DIY Sunburst Mirror

I  jumped on the sunburst mirror bandwagon but couldn’t believe how much these were costing from the stores. Being way out of my price range like the one below, I decided to get on Pinterest and look up how to DIY one myself.

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I’ve been on a quest to furnish and decorate our condo in the most inexpensive way possible since it’s not our permanent home.

You’ve seen these mirrors, right? They’re EVERYWHERE right now. On all the blogs. All over Pinterest. What I love about these mirrors is that they may be on trend right now, but they also have a classic look that you could have on your walls for many, many years.

 

Cost breakdown:

mirror: $6.00 for a pack of two off of Amazon (but you could find one even cheaper at Dollar Tree )
3 packs of bamboo skewers: $3
gold spray paint: $7
hot glue + glue gun: already had
Total project $16!

I know it’s not perfect, but neither were the shape of the bamboo sticks that make up the mirror. Each stick sort of bends in its own direction, so it was a chore to get them to lay in a semi-straight pattern.
I kind of love the fact that it’s not perfect- it gives the mirror lots of dimension and personality 🙂

What do you think? Do you love the sunburst mirror trend?

More decor Ideas you may have missed:

| Home Office Decor | Pops of Pink | Bar CartsVintage Ladder Decor |

 

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Chalk Paint Project Part 2

By now most of you have seen and heard all the rage with Annie Sloan Chalk paint. Not to be confused with chalkboard paint. It’s a completely different product although it has a chalky, matte finish to it. I have done several projects besides these two and I have always been happy with the end result!

One tip I found along the way is that the chalk paint is very thick so I added a little water before starting the second coat.

Another technique I want to try sometime is using two colors. After applying the first coat, lightly brush a second color on top, or distress it to let some of the bottom color show through, creating a layered look.

My favorite Annie Sloan color so far that I have used is the Old White it is a lot more vintage. I am already excited about doing more projects!

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{After }

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What do you think? I’m very, very happy with both dressers. Eventually I will change out the hardware but until we move out of our condo I decided to put the old hardware back on. I intended for the grey to be a little darker so there would be more contrast with the grey wall, but I do really love the paris grey color and the old white.

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Go Cubs Go

Last weekend, Jake and I embarked on yet another one of our spontaneous travel escapades. We decided that we both needed a weekend away from Indy, so off to Cincinnati we went.

A mere hour and a half  was the perfect weekend trip. Here’s what we did and how we did it in just TWO days!

 

1) The Millenium Hotel in Fountain Square- It’s no Hilton, but who cares when you’re going to be exploring all weekend? And it’s in a great location right next to the beautiful Fountain Square!

2) Jungle Jims International Market- It’s a grocery store with MUCH more than just groceries. It’s huge, with food from all over the world. They offer cooking classes, demos, etc.

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3) IKEA- of course we had to check it out while we were in town

4) Via Vite Italian Bistro on Fountain Square- stopped in for delicious pizza, drinks and their amazing outside patio facing the courtyard.

5) Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse – Eat at Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse the food was absolutely delicious! We shared the most amazing steak “The Hatchet”, had a wedge salad with bleu cheese, thick cut bacon slices and some amazing mashed potatoes. 6) Cubs Vs Reds baseball game

7) Moerlein Lager House– Bloody Mary Bar before the game

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Overall, our trip to Cincinnati was a blast! We returned to Indy feeling refreshed and ready to take on another week of work!

Patio Herb Garden

Summertime is all about grilling, hanging out with friends and family, and enjoying time outdoors. One of my favorite things trending right now is DIY herb gardens for small balconies and patios.

Whether it’s growing vegetables for cooking or showing off colorful flowers in flower boxes, apartment dwellers are really getting into the gardening spirit! This week I planted my own little herb garden on the balcony of our condo. I’ll have all the fresh herbs I need to cook with on hand just walking out to my balcony and grabbing a few sprigs of basil, tomatoes, jalepeno, cilantro and mint to add to my dishes.



  

Check out more of my DIY projects HERE!

Crockpot BBQ Chicken

This is one of my go to BBQ chicken recipes because the recipe only calls for a handful of ingredients and the instructions are so unbelievably easy. The best part is it makes plenty giving me plenty of leftovers to put in my salads and wraps for the week.

1 1/2 cups BBQ Sauce (I used Sweet Baby Rays Honey BBQ)
1 cup Italian dressing
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp worchestershire sauce
2 Tbsp brown sugar

Throw it all in the crockpot and cook on high for 4 hours!

Now, how easy is that?

More of my favorite quick and easy crockpot recipes:

| White Chicken Chilli | Salsa Chicken |

Stuffed sweet potatoes

I really, really like sweet potatoes. I love them plain with some butter or coconut oil and Himalayan salt. So when i stumbled upon the idea of stuffing a sweet potato I was instantly intrigued.

Below are my favorite sweet potato recipes that I have tried so far. They make for a filling and easy meal. We make a bunch of these ahead and wrap in foil for quick meals especially if you are trying to stick with clean eating.

1. Bake sweet potatoes in the oven or in the microwave. Make sure to poke holes in the potato so the heat can vent out.

2. Slice sweet potatoes down the middle and generously stuff with vegetable filling. Top with a sprinkle of cheese if desired.

Hope you guys enjoy! Please let me know if you try the potatoes and let me know your favorite variations.


Veggie stuffed- onion, peppers, Brocolli, cauliflower & cheese

Buffalo chicken- grilled chicken, cream cheese and Frank’s red hot

BBQ chicken– grilled chicken, BBQ, onions and cheese

More potato recipes you may have missed:

| Garlic Smashed Potatoes | | Loaded Baked Potato Casserole | |Holiday Mashed Potatoes |

A Dresser Makeover: Annie Sloan

Happy Tuesday! Ever since the warm weather hit I have been super productive with projects around the condo. I decided last week to redo all of the bedroom furniture in our spare bedroom from a light wood to Annie Sloan Old White Chalk paint.

I didn’t do any distressing to this piece or any cool color combos that a lot of people do. I just used the color Old White (with the clear wax) and it’s so pretty I think. It’s a nice crisp white. I also didn’t change out the dresser pulls yet. There’s 21  of them to replace, so once this room starts coming together more I may change them up, but for now i just put the old ones back on giving it a vintage feel.

 

Supply List for Chalk Paint Projects:

1 quart chalk paint $34.95
1 Sanding Block $3.97
rags $2.09
Wax $4.99-24.95

Reasons I love the chalk paint:

It dries SUPER fast
Eco-friendly
Cleans up with water
Cleans out of our brushes WAY easier
Comes in gorgeous, original colors
Distresses beautifully
Adheres to any surface, no prep work like sanding

Check out more posts from around the condo that you may have missed:

| Two chairs and a Table | Friday Favorites: Home Decor | Rustic Frame Collage |

 

 

Weekend

This past weekend I had two of my favorite girls come to visit me in Indy. After an busier than normal week at work, I needed something relaxing to look forward to, so my friends planned a visit to Indy and it couldn’t have worked out any more perfect!

We spent the weekend drinking mimosas, going to our favorite Mexican restaurant and dancing the night away


Kalyn’s Bridal Shower

You guys, my best friend since first grade is getting married in just two months…I can’t believe it! It seems like just yesterday we were playing with her my size barbie and jumping on her trampoline and in June she will be tying the knot.

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Steve and Kalyn have been together since our Junior year of high school and I am so excited for these two to finally get hitched. Over the weekend I threw her a friend’s bridal shower in Indy and it was a total success.

Food

Planning the menu was easy — since the bride gave up cookies for lent and those are her favorite I chose to resort to cupcakes for dessert and snack foods since the shower was at 2:00.  I picked out a handful of snack recipes including chicken salad, jalepeno dip, pretzel buns, cheese & crackers and of course a mimosa bar.

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Games

As guests entered, I placed beads around each of their necks letting them know they were not allowed to say the words: wedding, steve or bride throughout the bridal shower. Whenever someone mentioned one of these three words their beads could be stolen and whoever had the most at the end of the party got to choose from several gifts.

Keepsake

Each of the guests brought the Bride a recipe card, shared their best date night idea and filled out their best marriage advice for the bride and groom.


Decor

I went with fairly minimal decorations — just a few handmade bride banners. I also bought serving platters and paper products to fit there wedding theme or purple and silver.

The most important part

The bride said she had a wonderful time! Happy almost wedding day Kalyn!


More bridal shower blog post ideas you may have missed:

Whitney and Stewart’s Bridal Shower |Pink and Gold themed bridal shower |

Unique Bridal Shower Gifts under $50 |

 

One pan balsamic chicken

One pan meals are hot right now, and it’s no wonder. Throw everything in the pan, cook it all together for a few minutes, and viola! Dinner is served and cleaning up has never been easier. This week I stumbled across this delicious one pan balsamic chicken recipe and couldn’t believe how delicious it was! I will definitely be making this one again!

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Ingredients:

1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp Italian salad dressing

3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 1/2 Tbsp honey

1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1 1/4 lbs chicken breast tenderloins

2 Tbsp olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 lb fresh asparagus, trimmed of tough ends, chopped into 2-inch pieces

1 1/2 cups matchstick carrots

1 cup grape tomatoes, halved

Directions:

In a mixing bowl whisk together salad dressing, balsamic vinegar, honey and red pepper flakes, set aside.

Heat olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper to taste, then place chicken evenly in skillet. Cook about 6 – 7 minutes, rotating once halfway through cooking, until chicken has cooked through (meanwhile, chop asparagus and tomatoes). Add half the dressing mixture to skillet and rotate chicken to evenly coat. Transfer chicken to a large plate or a serving platter while leaving sauce in skillet. Add asparagus and carrots to skillet, season with salt and pepper to taste and cook, stirring frequently, until crisp tender, about 4 minutes. Transfer veggies to plate or platter with chicken.

Add remaining dressing mixture to skillet and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes to chicken and veggies and drizzle dressing mixture in pan over top (or return chicken and veggies to pan and toss to coat).

More easy chicken recipe posts you may have missed: Chicken Recipes

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