Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Raiding My Sister's Closet: Wardrobe Workhorse #2

Last spring, I thought to myself "what is the big deal with these colored jeans."  Why does everyone feel like they need a pair?  And then I unintentionally succumbed, and suddenly, I had 5 pairs in varying colors and patterns (see here, and here).  I was hooked.  Still am, in fact.  This pair in particular is a wardrobe workhorse extraordinare for me!  I feel like every other day I am putting them on with some outfit or other.  They match everything, they are not as seasonal, as my red pair or my green plaid pair.  They just work, and on a beautiful spring morning, they were perfect for tromping around in the vibrantly green bushes!
Take a look at a few other outfits I have pulled together with these jeans here and here
Also, check out my Wardrobe Workhorse #1








pants: jc penney// shirt: made by me(similar and similar)// shoes: ross(similar, similar and similar)// necklace: gift

Check out Merrick and Janssen's Wardrobe Workhorses
   

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bright Colors and Blue Doors

Spring and summer call upon the brightest, most sunshiney parts of my personality and I always feel the need to pull out my fun patterns and vibrant colors.  I love the late sunsets, and the warm evenings.  I love spending time at the pool with friends and enjoying how gorgeous Texas gets in the springtime.  Right now, there are hundreds of blue bonnets in bloom, and other wildflowers are popping up.  Everything turns a vibrant shade of green and makes me want to match it with orange and teal.  







shirt: Gap// sweater: jcrew// skirt: clothing swap (similar)// shoes: ross (similar)// necklace: francesca's// purse: target
  

Monday, April 7, 2014

A Cleaner, Greener Spring

I have mentioned my efforts to go natural and green here, but I wanted to share a few specific cleaning techniques that I have implemented in the last three or so months to reduce the amount of chemicals that reside in our house.  I have switched over to cleaning almost everything with vinegar and baking soda. Here are a few recipes and products that I have been using to give our house a spring cleaning.  

Floor:
I detest the rotten post-cleaning headache that I get from using strong chemicals, so switching over to vinegar and essential oils has been wonderful!  Now vinegar does not have the greatest scent, so I use the essential oil to mask the strong smell, or if you don't feel like using essential oil, the vinegar smell goes away as soon as the floor dries.  

Countertops/Sink: 
I loooooove Mrs. Meyer's products!  Last summer we house-sat for some friends and the wife kept a bottle of this counter-top cleaner under her sink and I was completely smitten.  It makes my house smell so wonderful!  Just about every female family member and friend received it as a gift last year.  

Vacuuming: 
I have only used this carpet deodorizer once, but it did make my carpet feel so clean and smelled so fresh! I will definitely be doing it again!  You can find more cleaning product recipes in 


Laundry:  
Clean laundry is the best.  After many months of thinking about it, I decided to try out my own laundry soap.  You can see the recipe I used below.  I also put about 1/4 cup of vinegar in every load I run.  It is a color-fast for those fading darks and keeps the brights vibrant. These drying sheets are probably awesome, but I think I am allergic to them so I skip the dryer sheets entirely.  With this detergent, and the vinegar, you don't need them.  The last 3 or so weeks that I have been using this detergent, my clothes have come out very soft without using dryer sheets.  

Original laundry soap recipe from Delightful Creations and other green living ideas can be found here

If you have any other great green-living ideas, I would love to hear about them!
Happy Spring-Cleaning!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

A Grey Street with a Green Girl

Wandering around a little town square in the misty hours of the morning, was the perfect way to spend this particular Saturday morning.  Adam and I have been doing more location shoots, rather than in the wilderness across from our apartment (which I do love, but I like the diversity of getting out and shooting elsewhere), and it has been so fun wandering past the little shops and people out getting their morning cup of coffee and preparing for the monthly market day.  I have always lived in the suburbs of a city, but this makes me want to live in a small town.  It is just seems so picturesque and familiar.  And positively quaint.  
I hope you are all enjoying your weekend!  We are mostly staying at home watching General Conference, eating waffles and cutting out loads and loads of reusable bags with some darling fabric I picked up last weekend! 







shirt: JC Penney(similar)// jacket: Anthro// pants: Old Navy via Plato's Closet (similar)// shoes: mootsie's tootsies





Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A fun little recipe to try

So, I love making ice cream.  I would probably make ice cream every week if I had the time.  This weekend, we had an extra grapefruit lying around and a pint of half and half that was not going to get used, so I got to work and found an interesting looking 'grapefruit curd ice cream' recipe.  Now, it was no hazelnut ice cream, but it was definitely a winner in my book. (I think I just finished my third tiny bowl of it tonight... just. couldn't. stop)  Beautifully creamy, tastefully sweet, with a light and unusual flavor.  Turning the grapefruit into a curd before mixing it into ice cream was quite brilliant, because it took almost all the tart flavor out of the ice cream and left the barest hint of citrus.  You should probably go stock up on that ridiculously cheap grapefruit this week and try it out yourself!



Grapefruit Curd Ice Cream
by Jennifer Farley from Savory Simple

grapefruit curd:
3 egg yolks
2 eggs
1 cup of sugar
3 Tbs cornstarch
1 1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice
1 stick of unsalted butter at room temperature, cubed

In a medium saucepan, whisk eggs, yolks, and sugar together.  In a small separate bowl, whisk corn starch and about 3 tbs of grapefruit juice.  Add to the saucepan and stir.  Whisk until quite thick, about the consistency of pudding.  Remove from the heat and slowly whisk in pieces of the butter until smooth.   Move the curd to a bowl and stick in the fridge for about an hour.

to make ice cream:
1 1/2 curd
1 1/3 cup half and half
5 Tbs powdered sugar

Mix curd and half and half together.  Slowly add powdered sugar and whisk until completely combined.  Stick in your ice cream maker for 20 minutes or so, or however long they usually recommend you let it mix for, and then freeze for an hour or so.  Or you can dip in right away if you just can't wait!


Enjoy!