Recently


1.) A delicious La Chiquita michelada from the Alta Baja Market.
2.) My mom's cat, always so happy to see me.
3.) Road trip planning!
4.) A plant I brought back from the dead. I'm so proud of this.
5.) An anniversary gift I made for some good friends.
6.) My favorite chocolate chip cookie dough. Recipe here.
7.) A before and after shot of my finished memorial tattoo. It took about 11 hours total. Special thanks to Joey Foote for tattooing it and Allison Peairs for drawing it.
8.) Happy hour with an old friend at The Attic.

Summer Dinner Recipes


I don't know about you but I hate turning the oven on during the summer when my apartment is already 500 degrees. So, I thought I'd share a couple of my favorite summer recipes, none of which require using the oven..

Clockwise from the top left:
Slow-Cooked Spicy Chicken and Beans - This recipe is SO simple and it's prepared in a slow cooker so you hardly have to do anything at all.
Cheesy French Toast and Tomatoes - I love breakfast for dinner and this is a really interesting savory way to prepare french toast and use tomatoes which are everywhere during the summer. You won't be disappointed. 
Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas - These are perfect for a last minute meal. Chances are you might already have all of the ingredients on hand.
County Fair Chili - Unfortunately, the county fair closest to me won't be having a chili competition this year but that's not going to stop me from making my favorite chili. This recipe takes a little bit of time and effort but it's well worth the work.

DIY: Patriotic Burlap Wreath


Summer is fast approaching and I realized that although I've made quite a few wreaths in my day, I've never made  a patriotic one for the 4th of July. So, after some Pinterest browsing, I decided to make a burlap wreath with some red, white and blue accents. Read on to learn how to make your own!

What you'll need:



Start by wrapping your wreath frame with the burlap. I used this tutorial. It's way easier than I thought it would be.

To make the bow, make three loops with the ribbon and use the wire to tie them together in the center. Take a smaller piece of ribbon and wrap it around the center. Glue two long pieces of ribbon to the back for the tails of the bow. Wired ribbon is ideal because it curls and holds its shape perfectly.

Attach the flowers to the wreath. I trimmed the stems and used wire to attach them to the wreath frame. Add a flag or two, glue the bow below the flowers and you're all set!

Curensea


Good morning, everyone! I'm spending my Sunday perusing Curensea. It's a brand new website that my friends Natalie and Sofia have been working on for years and it just launched! I'm so excited to share it with you all.

So what exactly is Curensea? Well, it's basically an artist's dream.

Curensea is a social platform for artists to share their work and it runs on the idea that artists should get paid for their work. Anyone can share their art and you can enjoy other people's art for free but if you want to show your appreciation for a piece, you can unlock that ability by tipping. "Coins" are worth half a penny and the minimum tip is one coin. This means that for just a dollar or two you can interact with hundreds of pieces of art. We're talking photography, illustration, painting, writing, music. If it's something you created and you love, it belongs on Curensea.

Also, sharing other people's art that you enjoy allows your followers to find cool new stuff and if your followers tip what you've shared, you receive 10% as a reward.

Think about it. Lots of us share art that we love all the time on things like Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, etc. This is a brand new way to show artists that you love what they're doing and to interact with them directly. It's so fun!

Do yourself a favor and go check it out. And follow me!

Exploding Boxes


Have you guys heard of these exploding boxes?? I know, I'm really behind. My friend Jess introduced me to them recently and I think they're so cool! Hers are far more intricate than mine. Most are actually. I just wanted to show you the one I made for my Mom for Mother's Day because I love how it turned out.


If you'd like to learn how to make your own, this tutorial is extremely helpful and detailed. There are tons of crazy exploding boxes on Pinterest too. The possibilities are endless!

National Craft Month


March is national craft month! I decided to celebrate by putting together a little collage of some of my most popular crafts. Click the links below to see the instructions.

Happy National Cereal Day!


Click here to learn how to make these 3 ingredient cereal bars!

DIY: Pizza Valentines


If you're looking for a fun and simple DIY, this pizza valentine is perfect!

What you'll need:

  • construction paper (tan, yellow, and red)
  • scissors
  • tape

Start by printing the "crust" of the pizza. Just click here to download the free printable. Cut some heart "pepperoni" out of the red paper.

Cut out the heart and then trace it on to the yellow paper. Cut out that heart and then make the edges wavy.

Flip the crust over so the text is on the back. Tape the cheese to the top and then add the pepperoni. You're all set!

Happy February! Free Printables Galore!

It's February! To celebrate this brand new month, I've compiled a round-up of some of my favorite February free printables, starting with Groundhog Day of course...

This Groundhog Day card measures 5 1/2" x 4" when folded. Click here to download. Print the image (including blank space and instructions) so that it fits on to a regular sized piece of paper (cardstock is best). Enjoy!

This little music lover Valentine's Day card measures 5" x 3 1/2" when folded. Click here to download.

These are perfect for the men in your life. All you have to do is print these free valentines I whipped up and stop by your local market (or liquor store, or gas station) and you're all set! Click here for the free printable.

Last but not least, show the Roseanne fan in your life that you truly care this Valentine's Day! Click here to download.