DIY: Mani/Pedi Caddy

 
 
My weekend ritual almost always involves pampering myself with a pedicure.  Nothing too fancy, but I do like spending a little time on my tired tootsies after a long week. 

The thing is, I got tired of having to gather all the supplies I needed before I got started.  I was constantly searching for polish remover, hunting down cotton balls and q-tips, looking for that elusive shade of polish and trying to find my foot cream. I finally had a stroke of genius and decided to fill a caddy with all the odds and ends I would need so wouldn't have to hunt for them every time I wanted to do my nails.  Now when I want to do my nails, it is as easy of grabbing my caddy and I'm good to go.  Plus, since it's portable, I can easily carry it to wherever I want to do my nails, whether that's watching TV on the couch, lounging on the patio or anywhere else I'd like to be.

Tired of searching for your essentials also?  Make your own Mani/Pedi Caddy!

Here's a peak into mine to get you started:

 

A few other supplies you could also include in addition to what I show above: toe separators, emory boards, nail stickers, cuticle cream and any other things you'd need.

Of course, you could use any type of basket, box or caddy to hold your supplies.  I chose a plastic caddy because it is sturdy, easy to clean and has a handle for easy carrying. 

A mani/pedi caddy would also make a great gift for a friend who needs a little pampering.  Fill one up with all the essentials and add a couple of pretty polishes and you have a really thoughtful gift.
 

Here's to pampering yourself!

WhooooHoooo!



Just a few links to check out on your way to the weekend....

No one likes to share, but do you know how common your birthday is?

These little birds are just so stinkin' cute! (by les zigouis)

A retreat beyond my wildest childhood fantasies.

Flowers, flowers and more flowers!  I love every single one of these paintings by Lulie Wallace. (check out her shop here)

This gives a whole new meaning to painting the walls.

The Great Gatsby movie trailer.  I'm not a big movie fanatic, but I'm pretty excited about this one.

Let's take bets, who is gonna get out of the door faster?

Sadly, I think this slinky works out more than me.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Grass got your tongue?


Tanner's number one favorite thing of all time to do in the yard is graze on the grass.  In fact, he's developed a pretty serious grass eating habit.  I can always count on finding him behind a tall tuft of grass just a-chewing away.  We've got our fingers crossed that, if he keeps grazing at his current rate,  we will be able to retire our lawnmower soon, and, of course, my husband won't complain about that.  As for Mr. Tanner, I'm starting to wonder if he thinks he's a cow.  Come to think of it, he also oinks like a pig.   Maybe he belongs on a farm...  

Poor little guy, where did we go wrong in raising him?  Although it's pretty stinkin' cute to have a pup who oinks and munches on grass....

Grass is not the only vegetation that he finds irresistible in the yard.  Take a peak at how Tanner enjoys his flowers.

Recipe: Greek Dip & Pita Wraps



I found this recipe on the website Our Best Bites, which is full of great recipe ideas in case you ever get stuck in a 'what's for dinner' rut.  

This dip has become a fast favorite in our house and is a dish we will be adding to our regular repertoire of go-to recipes. While the dip by itself is delicious, we decided to adapt the recipe and take it a step further by adding grilled chicken to make Greek Pita Wraps.  Enjoy!


Greek Dip:

Stuff you'll need:
1 8-oz package of cream cheese, softened
1 tsp fresh dill
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 lemon, juiced
1 10-oz package of hummus
1 cucumber diced
1 tomato diced
1/2 cup Kalamata olives, chopped
3 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup Feta cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced

Chicken Pita Wraps:

Stuff you'll need:
Greek Dip (recipe above)
3-4 Grilled chicken breasts, diced
Pita pockets

Method:

To make the dip, combine the cream cheese, garlic, dill and lemon juice with an electric mixer.  Spread this mixture onto the bottom of a serving platter.  Next, add a layer of hummus.  Top with cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, green onions, Feta and parsley.  Cover and chill for an hour or so before serving. Serve as a dip with pita chips, or if you'd like to make the Chicken Pita Wraps, fill a pita pocket with the dip and add some grilled chicken and you've got yourself a delicious Mediterranean meal.



Ohhhh, myyyyy goooooodness, who's hungry?!!




Botanical.

Maybe its the spring air or all the fabulous sunshine, but I'm completely infatuated with gardens right now.  It's a little ironic considering I've never been able to boast about having a green thumb.  My previous track record includes killing pretty much every plant I've ever had responsibility for, including a cactus.  It's embarrassing, but its come to the point where my husband won't even let me water the house plants.  (It's probably for the best...just ask our plants, they'll vouch for that.)  Still, my history of being a plant killer doesn't keep me from dreaming about creating my own botanical utopia in the backyard one day. All I need to do is grow a green thumb first.  A bit dirt and a little water....it can't be that hard, right?

Here are some photos that have me in a gardening mood.  They were taken on a recent trip to the botanical gardens.  If these don't inspire me to grow a green thumb, I'm not sure what will.










Happy Thursday!

DIY: Tape Dispenser Makeover


I saw this simple little project tacked up on Pinterest (check out these pins here and here).  Since I still had some pretty paper left over from my Mason Jar Makeover post, I decided that this would be the perfect project to accomplish next on my looong list of things I've pinned to do on Pinterest.

HERE'S THE HOW TO:

Stuff you'll need:


Just a few notes on supplies:  It's best to use a thick sheet of paper that will stand easily on its own. Also, the paper I used had a pattern on both sides so that it would look pretty from both the front or the back.

Method:

1. Remove the paper insert from the tape dispenser and use it as a template.  Trace its shape onto your paper:



2. Cut out along the outline you drew and place the pretty paper cut out you made into the dispenser:



With double sided paper, it looks great from both sides:



Whew, that's one Pinterest project accomplished, and only 1,567  more left to go! Bring it on, Pinterest. Bring. It. On....

Oh, how her garden grows.

Just a few photos from a recent stroll through my mother-in-law's amazing backyard garden. The garden is both rustic and beautiful with hand constructed wooden fences enclosing the fragrant blooms. I love how she added a touch of whimsy to the yard with darling teapot planters and a homemade scarecrow with major personality. I can't wait to steal some of her ideas for my own yard....
 

The amazing wooden fences were constructed by hand. While this project was a large undertaking, the result provides a charming cottage garden appeal while also serving to keep pesky deer away from the blooms. 



After seeing this cute teapot planter, I'm itching to go thrifting for teapots to create a set of whimsical tea party planters of my own!  I'm picturing succulents spilling out of a tea set.


The face of this scarecrow is nothing more than an old painted shovel.  Add some thrift store clothes and a few embellishments and you've got a scarecrow with personality to boot...brilliant!


Have any garden tips, tricks or ideas you'd like to share?
 

DIY: Floral Pin


It's spring and the flowers all a-bloom, but who says that flowers should have all the fun?  I thought I'd join in with the spring flora and wear a few pretty petals of my own.  This project is quick, easy and costs next to nothing.  Plus, you'll rival the best blooms out there.

HERE'S THE HOW TO:

What you'll need:


Just a few notes on the supplies:

I chose a simple cream colored flower this time, but can't wait to make some more in vibrant hues. At the craft store, you'll find a large selection of colors and flower styles, making it easy to find one (...or two, or three) that suit your style.

Also, I purchased the pin I used at a craft store, but you could easily sew on an old safety pin you've got lying around the house as well.  Thrifty!

Method:

1.  Remove the stem and leaves from the flower.  I just snipped these off with a pair of scissors.

2.  Sew the pin onto the back of the flower.  It is best to sew the pin a little above the center of the flower so that it hangs nicely when you wear it.  Here is what the back of mine looks like:



And that is all there is to it.  Enjoy!


Speaking of flowers, how my cRaZy puppy Tanner enjoys his flowers vs. how I enjoy mine.

UPDATE:  Check out these posts for some more fun ways to style this flower pin: