Thursday, March 29, 2012

Today's Inspiration: Morrison Hair

Once upon a time (5 1/2 yrs ago), I moved to Oklahoma and got a mullet. True story. Red and I had just finished our first military move to Oklahoma and were adjusting to country life after growing up outside of DC. New to the area, a friend had recommended a salon to me (in her defense, her hair looked great) and I headed out for a "trim". An hour after sitting in the chair, and I had a mullet. There was no denying it.......even Red agreed he had never seen such a distinguished mullet. I gave him the scissors and he cut off two inches of my "rat tail". There was nothing to do but laugh, really. There were no tears.........I mean, I had a tail. It was more funny than anything. Long story short, finding a hair stylist has always been a top priority for me whenever we move (besides the whole house and church thing). And after that whole experience, Red even encourages me to drive however far it takes to find a good hair stylist.
Ps. I have the most amazing hair stylist in the Ft. Drum area if anyone is looking for one!
Imagine the salon where I got my mullet. Ok, Morrison Hair would be the exact opposite. The studio of Morrison Hair is a beautiful collaboration of Laure from At Home At Home and Morgan from The Brick House. It's hard to believe that these are pictures of a hair salon and not a beautiful house tour, because I would love to live here. Enjoy this mullet-free zone.
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Fireplace DIY

Hey guys! I have been visiting family in Northern Virginia for the past couple weeks while Red has been away training with his unit for the month. I've been out of my routine, nonetheless, and it's been a nice break visiting with friends and family. Every time I visit my brother-in-law Cole and his wife Kristen's home, I'm impressed with how much work they have put in since I last saw them. This is my favorite transformation. When they first moved into their house, there were these kind of odd half-fireplaces. Look at what they've done! Cole was nice enough to give me step-by-step instructions and pictures to share with you guys of how he and his father-in-law Dave got to the finished product.
*The before picture is another fireplace in the house since they forgot to take a before picture of the one they actually worked on. So, the hard wood floor is not a part of the transformation, but you get the idea!
1. We used Orla Kiely wallpaper over a standard wallpaper liner.
2. We built a wood frame to affix the faux brick to with liquid nails.
3. For the grout, we used a grout/caulk in a caulk gun tube (Red Devil). We used two coats of Kilz Primer and then two coats of standard Behr Ultra Pure White trim paint. I filled in cracks with bright white caulk.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

First Day of Spring

Growing up, Spring was always my favorite season. My parents lived on a couple of acres of land, and I loved watching the flowers bloom, trees thicken, and my favorite part was always watching the Dogwood tree outside my bedroom window grow its flowers. It was a beautiful place to grow up, and it always seemed to come alive in Spring. Here are some images that make me that much more excited about this new season.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Behind the Scenes

For me, one of the highlights of the trip to Toronto was our visit to bookhou . As one of my favorite etsy shops, I was thrilled to find that it was based out of Toronto. Not only did I get to meet owners John and Arounna, but I got to chat with them about their shop and the process they go through for printing their designs. Upon first walking into their store, we found them hard at work on a new pieces while their daughter played in the back. I was touched that they took the time to talk with me and left inspired by their work. If you get a chance, please check out their shop!
The prettiest tea towels

John & Arounna hard at work

The next few images are some of my favorite items available at their etsy shop.
Monday, March 12, 2012


I headed across the border this weekend to do some exploring in Toronto with a friend. I used Jacquelyn's various city guides so we could optimize on our time there. They did not disappoint! Our only mission was to find a rug for my friend's new place. We accomplished that early on (that never happens) and really got to enjoy the city. We explored numerous antique and thrift stores, and then treated ourselves to macaroons at Nadege and poutine at Poutini's. For those of you who have no idea what poutine is- it's a Canadian specialty consisting of fries, gravy, and (squeaky) cheese curds. Yes, it's horribly unhealthy for you, but also a must try since it's unique to Canada (it originated in Quebec). I first tried it during our trip to Quebec last fall (and did not care for it) but felt my friend needed to try it, so we made a point to head to Poutini's. I'm glad I tried it a second time, because it made a difference having it at cafe that specialized in it. I still can only handle a few bites, but now I understand a little more what all the rage is.
* Water and treat dishes next to a park bench for any dogs walking by, isn't that sweet?
Sunday, March 11, 2012

My go-to smoothie

I love smoothies. Years ago, I remember how crushed I felt learning about all the syrup and sugar that went into them. Not healthy at all....bummer. Then, when I first moved to WA, I was introduced to the most delicious smoothies by our friends the Hannula's.....and they were healthy. The secret ingredient? Acai. Years later, and I am still making the same smoothie. My routine breakfast is either oatmeal or a smoothie.....and ever since being pregnant, oatmeal grossed me out. So- I have been on smoothies for the past 6.5 months. I go between this one and a green smoothie that I will share with you later. You can read about the health benefits of Acai here. While research is still being done, acai is at minimum an antioxident with fiber and healthy fats. If nothing more, it's a natural sweetener (a berry, in fact) for my smoothies.
Acai Berry Smoothie
  • 1/2 -1.c. milk (you can use almond milk as well)
  • 1/2 banana
  • Handful frozen strawberries (or any other frozen berries)
  • ~1/3 scoop acai powder (I use Garden Greens Berry Splash, found at GNC or Amazon)
*I use a magic bullet for all my smoothies, and highly recommend it for a great consistency. That's it! So simple.
Ps. Don't let the guys at GNC fool you, it's pronounced (ah-sigh-EE)