Thursday, March 23, 2017

texture and depth

If you want to add some texture and depth to a room, consider hanging a basket or hanging plates on the wall. They typically have a different shape than a standard picture and visually I think they add a little life to a room! I hung a round basket tray above our pantry door to add warmth and texture to our kitchen and in our breakfast area hung three plates. The best part is that these items generally can be found at a low cost at a variety of stores like TJ Maxx, Target and even Walmart. 






Happy Thursday! 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

easy chocolate mousse


I have a super easy dessert recipe for you. Chocolate Mousse. I decided that I would try to make this for our New Year's Day dinner and it was a big hit with the kids. My kids are not big cake, pie or cobbler lovers like myself so I am always on the hunt for other dessert options. It is delicious, easy and makes for a nice presentation for adult guests as well. 

All you need:
1 pint Heavy whipping cream
10-12 oz package of milk chocolate morsels
Any fruit you want to add for garnish (we have used strawberries and raspberries)

1. Beat the whipping cream in a bowl on medium speed for about 2-3 min or until peaks begin forming (has consistency of mousse)
2. Melt your chocolate morsels. I literally poured mine in a microwave safe bowl and heated it for 1 min. 45 sec. 
3. Pour the chocolate into the bowl with the whipping cream. 
4. Fold the chocolate into the whipping cream (do not over-stir)
5. Refrigerate for 1 hour (if you can wait that long:)


I poured mine into ramekins before I refrigerated them so they are ready to serve. I would say it serves 6-8 people easily. 

Top with garnish and enjoy!



Thursday, March 16, 2017

soft earthy tones

The older I get, the more I notice myself gravitating to soft earthy tones. This home featured in Southern Living is so lovely and full of calming, coastal colors. We are all dreaming of anything coastal at the moment as it is freezing just about everywhere! Enjoy this home tour! Stay warm out there!





Saturday, March 11, 2017

seedling

Have you heard of Seedling? My sister told me about this website around Christmas time and I was able to get my kids a couple of really neat gifts.  It is a great site full of unique and affordable gift ideas for kids. I am already starting to think about a few goodies for my kids' Easter baskets. I always stick to pretty simple Easter baskets and my go-to stores typically are Target dollar bin, Walmart and Hobby Lobby, but Seedling has some great activity centered gifts too. Below are some toys that are on my radar for Easter. Currently they have 20% off the entire site thru 3/12 using code green-17. Enjoy! 






Wednesday, March 1, 2017

window art

As I began thinking about this post about hanging art on a window, all I could think of was Lil Jon's 'To the Window, to the Wall'. I was either in high school or college when that song came out and it just makes me laugh. Hopefully, I took you down memory lane for a second!  Anyways, back to the good stuff. When we first moved into our house, one thing that I really loved and still love, are the three windows in the living room. Our couch backs up to the windows. I have contemplated several times hanging art on the windows. Last Christmas, I hung a wreath between each window and I really liked how it looked. It would definitely have to be the right print or painting, but I like how it adds some color above the couch. My main hesitation in doing this though, is the little feet that inevitably end up running and jumping on the couch. I fear for what might happen to the art. For now, I will keep this idea in my pocket and will bring it out some other time! The pictures below are my inspiration! 








Tuesday, February 28, 2017

boden maxi dresses

Boden has some gorgeous maxi dresses right now. I always love the look of a maxi dress, but for some reason I do not buy them very often. They seem to be 'in' for spring and summer and I am loving these from Boden. 




Thursday, February 23, 2017

real life closet upgrade

When your husband tells you that he wants to upgrade your closet, you do not argue with him. Our closet was a pretty nice standard walk-in closet with typical builder-grade wire racks. We probably could have done a better job keeping it organized, but honestly, to keep some things organized, you need the right tools. You do have to get rid of the things you do not use, but we really did that when we moved and it still was not working for us. Our goal was to add more hanging storage, shoe storage as well as have a place for sweaters and other seasonal clothing items. We saw that Closets by Design was having some good deals in January so we contacted them for an initial design and quote. They were great to work with and we are so pleased with how it turned out. 

I am embarrassed to show you the 'before' situation, but this is real life folks. 




We painted the closet the same color as our bathroom which is Olympus White - Sherwin Williams. It is hard to get good pictures of a closet with no natural light, but this will at least give you an idea. There are so many different options, but we chose the most basic design. 



Tada! 

I decided to add a small ottoman for storage and to stand on to reach the upper shelf. It is a great place to store my handbags. 




I know it sounds crazy, but when my home is organized, I feel more at ease. I know for sure it will not always be completely organized, but this small improvement has made such a huge difference!