Funfetti Cake Dip

Thank goodness for Pinterest. Not only is it overflowing with fantastic fashion inspiration, but it’s also the best place to find countless decorating ideas and amazing recipes. So whenever I am hosting a party or going to an event, Pinterest is resource number one to fan my creative flame. And I know I’m not the only one who can’t stop pinning, am I? ūüėČ

So with that said, I wanted to share one of my current favorite Pinterest¬†finds with all of you-Funfetti¬†Cake Dip. I mean really, what could be better than a party hit that takes less than 5 minutes to assemble, is only 105 calories/serving (which is a whole 1/4 of a cup!!) and is comprised of 3 simple ingredients??? Pretty sure not much…

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**image courtesy of Pinterest**

¬†Here is what you’ll need:

1 box funfetti cake mix

2 cups vanilla greek yogurt (you can also use non-fat yogurt)

1 cup lite cool whip

Mix all three ingredients together in a large bowl (until all lumps are gone), cover and chill for 4 hours and then serve with animal crackers (cute for baby showers!), vanilla wafers, fruit, or anything else your heart desires.  You can even garnish with sprinkles if you are feeling extra festive.  

So there you have it,¬†easy¬†as 1, 2, 3-a crowd pleaser that never disappoints and a sweet treat that doesn’t pack on the calories.¬†

Perfection.

xx

The Vessel Sink Project

For those of you who are new to this blog, or haven’t heard about the crazy adventure my husband and I have undertaken over the last year, you will be pleasantly surprised to know that I do, in fact, have a life outside of fashion! ¬†A little over a year ago, my J and I purchased what we envisioned “could be” our dream home. ¬†In other words, a total dump (but in our ideal neighborhood) that was in need of a gut job and some serious TLC. ¬†We have done the majority of the work ourselves, and let me tell you, it has been a wild ride. ¬†BUT we have transformed a house into our home. ¬†And of course I might be a little bit biased, but I think it is just beautiful and I couldn’t be happier that we took on this seemingly impossible project, pouring a years worth of blood, sweat and tears into every nook and cranny to achieve our desired end result. ¬†It has been worth every moment and every penny (and I say that confidently even as I can hear J tearing the deck off the back of the house so that we can rebuild it).

That said, I shared our kitchen transformation with you all (here)¬†a few weeks ago. ¬†I had always dreamed of a white kitchen and a farm sink, and I was lucky enough to get both. ¬†And apparently I have a thing for sinks, because another item on my wish list was to have a vessel sink in our main bath. ¬†I have always wanted a vessel sink for as long as I can remember. ¬†I think they are neat, and classy, and unique, and pretty, and well, really, really neat. ¬† But if you would have asked my hubby what he though of vessel sinks when we started this project, he would have told you that they were weird, and tacky and just plain ugly. ¬†So as we remodeled our main bath (the¬†first¬†of 3 bathrooms we have now¬†renovated) the vessel sink was a hot topic. ¬†But as you can see in the pictures below, I got my vessel sink, and I think it’s safe to say that J might like it even better than I do! ūüôā

The bathroom before.  Kind of hard to get a feel for how DISGUSTING it was.  Makes me shiver just thinking about it!!!

We experienced the same issue here as in the kitchen-when got down to the subfloors, they were rotted out and in serious need of replacement.

Justin getting ready for his first floor tiling project. ¬†Let’s just say he’s an old pro now.

Ta-da!!  Beautiful new vanity, quartz counters, my vessel sink, and tile back splash.

LOVE this bathroom.

And there it is up close and personal-the infamous vessel sink. ¬†ūüôā

So there you have it, the first of three bathroom renovations. ¬†I can’t tell you how happy we are with the way it turned out (and that I got my vessel sink, of course!). ¬†Stay tuned for more posts and stories about our incredible home transformation (can you believe that I set that toilet????? ¬†Me neither). ¬†I have gotten so used to how the house looks now, it’s fun for me to take little stroll down memory lane and write these posts and remember how things used to look-before the sledge hammers came out. ¬†The changes we have made are drastic, and I am pretty darn proud of the Dolls for tackling such a huge project. ¬†Now let’s hope we have the same luck with our current deck rebuild. ¬† Fingers crossed.

And don’t forget to check out our¬†kitchen reno if you haven’t seen it yet!!

xx

Arts and Crafts

I love arts and crafts projects, but am usually so busy with work and tagging along on adventures with my hubby that I normally don’t have much time to devote to this favorite pastime. ¬†But when I was preparing to head off to San Francisco at the end of the summer, I unexpectedly found myself with a bit of time to spare. ¬† So, inspired by my friend who painted this amazing chevron rug, I decided to try my hand at oil painting, both free hand and stencil. ¬†And while I like to believe that I am on the creative side, painting and drawing have never been my forte, so I was surprisingly pleased with my results (although I could definitely still use some work!). ¬†And of course I also like the fact that I was able to contribute a little hand-made-goodness to our fun and whimsical spare bedroom.

Making my stencil with frog tape (please excuse my mess in the background!)

Finished gold chevron canvas (my edges bled a little, so I might explore another option the next time around)

Orange, turquoise, and gold free hand, could use some work, but not too bad for my first try!!

End result: ¬†fun pops of color brighten up a transformed antique dresser (also seen in here)…

Happy weekend!!

xx

What once was old…

Over the last year my hubby and I have taken on a massive house remodel project-as in we bought a total dump, gutted it down to the studs and sub floors, and have been sometimes slowly, and sometimes quickly, putting it back together again.  It has been a year full of triumphs and tears, but ultimately, in the end, we have achieved the home we have always dreamed of having here in the SLC.

Part of making this our for-the-moment dream home, has been the decorating piece of the equation. ¬†Like fashion, I LOVE to decorate and in turn, make a house a home. ¬†It has become a passion and a hobby taking up a considerable amount of my ¬†time-and I am loving every second. ¬†Knowing this, my wonderful in-laws, who have been instrumental in helping us with this project every step of them way, donated some antique furniture (that belonged to my hubby’s grandma) for me to do with as I pleased. ¬†And since I am a believer in the mantra that what once was old can be new again, I decided to re-purpose these treasures and make them into our own. ¬†Below is the first of the three pieces I transformed…

While the dresser was pretty before, the dark¬†lacquered¬†wood didn’t quite go with the guest room I intended it for.

Before the sanding and painting began…

Finished product.  Amazing what some white paint, new knobs, and a few decorations can do!

After the painting was complete, I used sand paper to give the dresser an antiqued finish…

And last but not least, gorgeous knobs from Anthropologie that give the dresser the perfect finishing touch!!

Happy Weekend everyone! ¬†I’m off out to tackle a fun new project!!

xx