Today on the blog from Laura! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "We have been working hard to finish our outdoor porch projects this summer, and I was almost done with decorating when I realized that I was in need of a cute runner to go behind our outdoor sofa in our converted carport patio. Now, I don't know about you, but I find the "outdoor rug" category to be one of the hardest to shop in—I can never find what I want! I knew I wanted something with a pattern to bring a little interest to that walkway so I decided buy a jute rug and stencil my own pattern so I could get exactly what I was looking for...it's a super easy way to add some interest to a rug and I'll show you what I did!"
Pink Fruit Pizza! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Ingredients - 16 oz of refrigerated sugar cookie dough pre-made or you can use your own recipe - 8 oz strawberry cream cheese spread - coconut flakes - strawberries pineapple, kiwi, or whatever fruit you want - fresh mint ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Instructions ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ First, make your crust! Take your refrigerated cookie dough and roll out a large cookie on a greased baking sheet that is 1/4-1/2" thick. I found it easiest to roll out the dough on the baking sheet directly with a piece of wax paper on top and then use a pizza cutter to trim off the jagged edges. Bake until your cookie edges just start to turn golden brown (you want the cookie to be a little underdone so it has a chewy texture). It took about 17 minutes for mine to start to turn golden. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Let the cookie completely cool, and then ice the cookie with the strawberry cream cheese, leaving the last inch of the edge plain so it looks more like a pizza crust. If you want a brighter red spread to mimic the pizza sauce, you can stir in a dash of food coloring first. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sprinkle your coconut topping on top of the cream cheese. For more of a "baked cheese" color, you can toast some of the coconut in a dry pan first until it starts to turn golden brown. Add your cut fruit to mimic your pizza toppings (I used strawberries, pineapple and kiwi), and finish off with some whole or chopped mint leaves.
This crepe paper flower garland is so much fun for an end of summer event. Learn how to make these pretty paper blooms by searching “crepe flowers” on A Beautiful Mess. 🌸
Sometimes it’s the small luxuries in life that really count. A gourmet donut, splurging on some expensive face cream, or maybe a luxury bath caddy to take your next bath experience to spa level? Having a caddy in your bathroom is a great spot to set your bath salts and bombs, a candle or two, or even use as a reading shelf if you like to relax with a good book in the tub. We thought that a few sheets of acrylic would make a beautiful bath caddy, and we think we were right! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Search "acrylic caddy" on A Beautiful Mess to learn how to make this super chic bathroom accessory.
Laura made this adorable "rainbow rice" for Lola's sensory bins: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "So, as a Mom of only one kid so far, I basically learn about all the things that kids can play with as Lola hits each developmental milestone, and while I've known about sensory bins for the past year, it's only been recently that Lola's really gotten interested in them. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For those of you who don't know, "sensory bins" are just bins or boxes of just about anything that feels cool/fun to touch (like water, sand, uncooked beans and rice or pasta, pom poms, etc) and then you give them a bunch of scoops and bowls and just let them dig/sort/squish/pour their way through the different textures—they love it! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We tried it last summer but Lola was too interested in eating the uncooked food items, so we had to back off and wait until that instinct passed and she wasn't interested in trying to eat them anymore, and now she loves it! I had been using uncooked white rice in her sensory play but then I saw that you can dye the rice fun colors and pretty quickly I knew I needed to give that a try as well. There are lots of ways to dye the rice but I went with a super quick version (only takes 5 minutes to mix up!) that lasts the longest, so I'll show you what I did on the blog today!"
Do you struggle with productivity? If so, today’s blog post is for you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ One of Emma’s and my most requested topics is productivity. Over the years we’ve learned to get the most out of our workdays and be as productive as possible. So today I’ll share the things that help us to be productive each day!
Mini meditation: Next time you experience rejection make sure to look out for what new thing may be coming your way. Rejection is simply redirection! This doesn’t mean you can’t feel bummed if you got passed over for some opportunity, it’s ok to feel sad. But don’t give up! The next big thing may be just around the corner and you would have missed it if it wasn’t for this temporary rejection. 💛👊🏻
Today we're excited to share a fun technique for making super pretty FLORAL ice cubes! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ How to make floral ice cubes: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There are two ways to make floral ice cubes. One is to find flowers that are small enough to put whole into your ice cubes. A lot of grocery stores sell edible flowers and a lot of the time they are small enough. But sometimes they aren’t, so instead, I made floral confetti by simply cutting up the flowers into confetti size pieces! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Tips: -Use edible flowers, and get organic if you can! - You can find the link to a list of edible flowers in this original post by searching 'floral ice cubes' on ABM -Even though I use edible flowers, I still consider them a garnish and personally do not eat them, but at least I know they are safe! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1. First, cut up your flowers into small pieces, like confetti. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2. Next, fill an ice cube tray with your flower confetti, and then pour water into each cube square. Press the flowers into the water (they will still stick out a little and that’s OK). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3. Freeze them until they are completely solid. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 4. Now we’re ready to make a fun drink to put these pretty cubes to use!
I've admittedly always been more of a natural spender, and my sister was born a saver. I've always admired that about her! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In recent years, I've slowly been working to improve my habits and achieve goals for our family, such as purchasing our first investment properties and paying for two adoptions in cash we saved up. Today on the blog, I'm sharing some of my favorite money saving tips.
The rest of Emma's BnB is up on the blog, and today we're talking bedrooms and bathrooms!
What are you reading this summer? We're partnering with @houseofanansi to celebrate the launch of The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart in the U.S, one of @emmaredvelvet's favorite books this summer! She really loved how wild flower meanings started each chapter and were woven through the storyline. Comment below with a book you've been loving or wanting to read and one winner will get this book and a bundle of other books (swipe for a sneak peak of the titles)! Giveaway is open to U.S and Canada residents only through 8/4/19 at 11:59pm CST. Winner will be contacted directly. #houseofanansi #emmareads
@mandimakes threw the most perfect mermaid princess party ever! Visit the blog today to see everything that went into this under the sea soirée, including a sandcastle cake!? It's truly too good to miss!
This darling macrame shower curtain? You can make it yourself! The fact that this shower curtain goes all the way to the floor makes it extra-luxe. Search 'macrame curtain' on A Beautiful Mess for the DIY!
Lately I've gotten a few comments about how and why everything in our "life" matches. Some of the comments are nice and some are not so nice, sort of implying that because everything in my home matches a certain color scheme that my photos are more fake (which is not true, of course!). At first I was surprised people cared at all. But after I got a few similar comments I realized this is actually a GREAT topic for a blog post.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Today on the blog I thought it would be fun to share some photos of my clothing (mine and Nova's, I don't choose my husbands clothing at all) and also our home and talk about the colors I am drawn to and how it feels to live in a house that matches, haha 💛
Delicious Homemade French Onion Dip Recipe — a perfect summer snack! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Ingredients 4 ounces chopped onion 3 cloves of minced garlic 2 tablespoons butter 2 heaping tablespoons chopped chives 16 ounces two packages softened cream cheese 1 cup sour cream 1/4 cup mayo 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds salt and pepper to taste ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Instructions In a small sauce pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Cook the onion and garlic until the onion is very soft and just beginning to brown. Remove from heat. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In a mixing bowl, combine the cooked onion mixture, chives, cream cheese, sour cream, mayo, mustard, and celery seeds. Mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Recipe Notes This dip is great to make the morning or even day before your event because the flavors will deepen. Simply store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve.
This upcycled cardboard castle is TOO cute!! Such a fun craft for a rainy or super hot day when indoors is the place to be. Search "cardboard castle" on A Beautiful Mess to make your own! ✨
My (Emma's) BnB tour part 1 is on the blog today! I'm gonna show you all the living spaces today. In case you missed it, Elsie and I bought a duplex earlier this year. Both units are available as short-term rentals and you can follow along at @elsieandemma.🏡
It's THE WEEKEND!!! Oh, and we think we just found our favorite summer cocktail ever! Get the recipe for Laura's Watermelon Mint Frosé on the blog today — serious summer vibes await you!
Want to be productive while you breeze through your favorite shows? Search "15 crafts" on A Beautiful Mess for "15 Crafts You Can Do While Watching TV", including this woven beauty!
Fresh squeezed! 🍊Emma's sharing an easy way to make your own beaded earrings using supplies from our favorite place to buy craft supplies, @joann_stores. And, we're giving away a $100 gift card to JOANN so you can make your own! To enter, like this photo and tell us what kind of earrings you would make using seed beads. Giveaway open through 7/28/19 at 11:59CST. Winner will be contacted directly. #HandmadewithJoann
Learn how to make this cute and cozy hooded towel by searching 'hooded towel' on A Beautiful Mess! We love how these can be customized with patches. ☺️
We have a special guest on the blog today! We are so excited for @luckyandi to share her incredible DIY greenhouse with us. The entire greenhouse is made out of recycled windows and doors from East Nashville, and yes— we had the pleasure of seeing it in person. 😍
Emma's "Building Blocks for the Perfect Stir Fry" (save this for later so you have it when you need dinner in a pinch!): ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Grains – Rice, quinoa, noodles, cauliflower rice (if you want to go grain-free) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Protein – Tempeh, baked tofu, eggs, shrimp, chicken (lots of plant-based options or meat) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Vegetables – Bell peppers, broccoli, onion, cabbage, zucchini, etc., or you can add some fruit ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Flavor – Garlic, ginger, green onion, fresh herbs ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sauce – Keep it simple with just soy sauce or Braggs liquid aminos, or you can really do it up ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Crunch – Cashews, sesame seeds, peanuts, etc. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You might want to try and keep the ratios of these components relative to what's in the pyramid here, but feel free to break the rules from time to time if you like. 🙂
Today on the blog I'm sharing a VERY personal post: how I changed my life last year. This post includes everything from weight loss to overcoming fears and building confidence. Not an advice post, just my story that I wanted to share. 💛
It seems like velvet pillows are EVERYWHERE right now! If you're looking to save a little money on them or want to have a fun crafternoon this weekend, we have a DIY to make them yourself! Search "velvet pillow" on the blog for two different pillow posts.
The FLOWER BRAID 😍It's easier than you might think and doesn't use a lot of hair, so you can double or triple up and still have a full look: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Step One: Separate a small section of hair towards the top of your head into a small ponytail with a clear elastic. You really don’t need to tie off much hair at all! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Step Two: Divide this ponytail into two even sections. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Step Three: Twist both sections in the same direction; I twisted both of my sections to the right. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Step Four: Twist the sections together in the opposite direction; since I twisted each individually to the right, I twisted them together to the left. This makes a simple rope braid. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Step Five: Twist to the ends of your hair and tie off with a small elastic. If you’ve done your rope braid right, the twists will hold together on their own. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Step Six: Take your rope braid up and spin it around itself; I like to place the end of the braid in the center and curl the rest of the braid around that. Pin in place with a couple of bobby pins.
Ever wanted to learn how to make cute felted objects? Search 'felt garland' on ABM to find out how to make these little macarons. 💖
Elsie's BnB bedroom tours are on the blog today! There are three and they all have a different look.
Iced Chai with CBD ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Ingredients: - strongly brewed chai tea - nut milk or any kind of milk- I used cashew - CBD oil (I like The Daily Hit from @capbeautydaily) - sweetener of your choice - cinnamon - nutmeg and star anise (optional) - ice ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Instructions: In whatever cup you plan on using, pour in the milk and chai tea you want. I do about half and half in each glass. I find that measuring in the glass helps me waste less and I save the leftover brewed tea in the fridge for later. Pour your tea/milk combo in the blender. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Add some CBD oil. Check how much the bottle recommends for a dose and add that much in your blender. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Next, add your sweetener. You can use sugar, honey, xylitol, whatever you like. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Next, I add a pretty big sprinkle of cinnamon and a small sprinkle of nutmeg. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Blend, pour and enjoy!
Hi friends! I'm here today to talk about baby naming! I've loved the subject of baby names for as long as I can remember. Even as early as elementary school I can remember drawing photos of my imaginary (HUGE) family and giving them each names. As fate would have it, I didn't enter the world of motherhood until I was 35 years old, so yeah, I had plenty of time to acquire a very long list of beautiful and unique baby names. Head to the blog for both of my girls' naming stories and more...
When we heard @realbrookewhite was a fan of A Beautiful Mess and she wanted to be part of our At Home With series, we were like … YES, please. Today, she’s sharing her remodeled home on the blog (spoiler alert: it’s bright, airy and sooo cozy) and a little bit about her new single, and record—which is coming soon. Click the link in our profile to visit the blog!
Gearing up to go somewhere this summer to get a piece of that beach life?! Turn a simple straw clutch into the most perfect vacation bag. Search 'straw clutch' on ABM to find out how!
Mandi made the most AMAZING waterfall upholstered bench, and it's on the blog today! 😍
YES YES YES! And guess what?! Every body is a swimsuit body! We rounded up some of our favorite budget-friendly suits on the blog today. ☺️
Crunch bars are one of Laura's favorite treats and since her family does dairy-free and vegan eating most of the time, she thought it would be fun to make a crunch bar with some caramel inside as well for an extra yummy treat — they're pretty easy, too! 🍫
Sooo adorable! Mandi used Toy Story 4 fabric from @joann_stores to make a memory game for her kiddos. Have you seen the movie yet? Follow the link in our story to make your own game! #HandmadewithJoann #ToyStory4
Would you ever paint your patio? We LOVE Laura's painted “concrete rug” situation. It adds so much to the space! If you're interested in learning how to DIY, search 'painted patio' on A Beautiful Mess. 😻
A few months back, Emma, Rachel and I had a chance to visit Caitlin's beautiful home in Oaxaca, Mexico. Upon entering her home, we were squealing over her rug collection, her incredible outdoor space and the overall effortless, yet honed, aesthetic she had created. We begged her to share her home here on A Beautiful Mess, and she agreed! Please welcome Caitlin Garcia-Ahern, creator of @threadcaravan, to the blog today! (Photo by @piececollectors)
Since most of us are pretty obsessed with filling our homes with plants, it’s high time we talk about propagation! There are lots of different ways you can propagate plants, but we're super into water propagation right now. Why? Well, because it’s SO easy and you get to watch the roots develop. This way you know the perfect time to get that baby in some soil! To get the deets, search 'water propagation' on ABM.
I’m so so excited to begin sharing my freshly completed Nashville bnb space with you today! I decided to start with the living spaces—the kitchen and dining room and the living room. Tour is up on the blog with all the details!
Learn how to make a full wedding cake with Emma on the blog today!
Search “pink lemonade” on the blog for these adorable and yummy pink lemonade jello shots!
I wanted to share my list of things we’re hoping to do as a family while we’re on our leave, and it’s on the blog today! Obviously, our number one concern is bonding with Marigold, but I learned on my first maternity leave that it works best for us to have a lot of fun activities we can do together. 💕
We are DROOLING over this cream cheese peanut butter frosting. Emma pared down this recipe to make it super easy, and with just five ingredients, you can whip up your own batch in a few minutes!
Mandi made these beautiful, vintage-inspired caned candle holders and the DIY is on the blog today — this one only requires five materials!
Ever wanted to print out BIG color photos for your decor? Find out how by searching 'engineer prints' on the blog — we'll walk you through it!
In a jam trying to find the perfect Fourth of July treat (and need it to be easy?!) Search 'easy cocktails' on the blog for our post '20+ Easy Summer Cocktails and Appetizers'!