Citrus Cleaner

 

Materials

Instructions

  1. Cut the pith off the lemon.
  2. Place the peels in a mason jar and cover with vinegar. Put a lid on the jar and let it sit for about a week, in a dark and cool place.
  3. Strain the vinegar and transfer it to the spray bottle.
  4. Fill the rest of the bottle with water.
  5. Will last about three weeks. Check a small are first to be sure, but vinegar is generally safe on most surfaces, just not on marble.