Tuesday Thoughts

Sep 30, 2014

I am making it right under the wire with my Tuesday Thoughts, I need to be a bit better with my post scheduler, sorry guys!

With Halloween coming up I would love to make some great themed snacks for our neighborhood kids and work friends. I wish I had the talent to make these "Where the Wild Things Are" cupcakes. Almost too cute to eat!

This Bang Bang Shrimp with Napa Cabbage Slaw looks so delicious and now I want to have friends over just so I have a reason to make it. I have never made anything I didn't instantly love, from of Jessica's website.

I recently got together for some crafting and picked up a cheap crayola watercolor set for the first time since elementary school and I loved it. This watercolor beginners tutorial is perfect for un-creatives like me.

Just in case you find some downtime in your day, these maps were truly eye opening--really puts things into perspective. 

I hope y'all have a great week!
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Fall List

Sep 25, 2014

From reading all my favorite blogs, I can tell that everyone is as obsessed with Fall as I am and I am thrilled about it! Fall is definitely my favorite month and I might be just another blogger writing a Fall Bucket List but I cannot help myself!

Halloween Craft Ideas for Kids - Halloween Craft Projects - Country Living

1|| Enjoy some delicious fall themed snacks. I could write a whole other post just on my favorite fall foods. I mean if I am going to wear all those layers, I might as well take this time to cover some extra pounds. Pumpkin Spice Latte!

2|| Go to a pumpkin patch with my family and pick out the perfect pumpkin. Or five! I always love trying to find my perfect pumpkin pick. And who doesn't love those white/green/squashed looking odd pumpkins too?

3|| Throw a bonfire party, complete with apple cider, s'mores, and blankets. Fall is the best time to be outside. The days are warm with a little chill and the nights are the perfect temperature for sitting by a bonfire.

4|| Carve or decorate a pumpkin with friends. Thanks to Pinterest there are so many cute and easy options for pumpkin crafting.

5|| Think up a creative costume for our big work Halloween party. We really go all out at work for Halloween. There are prizes for best costume, best scary treat, best pumpkin, and best decorated department. Last year our department won or placed in all four categories!

6|| Watch all my favorite Fall/Halloween movies. I don't have cable so I will have to beg a friend to watch Hocus Pocus at their house.

7|| Decorate the house for some little Halloween visitors. Most my neighbors have children and I love seeing these little ones dressed up and drooling over candy.

What about you? Any items on your fall to-do list?

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Swoonday - House with a View

Sep 21, 2014

I have always dreamed of a house that comes with an amazing view. Or at least something better than the house with chickens across the street and it's neighbor the house with a (hopefully) temporary smiley face painted on it. The Pacific Northwest house I picked for Swoonday this week definitely has a view to die for. There is something that really draws me in about rustic design and muted pallet with the cobalt blue added for a pop! To see more of this stunning home visit House Beautiful.

midcentury leather slung chair

I hope y'all have a great week!
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Bham Favorite - Paper Source

Sep 15, 2014

I thought I would talk about one of my more unusual Birmingham favorites, Paper Source. While Paper Source is located in many cities and online, it is relatively new to the Birmingham area and became a fast favorite. For people who are looking for invitations of any sort (wedding, party, shower, baby) this is the place to go. There are binders stuffed full of templates and they are so easy to personalize through the helpful staff.

For people more like me, with no current paper needs (though I could browse for hours) there are tons of other items in Paper Source to fill your home. Paper Source is my new go to place for hostess gifts and presents for family and friends. There is something for anyone in the store, they even have a great gift selection for men! And for those of you out there who love gift wrapping just as much as gift unwrapping, there is a whole wall of wrapping paper, ribbon, stamps, everything your gift wrapping little heart could imagine! Who ever you are, I am ready and willing to learn your gift wrapping ways. ;)

Below are a few of my favorites items I saw on a recent trip to Paper Source (with a calligrapher friend) that are also available online-just in case a Paper Source isn't in your area!


Have y'all ever been to Paper Source? Does anyone out there love paper and gifts as much as I do?
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Looking Forward

Sep 10, 2014

Already great, and things just seem to be getting better! The bad times have brought the best times!

I sometimes find myself thinking about the past. Some memories bring great joy, like nostalgia about moments growing up, or what seemed like flawless time spent in college. But other times I find myself concentrating on those less than splendid times, those that are not worthy of thought. Which, to be honest, usually take up most of my thoughts. So, to rid myself of a bad habit of looking back, I find that it helps to look forward. Below are some things that I am currently looking forward to.

|| Time spent with blogging friends. My little new found blog friend group has made an effort to meet up monthly for happy hour. I love time spent in good company and these girls are a great crowd.

|| Fall weather. While our summer has not been much to complain about (as far as heat goes) here in Alabama, I find myself always longing for the crisp air, fall outfits, and soup! I have been trying to hold out on posting a Fall favorites list just because I think it's a tad bit too warm still. 

|| Football. We are in the middle of football season but that doesn't keep me from looking forward to every Saturday (or Thursday on week for Auburn). I especially look forward to home games where I get to see my friends and family all in one town.

|| Halloween. I am not a Halloween fanatic like some people I know, but I do love our office celebration, seeing the neighborhood children dressed up, and indulging in some left over candy. Yum!

|| Vacation Days. I think I have mentioned it about a hundred times already but I always accidentally stockpile my vacation days (hoping for some big trip, in vain) and now I have to use about 14 before December 1st. I must say, even if it's a netflix binge day, it's better than work, am I right?

|| I have yet to go to the Lake this year and I am craving a lake weekend like no other! I foresee some of the above mentioned vacation days being used for a family trip to the lake! 

What about you, what are some things you are looking forward to?

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Gallery Wall Dreaming

Aug 29, 2014

Gallery walls are really popular right now and I have fallen hard for the trend. I love the idea of having a gathering of many different items to fill up a blank space, especially if you don't love your wall colors or live in a rental space. It's also really great for people like me who can never narrow down the options for my wall. I mean, with things like etsy and Pinterest the options are endless and I want it all! Below are some of my favorites that I have pulled from my guest room gallery wall inspiration board.


What about you, are you loving the gallery wall trend? Any favorites you want to add to your walls?

Hope y'all have a great holiday weekend! 
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