Recently I had a wonderful opportunity to do a home decor swap with Kim from Vanchic Organization. Kim is a wonderful organizer who believes in fashion forward organizing. You won't find any plastic bins in this gals home. She has a way of taking the most unique pieces and making them so functional and beautiful. She has a youtube channel where she shares amazing tips on how to make your home fabulous! You can find several helpful videos on her channel at:
You definitely want to subscribe to her channel. It is so informative, elegant and entertaining all in one. So Kim and I set a budget of $75.00. With that $75.00 we each purchased home items for each other. It was so much fun shopping for her! We both published videos opening our boxes which is below. I hope you will enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!
I wanted to share a few of my favorite things that I have been really loving. These items tend to be items that help me through my day with a smile on my face. If you have certain items that just are simple but make you happy, please leave a comment sharing what that item is. I would love to know what little accessories and products just make your day.
Note: This is not a sponsored blog post.
Ralph Lauren Pencil Case
Although this case was meant to be a cosmetic case it is the perfect size for a pencil case. I fell in love with it when I saw it in TJ Maxx. Emerald green is the color of the year and I totally see why. This case cost $29.99 at TJ Maxx which can seem a bit pricey for a pencil case, but it will last me for several years.
Michael's Note Cards
I absolutely love these vibrant and beautiful note cards that I got from Michael's Arts n Craft's store for only $1.00 for a pack of 6! What a amazing deal. They had them in a variety of colors. The inside are blank which are perfect for my needs.
DW Caribbean Breeze Candle
I picked up this dw home candle from Marshalls for $7.99. I have to be honest and say the first thing that attracted me to this candle was the packaging. That beautiful blue reached out and grabbed me in the store. Then after smelling the amazing scent I was SOLD!
Target Small Clipboard
I found this small clipboard in the little dollar section in Target (right as you enter the store). It was actually $3.00 and came with a thick notepad. I was not interested in the notepad, but I really needed that size clipboard for my mean planning sheets. When I go to the grocery store I needed something to clip my menu planning sheet to to make it easier to highlight off my items and fits perfectly in my handbag.
Harney & Son Pumpkin Spice Tea
You all know how much I have been in pumpkin overload this month. Well this is another part of my pumpkin addiction :). I have been enjoying this tea so much. It has the perfect amount of pumpkin flavor without being to strong. The flavor is perfect! I got this tin of tea at Target for under $5.00.
Meyer's Orange Clove Countertop Spray
You all know how much I love fall! Well being able to clean my desk and worktable off with this scrumptious countertop cleaning has been my inspiration this month to keep my desk shiny. I love cleaning off my desk with this product. You can find it at Target and it is a limited edition so if you find that you like it I would load up!
Book "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus"& Diamond Paperclips
If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen where I shared how much I was loving my new devonational book "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus" along with the diamond (not real diamonds) paperclips that I made from vintage pieces my mother-in-law found from thrifting. If your looking for a great daily devotional book, this one is perfect. You can get it off amazon.com.
Nivea Hand Cream
When working with a lot of paperwork and just daily errands my hands can get so dry. I have been loving using this Nivea cream this fall to help remedy the dryness. I love having this compact product on my desk because it does not consume much space and can easily be thrown in my mobile office. You can find this at Target for under $2.00.
Essie Disappearing Trick Cuticle Remover
Along with the dryness, you all know how your cuticles can take a beating during the workday. Well this Essie product is fabulous for cuticle care. I have really been pleased with it's results. You can find it on Amazon.com for under $7.00.
Black & White Tacks
I love these cute black and white tacks. I got them for my little office closet which is done in green, white and black. I thought they would make a perfect match for my cork message board. You can find these at Target for under $5.00.
I have really been enjoying my Neon Sharpies. I love writing with sharpies and the Neon Sharpies are so fun! I got them on clearance at target for only 50 cents each! What a great price for such fun writing tools.
Mini Metallic Bag
I found this little metallic bag in the dollar section at Target and LOVED IT! It is just what I needed to put my little electronic cords for on the go. It was only $1.00 at target and is perfect for my needs.
NikrisDesigns.com "Waters of Greece" writing pen
I have been loving and using (non-stop) my "Waters of Greece" writing pen from my own store http://www.NikrisDesigns.com I love the colors and the design gives me so much comfort when writing. You can find this and many other designs on my website.
I was raving about this on Instagram earlier this month. I have been drinking this Limonata all month and it is just so refreshing. You would think that I would have been drinking this during the summer. I don't know why I picked the fall season to fall in love with this drink but I am head over heels in love with this drink. You can find it at your local grocery store. I get mines at Target for around $5.00 for a six pack.
So I just recently completed a video sharing a chit chat session on the issue of wearing shoes in the home. I have a "No Shoe" home and I wanted to share some tips that have worked for me in maintaining a shoe free home along with tips on how to handle informing guest on removing their shoes when they enter your home. I hope you will enjoy the video.
Have you ever been put in a formal dining situation and you were sitting there looking at the silverware wondering "What fork do I use?" Well this is a common experience for many of us. I was recently asked by one of my youtube viewers to do a video on how to properly dine at a proper place setting. I am by no means a etiquette guru but my mother did take me to a dining etiquette class when I was a teenager. Plus, over the years I have had the experience to attend a variety of functions where a proper place setting was used.
So I have created a video showing you my experience with proper dining techniques in hopes that it can be helpful to others. I hope you will enjoy the video below and that your work is moving along perfectly!
I have to give a huge congratulations to my cousin and her new husband. She just got married this weekend and I am so happy for them both. During her wedding preparations she contacted me and asked if I would do her wedding bouquet, cake knife set and guest book. You know this was right up my alley! I was more than happy to work on these projects for her. She loved how they turned out which made me extremely happy.
Most of us are not in wedding mode but more so thinking about the upcoming Christmas holidays. For this reason I completed a video tutorial showing you how to create these beautiful brooch bouquets as a Christmas decorative accessory for your home. I hope you will enjoy the tutorial below and find it helpful.
Here is my video tutorial on how to make a brooch bouquet along with a Christmas holiday decor twist.
Can you believe we are back to November ALREADY! It is really true what they say..."Time Flies By When Your Having Fun!" With November being here it is now time to start thinking about those Thanksgiving tablescape ideas. If you read my previous blog post about how I organize my table jewelry (which is my napkin ring collection, table place card collection etc.) I had asked if you were interested in my doing a tutorial on making these wine glass wraps. Well I got a great response on my youtube channel so of course I had to make the video for you.
These wine glass wraps are such a wonderful way to spice up your wine glasses for the Thanksgiving holiday. They are so easy to make and a very inexpensive project to complete. How beautiful would this be to make your carmel trifle in your wine glasses and add these beautiful wraps to the glass.
We have so many great uses for wine glasses that don't involve wine:
My video tutorial for making the wine glass wraps.
Well the drawer is opened! I have received so many request to make a video and blog post sharing how I organize all of my home decor and tablescape decor items. So I am breaking it down in categories showing you how I store all my beautiful entertaining treasures. In this blog post I am sharing with you how I organize what I call my "Table Jewelry". These are my napkin rings, place card holders and wine glass charms. They system really works great for me and I hope that you will enjoy. Be sure to watch the video below to see a tour of the drawer.
In my drawer I use the linen drawer organizers from Tuesday Morning. I love them because they are stackable and very durable. They are very affordable (costing approximately $7.00 each) I actually have four of them in this drawer which provides me plenty of space to grow my collection :). I also used two desk organizers that I also got from Tuesday Morning for a little over $1.00 each in the center of the drawer to hold some of my place card holders and wine glass charms.
I try to keep them grouped somewhat by color, but that is not such a big deal since I can see them all as I open the drawer.
I do feel that there are some staple pieces that are a must for my collection and I want to also share that with you.
In my video below I share with you my mini place card frame collection and why I like having 4 staple styles.
So I just finished decorating my fireplace mantel for the fall season. I am just so in love with this season. I am like a kid in a candy store lately having so much fun putting out all my fall decor. I am enjoying all of the wonderful fall inspired candles and the atmosphere around my home clearly lets you know the fall season is here.
So Chester the Owl made his appearance on our mantel this year. I just love this owl! I think it brings a whimsical feel to my mantel place and plays nicely off of my large canvas artwork. I found him in Ross. I also just added some wood sticks into my white vase that is a staple year round on my fire place. I think the wood sticks help transform this vase for the fall.
I had so much fun doing my diy making the "FALL" framed letter art. Check out my video below to see me put it together and to join my on my journey of transforming my fireplace mantel for the fall.
I think I have some type of addiction to white pumpkins and gourds :). I just think they give such a clean yet fall inspired feel to your home. If I cannot find them in white I just paint them, such as the ones that I got from Michaels in this picture. I also am in love with my little gourd in teal which is also holds a beautiful fragrance inside. I got this from TJ Maxx.
Here is the video taking you on my journey of making over my fireplace mantel for the fall. Enjoy!
I am very happy with how my mantel turned out this year. I think it brings a fun fall look to my home yet still coordinates with my other decor. I hope that you all are having as much fun as I am unpacking and displaying all your fall decor.
I hope everyone is off to a great fall weekend! Well I had such a wonderful morning and afternoon with my friend girl. She came over this morning for coffee and girltalk. She was so gracious enough to be my tester of my first attempt at pumpkin biscotti :). The funny thing was that she gave me some wonderful pumpkin muffins she had made from a pinterest recipe she just tried. So we were each others taste testers this morning. I must say her muffins out did my biscotti. They were FABULOUS! I was so happy with how the biscotti turned out along with my tablescape this morning. I wanted a casual fall tablescape that felt cozy and pumpkin inspired.
Here is my pumpkin biscotti! I got the recipe from mybakingaddiction.com. So easy to make and very tasty. A great compliment to your fall coffee. Here is the recipe:
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 1/4 cu nuts, coarsly chopped
White chocolate morsals (OPTIONAL)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2. Combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice in a large bowl; stir well. In another bowl, combine pumpkin, eggs and vanilla, stirring well with a wire whisk. Slowly add pumpkin mixture to flour mixture, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened. (Mixture will be very crumbly; it will gradually become moist after stirring.
3. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add nuts. Cook, stirring constantly, until nuts are browned. Remove from heat and cool completely.
4. Knead or gently stir cooled nuts into dough. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and divide into 2 portions. Lightly flour hands and shape each portion into a 2 x 10" long log. Place logs 3" apart on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for 24 minutes; cool logs 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees F.
5. After some cooling, move a loaf to a cutting board and cut diagonally into 1/2" thick pieces. Do the same to the other loaf. The interior of each biscotti should still be just a little moist (while the exterior is nice and hard). The crust of the loaf will probably be quite hard, so use a large serrated knife such as a bread knife for this job.
6. Place the biscotti with a cut side facing up on a half sheet pan and bake for 8 minutes. Remove the pan and flip all the biscotti over os the other cut side is now facing up. Bake for another 7 minutes. Set all the pieces on a wire rack to cool making sure that none of the biscotti are touching each other. If the biscotti are placed too close together, they could get a little soft or soggy as the cool.
7. Once the biscotti have fully cooled, they can be consumed as is, or white chocolate dipped or drizzled.
The biscotti tastes best during the first few days. but will keep for up to a month in a sealed air-tight container.
Recipe compliments of: http://www.mybakingaddiction.com
Biscotti Gift Inspiration
I also made a batch of biscotti for my friend girl to take home and enjoy. I used a simple silver platter (which you can get for $1.00 at your local dollar store or party planning store. I simply tied a orange ribbon and add some fall picks.
Fall Inspired Morning Tablescape & Pumpkin Biscotti Recipe
I am so loving that my favorite time of year is here! Fall brings such a beautiful feeling to me which makes my days so very happy. So this week I wanted to put some subtle fall touches into my home office. Now I work in my home office each day. It is the first stop after gathering my morning coffee or tea. In my vision this fall I did not want to go the traditional route of placing a lot of fall decor in my home office. This year I wanted to bring more so the feeling of fall verses a grand visual. So I made a video sharing my 5 tips for bringing a subtle feel of fall to your home office. So have you started any fun new fall projects? Let me know in the comments on this blog. I would love to read about it. I hope you will enjoy!
Here is my video sharing my 5 tips to incorporating fall into your home office.