Thursday, February 25, 2016


I have another dinner recipe for you all.  I made this the other night at the recommendation of my mother-in-law.  It was SO good!  And SO easy!  I cooked it exactly as the recipe stated - and it was lemon-ey.  I love lemon, and so does the husband, so it was perfect for us.  However, if you would rather go easy on the lemon I would only use 1 lemon versus 2 as the recipe calls.  But, be careful because this juice provides part of your sauce you will use to give it the amazing flavor.

This recipe was SUPER easy, and I had all of the ingredients already in my house - except for the shrimp.  I ran up to Schnuck's and grabbed a pound of pre-cooked, de-veined shrimp from the seafood counter.  So so easy.

Here is mine...I served it with sourdough bread, and put a tiny bit of shake parmesan cheese on mine (totally does not need this, I just love shake cheese on my pasta;)).  I only used half a pound of linguine, which made for a heavy shrimp meal, but there was nothing left over and everyone had plenty.  Easy, quick and inexpensive dinner.

Here is the recipe - directly from Ina Garten.

Vegetable oil (I used olive oil - EVOO)
Kosher salt
3/4 pound linguine
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves minced garlic
1 pound shrimp, peeled and de-veined
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/3 cup fresh parsley leaves (I used the ones in my spice cabinet, and only used about a tablespoon or so)
1/2 lemon, zest grated
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
1/8 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes

Drizzle olive oil in a large pot of boiling salted water, add 1 tablespoon of salt and the linguine, and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, or according to the directions on the package.

Meanwhile, in another large (12 inches), heavy-bottomed pan, melt the butter and olive oil over medium low heat.  Add the garlic, and sauté for 1 minute.  Be careful, the garlic burns easily!  Add the shrimp, 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt, and the pepper and sauté until the shrimp have just turned pink, about 5 minutes, stirring often.  Remove from the heat, add parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice, lemon slices, and the red pepper flakes.  Toss to combine.

When the pasta is done, drain the cooked linguine and then put it back in the pot.  (I had plenty of sauce from the lemon juice mixture, however, if you need more liquid at this point, add some of the pasta water before you dump it out; trick from my MIL;)).  Immediately add the shrimp and sauce, toss well, and serve.


Wednesday, February 24, 2016


I love finding good fashion inspiration as much as the next girl does.  Instagram has sucked me into this fashion world of thinking I can totally look like any of those super cute girls in the photos with the perfect outfits, bags, hair, etc.  L O L

I saw this photo while pursuing IG and had to share.  This is me - I want to wear this everyday, all day, and never take any of it off.  Love the LV, love the chunky scarf, love the casual denim jacket.

via @streetstyleinspirations (instagram)
Here is how to get the look - I saw this awesome shop on IG the other day that sells used LV's for discounted prices.  While I am not necessarily on board with buying a used LV, I would definitely consider it for certain pieces.  These etsy scarves look so comfy and come in different colors - so you could have one made in the tan color.  Two of the rings below are from Madewell - which is my favorite go to for simple, understated jewelry.  

Friday, February 19, 2016


I am constantly getting tons of retail magazines/catalogs in the mail.  All from some of my go-to retailers: Pottery Barn, Ballard, West Elm, C&B, Land of Nod, PB Kids, Target, etc.  One of my favorite things to do is sit down and casually flip through them, checking out any new product photos I didn't see last catalog.  But, lets get realistic here - with 2 kids, a dog, husband, career, side projects, a house to clean, etc. - who has time to just casually sit down and flip through magazines day dreaming about the next project?  So, the majority of the time these end up getting stacked up, shoved somewhere out of site - and then eventually pitched when I realized I have probably seen anything new already through social media, web, etc.  

The downside to all of this is - sometimes I worry I do not see all of the latest product, layouts, design ideas, etc.  And in turn, I am not up with up, per say.  Until this morning.  I thought why not round up a few of the most recent catalogs that have come and share my favorite photos, rooms, etc. here for you all to view.  That way - you all don't have to save these things forever (guilty), and I get to have an excuse to flip through:).  Perfect.

First up is Ballard Designs - one of my favorite retailers:

This room gives me inspiration for Gwen's new big girl room.  I would love to paint her walls pink, and this photos proves I could use cheetah as my contrasting pattern.

Obsessed with this mirror wall, and again the input of the cheetah x-benches, and pillow.  I have had my eyes on those x-benches for some time now.  I would love to use them in a bigger living room, with large black windows, white walls, and tons of house?;)

 I have a slight obsession...obviously.

This outdoor space is amazing in it's own right.  However paired with those extra long, floor to ceiling black and white curtains and the room takes on a new life.

I had to share this one, because I want a rug like this!  I would most likely do the same one that is in the photo below.  Not sure if that is "champagne" or "mocha"?  Probably champagne?

Next up: CB2 - 

I want those clear acrylic coffee tables SO bad.

Need two of these bookshelves in my house.

This rug is one of my all time favorites.  They have in black too...and wish they would go on sale or something so I can have an excuse to pull the trigger.

Last up is Pottery Barn -

I would love to use this as a nightstand in a large master.

Great thought to put the TV on the console and fill in blank space behind with photos.   Awesome. 

 Here is another acrylic items - i am finally jumping on the band-wagon with acrylic; couldn't be happier.

Hung pendants as a nightstand lamp.


Tuesday, February 16, 2016


Hello lovely readers - hope you all had a fab holiday weekend!  My son had off school Friday and Monday, so we headed up north to Wisconsin Dells to spend the weekend at an indoor waterpark... lol - I know, doesn't that sound kind of cray cray?! lol.... well it surprisingly turned out to be a great time; kids had a blast, as well as the adults.  I went down almost every slide - including this one everyone called the 'fish bowl'.  Lol - as I said, good times were had by all.

I am guessing almost everyone has shopped at World Market at least once in their life??  Honestly, I really never did - up until we moved to STL, and there is one in the same parking lot as Target.  Which means I drive by it at least 5x a week.  I popped in for my first time a year or so ago, and was super surprised.  Their stuff was actually really cute, the prices were reasonable, and the selection was way more than I had anticipated.  I bought two end table that I used in my back room project.  One of them happened to be slightly damaged (nothing that my two kids + their friends) wouldn't do five seconds after I got home with it anyway; so I was able to grab it for about $ was definitely one of those great deals.

Here are some of my favs from their store right now (a handful of these are currently on sale as well;)). xx

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016


I have been waiting to do this post since I heard that Kourtney and Khloe's homes were on the cover of the most recent Architectural Digest.  I'm sorry, but not sorry - I am a huge Kardashian their shows, their life, their styles, their homes....blah blah blah;).  I was obsessed with Kourtney's last home, with her bold patterned shades and curtains, her "Alice in Wonderland" room, and her daughter Penelope's pink nursery with the infamous turquoise beaded chandelier is still my all time favorite nursery ever.

I was a little surprised when I looked through the photos of Kourtney's home.  It is VERY modern, very minimalistic, and very muted.  Obviously the home is to die for, let's get serious here.  However, I think I was expecting more of the dramatic choices that were present in her last home.  However, I have heard Kourtney say (on her and I's weekly chats;)) that her design style is constantly changing, evolving, etc; I can relate to that.

I do love this ceiling in her office - works with the height -

Such a grand entry - love the greenery here-

Living room - little too formal feeling for me-

Love the layout of this kitchen, along with the custom large stainless steel hood -

Master bath - I like the mix of black shelves with the more traditional looking stained units -

One of her guest bedrooms - I'll take it -

Love love this light in Penelope's room; I believe this used to be above Kourtney's bed in her last home -

Playroom -

Reign's room -

Master bedroom -

YES!!  I'll take this outdoor space;) -

I was kind of surprised how much I loved Khloe's house!  It is bold, but still modern and a little conservative.  I could never do that draped living room (I would freak out over those drapes getting dusty and not clean), but would absolutely love to be able to relax and hang in that space.  Her master bedroom is hands down my favorite bedroom right now.  I love the large shag carpet, curtains, as well as the large chaise she has in the corner.

Khloe's closet - that Schumacher wallpaper on the ceiling is gorgeous -

Love this space!  And that rug -  black and white gone wild -

These dark floors make me want to put this on the 'next house' list -

This Ann Sacks marble in the master bath is perfect -

My favorite bedroom right now -

What did you all think?!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


How often do you buy things for your house?  How often do you feel the need to buy a different rug, or wish you had bought a different coffee table, light fixture, etc.?  I feel these things ALL OF THE  My  husband always tells me that I am never satisfied, I always want more.  Maybe this is why he thinks this way?  When it comes to decorating my house, my styles, wants, likes seem to be ever evolving, and changing.  

I also think part of it has to do with the fact that I try and always be ultra conservative, budget wise...and forgo the things I really want.  Then, as time goes by, I end up annoyed with my initial "cheaper" purchases and go out and buy what I really wanted anyway.  Does this sound familiar to anyone?  No....?  lol - maybe it's just me.  

This week I have been thinking about this a lot.  I am working on being in the 'save' mode right now...we have a few big purchases coming up, and I set myself a goal.  However, Gwen's birthday party is this Saturday and my mind has been racing for the past month on things I want to re-do and purchase before the party.  Here are a few things on my list:

-Re-do the guest bathroom - hang wallpaper, new mirror, lighting, etc.
-New rug for kitchen
-Re-cover my dining room chairs
-Gwen's room needs to be re-done with her new big girl bed (that she doesn't have yet)
-New lamp for back room

What do I really think can be done before this Saturday??....ummm... lol.  I'll keep you posted on that.  

Today while thinking about this topic, I came across a handful of old photos.  A few of them were of Gwen's room after I last "finished" it.  I never really liked it, and it has been a gradually love/hate relationship since.  I have since bought at least 3 different rugs to go in there, changed the furniture around, added furniture, taken things out, hung curtains, frames, light fixture, etc.  But, when I found these photos, they kind of jumped out at me - they looked cute and clean and organized.  I found myself not hating the room as much as I normally do.  Granted a lot has changed since these photos were taken, but still - you get the point. 

I bought those letter flags at a cute boutique store in Cincinnati shortly after she was born.  I just had to have them at the moment, and then I got home and realized they didn't match the boldness of her room.  But I still think they are precious and wish I could incorporate them back in (I have since taken them down).

Her crib has since moved to a different wall...

I still think these bookshelves turned out cute, and were super resourceful being next to the chair.  At bedtime, we still sit in this chair and pick out books to read.  Only difference now is that this bookshelf is so overwhelmed with books, I had to take everything down and just stack the books anyway I could to get them from not falling down.

My Mom had found these old dresses that her Grandma had sewed for her and my aunt when they were babies.  I framed them in these Pottery Barn frames, and thought they were perfect on that wall. I still like the concept, but needs tweaking.  They have since come down and are sitting behind the big gray chair.

Here are a few more - taken at a different time, a few months after the above photos.  You will see some changes, but kind of same overall feel.  Obviously the non-good photos were taken with my iPhone, while the pretty lighted ones were taken by the talented Ashley Behrle.  

Still love this light fixture -

Not sure my exact point of this post, other than to encourage you to be confident in your design choices, and happy with what you have at that moment in time.  Be grateful:).  Because you are always your worst critic.  



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