Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Daily Life

Hello, and happy Wednesday!

I feel like I'm behind in sharing some IG pics with y'all. I post daily on Instagram (@texasdecor) and sometimes forget to share the pics here too. So, this post is a compilation of some recent IG pics. 

Aren't these drawstring burlap bags cute? I got them in the dollar section at Michael's. I thought the "Believe" and "Wish" would be perfect for Christmas.

drawstring burlap bags

The other side is blank, so they could be used anytime. 

I thought they'd be cute to put silverware in for Thanksgiving, so I played around with this little tablescape. It's kind of the same way I use mini stockings to put silverware in at Christmas. You can see my Christmas Tablescape post HERE.

burlap drawstring bags in tablescape

Have y'all seen these "Black Diamond Crape Myrtles?" I saw them at Lowes recently. The leaves and stems are very dark (almost black) and the blooms are a bright white. The contrast is stunning! 

black diamond crepe myrtles

I picked up this almond croissant at Fresh Market the other day. Oh. My. Goodness. SO good! My hubby laughed when I reached WAY into the back of the case to get the one with the most powdered sugar. :) Such a deal for $1.29.

almond croissant

We make frozen hot chocolate all the time in the summer. This time, I added Princess Flavoring to mine. It was really good! If you missed it, you can get my Frozen Hot Chocolate recipe HERE.

princess flavoring

If you're local in Texas, you should try this Texas Pecan coffee from HEB. I usually stick to tea because I don't have a gall bladder anymore, so I can't handle a lot of caffeine...sorry if that's TMI :) Anyway, my son made this the other day and I couldn't resist a small cup. It really has a good pecan flavor to it. Even my hubby (who thinks flavored coffee is too "girly") likes this one. 

flavored coffee

So, the other night around 9:30, after I had cleaned the house, scrubbed the shower, done laundry and worked out, I had just settled into the couch to watch a movie when my son asked if I would please make him a chocolate pancake. This is what I came up with...

#momoftheyear  Lol!

I bought some pretty fabric the other day for a few projects around the house. I love it, but my son said it was "grandma-ish." I'm using the one on the left to recover my shade on the backdoor. The shade was one of the last dark colored "tuscan" things I needed to replace so it would go with my new lighter, brighter look.

What's funny is that as soon as I held up the new, lighter fabric to the backdoor, my eyes immediately went down to the brightly colored doormat below. It was such a "give a mouse a cookie" moment. :) I realized right then and there that I also needed to replace the doormat with a softer, lighter colored one so it wouldn't clash with the new shade. It's never ending, I tell ya. :)

As luck would have it, I had just gotten an email from Ballard about their rug sale going on. I hopped over to their website and got a pretty (light colored) doormat for only $14!!! That's like Walmart prices, y'all!! It can't be shipped until August 1st, but that's not too far off.

I ordered some things to do a mini makeover in my master bath, and was so excited when they were delivered. Here's a peek at some "happy mail" I got the other day. :)

quatrefoil rug

BTW, the mini makeover in the master bath is going to cost me absolutely NOTHING! I found a neat website that will buy back college textbooks (even ones the college WON'T buy back). I sent in a handful of old textbooks from my son's sophomore year of college, and got a nice fat check in the mail for them. The check more than covered my little mini makeover. :) 

Speaking of that, I'm working on a "college tips" post to share some ways I've found to save a little money. I'll be sharing the website I mentioned above, as well as others. College is expensive, so every little bit of savings helps. 

Y'all have a good day!



  1. Great post. I love all your goodies :-) Yay, for "FREE" bathroom makeover! Can't wait to see your back door and bathroom. Hope your week is off to a wonderful start.

    Blessings ♥

    1. Yes!! Free is always best in my book. :) I'm taking pics of the bathroom today and will hopefully get the post up soon. Hope you're having a great week as well! The weekend is almost here!

  2. Those little burlap bags are so cute...I like that one side is blank so you can use them anytime, not just for the holidays. I have never seen Black Diamond Crepe Myrtles....those are so gorgeous! I forgot I wanted to try your frozen hot chocolate looks so good! Love the fabrics you selected too....can't wait to see your new shade.

  3. I look forward to seeing your bathroom makeover. It's nice that you found a way to pay for it. I love those little burlap bags you found to hold silverware. I'm hosting Thanksgiving at my house this year, and am looking for cute ideas like that.

  4. I love posts like this! They're so fun!! I'm intrigued with your new bathroom items!!!

  5. First let me say you're tempting me with too many good things to eat! Can you believe we don't have HEB in Dallas? My dad has it though so I'll remember that coffee when I go to see him...pinned it to help me remember. I love pecan coffee.

    I have seen those crepe myrtles and you are right they are different and gorgeous.

    Those burlap bags would be so cute for gift cards.

    A few weeks ago we sold all the textbooks we could find on My son kept the money though... I call it skimming because we pay for the books and then he keeps the sell back money.

  6. Your frozen hot chocolate looks so yummy! Am going to try that soon. And, the burlap bags are so cute, too. I really like your burlap table runner as well - so stunning with the light colored trim/edging on the sides. What a fun-filled post!

    1. Thanks, Carolyn! I just made that frozen hot chocolate AGAIN last night. :) It really hits the spot with the heat we're having. I'm tempted to go back and get more of those burlap bags. They would have so many uses. Happy Thursday!

    2. I've got to remember to buy powdered milk so I can make it! I did check Michael's for the cute little burlap bags but they only had one pack of 3 with butterflies on them. I plan to check again the next time I'm in the city. :)

    3. I think my Michael's had the burlap bags with the butterflies too. They were really cute! Mine seems to restock fairly often, so maybe yours will too. Hope you have a great Thursday!!

  7. The little burlap bags are so cute and I like your idea for using them to hold your silverware at Christmas. This post was full of cute ideas and I'm looking forward to your mini bathroom makeover. Love the idea of covering the shade with another have SO many ideas.

    Did it cost a lot to ship the books? I have a ton of Abby's.

    Jane xx

  8. Love the little burlap bags! Can't wait to see them on your thanksgiving table! :) And I totallllly reach waaaay in the back to get the cinnamon bun with the most icing ;) Have a great weekend, friend!
    Kendra @

    1. Thanks, Kendra! That's too funny about the cinnamon bun! The way I see it, if you're going to get one, you may as well go for it and get the best one available! Lol! Have a great weekend too!


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