4.22.2014

How To: Easter "Man Basket"


If you followed this blog back in 2012 (wow suddenly I my blog feels really old), you may remember this post with the beer basket. You also may remember my terrible writing, design, fonts, etc. It's okay...it's so true. 

What I'm trying to get at is it's definitely time to update that post with this one! It's one of my most viewed posts, and what I take from that is that many of us are clueless as to how we can make unique gifts for the men in our lives. I know I am half of the time, but that's a story for a different day. Personally, I think this gift is fun to put together and is just a small, thoughtful gesture for that special guy in your life. Super easy, too.

I will keep this short and sweet since really this project is pretty self-explanatory and isn't rocket science by any means...

Things You'll Need To Pick Up On Your Next Target Visit:
+12 pack of your man's favorite beer
+Easter grass to fill the inside (I used 2 packs)
+Plastic eggs
+Your man's favorite candies and snack foods
+Your man's favorite shave/face items (because if your man is anything like mine he doesn't buy these as much as he should...cough cough)
+Any other items you think your man will love! (ie: a new flavor of grilling sauce for mine since we are about to get our new grill!)


What You Need To Do:
+Open the beer box from the top, not the sides! Hide the beers somewhere in your house until you can safely put them in the refrigerator without your husband noticing (possibly the day of?) and then cut a large opening in the top of your beer box. 
+Fill with grass, candy filled plastic easter eggs, and some of the other small goodies that fit in the bottom. Save the bigger items to go at the top. 


+Then, without crushing the items in the bottom, start placing the bigger items on top. I actually used a loofah (this works!) to prop the bigger items up on because it helped with the height so that some of the items stuck out of the box more. It's all about the presentation, am I right?
+Use tape, if needed, to secure some of the larger items that might be moving around to the box to keep them in place.
+Admire your latest project, watch your man smile when you give it to him, and don't forget to gift him those beers you hid or put in the refrigerator! I repeat...do not forget the beers. :)

 easter man basket

If you personalize it just for your man, how could he ever not like it? Impossible!

Have you made a basket for your guy before? If not, next year is your time to start. :) Special thank you to those who have actually been reading my blog since 2012 and have continued to stick around! It means so much, truly.

PS-You could also add some small liquor bottles, lottery tickets, or tickets to a sporting event! It would be cute if you taped those on the front of the box! Just some other ideas I've had. You can't go wrong! 

PPS: Billy sent me the link to this article about happy people this morning (we love reading things like this!) and I wanted to share. Happy Tuesday! 

4.21.2014

Can Easter Be A Monthly Thing?


Happy belated Easter to all of you!

Can we take a vote to have Easter every month?! I know Rocky would be on board (he did well with new treats and toys!) It is honestly one of my favorite holidays, even as an adult (you should have seen me as a kid-I was one of those who instead of opening all the eggs at the end would open each one as I went and stuff my face...are you surprised at all?) 

Let's see...family, traditions, gorgeous weather, good food, making Billy a pretty killer Easter basket (more on that tomorrow!), and of course checking out all the goodies Billy put in my basket is fun too. What's not to love? 

Our weekend was the perfect mix of productive and relaxing. You can't hate a weekend like that! We were able to get so much work done in our yard...the whole backyard weeded, mulched, new hostas bought, planted basil and cilantro, grass got cut, chatted with our neighbors, and Billy re-hung my swing in a better spot. Billy always laughs at me because I literally love working in the yard together...I may not have the greenest thumb out there, but I do enjoy it. We also cooked out with my best friend Lindsay and her brother at their new place on Saturday (corn.on.the.cob..you are so delicious) and watched our NHL hockey team beat Pittsburgh in the playoffs! It was so exciting! Game 3 is on tonight and I'm hoping Billy can make it through with only a few screams and freak outs. ;)

{planter is from Garden Ridge!}
{top (on sale for $20!) // sunglasses // jeans (these fit amazing and are only $40) // shoes-I bought these in all the colors #obsessed}

Oh, and I may have held the most precious little Pom (you know, besides Rocky) that I think really needs a home. Preferably at ours... :)

Now for the good stuff: Easter Sunday!

Me and Billy woke up and made cinnamon rolls, exchanged our baskets (he did SO good and even got me these beautiful flowers!), and then headed to my parents house to help "hide" 250 (YES, 250!) Easter eggs for the kids before all the family came over....

easter baskets
Just picturing him shopping for all this stuff like different nail polishes and girly beauty items puts this huge smile on my face. I'm all about the smaller things for Easter, nothing extravagant since it's the thought that counts! (I told him I only wanted one candy related item and was pretty impressed with the wine choice and the cute gardening gloves:))

Also in love with this cute scallop tote bag he found! He knows I love little things like this...

And now I'll let the pictures from our day do the rest of the talking...


 That's 250 eggs, folks...


The quints are 14!


And I can't forget about our little "baby" :)
Rocky absolutely melts our hearts in the best way possible!


And that's a wrap! Feeling so refreshed and happy after a weekend like that.

Tomorrow I'll be sharing all the ins and outs of Billy's Eeaster basket! I think (well, I KNOW) I stepped it up a notch and since the other basket was from a few years ago (one of my most popular posts!) I thought I would update it and share what I did differently and what all I included.

How was your Easter? Did you get outside to enjoy it?

Have a great day everyone! :)

4.18.2014

Things That Make Me Do A Vicki "Woo-Hoo!"


also known as five on Friday...

{ONE}

It's Friday. Duh and duh. 
Okay fine, that doesn't count because we all get happy on Friday's...especially Good Friday!
 
This weekend I'll be trying to top this man basket that I made for Billy a couple years back. We decided to make each other baskets again ($30 and under limit) and to be honest, I don't know if I will be able to top it and since he liked it so much I might just switch up the items that I put inside...

Do any of you have any other ideas of what I could add? Or what are some fun things you put in gift boxes for your man? Help a sister out, would ya?

{TWO}

I can't help but get really excited for this upcoming summer. Besides having two back to back weddings in July, it looks like we will be spending most of our weekends up at the cottage with Billy's family boating. I have absolutely zero problems with it...boats, sun, family, jetskis, Put in Bay and sunsets like this one? Count me in! 


{THREE}

One of the many things on my to-do list for the weekend is to plant some succulents for inside our house and also plant a few herbs. My inspiration for the succulents is the picture below...I love the different textures and colors of the pots so I'm hoping I can find something similar! 


{FOUR}

My girlfriend Angela is getting married in July and we're (the bridesmaids) are throwing her a shower in May, so I've been turning to Pinterest for some serious inspo! I love this idea of putting pictures of them on the window pane and also something simple like this for the centerpieces...


{FIVE}

 Happy to be spending this holiday weekend with my two boys and to grill out on Saturday with some friends!


I have lots of fun, exciting reviews coming up on the blog in the next month so stay tuned!

Also, I may have done some minor damage due to J.Crew's 50% off sale...just a little heads up that's it's still going on if you haven't shopped it yet! If you missed my post yesterday, here are some of my recent spring picks!

Hope everyone has a great Easter weekend with your family or friends! 
May the eggs be ever in your favor... ;)


4.17.2014

MIXING PATTERNS: DAY TO NIGHT OUTFITS

It took pretty much all the willpower I have to not buy each and every item from this list when I made this.

Lately, I'm all about mixing patterns in a subtle way and now is the perfect time to do this since there are so many cute patterns/options out there for spring! I thought I would switch things up a bit and show a comfortable yet cute day look, that can easily be transitioned to a night look. There are so many times in the spring and summer where our lives get so busy with events that sometimes you have to plan your outfits ahead and the less you have to think about the day of, the better.

The main pieces in these two outfits (the shoes, jacket, and bag) stay the same but by just ditching the skinny jeans and throwing on this adorable lightweight dress can make all the difference (for the record-I would totally rock this day look at night, too.)
Mixing Patterns: Day to Night Outfits


Floral Moto Jacket (25% off with code TREAT) / Jeans, also love this pair (both on major sale)/ Striped Tee / Wedges, other pairs I love here, here, here/ Dress / Belt / Necklace / Striped Clutch (only $34!) / Leather Clutch

Can it get any cuter than mixing this floral jacket with stripes? I think not...

It's always around this time of year where blazers and light jackets are the things I tend to grab for the most because they can be worn with so many things (this jacket would be cute with shorts, like these, and maxi dresses as well!) and just look so cute when paired with other items. I feel like they always take an outfit up a notch, know what I'm sayin'? That is exactly what a spring/summer wardrobe is all about after all...comfort + looks effortless!

What do you reach for the most in your closet in the spring?

PS: If you didn't see already, most of these items are on major sale...#success.

4.15.2014

ACAI BREAKFAST BOWL


Back with another healthy recipe today!

Remember when we went to San Diego this past fall and I fell in love with acai bowls?! Well, ever since we got back the struggle of not having any places that sell them here has been very real. ;) Not only are they one of the most delicious breakfast foods out there, but acai is know for it's insane antioxidant levels, healthy fats, iron, calcium, and beta-carotene.  A place here finally opened last month that sells them, but I quickly realized that it might be cheaper for me to make them myself due to how often I really crave them and want them for breakfast!

These bowls are packed with nutrients, are so delicious, and actually very easy to make. A winning combination in my book! If you have ten minutes, you can put one of these together and make your stomach very happy.


Acai Breakfast Bowl

+1 frozen acai packet (I bought the Sambazon brand from Whole Foods)
+1 frozen banana cut into pieces
+1 large handful frozen blueberries (or strawberries, peaches, etc)
+1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
+1 large scoop peanut butter

Blend all ingredients together until thick and creamy. I used a food processor for this, but you can use a blender or Vitamix. If you use a blender, you may have to scrape the sides/mix it up a couple times. The frozen fruit helps give a better texture and you don't want to blend it too long because you still want it to be thick.

Top with sliced banana, your favorite granola, and any other fruit you'd like!

acai breakfast bowl

Enjoy! 
See my latest recipe, Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad (healthy vegetarian option) here!

Have you made an acai bowl before and if so what are your favorite toppings?
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