Monday, November 24, 2014

Weekending: Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner

Happy Monday, friends!  I cannot even believe that Thanksgiving is this week; the year is going by so quickly!  I know I've been a little MIA around here.  The past few weeks have been go go go.  We were able to have some friends from our Bible Study over on Saturday night for a mini Thanksgiving dinner.  

We have dinner with these friends once a week, but I was really excited to cook some traditional Thanksgiving food.  


I cooked a 15 lb. turkey that turned out delicious (which I was REALLY nervous about since I didn't stuff it with anything), classic green bean casserole, and corn pudding.  

I also made gravy with the left over turkey juice, flour, and Worcestershire sauce that didn't make the photo.  

Our friends bought the desserts, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce.  I cannot even tell you how happy it made me to have a kitchen full of all this yummy food.  

We also took out the Christmas decorations, but we've made about no progress in getting them put out.  Honestly, as excited as I am about putting up the tree, I am in a little bit of denial that the holidays are already here.  Really, time.  Please slow down.   

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Fried salmon patties

A good friend of mine - who is super healthy and eats mostly paleo - once told me about a recipe for salmon patties that she makes for her and her husband, so when I saw canned salmon in the grocery store the other week, I snagged a couple of cans and searched for a great recipe.  

I didn't end up going the paleo route, but I did find this recipe for salmon patties that used things I already had, so I decided to give it a try.  (I'm on a little trying new things spree, in case you were wondering.)



INGREDIENTS
2 cans pink or Alaskan salmon
2 eggs
½ cup breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons oil 

DIRECTIONS
Drain salmon and double check that there are no skin or bones
In a medium mixing bowl, mix salmon, eggs, breadcrumbs, salt & pepper
Spoon into patties, placing on wax paper (I got about 10 patties)
Heat oil in a skillet on medium high heat
Cook patties on each side in hot oil for about 5 minutes on each side until golden brown


These actually ended up being really delicious.  I had a few of them hot right after cooking them and then the rest cold, leftover the next day at work and frankly, I liked them a little better leftover...strange.  


The next time I make these though, I will definitely use fresh, frozen salmon.  I'd never used canned salmon before and I really did not like the smell.  The patties tasted great, but I think the smell turned me off  a little at first.  I love to cook salmon at home though from frozen and never notice a strong, fishy smell.  

I feel pretty sure that I can grill some salmon fillets up, shred them, and use this same recipe.  

Apparently, these are a southern thing?  Anyone else grow up in the South and never have these before?  Or maybe it's just me...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Fall time apple crumble

Fall is for pumpkins, I think.  But I also really just love fresh apples.  I love the smell of apples baking with cinnamon on top.  I actually came home recently and hubs had apples and cinnamon boiling on the stove top to get our home smelling warm and cozy and I just loved it.  

We had some extra apples in the fridge this past week and so I went to my trusty idea source, Pinterest to find a great apple pie recipe.  Instead I found this recipe for apple crumble, and I already had all of the ingredients in the pantry, so I opted for a crumble instead...only hubs doesn't love sweets so I halved the recipe.  I'm sharing the half recipe here today.  (I also cooked these in 2 small corningware dishes for individual servings)


INGREDIENTS
3 golden delicious apples, peeled and sliced into chunks
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 stick of butter, melted
1/2 cup flour

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Spray two individual corningware dishes 
Peel, core, and cut apples - pile into dishes
In a small bowl, mix butter, flour, cinnamon, and sugar until crumb mixture
Pile crumbs on top of apples
Bake for 25 - 30 minutes until golden brown 


Feel free to also serve with vanilla ice cream.  Or caramel drizzle (see original recipe here).  


Seriously so good.  I highly recommend this little treat.  Maybe a Thanksgiving dessert?




Monday, November 3, 2014

Coffee Talk - Weekending

When I was in graduate school, I worked a couple of part time jobs - it sounds like a lot and it was, but frankly, it wasn't the worst thing ever to have gaps of time off during the week between jobs or school.  And, if I could choose a day/morning to have off, it would have been Monday.  And if I was in a place to have Monday mornings off again, I would invite you over for coffee and catch up on our weekends.  (Because if I have Monday off, I hope you do, too.)

But I don't have Monday off, so I hope you'll just imagine with me.


I'd make some lattes (at home because it's more thrifty) for us to start.  (regular coffee, sugar, french vanilla flavored syrup and skim milk whisked in a small bowl until foamy)

I would tell you how I had such a great weekend.  On Friday, when I woke up, I felt like a whole new person.  I've mentioned before how I was fighting a cold for the last week and then Thursday night, I went to bed early, didn't wake up with a stuffed nose the entire night and felt great on Friday morning.  It's amazing what vitamin C and extra sleep will do for you when you're cold is a week old.  It was also pay-day, so I really felt like singing the whole day because it was that great.  

I would tell you about how we went trick-or-treating with kids of some good friends of ours and loved seeing them have such a fun time.  We got back home in time to catch the last bit of trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood and then headed to Chipotle for $3 boo-ritos before going to a party with some friends.  We didn't take photos of our costumes though because after a long week, I wasn't feeling too creative and literally wrapped a twin sheet around myself toga-style and called it a night.  


I would also tell you how I did 5 loads of laundry on Saturday before making the yummy apple crumble in the photo above.  (Recipe coming on Wednesday!!)  Then, I'd ask if you wanted some since there is a little bit left over.  You would and I'd be happy to share.  :)  

Later on Saturday, we went to another friends house and visited with friends that we hadn't seen in ages.  And that was so fun.  

Now it's getting colder.  There was a freeze warning last night and we finally gave in a turned our heat on.  I really love the smell when the furnace first turns on for the season, and I like the cool weather, but I can't handle it when it gets so cold.  I don't like it - not even one little bit, but I'm looking forward to the holiday season, decorating and keeping candles lit all. the. time.  

And it's Monday.  I think work will be pretty busy this week.  Busy, but not bad and I'm thankful for my job so I really can't complain too much.  

By now, we probably need to get going because we can't just drink coffee all day long.  

Thanks for sharing with me this morning!  I hope you had a great weekend and that your week is off to a great start!  


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Paper bunting - tutorial

I made a fun paper craft and it was so easy and I cannot believe it's taken me this long to try it out.

Paper bunting.  Who knew it was so painless, quick, and easy?  Well, it is and I'm sharing with you step by step today so you will know it's true.


The first thing you want to do is gather your supplies, which if you're like me, you've got lying around the house already and hubs is so happy to see you using them for something. 

Supplies:
Scrapbook paper (12x12)
Scissors
A pencil
A paper cutter
String
Gluestick


Next, fold your paper in half and the cut in half to make little squares like the one below.  


Next, you want to draw your triangles.  I recommend using pencil and a ruler and drawing them on the inside of the paper.  


Use your scissors to cut the triangles out and take a minute to admire them all on your floor.


Put your string in the fold of the triangle and use a glue stick to glue both sides of the paper down.  You can also use glue dots for this, but I'd be careful about liquid glue.  Especially if you're working on the carpet like I tend to do.  


And there you go!  Aren't they precious?!


I actually made these for a baby shower, but these ended up being too long, so I made separate buntings with the words "Mom" and "Dad" for the chairs of the parents to be.  Of course, I kept the too long one at our house because I was so happy with how it turned out.  

Has a project ever surprised you with how easy it is?  

Friday, October 24, 2014

High Five for Friday!

Another week in the books and another high five for Friday...only I won't high five you today because I've got a seriously yucky cold and I cannot stop blowing my nose.  Well, I can, but then it's stopped up or it itches, or I sneeze and it's gross.  But, I've had a great week aside from that and I'm excited to share the highlights!

ONE - sweet friends and new babes.
No, we don't have babes yet, but we did get to celebrate a couple from our Bible study who is expecting and is due in less than one month!  A very happy Thanksgiving gift for them!  Anyway, I got to help host a shower for them this week and I made these sweet and simple little party favors.  They were a hit.

I just used favor bags with ties, cut out cardstock for the tags and stuck on scrapbooking onesies to be special.  Easy peasy.



TWO - apples.  
I know it's pumpkin season, and I do love pumpkin things.  But apples also remind me of fall and the smell of them baking in the house...with some cinnamon...yuummmmm!  

I made a super duper apple crumble this week and I'll be sharing it with y'all soon so be on the lookout!

THREE - an awesome mail day.
I'm affiliated with a review company called Influenster and recently had the opportunity to try and review Herbal Essences new Naked line.  And a few months later, I got the full size items on my little front door step.  I do love some good old customer appreciation.  Also, if you haven't heard of influenster and you'd like to learn more, check them out here.

FOUR - meal planning.
Or really, meals prepared ahead of time.  Hubs was busy on Sunday afternoon last weekend, so I made all of our meals for the week and put them in their own little lunch tupperwares and dinner tupperwares for reheating/the final touches throughout the week.  Quesadilla night was by far my fave!  I had already cooked the meat, so I just needed to throw it on the stovetop with the tortilla shells, cheese, and avocado.  I can't promise to do this every week, but it sure has helped us this week. 


FIVE - sinex and tissue boxes.  
Wish I was kidding about that one.  

We've got a super duper fun weekend planned though, so I'm ready for this cold to cut it out.  

Hope you & your's are happy & healthy!  Happy Friday!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Diversifying my palette: My first time eating Indian food

This may come as a little bit of a surprise, but I am a pretty predictable eater.  I wouldn't call myself particularly picky, but I definitely do not always go out of my way to try new things.  

But, a co-worker of mine took a trip to India this past summer and when she came back one of our Indian friends suggested that we go get Indian food one afternoon during lunch.  I'd never had it (although for a few of my friends, it's their favorite kind of food), so we all decided it would be a fun little treat.  


And then a couple of months went by, but we didn't get Indian food.  


And then finally, last week, we put it on our calendars and just like that, we had firm plans to get lunch at a local Indian restaurant.  So, obviously I took some pics to commemorate the occasion.  (Remember I'm trying to take more photos these days.)

Our friend was so kind to explain all the different kinds of food and in what region of the country they are most common.

For my meal, I picked Saag Chicken, which was described as chicken tawa cooked with spinach and mild Indian spices.  I also got to try chicken chettinad, lentil fritters, and tikki masala.  Suffice it to say my little taste buds were going crazy and I was stuffed after.  But it was so good.  

I'll definitely be eating it again in my future.  

What's something you've been meaning to try?  Or someone you've been meaning to catch up with?  It really is as easy sometimes as just writing it on the calendar!  Do it today!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Favorite cookie recipe roundup

If you've been around here for any length of time, you know I'm a little bit of a cookie monster  major sweet tooth.  I love me some baked goods and frankly, cookies are one of the easiest desserts to whip up for a treat.

Today, I'm sharing my favorite cookie recipes - all previously share here before - in a lovely little roundup format so they'll all be in one place.  I'm sure I'll eventually add to this (I want to make red velvet cookies for Christmas this year), but for now, these are my go-to's.


1.  First up are my favorite chocolate chip cookies.  These are a classicmy friends rave about these whenever I make them.

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2.  Bisquick Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I know what you're thinking after I just posted my favorite chocolate chip cookies above these.  But the bisquick ones bake in bite size little cookies and smell de-licious baking.  These are the perfect ones for grab and go treats.  

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3. Soft Brown Sugar Cookies.  These are the ones I'm baking next.  The brown sugar cookies melt right in your mouth.  I love the twist on the traditional sugar cookie and it's been way too long since these have been in my kitchen.  

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5.  Cheesecake Cookies Dipped in Chocolate.  These are the most recent ones I made.  I halved the original recipe to create a batch that makes 1 1/2 dozen - perfect for the hubs and me.  If you like cheesecake, you've got to give these a try.  

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What are your favorite cookies?  Or desserts in general?  I always love new treats!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Five on Friday

HAPPY FRIDAY!!  I cannot even tell y'all how happy I am to be sharing a Five on Friday post with you today!  I used to do these posts regularly and always looked forward to them each week.  I love recapping some of the fun things that are going on in a quick post, almost a snapshot tour of my day to day.  I finally started carrying a camera with me more often and making a real effort to take photos so I can share more here on this ole blog.

So, here it is for this week ladies and gents -

-ONE- Sister shopping day
First up this week is going shopping with my sister.  I've got two sisters of course, but A is the next oldest after me and she just moved closer to me, which means we can see one another way more often.  It also means that if we have time on the weekend, we can spend hours going shopping together.  Love having family close.


-TWO- This little guy.
I'm not a huge small dog fan.  But having my sister nearby means also having this little one nearby also.  And sometimes...just sometimes he stands nice and pretty and lets me take a good photo.  (And even if he is small, I do enjoy getting to play with him sometimes.)

He is cute though, am I right?
-THREE- Making my own coffee
Ok, so I'm still getting better at this.  But it is SO.MUCH.CHEAPER than buying coffee from the shop regularly.  And because I'm going to have coffee, I've recently started making my own at home.  It also gives me an excuse to use the pretty mugs we got for our wedding.  :)


-FOUR-Pumpkin Carving
Because it's the fall.  Also, because it's fun.  Also, none of these pumpkins are mine.  My friends made these and mine didn't make the shot. But, didn't they do an awesome job?  Not one of them traced a stencil either.  They are so good.  


 -FIVE- Jamberry nail wraps.
I love these so much.  This is after a full week of wear compared to regular polish and after washing lots of dishes and scrubbing the bathroom.  Don't forget, I'm hosing a facebook party for these on November 11-15!  Contact me for more details to learn how you can get your own nail wraps!


And that's a wrap, friends!  Do y'all have fun plans for the weekend?  I'm hoping to get some relaxing in...hopefully some blogging, and spending time with lovely friends.  

Until Monday!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jamberry Nail Wraps: Follow-Up

Remember last week when I told y'all that I was trying out Jamberry Nail Wraps (if not, go ahead and see post below)?  It's been a week and y'all.  The wraps are still going strong.

Honestly - I'm shocked.  I've washed dishes this week and scrubbed the bathrooms, which understandably takes a little toll on your finger nails.  I was also a little shocked because after a day, I realized that I had left a small bubble in the jam wrap so I just knew it was going to peel off totally due to user error, but still totally not giving a fair run this week.  (Don't worry though, I just clipped that nail a tiny bit shorter to get rid of it...there are tips and tricks to smooth it out, but I just didn't.)


Seriously though - look at that.  I can't even.  You can see where my nails are growing back at my cuticle, which accounts for some of the needed touch ups on all my nails, but I really don't see any comparison between the polish and the wraps.  


So with that, I'm sold.  I love the fun designs and definitely do not have the time to create them myself.  Most importantly, I really love that I can do all the things I normally do - like clean the house without my nails paying for it.

I'll also be hosting a facebook party on November 11-15 if anyone is interested in getting your own nail wraps!  There are TONS to choose from and they would make GREAT stocking stuffers this Christmas...I'm just saying.  Be sure to "like" Thrift for Today on facebook here, and let me know if you'd like to get in on the party!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Trial run: Jamberry Nail Wraps

Have any of you tried Jamberry Nail Wraps?!  I've seen it, heard of it, and even read of it, but hadn't actually tried it until just this week.  A friend of mine contacted me to let me know that she had recently tried it and loved them so much that she bought in and is now working as an independent consultant.  And so of course, I agreed to give it a try.

I love having my nails painted, but can't handle them chipping so quickly, and as far as jamberry, I was a little nervous about having lots of patterns on my nails.  I decided to go with something a little darker for fall and picked Pomegranate Pop (below) since I had orange nail polish at home.

I used this video to help understand the best way to apply the nail and it ended up taking about 5 minutes to do both of my pinkies.  (I also used a hair dryer on low heat for the application process.)


This is how they turned out: 


Forgive the furball rolling around on the floor.  ;)  I actually wished I had the whole set for all my nails - I really loved the dark shade and the dots are really subtle - so cute for the fall.  

And so before I jump in all the way, I'm doing a fun little test run for the next week to see how it holds up.  I already guess my regular nails will be chipping by the end of the week, but I would like to see how they compare.  I'm excited to share the results with y'all next week.  

I'd love to hear if you've tried Jamberry before and what your thoughts are?  

p.s.  I'm totally hoping to have a facebook party with these wraps before the holidays - so be sure to let me know if you're interested in the wraps.  :)





Monday, October 6, 2014

Review: Venus embrace sensitve #itsnotme

*The products in this post were provided to me free of charge from Influenster.  The opinions are all my own.  

Happy Monday, friends!  Today I am super pumped to be sharing a review of Gillette Venus Embrace Sensitive razor, which happily found its way to my door stop via Influenster.  I was SO excited for this box because not only is my skin crazy sensitive, but my hair is also really coarse, which means I have to shave basically everyday or I'm likely to get razor burn or little knicks on my legs...no fun.  

I'm always looking around for the best razors to keep my legs and underarms soft and smooth while minimizing the likelihood of redness and burn.  


I've actually been using this razor for a full week at this point so that I would be able to write a helpful review.  The razor itself was packaged with the razor and 2 cartridges, which I appreciated.  It's got 5 blades and aloe vera to be extra soft on your skin.  

Overall, I really liked the razor.  My legs have been nice and smooth all week long.I haven't had razor burn and not a single little cut.  I also really like the suction cup holder that sticks on the shower wall to hold the razor...it's the little things, right?  

And, as a side note and little #thrifttip (because you know I like to be thrifty), if you already have a venus razor, you can interchange the cartridges - so just get the embrace sensitive blades - easy peasy!  

The only thing I didn't like about the razor was how skinny the razor handle was.  I wish it was a little bit wider and easier to hold.  Frankly, when the handle is so skinny, it feels more like holding a disposable razor, which is not how I want it to feel when I buy a razor.  That said, this size seems pretty standard for lots of razors, so it might not be an issue for you.  

Overall, like I said - the embrace sensitive definitely holds up to its promise of a close shave and worked great on my sensitive skin.  

I would recommend it to a friend for sure.  

Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday Favorites: Fall Fashion

Y'all.  It's getting cooler.  And I don't know why in the world, but I have seriously been itching to update my fall and winter wardrobe.  What is even going on with me?  

I have so much trouble buying new clothes and I don't even know why.  I can buy lattes and treats like it's a second job, but I can't drop $$ on a new pair of pants or and awesome pair of shoes.  But, I really want to get some more professional, put together, fall/winter pieces.  So, I think I might be cutting back on the little treats and postponing those for some new clothes.  

I've been scouring pinterest these days though, and these are some of my favorite finds.  

leopard loafers leopard hair belt zara camel double breasted blazer steve madden steven j. crew brooks brothers shirt gorjana triangle pyramid necklace fine gold sideways charm cross necklace asos stacked stackable rings midi wool kelly cropped pants club monaco prada sunglasses essie fishnet stockings polish street style fall fashion trends 2013 new york city nyc the classy cubicle fashion blog for young professional women females woman girls 20s 30s 40s appropriate work wear office attire outfits professional corporate suit dos and donts crimes top ten day to night transition interview preppy office style dress for success step up lean in suit up
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Tour through blogland

Y'all.  It's October.  It is already October and I don't know about you, but I am obsessed with the cooler weather this time of year.  Okay...I'm obsessed with the low humidity and the cool mornings/nights.  I still really love the warm sunshine in the afternoons and I'm not that excited about winter because I definitely do not love cold weather.  

Today though, I want to follow up on a fun little project that I was tagged in exactly one month ago by my fun blog friend, Melanie over at Melanie Gets Married [check her out!]  Some of my favorite recent projects are her fall fabric balls and this fun, sparkly garland!

Anyway, the tour through blogland is essentially another meet the blogger questionnaire, which I know you all just love.  But in all seriousness, this post from Melanie was just the thing I needed to get back to snapping photos and thinking of blog content, so I wanted to do it!  So here goes!


I think my little "about me" blurb over there on the right really says it all.  I'm first a follower of Christ.  Secondly, I am the wife to that handsome man right above.  I am a daughter and a sister and a friend.  I work full time and blog on the side so the blogging, although I try to be consistent, is sometimes sporadic and is always about whatever I'm doing or thinking about at that time.

1. What am I working on?
Oh, you know a little of this and a little of that.  I try to try out at least two new [to me] recipes/month and when they're yummy and I remember to take photos, I share them.  In terms of home projects, we're hoping to be able to get down to the beach in the next few months to start some projects there.  We're working on some serious tree trimming in the yard and hope to reseed this fall, and I think we might re-do the garage in 2015....I know that seems far out, but I need to think through these things.  I also want to start reworking on my wardrobe....cue a few fall outfit posts in the works...

In terms of my life, I'm trying to become a morning person so that I can be more regular with my quiet times, more fruits and veggies and more physical fitness.

2.  How is my blog different from others of its genre?  
Not totally sure.  I blog about a little of this and a little of that, so maybe that's different?

3.  Why do I write about the things I do?
Because I want to?  Is that too straightforward?  Honestly, I write about things that I enjoy and that I hope you'll enjoy also.  I write about things that are fun or that I've found particularly helpful.  I write sometimes about things I just think as a way to process them.  I write about these things because I think that writing is good for you.  It's a good way to keep track of things you've done and also to help you think through things.

4. How does my creative process work?
It starts with me remembering to take photos.  And it ends with me turning on the computer to edit said photos and get them out there on the blog.  I work full time and we are often on the go, so recently it's been tough to even want to turn on the computer once we settle in at night.  I also rely on hubs to some degree to help me think of content.  He reads the blog regularly and helps me remember when I haven't posted in a while, he gives me constructive criticism when it's needed, and he is AWESOME at thinking of content ideas.

And that's that, friends.

I'm tagging Ericka over at This Crazy Thing Called Life to join me in this fun little tour through blogland.  Seriously check out her blog.  It's awesome.  And she and her husband have a pretty cute pup, too.  :)






Sunday, September 28, 2014

Cheesecake cookies

How's that for some alliteration?!  But in all seriousness, it has been WAY TOO LONG since I've whipped up a batch of cookies and frankly, it was about time.

I originally saw these cookies on pinterest, where all yummy things seem to get their start around here. These cookies are soft and fluffy, cheesecake in cookie form with a sweet chocolate dipped bottom.


The original recipe for these cookies is on one of my new favorite blogs, Yellow Bliss Road.  For my cookies though, I halved the recipe, which ended up making 18 cookies.,,just enough for us.    

INGREDIENTS
4 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
1/4 cup butter (room temperature...I actually just heated mine in the microwave for 10 sec. to soften)
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract (plus a tiny bit extra because I love it)
1 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Use a hand mixer to mix cream cheese and butter together in a large mixing bowl. 
Add sugar and mix until smooth.
Mix in the eggs and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. 
Add the dry ingredients into the mixing bowl and mix until smooth.  
Drop by spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 10-12 minutes until cookies are barely golden.  
Move cookies to a cooling rack.  Allow to cool completely before dipping in chocolate.

CHOCOLATE DIP
To create the chocolate dip, I used chocolate flavored almond bark candy coating and followed the melting instructions on the package.  Once cookies have cooled, simply dip the bottoms into the melted chocolate and place on wax paper.  

I moved the wax paper with cookies into the fridge for about 5 minutes to allow chocolate to set and harden.  


Enjoy!  And for the original recipe and other great fun things, be sure to check out Yellow Bliss Road!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Color Block Canvas Painting

It's also been a while since I've had a craft night.  Hubs recently went on a camping trip with his college friends, so I just knew that this would be the perfect time to tackle a project I've been wanting to do - color blocked canvases.  

I was in luck, too, because Michael's was having a sale on canvases and I got these 2 18 x 20 canvases for just $6.99!  

Of course we have painter's tape already at home since we've been painting so much around the house since we moved in and I have an unhealthy amount of acrylic paint stored up from when I used to paint craft things way more often.  These were super easy and fun and I'm really happy with how they turned out. 

STEP 1: Use painter's tape to block out your design.  You'll want some shapes to be bigger and others smaller, with lines going in different directions.  BUT, there is certainly no specific pattern to follow.  
Just be careful to wrap the tape around to the back to keep clean lines on the sides of the canvas.  And, press the tape all the way down.  (I made a few mistakes on mine because of space between tape and canvas where I didn't press the tape down enough.)


STEP 2: PAINT!  I used a different foam brush for each color.  Lots of these colors had to be mixed with white paint to make them not so bright.  We're putting these in our bedroom and my in-laws beach condo.  We're hoping to totally revamp our bedroom there and I'm excited to have these to go on the wall!  

Anyway, because of that, I wanted the paintings to be bright and fun and I love blues and greens for the beach.  And yellow, of course, because blue and yellow make green, and because I wanted one hot color in there.  :)


STEP 3:  Once the paint dries (it might take 2 coats in each shape), pull up the painter's tape.  I love them so much.  You can see below some of the places where the lines aren't as crisp and clean.  These are the places where I failed to press the tape down enough.  Learn from my mistakes.  


They look kind of coastal, right?!  

And what a fun, frugal, craft!  I can't wait to take these to the beach!




Monday, September 8, 2014

Movie Night - The Giver

Y'all.  It has been a minute since I've posted on this old blog.  Frankly, I think I liked the photo of the salmon so much, I just wanted to keep it at the top of the blog a little longer.  ha.  The truth is, lately, when I've come home from work I haven't wanted to even turn on a computer and I'm ok with that.

Of course, the problem with that is that I don't get around to blog email, posting, comments, social media, etc.  But don't you worry your pretty little heads, things are fun over here and I'm happy to share some of it with you.

This is from a couple of weekends ago - hubs and I went to see The Giver in theaters and had a blast!
But first of course, I needed to settle in with some ice cream and read the book.


We never go to the movies.  They are just so expensive.  Anybody agree?  We bought 2 tickets, 2 drinks, and popcorn to share and would have spent $40 if it weren't for a lovely gift card from a Christmas gift.  We're happy to just wait for it to go to Redbox and watch at home.  

But, since we never go, this felt like a special little treat and we really had fun.  


Don't worry!  We waited until after the movie to take a selfie with the flash.  ;)


And one (kind of) with the movie poster!

We really enjoyed this movie.  We've been holding on to our gift card for a fun movie that we'll both like (aka not chick flick or crazy action movie...but a happy medium) and I was excited when The Giver came out.  

Since I had just read the book though, I definitely found myself within the first 15 minutes thinking, "Wait, that's not the same!"  But, I realize that it's hard to capture ALL of the book in a movie and overall, I think it did a good job of sticking to the themes of the book, which is what I think matters the most.  

It was only an hour and a half though, so it ended WAY sooner than I expected it to...and kind of abruptly.  I wish there was a better ending for the movie.  

Overall though, what a fun night.  So thankful for gift cards that encourage us to do things out of the ordinary and for a sweet husband who makes a point to take me out on dates.