Sweet Dreams

This weekend, my husband and I had friends visiting from out of town. Since we recently moved into our new home, I realized that I needed to make sure that our guest room had all of the necessary supplies. I find that the best way to see what is missing is to “live” in the room for one day. So, I slept in our guest room and was able to easily identify what was lacking.

We realized that the mattress in our guest room was so uncomfortable that I barely got any sleep! Therefore, after a bit of research we decided to head over to IKEA to pick up a new mattress. Their selection was not bad, and we were able to score a brand new spring mattress for under $200! Best of all, the mattress comes rolled up, so it was a breeze to fit in the car. I tried taking a cat nap on it, and it was very comfortable for me. Our guests didn’t have any complaints either. This is the mattress we finally agreed upon!

I also made sure that I had toiletires, bathrobes, closet space, and etnernaintment needs (tv, dvds, books, magazines) covered. We had a few vintage postcards left from our wedding, so I also stashed those away in the guest room. Now that our guest room is ready, I am inviting everyone to stay with us!

A pair of bathrobes is a necessity:

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I like these vintage postcards of San Francisco! Also, a little candle makes the room a bit more homey. Finally, I have a little bowl and tag for charging cell phones and tablets. Our WiFi passcode is on the back for convenience.

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Happy Halloween!

As I mentioned in a previous post, I absolutely adore fall and decorating for the season!

I am a big fan of collecting items for each and every holiday, but I like to accomplish a beautiful vignette on a budget. I often hunt through the Dollar Tree to find something that I could transform into something that I would be proud to display on my mantel. Michaels is also a favorite stop- the coupons combined with sale items makes for a bargain hunter’s dream. Finally, The Graphics Fairy is one of my favorite websites for beautiful vintage graphics that I can frame for a touch of whimsy anywhere in the house!

Below are pictures of a few of my most recent projects:

This is my take on The Headless Horseman. This horse is one of my favorite pieces in our home, so it’s fun to add a little bit of spookiness in an unexpected way.

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This little skeleton was a terrible white plastic before. I used a bit of silver acrylic paint to cover it, and then placed it under a square cloche. Perfectly spooky!

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I found this little crow at the Dollar Tree as well. I spray painted terra cotta pots with chalkboard paint and then filled them with a bit of foam. I covered the foam with Spanish moss, and then stuck the crow in. Finally, I added a few Halloween phrases to break up all that black.

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This project was one of my favorites. I found a skeleton garland at the Dollar Tree and cut it apart. The hands all went into bud vases, and the heads in another. Creepy in a small way!

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The Leaves are Falling…

Growing up on the East Coast, fall has always been my favorite season. I love the crisp chilly air, the beautiful colors on the trees, and the great fashion!

It makes my heart sing to know that we will be in our home for years to come, so I am eager to perfect my seasonal decor. In fact, my perfect weekend afternoon involves crafting a new project with my puppies and a glass of wine by my side. Of course, my husband serves as the ever patient sounding board. He knows what’s coming when I yell down the hallway, “Hey, can I borrow you for a second…”

Below are pictures of what I was able to create for fall in our home:

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Cooperative Cooking

My husband and I recently celebrated our first wedding anniversary, and it really doesn’t feel like a year had gone by since that special, memorable day.

My in-laws were so sweet and gifted us with 2 weeks of Blue Apron meals. Blue Apron is a site that delivers fresh, seasonal (measured) ingredients to your home along with beautiful step-by-step recipes. I love to cook, but my husband needs a bit of help. The recipes were so simple, and tasted so good!

We had fun creating the meals together, and sitting down with a glass of wine to enjoy the fruits of our labor. Each meal was a great opportunity for a wonderful little date night at home. Now, we both have new recipes to add to our collection while we learned new skills and tasted unique flavors!

 

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An Apple A Day…

The first week of school has come and gone, and I have been keeping long hours. This past weekend, I needed to destress and zone out. When I need to relax, I love to turn on some trashy reality TV (Real Housewives is my fav!) and knit up a new project. Since I seem to be in the school mode recently, I knit this cute little apple. I think it will be the perfect accent to my classroom, and integrate my career and hobby!

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First Day Jitters

Today was my first day with my new kiddos, and I think every teacher experiences those first day butterflies- just like their students!

I spent hours this weekend making sure that everything was perfect in my classroom and that I felt ready for Day 1. The desks had to be organized, bulletin boards up, and of course the endless copying and paperwork to be completed.

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Now, everyone has to pick out their spiffy first day of school outfit. My husband helped me decide between countless outfits so that I looked and felt my best!

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With a matching outfit and an organized classroom, the first day was a success! Now, I ready for an early bedtime.

Chocolate Makes Everything Better!

As the hot summer days continue, I cannot seem to get enough cold treats! I make myself smoothies in the morning, but I wanted a cold treat in the evening. However, sorbet was getting old and I am trying to eat healthier. I found this incredible frozen yogurt recipe from Inspired Dreamer.

No joke, this yogurt tastes exactly like cookie dough. And because it has so many filling ingredients, I only need one small scoop to feel satisfied! Best of all, the ENTIRE container is 1, 285 calories. We can usually make it last through at least 10 scoops which equates to be 286 calories each serving. What a sweet, guilt-free treat!

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