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Archive for July, 2011

Daily Inspiration – Cynthia Woodmansee

From the moment I saw her work I became a fan. I mean, who wouldn’t? I love it! The way she photographs kids is pretty incredible. You guys by now know how much I love taking pictures, and seeing someones work like Cynthia’s really inspires me to keep growing as a photographer. I love how her sessions are always unique and everyone in her pictures stand out. She also does newborn sessions, family sessions and even weddings. Check out her amazing work here. You can also find her on Facebook. It was really hard to pick favorites but check these out…

Isn't this adorable?

Tea time!

Too cute!

Love this one!

Adorable!

Too much cuteness!

My favorite one!

Simply perfect!

Are you a fan of Cynthia Woodmansee too? Isn’t her work amazing? Any other photographers that inspire you?

Hope you get inspired!

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Inspiration Nook Cravings – Sweet Potato Fries!

Oh yes! The first time I tried them I went nuts! I love how they’re a bit sweet but still salty. They’re a just too good! One day I was craving them so much that I planned to make them at home and surprise my boyfriend. So as always, I called my brother for a recipe, got the ingredients and then BAM! (just like Emeril would say).. I cut myself  attempting to slice the very first yam! So my surprise ended there… as I had to put my finger up in the air, drink a glass of water with a little bit of sugar in it (per my brother’s instructions).  I remember I even got dizzy! haha I also had to wear a little “hat” on my thumb for a couple of weeks to protect it from getting infected. True story. Even after all of that I still love sweet potato fries, and I think I might attempt to make them again soon. Of course I will let you know if I survive next time around! Here are some pictures and recipes that got me thinking…

Baked!

With Garlic?!?!

Crispy ones, my favorites!

If you click on the pictures it will take you to the recipe!

Do you love sweet potato fries too? Or would you rather stick to original french fries? Any other cool recipes you would like to share?

Hope you get inspired!

 

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Daily Inspiration – Chevron!

No, I’m not talking about the gas station. Haha, I’m talking about the awesome chevron frenzy that is going on nowadays in my head! I blame Pinterest! In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s a simple zigzag like design. I’ve been a fan of anything chevron for a while now. You can wear it, admire it on the wall or even walk on it. Anyways, lately I’ve felt like being a bit creative and going on my own little DIY chevron adventure. I have yet to decide which way I’m going to go…either curtains, rug or art work. As always, I’ll let you know what I end up doing. Until then, here are some cool pictures that have been inspiring me.

Awesome Curtains from Oh Joy!

Lovely.

Awesome and affordable from Etsy.

Cute!

I must attempt this!

Great DIY idea!

Love this dress!

Isn’t anything chevron awesome? Do you like this style too? What do you prefer?

Hope you get inspired!

 

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Daily Inspiration – Venice Canals (L.A Style)

For those of you who can’t make it all the way to Venice, Italy to visit the canals… the Venice canals in L.A are the closest you can get. Well, ok not really, but they are still pretty cool. The architecture of the houses all around the canals is pretty amazing. Bright colors everywhere and a nice little walk for those of you who love to take a little stroll on the weekends.  It’s definitely a spot to go if you’re visiting Los Angeles. If you’re a local, it can be equally as fun.

Have you been to the Venice Canals? Do you enjoy going there too? Any spots in your town that you enjoy going to?

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Daily Inspiration – Football!

With the NFL lock out coming to an end soon all I can think about is football! Football season is crazy at our house and I love it. Who doesn’t love to hangout with friends, enjoy a cool drink and cheer for your favorite team…every weekend! I know I do! No matter what your team is, football is always fun to watch. Here are some cool football related things that can help you start the season early.

Are you ready for some football?

1. Protoast $24.99

2. Touchdown Snack Bowl $19.99

3. 8-Piece Barbecue Set $62.99

4. Dog Jersey $29.95

5. Football Cake Pan $14.99

6. Superbowl Champions Long Sleeve $25.95

Obviously I’m a Green Bay Packer fan (have been for years) but most of these items pictured above are also available for your favorite team!

Do you like football too? What’s your favorite team or player?

Hope you get inspired!

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Daily Inspiration – Kitchen Art!

Ok to continue with my kitchen adventures, I decided to look for cool prints that can brighten up your kitchen. I’ve always loved funny prints that can make you smile while busy making a meal… Oh and listening to awesome music of course. I don’t know you, but if I’m playing great music and dancing while I cook, my food comes out with more flavor. Specially if I’m dancing to salsa! …True story. Anyways here are some cool prints I found that I’m sure can help you smile while you cook!

Awesome!

Cute right?

My mom would love this one.

Adorable.

Love all the utensils on this one!

So true! haha

Take a look at the entire shop here. Or you can click on the pictures above and it will take you to their direct link too.

Aren’t these super cute? Do you dance while you cook too? Do you enjoy funny prints in your kitchen?

Hope you get inspired!

 

 

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Inspiration Nook Cravings – Mom’s Banana Bread

I’ve been eating banana bread my entire life. Thanks to my awesome mom and her awesome recipe. Every time she makes it she has to make two at a time, because one, well is just not enough. I was craving it the other day. Being far away from home made me want to give it a try. I have to admit, losing my “kitchenphobia” has been the best thing thats happened to me all year. So….I called my mom, got her recipe and said to myself: “Take a deep breath and try to bake something right for once!”

Ingredients!

At the end, I couldn’t believe my eyes. The house smelled like home. It was like my mom had come to visit us. For the first time I had baked something right. It was all I ever wanted. It was fluffy (I love this word), moist and simply delicious! My boyfriend was thrilled too! I guess all I had to do was give one of my mom’s recipes a try for this miracle. Why did I wait this long?

The recipe is very easy to follow and make. My mom is super excited I will be sharing it. So here you go, let’s call it what it is:

Mom’s Banana Bread

3 Very ripe bananas, mashed!

2 Eggs

1 & 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour

2/3 cup of Sugar (brown sugar recommended)

1/2 stick of butter.

2 teaspoons of baking powder

1/4 teaspoon of baking soda

1/4 teaspoon of salt

Optional  – a little splash of liquor, I used rum.

Lightly grease a 9″ x 5″ x 2 3/4″ loaf pan with butter.  Lightly dust with flour.

  • First in a little bowl you need to separate the egg whites and blend them until frothy. (Keep yolks for next step)
  • In a big bowl mix the sugar, yolks and melted butter.
  • Add bananas slowly to mix taking turns with the flour.
  • Add all the rest of the ingredients and finally those egg whites you mixed first.
  • Preheat the oven to˚350.
  • Pour batter into pan and bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean, about 60-65 minutes.
  • Allow to cool before slicing. (Or until your boyfriend can’t wait any longer to eat it)

At the end it should look something like this…

:)

You know that if I was able to do it you can too! Give it a shot! You can even add some chocolate chips, pecans or anything else for your taste!

Do you like banana bread too? Any recipes you learned from your mom?

Hope you get inspired!

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Daily Inspiration – Tini (This.is.not.Ikea)

I’ve been wanting to go visit Tini for months, I literally drive by it everyday. So what better time to go than Carmageddon weekend, right?!?

Tini

It was just perfect for it. It really made us want to go for the walk (even though we knew there wouldn’t be much traffic since it’s literally a couple of blocks away, haha). I definitely recommend visiting their website (here) if you can’t make it to the actual store… they have awesome stuff!  I mean, by now you guys know how much I love going to the flea market… so going to Tini was the perfect choice to look for new treasures. I have to admit… I have a thing for globes right now! To the point that I might start collecting them in all sizes!

Check out the fun things that caught my eye….

Globes were everywhere, I was in heaven!

Must get an old suitcase soon! (hint hint)

Interesting!?!

This tray would be awesome for Football season! (Can you guess my team?)

Awesome!

I even found creepy toys!

Globe love.

This simply reminded me of my big sis! (You know who you are) hehe

Isn't he pretty? haha

I told you I like Globes!

Tini = This is not ikea

Isn't it inviting?

Have you been to Tini before? Any other stores you would recommend me visiting? What stores do you go to in your town?

Hope you get inspired!

 

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Daily Inspiration – Clouds

I have to admit that I daydream a lot. I mean, dreaming is the only thing that no one can take from you. Besides, the best thing about it… it’s totally free. Thinking about all the things I daydream about got me thinking about clouds. Do you like making shapes out of them? Sometimes I do. With that said, I think clouds could bring a bit of happiness and peace to any room, when used as decor. Here is a cool cloud collection for you…

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Super cute!

So cute.

I want this.

DIY clouds decor! Yes please.

I would wear this.

Aren’t clouds cute? Do you make forms out of them in the sky too?

Hope you get inspired!

 

 

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Inspiration Style – 50 First Dates

50 first Dates is another film I can watch over and over again. I love Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore together. Their chemistry on screen is great.  I’ve never been to Hawaii and this film makes me want to get on a plane right now.

:)

I love Drew’s character’s laid back style. Even the soundtrack is pretty awesome… where you can find this cute song!

One of my favorite scenes.

Love the lillies.

I love the fact that Drew’s character makes waffle houses from her waffles. I have yet to try that.

Too funny.

This little guy stole the show. I definitely recommend watching this film when you need to laugh a little or simply feel like watching a good romantic comedy.

:)

Here are some cool things that can help you bring a little of this film into your style or house…

50 First Dates style.

1. Polka Dots Dress $24.80

2. Frozen Friends Ice Cream Scoop $8.00

3. Ripped Denim Shorts $12.50

4. Ukilele $19.99

5. 50 first Dates Blu-Ray $15.03

6. Mahalo Purple Lei $2.99

7. Burnout Knit Top $9.99

Have you watched this film too? What other film makes you want to travel?

Hope you get inspired!

 

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