Friday, February 9, 2018

Crafting for Dummies || Valentine Wreath & Floral Arrangement

Happy Fri-yay!
Friends, if there is a n y t h i n g I've learned today it's that I'm terrible at tutorials (um um um...& always at a loss for the right descriptive words-but, what's new!? ha!) 🙈
Seriously, the sound of my voice + my accent is equal to the sound of fingernails scratching a chalkboard.  BUT, I don't really care!  If you can bear with me through that, I think this may be helpful should you want to make a wreath or floral arrangement for yourself.  

I love crafting & I love sharing it here as I can.  I've come to love when others share their ideas visually as it helps give me a better idea of what I'm doing.  So that's just what this little video does plus an awkward zoom- okay, let's just say I've got a lot of learning to do: 😉

Found at Hobby Lobby for 50% off, but I'm certain you can find similar materials at Walmart & other stores with crafting/floral supplies!

Grapevine Wreath $3.99
Tulip bouquets x 2 (white + pink) $7.99
Eucalyptus/mayyyybe lambs ear (doesn’t specify) Garland $9.99
=one matching wreath + floral arrangement (could do a large & small if prefer)

To recap...
1.  Lay grapevine wreath flat on table.
2.  Cut small pieces of the eucalyptus greenery off & tuck into the wreath.  
Make sure to use an odd number of stems!  Don’t forget to leave enough for your floral arrangment--
*I ended up having lots of leftover to put in the wreath!

3.  Grab your hot glue gun & began to warm, cut tulips of close to the bloom.  Create a generous dot & glue bloom to wreath.  I alternated the pink & white colors & fluffed the bloom as I went. (see tutorial)
4.  Wa-lah!  Crafting for Dummies👊🏼🤓

All in a mornings work.  Wishing you all a fun weekend celebrating💕🌷💕
Monday, February 5, 2018

DIY Panera Bread Inspired || Asian Sesame Salad with Chicken

Happy Monday, friends! 
 I hope y'all are up for a yummy, healthy recipe after all mayyyybbbbbe indulging in all that Super Bowl junk food!

I have never been a good cook.  I really want to be, but with my husband working off since we got married...I have just never seen the point in wasting so much food to cook a meal for one person.  Fastforward eight years & two kids later + the convenience of online grocery pick-up, I feel like I'm finally at a point in my life where I can hone my skills in the kitchen.  

Aside from the not so good in the kitchen history, I have to admit that I feel I've especially always had a hard time creating a good salad.  My attempt at creating a salad I love in the past just doesn't seem to taste the same as they do in the restaurant and it k i l l s me!  There is nothing I love more than a good salad.  I recently tried Panera Bread's Asian Sesame Salad and was in love.  The hefty $8+ a pop just wasn't something I can afford often, so I was so excited to see that they had listed the ingredients on their menu.   

 I added all those ingredients to my grocery cart and decided to give it a whirl.  What could it hurt?  Plus, instead of paying 8.00 a salad, I bought all the ingredients for a week of salads for around $20.00!

The salad turned out absolutely d e l i c i o u s & has turned into my easy go to lunch after school started back after Christmas.  This salad has all the things I need to feel satisfied...protein, crunch, and a little spice!  I loved it so much that I thought I would share it here with you (& for myself should I ever forget how to make it! ) just in case you are looking for a little different take on the everyday salad.

Romaine lettuce
Sliced Almonds
Wonton strips
Shredded grilled chicken
Sesame Seeds
Asian Sesame Dressing

I don't have exact measurements, I just kind of eye the mixture in my bowl.  It's kind of something you just experiment with.

In the future, I hope to figure out a cleaner recipe for the dressing.  But for now, the dressing pictured works and is a lite option!  I seasoned my chicken with the spices below & it seems to work perfect with the salad:

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Wordy Wednesday

Hi, friends!
This set of snow days came at the p e r f e c t time, as my smallest shorty & I, both came down with congestion, sore throats, + barky coughs with a side of headaches Monday night.  So thankful we made it to the doctor + back home before it all went down this afternoon.  We have been watching the beauty unfold all evening long while getting some much needed r+r...
 there is nothing more cozy than that in my book!

Did you guys get a snow day in your neck of the woods?  Are you over the snow or all about it?  I have to say, I am the odd ball in the world it seems, as I am always ALL ABOUT IT.  But...I DO need to squeeze in all my hours at work at the same time-SO...
 I kinda wish snow days would waltz in around Thursday-Sunday😬
Thought I'd share a few of my favorite things happening so far in the new year on this snowy Wednesday morning:

1. THIS😍 
If you don't follow the @letteredcottage on instagram, you missed out on a great motivational pep talk.  Regardless if your passion is writing, drawing, talking, dancing, or WHATEVER it may be - this is for anybody & everybody:)
I know I've had some people ask me about their desire to start blogging, & whether it is blogging you are on the fence about or whatever thing you'd like to tackle may be, don't be afraid to step out & try something you think you'd love to do. LOVE this!

2.  Candace + Kira 18k
Candace Cameron is like one of my #momgoal motivations right now😂  
So are Kelly Ripa's arms...💪🏽
 I guess it's no surprise that during my annual "motivation to be healthier at the beginning of the new year" mode, she & her trainer Kira Stokes, got my attention with their push-up challenge on instagram.  50 push-ups a day for 350 days of 2018=18,000 push ups in 2018.  Now, I DID miss my first day yesterday after myself & my baby both came down with a nasty sick spell last night, but I'm not giving up!  15 of 16 days isn't so bad & I can totally do an extra 50 when I feel better.  It's been so fun to have that challenge every day...never too late to join in:)
3.  Essie Marshmallow Finger Nail Polish
Found the perfect winter nail color right here, folks☝🏽
I may paint my nails this color for the rest of my life.
And, yes, I was a little frightened of fingernail gate part 2...
& rightfully so...because, this time the floor got it instead of my face.
4.  Cam-ism #45423
"Conley, you are brave.  Your grace is brave."
<as Conley prepared to enter the doctor's office Tuesday morning...
Top that quote.  I dare ya.
and here I go again with the new yearish type january vibes
5.  My Fitness by Jillian Michaels
  I have loved Jillian as a trainer for going on 9 years, I guess?  She always challenges me & I wake up the next day k n o w i n g she kicked my butt-all from the comfort of home & while dealing with a hectic schedule of when to fit a workout in.  If I'm going to spend what little free time I have working out, I don't know about you, but I want to see & feel results!  This program is very affordable vs. the barre classes I'd love to get back to + it offers meal plans & a new work out everyday, customizable to the part of the body you want to work that particular day.  It's easily accessible for travel as it can be accessed on your phone or iPad, & it logs how many calories you burn during each workout via an apple watch, as well as keeps track of each workout you complete.  I just completed my first week with it, & have to far I highly recommend this!❤️
Because, GIRLS, don't we all know...
Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happyHappy people just don't shoot their husbands, they just don't.
These wise words of Elle Woods, though.😜

Do you have any favorite things you’ve discovered lately?☺️