open ended life

7.01.2015








Always a fan of black and white... and lately have liked {a little bit of} color thrown in the mix. Great group of images that have been inspiring me lately. Currently listening Open Ended Life by the Avett Brothers.  Happy Wednesday! 


Watermelon JalapeƱo Margarita

6.23.2015



I posted an image of this drink last night on my Instagram account and had lots of requests for the recipe. I followed the one I found HERE only omitting the triple sec because I didn't have any.

Jalapeno Watermelon Margarita
Sweet and spicy margaritas made with fresh watermelon puree, lime juice, Triple Sec, and jalapeno-infused tequila
Recipe type: Cocktail
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced
  • ¾ cup white tequila
  • 8-10 cups watermelon chunks (a large dice)
  • ½ cup fresh lime juice
  • ⅓ cup Triple Sec
  • ¼ cup simple syrup
  • salt, chili powder, and lime juice for salting rims of glasses
Instructions
  1. Place tequila and about 4 slices of jalapeno in a glass measuring cup and place in the refrigerator for 1 to 4 hours depending on how spicy your jalapenos are and how spicy you want the tequila to be. Take a taste after 1 hour and decide whether it is spicy enough. If so, remove jalapenos.
  2. Place watermelon (you may need to do it in batches) in a blender and blend until liquified.
  3. Pour watermelon through a fine-meshed strainer, pressing on it with the back of a spoon to get all the liquid through. Measure out 3 cups of watermelon juice.
  4. In a large pitcher, combine the 3 cups watermelon juice, tequila, lime juice, Triple Sec, and simple syrup.
  5. Place salt with a little chili powder mixed in on a plate. Coat rims of 4 glasses with lime juice and dip in salt mixture.
  6. Fill the glasses with ice and pour Margaritas into glasses. Garnish with lime slices and jalapeno slices if desired.
Notes
To make a simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar in water in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring frequently until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool. Can be stored in refrigerator for future use.

*Recipe and image hove from here.

favorite gifts for kids

3.17.2015

A few people have emailed to ask if I would do more posts about kids/how we do things/etc. I thought that a post on birthday gifts would be a great start. We are getting to the stage where we are having more and more birthday parties to attend. If we've been invited to yours before then you know that I love to give practical gifts. Here are my top 5:

1. Initial Towel
You can find great solid towels at TJ Maxx for about $6. I took a scrap piece of fabric and cut out the child's initial (I printed out a letter template from Word and traced it). I use this product to iron it on and then do a simple stitch around the letter. I always love how these turn out and I can get about 3 done in just 30 minutes. These are great to give in the spring summer for pool/beach towels! Often I will tie up some goggles or diving rings with it.


2. Pajamas
I often throw a couple of extra pair in my cart when ordering the pajamas for the boys. Zulily is my go-to for their pajamas but often I can find some on Amazon, etc. Cat & Cow and Leveret are my favorite to watch for on Zulily.


3. Art Supplies
I love Melissa and Doug coloring/sticker books paired with their crayons or some markers.


4. Honeybee Tees
I love these t-shirts and my boys wear them often. You can't beat a simple design on a solid shirt and they are hard to find (especially for boys).



5. Calling Cards
You know that I love some paper products! If you have Microsoft Publisher, Illustrator, or Photoshop--- these can be easy to make. I just set up my own template and plug in different names/clip art. Print on white linen cardstock and then use a paper trimmer to cut them out. While the kids might not love this gift... the parents usually do!



spring finds + favorites

3.13.2015


A few new finds and a few favorites!

1. Love this piece of artwork !
2. This water bottle is a favorite of mine that I use daily.
3. I've been eyeing this umbrella for our back patio.
4. I recently made this recipe for a girls' night and it was delish. Champagne + cupcakes is one of my favorite get togethers to host!
5. Love the color and pattern on this pillow.
6. Came across these espadrilles when looking for spring shoes.
7. Loved the frames on these sunglasses.
8. Zara has some cute things this season like this top.
9. These are my go-to shoes for running. I've lost count of how many pair of these that I've had! *great price too!
10. Cute, simple clutch that would go with most any outfit!

my house :: the dining room

3.08.2015

I haven't shown you anything from my house in awhile so I thought I would share our dining room. While it's one of the rooms that we use the least... it is one of my favorites. Please excuse my poor photography skills!

I will also admit that I hesitated posting these because of the wrinkled table skirt. I washed it recently (before my glass top was made) and didn't iron it when I put it back on. This is real life and how it's looked for several months... so why not post?












 Sources:
Chest: Urban Suburban Antiques in Birmingham
Lamp: Large Alabaster Ring Lamp by Visual Comfort*
Bowl: Sally Legg from Table Matters
Artwork: Painting by Cecily Hill Lowe (custom framed)
Small Mirror: Ballard Designs
Large Mirror: Vintage
Rug: West Elm
Panels: Custom with fabric from Grayline Linen and trim from L&S
Wall Art: artwork by me and printed on canvases from Easy Canvas Prints
(canvases are 1.5" thick and 24"w x 36" tall)
Chandelier: Small Bryant Chandelier by Visual Comfort*
Chairs: Zentique*
Walls & Trim: Benjamin Moore White Dove
*available through Brooke Chamblee Interiors

3.05.2015







1 :: 2 :: 3 :: 4 :: 5

This dreary weather has me ready for spring and sunny days! Still surprised at myself that my pins have been showing so much color lately. Change is in the air!

3.02.2015





1 :: 2 :: 3 :: 4

I know that I've said it before but it seems that Instagram has taken over and less people are blogging. I still love reading my favorite blogs (when they post) so I'm wondering if I can get back into it?! I'll start with showing a few images that have been inspiring me lately. Yes... some color and pattern!




more items for sale

2.25.2015

1. Throw Pillows
(2) 20" x 20" Custom Pillow in Lacefield Bindi with inserts- $65 each shipped

(2) 13" x 19" Custom Pillow in Lacefield Trellis with inserts- $65 each shipped- SOLD


2. Mirror (from Gabby Home but has been painted- white lacquer and gold)
36" square with wire for hanging
$250 (pick up in Meridian only)

3. Cafe Curtains in Peter Fasano's Bargello
22" (top to bottom) x 38" wide when closed. Would work on any widow that is less than 38" wide. (yhe smaller the width of the window the better... for more fullness)
$150 shipped


4. Brahms Mount Herringbone Throws
$175 each shipped
Available: blue and orange (bottom two in photo)
See detail of blanket here

5. Serena & Lily Kite Crib Sheet
$20 shipped

A few more items still available in the post below!