Kindness Confetti

Have you ever heard the expression “throw kindness around like confetti?” I’ve heard it before, but the other day I came across it again and something about it struck me. That is what I love about doing these Monday posts is that no matter what is going on in life, good, bad or indifferent, there is always someone out there who said something awesome that will make you smile.

Throw Confetti Around like Kindness

This is one of those expressions. I decided not to create a graphic of my own this week, but to share a favorite print from Etsy featuring this expression. Pictured above is a beautiful print from Sara Vroomin Designs I love the black with gold lettering! An alternate print in metallic pink can be found here from VeraLaLune’s shop. I did some searching and I couldn’t find who is responsible for this fun and powerful expression, but I really do just love it and thought it would be a perfect way to kick off a month of being thankful.

How is it possibly November already?!?! Did you guys dress up and/or do anything fun for Halloween? P worked so we stayed in and being that we live in a condo we had no trick-or-treaters, but watched movies and had a cozy night.

Sunday we went up to CT to visit with a friend who had a birthday over the weekend that just had to be celebrated. I feel like we are getting to that age where we don’t really ‘celebrate’ the way we used to anymore, but just grab a bite with good friends and enjoy the company of loved ones, which let’s be honest is a pretty great way to ring in another year. P if you are reading this, my next b-day is a big one and it needs to be C E L E B R A T E D!! 

Well, that is all for me this Monday evening. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!! Leave a comment below to let me know what you’ve been up to lately, I love hearing from you guys! I’m hoping to blog more this week… we’ll see how that goes!

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Craving A Little Fall Decor

I know, I know, I heavily pushed back the fall season when it was new and people were celebrating it the day after Labor Day. I was all #SummerForever! But let’s be real, we would all die if there was really summer forever (die or move to a desert state). Fall is a very welcome season of fresh air, but because I so heavily pushed back on the season, and because life has been a little hectic on the to-do list side of things, my house doesn’t seem ready for fall at all!

I am really wanting to spice up our space! So here are some fall spaces I’m inspired by right now… maybe this weekend I can find some ways to implement some fall flavor into our home.

Fall Decor Inspo Neutral

Inspo from the Liz Marie Blog.

Fall Decor Inspo Neutral

Inspo from A Diamond In The Stuff.

Fall Decor Inspo Neutral

Inspo from Opulent Cottage.

Fall Decor Inspo Neutral

Inspo from Sarah Hearts.

Fall Decor Inspo Neutral

Inspo from Dear Lillie.

I think I see a pattern in the fall decor I’m liking… lots of neutrals and whites and words of thanks. All of the inspiration pictures are linked with where I found them and they are all worth a visit if you have time to check them out, the spaces they are shared with are all quite lovely and you might just find some fall decor ideas of your own to run with!

What are you up to this weekend? Are you all decked out for fall yet?

Gluten-Free Bacon Scones

Commence drooling. Gluten Free Bacon Scones-fresh from the oven

A few weeks back, my sister shared on Instagram that she was having a bacon scone, and it’s times like those when I start to really hate having a gluten sensitivity. Then that feeling is immediately followed by the determination to make my own gluten-free variation of that tasty treat.

Wholesome Chow Gluten Free Scone Mix

I happened to walk into a store the next day (literally one day after my sister shared the post) and found Wholesome Chow‘s gluten-free vegan (if you don’t add bacon) scone mix, and I scooped it up!

Then when we had to cancel our little getaway due to the weather, I knew I had to make it for our anniversary weekend. What better way to show you care than with baked goods and bacon? (Talk about love!)

These were the easiest things to make too. I put some bacon in the oven while I was getting the ingredients together. I followed the instructions on the packaging, swapping out the oil for bacon grease (again, droooool…), and then I took some of the crispy slices of bacon out of the oven (I used four slices of bacon for eight scones) and used kitchen scissors to snip them into little bits, mixed them into the dough and then scooped them onto the baking sheet (which I also greased with the excess bacon grease. (I might have gotten a bit excited about the whole bacon experience.

I baked as recommended on the packaging and then plated them with, yep you guessed it, more bacon! While I cooked, P made us espresso, and then we settled in with our delectable breakfast.

Chalk Lots Chalkboard Placemat Anniversary Chalk Board

I plated them on our Crate & Barrel plates that were a wedding gift and served them on a Chalk Lots chalkboard place mat, which I won a few weeks back and when I received them in the mail this sweet message was on the top place mat. I don’t even know how Leslie knew that we were newlyweds, but she did her research and somehow sent us this sweet note that really made my day and made serving this breakfast on our anniversary weekend extra special!

What recipes have you been drooling over lately? Do you ever have to try and reinvent recipes to accommodate your dietary restrictions? I’m getting pretty good with swapping out ingredients and making things gluten free!

Anniversary Love | i carry your heart

If you follow the blog, then you saw this post, and if you follow DBK on Instagram or Facebook, then you know as well. Yesterday was our first anniversary! In keeping with a typical Monday post for the blog, I wanted to share a quote, this one, not so motivational or inspirational, but sentimental.

I Carry Your Heart by ee cummings Wedding Reading

These words are from an E. E. Cummings poem that P’s sister read as part of our ceremony, and I love every single line of the poem, though this is just an excerpt. (The graphic background color is Benjamin Moore’s Summer Plum–our wedding colors were plum and sunflower yellow!)

We had planned on going camping this weekend and taking Brantley with us to go hiking and soak up the foliage and scenic views, but Joaquin was supposedly coming and we decided that we better not take the chance of having a muddy camping experience. Instead, we stayed home!

I think it was a great decision, we got a few things done around the house that have been on the list for far too long, had brunch with some good friends, and went out for an amazing dinner last night in downtown Jersey City at VU with amazing service that celebrated our anniversary and really made it a special night, soaking up stunning skyline views of Manhattan. Then today, I made a delicious breakfast and then we found a great park with a hiking loop and still got to take Brantley for a good long hike–I think he will sleep for days.

All in all, it was so much fun reminiscing about our wedding day and all of the amazing memories that we have made in the year since. I can’t wait to see what this next year holds for us!

And, for those of you who are wondering what we ended up exchanging for the traditional first anniversary gifts? P got me the Kate Spade, Little Gold Book notebook, and I got him a personalized leather bound writers journal with a little note inscribed for motivation every time he opens it.

How was everyone’s weekend? Did you all stay dry from whatever storm was passing and get to enjoy this crisp fall air? I think later this week I’m going to make a fall bucket list, there’s a tag for this that has been floating around Instagram, and I think I’ve gotta join in on the fun! What things should I be sure to add to the list for this season?

My Fall Reading List

I can’t even tell you what the last book I read cover to cover was, and that, my friends, is a bit embarrassing. When I was a kid, I hated reading. These days, I love diving into a good book. In fact, I have a few good books I’ve started in the last year that I just haven’t had time (or made time) to pick up again. Hopefully that will all change this fall as I will make time to put reading back into my rotation of activities.

Jersey City Public Library

I’m thinking we need to go check out our local Jersey City Library and get some library cards. I love libraries. They smell like old books, they are calm and quiet — the perfect place to go to find some peace and take a break from it all while you get lost in a good book.

I wish I could say my fall reading list was a bit more exciting, but I think I really just want to read some women empowerment books, the ones that fall into the “self-help” for business entrepreneurs category.

Here is the list:

  1. #GIRLBOSS. I know I know, I am probably the last of the blogger people with an entrepreneurial mindset to not have read this yet… so I’m going, I’m going.
  2. You Are a Badass. I have followed a few gals that have read this and it seems like a good one to dive into, and let’s face it, I really am a badass, right?? (I think if I have to ask, the answer is probably not.)
  3. Big Magic. I am an Elizabeth Gilbert fan, one of my all time favorite books was Eat, Pray, Love, so how could I pass up her insight on “creative living beyond fear?”

What books are on your list this fall? Anything falling into the more fun fictional category? Maybe I will get to some of those too, but let’s be honest, I really would be happy if I could get to pick up and read through even one of the books on my list!

(Image Credit: NJ.com)

Glamping | The Perfect Girls Getaway!

Glamping 3

When life is hectic and you are running around nonstop, sometimes all you need is a little getaway with your girls, and I’m telling you, let your men go camping, while you all go glamping.

Glamping is camping in a typically picturesque setting with real beds, mattresses and linens, charming decor, full standard bathrooms and then some of the charm of camping: campfires, s’mores, reclining in campfire chairs, etc., It’s basically all the beauty Mother Nature has to offer without interfering with your personal beauty routine.

I set up this little glamping photo shoot in the most scenic setting I know: on the same lake where P & I got married. I also included all the key ingredients to guarantee a fun girls getaway.

A cozy place to kick back, the tent provides a great shade structure to beat the heat during the day and a good place to gab and gossip while doing manis and pedis. After all, what’s a girls weekend without nail polish?

It’s important to have delicious treats, like these s’mores cupcakes, in case you and your friends aren’t the fire-starting types. They pair well with boozy camping concoctions. I like to pair the liquor of choice with something bubbly and all inclusive that adds some fizzy refreshment to the drink without having to measure and pour a laundry list of ingredients… after all, your bar cart is not included in the getaway, so keeping it simple is best. The easy margs I shared yesterday would be perfect!

Make sure you pack protein-filled snacks to keep your energy up through the days, and drink plenty of water! Adding citrus slices to your water makes it taste so much better — you might actually be able to choke the recommended eight glasses down. Prep is key to a successful camping menu. Plan out what you will be eating, stock your cooler with plenty of ice and pre-cut and mix everything before hand. I have pinned some good camping foods here for reference.

The last key ingredient to a successful glamping getaway is entertainment. You want to make sure you have things to do that are not related to your wireless devices, just in case you don’t have the best service out in the woods. Our favorite game to bring along is Cards Against Humanity, it makes for long hilarious nights. Corn hole, or just a good old-fashioned Frisbee are fun for the daylight hours, and there are plenty more ideas on my Pinterest board here.

Sources: Tent by Canvas Camp (which we will re-use as a shelter or awning when we go camping next), Quilt (gifted by my Mama), Pillows from Target (Blue Square, Blue Oblong, Coral Square similar, Coral Oblong), Weighted Table Cloths from Target (similar), Flower from Trader Joes — styled by yours truly, Mani/Pedi supplies from Target (Babe Blue, Mint Sorbet, Coral Reef) , S’mores cupcakes recipe made on the fly and will be blogged soon, travel tumblers & water pitcher from Bed Bath & Beyond.

Photography is all my own, please cite sources if you re-use any of these images! This post is not sponsored.

Easy & Refreshing Margaritas

Easy Refreshing Margs_Main

These margaritas are the most delicious and easy margaritas you can make at home. I swear, if you are a fan of margs, then you need to get yourself to a store and buy these four ingredients. That’s it! Four things, three if you’re a pinch and can’t get a lime.

Recipe: Add three ounces of chilled Hornitos or other good quality agave tequila and one ounce of chilled Cointreau to your glass, next add ice and fill to top with sparkling Limeade. This Trader Joes Limeade makes mixing drinks at home the easiest thing ever, so you really need to keep a bottle in the fridge at all times. Slice a lime, and squeeze the juice of one slice into your glass, garnish with another, and enjoy.

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Try to savor it, this delicious beverage packs a punch!

I’m On A Boat

Boat Design-1

When P turned 30, one of his good friends from college gifted us a boating brunch experience. I love these kinds of gifts where you are building memories with people instead of giving things. This past weekend we cashed in the brunch gift and set sail out of Perth Amboy, N.J. to take a little trip around Staten Island, and we got some really great views of the city. I didn’t take my camera so there are only weird selfies that were taken and won’t be shared, but it was a really nice way to spend the day.

Boat Design-2

It made me think though… there are all types of spaces to design in the world. I practice residential designs with a focus on kitchens and bathrooms, but there are also people who design commercial spaces such as offices, retail shops or restaurants. There are people who design movie theaters, and set designers for theatrical stages as well as for sitcoms and other movies and TV shows. And then there are boat designers, people who design boats from house boats, to yachts to cruise ships.

Boat Design-3

How much fun would it be to design a boat?! Maybe I should see if I can get any clientele back home in Seattle where there are a lot of house boats, and cross over to watercraft through residential interiors on house boats…or maybe I will just stick with what I know and continue working with houses on solid ground.

Boat Design-4

The world of design is so vast and incredible, I just love looking at and exploring all the wonderful outlets that interior design creeps into. It sets off the dreamer in me! What are you dreaming of in your career path?

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Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Click over to see more images from each of these incredible boat designs!

5 on Friday|Ready for the Weekend!

Some weeks, the weekends are just more exciting than others.

JC Project Eats

1.This weekend, if you are in New Jersey, driving/train-ride distance to Jersey City, you should stop by! Right outside the town hall there will be LOADS of food, drinks and good times, for Project Eats Food Festival.

2. My Seattle Mariners are in town this weekend playing the Yankees, so P & I are headed out to the game on Sunday and will be clad in opposing teams’ gear. I love going to ballgames, it is always such a good time!

Also this weekend is the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. (I must’ve watched their Instagram post about it on repeat for 15 minutes yesterday.) Here are my picks:

3. Fashion Accessories: What woman doesn’t love a good handbag?! I was in a car accident back in early April, and ever since I’ve been looking for a small cross body-bag is stylish but that won’t weigh me down. These three are perfect. (Left to Right: Vince Camuto “Baily” in Roebuck, Kate Spade “Cedar Street-Monday” in Rose Jade, Rebecca Minkoff “Mini 5-Zip” in Latte.)

The second row is filled with over-sized scarves that look so cozy they’re making me itch for autumn. Classy enough to wear to work, cozy enough to nap in and perfect for jet-setting. What’s not to love? (L to R: Halogen Cashmere Travel Wrap, Halogen Brushed Floral Print Wrap, BP Geo Print Poncho.)

4. For the home, I’ve selected linens & entertaining pieces.

If you have been reading DBK for any length of time, you may already know that I am a bit of a linen snob. I love lush and decadent linens. Any of these would be great to update your master bedroom or refresh a guest bedroom. The bedding on the left is a reversible duvet set, solid either navy or grey on one side, patterned on the other, perfect to get you through the whole year! The sheet sets are simple, lux and cozy. The Creamsicle colored throw is the perfect way to add in a pop of color and texture to any bed or seating. Lastly, it’s always nice to have some decorative patterned towels to mix in with the solid ones, this option comes in a variety of colors to fit perfectly with any scheme.

In addition to my love for linens, I love to entertain. Hosting friends for anything from brunch to dinner, drinks to game night should be a treat, and with the right serving pieces, you can make prepping for any gathering less of a chore. I love these mason jar style serving pitchers, and they pair perfectly with monogrammed mason jars (with straws)! It doesn’t get much easier than topping off a pitcher and letting your guests help themselves! Copper Moscow Mule mugs make the perfect vessel for everything from it’s refreshing namesake to a hot buttered rum in the Fall, no bar cart should be without them!

5. When we aren’t busy shopping, eating, or rooting for the away team, I’m going to be perusing through our new travel books, purchased on Prime Day, they should be arriving today, and if there is one thing I love more than cozy linens and a scarf made for jet-setting, it’s layering on that scarf, crawling into that bed with a glass of wine and a travel book, dreaming about destinations afar.

What are your plans this weekend? Will you be shopping or heading out to any fairs or festivals? Or maybe just grabbing a book and heading to the beach? Whatever you are doing, I hope you get your fill and enjoy the weekend!

Getting Closer

This quote is perfect. Everything in life is and should be about progress over perfection, and that is something that I am always trying to focus on. I try to sponge up all the lessons in life, absorb all the little things that I can learn from and grow. I strive everyday for progress, never perfection, because once you stop growing and progressing, there is nothing left to strive for.

Progress

This weekend, Brantley’s mood improved greatly, and he is feeling a lot better. The vet called back with his test results to let us know that nothing showed up in his labs, but that we should keep him on the meds and watch him over the course of the next week to monitor any changes.

Against All Grain

Also this weekend, I found a great (new to me) cookbook called “Against All Grain” by Danielle Walker. I basically read through it cover to cover on Sunday and can’t wait to start using the menu plans and the recipes from the book. Sunday, I also walked over to our local farmer’s market, so now we are stocked up with fresh local produce for the week. The rest of the weekend I cleaned house, worked through some client details and soaked up time with my boys. All in all, a great weekend! I’m feeling fully recharged and ready for the week ahead! Progress, every day!