Friday, September 19, 2014

DIY Spray Painted Mason Jars

If you follow me on Instagram then you may have seen a little preview of the DIY spray painted mason jars I made for my sisters a few weeks ago. Well, after I made theirs (pictured below) I may have gone a little crazy with the spray paint and painted every jar in our house!

My younger sister was celebrating her 25th birthday and my older sister had been going through a lot of personal stuff, so I wanted to do something special for both of them. But first I needed to make sure I had their favorite colors right. My older sister is a Dallas Cowboys fan (boo!) and loves wearing anything that has their symbol on it, which means wearing a lot of blue. However, she also likes to wear pink on occasion. Since I had planned on spray painting the mason jars one solid color, I decided to send my younger sister a text to see if she knew which color Jenn (older sister) preferred more.

I already had the Krylon® fluorescent pink spray paint in my hand thinking Jenn liked hot pink more than I just had this idea in my head that a pink jar would be so much prettier! Christina (younger sister) wrote back and said blue. UGH, but I really wanted the mason jar to be pink...decisions, decisions!

Well, as you can see I couldn't decide! Actually, the white I already had on hand and the metallic gold wasn't purchased until the next shopping trip!

 I figured it would be better to test out both colors on Jenn's mason jar and go from there. I set up a few cardboard boxes on my husband's workbench to create a little cubby so I wouldn't get pink and blue spray paint on everything and got to work. 

 After cleaning the jar I spray painted each side with either the pink or blue (forgot to take a photo of that step) to see which color I liked best. That's when the light bulb went on in my head and I got the idea to paint the jar with both colors in a fading ombre effect. Genius idea, right?! I know it's been done a million times before, but I have yet to see an ombre effect done in the spray paint colors I was using.

I quickly cleaned off the pink and blue paint and started over again, which is what you see in the photo above! 

I let the blue dry for an hour or so then sprayed the top with the fluorescent pink. While that dried I started on the red and black mason jar for Christina. There was no need to double check on her favorite colors, red and black are pretty much the only two colors she wears and decorates with! 

Wondering about the little mason jar?! Well that was a gift I kept for myself! I experimented on that little jar over and over again until I settled on the pink and black...that was before I grabbed the metallic gold on my next trip to the store! But those DIY spray painted mason jars are for the next post! 

I'm just so impressed with how beautiful they turned out, I'm pretty sure this is my favorite DIY project of all time! 

Note: Each jar has two coats of both colors of spray paint on them. 

I cut zinnias from my garden to fill the mason jars with, but I wasn't happy with how empty they still looked. So, I picked up a supermarket bouquet and divided it up between the jars to fill in the empty spots. 

I also made a pillow for Christina using two skull bandanas and pillow stuffing. As you can see she loved her gifts...and really loves the color red! 

After the gift giving we headed to Six Flags for a fun sisters' day out and bumped into Marvin the Martin and Daffy Duck while there! 

I can't wait to show you the other DIY spray painted mason jars I made, I may have gone a little wild with the gold...oops! 

Thanks for stopping by today, have a great day! 

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Star Struck Stones Etsy Shop

Happy Monday! How was everyone's weekend? Mine was pretty relaxing, we took a little visit to my in-laws' house on Saturday and had a nice barbecue dinner last night. It was so good, probably the best pork chops I've ever had. I took a quick iPhone snapshot of them before they disappeared, so there may be a recipe post in the future for you!

 Alright, enough about food...I bet you all can't wait to find out who the winner of the Star Struck Stones giveaway is. But, first have you seen the new items in Michelle's Etsy shop? 

Find these items here, here, and here!

I am crushing on the black and turquoise bracelet with the leaf charm, the color combination is so striking. The black beads are lava rock and are said to promote courage and strength. I could use a little of that right now. Last week I finally started back on my workout routine and need a little strength and courage to go on with week two of Jillian Michaels' Ripped in 30 DVD...she is kicking my butt! 

 Oops, there I go running on about something other than the giveaway winner! Shall we get back to the real reason everyone has stopped by the blog today! Drum roll please.....and the name of the winner is....

A big congrats to our winner Erika, a big thank you to everyone who entered, and a VERY BIG THANK YOU to Michelle. I really can't thank her enough for the gorgeous bracelet she sent me for the review and the one she is sharing for the giveaway, she's so sweet.

Don't forget to stop by Michelle's shop Star Struck Stones for a 10% off discount until October 1st with the coupon code WorldAroundHer.

Now go and have an excellent day! 

Friday, September 12, 2014

I Have Flaws, Please Forgive Me...

I was going to put together my mason jar post for today, but things don't always go as planned around here. Right now, it's 2 am and I have other things on my mind that I needed to write about. You see I'm 31 and I feel like I'm still a work in progress. I'm still learning and growing, making mistakes and bad decisions, what can I saw...I'm flawed. 

I will never be flawless, I'm no Beyonce...

I'm just trying to accept my flaws when others look down on them...

I'm from Philly and I shout when I talk. 
I take everything personally and hate when someone doesn't like me. 
I lack self confidence and don't give myself enough credit.
I get emotional.
I say the wrong things before thinking twice about them. 
I talk too much and give unwanted details.
I make mistakes and sometimes make the same ones over and over again. 
I bite my nails and trip over my feet. 
I watch too much TV.
I procrastinate and have a million other things on my mind instead of the one thing I should be doing at the moment. 
But that's just who I am.

I have flaws, please forgive me.
Take the good with the bad. 
Take all of me and love me just the way I am. 

I will learn from my mistakes (eventually) and grow as a person, but these flaws will always be mine. 
Just as I will always stand 6 feet tall, I will always say things with a Philly accent (punkin instead of pumpkin, ice-ning instead of icing, wooder instead of water), so don't try to correct me! 
I have flaws and don't expect you to embrace them, just don't use them against me. Don't hate me because of them. 
I have flaws, please forgive me. 

PS, linked up over at TwoThirty-Five Designs

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fall Favorites: Food, Decor, and More!

Yesterday over on East Coast Creative, where I'm the blog assistant, Monica posted an amazing collection of modern and unique fall decor ideas. So, I thought I should probably finish up my fall post that I started to put together 2 weeks ago!
 I've seen so many amazing fall decor and recipe pins trending lately and wanted to make a list of my fall favorites to share with you. Have you started to pin ideas for fall yet?! 

East Coast Creative {Chicken Chili}, Tatertots and Jello {Fall Front Porch}, Bliss At Home {Tribal Pumpkins}, Whipperberry {Candy Corn Wreath}, This Girl's Life {Pumpkin Spiced Latte}, The 36th Avenue {DIY Pumpkin Jars}

1. Crockpot Chicken Chili...
I've been waiting for cooler weather to start the crock pot and make one of my favorite chicken recipes that I shared with you guys last year when I found it on East Coast Creative. It's so easy to make, and taste so good that you'll want to dive in for seconds and maybe even thirds! Stop by the EC2 blog for the complete recipe details. 

2. Fall Front Porch...
It doesn't take much to make a small space look festive for the holidays, you don't want to over do it but you don't want to skimp on the details either. These simple tips from Jen of Tatertots and Jello on how to create a beautiful fall front porch show you how to create just the right amount of character and charm by using more than just fall decor. My favorite ideas that help pull the look together for any season are the rug and seating area. Throw in some pumpkins and a festive wreath and you are good to go! I can't wait to decorate my front porch area for fall! 

3. Tribal Pumpkins...
This DIY pumpkin post from Bliss at Home may be from last year, however the tribal trend doesn't seem to be going away any time soon. I'd like to get a little more creative with pumpkins this year, there is more to them than just carving out a jack o' lantern! Kristin used white craft paint to create the arrows on her pumpkins, and well that's it! Fall decor can't get easier than that folks. 

4. Candy Corn Wreath...
I love the ombre effect on this candy corn wreath from Whipperberry, it's not your typical fall wreath but works so well the colors of the season. I used to be a big fan of candy corn, but I guess as I got older I realized that there is a world full of candy out there that tastes much better! I may no longer enjoy eating candy corn, but this wreath is pretty cool and looks fun to make. 

5. Pumpkin Spiced Latte....
Coffee house lattes can really pack on the calories and may include unnecessary ingredients. So what's a girl to do when she can't get enough of the pumpkin spiced latte during the fall and winter seasons? Well thanks to This Girl's Life blog, this girl (me!) can make a homemade version...yum! 

6. DIY Pumpkin Jars....
I am currently obsessed with painting mason jars, oh wait until you see the DIY project I'm going to share with you later this week! OK, back to these adorable pumpkin jars from The 36th Avenue, I mean they are just too cute! I would love to place these with my fall owls that sit on the bay window sill in my kitchen, especially that little fat jar in the front....oh my word! Make sure to stop by Desiree's post if you love painting mason jars too, she has some really great tips on how to perfect this craft! 

So, what are some of your fall favorites? Do you obsess over pumpkin recipes and fall decor as much as I do? 
If you're looking for more, here are a few fall recipes I made last year. I can't wait to make the pumpkin pancakes again! 

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your day! 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Handmade Jewelry and a Giveaway!

I started to put together a fall round up post last week, but then life got a little busy and now it's been two weeks since I last wrote. To make up for the lack of posts I have an awesome giveaway and a coupon code for you guys from Etsy shop Star Struck Stones. Shop owner Michelle is best friends with my younger sister Christina, they have known each other since middle school and are now both in their twenties (my sister will be 25 this Saturday, happy birthday sis!).

 I couldn't wait to share Michelle's handmade jewelry on my blog when I found out she was starting her own Etsy shop. Lucky for me she was just as excited and sent me a few items to review...

She let me choose the bracelet and when I spotted this gorgeous blue and purple piece in her shop I immediately fell in love. To my surprise she sent me a ring and an Amethyst stone as well. 

 The purple stones on the bracelet are Agate and hold protective properties. The blue stones are Dragons Vein Agate and are known to heighten creative vision. 

Most of the beads and stones in Michelle's shop have metaphysical and therapeutic properties, so be sure to read more about your stones when ordering. 

How gorgeous is the design of this jade wire wrapped ring?! Maybe she'll teach me the secret to making these! 
The jade stone is said to bring good luck to those who wear/carry it and I have to say I am feeling the luck of this stone lately. Very good things have been happening...very good things! 

This pretty little amethyst stone is said to help relieve stress and anxiety to create a peaceful environment. So, with the wrapped jade ring and this amethyst stone I can look forward to plenty of good luck and stress free days, I'm down with that!

OK, enough about my jewelry pieces, I know that you are all waiting to see what you can win from her shop...

I'm actually kind of jealous that I can't enter, but I guess I'll just have to ask Michelle to replicate this bracelet so I can purchase one from her! 

I love the colors; the opal and turquoise stones will look great with any outfit and the feather/wing charm is just too cool. I love that she also included a citrine point for one of my readers to win along with the bracelet. 

*For everyone else that doesn't win (and even if you do!), Michelle has a 10% off coupon code for you. Use WorldAroundHer at check out in her Etsy shop on any purchase.*

Enter below in the Rafflecopter...

 Michelle only ships within the United States, sorry Canadian and overseas friends. I will email the random selected winner next Friday, September 12. Good luck! 
{This giveaway has no affiliation with Facebook.}

Friday, August 22, 2014

Date Night & Family Night Made Easy with Chili's® At Home

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chili's® At Home and Bellisio Foods, but all opinions on how delicious the meals were are 100% mine! 

When you have a busy schedule date nights aren't easy to plan, but thanks to Chili's® At Home frozen meals we can now enjoy one of our favorite restaurants without even leaving the kitchen! Well, I did have to go grocery shopping first, but I can do that without the hubby. 

I picked up two Chili's® At Home meals, one for us to enjoy during a romantic date night and another for all four of us to try (hoping our teens would like the choice I made!). If you have picky kids, no need to worry here...what's not to love about chicken and rice?! Plus they have plenty of other kid friendly options to choose from like Bacon Mac 'N' Cheese, Seasoned Chicken Bites with Honey Chipotle Sauce, Pepper Jack Mac 'N' Cheese, Nacho Potatoes with Beef & Bacon, and many more. 

Okay, enough about the kid friendly flavors, let's get back to date night! The big and bold flavors of the chicken fajita rice filled the air as soon as I opened the bag. It's actually one of Chili's® BOLDEST At Home meals to choose from according to the bold meter on the back of the package, and I totally agree! The aroma of the fajita sauce was so amazing I felt like I was sitting in Chili's® Restaurant while enjoying the comforts of home.

Chili's® fajitas are a favorite menu choice of mine and now I get to enjoy the bold taste of them at home without worrying about dressing up for date night...sorry honey! So, is your go to selection from Chili's® menu now available for you to enjoy during date night at home? Check their website and enjoy a coupon to use, then come back here to tell me about your favorite meal! 

Up next was the chicken bacon ranch frozen meal that we enjoyed together as a family (I cooked two meals in one week, go me!). I really love the variety of sizes and flavors Chili's® At Home has to choose from, plus a frozen meal with broccoli in it is on top of every mom's shopping list! 

The girls were really impressed with this meal, I may have loved the fact that it included broccoli but they loved that it had bacon in it! 

Date night was made easy thanks to Chili's At Home and so was family night, these are definitely frozen meals I'll buy again. You really can't go wrong with a one pot/pan meal...I know they're my favorite, how about you? 

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day! 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chili's® At Home and Bellisio Foods, but all opinions on how delicious the meals were are 100% mine! 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Zucchini Recipe Round Up...obsessed with this veggie much?!

As if you weren't tired of my zucchini posts already, today I have a zucchini recipe round up for you! You know you're obsessed with this awesome vegetable when your friends start tagging you in recipe posts they find on Facebook! Would you believe that we just received another large zucchini from our neighbor's garden...

Well another zucchini means more recipes to find, so that's why I thought it would be a good idea to put together a Zucchini Recipe Round Up...

I'm not sure if there are other recipes out there that can top the three I've tried already, but I'm willing to do a taste test! If you missed out on these great zucchini recipes I featured check them out at the links below...

Today I'm going to the sweet side again with zucchini and baking chocolate zucchini bread. This won't be my first time making bread, I've pretty much mastered banana bread, but it will be my first time making chocolate bread....with shredded zucchini! 

{Chocolate Zucchini Bread by Six Sisters' Stuff}

I was looking for a recipe that didn't call for too much and included ingredients I already have on hand. Fingers crossed that this turns out as good as it looks in Six Sisters' Stuff's photo! PS, I'm not using chocolate chips in my recipe since they tend to get too gooey in everything I bake! 

I really loved the baked zucchini fries, still one of my favorite ways to cook zucchini. But, another popular way of making them instead of going the "fry" way that I want to try is to cook them chip style...

{Zucchini Chips Four Ways by The Copper Collective}

These all look so good, I need to get some chipotle powder because that just sounds amazing. 

OK, if your mouth wasn't watering already, take a look at these...

My parents used to make stuffed peppers all the time, a recipe I have yet to try on my own. But perhaps I can make my own version of their stuffed peppers with zucchini! 

Well, now I have just seen it all; zucchini waffles...say what?! Yep, ZUCCHINI WAFFLES....

{Zucchini Waffles by The Law Student's Wife} 

I wonder if my husband would be interested in trying these....we do have a waffle maker! So far we've made banana and blueberry waffles, but I would love to try something more savory, then I won't feel so bad when we have waffles for dinner! 

Hmm, should I make the chocolate zucchini bread today or this delicious looking spiced zucchini cake...

{Spiced Zucchini Cake by My Baking Addiction

Fall is almost here and lately it feels like it already is here (it was 48 degrees at 7 am last Saturday!). Plus, did you hear that Starbucks is bringing out their Pumpkin Spice Latte earlier than planned for people who participate in their Twitter challenge! So, with Fall on the brain I am ready for this Spiced Zucchini Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting, who's with me?! 

Okay, I'm off to bake some zucchini goodness, I hope you enjoyed my zucchini recipe round up and stop back to let me know if you try any of these! 

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day! 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Waking Up with Banana Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

From savory to sweet, zucchini isn't afraid to go in either direction! Now that I've cooked it both ways, could I tell you which style I prefer? Well, as long as the final results are tasty and edible, what's not to like...right?! I really enjoyed (more like devoured!) the baked zucchini fries and dipping sauce, but could also wake up to a cup of coffee and these delicious banana zucchini chocolate chip muffins any day! Zucchini muffins for breakfast then zucchini fries for lunch...hmm that might be too much zucchini, even for me! 

I know I promised you this recipe last week, but we're in the middle of downsizing and getting things ready for a garage sale, sometimes life gets in the way of blogging y'all! 

Are you guys ready for a serious confession here?! This was my very first time using a food processor....gasp! My mom bought it for us a few months ago, and while my husband has been using it to make shredded hash browns, I have been contemplating what to use it for. True Story! But, oh how I love using it now since shredding my zucchini, who wants to give me some food to process?! 

I searched on Pinterest for zucchini muffin recipes and saw many that were just chocolate chips and zucchini, but I was hoping to find something that was more interesting. That's when I spotted the name of this one from Peanut Butter and Peppers blog and fell in love! Okay, maybe not love...well, what's not to love about bananas, zucchini, and chocolate chips all rolled together into a muffin?! 

I'm not really sure what was going on with the shape of my muffins (okay, don't go there!), but little weird tops aside, the overall taste was amazing. I was impressed with how moist they turned out, no one likes a dry muffin! 

Our oven temp is a little kooky and likes to spike up in the middle of cooking, which may be the reason for the gooey looking chocolate chips. Next time around I may reduce the number of chips I put in the recipe so I can taste more banana and zucchini and not just melted chocolate. I know what you're thinking, "Did she just say less chocolate taste and more zucchini and banana?" You must think I'm crazy!

Stop by Peanut Butter and Peppers blog for this recipe and many more. She recently posted a baked pickle recipe, and here I thought zucchini was an interesting food to test out with fun recipes! 

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your day!