the teal pumpkin project and 10 cute pumpkin stencils

Halloween is less than a week away! I’m even more excited than usual this year because this is Jack’s first Halloween. Although at 6 months old, I’m pretty sure that means we will dress him up around 4:00, take an unreasonable amount of pictures and plaster them all over Facebook and Instagram, then put him to bed right around the time we’ll be expecting trick-or-treaters. I’ve always bought the candy I love to eat, because otherwise all that’s left over[Read more]

The Perfect Farmhouse Kitchen Decor

Our kitchen remodel is starting soon and we’ve been working hard on dreaming up the perfect farmhouse kitchen. White shaker cabinets, carrera granite counter tops and a mint green ceiling are all on my list. More on that later! While I’m thinking of the materials I want, I’m also keeping in mind how I want to decorate the space. Here are some things I’ve found on Amazon that I think would complete the perfect farmhouse kitchen.     scale // butcher’s diagram //[Read more]

The Best Tex Mex Dip

  This recipe is a crowd pleaser. It’s not fancy, original or impressive. It’s delicious and simple and satisfying. While we love a good cheese platter to nibble on between sips of wine, sometimes we just want something we can scoop up with tortilla chips. This dip is always welcome at a party and a great appetizer for taco night! If you’re hosting, make our feta cheese ball and those scallion, black olives and tomatoes will get used up with[Read more]

how I saved 50% on baby food

  It’s amazing how fast Jack has grown and it’s hard to believe he will start eating solids very soon. I started making his baby food so that I could feed him the freshest food and save money. It only took me one afternoon to make 90 ounces of baby food. I started estimating the price difference between store bought and homemade baby food. The price of store bought baby food (Earth’s Best) was about 32 cents per ounce (sweet[Read more]

Fall Pottery Barn Wreath for Less

I was on the Pottery Barn website looking at their fall decor when I came across a wreath I really liked. It was natural looking, not too overdone, and it had lights. I loved it. Pottery Barn was selling the Lit Natural Pumpkin Wreath for $149 and that was more than I was looking to spend. I thought this wreath was easy enough to deconstruct and I saw the $149 price tag as a challenge. I went to Michael’s and[Read more]

Feta Cheeseball

  Every family has a recipe or two that shows up at every gathering. This is ours. It’s a snap to put together, and the buttery, smooth feta on a crusty baguette is hard to resist.   We take it to book club, tailgates and neighborhood parties and it always disappears.   Here’s how we make it: Beat the cream cheese, softened butter and feta cheese together until smooth.   Add the garlic and oregano and mix until well combined.[Read more]

How to make a farmhouse address sign

I had a client that was looking to add farmhouse curb appeal and needed a new address sign. I searched Pinterest and came across this sign from Wit and Wander. I liked it so much I decided to modify it for my client. I got out my measuring tape and adjusted the size requirements of the board. Then I went to the hardware store and learned how to attach my address sign to brick. I chose a 20 in wide 1×12 poplar board.[Read more]

Living Room Farmhouse Decor

  Milk Can // Botanical Prints // Wooden Ladder // Barnwood Window Frames // Bless This Home Pillow // Cotton Wreath // Oversized Clock // Tobacco Basket Every now and then I channel my inner Joanna Gaines. You know her. I’m sure you’ve got one too. It’s the little voice that pops up every once in awhile and says “that wall could use some shiplap”. Anyway. I was noticing my living room didn’t quite have that farmhouse flair I was[Read more]

Essie Gel Couture Review

ESSIE GEL COUTURE POLISH REVIEW

I spend an unreasonable amount of time looking at nail polish on Pinterest. I’m obsessed. I was getting my nails done pretty regularly when I was pregnant but once the baby came it was hard to find the time to get away and go to the salon. And, even if I got away, the dry time of regular polish prevented me from picking up my baby for a while after my manicure. Every time I’m at the salon they try[Read more]

Momma Hearts Chalk Paint

I found this old baking table at an estate sale. For a while it served its purpose as my coffee station but it needed some love and restoration. We are remodeling our kitchen soon and I decided that painting the baking table was a good way to get the ball rolling. I went to a local paint store and labored over colors. I ended up choosing American Paint Company’s Voyage (blue) and Sack Cloth (Greige). These colors complemented the soft yellow[Read more]