Stuff I Loved This Week

Good Friday to you all. My girls are home today and I have a ton of Easter crafty stuff planned for us to do. Let the mess abound. I loved a lot of stuff this week and I’m super excited to share it with you.

Oh and a thanks to a follower on Hometalk who told me that yesterday’s wild flower bouquet was made up of Pink Evening Primrose. Now I can finally convince my husband that they are in fact not weeds so that he will stop mowing over them!


 

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This quiz. I’m in total agreement with who I got. Nate Berkus! Have you guys been watching American Dream Builders? I heard it’s on the bubble to possibly get cancelled. That makes me sad :(

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This week, I really loved this house tour from Edie at Life in Grace. What I love the most about it is the collected feel. She has chosen such interesting,colorful pieces.

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This post from the Nester. I love what she says about making where you live right now your home. Even if it’s not your forever home. It really spoke to me because that’s what my blog is all about. Making this rental into a home.


 

I hope you have a sunny, wonderful Easter! I’ll be dyeing eggs and making crafts like this one.

 

Spring Pastels on Etsy

Now that Spring is in full swing (sort of), I’m craving the springy shades of the season. Pastels. And then I came across this room on Pinterest…

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And ever since, I’ve had pastel on my mind.

Normally, I shy away from anything pastel as they can tend to be a smidge babyish. But there is nothing babyish about this room or these items I found on Etsy.

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1 – Rose Icecream Photograph Flower Photography by IdyllwildStudio

2 – Vintage Melamine Boontonware Collection Boontonware by RD1Vintage

3 – Set of 3 Painted Wooden Vases via Shade on Shape

4- 7 Vintage Mills & Boon Romance Novels Instant via bookBW

5 - Spring Blossom Pastel Cushion Cover via RubyandB

6 – Spring Tulip Wreath via aniamelisa

I’m all riled up over #6. Simply amazing!

Now I’ll admit that pastels have no place in my home (other than my girls bedrooms) because my style tends to be a little more on the masculine side, but I can’t help but be enamored with these colors during this time of the year.

Do you do pastels? Has Spring arrived where you live?

Bouquet of Wild Flowers

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The sun was shining earlier this week. Out in our backyard, a wild flower field is blooming. These flowers poked their heads up from among the tangles of grass, leaning towards the sun.

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I picked a few and made a quick wild flower bouquet. I used a gold spray painted spice jar as a bud vase and added my flowers.

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They were so delicate and lovely. Their shades of soft pink and white. These flowers demanded to be gathered and photographed.

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At the beginning of this week, winter decided to return. I went out and picked these beauties right before a storm blew through, bringing a brisk, chilly air with it. I’m glad I had a little piece of spring to hold on to while the wind whipped around outside. Luckily, the temperatures here are returning to normal and I can see even more flowers blooming in the yard.

Does anyone know what kind of flower this is? 

 

What I’ve been eating

Trying to eat better is a challenge for me mostly because I don’t always know what to eat. I tend to keep it pretty simple and eat the same things over and over.

I’m down 5lbs and I wanted to share what I’ve been eating. Personally, I’m always inspired by seeing what other people on their healthy journeys are eating — and not eating.

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Green juice: spinach, pear, cucumber, cilantro, bit of honey for sweetness

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Greek yogurt with blackberries and honeysalmonasparagus

Salmon and asparagusgreekyog

Greek yogurt with blackberries and strawberrieshummuspretz

Pretzels and white bean hummushummusbroc

Broccoli and cucumbers with white bean hummusbakedavocado

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Salmon, quinoa, kaleblackberrydessert

Blackberry shortcake (under 100 calories)
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Greek yogurt, kiwi, blackberries, coconutappleandcheese

Apple and string cheese

I’ve also been drinking a ton of water and making an effort to walk or run everyday. I like to eat the same things because otherwise my brain would explode. I feel better overall and have more energy than I’ve had in ages.

Two resources that have been super helpful are My Fitness Pal (exercise and food tracker) and  Eat This Much (a automatic meal planner). It’s not easy but it’s so worth it.

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Super Moist, Secret Ingredient Banana Muffins

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Mornings around here are like a NASCAR race. Including the collisions. It’s a mad dash to say the least so breakfast has to be quick and to the point.

Some days it’s cereal. Some days its fruit and yogurt. But the days I like most are the muffin days because I make them the night before and there is virtually no breakfast prep. Which cuts down on the running around we do in the mornings.

I found a recipe here and adapted it to my families tastes.

And are you curious about the secret ingredient?

It’s coconut oil.

I used it in place of the vegetable oil and it’s so good.

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Recipe adapted from Yammie Noshery:

3 brown bananas (1 mashed cup)

2 eggs

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup coconut oil

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Mash bananas and add eggs. Mix well. Add sugar and mix until smooth. Add in the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder. Stir until all ingredients combined. Pour in melted coconut oil and mix well.

You can either make muffins or use a loaf pan. Both are delish.

Cook for 20 minutes until edges are brown and a toothpick comes out clean.

For some fun add-ins try shredded coconut or dark chocolate chips.

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Exhaling & Stuff I Loved This Week

This week was a doozy. My husband has had a crazy week at work which means I’ve been all by my lonesome with the girls. It hasn’t been all bad. We’ve had some good quality time but I wouldn’t be telling the truth if I didn’t say that it’s had its overwhelming moments.

Then –

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This happened. What you can’t tell from the photo is that the bumper was actually sitting in the front seat.

My husband was driving at the time and thank God he’s okay. We’re down to one car for now and that’s a challenge with the hours my husband works. But I’m grateful that he’s in one piece. Cars can be replaced.

Even though this week wasn’t roses and daisies, there were still a ton of stuff that I loved.

This article about a family who stopped eating sugar for an entire year. I’m so willing to try this. Now to get the husband and kids on board.

I fell in love with a Creamy Jalapeno dip from Chuy’s a local restaurant here in Houston. I did a search and found this copycat recipe that I can’t wait to try.

I read this great article about battling entitlement in our kids.

And then I saw this. I plan on showing this to my girls in those moments of their ingratitude.

At home with Shea McGee Living room

This house tour had my mouth hanging open. Simply beautiful. The details are stunning.

My week has been looong. And it’s dragged on more than I care to talk about but I am grateful for the weekend. It’s like a sigh at the end of a long sentence. I’m ready for a weekend of relaxation and restoration. I’m feeling that itch to create something. So over the weekend, I’m going to take the time to be purposeful and create something beautiful. I’ll be sure to share my project next week.

What did you love this week? 

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The 6 Ways I Stay Inspired

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All my life I’ve been the creative type. Writing stories and illustrating them myself. Sponge painting my walls purple and turquoise — back when sponge painted walls were accepted and even celebrated. We had this book called Things to Make and Do back when I was a kid. I made and did something every single day without fail.

Now that I’m an adult with three kids who are incessantly hungry and in need of clean, matching clothes, and a home to keep clean — and pretty — I sometimes lose my creativity. And to be real — being creative is who I am. When I lose that, I just plain feel lost.

This isn’t an exhaustive list but these are a few things that help me get my head back into that creative space. Or really just to be inspired to do anything. Like clean underneath the stove.

1||  Write a top 3 list for your day

Like Santa, I make a list and I check it twice. Full disclosure — I’m a list person. Making a list of my top three things to get done gives me something to focus on instead of wandering aimlessly through life. And HomeGoods.

2||  Play a song that gets you pumped up

Like everyone else in the world, my two go-to songs right now are Happy by Pharell Williams and I’m the Man by Aloe Blacc. Music is inspiring in and of itself. Whenever I feel a funk coming on, I turn up the radio.

3||  Take time to play

We can’t always stay connected. My number one time suck is Facebook and Pinterest. Sometimes I’m on both at the same time. I have to disconnect sometimes and take myself on a play date. Whether it’s lunch out with friends, a walk in the park with my littles or a trip to the library to flip through pages in beautiful books. I always feel really inspired after I experience the world in ways other than on my computer screen.

4||  At the end of the day, remember one great thing that you did that day.

I beat myself all the time when I look at my list and realized how much I didn’t get to. Buuuuut I take the time out to really focus on what I did accomplish. And I tell you people, it really does wonders for my self-confidence. Sure I could beat myself up about not mopping the floors or finishing my meal planning for the week, but I usually have done something that day that I am proud of. Focus on that thing.

5||  Laugh out loud

This one I totally don’t do enough of. Luckily I have a pretty clever 2-year old to keep me amused. I can’t recommend laughing enough. I’ve heard medical studies about the amazing restorative powers of laughing but on the most basic level, when you’re smiling and laughing, you’re usually in a good mood. Good moods are great for getting the inspiration you need to get things done.

6||  Have a bigger vision

I love this one the most because it’s what keeps me going. I know that my inspiration is going to benefit the bigger picture. Maybe those frames don’t get hung today or that spot beneath the window is still waiting to be furnished. The thing I realize is that the end vision is what’s important — not the baby steps it takes to get there. Whether I’m painting a picture, trying to decorate a room or even just get out of the house with three fully clothed children, I have to see the end goal in my head.

If all else fails, I usually just take a nap.

What do you do to stay inspired?

Gardener Extraordinaire

Kidding. I’m a novice at best.

I’m not sure if it’s the warmer weather or that I’m becoming more confident in my old age, but I have been excited to get my hands dirty.

Anyone who knows me, know that I hate dirt. When my mother used to garden, I would laugh at her. There on her knees with dirt beneath her nails, wiping the sweat from her brow. And I was amazed that she somehow found joy down there. In all that dirt.

Now I’m finding that same joy. I guess I could compare it to having a baby. Without the pain. You plant a seed and watch it grow. It’s quite beautiful.

Yesterday, the sun was shining and it was a perfect day to plant. I finally got around to planting those indoor plants that I had bought over a month ago.

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And I planted one of the dumb cane clippings.

I was amazed at how the roots grew so quickly.

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I have no idea if I did this right but I just stuck it in some dirt in an old candle jar and gave it a good watering. I’ll let you know if it survives.

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I have to say that I have found my inner gardener.

It’s terrifying though because I have been known to kill a few plants in my day. But I have learned a thing or two after sacrifing a plant to my inexperience.

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Follow the directions on those tags. They’re pretty helpful. 

I usually wait until the leaves droop a bit to ensure I don’t over water them. That usually means I water all my plants once a week. I chose Saturdays so that I would remember when to water my plants. 

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Fertilize. It really helps. 

So that’s what I’ve learned. I’m off to pen a book on gardening since I’m now an expert.

Any tips on keeping houseplants alive and thriving?