Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Baby Room Update! DIY Shelves for Kacey's Nursery

Ok kids! Here are the fun shelves Kate and I ended up painting for the Baby's room! They turned out so cute and pretty, and I just had to share them with you!


Step 1: Buy these $7.99 shelves from Ikea.  They come with metal hinges and are super easy to drill into the wall.

Step 2: Dry brush an antique white paint onto all sides of the shelves.  Use a large dry paint brush and dip a small amount of paint onto it.  Then brush it on to the shelf in a coarse, carefree manner.  It creates a lovely farmhouse feel to the shelves. Let dry (doesn't take long!).

Step 3:  Decide what shapes you want to paint onto the shelves so you can tape off the patterns.  We used painters tape. You need to paint on all sides of shelf because you'll be able to see the bottom as well as the top.  This was the fun creative part! We went with some simple stripes on one, and got funky and whimsical on the third!

Step 4:  Paint! We chose 4 different colors from Michaels, but the world is your oyster on this one. 


You need to go slow and really plan out which color should go where.  The paint dries fairly quickly though, so this project can be accomplished in one afternoon!


And before you know it...the tape comes off and.....voila!!


3 fun, different, whimsical shelves!


This baby hasn't even arrived yet, and I've already managed to fill up all available space:)






Enjoy crafting!! I know I did...this one was a fun one!

Love!
Kacey

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Free Online Meditation Conference



Meditation.....

It's very trendy these days.  Gaining popularity in mainstream media and medical circles - while being a mainstay in yoga and spiritual communities for as long as yoga and spirit have existed.  From the Mayo Clinic to MindBodyGreen to Russell Simmons to even the Harvard Business Review, everyone is touting the benefits of incorporating a meditation practice into your daily life.

...Relieve Stress
alleviate illness...
.....promote spiritual connection...
....improve relationships
enhance mental performance....

and more.

I came across this free online Meditation conference on Entheos.  Led by Yoga and Meditation teacher Ashley Turner, the conference is available to be streamed on your computer for free from April 21st through April 25th.  

Check out the Conference Overview from the En*Theos website:

Ashley interviewed 30+ world-class experts ranging on topics from the neuroscience of meditation, mindfulness based stress-reduction, Positive Psychology, Transcendental Meditation, the Mind-Body connection, Buddhism and Tantra. 

Demystify meditation, discover a wide-range of tools from many different traditions so you can choose which practice fits your personality and lifestyle and start meditating today. 

As yogis have known for centuries and scientists have more recently discovered, the benefits of meditation are profound! This conference breaks down meditation in an accessible and practical way - so even if you only have 5 minutes, you can begin a daily meditation practice.

Amazing yoga teachers, spiritual leaders, and pop culture icons are speaking during the online global conference.  Even if you can only listen to 1 or 2, it's worth it! And free!

Namaste :)



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Monday, April 21, 2014

Ginger Beef and Kale Stir Fry


Healthy, quick, delicious!  Make this Stir fry tonight, you won't be sorry.

Ginger Beef and Kale Stir Fry
Serves 4-6
Marinade
2/3 cup low sodium Soy Sauce (Green lid!)
1 cup broth (chicken, vegetable - your choice)
5 tbsp rice wine vinegar
4 tbsp corn starch
4 tsp ground ginger
fresh ground black pepper
Stir Fry
1 lb. flank steak, cut into thin slices
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp olive oil
8 oz (1 small box) white button mushrooms
1 bunch organic Kale
1 organic red pepper, thinly sliced
Garlic Salt

1.) Whisk together all marinade ingredients and pour in a plastic bag with sliced steak. 
Let marinate in fridge for at least 30 minutes, up to a few hours.

2.)  Pour ]olive oil into a large saute pan. 
Add garlic and saute at med-hi for a minute.  
Using a slotted spoon, remove steak from plastic bag and put in pan (Save marinade).  
Saute for 5 minutes, or until cooked through.

3.)  Remove steak from pan, and set aside.  Toss in kale, mushrooms, 
red pepper, and the rest of the marinade plus a sprinkle of garlic salt.  
Stir often until kale begins to wilt and the sauce thickens.  Add steak back in 
and stir for another 3-5 minutes.

Serve stir-fry over a big pot of brown rice.

enjoy!
Kate


Friday, April 18, 2014

DIY Glitter Filled Easter Egg Place Cards


DIY Glitter Filled Easter Eggs
Clear Easter eggs from Michaels ($.99 each!)

1.) Take off top of clear egg and fill up with glitter.
I filled each egg about 1/4 of the way full.

2.)  Pop top back on egg.

3.) Using a glue ballpoint pen, write down names 
for place cards on a thin strip of white paper.

4.) Sprinkle glitter over glue.

5.) Brush off glitter (funnel back into tube to re-use).

6.) Roll both ends of paper for a fancier look.

Each place setting has a slightly different look...
Kara: old wine corks add a festive feel
Kate: dried lavender from the garden
Kacey: small white stones and mini purple carnations
Sorella: A beautiful pink flower

You could also scoop up a whole bunch of these eggs, fill them with coordinating glitter and hang them  together all at random lengths with flowers behind it as a spring wreath.  Or even hang them at various heights from your chandelier over your Easter table.






Thursday, April 17, 2014

Simple, Glittery Easter Table



Welcome to our Easter table!

For some reason, the Easter holiday always sneaks up on me.  Thanksgiving, Christmas - we have major build up for those guys.  But all of a sudden, spring has sprung, and Easter is here.  For that reason, I like to create really simple but festive tables for the spring holiday set up.  I actually had all of the items for this table - I just rummaged around all of my "hiding spots"....don't tell my husband how many hiding spots I actually have :)

This year we incorporated:


The DIY project for this year are these glitter filled easter eggs!

DIY Glitter Filled Easter Eggs
Clear Easter eggs from Michaels ($.99 each!)

1.) Take off top of clear egg and fill up with glitter.
I filled each egg about 1/4 of the way full.

2.)  Pop top back on egg.

3.) Using a glue ballpoint pen, write down names 
for place cards on a thin strip of white paper.

4.) Sprinkle glitter over glue.

5.) Brush off glitter (funnel back into tube to re-use).

6.) Roll both ends of paper for a fancier look.


 Each place setting has a slightly different look...
Kara: old wine corks add a festive feel
Kate: dried lavender from the garden
Kacey: small white stones and mini purple carnations
Sorella: A beautiful pink flower

You could also scoop up a whole bunch of these eggs, fill them with coordinating glitter and hang them  together all at random lengths with flowers behind it as a spring wreath.  Or even hang them at various heights from your chandelier over your Easter table.  A kind of grown-up mobile!


 We actually re-used the gorgeous flower arrangement from our Baby Shower last weekend! Our dear friend Alyson created the most stunning floral arrangements - and Kacey and I got to take a few home with us.   This was perfect for the table.






Aren't they beautiful? She is so talented!  And these flowers are still fresh almost a week later.  More pictures to come from the Baby Shower, I promise. We have a whole post dedicated to it.  Our friends and family did such an amazing job on the event...can't wait to share!

Happy Easter everyone - don't forget to light some candles and use whatcha got!  Get creative, but keep it simple...works every time!

xo,
Kara, Kate, and Kacey



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Healthy Chicken Salad with Greek Yogurt, Honey, Apple, and Avocado

Coming up with different ways to get my fruits and veggies can be routine sometimes.  I loooooove Chicken Salad, but I don't always like to eat all that Mayo...as much as I love mayo:)

I decided to experiment with Greek Yogurt today for lunch...Here's what I came up with!!





Healthy Chicken Salad:
1 cup of shredded or chopped chicken breast
(I used Rotisserie today!)
1 small can water chestnuts, chopped
1/2 chopped Organic Fuji Apple
1/4 cup dried cranberries
2 TBSP chopped walnuts or almonds
1 avocado, chopped

3/4 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
2 TBSP fresh Honey
1 TBSP Red Wine Vinegar
1 TBSP Balsamic Vinegar
1 TBSP White Balsamic Vinegar
Salt and Pepper to taste

Mix it all together and voila!  It's delicious with a brown rice cake, stuff it in a Pita, or have a sandwich with some whole wheat bread and lettuce!




Mangia Mangia!
Kacey

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Circle of Life...and Weekly favorites


It has been a whirlwind week and a half for us Sorelle...words that come to mind:

full
sad
Pop Pop
Gramma
Eternal
Colorado
memories
love
family
baby
pink
Beach
friends
circle of life

Our beloved grandfather, our Pop Pop, followed in our dear Gramma's footsteps and went to heaven a mere 2 months after she did.  It's a true love story - and now they are together again.  Kacey and I traveled to Denver last week for the celebration of his life.  Then everyone turned around and traveled right back to Southern California for our joint baby shower...talk about the circle of life.  Both events were truly lovely, touching, and life affirming.  More to come on the gorgeous baby shower, but for now, here are a few articles that have caught my eye over the past few weeks. Enjoy!



How to Make your bedroom an allergy free zone on Apartment Therapy