i should be mopping the floor: January 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015

Free Love Printable

This free LOVE printable is the perfect way
to add a little extra Valentine's sweetness to your decor.

Free LOVE Printable | 8x10 | Instant Download
 For the last few weeks, I've been trying to think a bit outside the box with printables. From banners, to schedules, to everything...I've just really worked to stretch the mold a bit. But sometimes I miss a good ol' 8x10 printable. Simple. Frame-able. I made this one in my favorite color combo. Download yours below. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Lightened Up Toasted Hazelnut Chocolate Pots

These Lightened Up Toasted Hazelnut Chocolate Pots are a simple and delicious dessert to enjoy this Valentine's Day. 
They're very special, but also fairly simple to prepare.
Lightened Up Toasted Hazelnut Chocolate Pots | A light version of the decadent dessert...that tastes just as rich and creamy as the original!
Is it just me, or does Valentine's Day serve to derail the best of New Year's health resolutions? I feel like I can undo six week's worth of work with one day of over-indulging in chocolate, lavish dinners, and fancy drinks {hiccup}. Since the 14th falls on a Saturday this year {and restaurants will be packed...and I just can't even handle that}, we've decided to prepare a nice dinner at home. My husband is in charge of the meal and I'm taking on dessert {was there really any question here?}. I wanted to make a lighter version of a decadent dessert I tried at a beautiful restaurant in New York City back in October.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Shabby Chic Sleepover: Easy Breakfast Ideas

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Today, I'm sharing some easy breakfast ideas...perfect for a sleepover! I'm also sharing some free, floral and mis-matchy printables to make a vintagey fun Shabby Chic-themed par-tay.

Shabby Chic Sleepover: Easy Breakfast Ideas | Free Banner & Party Food Label Printables | Lots of fun ideas and photos!
These easy breakfast ideas are perfect for a sleepover...or any morning event {or hey...even a Tuesday!}. And I'm all over anything shabby chic...I thought it would be a super fun way to decorate.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Spaghetti and Meatballs Pizza

This Spaghetti and Meatballs Pizza is the best of both worlds. 
My kids LOVE it.

Spaghetti and Meatballs Pizza | The best of both worlds!
So much yumminess...how have I never combined these two things before? Spaghetti and Pizza? Mama Mia, you guys. 
I'm sharing this over on the Rhodes Blog today.
Click here to come and check it out.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Inspiration Monday

Welcome back to the party, friends! I'm so happy you stopped by to party with us today. I've had a bit of a lazier weekend, but I'm certainly not complaining. It was one of those laundry, cleaning, laying around kind of weekends...but sometimes we all need those. My dad's coming over tomorrow to help me with a really cool new project...I can't wait to share it with you!

Need some inspiration? You’ve come to the right place! Check out all the fabulous and creative ideas below. Of course, if you are a blogger, link your latest creations and have your work seen on seven different blogs!

This week’s features were selected by Leigh Anne from Your Homebased Mom.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Blueberry Scones with Tea Glaze

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These Blueberry Scones with Tea Glaze make a delicious breakfast...
paired perfectly with Bigelow's American Breakfast Tea.

Blueberry Scones with Tea Glaze | Simple and delicious.
Blueberries and lemons go together like....well, tea and scones {ahem}
I was able to try this Bigelow American Breakfast Black Tea and Lemon when I was on my Bigelow trip to Fairfield, Connecticut back in the fall {read all about that fun here}. It was so yummy and the perfect way to kick off the day. I was delighted to find it here in my own Walmart. Now, I enjoy it on a regular basis. Since I love the lemon version of this tea, I just knew something blueberry-filled needed to go with this. Breakfast eureka, y'all! This scone and tea combination was fantastic. Check out the details below.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Free Printable Valentine's Banner

This Free Printable Valentine's Banner is the perfect way to add a little love just about anywhere! It's perfection for all of the glitter-phobes out there...you get the twinkly stuff without all the mess. Sparkle on, friends.

Free Printable Valentine's Banner | Glitter embedded into the graphic makes it sparkly without the mess! | Instant Download | Print as many as you like for your desired banner length.

I constantly see that people have this super interesting fear, if you will. A fear of...{dum-dum-dummmmm}...glitter. And you know what? I feel that pain. Glitter is like lice...once it's in your home, you pretty much have to rip out your carpet to get every trace of it out {I've yet to find a "glitter comb"}. I'm a girl who has been living with glitter-fied carpet for years now. I only use glitter in my office...but it like, moves on its own from room to room. So, I thought I'd help all of the non-sparkly homes of the world out. This free printable Valentine's banner has the glitter embedded in it. It just prints like a graphic. 


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Avocado and Tuna Salad Wrap

This Avocado and Tuna Salad Wrap is the perfect way to
stay on track and still have something delicious and satisfying.

Avocado and Tuna Salad Wrap | Easy meal with less fat than traditional tuna salad...the avocado is a delicious addition!
I've been on my healthy eating plan for 18 months now...it's slow going, but that also means I will keep the weight off. I had a bit of a backslide during the holidays, but I'm back on track now. I made this Avocado and Tuna Salad Wrap for lunch the other day and loved it...and it worked perfectly for my plan. Check out the recipe below.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Inspiration Monday

Welcome back to Inspiration Monday, friends! We've had a GORGEOUS weekend in central Texas...a little break from all the cold, wet weather has been nice. I even did a little flea marketing and took advantage of the great temps...so inspiring! And of course, my other big inspiring part of the weekend is THIS PAR-TAY!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Free Printable Pantry Labels

These free printable pantry labels are 
the perfect way to organize your pantry and cabinets. 

Free Printable Pantry Labels | 32 Labels and a Blank Page, too | Instant Downloads
 I've always wanted to create some pantry labels for a free printable...I started on a set a few years ago and then got hung up on exactly what to include. This time, I just included the items I have on hand in my own pantry...as well as a blank sheet, too. The font I used was Nouvelle Vague if you'd like to create your own labels to coordinate with these. Download yours below.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Skinny Creamy Chicken Soup

This Skinny Creamy Chicken Soup is one of our favorite winter time meals. It's so satisfying and comforting. The Italian flare it has also makes it a bit unique from other chicken soups. And the "skinny" factor is a must this time of the year {at least, for this girl it is}. And I promise this is, in fact, soup and not just a pasta. It's got lots of macaroni in it, though...just the way I like it! I guess it's a chunky skinny soup...heehee!

Skinny Creamy Chicken Soup | A hearty Italian-inspired soup to warm you up on a cold day.
Warm soup belly: is there anything better? This winter is already seeming a bit chillier than our usual ones here in Texas. I find myself craving heartier soups and stews just to warm up and stay full. This one does just that...without a lot of guilt!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Inspiration Monday

It's time for another Inspiration Monday party! Hope you're snuggling up in the wintry weather so many of us are experiencing. Grab a cup of cocoa and get ready for a ridiculous amount of inspiration!

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Houndstooth Valentine's Free Printable Monograms

These Free Printable Monograms in fun Valentine's colors and a chic houndstooth pattern are the perfect addition to your decor as we head into this LOVEly season! Letters A-Z are  available.
Free Printable Monograms | Valentine's Colors & Houndstooth Pattern | Letters A-Z Available
I've said it before...can't get enough of a good monogram. You all were so kind with my pumpkin and Christmas tree ones that...why leave well enough alone? When I started this design, I thought for sure I'd use a large heart {seemed like the logical thing to do}. However, using a heart {and trying to add multiple patterns} seemed to diminish the actual letter part of the monogram. And if you ask me, the letter is the most important part of the monogram {wink}. Sometimes simpler is better {I'm not naturally wired that way...over-complicating is the name of my game}. But, when I cleared out all of the clutter of this design and just had a simple outlined letter on top of a pink, white, and red houndstooth pattern...that was the prettiest to me. And good gravy, who doesn't swoon over a good houndstooth pattern {weakintheknees}? Grab your letter below.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Free Notes Printables

These Free Notes Printables are a fun, stylish, way to stay organized or well...take notes! 
And, of course...I'm still on the funky arrow obsession. 

Free Notes Printables | Instant Downloads | Funky hand-drawn arrow designs.
These free notes printables were born out of my OCD need to have everything look a certain way. I am currently in a FB group of friends chatting about goals and stuff along those lines. One of our assignments is to show everyone a written copy of our goals. And of course, I became a weirdo about having mine look a certain way. I just can't leave well enough alone. 

But, then I realized these were fun for all sorts of other stuff, too. Keep a copy by your phone with a fun pen...use them in your classes or at church for notes. They're super fun and you know I dig those arrows.

Download your own fun notes pages below.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

25 Birthday Cake Recipes

Hey, y'all! Today's my big day...the big three-seven!

I'm celebrating with several bloggy friends by bringing you 25 delicious and worthy birthday cake recipes. From bundts to layer cakes...a little something special for everyone.

25 Birthday Cake Recipes | From bundt cake to layer cake...there's a little something sweet for everyone!
While presents are fun, and hoopla is awesome, and eating out somewhere special is great...my favorite part of my birthday is the cake. And especially homemade ones. Cakes take a little time and a lot of thought...and having someone create something sweet especially for me always makes me feel happy and honored. Here's some of the best looking birthday cake recipes from a few of my blogger friends and me>>>

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Inspiration Monday

Happy New Year, party friends! We're so happy to have you join us for the first party of 2015. We look forward to partying with you all year long...with loads of inspiration, yumminess and FUN!

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Free Daily and Weekly Planner Printables

These Free Daily and Weekly Planner Printables are
a great way to keep your activities organized in a simple {& fun!} format. 

Free Daily and Weekly Planner Printables | Instant Download | Coordinating free calendar printable available, too.
Woohoo...2015! Let's get this blank slate filled in, y'all. I created some simple {because, truly that's all I can really handle in any kind of planner} daily and weekly planners to help organize your year. Download yours below.