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The Little Coffee Table That Could

March 10, 2014

I love taking old furniture and making it my own.

I’m not one to buy expensive furniture, I prefer to sand it, paint it and when I want it to look different start over again.

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My dad got me an old table with a little gold around the top, which I loved! The wood I did not.

So I used some painters tape and did a two-tone paint job on it.

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File Your Troubles Away

March 2, 2014

I will be moving soon so in preparation I’m getting some pieces of furniture ready to be adorable in my yet to be found apartment.

First up, an old file cabinet:

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iPad Case Makeover

February 8, 2014

Today while watching the Olympics I thought it was high time for a little diy.

I got an iPad mini for Christmas last year and purchased a $5 case online that’s worked out splendidly, but is rather dull.

So I grabbed a sharpie and painters tape to liven up the case a bit.

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It’s a Groundhog Day Party

February 4, 2014

Ever heard of a Groundhog Day party? No? Seriously? Best party you’ll attend all year!

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The tradition began five years ago. My friends Ryan and Stephen don’t look it but they are absolutely amazing at party planning. Since that first year a tradition has unfolded.

Here’s the first year:

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We made a delicious vegan lentil chili and, of course, the traditional groundhog pudding.

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Lentil Chili
Makes 8 cups (4 bowls)
Ingredients
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp ginger, minced
2 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup brown lentils
2 bay leaves
One 15 oz can white beans
One 15 oz can pinto beans
One 15 oz can diced tomatoes
1 cup vegetable broth
2 jalapeƱos, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

Preparation
Step One
In a large pot, heat the oil until hot. Add the onion and garlic, and cook over moderate heat until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes.

Step Two
Add the ginger, chili powder, ground cumin, and black pepper, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Step Three
Add the lentils, bay leaves, and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.

Step Four
Stir in the beans, tomatoes, and broth, and bring to a boil.

Step Five
Simmer until thickened, about 20 minutes.

Step Six
Add the jalapeƱo.

Step Seven
Remove bay leaves.

Step Eight
Top with the cilantro

And here’s how we make our vegan Groundhog Day pudding:

Dirt pudding
Makes 6 servings

Mix Chocolate pudding recipe with almond milk in place of milk.

Crush 2/3 Oreos per dirt cup.

Place Teddy Graham’s at the bottom of the cup, then pudding and Oreos.

Refrigerate until serving.

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As is tradition, we watched Bill Murray go crazy over and over again and ended the night with fireworks including but not limited to Crazy Groundhogs.

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It was a good Groundhog Day.

Obsessions: January edition

January 26, 2014

This month has been so exciting for me with trying new items, pursuing new challenges and even adding new crafts to the repertoire!

Here are my current obsessions:

Homemade cards (these are Valentine’s Day themes since it’s just around the corner!)

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I’ll be sending my love notes out in a few weeks to some of my favor people.

I’ve also been researching on a change in my diet. This month I’ve gone vegan and scratched anything that isn’t whole wheat as well as sweeteners. It hasn’t been easy but my skin looks great, I’ve lost weight and I feel really good.

These ladies make some pretty compelling arguments on why you should go vegan, I highly suggest reading.

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I’ve always had a thing for nail polish. In fact, I have gone through my share of kaboodles with the gobs of polish I possess. This month, Birchbox sent me my favorite color of the moment: Ruby Wing’s color changing polish in Mini Kitten Heels.

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My favorite piece of jewelry is a key necklace my pseudo little sister gave me as a graduation gift. Look up The Giving Keys to learn more about its extraordinary mission.

Classic Pendant

Life’s been challenging for me these last few months and the word Kaitlynn chose to gift me with was just what I needed: infinite.

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Life is hard and that’s a fact. But God is always on your side and His time line will work itself out for His will. Sometimes, though, that’s hard to swallow and in moments like that I’m grateful for amazing people and adorable jewelry.

I’m also knitting, obsessing over Lauren Conrad’s “Beauty” and applying for every job opening known to man since I graduated last month and am ready to say yes to a new job! Anyone looking, I’m ready and willing to relocate!

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Happy Trails to You

January 18, 2014

My editor recently resigned and is looking for something new to do with his career. He was such a wonderful person to work with so the newsroom very much wanted to throw him a party to thank him for all his service.

I decided to theme the party “Happy Trails to You” and use maps for decor.

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I gathered maps from folks who have switched to GPS and used the folds to cut out the banner and cut a wide V to make it a little fancy. Then I had my friend Kaitlynn use her talent of writing to add goodbye sayings.

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I’m a bit of a banner enthusiast so I made three different banners for the occasion. I used a cricut for the “Happy Trails to You” banner.

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It was so wonderful to send him off with love and we’ll wishes, not to mention how much I love brunch potlucks at work!

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Just Married

January 18, 2014

One of my favorite people and co-worker got married out of state so I organized an after-marriage reception at a local restaurant.

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I painted my cupcake stand with copper colors to match the somewhat rustic color theme I had for the party. My cohort in decorating ordered Publix cupcakes (a great deal if you’re in need) and she picked up some mustache and lip cupcake toppers.

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I made signs for the bride and grooms chair to add a little specialness.

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For the tables, I bought a dozen mason jars from JoAnne’s fabric store (if you give then your email they send out 40 and 50 percent coupons all the time!) in picked up some fall-ish flowers and tea lights to make the centerpieces.

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I used floral scrapbook paper and a cricut for the “Just Married” sign.

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It was so wonderful to spend time with one of my favorite couples! Here’s a few more snapshots of our gathering!

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