6.24.2016

currently...



Happy Friday! We made it through another whole week - and what a week it was, right?! I started watching my nieces full time this week and have spent most of my time running around after three very energetic girls. I need a nap. Here's what else has been going on...


Reading - I finished Cinder last night and I was able to check out What Alice Forgot from the library again, so now I'm a bit over halfway through it. I'm back in full on reading mode! 

Watching - I've been bingeing Supernatural lately. I had to skip the episode about the bugs though[too many creepy crawlies!]. Do any of you watch it?

Anticipating - It was so nice to be able to sleep in a bit this morning that I'm already anticipating next week! 

Listening To - I haven't found myself in the car [where I listen to music most often] very much this past week, so I haven't really been listening to much at all. 

Eating - There is a little candy shop in Great America where we stop on our way out of the park each time we visit. They sell these super yummy sour strawberry gummy bricks and I LOVE THEM! I've been munching on them nonstop lately and my poor teeth are starting to feel sad because of all the sugar. But they're just so rad! Ugh... Being a responsible grown up can be tough, right?? 

Working On - Lately I've been working on sitting on my hands and trying to be patient while Nick is job hunting. I don't want to unpack any more of the random boxes we have in storage because if we don't end up renewing our lease, we only have a few months left here and unpacking anything else wouldn't make much sense. Of course, we don't actually know what our plans will be, so it may very well be the case that we stay put. So, sitting on my hands and trying to keep my mind off of the unknown has been my plan lately. So far, so good. Well, so kinda good, I guess. 

Wishing - Obviously I'm spending most of my time wishing for some sort of concrete plan for the next year [or more] of our lives. The sooner, the better. I'm getting all nest-y feeling and I want to be domestic, but not if that means just re-packing everything and starting all over again in the middle of my domestic bliss, you know? We'll see what happens... 

I hope your week has been rad and that your weekend is amazing! We're spending a lot of our weekend out of our apartment and I'm hoping we don't melt from the heat... Fingers crossed for cool breezes and no traffic wherever we go! Happy Friday!

love & cupcakes,
elissa 


6.23.2016

Summer of Sassafras!



This summer I'm going to be spending a TON of time with Scarlett and my nieces, Isabelle and Kaiden. Be ready for some posts about my crazy time with the girls! 😉

love & cupcakes, 
elissa


6.19.2016

Happy Father's Day!














These guys are amazing and I love them so freaking much. 

Happy Father's Day guys!

love & cupcakes, 
elissa



TV Living - Animaniacs

I'm back with another edition of TV Living! This week, I'm imagining what it would be like to live in an Animaniacs world...

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My little sister LOVED this show! She was borderline obsessed with Dot! 

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The Warner Brothers [and the Warner sister, Dot] lived on the Warner movie lot, so whenever I watched the show, I always got an "Old Hollywood" vibe... 

This gold table is amazing! 
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I would fill this bar cart with some yummy bubbly and some pretty vintage champagne glasses. 
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Some of these gold wall sconces would add some light and some sparkle to the place. 


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Maybe a vintage Warner Bros logo to frame and hang on the wall to give a nod to the birthplace and home of those zany Animaniacs?

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And of course, we can't forget some polka DOTS! 

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See you next week!

love & cupcakes, 
elissa






6.18.2016

faux terrarium diy


The girls made faux terrariums a while back. We hit up the dollar store for some round glass bowls, decorative rocks, fake plants, some fake moss and of course, we couldn't forget the glitter! 













I had the girls add some moss and rocks to the bowl before putting the fake plant in place. Once they had everything placed where they wanted it, we went outside so I could sprinkle some "fairy dust" [AKA glitter] all over the inside of the terrariums. 






We ended up with glitter all over the front porch but it was totally worth it. The terrariums turned out super cute and the girls had a blast. 





love & cupcakes, 
elissa



6.17.2016

currently...


Well, it's Friday again. We made it through another week! Yay! What have you been up to lately? Here's what I'm up to...

Reading - I'm still reading What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. I'm really enjoying it. 

Watching - I've been catching up on Chelsea on Netflix. It's so awesome! 

Anticipating - Next week I start watching my nieces all day every day. I'm already planning on a bunch of epic amusement/water park days and some structured reading/quiet time each afternoon. My goal is to tire them out every day so the evening will be calm and relaxing. Fingers crossed! 

Listening To - Scarlett has discovered Justin Timberlake and has been asking for this song in the car all the time - 


We dance around like maniacs every time it comes on. 

Eating - I'm completely obsessed with vanilla yogurt and dark chocolate strawberry granola. So freaking amazing! I could seriously eat it for every meal everyday. Yum! 

Working On - I'm working on clearing off some shelves in the dining room and relocating the books/collectibles to my bedroom. I'd like to have the dining room shelves looks more streamlined and functional. Basically, I just have way too many things. It's something I've been working on for years and it just never seems to be much different but I'm going to keep on going. 

Wishing - I'm wishing [and hoping and praying and asking] for Nick to find a new amazing job really, really soon. This week was E3 so it's been a tough week for job hunting - once everyone gets home next week, I'm hoping Nick's phone will be ringing off the hook with awesome job offers! Please please PLEASE!!! 

Happy weekend! See you next week!

love & cupcakes, 
elissa


6.16.2016

craftiness!


I bought some Jenga style blocks a while ago and the boring plain wood finish was needing to be spruced up a bit. So I finally found a free afternoon and brushed off my stash of paint to get a bit crafty...






It's super simple to jazz up your own set of Jenga blocks. Grab the blocks, choose a paint color and go to town painting the ends however you'd like! I stuck to a mostly pastel color scheme and since I had three leftover blocks, I chose a glitter paint for those ones. Two coats of paint on each end did the trick. 

FYI - the paint can leave a bit of a lip on the very edge of the blocks which can effect your ability to pull the blocks out smoothly so make sure when you're playing you either play with someone who isn't super competitive, or maybe just use a bit of sandpaper to rub off the uneven edges after painting. 

Happy playing! 

love & cupcakes,
elissa



6.15.2016

scarlett style!


Welcome to the middle of the week! Scarlett has been spending a lot of time at the amusement park lately so most of her outfits have needed to be kid roller coaster friendly. And there's always a bunch of bathing suit time, right?










I've honestly been slacking on taking pictures of her each day after she gets herself dressed. Next week I'll be better! 

love & cupcakes, 
elissa