8.31.2012

Randoms & Happy Weekend

It's officially here- Football Friday! I can't wait to go cheer on the husband's team tonight.

This deserves some high kicks, don't you think?!


(Photo taken during Monday's pep rally.)

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Our family is continuing down the healthy eating path, fighting against all urges to throw in the towel and buy some Chick Fil A waffle fries. I was looking for something that would be hearty and portable to keep the husband full during his long days at the school. I saw some recipes on Pinterest for egg muffin thingamabobs, so I modified them and made my own with what I had on hand. And these are the healthy version! (They don't look that pretty, but we thought they were delicious! Two thumbs way up from my eggs-and-bacon-loving husband.)



It was super simple. I sprayed the muffin pan with nonstick spray and then lined each compartment with a piece of turkey bacon (which I had pre-cooked in the microwave for about 1 minute). I filled each compartment 2/3 full with Egg Beaters egg whites, and then I cut up some ham lunch meat to toss into each muffin. I also added chopped onions and some shredded cheese on top. You bake them for 30-35 minutes until the eggs are fluffy and fully cooked.

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I love creative ideas, and Mandy at Vintage Revivals is full of them! I love her latest thrifty solution, featured in her $150 room makeover. She used a brown belt she found at the thrift store, painted the other side hot pink and cut it into pieces to make unique, super fun handles for the dresser. How brilliant is that? I pinned it, of course.

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There should be some decent Labor Day sales this weekend, if you have a strong urge to go shopping! Since the summer is coming to a close, now is a great time to buy outdoor furniture, hammocks, outdoor rugs, lanterns, grills, etc.

Pottery Barn Labor Day Sale
I visited my local Pottery Barn on Wednesday and noticed they had great deals on outdoor pillows. Actually, they had tons of indoor pillows on sale. If you need some new pillows, check it out!

West Elm sale
West Elm is offering an extra 15% off this weekend. Combine that with existing clearance prices and you could get a really good deal!

• Wisteria
Extra 20% off at one of my favorite stores this weekend!

• World Market
World Market is having a pretty good sale on dining furniture and has tons of clearance items online. 

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I hope you have an AWESOME holiday weekend. We don't have any big plans– my parents are coming up tomorrow night to watch Scott's game, so we'll probably hang out with them and get some rest during the rest of the weekend. Got any big plans?

* Labor Day Fun *


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8.30.2012

$10 DIY Painted Shoes [Faux Toms]

So remember last week when I told you about my love for beige and cream polka dots?

Well, the obsession has made its way all the way to my feet! I couldn't find any shoes like this, so I decided to make them myself.


It all started with these $9.87 faux Toms from Walmart.  
*Special thanks to my best friend who swooped these up for me when she saw my size. I was having a hard time finding 9.5 at my local store.


I really wanted them to be a beige color, so I painted them with Linen from Tulip soft fabric paint.


It took three coats of paint since I was painting over a darker shoe.


Once that was dry, it was time for the polka dots. A beige shoe is just a beige shoe– when you add polka dots it becomes the.cutest.shoe.ever. At least in my opinion, since I am a polka dot lover.


If I'm going to take the time to paint my own shoe, I want it to be totally personalized. I decided the heel section was the perfect place to add a little monogram. Business Dots in the front, party monogram in the back! 

I just painted the monogram by hand with a small paint brush. I think an adhesive stencil would work nicely, but I didn't have one and was too impatient/cheap to go buy one!

monogram painted shoes

I absolutely love how they came out! They are comfortable and neutral and so "me."  Plus they were only $10. What's not to love?




So what do you think? Are you inspired to go to Walmart and buy some paintable shoes? They had some similar to Keds for only $6 at my local store. This would be especially fun to customize for your favorite sports team, sorority, etc. The possibilities are endless! 

* Almost Friday! *






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8.28.2012

Mini Makeover: Thrift Store Bamboo Tray

I went treasure hunting at the thrift store this weekend, and I came home with this $1 bamboo tray.


Bamboo is a home decor trend right now, so I thought a $1 tray was a perfect way for me to test drive this trend without a jumping in all the way. Plus, I don't own any serving trays and figured this could be a functional item to have around the house.

Dear husband, 
My next breakfast in bed can be served on this lovely tray, ok? 
Love, your hungry wife 
:)

A couple coats of Krylon Catalina Mist spray paint and a quick coat of Zinsser Shellac later, we have a pretty, unique tray on our coffee table. Right now we're using it to coral the remotes, which we can never seem to find.





Why did I choose this color for the tray? Well, I have been wanting to bring this light blue/green color into the seating area in the living room to connect this room with the dining room. We have touches of this color throughout the open concept living room/dining room/office, and it helps make the spaces feel cohesive.

It definitely coordinates with the painting above the mantel, which makes me happy.



Yep, I'm pleased with my $1 bamboo tray! Don't you love it when you can spray paint something and give it a new life?

Have you found anything great at the thrift store lately, or busted out your spray paint on something that needed a makeover? I'd love to hear about it!

* Bamboozled*








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8.27.2012

Thrifting Adventures: Small Treasures

I caught the thrifting bug on Saturday. What can I say– the husband works crazy hours during football season and I get bored! I can't help it!

First, I bought two $1 purchases that I thought had makeover potential– a bamboo tray and a wooden bowl. I thought the bamboo tray would look pretty with a coat of high-gloss paint, and I want to gold-leaf the inside of the wooden bowl to create something like this pretty bowl.





I was perusing the dishware aisle when I spotted a really pretty set of fine china. When I looked at the pattern a little closer, I fell in love.



This is what I was thinking to myself, while pacing back and forth in front of the dishes.

Hmm... I have been looking for a full set of china. And I wanted it to have gold. And I love a classic Greek key pattern. 

Hmm... How many pieces are there? I need at least eight. 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8. Yup, there are eight of everything. That's nice. I could use this set to host holiday dinners.

The tag says $60 for 56 pieces. So that means 8 dinner plates, 8 dessert plates, 8 bowls, 8 smaller bowls, 8 saucers, 12 teacups, a large platter, a larger bowl, a sugar bowl and a creamer boat. Nice. That's only about $1 per piece. Not too shabby for a full set of china.

Who makes this china? Wyndham? Isn't that a hotel line? Let me Google it.

Well, this website is selling a teacup/saucer combo for $8. So that seems like I'm getting a pretty good deal here. In fact, a fantastic deal. Should I buy them? I don't know... I really, really like them. Look at how cute the sugar bowl is! It's gold and snazzy! West Elm probably makes a set just like this. Gosh darn it, I'm buying it. 

Here's my new china, all set out on the dining table. Woohoo!



And here they are, all loaded onto my Wisteria shelf in the dining room. Love!



So, those are my latest thrifting finds! Have you found anything good lately? 

Check back later this week to see what I do with the tray and the bowl!

* Bleh, Monday. Where did the weekend go? *

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8.24.2012

Randoms & Happy Weekend

Hooray for Friday!

The husband's football team has their first scrimmage tonight and first game next Friday. We are officially busy with football events, and I love it!

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I'm back with another Pinterest recipe I tried this week. Two thumbs up for this one!

Slow Cooker Green Chile Pork Tacos
This recipe is super simple and tastes delicious. The grocery stores around here are all selling Hatch green chile right now, so this is the perfect time to make it. (Of course you don't have to have fresh green chile– a can of green chile sauce works just fine.)


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I have been tracking my calorie intake via the MyFitnessPal app for the past three weeks, and I'm down 3 lbs so far. The best part is that I'm becoming super aware of what I'm eating and putting much more thought into the nutritional value of what I'm putting in my mouth. My best friend is doing it with me, and we've both discovered we eat too many carbs and not enough protein. I'm out to right the ship next week!

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While we're on the subject of food, I wanted to share this super simple recipe. These bacon cocktail weenies are man-approved and always a hit at parties. I made them for a Super Bowl party a couple years ago, and they keep getting requested ever since. In fact, I made a bunch of them for the husband to take to the football office this week during these brutal two-a-days hours they are working right now and they were gone very, very quickly.



If you want to make them slightly healthier, you can try turkey sausage and turkey bacon. We did it that way this week and while I would say they weren't quite as delicious as the original, they were still darn good.

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I'm pretty in love with this site, cu-te-ta-pe. There is a lot of cuteness to behold here.

For example, $6 for a pack of 24 5x7 chevron favor bags for your next party. They come in every color combination you can think of, and patterns range from chevron to polka dots to stripes and solids.


While you're at it, pick up 25 retro paper straws for $4. These straws would bring instant personality to your drink. I want some right now!


cu-te-ta-pe also sells all colors and patterns of Japanese washi tape, cute stationery, cupcake liners, rubber stamps, stickers, bakers twine and more. Check it out!

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Do you have a fun weekend planned? Our should be pretty low key. We're resting up before the full craziness of football season and school hits us with full force next week.

Want to follow The Happy Homebodies on Twitter? @HappyHomebodies
I also like to pin cool things! Let's "pin" together.


* Have a great weekend! *

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8.22.2012

Wishlist: Neutral Polka Dots

I honestly never get tired of beige and white polka dots. It's just my thing. I love them!


neutral polka dots






Polka dots may seem childish, but I think they can be adult-friendly when done the right way. 

Exhibit A:

Crush Cul de sac
Exhibit B:

Sarah Richardson via House & Home


So, neutral polka dots are my thing. All of my friends can vouch for that. What's your thing? Stripes? Metallics? Bright, bold colors? I'd love to know!

* Dotty *

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8.21.2012

I Have Kitchen Pantry Envy.

Have you seen these amazing organized pantries on Pinterest?

Pinterest

She got all of those containers at a Canadian version of the Dollar Store. Can you believe it?!

House of Smiths
Better Homes & Gardens

These super organized kitchen pantries make me green with envy! I love the matching containers and charming labels, don't you?

Anyway, I took one baby step toward an organized pantry when I gave new life to some old Costco snack mix containers. I covered the existing labels with mailing labels and did some doodling. Voila, a poor man's pantry organization! I know it's not perfect or anything, but at least it was free.




We have a long way to go until we have a pantry that belongs in a magazine, but I do love using my recycled containers. I think the husband needs to start eating more pub mix so we can have more!

I'll be checking my local dollar stores for matching containers like that first picture (so jealous!), but until then we'll be making do with a regular pantry. My husband, who is definitely the "clean freak" one in this relationship (he sorts his golf balls by quality, people) has given me the go-ahead to upgrade the pantry if I find a good deal on storage bins. He thinks it would be awesome to have a super organized pantry like that, and I have to agree. Organization makes everyone feel great, even a disorganized person like me!

Does anyone know where I can find food storage containers for super cheap? Do tell!

Meanwhile, I thought I'd round up some great online sources for free printable labels that can be printed directly onto mailing labels. That way you can organize your pantry and go label-crazy!

The Social Home (labels like the first picture)
Square Pantry Labels
Rectangular Pantry Labels

Better Homes & Gardens 
labels of all shapes and sizes

Miss Cutiepie
Vintage Printable Labels– for any occasion
 (She has tons of downloadable labels– label jackpot! Woohoo!)

* Happy Tuesday *

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8.20.2012

Checking In: What Happened with the Red Sofa?

So, do you remember when I talked about this red sofa?

My best friend moved into a new apartment and wanted to make her red sofa (a hand-me-down from her dad) look fresh, modern and girly. It used to be in her dad's southwestern style living room, so she needed to reinvent it to reflect her personality. She's a girl who loves color, so we could really have fun with it. Here's the design board I came up with when we were imagining the space:

design board with red couch



































And here's how it looks now!

red couch, 1970s chair

red couch

red couch

red couch, 1970s chair

red couch
(The gallery wall is a little crooked– oops! Oh well, this is real life after all!)

Isn't to adorable? It screams "Kelsey!" and that's exactly what she wanted. It can be hard to inject your own personality into a beige apartment, but she's been able to do it!

I guess I know my best friend pretty well– she had fallen in love with those exact Anthropologie curtains (Coqo Floral Curtain) long before I made that board and pinned them to her home decor board on Pinterest. When they went on sale, she pounced. They are one of my very favorite things about the room!

Don't you love that funky 70s chair? I do! She found that on Craigslist for $50. It used to be in a school library and was in great condition. I think it's such a fun addition to the room.

Then she added a bunch of bright, colorful throw pillows to add pizazz the sofa. The pillows are from Garden Ridge, World Market and HomeGoods. The brown leather chair is from West Elm (bought on clearance at our local store), and the tables are also family hand-me-downs. That chevron lamp shade is from Target, and the tripod lamp is from Big Lots.

Here's another cute idea from Kelsey's apartment. It's always challenging to figure out what to do behind a TV, but I love this strategy. She framed her grandmother's vintage scarves to bring in even more color and personality. Plus it helps fill that big empty wall for only the cost of the affordable frames. Frugal decorating that perfectly represents the home owner– I totally love it!


Isn't this a great example of decorating within a budget? Kelsey took what she already owned and added affordable pieces that bring in new life. The curtains were really the only "splurge," and even those were on sale. Plus, they were worth every penny for the huge impact they have on the room! (Special thanks to my hubby for hanging those up for her– he is practically a professional at hanging curtains after living with me!)

I think the apartment is super charming and full of personality, but the best part is that it makes her very happy when she comes home. And really, isn't that the main goal of decorating?

* Just Another Manic Monday...*


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