I’m really excited to share a guest post from a friend of mine, Alissa Circle from Rags to Stitches. I roomed with Alissa recently at a social media conference in California and realized pretty quickly girlfriend has got some great photography skills. Especially iPhone photography skills. Her Instagram feed is full of gorgeous, so I’m super stoked to share this post all about the best iPhone photo apps to make your photos all pizazz-y and fabulous. Enjoy!
I don’t know about you, but I have a daily love affair with Instagram. It’s the last thing I scroll through before I got to bed + the first think I check when I get up. Obsessed much? #idonthinkso I think the inventor of Instagram deserves a big open mouth kiss. Don’t you agree? You know you do, you’re secretly nodding your head in agreement. It’s ok. You know what I love more than Instagram? Pretty pictures on Instagram. With the advances in the iPhone camera, everything I’m about to show you can be done right from your camera phone.
I’m going to show you how to go from drab to fab using some awesome apps that you can download right … >> find out more…
This master bathroom remodel project has officially become epic.
Not epic as in: that wave was so epic! Let’s paddle out for another one!
Epic like: this project is so epically dragged out somebody’s gonna get all face stabbed up in hurr.
I’ve always been honest with you guys, and I’m feeling especially honest today. If this master bathroom doesn’t get all completo in the next 72 hours I’m going back to the French Riviera with my girl Rachael. If I wanted to live out of a suitcase for 6 months at a time, I wouldn’t be doing it in Utah County.
Don’t answer that. It was kind of a
trick question trap.
But seriously you guys, this master bath is officially ridiculous.
In fact, if I were to show you the photos I took of my master bedroom (which is attached to this monstrosity of a project via gutted doorway) you’d stop reading this post ASAP-like to call child services and report the unsafe living conditions of my household.
It’s super sketch, just like my current frame of mind.
Alright, now that we’ve established my fragile mental state, let’s do a walk through of the … >> find out more…
Love. It’s practically the theme of Summer, isn’t it? Right behind pool parties, beach bonfires, house parties, and Summer nose jobs (come on, you had to know a few girls who came back in the Fall with new noses). I always went into the Summers of my teen years hoping to snag an easy breezy May-December romance, something short term with a cute surfer boy from California who randomly chose to stay with a friend for a summer of awesome in Utah Valley.
A girl can dream. It never happened but I was never discouraged by that fact. Every Summer I just knew, just KNEW this Summer would be the one. I wasted a lot of time thinking about boys.
I had boyfriends all through high school and remember distinctly my first love, a September – June romance (waste of time girls, don’t follow in my footsteps! just study and get good grades and go to college! the men’s volleyball team is EVERYTHING you hope they will be!) The ending of that relationship was so tragic, so painful. We had a great run all through my Freshman year, going to all the dances and house parties … >> find out more…
Summer is the best. The best in the west, maybe the east, and certainly the south. But not Vegas, summer is never good in Vegas.
Anyway it’s hot outside and freezing inside, the kids are home, pools are open, and it’s Snow Cone season. It’s the perfect storm of happiness and swimsuits and glory.
Did I mention Summer is my favorite?
So what does one wear on the way to the pool, or on a perfectly sunny Saturday at the farmer’s market? I’ll tell you: whatever you want.
Want to know why?
Because it’s summertime and the livin’ is easy.
But seriously, let’s say you really do want a suggestion about the best Summer outfit ever for you to wear wherever you want (remember the livin’ is easy), what would you wear?
Put on your favorite short-sleeved button down shirt, match it with some shorts or a flirty skirt, find some Ray Bans (or a cheap farmer’s market alternative) and toss on some sandals. My favorite are Saltwater Sandals, preferably in a bright color (I do love me some color) but you can wear whatever sandals you want (if you’re looking to make your bum look tighter wear some wedges). … >> find out more…
It’s recipe time. Food editor Lindsey is here to share with us her amazing recipe for pulled teriyaki chicken sandwiches. Your mouth will water, I promise. – Allison
Slow cookers. Do you have one? Do you use it? I use mine several times a week with almost any recipe, and it saves my bacon when it comes to getting dinner on the table. We can also talk about how using a slow cooker means that there are almost always leftovers. One of our go-to meals is pulled chicken. Specifically, my family loves my recipe for Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Teriyaki Sandwiches. They are easy to throw together, feed us for a long time, and taste great.
I like to kick my version of slow cooker pulled chicken teriyaki up a notch by using my own recipe concoction of pineapple juice, rice wine vinegar, reduced sodium soy sauce and loads of fresh ginger and garlic. And because it’s teriyaki, it’s supposed to be sweet, so I add a good amount of honey and brown sugar too.
Small Hawaiian sweet rolls are the perfect vehicle for the juicy, flavorful chicken. I like to load up the sammies up with a plethora of … >> find out more…
How to recycle a thrifted purse this Summer, a new DIY tutorial from Steph, whose last project: how to geometric earrings made my life complete.
I’m a firm believer that Memorial Day definitely marks the beginning of Summer, more so than the “official” season change in June. School is getting out, theme parks and pools are opening up for the season, and shorts and sundresses are essential. It’s summer! Let’s make sure our handbag says its so, too. I have a simple how to DIY project you can do in an afternoon to give a plain straw bag some Summer-time glamour.
How to recycle a thrifted purse this Summer
- Straw Bag
- Bias tape with piping
- Sequin trim
- Fabric/craft glue
During a past visit to the thrift store I found a huge selection of straw bags and it was just my luck that they were 50% off! So instead of splurging on a 2 dollar purse, I got this cute bag for a mere buck! How can you pass that up?! I may or may not have 3 more in my closet right now.…
The how to is pretty simple for this project:
1. Decide how to … >> find out more…
Our master bathroom has, for the last 5 months, been a sea of insulation and drywall dust, host to a sea of random construction guys streaming in and out at all hours, ladders and buckets and 30 gallon garbage cans strewn about with an odd assortment of tools landing on my bedroom floor. It hasn’t been the most fun ever in MY! WHOLE! LIFE! but at the same time, it’s kind of awesome to finally be able to do a remodel on the master bathroom that has been moldy and nasty for 10 years.
We’re fortunate to be in a place to do something about it finally. I recognize that.
It’s kind of terrible.
It’s balanced out by a cool factor, but only just. I sketched out the plan I wanted from scratch on the back of a bill and gave it to the contractor, and over the months I’ve watched my ideas come to life. Fun! As fun as a ride at the carnival! But with the same amount of puking and sketchy Carnies!
Last time I updated you on our master bathroom part I, things were nasty in the only way early 90′s decor can be, … >> find out more…
Gifts for dad: DIY crafts for dad this Father’s Day.
DIY Father’s Day Mugs
It’s Father’s Day this weekend, in case you hadn’t noticed all the BBQ’s and lawnmowers for sale all over town. I already bought a vacuum at Costco for my husband because I’m fancy and super thoughtful, and I love him, especially when he vacuums. Although if the dad in my life were to get a vacuum for me, or laundry basket, or I don’t know, a sleeping bag for any holiday I would
probably completely lose my crap.
I’m going to pay for this somehow.
Do you have Father’s Day for the dad(s) in your life outside the US? I know there’s a Kid’s Day in Poland, which is also National Water-Fight Day, for serious, but I don’t know much about other countries celebrating random odd holidays like we do in the U.S.
Father’s Day printables
Anyway I found some ridiculous cute stuff on Pinterest, like you do, some super cute crafts for dad. I know you have it in you to whip any and all of these up, because you’re the craftiest sort of readers out there.
Resourceful, smart, lovely, extra … >> find out more…
Father’s Day, an entire day devoted to loving, remembering, hanging with, and showering the fathers in our lives with happiness and sparkling unicorns and ponies.
For the dads who like those kinds of things, anyway.
Father’s Day at our house is a pretty chill affair, much like Mother’s Day; we sometimes have a BBQ and maybe some fancy Jell-O with whipped cream, but not much. Because really, at our house, every day is Father’s Day.
My husband works random hours which means he’s home for a huge portion of our life together. Dad (or daddy, depending on the kid) is home as much as I am, sometimes more. He’s the one who takes the kids to the pediatrician, the dentist, and almost every field trip. Our dad makes dinner most nights, is in charge of the laundry, and does the dishes more than me. But in turn, he enjoys most of the privileges historically reserved for women and mothers: at home time with the kids, helping with homework, going on hikes and climbing trips and camping and kayaking, both kids in tow.
The fun stuff, the memory makers of family life.