What We’ve Been Up To

Watercolor Sno-cone Tutorial

In celebration of the first week of Summer vacation, here is a fun watercolor painting exercise for both kids and grown-ups, beginner or experienced artists. It’s easy and cute and a great way to practice color blending and wet-on-wet watercolor technique. Read on for the easy instructions… by Jacinda

By Craft, Crafting With Kids, Decor, DIY, paint, Prudent Home

Mid-Mod House Updates!

This post is sponsored by Progressive Home Insurance. Is it still new once you’ve lived in it for ten months? It still feels new. Remember when we first bought it? I’ve been slowly working on it. We started with the patio, and since then we’ve done Scarlet’s room, the floors, and the master bedroom which… Read more »

Decor, Prudent Home, Sponsored Post

All the Pretty Pillows

I am a bit of a pillow obsessive. They’re so fun! and easy to switch out with the seasons! We love to make them (a bajillion tutorials can be found here), and I also love to buy ’em. Here’s some favorites for summer. Mixed beaded pillow cover in blush, West Elm (currently obsessed with all… Read more »

Bed, Decor, May, Pillows, Prudent Home

Instant Pot Korean Ribs: Pressure Cooker Baby Back Ribs

Instant Pot Korean Ribs: Pressure Cooker Baby Back Ribs will become your favorite Instant Pot dinner. These Instant Pot Korean Ribs: Pressure Cooker Baby Back Ribs might be the most delicious meal that I have ever prepared for my family. I couldn’t help but share my most recent electric pressure cooker (aka Instant Pot) discovery… Read more »

Entrées, Instant Pot

Prime Mother’s Day Gifts

Did this post title give you a sinking feeling as you remembered that Mother’s Day is three days away? This post is for you. Here is a selection of gifts from $9 to $59 that can all be delivered by Saturday. I personally own all of these fabulous items and I think a beautiful mama… Read more »

Style

Mid-Mod House Updates!

This post is sponsored by Progressive Home Insurance.
my house Is it still new once you’ve lived in it for ten months? It still feels new. Remember when we first bought it? I’ve been slowly working on it. We started with the patio, and since then we’ve done Scarlet’s room, the floors, and the master bedroom which I will show you some peeks of.

Mid-Mod-Patio-Reveal9 Lots of stuff still need some love, like the bathrooms and the weird ceiling tiles, but I find I am sort of taking my mother’s approach to it. She would always say, the house will still be there next year. One step at a time. And so we are proceeding slowly and cautiously (because if I am becoming more like my mother in any way, it’s trying to be more responsible with my money, which was a defining quality of my mother). One aspect of that is focusing on the more important aspects of homeownership before going nuts with all the details like putting in hardwood floors or buying lots of pretty pillows (though I did also buy quite a few pretty pillows). First and foremost you want to protect your home, and any and all of the renovations and personal touches you put on it. My responsible slow and steady approach is a real “Parentamorphosis” moment. If you’re buying, or just bought a house, or just have questions about home insurance, I highly recommend heading over here. But more about the house that my mother helped me buy (may she rest in peace). Her influence is all over this home, I wish she was around to see it.

My mother and I were very different. She saved antiques, I tend to purge purge purge. But she left me some things that I have found special places for. In our little office I hung her portrait, which was the one thing I begged my brother and sister to let me take when she died. They agreed knowing how much I loved this painting. The office That wooden lion was a gift my mom picked up for Scarlet on safari in Kenya. My mom and I both loved to travel and display the trinkets we collected.

More evidence of that in the entryway, where I hung my favorite leather strap mirror and the springbok antlers I picked up on my safari in South Africa. Entryway My sister and her wife gave me that beautiful planter as a housewarming gift, so thoughtful.

I haven’t decided what I am going to do with the very-vintage guest bathroom yet, but I think I have to keep that wallpaper? The house I grew up in had lots of dramatic wallpaper as well. It’s just too fun and perfectly 60’s to take down. My mom always had a collection of perfume bottles and of course now I do too. Bathroom

Scarlet’s room was one of the most fun things we’ve done. I will do a whole post on this room at some point but I have to hold off because it’s going to be on TV! More on that later. We pulled up the shag carpet, painted it pink (but a good pink!), and gave her a built in desk. I never sound more like my mother than when I roll my eyes at her terrible organization skills and tell her to clean this thing. I like looking at her snow globe collection and seeing the ones my mom bought her. scarlet's room

In the master bedroom, I can see hints of my mom’s seventies style. The macramé, peacock chair, and gold accents all trace back to a stylish mom of the 70’s. I will do a whole big reveal when it’s done, the before and after on this one will surprise you. Scarlet's Room The thing that reminds me most of my mom in this post is the little dog on the bed. No one loved a yappy little dog more than my mom, I definitely got that from her.

Mixing up all this old and new stuff, vintage and modern, things my mom physically gave me, and values I’m realizing she imparted is quite the ride. I’m not sure my transition into becoming my mother is complete, or ever will be, but I am grateful for the parts of her that are in my home, and in my heart. I guess I am becoming more like her in places where it really matters, like being financially responsible, and always prepared for the worst, even while hoping for the best. Thanks Progressive for taking me down this path. I’ve enjoyed thinking about my mother’s influence on my home and my own little “Parentamorphosis.” For more Parentamorphasis moments, click here. For more home tips and tricks, click here. Looking to insure your hard work within your home? Click here.

This post is sponsored by Progressive.

by

Roasted Asparagus Pasta Salad Recipe

Roasted Asparagus Pasta Salad
I was headed to a BBQ last weekend and about an hour before we were leaving I remembered that I had promised to bring a side dish. I opened my fridge to dig around and all I had was some asparagus and cherry tomatoes. I was like, what I can make with one pound of asparagus and a cup of tomatoes that’s big enough for a party? I found some cavatappi in the cabinet and went with pasta salad. This one was a big hit at the party, and one I will definitely make again and again. If I threw some chicken in it, it would be a full meal. Get me Roasted Asparagus Pasta Salad recipe… (more…)

by

Happy 10 Years of Fun Elephant & Piggie… & Clare!

IMG_2662

Elephant & Piggie have been a huge part of my 3 kiddos lives ever since Jaime gave Clare My Friend Is Sad by Mo Willems for her 1st birthday. When Disney-Hyperion asked us to help them celebrate double-digits with a sponsored party for a few of our favorite characters, we said OF COURSE!

IMG_2712

I wasn’t sure if Clare would be into an Elephant & Piggie party, she is after all turning 10 herself in just a few weeks but she was totally on board with joining in on the fun with some of her first friends. Tweens will keep you guessing like that.

IMG_2666 IMG_2692

IMG_2638Read on for how to make these adorable DIY Elephant & Piggie Lanterns and the details on the newest book in the Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! series: The Good For Nothing Button by Charise Mericle Harper. PLUS a top-ten list of our all-time favorite Elephant & Piggie books.IMG_2700 (more…)

by

All the Pretty Pillows

I am a bit of a pillow obsessive. They’re so fun! and easy to switch out with the seasons! We love to make them (a bajillion tutorials can be found here), and I also love to buy ’em. Here’s some favorites for summer.
Summer Pillows Mixed beaded pillow cover in blush, West Elm (currently obsessed with all things blush)
Pineapple print cushion cover, H&M
Ceniza Lumbar Pillow, The Citizenry
Urbano Pillows in Sunset, The Citizenry (I have two of these on my bed, love)
xBase Pillow, cb2 (I’ve got this one on my couch, it’s so big and comfy).
Lappljung Ruta, Ikea (I have been buying these for my patio for years. They fade in the sun but last all summer, for $10 you can’t beat ’em).
San Miguel Tassel Pillow, Midland (I have this one in black on a peacock chair).

by

Summer Fun, Snacks and DIY Fruit Art

IMG_2537

IMG_2553Only 10.5 days until Summer vacation! I am eagerly anticipating some lazy days with less alarm clocks, although having three kiddos under 10 at home all day does require preparation in both the activity and food department. Sam’s Club asked us to try out their FREE Club Pickup service, which is perfect for people like me who have lots of mouths to feed but prefer not to drag those mouths up and down the aisles of a store. Interested in getting a Sam’s Club membership? Right now you can get a $20 gift card plus and $20 Instant Savings Book (coupon book) package.

IMG_2558

How convenient to save all of my regular buys like fruits and veggies, individual serving cheese and hummus, and nuts, popcorn and sweets right in the app on my phone. With a few clicks, my entire order is placed and the next day I can just swing through and grab it all on my way to do something way more fun.

IMG_2523

Besides swimming, we are always on the lookout for indoor activities to beat the Texas heat. Our museums in Dallas and Fort Worth offer wonderful climate controlled family fun. This weekend we packed up a picnic of goodies from Sam’s Club and made our way to México 1900–1950. This exhibit is on its only US stop after a successful presentation at Grand Palais, Paris, featuring work by Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Garde.

IMG_2529

IMG_2504 (more…)

by

Instant Pot Korean Ribs: Pressure Cooker Baby Back Ribs

Instant Pot Korean Ribs: Pressure Cooker Baby Back Ribs will become your favorite Instant Pot dinner.Instant Pot Korean Ribs: Pressure Cooker Baby Back Ribs

These Instant Pot Korean Ribs: Pressure Cooker Baby Back Ribs might be the most delicious meal that I have ever prepared for my family. I couldn’t help but share my most recent electric pressure cooker (aka Instant Pot) discovery with all of you.

When we lived in California, Baby Back Ribs were one of my go-to meals to cook. When I moved to Texas I found that delicious BBQ anything was as convenient and affordable as fast food. I vowed to never again spend my day making ribs.

Now I’ve discovered the electric pressure cooker and given the promise of fall-off-the-bone ribs in under an hour, I couldn’t help but try it at home. As an added bonus, Instant Pot Korean Ribs: Pressure Cooker Baby Back Ribs features a savory and slightly sweet finger-licking Asian BBQ sauce. It really is perfection. My kids will always choose meals with asian flavors so a recipe like this will always be a crowd pleaser at our house. My son has requested the leftovers for every meal since Monday!

Instant Pot Korean Ribs: Pressure Cooker Baby Back Ribs (more…)

by

Prime Mother’s Day Gifts

mothers day gift ideas

Did this post title give you a sinking feeling as you remembered that Mother’s Day is three days away? This post is for you. Here is a selection of gifts from $9 to $59 that can all be delivered by Saturday. I personally own all of these fabulous items and I think a beautiful mama in your life (or , eh-hem, YOU!!) will love them. I couldn’t help but share a few of my favorite things that I’ve discovered in 2017.

Cool Mist Humidifier Ultrasonic Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser – I was determined to boycott the essential oil trend. So many people selling them where I live! But then I went to Jaime’s house and she was filling her beautiful new house with the most amazing scents. I had to give in. Doesn’t this diffuser make such a pretty gift for mama, along with a few of her favorite oils? $32

adidas Performance Women’s Barricade Club Training Shoe – These are my new favorite tennis shoes. Yes, personally I wear them for actual tennis but they are also just adorable and comfy for everyday wear. $58

Prima Marketing Watercolor Confections: Tropicals – Does mom love painting? These irresistible travel watercolor pallets are the perfect little treat for any artist. I love all of the collections. $14

The Muse: A Novel – This was one of my favorite books from my book club this year and it just came out in paperback. If mom loves reading, loves art, loves historical fiction, she will love this book. It’s fantastic. $10

IPad Pro Case – Of course an IPad pro is a wonderful Mother’s Day gift but if she already has the hardware, you have to hook her up with this casual case that I love for travel and to protect my precious IPad at home. $20

PopSockets – I’m ashamed to admit my love of PopSockets. I resisted buying one of these gadgets that you attach to the back of your phone to use as an easel or handle but my daughter talked me into it and I’m obsessed. $10

LEGO Architecture Set – There may be anarchy at home when the children see that mom got her own LEGO set but the LEGO Architecture Sets are sophisticated enough for even grown-ups to enjoy. I think it would be a really smooth to use one of these gorgeous LEGO sets as a symbolic gift to represent a surprise upcoming trip but they are a spectacular surprise all on their own. $40

Indian Block Print Skirt – Yes, I’ve started buying my clothes on Amazon and I’m not ashamed. These gorgeous Indian block print wrap skirts have become my standard summer uniform. They are breezy, stylish and one size fits most. $14-24

Save

by