DIY // housewarming basket.

we have entered the time of our lives where jobs, promotions, new homes, engagements, wedding, and babies are the norm. it’s fun to celebrate your friend’s successes, as well as your own.  [but thankfully when [J] gets promoted, I can just bring him a 6-pack of his favorite beer & he’s content]. but it can get mundane. it’s like you fall into a pattern. you find out the occasion, purchase your go-to gift, and voilà.

time for a gift-giving face lift.

I typically start with a pretty basket and fill it with goodies that fit a theme.

our friends just recently purchased a beautiful home. and to celebrate I mules. seriously. it’s summertime. they have a great outdoor space. and who doesn’t love moscow mules?

DIY // housewarming basket c/o

DIY // housewarming basket c/o

DIY // housewarming basket c/o

DIY // housewarming basket c/o

the essentials: vodka, ginger beer, lime juice [and/or limes], paper straws, & a pretty picture frame of the moscow mule recipe. for fun, I added a summery candle.

do not forget the card.

happy thursday.

snowed in. and so much to do.

I opened my eyes. looked out the window. and only white. the “slight dusting” we had in our forecast turned out to be another winter storm. meet rocky. [at least he has a better name than last week’s “winter storm Q”].


all I know is it’s not suppose to end until tomorrow. at noon. ugh! did I ever mention I highly despise driving in extreme conditions when it’s snowing? & [J] is gone until the end of the week. so you can find me at home. accomplishing what I’ve been putting off.


the problem areas: the pantry. & the home office.

[J] you should be so, so happy you’re away – I’d be puttin’ you to work!

I’m currently indulging in a love/hate relationship with pinterest. on one hand: so many great ideas & inspiration. on the other: such high standards.

I’m starting with the pantry.




I will not be painting or making any cosmetic changes to the pantry. I just want to organize the food storage. hellllllo that’s the point, right? plus, we’re renting I’d have to paint it back. no way jose. it’s a closet!!

meet my pantry inspiration.

our fifth house pantry

{our fifth house}

hi sugar plum pantry

{Hi Sugarplum!}

a bowl full of lemons pantry{a bowl full of lemons}

the house of smiths pantry{the house of smiths}

wish me luck. as much as I love the finished project. and even the process of organizing. beginning is so daunting. but thanks to nasty rocky, I have little choice.

if you’re in the snow storm’s rath: stay warm. & safe. if you’re not, like [J]: you’re lucky.

happy tuesday.