bags

In the market for a new bag?  Check out these super cute ones below!  All are under $65.

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Mark – Properly Chic Satchel – $50

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LuLu’s – Style for Miles Gray Handbag – $49

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Dorothy Perkins – Black/Cream Satchel – $49

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H&M – Weekend Bag – $49.95

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Simply Vera – Melbourne Tote – $59.40

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Francesca’s – Montanta Zipper Edge Satchel – $64

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Aldo – Karastensen – $55

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Aldo – Myrum – $45

I’m loving the new Aldo ones.  They make me excited for Spring.  🙂  Happy Friday everyone!

gardening…

…is something I don’t know much about.  But my hope is to change that this Spring.  Our landscaping is non-existent and I’d like to at least fill up our front flower beds.  Here are the resources I’ll be checking out for inspiration and guidance.

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Better Homes & Gardens – No Fuss Garden Plan

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Better Homes & Garden – Vegetable Garden Plan

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Better Homes & Garden – Garden Plans for Shady Spots – they also have one for full sun

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Unknown Source – Bulb Planting Guide

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Keeper of the Home – Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

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Mother Nature Network – How to Start a Cutting Garden

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Mother Nature Network – Get Your Vegetable Garden off to a Good Start

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Mother Nature Network – Make Landscaping Butterfly Friendly

My plan is to start out slow and eventually fill up a couple spots in our yard.  I have a feeling it’ll be a lot of trial and error, but hopefully these resources will help!  22 days until Spring!

 

 

fayetteville, ar – surprisingly awesome

I’ve lived in Fayetteville, AR for almost 8 years now.  We love living here and we’ve found that there is no other place quite like it.  Here are some of our favorite places/things to do in the area, just in case you ever find yourself in these parts.

Lake Fayetteville

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Has a paved 5.5 mile trail and a 6.9 mile nature trail.  Also has an 18 hole disc golf course.

Wilson Park

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Near downtown, has a 1-mile loop, pool, playground, and tennis courts.

The Square/Farmer’s Market

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Otherwise known as our “downtown”, has a bunch of local shops and restuarants.  The farmer’s market is held at the square every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from the Spring through the Fall with live music and lots of vendors.

Dickson Street

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Great restaurants and bars.  If you “go out” on a Friday or Saturday night, this is where you go.

Mt. Sequoyah

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Mt. Sequoyah is privately owned and used for conferences and retreats.  It has trails & lodging but also one of the best views of Fayetteville, especially in the fall.

Gator Golf

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Gator Golf, simply put…rocks.  $5/game.  You choose 1 of 2 courses.  It’s super fun and if you get a hole-in-one on the last hole you get a coupon for a free game!

Mt. Kessler

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Probably our favorite hiking spot.  If you walk only about a mile in you get to a great look out.  The trail goes on for miles.

And here are our favorite restaurants:

Best BBQ – Whole Hog

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Best Pizza – Gusano’s

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Best Formal Restaurant – Memaids

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Best Burgers – Feltner Brothers

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Best All-Around Food – Common Grounds

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Best Pasta – Pesto Cafe

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Best Breakfast – Stone Mill

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I was going to list my favorite things to order at all these, but I thought that may be excessive.  Contact me if you want to know.  😉

One of my favorite things about Fayetteville is that if the weather is nice you can spend minimal money and still have a fun day.  With the trails, parks, and downtown it’s easy to just walk around and take in the sights.  If you live anywhere around Fayetteville I strongly advise visiting!

smash book update 2.20

I recently finished my second smash book.  Here were the last couple pages.

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These layouts include magazine cutouts, a napkin I doodled on while waiting for my niece to be born, pictures, and smash pad tear-outs.

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I liked the last page too much to put anything on it.

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Then I started my 3rd smash book, it’s the green one and the pages are probably my favorite.  I liked the front page on this one too, so I left it bare.

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I’ve only done a couple spreads and here they are.

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In these I had a newspaper cutout, ticket, menu, smash pad tear-out, and more crud from magazines.

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So here are all 3 of my Smash Books thus far.

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And my supplies haven’t changed at all except for maybe a few stickers courtesy of Mike.

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For more Smash Book inspiration you can check out my previous posts here, here, and here!

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Wanting to update your wardrobe but don’t want to spend a bunch of money?  Check out this jewelry for cute & affordable options!

Gold Clovers Necklace – Etsy – $4.99

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California Gurl Necklace – Jewel Mint – $36

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Pearl Heart Stud Earrings – Lauren Conrad – $7.50

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Tiny Stud Earrings – Etsy – $22

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Merrick Braided Ring – Shop Ruche – $8.99

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Hearts in Her Eyes Bracelet – Shop Ruche – $12.99

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City Chandelier Earrings – Pree Brulee – $18.60

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Goldtone Bow Bracelet – Lauren Conrad – $12

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Arrow Midi Ring – Sam Moon – $5

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Mini Gem Bloom Pendant – Bauble Bar – $15

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The sources these are from are great places to browse for more affordable jewelry.  Hope you like these sparklies!

meal planning 2.18

On the menu for this week:

Sausage Pasta Skillet – Little Bits – Mike made this for me as a postponed Valentine’s Dinner, sooo good.

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Biscuit Pot Pie – Damn Delicious

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Other Meals:

Our go-to Chicken Dish

Quesadillas & Soup

Beans & Cornbread (dinner for less than $1! – no shame)

Egg & Cheese bagels (I got some bagel thins for this)

 

And most importantly desserts:

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie – Lil Luna

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Brown Sugar Blondies – Baked Perfection – made these for our postponed Valentine’s Dinner dessert and ho-lee cow, it’s delicious

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This post is making me hungry.  Looks like it’s going to be a good week!

diy art ideas

You don’t have to spend a bunch of money to have nice looking art in your home.  Here are some easy ideas for making your own diy art!

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Craftwarehouse.com – gold and color on canvas

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Source Unknown – frame some different maps and hang them in a set

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lizmarieblog.com – large chevron canvas

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topinspired.com – diy metallic art using painters tape

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thehandmadehome.net – diy watercolor art

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whimsy-love.com – pencil eraser painting

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houseofturquoise.com – frame fabrics in nice frames

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worthwhiledomicile.blogspot.com – paint samples cut and framed into art

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tatertotsandjello.com – mod podge silhouette canvas

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Source Unknown – frame maps of places you’ve been, cut out into cute shape

All of these ideas are cheap, easy, and look great!  I’m loving the map ones right now.  Happy crafting!