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Friday, August 29, 2014

what's on my mind this friday

Hey friends and happy Friday!  I'm just going to jump right in to my random Friday five because I'm basically bursting to tell you all these things!  Ridic - but true.  

1.  So just this week I stumbled across this amazing Art for Kids YouTube channel, and I'm kind of obsessed!  It's so awesome!  Some things are for the under 5 crowd and some are for older kids.  If you have children that love to draw I highly recommend.  The added plus, in my opinion, is that there is a kid doing the drawing along with an adult, so the actual video tutorials are really cute and fun to watch.  Yesterday my girl and I drew a horse on a small canvas, and today after school we plan to paint them.  Fun stuff for us to do together!  I just had to pass this info along as I know I'm not the only parent looking for safe things for my kids to watch when it comes to playing with technology.  It's nice to know everything on the internet isn't bad for kids.  ;) 

2.  I've made this roast twice in the past two weeks!  It's not only EASY; it's DELICIOUS!  You have got to try this recipe from The Chronicles of Home.  

Easy Yummy Roast from The Chronicles of Home

I'm a big time fan of easy meals.  Last week I used the leftovers to make shredded beef tacos, and this week they were turned into bbq beef sandwiches!  Two dinners out of one easy to make and delicious to eat roast - yes please!  Honestly, making this roast makes me feel like mom of the year.  It looks and tastes like it's some seriously complicated took-you-all-day to prepare roast but it's like 5 minutes of prep time and you're done!  I just can't say enough.  But I'm sure you don't want to hear anymore about how awesome this roast recipe is so for your sake I'll stop. 

You can find more of my family's favorite paleo recipes here

3.  I hit the dress jackpot for my daughter at Walmart!  I couldn't believe the $6.44 regular price!  I bought a bunch of different prints but will probably go back for more because at that price you kind of have to hoard them right?!  They're just so perfect for school, and with the elbow length sleeve they'll transition well into fall.  One hundred percent easy-to-wear cotton with a crew neck in fun patterns at this price - get serious! 

Cotton Black and White Chevron dress for kids  - Walmart!

Leopard kicks can be found here. 

4.  I'm totally into the art deco jewelry I've been seeing lately.  This necklace is too good for the price!

Art Deco Fan Bib Necklace - Forever 21

And just think if you wanted to get all Gatsby for Halloween you'd be totally set!  ;) 

5.  Last but not least, I think I've narrowed down the lighting choices thanks to you all and your amazing thought and opinions!!  So, here's a shot - keep in mind this is a progress shot - to show you the faucet on the sink. 

Now, with that..........would you go with #3 or #6? 

Boutique Hotel bathroom lighting

Bold and Gold Bathroom Lighting

Mixing metals doesn't bother me one bit.  I actually kind of like it, but I'm just not sure if the sale price of that lotus pendant is what is pulling me toward the gold?  And speaking of World Market sales.........I wish I had somewhere to hang this cutie 

World Market globe hanging pendant

because $31.99 is crazy town!!!  No way could you diy this for less!  

You all have a great 3 day weekend!!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

the kind of woman I want to be

First of all, thank you SO much for all your thoughts and opinions on the powder room lighting.  I'm currently still undecided on which direction to go, but I'm hoping to have a decision made by next week.  Whenever I'm having trouble making up my mind in terms of design decisions, I find it helps to give my brain a rest and work on something else for a while.  If you follow me on instagram you know that I started working on cleaning out my closet.  It was time for a good thorough clean out.  I typically like to do a big closet clean out twice a year.  It's the only way I can manage to keep my small-ish closet chaos free.  

I'm a big believer in adding a little personality to your otherwise boring yet functional storage spaces.  In a closet, especially, adding in some pretty details really does work wonders on motivating me to keep things orderly.  For as long as I can remember I've loved this quote, so I whipped up a little printable to frame and hang in my freshly cleaned and reorganized closet. 

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says,"Oh crap she's up!"

My printer is apparently low on black ink, but I liked the effect.  It created a sort of ombre look.  I layered this printable over one of my SJP gift bags from Hallmark and spray painted an old frame gold.  

the kind of woman  - free printable

pretty closet details

Seeing this hanging in my closet every morning is going to be a great reminder to me of what's most important in my life. 

Do you like to add inspirational quotes or pretty details to your storage spaces?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

powder room update - lighting options

You might remember that I started a little powder room makeover a couple of months ago.  I'm like, the slowest diy blogger on the face of the internet, so obviously this makeover is still in progress.  

I rarely start a makeover with a full-on plan.  I usually just start with an inspiration piece, and then I let things evolve as I go.   In the case of this little bathroom I started with an inspiration image.  I've been majorly crushing on red and pink color combos for a while now, and since I've never been one to shy away from bold colors I decided this small half bath was the perfect place to play with a fun color palette.  I painted the walls a light pink (Charming Pink - Sherwin Williams) and the ceiling the same shade of red as the living room (Porter - Apple Red).  Here's a little peek.  Keep in mind the trim work still needs a fresh coat of paint.

pink walls red ceiling

When I removed the wallpaper I was pleasantly surprised to find that there's wiring for a sconce to hang over the mirror.  I'm still unsure why the previous owners would wallpaper over it, and I'm hoping there are no issues with the wiring.

pink and red powder room

Anyhow, I'm having a little trouble deciding on a direction to go with the lighting.  The faucet is chrome and the mirror over the pedestal sink is a round shape.  Sooo......the question is............

Do I continue with the glamourous girly look and bring in this mini crystal pendant with this 3-light vanity light

girly glam powder bathroom lighting

Or do I try to balance the glamour of the pendant with this more industrial kind of vintage looking 2 light fixture?

vintage glam powder bathroom lighting

Or should I go more boutique hotel with this 2 light fixture or

boutique hôtel style bathroom lighting

maybe a vintage french industrial style would be fun?

vintage french industrial glam lighting

Or do I go soft and pretty with this capiz pendant and  2 light vanity sconce combination.

soft and pretty bathroom lighting

Or do I dare to mix in some gold with this gorgeous hanging lotus pendant and this classic style sconce?

gold powder bathroom lighting

Or is there some other lighting options you think I should consider?  I'm clearly having decision issues. Lighting makes such a huge impact, especially in a small space.  This is also where the majority of the makeover budget will be spent so I want to choose something I'll love for a good long time.  What are your thoughts?  What option would you choose?

This mini-makeover has been dragging on for far too long, but I hate to make a rash decision.  Help a sister out!!   ;)

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