Wednesday
Nov132013

A Room Revision

Since redoing our sunroom and converting it into a tv room a couple of years ago it quickly has become one of our favorite spots in the house. The kids play in there, it's my favorite spot to relax and read magazines, and of course it is where all our tv watching goes down. The main reason we moved the tv into a smaller room is because we barely watched it and when we did it was just for family viewing. Well, it seems we are tv people when it comes down to it. Ha. The Mr has even started to invite friends over for game/tv watching and you can only fit so many grown men on a seven foot sofa. We bring in surrounding chairs, but I thought it would be nice to have some already in there. I came across these and feel like the black and wood legs will blend seamlessly into the room which will help it from feeling crowded. Their smaller footprint will still leave room to move around and I hear they are rather comfortable. When found this great deal I couldn't pass them by so currently I am waiting for them to come in. They will sit on either side of the fiddle fig tree where the current kids chairs are. My other thoughts for the room are rather simple. I plan to lean a piece of art on the right side layering it over the horse print a bit. It will still leave room for the mess of Lego's we have up there, but will help balance out the lamp that is on the left. We are in need of an extra spot to put drinks and such and this little table caught my eye especially since it is a rather good price. I am hoping these simple changes will help make the room even more functional. Here's hoping!

Tuesday
Nov122013

Slingshot

I love how Instagram makes our big world just a little bit smaller. When I came across Slingshot Coffee Company on Instagram I instantly fell for their stunning branding and their overall values as a company. After a nice email "meet" with Jenny, the owner of Slingshot, I knew I had to give it a go and actual try the coffee from the company that seemingly has been doing it right. Well, needless to say their branding matches up with the taste!!! It has become my favorite coffee and it's easy which is a plus for me since I am on the go most mornings. It's such a treat and another plus is that once the coffee is gone they become the cutest bud vases.

Monday
Nov112013

Cheap Decorating {an update}

I still get questions about my old house tour that was on houzz years ago so I finally took the time to update it with how it was redone over the last couple of years. I also realized in a recent hasty desktop cleanup I deleted a lot of our house pictures. My bad. Thanks to all you pinners I was able to recover quite a few, but I wanted an updated image for our front make shift mud room area piece that the Mr made when we moved in 6 almost 7 years ago. I could not reach the the play hat on the top that KJ threw up there a few months ago and the shoes are a mess so alas they aren't perfect, but they are real. I added a new plant friend that makes me ever so happy. Home Depot really does have a great selection. Best part is that it was only $14.00 and the basket was $12.00 from Homegoods. You can also see my thrift find umbrella stand that I found for $3.00 in her resting spot. That's a whole lot of happy bang for my buck!

You can see the Houzz update here.

Thursday
Nov072013

Christmas Came Early

When Uncommon Goods asked me to take a peek at their this years Christmas guide I pretty much immediately fell head over heels for the custom stitch people piece of art. They ever so kindly sent over one of our little family based off a few images of us. Is it not fabulous???? I wanted it to be shown, because it makes me so very happy.  In the end I decided to put it on the cabinet in our dining room. It really is our happy place where we talk, laugh, eat, do homework, play games, and entertain. It also adds another dose of quirk that you know I absolutely love. Even though this was my favorite, there were quite a few items that made my Christmas wish list and a quite few gift ideas for others. Do you tend to shop early? I try to be done by Thanksgiving every year so I feel less pressure. Ha.

Wednesday
Nov062013

I can Bake

Last night I posted this pic on Instagram and thought I would share the recipe. It was given to me years ago by a friend at one of our church/small groups. I still use it today for the very same purpose. It is easy, quick, and tastes ever so good. I try to always have the ingredients on hand, because you never know when a dessert may be needed. They are NOT gluten free by the way, I enjoyed them before I was, but I am sure they could be revised using Cup 4 Cup which I have yet to try. You can get it here and here in bulk.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

1/2 cup melted butter

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cups of flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt {I use sea salt, about 6 turns of the grinder}

approximately: 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, or peanut butter chips. {really I use what I have on hand and I always mix and match, plus I just throw it in and never measure}

Bake Me:

SIDE NOTE: Supposedly you mix the first 4 ingredients in a separate bowl. I bypass this step for less mess and they seem to turn out just the same.

Combine the first 4 ingredients and mix well {I use my kitchenAid that I we received as a wedding gift over 9 years ago. Best gift ever.}. Add the remaining ingredients leaving the chips for last. 

Spread into greased 13x9 baking dish.

bake @350 for 18-21 minutes {depending on oven of course}

cool before enjoying.