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4 Crushes & A Confession

This weather is really sucking the motivation out of me.  And I can tell that Ava is getting bored with playing inside.  It has been a long, cold winter and I am totally, completely, 100 percent over it.  I just want to stay at home, walk around in slipper boots (also leggings & a comfy oversized sweater), sip hot coffee, and do absolutely nothing.  Thank goodness Ava keeps me on my toes or I might turn into a hermit.

While I may not have felt like writing any posts this week, I did find the time to lolligag around on the internet looking for vintage area rugs on ebay, searching craigslist for planters and pots, and totally falling for my 4 new crushes…

CRUSH #1:  MOCIUN

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This ring.  I love it sooooo much.

And I think I’ve found a replacement for our scratched white IKEA bowls…

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(eric bonnin kam ice cream bowl @ mociun)

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CRUSH #2:  JERSEY ICE CREAM COMPANY

It was pure luck that I stumbled upon this instagram feed for @jerseyicecreamco .  I was instantly smitten with the beautiful travel pics and curious about the remodeling.

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A visit to their site lead me to some amazing “before & after” shots from their design & build work.  Here are two “afters”:

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The wood wall is gorgeous.  So is the rug.  And the bed.  Love it.

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Again, amazing wood walls … amazing use of wood all around.  This room has such a calming demeanor – like a permanent vacation.  I need to buy a house just to have this team go to work on it!

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CRUSH #3:  CAULIFLOWER SAUCE

Yes, you read that correctly.  I have a crush on cauliflower sauce.  It’s delicious.  My husband had no idea he was eating pasta drenched in cauliflower sauce when I  adapted the “alfredo” recipe from Oh She Glows (I left out the yeast and added a dash of nutmeg).  I can’t wait to try this variation from Pinch of Yum:

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CRUSH #4:  POLENTA FRIES

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I was inspired to try these when I saw the pics & recipe on Spoon Fork Bacon .  I shortcutted the recipe by using a roll of organic polenta I had in the fridge.  I cut it into fry shapes, rolled them around in a little bit of olive oil on a baking sheet and popped them into a 375 degree oven for about 30-40 minutes (depending on how crispy you want them).  After about 20 mins, I flipped them over.  I finished them off with a dash of salt & cracked pepper and we ate them just like that.  No condiment required.  My daughter did insist on ketchup for hers.  Of course.

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A CONFESSION

Why a confession?  Because they are fun … who doesn’t like hearing a little secret about someone?  So here is my confession (and moms, don’t hate.).  I do not like playing Barbies with my daughter.  Well, not just with my daughter, but in general.  I despise it.  Just hearing the words “Let’s play Barbies” makes me cringe.  Oh, I still do it but we put a time limit on it (if I didn’t, I would have to play Barbies all day.  every day.).  It never used to bother me.  Maybe I have reached my dollhouse limit.  I love doing everything else with the little miss and I’m always full of alternative suggestions, but The Barbies always win.  And why can’t they make pants that actually stay on Ken when he sits down?

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Have a Great Weekend, Everyone!  XO

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Pencil Crush!

Helping my daughter with her homework has made me nostalgic for pencils.  Yes, nostalgic.  I didn’t recall the last time I had used one.  I’m always typing or tapping and when I do write something down I grab a pen from the drawer full of pens (how does that always happen?!  why do we have so many pens? – because I don’t remember ever buying any!).  But as soon as I heard the lead push across the paper I remembered how much I used to love drawing and writing with pencils.  I even had a cute little pencil case.  I was obsessed with my handwriting – didn’t like it – so I would sit down and trace over writing samples I thought looked nice .  Over and over again.  And now my love for pencils and handwriting things has returned.  Of course, I’ll never give up the pen but the pencil’s forgiveness for mistakes is hard to beat.

Princess Bride pastel pencil set by The Carbon Crusader

Anchorman engraved pencils from Earmark

The Paris Collection by Amanda Catherine Designs

Always Sunny pencils (LOVE THEM!) from Pop Culture Pencils

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Review: MINTED

I’m always happy to do a review when I think the product or site is something my readers are into.  Minted carries a huge selection of greeting cards, birth announcements, wedding invitations, journals, art prints, decorations and more!  Many of their designs are customizable and there are lots of options to fit anyone’s style.

One of my favorite aspects of Minted is that they use the work of independent artists for many of their designs – which adds an originality and personal element to the products.  They hold Design Challenges where artists submit their work, fans vote, and the winners’ works get sold on the site!  Pretty cool.

The customization is super easy.  Just select a card, upload your photo, edit colors & text (if you want to), and you’re finished!  You even have options for changing the shape.

I thought this Classroom Valentine I started working on was super cute.  Great idea for handing out at school!

I had no idea they also had party decorations like these – I can’t resist the gold circles.

Some pretty stationery designs.

More party supplies!

Unique and large selection art prints.

So I guess I have nothing bad to say about Minted – They really do have a great selection, are easy to use, and support independent design.  Three cheers!!  XO

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Moonstruck! (Lunar Items for You & Your Home)

I’m really into the whole ‘moon trend’ that seems to be on the uprise.  Who doesn’t love the moon?

Now you can show off your Moon Love both night and day.

Give your finger a celestial feel with this Bronze Full Moon Ring by cells dividing .

Pretty sure I will soon be rocking this Moon Phases Tank available at Brandy Melville .

Super cool Trompe L’Oeil Lunar Floor Mat from Urban Outfitters .

I love this Aluminum Moon Phases Cuff by Neurons not included .

A giant moonlight wall decal?  Heck yes!  (from i3lab)

Speaking of giant moons on walls … Laura Gummerman did this AMAZING painted gold moon DIY for A Beautiful Mess and it is other worldly for sure.  I am in love.

It’s Moon Time!!!  Glowing Moon Wall Clock from Think Geek .

I thought this vintage moon print sweatshirt from The Salton Sea looked super comfy.

And I saved my favorite for last.  A screenprinted moon phases calendar from Little Lark.  It satisfies my obsession with the moon and with gold.  This will be mine … today.  Seriously, I’m adding it to my cart right after I finish this post!

Happy Moon Gazing, Everyone!  XO

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5 Things I Miss About Portland

Last year, we moved to Portland, OR for about 6 months.  I still miss it and here are five reasons why.

1.  THE FOREST

We had the pleasure of living about half a block away from a trail head entrance into Forest Park, one of the country’s largest (5100+ acres) urban forest reserves.  It was our Wonderland.  Ava never stopped looking for fairies and it was easy to believe they could exist there.  That forest is magical.  The scenery/greenery all over Portland is amazing.  Spring is beyond imagination.  Every time we went outside we were like, “Whoa – it’s so colorful here”.

2.  NEW SEASONS

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New Seasons really is the ultimate neighborhood grocery store.  We do plenty of grocery shopping and have visited lots of different grocery stores in lots of different cities, but this is the only one I’ve ever found myself missing.  It’s sort of like a Whole Foods except there is so much more local stuff – the “Home Grown”  produce rocks.  Every time we went we found new things to try and were never disappointed with the selection.  Love this place.

3.  SCRAP

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Now this place does not look like much from the photo, but trust me, it’s AWESOME.  SCRAP is a donation based creative reuse store.  You can find pretty much any craft based item here – glue, yarn, paper, boxes of buttons, crayons, ribbons, stencils, wood & metal scraps, buckets of foam, corks, ceramic tiles, etc. (I think you get the idea).  A collage artist’s dream.  Always new stuff to check out and because they run off of donations, it is super cheap.  We filled up our basket one day and spent about five bucks.  Score.

4.  LOCAL MADE EVERYTHING

The sense of community is abounding in Portland, which is what I feel drives people to make and create.  At least half (if not more) of my husband’s and my Christmas gifts were made in Oregon.  If you live in Portland and aren’t making or growing something, you’re doing it wrong.  A few faves:

Capturing the pure essence of the forest – Juniper Ridge

Self-proclaimed “plant nerds” at Portland Apothecary making amazing teas, extracts, and more

Delicious “farm to cone” ice cream – Salt & Straw

My list of faves could go on for days.  The people of Portland know how to get down.

5.  PAPER BAGS

Yes, I miss paper bags.  Sure, we have them here in Chicago.  You see them at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods and some smaller shops, but in Portland you get them EVERYWHERE.  Even Target.  I detest plastic bags.  I try to always bring my own shopping totes, but I will admit that sometimes I forget or sometimes I have more items than I have bags.  When I have to bring items home in plastic bags I always drop them off to be recycled, but I’d just rather them not be around at all.  Don’t even get me started on the recycling issues here – it’s horrible.  People have no idea what they can and can’t recycle and where we live, it rarely gets picked up.  So yes, I miss paper bags.

And there you have it, five things I miss about Portland.  I’m not sure if it’s in the cards for us to move back there, but we will definitely visit again and may even end up somewhere close by.

XO

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Warby Parker – New Collection!

(Sponsored Post … Sort Of)

When I was contacted by Warby Parker to blog about the launch of their latest collection, I replied with an enthusiastic YES!  I’ve been loving Warby Parker eyewear since 2010.  Their frames (for men & women) combine retro and modern styles, making for some fun & funky affordable glasses!  I love that I can try them out at home (and wear them around town for a bit) before making my selections.  And the best part – for every pair of glasses purchased, a pair is given to someone in need.

Everybody wins!

The new (limited edition) Palm Canyon Collection debuts today, adding amazing colors and patterns to some of your favorite frames (optical & sunglasses).  Check them out below:

DUCKWORTH in Painted Desert

I love the striping on these – gorgeous pattern!

WINSTON in Cognac Tortoise

PRESTON in Red Canyon

WHEELER in Windswept

Must haves for this summer!  I think of laying on the beach just looking at these!

Thanks, Warby Parker!  XO

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Found These at Target Today!

Just got home from a quick trip to Target to pick up a few household supplies.

As I passed by the home goods section, a few newer items caught my eye.

Loving the bright orange on these stools / side tables!

These wooden and felted stools are pretty cool too.  If only I had a place to put them!

I thought this cork table lamp was pretty cute!  Might have to pick one up on my next trip.

And this side table … hexagons, metallic finish … not bad, Target, not bad.

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Spring Flats & Sneakers

Normally I would be on the lookout for cute spring sandals (heeled peep toes, platform pumps, wedge espadrilles, etc.), but foot = still broken, so for now I need to play it safe with flats and sneakers.  The crazy thing is that I’ve never really been a “shoe girl”, but since I”ve only been able to wear one shoe I keep seeing shoes I want and can’t have … yet.  I guess we really do always want what we can’t have.  And after unpacking and organizing the closets I realized that my husband owns more pairs of shoes than I do and that is just wrong – lol.

(left via:  anthropologie ||  right via:  toms)

(left via:  imelda’s ||  right via:  bensimon @ shoe emergency)

(left via:  jcrew || right via:  bensimon @ jcrew -little girls sizes – had to throw a kids shoe into the mix because Ava would look adorable in these!)

(left via:  tretorn || right via:  cath kidston – and lucky me because my husband is traveling to London soon and has promised to pick up a pair!!!)



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Bohemian, Baby!

Our new place has a partially converted garage that I want to turn into a Bohemian inspired art & music space for little miss.  Ava wants everything pink and I want it to be cozy and fun … layered rugs, floor cushions, lots of colors – organized chaos.

I am totally in love with the teepee on the left & found an easy DIY for the one on the right.  Ava and I hit some resale shops and picked out some fabrics (mostly pink, of course) and plan to start “construction” next week!

(right:  via 79 ideas)  (left:  via a cup of joe)

I’m also loving all of the plant life and natural elements in this studio space (of artist Fia Cielen):

(via moon to moon)

More inspiration pieces:

(top left:  via jayson home)  (bottom left:  via gypsy river)

(top right:  via the family love tree)  (bottom right:  via eyes of india)

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Darn This Broken Foot

(A quick catch-up:  We moved to Portland, OR [woo hoo!] and one week later I broke my foot.)

I am super lucky that the bottom of the fracture is aligning nicely and I didn’t have to have a cast or surgery.

But for the next two – three months I am stuck sporting a so-far-away-from-stylish cast shoe.

My foot just HAS to heal FAST because I saw these shoes today and I want them oh so badly.

Awesome, right?  My left foot would be soooo jealous.

(Messeca “Monroe in Black Croc” via Need Supply Co.)

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