Monday, August 8, 2016

JORD WOOD WATCH GIVEAWAY!

Happy Tuesday, Friends!  I'm shaking things up a bit here today and talking fashion.  I know what you're thinking, "Really? Fashion?  Does she own anything other than yoga pants?"  The answer is yes, I do!  So that basically makes me fashionista. right?  

One of my favorite things to do to spice up my mom style is add some fun accessories.  I've always had a love for unique watches, so when I came across JORD, I immediately fell in love!  The women's watches are what my dreams are made of!  I mean, what's not to love about a wood watch?! Plus they look great with a good pair of yoga pants!  #winning  




When my watch arrived, I couldn't get it out of the box fast enough.  The first thing that caught my eye was the packaging.  I'm a sucker for good packaging and JORD did not disappoint.



I chose the Zebrawood and Champagne Frankie and I love how simplistic and modern the it is.  Since it's wood, I was a bit worried it might feel bulky or heavy, but I was pleasantly surprised at how light and comfortable it is! 


Do you want a wood watch of your own?  I've had the amazing opportunity to team up with JORD Wood Watches and they are offering you the chance to win a $75 e-gift card that you can use for your very own wood watch!  Exciting right?! I have even more good news! Even if you don't win, you'll still receive a $20 coupon code!!   How amazing is that? 

Click here to enter! 
Winner will be chosen at random on 9/4.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Paleo Friendly Slow Roasted Pork Belly


Fun fact: Ryan and I eat mostly paleo.  By mostly paleo, I mean Ryan eats paleo and I eat whatever he cooks but with a few carbs occasionally thrown in.  I've talked before about how amazing paleo has been for me so I'll keep this post short and sweet! Because really, who wants to read a long back story when trying to read a recipe?  #notme 


INGREDIENTS:

  • One Pork Belly (whatever size you want)
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 fennel bulb, trimmed and roughly sliced
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 3 garlic cloves, pealed and crushed
  • 1 tsp cardamom pods, crushed
  • 4 star anise 
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds
  • olive oil
  • apple juice
Score the pork belly in a diamond pattern and season with salt and pepper.
Mix the remaining dry ingredients and cover the pork on both top and bottom.  
Ryan cooked our pork belly in the Big Green Egg at 275 for about 4 hours.  He cooked it on indirect heat with a pan of apple juice under the grate to give it a sweet juiciness! 
Once fully cooked, remove the star anise and cardamom pods and let it rest for about 30 minutes.  
Cut into slices and enjoy!

If you're not eating paleo, I highly recommend putting a few slices on a hoagie bun with this mustard! So damn good! 


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

giveaway!! Baby Proofing with The Stair Barrier



See that?  This is what my life has become.  While one kid is trying to climb the stairs, the other one is coloring on the walls. It's non freaking stop!  You would think by now that I would be a pro at childproofing, but let's put it this way, it's nothing short of a miracle that we haven't had any trips to the E.R.  #youknowwhatimtalkingabout 

Having said that, I was beyond excited when my friends at The Stair Barrier sent me a gate!   Finally, something that can keep my little monsters angels safe.  Unlike most baby gates, The Stair Barrier is stylish, durable and modern. The fabric is thick, so little ninjas can't crawl through and when it's not in use, you can just roll it to the side. Out of sight, out of mind.  It's everything you could ever want in a baby gate!




Once The Stair Barrier arrived, I couldn't get it out of the box fast enough....naturally.  I decided I would install the gate myself because I'm all that is woman...or something like that.  Basically the instructions were fool proof and I thought, "eh, why not?"



Deciding where to drill the holes was the hardest part.


And there ya have it, I successfully installed The Stair Barrier in roughly 30 minutes!  I couldn't be happier with The Stair Barrier though Miles is less than thrilled. Sorry buddy. 
Safety at it's finest, folks.  .

Want one for your casa?  The nice folks at The Stair Barrier are generous enough to giveaway one to a lucky reader! All you have to do is enter below.  Get excited! 


This post was sponsored by The Stair Barrier, all opinions are my own.  

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

easy under-cabinet lighting



Now that our fauxdenza is finally complete, I've jumped right in and started styling it.  I knew I wanted a light of some type on that wall because it's always so dark, but every lamp I tried just looked off.  You know what I'm talking about.  I thought about a picture light over the t.v. but can you imagine the glare?  So after a lot of thought, I came up with the idea of under-cabinet lighting. Finally, an idea that just might work.  I told Ryan about my idea and he was immediately on board.  
At first I wasn't sure how we were going to make this happen, but Ryan quickly found l.e.d. light strips on Amazon and they were exactly what we wanted.  #amazonsavestheday  
The light strips are sticky, so no drilling or extra holes were needed.  You just stick it on and cut the extra.  Boom.  Done. 



So there ya have it!  
You really don't get easier than that! 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

DIY Dining Table



A few weeks ago, I posted a picture of our dining room table on instagram.  I immediately started getting questions on where we purchased it, but the thing is, we didn't buy it.   We made it!  

A couple of years ago, we were on the prowl for a new dining table, but had the worst luck finding one we liked.  They were either to small, to traditional or just not our style.  We knew we wanted something mid-century modern but with a rustic twist but that didn't seem to exist.  That's when we had the idea to make our own.  

We found a wood farm (is that a thing?) on craigslist that had thousands (maybe millions) of reclaimed boards.  The boards we picked out were once a barn!  How freakin' fun is that?  We brought those bad boys home and started the search for bad ass legs.  We eventually decided on hairpin legs.


 




Perfect, right?!  The ultimate mid-century legs to go with the ultimate rustic top.  

Once we had all our supplies, it was time to make that table our bitch.  
The wood was so gorgeous, we wanted to keep it au naturale.  We didn't use a stain, but we did seal it with a light coat of polyurethane.  
We lined all of our boards up, and attached them to each other with three 2x4's and drilled in the legs.

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Boom.  We now have a table.  
You don't get much easier than that!  #amiright


Monday, July 11, 2016

Shiplap Tutorial



You know that one spot in your house that you never know how to decorate because it's so awkward? For us, that spot was our living room since it had no fireplace.  Apparently fireplaces aren't all that common in Texas...who knew? For months we were at a loss, but after almost a year of trying to decide what to do with that giant, white wall, we decided shiplap was the way to go.  Little did I know, it would be a huge pain in the ass.  Worth it, but still a huge pain.  

I know, you're probably looking at the before picture and saying, "yikes!"  Yes, I know how bad the tv stand was and let me tell ya, baskets and two kids make for a daily mess


WHAT YOU NEED:
  • 6 inch plywood planks
  • spackling/caulk
  • sandpaper
  • paint roller/brush
  • nickels
  • level
  • nail gun
  • air compressor 
  • tape measure 

WHAT YOU DO:

We started from the ceiling and worked our way down. We alternated the longer and shorter boards so we wouldn't have a solid seem in the middle of the wall.  


We used a nickel as a spacer...we're fancy around here.




Once it was time to paint, I caulked the edges of the wall, spackled and sanded the seems.  That part was the most time consuming.  It's ridiculous how many coats of paint that wall needed. 



Once the shiplap was complete, we mounted the t.v. and added IKEA SEKTION cabinets to make a floating fauxdenza.  Who needs a mantle when you have this?!

My favorite part?  Not having to clean up baskets daily!


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Mila turns 4!



We celebrated Mila's fourth birthday this week which seems unreal to me!  Not to get all sappy, but jeez, it feels like just yesterday that she was born.  This year, Mila's only birthday request was that we go to Chuck E. Cheese, so that's exactly what we did....did you know they serve wine now?  #winning All day Mila sweet talked us into doing things she wouldn't normally do by saying, "but please!  It's my birthday today!!"  You win kid.  You win.  This past year Mila has grown up a lot and I can't wait to see what this year has in store for her.   


I'm no Martha Stewart, but I'm pretty proud of this cake.