Monthly Archives: April 2012

“Big girl” bedroom inspiration and the perfect {vintage} find

I am slowly but surely acquiring items to transform Harper’s bedroom from a minimally-decorated, pale pink and chocolate brown nursery to a  whimsical “big girl” room full of personality and charm with a vintage/shabby chic feel.

I had colors in mind….hot pink, light pink, soft lime, and aqua or turquoise. But I needed a visual. Gotta love Pinterest….found this fabulous color palette from The Inspired Bride.

I had decided on a solid color quilt with pattern/print pillows. But, I found this quilt at TJMaxx…fell in love with it… and decided to flip my design. Pictured with…turquoise and lime Ralph Lauren throw pillows (also from TJMaxx),  her one-year-old cake smash photo (photo by Kenzi Photography) in a 16×20 Mary Ann frame in dragonfruit from The Organic Bloom, and striped bicycle pillow.

The one thing that I definitely wanted her to have…. a vintage white iron bed frame. I have kept my eye out for one since she was born. I had almost given up hope and started talking myself into a reproduction. But….my fabulous mother came across one in a furniture resale shop this weekend and sent this photo via text.

Of course, I rushed right out to buy it….even though it won’t go into Harper’s bedroom for a few weeks. I will happily store it in the garage until after I paint and buy a twin mattress.

Now, I just need to buy paint…paint the room….buy a chandelier….paint our birdcage….order wall art….and put it all together. Check back for a post of her new bedroom in a few weeks. Until then, take a peak at the photos that have given me ideas and inspiration on my Harper’s “Big Girl” bedroom board on Pinterest.

xo,

Nicole

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I {love} Gerberas and Polka Dot Toes.

When I started this blog, I simply wanted to share little bits from our everyday life that made me & my family giggle or smile. I kinda lost focus of that main goal. With my grandpa passing away just over a week ago, I have realized that I need to stop to enjoy the little things in life, take notice of life’s beauty, and soak it all in.

I decided to stop and smell the flowers, literally. I visited my husband’s family’s greenhouse business because I needed a little “Spring” to improve my mood. Just walking into the greenhouse filled with Gerbera Daisies lifted my spirits and put a smile on my face. The sea of bright colored petals….pinks, oranges, yellow, red, white….. I love Gerbera Daisies.

 

Time with friends is good for the soul. So, I met one of my girlfriends for pedicures and lunch yesterday. There is just something about freshly polished toes that puts a little bounce in my step. (or maybe that was the White Zombie Chocolate Mocha from Coffeesmith’s)  I don’t have cute feet…they are short and chubby with fat little toes…. but I can’t stop admiring them today. I absolutely love the polka dots!

xo,

Nicole

 

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Virginia’s {Calico} Beans

My mom’s stepmother, Virgina, shared this recipe for Calico Beans with us many years ago. It’s the perfect side dish for neighborhood cookouts, picnics, family reunions, church potlucks, and more.

Ingredients:

1/2 lb. bacon

1/2 lb. ground beef

1/2 cup chopped white onion

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup ketchup

1- 28oz can of Bush’s baked beans

1- 15oz can of butter beans

1- 15oz can of kidney beans

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a skillet, brown the bacon, ground beef, and chopped onion. Drain. Pour into a 2 quart baking dish along with the sugar, ketchup, and 3 cans of beans. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

This will be the dish that I take to any event this spring and summer that includes “bring a dish to share” on the invitation.

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Raspberry {Lemonade} Bundt Cake

Dessert is probably my favorite part of Easter dinner at my Grandma’s house (with my cousin’s angel eggs coming in at a close 2nd). This year I am preparing a Raspberry Lemonade Bundt Cake as my contribution to dinner. (I usually take Party Potatoes) To me, the cake just sounded like Spring.  Plus, its pink.

Cake Ingredients:

1 box lemon cake mix

1 (3 oz) package instant lemon pudding

4 large eggs

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup 2% milk

3/4 cup frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate (thawed)

6-8 drops red food coloring (optional)

Cake Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour bundt pan. Combine cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, oil, milk, lemonade concentrate, and food coloring. Mix until smooth. Pour batter into the prepared bundt pan. Bake for 55 minutes.

Allow cake to cool in pan for 15 minutes. Then, invert cake onto plate. Drizzle the glaze over the top, allowing the glaze to run down the sides. Continue to cool until cake reaches room temperature.

Lemonade Glaze Ingredients & Prep:

1/4 cup rasp. lemonade concentrate

1 1/4 cups powdered sugar

Whisk together Raspberry Lemonade concentrate and powdered sugar until smooth. 

*For a variation: Use Pink Lemonade concentrate instead of Raspberry Lemonade concentrate.

Linked  to Too Cute Tuesday at Funky Polkadot Giraffe and Wednesday’s Wowsers at oopsey daisy.

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Bunny Tails {favors}

I was looking for a quick and simple last-minute idea for Easter party favors. Of course, I found the perfect idea on Pinterest. Bunny Tails (aka marshmallows). All you need is: baggies (snack size would work best), marshmallows (large or small), a printer, paper, stapler (or scotch tape), and these adorable & FREE bag topper printables.

From Boutique By Design 

From Eighteen25 

 Now, I need to send my husband to the store for marshmallows while I start printing these adorable toppers! HAPPY EASTER!

 

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