Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Patio Appeal

While the playhouse is under way, I'm in a patio furniture struggle. Does anyone else search the internet for hours trying to find exactly what you want on a budget? Maybe I just have furniture envy or guilt? Seriously, everything is so overpriced these days. In between editing (which seems like my entire life at the moment...not a bad thing), I am trying to clean up our outdoor living. I have too many tastes. It interferes with my mind. I love teak, but it's such a bitch to maintain so ours is on it's last leg. Or maybe it wasn't high-end enough? At any rate, would be nice to find a set that doesn't cost a fortune and lasts me awhile AND is comfortable. That is key. I never sit outside because I cannot relax in my rock hard chairs or maybe because I get eaten alive. Time to look for a house with a pool!!! 

Here are a few items I'm loving at the moment, but haven't clicked any order buttons yet...

Super cute chair! Practical? Does it go with my home? Color matches my front door and my gutters. Maybe.

This West Elm bench is too cool.

Totally digging this set that's on sale. I'd have to take out a small loan to get all that I need though. ;) Classic and beautiful!

Seriously inviting, but I think I'm leaning towards metal.

Brown Jordan is my favorite. I really love their stuff! I could spend the entire afternoon in their showroom. This collection at Home Depot is beautiful!

These kid adirondack chairs are awesome and cheap too.

Great sales out right now. Hope you're not as indecisive as I am.


Monday, April 20, 2015

Playhouse Party

DIY playhouse going up. I'll take more pics and keep you updated as the hubs has time to build. Following this little plan for inspiration. We have a narrow space so we have to improvise and change it up a bit. Super excited for my kiddos to have a little place to hang. We are putting in a bottom floor and top floor. Bottom floor is in! (Follow my Instagram for quicker updates).


Thank you for the inspiration The Handmade Home.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

DIY Playdough

Need a weekend activity for the kiddos? Homemade playdough. Check. Gather, blend, stir & play. Easy.

1/2 c of salt
1 c of water
2 tbsp of cream of tartar
1 c of flour
1 tbsp of oil
Food coloring

Mix flour, salt, tartar and oil in a pan
Mix water with the food coloring
Add water/color mixture to other ingredients and stir
Cook on medium heat for 4-5 minutes, constantly stirring
When it becomes doughy, remove from heat and start kneading (hot, be careful)
When texture is achieved, time to play!
Store in container or ziplock

(apologies for the low quality phone pics)...

Easy clean up and lots of fun!


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Spring Kids

Loving the Zara spring collection...

Right? So good. The yellow makes me want to buy it all! 


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Dining Deal

Need to update your dining or kitchen area? Throw in some cool chairs. Some inexpensive newbies over at World Market and Ikea.

I've got my eye on a few. My outdoor chairs are currently serving as indoor seats. They need to go back outside!


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New Trend?

Yes, I know Marsala is in, but butter in coffee? hmmmm... did I miss this one? I prefer to add a spoon full of coconut oil (OR homemade Kaklua), but I guess if I'm out, then butter is a good alternative? Read up a little on bulletproof. Eh, I think I'd puke a little if I drank that.

Coconut oil only for me. Yes, I still use it for many things. And no new updates on all of my experiments with it. Only in the fact that I added coffee creamer to my list awhile ago. It's healthy, delicious and the smell takes me to the beach.

...or if you prefer a butter latte, then go for it.


A new year

Hi 2015. Hoping for a good year! The last month kicked me in the ass. Literally with flu bugs, (yes that's plural) ear infections, overtired all around, laziness. Been sucked in by the winter blahs. I need a new, fresh, optimistic year. Feeling defeated. Maybe it's the weather? Where is our snow? I'd rather have sun or snow in this January gloom. No more rain please!

Looking to do several new things this year. So, what do you want to see from 52? Or rather, where should I take it? With Ali n M Photography happening, I'm trying to figure out direction and time management. And while I'm figuring out web building on my own time, hit us up on our Facebook page if you want to schedule anything or have questions. We will be more professional soon. :)  We just booked some sport stuff in Spring and Summer but want to do Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter mini sessions. We'll spread that news soon. Send me a message if you want to be on our email list.

2015... to more family time, more friend time, more cooking, more outdoor play, more adventures, more risk. Perhaps new recipes, new hobbies, volunteer. New chores. There is always a list. Most importantly, being more present to my husband and kiddos.

Here's to dreaming into the future. Happy belated New Year!