Friday, March 29, 2013

Five for Friday: Home Editon

You know how I alwaysss wait until the week I am expecting company to get my projects done? This week that happened and I completely manhandled the task. Sarah = 1 point, Projects = conquered.

1. Excited about the lamps that I turned from this:


Into this:



And you would never know that the box of one of these lamps is busted.
Of course nothing is ever as it seems. These beauties were getting a fresh coat of spray paint on Wednesday and with the ridiculously bitter cold that we have been experiencing lately, I was wearing a large coat and the tail of that said coat caught the edge of the lamp and knocked it over. Shattered. Bang! all over our driveway. I don't have to tell you just how PISSED at myself and my stupidity and of course the damn weather. I blame the weather because blaming myself is just too painful. Nothing a bit of liquid nails and some perseverance can't fix though! 



2. Loving these new vases I picked up at our local Sofa Mart. Yes, sofa mart sells accessories and sells them for CHEAP! These were on sale and I snagged both for $16.






3. I was all about the chairs this week. 

Bar stools before:



And after:



Bistro chairs before:


And after:

The breakfast nook is slowly getting there! A new table, pair of chairs and painting are help add some life and color to an otherwise BROWN kitchen.

4. The accents really make the whole room. Who woulda thought that $4 ferns and one throw pillow could make such a difference in the look and feel of our living room?


This pillow makes the room in by opinion. It links the navy lamps and the pink breakfast chairs to the blues, pinks, and limes in our Kilim Rug, bringing the whole room together!

5. Last but not least, I can't leave out my super efficient helpers with whom I couldn't have gotten any of these projects completed without . 

The man of my dreams (who is also quite handy with a skillsaw)

And the lazy one.. Acting like he doesn't LOVE the tape measure.



Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Thrifting

I have been scouring antique and junk shops for some hidden gems and I snatched these items up this weekend. Behold... 

These chairs will be coated with vibrant glossy paint and will reside in our breakfast room. I cannot wait to show you all the finished project!

I snagged this glorious lamp and its partner for $10 each. Obviously they will be painted because I don't like the look of this faux marble. Duh- It reminds me of a 1990 foyer or something..
Check back tomorrow for a look at the lamps and fingers crossed for the chairs being painted. I am still looking for the perfect upholstery but we will find something soon I'm sure!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

#300 and a Pantry

In honor of today being my three hundredth post I am going to share a little revamp project I did last week. With spring right around the corner (not counting the snow and sleet this past weekend), I am in full on nesting mode. Because my pantry is always fully stocked with 25 pound bags of flour and sugar, it is generally OOC but not anymore!! A trip to Garden Ridge and some elbow grease and voila! Clean!

First off some before pictures:

We are lucky to have a nice closet/ pantry right off the kitchen. It is incredibly deep- something that makes storage a little strange. 


The shelves are for my baking ingredients but randoms always get thrown in when in a hurry.

And after:

I purchased three of each of the short, medium, and tall canisters and then the extra large one below with the red lid for my powdered sugar. I then put most things in a clear canister so I can easily access what I need to purchase at the store.


Flour, sugar and cake flour are up front because they are used most often. Cornmeal, whole wheat flour, and gluten free flours are towards the back. I used my existing shelves to corral bags of beans, lentils, and random boxes (soup mixes, mac & cheese, ect)

I used a tiered shelf for can storage (already had, purchased at Container Store). I used the little plastic baskets to organize and get out of their boxes, popcorn, granola bars and oatmeal packets. In the one behind the cupcake liners I placed Crystal Light packets and grean tea.

Even the grits, risotto, oatmeal and pancake mix found a glass home. These storage containers are great because they streamline your pantry as well as keep ingredients fresher, longer. One tip- cut the recipe off of the original packaging and insert into the container. This keeps you from forgetting the recipe and also serves as a label if you don't want to fool with labels.

  • Baking ingredients up top
  •  shelf of nut butters
  • honeys/ syrups
  • cocoa, coconut, cornstarch
  • nuts, extra bags of chocolate chips and baking chocolate bars
  • opened chips, extra bags of whatever
On the below shelving I put our cereal because we hardly ever eat it and then boxes to store similar items. First "box" holds crackers, graham crackers, english muffins. The second "box"- pastas. The bowl has our onions. And of course, bottom of the pantry has my cookie cutters.. or at least the ones I used most often. Yes, I have six containers of cookie cutters, all organized by theme or holiday. :)
I'm loving having a more organized pantry- It makes cooking and cleanup that much faster!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spring Purchases

Since yesterday's post was so "offensive" to some people I wanted to lighten it up with some of my fun spring purchases. Enter these affordable wedges from Urban Outfitters. I can't wait to get them in and see if they are as comfy as these Steven shoes that I have worn to work for the past two weeks.

Deen & Ozzy Architectural Wedge

In the makeup department I grabbed up some new spring basics and stocked up on a few things that I always always have on hand. Benefit Stay Don't Stray, Maybelline Lask Stiletto Mascara, and Olay All-Day Moisturizer. My new favorite item is this Benefit High Brow pencil. Anyone ever use in their makeup routine? I think it is going to my new best friend. 

Link to purchase

What are you must-haves for spring makeup?


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

WTF Wednesday

I haven't done a WTF Wednesday post in a while and it is much overdo. This one isn't so much WTF as "Why do we all do this?". I'll explain- I have been seeing things like the photo below make their rounds through social media as well as people going back and forth on topics such as politics or religion or blah blah blah.


I am so sick and tired of people bashing others, their successes, and their differences. Yes, this woman deserves every award under the sun but that doesn't mean Al Gore didn't deserve a Nobel Peace Prize for his unprecedented effort to open the eyes of every dumb-dumb driving a hummer a huge big rig (I am changing so I don't offend anyone personally- though this is me just being sarcastic on ALL of us for doing things bad for the environment) and burning styrofoam in their yard. I don't think the creator of this image intended to put down Al Gore but the snark is palpable. In this world I don't think things are black or white, republican/ democrat, or good or evil. Can people not agree that everyone has something worthwhile going on in their lives and that you don't ALWAYS have to choose sides? I feel like negative thoughts are absolutely everywhere and hell- can Pinterest not just stay all happy go lucky, yes, I am going to make the most badass cupcakes EVER and then learn how to run a sub 2 hour half marathon.. Please people please! Stay positive! Do something that makes you happy. Do something that makes someone else happy and above all be KIND!



Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Blog Love

I know I'm not much in the content department lately but cookies are taking over my sad little life. I know, I know.. Enough about the cookies. But yall- I baked 30 dozen on Sunday and have to decorate ALL of them by Thursday morning.. I'm thankful- Really! Instead of me coming up with fun recipes or cute clothes that ya'll "just have to buy", I will divert you to one of my favorite blogs Undressed Skeleton  for a ridiculously yummy looking mint shake recipe. It is her take on the McDonald's Shamrock Shake (yes I know that St. Pat's day was Sunday- but who doesn't love mint all year round??) and the calorie/ fat comparisons will blow your mind.



"Both shakes are 16 oz. 
  • 8 1/2 of my shakes = the amount of calories in 1 McCafe Shamrock Shake
  • 23 of my shakes = the amount of fat in 1 McCafe Shamrock Shake
  • They beat me on the protein. If you want more, just add in an extra scoop. 
  • 46 of my shakes = the amount of sugar in 1 McCafe Shamrock Shake
  • 20 of my shakes = the amount of carbs in 1 McCafe Shamrock Shake"

Can you say yuck McDonalds?!?

I look to this girl for tons of healthy recipes and for grocery list inspiration. If you don't buy crap then you can't eat it. Right? She is always posting interesting baking recipes and I can always find an easy "clean" recipe for dinner. Love it.

What are you favorite blogs for recipes? Mine are Undressed Skeleton, SkinnyTaste and of course Pioneer Woman (obvi not ever healthy). 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Five for Friday

1. Finding some fun and colorful fabric remnants for kitchen banquet pillows.



2. Getting the sweetest piece of mail on tuesday from my Nana. An "angel coin" with a prayer for safety and a handwritten note.



3. This yummy meal was a dinner highlight! My mexican take on Shrimp and Grits- smoked turkey sausage instead of shrimp, topped with a siracha greek yogurt sauce.



4. Enjoying my new sandals courtesy of Forever21.



5. Super stoked about some Ann Potter Baking developments. Stay tuned!




Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Spring Has Sprung

Hallelujah for the first signs of Spring in Little Rock! We have had a few weeks of dreary, chilly and rainy weather so this week's high 50's and mid 60's are glorious! I am so excited to see how our yard and garden looks in the Spring- remember our move in hot-as-hades-July? Yep- our first Spring is here!



Excited that the bulbs I planted this Fall actually are coming up!! 
How's Spring looking in your neck of the woods? (wow- what an Arkansas thing to say..)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Wedge Look-A-Likes

I have been lusting over these Dolce Vita wedges and am fully prepared to go buy them but I stumbled upon this look-a-like pair on Charlotte Russe. I have ordered some cheapo shoes from Charlotte Russe before and always have good results. They aren't the most comfortable nor do they hold up exceptionally well but for leopard open toed fall/winter wedges, I don't want to spend a ton of money on them because I'm not going to wear them next season.

At Dillards, $79

Charlotte Russe, $35.50

What do you think? I think I am still going to go with the Dolce Vita pair because I'm betting these will be in full rotation throughout spring and summer. Though, I may order the pink and white Charlotte Russe pairs to throw in as well.. Two for the price of one? Why yes I shall.

Monday, March 11, 2013

MIA

I know I missed Five for Friday.. and honestly don't have anything super exciting planned for today so go ahead and take this to heart..


And if you still want to get on my level you can watch this clip from only the best show ever and think of me Between cookies, my real job, and getting our house back together with all of the "projects", I am totally pulling a Jessie one of these days. Brady is going to have to grab the coffee pot away from me and tranquilize me. Remember the days of watching Saved by the Bell before heading to junior high?? Sigh...


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Endorsements

Here are some things I am loving right now:

1. This spray tan gun from Sallys. It is fool proof and supa simple. 


And I promise no one will ask you this:



My new favorite piece of technology. Helps combat this:

Bad news: I'm a terrible sleeper. Good news: I can now confirm that I am a terrible sleeper. 

 3. Which gets my to this other new favorite piece of technology. My Jawbone UP Band.

Tracks my lack of exercise, lack of sleep and lack of diet. It's great for building self motivation and confidence. NOT. Yes, I did just bring back the "not" jokes.. Just kidding- it does inspire me to take the stairs at work instead of the elevator.. Sometimes. 

If I had to rank these items 1 through 3. I would say buy the UP Band first, and then the Dohm and the spray tan gun. Reasoning goes like this:

The UP Band will either inspire you to work out or not. It will also confirm if you do indeed need help sleeping.. And everyone knows- if you can't tone it, tan it. Hence the need for the spray tan gun. Do it all- you won't regret it!

*No one paid me a darn thing for these insightful reviews.. Really just love the products yo.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Cookies= Business

February has been so crazy with cookies. I love it. Wait- you're telling me it's March? Well then go ahead and add March to the busy list. I am so grateful for the friends/ strangers/ randos ordering cookies from me. It keeps me busy and sane, and keeps me from getting on Brady's nerves. You see, when I don't have cookies to do at night I sit on the couch twiddling my thumbs and I become neeedddyyy. Like play a board game or paint my fingernails needy. No bueno. I could channel that boredom into creative blog posts but what fun would that be? Sorry that you readers come up on the short end of the stick. ;)

Here are some of my recent orders. *(some of these might be olddddd but I needed to document them someway.)

"Paper Airplane" themed first birthday cookies. Thanks Holly!!! :)




Valentine's Day. Duh...

Mardi Gras. Another duh.. 

Fish Valentine's

And a baby shower. 

Fun stuff yall.. Now tell me something fun in your life? I don't have much besides my two jobs and the occasional dinner date with the hubs or friends.