Wednesday, January 28, 2015

This Is My Year

Posted by Tara

The t-shirt says it all! I recently got this shirt from The Shine Project and love it. I love what it says and means. To me, This Is My Year means this is my time to shine! This is the time to make changes and grow as a person. If you have never heard of The Shine Project, I highly suggest you head to their website to learn more! 

I paired this simple tee with a button-up hooded flannel. This is such a comfortable, casual outfit. 

I could even dress this tee up easily with a skirt and flats. I love how versatile it is! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to pin any photos for inspiration! 

What I Wore
Flannel: Downeast Basics 
Jeans: Forever 21 
Shoes: Rack Room Shoes 

Linking up with: Pleated Poppy // Because Shanna Said So // 


Monday, January 26, 2015

Valentine's Day Banana Printable

Posted by Devin

My very favorite way to celebrate Valentine's Day is to find sweet and surprising ways to give love notes to my five fellas. After all, love notes is what Valentine's Day is traditionally all about, right? So last year after I decided to make banana bread muffins for breakfast on V-day, I of course had to come up with a muffin topper to express my love and adoration. I think they turned out so cute! If you need a great recipe for homemade banana bread, click here!

These toppers are great for Valentine's Day, but they are also a fun little addition to banana-type treats year round! If you would like to print them off for yourself, click here or on the image below. Cut or punch out and attach to a toothpick and you are ready to go!

Happy heart day!

Linking Up With: Link Party Palooza // Creative Collection // Pink When // Fluster Buster // Creativity Unleashed //

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Friday Finds Linky Party #14

LinkyMain2-04 Welcome to another edition of Friday Finds! You guys always link up the best projects! Below are our picks for the week. Want to be featured too? Then link up and maybe we'll feature you in the next installment of Friday Finds!

DIY Earring Storage Box from Gluesticks

Friday Finds Linky Party! #linkyparty #fridayfinds
Brandy from Gluesticks || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Desk Makeover from Just My Little MessFriday Finds Linky Party! #linkyparty #fridayfinds

Easy Green Onion Dip from Honey and Birch
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Vanessa from Tried & True || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Rag Quilt Tutorial from Refresh Living
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Printable To-Do Lists at New Mama Diaries
Friday Finds Linky Party! #linkyparty #fridayfinds Devin & Tara from Salt & Pepper Moms || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Easy Valentine Heart Specimen Art from Shaken Together Life
Suitcase Table Makeover from Mabey She Made It

Post your favorite link from this week to have a chance to be featured in our post next week or to get pinned to our Friday Finds Pinterest Board!


Friday, January 23, 2015

Fashion Trends for 2015

Posted by Tara

2015 is here and I'm so excited to share and highlight some of my favorite trends for this year! I am going to break down each season with the colors and textures to be on the look out for. Let's get started!

Colors: Mauve, Blush (Light Pinks)

Texture: Gingham

This outfit is a perfect example of Spring-chic. The Cool Girl Gingham with the blush colored pants is spot on. I am a huge fan of gingham and can't wait to add more to my closet this season.

Colors: White, Neon Colors, Blue

Denim: Overalls, Chambray, and Boyfriend Jeans

Texture: Navajo Print, Bohemian, Floral and Tropical Leaves

The Elle Apparel midi skirt is gorgeous! Here in Arizona, fashion can be a bit difficult with the higher temperatures. I plan on wearing more skirts and summer dresses this year to stay cool. Overalls used to be a thing of the past but have made a reappearance this past year and will continue to be on-trend in 2015. They aren't really my fave, but I can't deny how cute some girls look with them properly styled. I am happy to see that chambray and boyfriend jeans will be a hit again this year! I have lots of them in my closet and plan on wearing them frequently. You will see lots of this Tropical Leaf print everywhere this summer as well. I've checked several stores and they already have blouses and skirts in this type of tropical print. It will be a huge hit!

Colors: Marsala, Maroon, Raisin, Deep Cranberry

Texture: Leather Skirts

As most of you already know, the Pantone color of the year is Marsala. I love this earthy, warm color. Marsala, along with the wine and maroon colors will continue to be a success this fall and winter. Short boots (booties) will also continue to thrive and you will start to see them in more colors. Leather was big for 2014 and will extend into 2015. We started to see a lot of leather pants and skirts last year, but we will also see blouses with strips of leather on them as well this year. Leather brings so much class to an outfit. Love it.

Stay tuned to see what Devin and I are sporting this year in our fashion posts! Can't wait to try out some of these great trends!

Linking Up With: Pratically Functional // Manic Monday // Stylelixir // Pleated Poppy // Rhea Et Cetera // Mix It Monday // Trend Spin // 

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Vintage Flashcard Valentine Wreath

Posted by Devin

I have a large stack of vintage mathematics flashcards that I have been trying to decide what to do with for a long time now. I love math, I love vintage, and I love flashcards: I new I needed to use these in a few projects! So when I decided I wanted to make a simple and neutral wreath for Valentine's Day I suddenly had the idea to incorporate one of the flashcards into my wreath design! Jake and I have four boys so I started combing through my flashcards looking for a 2 + 4 card. I thought I was out of luck, but low-and-behold at almost the very bottom of the stack I found the card I was looking for! I love how this little card represents our family: Jake and I plus our four kiddos equals our happy family of six! Here's what you'll need to make your own Vintage Flashcard wreath this Valentine's Day:

Heart Grapevine Wreath
Flashcard (representing your own family)
Greenery (or florals, if you prefer)
Ribbon or Fabric (to make a bow)
Hot Glue Gun

Step 1: Place your greenery or florals on your wreath where you would like them to be. Wrap your twine around and through the branches and tie in a knot to secure. Leave extra twine hanging off the ends to secure the bow in the next step.

Step 2: Make your bow using your ribbon or fabric. I found this adorable french-themed spool of fabric-like ribbon in the Valentine's section of Michael's and I fell in love with it. It adds such a nice romantic touch and I love the neutral design. Once you have tied your ribbon into a simple bow, secure it to the wreath by threading one end of your twine through the knot of the bow and tying it to the other hanging end of the twine with a knot. When it was secured, I went ahead and trimmed the twine so it wasn't showing.

Step 3: Decide exactly where you would like your flashcard to go on your wreath. Make sure atleast three corners are touching the wreath so it will stay put. Remove the card, turn it over, add large dots of hot glue at each of the three corners where it will touch the wreath, turn the card back over and place it back on the wreath, making sure to press the corners down where the glue touches the wreath.

And that is it! Such a simple project, but it adds a real personal touch to your Valentine's decor. Mine makes me happy every time I pass it by. :)

Linking Up With: Link Party Palooza // Practically Functional // Tidy Mom // Creative Collection // Pink When //

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Wood Slice Chalkboard Tutorial

Posted by Devin

If you follow my personal Instagram or Facebook accounts, you know all about my current obsession with wood slices. I can't seem to get enough of them! I have seen wood slice chalkboards at craft shows and wanted to make my own for a really long time. So last month I finally ran to the craft store to buy a wood slice and did it! This project is super simple and pretty self-explanatory, but for any beginner crafters I am giving you the step-by-step today. Here's what you'll need:

Wood Slice (available at craft supply stores)
Chalkboard Paint
Sponge Brush
Paintbrush (a good one that can make a sharp edge)

First you need to paint your wood slice with the chalkboard paint. I used my fine-edged paint brush to line the edges of the painted area. The wood slice has rings (as all trees do) and I simply picked a ring to follow as I painted around the edge. I left two rings between the outer bark and my painted area. Once the edge was outlined, I used the sponge brush to make a nice even coat of paint on the inside. I painted three coats to make sure it was solid looking and not too thin. After all, it is going to be a chalkboard!

Once the paint is dry, simply drill two holes in the top of the wood slice and string twine through the holes for hanging. Twine compliments the already rustic look of the chalkboard perfectly. I attached a small piece of burlap and a little greenery and my sign was ready to go! I love the cute little detail it adds to my entryway.

Thanks for stopping by!

Linking Up With: Link Party Palooza // Fluster Buster // Practically Functional // Tidy Mom // Creative Collection // Pink When //

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Geometric Valentine's Printable

Posted by Devin

Lately I find myself really gravitating towards geometric designs for the home when I am perusing through Pinterest and checking out my favorite blogs for inspiration. I have been wanting to find a way to bring this trend into my own home, but haven't yet found the right pieces or decor. Atleast not for the right price! So when I was putting up my Valentine decorations this year I decided to make myself a printable I could display that would also scratch my itch for the geometric. Here is what I came up with and I love it!

After printing my design, I decided to stick it on a larger canvas to give it a little more oomph. I love the clean simplicity of it, but it would also look great displayed in a pretty frame! To print out your own click here. I hope you love it as much as I do!

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Monday, January 12, 2015

7 Valentine's Ideas

Posted by Tara

This year for Valentine's we have you covered! We have everything from fashion, to recipes, to decor. So take a seat and start pinning for the upcoming holiday!

Valentine's Bag Toppers

These bag toppers are an easy and cute Valentine to send the kids to school with this year. Fill them with your favorite candy and treats!

Valentine Strawberry Lemonade and Printable

How perfect is this?? Our families are huge fans of lemonade. Why not fix up our daily drink for the holiday? This post has a full tutorial on how to make these adorable heart-shaped strawberries. Also there is a fun printable to put on your straws! Head over and check it out!

Valentine Centerpiece

Need a quick and simple centerpiece for your table this season? You can never go wrong with gold and pink peonies! Here is a quick tutorial on how to make your own.

Inexpensive Valentine Decor

Don't have much in the budget after Christmas? Devin shares ways to decorate your home with little cost. I am going to use some of these ideas this year!


We all look forward to that night our with our loved one for Valentine's. This red dress is a perfect fit for that night. Devin shares ways to style it as well as where she purchased it from. It's so perfect for Valentine's. 

If you decide to make a special treat for your loved ones that morning, we have you covered. Who doesn't love waffles with strawberries and Nutella? These are a huge hit in my home and I know the kiddos or hubby with feel loved when you make these! We share all our yummy syrup recipes in this post. Be sure to make the Buttermilk Syrup, it's like pouring candy on your waffle. Yum!

Don't have plans to leave the house? Stay in and make a nice dinner! These are my "fancy" potatoes and they taste awesome! My kids and husband devoured them. Make them on the side of some roast or steak. These are sure to make the night feel special.