DIY Clay Dishes

DIY Clay Dishes

I took a ceramics class a few years back and I’ve always wanted get back into it, but for the lack of time and money I just haven’t.  In the meantime, I thought I could use clay to make some simple objects.  I love the little trays, bowls and objects from places like Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, West Elm etc. and took some of their designs as inspiration.  I love how simple this DIY is and you can really personalize these dishes to your own personality or to friends.

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DIY Notebook Cover

DIY Notebook Cover

I have a confession to make.  I have an over the top obsession with notebooks.  I am a total list maker and note taker.  I can’t imagine how life would be without notebooks and little papers with notes thrown around my house.  I’m also a sucker for really cutely design notebooks and cannot deny myself a walk down the notebook aisle at target.  Sometimes I can’t even remember which notebook I wrote a particular list in.

 

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#MAKEITPERSONAL with Shinola Detroit

#MAKEITPERSONAL with Shinola Detroit

I am beyond honored to be featured on the Shinola Detroit blog.  I have worked with them in the past and am always impressed with their impeccably handmade goods.  They are known for their beautiful watches, but also extend their product range to timelessly crafted jewelry and lovely leather items. 

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Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats

I’ve been seeing recipes for overnight oats a lot lately and have been wondering how they would taste.  It seems like the perfect breakfast for busy mornings. Do all the prep at night and grab and go in the morning.

I gave it a try and was pleasantly surprised. It does take a bit of preparation but it was so hearty and tasty.  It will get you through till lunch. I hope you give it a try.

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Spooky Halloween Cocktails

Spooky Halloween Cocktails

Are you throwing an epic Halloween party this year?  I love Halloween parties, but I don’t like throwing them.  I like to go over the top and want things to be absolutely perfect when I throw a party.  With Halloween there are so many awesome details I could think of doing like setting up the bathroom as a murder scene or serving hot dogs that resemble fingers or having your whole place lined with cob webs and creepy crawlers…  it gives me an anxiety attack just thinking about it.  I do admire those who throw an epic Halloween party.  

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3 Super Healthy Smoothies

3 Super Healthy Smoothies

Smoothies are a great way to start the day.  These smoothies are so healthy, loaded with superfoods and are great to sip whenever you need a healthy pick me up. 

I’ve been making a variety of smoothies lately and I’ve found it is a great way in incorporate healthy super foods that may be hard to incorporate in your diet.  For example, apple cider vinegar has so many health benefits and I’ve read you should have 1 tablespoon or more a day, but I have a hard time drinking it by itself so adding it to my smoothies is perfect for my routine.  These smoothies are loaded with super foods in 3 different forms.  You can really add whatever you like and have fun with it.  

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Sugar Free and Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sugar Free and Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have recently kicked sugar and most dairy products from my diet, but needed something to quench my cravings. I’m not a sweets person to begin with but it’s funny the minute you eliminate something from your diet, the cravings all of a sudden start. I looked up a few different recipes and narrowed it down to these ingredients. These cookies came out so good! I personally think they taste like the Chips Ahoy Chewy cookies, but not as sweet of course (which I kind of like). 

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Homemade Artisan Bread

Homemade Artisan Bread

Processed bread is always one of those foods that is always on the top of those “what never to eat” list.  Processed bread is loaded with preservative that are so difficult for your body to digest which then turn into fat.  On top of all that, personally I have never really liked the taste of store bought bread.  I've been making my own for a while now. I've tried several different recipes and techniques and this one is by far the easiest and the best tasting. Give it a try! I promise, you can't mess it up.

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Homemade Pesto

Homemade Pesto

Pesto is one of my secret ingredients to fix a boring meal.  You know those simple weeknight dishes that you’re kind of bored of but are easy quick meals so you just make it and force it down.  I feel like even a little goes a long way, such as adding a teaspoon in a bowl of some chicken noodle soup or using is as a base for your pizza.  I love to toss it in sautéed potatoes and adding some to pasta marinara.  

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Pineapple Vase

Pineapple Vase

Ok! How adorable is this pineapple vase?  I mean I think pineapples in general as so cute (and I they always remind me of Sprongebob), but add some really pretty flowers into the mix and my mind is blown lol.  I love when I see people’s vacation pictures of them on a beach with a straw in a pineapple and slurping a fruity cocktail, it just makes perfect sense.  So, I thought why not up-cycle the pineapple in other ways.  This is great for parties (like a luau) or even just to have around the house after cutting up the fruit.

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DIY Tassel Garland

DIY Tassel Garland

Haven’t you been seeing these cute tassel garlands all over Pinterest for like ever now? I thought I would take a stab at making my own.  I like the idea of hanging one over my bar cart when having a few people over for cocktails.  It’s pretty simple but does take a lot of time.  So if you would prefer to buy one I found some cute ones over at Oriental Trading.  But maybe you want a certain color palette and want to create your own, here is a little tutorial to create your own.

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Watercolor Name Cards

Watercolor Name Cards

I’m all about the little details when it comes to planning an event. I always like to put my own personal touch at my table.  These watercolor name cards are so easy and you can even get the kids to help in.  I think there is something so therapeutic about painting, especially with watercolors.  If name cards are not your thing you could always turn them into gift tags or thank you cards.

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Roasted Red Pepper Veggeti

Roasted Red Pepper Veggeti

It’s time to put those New Year’s resolutions into action.  Eating healthy and getting shape is my yearly struggle, but this year I am totally motivated.  I got a Fitbit for Christmas and I’m totally obsessed.  It’s not something that was on my wishlist, but I’m so glad I have it now.  So now that I am up and moving, it’s so important to me to pull through with healthy meals. 

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NYE Ready!

NYE Ready!

Are you ready for New Year's Eve? It's one of my favorite holidays. I love fresh starts and always have a list of resolutions at the beginning of the year, whether I follow through all year is another story though lol.  This year I must say I dropped the ball on committing to an awesome countdown event, but whatever I end up doing I will definitely throw some sparkle on and have a glass of champagne in hand.

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Style Up the Holidays

Style Up the Holidays

There is something in the air this holiday season; I'm totally bursting with Christmas spirit.  I’ve been shopping, baking, and decorating like crazy.  I was lucky enough to partner with Nordstrom to style and plan all my holiday party outfits.  I’m love shopping through TopShop, BP and all the other great brands all under one roof.  Now, I’m a girl who is always on a budget and I was able to find some really great deals.  No one item is over $100! All styles are so versatile; they are perfect for hopping around to all those holiday parties.

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