LOTS of Spring giveaways going on this month!!!!


May 23, 2012

Pattern

I am thinking about adding some fun patterns in my apartment with drapes and pillows.  These are some of my faves so far, but most likely I will have to get whatever I can find at the fabric store...








May 22, 2012

Summer

I think summer is finally here in Utah.  I wish we had more fun things to look forward to this summer.  At least without many plans it will last longer, right?

May 21, 2012

Dream Kitchen

Lately I have been daydreaming of the perfect kitchen...

Granite counter-tops with white or cream cabinets...


A pretty, rustic table with pretty chairs and a pretty chandelier...


Copper or bronze hardware, toe kick, and outlet covers...



And another pretty chandelier over a kitchen island...


Anyone have any experience with copper sinks?

May 14, 2012

Getting Out

Right  now I am craving a hike in the mountains, a road trip, or just a night out...something out of the norm.  How about you?

May 13, 2012

Mother's Day

Ummm...happy Mother's Day to me:



Oh, and of course to all you moms out there!  ;)

May 11, 2012

Colors I'm Crushing

 I am not one to decorate with a lot of color...I actually love whites and neutrals, but lately I have been loving color palettes of blues, greens, and yellows:




images here

Baby Essentials: A Baby Bouncer

I thought that I would share some of the baby essentials that I have loved with Allie and now with Macsen.  Today I have a guest post for you written by Catherine M.L. on the benefits of baby bouncers:


Being a new Mum or Dad is the best thing in the world. You can’t believe that you
and your partner have made this beautiful little thing, lying in front of you.

You never knew you had it in you, but being a new parent also comes with its fair
share of responsibility. You’d love to be able to sit there all day, just staring in
amazement, but there are bottles that need preparing, clothes that need washing
and jobs that need doing. So sometimes – even though you really don’t want to –
you need to be able to get on with other things.


That’s where the baby bouncer comes in – and a few months later, the baby walker.
You can put your little one in the bouncer and let them jiggle and wriggle around,
making the bouncer move whilst stimulating their little minds. At that age everything
is new, so wherever you put them, they’re going to be learning.

A well-earned break for Mum and Dad

Of course, this little break will also give you and your partner a bit of time to
yourself. You won’t get much free time when they’re this age, so make the most of
it. Just sit back, relax, and think about what a whirlwind it has been over the last few
months.

A stationary bouncer for a new born or very young baby is a very safe place to be
– providing you use some common sense when placing it in the home – so whilst
they’re happily occupied there, you can get on with the day-to-day stuff.

Physical and mental stimulation

After a few months they will have grown out of the stationary bouncer, and
progressed to a walker. Although this requires a closer glance at some of the safety
concerns, provided you do your homework, a walker is a great way for your little one
to explore. They’ll be able to move about and get some exercise, before they can do
it completely unsupported.

Having a bit of independence – not to mention physical and mental stimulation – at
an early age is a really good thing, and there are plenty of benefits to baby bouncers
and walkers for both you and your child.

Use a bit of common sense, plan well, and they will really make those first few
months all the more special. After all, it’s a time that you’ll really want to make the
most of.

May 9, 2012

What's Cooking?

So, my new year's resolution this year was to "lighten up" my life.  This includes my cooking.  I have been making lots of stir-fry,chicken, and fish dishes with brown rice and sandwiches.  I need some more variety though!  Anyone have any good healthy meals they make often?


Here is one of my newest faves:

Curry Salmon with Broccoli
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked long grain white rice (substitute brown rice)
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 pounds broccoli, chopped
  • 2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of celery soup (fat free)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (fat free)
  • 1 cup apple juice (you can also use white wine)
  • 2 teaspoons curry paste (or curry powder)
  • 2 pounds salmon fillets, bones and skin removed (mine was already cooked-leftovers)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  2. Bring the rice and water to boil in a pot. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 25 minutes.
  3. Arrange broccoli in the bottom of the baking dish. Mix the cream of celery soup, mayonnaise, wine, and curry in a bowl, and pour 1/2 evenly over the broccoli. Cut salmon into chunks and place in baking dish. Top with remaining soup mixture.
  4. Bake 45 minutes in the preheated oven, until broccoli is tender and fish flakes easily with a fork. Serve over cooked rice.
This sounds weird, but believe me- it is delicious!  
I made a full 9x13 pan of it on Sunday and had my brothers up for dinner and we finished it all!

May 5, 2012

Rue La La

Now through May 14th, Rue La La is offering a $10 credit to new members!  They have only done this a couple times before...Just go here to sign up and use your credit any time before June 15th!  
Happy shopping!

May 4, 2012

Southern Belle?

I was just talking to my mom today about how excited I am for the new season of The Bachelorette and how I loved Emily from the previous season of The Bachelor...and how she is just a sweet, polite Southern Belle.  Which also gets me thinking about the derby, and I stumbled on this outfit on Brown Eyed Belle and had to share:


Now if THAT doesn't make you want to be a Southern Belle I don't know what would...

Happy Friday!

May 3, 2012

Go Get It!

I just had to share this great deal today for Rapid Lash on Groupon.  I have been using this stuff since the end of December and my lashes are thicker, longer, and possibly look even a little darker?  Today only you can get it for half the price ($25)- although I would say it is even worth the full $50!  Plus FREE SHIPPING!

Go here to sign up for groupon.  Then go HERE to get the deal.


May 2, 2012

Seattle Barn Reception

If you want to see more pictures of my sister's SUPER cute barn reception, go take a look here.