mother’s day

weekend love it — spring fever

Looking back on my photos, I realized how great the last couple of weeks have been. They’ve been filled with some unique and first experiences, lots of sunshine and time outdoors. Here’s a look!

1. lobster feed: I had a bad experience with a crab when I was in preschool. That sounds incredibly wrong, but it’s true — we spent the day watching and studying a cuddly crab friend (or as cuddly as crabs can be) at my preschool in California. We oohed and ahhed at how it walked sideways, how it never got close enough to pinch our fingers and toes. My mom bought and brought the crab friend home, and as I was helping her in the kitchen, next thing I knew, little crab was dropped into a pot of boiling water, bobbed back up bright red, and I cried. I’ve been scarred ever since.

Based on this background, I’ve been hesitant around shellfish and also just maybe don’t like it. However, when we were recently invited to a lobster feed, I couldn’t turn it down. It was a pretty intense reintroduction to shellfish, but I had to get my hands dirty, and I found out that lobster is pretty tasty. Thanks to Maggie and Riley for being the lobster feed masters and for such a great (re)introduction! Can’t wait to do it again.

taylor getting a lobster surprise

taylor getting a lobster surprise

popsicles for dessert!

popsicles for dessert!

they clearly knew what they were doing...

they clearly knew what they were doing…maggie giving a tutorial

chef riley with a lot of lobster

chef riley with a lot of lobster

the boys

the boys

yikes

yikes

they're really strange, beautiful animals

they’re really strange, beautiful animals

2. birthday bbq: I’ve been so looking forward to utilizing our awesome backyard for occasions just like the birthday party we threw for our dear friends, and adorable couple, Tori and Cody. We played yard games (some more “heavily” than others), feasted on delicious bbq fare, and had an all-around great time. Happy birthday, Cody and Tori!

so excited to have mia back and in my backyard!

so excited to have mia back and in my backyard!

beautiful cupcakes by taylor

beautiful cupcakes by taylor

the birthday couple

the birthday couple

backyard bbq

summer decor

summer decor

3. mother’s day and morel hunt fail: I love living in the same town as my lovely mother. She’s a pretty incredible lady, and she has taught me many lessons, in sickness and in health. We had a great mother’s day eating at our favorite restaurant, Cristina’s, and visiting Taylor’s adorable little baby goats, Lemon, Farrah, and Zoro. Chase and I rounded out the day with a (failed) morel hunt. Despite the lack of gathering, it was a beautiful day for an adventure out a dirt road and some romping around the woods.

mom and chase

mom and chase

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a photo break

a photo break

bottle feeding lemon

bottle feeding lemon

mom loving it

mom loving it

zoro was such a little love

zoro is such a little love

mama tay

mama tay

goats!

goats!

exploring some recent "burn"

exploring some recent “burn”

a pretty bunch of flores from cha-se

a pretty bunch of flores that cha-se picked for me

zoe filthy and loving it

zoe

some unexpected wildflowers

some unexpected wildflowers

4. this article on “dadbod”: While I have to admit that I laugh hysterically every time I see Seth Rogen or Will Ferrell without a shirt on (“we’re going streaking!”), this article titled “‘Dad Bod is a Sexist Atrocity” by Bryan Moylan is a worthy read… A criticism to an article by Clemson University student Mackenzie Pearson, Moylan states, “There are people who enjoy the Dad Bod for its own aesthetic value, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Having a bit of cushion makes a guy look like he has better things to worry about than his appearance and isn’t so prissy that he only cares about the way his triceps look in a tank top. That just shows you what our society things about the intrinsic values of men versus women. If caring about one’s appearance is shallow, those are qualities that women should assume and men should assay.”

Thank you to my favorite news source, The Skimm, for this read!

5. sexy man split!: I was one of those people who headed into the theater with a girlfriend to see this movie with little to no expectations. We were literally cheering in our seats and ready to watch it all again by the end. I cannot contain my excitement for Pitch Perfect 2!!!

6. nice set of hooters you got there: Even the Community School campus has been feeling the Mother’s Day spirit this week. During spring break, a great horned owl mama built her nest in a pine tree right on campus. She had two hatchlings a few weeks ago, and these furry little friends are adorable and growing quickly. It’s so cool to walk by the nest tree to see them testing their limits on lower and higher branches. Pretty incredible animals! Gotta love Idaho for reasons like this.

adorable baby owls with mama

adorable baby owls with mama, photo taken by science teacher Bob Polk

baby owl getting bigger

baby owl getting bigger, photo taken by science teacher Bob Polk

my own subpar iPhone photo taken walking out of work

my own subpar iPhone photo taken walking out of work

7. new shoes: I fell for it. I finally suckered in to one of those Facebook ads that was “suggested for me.” Well, technically, I got an email from Hautelook, a Nordstrom company, and I certainly trust Nordstrom, so then I clicked on an ad. I ordered three pairs and kept two, both of which I absolutely love. The price point is great, the shoes are comfortable, and the materials are nice.

the natasha bootie in taupe. i am currently on the waitlist for the black ones

the natasha bootie in taupe. i am currently on the waitlist for the black ones

red shoes aren't exactly practical, but these are worth it.

red shoes aren’t exactly practical, but these are worth it.

8. true detective: As I type, we are watching True Detective. I am hooked. It’s spooky, smart, dark, and darkly funny. Check it out.

9. new jewels: A big thank you (although not from my bank account) to Laura for hosting a super fun stella and dot party. I purchased some great new pieces, and I’ve already worn all of them since I got them on Friday!

love both bracelets with my michael kors watch

love both bracelets with my michael kors watch

chevron cuff bracelet

chevron cuff bracelet

renegade cluster bracelet

renegade cluster bracelet

eva ear jacket

eva ear jacket

bonus necklace from my level of spending :) that I love!

bonus necklace from my level of spending 🙂 that I love!

Have a great week!

cheers krista

 

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diy planting pots – rustic mint pots

diy rustic planting pots

diy rustic planting pots

I painted and distressed these pots for our Mother’s Day celebration this year. I wanted to give each mom something fun and special to take home with them. I am continuously buying mint at the market for various recipes, so I figured each mother could use a plant of their own!

Currently I am loving a distressed rustic look on anything. I simply bought small planting pots, mint paint, mint plants and a bit of potting soil before I embarked on this diy project. I had most of what I needed at home, which always helps my chances of finishing a diy project.

plain planting pots from a local garden store

plain planting pots from a local garden store

materials

  • planting pots
  • two colors of paint (I bought a small tube of mint craft paint and used white wall paint I had at home)
  • foam brush
  • candle
  • sandpaper
  • plants to transplant
  • potting soil

instructions

  1. Wipe pots with a damp cloth to remove any excess dirt, etc.
  2. Rub a candle against outside of the pot to create a slight texture. This helps the paint come off.
  3. Paint pots your “highlight” color. In my case this was mint. This color will be seen but isn’t the “main” color of the pots.
  4. Once “highlight” color is dry, pain pots your “main” color.
  5. Once completely dry use sandpaper to distress the pots. Doing this allows the “highlight” color and actual color of the pots to come through!
  6. Transplant plant into pot and fill with any extra potting soil needed.
  7. Wipe clean and enjoy!
adding texture

adding texture with an old candle

first coat of the "highlight" mint colored paint

first coat of the “highlight” mint colored paint

"main" coat of paint drying in the sunshine

“main” coat of paint drying in the sunshine

ready to distress!

ready to distress

 

final product!

final product!

my nosy pug keeping my company

my nosy pug keeping me company

ready to transplant

beautiful mint ready to transplant

topped with potting soil

topped with potting soil

diy rustic planting pots!

diy rustic planting pots!

someone wanted in on the photo action

someone wanted in on the photo action!

taylor brass

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cornhole and mint – mother’s day dinner

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To celebrate Mother’s Day this year, I hosted a fun party for all of the women who I consider a “mother.” The night started with opening presents so that my mother and my boyfriend’s mother could provided the entertainment for the evening.

My boyfriend and I spent a majority of the weekend making custom cornhole games for our mothers. All of the wood, sanding, wood stain and physical/mental energy that went into these games was so worth it. We bought the cornhole bags from a super cool local cornhole company. Our mothers loved them. Also, I happen to have poor hand-eye coordination but cornhole proves to be a game that anyone can enjoy regardless of your skill. We played a few games of cornhole over drinks and this amazing asparagus and gruyere tart before dinner.

When it became slightly too cold to continue “cornholing,” we enjoyed a wonderful pot-luck style meal including spatchcocked chicken, brown rice and edamame salad, wedge salads, asparagus and beer bread. The entire meal was delicious and the company was even better.

Decor Yellow

My main inspiration behind the décor was mint plants. I wanted to make a little gift for each mother to take home and thought a small mint plant in a pretty pot would be a perfect spring gift. So for my table setting, I went with anything green with pops of yellow and white.

Post coming soon on the pots that I painted and distressed to add a rustic touch!

Here are some close ups of the table setting:

mint plants for the mothers!

mint plants for each mother at their table setting!

I went with simple white daisies to fill the center

I went with simple white daisies and candles to highlight my table

beautiful lime vase filled with fresh flowers

beautiful lime vase filled with fresh flowers

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mother’s day table setting – excuse my toes

Menu Yellow

Everyone brought a dish to contribute to dinner which was perfect and so easy for all.

APPETIZER:

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thanks, martha!

MAIN COURSE:

  • One of my great friends who happens to also be my boyfriend’s sister took on spatchcocked lemon chicken for the main course. Not only did everyone say it was delicious but also it was ridiculous fun to repeatedly say “spatchcock.”
  • We paired the spatchcocked chicken with a brown rice and edamame salad, beer bread, wedge salads and roasted asparagus! Everything was so delicious that I forgot to photograph anything that made it onto my plate…
  • We concluded the evening with a super simple lemon-blackberry bundt cake topped with a fresh-fruit salad and whipped cream. Recipe coming soon!
the professional spatchcocker herself

the professional spatchcocker herself

spatch-cocked chicken!

spatchcocked chicken!

lemon glazed lemon-blackberry bundt cake

lemon glazed lemon-blackberry bundt cake

sliced lemons for decoration

sliced lemons for a natural decoration

fresh fruit salad!

fresh fruit salad!

A few more photos that truly capture the evening:

corn-holing commencing!

cornholing commencing!

beautiful moms playing corn-hole!

beautiful moms playing corn-hole!

we bought these perfect bags from a local corn-hole company

we bought these perfect corn bags from a local cornhole company

sibling love

sibling love

shoulder rides during cornhole!

shoulder rides during cornhole!

homemade cornhole boards with Cornhole E.O. corn bags

homemade cornhole boards with Cornhole E.O. corn bags

Although everyday should really be a day to celebrate our mothers, we had a wonderful time celebrating all of our “mothers.” The night was full of lots of laughs, amazing food that left our bellies stuffed and the irrational desire to play just one more game of cornhole! I hope you all had an amazing Mother’s Day as well and continue to celebrate your mothers every day!

taylor brass

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