Open House Chicago 2016 Series – Part 2
Six Hours in Washington D.C.
Easy DIY Glitter Vases
Three Dunes Challenge, Indiana Dunes National Park, IN
New York City in 2 days! – Part 1

DIY Photo Hanging Idea

Today’s DIY post is inspired by my love for boho and rustic style. It’s quick, easy and very cheap! What you need: -Tree branch(es) -Yarn (white or black looks best in my opinion, but you can do whatever color your heart desires) -Photos (I got mine printed from Walmart.com they are 3×3 squares, and I love them!) -White string, or fishing line, whatever is available -Scissors -Mini clothes pins White string not pictured. What you do: 1. Go outside and find a tree that has some branches you can easily reach and break off. Lay branch out, measure and cut yarn longer than the branch. 2. Lay out yarn according to where you want to tie it on the branch, then tie a knot on each side. 3. Figure out where the middle of the yarn is and start pinning the photos from there. Then pin each photo in alternating sides of the middle…

Wednesday Wisdom- To overcome evil…

To overcome evil with good is good, to resist evil by evil is evil. -Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) Being a Muslim, I feel that because of how the media is portraying Islam, I have to defend it any chance I get. Therefore, I think my Wednesday Wisdom posts are a great time to show what true Islam is really about. I am going to try and use quotes from the Holy Quran or the sayings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as much as I can especially these days. I really want people to know that Islam is a religion of peace and not violence (as it is so often depicted.)

A Fall Brunch – Potato Skillet & Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Happy day after thanksgiving everyone (for those who celebrated)!! I hope you all had a lovely day with your family and friends full of food, fun and laughter, I know I did! I thought today was the perfect day to share this recipes with you as one of them could be made from thanksgiving leftovers! We had about 5-6 dishes of just potatoes last night and I’m pretty sure I could make this skillet (the recipe that I’m sharing with you today) with those. Anyway, I actually made this last weekend when my friend and I decided to do a small brunch party. I had never really properly made brunch, so I looked at a lot of different recipes. I finally settled on a breakfast potato skillet that I had always wanted to try making. My friend had some pumpkin puree she wanted to use so she made pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes.…

Small Cities in the US – Vermilion, Ohio

As you may know, I live in Chicago but often go to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Silver Spring, Maryland since my siblings live there. A lot of the times I end up driving to and from there no matter how much I say that next time I’m just going to fly! I usually don’t mind driving, but this drive is really boring, there’s barely anything exciting that comes along the way! However, I have managed to find a town that I like stopping in when I have time. It’s also conveniently about halfway between Chicago and Harrisburg, called Vermilion, Ohio. It’s a cute town located by Lake Erie which means there is a beach (one of my favorite things ever). The reason why I initially chose to stop here was because of an ice cream shop called Granny Joe’s Ice Creamatorium. It had good reviews and so I knew I had to check…

How to Make a Paper Garland For a Photoshoot

I’m excited to share this post with you as I love making things with paper, I do it a lot!  My love for paper began when I got a job working for a stationery design company and had to make a lot of things by hand. Over the past few years, I’ve learned it’s a lot easier and cheaper to make certain things yourself rather than to buy them! In this post I’ll show you how to make a paper garland that you would pay more than $5 for at a store (for even the simplest one). But before I show you, I want to tell you a little bit about birthday celebrations in my house (because this garland was obviously made for a birthday). Birthdays were never a big deal in my family. Our celebration was my mother making our favorite foods at home and us eating together as a family. There were…

Open House Chicago 2016 Series – Part 4

This is my last post about Open House Chicago which I attended a few weekends ago. If you’ve been following along, you know that this one is going to be about the home and studio of the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. I was the most excited about visiting this space because I studied a little bit about him in my interior design classes. He was a modern architect who wanted to steer away from European style architecture and build a distinct style for America. This style was known as the Prairie style. His home and studio in Oak Park is considered to be his first architectural masterpiece. This style emphasized homes with low, pitched roofs and long rows of casement windows which were made with local materials. The wood was always unstained and unpainted to focus attention on natural beauty. Unfortunately, on this tour, we were not allowed to take photographs of the inside but I did manage to take…

Perfectly Crispy Seasoned French Fries

A couple of weeks ago I was sick and had to drink soup-y things every day but all I wanted was french fries! So when I got better, I decided I’d make them instead of going out and buying some. (Surely making them at home was going to be slightly healthier, right?) I usually bake fries or roast potatoes but this time I wanted the grease real badly so I looked up a recipe and tried something new! Ingredients: -3 medium sized red potatoes -1/4 cup all purpose flour -1 teaspoon garlic powder -1 teaspoon onion powder -1 teaspoon paprika -1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning -1 teaspoon salt (may need more for sprinkling on top when they are done) -1/4 cup water, or as needed -1 cup vegetable oil for frying Instructions 1. Slice the potatoes into French fries. 2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. In the…

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