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How adorable is this little bracelet!  I just love the fact that you put your own initials into it, so there will be very few people that have the same one  as you!  I found this little thing on Pinterest but it originates from seller MarinetteJewelry .  Her things are so lovely and unique!  Definitely check it out!  These would be a PERFECT gift for your bridal party, a recent graduate, a new bride, a new mom, mother’s day!  Ah! I might order a few now!


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So I have this problem…. I have this cute little porch, all the California sun a girl could ask for and these two little wooden flower boxes that just complete the “package”;  It’s not a back yard but it’s my dream outdoor patio space for now… ya know?  So as I said, I have this problem….. I have these jerk neighbors who live below us.  So these jerk neighbors complain to management EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I. WATER. MY. FLOWERS……. Annoying and rude!  I mean, come’on!  It’s not like water is flooding their entire apartment!  It’s more like a teaspoon of water escapes the 7 protective layers that I have created and drips down onto their outdoor patio.  I mean, really folks, what happens when it rains!??!  She killed my basil, my mint and my dill and I can safely say that I very strongly dislike her.

So anyway-

I think this would be the perfect, cheerful, springtime addition to my apartment without risking disturbing the beast below.

I’m so trying this!

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I am loving this idea!  I think it’s a great addition to a morning brunch and really gives your guests the freedom to choose how they indulge with their champagne!  I, personally, LOVE strawberries and peaches in my mimosas!  Not necessarily together- but I would choose either one or the other.  I don’t care too much for raspberries so I would probably forgo that option.  The point is- your guests can be creative and  an added bonus is that it provides a gorgeous display for your party!  I mean- how beautiful and colorful is this table!?  It’s the perfect way to start your Sunday morning amongst friends!


By the way, I found this pretty little thang on Pinterest!


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Gorgeous Purple Arrangement

I love this purple flower arrangement.  This was displayed in a barn-like building with a combination of wood, steel, and stone.  I think it works perfectly!  The bright purple and greens alongside the twigs with small purple flowers  give this arrangement a barn-yard feeling.  The sticks add some height and depth to the floral piece and I think it really completes the look!

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I have to do it!  I’m sorry!  I have to post some wedding pics because my wonderful photographer and florist did an amazing job on everything!  …and hey!  It qualifies as “pretty” so cut me a break! 😉  I will post various things every once in awhile from the big day, I don’t want to BORE any of you pretty readers with photo-album after photo-album!

First thing’s first: INVITATIONS!

I made my own invitations and am very proud of them!  I found an inspiration image and I tried very hard to get the same feel for my own without copying the idea completely.

I'm inspired! Are you??

Credit: I found this image on Style Me Pretty and I contacted the invitation designer to inquire about her services.  I was disappointed that she didn’t call me back, but I ended up doing a fabulous job without her!

So I started with the color scheme which I had already known was going to be plum/eggplant and gold based on my bridesmaid’s dresses.  I wanted a black tie affair but I didn’t want the traditional ivory and gold combination so I thought this was a nice compromise.  It remains elegant and beautiful without being overly traditional and not-me!

So I designed my own invitation layouts on Photoshop:

And then ordered all of the supplies!


Special Thanks to Kellen at The Paper Orchid who was the sweetest person to work with!  She was a huge help and was sweet as could be!  THAT, wedding vendors, makes a HUGE impact on us girls!  Keep that in mind for next time, “wedding stationary lady that didn’t call me back!”

Now as a final note, I would LOVE to make some invitations for you brides out there!  If there is any interest from you girls that would love a handmade quality to your invites without doing them yourself, I would LOVE to help!  Comment on this entry and LIKE me on Facebook I will be sure to email you back so we can chat!

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Brussel Sprouts....


{Gasp!} {Squeal!} {Nooooooooooooooooo!}

Ok guys, they aren’t that bad!  In fact, I think they’re pretty awesomely tasty!

So for those of you who aren’t fraidy cats, let’s move on and give these Brussel Sprouts and Bacon a try!  I found these guys on cooking light.com and they were so good that all 2 lbs of them were gone in minutes!

You’ll need:

  • 6 slices center-cut bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced shallot (about 1 large)
  • 1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add bacon, and sauté for 5 minutes or until bacon begins to brown. Remove pan from heat. Remove the bacon from pan with a slotted spoon, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in pan (discard the remaining drippings).

Saute that bacon!

Save some good ole' bacon fat

2. Return pan to medium-high heat, and stir in bacon, shallot, and Brussels sprouts; sauté 4 minutes. Add garlic, and saute for 4 minutes or until garlic begins to brown, stirring frequently. Add the chicken broth, and bring to a boil. Cook for 2 minutes or until the broth mostly evaporates and the sprouts are crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in salt and pepper.

Have your garlic and onions on standby...

We didn’t have any shallots so we used some onions instead

Add the brussels and the onions/shallots to the bacon drippings


Then you’re ready to serve these babies!

May I suggest serving with some honey garlic pork?

Yummy combination!

So- after doing them this way I would personally make one change.  Instead of cooking them in the chicken broth, I would pop them in the oven and roast them for a bit to get that crunchy, caramelized texture but that’s only because I like them a bit firmer than mushy.  Again- that’s only my preference but either way, they are a fab side dish!!!



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So I can not take the credit for this recipe!  I saw this on my cousin Hannah’s blog and I couldn’t wait to make them! P.S. Hannah’s blog is freaking adorable!  And not only because of her delicious recipes and charming southern wit!  Her ADORABLE baby Eleanora is plastered all over the place and you just want to squeeze her she’s so cute!   You should definitely check it out!

So I changed the recipe a bit because I was feeling strawberries at the time and had some strawberry pie filling in the cabinet!  These are soo simple it’s re-donk-ulous!

You’ll need:

This is pretty much it!

Take some pie crust and roll it out a bit so that it’s a little thinner…you get more mini-pies that way anyway!  Then you cut some circles with your cookie cutter OR a lid to a container!  Ha!

So I don't have cookie cutters! This is me being resourceful!

Lay them out on a tin-foil-lined baking sheet

Drop a lil' dollop of pie filling in the center

Then top with another cut-out and seal with a fork!

Then I sprayed a little bit of spray “butter”on top with a little sprinkle of sugar for some extra sweetness!

(in lieu of a glaze)

If you have extra pie crust, feel free to make an abnormally shaped pie... it'll make you smile

Get it? ^

Then bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes!  Sooo simple! And delicious!

Lovely Golden Brown

Top with some whipped cream!



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