Thursday, July 18, 2013

$25 Etsy Gift Card Giveaway!

Hey friends!  Red and I are taking off to Norway for our seventh wedding anniversary!  I couldn't be more excited for our adventure, but I admit there's also some dread in saying goodbye to my little girl.  Anyways, I'm going to leave you with a chance to win a $25 etsy gift card.  You can use this towards any etsy shop that accepts gift cards.  
To enter this giveaway, you must be a follower of RestlessOasis and leave a comment.  To enter a second time, mention the giveaway on fb and leave a comment saying you did.  For a third entry, pin the giveaway on pinterest and comment with a link.  You can have more entries with other social media outlets, just be sure to leave a comment with a link.  You get the idea....the winner will be announced August 2nd!  

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Kitchen Nook Reveal

Well, I finally have a space to share with you!  It feels so good to have a corner of our house that is finished (minus that indoor herb garden I'd like to have at some any area ever really finished?).  
First, let me back track a little.  When we first moved to Indiana, I had dreams of settling in a quaint little house with tons of charm and character.  It didn't need to be large, just old and quaint (like our place in NY).  Then, the more we looked at homes, the more we realized it was not going to happen unless we moved into a neighborhood that would feel unsafe just going for a walk(much less a long run).....not ideal.  So, we tucked that dream away for a later date and bought a newer home.  Since it's so very different from my style, I feared I wouldn't be able to make it "look like me" for lack of a better phrase.  Those fears are subsiding as our home is slowly taking shape.  Now, that doesn't mean I wouldn't love to replace our flooring with something like this:).  Also- stay tuned for an etsy giveaway on Thursday!
This was our kitchen nook from the previous owners when we first came to look at the house.  Not super inspiring......

and here is our nook now:

I fell in love with this antique hutch I found on craigslist and it was super cheap.....Red would later refer to it as "early 1900s Ikea crap", and I can't say I blame him. (I should note that I'm a big Ikea fan, just not the pieces with the flimsy backing.)  Basically, we(he) had to take it a part after it half fell a part moving it into the house.  He then put in new wood supports inside the hutch and I stained them to match the other wood (Sherwin Williams will match wood stains for you!).   

You will probably remember from this post that I found the chairs on craigslist as well.

If you don't already recognize it, the pendant light is from Ikea.  I simply spray painted it a mint green to add a little color to my area.

And I finally have my 3/4 painted wall and a chalkboard wall for R.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Friday Favorites and a Healthy Living Post

Fruit ice cream is by far, my favorite summer "dessert".  Best part?  The only ingredient is fruit.  I almost feel silly giving this an entire post because it is so simple.  We just cut up and freeze our favorite fruit (bananas, strawberries, pineapple, and mango are the regulars), and whenever we get a craving we run the frozen fruit through our juicer.  (Our juicer has a feature where we close up the screen that the pulp normally comes out of for juicing.)  The end result is a creamy texture that leaves everyone asking "just fruit?".  Of course, I'm also leaving you with some of my favorite links from the week....happy Friday! 
Ps.  Stay tuned for an awesome giveaway next week! 

This house has quite the view
The cutest baby shower
This would add some fun to my cleaning 
Another amazing barn-to-house transformation
Loving this jumpsuit
This camera strap DIY.....hoping I can make it happen before our upcoming trip
This Parisian flat....seriously.
I don't always love a chalkboard fridge, but this one is just great
Another darling nursery
Completely in love with this pillow

Monday, July 8, 2013

Pots and Such

Well, I didn't intend to take the remainder of last week off from here, but life happened.  We spent our holiday  exploring this new area we live in....a picnic at a baseball game on the Fourth, a new park, and biking with R for the first time.  It was just what I needed!  All this time spent outdoors made me crave bringing some green into our home.  Because of the move, I kind of missed the opportunity to start a garden in the Spring, but it's never too late to bring it inside!  Something as simple as a single plant would make me happy.  Here are my current favorite plant solutions: 

And if you can't find some cool vintage pieces, Terrain is having a sale right now and then here are some other favorites:

I love this terrarium from this etsy shop:

Another beautiful solution via this etsy shop:

This one from Urban Outfitters: