Wild ONE!!

SO, this Saturday my besties baby girl turns ONE!! I am totally obsessed with little girls and all things girly! We have been planning on doing a Smash Cake Photo Shesh for over a month now. Today it happened and all it turned out amazing!! I absolutely love this trend, I actually did this when my oldest turned ONE…. about 8 years ago! ❤

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Camila is ONE

I have a Canon DSLR camera that I totally have no idea how to use and I have no “eye” for picture taking. My bestie was the “photographer” today and I think she did great! We did all the pictures at my house since the weather put a TOTAL damper on our outdoor plans(we were totally bummed about that). We took advantage of Pinterest to help us decide on our Plan B.

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What we did……She bought about 20 balloons (12 inflated with helium and 8 we blew up). We duct taped them to the floor at different heights and then used the ones we blew up to cover the tape.  We hung a banner she found at Hobby Lobby, threw down a rug she already owned and Volia! I was totally planning on making her a smash cake, but ran out of time. Here is an awesome life hack! I bought the cake at HEB for like $8 and scraped of the frosting and decorated it myself! I recently got one of those awesome Silhouette Cameo cutting machines, so I whipped out the “one” topper in no time. We are so happy with the way EVERYTHING turned out! 🙂

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What do y’all think?? Is my bestie a future Photographer in the making?!

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I hope she stops growing so fast, this year flew by! ❤ ❤ ❤

 

A whole new take on DIY today!!

Ok, so I’ve been kinda obsessing over Jessica James Decker lately…. I came across this video of her putting lightener “balayage” in her own hair. I was completely  fascinated and really wanted to try to do it myself. HERE is her link! Watch the video for sure to help you see how to do it! If you are too scared and NEED a professional I have two really good friends who are AMAZING!!! Let me know!! 

I recently had my hair colored and I wanted to go darker for Fall as I usually do. Well after she dyed it I think I had different feelings and kinda wanted it lighter again. I knew my husband would kill me since I paid all that money to get it dark and I was just going to change it AGAIN. I figured this was my perfect chance to try it myself!!! EEEKKKKK

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Today I did it!! I love it and I think I am now ADDICTED!! This is the before picture… I took it with natural lighting and the 2nd was taken at night so the coloring looks a tad different. Try to just notice the ends and how much more bright they are.IMG_3350 (2).jpg

Have I inspired you to try and do it yourself?? This is what I used! I didn’t use a box color like Jessica James Decker because I have had bad luck with that before. I also recommend talking to a professional or doing some research before you start. I only spent about $18!!

  • L’OREAL quick blue powder bleach
  • Salon Care Cream Developer 30 Volume
  • Gloves
  • Mixing Bowl and Brush

GOOD LUCK!!!

❤ Jessica

UPDATE!!

A few tips! 1. Make sure to have enough time. 2. Invest in some really good hair care products to keep your hair feeling healthy. I use Wella shampoo and a Wella treatment conditioner. I also only wash my hair about once or twice a week. 3. Saturation is KEY, unless you are wanting cheetah spots, make sure to have enough dye or bleach on the strand or roots. 4. Keep and eye on the blonde while bleaching. If you see it getting lighter than desired you can stop the process by getting it wet. 5. Know it might not be what you are expecting and go see a professional if you screw it up!! My friends Dana and Shaina really are amazing, so if you are not brave JUST go see them! Since this post I have gained a new sense of braveness! I have now added more blonde about 5 times and I even dyed my own roots 2 times!! Here is a recent picture! 😛IMG_4031.JPG

 

Are you ready for old Saint Nick?

I am super excited for Christmas, but so NOT ready!!

I conquered Black Friday on Thursday night at Target and that was very anti-climatic. There were a lot of people, but no craziness thank God! I didn’t have to wait in line or anything! I love buying Christmas PJ’s to give on Christmas Eve, so I made sure to get some while they were 40% off! I also got some toys for my nieces and my boys.

Our boys are 7 years apart which makes it pretty interesting during this holiday season. Our oldest is still very much into all of it and our youngest is just now starting to figure things out. I bought the cutest book yesterday for the boys called “How to Catch Santa”. It was on sale at Barnes & Noble for $7.99….totallly worth it!! I love love love hearing my oldest read to the baby! ❤

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Today we wrote our letters to Santa! I found a super cute printable online Here! She also has a ton of cute ideas on getting a letter back from Santa too!! I might just have to do that! I know my oldest will really think it’s awesome and maybe it will keep him in line a little more too!  I should do it every month during the year! 

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A few months ago I found this North Pole mail box at Home Goods that I could NOT resist buying. I think it adds a little more holiday cheer to the whole process. =) I hope my boys at least had fun and will remember these moments one day!!

I would ❤ to hear about your Christmas traditions! COMMENT BELOW!

let’s talk about cheese baabbyy

Need an EASY last minute food idea?

Do you love cheese?! In my mind everything is better if you add cheese. I love serving cheese at all my gatherings. I also like to bring cheese plates/cheese balls for most house parties I go to. What is your favorite go to cheese?

Have you heard of Boursin? I love love love it so much! It is already flavored with “garlic & fine herbs” so you don’t have to do much to make it amazing! I have added SO many different types of ingredients that I am convinced you cannot go wrong.

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Today, I had my side of the family come over for a Thanksgiving BBQ. I knew everything wouldn’t be ready once they arrived, so I put out a cheese ball. We LOVE bacon, I mean who doesn’t right? Well I have been obsessing over this jalapeño bacon I bought recently so I made about 5-6 strips in the microwave and then chopped it into small pieces. I pulled out 1 package of Boursin unwrapped and placed in a pretty white bowl. Then, I sprinkled the bacon on top and around the sides. Can you tell they loved it?!!

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Other Options I have tried (chopped and mixed in then I shape into a ball) I use 1 package for about 10 people so just double it for larger groups. I use mini crackers to help cut down on double dipping. 

  • chopped dried cranberries, then you can roll in chopped pecans.
  • chopped pecans, then pour honey on top
  • bacon mixed in or just all around
  • almonds

Let me know what you make!! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

<3- Jessica

Industrial Floating Shelves

Are you busting your butt to get your house ready for family next week?! I am!! Holy Smokes this year went by super fast.

We bought our house almost a year ago and it’s taken a while to find and buy decorations. I try to be frugal when it comes to these kind of things because I love changing things up! Hopefully these shelves will not go out of style quickly and we can use them year after year!

It is super gratifying to say “We made that!” ❤

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What we bought, all from Home Depot:

  • 4 – Black Iron Pipe Floor Flange 1/2 inch
  • 4 – Black Steel Nipple Piping 8 in X 1/2 inch
  • 4 – Black Iron Cap 1/2 inch
  • 1- 1 in. X 8 in X 8 ft. board. CHECK for straightness of board!!
  • Sand Paper 100-120 grit
  • Wood Stain of your choice. (I wanted to match wood I already had in my house so I chose this color “Carrington”)
  • Heavy Duty Wall Anchors

What we spent: around $65 (kinda costly due to iron piping)

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Directions:

  1. Measure how long you’d like your shelf(s) to be. I originally planned to make 3 all centered on the wall. Then being ME I changed my mind.
  2. Cut wood the length you would like.
  3. Sand and distress wood to your liking…. we beat it up with some heavy tools to add dents and then I used a chisel to add more character. The wood will have hard corners unless you sand them down. We used 100 grit to get rounded, smooth edges.
  4. Stain the wood. We used old shop rags and did 1 even, thin coat and then a medium coat after letting dry for a couple hours. We propped them up on old paint cans to minimize any transfer.
  5. Let dry, after a day or two I added some extra stain ONLY on the edges of the wood. I got this idea from look at the “industrial” furniture I already own.
  6. Install piping with wall anchors. I suggest having a helping hand and a level. I found it helpful that we could just screw in the pipe into the floor flange.
  7. Place your shelves on top of piping.
  8. DECORATE! I even framed a picture I took while on vacation this year in Rosemary Beach, FL. (cheap alternative to real art) 😉

We were super impressed with the outcome of these shelves. Yes, we could of bought some comparable and cheaper at like Target, but I doubt the quality and style would be half as nice!! Link to the expensive version at Restoration Hardware

Huge THANKS to my SUPER husband, Justin!!

Tell me what you think or how you would decorate these shelves?

 

 

Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodle!!!

Let me start with a disclaimer that I really hate pumpkin….. I really LOVE snickerdoodles though. My husbands FAVORITE COOKIE EVER is a snickerdoodle!! I mean HELLO how fun is that name?! I knew if I made these he would at least try them.

My SUPER picky 8 year old gave these a thumbs up too!! 🙂 I so rarely actually bake for my family just because anymore, so when I do it’s nice when they like it.

I really like this recipe, it’s not too sweet and the cinnamon and sugar on the outside gives it a little crunch. I have NEVER baked a cookie that called for cornstarch though… not sure if it’s added because of the pumpkin puree?

Since this was such a big recipe I am dropping some off with our friends and family for Halloween. I boxed them up with some cute decorated sugar cookies I made as well!

Pumpkin Spice and Sugar Cookies

Cook Time: 13 minutes  Makes: 3 dozen

Ingredients
    • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1 large egg yolk
    • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 3 1/2 tsp cornstarch
    • 1 tsp cream of tartar
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 3/4 tsp salt
    • 2 tsp pumpkin spice
    • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
    • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
For rolling
  •  granulated sugar
  •  ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Cream butter, sugars and egg yolk.
  2. Mix in pumpkin puree then vanilla.
  3. Slowly add all dry ingredients in sections, so it mixes throughly.
  4. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  5. Pre-heat oven to 350*
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together sugar and cinnamon. (I just eye the mixture… think about that yummy cinnamon toast grandma used to make!!)
  7. Use cookie scoop to make even sized balls, roll in hands, then sugar mixture.  Place cookies on parchment paper lined baking sheets spacing cookies about 2-inches apart. Bake in preheated oven 12 – 14 minutes (they should look just slightly under-baked as they’ll cook slightly once removed from oven). Cool on baking sheet about 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

I found this recipe via Pinterest and made just a few minor tweaks! She has some awesome photos if you need that. Click here for the original recipe!! http://www.cookingclassy.com/2014/10/pumpkin-snickerdoodles/

I hope everyone has a fun and SAFE Halloween!! I will post my DIY costume after Halloween! I am going to be Chewbacca…. haha it should be interesting.

French Toast for dayzzzz

Ok, so if you are anything like me you will enjoy this life hack! This is perfect for a child, or an adult who is a child at heart! ❤

My husband gets our oldest up every morning and takes him to school. (Yes, he is GOD sent) Our oldest is also a SUPER picky eater! I really try to get creative, so he gets enough decent food in his growing 8 year old body. I thought of this a few years back and I make it fairly often now. Takes maybe 30 mins for the whole loaf!

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What you will need:

  • 1 loaf of bread – I buy a flavored kind to add sweetness, you can literally use any loaf of bread even from a fancy bakery! 😉 
  • DO NOT DISCARD bag bread came in
  • 6-8 eggs
  • 1/8-1/4 cup of milk – If you don’t use flavored bread you could even use like a yummy flavored creamer!! YUMM!
  • Butter/Oil/PAM – whatever non- stick item you like to use to cook with
  • Large Pan/Skillet
  • Bowl

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat stove top to medium heat.
  2. Crack eggs in a bowl, add milk and whisk to mix.
  3. Rub butter on skillet to cover cooking surface.
  4. Generously soak 1 slice of bread in egg mixture and place on skillet.
  5. Cook until browned on each side and let cool COMPLETELY!
  6. Once you have made the whole loaf and they have cooled place bake into bag and put in freezer.
  7. Wake up, get your french toast out and place in toaster. (so easy right?!)
  8. Pop onto plate, add any toppings you desire or eat plain!!!
  9. HAVE AN AMAZING DAY!

Let me know your thoughts or suggestions!