Vegetable Cheese Chowder on This Silly Girl’s Life

Pretty cool day today!

Today I’m over at This Silly Girl’s Life! Yep, you read that right. I’m one of her newest contributors! Yeah me! Doing a little happy dance over here. I’ve been on cloud nine ever since I got the green light.

Some of you may be familiar with TSGL others may not. Either way, hop on over because I’m sharing my recipe for Vegetable Cheese Chowder. It’s one of those recipes that’s pretty near and dear to my heart. A recipe that my mother use to whip up when the weather started to turn and the leaves started to changed.

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West Elm Wants

West Elm is one of my favorite home furnishing stores, and they have been killing it lately. They have such a clean, modern look that really fits my decor of mixing old and new with a twist of Mid Century Modern.

For today’s post, I decided to pull together a few of my absolute favorites. Managing to restrain myself and keep it to a Top 10 list. Soooo difficult! Seriously you guys, I swear I could buy every single item in this store. But alas, I cannot. The Boy might string me up by my toes and have me publicly shamed if I did so.

However, if you are looking for something sweet for mom, dad, sister, brother, BFF, or just for yourself (which OMG, there’s only 7 more Fridays until Christmas…yikes! Get on that already!) I thought this little list might help ya out. Give you some gift giving ideas. So let’s get on with it, shall we? BTW, ALL images below are from West Elm.

West Elm Wants and Wishes

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DIY Modern Dreamcatcher

How to make a Modern Dreamcatcher

I’ve always loved dreamcatchers, but the style itself doesn’t exactly fit my decor. It’s more funky bohemian which I love that style, but my house is more mid-century modern (trapped inside a cookie cutter house in the land of suburbia…but that is another story). This DIY by Grace caught my eye last summer and has always stuck in my head. IT’s so beautiful and I love all the colors she incorporated. I wanteda dreamcatcher for myself, but I wanted one with a twist. Something a bit more modern, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. I started to search Etsy. Now if you’ve read my DIY Blog Tour, you already know that this is the jump off to my DIY creative process. I look for some rando item for the house, Google it, get sticker shock and think, “Hmmm, can I make that?” and then I share it with you guys if it’s not an epic fail. Because that’s how I roll.

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Patio Renovation and Makeover

For the last couple years the back patio has been our labor of love (and hate). We’ve had some frustrating times and tears might have been shed, decks and stairs built, ripped out and rebuilt again. It was a wild ride, but I’m happy to report, IT’S COMPLETE, and I’m happy as a clam. Well, minus furniture it’s complete, but I had to save something for next year.

When we bought the house we had no idea the condition the back patio was in because it was covered in about 2 feet of snow. Note to self, never, ever buy a home in the middle of winter. It’s impossible to inspect the roof, yard and outdoor living areas. The home inspector wouldn’t even touch it. Fast forward to closing day and the snow had melted, we went out back and low and behold the retaining wall was falling over, the drop from the patio to grass really needed a railing (Which upon embarking on this project we were told it was unsafe and also, not to code.), it was covered in moss, and a family of chipmunks had burroughed their way under the pavers and into the foundation. Basically, it was caving in. Awesome. Ya not so much.

Patio Renovation

 

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Bluelounge at Target Giveaway!!!

I briefly mentioned in my last post, I’ve been working on a separate work area in the house dedicated to the blog. Mainly a separate desk space and small photography studio. Life gets busy though and that’s how disaster zones happen. I start to focus too much on the new office space and not as much on the everyday space. Suddenly, there are cables lying everywhere…on the floor, wires here, wires there, tangled up in crazy. Where’s my laptop? Under the sofa? Awesome! Ya, not so much. Can’t find my phone charger…as a matter of fact, I can’t seem to even find my phone. Have you seen my keys? Messy, messy, messy.

I needed some practical solutions for my everyday problems. Enter Bluelounge with their rad new line for Target. They had everything I needed for my home electronics organization at a great value. Not to mention, they were also easy on the eyes. It’s hard to lose when you have pretty things to look at, am I right? Anyhoo, I loaded up the cart and couldn’t wait to get back to the house. Wires be gone! Keys be found! Not only that, to get the word out, Bluelounge has partnered with House Of Hipsters to give away one of everything from the complete Target line! THAT’S $170.00 VALUE!

Kii might be one of my favorite items. I just upgraded my iPhone 4 to the iPhone 6. Sweet, right? Totally, but Apple changed their connectors when they launched the iPhone 5. I suddenly realized I only had one charger, and I came to that sudden realization at work while my one and only charger was an hour away, at home…sad face. I needed to buy another one…well, probably more like another four. One for my work office, one for my home office, one for upstairs and one for the kitchen. Or, I could buy Kii. It’s portable and allows me to charge and sync without the need of a cable. Kii is a lightweight USB to Apple connector that fits on your keychain. How cool is that?

Bluelounge for Target

Bluelounge for Target Kii

Bluelounge for Target

Bluelounge for Target Kii

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