by | Chelsea
Winter is no joke in Minnesota. I swear there is 80 feet of snow on the ground with below zero temperatures. To say that my skin has taken a beating is an understatement. Growing up in the Midwest, I have learned what tricks work for my dry skin. I read in a magazine years ago about using baby oil on my body when I get out of the shower - it's one of my favorite beauty tricks to date. The trick is to towel dry your skin after you apply, so you don't rub off the oil you just put on. When my skin is really bad, I use Vanicream over the baby oil. This is also wonderful lotion to put on your feet and cover with thick fuzzy socks to soften up your heels. My sister bought me the Moroccan Oil Dry Scalp Treatment and I love it! I noticed a huge difference after the first time I used it and have been using it weekly ever since. My other long-time fave is the Rosebud's Strawberry Lip Balm as it smells amazing and makes your lips feel like velvet.
What are some of your Winter Necessities to fight off dry skin?
by | Chelsea
Gallery walls are every where and that's because they are awesome. Plain and simple. They are eye-catching pieces that every home (maybe even every room) needs. This mini wall in our living room was begging for some gallery wall love. It was the last piece to the puzzle that our living room needed in order to look complete. I am so happy with how it turned out! Best yet, I can continue to add to it over the years. I think it would look pretty rad with a cluster of frames from top to bottom.
I played with the layout on the living room floor until I had the cluster of frames just the way I wanted it. Then I traced each frame with wrapping paper and hung it on the wall backwards with washi tape. Next I placed these Command Picture Hanging Strips to the back of each frame following the directions on the package. Seriously, who ever invented Command Strips are genius; no nail marks or damage to your wall and you can switch up the layout when ever you feel like it in a cinch.
Top right: Engagement picture | frame from Target
Top left: Katie Daisy print | frame from Michaels
Top middle: Fletcher our late pup | mirrored frame from Target
Top middle: Ampersand from Michaels
Middle left: Wedding canvas from our photographers
Middle center: Nesta our current pup | mirrored frame from Target
Middle right: Print that Bird painted
Bottom left: Card from a local shop | frame from Michaels
Bottom right: Initial tree stumps from our wedding | frame from Michaels
*Most of the frames I spray-painted white to keep the look cohesive.
Do you have any gallery walls in your home? I plan on adding a huge one to our basement living room in the coming months.
It's Chelsea's birthday today! Let's all wish her the best birthday ever!!! Just a couple of great memories that Chels and I have shared throughout our amazing friendship! I've loved everyone if them and all the times, trips, and experiences we have shared have been the best! Love you! XOXO
by | Chelsea
Isn't it fun reading about people's favorite things? I love the "what's in my bag" series that certain magazines feature or seeing house tours of various bloggers. We are all a little bit snoopy, but understandably so because it helps learn more about that person. I decided to share some of my favorite things at the moment, plus some that are on my wish list.
What things are you currently loving?
by | Lesley
After we got back from our honeymoon, I couldn't stop looking at our photos. I took about 2,000 photos and love them all! After we got back I also got a new phone, I upgraded to the iPhone5, and wanted a fun new cover for it. I decided on using one of the photos from our honeymoon, but didn't know which one. I printed a bunch of photos and narrowed it down finally! I ordered a clear case from Amazon that would be easy for application.
What you will need:
X acto Knife
Clear Phone case
After you chose your picture that you are going forward with. Flip you picture face down and trace the outside of the phone case and the photo hole.
Next, cut our your photo with an x acto knife. Using a knife instead of a scissors with help get a better exact cut. Use the scissors for any touch ups needed.
After you cut our your picture, mod podge the backside of your clear phone case. And then place your photo onto the phone case and line up the edges.
Lastly, put modge podge on the top of the photo as well and smooth out. Let dry for about 8 hours or more, and then place your phone case on your phone and enjoy!
by | Chelsea
If you haven't noticed yet, I love to bake treats for breakfast. It is my favorite way to spend Saturday and Sunday mornings. I make a pot of coffee, turn on the Billie Holiday station on Pandora and go to town in the kitchen. These baked banana blueberry donuts are nothing short of scrump-dilly-umptious. The mashed banana is the secret ingredient that makes these donuts taste like heaven by keeping the donut soft. I decided to add 1/2 cup frozen wild blueberries to my donuts for added flavor (The Trader Joes ones are my fave). I thawed the berries under warm running water and dried them on a paper towel.
A trick I learned is to toss the blueberries in flour before folding them into the batter, this keeps them from sinking to the bottom of the donut.
What's your favorite breakfast treat? I have to say, I will always be a sucker for a real (fried) glazed donut, but these are a close second.
by | Chelsea
One of my favorite pastimes is reading magazines, especially home magazines because they help me get inspiration for ways to decorate my home. I have learned that houseplants are such an easy way to bring life and living beauty to an otherwise boring room. Besides their simple beauty, houseplants give off oxygen and help remove chemicals like formaldehyde from the air. Who wouldn't want their air naturally purified by plants? Over the last year of living in our house, we have been collecting plants, with the goal of having at least one plant in each room.
This succulent was a house warming gift from Les, which I have sitting on our console table in our entry way.
Bird found this amazing plant (not sure the name) at our local grocery store of all places. It was on mega clearance last Spring and it has easily become my favorite thing about our upstairs living area.
I am a little obsesses with animal planters, how cute is this rhino one?! I have this little guy chilling on our coffee table. Plus, it's a great conversation starter.
I love aloe plants because of their long fleshy leaves that help bring character to a room. Plus, I am prepared if a get a nasty sunburn!
What are some of your favorite houseplants?
by | Chelsea
Bird has been begging me to make monkey bread for years. I finally got my act together a few weeks ago and made this for a family breakfast at my sister's house.
I used this recipe that calls for Rhodes Frozen Dinner Rolls. They are little bites of heaven that are dripping in caramel-y, buttery goodness. You prep everything the night before (literally took me 5 mintues) and wake up to this...
-The only thing I did differently was omitted the nuts as my niece has a nut allergy.
-I used this recipe for the brown butter glaze.
-I don't have a bundt pan, so I used an Angel Food Pan (if you use one of these, just make sure it's a one piece pan otherwise you will have hot mess in your oven).
-Bake it for the full amount of time, I took mine out ten minutes early because it looked/felt done, but the center was still undercooked.
What's your favorite thing to make with frozen bread dough? I actually have a loaf rising on my stove right now for pastrami sandwiches tonight, ya gotta have good grub for Monday nights --> The Bachelor is on!!
by | Chelsea
We got this book as a wedding gift (LOVE IT), but you can take this quiz on their website to learn what your love language is and make your significant other take it too (mine is Physical Touch)-
-No more bar cart (still grieving), but no bar cart means my hubby got a hair cut (hashtag marriage hashtag compromises)-
-Bird and I had so much fun picking out goodies from a specialy food store in town for our date night in-
-3 day old hair means it's a messy top knot kind of day-
-I always have the intention of planning out our week's worth of meals, but it doesn't always happen. This week I did and man, did we eat goooood food this week! You need to make this for reals!-
by | Lesley
- Saw someone wearing this pregnant shirt on Instagram, and I think it soo cute and funny, just adorable! -
- Got BareMinerals mineral veil, and it's working good so far! -
- Took a mini "what should your career be" quiz. I got an astronaut!! HA! -
- A little blurry, but I'm halfway there! 20 weeks. Crazzzy!! -
- A throwback to Chels and I. I was visiting her in Australia during college! -
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