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Friday, February 5, 2016


some ideas for date night out or in for valentines day.

this school in michigan has the right idea. i have been trying to get my husband to sit on an exercise ball at work!

did you see the new freshly picked mocs? super cute!

shutterfly is having a great sale in time for a valentine gift! use code WITHLUV

are you working towards a puppy press in your yoga class?

this is why i love jim harbough for the wolverines. "The written rules are adjusted to close a loophole or the rest of the world realizes the opportunity they've been missing and falls in line. " 

oat mama bars

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016


I'm sure I'm not the only mother ever to be hungry. Hungry because I never get to sit down to eat. Hungry because someone wants my meal. Hungry because the selective bunch of toddlers finally like something, but it's on my plate. Of course I let them have it. That's why it's so nice to have something easy, healthy and packed with ingredients to help with nursing. The Oat Mama bars are seriously yummy! They have a variety of flavors, my personal favorite being the Apple Cinnamon Raisin Bar. It's like nana's cookies with an extra burst of cinnamon. They are crunchy and chewy, easy to unwrap with one hand, and leave you feeling like you have energy to handle the kiddos/nursing/laundry enter your to do list here. Enjoy!! Go pick yourself some for your own Valentine treat!
Head on over to my instagram tomorrow to enter to win a gift card to their shop! :)

The perfect chambray dress under $100!

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Friday, January 29, 2016

The perfect chambray dress under $100!

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have you tried this new app? it's pretty fun if you like to take pictures!

the crew catalog came last saturday and I couldn't find anything that i didn't like. I did buy this for me and this for aaron.

have you tried this market or restaurant? i have some of the sauce and it's yummy!It's ranked one of the best restaurants in michigan!

speaking of michigan, did you see this? according to my husband, football is a business at the end of the day, but i still feel bad for these kids who worked so hard to get here.

if you didn't get your $17 6 pack of Hopslam, you might still be able to find it (ha ha ha good luck)
but here is a list.

I'm reading this book right now and it's pretty good and apparently there is a movie! I wonder what miss nora roberts house looks like? she has a new trilogy out too!

eye roll emoji on this topic this week!!

Need a project this week. these are adorable.

Letterfolk

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

This husband and wife team really makes the coolest product. It's a fun way to make little reminders in your house, inspire you, practice letters and numbers with the kids and be a conversation with guests coming in your front door. Letterfolk.com




Mid century coffee table

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Coffee tables are a wonderful way to add character to your room. As you go from dorm room, to apartment/flat, to your own home your style may change. For example, you may have used a stack of books for the dorm to rest your favorite wine glass. Then when you graduated to an apartment you may have assembled an IKEA table or borrowed your grandma's vintage piece. You decide to style it with a candle and maybe some favorite magazines.  Present day, you are married with three kids under three, two big dogs and you need to make your room functional and safe with a coffee table. I say safe, because well they climb everything and those big tails...
Here is where I found a long table from Chairish that feels similar to our piano bench turned coffee table. Cherish is a community focused on exceptionally used furniture and home accessories. Emily Henderson is quite a fan of them too. They have a pretty helpful app to browse too. (I need to list our gorgeous dining room table and chairs on here immediately.)

Our mid century modern living room is a fun way to explore creative style. I like that MCM is becoming prevalent in stores. Target has an aisle for it now!

For the perfect coffee table to not look crowded or make believe, I like to include something tall, something living, something to read/conversation piece and something pretty. I REALLY like ambience and candles too, but having 30 little fingers nails around to touch the candle makes it harder sometimes.

Look 1:
Since the table is wood, I needed to add a tray that was metal. The book has some gold in it and the flower we had left over from an arrangement.  Then i placed the vintage dish with some of our kids cardboard animals in it for fun. No kids. Add a fat candle! Simple, but pretty.








Look 2:
This look was set up for the morning cup of coffee. There's a book opened up with a garden flower selection in a recycled drought juice glass. The glass again isn't just tall, but it has some character to it. I think that is important when finding the right height on the coffee table. You don't want it to be boring, especially if you want things simple like me.







Look 3:
This has the tray, small bud vase, book and something sculptural. I think I would use this most often. I played around with the gold paper weight on the book and off. Which do you prefer?






Here I removed the tray, and added my favorite saucer to put the vase in. And also, photo bombed by Lucy.

 and charlie...




Look 4:
I added the tea cup without a saucer or coaster. It makes it look like someone was just sitting there. It;s a livable scene.



Here are some of the items used below.






Mid century modern


Wool area rug
westelm.com



Thrive accent chair
thrivefurniture.com





         onekingslane.com





Peacock vase
fratantonilifestyles.com


LSA International rose vase

 houseology.com


Valentine cookies with the kiddos

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Monday, January 25, 2016





someone is always looking for something sweet or salty around this house. i prefer to make my baked goods than buy processed food. i like monitoring sugar when i can because grandparents do not.
here is my take on The Pioneer Woman's Monster Cookies, aka Everything Cookies. Enjoy!

I teamed up with Chex G.F. Honey Cereal for this recipe. Why not chose this cereal? It's a good source of calcium, has no artificial ingredients or corn syrup. Winning in my mouth and belly!


Preheat: 375 degrees F

Wet
  • 2 sticks of butter (1/2LB)
  • 1/4 c white sugar
  • 1/4 c maple syrup
  • 1/2 c brown sugar packed 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1TBS Vanilla Extract
Dry
  • 1 1/2 c GF Flour (or all purpose if gluten isn't an issue)

  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • 1-1/2 cup Oats (either Quick Or Regular)
  • 1/2 cup M & M's (more if you like it extra chocolatey)
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup Chex GF Honey Cereal (we crushed ours a bit)
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup Coconut (unsweetened)
Mix the butter and sugars. add the vanilla. crack the eggs one at a time. i always leave behind shells so we do it in a separate bowl.

Let your kids help with the dry ingredients. Here is where we practice math (counting) and science (wet/dry things changing in the oven) Who cares about the mess. Life is too short!Let them beat up the chex cereal a bit with a wooden spoon. 

Combine with a fork or if you're up for more washing, get out the mixer! Just be careful not to smoosh too many of the M&M's. Drop in those yummy coconut flakes, m&M's and chex.

Now these cookies were meant to be huge. Usually I like my cookies bite size because it's kinder to my waist (at least I tell myself and my company that).

 I let them sit in the fridge for about a half hour to get cold before putting them on a cookie sheet to bake. here is where the kids get restless, so i usually let them take the mixing spatula to lick.

ENJOY! Depending on the size of cookie you make, will determine the yield, however I made about 2 dozen with my two tablespoon size cookies.

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