I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend! We had beautiful weather in Northern California and we spent the weekend working on the coffee table I picked up at Salvation Army and the picnic table we snagged for free.
Today I am sharing a sweet recipe for Nutella cupcakes. Chris loves Nutella so we usually have a small stockpile in our pantry. One of the containers was going to expire this month so I thought I would try baking with it to use it up. I Googled recipes for cookies and cakes but this recipe from a blog called Piece of Cake won me over.
Last week I teamed up with friend and style blogger Monica from Living In Vogue to host a party Dressing Up the Holidays at West Elm in Palo Alto. Monica brought beautiful clothing, shoes and jewelry samples from Ibiss Boutique in Willow Glen and presented fantastic wardrobe ideas like; glam up your wardrobe by investing in a statement piece of jewelry that you can wear with most of the holiday outfits in your closet. (more…)
After the Royal Wedding on Friday I decided to make a double batch of mini cheesecakes. This recipe has simple ingredients and it is easy to make, you can even freeze them! If you are looking for a crowd pleasing recipes for your spring and summer parties give this one a try.
Moving is a great opportunity to clear the clutter and enjoy a fresh start. When a client hires Kuzak’s Closet to help manage their move and organize their new home we take care of all of the details – from the space planning to the unpacking.
We’ve been working on several relocations lately and today I wanted to share my favorite tips and some pictures to inspire you to embrace the opportunity to start fresh.
Tip#1: Sort and purge before you move! So many people pack up all of their possessions and take them to their new home without sorting and purging. Why bring unwanted clutter into your new home? Take the time to eliminate all of the items you no longer use or need. You’ll be surprised at how much easier it is to unpack!
I develop a sorting and purging schedule with my clients prior to their move. We typically schedule 4-5 sessions to work on each space in the home. This helps me understand their storage preferences and gives me an idea of how often things are used which is a great help when it comes to setting up systems in their new home. This is a picture of a toy pile that I sorted through the day before one of my clients moved…
One of my very favorite client organization projects is creating a home Command Center. Every home has multiple catch-all spots for every day items like mail, office supplies, magazines, instruction manuals, gift cards and coupons. I want to help you consolidate everything into one central location, so I am sharing my best how-to tips.
Each Sunday my sister Ashlie and I co-write a blog post about our favorite things called Sister Sister Sunday. Sister Sister Sunday is a great way for us to keep in touch every week and stay connected. Each week our theme changes so make sure to visit us every Sunday to check out what we are into next!
I keep all of the photos used on my blog in organized files in my iPhoto program. Once in awhile I browse through them to remind me what I have been up to, it really helps document my life and I think it will be fun to look back in years to come. Besides all of the before and after photos from my professional organizing projects, recipes are the second most popular topic.
About a year ago I reorganized the recipes that I have posted on my blog under the recipe tab. It really comes in handy when I am sharing a recipe with a friend or looking for an old favorite for myself. Over the weekend I was looking through my archived blog photos and recipes looking for ideas and I was reminded of great recipes that I tried last summer that I need to make again soon. Here are some of my favorites, give them a try!
I helped my sister make cupcakes for the birthday party she had for my twin nieces. She wanted to order them from a bakery but I suggested that we have some fun and make them from scratch. Boy oh boy did we have fun, we had flour, sugar, and sprinkles everywhere. I forgot some key ingredients in one of the recipes but they still turned out awesome. Next time I won’t let her cute girls distract me, I am also going to blame my lack of focus on the 3 hour time change, it really has me acting a little more goofy than normal. Enjoy!
Last night we had a fun get together with Chris’ friends to celebrate his birthday. We grilled out in the backyard and enjoyed a few drinks and some great food. Check out my pictures and recipes below…
For dessert Chris had only one request, cupcakes with sprinkles…they were so delicious, make sure to try this recipe this summer.
Taryn from Design, Dining, + Diapers is sharing the cutest recipe for cheeseburger cupcakes (yes, they do exist) and the details of her families obsession with Washington State University. Stop by her blog and say hello and stay in touch via Facebook.
I’m so happy that Amanda chose Touchdown Week for her series this quarter because football happens to be a really big deal in my family (and that’s an understatement). You see, my husband played football for Washington State University, so the word ‘obsession’ has taken on a whole new meaning around our house. From the time spring training starts until the Super Bowl, our house is all about the pigskin. In honor my husband’s love of football, I even had Cougar garters made for our wedding and a football helmet groom’s cake. Now that is dedication!
Joseph’s Grainery is one of my absolute favorite blogs, you might recognize the name from our weekly Sister Sister parties and from my blog roll. I love it because it is filled with witty writing, gorgeous photos, and tasty recipes. I asked Kelli, the woman behind the blog to share an inspiring recipe to warm us up this winter. I hope you enjoy her guest post and be sure to add Joseph’s Grainery to your daily reading list and check out their amazing products for sale (the holiday gift pack is on my list!).
I’m so glad I decided to write a post each week called Fab Friday. It forces me to slow down for a bit and reflect on the little moments in my week that made me smile.
This week there were SO many fun events. For example, this picture from last week’s Estate Sale cracks me up. The sale was a complete madhouse and a crazy success, we sold $9,000 in two days out of a mobile home park-AMAZING! The streets were lined with cars and trucks loaded with goodies, fabulous! The guy on the truck closest to the camera is named Gary, he is an estate regular and he makes me smile.
Another estate shopper that makes me smile is named Miguel. He is knows the way to my heart (and a good price) is food. He brought the entire estate crew steak tacos on Saturday, fabulous!
After the sale was over we celebrated with a little college football and a lot of pizza. I have been sticking with my diet for the most part but pizza always makes me cave. This pizza is from Skip’s in Los Altos, it’s so good! (more…)
Last weekend Chris rode in the 2013 MS Waves to Wine ride to help raise money to cure Multiple Sclerosis. It’s a 100 mile bike ride from San Francisco to Sonoma (the longest route you can imagine). He was apart of the Google team which helped raise $38,000 for the cause. All of the teams combined raised over $2 million, amazing! Thank you so much for supporting and donating to the ride!
I decided to take pictures again this year (here is a link to last year’s post). I came prepared in Google attire so the riders would recognize me as the official team photographer instead of a nutty stalker with a camera in a ford F150. Unfortunately it rained for most of the race so I’m sure they still thought I was a nut. What other type of person would have their camera lens poking out of the window of their truck on the side of a cliff on highway 1 in a rainstorm?
I was planning on snapping them cross the Golden Gate Bridge but they fog was so intense that I couldn’t see 50 feet ahead of me. Here is a picture looking at the bridge from the viewing area. No, you are not confused, there was no sight of the bridge.
I moved to plan B and headed into Sausalito to try to catch them with the view of San Francisco in the background. It’s amazing that 5 minutes down the road the sun would be shining!
I waited for about 30 minutes for the first pack of bikers to come by. For some reason waiting was never dull. The view of the bay was beautiful and the anticipation of the riders coming around the bend kept me focused. Here are the shots of the first riders. Some of these guys were on the Google team, some were just cute and nice enough to smile at me…
Since last week’s post there have been many fabulous things going on in my life. I am so thankful for my friend Lori who calls to check in with me a few times a week and even manages to get me out of the house for social events once in a while. She called me last Friday afternoon to ask me if I wanted to participate in a fun run that night.
It was a 5k and I’ll be honest, it’s been a long time since I ran that far. I couldn’t keep up with Lori and her daughter Hayley but I’m proud to report that I was able to run more than half of the race. Lori met me at the finish line which was a nice surprise, gotta love fabulous friends!
Hot or Not?! made a surprise comeback on the blog this week. I love that series, so many fabulous ideas and comments from all of you! I shared my new flannel sheets as one of the HOT items, they are fabulous! Look for the Threshold label at Target! (more…)
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Last week was Touchdown Week on the blog and I loved every minute of it! In case you missed a bit of the action, here is a play by play…
Today is the 7th edition of Hot or Not?! which means this summer series is almost halfway over! Ashlie and I have been having fun trying new products and getting input from our friends and blog readers about what to try next. Today we are actually spending the day together, that is HOT! We only get to see each other a few times every year (that is NOT!) so we are going to have some fun shopping and catching up.
We are ending today’s edition of Hot or Not with a reader’s pick. My college friend (and sorority sister) Ang emailed me to share her thoughts on a new product. If you have a product that you want to tell the readers about please don’t hesitate to contact me!