Finding joy in the Everyday

Happy Thursday loves!

I cannot get over the wonderful and thoughtful responses I got on my blog yesterday, seriously it floors me everyday that I have people even remotely interested in my life. I appreciate every single response and while I’m cutting back on fanatically replying to every comment, I will definitely be responding to you all on that one. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart!

Last night, despite having to a long to do list, Rob and I ventured to Davis for Farmers Market after work (I think Rob’s still trying to cheer me up from my monthly slump because I know farmers markets aren’t his favorite thing in the world). I attended UC Davis for my undergrad and every time I go back to visit, my heart hurts a little. Davis is the only other “city” I’ve ever lived in besides Sacramento/Elk Grove and it’s full of SO many wonderful memories of college. And Farmers Market was one of my FAVORITE things about living in Davis. I used to stop by for my Market Salad after class every Wednesday so Rhonda, the woman who worked there gave me her cell phone number and I would call her when I was on my way so that she would make sure to set aside my salad for me!

The Market Salad from Monticello Bistro = BEST SALAD EVER.

Wednesdays are Picnic in the Park nights, lots to do for families, see all those bounce houses for kids in the back?

DIY Giftbags

After grabbing a few brews with our friend Chris, we ventured home to work on my latest project: Gift bags for my Mom. My Mom is a principal and for staff appreciation, I hand-make bags for her to give her staff. I didn’t plan on posting about it on the blog (not really sure why I wouldn’t but that’s why the picture quality is AWESOME sucky) so I didn’t take process pictures but I’m happy with how they turned out!

I started with stamping the bags, then painting a design using the stamp as a frame. The black paint is actually chalkboard paint written on with chalk marker. I free handed all the names and designs. I love the sheen of chalkboard paint, it really makes black pop. I dressed up the tags with some washi tape and used a stamp to say Thank You. There’s a million more things I wanted to do but with a few hours, making 11 bags that was all I managed before climbing into bed at midnight.

Pardon the blurry picture. And clearly I had Target on my mind last night 😉

Despite being tired, I really do love crafting and making an idea come to life. Rob even stayed to help me with the stamping and although I think that relinquishes most of his man card, I love him for it! ❤

I’m SO excited tomorrow is Friday because that means the weekend is almost here!

Happy Thursday!


Simply Crafty: Lovely Package Exchange & DIY Giftbox

Happy Hump day everybody!

I am OBSESSED with receiving snail mail. That’s a huge part of why I even signed up for Birchbox. So when Danni over at Oh Hello Friend announced her annual Lovely Package Exchange, I jumped at the opportunity. The idea was to spend extra time on packaging the gifts, rather than just stuffing it in an envelope. I was fortunate to be paired with Emily from the lovely blog Turt and Elephant and while collecting her gifts, I dipped into my growing pile of empty birchboxes to hold her gift.

I do want to note that the painters tape adhered a little too well to the birchbox so the sides ended up a little fuzzy-feeling after I pulled them off the sides. I was really happy with how it turned out and possibilities are endless. Needless to say, everyone’s Christmas presents will be in birchboxes! 🙂 I love a good upcycle.

Emily let me borrow some of her beautiful photos to show how I wrapped her present! I think I like the color teal?! Here’s Emily sweet post on what she received. Her photography truly puts mine to shame, teach me your ways Emily!

And here are all the goodies Emily got me!! I was completely blown away by her handmade details, especially the hand embroidered tag, which is EXTRA special because nothing pre-made ever comes made with my name. She got me 4 beautiful rolls of washi tape, a fabric covered notebook and those adorable felt bows! Such beautiful details and her packaging put mine to shame! Thank you so much girl! Check out Emily over at TurtAndElephant!
I got a little over eager and signed up for 2 package exchanges in July but I couldn’t be happier about them! I just LOVE snail mail and I’m an all-or-nothing type of gal…

Also, check out my guest post over at Rima’s, one of my bloggy BFFs! While she’s off enjoying herself in NY, I just get to blog about it (womp womppp). She’s going to enjoy it enough for the two of us! Have so much fun love!

Do you do a little happy dance when you get snail mail too?

Happy Hump de hump!

Simply Crafty: DIY Chalkboard Paint

Happy Monday readers!

I got the crafting itch this weekend and luckily I got around to it! Finding this blog post on Pinterest from one of my favorite blogs A Beautiful Mess, I just knew this had to be it. I’m sorry nearly everything I do is teal but I can’t help it, I just gravitate towards that color!

I had 2 options of things to chalkboard. 1 was an IKEA frame (NYTTJA) but with a plastic face, I was unsure it would work. 2 was a Michaels frame that cost $1. I can’t get enough of those things, I hoard them in DROVES.

The steps are listed on the above image but basically all you do is mix 1 tbsp unsanded grout with 4 fl oz of acrylic paint (you can mix colors to your liking!). Paint it onto your surface and let it dry. Once fully dry, you condition the paint by rubbing chalk lightly all over and gently wiping off with a paper towel. Then it’s ready for you to play with!

I figured since it was Mother’s Day, I could make it Mother’s Day themed. (Don’t worry, I got my Mom an actual present too) That’s a picture of me and my siblings, aren’t they cute?!
(We’re working on my brother’s smile haha love you bud)

I know this seems out of order but I do most of my blogging right before bed so it makes more sense for me. Oh and there’s a 9-5 job in there somewhere 😉 This is the NYTTJA frame from IKEA and although the plastic took in some of the chalkboard paint, I don’t recommend it for repeated use.

I love the idea of being able to change the color to whatever you want. It’s as easy as it sounds so if you give it a try, let me know how it goes!

My weekend was a mix of stress and relaxation, mainly because I let things sit in my mind too long even when I can’t do anything about it (Can I get an amen ladies?!).  Saturday night was date night with Rob, where we had sangria and tapas before we met up with friends for beers at DeVeres. Sunday was church and relaxation with the family to celebrate Mother’s Day. Overall, a great weekend celebrating the wonderful women in my life!

Happy Mother’s Day to my beautiful Mommy! Thank you for being my biggest fan and loving us unconditionally! I wouldn’t be who I am today without you.

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Simply Celebrating: Cinco De Mayo

Last Saturday, we hosted our first Cinco De Mayo celebration! As usual, I spent most of the week before stressing myself to death with all the projects I had to do. But all in all, I was so happy with how it turned out and I can’t wait to share some fun photos with you all!

Attached to these amazing bulb outdoor lights I bought at Target, I saw a Papel Picado DIY on Oh Happy Day! I knew I had to give it a try. I just followed Jordan’s instructions, created a few different designs and they added such a fun decorations in the sky.

Individual 7 layer dips were so easy and fun to make, plus they looked so much cuter than having people drop a clump of dip on a plate.  I bought the cups at Dollar Tree and we already had all the ingredients since we were servings tacos. The layers included beans, sour cream, lettuce, guacamole, salsa, mexican blend cheese and tomatoes.

The food for the night was completely homemade and included beans, rice, chicken enchiladas, beef tacos/nachos and a sweet corn tomalito. The tomalito was a huge hit and the recipe is here if you want it!

Mason Jar Margaritas is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time and some light teal ribbon with these adorable printables via Living Locurto was perfect! Such amazing printables at her wonderful site.

 I thought the printables looks great on top of the mason jar too.

This picture was clearly prior to mason jar decorating but we also had lime green cake pops. The cake pops were German Chocolate and Caramel which were a huge hit! I used the new Duncan Hines Frosting Creations which I spotted at Target for the first time and it was the perfect Caramel flavor. I’ll definitely be using many more for my cake pops!

After slaving over tiny pieces of cardboard and tissue for 3 days, I was so happy at how these Mini Pinatas turned out! Once again via Oh Happy Day and the amazing Jordan, I followed her instructions pretty closely and they turned out wonderful. I even stuffed mine with some candy as parting gifts. How cute are they?

Overall it was an amazing gathering with close friends that went well into the wee hours of the morning. We even broke out the fire pit at night and had some s’mores. I hope our guests had as much fun as we did hosting it!


Simply Crafty : Animal Print Jewelry Board

Animal Print Jewelry Board

Weeks ago, I settled on the fact my room needed to be redecorated. The perfect place to start was my small jewelry corner because I’ve been acquiring accessories at an alarming rate since I discovered Denios’, a local flea market (more on that in the coming weeks!). Anyways, I picked up a lovely sized cork board for $3 at Denios two weekends ago and decided it was time to get down to business.

I’ve long been doing cheetah print on my nails when I realized that it would be a great print to put on a jewelry board. I bought a few supplies at Jo-Anns crafts, including a white, black, mint green and Tiffany blue colored acrylic paints. I started off by painting the frame completely white, which was the easy part. I touched the cork with my white paint brush more often than I can count so I ended up painting the entire cork a rich brown color (similar to the color of cork naturally, just a smidge darker) which added another hour to the drying time. Then I started in on the frame with making random circular splotches with the mint green color, sporadically spread throughout the frame. Then simply draw messy parentheses around all the colored splotches and spread out a few random black dots to add more dimension.

Lastly, just for fun, I painted multicolored push-pins with the Tiffany Blue color. Ta-da!


The Finished Product (Cord board $3 from flea market,Paints $4, Ribbon $3)

At Jo-Anns I also bought thick opaque teal-colored ribbon to hang my earrings on. My roommate in college, Katie showed me this trick for earring organization and I’ve been doing it ever since!!

For my next animal print project, I’ll make sure to take some process pictures to show you in more detail how it’s done.

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