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17 Jan

Today’s topic: food.

Pretty Food

Do you find your food more enjoyable when it’s presented nicely?

I do. Even if I’m just cooking for me, I love having a pretty bowl or plate and a nice glass.

It makes everything taste better, don’t you think?

I’m curious – what do you eat off of at home? Do you use your pretty stuff every day or just on special occasions?

Currently Loving…

2 Jan

As we start a new year, I thought I’d take a little inventory of some of the pretty things currently making my home a happy place. It’s a little Oprah’s Favorite Things without the confetti or the car giveaways. Sorry.

Oh Happy Day

Oh Happy Day – Y’all know I love my home bloggers and Jordan is one of the best. Every post is casually written and beautifully photographed. I look forward to her posts each day not only for decor, party planning and general prettiness, but also inspiration for becoming a better blogger.

Roku 2 XDRoku (Roku 2 XD) – Technology – cords, adaptors, wires – can be ugly. But Roku is petite, stylish and super-smart – the it girl of the tech world, you might say. The company did a great job with the product and its marketing is spot-on. I’m right smack dab in the middle of their target audience and I couldn’t be happier with it. Bring on the Breaking Bad marathons (so not pretty, but how good is that show?)

West Elm Favorite Throw

West Elm Favorite Throw (Slate) – I am always cold. Expect for when I’m burning up. There’s really no middle ground. That is why I love this blanket. It’s warm and cozy, but thin enough to stay wrapped up in for awhile. I’ve even been known to throw it around my shoulders shawl-style while walking around the house. It’s a grown-up security blanket that also chics up my bed. Chics up? Is that a phrase? It should be. (PS. The Favorite Throw is on sale right now! I highly recommend you buy yourself a Monday morning present.)

Source: via Katie on Pinterest

White Frames – Modern, antique, square, round – if it’s a frame, I’m all over it these days. They don’t even have to be white – that is why God invented spray paint. I am in the midst of building a gallery wall (I can’t wait to share pictures with y’all!) and I’m in Phase 1 – frame hoarding. I’m going for an eclectic mix, but I want to pull it all together by painting every frame white. So for the next few weeks, I’ll be the girl at Goodwill, filling my cart in Housewares.

Oprah Winfrey Reflections on an American Legacy

The Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American Legacy – Y’all, I love Oprah. I realize this may divide my oh-so-small audience, but I do and I’m standing by it. I get that she can be a bit over the top at times, but I love that she is a self-made woman who has helped so many people realize the importance of owning their lives. If you’re a fan like me, check it out. Bonus: The cover is striking and looks good on a coffee table or nightstand.

Clean Eating Mama

Clean Eating Mama – Here’s another current blog crush to round out the list. It’s not a home decor blog, but healthy food makes happy people…and happy people make pretty homes. Tasha has some great, realistic recipe ideas. I’m not a 100% clean eater (I’m not sure anyone has the time or money to completely eliminate processed food from their diet), but I’ve been learning about where our food comes from and consciously making tweaks. I can honestly say I feel a difference, especially in the energy department. And more energy means more crazy DIY projects. That, my friends, is a win-win-win.

What’s making your home happy these days?

Happening in 2012

30 Dec

Happy (almost) New Year!

2012 just has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

Source: via Martha on Pinterest

Everyone is making resolutions. But you know what? I kind of like it. I love the idea of everyone improving a little bit, together. There’s a sense of camaraderie to it, even if statistics show a lot of resolutions are given up on by February.

I believe our job is to find our own purpose. We all have the means to better ourselves and our situations.

“It is what it is, but it will become what you make of it.” – Pat Summitt (via Leah Bray Nichols)

Source: via Rachel on Pinterest

So, here are some of the things I want to make happen in 2012:

  • Improve this little blog and meet some fellow DIY bloggers (something I looking forward to doing at the Haven Conference in June!)
  • Play the piano again. I know a little bit, but I’m starting lessons so I can actually move beyond Christmas songs! And, to be honest, one of the reasons I want to learn to play is because I think rooms with pianos are gorgeous and I refuse to be a girl who owns a piano she can’t play.
  • Further my yoga practice.
  • Create a gallery wall in my house with all of the great photos that currently live on my computer.
  • Add some more healthy staples to my cooking repertoire. I’ve been trying to make tweaks to incorporate more clean eating into my life (and eliminate over-processed and chemically-altered foods), so I’m on the hunt for yummy recipes and snack ideas. (This girl likes to snack.)
  • Create a memory book from all of the things I cleaned out of my old bedroom at my parents’ house. Well maybe not all of the things, but the important ones.
  • Complete at least one DIY project a month.
  • Remind myself to find something pretty in every day.
How about you? What are of your goals for the coming year? Please share in the comments (maybe we’ll all get some good ideas!)

Pretty Quick: Charming Wine Glasses

22 Nov

This year, make your wine glasses dress for dinner.

Adding wine charms to your glasses not only fancies them up, but ends the whole “Whose drink is this?” confusion. So grab those naked wine glasses from the cabinet and get inspired. This is something you can do right before your guests arrive and it will make a big impact.

Ornament Wine Charm

This is what I’ll be doing at my Thanksgiving get-together Wednesday night. Buy some mini-ornaments (meant for those mini-trees) and string them on raffia. Cute, huh? A festive pop for your drinks and a little Christmas without putting up the tree.

Here are some other great ideas from the blogosphere:

Centsational Girl Wine Charms

Kate from Centsational Girl  brings the bling with these brilliant DIY wine glass charms. How cute are the personalized ones too?

Scrapbook Wine Charms

Over on Smallgood Hearth, these wine glass charms were made from scrapbook decals! This particular set were for Halloween – you could tweak the idea for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Extra pressed for time? Better Homes and Gardens has you covered. Download their leaf wine glass charms template, print it out and attach to your guests’ glasses.

leaf charm

Are you using wine charms for your holiday parties?

No-Bake Energy Bites

24 Oct

I made these on Sunday around 1 p.m.

By 1:05 p.m., I was pretty much obsessed with them.

The recipe comes from Smashed Peas and Carrots via Pinterest.

I’m not normally a peanut butter fan (I’m the weirdo who doesn’t like peanut butter and jelly), but I decided to give these guys a try because of all the other yummy ingredients.

I also love the idea of a sweet snack that has some protein and antioxidants from the flax seed. And it’s always nice to have a homemade snack on hand to make your home feel a bit more like home.

They’re so customizable. And easy. You probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen right now.

That may be their only downside – they are way too easy to make and to eat.

This could be a problem.

Anyway, here’s what you’ll need:

1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
1/3 cup honey
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla

Mix it all together, let it chill it the fridge for about a half an hour and then roll into balls. They’ll be doughy, kind of like the bits of cookie dough you sneak while you’re baking. (You know you do.)

Store in an air-tight container for up to a week. Trust me, they won’t last that long.

So now that you’ve experienced these lovely little bites, what else do you think you could mix in? Almond butter? Raisins? Walnuts? Dried fruit?

I love that this is a snack that could be as healthy or as unhealthy as you want it to be.