Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Quick and Easy Summer Salad Idea

After working all day and being pregnant it leaves very little energy to cook dinner.  I decided I wanted to make a fresh salad with some grilled chicken.  I wanted the chicken to be very flavorful, so I mixed up a honey mustard marinade.  I mixed dijon mustard (old style whole grain for some texture) and a spoonful of honey.  I used my Deni meat tenderizer on the chicken and placed the tenders in my marinade for about 20 minutes.  I grilled the chicken until lightly golden brown and placed over a bed of fresh spinach leaves, tomatoes, and some croutons.  The chicken was so flavorful that I didn't even need a salad dressing.  Yum!  I know this is super simple, but not every dinner needs to take 2 hours to prepare.  Even my hubby loved it.  There were zero leftovers.  :) -->

Monday, May 18, 2015

My Favorite Candles

I'm completely in love with Anthropologie.  There's such a cozy feeling when you walk through the store and I find myself feeling very inspired and relaxed.  One of the major things that makes Anthropologie so inviting are the candles.  Not only is the aroma heavenly, the candle jars are so pretty.  Reuse the jars as a container for jewelry or special keepsakes.   -->

Here are some of my favorites:


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Begin with Paint

When we were house hunting in Jacksonville, FL (over a year in a half ago) I wanted a house with good bones that I could add a personal touch.  Home renovations can be extremely expensive, so I am slowly updating little details around the house.  PAINT is the fastest, most cost effective way to add a fresh look to your home.

Our house had renters in it before us, so when we moved in EVERY room needed painted.  The task of choosing paint when we barely had furniture was a bit daunting.  My husband and I spent weeks discussing paint colors and decided on the neutral color AF-85 Frappe by Benjamin Moore.  We liked that it has a warm yellowish glow, but more like a tan than a yellow.  We painted (with the help of our parents and in laws) our living room, dining room, husband's office, and hallways Frappe.  

Next, I painted our additional bedrooms.  I painted the guest bedroom a beautiful pale blue - Breath of Fresh Air by Benjamin Moore and my studio Glidden - Belgium Waffle.  The pale blue creates a relaxing oasis for our guests and for my studio the Belgium Waffle color gives the room a nice warmth while I'm working hours into the night.

What are some of our favorite paint colors?