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Wednesday
Feb142018

bird seed hearts for valentine's day

Valentine's Day has never really been that big of a deal in our house, but now that we have littles, it's become one of my favorite holidays to celebrate with the kids.  After all, what could be better than celebrating love?  This is Lydia's first year in preschool, so when it came to Valentine's for her classmates, the learning curve was a little steep.  I wanted to do something other than give out candy and when I saw heart shaped bird seed feeders on Pinterest, I thought it was perfect, since we already had about 300 pounds of seed in the garage (we like to feed our birds). 

The first recipe I tried called for corn syrup and flour and did not turn out well at all. I couldn't get the bird seed to stay together, so I ended up coming up with my own thing and they turned out great!  After having made panna cotta for years, I knew that unflavored gelatin would harden enough to get the bird seed to stay together and they were so, SO cute! Lydia even helped mix everything together and then poke the holes with a chopstick!  Here is the recipe and the steps for how I did it:

What you'll need:

4 cups bird seed

3 packages unflavored gelatin

1 cup cold water, divided in half

chopstick (or pencil, to poke a hole in the top for string)

baker's twine or ribbon

heart-shaped cookie cutter

How to make:

1.  Sprinkle three packets of gelatin over 1/2 cup very cold water in a mixing bowl.  Let sit for ten minutes until it firms up.

2.  In a sauce pan, heat another 1/2 cup of water until it comes to a boil.  Add the gelatin mixture and mix until it dissolves.

3.  Add gelatin mixture to a large bowl of the bird seed and mix well.

4.  Let the bird seed mixture firm up and cool off a little before making your hearts. (I stuck ours in the fridge for a half hour).

5.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place your cookie cutter on top.  Spoon the mixture inside and gently push down to make sure it's really packed in. 

6.  With a chopstick or pencil, poke a hole in the top, then carefully remove the cookie cutter.

7.  Once you've finished all your hearts, I put the baking sheet in the fridge to let them firm up overnight.  The next morning, I used a paring knife to cut away the excess birdseed around the hearts and then tied ribbon through and put them in bags with Valentine's tags.  So easy and SO CUTE!!

Definitely chill the mixture before trying to fill the cookie cutters with it; it's so much easier to handle and it doesn't get all over the place!  Also, you can poke the chopstick in again the next morning if it didn't go all the way through when it was in the cutter.  These turned out so stinking cute, that I would definitely consider doing them for favors or even on a rainy day (we love to spread peanut butter on pinecones and roll them in peanut butter, too!).  Hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Wednesday
Feb112015

wednesday wish list: unconventional valentine's day gifts

Valentine's Day has never really been a big deal around our house; I think the hubby has actually only been home to celebrate three, maybe four times, so it tends to be just another day for us!  But that never stops me from putting together a wish list of lovelies for the occasion! In honor of the day of love, I thought I'd share what I'm loving this week - no pink or flowers here; this week I'm coveting classic shapes, pops of black and white and lots of gold accents, the perfect, albeit unconventional, gift ideas I'd love for Valentine's Day or "just because" for that matter.  Here are my picks this week:

LOVE the size and shape of this mirror from Terrain; at five feet tall, it's definitely a showstopper!

These striped jersey sheets come in a bevy of beautiful color options and are SO incredibly soft!  Come to momma.....

Love the champagne bamboo frame on this sea fan; this would be an easy diy, too!

Target does it again with this gorgeous shiny gold flatware set at such an unbelievably affordable price point!

You can never have enough candles; love this scent.

I'm obsessed with these agate bookends, which were featured last week on One Kings Lane; they aren't available anymore, but if someone finds them elsewhere, please let me know!

I'm such a sucker for anything monogrammed and these "anchored at sea" notecards are giving me serious heart palpitations!

This sweet, gold heart dish is a perfect candy dish or bedside spot for rings.

I actually have these suede ankle boots and absolutely love them! 

Bold black and white chevron stripes with gold velour backing on these throw pillows are a beautiful way to add some drama to an otherwise neutral space!

What are you coveting for Valentine's Day?

Tuesday
Feb112014

be mine

I've never been a huge fan of Valentine's Day, but I've never been shy about my love for shopping for the holiday, either! A good bottle of wine and some delectable chocolates are right up my alley (and go a long way on any other day of the year!), but, here are some of my favorite finds for the holiday that are a little more unconventional:

Skip the roses...I'd take a rosemary topiary, instead, any day!  At under 20 bucks, this one is a great option - especially for those of us that have trouble keeping them alive!

Add a pop of pink to your bathroom or kitchen countertop with a bottle of Savon de Marseille in wild rose - it may be a practical gift, but it lasts forever and smells amazing!

It's just not Valentine's Day without the gift of chocolate; this set of three Mast Brothers bars are almost too pretty to open...almost!

These pink druzy and gold studs are simple but oh so stunning!

There isn't a Diptyque candle I don't love; it might be a little bit of a splurge, but their scents are subtle and soft and after the candle is done, you can use the glass to hold makeup brushes, jewelry, pens!

Love this suede boho bag; it doubles as a diaper bag for me these days!

A friend introduced me to this cabernet sauvignon and I've been hooked ever since!  Perfect way to end a long day, sipping a glass next to the one you love!

What's on your Valentine's Day wish list?

Tuesday
Feb122013

valentine's day gift ideas for less than $50!

Valentine's Day is two days away, and if you're like me and wait until the eleventh hour to purchase gifts for holidays and birthdays, OR if you're just looking for something nice for yourself without breaking the bank, here are some goodies for less than $50!

How adorable is this burlap monogrammed tote?  And for only $28, you can't pass it up!!!

Love these crystal pave studs - chic enough for every day wear!

Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere has been a blogger favorite of mine for years!  Her book is chock full of style and organization ideas, beauty how-to's and tips on how to throw a fabulous party-the perfect coffee table book!

I had never heard of Glassy Baby before a friend sent me one of their handblown glass candle holders this past Christmas. I fell in love immediately with these gorgeous votives in more than 100 colors and even more so when I learned that GlassyBaby, founded by three-time cancer survivor, Lee Rhodes, donates a chunk of their proceeds to meeting basic needs of cancer patients and their families.  These coral, pink and red versions are perfect for Valentine's Day:

LOVE this color blocked throw pillow in hot pink and navy blue linen:

This whipped body cream is an all-time favorite of mine...it's super soft and lightly scented.  I start hyperventilating, the closer I get to the bottom of the jar!

Add a pop of color to your powder room with wild rose Savon de Marseille hand soap:

What are some of your must-haves this Valentine's Day?

Friday
Feb012013

cheeky

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and since I've never really been the overly sappy/sentimental type, I was thrilled when I found these cheeky cards by Sweet Perversion on etsy!  One of these is definitely going in my handsome hubby's next care package!  Given the fact that it has been a while since we've seen each other, I think he will completely appreciate the sentiment, haha! Check out the entire line of hysterical adult cards here and be sure to order one for your Valentine!  Have a wonderful weekend!