Elbow Patches

Elbow Patches are a menswear inspired detail that add a touch of preppy quirkiness to your typical oversized sweater, cardigan, or blazer. The best part: elbow patches are totally easy to DIY! Have you ever tried?

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2014 Recap

Looking back at the past twelve months, I’m overwhelmingly grateful. I turned 26, enjoyed the second year of being with Jake, celebrated the life of my Grandpa Franklin and celebrated a year at my job, I feel very fortunate. However, if there’s anything I am most appreciative of, it’s all of my family and friend’s enthusiastic love and support. I hope everyone has a fantastic New Year and here is a recap of a month to month view of the year 2014!

January–  We started off 2014 with two snow days right off the bat. Those two days consisted of watching a lot of Netflix,  building snowmen and making snow angels. Toward the end of January Morgan celebrated her  birthday by getting the Indianapolis Brew Bus.

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February- Jake had surprised me for Christmas with a trip to Las Vegas. We had an amazing four day vacation, losing all of our money, exploring the city and watching cirque du soleil show “O”. image

March- March kicked off with a St. Patty’s Day bar crawl downtown Indianapolis followed by a girl’s trip to Sarosota Florida. We ended the month by celebrating Ellington’s 4th Birthday at her under the sea themed party.

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April- Desperate for more warmth and sunshine Meredith and I made the 5 hour trip south of Indy to visit college friends we hadn’t seen in months! We did tons of catching up, eating, and dancing in downtown Nashville!

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May- May was by the far the most eventful month of the year! I was lucky enough to be a part of my roommates engagement!  My parents came to Indy for Mother’s day to celebrate at the Rathskeller. I spent my Memorial Day Weekend probably doing what most people living in the midwest were doing walking an insane distance, sweating uncontrollably and joining in the Indy 500 madness!

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June- June was just as crazy and hectic as May. It was filled with lots of grilling out and relaxing by the pool. We took a family trip to Country Heritage Winery one weekend. We rented the Pacer’s bikes downtown, attended the IMA Outdoor Movies and went to the Tim McGraw concert. In June I celebrated Meredith’s birthday and spent a weekend at Crooked Lake.

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July- Celebrated Jake’s Birthday, spent 4th of July at Sylvan Lake, Kari visits Indy & girl’s weekend with the family in Naperville, IL.

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August- French Lick trip for Jake’s Dad’s birthday full of zip lining, rock climbing & go karting. We ended the month celebrating Chaz’s wedding on the lake!

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September- Volleyball tournament, Jenny’s wedding at the Indianapolis library downtown and the Handlebar Indy with friends.

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October- Al visits, Myrtle Beach for Sean and Mia’s wedding, Kalyn’s birthday celebration downtown and girls night filled with fall treats and pumpkin carving

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November-  Kari’s birthday celebration and Thanksgiving spent at home with Family.

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December- Santa Stumble

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| 2010 Recap | | 2011 in Review | | 2012 Recap | | 2013 Resolution |

Celebrate.

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Looking back on the past twenty six years, I’m overwhelmingly grateful for everything in my life. I feel very fortunate for everything I have experienced and for all of the amazing people that i’ve met along the way. I hope everyone has a fantastic New Year and I look forward to capturing amazing memories in 2015!

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BIRTHDAY CAKE POPCORN
Ingredients
  • 1 bag Popcorn
  • 4oz White Chocolate Baking Chocolate Bar
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1-1/2 cup white cake mix
  • ⅓ cup rainbow sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Pour popcorn into a large bowl.
  2. Melt the chocolate bar in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each 30 seconds until it is fully melted.
  3. Stir in the vegetable oil to the melted chocolate until smooth.
  4. Add the cake mix to the chocolate – the mixture will become really thick.
  5. Pour the chocolate/cake batter mixture over the popcorn and add half of the sprinkles.
  6. Toss everything together to coat evenly. Two spoons work better than one.
  7. Allow the popcorn to harden for about 20 minutes.

Check out more of my favorite birthday treats:

| Red Velvet Cake | | Funfetti Gooey Bars | | Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes |

I arrived in Kendallville yesterday and I’m so excited to be here to celebrate the holidays with my family. There’s something oh so amazing about being home at my parents’ house during the holidays. I still feel like a kid when I’m here – sitting by the fireplace, listening to my dad’s music, driving around looking at Christmas lights and eating my mom’s baked goods.  I hope you have a wonderful holiday with those you love. XOXO

These DIY gift baskets ideas make the perfect gifting option for any budget, and are great to have on hand for family and friends. Use the suggestions in this post to start, or create your own filler items for a unique theme.

For my Grandma: Pampering Basket

  1. fingernail polish
  2. lotions
  3. nail polish remover
  4. foot scrub
  5. puzzle
  6. loofa 
  7. weights
  8. clear top coat
  9. fingernail file

For the guys: Hot sauce basket

  1. Mixing bowl
  2. tons of hot sauces
  3. spatula
  4. tongs
  5. spices
  6. bread crumbs

For all the bloody mary lovers out there:

  1. Pickles
  2. stuffed olives
  3. hot sauce
  4. vodka
  5. bloody mary mix
  6. toothpicks

| Christmas Shop on a Budget | | Christmas Coasters | | Bloody Mary Bar |

Liketoknowit.com

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For the past couple of months everytime I get on instagram I am seeing #LIKEtoKNOW:IT hashtags on every single fashion post. I finally jumped on board and signed up.

What is LIKEtoKNOW:IT? LIKEtoKNOW:IT is an app that is powered by RewardStyle, the affiliate program many bloggers use to monetize their blog content.

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The site, LiketoKnowit, is a new service that plugs into Instagram and gives people a way to browse the items that they view in their Instagram feeds and may want to buy.  You no longer have to ask “where’s that from”- it gives you immediate access to the items that you favorite bloggers are posting on their instagrams!

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Here is how it works:

1. Register your email at liketoknow.it (you only have to do this once)

2. “Like” your favorite instagram photos with a liketk.it link

3. You’ll get an email sent to your inbox with the links to those items – you can shop the items directly from that email! So easy!

4. In the “settings” you can choose how often you want to receive the emails – ASAP | Daily | Weekly

5. You can easily unsubscribe at any time

You can also browse through collections on LiketoKnowit’s website and shop the looks you like that way.

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M&M Pretzel Candy

I just love everything about these fun little addicting treats. They’re not only sweet and salty, but they’re so simple and delicious. Holiday treats don’t get any easier than this. The most time consuming part is unwrapping the Hershey kisses…the rest of the steps are a breeze. Another great thing about these bite size treats is that everyone loves them, young and old! I haven’t met a soul that disapproves. They are perfect for a party, to give as a gift or even to make just for yourself because you simply must have them. And when they take about 15 minutes to make, how could you not want to make these?  Enjoy!

  • Preheat oven to 175 degrees F ( 80 degrees C).
  • Arrange pretzels on a baking sheet. Place a candy kiss on the center of each pretzel.
  • Warm pretzels in the preheated oven until candy kiss is shiny and slightly softened, 2 minutes.
  • Place a candy-coated chocolate piece atop the candy kiss on each pretzel; press down. Chill in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.