Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Feeling Festive: Halloween

This is a little late in the game, but I wanted to do one anyway!  Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  I currently have way too much Halloween decor for our house, so I definitely need to work on trimming back next year if I want to make room for new fun stuff.  Assuming, however, that I *did* have some room for new Halloween items, these would be my picks for this year!

While I love my wine bottle with holiday decals, I definitely would love these painted wine bottles too!  It's something a little different and - hello - they're adorable.

As far as pumpkins go, all of ours have been smashed by the neighbor kids.  (Hey neighbor kids - you suck!)  However, the very nice neighbors across the road replaced one of our pumpkins with one of theirs.  (Thank you nice neighbors!)  So, I guess the neighborhood juju equals out.  (Although, the squirrels ate that one, so basically, we just can't win with the pumpkins.)  NOW if we could make pumpkins work, I would loveeeeee this chevron one!  And those awesome cat ones!  Or, I suppose, I could bring them inside and do a painted piece like those "wicked" pumpkins.  I especially love these because I'm a big wicked fan!

I've also decided the next house (in SEVERAL YEARS) needs to have a fireplace.  I would love to be able to do adorable decor like this!  Festive mantels are the best!

The rest of the items I found are smaller ideas that incorporate the holiday well through the whole house.  They also look to be quick and easy - which is rightttt up my alley!

What are you digging this Halloween?

Monday, October 20, 2014


I'm finished with my Copics for Card Markers class and, if I'm being totally honest, I'm really sad about it!  I learned so, so much about using my markers!  I'm probably going to sit down and do a few of the lessons over again, but I'm pretty excited about the progress I made during class.  I should have taken some before and after photos so you could see the progress too, but whoops!  Didn't think of that!  Here's some of the awesome images we got to color during class:

People are definitely one of my favorite things to color!  We only did the ballerinas in class, but I had purchased several digital stamps and a couple physical stamps of people to color, so after class, I gave those a shot.
Definitely still needs some work - but I really love them!  I have GOT to figure out how to make my ink stop bleeding.  You have to layer the pens to get them to blend, but if you layer too much it bleeds over, so I'm trying to find the sweet spot, which is easier said than done!  

I also made this cute Halloween card.  It has some flaws, but I am pretty happy with it. I wish I had embossing supplies because that would look AWESOME on the black background, but I don't ... yet. So at some point I'll be able to do awesome things like that.

Either way, how cute is that kitty?  And the glitter pumpkin!?  Love himmm.  

I have a long way to go yet, but so far I'm in love.  It's a lot of fun to color these little guys.  :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tuna Salad

This recipe is one I found during my clean eating challenge, which was hosted by Danielle, a friend from high school and awesome Beachbody Coach.  She shared all these amazing recipes we used during our challenge!  (You can check her out on Facebook, as well as on her Beachbody website if you want more recipes or the chance to see her fitness journey!)
This is another quick and easy recipe I've been turning to time and time again when I want a healthy lunch.  Sometimes I mix up my toppings a bit just to keep it interesting.  :)  I am really digging how EASY most of these recipes are I've been using!

3 cups mixed greens
4 oz of tuna, drained
5 cherry tomatoes (I cut mine up)
1 stalk of celery, chopped
3 scallions, diced (I omit these because.. bluch!)
2 Tbsp. fat free ranch dressing (I prefer Bolthouse brand* which is not "clean" by definition, but is definitely one of the more healthy dressing you can buy on the shelf.)

Assemble and bam!  Lunch!  Seriously, so easy and completely healthy.  It's a win-win!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

All You Need is Love (and Coffee)

On Saturday, my cousin got married.  They had registered for K Cups, but instead of wrapping the boxes up, I made a little gift basket:

I really wanted to get them these adorable inital mugs I saw at Target, but when I went back to get the pieces for my gift, they didn't have their initials.  :( So I ended up buying plain mugs and using my silhouette to add their initals to them.  They turned out cute - they just weren't what I had in mind.

I tried to do a variety basket, so I got them coffee, hot cocoa, and apple cider.  I tossed in some apples for filler and mini marshmallows for the hot cocoa.

You can't really tell in the photos, but there was another additional layer of K cups beneath the marshmallows, mugs, and K cups that you see, so it was a pretty full basket!

I also used my new Simon Says Stamp Card Kit and my new favorite Copics to create the perfect matching card!  (My OCD personality was over. the. moon. with the matchy matchy.)

I finished the gift off by wrapping it up in a clear bag and adding a bow.  Overall, I was really excited with how it turned out!  I love when an idea comes together!  

Monday, October 13, 2014


Apple orchards are my favorite place to go.  Seriously, I can't think of a single place that I like visiting more.  It makes me sad that they're only good to visit for maybe 6 weeks in the Fall.  After that it gets too cold and yucky.  

So far this year, I've been to our new local orchard twice!  We're closing in on the window of "too cold, no thanks" so I'd like to go at least one more time before that happens.  
The first time we went, we went with my mom, dad, and brother.  We got there right as they opened to snag some donuts and lunch.  (The wait for that part of the Orchard is ALWAYS ridiculous.  Come early or do not come at all for that!)  I had no idea the food was so fantastic, so that was a pleasant surprise.
Josh and I shared the chicken pot pie (for those of you thinking I'm a piggy.  I am, actually, just not on this particular day).  And I realize when you go to the orchard you should really have cider, but I broke the mold and grabbed an apple water.  Hellloooo delishhhhh.
We also managed to grab a very nice family photo while we were there (That bearded man. Oh my is rightttt.  I don't know him.  Ok, yeah, I guess I do).
I love how my family is all dressed for summer (because it was like 70 that day) and then there's Josh and I - geared up for Fall despite the heat.  Can't stop us.
The second time we went to the orchard, we took Roo.  Man was that dog in heaven.  He was all over wandering through the apple trees.  And he got to see two deer run right by him.  I think it's safe to say: best day ever for him.
I didn't buy any of the pretty pumpkins.  I had gotten several at the grocery store for our housewarming party.  And even though it's way less exciting that way, they're still in good shape, so I left the orchard pumpkins at the orchard.

There are a couple other orchards in the area we'd like to try.  I don't know if we'll get to them this year, but I'd like to at least see what we're missing out on before Fall turns into Winter and I refuse to leave my house.

Friday, October 10, 2014

High Five for Friday: October 10th

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Happy, happy Fridayyyyy!  This one was much needed this week, that's for sure.

one // This week wasn't the best week ever.  I spent most of it back home at my parents as my Aunt passed away on Saturday.  She was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and after kicking it once, it came back with a vengeance and the treatments were just not responding to it.  It was very heartbreaking to watch, but at least now we know she's at peace.  The funeral was massive - she was a very, very loved women, so that was really touching to see.

two // I feel like anything that follows that is going to be frivolous, but we'll keep plugging forward.  Pizza Hut has the best chocolate chip cookie "pizzas" for remedying a broken heart.  In case you need one.  

three // Papa Johns does not.  Don't get theirs.  (Not that I had both this week, nooooo wayyyy.)

four // I did sneak out for a tiny bit of shopping yesterday and picked up two new coats.  The sale was so good I couldn't say no.  I got this one for the rest of fall and early winter and this one once it gets a little colder.  I am super in love with them both.  The first coat is a sweatshirt material and it's probably the comfiest jacket ever.  (Is comfiest a word?!)  I had one a few years ago that I wore right out, so I was super happy to replace it!

five // My cousin is getting married tomorrow and I think I've come up with the cutest wedding gift ever.  No worries I'll share soon. ;)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Art Prize

A couple weekends ago my whole family was in town for Family Weekend at GVSU.  While we were all together, we made sure we had a chance to check out Art Prize downtown.  This has been part of their family weekend tradition for the last couple years, but this was my first family weekend, so I was excited to join them!  

There was so much good art this year!  It's hard to pick a favorite because it was all so amazing.  We spent literally an entire day walking around and probably managed to see 200 of the 1,500 pieces on display this year.

I probably could have shared 10,000 photos of the weekend, but I'll settle for just sharing these:
The colorful piece above was done by my favoriteeee artist, Carol Roeda.  She has the most adorable shop that I love going to (and spending way too much money at).
This piece was really cool too.  It was place for people to leave affirmations for others to read.
This one has been an all around favorite for just about everyone and you can probably tell why.  It was just so amazing.  How I managed not to get any people in my photos is beyond me - the place was packeedddd.  We had to wait 10 minutes just to get inside. (But that was cool because there was an ice cream truck right outside.)

I'm really hoping to make it back downtime a time or two before Art Prize is done for the year.  There is just so much to see!  

Anyone else even been to Art Prize?!  Is it not the coolest?