A Quick Salsa Verde Recipe Using Local Hatch Chiles

Earlier this week I was invited to visit the New Albertson’s again to check out their Hatch Chile special, which I was glad to do because I love chiles! In the spring I planted some peppers and they are just now producing fruit which I can’t wait to use in more salsa soon.
Right now at the Albertson’s on Broadway however they are celebrating these amazing peppers and roasting them right on the spot. In honor of this I wanted to make a simple salsa verde to share with you that can be added to not only tacos but also over eggs, potatoes or used to garnish roasted chicken with.

You will need:
roasted Hatch Chiles (Albertson’s has both medium and hot varieties to choose from)
tomatillos
garlic
cilantro
lime wedges
jalapeno
red onion
salt

Begin by blistering the tomatillos on a grill pan along with garlic. Blend all ingredients together, I used approximately 8 tomatillos with 3 cloves of garlic, a thick slice of diced red onion, a handful of fresh cilantro, the juice of two limes, one large jalapeño and sea salt to taste. Total cook and prep time is approximately 30 minutes. Use immediately or let cool and store it overnight in the refrigerator to let the flavors infuse!



This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons on Broadway. The opinions and text are all mine.

5 Tips for Moving in 30 days

*This post was created in collaboration with Travelers Insurance, all words are mine.It’s been a while since I have moved from one house to another, at least more than 2 or 3 years now. While it has been a couple of years, I don’t have much trouble rem…

A New Local Store Opens Today!

Last night I was invited to a pre-opening party for a brand new market opening in Boise, Albterson’s on Broadway. It’s Grand Opening is today but we were lucky enough to get a sneak peek at the new facility.
The event we attended offered a full view of the store which was pristinely stocked with most amazing foods! They offered samples in almost every department which included ramen, sushi, bulgogi and other unique burgers, pizzas, cheeses, cured meats, gelato, pastries, toasted handmade marshmallows, wine and beer!

The store is massive and the vast variety of food is astonishing, every area has many many different versions of any one type of food. I skimmed over the fresh produce and there were unique lettuces that I had never seen before, just one example of the wide range of products they carry.

In addition there was a loft with a full bar and seating with an outdoor balcony. There were more alcohol sampling here as well as grilled meats to try.


Also, their floral section is incredible. Again, the variety of fresh plants and exotic stems just floored me. I let with a wishlist of flowers I will have to go back for next week! They also offer delivery and different floral services.

If you’re in the area make sure to stop and see it for yourself, and be prepared to spend a chunk of time there taking in the full selection.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons on Broadway. The opinions and text are all mine.

Enjoying the Summer Outdoors

I am participating in an influencer program on behalf of Claritin®.This program is paid for by the makers of Claritin® and I have received compensation for my participation. All opinions expressed are my own.We could not be happier that the frigid mont…

My travel wishlist part I

I have been thinking a lot about getting away, about life on the beach, sun on my face, the wind in my hair. Honestly, I think about this constantly and not only recently! So, of course, I have a growing list of places to see and visit, stuff I want t…

4 wall covering options that aren’t paint

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Our simple way of sorting trash & recycling at home

Recycling has been a responsibility the family shares but I try to get the kids involved as well. We kept some sorting bins in the garage but sometimes those few extra steps down the hall kept glass and plastic lingering around the house, so when I was…

What I gained from the loss of my father

This post is sponsored by Prudential Financial and Bloglovin’

Just when you think you’ve got life figured out, when you can set your actions to autopilot and live like a pro, when you can map out short term plans and are finally old enough to make them happen. Just when you’ve outgrown the rebellious stage of purposely resisting your parent’s advice to show them you can do things your own way. Then having become a parent yourself, find that you see your own mother and father for more than the dictators of your life you thought they were as a teen. Just when you can now see that they did their very best to love and protect you, as you are now attempting to do with your own small child. Just then, it takes a most unexpected turn.
That’s how I felt four years ago when my father passed away without warning. He was young, healthy, and strong with a good 40 years of life ahead of him. I don’t know, maybe even more. He was just beginning to settle into the role of a grandfather with my then three year old son, and I had never known he could blossom into such a nurturing and affectionate being, someone wanting to right all of the wrongs from his role as a father with the love and patience only a grandparent can possess. My father was the last person I worried about who always seemed to be invincible, and anyways, he was usually the one worrying about me. Then, one early Saturday morning in May, while I slept in peaceful ignorance next to my toddler son, the life of my dad ended abruptly.

That Saturday back in 2013 spurred me to later write a blog post about my feelings surrounding my loss which were still as fresh and raw as any open wound. I attempted to type in black and white the powerfully swirling cacophony of memories mixed with future fears. My mind bounced relentlessly back and forth from the past, where it tried desperately to retain any fragment of memory and experience I had with my father, then all the way to the distant future where I would have lived my life and raised my children without my father alive to witness it.
Looking back I experienced every classical stage of grief. It wasn’t possible to absorb the volume of my loss all at once or even during those first subsequent months. Even now after four years and 4 months and however many days until this is published, the loss continues to unfold in new ways as I experience personal milestones or watch the achievements of my children, as the world keeps spinning and humankind keeps moving forward one step at a time, knowing he should be here with us all the while. He is not though, he is not here to participate in any of them.
Not only do I miss the role he played as supportive father in my life but I miss his personality, his unique view of the world, his brash sarcasm, his ripening as a person over the course of time. Often I wonder what he would be doing now if he had never left us, what hobbies he would be into, what movies would he’d be excited to see, his opinion about the current political climate, and his even his graying hair.
I’ve had four years to process and try to understand my loss. There was a time when I would overthink the normally automatic behaviors of life. My brain was so exhausted from running laps around the thoughts of grief, that deciding what to eat or leaving the house put me into an emotional tailspin. During this time of barely functioning it felt that there was no end in sight. “Is this my new reality”, I would ask myself. “Will I ever be normal again?” and “What is normal now anyways?” I can’t tell you exactly how I got from that place to where I am now able to talk about my father in the past tense without crying every time. Able to tell my kids funny stories about him without feeling full of sorrow and overcome with emotion. Even to look at a photo of him and just smile, remembering only the good he left behind. There’s no way I would have thought something positive could come from something so painful, only bad and void and sadness could possibly result from losing someone that so greatly comprised my inner circle. Fortunately I was wrong.

Losing my father has changed me, that’s one thing I know for certain. I’ve never returned to the normal I once knew when I had a father, but I also no longer attempt to mimic the life I had when my father was alive. A new normal has had to be created over time. Like a graft in a tree, the old branch is not replaced but rather a new, different one diverges from the wound.
Now that grief has become more manageable I’ve been able to see the good which has come from losing my father. Spending time on those things that add value to my life is one of the biggest changes that has come in the last few years. This sounds like a no brainer but many things throughout the day are competing for our attention and it truly takes effort to edit out the nonessentials that add meaningless static to our lives. The things that keep us busy but not necessarily productive. I try often to focus on what matters most like spending time with my growing kids, working on tasks and jobs I’m passionate about, not overcommitting myself, and setting aside time for activities that simply give me joy. Doing more of what I love helps me to feel that the time I have is being spent in a way I won’t regret later. This often means saying “no” to people or offers that could deter me from the goal of creating a life with meaning and purpose.
Learning to say “no” to people, to overindulgence or to extra commitments that take up too much of my time is a practice. But each time I flex this muscle and turn something down that I know is not adding value to my life, the next time this needs to happen becomes a little easier. How effortlessly we get sucked into hours and hours on social media, or into another show we didn’t really need to watch, or even eating that extra cookie when you know eating just one was sufficient. These are the things I try to avoid now because they add up quickly and I don’t want to spend what time I have tied to things that aren’t truly important to me.

Something else I’ve learned in the wake of losing my dad is how important self care is. I hate to admit it but before I used to avoid visiting the doctor whenever possible. Scheduling an appointment or finding time to spend the afternoon in the doctor’s office were obligatory things I avoided if I could. Now I don’t hesitate as much, I ask a lot of questions, and I do a little of my own research to prevent a visit. I also try to eat as many whole foods as possible and work out a few times a week. Sometimes it’s as simple as buying a new candle or picking up a book I had intended to read weeks ago that makes me feel that I’m not totally neglected. Not fitness guru here, but before I might have procrastinated with these little self care basics. Now I make time for them knowing that being physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy for my children and family are one of the most paramount of priorities.
Loss has also propelled me to set higher goals for myself and for the future. Before my dad passed away I was in my late 20’s and still felt that I had all the time in the world. Considering the future was not a regular habit and my choices were mostly influenced by the present circumstances, what resources I had at the moment, and what I wanted in that moment. I’m not so much older now, but I feel I’ve become much better at long term planning and sticking to my goals.
Part of having that long term mindset is planning for the future. With a family of my own I have to think about staying physically and emotionally healthy for my kids but also about practical things like finances. I think much more about the long term effects of my financial choices and spend more time planning for future expenses than before. Not only do I keep these goals at the forefront of my mind but I aim a little higher, take a little more risk, and try new things. As someone who works freelance and who has irregular payment terms with each client, I’ve learned how imperative it is to be putting a portion of that away to save. Saving is probably my biggest financial goal each month, and we have several accounts so we can save separately for individual goals. One account can be for trips and travel while another may be for the kids’ activities. With a daughter in ballet and a son learning the piano there will be many costs associated with their lessons to be prepared for. Being a mom has also taught me to be prepared for the unexpected, which can also include unexpected expenses so really saving is also a necessity. Thinking big picture is about continuing to grow and set new goals for yourself as an individual, as a family, and not allowing a defeated mentality even in pain.

Losing my father is the saddest event I’ve ever experienced and happiness can seem like an emotion out of reach. However fleeting happiness may seem I truly believe we have a choice to be happy to a great degree. If someone is suffering or has recently experienced a loss I would not dare to tell them they have simply not chosen to be happy. For those of us who have a roof over our heads, food in our bellies, healthy friends and family, a safe place to call home, we have a choice. I work on this every day and sometimes each minute takes some effort. Before loss I felt a little more of a victim to my emotions. Now I know reframing my thinking, taking a deep breath, and looking for a new perspective on a tense situation can go a long way to helping me have more moments of happiness. It’s a conscientious choice I have to make. When I choose to make happiness a priority, when I choose a positive attitude in place of a negative one, everyone around me benefits.
I will forever be grateful to my father for the things he taught me in his life and also in his death. If he were still alive I don’t know if I would have spent as much effort as I have in remembering times with him, understanding who he was, and recalling what he taught me. Don’t misunderstand me though, I would bring him back in an instant if that was a real possibility, however I understand that he is gone. The pain is still there but simultaneously the joy of our memories and the life lessons I have learned from his absence since then have added to my life in ways he would have smiled proudly to hear about.

IKEA’s renewable shelving system, Svalnäs

Currently at home we have become more and more concerned about the environment. I should stop here and make sure you know I am no poster child for being eco friendly! Sometimes we use plastic bottles and sometimes we buy unnecessary things and sometimes we create too much waster. However! The environment and our impact on it has moved more and more to the forefront of our mind and it slowly changing the way to make decisions. Recently I purchased a set of glass water bottles for us to reuse. They are very similar in the to the plastic disposable versions we used to drink from but now we simply wash and refill.
This has also become a dialogue we involve the kids in. Talking often about how we can do more with less and consider the impact of our choices is really good for all of us, no matter our age.


And so, we gladly welcome IKEA’s Svalnäs shelving into our home, which is made from renewable bamboo. It’s not going to single handedly save the planet but it is a step in the right direction to put our efforts and support towards material that can be easily replenished. The system is composed of shelf components of various widths and depths, a desk and drawer with recessed dividers. The entire unit is very light weight and best of all, fully cusotmizable. The tracks the shelves hang from come in differing lengths so each section can be customized vertically and horizontally.

At home this storage system is used to hold overflow kitchen items, books and a paper lamp Storuman, also from IKEA. I chose low profile shelves with a shallow depth because our funny angled wall leads into the living room and I didn’t want to obstruct the view. These can easily accommodate a single vertical sets of shelves or continue on across a very wide wall. It’s also nice to add some warmth from this Svalnäs unit to our monochrome kitchen via this adjacent wall.


*this post was created in partnership with IKEA, all words, views and photos are my own!

3 back to school outfits

*This post is sponsored by Kohl’s.

When I was a child the month of August was such a cocktail of emotions, most of which were some sort of excitement and anticipation. One of the task that took the edge off of my nerves was buying all my needed school supplies. I’d choose coordinating binder and folder colors. pencil boxes and cherished that brand new box of unused crayons. Even more though I looked forward to new clothes! My mom would often buy me a few complete outfits rather than interchangeable pieces. Picking out what I’d wear back for the first week at school made me feel so special and gave became one things I could expect during a week of firsts in a new grade level.

Now that I’m a mom with a school aged child, which is still hard such a funny thing to hear myself say, I look forward to giving my son a similar experience. It might not seem significant to us as the parents but for our child, coming home with those new supplies and clothes gives them a boost of confidence to start this new journey.

Kohl’s asked me to partner with them to show a few back to school outfits which fits in perfectly with August preparation plans. While my son typically could not care less about what he wears, getting something new and comfortable still makes him feel special. With his help we chose a more sporty outfit with Nike shorts , Converse shoes, a moisture wicking tee and base layer pants.
He also help me choose a comfy, casual outfit composed of striped rolled cuff shorts, a raglan tee and Adidas shoes. The last outfit was more autumn appropriate with a striped tee, stretch cotton pants and the same Converse shoes we used previously.


Beyond comfort we also like to keep his outfits pretty neutral and monochrome as well as spanning multiple seasons. This just simplifies the process of mixing articles of clothing, unlike the pre-made outfits of my youth. Hopefully this also saves bit of time in the morning when it’s always a little chaotic to get out of the door on time.

And! Join in on the Friends and Family sale online for 20% off STOREWIDE with code FAMANDFRIENDS VALID 7/27- 7/30

3 Minimalist Ideas for Lightly Accessorizing Your Space


Image via Joseph Dirand

There’s no doubt you’re already familiar with the expression, “less is more.” When it comes to 
modern interior design, this little three-word sentence is the foundation of the movement.


Image via Fantastic Frank

Take a look at your interior space. How does it make you feel? Your home should feel light, airy and organized. If it’s disheveled and needing constant reorganization, you might be living in a physically unstable environment. Too many knick knacks can turn your space from a peaceful dwelling to a place that reminds you of all corners you still need to tend to.


Image from the Cereal Abode

To maintain a minimalist lifestyle, here are three ideas to bring into your home and really make it your own.

How Do You Use the Space?
In an interview with Architectural Digest, the principal designer of Lüft Design, Courtney Trump, explains that “our homes and offices are not static environments. They should be unique and fluid, suiting our most basic and demanding physical and emotional needs.”
The way you use and feel in your interiors will tell you all you need to know about how to better design the space. If you have a pile of coffee table books that you haven’t leafed through in months, it’s time to put them away and clear your surfaces.


Image from Vincent Van Duysen

The Stand-Alone Accent Piece
Minimalist design is not boring design. People new to minimalism have the general misunderstanding that minimalism is to do and be without. Without distraction, yes. Without style, no. Houzz tells design enthusiasts that selecting a single, stand-alone accent piece will bring life and vitality to the space. Consider modern accent tables. Retailers like Lumens offer expertly designed and crafted furniture pieces that function as art and fixture. The Swole Table Collection designed by Blu Dot is just such an example of simplicity and art form.

Image via Norm Architects

The Minimalist’s Mantra: Less is More
Lastly, remove all items that you do not regularly use and that do not bring your life joy. Your home should be a welcome reprieve from the bustling world outside, not a collection of distraction and bad taste.
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Kvadrat’s new Ready Made Curtain is here to solve all your window covering woes

We all have windows and so if you’ve ever needed to cover them then you know well the process that can come with finding the the right fabric in the right size, and the right color. It’s not always as simple as you thought. Then there’s finding the right fixtures for hanging the curtains . Chances are you also have different sized windows throughout your space so each one might require a unique solution.

Or maybe you’ve never found this to be a struggle and have no idea what I’m talking about but from my own personal experience I have not come across an arrangement that has particularly streamlined the experience. Even if you’ve found curtains that you love with relative ease then you still need to locate something to hang them with which might be altogether unappealing or difficult to install. To confess, I usually make my husband deal with the installation part because I can’t be bothered with it all. The options available are usually less than thrilling and it becomes one of those obligatory but unattractive components of your home that serves a function but offers little more than that.

Bouroullec and Kvadrat Textiles have joined creative forces to solve some of the issues that can come along with window dressing and created the Ready Made Curtain. When I was initially introduced to this product my enthusiasm did not need any additional persuasion. A minimal and attractive anchor and tethered string that can fit various sized windows that can be customized in multiple colors including the string, the pegs and of course Kvadrat produced fabric?! Count me in!


Once you install the pegs the cord can be fed through the center support and then then tightened to prevent bowing in the middle. Before you attach the other end of the cord however, slide the white pegs on to later hang the fabric with. After that you only need to snap the fabric onto the pegs. One of the visual benefits of using this peg system rather than say, a pocketed top that slides over a metal rod, is that there is a continuous and uninterrupted line of fabric from bottom to top.

If you’re looking for new curtains, want to change the look of your windows, or are even looking for a clever space divider, this Ready Made Curtain is a thoughtfully designed solution that might make the process a whole lot simpler while also making it more attractive!

*This post was sponsored by my wonderful partner Kvadrat, all images and words are my own!

What’s really going on with all that white bedding?

If you’ve been following my blog for any real length of time then you know I like to change the look of my bedding. We’ve been through colors in black, greys, variations of taupe and white, both linen and cotton fabrics. At times I’ve swapped out pillow covers and throws in the winter time made of wool and knit, then in the summer time removing those extra layers. It’s simple to give the bedroom a big visual change in look and feel by temporarily replacing the duvet cover, sheets, pillow covers and blankets. Through the various seasonal changes a full white set of bedding has always been a staple for me – whether to mix in with other colors or to completely white out our bed. 

In some ways I think this is true for many of us, somewhere in the rotation we have a reliable white cotton bedsheets that we continually come back to. We love the look of it in photos and on Instagram, bright and ethereal billowing blankets and cushions of white. Upon closer inspection, however, and without the magic of photo editing we probably all know one truth, white bedding shows everything! The drawback of such light textiles is that every smudge, every smear, every time we accidentally slept with make up on is going to show up on your sheets. Since I have two young kids, a cat and a husband, there are definitely spots on our bedding that you typically won’t see me sharing online.  

Here – what I’m sharing with you are some spots made by my youngest who was coloring with her markers. Both of the kids know better than to write on anything besides paper or coloring books because thankfully we’re now past that artist wall-drawing toddler stage. However with two markers in her hand, Elin leaned on the bed and that’s all it took. This is not the worst of the stains I’ve seen at our house, in fact just earlier this week our oldest was sick and vomited several times over the course of two nights. Let’s just say our washing machine has had quite the work load recently. 

Though white may show stains easier than colors or patterns I’ve always kept it as a staple in the house because even some of the toughest stains can come out with a bit of detergent and bleach. I’ve mercilessly bleached out all sorts of things from our white cotton towels and sheets that I wouldn’t try with colored or printed bedding.

Thanks to my partners Clorox and Cotton incorporated who encouraged me to share this Reality Check and talk about what’s really going on with our white bedding. Despite the reality and mess of life along with the inevitable stains and spots that we will no doubt see again, with a bit of work and plenty of bleach, white bedding will continue to be a staple basic in our house for years to come. In case you didn’t know, by choosing non-synthetic fibers, and soft durable fabrics such as cotton, I have a sensible choice to fight odors, remove my kids stains and ideal breathable fabric for warm weather. Also, by adding a bacteria-killing agent like Clorox®-Regular-Bleach to your laundry can help sanitize smelly, stain filled clothing, I am able to kill 99.9% of bacteria, which causes odor.

Despite the reality and mess of life along with the inevitable stains and spots that we will no doubt see again, with a bit of work and plenty of bleach, white cotton bedding will continue to be a staple basic in our house for years to come.
Also, check out this fun video they made to illustrate the benefits of bleach for your cotton whites.

*Do you need a reality check? To extend the challenge to you, we have a giveaway for a Clorox + Cotton Incorporated prize pack, including bleach products and a gift certificate to a cotton-friendly retailer. Just share a perfectly curated photo of your favorite white, cotton bedsheets on Instagram using the #CloroxCottonCombo, make sure to tag me @amerrymishap for a chance to win!

* This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Clorox. The text and photos are all mine.

Rethinking light switches and outlets covers

Light switches, dimmers and outlets are those parts of a home easily overlooked yet relied on everyday. How many times during the day do you plug in an item or flip a switch without giving much (if any at all) consideration to the covers themselves? Ad…

A new place to relax in the bedroom, Neva chair

Our bedroom now has a nice, comfortable place to sit. I’d like to call it my reading corner but we all know it’s really just my laptop/blogging corner. This Neva chair from Sixpenny is filled with down and covered in a natural linen, finished with fre…

Visiting Europe by way of Reykjavik


Unbelievably to me, our trip to Scandinavia was almost four years ago. How many life events that have happened in that short span of time is quite astonishing. Since that trip I unfortunately, lost my father quite suddenly, 7 months later we welcomed another child into our family with the birth of our daughter Elin and then watched her and her brother grow up so much. In the span of four years, there have been countless meals prepared and eaten, clothes and toys that have been worn out or outgrown, rooms in our home have been repurposed and rearranged over and over again, four years of daily activities have been lived out. And yet, the memories that still sit right on the surface of my mind are the ones made during travel.

Four years ago I cannot recall my favorite snack, my favorite song or pair of shoes. Without looking through my blog for photo evidence I could not tell you exactly how the house was arranged or which shows my kids loved to watch the most. Maybe your memory serves you better than mine but a lot of the small details of everyday life have now become a bit fuzzy in my memory.

I can however, still tell you about the small coffee shop my husband and I found in the basement location along a quiet street in downtown Copenhagen. I can tell you about the shops that offered heaps of flowers and young bulb plants on their store sidewalk, even during a very cold first week of April. The sight of Swedish pastries or Danish smørrebrød that sat behind a glass partition at the counter of neighborhood cafes still feel like a recent memory.



Also easily retrieved from my memory is how we planned for our getaway. We live in the Northwest of the United States so we searched for weeks to find the best route with the fewest connections, most competitive prices and largest plane. If you’re going to be on a non-stop flight for more than 7 hours, space becomes a premium issue. Ultimately we chose to fly to Seattle and take Icelandair who flew directly from SEA to RKV, as in Reykjavik, Iceland. From RKV we went right to Stockholm where we planned to spend the first two days. I was really glad not to have a lot of connecting flights all over US airports, the direct flight was really what convinced me most and I believe it was only 7.5 hrs once we left Seattle until the time we flew over the foggy shores of Iceland.


In addition allow me to say the Icelandair plane was incredibly cozy and peaceful. I’ve been in my fair share of cramped and uncomfortable flights and it was such a relief to step on the plane and see this was not going to be one of them. I faintly remember music playing and pillows on every seat, but some of the details are a little lost in my mind because I soon fell asleep. My husband and closest friends will attest that I never fall asleep on planes, just can’t do it no matter how tired I am. Yet on this flight I dozed off easily making the flight duration seem much shorter. Soon we were arriving at RKV which was so nice (the airport was really clean and orderly!) and I remember grabbing skyr and some smoked fish for the next flight. Just a friendly tip, smoked fish is not a good in-flight snack as it tends to be quite fragrant, a quality I unfortunately miscalculated at the time. Moving past the fishy smell it was only another 2.5 hrs before our feet were on Swedish soil. One of the reasons we chose Icelandair was because it’s a wonderful hub for traveling anywhere in Europe. From here we could have visited London or Paris or flown directly to Copenhagen. The other nice is flying from Iceland to many western European cities is just a couple of hours.



The first two days in Stockholm went by in a blur, recovering from jet lag after all. Soon though we made our way to Copenhagen where we spent most of the week before finishing the weekend back in Stockholm again. I shared a few photos taken in Stockholm after we came home from our trip already on the blog but I never shared any from Denmark, (however I did post some different versions to Instagram). Here are some that I managed to dig out of the archives of the cityscape, indoor market, HAY house, a frozen harbor and of course the ubiquitous bikes that seemingly everyone uses in Copenhagen regardless of the season or weather.



Unsure of when we will next travel to Europe, it is something of a goal to visit Iceland as well, not only as a port for flying through, but a place to stay and explore as well. This time we will be traveling with both kids which often means taking our time and enjoying the journey and not just the destination. I’d love to stay in Reykjavik for a few days, visiting lagoons, climbing hills and taking in Icelandic scenery before continuing our journey. After great experiences flying Icelandair to and from Europe, we will certainly be using them again to make new memories visiting countries and cities by way of Reykjavik.

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My bedroom redo / darker floors revealed


The best renovation projects for me are the ones that yield quick results. Tasked with painting a room or removing then replacing floors can feel daunting to approach but gratefully this renovation in our bedroom was fast and painless. Within one day’s time we went from bright and white to dark and handsome with rich brown Dominion Steele Chestnut laminate floors by Quick•Step.


Last week I shared our plan with the new floors, inspiration and thoughts about how meaningful and impactful flooring can be, today I share finished images with detailed images of the new flooring from Quick•Step. We’re very pleased with the outcome and the way it’s changed the whole feeling and look in our bedroom. Want to see even more images including “before & after”? Head over to Quick•Step Style where you can see even more photos of the new finished room. As part of the RoomUP Blogger Challenge you can also check out other blogger makeovers using different finishes and flooring colors.


Don’t forget to enter the RoomUP Sweepstakes where you can win new flooring for yourself!


Get more inspiration from Quick•Step on Facebook and Pinterest. You can also download their Style My Floor app to see how their floors would look in your home.

My bedroom redo / going darker

Several years ago, before we purchased this house, we convinced the landlord to let us put new floors in. Looking back it was sort of a bold move but I was desperate to get away from carpet. Our son was sensitive to dust and no amount of vacuuming ever made it look very nice. At first the answer was no but after a few months of persistence he agreed. We chose a very inexpensive white washed floor, assuming in a couple short years we would be living somewhere else so this wasn’t supposed to be an investment project. Fast forward almost 4 years and we are still in the same home, with the low budget floors we thought would only need to last us a year or two. While the floor we installed has done so much for reflecting light and making the space feel clean, if I could redo it I would go for a higher quality and a bit darker color.

When Quick•Step approached me about trying out their laminate wood flooring as part of their RoomUP Blogger Challenge, I enthusiastically said yes! While it would be fun to redo every room we were not about to embark on a project of that size. Our bedroom seemed like the ideal place to give new floors a try. A space that I sometimes use for work and a personal space for my husband and I to read and relax when the kids are asleep, the bedroom needs to be a space that is distinct from the rest of the house.

Choosing the right color was quite easy and after reviewing several samples I chose Quick•Step’s Dominion Steele Chestnut flooring after observing it in different lighting and against some of our stuff. I knew in my mind that I wanted to find something not only darker than our white wash but in a greyed out brown. Considering our bedroom’s natural light along with bedding, lighting and furniture, I wanted to choose something that would work well with what we already had as well as a few things we had on our wishlist. You can see from the moodboard some new pieces were blended with existing pieces in natural tones that would complement the new chestnut floors.

Rather than a very warm or orange brown I was quickly drawn to browns with a faded, almost ash hue. Quick•Step has a large range of finishes and species, different thicknesses and surfaces so you’re certainly not limited by lack of options.  

You can read in more detail about my process and here on Quick•Step Style and enter to win free Quick•Step flooring for yourself in the RoomUP Sweepstakes. Who doesn’t want FREE flooring?! Come on.  

Get more inspiration from Quick•Step on Facebook and Pinterest. You can also download their Style My Floor app to see how their floors would look in your home.

Flooring ideas from bamboo to pastellone

Old parquet flooring on one side, pastel long flooring on the other.We are planning a small flooring change at home this month, a fun collaborative project that will change the look of our bedroom and I’m excited to see how it turns out. Our pale, whit…

building a bathroom, start with the shower

Christmas is over, and I’m thinking already about the new year and a clean slate. Every year I go through this same cycle with Christmas bringing excess in decorations, in coziness, in food and traditions but immediately once it’s over I want to purge …

Tria Hair Removal Laser 4x Review

Tria Hair Removal Laser 4xI had the chance to try out the Hair Removal Laser 4x from Tria Beauty, so read on for my honest opinions on this laser hair remover.  For transparency purposes, this item was sponsored. First off, I would have …

giveaway!

Hi everyone! This week has been slow start but I’m breaking away from talking about interiors for a moment because I have a fun giveaway for a $100 giftcard with Famous Footwear, which you can enter on Instagram by following me and @famousfootwear. Also because who doesn’t love/need shoes, right?

Giveaway lasts for 24 hours so go comment and good luck. :)

Socks are from COS and culottes from Zara.

Thank you to Famous Footwear for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

currently play with magnetic tiles

The kids have been playing with these magna-tiles all week. As someone who tries hard to adhere to a minimalist philosophy in all parts of life, even if at times I fail, my kids do not have an insane amount of toys like I see some friends or relatives …

currently playing with shape mags

The kids have been playing with these magnetic tiles all week. As someone who tries hard to adhere to a minimalist philosophy in all parts of life, even if at times I fail, my kids do not have an insane amount of toys like I see some friends or relativ…

Studio Esinam giveaway!

The wonderful Gothenburg based Studio Esinam is giving away a copy of their New York elevations to an AMM reader! Leave a comment about where in your home the New York Elevations will go by either leaving a comment below or on the Instagram post.Giveaw…

thebouqsco

 Details: The Bouqs Poetic Bouquet | Mixxmix Trench | Camelia Roma Bucket Bag Lovely morning thanks to the Bouqs’s sustainably grown bouquet. For the 20% off, use code: “visa20” or use this direct link: bit.ly/bouqs_visa20The Bouqs offers:  F…

customizing a Summer picnic

It’s the perfect season for eating outside, with the long Summer days and warm evenings creating the ideal climate for taking your meals outdoors. On our small patio is a cozy place to grill and eat with the kids but it doesn’t allow us to really spread out so when Shutterfly approached me to give my take on an outdoor meal I knew I wanted to be near water!

Do you remember when I talked about brainstorming ideas for an upcoming project? This is the article I was referring to. Shutterfly allows you to customize textiles, glassware and even plates to create something truly unique, allowing you to achieve whatever look you’re going for. Here are some of the things I used to create this laid back meal with a view.

Of course you’re going to want to be comfortable during a picnic so make your own cushions to lounge on and don’t worry too much about getting them dusty, everything is washable. The blanket has an oversized poppy drawing on it, courtesy of my husband’s skilled hand (above, left). Using the same drawing I also created a lighter version for a set of dinner plates. Staying with the organic/plant idea, the cushions are printed with a photo I took, a shadow of a fern plant in my yard.

Picnics are fun but can also be a lot of work. You need to carry everything needed to eat and relax comfortably, even though I forgot silverware this time (oops!) it’s important to have some solid you carry heavy things in but that also creates a flat surface on the cushiony grass or sandy ground. A wooden crate carried food, candles, lemonade and plates but also created a solid place to keep drink or other items form tipping over. In case you’re wondering I brought some fresh foods like zucchini noodles, jicama slices, fresh pears, parrano and a baby boule.

If you go out in the evening some candles are also a nice idea, or if you’re bringing friends this would also make a nice gift. I went out in the afternoon so we didn’t need to light them however, choosing the grapefruit scent I can tell you it smells so good, burning it inside makes my house smell fresh and slightly of citrus.

You can also customize stemless wines glasses with Shutterfly, I could’t quite get a good close up of the writing but just know they were hilariously ironic.
Or just a simple monogram would also do the trick!

Some additional and slightly obvious tips would be to remember utensils (unlike me) including knives and/or a cheese slicer with a wooden board for cutting, bring a good book along with a wide brimmed hat and probably sunscreen, especially if you have time to spare and want to take a short nap. You can also listen to music but in my case, the sound of water was much more preferable!

This post is sponsored by Shutterfly. Awaken your space with your vision. Shop Shutterfly Home Décor for personalized home accents that are uniquely you.

dressing for Summer in cotton

Dressing for hot weather has never been my strong suit, I’m more of a Fall/Autumn kind of person because I can layer, and I love to layer. Where we live Summers get quite hot so at the peak of heat everyone around me seems to be in tiny tanks and short…

an instant corner

If I had only 10 minutes to furnish a corner of a living room, this is what I’d choose. Maybe that’s because I literally put it together in 10 minutes while Elin built a tower of blocks behind me and I knew I had to seize the moment before it was gone….

outdoor small space gathering




Even though we live in a house, our patio space is not any larger than an apartment balcony. I’ve always struggled a bit with making what space we have cozy and inviting for the family or for when we have friends visiting.
I’m partnering with Target to share how I updated our outdoor area to create a casual place with different seating options and feel much more inviting. I suppose I could have shown you a ‘before’ but just believe me when I say it was boring.

Marimekko has this new line exclusively for Target which includes quite a few outdoor items and I really liked these big poufs. I don’t usually have a lot of pattern but thought this would be a fun way to show how a little pattern can go a long way.
I also added a taller woven stool to give another option beyond the poufs, there is always someone who would rather have a firm place to sit so it’s not a bad idea to have a variety of seating.
Also, because we are very near to our neighbors and the street behind can see right into our patio I made a DIY divider with some painted wood boards and hinges. This is also a nice backdrop for plants. I found several cement pots that I really like, it’s such a nice and simple contrast to green. A nice outdoor space has to have plenty of green, for me, which means lots of containers to plant. I think this is also a great filler and way to add height and texture.
A large woven tray in a natural material for is functional for snacks, reading material drinks and is essential especially if you don’t want to be running in and out of the house several times.

This post is brought to you by TargetStyleShop the new Home collection in stores and online.

entertaining with a global influence







As you well know by now I am very partial to Scandinavian design and aesthetics but from time to time I also pull inspiration from other parts of the globe, which I think we all do whether we realize it or not.
With Spring now in full force we are thinking more of warm weather, Spring foods and longer days where we can invite friends over and enjoy a sun lit dinner together.
I wanted to share my own take on a light Spring meal that has a slight Mediterranean influence. For this I am collaborating with Target using items I found in store to create something warm with an international essence. Rather than go for cliche Mediterranean objects in bright blue and sea glass I chose an acacia wood tray and small painted, clay bowls to fill with feta, olives, roasted tomatoes and almonds. And pita bread in a serving bowl too, of course.
The plates are a dark grey with a subtle green hue, something I echoed in the recycled glass vase. I used some of my own vintage silverware but paired these glass tumblers for sparkling water that have small indentations at the bottom making them very comfortable to hold. A bottle of olive oil adds varying height and functions as a serving piece as well.
I used a bit more of that green in the placemats that I used instead as napkins because the back is unlined and very flexible making it and easy to fold. This adds just a bit of pattern to the solid, natural colored table cloth.

A few of my own tips for adding some globally influenced pieces to your own entertaining are:

/ I suggest trying keeping the colors similar and tonal if you want to create a similar look.

/ Choose a region you want to represent and do a bit of quick research. For example, a lot of the African influenced things have bolder colors, high contrasting black and white with deeply saturated yellows and reds. A Moroccan style would likely have more metals materials and patterns, for example.

/ Start with pieces you already have that might be neutral enough to adapt and then build out from there. Look for tabletops accessories that look a bit more ethnic in vases, cups, pottery and textiles.

/ Don’t overdo it and don’t be cliche. You don’t have to make everything literal, it can just have an influence or an essence but doesn’t need to completely overtake your tabletop. You’ll have to use these items again so go for something you know can also work for other gatherings.

/ Experiment in store with different looks by creating small versions in your cart. Grab 1 plate, 1 set of napkins, 1 vase, and 1 accessory and see how they look together. Is there any material or color that brings them together? Are they all too similar with not enough balance in color and texture? Take them back and try a different combo until you find one that speaks to you.

/ The food can be simple! I used some pita bread with oil and a few toppings to make a savory snack. It doesn’t always have to be elaborate, especially if you are trying out a brand-new-to-you cuisine. It might be wise to start with smaller portions for everyone.

This post is brought to you by TargetStyleShop the new Home collection in stores and online.

spring bloomers


Both of the kids are quite ready for Spring weather to arrive. They’ve been restless inside so we’ve been spending most of our free time in the yard, chasing balls and drawing with chalk even though there’s still a little chill in the air. The changes in season also signals mom browsing online for sandals and tee shirts in lighter colors because soon their Winter clothes just will not do.

For Elin however we are so fortunate to have received some Spring knits from one of our most favorite brands Misha & Puff. There are few things sweeter or nicer looking that finely knitted kids clothes and M&P has released with these irresistible knits in cream and sand colors, you can see just a peek of the creamy colored bloomers in the bottom photo. Elin’s dress though is something she will get loads of wear from under jackets, over pants or all alone.

Bring on Spring.

at{mine}

Some of you may have already heard of at{mine} but I’m a little late I suppose, nothing new for me. If you haven’t though, it’s a great place to network and share your own interior projects and images with a network of others. This online community le…

ERNIT

A new product that is currently being funded in Kickstarter which you may have seen on my Instagram this morning as well, called ERNIT, is an app and piggy bank for kids to teach healthy financial habits like setting goals and managing allowance. Creat…

Fashionmia Wishlist

Leather Jacket | Jeans | Cadigan | Bomber Jacket | Crew Neck | Trench CoatShop:  http://www.fashionmia.com/

right now

Right now Elin is asleep, Israel is building with toys and our kitten George sleeps next to him. I’m trying to tick off my list, answer some emails, plan for this weekend as I have a styling job for a furniture company due next week. It always feels a …

green for Fall


Images from the new wallpaper collection by Boråstapeter have these wonderful jade greens, which I’m really into for Fall. I think the rosy wood, wicker and leather materials are such a nice compliment to this green hue.

I don’t often think of wallpapering in my own home but I’ve always wanted to have additional space in my home to experiment with different treatments like this or paint colors. Even to have an extra room with unusual furniture pieces that I might not feel comfortable in my main living space but in a place where I can feel free to try and fail and branch out into different styles, well it’s kind of been a fantasy of mine. Maybe it’s time to consider finding my own studio but with the kids at home with me I doubt that would work, right now.

For now I’ll have to admire from afar because I’m not quite brave enough to make bold color additions but then again I did just paint Elin’s room pink so, never say never.

Images found with credit to Maria Soxbo from Husligheter.

letting in the light

So many of us are taking more photos of our homes, even those who may not have had an interest in interiors before the rise of Instagram and apps like Snapchat are now sharing more of their lives and homes on social media. What you may have noticed by …

the sleep shirt

Over the past few years I’ve grown a fondness for linen. Maybe you’ve noticed here and there on the blog I post photos of my linen bedding or throw pillows or the material shows up in a ‘wishlist’ item as well. I didn’t always love the wrinkly, texture…

styling a bookself

When I was younger my mom would often come home to me rearranging her furniture. I had very different ideas than my mom of what looked good or was appropriate in the house, even at a young age. In spite of her patience and her not-wanting-to-crush-my-creations attitude, my constant movement of household items got on her nerves. In retrospect, I get that! Thankfully though, I think all that practice did something to nurture a love for curating from an early age.
Now that I have my own house I don’t have to worry about bothering my mom’s things but let’s be honest, it’s a lot of work to redecorate regularly. In spite of the extra work to take trinkets out of storage while tripping over toys or dusting shelves with one hand because the other is holding a baby on my hip, it feels so good to give pieces new life and freshen up an arrangement.
I’ve collaborated with Target Style to show you how I take some of their newest home collection pieces and style my favorite bookshelf to give it a fresher update. It’s amazing how curating open shelves can make a space feel brand new and it doesn’t take much, Target makes it soooo easy!

find your inspiration

One thing you can do, if you have the time, is make a collage or moodboard. Rip photos from magazines, even some of those much older issues or copy pages out of a photography book. You can print images from the web (for collage purposes only) or do what I did, throw some images I liked together on a couple printer pages in Photoshop, just enough to stand back and see what works together/doesn’t and get a general idea of the look I’m going for.

My mood for this was something beachy and fresh with green, blue, natural and white, greys.

gather

Search around/shop for pieces that compliment your mood. Mix high/low and new/old to get something with more depth.

I used fresh green accents, with Spring now here it’s a must. The newest collection from Target has a lot of nautical pieces which is great because I love these brain corals and porcelain urchins with porous white, sculptural textures they add. A hint of blue from a small dipping bowl that holds a cactus, some soft natural colors from cork, jute and rope. Glass is an other element that offsets these more organic surfaces, both for holding small fern stems but also this grey vase which has a subtle beach feel. Also, because this wall is adjacent to my kitchen I included stacks of plates and bowls, even towels. I used a basket to hold a spray bottle and a brush for cleaning.


arrange

This, of course, is the fun part. Since the newness of plant life and Spring are relevant and ocean elements were an influence, I wanted the finished shelves to be airy so I purposely left pockets of blank space. Don’t feel obligated to completely pack your shelves with lots and lots of stuff. You can put everything on there from your gathering but then step back and edit yourself. Make sure to remove something(s) because a few well chosen pieces are a bolder look than too many competing pieces, things can get lost.

Another piece of advice I’d offer is to add some practicality or function to your arrangement. Of course we’re going for something aesthetically nice but why can’t is serve to be useful as well? In my case I have magazines but also one of my favorite cookbooks, nearby enough to search for a quick recipe. Be mindful of the location of your bookshelf and how you use that general area, so something near a living room could hold extra throws and pillows, a shelf in the bedroom could hold extra bags and shoes, dishes for small jewelry…you get the idea.

This post is brought to you by Target Style. Shop the new Home collection in stores and online.

purifier

A few weeks ago both of the kids were sick and it was a bit rough trying to keep them comfortable and happy at the same time. I do my usual things like put humidifiers in their rooms and give them baths with essentials oils but this time I also used an…

casper mattress

We got a new mattress yesterday, courtesy of Casper. They recently contacted me about trying out one of their mattresses and I was immediately impressed by their simple and modern look. The Casper is made of latex and memory foam in a thick but firm de…

daniel wellington + a special discount

Some up close photos I took of my DW watch, silver trim and leather band which I chose from the men’s section because I like large watch faces. It feels great to wear and from someone who doesn’t usually wear watches or jewelry on my wrists, that means…

lily stan

Lily Harris designs and makes these beautifully simple garments, oversized tees and this slip dress which is going to be my favorite under-sweaters piece from now on. She has a new collection coming soon but for now check out the bright and simple phot…

new look

Ikea is one of those things/places that is very internationally known. Most countries have one or some locations and it’s not hard to spot their pieces on tv sets or in apartments around the world. It’s almost a common thread for most of us. Sometimes …

quick bedroom makeover

Almost two weeks into January and our whole family has spent the entire new year sick. No one has been able to escape these flu like symptoms and it’s been quite exhausting, not at all the start to 2015 that we expected. What else are families for if not to share things? If your first week of the new year has seemed to come and go as unaccomplished as mine then I’ve got an easy way to help you redeem yourself.Amongst the goals I’ve had for this year, getting the house together, room by room has always been a long standing goal. I’ve collaborated with Target to share with you an easy way to give your bedroom space a little makeover that will really only take a few minutes and a few simple items.’Before’ is the bedroom in it’s most basic form with just a side table, white cover and small rug. Swap the bedding for a charcoal linen duvet with dark grey sheets and the grey on grey looks really makes these deep blue velvet pillows pop a bit. I also used some quilted shams and a knit throw for added texture. A grey wool lamp shade a top a wooden lamp whose shape balances out the cube side table and stacks of magazines. A patterned rug feels vintage and brings the black and white from the shams together without being too busy. I found this great round vase because I love fresh stems and a small fiddle leaf fig in a woven basket add a slight rustic edge. If you want to use patterns & multiple textures I suggest you repeat colors. It won’t feel match but it will keep everything looking related and purposeful. It doesn’t take much, just a few key pieces with varying texture like wool, linen, glass or velvet creates a cozy a finished looking bedroom makeover. This post is sponsored by Target. Shop Home Décor for modern luxury made easy.

small space Christmas

Christmas is coming, you may have heard, and it’s coming quickly! Somehow every year I find myself surprised at how little time there is to prepare to Christmas. Why? Why does it have to be a big stressful event I constantly feel unprepared for? I’m here to tell you (and me) that it doesn’t need to be. You can do a few simple things to make your environment feel festive without feeling like you have to go all out or spend a lot of time doing so. I’ve collaborated with Target to share a small space sort of Christmas setting. Firstly, I love these table top trees. Some might buy one of these in addition to a large tree but if you have a small house or apartment it works just as well for your main tree. One of the great things is you can stick it in a nice vase or large pot and elevate it on a table, step stool/ladder or on a fireplace like I did. Giving a little height makes your tree seem larger and gives plenty of room for gifts underneath.I made a small collage from magazine clippings of wintry images and draped a twine garland to give it a casual look. A hammered bowl (or in gold if you prefer) holds cinnamon scented pine cones and pillar candle holders in a silvery finish with sphere shaped candles can work just as well beyond the holidays. I also really like this wooden star, it adds some softness to the silver, white and green. I also found some chalkboard paper in the holiday entertaining section that I used to wrap gifts. A cozy fur throw can also be used as a rug, a warm place to wrap gifts or soft place to sit by the fire.I love Christmas decor that is subtle, it still works well with your existing space but offers just enough change to get you in that holiday mood! This post is sponsored by Target. Shop Home Décor for modern luxury made easy.

sunday suppers

A little while ago I hosted a small gathering with friends (you may have seen on Instagram) in collaboration with Sunday Suppers and the release of Karen’s new book! It’s a lovely book with several thoughtful meals in 3 and 4 courses.I wasn’t able to g…

kanelbullar recipe

The holidays are already fast approaching. Somehow November is almost half gone (or half “full” if you prefer) which means here in the states Thanksgiving in right around the corner. In our home the day after Thanksgiving is game time for Christmas everything! In fact my husband refuses to even look at eggnog until the end of Thanksgiving-even though the stores have been selling it now for over a month.

With that in mind I’m sharing one of my favorite Christmas recipes, you know…to bake after November 27th.

When we were in Stockholm we ate cinnamon buns every chance we got. Since then we’ve incorporated these into Christmas baking and everyone is a fan.
To make this a bit more festive I’ve collaborated with Target to bring you my favorite Kanelbullar recipe, served on their brass hammered tray. Stack some faceted dessert sized mercury plates, these votive holders (which can be found in store) to hold coconut topping for chokladbollar and gold flatware – you’ve got yourself a delicious holiday Fika/coffee break.

In case you’ve never made Swedish cinnamon buns, below is the recipe to try yourself. The batch makes quite a few buns and is completely worth the prep time!


This post is sponsored by Target. Shop Home Décor for modern luxury made easy.

sporty

I’ve learned this about myself, sometimes I have major brand loyalty. Possibly it’s that I’m getting older/wiser and just want to make life simpler so I stick to what I know well. Maybe I’ve just found some brands to work best for me. Nike is one of th…

emerald swoon

Swoon has just released new colored cabinets in shades of emerald and what they call “September Lingonberries” along with these gold and copper taps, which together is just, wow!Seeing this gives me a serious bug to renovate our current bathroom, thoug…

a silver diamond / Prospect Goods

I’ve kept Elin’s crib area pretty plain since we moved into the new place but it definitely needed something to make it feel well, special. Her bedding is a grey cover from Oeuf with a small heart pillow from Numero 74, a pink/taupe one from Muuto and …

a cozy reading nook

I’m happy to share with you another project I finished in collaboration with Target, all about getting your home ready for Fall with a modern farmhouse look.
I really wanted to keep the colors in monochrome neutrals like warm taupes, grey, ivory and brass metallic accents. Stacks of books keep it feeling organic and less rigid than housed in a bookcase and also add texture. The stacks also allow for a reading lamp, candle holder and smaller accessories.

This warm round table has a slight worn look and definitely feels like Fall to me. A pale wooden apple figure, gold edged vase, a large moss knit blanket and rope basket to hold loose papers or notes, create a highly textured space that feels easy and inviting.

This post is sponsored by Target. Shop Home Décor for modern luxury made easy.

the kids, instantly framed

Last week I was introduced to a great company called Instantly Framed whose app and store make it super convenient to print and frame Instagram photos. I’m really impressed by the idea and the whole process was incredibly easy and quick, truly from beg…

my toolbox

The lovely people at Pink Apple Designs sent this Vitra toolbox my way to use however I’d like. The hard part was choosing just 1 place to use this because it’s so versatile, I could use it in a hundred different ways. For now though it’s bedside, hold…

bedroom details

Since our move a couple weeks I haven’t had a chance to really do anything exciting with our new bedroom. Getting the living room and my son’s room organized have been a priority, however this week I’m thinking of what our room needs most and where to …