Den Reveal

There’s new paint and a few accessories in my den. The ideas for this room were a collaboration from my awesome neighbors and good friends Karen and Cheryl, plus all the Instagram inspiration I see everyday.

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I wanted a more clean and simple feeling.

Before After of Den TV
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Before After den photo wall
Karen advised me to put up this curtain to give a more clean look since our large collection of DVDs are behind it.
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My favorite addition to the room (the centerpiece) is this painting below. I have to give credit to my good friend on Instagram, Juler54.  She found it at Home Goods and posted it to her IG feed. Plus she recommended the paint color. I love both. The painting is special because it shows the bike path of one of my favorite beaches – Playa Del Rey, where I rode my bike many times, especially during college. Also, my husband lived  right on this beach when we met and we had our first date.
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Source List:

Wall Paint – Crystal Haze by Dunn Edwards

Paint Trim – Chantilly Lace Benjamin Moore

Rug and ottoman Tray – Target

Baskets under TV, Painting and Pillows and many accessories on the shelves – Home Goods

Lamp and Mirror – World Market

 

I hope you have a good day.

xo

Marie

Laundry Room Update

There are so many gorgeous laundry rooms that are inspiring me. I love the one below from Duo Ventures Blog.

Laundry Room

So I decided to do a quick update on mine. It was getting really messy:

Laundry Room Before

I took everything off the shelves and cleaned it all really well. Then I put it all back, but in containers.

Laundry Room After Laundry room tablecloths Laundry Supplies Laundry Room Shelves

Before After Laundry Room

I had most of the baskets, but I picked up a few from Home Goods (Wash Container) and Target (White Baskets and detergent containers).

I hope you have a good day.

xo

Marie

 

 

 

Vitamix Kale Smoothie Recipe

This is a quick, delicious and healthy Kale smoothie.

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I got this recipe from my Pilates teacher, Marita.

Kale Shake

Ingredients:

1 cup Almond Milk (I use 1/2 cup chocolate and 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla)

1 1/2 cups Kale (about 1 large handful) (you can also use spinach)

1/2 banana

1 Tablespoon peanut butter (I use a handful of cashews)

1 cup ice (you can add more or less depending on how thick you want it)

Put it all in the blender and blend for about 3 minutes, until smooth.

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It tastes like a banana shake with a little peanut butter and chocolate.  I LOVE IT. Kale is a SUPER veggie that is loaded with vitamins A, C and K. It’s a great way to start the day.

Have a good one.

xo

Marie

Pie Crust Heart Cookies

Pie crust is my favorite, so when I saw these cookies made by Jennifer Rizzo I had to make them.

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I used the Pillsbury crust and some semi sweet chocolate chips.

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heart shaped pie crust cookies

These are my cookies 😊

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I used a knife to spread the melted chocolate between the cookies. Drizzling the chocolate on top was hard, but they sure tasted good.

I hope you have a happy Valentines Day 💕

xo

Marie

Fab Winter Outfit

Courtney from A Thoughtful Place Blog inspired me to get this fabulous outfit. Isn’t it awesome?

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She provides all the details on where to get everything on her blog (link above).

Here is my version.

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My top is from Forever21. The scarf is something I have had for a long time.

I hope you are having a nice weekend.

xo

Marie

My Favorite Things 2014

Can’t have too many favorite things. Here are 10 of mine.

1. The Vitamix – The soups are easy, delicious and healthy.

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2. I adore this pretty sea glass necklace from Laguna Beachcomber on ETSY.
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3. This is a really good book
Street Cat named Bob

 

4. My i Pad

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5. My favorite healthy dessert is these Dole Frozen bananas. I get them at Costco.
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6. I love this pillow from Apple White on ETSY

Bicycle Pillow on Etsy

7. World Market has a very nice smelling hand cream for only $4.99.

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8. This white throw from Ikea is so cozy and priced at only 29.99. I used it for a Christmas tree skirt in my bedroom.

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9. This video on You Tube taught me how to apply mascara.

10. Bath and Body Works 3 wick candle makes my whole house smell good.

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To see my favorites from 2013, you can click here.

I hope you have a Happy Day.

xo

Marie