Holly’s Skincare Essentials

Some of the links in this post are affiliate links- some are not but I love them all just the same!

You guys it is starting to warm up and we are spending a lot more time in the sun so I want to share a few of my favorite skincare products that are great not just for summer but for year round use! If you have any questions about what I use these products for let me know! I’d be happy to answer any questions or post my regimen. Find links below!

 

Spf Lip Balm, SPF Face Primer, Daily SPF Lotion, 1 Hour self Tanner, Retinol Night Cream, Delux Self Tanner, Coconut Coffee Scrub, Coconut Oil

Tradewinds Living Room Inspiration

Hey y’all! I’m so excited to share my plans for our living room, with you guys! We are really loving our new home and we cannot be happier with the vaulted ceilings in our open living space but it does pose some decor challenges. Sometimes a large open space can feel empty rather than spacious and this is the biggest obstacle that we will be tackling in our living room, breakfast nook & kitchen area. 

Above is the mood board I put together to show you what look we are going for in our kitchen but it applies to our whole downstairs really. All of our living spaces downstairs are connected and open so I’ve chosen a few colors ( Navy, black and white) that will move throughout the house and create a cohesive look. Below you can see the before of our kitchen and the inspiration for our kitchen decor.

I’m really interested in keeping our furniture very neutral….white, grey, leather, wood tones and adding pops of color through accessories. Below you’ll see the textile guide that I use when I’m outlining pillows and throw ideas for couches and chairs. It’s nice to have an idea of what kind of textiles to use, even if you can’t find or don’t have the budget to use the exact textiles in the guide.

I’ve chosen most of our pillows, I actually just have two more in mind that I need to find but I’m loving the progress we are making. The coffee table is just a “for now” piece. I’m going to be DIY-ing a dupe of a high end large round wood coffee table for our space. Below is the coffee table that I will be DIY-ing, it is available at One Kings Lane but is unfortunately out of my budget right now.

I think it will fill our space much better than what we are currently using and I’m just in love with the wood planks. 

The wall behind our pretty map is the major challenge of this room. Our map fills up so much space but still manages to get lost on this huge wall. The plan is to shiplap halfway up the wall and paint our shiplap white. This will add texture without being overly busy and will break up the space a bit. We’d also like to change the mantle, something slightly modern made of raw wood would be ideal. 

Soon I’ll be sharing my lighting choices for this room on my Facebook page so be sure to check in there and like my page if you don’t already! You can also follow me on Pinterest and check out all of my boards that have “Tradewinds” in the title, these are all boards that are inspiration for our current home 🙂

Thank you for checking out what has been going on with our living room and all of our fun plans! I can’t wait to show you how everything is turning out!

XOXO Holly

 

 

Shrimp & Garlic Butter Noodles With Dorot

This post is sponsored by Dorot but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

You guys I’m teaming up with Dorot today to share with you a great no-fail spring recipe! Spring time is such a bright and happy time in the world  and cooking is no exception. I love all the spring time meals and the addition of citrus and fresh herbs to brighten up dishes. For those of us from the coast spring and summer usually bring on seafood dishes and this shrimp meal is such an easy go-to! Go ahead an watch me make this simple and quick dinner! With the help of Dorot, fresh prepared herbs my prep time was literally cut in half!  

If you guys spend any time around me at all you will quickly learn that despite my love of herbs and plants I kill them almost instantly – which makes cooking with herbs highly inconvenient. I am so excited to share the Dorot fresh, prepared herbs – these are seriously a life savor when it comes to fresh and flavorful cooking. For this recipe I used garlic and basil but they have a whole line of great herbs available – check it out here! All of their herbs are prepared, which mean no slicing, dicing or washing. They even have caramelized onions! Y’all. That is seriously a game changer.

Dorot frozen herbs can be found conveniently in the frozen food section of your local Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Wegman’s, Harris Teeter and other stores (check out their website to find a store near you!). I especially love that the Dorot herbs are frozen in a small package that looks like a mini ice cube tray- you just pop out however many you need and put the rest back in the fridge for another meal and just like that you have fresh, already prepared herbs! 

Right now I’m loving the Dorot frozen garlic and basil – these are such life savors for me to have stocked in my freezer for spur of the moment meals – I cannot tell you how many times we have made a last minute trip to the store for just herbs for a specific dish! Well no more, thanks to Dorot we will always have yummy, fresh, frozen herbs right on hand.

As always you guys, I only rep brands that I use and trust, Dorot is one of those brands for me! I think their products are just fantastic and totally worth your time. Go check them out!

XOXO Holly

A Fresh Take On Easter Table Decor

Howdy friends, today I hopped on FB LIVE and shared my easter table scape ideas. I decided to go with a fresh southwest, desert inspired look with cacti, succulents and a few flowers. This is a fun and budget friendly table scape that would be great for easter, a dinner party or a summer/spring wedding. Take a look at my FB LIVE video above and all the pretty pictures below to see how it all came together 🙂

xoxo Holly

 

 

Boho Chic EASY pillow Tutorial

Hey you guys! Today I’m sharing the EASIET little pillow tutorial ever! I bet if you’ve been on Pinterest in the last few months or peaked inside any home decor magazines you have seen a kilim pillow or rug (Pronounced kill-eem) 

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SOOOO pretty right? But they also happen to be pretty pricey. Well, I happened inside the Five Below store in my area a couple of weeks ago and noticed that they have these amazing little woven rugs in all different patterns and colors right now. And the best part? They are $2.

I picked up a couple to make some darling little faux kilim pillows for a client and decided that I just had to share how to make these! 

Here is what you will need,

Woven rug – is from Five Below

Sewing machine and thread

Pillow insert or stuffing

The first thing you’ll want to do is lay out your small rug. The side that you want to be the outside of the pillow needs to face up. Next, fold one end toward the middle of the rug.

Then fold the other end toward the middle over lapping the ends by 1.5″-2″. You can stick 1-2 pins in each side if you need to hold the rug in place while you sew.

You now want to sew the two open ends (not the fringed ends that overlap).

I just used a regular straight stitch on my machine and it worked perfectly.

One you’ve sewn both ends you want to turn your pillow right side out….

Put your pillow insert or stuffing on the inside of the pillow and Voila! Seriously, the easiest pillow cover ever! They can also be styled two different ways!

You can place them “fringe out” or turn it around to show off the pattern on the back of the pillow.

Either way these pillows bring a lot of color and texture and no one is the same! Do you think you’ll make some for yourself? Let me know what you think!

xoxo Holly

Grayson’s Creek Adventure & The Libman Company Sweepstakes

Grayson and I had a fun little adventure today exploring the creek near our new neighborhood. It was an easy little trek and a fun little nature experience without even leaving home and of course there were PLENTY of puddles to jump in….Grayson’s favorite! I’ve been struggling a little with the fact that we don’t have a park in or near our neighborhood and trying to find ways to get out into nature and I think our newly found creek has solved our problems! 

I’ve heard it said that the definition of a little boy is “Noise with dirt on it.” If that is true, than is is 2x true for a Tompkins boy! Our little people always seemed to be covered in dirt……….. or paint, or glitter, or flour or sand etc, etc, but thanks to the Libman Company cleaning up after our most precious people is a whole lot easier! 

The Libman Company offers inexpensive, quality cleaning supplies conveniently at every Walmart. Be sure to check them out HERE and get a $3 off coupon for a Libman product.

I personally love the Wonder Mop! It has a microfiber mop head that clings to dirt and grime. My favorite thing about the Wonder Mop is that the mop head can be removed and washed up to 50 times before you replace it! And the Wonder Mop has a power wringer that you pull down over the mop head to wring out excess water – which means saving your hands from drying out do to over exposure to water and cleaning solution!

Not only is The Libman Company offering a great coupon that can be used at Walmart stores, as of March 1, they are holding a Pintrest Sweeptakes ! Here is how to enter, Click HERE to follow The Libman Company on Pinterest and re-pin from their sweepstakes-specific board. Create a “Spring Cleaning Toolkit” using images of The Libman Company’s products and Spring cleaning tips from the pinboard, and then enter your information on The Libman Company’s Facebook page ( LINK HERE). Invite your friends to enter as well! 5 winners will receive a “Spring Cleaning Toolkit” comprised of Libman products, and one additional winner will receive a prize package plus a $1,000 cash prize.

You guys I’m totally entering the sweepstakes, we need all the cleaning help we can get around here! 

xoxo Holly

Spring Carrot Door Hanger

Spring is upon us! I’m so excited for the sunshine, warm weather, flowers and all the happiness that spring brings with it. I’m also excited for Easter and spring time decorating and I’ve decided to get a little jump on my Easter decor by adding a spring carrot door hanger (our very first door hanger at our new house!) to the front of our new home! It was super easy to make and I know you’ll want to know how I whipped it up, so scroll down and I’ll give you all the details!

Here is what you will need…

  • Scissors
  • 4 Tulip “bushes” in orange. I bought mine at Michael’s
  • Wire Cutters
  • Green burlap ribbon
  • Greens I also bought these at Michael’s in their “Gardeners Market” section. They look like carrot tops to me 🙂
  • Wire.
  • Command strip and hook for hanging.

You should have 4 tulip bushes, you want to remove the flowers ( with stems attached) from the bush from ONLY one tulip bush.

Then you should have a nice pile of tulips on stems. You will then want to take three of these tulips aside and using the wire, create a bundle like this…

Notice how the bundle is like a triangle, one tulip is in the middle/underneath the top two and sticks out further. This will be the point of our carrot. Once you create your bundle you will need to take the end of the burlap ribbon, leaving the other end attached to the spool ( do not cut) and wire the bundle of tulips to the end of the ribbon. See below.

Next we are going to start adding some gradual bulk to our carrot by adding 3 tulips to the bundle.

Once again you want to continue the triangular shape placing the new tulip on top of the previous bundle and a little further up the burlap ribbon. Secure them to the ribbon with wire. Next we will make a jump in bulk by adding six tulips! You will add 4 first and wire them to the ribbon just as you did the previous three, leaving two unwired.

The two unwired tulips you want to bend out toward the sides making a more dramatic triangle shape, you’ll want to wire them a little further up the ribbon than the bundle of four, giving them room to flare out to the side.

 

Next you will begin adding the remaining three bushes to the carrot but first you will want to remove all of the leaves from the bushes, while leaving the stems and flowers intact. See below.

Before you add the first intact bush to the carrot you will want to flatten and fan the stems out just slightly.

Lay the fanned bush on top of the tulip bundles attached to the ribbon and position it so that the tulips will continue the carrot shape. The stems are wired which makes it easy to fan the tulips out after you get them bundled if you aren’y especially happy with the shape.

When you wire this bush onto the ribbon, wire a little further down the ribbon giving the stems ample room to flare out, making the carrot a little more shapely. 

Then just on the few center most tulips, wire them just above the tulip heads make sure they will stay put so you don’t end up with a carrot with a bald spot.

Next you add in the second Intact tulip bush. This bush you will want to flatten and fan out ALOT. I suggest moving the longer stems so the they are the ones fanning out to the side while keeping the shorter stems in the middle.

Add this bush to the bundles in the same way you added the others.

Wire the bundle down with the outer most stems left out of the bundle.

Add the last remaining tulip bush in the same fashion.

Next we are going to bundle up the stems.

Wrap wire up and down the stems of the bushes, wrapping the ribbon up on the sides as you wire.

Next you will want to cut the greens for the top of the carrot. Using wire cutters remove the stems from the handle.

Next, wire the stems together.

Now you can wire the stems  to the top of the carrot.

After the top of the carrot is wired in place you will want to flip the carrot face down so that you can create the loop by which the carrot will hang.

The back on the carrot will look like this. Fold the ribbon back toward the carrot creating a loop and cut the ribbon where the stems of the tulips and the greens meet.

Wire the ribbon so that the loop stays intact.

Flip the carrot back over so that it is facing up and center it on a large piece of burlap ribbon.

Tie a cute little bow hiding the wiring where the carrot and greens meet.

I like to leave long tails on my bows and cute a little triangle out of the ends for interest.

Hang your carrot door hanger using a command hook and voila! welcome the spring and Easter in style.

 

 

Eclectic Light Fixtures

Establishing a style in a home can be so easy with the right kind of light fixture. For the most part the lighting in our home is wonderful and “up to date” but there are a few statement light fixtures that aren’t really jiving with our style. They are just a little too generic for the look we are going for. I put together a little collage of my favorite eclectic light fixtures that do a good job of blending traditional and modern, masculine and feminine. Take a look, maybe one would be right for your space 🙂

One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six.

Breakfast Nook Sneak Peek & Chalk Board Art Tutorial

Hey everyone! We’ve been working like busy little bees unpacking all of our boxes, putting things away and making this new house our home. As a creative person sometimes the mess of unpacking and long days where I don’t get to do anything creative drives me nuts and I need just a little break in the monotony. I decided that a quick little project would give me a good aside from all the organizing and would help us feel a little more settled in at the same time.

Inspired by one of my favorite songs I created these adorable side by side faux chalkboard panels. I say faux chalkboard because I fixed mine so that the chalk cannot be erased. 

The large panels take up just the right amount of space on the wall in our breakfast nook, I love the way they turned out. These panels were super easy to create even though I have horrible handwriting! I promise you could make your own too! Check out the tutorial below…

To make your own panels you will need..

-1-2 picture frames with chipboard or mdf backings. (I bought mine at Michael’s during a bogo sale)

-Chalk paint in black.

-Paint brush

-Chalk

-Stencils

I’m going to be using a smaller frame as an example for the purposes of this tutorial.

First you’ll want to discard the glass or plastic that came with your frame and paint the entire front of the chipboard backing with the black chalk paint.

Next you’ll need to let the backing dry completely. The rub the side of the chalk over the surface of the “chalkboard” backing.

Next you will need to use a wet towel to  erase the chalk. This will give your chalkboard a “lived in” look.

Then comes the fun a easy part! I wanted a more industrial look for my panels so I chose a black lettering style of stencils ( these are cardstock stencils from Hobby Lobby and are litterally the cheapest stencils ever). Place your stencils where you want your lettering, washi tape can help you hold the stencils in place without damaging your chalkboard.

To draw your letters you’ll want to draw around the edge of the stencil.

Then, scribble chalk in the center and draw heavier on one side of the letter, that will add a little bit of depth to your lettering.

After you finish your lettering you will want to fix the chalk so that your pretty chalkboard art will stay nice and crisp.

There are two ways to fix the chalk art, you can use a fixative spray found at art supply stores- it’s used to fix chalk pastels etc. Or you can use hairspray which will do the exact same thing.  Just hold your hairspray about 12-18 inches away from your panels and give them a nice light spray. and voila! You did it, you made your very own chalkboard art.

Thank you for checking in on my latest project, we have a ton of projects underway. Join us on this little journey as we make our house a home!

xoxo Holly

 

 

The Best Sugar Free Recipes and Products

Hey you guys! As promised I am here today sharing my favorite sugar free and soy free recipes and favorite sugar free products. About three years ago I cut refined sugar, cane sugar syrup, corn syrup etc and soy out of my diet for the most part. I say “for the most part” because we do like to treat ourselves every now and then to nice donut or fancy drink at a restaurant and that is okay as long as I don’t go overboard with sugar. I have always struggled with my body retaining water and toxins. In high school I began to take a medication prescribed by my derm. to help with edema and acne and consequently it helped my body release the toxins that it holds on to. I got off the medication around the time I got married and have just recently began taking it again as I have not been able to control my issues with diet alone (dang hormones). 

While I was off the medication I was pregnant twice. With Grayson’s pregnancy I was very bloated and had tons of edema and acne issues from the very begining. I hurt all over and would get swollen ankles from day one of being pregnant. After my pregnancy the water weight went away rather quickly but I still had so many body aches and pains, I still had a hard time with swollen ankles and feeling groggy and dizzy in the morning time.(Sloane’s pregnancy, while being off sugar was entirely different! No bloating, no swollen ankles from the begining, no feeling tired and sluggish constantly) After Grayson’s pregnancy I did many tests at the doctor to make sure there was not a greater medical issue and was issued a “clean bill of health”. It was then I began to research the “Clean Eating Diet” and the idea of making my food work for me. I stopped eating sugar, I read every label and searched for great recipes, I experimented on recipes by using honey or maple syrup instead of sugar. Some recipes were fails and some were triumphs and I want to share these recipes with you!

Here is my little recipe round up!

1. Peanut Butter Protein Cups eating sugar free is tough without treats! Here is a link to a little mock peanut butter cup treat that is perfect for keeping in the freezer and eating when the need for something sweet arises.

2. Carrot Muffins These are amazing and simple! They are a kid pleaser and perfect with morning coffee.

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3. Whole Wheat Pizza Dough This is great for family pizza night! I would make the dough in the morning and give it all day to rise! Personal pizzas are such a kid pleaser and the dough is delicious!

4. Sugar Free Ketchup Perfect for ketchup lovers out there!

 

Next I want to share a few of my favorite sugar free products!

1. Maple Grove Farms Pancake and Waffle mix Super light and fluffy!

2. Ezekiel 7 Sprouted Grains Bread This brand makes so many variations of bread!

3. Justin’s Peanut Butter YUMMY!

4. Garden of Eatin Blue Corn Chips  These are really great with salsa and guac and I buy mine at Sam’s Club! 

All of these products are not only sugar free but also soy-free! They are super yummy and my husband and kids love them too! If you are interested in clean eating or sugar free eating but don’t know where to start feel free to message me and follow me on Pinterest I’d love to share all of my recipes and tricks I’ve learned along the way with you!.