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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

paleo banana chocolate chip muffins

Bananas are always on my grocery shopping list.  I use them in smoothies.  I make cookies with them, and I just plain old like a banana.  They remind me of my grandpa.  He would always slice them up and add them to my cornflakes when I was a kid.  Today I'm sharing my favorite paleo banana chocolate chip muffin recipe.  I'm constantly tweaking recipes I come across in an attempt to make a paleo version, and after a few trials and fails this recipe came up as a winner.  My kids LOVE these, and I never feel bad letting them have these muffins for breakfast.  They're packed with good nutritious stuff!

paleo banana chocolate chip muffins #dessertforbreakfast

2 cups almond flour
3 tablespoons coconut flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
pinch of sea salt
2 medium size ripe bananas
1/3 cup of honey
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons coconut oil - melted
1/4 cup of enjoy life chocolate chips  - you can also add chopped walnuts if you like

Preheat the oven to 350.  Mix together the dry ingredients.  Mix wet ingredients together in a separate bowl then add to the dry ingredients.  (I like to use a hand mixer to really get the banana blended in well.)  Then add the chocolate chips last.  Line a muffin tin with baking cups and fill about 2/3 of the way full.  Bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean.  This recipe will yield 12 muffins.

paleo banana chocolate chip muffin #glutenfree


Monday, July 21, 2014

diy {industrial} galvanized pipe closet rod

Every time I open my boy's closet door I smile.  I am so glad that I decided to just go for it and pull out all of the wire shelving!  Seriously, as soon as it was all down and I had an empty closet/ blank canvas to work with it was like a breath of fresh air.  Once the beadboard wallpaper went up I knew I wanted to counter the classic look with an industrial vibe, so after a quick trip to the hardware store I put up this galvanized pipe closet rod.

diy industrial galvanized closet rod

This was the easiest diy project I've done in a while.  I grabbed a 1/2" wide pipe that was just a little short of the distance between these two walls and two 1/2" floor flanges.  Then I grabbed a couple of pieces of scrap wood and predrilled the holes where the screws would attach the flanges.  I also predrilled through the wood into the wall in order to add anchors in the drywall.  I feel like that piece of scrap wood in addition to the anchors really helps to reinforce the rod.  It also gave me the perfect spot to attach a hook for belts and bags. 

industrial closet rod

Using a piece of scrap wood on both ends also helped me to work around the slant of the ceiling on the other side of the closet.  It's still very strong even with just 3 screws holding it up on this side, and you can see in the photo below that I used a thicker piece of scrap wood on this side for double the reinforcement. 

galvanized pipe closet rod

His closet is almost done (I know I take forever to finish a project!), and now I want to take the wire shelving down in every closet in the house!  I really love this industrial look!  

organized boy's closet

Are you a wire shelving hater?  Ever thought of using a galvanized pipe as a closet rod?  Look how cool it looks as a curtain rod - perfect for a boy's room! 

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

shopping deals and steals

Hey hey friends and happy late Saturday afternoon!  I never post on Saturdays, but I just had to pop in to let you all know about these great deals I came across.  I can hardly believe it, but our summer is already more than half over!  My kids go back to school August 13th - BOO!  We've had such a wonderfully fun and super lazy summer that I just hate to see it come to an end, but I know my kids are eager to see their school buddies and start their after school activities once again.  When it comes to "back to school" shopping I don't buy too much before school actually starts.  I usually wait until late September when the majority of the fall merchandise is on sale, but Nordstrom does it right and puts their new fall stuff on sale early making it really hard to resist!  I didn't go too crazy though and only bought new school shoes.

back to school kids shoes

I find for my daughter that a good quality pair of boots will last her about two years because I buy a half size up so she can wear them with a thicker sock until they fit perfectly.  Here in Kentucky she gets a lot of wear out of a pair of boots; they're great all through the fall, winter and even spring months!  These black boots were just too cute to resist, and the sale price just couldn't be beat for the quality.  What I loved about these brown slip-ons for my boy is the rubber tennis shoe like sole - perfect for an active boy.  Nordstrom makes things easy too with free shipping and free returns, so there's no hassle if the size I ordered doesn't work.

And now let's talk about these leopard cuties!

leopard canvas slip ons

These canvas slip-ons are from Old Navy and they're $16.94!  But wait, there's more.........right now you can get 30% off with your Banana, Old Navy or Gap card.......or 20% off if you're not a card holder!  I've been eyeing the brand name counterpart for months, and I just about flipped when I found these at such a great price!  Being that I have a small foot, I actually got myself a pair in a size 5.  Thank goodness my girl still thinks it's cool to match mom otherwise she wouldn't have gotten a pair for herself.  ;)

And how cute are they in this color?!

leopard canvas slip ons

 Might as well get both when they're such a great deal right?!  Leopard is a neutral.......they'll go with everything!

I just had to share these deals and steals with you all.  Friends don't let friends pay full price.  ;)

Of course I had to score something for myself at the Nordstrom half yearly sale.................

red peacoat

I mean, how could I resist?!  A red peacoat for $38?!

Happy Weekend friends!  See you on Monday!

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