Young and Crafty Sisters

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Flowers

 

I love flowers. I know, I know, they wither and die quickly. But they are so pretty for the week or so that they are sitting on my counter. I smile every time I see them. There is just nothing better than fresh flowers.

 

Bouqs box

 

 

The Bouqs Co. has beautiful flowers. What’s really cool about them is that they are grown on an active volcano. The flowers are clipped only when an order is placed. This definitely helps guarantee freshness and that your flowers will last a good long time.

 

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They come bundled up really well. So well, that it took me a good 5 minutes to get the plastic cut!  They provide plant food to put in your vase to help your flowers last longer.

 

Bouqs flowers

 

Yellow is my absolute favorite color! And lilies are my favorite flower. This couldn’t have been more of a perfect combo! They are stunning. I love the vibrant color and they definitely made me smile when I looked at them. Who says you can’t get flowers to treat yourself?!

 

If you want to send flowers to someone, consider heading to The Bouqs Co. and check out what they have to offer! You will not be disappointed.

 

The Bouqs - Premium Farm Direct Flowers

 

 

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I was compensated with flowers for this post.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Fall Deco Mesh Wreath

 

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I wish I could take credit for this super cute wreath but I can’t. My mom made it and she did a fabulous job.

 

Every two years we have a family reunion in Minnesota. In order to make money for food and things, everyone brings a craft. Tickets are .50 cents each and you put tickets in brown bags in hopes that your name is drawn. It really is so much fun and everybody brings such cool stuff! Long story short, mom made it for her craft for the reunion.

 

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I think this wreath is perfect to transition from fall and all the way through Thanksgiving.

 

Fall Deco Mesh Wreath

 

If you want to learn how to make a deco mesh wreath, go see my tutorial HERE. And you can see the Christmas deco mesh wreath that I made HERE.

 

These are seriously so easy to make. Give it a shot!

 

 

 

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Linking Up To These Parties:
Monday- Skip to my Lou Craft-O-Maniac Making the World Cuter C.R.A.F.T. The Girl CreativeTuesday- Sugar Bee Crafts A Diamond in the Stuff Home Stories A to Z Today's Creative BlogFunky Polkadot Giraffe Wednesday-  Trendy Treehouse Fireflies & Jellybeans Thursday-Somewhat Simple House of Hepworths Friday-Tatertots and Jello Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday-Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time

Monday, September 1, 2014

Sparkling Dishes with Finish

 

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

 

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After moving and unpacking all of my dishes I noticed right away that they were dirty. They had been packed away in storage for over six months. Even though they were well wrapped, just something about them being packed away for that long made them dirty. I washed every single dish that I had. Unfortunately I used a cheap brand of detergent and still didn’t feel like they were 100% clean. I guess the saying, you get what you pay for, rings true!

 

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There were so many Finish products that it was hard to choose! The dishwasher detergent tablets come in several different size packs which I really liked. The products were easy to find on the dishwashing detergent isle at Walmart. Walmart is also have a rollback on prices until October. Combine that with the $1 off coupon below to save even more money. You can’t beat that!

 

So I decided that I should re-wash everything. It was such a hassle but it needed to be done. I was super impressed with how well Finish products cleaned my dishes. None of that filmy stuff that sometimes is left on from using a cheap detergent. Not only were my dishes clean, but I now have a clean dishwasher! It’s sparkling!

 

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That wine glass is so clean you can see right through it. I don’t think I will ever go back to any other type of dishwashing detergent. I also got the Booster that stays in your dishwasher for about a month. It really helps those dishes sparkle.

 

 

 

 

 

#SparklySavings

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hannah’s New Apartment

 

So I am officially settled into my new apartment. All of the boxes are unpacked and I have thins mostly the way I want them. Of course, there are plans for things I want to change!  It has proven to be the perfect size for me though. I downsized a LOT. I went from a 3 bedroom house to a 1 bedroom apartment. I thought that I would give you guys a quick little tour. It will be quick because it’s not very big.

 

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Here is my cute little kitchen. Above the countertops was kind of by accident! We were unloading boxes and just started putting d├ęcor items up there to get them out of the way. Then my mom started to arrange them and it sort of stuck. I kinda love it.

 

You can find the post for the EAT letters HERE, the lantern redo HERE, the black and white string art HERE, and the window frame coat rack HERE.

 

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I found these two stools at none other than Target. I loved the industrial vibe. My apartment does not have a dining room so this is where I eat!

 

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There is no pantry and I needed every bit of cabinet space for dishes and things. I had to get a little creative for creating a pantry. The washer and dryer are right off the kitchen and there was so much empty dead space. I got some simple wire rack shelves to hold ziploc bags, paper plates, and other random things. I also got a door rack that has been the best thing ever. It holds so much stuff and is pretty much my pantry!

 

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This is a shot looking into my living room from the kitchen. I got a new couch and chair for a great price. They were exactly what I wanted. Linen, cream, and so comfy.

 

You can find the tutorial for the mirror redo HERE, the white side table HERE, the dresser HERE, and the windsor chair HERE. 

 

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I picked up the filing cabinet from and estate sale for a steal of $12. I’ll be honest, the dresser was temporary and I’ve already got a new entertainment center to show you guys!

 

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This whole set up was in the guest bedroom at my old house. Let me tell you, I am so over that comforter! I’ve had my eye out for something else. I really like quilts and I am leaning towards white so that I can change accent colors if I want.

 

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I temporarily had this table on this wall. It is no longer there and the dresser from the living room was moved in it’s place. The table, sadly, was sold in the garage sale.

 

To see the white table redo go HERE.

 

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I have a really nice sized closet. Trust me, I have used every square inch. I know it looks messy here but it really is well organized!

 

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Inside my closet to the left is where I keep my  jewelry. I just nailed some of those picture hangers into the wall.

 

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And here’s my little bathroom. I kept the shower curtain from my old guest bathroom.

 

You can see the bathroom remodel HERE.

 

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Linking Up To These Parties:
Monday- Skip to my Lou Craft-O-Maniac Making the World Cuter C.R.A.F.T. The Girl CreativeTuesday- Sugar Bee Crafts A Diamond in the Stuff Home Stories A to Z Today's Creative BlogFunky Polkadot Giraffe Wednesday-  Trendy Treehouse Fireflies & Jellybeans Thursday-Somewhat Simple House of Hepworths Friday-Tatertots and Jello Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday-Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time

And that’s it! Well, I guess I do have a patio but I haven’t done anything to it. Maybe I will in the future!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Brittany’s Fun Friday

 

 

Fun Friday

 

It may be Friday but I will be working the weekend.  I will definitely be looking forward to a few days off starting Wednesday.  I am making a trip to San Antonio and back home to east Texas to do a little wedding dress shopping with my mom and Hannah.

 

Speaking of weddings…they are expensive!!  So Brent and I have been trying to save more money and cook at home.  We have always loved to cook but we recently began menu planning and grocery shopping on Sunday afternoons for the whole week.  We pull out his iPad and use the Big Oven app to find and save recipes.  It really has been a lifesaver to keep meals fresh and fun.  It’s also great quality time for me and Brent each evening.

 

 

I am in love with white hydrangeas.  I have multiple arrangements around my house and would love for white hydrangeas to be the main flower at our wedding!

 

Hydrangeas

 

If you have been reading our blog you know that we love to watch tv.  Brent and I have a new obsession but it’s a little unexpected because it’s not a hot new show.  It’s the Sopranos!!   This show about an Italian mobster premiered in 1999 but we are able to watch all the seasons on HBO Go. 

 

 

I hope you all enjoy your weekend and thanks for following Young and Crafty Sisters!!

 

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Monday- Skip to my Lou Craft-O-Maniac Making the World Cuter C.R.A.F.T. The Girl CreativeTuesday- Sugar Bee Crafts A Diamond in the Stuff Home Stories A to Z Today's Creative Blog Funky Polkadot Giraffe Wednesday-  Trendy Treehouse Fireflies & Jellybeans Thursday-Somewhat Simple House of Hepworths Friday-Tatertots and Jello Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday- Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

High Protein Breakfast Casserole


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I wake up early for work to make an hour commute everyday.  I need a breakfast that is quick but will also keep me full for hours.  I make this high protein breakfast casserole on Sunday nights and heat it up each morning.  Takes about 30 minutes to bake on Sunday but only 45 seconds to heat up each morning. 
I cut the casserole into 5 servings, one for each day of the week.  Each serving is 200 calories and 19 grams of protein!!  This is an excellent way to eat a hot, healthy breakfast on the go and skip the drive-thru window.

Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup hash browns
  • 6 ounces spicy turkey sausage
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup Chipotle cheddar cheese

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Tips:  The frozen hash browns can often be really wet.  I like to squeeze out the excess water through a paper towel.

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Tips:  I would normally use skim milk but Brent picked out the milk this week.  Use a lower fat version to decrease the calories, or keep the higher fat option to keep you full longer!

Bake the casserole in a 350 degree oven for approximately 30 minutes or until firm.

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This is also a great way to feed a crowd for brunch or breakfast without being in the kitchen for hours.  Whip the casserole up ahead of time and pop in the oven in the morning.

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Linking Up To These Parties:
Monday- Skip to my Lou Craft-O-Maniac Making the World Cuter C.R.A.F.T. The Girl CreativeTuesday- Sugar Bee Crafts A Diamond in the Stuff Home Stories A to Z Today's Creative Blog Funky Polkadot Giraffe Wednesday-  Trendy Treehouse Fireflies & Jellybeans Thursday-Somewhat Simple House of Hepworths Friday-Tatertots and Jello Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday- Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time

Monday, August 25, 2014

Wine Cork Monogram

 

 

Wine Cork Monogram

 

I love all thing monogrammed and combined that with my love of wine.  With so many B’s in our name (Brent & Brittany Beaver…or future Mrs. Beaver Smile) it’s easy to love monograms.  This is a simple, quick project and looks perfect in this little alcove in our living room.

 

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All you need for this project is a hot glue gun, wine corks, and I picked up this wooden letter from a local craft store for a few bucks.  I save all my corks in this “vino” wall hanger, which was starting to spill over, so it was definitely time for a project so I can make room for more.

 

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I found it easiest to glue each cork down as I went versus setting all the corks up first because they kept falling over.  Place a small dot of hot glue on the bottom and a line down the side to glue to the cork next to it.  I think it is nice to alternate the colors of the cork from the whites and reds.

This is a special project for me because the monogram contains champagne corks from our engagement and special bottles of wine shared by friends and family.  I carefully placed the corks so that the names of the wine/vineyard show on the outside as much as possible.

 

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Just play with the sizes and shapes of the corks to make it fit into whatever letter is special to you!!  I love how it turned out and think this would make a great housewarming gift for a friend!

 

Wine Cork Monogram

 

Have a good week and enjoy a glass of wine…for craft projects of course!!

 

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Linking Up To These Parties:
Monday- Skip to my Lou Craft-O-Maniac Making the World Cuter C.R.A.F.T. The Girl CreativeTuesday- Sugar Bee Crafts A Diamond in the Stuff Home Stories A to Z Today's Creative Blog Funky Polkadot Giraffe Wednesday-  Trendy Treehouse Fireflies & Jellybeans Thursday-Somewhat Simple House of Hepworths Friday-Tatertots and Jello Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday- Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time