Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Nursery update

A lot of progress has been made on the nursery recently thanks to my mom who was in town last week. I thought I would share a sneak peak into the inspiration board I created as I work on the finishing touches. 
A bit about the room- I wanted to do something completely different than what I did in Reese's nursery. While Reese's nursery (and now bedroom) has a lot of pastels and soft neutrals, I wanted to do a more bohemian vibe in this next baby's room using colors pulled from the rug I brought up from the office. Though a lot of these pieces didn't make it in to the room (and some new ones were added), I always find an inspiration board helpful to move me in the right direction. I'm really excited with how the room is turning out and can't wait to share it with you guys!

2. Macrame (DIY)
6. Peacock chair- craigslist
8. Crib
9. Pillow

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Artist Crush- Pepa Poch

When I happened upon Pepa's work in Lonny's September issue, it was love at first site. These dreamy blues are calling my name and giving me the travel bug. After doing a little research, it's was unsurprising to find her home just as striking (and off the Spanish coast)….   
Ps. And thank you to Style Me Pretty Living for featuring my DIY dining room lighting today! 
Thursday, September 4, 2014

Nutty Peanut Butter Granola Bars

You may have noticed a drop in my "healthy living" posts in the past couple months. That is mainly due to me being not at the top of my game and more in survival mode the first few months of my pregnancy. Better later than never, my energy came back around weeks 22/23 and I've been taking full advantage of it with projects and recipes. Here's hoping it stays a while.
Lately, I've been on the hunt for a healthy granola bar recipe…something that was packed with nutrition and easy to make. Reese tends to have particular eating habits, and I wanted to have an easy/healthy "grab and go" snack around for me. I also wanted something that was not overly intense on the labor side of things…something that I could whip up on bad and good days. After repeated attempts to get Reese to enjoy homemade trailmix, (and noticing she was really only eating the dried fruit) I set out on a mission for a healthy homemade granola bar she would like. As I searched for recipes, I found that they were either more complicated than I preferred or not very nutritious, so I ended up making my own version. I was surprised by how much Connor loved them (usually the voice of reason in my healthy recipe attempts) as well as Reese.  

- 2 egg whites
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 3 Tblsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup + 1 Tblsp. heaping servings of peanut butter (natural or regular)
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 3 Tblsp. brown sugar   
- 3 Tblsp. coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. salt

* I used an 11x7 pan, you can probably also use an 8x8 pan.  Cover the pan with wax paper and grease it.

* First chop the almonds and pumpkin seeds in your food processor. Then mix the oats, chopped almonds and pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, and cranberries in a bowl.  On the stove heat up the coconut oil, cinnamon, salt, brown sugar, and peanut butter (whisking until smooth).  Once smooth, add in the egg whites.  

* Then, quickly add to the dry mixture and pour onto the wax paper in the pan. Spread evenly in pan.
* Chill in fridge for a few hours to help it solidify(I plan on making them in the evening and chilling them overnight), then cook at 300 F for 30 minutes.  Once cool, place back in the fridge for a couple hours before eating.  This keeps them from being crumbly and more bar-like.  Store in fridge….enjoy!  

 *You could also get away with less brown sugar or try substituting it for banana (shh…don't tell Connor, but that's my next mission).  

* This recipe is a variation and combination of a few recipes, but mainly this one.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Favorites

I hope you guys enjoy the long weekend and these last few days of August.  Our plans include cleaning out the garage and an unruly closet, some local exploring, and of course mattress shopping for R's big girl bed. Perfectly ordinary, but I'm finding that the older I get, the more I appreciate these types of weekends.  And now for my Friday favorites:     
This space
I've shared this kitchen with you before, but this shot is too gorgeous to pass up….

and these links:

How gorgeous was Sarah Hyland's Emmy dress?
A genius Ikea hack
Among all the blogger's lines launched for Target, Kate Arend's promises to be my favorite yet
10 beautiful flower projects
This DIY
Samantha's pregnancy style
23 ideas for your home office
This backyard picnic
Love this Labor Day snack

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fall Inspiration

So I know I just wrote about minimalism Friday…but, I don't think that means not spending money(though that's never a bad idea).  For me, that means thoughtful purchases and fewer items- quality over quantity where possible.   I have been shamelessly looking at my weather app every day, excited for this beautiful season around the corner. Here are a few things that have been catching my eye lately….some transition items and some full on fall weather pieces (all of which I don't need, so I thought I would share them with you:).   
1. weekend sweats
2. Heath mug
3. Fall picnic blanket (on sale!)
4. panama hat
5. folkyard scarf
6. tassel necklace
7. booties
8. birch logs
9. pointy flats
10. romper