Friday, July 29, 2011

the one with a yellow & blue party

Last weekend, my friend Shannon & I had the privelege of hosting a little wedding shower for our sweet friend, Ashley. Ashley & Justin are getting married in September...Ashley and I were roomies before we both got engaged and Shan & I are both in her wedding this Fall! We cannot wait to celebrate with them :)

Shannon and I had SO much fun decorating and planning the shower. We threw a pool party wedding shower (because it's fun and summery!) and decorated in yellow and blue. Our main sources of inspiration were: pinterest, my sister Sarah (duh), & wedding blogs. It was a blast!

(Yes those are cake pops in the background...awesome)

Small pool tables so a little crowded...but at least they are crowded with awesomeness!

Watermelon basket!! Ham rolls (my favorite!), blueberry muffins...yum!

Fresh lemonade :)

Love these little flags Shan made

Our little Ashley banner :)

Doily poms! :)

The spread.

My favorite part.

One of the things Ash registered for! SO cute :)

Yellow!! Lemons + Roses

Okay now for some pictures of actual people :) We hosted the shower at my pool...and we did it in the morning so it would be less crowded. It was perfect. It's the middle of summer so it was HOT even at 10am but we all just got in the pool! It made for a really relaxed easy atmosphere.

Ashley & Tori 
(Tori and her husband are expecting their first baby any week now!)

Ash opening a mysterious gift :)

Group picture!

The hostesses :)

Shan and I with the bride!! We love you Ashley!!!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

the one featuring a pinterest craft with mer

i did it. i signed up for pinterest and im obsessed. i love it! ive found so many pretty/fun ideas. it's like clipping pictures out of a magazine in a more fun/shared/organized way :)

one of my best friends, mer, and i decided to try our hands at our first pinterest craft project while she was in town! we were so excited and had so much fun that we are already planning our next craft :)

mer and i , back in january.

we found this photo on pinterest and were pumped at 1) how cheap it was, 2) how easy it is to find the materials, 3) how versatile the finished result is!
(click on the picture to find the original link)

i already had a lot of leftover candlesticks from my wedding so i was more than happy to use them in a more useful way! if you want to see the original tutorial, click on the picture above. here's how we did it...basically with her instructions + some additions of our own.

-candlesticks (curvy ones with a pretty shape are preferred - we found ours at goodwill/my closet)
-a fun drink from starbucks (at least, we found this to be helpful)
-3 pans (preferably varying in size, you want similar colored tins as well - we found ours at habitat restore and goodwill)
-rustoleum spray paint in the color of your choice (i LOVE rustoleum! i found it at walmart)
-E6000 glue (m found this at ac moore and used one of their many 40% coupons so it was only like $3)
-bug spray (if you choose to spray on a hot muggy summer night :) )

mer with some of our supplies!

STEP ONE:: spray candlesticks. we started out with ours laying down (because that's how it looked in the pictures online pahaha) and then we realized how hard it was to get every side. DUH. paint with them standing up unless you have a cool bucket laying around like the online tutorial chick did. the paint dries pretty quickly and really evenly and sticks really well!! no need to prime and we only needed one coat.

STEP TWO::  when the paint is dry (no longer sticky), get pans and get ready to glue! the tutorial suggested gluing one candlestick upside down if you have two candlesticks that are the same...i did and really liked how it turned out. start with the bottom and work your way up.

tip: you want to make sure that the candlestick is centered, especially since you are doing two instead of eyeballing it (like we did at first), go ahead and measure to find the center of each pan...and mark it with a sharpie/pen. when we figured this out, it made things go much more smoothly. for the bottom pan, just mark the top of the pan...for the middle pan, mark top & bottom...for the top pan, mark the bottom.

trying to figure out the center :)

STEP THREE:: step back and make sure you like how it looks and to see if it's centered. you can always slide it around a little because the glue doesn't dry right away. then you're done! we piled some books on top to stabilize it and let it dry.
finished products! mer's is on the left and mine's on the right. 

i love crafts - cant wait to try my next one! also:: coming up - beach pics from last week! :)

Monday, July 11, 2011

the one with shrimp and red velvet

it's time for another food update!

i tried to recipes was really just my sister, rach, who is an expert baker.

meet rachel. she's also really good at phase 10.

she made these beauties:

with a little help from this guy: (my brother will! age 12)

sarah and caitlin were there too but i didn't force a picture. 
here's a picture of the little sweet treasures sarah made - one for me and one for her.

that was probably my most fun food adventure yet...i love having so many of my siblings over into our little apartment :) plus phase 10 rocks.

i tried another pioneer woman recipe and LOVED it. it is called 16 minutes shrimp scampi. it is so good - really easy, very light, and really yummy. rob and i both loved it! here are some pics:

before you add the angel hair pasta:

mixing it all together! wonderful flavors :)

finished product. YUM.

that's it for now! it's beachweek this week so we have 2 more days until we hit the road to join the keegan family at emerald isle! SO EXCITED!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

the one with my summer favorites

taking my cue from my awesome bloggin' sister, becca, i am doing a list of my favorite summer things (2k11).

toms! i bought my first pair in may and wear them almost every day to work. 

we started reading them for the first time in march/april
and i just finished book 7 last week. obsessed! 
we've been watching one movie at a time as we finish the book...
cannot wait for the last movie next week!

black bean corn salsa (this one is from walmart and it is dang good!)

navy blue & white stripes. 

my summer haircut! (i look like this now...)

i've said it before but it's worth mentioning again: vanilla coke.

mint chocolate chip ice cream. during the summer, i really crave ice cream every single day. 

our current favorite summer show: the office (re-runs on netflix). we are re-obsessed with this show and it's a perfect show to watch when you just need a quick break :)

happy summer! :)

Friday, July 1, 2011

the one featuring coca-cola

Warning:: This post is filled with hyperbole and dramatic flair. Approach with caution.

I realized that I have been writing this blog for a couple months now and have completely failed to do an informative blog post on the star of this show: coke! How could I have been so remiss? Slap me on the wrist next time you see me.

I thought it would be best to start out with basic information...lay the foundation and build on it from there.

There are five types of coke. Here they are in order of less best to best::

5. NOT COKE - This includes: diet coke, coca-cola zero, the p-word (rhymes with mepsi), and any other wannabe. This is the worst. And if you are drinking anything that fits into this category, you are settling.
This is not coke. This is not good.

4 & 3. SODA FOUNTAIN COKE & COKE IN A CAN. These are ranked the same because it truly depends on the situation. Variables: what if the can is warm? (bleh) What if the soda fountain machine doesn't have the correct ratio of coke syrup to carbonation? What if the cup tastes bad? What if the can is super wonderfully cold? What if you get free refills from the soda fountain? Assess the situation daily and decide what your best option will be.

This is what a "soda fountain coke" may look like

Coke in a can (note: the design of the can can (cancan!) change but do not worry - the coke tastes the same)

2. COKE IN A PLASTIC BOTTLE - This is a wonderful option because it's almost always cold, it holds more than a can, it always tastes the same (compare to "soda fountain coke"), and it's got a nice little mouthpiece that is easy and pleasant to drink from. And you can put the lid on inbetween sips to maintain the purity of the product! It fits easily in a cupholder (for the coke drinker on the run) and it's just very consistently excellent.
Nice sleek design.

1. GLASS BOTTLED COKES (GBC'S). Uncontested grand prize winner. It's the best way to drink a coke. I'm not even gonna describe it - go buy one. 

Here are happy times with me and GBCs...

Christmas 2006 with my sisters. Mom got us classic old-fashioned GBCs.

Spring Break 2k7 in Asheville.

Spring Break 2k7 with the one and only Joanna Ashe.

P-word vs. coke...Bethy vs Nicole. (in Ethiopia)

Valentine's day 2010. Rob got me a GBC...he knew the way into my heart.

GBC written in Amharic. Coke unites people across the world!

GBC on the night Rob proposed :) (blurry happiness)

GBCs in our engagement pictures, duh.

This concludes your first crash course.