Back to School! Breakfast

A Feteful Life: Back to School Breakfast

Woohoo! It’s back to school for my kiddos today! We were actually all so excited about it that I thought it’d be fun to have a low-key “back to school breakfast” for my loves. And it forced me to finally “interview” both of my kids, which I’ve really been wanting to do, so I’m going to pretend it was my plan all along to do a back to school interview. It’s all up over at Honest to Nod today – check it out!

Want to hear your own kids say sweet and funny stuff? Just click right here to download our free Back to School Interview printable!

And thanks to The Land of Nod for gifting us the Meri Meri Toot Sweet Collection items and the growth chart!

A Feteful Life: Back to School Breakfast

A Feteful Life: Back to School Breakfast

A Feteful Life: Back to School Breakfast

Navy + Aqua + Green

A Feteful LIfe: Navy + Aqua + Green Throw Pillow Roundup

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I’m desperate to make a change in my living room color scheme. Luckily, I always buy neutral furniture so its easy for me to change out the accent pieces when I need a change. And, a change is a comin’. First step… throw pillows. I’m currently obsessed with this color combination and I think it would go beautifully with the grey and black furniture I already have in the room.

 

DIY Painted Tin Cans

A Feteful Life: Painted Tin CansEver since I did those spray painted pumpkins for Thanksgiving last year, I’ve been looking for any excuse to transform things with spray paint. And this is one of the easiest and most inexpensive transformations that I’ve done. Think twice before tossing that empty tin can in the recycling bin because that can be a custom vase, pencil holder, make-up brush holder, utensil holder or planter (i.e., pretty much anything you want it to be) within just a few minutes with a few easy steps.

A Feteful Life: Painted Tin CansWith either painter’s tape or simple masking tape, tape off the portion of the can that you don’t want to paint. Any size you want. You could even do stripes if you wanted to, but I just did a solid area because I wanted the can to have a dip-dyed effect. Also, make sure the tape along the edge that you’re painting is pressed smoothly against the can or the spray paint will bleed under the tape.

A Feteful Life: Painted Tin CansDon’t over spray to get a full coating on the first time. Spray paint works best with several thin layers built up on top of each other. This is especially true when working with the tin cans because if you over spray, the excess paint might drip into the ridges of the can.

A Feteful Life: Painted Tin CansThe can in three various levels of being painted. First coat for the white, second coat for the purple and final coat on the mint green.

A Feteful Life: Painted Tin CansRemoving the tape after the spray paint has dried. Last step, deciding how you’re going to put these cans to use!

A Feteful Life: Painted Tin CansA Feteful Life: Painted Tin Cans

Cocktail Hour: Blood Orange Tequila + Lime Spritzer

A Feteful Life: Blood Orange Tequila + Lime Spritzer

Yes, another fruit-laden cocktail from me this week. I can’t help it — I’ve just been loving the combo of fresh fruit and spirits all summer long. This one’s a two-stepper and requires a few days preparation, but it’s worth it. I first made blood orange infused tequila, which sounds fancy, but is super simple to do. And then I shook that pretty colored spirit up with lime and club soda for a refreshing cocktail. Hey it’s good to hydrate while imbibing, right?

Blood Orange Tequila + Lime Spritzer (A Feteful Life)
Serves 2

Ingredients
- 4 ounces blood orange tequila (recipe below)
- 1.5 cups club soda
- 1/8 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/8 cup agave nectar
- 1 lime, thinly sliced (set aside a few slices for garnish)

Directions
1. Fill cocktail shaker halfway with ice and add all ingredients. Shake, shake, shake.
2. Strain into cocktail glass and garnish with extra lime slices.

Blood Orange Tequila 

Ingredients
- 1 bottle good silver tequila (750 ml)
- 2 blood oranges, cut into 1/2″ slices

Directions
1. Place blood orange slices in a large container (like an 800 ml mason jar) and pour tequila in (I had a little tequila leftover that wouldn’t fit — I’m sure we’ll use it somehow).
2. Place in refrigerator for 3 days, giving it a good shake and rotating it daily.

A Feteful Life: Blood Orange Tequila + Lime Spritzer

A Feteful Life: Blood Orange Tequila + Lime Spritzer

A Feteful Life: Blood Orange Tequila + Lime Spritzer

Geode Home Decor

Even though it has been around for a few seasons, I’m still a big fan of geode home decor. I think its a great way to add an unexpected splash of color and mix a little boho chic into what is otherwise a fairly modern palate in my home. And it’s not all coasters and bookends anymore. Geodes continue to show up in unexpected ways. Check out these beauties.

A Feteful Life: Geode Home Decor

1 / Top your bar cart bottles with these fabulous agate bottle stoppers (or DIY)

2 / These magnets would look awesome on my magnetic kitchen wall.

3 / Pretty and practical soap for your bathroom.

4 / I love the varied sizes and colors of these great lacquer boxes available at One Kings Lane.

5 / These geode knobs would be a nice balance on a modern dresser.

I want it now: Nail Wraps

A Feteful Life: Jamberry Nail Wrap

 

Over the weekend I was in New York to help celebrate the engagement of a good friend (hooray!) and while I was there, I was admiring her sister’s fun nail art. Turns out they were nail stickers! What? Such a cool selection and lasts like a gel manicure! I want some now!

Campfire Cooking Combos

We just returned from a great vacation to the northern Michigan island where I spent much of my summers growing up. It was such a wonderful thing to share with my husband and kids for the very first time. But it pretty much rained the entire week. Or threatened to rain. Or just dropped fog continuously. In any event, my plans to do some nostalgic campfire cooking did not pan out. BUT there’s still time to fit in some great wilderness cooking for you! Here are some awesome combos I’d love to dish up throughout the day.

A Feteful Life: Campfire Cooking Combos

Breakfast: Campfire Breakfast Burger + Bourbon Marshmallow Bacon S’Mores (what? there’s bacon in there)

Lunch: Camp Pizza with Carmelized Onions, Sausage and Fontina + Pineapple Berry Hobo Pack

Dinner: Dutch Oven Braised Beef and Summer Vegetables + Campfire Tarts

DIY Kids Party Favors

I know some people are anti kids party favors, but I have to say that I am firmly in favor of them. I think it is important for my kids to understand that having friends attend a party, whether or not a present is involved, is something they should be thankful for and show their appreciation. And I feel like they get that and truly want to show their thanks to friends and family for helping us celebrate. That said, I always try to have my kids help me make party favors for their party and generally provide something either consumable, educational, and/or not just more plastic toys. I happened to LOVE the DIY rock candy party favor we had at our science club last month, which got me thinking about what favors I might get together for upcoming kids parties. Here are some of my favorites!

A Feteful Life: DIY KId Party Favors

1 / What kiddo doesn’t love making art? Lovely Design put together these adorable collage packets to send a little art project home with each child. Perfect for post-party-sugar-rush winding down at home.

2 / I’ve wanted to make story stones for my kids for some time now and I think a little muslin bag with a few stones would be the perfect thing to help keep a kiddo occupied on the ride home.

3 / OK, so this one is candy, which I try not to do since I’ve inevitably just filled up kiddos on sweets at the party. BUT sending this bubblegum necklace home in a little kit for each child would be a great consumable activity.

4 / It looks like tasty salt water taffy, but this one is ingeniously disguised sidewalk chalk. What a perfect favor for a summertime party!

5 / Another win for Lovely Design with these personalized pennant flags. I like to try make party decorations last by using them in my childrens’ rooms. I love that Lovely Design took this concept to favors and I can imagine all the littles so excited to find their own initialed flag.

Cocktail Hour: St. Germain Sparkler

A Feteful Life: St Germain SparklerApple season is upon us and this cocktail is a must for any apple lover out there. Plus, it uses some of that huge bottle of St. Germain that I bought while I was at the beach so, double bonus. The original recipe calls for 4 ounces of apple juice which I find makes it a bit too sweet for my liking. So, I would recommend going down to 2-3 ounces and adding more club soda.

St. Germain Sparkler (adapted from Food & Wine)

Ingredients

1 ounce St. Germain
1 ounce Green Hat Gin (or vodka)
2-3 ounces good quality apple juice (or cider)
Club soda
Apple slices for garnish

Directions

In a wine glass filled with ice, add the St. Germain, gin, and apple juice. Stir to combine. Top off with club soda and garnish with an apple slice or two.

 

 

Backyard Barbecue

A Feteful Life: Birthday Backyard BBQAugust is a busy month in our house with both of our kid’s birthdays two weeks apart and our anniversary in-between them. In the past we’ve had separate birthday parties for the kids and we try to separate them by a few weekends — Brady’s the weekend before his birthday and Owen’s the weekend after his birthday — but this year that just wasn’t going to work out. So, instead we decided to throw a joint backyard barbecue with some of our good friends, family and neighbors instead.

We were blessed with some unseasonably comfortable weather and had a blast celebrating our two boys. And, luckily for us, the awesome online party supply store Party Pail, contacted us to see if we had any parties coming up that we could use some of their plain party goods for… ummm… yes!

A Feteful Life: Birthday Backyard BBQI generally love buying plain party products and then customizing them myself. Like these custom stickers on the plain white paper cups from Party Pail. I also designed these star drink flags to go on their bright orange striped straws.

A Feteful Life: Birthday Backyard BBQFinding a simple way to nicely display cutlery is always a challenge. You can’t get much simpler than these empty tin cans wrapped in burlap ribbon!

A Feteful Life: Birthday Backyard BBQWhat would be an AFL party without a hand stamped napkin? It’s another easy way to add a personal touch.

A Feteful Life: Birthday Backyard BBQI absolutely love these baking cups from Party Pail. Most cupcake liners loose their color or pattern once you bake the cupcake. Not these! They were just as vibrant after baking as they were before. And they looked great on this simple cardboard cupcake stand that I wrapped in some more burlap ribbon.

A Feteful Life: Birthday Backyard BBQThese chevron treat cups with custom labels were the perfect way for us to send our guests home with a little treat.

A Feteful Life: Birthday Backyard BBQHappy Birthday to my sweet boys! And, check out our Etsy store to pick up the party pack or invitation for the party. Fete on!