With Emma and I hanging out in the sun the past few days I was trying to think of some good snacks to keep us hydrated while we are out having fun!

I decided to do a little research and found some great options. Check them out:

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Apples Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chips – which I would probably replace with raisins. I think Emma would get a kick out eating these like sandwiches!

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Mmm frozen yogurt drops – I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen this one pinterest! I can’t wait to try them out!

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Cheese, Crackers, and Grapes. Such an EASY snack to make and I currently have all of those in my kitchen!

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I don’t know what it is but I have been on a kiwi kick lately. Chocolate covered? YES PLEASE!

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Mmm Good Old Fashioned frozen blueberries. I could definitely enjoy that this summer!

What is your favorite summer snack?

Love Always,


We’ve all seen those lavish wine cellars in magazines and on television, you know, the ones showcasing beautifully delicate wines dating over 100 years with rich blushing colors and tastes of hickory and history.  I am going to share with you some beautiful wine cellars, both traditional and contemporary, that will tease your aesthetic taste buds.  Of course, I know that we can’t all have one of these gorgeous architectural majesties, so I am going to pair these lavish cellars with some wine storage we can all afford!

This is an incredibly modern wine cellar, using glass to construct gothic equilateral arches that whisper of both the past and future of design.  One of the most interesting things about this wine cellar is the ceiling…

Yes, the ceiling is also the glass floor of the living space, which is also an interesting mix of old and new in terms of decor.  The bright blue lights bring some cool color against the beautiful wooden floor and the result is two floors of overt contemporary dazzle!

Here is a more affordable alternative that can fit on your countertop.  It is bright, colorful, see-through, and quite contemporary, a fine way to imitate this style in a small way.

Here is another modern and colorful option! I just love this one, which can be mounted to the wall anywhere for easy wine storage with some flair.

Below is another very modern cellar, complete with clean lines and once again the see-through aspect which allows you to see every single bottle.

I love how the bottles on the ceiling look like they are floating.

Here is a way to get the same effect at home.  Wine bottles floating in glass on your wall are sure to get some double-takes! Below is another floating option lacking in clean lines but not at all in modernity or pizzaz.

Here is a very traditional wine cellar in Hungary, complete with barrels, cold brick domes, and warm lighting.

You can achieve this effect at home by using a barrel of your own.  Obviously, no one person needs 100 barrels of wine and one is an easy fit even in an apartment!

Just cut out the front and lay down some slats and you have your very own hint of traditional wine cellar in your home.

Here is another traditional take incorporates both storage and surface space.  Plus it is has wheels and is easy to move around and to make space or take the party to the next room.  A great mix of function and fashion, if you ask me.

I love the look of this dark wood, darkly lit, brick dungeon of a wine cellar, with thick and chunky materials for an almost medieval effect.

Here is a great way to take this style home and it is an easy DIY.  Grab some 4x4s and cut them to size, then use a dark-wood finish for the same rich colors seen in the cellar.

This cellar is lovely, with some beautiful dark wood, but also some more clean lines and delicate structure than the previously seen cellar.

This is a very inexpensive DIY for the home!

I love this one!  A pallet with some holes cut out and voila!  A wine rack that can go anywhere.

What is a DIY project that Brian and I are both excited about?


I think may jaw may have dropped when we were laying in bed and Brian mentioned wanting to do a headboard. I’m pretty sure if I hadn’t been so exhausted I would have jumped up and gotten the computer to talk about ideas right away!!

Here are a few I found on that seemed pretty interesting!

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I love the idea of doing a scrap wood headboard. Not only do I love that it’s budget friendly and REALLY easy but that we could stain the wood to match the rest of our room or paint it a color to make it look crisp but still rustic.

Easy Upholstered Headboard

This room is crazy with color but I like the idea of little squares of different fabric. I think I’d do something a little less loud and a little more neutral!

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I love how sleek this one looks and it’s simple yet it isn’t plain.

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I’d have to say this one is my favorite. It looks so comfy and I’m not a fan of having to stack pillows just so I can read in bed without my head hurting. Something soft that I could lean against is a serious win! Let’s see if Brian agrees with me here ;)

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Another great cheap idea if you don’t mind a little hunting! A great place to find shutters like these is the Habitat for Humanity Restore!

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Ahh the elegant look. I love hoe classy this one looks and since we have huge ceilings in this room I think the giant headboard would look great!

Which style do you think would fit best in our room?

Love Always,


Grape Soda Cupcakes

So this month is Elderly Abuse Awareness and Prevention month and the ribbon color is PURPLE!  I was helping out in the Adult Services team at my internship and we decided to have a small reception and information session for the entire department and have purple cupcakes and desserts for everyone.

This was my first chance to show some of my creative skills at work and so I set off in search of a purple cupcake with pizzaz!  I found one that caught my eye – the grape soda cupcake.  I needed something simple that I could fit into my busy evening but would be tasty and surprising – this was it!  It is a simple recipe and I was surprised that they turned out to be moist and sweet with just a tiny hint of grape flavor.


1 Package of White Cake

3 Eggs

1 1/2 cup Grape Soda

1/2 cup Vegetable Oil

Add all of these ingredients together, mix em up until the mix is combined but still lumpy.  Pour into a muffin/cupcake pan or aluminum cupcake liners and bake in the oven at 350 for 18-25 minutes.

I waited for them to cool and in the mean time I took my vanilla frosting and added some purple food coloring.

Here is one of the tables we put together for our information session. The little event went wonderfully and my purple cupcakes with purple frosting and purple polka-dotted liners were a hit :).  Try them out yourself, I definitely intend to make these for the little girl I babysit named Eleanor.  She is a huge purple lover and I think she would go crazy for these!

Bon Apetite,


Baked French Toast

This is a wonderful recipe that you can make the night before or day of!  I made this day of for a Mother’s Day brunch and it was a hit!  This is a twist on Paula Dean’s recipe.


1 Loaf French Bread

8 Eggs

1 cup Skim Milk

1/2 cup French Vanilla Creamer (use low-fat or light for a health conscious version!)

1 cup Blueberries

1 tbsp Cinnamon

1 tbsp Sugar

1 tsp Nutmeg

First, mix eggs, milk, creamer, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl.

Then cut up your loaf of french bread into 1 inch thick slices and lay them, overlapping in a large baking dish.

Pour on your egg mixture, spooning some in between the bread slices so that each slice gets plenty of sweet, eggy goodness!

Throw on half of the blueberries and safe the rest serve fresh on the side .

Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, making sure not to let it burn.  If you see it getting to brown, lay some foil over the top to let it keep cooking without burning.

Once again, this was a hit and so  I have no after pictures of the final result.  The second I pulled the dish out of the oven there was a whole party of people dishing this out onto plates and gobbling it up, adding syrup, powdered sugar, fresh blueberries and strawberries and really digging in.  Here is a picture of someone’s baked french toast that looked almost exactly like mine!  Blueberries and all.

I would suggest that everyone try this at one point!  Much less messy than making french toast in the pan, and you can make it overnight and pop it in the oven in the morning to have a delicious breakfast ready for the husband and kids, for a brunch party, or just as a treat for yourself :)

Bon Apetite!


Of course I’ve been on Pinterest hunting ideas for the house ;) what kind of pinner would I be if I didn’t!?

Here’s a few that might interest you as much as they interest me!

Lining the inside of my bedside cabinets for a little POP of color! I recently painted my side tables white and can’t wait to do something fun like this with them!

Here’s our before side table picture.

And the after! How fun would it be to line the insides of those babies with something fun?

We are in need of something fun for our front door mat. The space is very simple and I’d love to have a great pattern as soon as you come in. Creating my own from fabric sounds easy and fun!

You have no idea how badly I want to frame all the bathroom mirrors in this house!! As soon as I get the time and money – it’s totally happening!!

I would love this in my craft room! I’d love it even more if I could make each square replaceable so I could switch out colors and patterns ;) I love my change and options!

What would you like done in your house?

Love Always,


Slutty Brownies

23 May

Slutty Brownies

I found out about this yummy desert with a sinful name one morning before I went to my nanny job.  My sister’s status read “slutty brownies and pizza!” on facebook and I laughed to myself and wondered where the inside joke came from.  I asked her if the pizza was slutty too.  Her reply?  ”The pizza is just mushroom.  Look up slutty brownies!”  I was instantly intrigued and immediately googled it.  Lo’ and behold: there actually is a real desert called slutty brownies and it looks delectable.


Pre-made chocolate chip cookie dough (I used the break n’ bake kind)


Brownie Mix

What a threesome!  I was happy to cheat on cake with these guys :).

First, you spread out your cookie dough in a 9×9 pan or glass baking dish.

I had some little helper hands!  I told her they were called messy brownies lol.

Done!  Now to add the Oreos.

After this is done, get your brownie mix ready.

And pour it over everything in the baking dish.


Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.  I was using a not-so-powerful oven, so it actually ended up being almost 45 for my brownies.

The result?  Three layers of sinful chocolate desert.

I wish I had an end picture of the end result, but the older girls came home and just destroyed my creation, and I was happy for it :)  I promise that yours will be gone before you can snap a photo too!

Bon Apetite!



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