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Harlow's nursery is complete! I have to say... it's my favorite room in the house! Sometimes I just go sit in the glider and soak up every ounce of loveliness. There was so much love put into this room! I had so much help making my vision come to life! We started with neutrals so that a lot of the items could be reused. After that, we added different shades of pink, blue, and green. Many of the pieces were found in antique stores, passed down, or reused from our own nurseries. Harlow's daddy however, made the mobile! It is an original piece made with extra care and love! We hand picked fabrics with many textures, and patterns to add just the right amount of depth! I love mixed metals and woods. I have used them all through out our house to keep a modern, rustic feel.  I truly enjoyed each second of this process! Now we are patiently waiting to add the most important piece! <3

For this child we prayed. The Lord had granted the desires of our hearts. 
-1 Samuel 1:27





 
 
My sweet family and friends hosted two baby showers for us a few weeks ago. I wanted to find cute hostess gifts that didn't break the bank! One thing that helps me, is setting a budget. Not just for hostess gifts but anything I am working on. If I give myself a limit, it's easier to reign myself back in!  Of course I started looking on Pinterest for ideas! I found a few different things that lead me to my final product. I knew I wanted to incorporate bath items in some kind of packaging with a cute tag. I started at World Market for some inspiration and who doesn't love World Market? Here is a list of items I used and where they came from.


1. Lavender bath beads - World Market
2. Loofah,  nail clippers, and nail file - Dollar General
3. Nail polish in shades of pink and rasberry - Target
4. Packaging - Michaels
5. Tags - Michaels 
6. Pink ribbon - Michaels 
7. Labels - I took a page from my mom's book and printed labels to add to the polka dot scrap book paper and tags. 


xo- Ashton 


 
 
 
So my sweet husband, who is the true chef in our family, asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday. Without hesitation, I said I wanted to make homemade pizza! I am slightly obsessed with pizza I have to admit. We (my husband) made the dough from scratch. He then added all the fresh fixin's! Fresh produce makes a huge difference! While he was cooking, I was snapping pictures with my new camera! Although the process was a little messy, the finished product was absolutely delicious! I highly recommend it for your next date night! 

Ingredients
Pizza Dough:
  • 2.5 cups all purspose flour
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 7 ounces warm water
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal, for the pizza peel

Pizza Toppings: 
  • 1 cup pureed canned tomatoes
  • 2 medium fresh garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • two large pinches of sea salt
  • 2-3 tablespoon finely grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
  • 7 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cu into cubes
  • 5-6 large fresh basil leaves
  • crushed dried red pepper flakes 



Preheat oven at 550 degrees. Prepare dough and let sit covered for an hour in order to rise. Roll flat and add sauce and toppings. Bake for 7-8 minutes. We ended up making 2, ten inch pizzas. 
 
 
Adam and I are so excited to "reveal" that we are officially team PINK! 
Harlow Grace Hurst is already loved so much! Our "bee" theme was a huge success!  It was definietly a group effort! My mom found a table runner from Home Goods with a vintage bee on it and our theme was created! My grandmother made the party favors. We used baby's breath and mason jars on each table. To cut on costs, we printed all of the tags and signs! We also used a rubber bee  stamp, to stamp all of the white napkins! I found a beehive cake on Pinterest that I just had to make and the details are listed below! This theme was so fun to put together. I can see us using it in the further for baby showers or bridal showers! 


Cake Pan: Amazon


Bees: Amazon 


Cake Recipe 


 

OH BABY!

09/27/2015

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Adam & I are so excited to announce that we will be welcoming baby Hurst, January 2016! It's been such a wonderful blessing and we are already going through so many new experiences together! My mom & I found these precious blocks in an antique store, downtown Covington. The shoes and rattle were Adams when he was little! 
XO- Ashton
 
 
BEFORE REMODEL 
AFTER REMODEL 
AHHH! The Bathroom remodel is finished! I would do a happy dance but I'm too busy relaxing in a bubble bath...


We decided to take our master bathroom and totally gut it. It was so much fun choosing all of the details through out the entire process! If only I could just choose the items I like & not have to actually pay for them...[insert blush face] I have to be honest, I am a little OCD & the construction aspect was a little overwhelming! We started putting things back together by adding depth to our shower & glass walls to make it larger. Our linen closet was very big. The storage was nice but it was taking up too much space. We made the closet much smaller which allowed us to extend the vanity, create double sinks, & a make-up space. We wanted the finished product to be light & bright. Items we knew we wanted to help make this our dream bathroom were glass subway tile, marble, & outlets in the drawers...can I hear an amen ladies?! 
We wanted to combine both modern and victorian elements to have a mixture of both our styles. 
Ta-da! The finished product came out exactly as we had hoped! 


Tip: Do not leave the bathroom paint sitting on the shelving in your closet. 
The shelves could break & paint could fall all over your clothes...true story!




xo-Ashton 



 
 

Secret [ingredient] Guacamole Recipe 

What you'll need:


1.  3 Avocados (serves 4 people)


2.  1 Granny Smith Apple (secret ingredient)


3.  1 Lemon


4.  1 Purple Onion 
  
Combine all ingredients and stir until desired texture! 
My husband and I love guacamole dip. At my house, tacos are my  go-to meals! Last year, when we were in Mexico, we had a chef serve the most amazing guacamole. After a lot of eating, we finally had to ask..."what is so different about this guac?" Her reply, "apples!" Boom! I would have never thought of this secret ingredient but I knew I had to try it. The apples provide a crisp texture and a fresh flavor! This gluten free snack is perfect for an appetizer or served on tacos. A friend of mine mentioned that  her and her husband put it on their burgers! Genius! So next time you have taco night, try this secret ingredient guacamole dip!


xo-Ashton
 
 
 The last few weeks have been crazy! I have been stuck inside & in need of a pick-me-up, which means DIY time! 
We have these great bay windows in our living room & I have finally convinced my husband to let me hang drapes there. I wanted something sheer so it wouldn't take away from the natural light! I found these white, patterned curtains at Home Goods. I have curtains in three other rooms and each time I go to hang more, I'm reminded how much I dislike doing it! Adam had to jump in and help...not going to lie [I literally got the drill stuck in the wall].  I personally love curtains though! They add a finished look to any room and they help frame the windows they surround. I also love adding extra seating to this area. World Market has some beautiful and affordable dinning room chairs that would be perfect for an area like this. I didn't buy the chair seen here though. Instead, I took one of the chairs from our dinning room set and painted it to display in the bay window! Cute & cost effective! 

Tip: Have someone assistant you when hanging curtains for both physical and moral support. 


xo-Ashton
 
 
Votives: Michaels Mercury Glass I Vintage Doilies: Grateful Goose I Ally Rose Linens I Vintage Plates: Etsy Blue & White Plates I H Initial: Michaels Wooden Letter I Bow: Hobby Lobby Burlap Ribbon I Hand Towel Alternative: World Market I Curtain Alternative: Hobby Lobby Gray Key Panels 
I love French Country & Shabby Chic... or just everything on Fixer Upper! :)
Although I have listed the items and where I got them, the majority I bought at antique stores. Other items were given to us by family members or found randomly along the way! The old window is literally from my parents back yard! There are other frames I've gotten from The Green Project in New Orleans. If you've never heard of it, it's worth checking out! They have a warehouse full of building materials & items from old homes in New Orleans. Another one of my favorite spots is Clayton House Market in Covington, LA. Sometimes I find myself just walking around aimlessly because they have such great booths with unique & repurposed items. The gray curtains I found on sale. I wanted to add a more unique look so lucky for me, my Mimi came and sowed the curtains and the fabric I found to create our own custom curtains! I am really into painting all the rooms in our house right now [mostly gray]! I want light and airy! It usually takes me longer than I expect because I want it to be done quick, fast, and in a hurry but paint can sometimes make the biggest transformation to a room. This dinning room color isn't gray but I love it. It's called Cream In My Coffee. It's a great neutral that looks classic next to white crown molding. 

Tip: Choose a neutral paint color & accessories with color because the accessories are much easier to change!


xo-Ashton 


 
 
Plate: TURKOYZ HOME I Repurposed Candle: Capri Blue Candles 
Do you have old candles that have burned to the wick but you love the jar too much to toss? 
My husband thinks I tend to hold on to things but seriously, it's mercury glass, I wasn't throwing it away! I found on Pinterest a solution! It's so easy! 
1. Put the candle in the freezer, over night.
2. Use a flat head screw driver to "pick" out the remaining wax.
3. Wash and use! 
I am loving these little plants right now! This window is over my kitchen sink. I used a clear glass plate and plate stand on top of old cook books. I turned the books to use the aged paper as texture and color!