Friday, March 30, 2012

Simple & Lovely

Oh just a few things I'm dreaming of for the weekend. In my mind, cute comfy cloths, yummy breakfasts, fresh flowers, good friends and refreshing drinks are the recipe for a pretty perfect weekend.

Have a blessed one!


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Currently Craving...Chocolate

Oddly enough, I haven't had too many cravings during my pregnancy and in general chocolate hasn't been on that short list of cravings. But today, I'm definitely feeling that sneaky chocolate craving coming on. Besides being decadent and delicious, I've always found chocolate to be quite beautiful. Which I think is displayed delightfully in the chocolate images above. Dark chocolate is my go too as its pure, rich and never disappoints in the decadent department. Look at those chocolate chip muffins! I'm going to tackle the recipe this week.

Guinness Chocolate Cake {Design Sponge} Salted Chocolate Caramel Lollipops {Amy Atlas} Chocolate Ice Cream {Matheus Photo} Chocolate Chip Muffins {My Baking Addiction}

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

36 Week Baby Bump

This shot is from last week, so we have 3 weeks to go until our due date. Time flies! The excitement and wonder is building. In just a few short weeks we will move from being just a couple to being a family. And the two of us will have the title of parents to one sweet little being. Hip hip!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Weekend Blessings

 food truck date night
 food truck date night continued...
 a beautiful hill country vineyard wedding
 calligraphy escort cards
new flowers in my front porch hanging basket

This weekend was lovely in every since of the word. I was able to spend quality time with dear friends one day and had a very 'Austin' date night with my sweetie the next. On Saturday we were dazzled by a gorgeous Texas hill country vineyard wedding and then wrapped up the weekend getting our hands dirty in the yard. Oh and the weather was absolutely perfect. I'm so love drunk on the spring air right now! 

Have a beautiful week cuties!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Soft & Lovely

I always find myself drawn to soft lovely hues and my attraction grows when an object with a soft hue has an added interesting element. Like those gorgeous bowls with that lovely gold rimming the textured "flawed" top. I'll take one of each please! Oh and in case you're wondering, that nail polish color is 'marshmellow' by essie.

images: nail polish {essie} tea favors {martha stewart weddings} flawed gold plated bowls {gretel home} peony centerpiece {style me pretty} edna woven clutch {shop ruche} blush sandle {shop bop}

Monday, March 19, 2012

Weekend Blessings

outdoor dinning with crispy green beans
fancy s'mores with friends
vegetables were planted in the garden
 the spanish lavender I added to the garden that smells amazing and makes me smile

We had a pretty productive weekend over here: hanging art in the nursery, finishing up house projects, dining with good friends, gardening and grilling out. I will tell you that I was very proud of myself and felt a bit like a rock star as I sat in my garden at 8 months pregnant planting away. Is it funny to anyone else that pregnant gardening made me feel like a rock star? It just doesn't sound like something that would make someone feel like a rock star... but it did and I'm thrilled about it!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Green Love

Happy Friday Beauties! It's been a lovely and productive week over here and I'm looking forward to a beautiful weekend. I do have some Irish in my family history so I'll be partaking in the green wearing festivities tomorrow for St. Patricks Day. I love any day that gives an extra excuse to celebrate life.

Mint Cheesecake {Cooking Channel} Green Window {Tumblr} Irish Blessing Card {Twig & Lily} Glowing Green Smoothie {Kimberly Snyder Blog} Green Striped Bag {Anthropologie}

Cheers to you!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Kale, Quinoa, Garbanzo Bean Salad

I love love love kale and lately, have been experimenting with different salad and sauteed variations of the vegetable. Below is the recipe for a salad I made a few weeks back that I'm calling 'kale quinoa garbanzo bean salad'. It's so full of flavor and super nutrient rich. Give it a try!

2 or 3 cups diced organic kale
1 can organic garbanzo bean
1 1/2 cup purple cabbage
1 cup cooked quinoa {cook according the package instruction}
1/4 cup thinly diced red onion
1 small avocado
1/4 cup chopped cashews
sprinkling of feta if desired {if you prefer the salad vegan or daily free, you can omit the feta and it's still delicious}

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 1/2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon deli or stone ground mustard
1 teaspoon honey
1 small garlic clove thinly grated
salt and pepper to taste

Place all the salad ingredients in a large bowl except for the avocado and feta, we will add those later. In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients together with a fork until combined. Then pour the dressing over the salad and thoroughly coat the salad. Lastly, add the avocado and feta on top.


Monday, March 12, 2012

Weekend Blessings

nursery organization.
orange tea cake
clean blankets and swaddles ready for baby
sunday brunch
 stuffed friends patiently awaiting babies arrival

We took the opportunity this weekend to work more on the babes room. The closet in the nursery, aka "the old guest room", housed many random items and now after organizing this weekend the said closet is a clean and open space for baby related items. I'm finding that as a momma to be, every action taken to nest and prepare for my little bear cub is like a warm cup of tea for the soul. Folding little blankets has become relaxing and organizing onesies puts a gentle smile on my face. Oh the joy!

Friday, March 9, 2012

French Farmhouse Kitchen

Happy Friday to you! Above are some French inspired kitchen finds to welcome you into a lovely weekend.

1. Sur La Table 2. Terrain 3. Crate&Barrel 4. Terrain 5. Terrain 6. Uncommon Goods

Have a blessed one!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Happy Spring Things

We've had the most marvelous weather here the past few days. The air is breezy, sunny and mild and everything is in bloom. All signs point to an early spring and I'm in love with it. I love the holidays but I must admit that spring is my favorite time of year and it has me dreaming of fresh blooms, colorful skirts, icy drinks and leisurely time spent outdoors. Le Sigh.

poppies: {Tumblr} pink lace skirt {Obaz} pretty donuts {Tumblr} lavender lemonade {Design Sponge}

Monday, March 5, 2012

Weekend Blessings {A Baby Shower}

This weekend was my baby shower! And it was perfect. My two sister-in-laws and two best friends planned the most wonderful shower and I am beyond grateful to those gorgeous girls. The food, flowers and over all decor was fresh, natural, beautiful and perfect. It was the best time and now that it's over, we are one step closer to the day that we get to meet our little guest of honor.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Come One Come All!

I've received many inquiries over these vintage inspired circus birthday party invitations I designed for a client a few months back. So I've decided to offer the invitations in my etsy shop. The set is for 20 invitations, but I can sell any number over that as well. Visit here to purchase the custom invitations. If you have questions about this or any other custom design project, please message me at christina{at} I'd love to hear from you!