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Daily Inspiration – Miniature Trees Gift Wrapping DIY

I came across these cute little miniature trees at Joann’s Fabric. The instant I found them I knew what I could do. Why not use them while gift wrapping? Well, after getting some gifts I was way too excited to bring my idea to life. I don’t know about you, but to me gift wrapping is always my favorite part. It’s so relaxing and kinda therapeutic. I truly enjoy seeing smiles the minute someone receives a gift, not because of what they’re receiving but because of the wrapping HA! Yeah I know, I’m crazy and I know it!

Anyways, back to the tutorial… you will need some colorful twine, cute miniature trees and wrapping paper. I created mine with craft paint + craft paper. Simply stamp it as you wish, I made dots using a plastic screw HA! Once your gift is wrapped all you gotta do is tie a knot around the base of your tree when wrapping the twine around your present. It doesn’t get any simpler than that! Take a look below. Tell me they’re not awesome? I truly love the simplicity of them. Happy holiday friends!

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Daily Inspiration – Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

I decided to make these bars yesterday to surprise the mister and boy were they good. Two Peas & Their Pod strike again! I had most of the ingredients, plus I added some cocoa powder in the mix at the last minute since I didn’t have a full bag of chocolate chips. Oh my god, they turned out amazing and super moist. I think I finally have this baking thing down. Who am I kidding? It was pure luck! HA! Give it shot if you are in the mood for something pumpkin flavor, besides a “pumpkin spice latte”. I must confess, I don’t like those. I rather have these muffins and now these bars! Yum! What is your favorite pumpkin treat? Happy baking friends!

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Daily Inspiration – Refinished Mid-Century Dressers

Ladies and gents I present to you my very first furniture refinishing project. After lots of hours and days reading all different types of “how to’s” I went for it. The search was on for the best mid-century dresser I could find. After visiting numerous goodwill stores with no luck, I turned to my trusty old friend…”Craigslist”. After losing out one dresser, I had lost all hope. How was I going to find another one? Then, a few days after taking a break from all the madness, I decided to take a quick look on Craigslist before going to bed and there they were, not one, but two great dressers calling our names. They were two for the price of one so I knew immediately this was meant to be HA! I had the most fun working on them on a weekend between football games and meals in on our garage (the perks of living in the Midwest, I now have space for these types of projects). The mister loved what I did so it was a win all around. After a week of letting them dry out, we brought them into their new home and I can’t stop smiling. Have you refinished old furniture before? Isn’t it awesome? On to the next one!

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Daily Inspiration – Recycled Cans DIY

I was itching to create something from these cans I saved while cooking dinner the other night. Enter this cute little DIY. I used craft paint, cute chalkboard labels (from the dollar bin from Target, yeah!) and to finish I filled them up with pretty dry flowers from our wedding. It doesn’t get more special than that! The possibilities are endless with these. Fresh flowers will look amazing too. Cannot wait to make some more. I love using recycled materials. What do you think? Would you give it a try?

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Daily Inspiration – Fall Wish List 2014

Fall is in full swing over here in the Midwest. I figured, why not share a wish list? This way I keep their tradition alive, plus it gave me an excuse to do a little “window shopping” online HA! So grab your hot cocoa and join me would ya?

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1. Longline Tweed Coat $44.90 | 2. Lace Fit & Flare Dress $27.90 | 3. Double-Breasted Parka $47.80 |     4. Wool Panama Hat $14.80 | 5. Daria 3/4 slv smock dress $10.00 | 6. Cable Knit Knee-High Socks $5.80  | 7. Espy Legging $19.95 | 8. Ferguson graphic crew sweat. $20.00 | 9. Hot chocolate $2.29 | 10. Monogram Mug $8.00

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Daily Inspiration – Lake Monona

Well well well, look who’s back. Yes, it’s me! I am still alive. If you have been following us on Instagram (@inspirationnook) you might have noticed some changes the last few weeks. The mister and I are officially newlyweds living in the beautiful Midwest! I am excited to explore our new city and share some pictures along the way. It’s the best way I truly know how. Hope you guys are doing great too, what have you been up to? I’ve been enjoying this beautiful “real” Fall outside my windows. It has been an adjustment not seeing Palm trees everywhere but I really wouldn’t change it for the world. I will continue to stop by here every now and then. For now follow along on instagram and let the new adventures begin! To kick things off take a look at the amazing Lake Monona, I snapped these pics while taking a little walk with our pup. It was the most gorgeous Fall day.

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Daily Inspiration – Haim Live!

Hello world! How is it going? Crazy busy? Yeah, me too! Just stopping by to share a little bit about the best concert I’ve been to this year. I got tickets on pre-sale thanks to a password I was given from a friend and it was the best thing that could’ve happen. Tickets were gone in less than two hours so I felt like I had just won the lottery or something. HAIM has been one of my faves ever since they were on SNL last year. I got their record for Xmas and it’s constantly played in our home. The show was at the Wiltern which is already a pretty sick (in a good way) venue. Ok, back to the concert, the lights, their mixes, their performance, the music. It was the Best.Show. Ever! It really made me wish I had sisters and I knew how to play instruments besides just the tambourine (which I don’t think it really counts, Ha!) If you ever have the chance to see these ladies live, do it! Your mind will be blown. Check out some of their music here if you haven’t yet and let me know what you think. Happy almost Friday friends.

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Daily Inspiration – Celebrating freedom!

I hope you guys had a lovely 4th of July. I spent it with my favorite people doing the things I love most, eating and crafting! HA! Here is to freedom and living in one of the best places this world has to offer.

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Daily Inspiration – Balboa Island…again!

Last week I spent a day at Balboa catching up with an old friend. It never gets old!

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Daily Inspiration – Wedding “Metal” Monogram

Hi world. Look I’m blogging again, HA! I know its been too long. Life has been crazy busy, I know I’m starting to sound like a broken record but here I am again sharing a cute little tutorial for you. I first made these “metal letters” two years ago for our apartment and we are still in love with them. Well, while shopping at Joann’s fabric the other day I came across these cardboard letters and immediately thought about turning them into a metal monogram for our big day. Plus why not share them here too? I mean, all you gotta do is paint your letters black, once they dry out you paint them with metallic paint and voila! Cheaper “Anthropology” letters within minutes. You know me, the fact they’re handmade makes them more special. Have you done these before? You could make these for all different occasions… initials for kids rooms, the famous “eat” sign for your kitchen, etc. I cannot wait to use these on our wedding day as part of our décor.

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