HAPPY HOUR: Cranberry Orange Crush

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CRANBERRY ORANGE CRUSH

2oz of Vodka

2oz of Cranberry Juice

2oz of Orange Juice

2oz of Lemon Lime Soda

I chose this cocktail because the color is BEAUTIFUL! Thank you Messy Baker for making such a beautiful cocktail for me to share! I wanted to share some of my favorite home goods that go with such a delicious cocktail!

The Sonora Cocktail Napkins from Anthropologie. I am obsessed, and these napkins are the whole reason I am doing this post! LOVE.

The Sonora Cocktail Napkins from Anthropologie. I am obsessed, and these napkins are the whole reason I am doing this post! LOVE.

Green Hobnail Old Fashion Glasses from World Market (set of four $15.95)

Green Hobnail Old Fashion Glasses from World Market (set of four $15.95)

Get the freshest orange juice for this cocktail with the Stainless Steel Citrus Juicer from William Sonoma ($25)

Get the freshest orange juice for this cocktail with the Stainless Steel Citrus Juicer from William Sonoma ($25)

SUNDAY INSPIRATION: Not A Resume

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I love this quote because I think this applies to so many things in your life, not just your career. I try to remind myself every day that life is about collecting experiences, not about collecting merits. Your career is not about what you put on your resume, but the experiences you gain along the way. Your life is about the relationships you develop with people, not the positions you hold along the way. I know I have been guilty many times of doing a task, job, or class just to get the it done, put it on my resume, or get it over with. I didn’t always make the most of every situation, I didn’t always learn the most I could or apply myself the in the best way possible. I think knowing that and looking back and regretting that at times I am more apt to do that in my life now. I think that comes with maturity but it also comes with the right mindset. I am  grateful now that I am more willing and able to learn from every experience. I want to squeeze every bit of knowledge out of a situation, not for my resume but for my life. Bottom line, we only get what we give from a situation. I am going to try and build a life where I am proud to live in the moment, not a pieces of paper you are proud to show off to your next employer.

IN MY KITCHEN: Banana Bread

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One of my favorite things to do, whenever there is time, is to bake treats. Of course David enjoys most of the baking and treat making I do, but I also love to give unexpected treats, whether is is a batch of iced coffee, fresh cookies, or soup, to all the people I love. I guess you could say I like to make sure the people around me are well fed! My latest batch of treats was some banana bread, made out of necessity because our bananas got overly ripe before we had a chance to enjoy them in their natural state! Here is the banana recipe I made (brought to you by the experts at The Food Network) and some bright fun kitchen accessories to go along with this treat! I think after all of this winter weather we could all use something bright in our kitchen!

BASIC BANANA BREAD

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup granulated sugar
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
3 ripe bananas
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cream butter and sugar together. Then add the bananas, cinnamon, and milk. Mix all dry ingredients in separate bowl. Slowly add dry ingredients and mix only until flour disappears. Pour batter in to 9x5x3 loaf pan. Bake for an hour to an hour and ten minutes. You will know the bread is fully cooked when you insert a toothpick in the middle and it comes out clean. Let cool on baking rack. Enjoy with butter or honey!
Bake your banana bread like I do in my FAVORITE Le Creuset Heritage Loaf Pan from William Sonoma. I mean this bright orange will make anyone's day!

Bake your banana bread like I do in my FAVORITE Le Creuset Heritage Loaf Pan from William Sonoma. I mean this bright orange will make anyone’s day!

Enjoy your homemade bread off of these ADORABLE Verdant Acres Plates from Anthropologie. If you think like Spring, it will come, right?

Enjoy your homemade bread off of these ADORABLE Verdant Acres Plates from Anthropologie. If you think like Spring, it will come, right?

If you're serving your banana bread with honey you HAVE to have this Honey Pot (with stirrer) from Sur La Table. There isn't anything more adorable!

If you’re serving your banana bread with honey you HAVE to have this Honey Pot (with stirrer) from Sur La Table. There isn’t anything more adorable!

 

PRODUCT FEATURE: Snow Day Essentials

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Well this winter has been quite a crazy one in Dallas! Coming from the midwest I thought that no winter weather would really surprise me, but Texas has surprised me! I am used to a winter where it is freezing cold, and you don’t feel the warmth of sun until spring emerges. In north Texas you could literally have 70 degree day where your fiancé is playing golf, and on Monday you could be iced in your house and working form home (true story people!) Of course who doesn’t love a snow day? I don’t care how old you are, if there is snow on the ground and you have an excuse to snuggle up all day there is a child like part of you that is SO excited about the snow. Last night we had a record snow fall in Dallas, so today I am going to pretend snow and ice and not being able to get a move on with life isn’t an inconvenience, and I am going to enjoy my snow day! Here are some of my favorite Snow Day essentials for today, and the last bits of the Winter months ahead!

First you have to stay warm! Here is the AMAZING blanket sweater from Anthropologie (on sale right now so snag one for me please!)

First you have to stay warm! Here is the AMAZING blanket sweater from Anthropologie (on sale right now so snag one for me please!)

These are my new obsession! I wear UGGs around our house all of the time but I really need a pair of slippers, here are the Minnetonka Chesney Scuff slipper for only $39.95

These are my new obsession! I wear UGGs around our house all of the time but I really need a pair of slippers, here are the Minnetonka Chesney Scuff slipper for only $39.95

David and I LOVE board games! These are the perfect activities when you're tired of staring at the TV or the satellite is out! These Vintage Board Game Tins from Orvis are ADORABLE and so perfect for the Winter months.

David and I LOVE board games! These are the perfect activities when you’re tired of staring at the TV or the satellite is out! These Vintage Board Game Tins from Orvis are ADORABLE and so perfect for the Winter months.

And because your snow day couldn't get any cuter, you have to enjoy a cup of tea out of this Pearl-Drop Cup and Saucer from Anthropologie ($20)

And because your snow day couldn’t get any cuter, you have to enjoy a cup of tea out of this Pearl-Drop Cup and Saucer from Anthropologie ($20)

Enjoy your day and drive safe DFW! I will be at home enjoying Netflix and baking banana bread today!

INSTAPOST: The Art of Arrangement

I had such an amazing end to a wonderful weekend, and I can’t wait to share it with you all! I found an amazing gem of Dallas, fullosophie. Fullosophie is an amazing company that connects creatives with local business and sets up interesting, fun, and informational classes on any and all creative subjects. This weekend I was lucky enough to attend their Art of The Arrangement class, by The Southern Table, with my future mother in law. We learned SO much from the experts at The Southern Table, sipped champagne, made our own fabulous arrangements and left feeling brighter against this horrible winter weather! I thought I would share some tips and tricks and of course all of my pictures from the class! I can not wait to throw a dinner party just to create my own arrangement!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.These were the amazing kits we found when we arrived at the class! Including all sorts of goodies, mini champagne bottle, new vase, and an adorable pair of floral clippers!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.So this makes me official right? I am obsessed!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.The gorgeous flowers we got to arrange with!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.The pro herself, Maxine, teaching us and making an amazing arrangement! She is a wealth of knowledge, and so good at what she does. Being passionate about your work really comes through in the end! Her organic style of flower arranging is so much fun and so much about the flowers and creativity!

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The GORGEOUS sign they had framed in their studio. I must tell you there is nothing like a creative space, I can not wait to have a studio of my own (one day people!)

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.Our arrangements and of course our champagne (it helps the creative process!)

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.My final arrangement! This picture (taken by my iPhone) really shows what good lighting can do for photography! I am obsessed with this arrangement, and the fun we had learning and creating! Here are some of my biggest take aways from the class:

-Using coated chicken wire (balled up in your vase) creates great stability and allows for the amazing organic waterfall kind of look.

-Use as much greenery as you can find! It will make any all arrangement look professional and full of depth

-Place your greenery first, then statement flowers (large blooms) and then fill with smaller blooms

-Always make a fresh (and diagonal) cut to your blooms while arranging

-Add fresh water every day to your arrangements

Check out The Southern Table and all of amazing work they do on their website!

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SUNDAY INSPIRATION: As We Are

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Well if you have been paying attention to social media this week, or really any news outlet you know about THE DRESS. I found the whole thing so interesting, and so weird all at the same time! From work to family people all around the world seemed to disagree on the color of this dress. I think its so fascinating we found a visual representation of what happens every day. Every day people disagree on topics, values, or facts and each person is set in the way they view this situation, they see the situation in plain color they know the facts and they can not understand how someone could view it any differently, it is right in front of them in black and blue (or as some would see, white and gold). I love this quote today, but it is one of the hardest things to remember especially when you disagree with someone and the way they view the world. Each person’s point of view is shaped by their experiences, family of origin, emotions, hopes, and dreams. Each one of us sees the world in a completely unique way individual to who we are. I have a hard time remembering that everyone views the same world through a different lens, and that is okay. I have a hard time remembering that it is not my job to convince anyone that my lens is better and that my life would be so much more fulfilling if I was curious and tolerant about the way others view the world instead of angry and upset that others don’t see it my way. I think this week I am going to try to be more tolerant of the way others see the world, the way they might problem solve, or how they might feel about a particular situation. I want to glean what I can from others, not convince them to view the world my way.

WEDDING WEDNESDAY: Wedding Day Signage

Wedding signage is one of the easiest ways to decorate, and make your ceremony or reception more personal! You can add your favorite quotes or sayings about love, maybe an inside joke between you and your family, or a description of your love story for all to read. Signs also direct your guests on where to sit, what to do, and what is going on. Here are some of my favorite inspiration images for wedding signage.

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If you’re looking for signs for your upcoming wedding, here are some great Etsy shops to check out.

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COUNTRY BLISS DESIGNS

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MXO WOODWORKING

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