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Fail Proof Green Smoothie

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Just dropping in today to share my favorite way to start the day. I don’t drink coffee but this is the only way I can get going in the morning. This is so much better than coffee anyway! A green smoothie that even my kids love. Not all blenders are created equal. This Blendtec Designer 725 makes the smoothest quick smoothies of any blender I have tried!

Now this recipe I am sharing is so fast and simple! It will be coming out on the Blendtec e-cook book soon. This smoothie fills me up but also taste good. My kids love it as much as I do in the morning. Hope you will enjoy it too!

Recipe:

Loveable Green Smoothie

3 cups spinach leaves

2 cups fresh orange juice

1 ¼ cup Ice

3 blueberries

1 Tbsp. natural honey

1 Tbsp. chia seed or Trilogy seeds (chia, hemp, flax)

Place spinach, orange juice, blueberries, honey, chia seed, and ice in the blender. Use the smoothie setting on your Blendtec blender. Pour into cups and enjoy!

Yields 3 cups.

 

Gold And White Kitchen

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Today is the day I finally get to show you some updates we did to our kitchen. We have lived in this house for about nine months and we are constantly still making things feel like our style. If that makes any sense? Mr. Whitelane and I are always changing things and doing projects to make this home feel like it fits our family. That is part of the fun of buying a pre-existing house. The kitchen was one of the first projects we did. It went from dark to light and bright. Here is a look at the before from when we first bought the house.

 

As we have lived in the home I feel like we got a better idea of what we really wanted. The kitchen is where we spend the majority of our time as a family. We made a lot of changes as soon as we moved in. You can see those here. I decided it was time to open things up and make some more changes. I wanted to give the kitchen a whole new look but not spend a lot of money. That is where Joss & Main comes in to save the day.

Have you done shopping on Joss & Main yet? If not, you are missing a whole world of savvy steals and markdowns on designer products. I am amazed at how I was able to change everything from lighting to barstools on a budget in a one-stop shop. The biggest bonus was that it all got delivered to my front door. I also shopped from home in my PJ’s. 🙂

I chose these three Kayden Cone Pendants for over the island because they feel a lot lighter than my previous pendants. They make a definite statement without being too heavy and taking away from the overall design. The Heriberto Chandelier was the perfect compliment to the pendants. The shades are actually a frosted glass that pairs with the brass so well. This space feels so much lighter and airy with the new chandelier.

 

I have wanted these rattan coastal looking bar stools for a very long time. However, they are typically not affordable, especially if you need more than one. 😉 I was thrilled when I found these Campbellton stools for a killer price. They look identical to some of the much more expensive options I have seen. There were celebratory moments galore because of all the great pieces I was able to get within my budget.

I also had to get a new runner that fit with my new changes. I am a neutral loving girl at heart. I have tried out many different options for this space but I always come back to my neutrals. This rug is so great because it has a rubber backing to help keep it in place. This Tillia marble cheeseboard is a must-have for countertops. The wood and marble together make such a beautiful statement. I filled in the rest of the counters with these awesome white canisters. They come in two sizes and I went with the ten-inch size. I even removed the lid to use one as a utensil holder. Finally, I found this wood vase set. I am obsessed with these vases. They can be used in so many applications for styling. A great staple to have around for any room.

 

I am so happy with how I was able to give me kitchen a completely new look. It really feels so much more open and airy. I am loving all the deals I found on Joss & Main. Designer pieces for any budget and any room. I also have another big update we are working on with this house. I will share it all soon. Be sure to subscribe to my email list and follow me on Instagram so you don’t miss anything!

 

Pantry Makeover

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I never thought I would have a cute organized pantry. There are just so many other rooms that need attention in plain sight. At least with the pantry, I can shut the door and no one else can see the mess. That all changed one day, when I got a wild hair and some leftover decals. Warning, graphic before photo below. 😉

I used these watercolor polka dots in my daughter’s room. I still had an entire sheet of dots left after doing her wall. After looking in my pantry and the all the clutter, I decided it was time to make it cute. I already had everything I needed except some bins to organize.

After a quick trip to IKEA to get some bins for everything, I got busy cleaning up. I went through to declutter things that had been on the top shelf and stuffed in the pantry for a while. It was amazing all the things I didn’t really need or even know I had. 🙂 After I had everything organized into bins, I stuck some labels on them.  Next, I put up the polka dots. As I have mentioned before, the decals are such an easy quick way to add character to any room. They go on and peel off just like a sticker.

Wow! Some organizing, bins, and wall decals made such a huge difference. I couldn’t stop there though. That boob light was killing my vibe. I found an inexpensive pendant to complete this cute little pantry makeover. The black star pendant really pops against the polka dot walls in this intimate space. I even added a few LED pucks for extra lighting between shelving.

Is it acceptable to hide in here and eat chocolate after every meal? Don’t mind if I do. Some girls have a she shed. I have a pantry. 🙂 Having a cute pantry is a lot easier than you think. It was completely worth the few hours of organizing. I wish I would have done it sooner.

Kitchen Update: Appliance Edition

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This kitchen has really come together from where we started when we bought the house. We decided to replace all the appliances to fit our needs and give the kitchen an updated look. One of the things we have come to enjoy is cooking on a gas range. Since the basement isn’t finished yet, we ran a gas line up to the existing electric range. Now, all we had to do was go shopping!

We started looking for what brand of appliances we wanted for this kitchen. In our previous home, we had GE Cafe Series. They were great but I really fell in love with the look and function of KitchenAid appliances. My go-to for appliances is Duerden’s Appliance & Mattress. They are a Utah local family owned company that I just love working with. Not only do they offer everything you could possibly want for your appliance needs, they are very knowledgeable. I received a wealth of knowledge about all my questions on everything I was considering. Side note, the mattress Mr. Whitelane and I sleep on is also from Duerden’s. Absolutely love it! Definitely, go check them out for your next kitchen or bedroom upgrade.

 

When the appliances were delivered I knew they were the perfect fit for this kitchen. We chose a dual evaporated side by side fridge. The french door style is great but we felt this side by side would work for us. It really is perfect. It keeps all the fruits and vegetables fresh for so much longer than our old fridge. The dishwasher is amazingly quiet too. I don’t even have to tell you how much better is to be cooking on gas again. This KitchenAid range is phenomenal and I love that the cooktop is black and not stainless. It is a lot easier to clean. I thought about doing a double oven. Since we will have a kitchen in the basement there wasn’t a need.  Although I don’t love having an over the range microwave, we wanted to keep the existing footprint. Mr. Whitelane and I decided that adding a vented out hood was not cost effective. However, if I have to look at a microwave while cooking, this one sure is pretty!

  

The kitchen is finally all done, for now.:) We took this builder basic kitchen and gave it a little makeover to look more custom. The appliances were a great addition to finishing off this design.

Kitchen Update: Bar Stool Edition

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I am so excited to have bar stools. Not just any barstools but LumiSource Fuji Gold Metal barstools. I will be honest, we hardly ever sit at the dining table. With three kids, you can usually find most of our meals eaten at the island on barstools. It has been a little rough without stools during the remodel. At last, the wait is over and these were so worth it all!

I wanted a bar stool that would be durable for kids but still functional and stylish. Not to mention they need to be affordable. My search led me straight to LumiSource. They have so many amazing options to choose from. Usually, when I find something I really like it is out of my price range. What can I say? I have expensive taste. 🙂 I am so glad the Fuji Gold Metal Counter stool was at such a good price point. Look how gorgeous they are!

The gold metal base was exactly what I wanted for this kitchen. The modern lines create a clean and stylish finish. They are just the right amount of style without being too busy. Since there are four across the island, I wanted something that wouldn’t stick out too much. The lower back is great for my kids. It is just enough support so they don’t fall off. Also, the faux leather seat is a life saver. After dinner, my kids tend to have more food on the chair than what got put in their mouth. The faux leather wipes down so easy and makes my job effortless.

White and gold is really a match made in heaven. You cant go wrong with these beauties. These bar stools met all the checkpoints. That is a rare occurrence these days in the design vertical. They definitely finished off the kitchen and created a great functional spot for us to gather. Dinner is finally back to normal around here since we have bar stools again. The best part is that LumiSource just expanded the Fuji Collection. That is right friends! This fabulous design now comes in more colors and styles.

The new white metal Fuji with a navy seat has me all heart eyes. It was a tough decision narrowing down a color. I am telling you. LumiSource has so many great pieces. Their unique contemporary flair on furniture and decor has made them my new go-to for so many projects. I am excited to see this kitchen complete and ready to move on to the next room that needs updates. 🙂

Kitchen Update: Pendant & Faucet Edition

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The time has finally come to show you the first reveal of the kitchen. EEEEKKKK! I am so excited I can hardly stand it. Let me first give you a little backstory on this kitchen and show some before photos. This house is fairly new and only about ten months old. We bought it from someone that had lived here for those months. I am not sure if they built the house or if it was just a spec home they picked up from the builder. We knew right away it was a great floor plan. It utilized/ removed all the wasted space we didn’t use in our previous home. The style and finishes were definitely not our favorite. However, they were cosmetic changes that we didn’t waste any time getting started on. Mr. Whitelane and I decided to start with the kitchen and make it fit our style and taste. But first a look at where it all started.

 

The before photos show how dark and heavy the kitchen was. We all know I love a white kitchen so that was one of the first changes. Painting the cabinets white was a huge impact! They were a dark knotty alder wood so that was a fun challenge that we hired out. Next, we hired Coby to install three by twelve subway tile backsplash and it really helped lighten the kitchen even more. I also thought it would be a good idea to remove the cabinet next to the refrigerator and do open shelves. I love having these shelves to display all the fun nicknacks.

Let’s be honest, the real show stoppers are the Feiss Pendant Lights and Delta Faucet from build.com. Let me introduce you to your new best friend for all the things, build.com. Have you ever seen all the amazingness they offer in ONE place!? One stop shopping at it’s finest. I don’t have a lot of time to try and hunt down all the pieces for a project from multiple websites. Build.com has been a lifesaver because they offer everything you will need in one convenient place. From furniture and decor to appliances, tools, and flooring. They really do have it all. Finally, a DIY’ers (and anyone who shops) dream spot. I also have to say that the prices are really great too.

 

Ok, back to the amazing Feiss Cadence Pendants. I went with the 13″ in matte black and dark antique brass. When they first arrived Mr. Whitelane was hesitant about the size being too large. After all, there are three of these babes across the island. Full disclosure: I got a little worried for a second too. However, once we got them installed, it was pure love! From the second I started dreaming up ideas for the kitchen, these pendants were part of the plan. I love the black and brass together. The Cadence Pendant is just the right mix of chic, industrial modern, and bold. They really do tie everything together in this space while being the eye-catching statement. The brass accents pair perfectly with my champagne bronze Delta Trinsic Facuet.

 

This faucet is what champagne dreams are made of. It is affordable, sleek, and such an elegant piece. The pull-down magnetic docking spray head is probably my fav! Doing dishes never felt so good! At least for now. We will see how long that good feeling lasts. 🙂 I get asked a lot about how I knew the champagne color faucet would match the brass Cadence Pendants. Guess what? It doesn’t matter. They do coordinate perfectly but they don’t have to be an exact match. Designer tip: choosing finishes in the same color palette that coordinate (don’t have to match exactly) creates depth and variety in a space.

Moral of the story, you need this yummy champagne faucet in your kitchen like yesterday! I also want to give a big high five to Mr. Whitelane for installing this beauty all by himself. This Delta Trinsic Faucet was so easy to install and I could not be happier with how perfect it fit into our kitchen update. The best part is that both the faucet and pendants were delivered right to my front door from build.com.

  

Can you believe what a transformation this kitchen has undergone? It went from the dark and heavy to light and bright. It is amazing what paint, tile, light fixtures, and the perfect faucet can do. This is one of many updates to this house. We are busy over here on our next project that I can’t wait to share. In the meantime, I am headed to do some shopping in my pajamas for that project on build.com. 🙂