The other week I got to spend time at The Paint Mixer, and it was an amazing afternoon! I went with my mom and my aunt for a day of wonderful times to be had! Not going to lie, I was not so sure about going to a painting class…I have never been much of an artist, and always felt overwhelmed of what to paint and how to go about it. Give me something to build or design and I will go wild…but put a paintbrush in my hand and I will freeze. Surprisingly, I absolutely loved this class! I was able to see how the teacher would go about it, and then add my own spin to it. It felt therapeutic and exhilarating to be painting and creating. There are several classes you can choose from that last a couple hours. I would highly recommend signing yourself up for a class…even if you think you can’t paint, you will be impressed with yourself!

 

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 We even took some selfies because we were having that much fun!

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 Look at their awesome glasses! Of course they both have brightly colored red and blue!

 

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In the end, every single painting turned out different! We were all using the same colors and learning from the same teacher. I love that we were all able to put our own creative touch to the same theme. It turns out I enjoyed painting, and that I actually could do it! All my fears about putting a paint brush in my hand were demolished at this class. The teacher was so encouraging and had so many compliments to give everyone. I can’t wait for another day at paint class!

Would you try a class like this? If you do, I want to see your art! Enjoy your weekend!

xoxo

 

Buddha

 

This is something I have definitely been having a hard time balancing lately. Sometimes my thoughts just take over my life and they become a bit ridiculous…maybe one of my thoughts was valid and truthful…but then it just keeps going and going and becomes not so valid and truthful. It is definitely frustrating to feel like you have no control over your thoughts and how they are affecting you.

Maybe there is a certain situation weighing on your mind that you cant quite shake. One thought can ruin your entire day or week if you let your mind go wild…and if only it was the positive thoughts we held onto. Most of the time it’s our negative thoughts that seem to make themselves right at home and never leave…not the positive/great thoughts. I feel everything so deeply, that sometimes it just takes a toll on me. I find myself looking at this quote feeling like “you are so right Buddha!”…and then I feel less crazy. :)  If you feel like this never happens to you, then I want your secrets and for you to give me pep talks!

I have found that I can’t always be on my “A” game, I will get my feelings hurt, and sometimes you just need to be sad about the things that are sad. The hard part is not letting your mind take complete control of your emotions. This is why I love Buddha and his words of wisdom. I try to look at this quote to remind myself to take a breather and not let my mind rule me.

I read an article on 30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself, and the whole time I was reading thinking to myself “YEAH, don’t do that to yourself!”. I loved how the article was basically telling me that it’s okay, and you are pretty wonderful! (Even though those exact words weren’t written, I felt like they were.) We are so hard on ourselves, the absolute hardest critiques. Sometimes it is hard to remember that it’s okay not to be perfect, or that one bad situation isn’t going to ruin everything. Let’s rule our mind instead of it ruling us…and be kinder to ourselves because we are all pretty awesome and have something amazing to give!

Thanks for letting me rant a little about how crazy my mind feels sometimes:) I almost didn’t  say anything…but I love this quote and list too much not to share.

 

xoxo

 

 

 

Hey there, this is Mia! Sammie gave me the honor to guest blog for St. Patrick’s Day. So, Top of the Morning to you.

Growing up Sammie desperately wanted to be Irish & would tell people she actually was. I guess it was an “if you can see it, you can be it” kind of delusion.

Our family has always celebrated St. Patrick’s day in a big way. The menu is always the same (soda bread, Irish stew & cabbage cooked in an obscene amount of butter. The evening was always capped off in a rousing game of “Bowling for Greenbacks”. Plastic pins were set up down a long hall & we each made a few attempts (no matter how lame) to get a strike using a bowling ball the size of a grapefruit. The reward? A crisp dollar bill. Our family will pretty much do anything or endure familial humiliation for a buck.

I wanted to come up with a funky appetizer. I thought of all the flavors of St. Patrick’s Day & came up with the perfect Irish bite. Ladies & gentlemen, I proudly present to you…

Leprechaun Cigars!

I combined chopped corned beef, Swiss cheese & colcannon to make a hearty concoction. As a vehicle to get the mess to my mouth, decided to wrap it up in a egg roll wrapper & fry it. For the uninitiated, colcannon is a scrummy mix of butter, potatoes, cream & cabbage. In a nod to Sam’s oldest brother, we renamed the potato mixture “Cool Kanon”.

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Never having made egg rolls before I enlisted my sidekick, Sam & dove right in.

Some egg roll truths I learned were to resist the urge to use too much filling (we used about 2 T.) & to watch your oil temp. Our first attempt with oil that was too hot resulted an egg roll the color of a Baby Ruth bar.

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We lowered the temp a little (325° – 350°) & were rewarded with a beautiful golden brown that took only a few minutes to fully cook. Our naked cigars (not naked leprechauns) practically screamed out for a sauce of some sort & I settled on a trio of them.

Horesradish Cream, Mustard Horseradish Sauce & a Thousand Island suited the cigars perfectly.

These babies rocked…

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Here are the links to the sauces that were used…although, we did tweak to our liking when they were made…feel free to do the same:)

Horseradish Cream Sauce.

Mustard Mayo.

Thousand Island Dressing.

 

Thank you Mia for the most delicious St Paddy’s day food I have stuffed my face with!! I hope you all try it and enjoy! I am craving it so bad right now…must eat now!

 

Hope your day is filled with lots of luck!

 

xoxo

 

Green has always been one of my favorite colors! It reminds me of the Earth, and that Spring is just around the corner! This is not just a one time hankering…it is all the time! Green is definitely the color for St. Patrick’s day…so all of these things would go nicely for the holiday and for you to wear and use them to be festive!

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 Check out this awesome green bucket.

shoes

 Beautiful shoes.

shirt

 Because you should love animals enough to put them on your shirt!

coffee

 Get in my kitchen coffee maker.

eyeshadowJust some metallic green eyeshadow!

knobs

 Check out these beautiful agate knobs!

pants

 I want to wear these pants right now!

necklace

 I guess I really have a thing for agate lately…so embrace it with this necklace!

bagThe perfect accessory on the go!

dress

 

Loving this dress! Go follow them on facebook…you might stumble upon a discount code!

I’m sure you did some swooning over these beautiful products, like I did! Did you have a favorite? I’m not sure if I could pick just one! A different favorite for every occasion perhaps??

I hope you have a fabulous weekend! If you are going on an adventure, you can bring me along:)

xoxo