Monday, July 21, 2014

Surprise! Baby Yancey... Coming February 2015!

Yes, it's true... Matt & I have been keeping a secret for the last 2 months!  It's been such a fun & exciting journey so far & I know it is only just beginning!  We are over the moon excited & feel extremely blessed that the the good Lord has chosen us as parents-to-be!  (& of course, Bingham as a big brother!!)

Baby Onesie - Zoey's Attic Etsy Shop
My Shirt - Joy & Crown


Friday, July 18, 2014

White Chocolate & Pearl Pretzel Sticks

Every Christmas season one of my favorite (and family & friends too) treats to make are white chocolate covered pretzels.  When thinking of "thank you" gifts for the bridal shower my girlfreinds & I hosted a little bit ago, we all decided white chocolate covered pretzel sticks would be the perfect salty-sweet treat!  Topped with pink pearls for some added sass and paired with pink & white M&M's to complete the package!

What you'll need:
Large pretzel sticks
1 brick of white chocolate almond bark
Wax paper

One - I started off by melting my almond bark in a glass bowl in the microwave in increments of 30 - 45 seconds.  Lay out wax paper onto the counter top or over cookie sheets.

Two - Once the chocolate is melted, begin dipping the pretzel sticks one by one, covering about 1/2 - 3/4 of the pretzel.  Lay out evenly on the wax paper to let dry.  I would dip about 10 - 15 sticks & then sprinkle the pearls over them.  Some will of course not stick & that's ok but, most will.

Three - Let the pretzels dry completely (time will differ depending on the temperature of your kitchen).  Once they are dried begin bagging the pretzel sticks, adding additional treats you wish & tie with a cute little bow.  Or the silver ties that came with the bags...

I printed this note in Word using one of Kevin & Amanda's free fonts!

These pretzel sticks are fun because of course you could make them for any holiday or special occasion!  Get creative & dye some of the almond bark different colors too!

Have you ever made pretzel sticks before?


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Let's Get Organized: Under the Kitchen Sink

When we moved in our house last year organization wasn't at the top of my priority list.  It was more "just put it where I can find it" mode.  With majority of the house remodel being complete I can now begin to focus on not only decorating our "new" home but, also making it functional & organized.

One of the first places I tackled was the cabinet under the kitchen sink.  I know this may seem like an odd place to start however, by organizing under the sink freed up space in drawers in the kitchen which led me to be able to shift things around & overall have better functionality.  Admittedly, it's taken some getting used to but, I'm so happy with all of the changes.  My original inspiration came from Jennifer @ iHeart Organizing {this post, specifically!}

When the new countertops were being installed we packed up everything under the sink... & then it sat on the breakfast table for weeks after.  I had already made a trip to The Container Store to pick up a few items that would assist in making this space that much better.  I picked up this cleaning caddy, two small stackable shoe drawers & this pop top container.
First things first, there were things in this box that were either super old or were just simply never used so, they were tossed out!  I then played around with the empty containers under the cabinet to figure how things would fit around the pipes & well, the kitchen sink.

This basket was already attached to the inside of the cabinet door.  Before it just had random stuff shoved in that I couldn't "find a place for" in the cabinet.  It works perfectly for holding the dish soap & extra hand soaps.

I placed the cleaning caddy at the front for easy access to pick up & off to clean!  Extra cleaners & bug sprays have been placed neatly at the back of the cabinet.

I placed old towels in the bottom drawer & dish rags in the top drawers.  I typically don't use rags as I have a dish scrubber or the dish washer.  With the new counter tops though came new uses for things - must clean them with rags, no cleaners!

You may have noticed there were multiple boxes of trash bags before.  The extras have been stacked at the back with the ones most used on top of the towel drawers along with the pop top container holding the dishwasher tablets.

The finished, organized under kitchen sink cabinet!  It has truly come in so handy & it's nice to open the doors and not have things falling out or shoving things back in while trying to shut the doors.  Ahh... organization!

What organization projects have helped you with use & overall functionality?

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