Wednesday, March 29, 2017

5 things to try this month -- April

Each month I compile a list of various things I recommend trying for the month -- These include anything from DIYs, book recommendations, sips, recipes, trends, and new restaurants or events for St. Louis locals. Check out previous suggestions too!
On to the good stuff ---

1. Brunch at Sardella
I've heard great things so this is on my brunch radar this month!  
Saturday & Sunday :: 10 am - 2 pm

2. Hike! 
It's warming up and getting sunny, so get outside!
Locals : See my post for tips on where to hike + dine in the STL area.

3. Event - Taste & Toast
This Feast event looks neat -- food samples, sips, live music...sold!
cost : $32
when : April 28th, 7-10
where : moulin (neat event space!!)

4. Celebrate Earth Day
plant something / recycle / donate / re-purpose an old item / head to an event
Locals : check out the St. Louis Earth Day site

5. Easter!
Whether you celebrate the holiday or not, make up a basket of goodies for someone who could use a smile -- I love creating + gifting Easter baskets of goodies. I've filled up our crochet one from the Shack in the past & we have been seeing a few requests for them for Easter this year. Another fun Easter item we have is this crochet sheep!

image via this fab boho Easter brunch 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Book Club - The Woman in Cabin 10

For meet up 2 of our book club we headed to Mona's on The Hill. They have a stellar happy hour that goes all night on Mondays. What a deal.. $2 off draft beer (all local craft beer), $2 off glasses of wine, $8 off bottles of wine and $2 off all starters. We had the garlic knots & meatballs to split, then I had the pickled shrimp starter. All a win. My gal pals shared the gnocchi and boy was it tasty.

Book 2 :: The Woman in Cabin 10. I have heard great things about Ruth Ware books so I am excited to begin this read.

Recap --
Book 1 -- Scrappy Little Nobody 
Would I recommend? Probably not

Monday, March 27, 2017

Weekend Ramblings

This weekend was a quick one, but one that left my heart feeling full & content. 

Highlights =
+ Fish Fry - checked out a different local fish fry with the boyfriend and his family. Then headed to a local sports bar for darts and beer afterwards.
+ Cattleman Dinner + Dance - I love when my worlds collide and my family is at the same event as my boyfriend's family. This event was chop full of people that we both knew. We had such a good time socializing with everyone. It was the 5th annual for Lincoln County, but the first I had attended there. Definitely will be back! It's a fundraiser and they were able to provide 30k worth of scholarships to local students!
+ Sunday drives - running errands, hitting Starbucks, Prime Country radio (including Dixie Chicks), and sunshine.
+ New lavender plant - had to make a Home Depot run, so to me that means perusing the plant selection. Got a new lavender plant for my kitchen counter.
+ Another rustic ladder - Danny's uncle gave me an old ladder he had lying around in his shed, now it resides in my basement!

The week is off to a dreary start with a rainy Monday, but I have my book club happy hour tonight at Mona's. I'm excited to check this place out, I've heard great things and their Happy Hour runs all night on Mondays! Also, it's a short work week- taking off Friday to help decorate and prep for my friend Emily's wedding (#MuddMadness). My free time this week will be filled with speech writing (doh!), a mani/pedi and other fun prep.

image via

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sunday Sayings

This is resonating with me right now. As one who has had my fair share of loss, I think the "broken" often form more barriers to not let people in...but once you're in, you're in. And truly the loss makes everything (every.little.thing.) get viewed through a different lens.And alas, I do have so so many reasons to be happy & feel blessed.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Saturday Shopping -- Glassware/Vases

Glassware and vases are two of my favorite things to thrift. You can typically find ample amounts of this in places like Goodwill or Antique Malls. So, a peek at some glassware I either want to thrift or already have thrifted, and the direct links for those who want it without the wait/ hunt.

Large Glass Vase
This is currently at the very top of my thrift list..These are on sale for $26, which isn't terrible, but I feel I may be able to thrift for to find one. I really want it to put on my entry bench and string this DIY Wood Bead Garland on!

Small Colored Glassware
Very easy items to thrift for cheap. Perfect for air plants, a single floral,  and simple displays I just thrifted a green glass like the first one for under $1 at Red Racks.

Textured White Vases
How fun are all of these? I've been lucky to find lots of this sort of stuff on the cheap while thrifting. I would like to find more circular vases. These textured vases are great to use for styling florals, as jewelry holders, or styled as is on a shelf or in a nook.


Centerpiece Glassware
This would be trickier to thrift, so I may buy it new. Perfect for the bathroom sink, dining table or kitchen counter

Friday, March 24, 2017

[Friday Best]

Welcoming a low-key-ish weekend with open arms. I'm heading to a local fish fry tonight with my boyfriend and his family- His parents check out different ones each week. This will be my 1st with them and my 2nd for the Lent season.  Tomorrow night I have a Cattleman's Dinner in my hometown on Saturday and that's about it.
Hoping to get my MOH speech written + household things done before next week's hustle hits with wedding festivities for #MuddMadness- Looking forward to an epic party!

the best of the week from my standpoint >>

Best new STL eat 
Hi-Point Drive-In - they claim to have the best burgers in STL, and now that I have had one I would say they are definitely worthy of the hype. My favorite burger in STL is always the one at Seamus McDaniels, and this rivals that one..and obviously Hi-Point has a huge selection. Get there! Next I may try the Taco Burger!

Best [Target home decor sale] finds 
So many great items for the home. I am focused on accessories at the moment, but they have furniture on sale too. This galvanized clock isn't on sale but I would love it for indoor or outdoor..I may need to buy it!

Best girls night 
My cousin, Natalie,  and I had a chalkpaint night and painted some thrifted items. I painted this caddy.
Oh, and she just started a blog- Go say HI!

Best buy 
I got cactus molds!

Best party theme
again -- cactus related - a Palm Springs inspired shower

Best meal  
Sloppy Joe Boats - made my own take on these one night this week. Both me and the Cattleman approved...I used ground turkey, which is tolerated by the Cattleman, but not preferred. ;)

Wishing you a weekend full of smiles, adventure and cozy moments. xxx

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Hey There >> A Series of Mini Notes

A hodge podge of mini notes to miscellaneous things/people/days/whatevers.

Hey there, Spring
I'm welcoming the fact that the sun stays out past 5:00 PM..It's always such a victory to make it through Winter & darkness as I leave work. Looking forward to planting green things and soaking up patio weather.

Hey there, adorable patio above
I wish you were mine. You have so many perfect elements & manage to give me a sense of calm just looking at you.

Hey there, work staples
You all seem to be biting the dust at once..might be time to slowly upgrade some pieces that have been in my closet since I joined the corporate world. First up, a new black dress and pencil skirt.
Hey there, Grace and Frankie
I cannot wait for season 3..I promise not to binge it on in one Sunday like I did on season 2.

Hey there, Kansas City
You were SO much fun! I definitely see repeat visits in my future. More time exploring breweries, restaurants and the Westport area.

Hey there, thrift shops
I can't get enough of you lately. My cousin and I are having a chalk paint night tonight to paint some of our new finds.

Hey there, Target home sale
You have so many fun Spring items I would like. This stripe blanket would be great on my blanket ladder, if I still needed curtains I would buy these in coral for my office (tempting!), and I may need to get two of these pillows for my couch.

Hey there, raised garden
I would really like to have one of you for my back patio this season.

Hey there, Poshmark
Keep the sales coming in my closet!

You sure are the perfect little addition to the Shack! You make for a pretty cute co-pilot too!
Now to give ya a name.

Hey there, Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint
I really want to try your paint in Arabesque - what a pretty shade of pink! I really dig this makeover too!

Hey there, Vicia
You look like a neat new STL eat to try out!

[4th Hey there post - others here]