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September 18, 2014

Jacinda’s Texas Oasis: Help Me Pick the Style!

Texas Backyard OasisA few weeks ago I shared some before shots of my backyard which is about to get a major makeover. In hindsight they were some boring pictures of grass, my overrun garden, and my three over-sized cats. Sincerely, thank you for not mentioning it. There is definitely room for improvement in this project and, you guys, I’m going to need your help making some decisions.

But first I want to share the major inspiration for our project. About a year ago, my husband Rick came across this drool-worthy open air pavillion in Texas Hill Country by Lake | Flato. Really, go look at the rest of the pics, they even work an airstream into the outdoor living space. Besides being gorgeous we loved that it would blend with the existing style of our home, leaned modern while embracing the rugged Texas landscape, and just generally looked like a place that we would like to sit and watch the people we love enjoying life for the next 50 years. If only we could get that gorgeous view they have going on. Photos by Casey Dunn

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We found a partner in Dallas-based Bonick Landscaping and set out to design the perfect space for us, which includes a dining area, a fire pit, an outdoor kitchen and bar, a hot tub, and YES a pool. I am so excited you guys, so excited that even though we have not even broken ground, and I haven’t even shown you the plans, I’m making style boards. It’s what I do. I started with one style board… it was very Texas Modern (right?)…

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But then I wanted to change a few things up and it became a bit Moroccan…

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Then I got all… Turkisk? Modern? With a gold Texas pillow? I’m not a purist, y’all, I just like what I like.

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Isn’t it interesting how changing just an outdoor rug and a throw pillow can give a space an entirely different feel? A room makeover for under $100!

But most importantly, I need your input. Which style would look great in my TBD backyard oasis? Can you leave a comment and tell me which way to lean? Texas, Morocco or Turkey?

1. Leather-latched Wall Planter | Anthropologie

2. Texas Home Pillow | Etsy

3. Zuo Wire Chrome Dining Chairs | Lamps Plus

4. Rustic Melamine Dinner Plates | Williams Senoma

5A. Diagonal Frayed Peach/Rose Pillow | West Elm

5B. Quilted Black and White Pillow | Target

5C. Kilim Pillow | Etsy

6. Terramoto Striped Pitcher | Casa.com

7A.Mad Mats Navajo Indoor/Outdoor Floor Mat | Amazon

7B. Mad Mats Moroccan Indoor/Outdoor Floor Mat | Amazon

7C. Mad Mats Oriental Turkish Indoor/Outdoor Floor Mat | Amazon

8. Bryant Outdoor Sectional | Room & Board

9. Tasseled Lagoon Towels | Anthropologie

10. Moroccan Patio Pouf (Vegan) | Lamps Plus

 

Texan, Moroccan or Turkish Modern? Which is your pick?

 

 

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September 17, 2014

Jaime’s Famous Strawberry Basil Balsamic Pop Recipe

Strawberry Basil Balsamic Pops | Pretty Prudent

This summer I have been obsessed with making popsicles. I shared my Roasted Peaches and Cream popsicle recipe, and mango sriracha pop recipe, but today I am here to share my favorite (and most famous) pop of all: Strawberry Basil Balsamic.

Strawberry Basil Balsamic Pops | Pretty Prudent
The balsamic reduction adds just a touch of depth to the pop flavor, while the basil keeps it light and refreshing.

Strawberry Basil Balsamic Pops | Pretty Prudent
So grab your sweetest strawberries and your best pop mold and give my famous Strawberry Balsamic Pop Recipe a try. You won’t regret it. (more…)

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September 16, 2014

Surprise Lunch Box Notes (with Free Printable)

This post is sponsored by got milk?. Thank you for inspiring us!

Surprise Lunch Box Notes (with Free Printable)
Since Scarlet first started school, Carleton and I have always made sure to slip a surprise note for her in her lunch box. It’s especially exciting now because she can read them on her own! Normally the morning routine is a bit…what’s the word? Hectic. In order to make things a bit easier, I made these cute Printable Lunch Box notes. They sit right on our counter, so Carleton and I can write her a message while we pack up her lunch. They’ve been such a hit in our home, that I sent them to some of my friends too. Here is Colleen’s adorable niece, Anabelle, with her lunch box notes.

I was inspired by got milk? to add little reminders at the bottom like, P.S. Drink your milk, since I wanted to make sure Scarlet was getting her fill of calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, protein, and more, even when I’m not right there. It’s important to us that Scarlet drinks milk daily, so that she can grow up to be strong, healthy, and President of the United States (no pressure, Scarlet). There are also reminders to eat your veggies, keep up the hard work, and most importantly to have fun.

Surprise Lunch Box Notes (with Free Printable)

We’d love to see your handwritten lunch box notes too! You can share them with us on our Facebook and with Got Milk on Facebook, as well as our Pinterest page, and Twitter.

Surprise Lunch Box Notes (with Free Printable)

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