08 Oct

Artist Spotlight: Megan Carn

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A new to me artist that I just had to share is Megan Carn. Megan is an artist based out of South Caroline. She loves color and you can totally tell that from her pieces. They have a perfect amount of whimsy.

Here are some of my favorite pieces:

Sassy Giraffe Print: 16″ x 20″ for $43
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Fancy Elephant Print :16″ x 20″ for $43
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Pink Elephant
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Looks like she adores elephants as much as I do! Can’t wait to see what other pieces she comes out with. She also works on custom pieces, can paint at live events or use a photo from your event to paint you a custom piece.

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07 Oct

Effortless Apple Crumb Pie

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I love nothing more than a slice of warm apple pie. When the leaves start to turn and there is a crisp in the air you will find me itching to bake a pie or 2 or 4 like I did on Sunday night.

Are you feeling the itch too? Here is how you can make an effortless apple crumb pie.

Ingredients:

-Pie Crust (I told you this was effortless. I always use refrigerated pie crust.)

Apple Filing:
-5 medium sized apples. I like using a mix of apples and use Granny Smith and Honeycrisp. So something sweet and something tart.
-1/4 cup of cinnamon sugar
-1/2 cup of lemon juice
-4-5 caramels (my secret ingredient)

Crumb topping:
-1 cup of flour
-1.5 tablespoon of cinnamon
-1 stick of unsalted butter (cold)
-1/2 cup of packed light brown sugar
-1/2 cup of sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1. Peel and slice apple pieces.
2. Toss the apple slices in a mixture of cinnamon sugar and lemon juice. Let sit while you make the crumb topping.
3. Whisk together flour, cinnamon, light brown sugar and sugar.
4. Slice stick of butter and add to flour mixture.
5. Use your fingers to combine everything and get your coarse crumb topping.
6. Lay pie crust down in pie dish.
7. Scoop apple mixture into pie dish.
8. My secret tip is to sneak a couple of caramels in between the apple slices. I use 4-5 per pie.
9. Add crumb topping. I like my pie heavy with crumbs because it’s the best part. So if you want you can cut my ingredients in half if you like it lighter.
10. Place in oven for 35-40 mins.
11. Let sit for 30 mins.
12. Enjoy!

effortless apple crumb pie

In a perfect world I would top it with some vanilla swiss almond ice cream.

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06 Oct

Scenes from my weekend…

Saturday morning started out how most have been starting these past couple of weeks…a trip to WW to get weighed in. 2.2 more pounds of baby weight gone and my pre-pregnancy jeans fit!!!

Once I got home it was time to head right back out with the boys and take them to a Kids workshop at Home Depot.

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Hudson loves to go and do a craft. He even bought his own tool box.

Anxiously awaiting for Jon to open up his craft.

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Asher was happy to be out and about:

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Since all of Saturday called for rain we decided to follow up our craft with a visit to the indoor pool.

Hudson had wanting to go swimming all week so we thought we would love it.

We were wrong! He sat on the edge most of the time.

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Asher loved it though and was one sleepy baby while we were showering and getting ready to head back home.

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On our way home we hit one of our favorite pizza places, Frantoni’s.They always have a huge array of specialty slices.

I tried out the lasagna pizza and it was delicious!

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Then that evening Jon and I got to have a little date night! It’s been way too long since Jon and I went out just the two of us. We headed out to see Gone Girl, because I read the book a while ago and loved it.

The movie was good, but of course my favorite part was seeing this massive candy vending machine.

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Sunday had much better weather so after a morning at home we headed out to check out a fair. I had high hopes for it, but sadly it was pretty blah!!!!

Luckily they had animals and Hudson enjoyed feeding the animals:

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While Hudson enjoyed feeding them he didn’t like the idea of riding them even though he was super excited online. So, this lady got to ride the camel all by herself with Hudson screaming his head off because he was scared for me being on it.

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Even though the fair wasn’t too exciting the weather was lovely. The sun was shining and there was a slight crisp to the air, which meant I could whip out the plaid, boots and oversized scarf. Plus Asher got to sport the cutest cable knit sweater.

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When we got home from the fair my sister, Daniela came over with her boyfriend Steve who is currently Hudson’s favorite person. He barely even glanced at his Aunt and was just ran to Steve to tell him how excited he was to see him. So sweet and silly.

They bought over some apples and we got to work baking pies.

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The house smelled delicious while they were baking. I love making pies with crumb tops because it’s so much easier than a traditional pie.

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You know it’s good when you eat it right out of the pie dish. Forks only, no plates needed.

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Yum!

Happy Monday!

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03 Oct

Friday Finds…

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{My arrangement on the left and Hudsons on the right.}

This week I…

-Realized that even though I was once afraid having sons meant they wouldn’t have lots in common with me I am wrong. Loved working on flower arrangements last night with Hudson. All he wanted to do was help. So, I had to give him his own vase and my leftover cuttings for his own arrangement. They are both now gracing my dining room table.

-You can never have enough leopard shoes.

-Can’t believe my new favorite lamps come in orange! They would look perfect on our nightstands. Ah!

-Need more clients with nurseries so I can use these beautiful gold foil prints.

-Found an amazing way to add a little glam detailing to your stairs.

Happy Friday!

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02 Oct

Treat Yo Self: Floral Blazer

These past couple of months I’ve been drawn to floral patterns on clothing that make me question whether or not I would be wearing a curtain if I purchased said item. Normally the answer is, “A little”, but I don’t hate it. :) Call me Scarlett O’Hara!

One fabric that been on my mind for quite some time is Pyne Hollyhock by Schumacher:

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Here it is in all it’s glory in Michelle Adam’s bedroom that was featured in Lonny.

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I was so excited when I found this drape front blazer:

floral blazer

floral blazer

While the colors are a little different over all it gave me the same vibe and I’m itching to treat my self to it!

 

 

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01 Oct

Color Story: Berry & Sand

color story berry & sand

Now that the season is changing I have found myself leaning towards more fall like colors . My love for pink has quickly turned into a fascination with berry. Love this mix of fabrics, which would work in a number of different rooms.

No.1 :Covington Teagan Jacquard for $22.98.

No.2 :Wesley in Java for $17.88.

No.3 :Zig-Zag for $16.85.

No.4 :Dots are Hot for $16.95

Would love to see this look come to life!

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30 Sep

Extra Large Wall Murals

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Extra large wall murals makes for a great focal point in a bedroom. Talk about a “wow” factor. I love the look of it and while many of the people that have done it in the past have found some random old image in their travels that they then blow up there is now an etsy shop that can help you out with all of your extra large art needs at the click of a button.

So many great extra large artwork and wall mural options available at Anewall.

Here are my favorites:

Clouded Wall Mural:
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Harvesters Wall Mural:

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Shaded Landscape Wall Mural:
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I know a little man that would love this beauty in his room:

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Are you bold enough to go so large?

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29 Sep

Scenes from my weekend…

The house hunting continued this weekend. Saturday started bright and early with my weekly weigh in at WW (down another 1.8!) and then off we went into Northport, our town of choice.

Saw this beautiful site when I came home after WW. All of the boys were dressed and eating breakfast so that could quickly hit the road.

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View from Main St:

Northport beach

Sadly all of the houses were a bust! I feel like goldilock. One is too small, one is too big, etc, etc. We just haven’t found the one. After lunch in town with Asher’s godmother we headed back home to get ready for the beach!

Hudson had been asking to go all week so we invited some friends and headed to the beach for smores and some night time fishing.

Beach time:

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kidsatbeach

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Such a fun night!

On Sunday we got an early start and Jon took Hudson off for a haircut.

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After breakfast we all got ready and then hit the road again with my sister in tow to check out 5 open houses!

Again nothing felt like home except for this place:

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From outside it looked a bit blah and we didn’t even have it on our list of houses to check out, but we drove by and saw the sign and decided to go in. It needs to be totally re-done on the inside, but it had good flow, the right amount of bedrooms, extra space, close to beach, and in my favorite town. Downside the street was a bit skinny so there isn’t any street parking. Fine for us, because we can use the driveway, but not sure what visitors¬† would do and it had a small backyard.

After dragging my sister around to all of those open houses we took her into town to show her what we fell in love with and treat her to some ice cream! Poor Ash looked like he wanted ice cream so badly!

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Don’t worry though he has started to eat food and got to have some carrots while we were having dinner at my parents house.

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After dinner we headed home to wrap up the weekend and get the kiddos to bed. Then I got to unpack lots of goodies from the mailman that had arrived on Saturday.

Lots of packages from Home Depot for the Holiday Style Challenge:

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I made the mistake of washing my favorite Going to Market tote by Blair Ritchey when you were only suppose to spot it clean it. I emailed Blair to let her know what happened and she was sweet enough to send me a replacement! So super nice of her! Can’t wait to start using it again.

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After going through the mail I did a little client work and played around with some bedding I sourced for a client.

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And finished off the night admiring my new bracelet.(Thanks Liz! I love it!)

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100% of net proceeds of this bracelet from now through October benefit the Noreen Fraser Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for women’s cancer research and creating awareness of the importance of early detection. Great bracelet for a great cause!

I also enjoyed a little of a new favorite snack, Chicago popcorn from Trader Joes.

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As someone who loves those popcorn bins that you see during the holidays with a mix of cheddar, caramel and plain popcorn this Chicago mix is amazing! Love a little bit of sweet and savory. Delicious!

 

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26 Sep

Friday Finds…

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This week….

-We finally had a crazy good rain storm and I was able to take out my new Joules rainboots. They have been sitting in my closet all summer just dying to get used.

-I found a sneaker I could get behind. Love these!

-My lose this baby weight diet is going well and I’m down 11.5 pounds, but I still crave yummy goodies like these amazing mourning buns.

-I’ve been sourcing lamps for clients this week and I must say these beauties are one of my favorites.

-Love, love, love diagonal stripes and this pillow is perfection.

Happy Friday!

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25 Sep

Treat Yo Self: Nate Berkus Fabrics

My love for Nate Berkus goes way back. I love his sense of style and have enjoyed seeing him on TV, reading his design book, shopping his items at Target and now being able to purchase his fabric line at Joanns.

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My local shop didn’t have all of the patterns in stock, but they did have a good amount and I fell in love with them. Each print stands alone beautifully, but they also all have a common thread enabling you to use a multiple patterns from the line all together.

Here are my favorites:

Baroda Square Lynwood Calypso:
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Forde Paramount Moonstone:

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Ondine Paramount Quarry:

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Linea Paramount Caspian:

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Indre Lynwood Dove Grey:

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Caicos Paramount Sulfur:

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The best part? It’s all currently on sale for 40% off, which makes the line range from $11.99-$32.99!!!! So make sure you treat yo self to one. I’m already brainstorming fabric schemes for clients with them.

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