Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Shop Bop Sale Loves

The Shop Bop Sale started yesterday and there are some fabulous finds as usual. For those not familiar, take 15% off your order of $250, 20% off $500 and if you are really looking to spend...{lucky you!} take 25% off $1,000. Use code BIGEVENT15 at checkout. I would consider upcoming Spring events you need a dress for, and staples like a great pair of sandals for this sale. Here are my favorites....

Oh hey, pretty little sandal. You would look good with a simple dress, going to evening cookouts, or just to work. Love!

If you want to invest in a pair of Tory Burch sandals, you should consider doing it now! They are hard to find on sale, last forever, year to year. I've had my favorite pair for years!

Love this simple romper! Great price even with out the sale discount. Sooo cute.

Shirt Dress
Adore this shirt dress. I love a simple dress that you can dress up or down. It's already on sale and you would get the additional discount!

Ruffle Strapless Dress
I borrowed my sisters dress that was very similar to this, several years ago. Absolutely loved it. This color is SO pretty for Spring!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Recipe Update + Meal Deals

Last week we had an icy {not snowy..ugh} afternoon and it was the perfect opportunity to run by the grocery store for my favorite taco chili recipe. Once I was inside Harris Teeter, I noticed the meal deal of the week was on ingredients that were obviously meant for a pot of chili. 

Have you ever paid attention to the meal deals at Harris Teeter? I try to make it a point to check them out. They feature "meals" you can throw together that are at a reduced price when you buy all of the items {about 5-7 items for less than $10} , usually based on the time of year. For instance, last week it was chili, during the summer time it might be based around something you can cook on the grill.

Anyway, I still wanted to make my taco chili, but I ended up buying everything on the meal deal {7 items for around $9...all items that I needed for my chili, with the exception of sweet tea} It was ironic how almost every ingredient coincided, except the meal deal included ground turkey, and my recipe called for several chicken breasts. It was a no brainer to swap those ingredients and try out something new at the same time. I still had to pick up a few other things but it was a huge bargain in my mind!

To see the original recipe with my changes, see here. {Fun fact, by far THE most pinned post and pageviews of my blog ever. Crazy?!} The only thing I changed was using ground turkey which I cooked about an hour before serving and just added it to the chili. I also used what I had left of the frozen corn in the freezer, not matching the entire quantity I needed but it worked out fine. I haven't made this chili in a while but I think I am hooked on the turkey version. It was amazing!

Have you used a Harris Teeter Meal Deal before? I'm definitely going to keep my eyes peeled from now on for ways I can incorporate their deals into our meal planning. By the way, this was in no way sponsored, just really fond of this deal :)

Friday, February 27, 2015

Hall Bathroom Update

The major things are wrapping up in the bathroom now and I wanted to give y'all an update. 

Since my last post, we have:

-finished the drywall install 
-painted the walls
-new countertop installed
-new lighting installed
-replaced crown moulding as necessary for new drywall / primed / painted 
-removed the shower door
-painted the final coat on cabinet bases
-{almost} finished spraying the cabinet doors!
-caulked about a million places
-ordered lots of new hardware

I feel like there should be way more to show for a long list of things that we have accomplished, but this is what we are working with. First lets start with a pretty picture...all gold up in here and I love it!

Cabinet Knobs / Robe Hook / Soap Dish {Antique Find}

Boy am I glad to have the drywall work done. If you are familiar with that you know it = dust. Lots of it. And, if you are the woman in the family, you are the one meticulously cleaning that up, even after it's already been cleaned up ;) I might mention that Stephen decided to tackle to drywall job himself and he did a FABULOUS job. My Dad helped him one weekend get the sheetrock up and he did the rest. I'm so impressed and thrilled we no longer have to pay someone for this task for future endeavors!!

I still need a little more paint to finish the walls...the paint store sweared I wouldn't need more than a quart, and against my better judgment I agreed. Grrr...making things take longer than necessary.

After the drywall went up, we installed new crown in place of the old soffit boxes that hung over the vanity. {See them hereThank you, over and over again, to my husband..that you agreed to rid our bathroom of these hideous boxes. Our bathroom now joins the ranks of the 21st century with out those babies. {Tell the master bath to catch up}!

Removing the shower door was pretty painless, and I was so surprised. Remove the screws, out comes the door and then you repair whats left behind. Stephen was impressed {I think} that I found this amazing tool to help remove the mountains of caulk that our dear, former owners left behind. Seriously, go get you one if you need to remove some caulk. And turn on some music and just scrape away. Works like a charm. Besides the screw holes in the tile shower wall, you would never know there was a door installed there. We will address the tile wall later- haven't decided its fate yet.

In my ideal bathroom, I would have sconces flanking the mirrors, but we ran into a few issues. Our double vanity has two sinks set at opposite ends, and extremely close to the wall. After you place a mirror over the sink, you don't have any room for sconces. After crossing that idea off the list, we considered one large, triple sconce in between the sinks and mirrors. Then, we ran into an issue with the wiring placement and studs. Too much for my novice mind to consume. I finally agreed to overhead vanity sconces and they are working out just fine. We do need all the lighting we can get in this bathroom with no windows.

I painted the cabinets in BM's Advance High Gloss line and I can't wait to see it all come together. The bases are painted and I am waiting for the weather to warm up a tad to give the doors another coat. We also gave the cabinet doors the same "Shaker Style" that our kitchen has. Since I never recapped that process, I will do it this time around. Hold me to it!!

As far as the counters- love them!!! I am obsessed. The company we ordered from refers to this as Ventano Quartz. It is very marble-like, more so than our kitchen counters. Beautiful.

In between all of the good stuff, there's been countless times of sanding / cleaning / patching / sanding / cleaning / painting and doing it all over again. I think it is important to mention the fact that these projects are no slice of cake {at least not for us!!!}, they come with unexpected issues, but it is worth it to us in the end. Sometimes I read blogs/links on pinterest that make huge projects look simple and I don't want anyone to think this remodel happens in a day {not in this house anyway!} and I am certainly not the most budget savvy DIY'er {ask me how many paint brushes and tubes of caulk have been thrown away} But, we enjoy it and are certainly loving the transformation in this house. Thanks again for following along! 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Spring Dreaming: Indoors and Out

Wouldn't a pretty table, with a menu full of fresh foods, on an equally gorgeous day be nice right about now? I feel like 90% of the last two months has been cold, windy and dreary. I know its nothing like what everyone has up north, but I'm over it. I cant stop pinning gorgeous garden pictures too. Keeps me thinking forward to Spring and all that we want to do in our yard {see more on that here}. 

I can't wait to see my hydrangeas start budding. It is truely a joy for me to watch them grow and peek at them every morning. They make me happy.


My mother-in-law gave us a root off of this plant, called Mock Orange. Isn't it so pretty? It is very fragrant and very old-timey. I've never seen it in a garden center before.


And I cannot wait to see the grass return to green. We have grass that goes dormant in the winter and turns a shade of brown. Not the prettiest sight.

While I love sprucing up the outdoors, I always keep in mind inside as well. I love freshening up the tabletop with new placemats, I think I buy some each season.

These are pretty and would work well with my new buffalo pink check chairs and blue dishes.

Loving this set of dishes, they also come in several other colors. One can never have enough blue and white. At least I can't. 

I adore this rug! So fun and not the normal graphic print. Adore it.

Flaurina Sheet Set
Don't these sheets look the softest?! Oh my. They are gorgeous. Nothing like fresh sheets on a bed, on a Spring day with the windows open.

Enjoy your day and stay warm!! Or at least, have warm thoughts. :)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Recipe: Ramen Noodle Slaw

This is a tried and true favorite in our household. I had it several years ago with my great, fave college buddy couple, Ashley and Nick, for a Memorial Day dinner we had together. I've been hooked and making it ever since and even my extended family has asked me for the recipe. It's one of those recipes that I have never written down and I end up texting Ashley last minute begging for the exact measurements! So I am thrilled that I can now search my own blog {haha!!} and stop pestering her for the recipe {even though shes so sweet I bet she didn't mind ;) }


-Bag of Cabbage Mix
-2 oz of slivered almonds
-Oriental Ramen Noodle Package
-1/3 cup oil
-1 heaping tbsp sugar
-2 tbsp of red wine vinegar {I add this, but the original recipe does not include it}
-Onion Powder {or spring onions}
-Black Pepper

Heat oven to 325. Crunch the pack of Ramen noodles and toast with almonds in the oven {just watch until they are toasted! Usually takes my oven about 5-10 minutes} Take the seasoning packet from the noodles and mix it with oil, sugar, vinegar, onion powder {a few shakes depending on your taste} and black pepper and stir. Place your cabbage in a bowl, add the almond/noodle mixture, and toss with dressing. I usually wait about 10 minutes before serving.


I have never, ever been a fan of mayo based coleslaw and dare say I ever will be. This is completely different, light and so delicious! We have it a lot of times in the summer when we cook out on the grill, perfect to go with burgers, hot dogs, chicken, seafood... you name it! Stephen grilled hot dogs the other day when we had a little rise in the temperatures...such a teaser for Spring! It is a great alternative when you aren't feeling a salad but you can still get your green fix. And did I mention...SUPER easy.

Thanks Ashley and Nick for letting me share this!! xo.

Enjoy and let me know if you try it!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Saturday Shopping

Tassel Tie Tunic {20% off with code SHOPPINGTIME}
Obsessed with this cover up! It also comes in white, but I think I prefer this pretty lilac shade. Most of the time, I lean towards a cover up with a waist, so this is perfect for me. And great with a black swimsuit.

Beaded Zip Top {20% off with code SHOPPINGTIME}
Lusting for this too- probably my favorite picks from J.Crew right now. Would love to wear it with a great pair of jeans on a warm Spring day. 

Loving the flutter sleeves- this one also comes in ivory and black- great staple colors but in a fun piece.

Stripe Drawstring Maxi Dress {30% off with code MAJOR} 

Loving this maxi. I pretty much live in comfort clothes day in and day out. Would look super cute going to an outdoor lunch with a fun hat and sunglasses! Ahh. Spring dreaming. 

Available in 8 colors, for $36.99. I would use this as a baby bag, looks big enough and I'm trying to pare down on the stuff we drag around with us! If you aren't in the market for a baby bag though, its perfectly cute for Spring. 

The husband is rushing me to get ready for our weekend trip to Lowes {true story!} and I'm hoping to see the temps warm up a little bit today. Enjoy your Saturday friends!!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Fun Finds at Hobby Lobby

I had a rare chance last week to really stroll the aisles of Hobby Lobby and found lots of fun goodies that were "new" to me. Most of the time I make myself run in and out with no cart, because if I have a cart I will fill that thing up faster than no ones business. I am a craft, fabric and holiday obsessed hoarder and I just need to stop myself before I start. So basket shopping it is!

How cute are these childrens size eames chairs!? I think they were around $30.

Loving these Kate Spade-ish canisters. Doesn't suit my kitchen, but oh-so-adorable. There were other plates, bowls etc that matched this style. 

Loving this black and gold tray to hold remote controls on your side table or a tray cotton ball, q-tip containers, etc in your bathroom.

I adore these bright red bins! Absolutely perfect for a boy's room, but I think they would be adorable in a mud room as well, or a beach house.

These are my favorite knobs at Hobby Lobby. Lucite and gold. Done.

Love this unique, carved shelf. Definitely looks like a nice piece that could have been an antique. If you aren't a fan of the turquoise, paint it any color you wish! 

Love this little shelf/sconce because of the tassels. Tassels all day / every day. 

Love this big open sphere light! I would probably spray paint it gold. 

What is your favorite Hobby Lobby find right now? Remember, if it isn't 50% off this week, it will be next week. Also, download their app for coupons {mine is always a 40% off one item} if you need something that isn't on sale and can't wait! 
Laura Wyatt Design