Archive for May, 2014

Virgin Mai Tai Recipe

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

When I lived in Hawaii my favorite treat would be to visit a resort and lounge by the ocean sipping a Mai Tai. It was heaven, Hawaii is magical and I miss it so much!

Life has dramatically changed since my days at the ocean, but one thing I can still enjoy is this delicious drink:

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Here’s How To Make Your Own:

1 c pineapple juice

1/2 c orange juice

1/2 c club soda

2 tbsp cream of coconut

1 tbsp grenadine

Mix all ingredients together except grenadine, pour into a glass, add grenadine and then ice.

This is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up to take away your daily stressors…even sans alcohol! Here’s to the little things in life!


Em’s Maternity Clothes Tips

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

I know a lot of people that manage through their pregnancy with waistbands rolled down and extra large tops. This method did not work for me! Cute maternity clothes are easy to come by and so affordable these days it is worth spending a few bucks to be comfy, especially because I’ll need them for a little while after Jane arrives too.

Here’s a timeline of my maternity purchases:

1. A new bra. This was the first thing thing I needed. Achy shoulders and pulling at your bra for 9 months is no good! This is the most expensive pregnancy item I have purchased but man, is it worth it. You know how much we love Nordstrom! The ladies there are miracle workers at finding the perfect fit for you. It’s hard to imagine until you experience. I ended up purchasing a nursing bra that I’ve been using for most of my pregnancy and will hopefully be a good fit post delivery too!

2. A few basics: Two new pairs of these leggings. I purchased these on 40% off days at Gap and have used them almost every day. So comfy, wash great, can be dressed up or down, and are very long for tall ladies like myself :) I also ordered a few new layering tops, and ordered one size up. These have been great as the bump has grown to still give me the length and coverage I like under my normal blouses.

3. A few go to outfits: I purchased these pants at H&M and a maternity Maxi dress from Old Navy. I wear the pants (which are capris on me!) to work all the time and pair with a loose-fitting blouse, one of my normal blazers (that can’t be buttoned any more) and a pair of flats. The maxi dress has been awesome! It’s such a relief to slip on a dress without any waistband or hemlines to worry about. I wear it by itself or layer with cardigans, blazers or scarfs to mix up the look.

The last thing I want to do right now is take pics while feeling like a whale. So here you have my very awkward go-to outfits.

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I still have 2 months to go and a lot of baby growing and heat headed our way! I’m glad I’ve invested in just a few pieces to make it comfortably through, although I have warned Brad and neighbors I may be walking around naked before too long. Wish me luck!!!

5 Desk Lamps for Under $30

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Our sissy-in-law Sally is currently setting up a new office space and she asked us what our favorite desk lights are if you’re shopping with a budget. So here you go Sal, a round up in your honor! And maybe perfect timing for those of you who are starting to think of dorm rooms already!

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No1: The Barometer from Ikea (link HERE) is my favorite of the group. It’s only $29.99 and perfect for any desk. However, I’ve been eying it for over a year to use on my nightstands. (Yes, I’ve been planning our master re-do for a while now, Brock has promised we can move ahead once the twins sleep through the night…getting close.:)

No.2: The Scholar Task Lamp from Target is on clearance for only $10.98 (link HERE), and is simply adorable. Neutral with a pop of color, vintage with a pop of modern!

No.3: The Clip It Desk Lamp is from Land of Nod, $29.99 (link HERE). This one is great if you don’t have a lot of space. It also comes in a great variety of fun colors, but as always we’re drawn to the white!

No.4: The Terital Lamp from Ikea is the best deal at only $8.99 (link HERE). It gives off a lot of light, and it’s classic design can fit into any decor.

No.5: The Arch Desk Lamp is also from Target, $29.99 (link HERE). A super vintage look, but black brings the sleek!

Oh to be young and decorating a dorm again!

A Personized Glittery Banner

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Last weekend we finally got around to blessing our twin girls. After church we headed back to our place for a brunch with family and friends. The food and company were the focal points, but I wanted a little decoration with the girlies names displayed, so we came up with this cute idea…

A Personalized Glittery Banner.

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 To Make You’ll Need:

Cardstock with letters printed on it (I used Bebas font 300pt)


A paint brush


Pegs + Twine for hanging

No.1 First, spread the glue evenly and quite heavy. Make sure your edges are as neat as you can make them.

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No.2 Generously smother in glitter

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No.3  Shake the glitter off (on clean piece of paper to re-use), and you’re done!

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 Some letters took longer to glue than others, so I’d do half the letter at a time. The key is to not let the glue dry at all before the glitter!

Here’s how Hannah’s turned out at the other side of the room…

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The best thing about this is that they are easy to store and I can whip out again for any occasion.

How fun that I get to have a ‘Kids Party Box’ in the house now :)




Gluten Free Pizza

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Pizza is one of those things since I’ve been gluten free that I’ve failed at… a LOT! I have tried countless recipes, mixes and frozen gluten free versions which all have been extremely expensive and pretty much resemble cardboard.

That was at least, until I discovered these little beauties: Udi’s Pizza Crusts. I have raved about Udi’s products before, and honestly knew they would probably be great before I even tried them!

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I was right! I loaded on my favorite toppings of canadian bacon, pineapple, and fresh mozzerella, and broiled for 10 minutes. They are for sure the best gluten free pizza I have had yet and cost only $4.99 for a two pack which is less expensive than most other gluten free options.

Do you have any gluten free secrets? I’d love to hear your tips!!!