Nov 18, 2014

A BRIEF INTERMISSION...




Hey Folks!

I think I read somewhere that you aren't supposed to announce or bring attention to any breaks in blog posting and such. But so anyway, out of respect for you, and my blog, which I love so much, I thought it would be right. Or at least okay.

In an effort to focus more fully on The Giggle Girls Book Club Project (and my family). I am going take a small break from the blog.  I have not been doing a great job at writing awesome and fun blog posts and taking care of these little people (and H) and this house and launching the business. So...

I'll be spending a little time catching up on a few things like trying to keep up with this laundry list that seems to be the culprit of the extra dirty socks I took off Avery this morning. And maybe even getting in this - which I'm sure will make everything else fall into place.

But most importantly, I'll be doing my darndest to focus on the website and building relationships with toy and craft vendors and book publishers.  Any help, contacts, forwards, "likes" and "shares" you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

In the interim, I will still be taking snapshots of my much needed sanity breaks from the kiddos and the hustle of trying my hardest to be a successful work/stay at home mommy over here at our spot.

If you don't mind,

Please spread the word about THE GIGGLE GIRLS BOOK CLUB as I attempt to help breed the new young bookish clique:-)

Giggle Girls Book Club Website
Giggle Girls Book Club Twitter
Giggle Girls Book Club Instagram
Giggle Girls Book Club Facebook

I will most certainly be back with amazing new things to share!

xxB

Nov 14, 2014

FALL STYLE | A FALL HAT, BOOTS, LAYERS...

My next attempt at a "fashion post". Which mainly means.. what I like to wear. Lets call it a STYLE POST. I don't consider my self "fashiony"? But I like to look like I at least tried (give the appearance of a shower) whenever possible. After all, we busy mamas like to look good too right?

I'm thinking with these few tips you will be the cutest mom (from the shoulders up)… Just right for car pool WOOT.







My recipe for fall fashion includes:

Layers!! What better way to cover up the things hat happen to your body from Halloween to New Years? And thankfully layers never go out of style. This Ted Baker paisley print shirt I picked up at a Thrift Store, and the chambray is my favorite every day shirt from JCrew. They don't have it anymore, but you can get  similar one here.

Swipe of bold Lipstick. Nothing says, I'm ready like lipstick. Only a bold color will do. Really shows that you gave it the old college try! Recently been rocking this berry shade from NYX I picked up at the Target.

Cute Shoes. Preferably some warm boots. You'll be surprised how far a pair of sturdy riding boots will get you. I've had these for several years. Tony brought them back from a school/business trip from Argentina a few years back. Similar here on sale at Nordstrom.

and last but not least...

A cute hat.. LOVE this hat. Wool, I got it from Jcrew last year on super duper sale so I bought two. I can totally not comb my hair and put this on and look like a million (a couple hundred??) bucks. I'd even wear this hat on good hair days. Similar here in wool pinstripe and oxblood leather . I WANT them booth (shakes piggy bank).

OH AND ALWAYS WEAR YOUR FAVORITE EARRINGS!

Speaking of fall hats. Thought I'd link up with some other mamanistas who are showing off their fall hats today. Click here to see some other Mamanista Friday Fall Hat Style.

What do you think?!! Have a great weekend.. Its going to be COLD here in HOTLANTA!

THANKS SO MUCH for snapping these awesome pics of me Mimi!

xxB

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Nov 13, 2014

HELP WITH COLD REMEDIES | NATURAL VAPOR RUB


SO MANY COUGHS.. SO MUCH SNOT.. Yes, I said snot.. We are on our third round of sniffles around here, which means night time has been pretty rough these days. Thankfully, I've been able to escape the germs (so far, knock on wood). Tony has not been so lucky. I threw out the Vicks Vapor Rub after learning about how toxic it really is… Especially with the littles, I've been trying to be as natural and organic as possible when possible.

Avery woke up with a sheer sheet of mucus across his face and a cough like an adult horse:-( I've been doing a little research and this is my first stash of Essential Oils… Whippped up some of this Natural Vapor Rub and have been slathering it on the little guy. 

I  think its working.  

I even rubbed some on Tony last night while he was sleeping…. he like that very much. Alright.. keep it moving… nothing to see here.


To Make:
Put about 4 heaping tablespoons of coconut oil on a container. I'm a bit of a hoarder, so I had plenty of things I could use but these mini spice jars would work well. Add about 20 drops of Eucalyptus. 1 or 2 drops each of Rosemary and Spearmint.

I put it on after bath and then keep it on my nightstand when the kids are sick. That way I can grab it and head to the room of whoever is doing the coughing.


Nothing worse then when the littles are sick. At least he's been giving me the best snuggles (and the longest naps). 

Any other home remedies you can share would be greatly appreciated.

xxB
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Nov 12, 2014

MAKE THIS [DIY] PRETTY AUTUMN WREATH




WHAT YOU NEED:

glue gun
glue sticks
paint
little cups
kraft coffee filters
grape vine wreath
scissiors
masking tape


WHAT TO DO:

1. Dye about 10 - 12  coffee filters.
You could very well just do all Kraft colored flowers and not dye them at all.. But I wanted it to feel like fall so I picked some fall colors (red, yellow, orange, pink) and then used brown to mute them a bit. Put paint in your cups, add a little brown and stir… then add a little water to loosen… Then you can shove about  4 (crumpled) filters in each cup. Wait about 20 minutes. Then I laid out plastic to open them up and let them dry (about 20 minutes). You'll be able to tell when they are dry.

2. Cut out Flowers.
In hindsight, this took me a lot longer than it should have.  Because I could not wait an wanted to cut and then immediately place it on the wreath. To move more swiftly go ahead and cut out all of your flowers first.  Here is the link to the awesome tutorial I used.


3. Arrange flowers on your wreath.
Once you've cut out all of your flowers, then you'll arrange them on your wreath by putting a generous amount of hot glue on the (tape) bottom of your flowers and holding them for a few seconds in place where you want on your wreath. I did the front of the wreath and then filled in the outside perimeter so that it looked nice and full.

4. Add embellishments.
I only have maple trees in my yard. So I put on a black ski mask and snuck into a neighbors yard and scoured for acorns. Just kidding, I texted her and she told me where the key was:-) I also found a few fall leaves and shoved them in and on the wreath with the hot glue.

5. Hang your wreath!


TA DA!! Cute Right?! I finished this up in time to hang it on the door before we took our family photos over the weekend. I suppose now its time to make a Holiday Wreath? Stay tuned:-)

xxB
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Nov 11, 2014

FOR THEM, NOT ME, I PROMISE | MY EASY CHOCOLATE CHIP BANANA BREAD MUFFINS


hey! I posted this photo of my favorite easy peasy chocolate chip banana muffins on instagram, and got a couple requests for the recipe. I'm not sure why I tend to only make this in the fall? 

But it never fails, I usually have 2 sad bananas left at the end of the week… and it really pains me to throw food away, so this recipe is both a blessing and a curse since surely I don't need the extra sweets and calories. But I do love making them for the rest of my little brood… Plus, this is the only way I can get the munchkin to eat bananas. They can be breakfast, or sometimes I cut them in half and put them in her little treat compartment of her bento (lunch) box (get a similar lunchbox here if you are interested).  At any rate, here's the recipe, which only requires two bananas. I use this recipe, but cut the sugar in half since I add a half cup of mini chocolate chips, which essentially melt into the batter and a handful of the large Ghiradelli chocolate chips which melt in your mouth:-)

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread 
Makes 1 full-sized loaf or 2 small loaves or 12 muffins

Preheat the oven to 350.
In one bowl, combine:
1/2 stick (4-5 tablespoons) butter, softened
eggs
2 or 3 very ripe bananas
1/4 cup sugar
Use a potato masher to squish the banana and mix the ingredients together. It is alright for there to be small chunks of banana in the batter, but you want most of the banana to be reduced to mush.
In another bowl, combine:
1 1/3 cup all-purpose unbleached flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
Combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix until the ingredients are blended together. If you like, stir in a handful of chocolate chips(about a half a cup) is about right. 
Some additional ingredients to consider: here, such as chopped walnuts or pecans, dried cherries or apricots.
Pour the dough into greased baking pans and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Small loaves take around 30 minutes, a normal-sized loaf takes around 50 minutes.
Remove from the oven. This bread is great warm, but it is excellent cold too.
After they have cooled for 5 or 10 minutes the loaves/ muffins  can be removed from the pan to cool. 
**adapted from this recipe which can also be found in the 1997 Revision of , The Joy of Cooking
Enjoy!

xxB
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Nov 10, 2014

THIS DAY IS GOING TO BE AMAZING | NOTES FOR MONDAY


TODAY IS GOING TO BE AMAZING.

Just putting it out there. Being very thoughtful and purposeful about my thoughts today. Trying hard to speak things into existence. I think its working… 

Getting in some coffee shop office hours and ticking off my to do list.. Speaking of which:

I picked up this awesome Sugar Paper planner  at Target this weekend that I'm all ready to use next year! I love it because its basically the date and then room to write down your "to do list for the day" And I am all about a "To Do" List . Checkout my favorite tips here. 

My bloggy pal Mimi came over and took the most amazing family photos this weekend. Check out the sneak peak here. So now I'm on to designing holiday cards. Hoping this jump start will get them out in time for Christmas instead of New Years (or Valentines Day) cards..

Pinched my neck during a headstand attempt at yoga. I've been taking a few classes a week which are kicking my but and making me feel SO STRONG. So proud of myself for continuing to purposefully set aside some time just for me. And I get to see some really special mama's that I've really been missing!

Trying really hard to eat healthy. I got on the scale and realized why my shirts are not buttoning up very 
easily these days. I'm on Day 3 of Eating Whole (HEALTHY) Foods. I'm trying to convince myself that junk food is for suckas! It helps that I've already eaten all of the good Halloween candy. I've started pinning some yummy recipes and ideas here

Last but not least. I almost forgot to post the winner of The MINT JULEP BOUTIQUE giveaway! FINALLY. Look for your gift card code in your inbox soon!!

What did you get into this weekend? If you haven't already go ahead and declare today AWESOME and AMAZING!! You'll be surprised just how far some positive affirmation will get you.

xxB
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Nov 7, 2014

HOME DECOR | LIGHTING REFRESH IDEAS

Happy Friday!

I had planned to reveal this hideous amazing old chandelier (that came with the house and I immediately took it down) that I lacquered black and placed snugly in my entryway. Wowza - What a statement!!  Ummm. Not today. This project did not turn out quite as I had planned. But please stay tuned for the redo and unveiling.

But I couldn't let that stop me from sharing some fresh lighting ideas in the spirit of the AWESOME lighting sale going on with my friends over at Wayfair. Since that project has me in the mood to do a complete overhaul . I was so excited that asked me to share!

EnterPromo Code: WFLAMPS15 you will receive 15% off your lamp purchases between November 6 and November 10

QUESTION: How would you describe your home decor style?

Now that I've been living in this house for 7 years and with the invention of Pinterest, I've had the time and tools to really consider this. I remember when Tony's grand mom asked me what my kitchen color scheme was (so she could send me some of her home shopping network finds), and I had absolutely no idea what she was talking about.  I mean, well, I like what I like.  But didn't really have a name for it.

I think I've come up with something. Mid Century Modern. I don't know that everything I like falls under this umbrella, but I do know that my current lighting situation, while very nice, is not quite my style. I'm hoping to do a little refreshing in the upcoming months with this punch list in tow.

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I'm no expert on Mid Century Modern, but I think I'm leaning in that direction as it relates to over all style. I bought a pretty traditional lamp from Restoration Hardware some years back that pretty much clashes with everything in the room now. I am really digging this tripod lamp and thinking one like this would be a perfect replacement. Stay tuned for the craigslist post to get rid of the old one.

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I used to be a silver person, but am seriously loving gold these days? Of course I'm totally inspired by this jaw dropping girls room and that little clip on light over the bed would be perfect for reading bed time stories to the munchkin. Similar lamp here.


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I'm still settling on decor for Avery's room. I really LOVE all of the color here. And since he's 2.5 now, I'm thinking something closer to a big boy room. Little H currently doesn't have a lamp in his room. Just the overhead light/ceiling fan. I found  this geometric lamp with a pop of color over at Wayfair, and have full confidence that it would fit quite nicely on the bookshelf next to the rocker where we read bed time stories.


Never figured myself for a sconce person, but after much research have decided this would be a good idea. I can turn my light on and read (or blog) before bed and not disturb Tony if he's ready to turn the lights out. I found this super cute gold (my new favorite fixture) sconce at Wayfair and think its a definite.

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I can live with most of the lighting in my house if I had too, but the bathroom fixtures must go. Something simple with a lot of light is what I'm thinking These clear globe lights are at the top of my list.


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My home office that is currently tucked into my guest bedroom doesn't get very much light. I'm thinking a spot light like this should shine exactly what I need to work on my writing and projects. I love this black and white decor and think a similar light in a fun color is just what the doctor ordered.

So I'll ask again, just out of curiosity. What's your decor style? Tradtional? Modern? Farmhouse Chic?

Don't forget to head over to Wayfair and check out the lighting sale:

For lamps use the promo code: WFLAMPS15 to receive 15% off between November 6 and November 10
Graciously compensated for this post by the awesome folks at Wayfair.  All opinions, ideas, and photos are my own.

xxB

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