2016

31 December 2015


I would have to say that this year has been one of the best of my life so far! I can't believe that it's over!  I am really really looking forward to seeing what 2016 brings us - but its always nice to take a look back ;)

This year we really got settled into our house. We moved in at the end of last year and didn't have time to make it very homey with everything else we had going on, but this year we made a huge effort and I'm happy to say that it finally feels like our home.  

We got married!!! 
The wedding itself didn't go as planned, and in truth was a bit of a disaster but in the end I left married to my best friend and that was all that mattered.

We went on some really great vacations! 
Take me back to Mexico asap! 

We watched some of our best friends get married and others get engaged! This really is the season of life where you have 5 weddings a year... no complaints here! I love weddings!

Our nephew was born! He is such a sweet boy and while I love the baby phase I am excited to see how much he grows over the next year. He'll be a wild little toddler before we know it! 

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I don't like making New Years Resolutions because I feel like I'm setting myself up for failure but I do have a lot of goals going into next year that I'm really excited about.

I want to really focus on blogging and get a calendar together to organize posts 5 days a week.
I want to attend a blogging conference so I can learn more about social media and growing an audience. (Again, I think that regular posting is key here ;) If only I could follow my own advice) 

I want to travel so much more! Blake and I have some really big decisions to make about our future this year and what direction we want to take with work and money and blah blah blah. The one thing we know is that we want to get out of Colorado and see everything! 48 state road trip..... maybe??

Organization - this one speaks for itself. I have none, I want to get some. 

We bought a nice camera last year in preparation for some serious blogging and you know what? I still haven't learned how to really use it.  I am going to take a page from Laura's book and learn my way around a DSLR. 

Lastly, I really want to take better care of myself. One thing I really envy about Blake is how dedicated he is to taking care of himself. When he's home alone he doesn't use it as an excuse to eat pizza and taquitos... crazy right? He also works out everyday. I'ma try that.

So, with that - I hope everyone has a wonderful, safe New Years Eve! Happy 2016!!






Happy Christmas Week and Thoughts

21 December 2015

Happy, happy Christmas week everybody! I can barely believe that this year is nearly over. 2015 was so good to us that I will be sad to see it go, but I can't wait to see what happens in 2016! We are traveling to see family this week and I'm so excited! Christmas is the very best.

I'll just tell you now that this post is scatter city. I hope you stick around anyway :) 

I saw this photo today and can't believe he was this tiny. Now, a year a half later, he's the dog equivalent of a snarky grandpa. He's so grumbly and snuggly at the same time. I love him so much that it hurts my heart.


SERIALLLLL Season 2 is out and I got so excited the morning it popped up in my podcast playlist that I listened to it three times. I don't want to miss a single thing. It's so different from last season and I was unsure at first, but now I'm sold. I would like for Sarah Koenig to tell me stories all day.

I worked out 4 days last week! I was so proud of myself and also so sore that I thought my legs would actually fall off. The dogs tried to chase after a bunny during our walk and I barely had the strength to hold them back, especially with all the ice. I saw my life flash before my eyes.

Speaking of bunnies, I really want one. I was looking at them on adoptapet.com the other day before Blake caught me. I saw a gif of four bunnies falling asleep in cups the other day and I needed one. 

I bought pink faux fur last week for a vest I'm making and I got some crazy looks from the ladies at the cutting counter. The woman behind me got the same fabric to make a cat bed.... I don't know what this says about my choice.
Speaking of fabric, I don't like what the holidays have done to the lines at JoAnn's.

We didn't do Christmas cards this year because Blake said he thinks you only do them when you're a real grown up (which we apparently aren't), but I have loved getting everyone else's! They are so cute and I love that they thought of us.

I'll confess that I didn't want a tree originally but we got one anyway and I'm so happy that we did. I'm laying on the couch writing this and the room feels so much cozier with it up. We might not take it down!

We're about to get our second big snow storm tomorrow and I'm pretty excited that everyone here will have a white Christmas!

I plan on posting a few more times before the new year but just in case I don't get to it, I hope that everyone has wonderful, safe holiday!!

Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas!!!










DIY Friday: Henley T- Shirt Dress

18 December 2015

Happy Friday Everybody! 
This weekend will thankfully be pretty relaxed around here. I have some last minute Christmas things to figure out but I'm nearly done and I can't wait to get to Arizona and out of the cold for a few days. We had a huge snow storm this week and I loved it, but it will be nice to walk outside without boots and a puffer on. 

I made this dress several weeks ago and I swear I would wear it everyday. It's so comfortable and roomy, and it feels like you're wearing pajamas. It's wonderful. 
There are so many ways to dress this up or down, and I think it's perfect for all of that holiday travelling. You can bet that I'll be throwing on a blanket scarf and some flats with this for our airport day soon.

I have been wanting to make a henley dress for a while because I knew how much use I would get out of it, but I was nervous about the placket piece. The placket is the "henley" part of the top where the buttons are. I wish I could say that I figured this out on my own but I didn't. I looked up a few YouTube videos and found this one by Melly Sews to be super helpful. It wasn't hard at all, just time consuming because I wanted to do it right. Even though this dress is really simple, I love it so much! I want to make one in a few different colors so that I can wear them everyday. 

 If you want to learn how to make your own you can follow the full tutorial at the bottom of this post! I hope you guys like it and give it a try. If you do, be sure to tag me in your photos! I would love to see yours and how you style it! If you aren't so into the sewing, I have linked a few dresses  that are similar below as well :)



Melly Sews Henley Placket Tutorial Video

Materials
2 yards light knit fabric
Matching Thread
Thin Interfacing
Pack of 6 snaps

Step 1. Cut all pieces from fabric using a snug fitting tee or tank as a guide. Measure sleeve length and cut. You will want your placket piece to be about 6 inches in length so after watching the video cut the rectangular piece to fit the length you will need for you placket. Cut the same size piece from interfacing.

Step 2.  Sew front and back of the dress together at the sides and shoulders and cut the slit for the placket in the neckline.

Step 3. Sew your sleeves into tubes and attach to the dress. (You can find more detailed instructions for this step in previous tutorial posts.) At this point I also hemmed  the bottom and sleeves of the dress.

Step 4. Follow the video to sew in your placket - install the snaps according to the directions on the packaging and you are ready to go!

I hope you guys all enjoyed this one! Happy sewing - or shopping ;)


Hair Tutorial : Headband Crown Braid

16 December 2015

Hi Guys! Exciting day today - it's my first hair tutorial! 
I have been wanting to make one for a while now but after a filming a few for practice, I was skeptical. It's a little nerve wracking to record yourself... buuuut I can't get over these two Willow Crowns headbands I got recently and finally worked up the courage to film (and post!) a video! 

If you haven't checked out their website yet, you definitely should. Everything is so beautiful - you'll love it all! 

I have been really loving this crown braid lately. I think it's a nice switch up from the regular milk maid style - which I also love, but I have gotten some questions about this braid and whether or not it's a hard one to do.
It's not! 
It's easy with a little practice ;)

Quick disclaimer - I know that parts of this video are super dorky. I thought about re-filming it but really... this is just me, so the next attempt wouldn't be any different. I hope you guys like, let me know what you think!




Happy, Happy Wednesday!

Bonus DIY: Geometric Wooden Wall Hangings

10 December 2015

I told you guys a while ago that I was going to start working on our guest room makeover. Before, I thought the room looked, and felt small with all beige walls and no window treatments. We have this huge platform bed  that my dad built several years ago that is so pretty but I never felt like it really fit anywhere or looked good in the house. 

I saw this paint color recently on Pinterest and the ideas just started flowing! Blake really likes painting (weirdo) so he didn't mind doing it and I got started on some DIY projects that I had in mind. I was afraid that the dark color on the walls would make the room feel smaller, but all of the white accents helped and I think it looks awesome. I need to get started on some bedside tables and add a few more things but its really coming together, and I was so happy about the way my wood project turned out that I just couldn't wait to share!

My inspiration for these walls hangings was this gorgeous flooring from Vintage Revivals. I think I have mentioned them before but I LOVE everything they do and their website is worth scrolling through - warning - you might get sucked in like I did and end up at the hardware store after work with a list for 50 different projects. So be careful. 

I wanted to do the same pattern that they did but smaller so that I could hang them and I wanted three panels to take up a good amount of space on the wall. Unfortunately, the saw that I have doesn't swivel far enough to get the angle for the pattern they had so I improvised. I decided to go with  45 degree cuts for the triangles. It was much different than I pictured in my head but I'm really happy with how it turned out.


If you want to know how to make your own  you can follow the directions below!


I had a lot of scrap wood from other projects laying around at home so I knew I had enough for the backing. (If you don't - grab the thinnest piece of plywood you can find - here is one - and have it cut into 2 equal pieces. We want to keep the final product fairly light.) I also bought (5) 8' 1x4 pine boards for the triangles and (7) 4' 1x2 pine boards for the trim from Lowes.

I used : 
A Jigsaw 
Nail Gun or hammer & nails 
Gorilla Glue 
Tape Measure 
Screw Driver 
Pencil 

1. The first thing I did was get started cutting my triangles. I set my miter saw at 45 degrees and made my first cut. Be careful and definitely use a guide to keep the board straight. If you don't have much experience with power tools it's always nice to have a buddy to help you hold the boards and keep things steady. Wear your safety glasses too, you want to keep your eyeballs. 


Flip the board after each cut so you can quickly line it up and make another cut. Cut all 5 boards into these small triangles. ~This is optional, but I did take about 10 triangles and cut them in half using the same 45 degree cut. You will end up with 20 smaller triangles that I think add some fun dimension once you have them all laid out. 

2. This next step is tedious. Take your sanding block and lightly sand the edges of all of the triangles. This took me soooo long (partly because i was moving at a snails pace but also because there are a lot of triangles.) If you have a friend, recruit them. 

3. Decide how big you want your panels to be. Mine are just over 10 inches wide and about 4 feet long. To determine the size of mine I took my triangles and started playing around with the design. I tried a few different things before landing on the one in the first photo. 


3. After you decide what your design will be, measure the length and width of your finished design. Cut your plywood backing to the dimensions you need using your jigsaw. 

4. Glue your triangles down in the pattern you wanted. Originally I thought I would only want certain triangles to be stained but after seeing it all together, I decided to stain the rest. You can stain them before gluing or after, it's up to you. 

^ Sorry its blurry but I thought it was still worth posting because you can see the design I chose a bit better. 

5. Measure the long sides of your panels again (just to be safe) and cut your 1x2's to the correct length using your miter saw again. Nail them into place after making the plywood backing and the 1x2 flush. You can glue first for extra stability but I didn't. Now measure the short sides of your panels including the trim on the sides and cut those pieces. Attach them the same way.
Stain the edge pieces and let everything dry!

6. I let mine dry in the garage overnight and them brought them inside to attach the D-ring hangers on the backs. Then I measured, and used a level to make sure everything was in line before hammering my nails into the wall. I hung them and viola!

I really love how they turned out and now I have so many other ideas for wall hangings! I hope you guys like it too and if you have any questions please ask! I know it seems very time consuming and expensive but if you already have the tools, the wood isn't bad at all, and it's totally worth it. I feel like it added just the right amount of dimension to the space.

Let me know what you think!

xo - Happy Thursday!


Links || Bedding - old - but I love this one | Curtains | Faux Fur Throw - sold out - similar here | Throw Pillow | Paintings (made by me)

Positivity & New Chalk Print

07 December 2015

Happy Monday everybody! 

How was your weekend? Mine was pretty relaxed. I spent Friday night enjoying a little at home spa experience. I used my fav Que Bella mask and took a bubble bath with Everyone Citrus & Mint Soap  and the Shea Moisture Bath Salts. My brother in law introduced us to the Everyone brand and it's so nice! It smells amazing and was so moisturizing that I was tempted to skip the lotion step - because lets be honest - it's the worst part of the post shower routine. My dogs follow me around trying to lick it off of my legs and I have to find higher ground to avoid them - the floor is lava. 

Saturday I avoided all the projects I had to do and instead laid on my couch and shopped... woo hoooo. All that really did was make Sunday busier, but that's okay. Once Blake got home I finally got some pep in my step and  finished a chalk board which is a rare occurrence these days, and finished a wood working (loose term) project that I have been working on for a while.  It looks so good and I am so happy with how it turned out so I'll be sharing it with you tomorrow!! 

Anyway, I made this chalkboard to cheer myself up a little bit truthfully. I know that I brought this up recently but with all the sadness in the news I have been feeling really down. It's hard to feel safe and to think about the future when there seems to be a new tragedy every day. If I let myself think about it too much I would probably drown in it so I'm choosing to be positive instead. 


So, it may sound silly, but I'm choosing to believe in magic. 

I'm taking a break from Etsy since I haven't been making very many chalkboards lately but if you want this print just shoot me an email and I'll send you the original file for you to print yourself :) 

Have a wonderful week everyone! 



Stocking Stuffers For Him

02 December 2015

I love Christmas shopping! I think it's fun to try and find things for people that they don't know they want. I have so much fun hunting for cool stuff for Blake. We decided not to get big gifts for each other this year but I think that stockings are even more fun because you can get so many fun little things. This year I found some really cool stuff, so I thought I would share a little stocking stuffer gift guide! 

Stocking Stuffers For Him

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9
First, these Horsetooth hot sauces are my very favorite! They are made in Fort Collins and were always at the little local breakfast places we would go. The green one is good on everything and who wouldn't want some fun new hot sauce on their eggs Christmas morning?? I love Bloody Mary's and so does my dad, so we both like finding new tasty mixes and I have seen this one around a lot. And pickles? duh... for your Bloody Mary.
I have seen so many cool whiskey stones and these are no exception! They come in a set of 9 and the shop they are from is a really neat one that Blake found recently. The shop is called Cool Materials and it's the perfect place to find little unique gifts. 
Coffee is always a big winner in our house. We both really love it, and love trying new brands. This Stumptown sampler pack is already in my basket and after trying their cold brew I know I'm sold. We have also been wanting to try a pour over coffee maker and  this is cheap enough that if we like it, it will be awesome but if we don't we aren't out anything (plus, they look pretty on coffee/bar carts, always a plus) I have always been a sucker for nice packaging and enamel mugs so if I end up using this cool one more than Blake that would be fine with me! Lastly, I have never had a water bottle last very long because I lose everything... but Blake doesn't! So, this hot/cold hydro flask would be great for him because he works out in the plains a lot and it can get pretty chilly in the winter! 
What about you guys? What are your go to stocking stuffers? And don't worry, while I put this guide together, I found plenty of cool stuff for the lady in  your life too, so that one is coming your way!  
Happy Wednesday! 

I'm baaaccckkkkk

01 December 2015

Well hello there Holiday crazed blogosphere! I had so much fun reading everyones Thanksgiving  prep are recap posts. If only I had it in me to be prepared enough for a Thanksgiving prep post... maybe one day I'll get it together and stop missing important blog days.
Anyway, we have had a very busy two weeks and it feels like the days all melted together. 

Last weekend we had our third annual Friendsgiving. I have seen the most gorgeous tablescapes on so many other blogs - and man, would I have loved for that to be a thing here - but we were working more of a keg, paper plate operation and I think thats how it will be for a few more years. I can't imagine that we will be using real silverware until everyone turns 30. 

I have no pictures that are internet appropriate but it was a really fun party and we love having everyone at our house for a change. One of the fun things about living this far from everyone is that once they're here they're kinda stuck ;) 

The rest of the week flew by and I stayed up until almost 1 in the morning making these ridiculous turkey sugar cookies. You guys should check out this bakery's Facebook page if you haven't seen it yet! She makes the most beautiful cookies and trust me, after you watch 5 of the short video tutorials you'll be convinced you can do it too. I think that it turned out as a win/fail mix. For my first time decorating sugar cookies, I think it went well, but in comparison to The Flour Box Bakery's cookies - very disappointing. I'm also sorry for the very bad lighting... my sleepy, cookie crazed self took the worst picture ever.


Thanksgiving was awesome and it was really great to have a 4 day weekend. Blake and I hadn't been down to my parents house in a long time so it was fun to be there with them. We always end up eating too much food and drinking too much beer but at least this time I was winning all the games we played. That will teach them to drink tequila during game night! They let the least skilled person win darts. 

Last but not least I went to my first NFL game! I have never been the biggest football fan but after the Broncos v Patriots game I have a new found appreciation. That last half was the most exciting two hours - I barely cared that my toes and fingers were about to fall off!! #brockrocksmysocks 
We also broke the Guinness Book of World Records for most fake mustaches worn at the same time - hence this ridiculous picture.


I was very sad to go back to work this week but it's okay. It's a good way to pass the time until we leave for CHRISTMAS!! My favorite time of year! I can barely wait!!

How are you guys getting ready for the holidays? Did everyone take advantage of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales? 

Happy happy Tuesday!

The most productive I have ever been

18 November 2015

This weekend was our first free weekend in a long time, and our last one until basically New Years so we really tried to soak up every minute. We spent most of Friday night following the Paris attacks. There was so much sadness in the news this weekend and while I was really wrapped up in the coverage, I did try to distract myself with all the work that needed to get done around the house.
It also reminded Blake and I to start doing 'happy, sad and grateful' during dinner which I really like doing. Sometimes they get repetitive but it's a fun little tradition and makes you think about all the things you have in your life that are good.

Blake and I had a small lapse in communication that resulted in him purchasing a LoveSac and cancelling our couch that was on its way from WayFair.com. I tried not to freak out until it showed up on our porch Saturday morning. It's incredibly comfortable... but we don't live in a frat house so it won't be staying right in the middle of our living room. However, it does double as the worlds largest dog bed so Teddi and Huck like it and if I'm being honest... I do too.


Anyway, I'm not normally a very efficient person. I really take my time doing most things. Laundry usually takes me a full week - one day to wash and dry and then six to fold and put away. Dishes are a three step process as well. So Blake was concerned about my sanity this weekend when I woke up, sewed a dress, cleaned the bathrooms, the sewing room and organized the kitchen and scrubbed everything clean! We even finally got a real shower curtain and new bathmats for the guest bathroom and ours. It's the best feeling having everything be squeaky clean.

I was so productive and felt so good that I was energized at the end of the day instead of tired! I really think that part of it is the clean eating challenge I have been doing. I really can feel a difference in my body and my energy levels. Some of my enthusiasm for getting stuff done carried into Monday and I woke up in time to walk the dogs for an hour and actually do my hair for work. It stopped there unfortunately, but maybe if I keep up this healthy lifestyle business I will get my mojo back by the weekend!

Did any of you check out the Clean Eating Challenge? Sticking to it for dinners has been kind of tricky but we've done okay and have even found several recipes that we will keep making when this is over. I LOVE the spinach smoothies with coconut water, banana, peanut butter and vanilla. So yummy!



Give it a try! You'll love it!

DIY Friday : Fitted Peplum top with tie back

13 November 2015

 I am so glad that it's Friday! We have a pretty busy weekend of home projects and cleaning to do... hooray! So exciting. 

I saw this shirt on ASOS a while ago and had in my cart before deciding I should make it. I think I would buy every item on that website. I love it so much! PS. They have 20% off all ASOS brand pieces right now. I believe that includes accessories, so there is a weekend activity idea for ya! Sit on your couch in your jammies and do some online shopping. 

Anyway, back to the project! This top took me about 2 hours - and really, the most time consuming part is all of the ironing. I like to have everything nicely pressed when working with these types of fabrics. Because it has no stretch, it makes it easier to sew but you have to be more careful with your hemming. It seems to fray much more easily and you can see smaller imperfections in seams. Don't let that scare you though! If you're looking for a slight challenge this is the perfect place to start! You can always choose a different fabric type also, if you're more comfortable but this is a 100% Polyester 'Silky Print.'  


Materials:
1.5 Yards Silky Print
Matching Thread
Sewing Machine 

Step 1. Cut out pieces according to your measurements, use a loose fitting tee as a guide if you'd like. 

Step 2. Pin shirt pieces together at the shoulders and the sides - right sides together. Stitch together and set aside. 

Step 3. Hem the bottom of your peplum piece and press the whole thing. This piece should be about 5 inches wide and about 1.5 times the length of your shirt circumference (email me if that makes no sense to you). Run a basting stitch along the top edge of the piece and pull the end so that it bunches up to be the correct length. Sew  the edges together so that you now have a circle the same size as your shirt circumference. 

Step 4. Take your tie pieces and fold them in half - right sides together - hamburger style. Press them and then stitch according to the above diagram. Flip the pieces right side out and press again.

Step 5. Fold your sleeve pieces in half and press. Sew along the bottom and flip right side out. This part is tricky but you can do it! Flip your bodice piece inside out and lay flat. Put your sleeve piece inside of the shirt sleeve hole so that the bottom of the sleeve is pointed toward the middle of the bodice. Pin starting at the seams and match the edges up, then sew carefully around the entire sleeve at the shoulder/armpit. Hem the bottom of the sleeve then press. I know I have explained this in other tutorials but it always seems hard for me to explain. Again, if that was difficult to understand email me!

Step 6.  Cut a slight V shape out of the back of your bodice piece about 5 inches down. Hem the sides and the rest of the neckline. Attach the tie pieces at the top of the V close to  the neckline. Now pin the peplum piece to the bottom of the shirt and sew - right sides together. 

You're done!! See? It wasn't too hard! 

I hope you guys try this one and if you do tag me in your Instagrams or use #britcreatesdiy

Enjoy your weekends!!

Fabric Shopping Online

12 November 2015

My very favorite way to kill time is to walk around fabric stores. I walk up and down every aisle at least three times touching everything and picking up different bolts and carrying them around for a while (don't worry - I'm nice and put them back where they belong if they don't make it to the cutting counter with me) but I feel like it's the best way to decide if it's the right fabric for you. I've said before that I try not to buy fabric unless I have a specific project in mind and that's still the case, but I don't live near a city with a fabric district so I can't always find what I want at my local stores. Sometimes, I don't have a choice but to venture online. I'm always a little nervous that it won't be exactly what I'm looking for but overall I have had such good luck - and it doesn't hurt that you can almost always find a really good deal. I thought that today I would share some of my favorite places to buy fabric and some tips that I've learned!



Fabric.com : The VERY best part - free shipping on orders over $35! They always have really great sales and you can get great knits for sometimes less than 5 dollars a yard. That's so much fabric!

Michael Levine Fabric : It's a good thing that I don't live in LA because I would make the drive to this store front every day! I love all the bold fabrics they have here. Their website is really reasonably priced and they also offer free shipping! You just have to spend $75... which really, isn't that hard to do.

Mood Fabric :  I just recently found this website but I can't wait to do some shopping! I found the coolest x-ray looking fabrics on here earlier this week - the only problem is that I have no idea what I would do with neoprene. They have a lot of sewing accessories and some really pretty tie dye knits that I need to make note of for summer!

JoAnn's Fabric : I love the convenience of JoAnn's. There is something comforting about buying fabric online and knowing that you can take it down the street and swap it out if it wasn't what you thought. The downside is the lack of options but the coupons and sales make up for it when you find the perfect fabric for 50% off!

Etsy : There are so many small shops that have the coolest original prints. There are a lot of boho and modern prints in all different blends and textures. It's so nice to support a small shop and these are a few of my favorites - ZOOOOP, Fabric Shoppe, LINENstep.

some tips

  • Make sure to check the stores return policy. There is nothing worse than getting three yards of fabric that turns out to be a completely different color or texture than you wanted and not being able to return it. 
  • Check and make sure that you  know the width of the fabric. They can be really different and its a bummer when you want something for a specific project and your cut isn't large enough.
  • Check for coupon codes online. You can usually find something at least for free shipping if you do some googling. 
  • Do some research on the types of fabrics. Go to a fabric store near you and feel around, making note of the type of fabrics you like so that know what categories to search under when shopping online. 
  • Wait until  you have the fabric in hand to buy thread and any other extras you need. The colors can be skewed in photos and so can pattern size. So take your fabric with you to buy thread if you don't already have a large selection at home.
That's all! Happy Thursday! 


14 Day REAL FOOD CHALLENGE

09 November 2015

It's Monndddaaayyy!
I wouldn't normally be so happy about a Monday, and while I'm still barely keeping my eyes open, I'm super excited about my new meal plan! I have been eating like an unsupervised 6 year old for the last few months. Anything carby or sweet - get. in. my. mouth.

If I worked from home I would eat so much healthier because we just don't buy the unhealthy stuff but my office is a landmine for candy. So, what I really need is some self control, but since it's hard to come by I had to force my own hand. The other night after I had too much happy hour bar food, I was laying in bed looking at my phone (another bad habit), and saw the BuzzFeed Clean Eating Challenge.  I decided I would give it a try as an eating habit reset.

Today is my second day and I have stuck to it  - besides a small set back with a piece of Double Bubble - but other than that I'm doing well! 

The meal plan is a little time consuming and requires a lot more groceries than we normally buy,  but we went shopping at Sprouts and their produce is so much less expensive that other larger grocery stores. The meals have been delicious so far! I haven't been hungry at all besides craving all  things bread. Hopefully these cravings go away but otherwise I'm really excited to see how I feel once this is over! 

Below is the plan for today. The chia seed pudding was a weird texture but I don't think mine set up correctly so I'm looking forward to trying it again. My lunch salad on the other hand was so good! The dressing was so simple and yummy. I packed everything and brought it to work, and even though it was a bit of a production, it was totally worth it. 
The plan does require quite a bit of prep like I said so if you are really strapped for time during the week this might not work that great for you. I roasted a lot of the vegetables on Sunday which feels like it takes FOREVER but they will be used for several meals throughout the week. 


I feel like I'm doing this at just the right time because I've been making an effort to work out more over these past few weeks too, and maybe eating healthier will make me a bit more motivated. 
I'm trying to get on board with this whole 'eat clean, train dirty' business. 
We'll see how it goes but wish me luck!! 
I'll definitely need it because these Kayla Workouts are killer. 


Have an awesome week everybody!

links and a little pinspiration

03 November 2015

Wow - October really got away from me. I can't believe that its already November! I have spent too much time wandering around online lately, but I have found so much good stuff! So today I just thought I would link to some things that I have been loving :)


The pumpkin patch near our house has so many pumpkins left over! I am going to grab some and paint them for some good fall/Thanksgiving decorations. Looking through the posts under the hashtag #paintedpumpkins on Instagram gave me some inspiration!

I need to make these Apple Cider Donuts this weekend! They look so good!! I know Blake probably won't eat them because he's too healthy but I'm sure my co-workers will enjoy them :)

Next, I know that you've probably already heard it but I LOVE the new Adele song. Why, oh why has she been away for so long? Never leave us again Adele. I've been singing it at the top of my lungs in the car like 8 times a day.

Cara Loren's new pieces in her shop are so cute! I love all the tees. I linked one a few weeks ago that I really like but you can find the rest here. Her kids line is also adorable but I don't have a tiny person to dress. And speaking of tiny people, Willow Crowns has some really pretty new accessories for little's too. My head looks a little funny in headbands but I still want every one. They just dropped their new winter line and it's adorable!

I really liked this BuzzFeed article about Essena O'Neill. The world of social media can make you feel so bad about yourself especially when you are seeing people who's lives seem picture perfect. It's a nice reminder that everyone deals with pressure and bully's and no ones life is exactly how it seems from the outside.

Lastly, I have been pinning a lot of stuff to my Inspiration board on Pinterest lately and I cant wait to get started on our guest room! Blake and I bought paint the other day and I think we're starting tonighhhhttttt! Wish us luck because sometimes we're really bad at doing projects together :)

Happy, happy Tuesday!!


Weekend and Soup Sunday

26 October 2015

Happy Monday everyone! I had the hardest time getting out of bed this morning. Sometimes no matter how many times my alarm goes off or how late I'm going to be, I can not make myself move. The dogs are so cute in the mornings and I think they know the harder they snuggle me the longer I'll lay there with them. Or at least that's my excuse for being 20 minutes late to work every single morning...

Anyway, we had a pretty relaxed weekend. Blake went to Denver on Friday night for a friends birthday and I hung out and watched more TV than I planned. Speaking of, do you guys watch Scandal?? I can't decide how I feel about this season. I'm a little disappointed so far. Anyone agree? 

I did get some work done though and if you guys follow my Instagram then you saw that I finally finished the gold map I was painting on my sewing table! I love how it turned out! I wanted something that I could fold up and move out of the way when I wasn't working on a project. My old sewing table took up so much room that it was hard to use the space for anything else. The room is almost done though and I cant wait to show you guys! 

Yesterday we went for a long walk with the dogs and let them swim in a lake near us. There was a whooole pretty lake in front of us and Teddi decided to jump into this disgusting drainage puddle - of course... Blake was not happy about having to put her back in the car afterward. She's a crazy little lady. She redeemed herself though when she helped me choose some of the places that we want to go next year! We got the coolest book from Blake's cousin for our wedding. Its called 36 hours, you can get it here, and it's a guide that The New York Times put together for visiting cities all over the country when you only have 36 hours in each. It's so cool and I want to go to every one. 


We also have a little Sunday tradition in the fall where we make a new soup recipe every week and this week I made an Olive Garden copy cat of Zuppa Toscana and it was delicious! I love having leftovers to eat during the week for lunch and I'm definitely excited about this one! 


It's so delicious and really easy. I used this recipe as a guide but the thing I like about soups is that you can change it up and its still delicious! 

Here is what I did! I hope you try it and loove it! 

What you need:

1 pound Italian sausage 
4 slices bacon or turkey bacon
1 cup heavy cream (or whole milk)
6 cups chicken broth
2 large russet potatoes cut in bite size pieces
1 yellow onion chopped 
2 cloves garlic 
1 tsp salt 
1 tsp pepper
2 cups kale 

Steps:

  • Brown the sausage in your dutch oven or a stock pot. Use slotted spoon to remove sausage and drain. 
  • Cut your bacon into small chunks and toss them into the pot. Once they start to brown drop in your onions and garlic and saute until the onions are translucent. I added to salt and pepper at this point and let sit for another minute or so on medium heat. 
  • Add your chicken stock. I didn't actually have any chicken stock so I used 3 cubes of vegetable bouillon  and six cups of water. It turned out great but most other recipes use chicken stock. 
  • Add your sausage back to the pot along with your potatoes and let simmer on low for 45 minutes to an hour. 
  • Roughly chop your kale and add it to the pot. Slowly stir in your cup of heavy cream (I used whole milk) and let simmer for a few more minutes and serve! 
As you can tell I didn't prepare very well for this soup. I forgot like half the ingredients when we went to the grocery store by I improvised and it still turned out so good!  
I hope everyone's work week goes by quickly!:)






My favorite graphic tees

21 October 2015

This week Fall officially stopped by! I have been really hoping for the cooler weather we had in the mountains to follow us down here and I think it finally arrived! Here in Colorado, Fall can mean jeans and a tee or your winter coat and boots. You just never know what you're going to wake up to. 
My favorite outfit to wear in the fall is a pair of comfy jeans, a tee shirt, booties and a sweater. 
You just cant go wrong! 

Blake and I have been talking about going on a super long road trip lately and  I automatically jump to what I would pack. I decided to go on the hunt for the perfect tee's so that I  have a consistent and cute wardrobe for our trip. I love shopping with small companies and I always feel like the extra cost is so worth it. You can get a tee that everyone has for $15.00 or a really cool one that supports someones family for a little bit more! 

I have a few of these and others I will definitely be adding to my collection before our trip!



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Happy Shopping!! 

Vacation Recap - Beaver Creek

19 October 2015

Happy Monday..

This was one of those Mondays where I was wishing it was already Friday.  I have some goodies coming in the mail this week and some fun projects I'm working on so I suppose I can't complain too much, althoughhhh - Huckleberry went to the vet today and they told us that he was overweight and needed to have his teeth brushed more often... Teddi is having some weird anxiety surrounding alarm clocks and smoke detectors, I tripped over Teddi and nearly broke all my bones in the middle of the street and Blake walked into the corner of a cabinet and split his forehead open. We all have some work to do on ourselves around here. Maybe by the end of the week we'll be all better?

Anyway, on to more fun topics! I never really did a Beaver Creek Recap here, so I thought I would share a few pics of our three day mini trip! 



 We had so much fun and it was nice to be away for little while. We didn't really do a whole lot while we were there besides eat and drink and go on one little hike to a lake. I was actually a little nervous at the beginning because of all the bear warnings... I know I'm a baby. I just don't wanna get eaten. But it was beautiful and there was a pretty lake at the end which made it worth it. Blake packed us lunch before we left so we sat at the edge of the lake and ate our sandwiches and drank some beers. The weather couldn't have been better and best of all - no bears.



Once we got done hiking I was ready to sit in the hot tub and do nothing for the rest of the day but we walked around town a little bit and wandered into this incredible art gallery. They had these gorgeous petrified wood tables that Blake was practically drooled on. If only we had $100,000 to spend on random furniture.
 I am normally anti movie, I just don't have the patience to sit and watch them very often but our hotel had a little rental thingy and I agreed to sit through one. It would normally take me three days to get through an entire movie but we watched TWO while we were away! GUYS, I finally saw Pitch Perfect 2, and guess what? I loved it! It was so good that I watched it twice. Fat Amy is the best, and so are the commentators. Elizabeth Banks has my heart.
We also watched Mad Max which was definitely entertaining but a little too intense. It was like a two hour chase scene - buuuut Tom Hardy = thumbs up.


The next day we say by this cute little creek in Vail Village and ate a Tiger Butter caramel apple from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. It was heaven and we should have gotten 6. My family didn't really go to the mountains much when I was little but Blake's always went for baseball tournaments and stuff so I think he had fun looking around and remembering all the places they used to go when they were little. A bonus for me was all the puppies and kiddos splashing around everywhere. It was just the most perfect fall day.

On my birthday I spent like an hour curling my hair and getting ready to go out somewhere nice. Blake was jamming out and pouring the drinks pretty heavy so after all the work I put in we ended up singing in the kitchen for about a half an hour before leaving and heading to a pizza place. My hair may have been wasted but it was the best pizza! If you're ever in Beaver Creek make sure you try Blue Moose Pizza. We ate way too much.

I took a lot of video while we were up there hoping to make a fun little video diary of the trip but Im having some trouble with editing. Keep your fingers crossed though because if I figure it out you'll get to see a wonderful clip of Blake singing Beyonce's Drunk in Love and the new Taylor Swift song.

By the time we were headed home I was really excited to see our puppies and get a few things done before going back to work the next day. The end of a trip is always so bitter sweet.

So, its back to regular life around here. Apparently some of us *ahem, Huckleberry* need to go on a diet which is tough with the holidays coming up - poor puppy. Wish us luck and I hope you all have the best week!

Your new skater skirt 3 ways

14 October 2015

Did anyone try the skater skirt tutorial last weekend?? I hope you did! 
I wanted to show you guys some of the ways I styled it for Fall. It really can be so transitional even though it's white :) 

A funny story; I hulked the zipper on my skirt after getting it caught in my shirt like a spaz and broke it right before the last outfit. I was excited about putting on my No Rest For the Rad tee and trying to grab myself a beer while switching into different booties. Note to self, calm down Brit, one thing at a time. 
So, you can't see it but I was being held together by safety pins... whoops. Accidents happen right? Don't let that scare you in case you haven't tried the skirt yet! It was purely user error.  I'm a combination of very clumsy and weirdly strong at inconvenient times. 

Finally, I am by no means a stylist (as I'm sure you can tell by my lack of accessories) but I love all three of these outfits and there is so much room for personalization with each! Throw on your favorite fur vest  instead of the army jacket or a brightly colored patterned top with simple heels. Make it yours! 

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I love the casual look with the army jacket and the graphic tee. I think its my favorite even though the other two are a little more girly and fun. Blake hates, hates that tee shirt, which might actually make me like it more, but it's just more of an every day outfit for me. What do you guys think?

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