A Day About Macrame…

So

my newest obsession is

macrame.

I know

I’m going all hippie dippy on you.

But listen to me,

if don’t correctly,

I think it can be totally chic!

It doesn’t have to scream

flower power!!!

Just take a look

I think it’s the new

“thing”

and if I am going to try it

you should too ; )

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Date Night In {Vol I}…

Originally posted on 906 E. Chic:

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This Wednesday night

we put the girl to bed early.

Cracked open a bottle of wine,

I whipped up some delicious food.

and Ryan spinned some tunes around the record player

and we had ourselves a little

date night in.

Inspired by new cookbook

by blogger Ashley Rodirguez

called

what else??

Date Night In

We simply enjoyed food and each other.

We didn’t look at our phones

or turn on the tv until after midnight.

It was wonderful

and easily will be a new addition to our weekly routine.

So happy to have bought this book.

She plans the whole menu for you,

breaking it down in prep time

so that the dates are easy to plan and prepare for.

I found the preparation made me excited for the date and the time to relax

and enjoy my husband

and being more then a mommy.

Date night in a marriage…

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Date Night In {Vol I}…

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This Wednesday night

we put the girl to bed early.

Cracked open a bottle of wine,

I whipped up some delicious food.

and Ryan spinned some tunes around the record player

and we had ourselves a little

date night in.

Inspired by new cookbook

by blogger Ashley Rodirguez

called

what else??

Date Night In

We simply enjoyed food and each other.

We didn’t look at our phones

or turn on the tv until after midnight.

It was wonderful

and easily will be a new addition to our weekly routine.

So happy to have bought this book.

She plans the whole menu for you,

breaking it down in prep time

so that the dates are easy to plan and prepare for.

I found the preparation made me excited for the date and the time to relax

and enjoy my husband

and being more then a mommy.

Date night in a marriage is important!

How do you do date night?

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On the menu for us this Wednesday?

White Pizza with homemade ricotta cheese and mozzerella, homemade pickled italian sweet peppers and sausage

Sun Dried Tomato Casear Salad with Homemade Parmesan Crutons

and

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Homemade Caramel Corn!!!!!

SO. YUMMY.

Check out

Not Without Salt

That’s Ashley Rodriguez’s blog

and you can read about how her and her husband

started having date night in

and how it transformed their relationship

and the book was born.

Also try her recipes

- duh!

You can see if her cooking style

goes with your taste.

If you have good taste

then you will like it.

If you don’t,

well I feel sorry for your taste buds

as you are probably a lover of ranch dressing,

chicken tenders,

and grilled cheese.

aka the foodie equivalent of a 4 year old.

Sorry, Im not sorry.

I love all those things too

but there is more to food then ranch dressing

#foodsnob #truth

Being Bookish…

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Pardon me for the radio silence around these parts

but I had a major Christmas hangover

and we didn’t celebrate our last Christmas until like

January 3 or 4th?

My brain was just dead

and so was my body.

I had wrapped over 70 presents,

baked cookies,

and decked the halls,

until we reached a level of jolly

you just can’t maintain without crashing.

So I crashed.

And during the crash

I rediscovered a hobby

that I love so much.

Reading.

I have always been

“bookish”

I was the girl who got caught reading Anne of Green Gables

in her algebra book.

I always had my nose in a book.

But somewhere between 18-23

I lost that part of me.

Growing up

doesn’t leave a lot of time for reading

does it?

Well

now that I am not doing at home daycare

I have nap time back again

and also just have my day back in general

and I have been taking advantage

and reading, reading, reading.

It’s been snowy and icy here

and we are so far out in the country

that the snow just blows.

They can run the plows all day

up and down our country highway road

and it just blows over

the minute they are gone.

Sometimes it’s just a complete white out.

It’s beautiful and isolating.

I pretend I live in Alaska.

We make limited trips out

and have become quite cozy in our little farmhouse on the prairie.

I have felt a kinship with Laura Ingalls Wilder

and pioneer woman this winter

so that is what I have been reading.

It started with

The Blue Castle

by L.M. Montgomery

and then Maude

by Donna Mabry

Both were so good

but so completely different.

The Blue Castle

by L. M. Montgomery

is a beautiful romantic tale

of Valancy a young woman who has always been a dutiful spinster daughter until one day

she finds out some news

that starts a chain of events that changes the direction of her life completely.

This book is filled with beautiful descriptions and written in a tone from a bygone era.

They don’t write books like this anymore.

If you love Anne of Green Gables

then you will love Valancy too.

You will cheer her on

and want your own Blue Castle by the end.

Maude 

By Donna Mabry

is the biography of the author’s grandmother

who saw the turn the of the century,

both World Wars,

and The Great Depression.

Her strength and trials

were an insight into that time period

and the hardships they endured.

The work women did

day in,

day out,

it’s amazing really that women were that strong

in a time where woman were viewed as so weak.

Pioneer woman could kick our butts today

in maintaining our daily lives.

Without the tantrums

and emotions we let leak out of us.

They were stoic pieces of stone.

Holding it all together.

Amazing.

Now I am reading a cookbook.

One of my favorite things to read.

If I had a bedside table.

You can bet that it would have mostly cookbooks on it.

I love to read about food.

I love to eat and read about food even more.

Right now I am reading

Date Night In

By Ashley Rodgrigez

Part love story

part yummy recipes

I am devouring this read.

Not only is this cookbook

beautiful!!!

It’s a breezy, easy read too!

With great insights into

bringing that spark back to dating in marriage.

Very important if you ask me.

My parents always made date night a priority.

I have to admit me and Ryan are terrible about date night

since we hardly went on dates when we were dating.

We are just homebodies.

And lazy.

I would rather pour some good wine

and put Jim Croce on the record player.

So this book is perfect for us.

The book is divided into the four seasons

with a starter, main course, and dessert

for every date.

Did you know if you read about a subject every night for an hour

in seven years you would be an expert in that field?

You could be a chef if you read cookbooks for 7 years.

lol maybe.

Reading.

It’s so good for your soul.

I think it’s like medicine.

It takes your mind and focuses it on something outside of you.

It’s a mental escape.

I don’t think we are mentally escaping enough.

Escape!

Read a book!

Then let me know what it was you read and if you liked it!

Anthropologie Snowball Garland DIY

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Have you seen this beauty?

I fell in love with it

the minute

I saw it on my Instagram feed

as one of my favorite bloggers

of all time

decorated her tree.

And I thought sigh…

I can’t afford Anthopologie.

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Anthropologie Snowball Garland

But then I thought

hey,

I can make pom-pons,

I can buy yarn and braid it,

heeeeeeyyyyy,

I CAN MAKE IT!!!

So off to Walmart I went

and bam.

This tutorial was born

and so was

the greatest garland of all time.

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Antropologie Snowball Garland DIY

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What you will need:

glue gun

glue sticks

yarn-

 4 rolls and must be thick and looks more authentic if it is white or cream and has flecks of an accent color 

scissors

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To make the braid chain

cut three lengths of yarn.

It doesn’t matter how long

but you don’t want it too long

because it will make braiding difficult.

Tie a knot at the top,

like pictured above

and braid…

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you want a nice chunky braid,

you could even do double layers of yarn

to make it thicker.

Eventually you will get to the end of your strings

and this is what you will do…

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And you just keep on braiding

braiding,

braiding,

braiding,

until you have the length

you need to wrap around your tree.

For me it was about 6 arms lengths

of braid.

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Knot the end

like you knotted the beginning.

Put a dot of hot glue

on the knot and bend back an inch

to create an end loop on both ends.

Now you are ready to make pom-pons…

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You want to wrap the yarn around your hand a lot,

you want really fluffy pom-poms.

I wrapped mine forty times around my hand

but you can play around

to find the size of snowball that works for you.

You want to tie the string around the middle as

tight as possible!

This is key to making your snowball stay intact.

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Then you have trim, trim, trim

until you have a perfectly shaped snowball.

I’m not gonna lie

it takes a lot of trimming to get them right.

You trim it how a hair dresser would trim

someone’s hair

making all the ends as even as possible.

I trimmed mine over a paper bag

while I started Downton Abbey

from Season One.

But it is worth it.

If your ends aren’t even

you won’t get that polished,

Anthropologie look.

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And then all you do

is hot glue your snowballs

to your rope of braid.

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And voila!

You have just made your own Anthropologie inspired snowball garland

for half the price!

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Because of the color of yarn I choose and the accents of black

mine look more like pinecones I think.

But you can really choose any color you want!

This has truly been one of my favorite Anthropologie hacks

I have ever done…

Tree c/o: Conkeytown Christmas Tree Farm