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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Delicious Winter Dinners with Blue Apron

We finally tried Blue Apron last spring and have been loving it ever since. We do it about once a month (although we missed a couple due to our schedule) and it's such a fun way for our family to cook together. We have loved each new recipe! I think all but one of the recipes we've used have been things that we've then wanted to start incorporating into our dinner rotation. I have to say though, the thing that amazes me the most is how incredibly FRESH all of the ingredients are. It's literally like we just got them from the Farmer's Market, but the best part is they are delivered right to our doorstep with the perfect proportions so we have exactly what we need and nothing goes to waste. (The box is refrigerated so no worries if you are not home when it arrives!) I also love that Blue Apron is working on developing a sustainable food system and uses such high quality ingredients. You can see their mission page here

We do the family plan but they also have a two person plan as well and the nice thing is you can pick and choose what weeks you want to do it and skip all of the other ones. I have the app on my phone and it makes it so easy to plan ahead! I love checking and seeing what the options are going to be for the coming weeks. 

Here are some of the ingredients for the first meal. I think this ties with the Spring Asparagus Calzones for my second favorite Blue Apron meal! (My absolute favorite was their Seared Chicken and Miso Udon Noodles recipe!) You can click on any of those dishes mentioned for the recipe or you can find all of the delicious Blue Apron recipes here

The bok choy and radishes were delicious!!!!!!

The girls always think these tiny little bottles are so cute!

The radishes look so pretty! 

Here is the finished meal. Now that it's winter it's dark by the time we eat so I can't really take a "pretty picture" of the finished product - but let me tell you, it was DELICIOUS!!!!!

And here are some of the ingredients for the Fresh Mozzarella and Basil Pizza. All four of us inhaled this! The dough was so delicious and it was a huge pizza! And the salad that we made with it was one of my favorites.

If you've never tried Blue Apron before we highly recommend it! All of the meals can be prepared in 40 minutes or less and contain between 500-800 calories per person. The ingredients are incredibly fresh and are sourced from quality suppliers and artisans. It is such a great way to get out of your dinner rut! They also now offering a recycling program which you can read more about here.
It's nice because there's no commitment - you can skip as many meals as you would like or cancel at any time.

And guess what??? The first 25 of our readers will get THREE FREE MEALS on their first Blue Apron order. 

*This post was sponsored by Blue Apron. 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Progress in Lillie's New Room

We aren't finished yet, but we've made enough progress in Lillie's room that we figured we would share what we've done in there so far! This was one of the rooms that was a nice blank canvas - beige walls, beige carpet and creamy trim. As I mentioned yesterday, the couple who bought our last home bought some of our furniture as well, including Lillie's bed, so one of the first things we did even before we moved in was look for a new bed for her.

She fell in love with this one from our sponsor, Birch Lane and I loved it too so that made the decision nice and easy! I love that it is such a classic design and the neutral color will allow it to go with a variety of design and colors as she grows!

The next thing we decided on was the wallpaper. I picked out a whole bunch for her and Lola to look through and they decided which one they liked best for each of their rooms. Lillie first chose a floral pattern but changed her mind to this soft pink buffalo check from Spoonflower. Ironically Lola chose a buffalo check as well, although I different size and color- ha! I love buffalo check but have to admit I wasn't planning on it going in both of their rooms. However, I have to say they each fit their personalities perfectly and we love how this beautiful paper looks. I also love when you order on Spoonflower you can custom choose the length of your pieces! They have sooooooo many options to choose from and you can also custom design your own wallpaper!

Another fun thing we added to her room was this hanging chair. She had seen one this summer and loved it so we got her one for her birthday. They were having a Black Friday sale so it was perfect timing. There's a weird mix of chain in these photos, sorry! I took these right before we left for our Christmas vacation, but since we have gotten back I have fixed it so it's just one more simple looking chain. 

And then the other new item we added was this mini tufted sofa from hayneedle. It is so ridiculously cute!!!! I love the tufting details and the quality of it! We were originally going to put it in the playroom but it worked so perfectly in her bedroom I think we are going to keep it in here! 

Pretty much everything else moved over from our last house, like her desk and bunny ears desk chair. And this deer painting was in Lola's room before but seeing how her new room has "no pink!" we decided it would look cute in here. I think proportionally speaking it needs a frame if we are going to keep it here or we may move it to another spot but for now it's fine like this.

I think by now you all know how much we LOVE Beddy's bedding. We have used their bedding in our friend's little girls' room, in Lillie's last room, in Lola's last room (and her new room, but we haven't finished that yet), and Jamie used this same Goldie Dot design in Everly's room! We would not be using it over and over if we did not absolutely positively LOVE it! I seriously can't say enough good things about it! It is the most amazing bedding for kids (and honestly, not just kids!) because it keeps them all snuggled in at night and it is SO EASY for them to make their beds the next morning - they literally just zip it up! My girls' can make their beds in about thirty seconds!

The nightstands were the ones we used in our master bedroom at our last house. They were the perfect size for what I was looking for in her room so I just painted them with some extra Simple White paint that I had leftover from painting some of the trim downstairs. They are just a simple Ikea hack - you can read more about them in this post here.

We've done a lot of musical lamps since moving in and trying to decide which lamps work best in each new room. Although I liked these ones in here I think they worked best in our bedroom so they ended up back in there and I want to find something more whimsical for in her room.

Ignore the curtain rods. They are going to be replaced - probably with white ones and these ones are going to go downstairs but when I went to hang her draperies these were the only ones I had on hand, and now that they are up I keep forgetting about it until I look at pictures - ha! The unicorn head and pom pom wreath moved from the door in her last room to center position for now in her new room!

I am planning on hanging the sign but I just wanted to make sure I was positive on where I was going to hang it before I did so I didn't put too many holes in the new wallpaper right away - ha! I am sure over time I will end up putting lots and lots of holes in these walls but to start with I am taking it slow with hanging things in most of the rooms. Although I've thought about hanging it over her desk, I think we are probably going to end up putting it over the tufted sofa.

And here are some wide angle shots - sorry for all the lens warping! 

Here is what the room looked like a couple of days after we moved in before we started doing any decorating. As you can see, it was a nice blank slate. Nothing to undo, just a little boring.

Source List:

Wallpaper - Spoonflower 
Bed - Birch Lane
Bedding - Beddy's Bedding in Goldie Dot
Pink Ruffled Shams and Duvet Cover - Land of Nod
Gold Euro Shams and Knit Pillow - HomeGoods
Mini Tufted Sofa - hayneedle 
Bunny Pillow on Sofa - We made it
Star Pillow - Gift
Throw - HomeGoods
Hanging Chair - Pier 1
Fuzzy Pillows - HomeGoods
Blanket in Hanging Chair - Beddy's Bedding
Doll - Pottery Barn Kids Years ago
Bunny - Gift years ago
Crown on Bunny - H&M several years ago
Desk - Pottery Barn Kids
Desk Chair with Bunny Ears - PB Teen
Unicorn Head - Target
Pom Pom Wreath - we made it a few years ago
Crown and Shawl on Unicorn - Joyfolie
Bedside Chests - Ikea Hack (we repainted them in Simply White, we originally made them for our bedroom in our last house, you can find the blog post with details on that here)
Lamps - HomeGoods (similar one here)
White Leather Jewelry Box - HomeGoods
Bunny - have had for years
Heart Marquee - Target
Snow Globe - HomeGoods
White and Gold Polka Dot Jewelry Box - Target
Sign - Dear Lillie (sold out)
Deer Painting - I painted it a pink version based off a brown one I saw on Joss and Main
Heart Garland - Target
Books - American Girl
Bookend - HomeGoods
Purse - TJMaxx
L - Michael's
Dog Tape Dispensers - Target
Drapery Rods- Target
Drapery Panels - Ikea Ritva
Blinds - existing
Trim - existing (will eventually be painted Simply White by Benjamin Moore)

*Some items in this post were provided by sponsors in exchange for sharing about them. All items were chosen by us and all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Affiliate links are used at no extra cost to you. 


Saturday, January 7, 2017

A Little Peek at Lillie's New Room...

Happy Saturday! We are snowed in here in Virginia and the snow is still coming down. I am working on a ton of projects including painting today so don't have time to sit down and write a full post but I did want to share a few pictures of tomorrow's post which features the progress we've made so far in Lillie's new room. I took these pictures on a very rainy day right before we left for all of our holiday traveling so they are super grainy - sorry! 

The people who bought our last home actually bought some of our furniture too including Lillie's bed so she chose this one from Birch Lane for her new room and it is gorgeous! I can't wait to share more pictures of it tomorrow. And then for the bedding we went with the Goldie Dots bedding from Beddy's which we LOVE!

We also added some fun new seating in her room. We gave her this hanging chair that she had been asking for for her birthday (we purchased it during their Black Friday sale which was nice!) and she was so excited about it! We put her Enchanting Gold Beddy's Blanket in there with some fluffy pillows from HomeGoods and a doll and bunny that we've had since she was little. And then we added the most adorable mini tufted sofa from hayneedle to the other side of her room (I'll have more pictures of that too, in tomorrow's post.) They have so many options on their website

Lillie chose this beautiful soft pink buffalo check wallpaper from Spoonflower and I can't wait to share more pictures of it tomorrow. It is so pretty! 

That's it for today! I'll share lots more details, full room shots and a very detailed source list in tomorrow's post! Now before I tackle my painting and moving furniture projects for the day I am about to head out to play in the snow with the girls! 

Hope you have a wonderful Saturday!

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