Birthday!

imageFor as long as I can remember my dad has been my hero. My Dad is a special guy, anyone who has spent more than a few minutes with him knows this. He is about as friendly as they come. No one is a stranger. He knows the story of every waiter at any restaurant he has ever been to, and probably knows someone from their hometown as well. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve found myself shrinking down in my seat at the table as I watch these conversations take place. Well today we celebrate this guys birthday!

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He’s one of the kindest, most generous, funny guys I know. Growing up he was strict but forgiving. He taught us to ride bikes and play every sport imaginable. There are tons of great dads out there but Robbie and I sure got lucky!

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Happy Birthday Dad! Thanks for loving me the way you do!  I hope you have another amazing birthday!

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Cutest Ideas: New Year’s Inspired

Hello! And how was everyone’s New Years? My week was very low key and consisted of being productive and getting organized. I took down most of my Christmas decorations and tried getting my life back in order after the Holidays. On this special Friday Favorite post I wanted to share a few of my favorite New Years Inspired decorations with you.

Take a peek below at some of the cutest decorations. Xo. Kelsey

1. DIY New Years Confetti Poppers

2. DIY Gumball Drink Stirrers

3. DIY Clock Balloons

4. DIY Name Plates

5. Dipped champagne bottles

6. New Year’s Inspired Bar Cart

7. Free New Years Printable

8. DIY Party Hats

9. DIY Photo Backdrop

10. Fun New Year’s Decor

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 |

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 |

One of the things Jake and I have tried to do more of around the holiday season is spend quality time together.  We have found that we would rather save up for experiences and time together more than just buying each other Christmas gifts.  We are going to set a small limit on what to spend on gifts and try to fill up our winter with several fun date nights and maybe a trip to kick off 2015!

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I started compiling a list of things we’d like to do together this year!

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10 date ideas for the holiday season!

  1. go ice skating outside (i still haven’t been ice skating how crazy is that? )
  2. make each other a playlist of our favorite christmas music
  3. take a carriage ride downtown while it snows
  4. take a cooking class together
  5. grab a hot chocolate and go see all the christmas lights around Indy
  6. make a christmas ornament together
  7. build a fort out of blankets and sleep inside it
  8. head out to a matinee movie share a large popcorn and large soda that is just so bad for you it’s good!
  9. find snow, go sledding, make an igloo or snowman or have a snowball fight!
  10. Make gingerbread house

| Summer Bucker List | | Indy’s Top Eats | | Cozy Reading Nook |

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With 7 days till Christmas, it’s time to get your packages wrapped and under the tree! It’s easy to get overwhelmed when it comes to wrapping all those gifts your bought. I spent this week getting everything organized, wrapped and under the tree. With a few pretty boxes and simple gift wrapping,  your packages will be perfect!

Creating pretty packages doesn’t have to be expensive.  Sometimes the simpler the better. A few of my favorite items to always have on hand to make quick and easy gifts are:

  1. colored boxes
  2. washi tape
  3. ribbon
  4. cupcake wrappers
  5. tissue paper
  6. twine

See that wasn’t so hard now was it?

| Wrapping with Craft Paper |

#christmascheer #wrapping #bows #ribbon #presents #december25th

Santa Stumble

I am definitely in denial that my favorite month is already 9 days in!  I don’t know why.. but December always leaves me in a happy mood. Maybe it is because of Christmas, my Birthday, new years and Holiday parties. it’s definitely not because of the weather. We started the first weekend in December off with a little Santa Stumble Bar Crawl. I think it’s safe to say that we are now officially in the Holiday spirit!
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Check out last year’s Holiday bar crawl pictures HERE & how to make your own DIY Holiday Tutu!

Thanksgiving Recap

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Although Thanksgiving is sometimes overlooked as Christmas usually takes the spotlight quickly… I love everything about Thanksgiving! 

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Such a needed time to relax with the family, realize how blessed we are, and EAT EAT EAT. I mean, does it get any better than family, food, & lounging?!
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One of the highlights this year was my cousin Whitney getting engaged. I love the picture above that my dad captured of us cheers’ing  her and her new fiancé.

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Another highlight of Thanksgiving was playing cards and games with my family. Even though I am fortunate enough to live so close to all of them I loved catching up, chatting and consuming more wine together than anyone ever should. 

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Celebrating Kari’s Birthday the night before Thanksiving at C-Street. 

& some Black Friday shopping!

I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving!

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November To Do

Today’s post is a continuation of last month’s post of things to do during fall. I know I mentioned it before, but Fall really is my favorite season not only because of the amazing weather but also because it offers such a variety of activity.

The colors are so rich it takes everything in me to stop myself from jumping out of the car along the highway and snapping up pictures in random people’s yards. Below is a list of things we are excited to try this month.

1.  Christmas tree lighting: don’t miss out on the the lighting of the Christmas tree downtown Indianapolis. This is the world’s largest Christmas tree, complete with nearly 5,000 lights and 52 garland strands streaming from Indy’s beloved 242-foot tall Soldiers and Sailors Monument. This tree has been named by Travelocity as one of the top five must-see Christmas trees in the nation.

2. Take a trip to the zoo in November: Stop by the Indianapolis Zoo for its annual light spectacular, and experience one of the nation’s top 10 zoos in a whole new way as hundreds of thousands of sparkling lights delight and inspire.

3. Get cozy: On a cold night, warm your sheets and PJs by throwing them into the dryer. Quickly make your bed while the bedding is still warm and crawl into your little piece of heaven on earth.

4. Update Your Manicure: There are too many amazing nail trends out there to stick to one look all season.

5. Think Thankful: Start a gratitude journal and participate in my thankful challenge to help you recognize how much there is to be grateful for. Save the list and pack it with your Thanksgiving decor. It’s fun to look back at the prior years as a reminder of what you were grateful for the year before. November 8th: Today I am thankful for my cozy bed, comfy pillows and sleep!

6. Soups Galore: Pick a few soup recipes you have been anxious to try and stop procrastinating! Make a day of it by cooking up multiple soups and freezing them for the cold months ahead

7. Boost Your Metabolism: Participate in a local Turkey Trot (5K or 10K). Eagle Creek Park has their Upland leftover turkey trail run to help rid you of your Thanksgiving overeating guilt. Some of the races are specifically for walking so don’t count yourself out if running isn’t your thing.

8. Bundle up and skate: Indiana State Fairgrounds offers Public Ice Skating at the coliseum from now until March.

9. Winter Farmer’s Market: Indy winter farmers market at the Indianapolis City Market offers fresh produce and homemade goods year round

10.  Break a Record: In honor of Guinness World Record Day on the 15th, set out to break a world record.

11. Be a fan: Dress up in your best blue and gold and go cheer on the Pacer’s.

12. Get in the Xmas Spirit: Get tickets to watch “A Christmas Carol” at the Indiana Repertory Theatre starting on November 18th.

Winter Activities