Favorite Food Blogs

My grandmother was an amazing cook and had several bookcases that were filled with cookbooks.  She would take them to bed and read them before falling asleep at night.  Much like her I am drawn to looking at cookbooks or recipes online. I love getting inspiration day in and day out from different food bloggers that I follow and seeing their beautiful creations they make.  One thing I love is that so many bloggers have made good, wholesome recipe inspiration available for people, especially those with special dietary restrictions. Keep on reading!

Top 5 Friday Fun

Good morning all!  I am so looking forward to the weekend ahead with my family.  We have been so unsettled while we wait to move into a house and are lucky to be staying at a friend’s house while they are out of town.  We are looking forward to a very slow paced and relaxing weekend filled with time in the pool, walks with the pups, and playtime.  I am also excited to see what Meghan Markle will be wearing!  Anyone planning on watching the Royal Wedding tomorrow morning??   Keep on reading!

DIY Wall Pockets

I recently came across some air dry clay that my daughter and I had used to make faces for some nature spirit dolls we crafted together.  I thought the excess clay would be perfect for a little plant holder for the wall.  These wall pockets are great for an air plant, or even a little succulent, to add a pop of greenery on the wall.  Keep on reading!

Top 5 Friday Fun

What a week! Or two for that matter!  Two weeks ago we left the East coast and moved cross country for my husband’s job.  We made the most of our 12 day road trip and finally made it to our destination on Wednesday night.  I am exhausted.  I enjoyed relaxing for a bit catching up on some of my favorite blogs. Keep on reading!

Macrame Wooden Hanging Shelf

It isn’t a secret that Lisa and I both love our plants!  My husband has nicknamed me the crazy plant lady after carting around 5 boxes of various plants as we make our way across the country.  Admittedly, I have gotten some strange looks as I wheel them into various hotels across the country!  I am really looking forward to getting settled again and decorating a new home.

Lately I have been really into home decor with greenery and can’t wait to share this very simple DIY with you all.  This hanging shelf is the perfect way to add a unique pop of greenery to our new home!

Macrame cord, stain, wood board
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Supplies

  • Wood board, I used this one
  • Macrame cord
  • Circle wooden ring, like this
  • Stain or paint, if desired

Directions

applying stain to board
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  1. Stain board according to package directions, if desired.
  2. After the stain has completely dried, cut macrame cord to size.  I cut six total cords: three were 60″ in length and three were 30″ in length.  You may like them longer or shorter depending on preference, but try to keep three cords twice the length as the other three since these will be wrapped around.
  3. You will want to gather all your cords together and then fold in half.  This fold will be tied onto the wooden ring using a larks head knot.
  4. Spread the cord into three sections.  Each section will have two longer cords (knotting cords) and two shorter cords (center cords).  I used a kettle bell to anchor my loop to make it easier to do macrame knots.  This helps to keep it from shifting.  You will only work on one section at a time. 

    macrame start
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  5. There are several types of macrame knots you can use.  I used the square knot first.  To do this you bring the left knotting cord under the two center cords and over the right knotting cord.  Then bring the right knotting cord over the two center cords and under the left knotting cord.  Pull tight.

    macrame knot
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  6. Repeat, but this time do the opposite sequence:  left knotting cord over the two center cords and under the right knotting cord.  Then bring the right knotting cord under the two center cords and over the left knotting cord.  Pull tight. macrame3
  7. Repeat this sequence as many times as you would like.

    macrame square knot
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  8. Move further down the cord and follow the knotting instructions above, but this time don’t reverse the sequence.  This is called a half knot.  Bring the left knotting cord over the two center cords and under the right knotting cord.  The right knotting cord will go under the two center cords and over the left knotting cord.  Pull tight and repeat as desired.  This will cause the knots to form a spiral look. macrame5
  9. I added more square knots to the bottom section of the cord.
  10. Repeat on the remaining two sections to create three uniform macrame cords.
  11. Tie the cords together in a knot and place wood shelf in the center. You may need to move the macrame cords around a little to balance the shelf.

    macrame shelf
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  12. Hang the shelf from the ceiling and place a plant or item of your choice on shelf and enjoy!

    Macrame shelf
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Healthy Road Trip Food

My family and I have been on the road for 6 days now and still have a few more days to go.  We are in the process of moving cross country and are taking time to enjoy some sights along the way.  While on the road, it can sometimes seem hard to eat healthy, especially when you have a target mileage to hit and there are so many fast food signs and gas station travel centers everywhere you go.  With a little planning, easy and healthier snacks and meals are possible.  Keep on reading!