Thursday, February 20, 2014

Dreamy Swings

Are you a romantic at heart? Well, I sure am. Maybe I've been reminiscing so much because I'm still in Valentine's day mode, but...

When I was a little girl, I always loved going to the playground to get on the swings. I was never a huge fan of the monkey bars although the slide was super cool, but it was the swings that were always my favorite. Oh yeah, I can remember pushing my little legs off the ground and imagining that I was getting closer and closer to the sky. It really felt like I was, too. It was such a rush. Of course, that was long before I discovered roller coasters, horror movies, coffee and cute boys...
... But swings have certainly evolved since then. I don't ever remember them being so incredibly cozy and romantic.
...And I certainly don't ever remember them being inside the house.
They're all soooooo dreamy.
swinging chair. i want one!
 All I know is it'd be nice to have one... someday. Of course, right now, I wouldn't have a clue where to put it in my small apartment. So all I can do is add it to my future wish list.
i want this in my room!!
Thanks for visiting and have a blessed weekend.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Cheeseburger Cups

Yup, you guessed it, I found a recipe for cheeseburger cups on Pinterest. I just started making these a couple of months ago, but this has quickly become one of my favorites.

I like making these because not only does my family love them, but they're easy to make, inexpensive and they cook in about 15 minutes. All you need is a can of biscuit dough, ground beef, (I used ground turkey), cheese and a couple of condiments that are probably already sitting in your fridge.

Cheeseburger Cups


1 tube refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
1 pound ground turkey or beef
1/2 cup ketchup
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
shredded cheese (for topping)


Brown beef. Drain. Stir in ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce.

Press each biscuit onto the bottom and up the sides of a greased muffin cup. Spoon beef mixture into cups; top with cheese.

Bake at 400 degrees for 14-16 minutes or until gold brown.


Friday, February 14, 2014

Organizing Spices

Have you ever reached for one of your spice bottles in your kitchen cabinet only to put it right back down saying, "No, not that one." Then you pick up another bottle, but it's not the one you were looking for either. Well, that's my story and it's very frustrating, but I'm happy to say... no more. I was ready to purchase what's called a riser and it was delivered just today... Woohoo!

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I've been wanting one of these babies for a long time now and I finally ordered one from Amazon. It's a 3 tier cabinet organizer. It's 15 inches long so it'll hold plenty and the $9.64 price tag was music to my ears. So for less than $10.00, I will no longer have to rummage around my cabinet constantly choosing the wrong spice.

Look at those little steps... how cute is that?

Now all of my spices are visible and easily accessible.   

Okay, that's one thing scratched off my to do list. Only 23 more to 

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

More living room love

This week, my husband has been helping me change the look of my blog. I added a few pics to the top of the page to just personalize it a little more. My little rabbit statue that's been buried in snow, the heart shaped door hanger that I picked up at Cracker Barrel, and the brownie from Panera Bread before it was devoured to name a few. I might still make a few more changes here and there, but I am really liking how my blog is evolving so far. Also, I am still crushing on some wonderfully decorated living rooms and getting tons of ideas. Here's a few of my favorites.
(Love the wall color)
Large mirrors hypnotize me, it's like I can't pull my eyes away and I usually don't want to.

The House Of Patrick Gilles & Dorothée Boissier In Paris

Here's another beautiful mirror in a very stylish room.


This room just spells out c-o-z-y and I love that cool chandelier.

Modern living room with medium grey walls and chartreuse and pumpkin accents

 I love the animal print fabric on that low table and the pictures along both sides of the fireplace.leopard
Does this couch look familiar? I have one exactly like it. The only difference is the legs on my couch are darker. I like the blue wall behind it, too.

La-Z-Boy Sofa

Well, I will end this post with something that will hopefully put a smile on your face. I hope you have a very happy Valentines Day!


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Covering a box with fabric

Today, I wanted to share a fun diy project with you. I got the idea from Pinterest and I was soooo excited to try it. Okay, now is probably a good time to mention that I'm not very crafty... at all. Even still, it really looked like a project that even I would be able to do, especially since there's no sewing involved. I don't own a sewing machine and other than tightening or replacing a button, I never learned how to sew. Okay, I should probably backtrack for a minute. It all started out with a stack of magazines on my bottom shelf that seriously needed to be tamed.

See what I mean? I needed a much better plan here and I really wanted the magazines to be more organized. So, to figure out what size box I needed, the first thing I did was measure one of my magazines. Once I had the measurements, I was ready to do one of my favorite things... go shopping. I found this storage box on clearance at Target. This is the side of it.

Now, the size was perfect, but the color was all wrong, but check out the price.

For $5.00 I wasn't about to pass it up this box. That's the front of the box, by the way. Oh and remember, after what I'd seen on Pinterest, I figured changing the fabric would be an easy fix. I mean, how hard could it be right? Wait, don't answer that... lol. So, now that I had my box, I was ready to get the project underway. After I removed the price tag and handle, I laid out my fabric and centered the box on top. I used a trash bag like a drop cloth to prevent me from spraying glue all over the island.

Once the box was centered, I started cutting straight down until I got to the edge of the box. Also, I cut about an inch away from the box. My regular scissors were dull so I used my kitchen shears which also didn't work as well as I was hoping. Note to self... if I ever do this type of project again use better scissors.

Here's how it looked when I was finished all of the cutting.

I was ready for the adhesive spray. Very carefully, I started by spraying the fabric, doing one side at a time.

Now as I was doing this, I tried to smooth out the imperfections and pull the fabric tighter. The problem is, the glue started working faster than I anticipated and I couldn't get the wrinkles out in time.

I can honestly say that this was one of those diy projects that I tried that didn't turn out so good. I guess my words came back to bite me because it sure wasn't as easy as it looked. I actually became so frustrated, I stopped taking pictures long after the wrinkles were glued in place. I still did the trim as planned, but I didn't leave enough fabric to fully flap over the top. Anyway, with that said, here's how it looks on my shelf.

Yeah, I need to hit that left corner again with a hot glue gun or something. On the bright side, as small as this box is, it actually holds almost 40 magazines which is a huge plus. All in all, I have to admit, it was an interesting project and if anyone has any tips to help me in the future... please share... lol. Now, please bare with me. I know this post has gotten really long but I have one final update. I picked up a candle at TJ Maxx a couple of days ago.

I started to get a cheaper candle that I saw for $2.99, but I preferred the frosted design on the one that was a few dollars more. Not to mention, I love the soft inner glow when it's lit.

It was $7.99 and it stands out more than that little itty bitty one that I had before. Also, since the vase is the tallest item on the tray, I moved the flowers to the center.

Now it's all good. Okay, no more rearranging. I think this new placement is a keeper.

Thanks for stopping by.