Distressed Wood Headboard (Standard King Size)

DIY king size wood headboard
I CAN NOT stress enough that this is easier than it looks. I may have a blog about DIY home improvements but I’ve only been doing this for a few months and this headboard is the first piece of furniture that I built from scratch. If you can work a jig saw, you can make this headboard!

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Room Makeover…Janae’s Master Bedroom

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This past weekend was so much fun for me! Not only did I get to make a trip to Seattle to see most of my girlfriends from college but I got to do my first room makeover in someone else’s home! Now this project didn’t start out as a room makeover but it gradually progressed into that because we were having so much fun that we just couldn’t stop.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie
I threw this together this morning for a quick and tasty breakfast. I don’t generally like to eat a big breakfast but I know it’s important in jumpstarting your metabolism for the day. This is a light and easy way to do it.

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Mint & Cumin Spiced Lamb Chops

mint & cumin spiced lamb chops

I felt like I was at a restaurant while I was eating these! Incredible flavors that will impress all your dinner guests. The rub was delicious and would actually taste great on almost any type of meat. A great meal for a weekend BBQ, make the rub ahead of time, apply to the meat and let it sit in the refrigerator for the day.

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Vinyl Plank Flooring

vinyl plank flooring

I’m almost finished with the flooring in the foyer and I’m so impressed with the look and how easy it was to install that I just had to share the details with you all. When I was trying to decide what flooring to go with there were a couple of factors I considered:
1) Price – I got an estimate from a home improvement retailer to install wood plank flooring and the cost was going to be similar to sending our future children to private school in Switzerland. Ok, maybe not that much and the estimate was for the whole house but still, more than we wanted to spend right now. However, I’m an instant gratification type of gal so I needed to figure out another option that could happen in the coming weeks.

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Berry & Oat Smoothie

berry & oat smoothie
Happy Friday all! Getting the weekend started off right with a yummy fruit smoothie! I added rolled oats right into the blender which I haven’t tried before and it worked pretty well. A great way to get your oatmeal in the summertime.

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BLT Pizza

blt pizza
I LOVE BLT’s, I mean LOVE them! So when I saw this recipe for BLT Pizza on the cover of last months Cooking Light I had to try it out. And it was delicious! The key is the mayonnaise based white sauce rather than the usual red pizza sauce.

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Crown Moulding

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crown moulding
crown moulding
This is the project I am most proud of so far, it took me a while to get it right (and by that I mean to get to the point that my perfectionistic personality was satisfied) but I did it and am super pleased with the result.

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Bourbon-Peach Pulled Pork Sliders

bourbon peach pulled pork slider
I was working on a project yesterday so I didn’t want to spend much time on dinner so I made this pulled pork in the crockpot. Actual time in the kitchen was about 20 minutes but I slow cooked the meat all afternoon and it came out delicious!

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Inspired by…living rooms

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I’m getting close to finishing my foyer which means it’s almost time to start on the living room. To get prepared, I’m sharing some of my all time favorite living room photos for inspiration. I love a neutral color palette (although I am loving the blue & white theme that is trending right now) with a rustic glam theme. Enjoy!

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Pancetta Wrapped Pork Tenderloin w/ Cantaloupe & Red Pepper Salsa

pancetta wrapped pork tenderloin

You wouldn’t normally think of cantaloupe for a salsa but it was so light and refreshing. This is a great meal for a summer night when you don’t want to turn on the oven because your house already feels like one, which is every night for me these days. It was also a pretty quick dish to prepare for a weeknight meal (20 minutes to prep and 25 minutes on the grill). I got this recipe from the new July issue of Cooking Light, it’s got tons of great summer recipes and I’m sure you’ll see a few more posted here soon.

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Raspberry Scones

raspberry scones
I hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend! We spent the holiday at home trying to comfort our anxiety ridden dog from the noise of the fireworks. Our puppy didn’t seem to even notice the noise but our older female dog has a tough time with the holiday every year and spent the entire night under bed. I did, however, happen to get a lot of DIY projects done over the weekend which means some great posts coming your way very soon, including antiqued mirrors and crown molding! Stay tuned for those. I also made my first attempt at homemade scones and am pretty excited with how tasty they are.

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Red White & Blueberry Popsicles

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These HAVE to be the cutest popsicles you’ve ever seen!!! And a perfect treat for your 4th of July celebration. I got this recipe off of The view from great island, a food blog that I am now obsessed with. She uses bright, colorful foods, has beautiful photographs and makes everything look mouth-watering!

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Rib-eye with Mustard Butter and Herb Fries

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I recently bought a new cookbook, My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz, and this is the first recipe I tried. I’m hooked. The cookbook is full of amazing French recipes, explanations of French cooking techniques and beautiful pictures. If you want to try something new in the kitchen, I highly recommend it!

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