Friday, April 18, 2014

DIY Spring Wreath

Happy Friday!!

Or should I say Hoppy Easter weekend :)

I was craving a little DIY project recently and I decided our front door needed a little Spring flare...

So, off to Michael's I went for some faux flowers, Styrofoam wreath and ribbon. 

DIY Spring Wreath

Supplies: styrofoam wreath, faux flowers (you will need a lot! Grab a couple bunches of hydrandeas and other bunches of small petal flowers for fillers, a few larger flowers like peonies for focal points), wire cutters and ribbon for hanging. 

Start cutting the flowers at the base with the wire cutters with enough stem to stick into the Styrofoam. I started mine with one bunch of white hydrangeas on the bottom left side for a focal point. I added a few of the big green leaves around the bunch for added texture. Then, start building around the focal point by adding a few of the larger pink flowers on either side. I also broke apart the other bunch of hydrangeas and filled in the inside rim of the wreath to add fullness. 

You want to make sure you continue some sort of symmetry on either side. I added the two big pink peonies on either side to balance out the wreath. 

I continued filling in the wreath with the pink and white flowers until all the Styrofoam surface was covered on the front and sides. I did not fill in the back so it would leave a flat surface for hanging. 

Tie the ribbon around the top of the wreath and hang on your front door!

Ta-Da! It's Spring! :)

Now that wasn't too difficult, right?!

Have a wonderful Easter Weekend!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wedding Wednesday // Bridesmaids

Welcome to another installment of the Wedding Wednesday series :)

This week, I wanted to share photos of my beautiful bridesmaids!

I decided to have the girls wear all different styles of long, black chiffon dresses. I liked the idea of having them pick out a dress that matched their personal style and made them feel comfortable.

Most of the dresses were from David's Bridal, so it was easy for out of state 'maids to try on and get fitted. 

For the bridesmaid gifts I got them the pink quartz tear drop earrings which they wore for the wedding, a monogrammed black pashmina, heart sunglasses, gold sequined hanger and a bridesmaid tote to carry for the day. 

I also got myself some of the same matching gifts :) 

The heart sunglasses were a hit and they made great photo props!

I even gave some to my flower girls! 

That's all for this week's Wedding Wednesday.
Stay tuned next week for some detail shots!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos

Today, I want to share with you an easy, healthy recipe for cilantro lime shrimp tacos.

This recipe was derived from the Pioneer Woman's recipe for Shrimp Tacos
I made a few short cuts by buying a pre-shredded bag of cabbage (slaw mix) instead of making my own and I nixed the jalapenos because I am a wimp when it comes to spicy food!

Here's what you need:

For the cilantro lime slaw

1/2 bag of slaw mix / shredded cabbage and carrots
1 small bunch of fresh cilantro (chopped)
lite mayo (about 1- 2 tbs)
splash of milk
splash of white wine vinegar
pinch of salt and sugar (I used 1 packet of Truvia)
sprinkle of cayenne or chili powder
Juice from 1/2 of a lime

Mix all the above ingredients together to make the slaw.

For the shrimp

Use about 1/2 lbs of uncooked, tails removed, de-veined shrimp (I found in the seafood freezer section)
Thaw the shrimp in the fridge over night. De thaw in the microwave if needed before cooking.
Lightly oil a frying pan and set on medium heat.
Add the thawed shrimp and saute for a few minutes until pink or opaque. 
Add some taco sauce and about a tsp of chili powder, cayenne pepper or cumin for flavor. 
Stir and saute for a few minutes until sauce covers shrimp completely. 

To Serve

Use some romain lettuce leaves for the lettuce tacos.
Place lettuce leaves on a plate and fill with a spoon full of the slaw mix.
Top with a few of the shrimps.
Add a lime wedge on the plate for some extra zing!

There you have it!
Easy, healthy and SO tasty! 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thankful Thursday...

I thought I'd start a little weekly post called "Thankful Thursday". I have so much to be thankful for in my life currently. I think it is so important to remember how great we have it even when things don't seem so great. 

This week I am thankful for:

1 // SUNSHINE! It has been sunny the past few days and it makes me so happy! It is actually supposed to get up to 70 twice this week! Warm weather is around the corner! This gets me excited for running outside too, which is one of my favorite warm weather activities.

{left / right}

2 // Benadryl and Claritin... At night I take Benedryl and during the day I take Claritin. One downside to Spring weather is my allergies. These drugs help me stay sane through out the day and night! They are a lifesaver! 

3 // CHARLIE! Yes, ok he may wake us up in the middle of the night and he may have an accident in the house here and there... But, this little fur ball has brought so much joy into our lives! His little face just kills me and melts my heart! We just got him a new harness and leash and we went on our fist walk the other night! He was pretty good, but doesn't quite know what to think of those big metal animals that zoom past (cars).

4 // FLATS! That's right! NO MORE BOOTS! I am so excited and happy to put away the boots for the year. Hello comfy flats!

5 // Speaking of shoes... TARGET SHOES!
Confession time... I can't remember the last time I bought shoes anywhere other than Target. The price is right and the style is on point. Don't get me wrong, I have my eye on a pair of Tory Burch sandals... But, why spend that kind of $$$ when I can get 8 pairs from Target for that amount! A few weeks ago Target was having a buy a pair, get a pair for 50% off, so I took advantage!

{white sandals, black sandals, black heels, bow flats}

I was in need of new sandals for Spring/Summer and a new pair of black heels. And I just couldn't say no to those bow flats!

6 // Last but not least... STARBURST JELLYBEANS!
Not just any jellybeans... FaveReds! #soaddicting #yesIjusthashtaggedinablogpost

That's all for this week!

What are you thankful for? 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wedding Wednesday // The First Look

Wedding Wednesday is back in action! 

This week I wanted to share photos from our first look. Bill and I decided to (well, had to) take photos before the ceremony since our ceremony started at 5:00 and reception followed immediately after. I was ok with doing a first look ahead of time. I liked the idea of Bill and I having our moment to ourselves before the ceremony and all eyes on us. 

After the make up was done, the hair was curled, the mimosas were sipped and the dress was on, it was time for me to see my groom!

It was a very windy day. My hair was a little tousled in the wind, but we made it work.

We both were a little teary and immediately embraced. 
I was so excited to see him on our wedding day!

After we had our moment, Bill gave me a spin. 

He seemed to be pretty impressed ;) 

I don't know why I love the above photo so much. I'm pretty sure we were just saying "OMG, we are getting married today!" or "Dang! We look GOOD!" Something along those lines I'm sure. 

Here are a few more photos of us after the first look...

{All photos by Together We Click}

That's all for this Wedding Wednesday!

Stay tuned next week for some group shots. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Meet Charlie!

This pup has brought us so much joy over the past few weeks! He has also brought a lot of sleepless nights... But, when you look at that cute little furry face it is all worth it!

Interview with Charlie:

Name: Charlie Rumple
Nicknames: Charles Barkley, Chuck, Chuckie, Charle D (dog)
Breed: Maltese Shih tzu mix 
Age: About 8 weeks
Weight: Almost 3 lbs and growing! I should only get to about 10 lbs.
Teeth: just starting to grow in... I love chewing everything!

Favorite Food: Whatever is in my food dish. Right now there are hard pebbles. Mommy used to feed me soft food mixed with it, but since I have teeth now I only eat the hard food. I love eating!

Favorite Past Time: I'm learning to play fetch and I'm getting pretty good. Chewing on everything before my mom and dad stop me. Biting on mom and dad's pant legs when they walk through the house. Napping.

Favorite Toy: It's a toss up between my monkey and my cow... 

{please excuse our couch that need to be lint rolled badly!}

Thanks for your time, Charlie! 
You can go back to chewing on everything now...

Friday, April 4, 2014

I'm baaaack!

I'm baaaaack! 

I'm feeling refreshed after my little blog hiatus. I must say, I did miss it. So much has happened over the last few months and I'm so excited to share some recent happenings with you guys.

If you follow me on instagram, you may already be caught up on everything!

Here are a few snapshots of what I've been up to:

1 // Got myself a new little Kate Spade crossbody for Vday and I'm obsessed! It's the perfect everyday size and the leather is super soft!

2 // Went on a work trip to CO and ended the week skiing with Bill. So fun!

3 // Made a new recipe: Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos. So yummy! Recipe on the blog soon!

4 // We got a new dining room table from Pottery Barn! Our dining room area has been empty for a while. I'm so excited to start the decorating process in this room. We recently purchased a new rug and curtains. Next up are chairs and hopefully hanging a pretty light fixture above. I will share the before and after photos when it's complete!

5 // Attended one of my very good friend's wedding here in Columbus. I was able to help set up the tables and they turned out so gorgeous!! 

6 // We got a PUPPY!! Meet Charlie! He is a Maltese Shih tzu mix and was 8 weeks old when we got him. He is a cute little fur ball, but boy do I feel like we have an infant! this guy needs constant attention and wakes up in the middle of the night to be let out. We are currently crate training him, so hopefully all the sleepless nights will pay off in the near future! More on this pup to come :)

There it is in a nutshell folks! My life as of the past few months...

Coming up next week I will share more photos of the pup and some new additions to the house.

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