Monday, March 16, 2015

made by me jewelry show-off...shameless

Sometimes...I just like to show off a little bit! I get really excited about the things I make, and I love just being able to give you all a peek at what I do that doesn't get documented extensively for a tutorial or individual post. Today I'm going to show you some of the jewelry I've made (and share the links to the tutorials I used, of course!)

This is my collection of you can see I may have gone *ahem* a little crazy. 

They're all made from my Boho Earrings Tutorial, which I can proudly say is an awesome beginner tutorial for making really gorgeous earrings. I've gifted several pairs of these and the receiver is always appreciative. The gold and silver pair I'm wearing as I write this!

I've also made several necklaces using the diy asymmetrical necklace tutorial from Sarah Ortega. This was the tutorial I found that made me get into making jewelry. The necklace with the white stones and tiny cluster of beads and charms is one of my favorite pieces I've made.

The two below are for my daughter, who loves all things ocean related. The necklace on the right she describes as "something a mermaid would wear." Win!

I hope you liked my quick little show and tell, feel free to let me know what you think in the comments below! And if you're looking for some more good beginner jewelry making tutorials you can check out our jewelry tutorial page for some inspiration.

Friday, March 13, 2015

diy remix, the Anthropologie peplum tank

I've made a lot of things for the blog over the last two and a half years. Some of them I like or wear for a short time, and some become wardrobe staples. Whenever I find myself wearing a piece I made over and over again I like to take a minute and show you all that I actually do wear the things I make, and how I wear them.

Today, I'm showing you my most recent remix of my knock off of Anthropologie's peplum tank:

I made this simple tank last summer, and it got a lot of use almost immediately. It seems really basic, and it is. It's a basic with a little bit of detail that makes it special, and because of that I've found myself continuing to use it all fall/winter and into the spring. It's a great layering piece! Here's what I wore it with during that early not-quite-warm-yet spring weather.

I wore it with my red pants (can I just say how much I love red pants?), a floral cardigan and nude wedges. To cut the overall sweetness of the ruffles and floral I topped it with my black leather biker jacket.

wedges: Steve Madden// pants: Gap// peplum tank: DIY// cardigan: unknown, ancient!// jacket: thrifted (no tag)// sunglasses: Dollar Store// Purse: B. Makowsky// Earrings: DIY// Necklace: gifted.

There you go! A quick post to show off wearing one of my all time favorite DIY projects! If you want to see some other ways I remixed my favorite projects, you can check out my altered vintage Gap dress, and my perfect slouchy tee. See you again soon!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Anthropologie Shadow Stripe skirt knock off (and tutorial link)

anthropologie knock off shadow stripe skirt

It's no secret around here. I (Jessica) love me some Anthropologie. I buy their clothes at thrift when I can, (because holy moly are they expensive!) I also love to knock off their clothes. The "artsy" vibe makes them fairly easy to make copycat versions of if you know how to sew. Today, I'm going to show you how I made my version of this beauty:

That is the gorgeous Shadow Stripe Midi Skirt from Anthropologie's spring 2015 look book. It retails for a staggering $118 and there is NO WAY I'm going to pay that much for a skirt. Additionally, I've mentioned before that I don't really wear midi skirts because I have short legs, and they make me look stubby.

So I made my own!

I kind of love how it turned out, too. Not exactly like the original, but more flattering for my body. And I feel so trendy, because apparently sheer is "in" for spring this year. Go me!

anthropologie knock off shadow stripe skirt

(also, how cute is this vintage crop top with the scalloped neckline? And it happens to be in one of Pantone's colors for 2015, "strawberry ice." How fortuitous.)

anthropologie knock off shadow stripe skirt

To make this skirt, I used my tutorial for the Easiest Skirt Ever. Pretty much exactly, except I used a sheer fabric for a top layer and lined it in white jersey (I used an old t-shirt). This knock off took approximately 30 minutes to create.

There you are! I hope you love my new creation, and if you're looking for more of my Anthropologie tutorials you can check out some of these:

Have fun starting your own spring sewing projects, and as always let me know what you think!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Old Navy knock off

Hi guys! It's been a while since I last posted, and a few things have changed around here. I (Jessica) now work full time in addition to my kids starting school, so it's been a long fall and winter for me, let me tell you! But that doesn't mean that I haven't still been doing projects left and right. To get myself back into the swing of things, I thought I'd post one of my easiest DIY's from the last couple of months for you today.

So last month I (Jessica) saw this awesome shirt at Old Navy. Now, I wanted this shirt, and I wanted it bad, Precious. There were two problems, however. 1. The neckline wasn't that flattering on me (first world problems, baby!) and 2. It was really expensive for a t-shirt, and I'm inherently cheap.

But I knew I could make my own, because of all the slogan t-shirts I've DIY'd so far. Like my In memory of when I cared shirt, or my Bad Wolf t-shirt. What can I say? Apparently I have a thing for shirts with words on them...

I kind of cheated, and bought a t-shirt from Old Navy during one of their $5 deals. So technically this is still an Old Navy t-shirt. Then slapped some iron on letters on it. I'm kind of addicted to iron on letters at this point, I've got at least three more ideas to do now.

I love how it turned out, and I wear this shirt at least twice a week. I even like the font on mine better then the original! And the neckline is much more comfortable and flattering as well. Win-win!

Thanks for checking out my creation! Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Seahawks Superbowl Treats Roundup!

At my (Hilary) house, we are all about the Seattle Seahawks.  My husband is from Washington, so he's been a fan forever.  Of course, he is super excited that his Hawks are going to the Superbowl again!  So in honor of that, we are going to have a whole lotta blue and green food this next Sunday.  Pinterest (of course) has tons of great ideas, so I thought I'd round up a few of them and share them with you!

1. Chocolate Mint Fudge Bars.  These chocolate mint fudge bars from Averie Cooks (she has a great site!) look tasty and are perfectly green and blue.  Even my husband who doesn't like chocolate mint was drooling over these!

2. Puppy Chow.  Puppy chow is so easy to make (and can be made gluten-free!), making it a great party snack!  I love how white chocolate peanut butter puppy chow recipe from Cooking in Red Socks has the blue and green candies (you could use Skittles or M&Ms).

3. Guacamole and blue tortilla chips. This is such a simple, but adorable idea from Queen Bee Coupons.  Not only does her link include how to make a tasty guacamole, but she has several other great Seahawks party ideas as well!

4. Kiwi Blueberry Mojito.  Even though it is chilly here in Idaho, a crisp, summery drink is still amazing!  Laylita created a gorgeous blue and green mojito with fresh fruit, which would be perfect!

5. Candy Colored Popcorn (Beast Mode!).  I love love love this candy coated popcorn recipe from Our Best Bites.  The blue and green Skittles are an homage to Mr. Beast Mode himself - Marshawn Lynch (Skittles are his favorite candy!).  This recipe is great too because it has a great step-by-step tutorial about making this delicious popcorn!

6. Jones Soda Display.  This is a great way to have Seahawks-themed drinks without any prep!  Jones Soda is kind of a big deal, especially in the Northwest, and I love Queen Bee Coupons displays them!

7. Superbowl Mocktails. These colorful drinks from She Knows are perfect for the Superbowl.  I love that they are alcohol-free for the kids, but the adults could sneak in a little vodka or rum!

I will definitely be making some of these, along with my favorite Superbowl/football/picnic treat of ALL TIME (and for a little FYI - we've started gently boiling the peppers in hot salted water before stuffing them as a way to neutralize the spice a little bit!):


A few other fun things I found on Pinterest were: a link to Creatively Living where she shares tons of cute Superbowl/Seahawks-inspired outfits.  This was my favorite, but it was difficult choosing just one!  

And a super fun (FREE!) Bingo Game from Pretty Providence for everyone to play during the game!  What a fun way to involve everyone (even the kids!).  We'll be playing this (and it will probably get pretty competitive!).

So who are you rooting for?  The Seahawks, Patriots, or the food?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Pancake french toast bake recipe

So it's been a while, y'all.

There's a lot of life that's been happening over here, but rather then delve into that in any detail, I thought that I'd share this awesome recipe with you by way of getting back into the groove.

If you follow us on Facebook, you'll remember about a week ago I posted a picture of this ooey-gooey breakfast bake I made using leftover pancakes! I had made a double recipe of our gluten free buttermilk pancakes and had some left the next day. I had been crazing french toast...but wanted to use up my I decided to make this delicious mash-up!

Pancake French Toast Bake Recipe

about 8 standard sized pancakes
8 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 Tbsp cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla
optional: 1/2 cup fruit of your choice (I used frozen blueberries)
vanilla Greek yogurt
1/4 cup walnuts

1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees, grease a 9 x 9 baking dish, and lay your pancakes out so they fill the dish. You may have to break your pancakes up for this step, but the more crammed in they are the better they'll be cooked!

2. Add your fruit of choice and your walnuts, shake the dish to that they get into all the pancake crevices.

3. Mix together your eggs, milk, vanilla and cinnamon and pour the liquid over your pancakes.

4. Bake for 30 minutes, then take out of the oven and cover with tinfoil. This will help the top of your pancakes not to get too brown. Place back into the oven for another 30 minutes. You're done!

So this turned out EXACTLY as ridiculous and fantastic as it sounds, my kids and I were excited! Next time I'm going to try a version using my pumpkin pie pancake recipe and pumpkin french toast mix with pumpkin pie spices...who says pumpkin season is over?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Eggnog Desserts Roundup

There are so many amazing flavors floating around at this time of year - peppermint, gingerbread, pumpkin, but I am a sucker for eggnog.  My mom makes the most amazing homemade eggnog every year and I can never get enough!  I'm so excited to see how many yummy eggnog recipes there are this year - eggnog breads, eggnog cupcakes, eggnog lattes - and I am determined to try as many of them as I can!  So here is a roundup of some of the most exciting/delicious/beautiful eggnog desserts I've seen over the last few weeks!

amazing eggnog desserts gluten-free

1. Eggnog Cheesecake Bars with Gingerbread Whipped Cream.  *drool, drool*  Everything about this recipe from All Day I Dream About Food looks amazing!  Plus it is low-carb which is nice during a carb-heavy time of year!  I feel like I could eat gingerbread whipped cream on everything, just sayin'. 

2. Eggnog Cookies.  These super soft eggnog cookies from I Heart Naptime would be perfect for a cookie exchange...sooo pretty!

3. Eggnog Fudge. I am a huge fan of fudge (remember when we made 2-ingredient fudge for Valentine's Day?).  So when I saw Eggnog Fudge on I Heart Naptime's blog, I was hooked!  It is a simple recipe and I think it would be a great treat to share as a gift!

4. Spiced Eggnog Monkey Bread.  This monkey bread from Cheeky Kitchen looks amazing!  My favorite part is the description: "It is like Merry Christmas for your mouth!"

5. (Gluten-free!) Eggnog Cheesecake Muffins.  These beautiful cheesecake "muffins" from Food Network are what started my obsession with eggnog everything!  I'm going to make them with the eggnog frosting for a party next week!

6. (Gluten-free!) Pumpkin Bread with Eggnog Glaze.  I love the idea of a subtle eggnog glaze to give a little bit of holiday flavor on a quick bread and this recipe from Spoon and Saucer is gluten-free (which is great!).

7. Starbucks Eggnog Latte.  I love me a good Starbucks eggnog latte, but specialty coffee can get very expensive quickly, so I love the idea of making it at home!  This recipe from Diethood looks amazing (and probably has fewer calories than its Starbucks counterpart!). 

8. Pumpkin Eggnog Cheesecake.  I've seen a lot of recipes combine pumpkin and eggnog together, which intrigues me!  This pumpkin eggnog cheesecake from Mom Foodie looked tasty since it combines pumpkin + cheesecake + eggnog = perfect Christmas-y dessert.

These are just a few of the amazing eggnog-inspired treats I've found!  I will definitely be trying some of them ASAP.  What about you all?  Do you love eggnog?  Do you agree that homemade eggnog is a million times better than store-bought nog?
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Pumpkin recipe round up!

So if you've been around awhile with us here on Domestic Bliss Squared, you know we love pumpkin. It borders on obsession. And we've posted several of our own pumpkin creations before as well. Today we thought we'd round up our favorites from the last two years and give them all to you in one giant, pumpkin-y dose!

Without further ado, our list of our top 6 pumpkin recipes from the blog (in no particular order, they're all amazing):

1. Pumpkin Pie Pancakes:

2. Quick n'dirty pumpkin butter:

3. Three Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins:

4. Hilary's amazing Paleo Pumpkin Banana Smoothie:

5. Gluten-Free pumpkin oatmeal muffins:

6. Grain-free pumpkin almond butter cake:

There you are! Now that we've made you all hungry, go try one out! We hope you love these recipes as much as we do, and get as much pumpkin-y enjoyment out of them as we have. And as always drop us a comment below if you've got any questions or suggestions!

Friday, October 31, 2014

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Our Favorite Affordable Baby Products (plus a chance to win a Target giftcard!)

 A few weeks ago, we shared about our obsession with Target!  Jessica shared this adorable picture of her son eating Target "pa-corn" and reviewed some of their new beauty products.

We had a great response from you all, so today we are sharing our secret for the number one way we save on baby supplies: buy generic!  And since we share four kids between us, we have tried a lot of different brands of generic baby supplies.  Our number one choice is Target's up & up brand, hands-down.  We buy all of our children's medicine, diapers, wipes and even formula (Hilary's pediatrician recommended it over Enfamil!) at Target, and we only purchase the up & up brand when we do!  Here are our top 3 favorite/most-used up & up brand baby products:

Diapers. Probably the most expensive thing you buy for your little ones is diapers!  Formula is pricey for sure, but you only buy it for a year or so.  Diapers on the other hand are something you use all day and for the first few years of your children's lives!  I shudder to think how many diapers I've used between two kids over the last few years. *shudder*  When I was a new mom, I tried different brand-name and generic diapers at other stores, but one day I tried using the up & up brand (since I was already at Target drooling over their clothes), and I never went back!

Here's why I use Target up & up brand diapers:
Price, price, price!  They are dramatically cheaper than most name-brand diapers.
They are super absorbent.  Both of us have struggled with leaky diapers, but up & up brand diapers rarely leak, even at night.  I always buy them one size bigger than my baby needs and it keeps them dry at night.
Gentle on the skin.  My son has terrible eczema, and a lot of other brands of diapers would irritate his super-sensitive skin.  I have never had him get a rash or outbreak around the edges of the diaper, which has happened with other brands.

When I went to Target to get diapers today, I noticed that they've improved their diaper design.  The up & up diapers now have a cotton-enhanced layer, which is supposed to absorb liquid better and reduce leakage, but is still super soft on the skin (crucial for little ones with sensitive skin!).  I was happy to see they are still the same price (sometimes when companies improve their products, the price goes up too) as the original diapers.  They still have the same cute design and stretchy waistband so the diapers fit my super, super busy, constantly moving son!

Diaper Wipes. I use the up & up brand sensitive skin diaper wipes all. the. time.  Here's why I love them!

They are hypoallergenic.  Any mom who has a little one with eczema knows that just because wipes are labelled "sensitive skin" or "hypoallergenic," that doesn't mean it won't irritate your baby's skin. However, the up & up wipes don't irritate my son's skin.  At all.  Just finding wipes that don't hurt his skin was an amazing moment.
Price, price, price!  The wipes are also super affordable and come in individual packs, 3-packs and 9-packs (which is what I normally buy).
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A flip top lid. I love the flip top lid.  The wipes don't dry out and it makes it easy to throw them in a diaper bag.

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When you have kids, every little dollar saved counts!  Even saving $3 on the diaper pail bags refill meant I could grab three art books from Target's dollar spot for Christmas gifts!  Hooray!

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