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Jessica Bruno

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Summer Outdoor Entertaining {birthday party}

Isn’t summer the best? It’s my favorite time of year (except for Christmas) and being outdoors with friends and family is so much fun. Summer outdoor entertaining doesn’t need to be overwhelming, in fact, it should be very easy and quick. Whether you have a patio, deck, porch or a free space of lawn, setting up a cute table can be done just about anywhere. A few weeks ago we celebrated a birthday out on my mom’s patio and is was wonderful to be outdoors, enjoying the fresh air.

How To: Summer outdoor entertaining {birthday party}

I love outdoor melamine dishware. Not only is it durable and won’t break, it’s gorgeous! I found all of these dishes, bowls and serving platters at HomeGoods.

How To: Summer outdoor entertaining {birthday party}

I love to mix and match patterns. I chose blue and green for this tablescape and mixed in a bit of red and orange to add a fun pop of color.

How To: Summer outdoor entertaining {birthday party}

What I love about creating an outdoor table for a birthday celebration is that you can use bows and tissue paper as part of your decorations. Feel free to use tabletop length balloons as well for a centerpiece. I chose to hang my balloons from the umbrella and use flowers as the centerpiece but either way, the addition of balloons, flowers and decorative bows is a sure way to add a celebrational  flare to any tabletop. The birthday party was a hit and everyone enjoyed themselves, including me who is usually running around chasing the kids!

Disclosure: I was provided with Gift Cards from HomeGoods. Thanks HOmeGoods! 😉

10 minute DIY Window Valance {no sew}

A couple weeks ago we shared our blue powder room makeover off of the kitchen and would you believe me if I told you that the valance was a table runner? During the painting project, I picked up a few accessories but couldn’t find a window treatment that was suitable. The window is an awkward size.  Most of the valances that I found in the store were either the wrong size or didn’t look good. As I was wrapping up the project I was totally annoyed because the darn window was still naked. Then it dawned on me, I had purchased this adorable table runner a few weeks ago from Home Goods. Mainly because it was cute and cheap, not realizing at the time, it was would be my window treatment in the bathroom!

10 minute DIY window Valance {no sew} How to turn a table runner into a window valance

Items needed

Table Runner (or whatever you are turning into a valance)

Stitch Witchery

Curtain Rod

First, lay out your table runner on a flat surface.

10 minute DIY window Valance {no sew} How to turn a table runner into a window valance

I originally intended to use drapery rods to hang the valance but didn’t like the look so I opted to create a hem/pocket using the stitch witchery. The pocked allowed me to slide the rod through. I didn’t want to cut my table runner (you never know when I might need it on the table) so I used the entire length. Feel free to cut yours to the desired length.

10 minute DIY window Valance {no sew} How to turn a table runner into a window valance

 I used a hot iron with steam to adhere the stitch witchery to the runner.

10 minute DIY window Valance {no sew} How to turn a table runner into a window valance

That’s it! A 10 minute valance created with a table runner. Yay!

10 minute DIY window Valance {no sew} How to turn a table runner into a window valance

Be sure to check out the rest of the bathroom makeover for more tips, color inspiration and of course, the before pictures. We love our DIY window valance and the best part is was quick and was no sew!

Home Depot $200 Gift Card Winner + paint giveaway

The winner of the $200 Home Depot gift card has been drawn.

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 Head over to the giveaway post and scroll down to the rafflecopter widget to see if it was you!

Don’t forget, the Sherwin-Williams $100 gift card giveaway is still running and you have until tonight to enter.

Gorgeous blue green powder room makeover {before & after) . I love how the blue paint color (drizzle by Sherwin-Williams) coordinates with the white and coral accessories.

Congratulations!

Mom’s loaded baked hot dogs

We are so excited to be getting the outdoor patio furniture setup and hopefully uncovering the pool in a couple weeks. One of our favorite things to do in the summer is cook on the grill. With the summer season soon approaching and Memorial Day right around the corner, I wanted to share with you my mom’s easy and amazing loaded baked hot dogs. My son calls them fancy hot dogs. One of the most important parts of these delicious little guys are the buns. King’s Hawaiian hot dog buns are so soft they melt in your mouth. When King’s asked if we would like to try them out, we quickly agreed. We are huge fans of BBQ’s and always looking for new things to try.

Mom's delicious loaded hot dogs filled with baked beans and cheddar cheese

Mom's delicious loaded hot dogs filled with baked beans and cheddar cheese

They are absolutely delicious.

Mom's delicious loaded hot dogs filled with baked beans and cheddar cheese

Place your hot dog buns on a cookie sheet lined with tin foil.

Mom's delicious loaded hot dogs filled with baked beans and cheddar cheese

Spread butter or margarine across the top of the buns.

Mom's delicious loaded hot dogs filled with baked beans and cheddar cheese

Add your favorite hot dog and poke a few holes in it to ensure it cooks thoroughly.

Mom's delicious loaded hot dogs filled with baked beans and cheddar cheese

Add baked beans. I cheated and used store bought beans but of course, if you have time to make homemade, those would be great too! One thing that I love about these buns are they don’t break apart when you open them. Many times when you load up a hot dog with all the fixings, they break at the bottom and everything falls out. Not these! They are thick and wide at the bottom and hold it all! ;).

Mom's delicious loaded hot dogs filled with baked beans and cheddar cheese

Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top.

Mom's delicious loaded hot dogs filled with baked beans and cheddar cheese

Bake at 375 for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and buns are light brown.

Mom's delicious loaded hot dogs filled with baked beans and cheddar cheese

Once baked, add your favorite relish, ketchup and mustard.

Mom's delicious loaded hot dogs filled with baked beans and cheddar cheese

Don’t these make your mouth water? You will never want to eat another plain boring old hot dog again. Simply buy some baked beans and cheddar cheese and in 10 minutes, you will have a fancy gourmet hot dog that will be the perfect addition to your outdoor BBQ. Be sure to try King’s Hawaiian hot dog buns, you won’t be sorry….they are delicious! I mean, every gourmet hot dog deserves a gourmet bun right? Head over to the www.sweetestsummerever.com site to enter their contest daily and share how you celebrate summer. The grand prize will be a trip to Hawaii provided by Hawaiian Airlines. 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kings Hawaiian. The opinions and text are all mine.

Fun Father’s Day Grill Gift Basket

Out with Mother’s Day and in with Father’s Day. Where does the time go? I swear it was just “my” day a couple days ago! ha. Living with “three” dads under one roof, you are bound to get stumped on what to buy them for Father’s Day. Even though my husband and grandfather are not my “dad”, I am still responsible somehow for getting them a gift. It never fails, during any holiday, I am the shopper and the buyer. My dad gives me money to do “his” shopping and of course, I take the kids to shop for their dad. One of the dads in our house will be getting this fabulous fun grill basket for Father’s Day. Hopefully my husband doesn’t read this post :).

Grill Gift Basket Idea / Perfect for Father's Day  or any grill lover

When preparing a gift basket, I tend to fill a basket, bucket or box. Something that can be easily carried works the best.

Grill Gift Basket Idea / Perfect for Father's Day  or any grill lover

I picked up most of these items at my local Home Goods store.

Tip: If using a basket or bucket, try using two different sizes. For example, I used a serving platter styled tray to accompany the deeper larger basket which holds most of the items. 

Fun Father's Day Grill Gift Basket-17

Grilling resource guide:

Basket – to hold items or be used as a serving platter (larger bottom basket)

Meat tenderizer – Tenderizes steaks, chops, veal, chicken breast and a variety of other meats

Grill basket – works great when cooking veggies, fish or anything small that will fall through standard grill grates

Burger press – Makes stuffed burgers, sliders and regular patties

Barbecue tongs – perfect for flipping or moving meat

Meat thermometer 

Grill Gift Basket Idea / Perfect for Father's Day  or any grill lover

In addition to the above essentials, a tablecloth, cute plastic food baskets, napkins, seasonings, skewers, BBQ sauces are all perfect complimentary items for a grill gift basket.  Sometimes I just pick up cute things that are relative to the theme of the gift basket and before I know it, I have enough to fill a box, pail or basket. If you have empty pockets, fill with coordinating tissue paper. Tissue paper is a gift baskets best friend! In case you are wondering where you can find these items, I picked them all up at HomeGoods…….even the cute mustard and ketchup containers ;).

Disclosure: I was provided with gift cards from HomeGoods to create this Father’s Day grill gift basket.

Bathroom makeover + Sherwin Williams $100 gift card giveaway

Thanks so much for your kind words on our recent bathroom makeover. We are loving the color and the fresh new look. I have some great news, Sherwin-Williams is giving away a $100 gift card to one lucky reader. After all, it’s National Painting Week!

Gorgeous blue green powder room makeover {before & after) . I love how the blue paint color (drizzle by Sherwin-Williams) coordinates with the white and coral accessories.

Sherwin-Williams Drizzle (wall color)

Enter to win a $100 Sherwin-Williams gift card below via Rafflecopter

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Be sure to check out the entire makeover here. Good luck and look forward to hearing in the comments below which room you would paint!

Coastal Blue Powder Room Makeover {before & after}

Who loves the color blue? We do! Last week we shared a sneak peek of our powder room makeover as part of the Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week. We are thrilled to be partnering with Sherwin-Williams again this year to bring you a bright, bold and fun bathroom makeover. Last year the color we choose was composed (green/SW 6472) and this year, we chose drizzle (blue /SW 6479). National Painting Week starts today so sit back and be inspired!

Gorgeous blue green powder room makeover {before & after) . I love how the blue paint color (drizzle by Sherwin-Williams) coordinates with the white and coral accessories.

We absolutely love how the color drizzle looks in our small powder room off the kitchen.

Before:

Gorgeous blue green powder room makeover {before & after) . I love how the blue paint color (drizzle by Sherwin-Williams) coordinates with the white and coral accessories.

This bathroom has seen many looks over the past 2 years and I must say, this new one happens to be my favorite.

Gorgeous blue green powder room makeover {before & after) . I love how the blue paint color (drizzle by Sherwin-Williams) coordinates with the white and coral accessories.

I love how coral, white and blue look together so I decided to add coral mats and a valence (tutorial coming soon) to coordinate with the bright white vanity. A fresh coat of semi-gloss extra white paint turned this 50 year old vanity into a new shiny piece that looks brand new.

Gorgeous blue green powder room makeover {before & after) . I love how the blue paint color (drizzle by Sherwin-Williams) coordinates with the white and coral accessories.

I prefer more subtle touches of coastal so the cute starfish and hand towels were just enough to give the coastal feel. I brought in our garden stool that I purchased last summer from our covered porch as an extra piece to fill in the corner gap between the vanity and the wall. The space isn’t that big but it fit nicely and added character to the old vanity. Mixing new and old is always fun!

Here is a shot of the bathroom with a light green on the wall and vanity painted dark gray.

Gorgeous blue green powder room makeover {before & after) . I love how the blue paint color (drizzle by Sherwin-Williams) coordinates with the white and coral accessories.

Isn’t it amazing what a coat of paint can do?

Gorgeous blue green powder room makeover {before & after) . I love how the blue paint color (drizzle by Sherwin-Williams) coordinates with the white and coral accessories.

Flowers are the perfect additive to make the space feel cozy and alive.

Gorgeous blue green powder room makeover {before & after) . I love how the blue paint color (drizzle by Sherwin-Williams) coordinates with the white and coral accessories.

Gorgeous blue green powder room makeover {before & after) . I love how the blue paint color (drizzle by Sherwin-Williams) coordinates with the white and coral accessories.

Gorgeous blue green powder room makeover {before & after) . I love how the blue paint color (drizzle - SW 6479 by Sherwin-Williams - ) coordinates with the white and coral accessories.

I picked up a matching toothbrush holder and soap dish for under $10 and used vases I already had for the flowers.

Gorgeous blue green powder room makeover {before & after) . I love how the blue paint color (drizzle by Sherwin-Williams) coordinates with the white and coral accessories.

Paint Color Sources:

Drizzle (SW 6479) by Sherwin-Williams (wall / Emerald Interior Satin finish)

Extra White (SW 7006) by Sherwin-Williams (trim & vanity / Emerald Interior Semi-gloss finish)

For the cost of paint and a few key accessories, we were able to create a coastal spa feel bathroom on a budget. The new space is so bright and cheery, even though the wall color is dark. Don’t be fooled by dark paint colors. Dark paint color has the ability to really brighten up a space if paired with light colored accessories, especially white! Are you working on a makeover in your home? Tell us below in the comments which space and color you chose! Thanks so much to Sherwin-Williams for letting us be a part of their National Painting Week celebration, we are loving our new bathroom. Looking for more paint makeovers, click here, to head over to see a slew of talented bloggers and what room they made over for National Painting Week. You won’t be disappointed!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Sherwin-Williams and I was compensated. All opinions and words are 100% my own.

DIY fabric photo wall art + cleaning tips + $200 HomeDepot giveaway

Good morning! Who wants to win a $200 gift card to Home Depot? Keep reading!  We recently partnered with P&G and The Home Depot to share our cleaning tips and tricks when moving into a new home as well as a fun tutorial on how to make your own DIY fabric photo wall art.  Cleaning your home is never a fun task especially when you are cleaning up grim that isn’t your own. Somewhere along the line, we have all moved into a new home or apartment and have been blessed with the lovely residue from previous occupants. I am kind of a germ freak when it comes to kitchens and bathrooms so for me, I tend to go overboard when cleaning these spaces.

diy fabric photo wall art

Come join me over at  The Home Depot and get the full tutorial on this 10 minute wall art piece and see me in action cleaning kitchen cabinets. Be sure to check out all of the cleaning tips and easy projects to personalize your home at the Apron Blog shared by other talented bloggers. I am loving all the shelf projects they are sharing!

Are you ready to win your own $200 Home Depot Gift card? Enter below via rafflecopter.

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*Winner will have 48 hours to respond to email to claim prize or another winner will be drawn.

This post is sponsored by P&G and The Home Depot. All opinions and words are 100% my own.

Delicious Chicken Caprese

Do you ever get sick of eating chicken? We do! Sometimes we get stuck in a rut eating the same old boring chicken but never fail, my momma always has a good chicken recipe hanging around in her good o’l recipe index. Chicken Caprese isn’t anything new but sometimes I forget about adding pesto, tomatoes and mozzarella to a piece of chicken.

Delicious Chicken Caprese with pesto basil tomato and mozzarella . Quick and easy way to spice up boring chicken.

Delicious Chicken Caprese

Ingredients

  • 3 Boneless chicken breast (washed, dried and tenderized)
  • Sliced tomatoes (two small tomatoes for 3 chicken breasts)
  • Mozzarella cheese (I buy a block and slice it)
  • Basil paste
  • Pesto
  • Canola Oil
  • Crushed garlic
  • water
  • Bread crumbs
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Dry parsley
  • Italian Seasoning

Instructions

  • Tenderize chicken with meat mallet
  • Baste chicken with Pesto/basil mixture (see below)
  • Add sliced mozzarella to each piece of chicken once basted with pesto/crumb mix and top with tomatoes (I added 3/4 pieces of tomato to each piece of chicken)
  • Spread bread crumb mixture (see below) on top of tomato and mozzarella
  • Sprinkle dried parsley across top
  • Pesto/*basil* mixture:
  • Mix with spoon 1/4 cup pesto & 1tsp basil
  • Bread crumb mixture:
  • Mix with spoon
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1/8 cup water
  • Pinch of each seasoning
  • *BAKE 400 / 30 MINUTES OR UNTIL NO PINK
  • Serves 3

So tender and so juicy! Using a meat mallet really makes a difference making the chicken super tender.

. Quick and easy way to spice up boring chicken.

Chicken Caprese is a quick and easy italian dish that even your kids will love. Don’t be surprised if your kids even like the tomatoes :) . Something about the pesto and melted mozzarella makes even tomato haters love them! Check out our kitchen page for more family favorites.

Powder Room Makeover {sneak peek}

Between running around to kids sport activities, school, doctor appointments, the campsite cleanup, designing a new kitchen (more news on that soon), we managed to squeak out a makeover in our powder room a couple weeks ago. It’s a small space off of a hallway which leads to my parents master bedroom. It also happens to be where our laundry room is as well. We are partnering with Sherwin-Williams again this year to celebrate National Painting Week which starts May 11th.  Wait until you see what we did with this little o’l bathroom!

powder room makeover / sneak peak

I chose the color Drizzle by Sherwin-Williams which happens to be in the blue family. My mom was freaked out when I told her we were painting this small bathroom blue but once she saw the color and the white and coral colored (yes coral!) accessories, she fell in love. This blue green color is absolutely amazing in person and looks gorgeous on the wall. Stay tuned, the full reveal will be on May 11th!

Disclosure: This is a two part series sponsored by Sherwin-Williams. All opinions are 100% my own.

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