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crafts i need to do. asap.

ok guys these are the cutest. i have been filling up my pinterest board with all these fun ideas waiting for some time to do them, but i realize i need to make some time to get started. we all have busy lives, we just have to stop and take a moment to ourselves to let the creativity out. if we don’t make the time no one else will make it for us. right?

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check it out here

i don’t feel like the next one needs to be explained, so here is the picture.

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i am pretty sure i have written about this one before, but i can’t help it. these are so easy and adds a little color. i have some really old ones that were my grandmothers, & i don’t think i could paint those. i do however have some new ones that i will tackle.

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this next one takes a little more time, but oh so cute. gifts. living room. bedroom. bathroom. anywhere & everywhere.

you can find the how to here — this blog is one of my favorites so you should all check it out here

this week you should all take a moment to yourselves to be creative. get your camera out and take a photo or two. start with something easy like painting your wooden utensils. if you like to draw, get out your sketchbook. i promise making time for creativity helps relieve stress. i am speaking from experience here. make time for yourself. we get so buys with our routines we forget to stop and just enjoy the little things. so stop what you’re doing & get creative!

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addicted to design

lately i have been non-stop looking at home design, architecture blogs, & anything to do with decor. soon i want to have my little home & fill it with DIY projects and statement pieces, of course i know that God might have something else in store so we shall wait & see. just look how amazing these pieces/homes are!

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Open Shelving & the weekend

i am obsessed. ever since i can remember i have loved kitchens with open shelves. i was reading blogs/pinterest over the weekend & found some really cute ones. aren’t they the best?

this one i saw over at ABM

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here are some i found on pinterest

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i love the look. it makes it look more open & it is so simple. if you bought a house with kitchen cabinets and you wanted the open shelving you could A. sell the cabinets and use the money for other things or B. re-purpose the woof for another project. open shelves up against brick is my dream. one day when cory & i buy land and build/buy a little house i will do this to my kitchen. the future is full of possibilities.

had a double date (with a baby) on friday night with aj, ashlan and little tinslee. so good to see them!

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really really good weekend!

also, i finally got my hair done. my mom, cory & i had a saturday together & it was so fun.

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Chocolate, White Chocolate Chewy Cookie

i have a procedure i follow when adding recipes into my recipe book i am making. i look online (usually pinterest) find a recipe that looks interesting or the picture makes me hungry- make it- have people taste it- then add it to my recipe journal book.

last night– i added another recipe. at first i was skeptical. i have never made a cookie recipe using cake mix, but this one proved me wrong. lindsay, from pinchofyum.com  thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing this recipe. i am going to mix it up next time with some chocolate liquor.

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anyways you can find the recipe here. do yourself a favor and make a double batch- you wont regret it.

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also- just bought this amazing candle at TjMax and this owl towel set at walmart! Love it!

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DIY Christmas Presents

even though we are not doing gifts with the families this year i still wanted to blog about some of my favorite DIY crafts to have for future reference and in case anyone out there needed any ideas. this is all on my pinterest board & you can follow me here.

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http://www.recapo.com/dr-oz/dr-oz-natural-remedies/dr-oz-sinus-congestion-bath-bomb-recipe-yogurt-sunburn-remedy/

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http://moderndaymoms.com/simple-diy-body-sugar-scrub/

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http://www.ashressaday.com/2012/06/18/701/

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http://www.marthastewart.com/280275/how-to-make-bath-fizzies?backto=true&backtourl=/photogallery/bath-and-spa-gifts

+ i loved this necklace idea- for everyone you know that lives away from their “home” or where they would like to call home, would love this.

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http://happyhourprojects.com/glass-map-necklace/

+ thank you martha stewart for all of your perfectly perfect ideas for us- i have seen these made with plates and candle sticks you can get from the thrift store. all you need is a plate, candlestick, glue and paint! So easy and who doesn’t love something to display cupcakes, cakes, & any other sweet treat on.

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http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/311570/good-things-cakes/@center/312332/good-things

What are some of your crafty DIY projects for gifts?

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Whoa

i am so behind. these last few weeks have been really  busy with the husband and life in general. it is officially cold & i sort of like it. it is time for fires, thinking of camping, soup, chili, big sweaters and all things happy but most of all-  THANKSGIVING & CHRISTMAS.

some friends and i went and saw david ramirez at eddie’s attic– he was amazing and you all should go listen to his music right now and buy every album he has.

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we also are only $250 dollars away from meeting our goal for our haiti trip in december. words cannot even express how excited and happy i am about this mission trip. to get away from this world of want and expectation to see a world where their  needs are something we take for granted every day. it is good to get out of your box, out of your comfort zone and do something good. i have been feeling like this for a while now, like everyday i do things and they don’t really matter. i want to do something that matters. there is so much need in the world. everywhere you look there is need. whether it be a shoulder to cry on, people dealing with self-esteem issues, someone who does not have food, someone who does not even own a pair of underwear or wear the same clothes everyday. you do not have to go on  a mission trip to bring change to the world, but i am very happy to be going on one. i know the change we will bring there will  bring just as much change for my own life.

other news: we are so busy with planning the holidays- so many families to visit but so excited to see all of them. say a prayer for my brother who is going through his ranger school right now- i know he is going to make it and we are so proud of him, cannot wait to go to his graduation.

i already have been wrapping presents for cory- we have decided not to do family gifts this year bc we are so busy so just presents between cory & i. we will be gone the week before christmas so it makes it easier. the family and i are going to bring a dish style christmas gathering and just enjoy being with each other. however i love christmas and i love wrapping and here are some really cool wrapping ideas i found on pinterest.

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here are some crafts & food i want to try during these cold days

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what are you guys craving this holiday season?

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The Bar & some Black & Whites

for cory’s 30th birthday i wanted to get him something awesome. so i threw him a “stock the bar” party & had our dear friend make him a bar for our home. it was an awesome turn out & we are still so in love with our bar.

yesterday i stayed home and decided to organize the house= going through things i do not need anymore- getting more things to sale for another haiti yard-sale, and a lot of cleaning. while i was doing all of this the thought came to me to move the bar around and do something on the wall. i had just bought this self portrait book from the good will that had old black and white photos from way back in the day. i walked to cvs and got come black tacks (2 for $5.50) & came home and got started. you can see what i did from the photos below. the only thing  missing is some patio lights i want to hang behind! so happy with how it turned out.

before.

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after.

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these are the patio lights i want.

http://www.target.com/p/room-essentials-reg-frosted-globe-lights-25ct/-/A-12958844#prodSlot=medium_1_2

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Fall= Food, Family,Friends, & Fashion

you guys it is FALL!  fall to me is so many things, sweaters. hot tea. hot cocoa. campfires. leggings. boots. blue-jean. overalls. holidays. leaves changing colors. boiled peanuts. red noses from the cold. pale skin. and food. all sorts of food.

SOUPS-CHILI-PUMPKIN BREAD-CAKES & COFFEE-HAM-TURKEY– i could go on forever. i have been looking at blogs for weeks now with fall foods & fashion. here are some of my favorites right now for food.

http://www.chalkboardblue.com/2012/11/fall-food-frenzy-caramel-apples.html

http://localmilkblog.com/2013/09/creme-fraiche-pumpkin-coffee-cake-pepita-streusel.html

http://joannagoddard.blogspot.com/2012/04/best-roast-chicken-youll-ever-have.html#more

http://www.keyingredient.com/recipes/13961084/chicken-tortilla-soup-crock-pot/

& for fashion

http://keep.com/free-people-honeycomb-mix-pullover/x/oG6xBugApr/?login_type=email

** side note- i love keep.com you can follow me here—-> http://keep.com/u/evanda_estes/

http://www.lulus.com/products/walk-my-way-cropped-black-and-olive-green-pants/111738.html

& just for fun- some fall photos

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fall is a really busy time for cory & i. his music stuff gets pretty crazy, as in we never know what he will be doing, trying to make it to everyone’s home to celebrate the holidays & sometimes i get a little crazy. i hate being late & i don’t want one family to think we are spending more time with the other one. this year i want to have a little less crazy- i want to take my time with everything and enjoy every minute. we never know what tomorrow holds & it is so important to remember all the little details- enjoy those moments. so my goal is to breathe when i feel anxious about the time and look around me- all the people i love the most, all the yummy food, all the laughs, running a little behind, hugs, the smell of ham, all of it. enjoy it.

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Sister Blog & Birthday Bash

first thing is first- thank you for all birthday wishes. my mom threw a cookout at her house on saturday to celebrate my 28 years of life. it was so special & i had so much fun. she made sliders (baby burgers) and had trays of veggies and fruit for me and my  friends. i also scored a cheesecake 🙂 — she makes the best!

on to other news….

my sister & i have decided to start working  on a new adventure of blogging together. i know it is going to take a while to get started & work our ideas out on paper, but i am really excited. we have to come up with a name that fits our personalities & throw ideas out there of who we want to be in the blogging world. of course we will be ourselves, i mean like do we want to write about baking? DIY? art? style? or maybe all of it. my sister has mad art skills and we are so different that it will be good for us to start this project together. i cannot wait to share more details but until then say a little prayer that we get it all done sooner than later. i have so much in my mind that i want us to do & i just love my little sister & cannot wait to introduce you guys to her. if you  have ever been in my apartment most of the art in there is by her & i am so proud of her creativity.

yay! more details soon

PS my jo totes camera bag came in yesterday and it is amazing!!!

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It was a good weekend.

a very good weekend. cory’s 30th bday party was a success! my mom came early and made almost all of the food. we had hot wings, mexican cornbread, veggie tray, chips, salsa and guac. (cory makes the best guac) water chestnuts wrapped in bacon, fruit pizzas, cookies, cupcakes and birthday cake. of course since it was a “stock the bar party” we had beer & plenty of it. 

i was telling you guys that i was having cory a bar made for his birthday and it was amazing. jimmie delivered it on saturday around 1:00 it was here in time to get ‘stocked”. it was a dream come true. i will take some pictures and post them ASAP. we were so happy all of our friends came out to see my man for his birthday and he had such a great time. thanks to my mama who helped me in so many ways. i usually stress out about these sort of things bc i want them to be perfect- and she helped make that easy for me. 
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xoxo

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