Tuesday, October 28, 2014

10 Favorite Chocolate Recipes to Celebrate NATIONAL CHOCOLATE DAY!

Happy National Chocolate Day! I will look for any reason to celebrate a day, but CHOCOLATE?!? That is such a great reason, right?!? Yes. Chocolate is definitely celebration-worthy. It doesn't matter if I'm being careful about carbs and watching what I'm eating, a little chocolate is something I enjoy regularly. In honor of today, I've rounded up 10 of my favorite chocolate recipes that would make any day a little more special. Several of the recipes are right from this blog -- what can I say? I LOVE CHOCOLATE! Bon Appetit!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Family Room Fireplace Makeover: Before & After

Family Room Fireplace Makeover: Before and After | Lilikoi Joy

Hello, friends! We have been rockin' and rollin' around here as we get the family room makeover moving again 4 months laterrr, and I'm SO happy to say that the fireplace is finally finished! We just got done with it so we're giving it some time for the grout and mortar to really set and cure (and seal!) before putting the mirror back up and finishing accessorizing this area to add in more layers of interest, but it's done, it's done! Hooray!!

BEFORE: Here's a reminder of where we started with our family room fireplace:

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Take A Fun Tour of the Shop: BEACHGLASS by K. Miller Interiors

Hi, friends! In my last post, I made the exciting (to me) announcement that I made a big change in the career department. I'm now working for BEACH GLASS by K. Miller Interiors, a local home decor shop and interior design studio that opened last October. The shop is owned by Krista Miller, a beautiful (inside and out), warm, and talented woman with an easy smile, the kind of person that people immediately like the moment they meet her. You'll hear more about her as we go on the tour.

Since I jabbered on and on in the last post about how happy I am to work here and why, how about today I actually show you around the shop and tell you a little more about it? Come on in and stay awhile!

Let's start at the entrance. BEACH GLASS is in a charming little area of Mukilteo next to Red Cup Cafe with pretty views of Puget Sound:
BEACHGLASS By K. Miller Interiors

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes! A Happy New Job Announcement, Fall Wreath, Empty Nesting, and More

Happy Fall! I'm totally dating myself using an old David Bowie song in the title of this post, but that's exactly what's going through my mind as I think of all the changes happening in our household this month. September is naturally a month of transition - back to school, the arrival of fall, wardrobes transitioning from shorts to boots - and this September is no exception. Here are a few changes happening around here this month:

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Preppy Pumpkins Pillow

DIY Preppy Pumpkins Pillow

Fall has arrived all over the Internet and Pinterest! Everywhere you turn, it's pumpkin this or autumn leaves that. How about you, are you in full fall mode already? I love fall, but I'm not ready for it quite yet. The weather in the Seattle area is still beautiful with temperatures in the 70s and 80s, so I'm holding on to summer as long as I can! I did, however, work on one little fall pillow project this week that was fun and easy.

Remember the pineapple pillow from spring time?

Friday, August 29, 2014

Hey Foxy Lady! A Barrel Cane Chair Makeover

I finally finished sprucing up the $5 chair I picked up on Craigslist back in April. Five dollars! That's the cost of a footlong sandwich! 

Below is the actual photo from the Craigslist ad of the chair before her makeover. Doesn't it just entice you to want to buy it??? No? Would you rather have a sandwich? Don't ask me how, but it beckoned me with its curved back and caning:

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Weekend in Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver British Columbia
Downtown Vancouver from Stanley Park

Well it seems the theme for this summer in our house has been "procrastinate on all home projects because this is the nicest summer on record that we can recall and we can't stand to be inside working on home projects when we could be OUT THERE...". We are no closer to finishing up our family room makeover than we were a month ago so I have no updates to share with you in the DIY department...again. It'll get done (at least I'm pretty sure), but we just aren't inside the house all that much right now. I hope you'll indulge me in letting me share another one of my favorite pastimes instead - exploring this big beautiful world of ours, and amateur photography (okay, that's two favorite pastimes). I love the challenge of trying to capture a picture exactly how my eyes and mind see something. Sometimes, many times, the subject is just too beautiful to be caught adequately in a still frame. I keep trying. :)

Exploring and traveling doesn't have to be a grand or expensive trip every time you want to get away (although those grand adventures are lovely too!). With a kid in college, our travel budget is pretty tight right now. Luckily for us, some of our favorite places to explore and visit are right within driving distance of where we live! Last weekend we took advantage of that and spent a weekend in beautiful British Columbia, Canada for our anniversary. We live pretty close to the Canadian border and only a couple hours from Vancouver, BC (it's more like 3 hours total with the border wait) - just far enough to make it a fun road trip without getting weary about driving for long hours and hours on end.

Vancouver is a beautiful city. The city itself is huge and amazing, filled with urban delights, but just minutes away you can be in some of the prettiest spots that Mother Nature has to offer. We have been here several times over the years and each time we come away with wonderful memories.

Here are some of the things we did on our little weekend getaway: