Cricut launched a new Explore Air! Cricut Explore Air 2 is now here and available on the website now. If you have spent any time reading my blog you already know how much I use and love my Cricut die-cut machine. After doing extensive research I decided to purchase a Cricut over the other brands available. The Cricut Explore Air 2 fixes some of the issues I have with my current Explore Air. I cannot wait to get my hands on one to test it out. **This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.
Why I Love The Circut Explore Air
I purchased the Cricut Explore Air to help make my DIY projects simpler and my cuts more precise. I never imagined, even after all my research, how many different projects I would end up using it for. The Cricut Design Studio offers (more…)
Mexican food is a staple in my house. I love a taco Tuesday. I am always looking for a way to get an extra Mexican meal into my week. These Mexican Fajita Bowls make a great dinner. They were extremely easy to make and delicious. This was definitely a what’s in the pantry dinner. We traveled to visit family in Nashville last week. My husband was traveling the week before, so I felt lucky to even find the ingredients to make this dish.
Ingredients Used For Mexican Fajita Bowls
The ingredients for this recipe were based on what I had on hand. I purchased a few pounds of organic frozen ground turkey from a local farm. When I went to make dinner, I was thrilled to find 1lb left in my freezer. I also had some peppers, 1 tomato, (more…)
Anyone that knows me can tell you that I love all things, Disney. As a very girly little girl, I loved princesses. Dressing up as Cinderella for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom is possibly my favorite childhood memory. When my husband and I got engaged there was only once place I could imagine having my bachelorette party, Walt Disney World. Disney World makes a wonderful destination for a bachelorette weekend. There is an abundance of things to do, more restaurants than you can count and if you haven’t been since you’ve been a child, you might be surprised to know there is plenty of nightlife. *This post may contain affiliate links, we will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on these links. All opinions are our own.*
After hours of planning, research and Disney knowledge from many previous trips, my bridesmaids threw me a bachelorette weekend made of magic. Here are my tips and tricks to have a magical bachelorette weekend that you and your friends will remember for a lifetime! Whether you want to bar crawl around the world, a modest family-friendly day at the parks, or (like me) a combination of the two, Disney can be a perfect bachelorette party.
1. Pick An Off Season Weekend
The timing of when you go can make or break your trip. If you have 6 or more ladies, trying to get fast passes, dinner reservations, and even accommodations will (more…)
Autumn is here. The leaves are changing colors, pumpkin flavoring has taken over everything, and cooler weather is right around the corner. For me that means it’s time to take away the bright colored pots and redo the summery wreath. I truly do love fall. There is something about the cozy weather and the gorgeous fall colors. This year I wanted a shabby chic looking porch. Our house is red and I decided to use gold, black and white as accents. I wanted good sized mums at our front door. Instead of getting fancy new planters, I decided to do a paint my own flower pots for a fun unique look. **This post contains affiliate links if you make a purchase after clicking on these links, we will be compensated**
This is a fairly simple project that I did in one afternoon. You will need clay flower pots, white and metallic acrylic paints, matte acrylic sealant spray, paint brushes, (more…)
Even though I no longer live in Tennessee, it will always have my heart. I recently moved desks at my office and needed some new wall art. I’ve seen tons of these fun wall art using states and a heart for your city. I think showing a little state pride is a super fun piece of art for your home or office and it can be easily customized. This DIY project was clearly for Tennessee with a heart for my hometown, Nashville, but you can adapt this project for any city or state if you aren’t as TN proud as I am. **This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking on these links, we will be compensated. All opinions are our own.**
I try and use as many supplies as I already have on hand. Luckily, I had an 11 x 17 canvas already, some mint acrylic paint and extra silver vinyl foil so that’s what I used. I happen to be slightly obsessed with gray and mint at the moment, so this is probably why that is what I had on hand. A fun idea would be to use your favorite team colors. If you don’t have everything on hand and need to pick up supplies get a simple stretched canvas, it needs to be an unprimed one or the vinyl will not stick easily. You will also want to pick up a small bottle of acrylic paint, mine was a pearl colored mint, a brush, piece of card stock for a stencil and vinyl foil. I used a Cricut die cut machine for this project. That is what I own, if you have another die cut machine you can likely adapt my steps and use whatever machine you have.
Products I Used For This DIY Project
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This project is a very simple Cricut project. (more…)
The Rivera Maya is one of the most beautiful places in the world. We took our honeymoon six months after our wedding. This gave us time to research destinations and find an affordable and gorgeous beach destination. After we settled on Playa Del Carmen, I immediately began researching activities and quickly found that there are more activities than you can do in one 7 day honeymoon. For the majority of our vacation, we focused on relaxing and spending time at our all-inclusive resort, but that does not mean there isn’t plenty to do outside the resort walls.
This first activity we did on our vacation, besides lounge by the beach and pool, was snorkeling. The Rivera Maya has one of the largest coral reefs in the world, The Great Maya Reef, and the snorkeling is fantastic. I have been snorkeling before, but this was my husband’s first experience and it did not disappoint. We swam along the coral reef with hundreds of fish, sea turtles and sting rays. Two bucket list items, swimming with turtles and sting rays, were crossed off my list in one day!
We did the Luxury Sail & Snorkel with Cancun Adventures. It is a half day experience including snorkeling, paddle boarding, lunch, and drinks all while sailing along the coast one a luxury catamaran. I highly recommend using (more…)
Magazines and makeup blogs sure make bathrooms and makeup stations look effortlessly amazing. While there is nothing I hate more than a messy unorganized house, in the real world it can be hard to work, keep a house clean, stay fit, cook all the meals, chase around those kiddos (or pups in our case) and do everything else that comes along with being an adult. Bathroom organization may me my least favorite of adult thing of them all, but yet I’m always envious of the immaculate bathroom and dressings areas that I see on other sites. How do they keep that clean, beautiful and organized all the time?! My husband is amazing, but bathroom organization was clearly not either of our fortes and after a few months in our new house being newly married it was time to make a change and get on the makeup blogger and professional home designers level, or at least somewhere close. I stalked every website I could find and here are my 10 favorite bathroom organization ideas and my own bathroom organization overhaul.
1: Acrylic Storage Containers
The amazing acrylic containers from The Container Store were my personal lifesaver. They give our bathroom easy access counter top storage with a high end look. Store makeup, and go to every day items in these easy to clean sectional storage bins. Plus, look how pretty they look! While ours aren’t on this level of perfection, I still absolutely love them.
2: Drawer Dividers
Take the clutter off the counter with these drawer dividers! I love the bamboo look if you are going for a spa theme. You can find these at most stores in the (more…)
Everyone has a favorite classic dish. As a child meatloaf was certainly far from my favorite, but for most American’s, including my husband, meatloaf is an absolute favorite. Meatloaf is a classic here in the states, but really it isn’t an American dish. There is a version of meatloaf made in a number of different cultures and it is thought to date back to as early as 5th century Rome. It’s no wonder most people love meatloaf, because clearly it’s stood the test of time. In the US, meatloaf became a family staple during the depression. During that time a family could really stretch a dollar by making the now “classic” version meatloaf with leftover ground meat, grains, bread or crackers to bind the dish and some sauce to top it off.
Like I stated before meatloaf certainly isn’t my favorite dish, but since my husband really loves it I figured I like to make a healthier alternative that I really enjoy as well. Meatloaf is a meal I really don’t think of during mid summer, but once fall starts (more…)
Our dogs are family and when figuring out a way to fix a DIY Welcome Sign for our entryway that was a total fail, I couldn’t leave the pooches out! I got the idea to add silhouettes that looked like our three dogs and make this adorable welcome sign. A custom welcome sign was the perfect way to complete our entry and is such a cute way to greet guests. I’m a huge fan of contrast, so our entry has a mixture of gold and silver. The sign I made has a gray background with metallic silver and navy vinyl and silver foil. **This post contains affiliate links if you make a purchase after clicking one of these links, we will be compensated. All opinions are our own.
Items needed for this project:
You can find all of these items at JoAnne’s, Michaels or your nearby craft store or online!
The Sign Before:
Here was the hideous sign before. I purchased the blank sign on sale from Michael’s and wanted to use it in our wedding for a drink menu. I wound up framing a typed up drink menu since that fit our wedding decor better, but I still wanted to use this sign for something. When we moved I needed some decor in our entry and thought a welcome sign would be perfect. A bad paint pen experience later and the sign was not what I intended it to be. (more…)
Playa Del Carmen along the coast of Mexico is a perfect honeymoon destination. A romantic beach location at an all-inclusive resort is on the top of the list for many newlyweds. Like many others, we chose the beach when it came time to plan our own dream honeymoon. There is something romantic about a beach destination and all inclusive is definitely the go-to choice for a carefree vacation. We picked Mexico for the direct flights, quality, and price. You can get a lot of bang for your buck in Mexico. Cancun is known more for partying and the beach. We headed an hour south to Playa Del Carmen and it did not disappoint. We stayed 7 nights at the Paradisus La Perla. I highly recommend this resort and here are my reasons why.
Paradisus La Perla Honeymoon
Playa Del Carmen is beautiful. The beach is gorgeous and the water is crystal blue. You likely cannot go wrong with a stay anywhere along this gorgeous coast. Paradisus La Perla was the perfect resort choice for us. It is an all-inclusive resort that is modern, adults-only, eco-friendly and absolutely beautiful. My husband couldn’t get over how good it smelled, literally the resort smells good. From the rooms to the restaurant’s everything was impeccably clean and maintained wonderfully. The food was simply amazing. It was not at all what we expected for all-inclusive food. We stayed in the Royal Service section and I cannot lie, the extra splurge was more than worth it. To have access to our own little VIP (more…)