Weekend Inspirations

Ahhhh the weekend (almost).  A time to relax, spend time with those you love and maybe even get your craft on?!?  For me the weekends are a time when life can slow down just a little bit (sometimes) and allows me to tap into some of my creativity!  So if you are looking for a little weekend inspiration to satisfy all of your artistic DIY urges?  Here are a few beauties that have inspired me lately!

love pring(source)

watercolor tree(source)

cloth deer(source)

metal calender(source)

bird watercolor(source)

peace wreath(source)

ruler table
(source)

dog head print(source)

paper garland(source)

Check out my “With My own Two hands” pinterest board for more fabulous inspirations!

Happy Crafting!!
~ Jillian

Clean it up: Natural Granite Cleaner (again)

To kick off 2015, HSE is featuring some of its favorite posts from last year!  This baby is a still a staple in our house and is used on a DAILY basis!  Does anyone else feel like cleaning?!?

In an effort to keep our new house squeaky clean and healthy,  I’m on a “make my own natural cleaners” kick {its a real thing…i promise}  First item on the list…finding a way to keep our kitchen and master bathroom granite counters clean without damaging the sealant on the granite!  We plan to be here for a while and the last thing I want to do is prematurely strip that protective coat off!  So off Pinteresting I go…and stumble on this easy to follow recipe from the lovely Melissa at No. 2 Pencil.  This could NOT be any easier and chances are you already have everything you need.

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Things you need:

  • Empty {and clean} spray bottle.
  • 1/4 tsp liquid dish soap
  • 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol
  • 2 1/2 cups water

How to:

  •  combine all ingredients in the bottle {I used a funnel to help contain the possible mess}
  • shake it up, add a little label to your bottle  and you are ready to go!

* You can add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil for a little added yummy scent or just enjoy the natural good smell that comes from the dish soap.

Not only does this sanitize and clean up those counters, it leaves them with a lovely smooth and shiny finish.  Take care of that granite…its a keeper!  I’ve also used this on pretty much all my other “surfaces” around the house with great success!

Have you jumped into any natural cleaners?  What are your favorites?

Clean it up
~ Jillian

Yummo: GF Chocolate Streusel Bread

Oh we’ve got a YUMMY for you today!!  While perusing pinterest one day, this image jumped out at me and I just had to give it a whirl!  To make it even better it was gluten free, used ingredients I already had on hand and was SUPER simple (pretty much all things that I need in order to attempt a recipe…especially when it comes to baking)  As you might already know I am obsessed with using Greek yogurt in my cooking.  I use it for EVERYTHING!  its a great replacement for cream cheese, sour cream and things like that in savory recipes and it’s also a fabulous way to add a little moisture and protein into your baking!!  So break out that baking pan, grab your Chobani Greek Yogurt and give this delicious recipe a whirl!

Chocolate Streusel Bread

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Ingredients

Batter:

  • 1 3/4 Gluten Free All Purpose All-purpose Baking Flour
  • 1 cup Plain Chobani Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (or other milk alternative of choice)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg

Streusel:

  • 1/2 cup raw chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans work great)
  • 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp hemp or chai seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and Grease a loaf baking pan.
  2. In a small mixing bowl; combine the nuts, shredded coconut, dark chocolate chips, cinnamon and brown sugar.
  3. In a large mixing bowl; combine the yogurt, sugar, milk, oil, vanilla, and egg. Mix the ingredients together with a wire whisk.
  4. Add the flour and baking powder and blend well.
  5. Spread half the batter into the prepared baking pan.
  6. Sprinkle with half the streusel and then cover with remaining batter and streusel.
  7. Sprinkle the hemp or chai seeds over the streusel.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
  9. Remove the bread from the oven and place pan on a wire rack to cool completely.

*I used cinnamon pecans that I had on hand & went with chai seeds (again because I had them in the pantry!)

So delicious!  A great balance of sweetness and yumminess!  Using some of my favorite ingredients like Greek Yogurt, coconut, nuts and chocolate!!

Yumm-o!
~ Jillian

#MadeWithCobani

Monday Mantra: Choice Chance Change

This year is off to quite a start (I hope fabulous for all of you!) Here in Georgia the weekend weather was lovely; after a week full of rain and clouds, which motivated this girl to dust off that DIY to do list.  Lots of FUN things happened from furniture refinishing (don’t worry…the details will come soon) to crafting and cooking.  I spent the weekend getting some rest, getting things done and letting my creative juices go!!  New and wonderful things are brewing on the horizon and I couldn’t be more excited and hopeful.  2015 is going to be just fantastic…for all of us…just you wait!!

“Choice, Chance, Change
You must make the choice, To take the chance,
If you want anything in life to change.”

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Happy Monday!
~ Jillian

Design School: Mixing Patterns (again)

News flash: This is a repeat post from last year that was a favorite with HSE readers!  You can never have too many design tips as you freshen up your home for the new year, right!?!

One of the best ways to pull together a high end looking interior that doesn’t give off that “room in a bag” kind of vibe is to mix patterns; but to many that can be super intimidating!

Pattern is one of those things that when blended together right looks amazing but it is possible to have too much of a good thing or to get overwhelmed in the process!  My general rule of thumb for interiors is if you love it then go for it!!  But for those that are a-scared to jump off the pattern ledge here is the first ever HSE addition of Design School.

A little disclaimer first, these are just “guidelines” to follow, these aren’t hard and fast rules.  Most important is that you give it a shot…some attempts might be more successful then others but in the end I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the effect a little pattern can have in your life!

– Work with the same color “intensity” {pastels with pastels or jewel tones with jewel tones}  Now this doesn’t mean that every single color has to be in the same tone {a pop is always encouraged!!} but if you are struggling to find a combo that works this can help you pull it all together.

– Combine different types of patterns.  Mix large scale floral patterns with linear stripes or plaids.  Ikats with textured fabrics.  Just don’t combine patterns that are too similar {ex. two different types of polkdots = big no-no}

– Find balance in your space.  Don’t put all of the patterns in one spot in the room, locate them around the room.  For instance in the picture below there is a large scale pattern on the window treatments, a texture on the fireplace  {the stone}, small linear patterned chairs with large scale pattern pillows and a patterned rug.  The patterns are balanced throughout the room using large scale patterns in combination with smaller scale and textured pattern.

{Image found here}

– Use a mix of scales of patterns as well as types.  In other words include large scale, medium scale and small scale patterns that are a combination of linear, organic and textured patterns

– Start with one pattern with lots of color and base scheme around that {a colorful stripe, floral or organic would be a good place to start}

– Don’t forget about those textures too!  Mixing up textures {velvety smooth with chunky knit or soft cotton} is another great way to add depth to your space.

Homework Assignment: Choose three or more patterns {odds are always better then evens}

  • Pattern #1 sets the tone for the other patterns.  For this pattern go big and bold.  Make sure there are more then 2 colors and look at patterns like ikat, floral or plaid.
  • Pattern #2 should  be about 1/2 the scale of the first pattern.  For this pattern try a geometric, animal print or stripe.  Try to use less colors then #1 {but at least 2}
  • Pattern #3 should be a small scale pattern or a texture that pulls from either #1 or #2.  Try a tone on tone pattern or a very strong textured fabric.  {remember pattern doesn’t have to only be bold and out there!}

Still nervous about the whole pattern mixing thing?  A great way to play with pattern without getting overwhelmed is by picking one color combo {in this case black and white} that way all you have to focus on is the scale and pattern type!

So get out there and get creative!  Start by looking around your house {or even in your closet} to see what kinds of patterns you might already have!  Push the limits of what you think “goes” together and try something a bit more unexpected!

Class Dismissed

~ Jillian

Yummo: GF Baked “Fried” Pickles

If you happen to follow HerSplitEnds on Instagram you might have had a sneak peek to these bad boys.  Call it pregnancy craving, call it random cloudy day boredom or call it just plain Awesome-ness.  No matter how you shake it…these Gluten Free baked “fried” pickles completely hit the spot!  They were quick, easy and a perfect snack!  As per usual, you can change up the seasonings and sauces to make these just perfect for you!

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Ingredients:

  • Sliced Pickles (any type you love)
  • Gluten Free All-purpose Flour
  • Gluten Free Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Egg (white only)
  • Seasonings of choice (I used Paprika & black pepper)
  • Butter (to grease cookie sheet)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 475° and Grease a cookie sheet.
  • Prepare 3 small dishes; 1 with flour and seasonings mixed together, 1 with egg white and 1 with panko bread crumbs
  • Dip pickles in flour, then egg, then panko.
  • Cover both sides of the pickle and place on greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake in the oven for 7-8 minutes (flip and continue to cook until desired crispiness)
  • Enjoy with Ranch, Buffalo Sauce, Horseradish or your favorite sauce!

Yummo!
~ Jillian

Monday Mantra: be thankful

So we’ve kicked off the new year, we’ve started back on our “routines” and we’ve allowed ourselves to come back to reality…How does it feel?  Are you pumped. motivated and excited or feeling overwhelmed and stressed?  I would say a healthy combination of all of the above might be true??  I’m so excited about what 2015 has to offer and incredibly optimistic about the potential for awesome.  BUT the fear of the unknown and the crazy changes that are up ahead can make a girl sweat a little!  Whatever happens, I know it will be for good reason.  Our lives are not left up to chance and our direction will become clear as the year progresses.  So GOOD luck in finding your path, stay true and be open to the possibilities of 2015!!

“Whatever happened over this past year, be thankful for where it brought you.
Where you are is where you are meant to be.”

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Cheers!
~ Jillian

Coconut Oil (again)

This is a repeat post from last year…BUT so many of you loved it and it’s got some good, healthy tips…so we are rewinding and celebrating our love of Coconut oil all over again!!

So i’m just going to come out and say it…no sense in hiding it any longer…I’m in LOVE with Coconut Oil!  Its true…i’m not afraid to admit it.  Coconut Oil is…well…aWeSoMe!  It’s not just for cooking {which it is totally fantastic for…by the way} but there are sooo many more uses for it!

I started my love affair with Coconut Oil while researching a Candida Cleanse.  The cleanse called for taking 1 spoonful of Coconut oil a day…which at first sounded…well gross…but actually its sort of yummy and wasn’t gross at all!  Because Coconut Oil is a natural anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-fungal and antiviral, its basically anti all the bad stuff!  So not only does it taste yummy {not at all a sweet coco-nutty flavor like you might be used to…its very mild} but its health benefits make it a great choice for all your cooking needs!  A lot of the recipes included in this cleanse called for Coconut oil in place of olive or vegetable oil.  It’s a much more stable oil because its room temperature state is actually as a solid and can be used at higher cooking temperatures without any concern.

So now we’ve mastered cooking with it, I’ve literally used it in place of other oils for almost all types of cooking!  Let’s talk other uses.  Actually just this past month i decided to try out another one of its many uses {that i found reading this blog post}.  When the seasons change my skin tends to go a little haywire.  Parts are dry and itchy, other parts over moisturized and oily; its almost impossible to find a balance so my face ends up looking like a grease ball and a dry flake ball all at the same time?!?!?  Enter the lovely Coconut oil.  After reading about its moisturizing benefits i thought…what the heck.  It can’t hurt right.  So i gave it a whirl and spread it all over my face and neck.  To my surprise it wasn’t overly greasy {although it did take a few minutes to really soak in} and my skin instantly felt better {and smelled pretty yummy too!}  So fast forward to today and my skin is sooo happy!  Its finding its natural balance…no more greasy flaky ball…and my pores have actually cleared up and less blemishes too!  Who would have thought spreading oil all over your face could actually make you break out less?!

So moral of this story…Why not give Coconut oil a shot…

  • try it out in your favorite recipe
  • slather it on your dry skin
  • put a <little> in your palm and use to tame those crazy frizzy fly aways
  • swallow a spoonful to aid digestion and help with an upset stomach
  • remove chewing gum from your hair after that crazy gum tossing war?!
  • clean and polish your finest pair of leather shoes

Seriously i could go on forever…check out this blog for 80 different uses for this wondrous oil!!

Cheers

~ Jillian

P.s Make sure to always buy food grade Coconut oil {even if you aren’t actually eating it}; its just a cleaner and healthier option!

DIY: Closet Tags

Prepare yourself people…the nesting has officially set in and I’m in “time to get this house organized and lovely” mode!  Now this has a bit of a baby theme to it today but could easily be adapted for any closet in your house!  Think winter vs summer or different sizes in the master closet, dryclean vs hand wash in the laundry room.  So many options!  The best thing about this project is that I had all the supplies on hand so it came with a giant ZERO price tag and was quick and easy to accomplish. (those are the most satisfying of all jobs…wouldn’t you say!)

closet tagsSupplies:

  • Card Stock (approx. 4 x 6 / use precut sheets or cut your own if you have full sheets)
  • Decorative labels (or print something pretty right from your computer)
  • Decorative Punches, Decorative Scissors, Washi tape or even your favorite ribbon
  • Double sided tape or glue
  • Marker

**Now the above list is really just a suggestion.  Use what you have in the house!  If you don’t have any of the decorative labels or punches, simply use regular scissors and markers to dress these up!

IMG_0059Step One:

  • Using a circle punch (or just a plain old pair of scissors) cut a circle approximately 1/2″ from the top of the sheet of card stock.
  • Cut a slit from the outside edge to the circle (this allows you to hang it over the closet rod).

IMG_0060Step Two:

  • Using a decorative punch; add a little detail to the bottom edge of the tag.
  • If you don’t have a punch, you can cut freehand, add a decorative piece of washi tape, glue on some cute ribbon or simply draw on a few stripes or polka dots with a marker.

IMG_0061Step Three:

  • Create the labels for each tag.  For the nursery closet I did Newborn, 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months, etc.
  • If you don’t have labels or don’t trust your freehand skills, simply print out cute text on your computer and cut them out to adhere to the tags.

** I did 2 labels of each kind to make the tags double-sided

IMG_0062Step Four:

  • Using double stick tape (or even a glue stick), apply to the back of the label and adhere to the precut cardstock tag.
  • If creating double-sided tags, simply flip over the tag and apply the second label in approximately the same location on the back.

IMG_0063Step Five:

  • Your DONE!  Now hang them in your closet, organize your little heart out and enjoy what you have created!!

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IMG_0068Any other fabulous nursery closet organization tips you might have for me?  I’m in full unpacking and setting up mode so I can use those tips from you experienced moms out there!!

Cheers & Happy Organizing
~ Jillian

Monday Mantra: gratitude

It’s officially 2015…are you ready??!!?  Its time to kick off the first week of the new year and jump back into life (did the holiday’s really come and go so quickly?)  I hope you are happy, rested and ready to go!  Although I am so grateful for the wonderful but hectic holiday season we had, I’m excited about the idea of getting back to life.  Its time for new and WONDERFUL things to happen.  So cheers to a new year, a positive attitude and the many blessings that 2015 has in store for us!

“Of all the attitudes we can acquire, the attitude of gratitude is
the most important and by far the most life changing.”

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Choose Joy!
~ Jillian