HAPPY HOUR: Superbowl Beertail

I have really been intrigued by the whole beer-cocktail phenomenon. I have always loved a good mixed drink, but mixing beer with anything sounded a little dangerous and a little gross. After trying a summer shandy I realized that there was something to these beer-tails I was missing! Of course for the biggest football holiday, where beer drinking is a MUST, I decided to find another great beertail for the occasion. Here is Gridiron Punch made with any type of beer, pineapple juice and lemon lime soda.

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MIX THOROUGHLY:

6 Bottles of Beer

2.5 Cups Pineapple Juice

12 oz. Lemon-Lime Soda

Garnish with sliced lemons, limes, and oranges.

Recipe courtesy of ForRent.com’s Blog Apartment Living

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HOUSEHOLD GUIDE: In Season Flowers (January)

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I found that one of the easiest ways to save money, whether its food, flowers, or really anything fresh is to buy what is in season! It only makes sense. If its out of season, who knows where its coming from, how good it will look, or how much it will cost! What is in season is accessible and will look or taste great! Thats why the best way to save money and get the freshest flowers for any time of year or occasion is to buy what is in season! I wanted to post this before the month of January was over, yes I am cutting it close! But here are the flowers that are in seasons this month, and some great arrangement inspirations and ways to use these gorgeous buds!

DAHLIAS

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CALLA LILIES

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GERBER DAISY

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PAPER WHITES

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SNAP DRAGONS

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TULIPS

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RANUNCULUS

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ROSES

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WEDDING WEDNESDAY: Blush Dresses

One of the greatest things about a wedding is that is truly an expression of the couple. The ceremony, details, all the way down to the food is an expression of what they love and who they are. This used to not be the case, weddings have grown in to this huge expression of how unique each couple is. I can’t wait to see bridal gowns grow the same way. I know in years the come the bridal gown industry might become a little different. Of course whites and ivories will always be in style, that is just tradition, but I can slowly see a little color coming in to the picture. Here is one of my favorites, if you are going for a colored bridal gown, BLUSH!

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HOME-SPIRATION: Kitchen Photo Collage

Now if you know me, you know that I love photos. Professional photos, iPhone photos, my trusty DSLR photos. I just love documenting my life with photos. Recently CVS had an AMAZING 50% off sale on canvas photo prints. I was a little hesitant at first, decided to jump right in, and now I am obsessing over when the next sale will be so I can fill up my house and give them as gifts! Obviously canvas photo prints have been around forever, so this is nothing new, but I am SO glad that a place as accessible as CVS has great quality canvas prints! What did I do with these prints you might ask? My long awaited photo collages (in my office and in my kitchen) are finally complete! Photos are to come (my camera really needs to see the doctor, it will not turn on!) so be patient! I am just in love with our kitchen photo collage, we themed it of course to be all about food, and it has parts of David, parts of myself, and experiences we have shared together. All the photos are hanging around our kitchen table (really the center of any food lovers house) and really makes our house feel like a home. Its really a wonder what hanging things on the walls will really do! Here are some of my favorite kitchen photo collages, to get yourself inspired for your own!

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Now our refrigerator is full of tacky magnets from our travels (yes thats our cheesy touristy thing we do and I love it) But one day it might need to be full of pictures

Now our refrigerator is full of tacky magnets from our travels (yes thats our cheesy touristy thing we do and I love it) But one day it might need to be full of pictures

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Not as collage-y as the rest, but I couldn't resist these black and white prints!

Not as collage-y as the rest, but I couldn’t resist these black and white prints!

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HOME-SPIRATION: Pantone of The Year

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I have been wanting to do this post ever since they came out with the Pantone color of the year, Marsala. We use Pantone colors so much at work, it almost feels weird writing about them on my blog! I was really unsure about this color pick until I starting really looking in to how to color looks in an interior space! Here are some of my favorite home-spiration images for 2015’s color of the year. Is this 2015 color choice spot on, or a big flop?

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SUNDAY INSPIRATION: Best To Be Quiet

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This quote is as simple as the old adage “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” But I like this quote more than that saying because you need to know where your words are coming from. I have learned lately that where the words come from really effect how the person receives them. If they are coming from a place of love, concern and honesty that person will feel that, if they are coming from a petty place, jealous place, or a place of anxiety that person will feel that too. I think its better to evaluate where your words are coming from before you say them. Ask yourself, why do I feel the need to say this? If that reason is a good, healthy reason you should share, if its not it is better to let it go. I think as I am growing I am realizing it is easier to let those words go. Before, holding my tongue was painful, the words were fighting with me to just let them out, to blurt them out, and sometimes (a lot of times) I didn’t think before I spoke. I didn’t think about the consequences, the place they were coming from, or even what they were, I just let them spill out. It takes true self control to really think about where your words come from, how they will effect you and others, and what significance they hold. I am not always the best at this, there are a lot of times that I forget to think before I speak or I allow myself to speak from a place of insecurity instead of a place of love. Its okay, because that is all part of the process, there is always next time. But yes sometimes it is best to just be quiet, and take your time with the words you choose.

LOVE LETTERS: Favorite Things Year Two

Last year around my birthday I wrote a list of my favorite things at that time. I am going to continue the tradition of this post because I enjoyed looking back on that post SO much! To see all the little things I loved at that time and all the memories associated with that, I can’t wait to keep adding to this post collection! So here are some great things I am currently LOVING in 2015.

Abolut Texas makes about the best vodka cocktail around! It is vodka with a hint of cucumber and Serrano pepper. Mix it with club soda and a splash of cranberry and it will seriously be one of your favorites instantly!

Abolut Texas makes about the best vodka cocktail around! It is vodka with a hint of cucumber and Serrano pepper. Mix it with club soda and a splash of cranberry and it will seriously be one of your favorites instantly!

If you are thinking about juicing or own a juicer you NEED this book! It is wonderful, full of great recipes, tips and tricks on how to make juicing a daily part of your life!

If you are thinking about juicing or own a juicer you NEED this book! It is wonderful, full of great recipes, tips and tricks on how to make juicing a daily part of your life!

This might seem like a silly one, but it seriously one of my favorites! The new Glad Plug In Scent Rosemary & Sage. AMAZING!

This might seem like a silly one, but it seriously one of my favorites! The new Glad Plug In Scent Rosemary & Sage. AMAZING!

Staining furniture has been a new found love of mine, and I am obsessed with the Jacobean Minwax Stain Color! We already have two pieces in our house I have stained with this amazing stuff!

Staining furniture has been a new found love of mine, and I am obsessed with the Jacobean Minwax Stain Color! We already have two pieces in our house I have stained with this amazing stuff!

My Nikon D3000 camera! I am loving learning all about  it, practicing taking pictures and documenting our engaged lives!

My Nikon D3000 camera! I am loving learning all about it, practicing taking pictures and documenting our engaged lives!

I can only ever do this once, but I of course am obsessed with my engagement ring, what it stands for, and all the excitement of getting married. Yes the stress of planning the big day has definitely gotten to me a few times, but I am more excited to be a wife, to be Davids partner in crime forever. I am so excited for our marriage and all of the wonderful things that are going to come along with this next chapter!

I can only ever do this once, but I of course am obsessed with my engagement ring, what it stands for, and all the excitement of getting married. Yes the stress of planning the big day has definitely gotten to me a few times, but I am more excited to be a wife, to be Davids partner in crime forever. I am so excited for our marriage and all of the wonderful things that are going to come along with this next chapter!