Sunday, November 23, 2014

Crafternoon Round 2: Vintage Tea Cup Planters

Over the weekend, Abby hosted the second Blogger & Friends Crafternoon at her beautiful home! <Which, conveniently, is right in my neighborhood!> This time around, we made Vintage Tea Cup Planters. I used the same adorable (thrifted) mugs that I used when I did this project back in 2012 (here!) and they turned out so cute. 

Abby had the table set up beautifully with the plants and gardening gloves (and adorable hippo watering can!). She had pre-divided some of the plants we picked out at Home Depot, which helped a lot. 

She also made a couple of samples in those cute little mini-buckets.. aren't they cute? I love that fern. Carrie (below) brought the prettiest little sugar bowl that turned into the cutest planter!

I learned a great trick doing this project for a 2nd time - it's pretty obvious but I didn't think about it the first time. Put little pebbles into the bottom of the planter for water drainage! Genius. :)

Check out Abby's post about the Crafternoon here.  Thanks again for hosting us, Abby! 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thrifted Finds

The other day, I had some baby-free time to check out the Village Thrift and found a couple of great things! Always on the lookout for cute patterns in jersey material to turn into baby headbands, I got those polka dot kid pants for 75-cents! (Orange was one of the half-off colors). 

1. Red & White Striped Onesie - $1.50

2. Polka Dot Pants for Headband Fabric - 75-cents (half off $1.50)

3. Baby Sweater Vest (I mean..) - $3.00

4. White Fleece - $5.00

5. Over-sized Comfy Sweater - $5.00

Ironically, the day before this thrift trip, I had ordered this Target Fleece, and then found a similar one for $5 at the Village! So now I can return the Target one. The polka dot headband turned out so cute - stay tuned for a baby style post :)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Fashion Inspiration: Fall Sweaters

I've made no secret of the fact that I'm more of a Spring/Summer person. I love the fall, too.. but it means the inevitable is coming - winter. As beautiful as the snow may be (sometimes), winter just draaags on in Ohio.. making spring all the more exciting I suppose. Anyway, I have this tradition of buying myself a nice, new (not thrifted!?) sweater to help me make peace with the dropping temps and feel comfy while doing it. Here are some of my favorites:

As you can tell, the right one will be long enough to wear with leggings and somewhat over-sized.

Decisions, decisions. Happy fall!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Mom Thoughts: Sacrifices and Compromises

As parents, you soon learn that your life will be full of compromises for the sake of your child. You expect it when you sign up for the job. Your life is no longer just about you personally or you both as a couple. There's a third little person in the mix now who needs you. It doesn't matter what time of the night it is, or what day of the year. Parenting isn't meant to be "convenient" or easy. It's a tough job, filled with some of the most tender and rewarding moments.

For the past few months, I've been looking forward to Halloween night. Reed's band had a show scheduled in Ohio City (at Happy Dog - such a fun venue). Our friend's band was set to be the opener and everyone was dressing in costume. Gourmet veggie dogs, craft beers, good live music and an opportunity to wear pink hair and crazy make up in public? I was excited.

But fast forward to the few days before Halloween - Eden started popping her first tooth! She was fine during the day, but in the evenings the teething pain hit her hard. She was irritable, sad and fevery. She needed me.

So I didn't go out in my pink hair and crazy make up. I stayed home and held the baby close when she was hurting. I rocked her, read to her and let her sleep on my chest (and put her in her monkey costume - shown above - just for fun).

Sure I was disappointed, but so happy and thankful that I have her here at all. In 16 years, when all she wants to do is hang out with her friends and borrow the car, I'm sure I will give anything to spend an evening with just her. Trying my best to make her smile and remembering how it used to be as easy as shaking her Hello Kitty toy. I want to soak up these special times together, while she still thinks I'm entertaining.

And after all, I still got to wear my pink hair to work :)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Mexican Style Chicken Soup in the Crock Pot

I'm not a huge fan of meat (more of a bean person), but for some reason, pregnancy and now breastfeeding makes me crave chicken! After years of not cooking meat, I've started buying frozen chicken breasts to cook in the crock pot. I find that raw meat is much less offensive when it's frozen.

Anyway, to me, the crock pot is the best way to cook chicken. You don't even really have to touch it or even look a it until it's done! Aside from a quick stir, maybe. If you aren't doing the chicken and salsa crock pot trick and you're not a vegetarian, you need to! It's so easy and makes the chicken really moist, flavorful and easy to pull apart.

Pour some salsa in the crock pot, put 3 or 4 chicken breasts down on top (frozen or thawed) and then cover them with more salsa. Cook on low for 6ish hours and that's it! When they're done, they'll be really easy to pull apart using two forks. It's the best chicken for any Mexican style dish.

Most recently, I made the slow cooked salsa chicken for Mexican Style Chicken and Bean Soup. I let the chicken cook on low while I was at work, then added the rest of the ingredient when I got home.

Mexican Style Chicken and Bean Soup

3 or 4 slow cooked chicken breasts, pulled apart
Chicken stock
1 can of tomatoes with chili peppers
1 can of black beans
1 cup corn (I used frozen)
1 cup white rice (we had it leftover from another dish)
2 cap fulls of lime juice or a fresh squeezed lime
(If I had cilantro on hand, I would have chopped and added that!)

After chicken is cooked, pull apart and add the rest of the ingredients to the crock pot. Turn it on high and let it cook together for another hour. Serve with: lime wedges and avocado chunks.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Fashion Inspiration from eShakti

I was recently contacted by eShakti to do a product review. They have generously sent me a few items of my choosing in the past (detailed here and here) and I'm always happy with the items. I love the variety of beautiful items they have, which makes choosing an item somewhat tricky.

I've compiled my top contenders above. See what I mean about a wide variety of beautiful things? They really have some great things right now.

1. Floral Print Chiffon Dress

2. Faux Fur Faux Leather Belted Vest

3. Belted Stretch Cotton Shirt-Dress

4. Assymetric Collar Sheath Dress

5. Fall Floral Print Dress

6. Trapunto Trim Poplin Skirt

Now to narrow it down... :)

Have a great Wednesday!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Thrifted Finds: Sweaters for Baby

I absolutely love thrifting baby clothes! Do my husband and I both have jobs and couldn't we technically afford to buy her new clothes? ("Isn't your baby worth it?!") Yes. But I have so much more fun with the "challenge" of finding her good quality, gently used items (that I wash well before she wears them!). Plus, she grows out of her clothes so quickly now and I love the "recycling" aspect of used clothes as well. 

Anyway, a few weeks ago, I went to to the thrift store hoping to find some good cool-weather clothes for Eden. Both yellow and green tags were half-off, so all three of these adorable little sweaters ended up in my cart :)

1. Pink Baby Gap Sweater Jacket - $3.00 (worn here but too small now so it's on its way to Lindsay!)
2. Striped Sweater - $1.50
3. Light Blue Sweater - $2.00

Hope you had a great weekend!