It’s The Small Things

It’s funny.  I’ve been trying so many things to make my living room become cozy, from adding artwork to different pillows.  All of these things have made a difference, but somehow, it wasn’t what I was looking for! It suddenly hit me! I needed to get an area rug!  I started looking online, and was dumbfounded by the prices I was seeing! I just couldn’t justify spending $300 on a 5×7 area rug.

I was at Target doing some grocery shopping, and I somehow wandered into the rug section, which I’ve never been in before, and there she was alone on the shelf! The rug that I have been looking for! Only $79! I was all giddy like a kid in a candy store! I bought it and was so excited that i forgot all of the food I bought! The lady behind me had to run after me to give me my bag! I was that excited! I got home and didn’t even bother to put the food away before putting the rug down! And let me tell you-it looks PERFECT! It was exactly what I wanted, for the price I wanted.  I guess this goes to show that things happen when you least expect it, and that something so small, could make such a HUGE difference in a room! Let the pictures talk for themselves!

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Overall, I think that this rug was the perfect addition to our living room, and that it compliments the art work and pillows so well! 🙂

Valentine’s Day! <3

It may be no surprise to anyone, but Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for! Since we’re still trying to get into the swing of things, we aren’t able to decorate as much as I wish I could.  I was still able to put some cute things together, and I really like the way they turned out! 

The first thing that I was able to make was a wreath that I found on mrspollyrodgers.com.  She has some amazing ideas, and I have to admit that this idea was not my own in any way, but I thought I would give you my experience of making it!

I started by buying a pie tin from the dollar store as well as these hearts from the dollar store.  I then cut out the inside of the pie tin so there was only the outer rim left. 

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I then took a hot glue gun and glued the hearts onto the ring.  It was so easy to do! I then made sure that they were all secured on by flipping it over and going back around with the hot glue gun. 

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I then painted on some elmers glue and sprinkled on some glitter! The glitter I used was from the Martha Stewart line.  It turned out really cute, and I love it!  It really looks great on our front door!  In total, the wreath only cost me around $5.00!

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The second Valentine’s Day decoration that I put together is a vase that I filled up with some candy hearts from the dollar store, and then put a candle in.  It’s a wonderful addition to our dining room table, and it was incredibly easy. 

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So this is what I decided to do for Valentine’s Day this year, and I hope this inspires you to get crafty, and that it really doesn’t take a lot of money to get a cute product!

 

Let There Be Shelves!

I recently took a trip to IKEA to pick up some shelves!  I have an awkward bare wall next to our TV unit that has been staring me in the face, and decided some shelves would look nice!  The shelves are the “Ribba” only about $10 each, so I picked up four (the fourth is in the bathroom-more on that later).

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I decided to place the shelves in a staggered manner to add some more dimension to the wall.

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I really like how they look!  I decided to put up some of my favorite pictures and art up, and I think its a great addition to the living room! Eventually I would like to do something different in here, but it is still a work in progress, and this looks good for now!

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If you have any ideas for an additional focal point, please let me know!

Minty Fresh

 One of my resolutions for 2013 is to start becoming more aware of what I am eating, and trying to eliminate preservatives in my food. Not only am I watching out for myself, but I am also trying to do it for my pup as well.  I want her to be as healthy as possible, so I have her on a grain free, high protein, organic food.  I decided today that I was going to make her some home made dog treats!

Missy loves anything peppermint, which is weird, I know.  She digs in purses to get gum, she loves having her teeth brushed, and would eat the candy canes off our Christmas tree! I always try to find treats that are mint flavored, but they are impossible to find!  Even online, there are hardly any recipes on mint treats!  I combined a few recipes together to create this one, and Missy loves them!  If your pup doesn’t love mint like mine, you can add more peanut butter or some chicken broth.

The recipe is as follows:

2 cups whole wheat flower
1 cup oats
2 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 milk (I used almond milk)
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 tbsp mint extract


Preheat oven to 375. 
I kneaded the ingredients together by hand, and then used a rolling pin to smooth it all out.  I then used this cookie cutter in the shape of a dog bone from a local dog store.  I then put it in the oven for 20 minutes! 

She sure looks excited about these treats…

 I was able to make 15 full sized bone treats, and 14 smaller ball sized treats. 

Shes looking a bit more excited now! 

 Yep, She loves them!

First "Pinspiration" Project

This is my first attempt at a “pinspiration”project! I have seen many awesome projects that I cannot wait to do in the upcoming weeks!

 I have a ton of old Bath and Body Works Candles that have no useable wax left, so I keep them in my linen closet for no reason other than I’m a candle hoarder. I had no idea what I was going to do with these jars, but I knew I kept them for a reason! As I was browsing through Pinterest the other day, I saw that you can easily remove the wax out of the candle jars to create a universal container! I was sold.

I ran to my nearest empty candle to try it out!  This one had about a quarter inch of unusable wax on the bottom, and it worked perfectly.  It your candle has a lot more wax than this, it may take longer for it to work. 

I started by putting some water in a saucepan and bringing it to a boil.

I then carefully poured the boiling water into the candle jar.  Leaving the boiling water in the container melts the remaining wax down to a liquid, and it all rises to the top.  As the water cools, so does the wax.  It’s so simple that I felt dumb for not thinking of it!  I was able to pull out the wax in one piece and the container was perfectly clean! All I had to do was rinse it off and it is good to go!



I have no idea what I am going to do with the container now that it’s clean, but I have some ideas! I might use it to store some cotton balls or q-tips, or possibly make another Pinterest project and add some glitter to the bottom of the container!  The options are endless! 

I hope this gives you some ideas for your empty candle containers, and I will let you know what comes of it!

Welcoming in 2013

2012 was an amazing year full of wonderful accomplishments, and I hope 2013 is even better!  In 2012 I was able to graduate college, get engaged and buy my first house- a lot of major milestones!  For 2013, all I can hope for is health and happiness for all my friends and family! 

We have a lot of exciting plans for our lives and home in 2013, and I hope to capture them all in this blog to share with you all. 

We wish you all a Happy New Year!

xoxo
Emily and Matt

Tis The Season

Christmas is just a couple days a way, so I thought it would be fun to do a Christmas decorations post! Since this is our first Christmas in the new house, we don’t have a lot of decorations yet, but we were able to gather some new and old things to create a “festive” look in our home!

The most obvious thing we did was place lights on the outside of the house.  We compromised since Matt loves colored twinkling lights, and I like solid white ones, so we have the twinkling color lights along the roof, and white on the bushes.  I have to say, I kind of like it! It gives an added flare without being too gaudy. 

When you first walk in the house, we have this bare corner, so I put this little standing Santa in it! He’s so creepy that he’s adorable! Sometimes I jump when I walk in at night and forget he’s there, but I love him! 

We then have our Christmas tree, which I would like to have full of sentimental ornaments eventually, but right now we have a few meaningful ones and a lot of silver glitter balls! Matt and I also like to put candy canes on the tree for an added little something.  Finally, I have this cute silver bow on the top of the tree that I cannot get enough of! I love it. 

Since we don’t have a mantle to hang our stockings, so my mom bought me these mantle hangers that I hung on the windowsill to hang the stockings.  We also lined up all of our Christmas cards on the windowsill,  and they ended up looking really nice!

Finally, my FAVORITE piece of decoration is this lantern from IKEA.  Normally I have a candle in it, but for the holidays, I put in some ornaments, and I think it looks really cute! I’m a little sad to have to take the ornaments out!

That is it for my decorations! I hope this showed you a little bit more on how we decorated this year, and gave some ideas! 

If you have any cool ideas you think I would like, let me know!