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Homemade Italian Sodas

I recently ordered an italian soda at a local restaurant (which turns out, isn’t italian at all). Then I thought, why can’t I make this at home? The ingredients were ridiculously simple. Ice, flavored simple syrup, sparkling water. That’s it. Combine in whatever order/amounts you wish, and enjoy! I added fresh raspberries since I had some on hand (add a splash of vodka for an evening cocktail).  I bought a small Torani raspberry syrup for a few dollars at World Market and later I realized I could have just made some from my raspberries. Oh well, maybe next time! This drink is perfect for summer evenings and group get-togethers.

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DIY Instagram Magnets

We’ve all seen ads for companies that make instagram magnets – for the low low price of a lot of money.  Making my own was much easier and cheaper than I imagined.

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Here’s what you need:

Prints of your instagram pictures
- You can either get them printed at walgreens or another photo printer, or print your own on slightly thick paper. I printed my own on 60 lb paper in two sizes – 2 and 2.5 inches (2 inches is authentic instagram size, but I wanted some bigger ones as well).

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- I bought a roll of magnet paper at Michaels (Jo Ann’s didn’t carry it) for about $10 and used a 40% off coupon.  One roll did quite a few – I made three sets of between 8-12.

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First, cut out your instagram picture.

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Then cut out a similar size (a hair bigger) magnet. Peel off the paper, line up a corner of the instagram picture as close as you can, and press them together. Smooth over with your fingers to get rid of any air bubbles.

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Use your scissors to trim around the magnet to tighten up the edges. That’s it!

The finished project:

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Healthy Curried Chicken Salad Recipe

IMG_7944If you’re looking for a healthy meal, this is your recipe. I love curried chicken salad not only because it’s delicious, but because you can make a huge bowl of it and eat it over the next few days.  It’s a great dish to make ahead for lunches or a dinner when you know you’ll be tight on time. The plain greek yogurt rather than mayo makes it much healthier than typical chicken salad.

For optimum flavor, I suggest boiling your chicken with chicken broth, curry, and cumin to soak some flavor in. Serve however you wish, and experiment with add-ins.

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Wedding Invitation: Jeanette and Matthew

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Jeannette and Matthew had a special story that they wanted incorporated into their wedding invitation – they were getting married the same day their parents had in 1983 (Sapp), and 1989 (Carco).  The live oak tree on the invitation tells the story in its branches, and the brown and green color palette blend perfectly.

Summer Quinoa

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Summer is a great time to add some quinoa to your life.  Stop by your local farmer’s market and pick up some fresh fruits and veggies – there is a good chance they will pair well with one of the healthiest whole grains out there.

1. Grilled Corn, Black Beans and Quinoa with a Cilantro Lime Dressing – Flourishing Foodie
2. Superfood Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette – Iowa Girl Eats
3. Warm and Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa – 101 Cookbooks
4. Roasted Veggie Quinoa Salad – The Talking Kitchen

Fall 2013 Color Trends

Drumroll……..I know you’ve been waiting for it……..the 2013 Pantone Color report for Fall!  Because we’re already working on our fall wardrobe, right? No, me either. Anyways, here is the report for your future reference, as well as some shopping ideas (this year, the palette is for both men and women).

 

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Product List: 

1. How to Stay Alive in the Woods, by Bradford Angier – Terrain
2. iPhone Case in Spanish Rose – Rifle Paper Co.
3. Colorblock T – J. Crew Factory
4. Ayana Designs Fishbone Earrings – South Moon Under
5. Black Squirrel Canvas Head Portrait – The Land of Nod
6. Promenad Dinnerware – Ikea
7. Sephora + Pantone Color Theory Eye Shadow in Eclipsed – Sephora
8. Scotch Nail Polish in Macbeth’s Dream – Essentials
9. Floral Ikat Shower Curtain – West Elm

A Glimpse of Vacation

My side of the family traveled to Traverse City, Michigan last month for a family reunion and my nana’s memorial (she passed away in January).  T and I decided to turn the occasion into an epic road trip, and drove from Detroit to Minneapolis, making several stops throughout the almost two week trip.  We had an amazing time, and I can’t wait to head back to the Great Lakes someday.

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Instagram Update: Arts and Crafts

I have been away from my blog for far too long!   Here are a few projects I’ve done since my last post.

 

IMG_1137IMG_1144IMG_1480 IMG_1039 - Copyphoto photo (1)The last image is of a pillow I made – which Olive immediately found and destroyed. Better luck next time?

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