Thursday, January 31, 2013

Here's to Hoping...

I'm hoping that my cats and my baby girl 
will look something like this one day...

Choosing Where to Shop

How do you decide where you are going to shop?
I love little boutiques for gifts, stores with good sales and great customer service, 
friendly faces and organization are all important.
I like local shops that have one of a kind items, 
specialty stores that are unique to Utah or big cities, 
and windows with pretty/inspiring displays. 
However, if I receive a handwritten note from the store 
thanking me for shopping there (Motherhood Maternity)
you can bet your bottom dollar that I will be shopping there again!
I am a sucker for handwritten notes.
Little things that go a long way.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Musts for Happy People

What Whitney Wore

My outfits of the week:

1. Statement Necklace Inspiration
  necklace - Francesca's
turtleneck - Target
cardigan - Banana Republic
jeans - Motherhood (NEW)
bordeaux mary janes - Clarks

 2. Stretchy Stripes
dress - Old Navy (NEW)
jeggings - Wal-mart (NEW)
* I wore this outfit to school and one of my little girls said,
"I didn't know they made jeggings for WOMEN!?!?!" 
scarf - TJ Maxx
earrings - Francesca's
belt - Macys
boots - DSW


 3. Downtown Date Night
jacket & animal print belt - Old Navy (NEW)
turtleneck & jeans - Motherhood (NEW)
scarf - Down East
earrings - Francesca's
spike bracelet - Groop Dealz
watch & boots - Liz Claiborne

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Word of the Year: CHANGE

 via sincerelykinsey

I've seen a few bloggers coming up with a word of the year
so I was inspired to do my own.

CHANGE
is my word of 2013 
because I can already tell that this year will be full of it.  
Mostly all good change 
but I like routine, like schedules, like familiarity 
so this idea of change is a bit frightening and exciting.  

I'm expecting changes at home with a new baby and motherhood in general.  I'm expecting work changes in my transition to life as a working mom and hubby has work changes headed his way. We live in a smallish place now so there will have to be some changes with major rearranging/reworking the place or a potential move for more space.  I'm sure that there is even more change out there that I have yet to even wrap my head around but I'm trusting God to take good care of us as he always has in 2013.
via etsy

PS My recent fortune cookie said... guess my word of the year was right on track.

Twine Storage

Interesting twine storage option.
I wonder how well it would work??
I think I'll keep my eyes peeled the next time I'm at the thrift shops 
for a sugar dispenser so I can give it a try.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Top Knot Variety

Top Knots are my favorite.
I love these different takes on them
and might just give one a try soon.
  via lovestitched

Homemade Pizza

I mentioned last week that I've been on a recipe trying kick.
This is the original recipe that I tweeked a bit.

Here's my latest success...
HOMEMADE PIZZA

My husband and I could eat pizza all the time
so I was excited to try a healthier version than ordering out.
CRUST:
 3/4 c warm water
1 pkg self rising yeast
1 t sugar
2 1/2 c flour
1 t Kosher salt
3 T olive oil

TOPPINGS:
marinara
your favorite toppings

Mix water and yeast.
 Add sugar to proof.
 Let stand for 5 minutes and make sure it's frothy.
If not, start over.
 Mix flour, salt and olive oil.
I used my Kitchen Aid mixer and it was really easy.
 Mix until well combined and then lightly coat with olive oil.
 Cover in a warm place and let rise for 30 minutes or so.
Preheat oven to 400.

 Roll out to desired thickness.
I left a nice crust all around the edge and decided a square pizza was a nice shape.
 Bake for 8 minutes before adding toppings to ensure a fully cooked crust.
 Add your favorite marinara sauce and toppings.
 I always use turkey pepperoni because it's delish and better for you.
 My husband likes more variety in toppings so I chopped some things for him.
Sprinkle with seasoned salt.
Add cheese.

 Bake for 13-15 minutes with the toppings at 400.
Voila... a delicious homemade pizza!
Let cool for a few minutes and then cut.
I was impressed that you could pick up this pizza to eat it!
Most homemade pizzas have a floppy crust so this recipe was super.
My husband asked if we could have it again this week :)

 I also made a mini veggie tray to go with the pizza.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Snowmen Place Settings

I'd love to host a wintery dinner party with place settings like these.
You could easily accessorize your snowman/woman
with reds and pinks for a Valentine's day party.

Adorable Drink Tag

An adorable use for a scallop circle punch.
Great for showers, birthday parties, tea parties, etc.