Christmas Tour 2017 Pt. 1


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This year I decided to get way more involved with my Christmas decorating than I did last year. I was hoping to go for some crazy colors this year. I’ve seen so many awesome ideas for turquoise and blush, but I decided I should stay on budget and use items I already had. I obviously had to get some new, but I saved some cash reusing the old.

Last year I went with red, silver and gold. I stayed pretty neutral with my color palette. This year, I chose to do red and gold with more pops of red throughout my home. Along with more color, I played with the idea of more Christmas lights this year.

I am splitting up my tour into two posts, because I took quite a few pictures this year. For the first part of my tour, I am going to show you my living room and porch. Hope you enjoy! 🙂


Front Porch



Living Room


 

 


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Pink V-Neck Sweater


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Well, we finally got some snow here! November was kind of an odd month for us, we had very warm weather compared to usual. I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop. I have a feeling that we will have to pay for it in the spring, but let’s just hope this will be a short winter.

To keep me warm on this snowy day, I wore my pink v neck sweater which is on sale for $25.00 right now! It comes in three different colors: beige, black, and blush. What better colors are there? Seriously…my favs.

This sweater is so fuzzy and comfortable, I just love it! I paired it with white skinny jeans (my most comfortable pair of jeans) and black knee high boots. My Guess purse is so neutral and I love it, but I have a black one on my Christmas list that would go even better with this outfit.


I went a little softer with my makeup today. I usually like to put dark shadow and a little eyeliner underneath my eyes, but this look needed to be a bit softer and elegant. Pinks and light colors were chosen to compliment the sweater and a more natural look.

Eyeshadow: Strange, Dust, Limit, and Nooner out of my Naked 3 palette.

Bronzer: Hoola

Highlighter: Cover FX “Celestial” and I lightly went over it with Tarte “Stunner”

Blush: NARS “Orgasm”

Lipstick: The first layer I used KoKo K liquid matte lipstick. The second layer is used cremesheen lipstick “Mcizzle”

 

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Leopard Cardigan


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So, I was going to have this awesome chicken recipe for you guys this week, but let’s just say it didn’t turn out very well. I’m thinking I left it in the crockpot a tad bit too long and it turned out pretty bland and dry. Guess I’ll have to try that one again.

What I do have is this awesome leopard cardigan to show you! I wore this for Thanksgiving this year and I loved it! It’s super soft, comfortable, and how can you not love leopard print?! Unfortunately, this sweater was so popular, it sold out! The original one from Hollister was about $50, but here is a similar one for $59.

This ivory colored tank is perfect under a cardigan, but is also beautiful on its own for summer months. I love the lace detail and the best part, it’s only $25! The jeggings are American Eagle Super Super Stretch (I seriously can’t get enough of them, they are SO comfortable!) and are on sale for $29.99! These suede over the knee boots are from Bohme. They are very soft and have a beautiful lace up pattern on the back.


Sea Salt Bedroom


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I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I apologize for being so MIA lately. I am getting ready for my Christmas tour and have been putting some final touches on my bedroom. Although I am posting this today, I will probably make a few changes with some décor in here, but I will add to the page accordingly.

First of all, I would like to thank the people who always check out my blog posts. It really means a lot to me that some people care about what I do and are supporting my journey.

It’s not easy being a blogger. One month I will post 3 times a week and the next I will only do once a week. Sometimes I have all the ambition in the world and full of creativity….other days I am very sluggish and am full of self-doubt. I am the type of person to compare myself to others. When I see that I am not doing as well as other bloggers, I hit a wall.

I just want to give a shout out and say THANK YOU for those who have taken the time to read my blog.

Second, I would like to make sure that my readers know my social media profiles:

Lastly, here is my sea salt bedroom reveal! I have been dying to try this color since I’ve seen it on Pinterest. I am very happy with the way that it turned out. I can’t get enough of this color (I painted my office this color as well)! I have a love for the coastal style, because it gives such an elegant, yet relaxed feeling.

Sea Salt is a Sherwin-Williams paint color. It can take on different hues depending on the lighting you have. My bedroom takes on a blue-grey hue while my office is more minty blue-green.

Before I give you the reveal, let me show you the different looks I have given to this room. Starting from when we moved in to now. I have learned about my personal taste and well, just how to decorate since 2014. Thank God for better picture quality too 😉



NOW- SEA SALT REVEAL


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Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork


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I have a delicious recipe that is absolutely perfect for harvest season. I love this meal because it’s easy, inexpensive, and perfect to bring to the field. This is my go-to lazy meal. I get the perks of making a home cooked meal without all of the work.

Servings: 8

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 pound pork shoulder or butt roast (mine was a little on the heavy side, but still turned out perfect.)

  • 1 can of root beer (12 ounce)

  • 1 bottle barbeque sauce (18 ounce) We used brown sugar barbeque sauce

  • 8 hamburger Buns

Instructions:

  1. Place defrosted pork roast in slow cooker

  2. Pour in can of root beer

  3. Cover and let cook for 6 hours on low or until meat shreds easily 

  4. Once cooked, drain the root beer

  5. Shred meat with a fork

  6. Pour in barbeque sauce and stir together

  7. Serve on bun (Yep, we use the cheap ones too)

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Crockpot Chicken & Stuffing


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I have another recipe for you today! This is one of my favorite meals because I LOVE stuffing. We eat a lot of red meat so this gives my household some variety. Like all of the recipes I’ve posted so far, it’s extremely easy to make.

Servings: About 6

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 Chicken Breasts (defrosted*)

  • 1 cup of sour cream

  • 2 boxes of stuffing mix (chicken)

  • 1 large can of cream of chicken soup (22.6 OZ)

  • 1 small package of frozen green beans

Instructions:

  1. Spray crockpot with nonstick spray

  2. Place chicken breasts in crockpot

  3. Add stuffing on top of chicken breasts

  4. Mix sour cream and cream of chicken soup together

  5. Spread mixture over top of stuffing

  6. Add green beans for the top layer

  7. Pour one cup of water on top of the mix (add less if you like your stuffing dry)

  8. Let cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 7-8 hours

    Note: fluff the stuffing half way through with a fork

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Gilded Intent Cold Shoulder Sweater

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Last night my friends and I had a little girls night, so what better excuse to wear my new sweater? I am in love with this black cold shoulder sweater from Buckle. It’s a very form-fitting sweater, but the open shoulders and elbows allow it to be casual. It is not too lengthy so it’s perfect to show off my high-waisted Levi’s.

These jeans are so comfortable and give a classic look to about any outfit. My mom is baffled that they are back in style, but what can I say? They are adorable!

I wore my black Not Rated Miss G Boots to finish it off. I love these boots, because I can wear them with just about anything and they rarely fall down my legs! I have tiny chicken legs so I have this issue sometimes.

 

I just love how cute, but casual this outfit is. I found that I like this top better with my hair pulled back into either a messy bun or pony. I also did smokey eye make up to compliment the outfit. I went for a nude lipstick so my eyes were the center of attention.

 

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Goulash


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Today I have a recipe post for you! The weather is getting chilly and it’s time to stock up on some comfort food recipes. This is actually my grandma’s recipe that she so kindly gave me. I have loved her goulash since I was little and still do to this day. It’s one of those foods that is amazing left-over, which is perfect for harvest season. Honestly, it’s almost better the second day. To top it all off, it’s super easy to make and on budget.

Servings:

  • I would say about 6

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 box of Large Elbow Macaroni

  • 1 can of Tomato Soup (10 3/4 oz)

  • 1 can of Stewed Tomatoes (14.5 oz)

  • 1 pound of ground beef

  • Ketchup

  • Salt & Pepper

Instructions:

  1. Place water and noodles into pot, turn burner on high, and let heat until boiling (continually stir the noodles throughout this process so the noodles don’t stick)

  2. Put thawed out ground beef into skillet and begin to brown.

  3. Drain the fat during the browning process or after

  4. After fat has been drained and meat has been browned, turn skillet onto low setting

  5. Stir stewed tomatoes and tomato soup into skillet for 3-5 minutes

  6. Once water has boiled and noodles are cooked to your liking, drain the water

  7. Stir in the meat, tomato soup, and stewed tomatoes with the noodles in the pot.

  8. Add ketchup (your preference of how much) and stir it into the pot

  9. Sprinkle salt and pepper for taste

Note: I’m not a fan of how large stewed tomatoes are so I cut them up into smaller pieces


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“Gatherings” Nightstand Fix


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This past week I decided to practice painting another piece of furniture that we had around the house. I actually painted this nightstand before with white paint and coated it with a dark stain. It really isn’t my personal taste. I like distressing and making furniture look like a piece of art. I feel like the way it turned out made it look dirty. Some people like the look I achieved (which is great!), but again, it’s not my personal choice. At the end of the day, it is in my home and I have to live with it.


BEFORE

 

 

I started this small project by wiping off the nightstand with a little dish soap and water.

Since the nightstand was previously painted, I felt that it did not need to be primed (because I was going to be using latex paint on this). I decided to use paint that I had around the house. I had left over latex paint from my dining room, which is called “Gatherings” from Magnolia Market. It is a light warm grey that is the perfect neutral for almost any space. I brushed on two coats of Gatherings and 3 coats of Bauhaus Buff (white neutral) chalk paint from Amy Howard.

I let this dry a full 24 hours before light distressing. You don’t need to wait this long. I’ve heard of many people distressing as soon as it’s dry to the touch. I used a sanding block this time and wasn’t a huge fan. For my last project I used sheets of sandpaper and I felt that let me get into the crevices much easier. After distressing, I added a white dry brush technique to the nightstand. I love adding a little bit of white for dimension and character.

I applied a thin coat of poly for some protection. I would recommend more thin coats if you are going to sell a piece.

I spray painted the handles black to get a classic farmhouse look.


AFTER

 

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First Furniture Flip


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This week I have been incredibly busy with a project I thought I would never get through. I’ve read a little bit about flipping furniture online and know a couple people that do it locally. I decided to give it a shot. I needed an accent piece for my office and I thought this dresser would be perfect. My office doubles as my closet so I can also use this for clothing storage as well.

I had this old dresser laying around at my father’s house, therefore I was able to get this piece for free!

My intention is not a DIY tutorial for this post, because this is my “guinea pig” piece. This process took about a week with MANY trial and errors. I am still learning, but this piece has taught me A LOT about painting furniture.

If you don’t feel like reading the entire story, the end result is at the bottom of the page*


BEFORE


PHASE 1

My office is painted Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams and it has different shades of blue for accents. I wanted a color that would correlate with what I already have. I also wanted it to be a statement piece for the room. I chose a blue chalk paint (Serenity Blue by Rust-Oleum).

I really had no idea what I was going to do with it. I thought I could just wing it. So, when I got home I wiped down the dresser and eagerly started painting.

 

I painted the entire dresser with one coat of Serenity and let it dry.

At this point I was thinking to myself, “This isn’t so bad”. I decided that it needed some white to really make this piece stand out. I went to my local Ace Hardware and picked up a can of One Step Paint (chalk paint), Bauhaus Buff by Amy Howard.


Phase 2

This was where things got tricky. I had let the first coat dry for 24 hours (the recommended was only 2 hours). I went to apply the coat of white paint and it was extremely tacky. I only coated the top drawers and top of the dresser. I “dry brushed” the rest with the white paint.

(Tip: I read online that you should mix at least one of your coats of paint with a little bit of water to make it less thick.)

Chalk paint dries extremely fast. You need to work quickly, use the accurate amount of paint in a stroke, and make sure to brush in the same direction (with the grain of the wood). I didn’t follow these rules very well and ended up with a piece that did not make me happy.


Phase 3

Back to the drawing board. I decided the white would need another coat (I probably should’ve done three, but it still looks fine!) I didn’t mind the look of the dresser, but something was off. The blue was clashing with my wall colors and my eye wanted to stay focused on the center of the dresser. I don’t think everything should be “matchy-matchy“, but it felt like an eye sore when looking around the room.

I decided that I would try painting the bottom drawers white to tone down the blue and even out the white paint.

After the drawers were all painted, I felt like I was heading in the right direction.

 I spray painted the pulls a silver color.

I was debating on putting a dark wax so the blue would “go with” the room’s existing colors better..but I just wasn’t happy with it. I really didn’t want to half-ass this project.

I finally said “screw it”.


Phase 4, The Final Phase.

I dug out my Sea Salt acrylic latex paint and painted over the blue. I was hesitant to do this, because I don’t often hear of people using “wall paint” on furniture. Turns out, YES, you can do it. I had so many layers of chalk paint on this that served as a primer. The paint glided on like silk. There was absolutely no tacky texture.

I painted the sides and top with two coats of Sea Salt as well. I didn’t want the dresser to come off too “cookie-cutter” since it was the same color as the office walls, so I added strokes of white “dry brush” and distressing. I did a very thin clear coat of Poly from Rust-Oleum. (If I were to sell this piece, I would’ve done two thin coats for more protection.. or even used a clear wax.) 

I should also mention that in person, the dresser is a bit more minty of a color, but changes throughout the day as Sea Salt does.

Final Result



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