Sunday, January 25, 2015

Everyday Kitchen Tag!

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend.


We had a fun-filled weekend!  My mom and sister stopped by on Saturday to visit and then on Sunday my in-laws came over for dinner.  We love inviting family/friends over for dinner or simply to chat and enjoy a cup of coffee/tea, especially now that we have Micah.  It's amazing to see how much joy this little angel brings to everyone who meets him.  Our goal is for Micah to see family as often as possible because he is growing up so fast.  He will be turning 1 in just a few short months, crazy!

Also, I posted my very first tag video on all things kitchen-gadgets related.  If you have a few moments to spare, then head on over to my channel or click the video below and check it out!






What has been the one kitchen gadget you have purchased that was a total waste of money?  I'm curious to see what others have purchased because I've purchased my share.


I hope everyone has a blessed and productive week!


Karina

Friday, January 23, 2015

New Year, New Adventures

Hello everyone and Happy (belated) New Year!


Welcome back to my little blog.  I went on an extended yet unplanned sabbatical from my blog but I am back!

Allow me to explain...

In all honesty - I'm about to get real with you - I allowed my fears and doubts get the best of me (along with moving, the holidays, and raising a little baby).  I truly enjoy writing about topics that interest me and that is why I started this blog.  Unfortunately, I came to a point where I kept comparing my blog, style, home decor, ideas, etc., with everyone else in the blogosphere.  Especially the amazing and professional bloggers that I love to follow.  It's quite unfortunate and something that is difficult for me to admit, but it happened.  After much thought and prayer (along with positive encouragement from my wonderful husband), I've decided to do this for me and continue posting as it is a positive outlet for me.  I'm not sure if you can relate, but I thank you for reading my blog and supporting me through this journey.

As you will learn, I wasn't completely absent from the home decorating realm.  As I quietly walked away from blogging, I decided to start a new hobby that had been on my mind for a long time.   But when I say a long time I really mean a long, long time.  One day I simply decided to bite the bullet (if you will) and start a new Youtube channel.   I started this channel to share my love for simple and affordable home decor, easy yet budget-friendly recipes, organizing tips, DIY projects, fun tags, favorite products, lessons I've learned as a new stay-at-home mom, and so much more.  I have so many ideas that I can hardly wait to share them with you!

If you are interested in seeing what I have been up to, I am posting my last two videos below for your viewing pleasure.  It has been such a great experience so far, and I can honestly say that I have really enjoyed posting videos for the past 6 months. I'm still very much new to the game but I can't wait to learn more!

Easy and healthy Pumpkin Pie Mug Cake!



Updated House Tour With Before and After Pics!



I would really like to hear your feedback regarding this new adventure, so please feel free to share your thoughts below.  As always, thank you for reading/watching and I hope you guys have a wonderful weekend.

Karina

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Recent Home Decor & Misc. Purchases


Hello friends,

I hope everyone is having a great week so far.  We are half way through the week and I do believe we have a holiday weekend just around the corner, yay!  Although, I must admit that holiday weekends simply don't have the same meaning as they once did now that I am a stay at home mom.  I don't even know what day it is today other than it's Wednesday and that the end of August is near, but I wouldn't change it for the world.  My little guy keeps me plenty busy now that he is more alert and enjoying tolerating tummy time a bit more.

In the spirit of the upcoming holiday, I thought it would be fun to share a few items I picked up over the last couple of weeks. 



We finally purchased a new dining room table, hurray!  I will be posting pictures in the near future, but in the meantime, these are the placemats we decided to purchase.  World Market currently has these on sale for $14.96 for a set of four.


While at World Market, I spotted this kitchen towel and thought it complemented the new table and placemats quite nicely. 


I also stopped at Bath and Body Works to pick up a few wallflower refills.  I picked up six (6) for $24.99.  Market peaches (not displayed) is currently plugged in.  Although Market Peaches smells lovely, I can't wait to use Leaves (my all time favorite scent) :).


I used a $10 same as cash coupon at Kohls plus a 15% off discount and only paid $2.73 for the coral, a picture frame (below) and a blue camisole.  My best deal of the month!




Found this picture frame in the clearance section for 70% off the original price.  It is the perfect addition to our living room (currently displaying one of my favorite maternity pictures).



I went to my first yard sale (near my neighborhood) in years and scored these two items for $0.50 each.  Not sure it was worth waking up early but I still had fun and might do it again just not anytime soon. 

Hope everyone has a safe and fun Labor Day weekend!

                                                            Thank you for reading.

Karina

~Live Simply~

Monday, August 18, 2014

Awesome Food Website

A few weeks ago I was searching Pinterest for new recipe ideas when I stumbled upon a food website that took me by surprise (in a very good way).  Maybe some of you (or many of you) know this already, and I just happen to live under a rock, but I thought it was my duty to share this awesome website with all of you.  After successfully making several recipes with rave reviews from family and friends (especially the hubby!), I decided it was time to write about budgetbytes.com

You might be wondering what makes Beth's recipes so great, right?  Well let me tell you my top four (4) reasons:
  1. They are budget friendly
  2. Her recipes don't require a ton of ingredients, especially those you will only use once.
  3. The recipes are easy yet full of flavor.  With a three month old at home, I simply don't have the time to prepare meals that are too time consuming.  
  4. My husband is very impressed with my cooking as of late.
Here are the recipes I have successfully made so far:
The Italian Wonderpot is one of her most popular recipes, and I can understand why after making this dish last week.  Unfortunately, I have been a bad blogger and failed to take pictures of these dishes with the exception of one, Easy Sesame Chicken.




I am quite excited to try a few more recipes this week!  Our menu for the week looks something like this:
I hope you check out Beth's website and let me know if you make any of her recipes.  If you have any favorite food websites that you love, please let me know in the comment section below as I am always in search for new and delicious recipes.

Thank you so much for reading.

Karina

~Live Simply~



Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Baby Favorities - We Survived the First 3 Months


Yesterday was a wonderful day because Micah turned three months old.  I cannot believe we have had this little bundle of joy for three full months.  He is such a great little boy.  As of today, he smiles, has started cooing, and loves playing with his hands.  I am so blessed to be called his mommy and have the opportunity to stay home with him.  So today, in honor of this wonderful milestone, I thought it would be fun to share our favorite baby products that we love.



  1. Mamaroo
  2. Aden and Anais swaddle blankets
  3. Boon Grass Countertop Drying Rack
  4. Baby Trend Snap-N-Go EX Universal Car Seat Carrier
  5. Diaper Genie
  6. Green Sprouts Wooden Brush/Comb Set
  7. Infantino Twist & Fold Activity Gym
  8. Dr. Brown's Natural Flow Glass Bottles - 4 ounces
  9. Pampers Swaddlers
  10. NoseFrida Snot Sucker
  11. Gerber Birdseye 10 Count 3-Ply Prefolf Cloth Diapers
  12. Boudreaux's Butt Paste
  13. Fisher Price Snugglebunny Swing
In addition to other newborn essentials, these thirteen items made caring for a newborn a lot easier.  Three months later I have to say that there is no such thing as the perfect/right product for every baby.  We sure learned this lesson.  I spent countless hours researching so many products and it wasn't until Micah was born - through trial and error - that we learned what he liked and disliked.  Fortunately, we have a baby that responded very well to most of the baby products we purchased/that were gifted to us. 

What baby products do you love and would recommend for a young toddler?  Micah is beginning to show interest in toys.

I hope you enjoyed this little update and thank you so much for reading.

Karina

~Live Simply~