Monday, November 29, 2010

Spice Cabinet Makeover

Remember how I said I wanted my spice cabinet to look like this...

Well, now it really does! So similar, in fact, it's almost creepy. :)

Here's the after shot...

Here's the before shot...

Let me show you how to get this look (the "after", not the "before")...

Martha Stewart offers these fabulous labels for free on her website.  Get them here.

You can attach the labels one of two ways:

1. Print out the labels on regular printer paper, cut them out, and apply an adhesive to the back of them.  I used a scrapbooking adhesive.  See below.

2. Print them out on adhesive-backed paper that can be found at an office supply store.  Then, cut them out.

The spice jars came from IKEA. A 4 pack was only $2.99! What a steal!

Apply labels to jars.

While I was in Philly this past weekend, I went shopping at the coolest spice store in the Italian Market area called The Spice Corner.  This is hands-down the cheapest way to buy spices! They have every spice/herb you could think of and more.  I stocked up for the year and still have a ton of spices leftover. 

Street View of The Spice Corner, Google Maps

 Here's my loot...

And here's my updated spice cabinet...

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thanksgiving - Bowling at the White House

As I mentioned earlier, we spent Thanksgiving at Brandon's (the hubby) cousin's place in D.C.  These ladies made a DELICIOUS Thanksgiving meal.

Turkey just out of the oven...

In true Thanksgiving spirit, we had lots of food!

After dinner, Brandon's cousin's hubby (follow all that?) took us bowling at the White House bowling alley (which is actually located in the basement of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building).  It was an amazing experience and one I'll never forget. 

Getting ready to go through the security gate at the EEOB/White House...

Here it is!  The Harry S. Truman Bowling Alley...

Photo Ops...

We scored the games ourselves on official White House bowling alley scoring sheets...

Action shots...

If you were wondering, Brandon won both games and I only had two gutter balls!  

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Shutterfly's in my Stomach

Okay, not in my stomach, but at least in my brain. :)  And if you caught my mispelling in the blog post, good for you! are on top of it!  However, let me just break it to you now that it was on purpose. :)

Even though the hubby and I have had a lot of exciting adventures over the past 3 1/2 years of our marriage, we've never been ones to write a lengthy Christmas letter and print it out on pretty paper to send along with our Christmas cards (although I really enjoy reading everyone else's!).  I don't know what it is; not enough time, not feeling that I am witty enough to make it interesting, or just not interested in writing long articles (I'm an engineer, remember...I like to stick with short, to-the-point sentences).

Well, this year, I've stumbled upon some Christmas cards from Shutterfly that will help us share our stories through photographs (and maybe even a few words) and I'm absolutely LOVING them!  You can personalize each of them with your own photos and stories.

Note: The following are pictures from and not of me and/or my family.  I don't want to give away which one we picked so I just used their examples. :)

Check these on the title of the card to start personalizing!

Joy Sage Story Christmas Card

Hmmm....which one will we pick??  They're all so cute!

Want to see more Shutterfly Christmas cards? Click HERE.

Other ideas for Christmas....

Make a personalized calendar and have a year of wonderful memories to look at every day or make one for affordable gifts.  Click HERE for Shutterfly's Wall Calendars.

Or how about these sweet personalized gift tags!

Click HERE to see more Shutterfly Gift Tags.

ALL BLOGGERS SHOULD READ THIS: For writing this post about Shutterfly (which was not hard, because I really do love it!), I am getting 50 free holiday cards from Shutterfly.  The good news is that you can too! Click on this link to learn how you can get your cards:


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