August 29, 2012

Words for Wednesdays

I thought everyone could use a little inspiration to get us over this hump in the work week! So without getting to deep:

August 27, 2012

Mashup Monday

(Pretty Lights at the Midland, Kansas City, MO 8/23/2012)

Happy Monday! Hope it's a good one! Sorry we have been slacking on the Mashups, but here are a few for your Monday:

JELLOSEA- The Recipe for Paradise (Dr. Dre vs. Kendrick Lamar vs Coldplay vs Alt-J)

COMPSON SOUND- Illuminate (Florence + The Machine vs Eric Prydz vs One Direction)

G4GORILLA- I'm Back With Roses (Outkast vs Dean Coleman & The Partysquad ft. Michael Michael Bryan)

DJ SCHMOLLI- Endless Summer of 69

CARLOS SERRANO- National Empire (Jay-Z vs Lena Del Rey)


Mirror Mirror

The mirror trend is really catching our eye. Starting with finger nails and then moving down to your toes, the trend can also be taken home with great furniture and accessories. Tiny mirrored details work great as well as bold big statement pieces. Mirror here and there, Mirror everywhere!

1. Polished Nickle Tray - $141.60
2. Mirror Headband - $7.99
3. Ilussion Pumps - $99.95
4. Tasseled Loafers - $156.00

August 24, 2012

One Door Closes

I just love how interesting and unique some old doors can be, with so much character. I've never realized how many different things you can do with repurposed doors, both inside and out. Here are some of my favorite projects made from repurposed doors.  

A shelf via

Decorative element via

A calendar chalkboard via

A coffee table via

Bedside decoration via

Outdoor Shelving via

Indoor shelving in a corner via

Rustic headboard via

Some projects being more timely than others, you can really get creative with incorporating old doors into your home, and I think they are great conversation pieces.


August 22, 2012

Mini Quinoa Cups

Bite size snacks are apparently our new favorite thing between Brussels, Energy Bites and now these!
 Our mini muffin tin was burning a hole in our cupboard and we just had to use it, and this recipe sounded delicious.  Plus they are just the cutest thing so entertaining with them would be perfect.
1 cup Cooked Quinoa
1 Egg
1 Egg White
1/2 cup Shredded Zucchini
1/4 cup Chopped Mushrooms
1/4 cup Fresh Corn
1/2 cup Cheddar Cheese
2 Scallions sliced
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
2 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Parsley
Salt & Pepper
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Spray mini muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray
3. Combine all ingredients into a bowl and spoon mixture into each tin
4. Bake for 20 minutes
5. Enjoy!


Sauteed Citrus Brussels Sprouts

We always make our Brussels spouts the same way...tossed in olive oil, garlic salt, and pepper and roasted. Don't get me wrong, they are delicious, but I thought I would try a different approach, and not only saute them, but jazz them up with a little citrus flavor. They were a success, and I'm definitely going to keep this recipe in mind the next time I make Brussels sprouts! 

About 4 cups of Brussels sprouts
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp orange juice (fresh squeezed)
2Tbsp light corn syrup
Salt & Pepper to taste
2 Tbsp orange peel

Cut off the stems of your Brussels sprouts and then slice each one in half.

Heat the olive oil in a skillet on medium heat, add Brussels sprouts and cook for about 15 minutes.

Add the orange juice, and the corn syrup and cook for another 3 minutes.

Add some salt and pepper to taste, and the orange peel. Serve immediately, and enjoy!

August 20, 2012

Energy Bites

These energy bites are a must eat! They are so delicious, and make for the perfect snack or even a small meal (because you won't be able to eat just one). They are great for the office, a road trip, hiking or a midnight snack! 

1 cup dry oatmeal
2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/2 cup chocolate chips (white choc chips are our fave)*
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla

Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl, mixing around with your hands (this part is a little messy) to make sure the ingredients are thoroughly mixed. Refrigerate for about a half an hour so the mixture sets and hardens a little.

Once chilled, roll the mixture into balls, whatever size you would like, and store in an air tight container.

*You don't have to use chocolate chips in these energy bites, you can substitute nuts, dried fruit, or any other flavor of chips.

I guarantee that you will not be disappointed with these energy bites, in fact, I'm fairly sure you will be addicted like us!

August 17, 2012

Fly Mob

Dance Mob, Flash Mob, Flash Dance Mob.  We have seen it all, but leave it to Kanye West to start a new mile high trend.  A Fly Mob! His "Dancers in Flight" video is awesome.  Pretty girls with long legs and pointed toes.  Check it out. Happy Weekend.


August 14, 2012

DIY Painted Coasters

We are big fans of coasters around our house, especially DIY coasters, like these. We had some plain white tiles left over from coasters we made for Christmas presents, and decided to make some bright painted coasters to add to our collection.

These are very easy, and you can get creative with your shapes and patterns.

ceramic square tiles (from any hardware store)
paint brush(es)
masking/painters tape
acrylic paint
gold spray paint, or gold paint pen (optional)
clear acrylic gloss coating
foam, felt or cork

Using your tape, create your desired pattern(s) on your tiles, remembering that wherever the tape is, it will end up being the ceramic white.

Using acrylic paint, paint the while parts of your tiles. 

*Don't let your tiles dry completely. Peel off the tape as soon as you are done painting, to create a cleaner line. You can use your fingernail, or any sharp point to scrape off any paint that snuck under your tape.

We didn't like the plain edges of the coasters, so we wanted to paint them gold. We found some gold spray paint, and we were going to use that, but it seemed like a lot more work, to keep the newly painted tops from getting gold on them. We remembered we had a gold paint pen, that would work perfectly. We carefully painted all 4 edges of the coasters with the gold paint pen.

After the paint on your coasters has dried for a little, spray 2 coats (waiting 2 minutes in between coats) of clear acrylic gloss coating to sealing the coasters and making them water-resistant.

After the gloss coating has dried, usually for 24 hours, glue some felt or cork to the bottom of the coasters to keep them from scratching the surfaces that they set on.

Now you have yourself some fun and custom coasters!