My sister is engaged!

Happy Easter!  Today has been a really fantastic day because of 2 things; My parents came to visit and we got to spend Easter brunch together (which I cooked!) and my sister got engaged last night!  I couldn’t be happier at this moment.  Life is great.  Our family keeps growing and getting better and I love it!  Congrats Carly and Phil!  I love you guys!
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Easter egg DIY

diyeasterestereggeasreggdiyeastereggI’m getting super excited for Easter, ya’ll, because I get to spend some time with my parents (It’s been since our wedding!) and I get to make food for them!  I thought I’d do a little craft to get in the mood.  I used plastic eggs// sequins// hot glue// feathers// string// fabric scraps to decorate my eggs.  It was really easy and fun. I’m kind of favoring the feather egg.  And, I did it all while having my morning coffee.  Are you making any fun Easter stuff this year?

Guest room

My super sweet cousin is here this week with us for her spring break.  I can’t believe how grown up she is!  We are having the best time.  We took a 2 day trip to San Antonio and stopped in Austin on the way back.  I’ll share some pics of our trip later–we had a blast at the Riverwalk and seeing the Congress Ave. bats!  Today we are going shopping in Dallas so I gotta get ready!

I made up the guest room a little before she came, so here’s what it looks like for now.  Hope you are having a great week!bguestguestpicbedtableguest

bgestThe side table is a vintage typewriter table I painted; the sheets are vintage thrifted; and the coffee bean bags on the wall I found at the flea market..It’s kind of a mish-mash of stuff! Oh and I made the bunting myself.  Laters!

Irish Cheer martini

If you’re still wearing green here’s a different irish martini for ya.  I actually prefer my Irish whiskey just plain with a squeeze of lemon or with a pickle  juice chaser like the one I made last week!  Try this if you want something a little different..

Irish Cheer: 4 parts Irish whiskey// 1 part italian sweet vermouth// optional* dash of bitters, cherry garnish

Shake on ice and pour into a martini glassirishchrirish irsh

My makeup routine

As I was organizing this week I realized I have not one but two bathrooms full of products.  This was insane I felt so I had to go through and try to pick out just the items I actually use often.  This was way harder than it seems but essential to an organized bathroom.  This post is about a few of my daily essentials (and they fit in just one drawer)!

I’m just warning you that this first picture is me, no makeup (except some chapstick which I can’t live without this time of year) But this is how I look 90 percent of the time. This is even eyebrows gone wild.  Ok, Ok, I’m sure I’ll be more upset in 10 years when I turn 39.  I may or may not be having a I’m-turning-30 crisis….

I used the same routine on my wedding day as I do on normal days for the most part.  If I’m just doing errands then I stick to moisturizer+ SPF, mascara and lip balm.  For going out, date nights, and work/interviews I have this routine:


1//Aveeno tinted moisterizer.  If I were only able to pack one item, this would be it. It provides coverage and SPF, very important things.


2//Makeup forever liquid makeup. I only use this when my skin looks blotchy or uneven but not daily.  The bottle lasts forever and the makeup looks very natural on my skin.  Truthfully, this is the first and only kind of liquid makeup I’ve EVER bought and liked.  Previously, I only wore powder or tinted moisturizer and found that does the trick most of the time.


3//Tarte lipstick/blush + liner + eyeshadow primer/eyeshadow. I love Tarte.  Free of parabens and other icky things that are bad for you this is also quality stuff.  The eyeliner is awsomely smooth. Eye primer is essential especially on hot and humid days. The eyeshadow is natural and doesn’t crease (the only brand I’ve had that doesn’t!)


4//Two faced bronzer + blush


5//Makeup forever silk finisher. This stuff leaves your face looking smooth and healthy, love it.


6//Loreal mascara.  I switch the types I use but love the fat lash kinds.  Not sure if it’s worth it trying more expensive kinds.  I’d rather spend the $$ on SPF moisturizers and lipsticks!


I like to look natural but enhanced if that makes sense.  Sometimes I like to have really dramatic cat eyes and dark eyes + hot red or dark purple lips because it’s fun.  I love trying new lipstick colors but my go-to if I want drama is MAC lady danger (2nd to last picture). It’s fun and bright and energetic.  Just how I like to be.

Cleaning house

Literally, I’ve been cleaning and organizing my house for the last couple days to get ready for a special guest for a whole week (her spring break)! And then, right after that, my parents are coming in for Easter.  My parents have not really seen the house much, just for a quick tour once then it was off to the hotel!

I put up new lacy curtains to get in more spring light (it was honestly way to dreary lately and getting to me), fixed up the guest room (which was getting very dusty), and started to fix up the outside of the house as well (the dogs drought killed off what we had left of real grass and there were lots of holes to be filled in by the fence where the dogs like to dig and destroy play)

I’m feeling lots more energized by my sudden spring cleaning mode and ready for some adventures next week!

dinng dining gallerywall calypso jaylabw wndow antler window homeare you having any inspired spring cleaning activities yet?

Anything Dip

dip IMG_53101 C almonds// 3-5 cloves garlic depending on your taste// 2 Tbs olive oil// salt + pepper// 5 Tbs Tahini

Place in food processor or Vitamix and blend till smooth-ish. I like it sorta chunky just like my hummus.  You can eat this like hummus; as a dip or spread; with your fave veggies and chips it’s the best.  My husband can’t get enough of this stuff.  I don’t know about you but I’m a dip fanatic.  My step mom got me hooked on her spinach-artichoke dip, hummus, and all things mediterranean/indian foody that I can dip my chip in.  My mom got me hooked on her ginger dressing which I can eat with a spoon/dip my lettuce in.  I could eat dip for every meal.  Now that I said that, how do you feel about dips?