The Proposal

So today I am going to get a little personal on the blog. About 3 weeks ago something amazing happened, I got engaged! I won’t be sharing anything crafty or yummy in this post I just thought for all the people who want to know how it happened and even for myself I want to have a place where I can come back and read about the proposal. I also love the idea that I can refer people here when they ask, “How’d he do it?”  Not that I don’t love telling the story over and over!

To begin, let’s back track on our love story. You might want to grab a drink, this is going to be a long post!

I met Frank about 10 years ago when I worked at Starbucks. He came in as a customer. He worked at the bank 2 stores down so he was a frequent shopper.  I remember the first time I saw him my best friend Angelica was all, “Hey, check that guy out.” My first reaction to him was, “What’s with the pork chop side burns?” We quickly became very friendly, I would go over to the bank whenever I had a break and hang out with all the people that worked there. I remember immediately feeling a connection with him. It wasn’t anything I could really describe I just felt incredibly comfortable around him and could talk to him about anything. He was pretty much to me the perfect guy. One problem though, he was in a relationship. And not a “Oh we’ve been dating for a little while,” but a long term, “We’re buying a house together,” kinda relationship. I mean really? Just my luck right? I would be the one to find the right guy at the most wrong time! I remember wanting to ask him countless times if he was sure he was making the right decision but it was not my place.  We had talked about the movie Serendipity once, a movie about 2 people who meet and are in relationships and 10 years later find each other once again (how ironic!) and in a Serendipitous move, on my last day at Starbucks, as a gesture I handed him a cashmere glove. (If you’ve never seen the movie you can watch the scene here) I told him that I would have the other glove if things were to ever change. I remember like it was yesterday feeling completely defeated that day. Like how can this guy who is so right be so wrong.  It wasn’t fair. But I also had this sense that somehow in some form he would remain in my life because there was just something about him that I was drawn to.  The best way to describe it was that to me he felt like family. 

We would exchange emails every now and then after I left but then life went on although he was always in the back of my mind. 

Fast forward 10 years. I ran into him in Target and just like those friends where you can pick up right where you left off that’s what it was like. We started yapping away and he told me that things with his then girlfriend weren’t really working out.  I left knowing that I was not going to let this man get away from me! Some time had passed and then I reached out to him. Sure enough, his relationship was ending. We began spending a lot of time together and then made it official and it was right. I felt like I was finally home. 

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As a couple who want to share their lives together you talk about one day getting married. We certainly had that conversation. We even discussed engagement rings and certain styles that were appealing. To say that being proposed to was a complete shock is a lie. I knew it would happen I just didn’t know when. Back in March we had looked at some pictures of rings and he began to ask me a lot of questions about bands and cuts.  I was under the impression that a ring was being purchased. He had told me that he wanted to design the ring himself, he wanted it to be one of a kind. Months passed. Nothing.
I had totally convinced myself that it would happen before the end of the school year but that time had come and gone. For awhile I was ok with it. It’ll happen when it happens. Then on Thursday June 25th I reached my breaking point. I called Ang (Angelica) and was all…you have to call him! You have to find out whats going on, why is this taking so long? What is he waiting for!? I was an emotional wreck. I don’t know why I just felt like something needed to happen already and the last thing I would ever do was say something to him in case there was some plan. I didn’t want to wreck it.

Thursday, June 25, 2015
I was suppose to go to Saratoga that weekend but I ended up staying behind because we had a graduation party to go to on Sunday.  Since I was no longer going to Saratoga I realized that I could attend a birthday party for my friends daughter. So I sent Frank a text…

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What?! Brunch. We’ve never done brunch. I was skeptical. He then called me and proceeded to tell me that he made reservations for 10:30am on Sunday because one of the guys he works with said they have a great brunch menu. A million questions ran through my head. Brunch? He made reservations? He’s never just made reservations without talking to me first. It’s happening!! Then he said, “I can cancel the reservations if you want to go to the party?” Hmph…who would just offer to cancel reservations especially if they had let’s say a proposal planned? My excitement dwindled down. Then, to make matters worse, he came home and said, “So I’m totally rethinking this whole brunch thing. Apparently it’s a really nice place and you have to get dressed up and I don’t want to have to get dressed up to go to brunch.” At this point, I knew he didn’t have anything planned. Here’s the text I had sent to Ang after telling her about the whole brunch story.

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Friday June 26, 2015
It was a pretty relaxing day. We did a few things around the house, ran some errands and had plans to go to the mall since I had a few things I needed to return. The trip to the mall seemed to slowly slip by since we were being super lazy and before we knew it it was dinner time and we were starving. We went back and fourth on where to go to eat but decided to stay local and went to Peppinos in town. During dinner he had reminded me that the next day would be one year since our first date (We had been together for months before we actually had an official first date.) I mean c’mon, it’s just screaming to be the perfect weekend to get engaged! After dinner he wanted to go for a walk through town.  I’m not going to lie, I got some butterflies at this point. We started walking and he said let’s go sit on those benches.  We sat down aaaannnd nothing. We just sat there. I grabbed my phone and text Ang. (Please excuse the explicit content, I was clearly not having it lol)

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So while I’m going back and fourth with Ang he’s sitting next to me posting this photo:

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Ang comments on the photo and little do I know but he then decides at this moment to send her a text.

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Looking back at it I don’t ever remember him being on the phone yet he carried on this whole conversation.  We finally walked to the car and drove to the next town. He decided he wanted to get a cup of coffee and since I was driving, told me to stop at Starbucks…you know the Starbucks were I worked years ago. Yup, the same Starbucks where we first met. I text Ang…
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When we got in the car he apparently sent this text to her:

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At this point we ended up at a bowling alley and having a fun night.  I gave up on the whole ring thing. I was pretty miserable and decided to just let it go and enjoy myself. We ended up having a really great time and then called it a night.

Saturday, June 27, 2015
I had a busy day on Saturday.  I was doing hair and makeup from 10am to about 4pm so I was gone all day.  Frank on the other hand was a busy bee.  He was running around town picking up trays of food which he kept in the fridge in our garage, which we just got so no shot of me looking in there. He also went to Party City and picked up balloons and did a dry run of his planned proposal.  When I got home he informed me that he made reservations at the restaurant where we had our first date for 7:30. Perfect, enough time to take a nap.  I remember hearing him come home and he looked in the living room where I was laying and he was on the phone with his mom.  I kept my eyes close to see if he would drop any hint, thinking I’m sleeping but it was a normal conversation.  I was so exhausted, I got up, got dressed,  and off to dinner we went.  I didn’t have any type of engagement idea on my mind.  To me it was just dinner, some drinks
and a few episodes of Ray Donovan at home and I was content with that.

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Sunday June 28, 2015
Our brunch reservation was for 10:30 so we got up pretty early to get ready.  It was drizzling outside a little when we left but nothing too bad. As we made our way to the restaurant we were driving through the town of Bedford. We drove past my favorite tree as well. I said hello to the tree like I always do because I’m a weirdo. I have a slight love for this tree. It’s called the Bedford Oak and it’s over 500 years old. It’s massive and so incredibly beautiful and I always talk about how much I love it and that when I get married I want to take pictures under that tree. Anyway, we got to the restaurant, sat,  and had some mimosas and ate a delicious meal. I didn’t think anything of the day.  For a second I let the idea pass my mind that maybe it would happen but he was as cool as a cucumber and I thought if it were happening he would seem so nervous but that wasn’t the case at all! I knew that at some point I was going to my friend’s daughters party and then later that day we had a graduation party.  Since we were so close to my friends house I figured we would just go straight there after brunch.  Frank had different plans, “We need to go home first, I have to change. I also really have to go to the bathroom.” Great.
What I didn’t know at this point was he had the ring on him. He had all intentions of leaving it in the car but when we pulled up it was valet and there was no way he would have left it so he put it in his pocket of his pretty slender fitting sear suckers and sat the whole time with it, in the box. Poor guy. I had no clue.

When we got up to leave he walked behind me and managed to keep a good distance. The restaurant is surrounded by a beautiful garden but the valet pulled up with our car. All hopes I had of an engagement in the garden went out the window. We were just heading home. I was on my phone posting a picture of our mimosas and sharing about what a fat weekend we had. Regardless that what I thought would happen didn’t, it was a great weekend and we ate really well.

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As we were driving by the Bedford golf course he said, “Wouldn’t it be cool to take a picture in front of the 18th hole?” I commented saying that first we’d have to jump the fence and sneak onto the property and then we”d have to find the 18th hole. A conversation of where the 18th hole could be found then began. Then he said, “We should take a picture in front of the oak tree.” UMMM YES PLEASE!! I was so excited when he said that. I have always wanted to take a picture in front of that tree! Do you think for a second I thought anything was up? Nope.  I love to take pictures and he knows this.  It’s not unusual for him to see something and say hey let’s take a picture with that. We once stopped when we saw a John Doe tractor in a huge field unattended to take a picture on it so this was not at all unexpected to me. I was so excited to take a picture in front of this glorious thing that I didn’t stop for even a second to think that something could be up. Just to give you an idea and so you don’t think I’m crazy here is what the tree looks like.  I mean c’mon, it’s stunning! (Not my photo)

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He pulled the car over and we got out. Now the trunk of this tree is like 30 feet wide so I suggested we go around the back of it so people from the street couldn’t see us.  He agreed. When we turned the corner of the tree I looked down and there, on the ground, was a box, about 5×7, leaning against the tree with my name on it and “Please Open Me.”

I will forever remember the feeling that rushed through me when I saw that box.  We weren’t there to take a picture. That box had my name on it. It was for me and he had put it there. I didn’t know what was in it or what exactly was going to happen but the feeling I had brought streams of tears to my eyes. He told me to open it so I grabbed it and proceeded to unwrap the brown paper with pink hearts. He took the paper and I held onto a white box with a lid, I lifted the lid and undid the tissue paper inside. What I found inside brought a flood of emotions. There, inside the box, there it was, the black cashmere glove I had given to him 10 years ago.  He told me how he had held onto the glove all these years because he always knew that he would give it back to me one day. He got down on his knee and asked me to marry him, to spend the rest of my life with him. I was in such shock of it all, tears falling. I still hadn’t answered him. Poor guy on his knee just waiting for me to say it, “YES! Of course I will marry you!” It was beyond perfect.

He told me he had another surprise. He turned towards the road and I figured someone was coming but I had no idea who it could be. And then my little brother pulled up in his car. I totally lost it. He asked him to be there. It was perfect. We took photos by the tree and then headed home. When we got back there were balloons hanging from the mailbox (the ones he picked up on Saturday and clearly hid from me) and as he pulled down the driveway I saw cars and started crying all over again. Both our families were inside awaiting our arrival. We found our moms at the door weeping with joy. There was so much love and happiness in that house at that moment. After toasting the occasion we brought out the food that Frank had hidden so well. Since we were so full from brunch, while everyone else ate, we sat and told the story of how it all happened. 

I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect proposal.

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Top 10 Instagrams

Inspiration can be found everywhere nowadays.  Magazines, TV Shows, Pinterest and more recently, Instagram. More and more I have been noticing how many times I screen shot an image from Instagram and upload it to one of my boards on Pinterest. While I love reading blogs and seeing the entire process of something through the text there is something to be said about beautiful images.  Photography has always been a love of mine and having a place to share my day to day images is so much fun as well. Along with posting my own I love perusing my feed and getting inspired, or laughing my ass off to some funny meme! I thought I would share my top 10 favorite Instagrams with you guys. Let me tell you, this was actually quite hard because I have a ton of favorites but these accounts are ones that I personally look forward to seeing on my feed!

Humans of New York
Brandon is the man behind the lens of Humans of New York. This account shows us a glimpse into the lives of strangers in New York. I always enjoy reading the short stories that accompany the picture.
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 The Fat Jewish
Umm, yeah. This guy cracks me up to no end. If you are someone who gets easily offended then you won’t want to follow him ha! 
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Feel Good Foodie
What I love about this account is that unlike other healthy food accounts, they not only post photos but they list the entire recipe below it!

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 Lyzabeth Lopez 
This chick is such an inspiration! Her body is sick and her workout videos give you amazing ideas for yourself at the gym! If your tired of the same old gym routine then I would definitely check her out! 
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Dress Your Face
Tamanna Roashan is not of this world! She’s the amazing woman behind the brand Dress Your Face.  An international celebrity hair and makeup artist, she blows my mind with every post.  Her Bollywood bridal look and cut crease eye is so perfect.  She has completely inspired me to continue to better my craft.
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Salon Couture
The ladies behind this NY based hair salon have got some serious talent! I love seeing all the beautiful dimensions of color and crazy skillful techniques while scrolling through my feed! I want to change my hair color everyday just following this account! If you’re looking to change your do I suggest following them for some great inspiration! 
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Sloteazzy
I follow a ton of nail art accounts but something about this girl has me so inspired.  She completely steps out of the box with her creations.  And her videos are so helpful and makes me think I could actually do it! 

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WhoWhatWear

This account is full of great outfit posts.  Not only does it inspire my wardrobe but it’s introduced me to some of my favorite fashion bloggers! 

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 Coastal Interiors
UGH! I love the images from this account. It makes me want to move to some remote island and decorate my ocean view home. The design is so airy and simplistic.
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The Interior Queen
So much beauty in one account! Having a serious love for interior design makes me want to quit my day job and follow this passion every time I see an image on my feed from the queen! There is so much texture and ideas in these photos. 
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Do you follow any of these accounts? What are some of your favorites? I’d love to follow along! 
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{Mani Monday} Halloween Nails

It’s the most terrifying time of the year!! Halloween is fast approaching and I can’t wait! As a teacher I love seeing the adorable and hilarious costumes the students come in with but of course I also love dressing up myself.  This year I decided to be a deer for the holiday.  I posted a picture on my Instagram of my makeup after I tried it out. Here’s another sneak peek ;)

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I still haven’t completely figured out the costume portion yet although I did DIY the ears and antlers using a headband.  Hopefully I can pull it all together the day of. Now for those who aren’t too big on getting dressed up there is always the alternative of giving yourself some fun Halloween nails! I am no stranger to nail art, in fact I almost find it impossible to paint my nails without adding some kind of flare to them! I’ve even started a hashtag on Instagram for all my nail creations, #M2SNails.  Here are a few of my favorites that I’ve done!

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 I also had some fun with some Halloween nails! 

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Now you should know that I was never ever good at doing my own nails..honestly I was terrible! I had polish all over the place and I had no patience to let my nails dry so they always ended up getting ruined! Now with that said I loved having my nails done so I always went to the salon until I was tired of spending the money.  Regular manicures were a waste since I use my hands so much so I always went with gel manicures which cost more.  I decided that like everything else if I put my mind to it I could do it.  Sure enough after practicing enough I started getting the hang of it. I got myself a gel manicure kit and a UV light and now I give myself my own manis! The one tool that I have found to be the most helpful when doing any type of nail art is my dotting tool.  I purchased it at Sally’s but you can easily find one on Amazon. In the first Halloween nail picture I used only the dotting tool and did all the images free hand. For the second set of nails I dipped a straw in red nail polish and then blew through it to get that splattered effect! I made sure to tape around my nails so the clean-up wasn’t so bad.

So I challenge you to give it a try and have some fun with your nails! I thought I would share some really fun Halloween inspiration nail looks! Unfortunately, the majority of these pictures just lead me to a site featuring them and not the direct link but I tried to include as many that were watermarked as I could…just click the photo to bring you to the original artist! 

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If you don’t think you’re brave enough to try on your own you can always show your manicurist and have them try! 

Do you think you’ll Halloween up your nails? 

Laundry Closet Makeover

Hi guys! As promised, I’m back today to share the laundry room makeover!  I’m a little obsessed over how the space turned out! The washer and dryer sit in a closet behind two bi-fold doors.  I knew immediately that this space needed some freshening up so I got right to it! The before shot is pretty grainy (iphone) but there are plenty in process ones.

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So as you can see there are pipes and wires that are exposed behind the machines and my immediate idea was to cover those.  There is also a shelf above the machines which I was hoping to paint but after taking a closer look they were pretty warped and gross so they needed to be replaced.  

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There is also a chute that drops clothes from upstairs (love that!) so a basket for underneath to catch the clothes was a must. I began by taking everything off and clearing the space to be painted. That meant wiping down and vacuuming.

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Laundry Room MakeoverNext I got to painting.  I used Benjamin Moore’s Snowfall White in matte. If you think the walls were already white, don’t be fooled.  Here’s a shot proving that wrong! Laundry Room Makeover

After painting the space I went out to Home Depot and bought some new pine to replace the old wood shelf. The shelf was 23 inches deep so it was recommended that I use two pieces which was fine with me since the existing shelf came in two pieces as well.  I used the old shelf to draw out where my cut had to be for the dryer vent and then I used a jigsaw to cut it out.  Once that was done I painted them nice and white using the same paint.

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Laundry Room MakeoverThe part that I painted white is actually going to be the bottom of the shelf.  For the top I wanted to lay something down that would protect it and make it easy to clean if any detergent happens to spill so I bought shelf liners.  Since I would be pulling baskets on and off the shelf I needed the liner to stick so I used a little bit of spray adhesive to hold it in place.

Laundry Room MakeoverLaundry Room MakeoverThe next step was hiding the pipes.  The width of the space was about 64″ so I had the idea of putting up a tension rod and using a curtain. I happen to have a panel available that I planned on using so that I wouldn’t have to buy a new panel but it only opened up 54″.  ARG! I realized at this point that the average curtain opens to 54″ so buying a different one wouldn’t work but you know what opens even wider? Shower curtains! I ran out to Target and purchased a curtain and then using some heat and bond created a loop to run the rod through.

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So much better! Ok now before we get to the final reveal let’s take another look at that before shot shall we…

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And now the after!

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Whaaat! Pretty crazy right? It just goes to show what a big difference just a few updates can make to a space! 

As far as sources go the “Laundry” sign and dark basket holding the detergents are from Home Goods and the laundry basket is from T.J. Maxx. I purchased the frame on the wall from Michael’s and made the “wash, dry, fold” signs on Print Shop.  The shelf liner is from Home Depot.

I have totally found myself looking for anything and everything to wash just to hang out in this spot! Do you guys have any spaces that can use a facelift? 

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Cleaning Your Washing Machine

Every once in awhile we have to take some time to clean the thing that cleans things. For instance a vacuum cleaner needs to be emptied and a dishwasher may need some scrubbing. Another machine that can use some cleaning is a washing machine! When I moved in and started doing my laundry I noticed that the machine #1. smelled a little funky and #2. was dirty.  I couldn’t fathom how a dirty washing machine was going to make my clothes clean so I went ahead and cleaned the thing that cleans things.

Cleaning Your Washing Machine I Made2StyleCleaning Your Washing Machine I Made2StyleCleaning Your Washing Machine I Made2StyleIt’s pretty easy for washing machines to get to this point if you don’t maintain it so if you have this same problem then just follow these simple steps. All you need is Chlorine Bleach to help sanitize and White Vinegar to deodorize.

1. Fill the machine with hot water. Add 4 cups of chlorine bleach and let it agitate for 10 minutes. Then let the water sit for 1 hour.

2. After the hour, run the machine on the longest wash and spin cycle.

3. Once it is empty, fill the machine with hot water again. Add 4 cups of white vinegar. Agitate for 10 minutes then grab a rag or sponge and wipe down the machine. You can try to remove the middle piece and clean that out as well. Once you’ve cleaned every crevice allow the water to sit for an hour.

4. After the hour, run the longest wash and spin cycle.

That should help make it look and smell like new! It certainly did for me!

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The machines not only smell much better but the clothes smell so good now! You know, like detergent!

Now once the machines were all cleaned I took a look around and realized they weren’t the only thing within that space that needed some cleaning.  The machines sit in a closet and let’s just say that the space has seen better days. I decided to give the entire closet a little facelift! I’ll be sharing the transformation tomorrow so be sure to come back to check it out! For now I’ll leave you with a before shot as I was beginning the process! 

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Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos with a Chipotle Cream Sauce

It’s no secret that I enjoy cooking. I also really really enjoy eating. I have always been a meat and potatoes kinda girl and I love when the Fall swings around and the meals get really hearty but I also love the light fun cooking that takes place in the summer! A few weeks ago I made some chicken tacos in the crockpot (super easy!) It got me thinking about how I would love to try shrimp tacos.  Well let me tell you I am so happy that I did because these tacos are BOMB (that’s what the kids are saying these days right?) I went on Pinterest looking for a good recipe and true to form I found a bunch that I really liked and took ingredients from one recipe for one part and other ingredients from another to create the tacos.  I like to think that there are 3 flavor boosters in this dish and when you bit into it you will get an explosion in your mouth…no joke, it’s that good! 

Shrimp Tacos I Made2StyleI started with marinating the shrimp. Flavor booster #1

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Then I prepared the chipotle cream sauce. Flavor booster #2

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos with a Chipotle Cream SauceAnd then the fixings. I cut up some lettuce, I would normally recommend red cabbage for the crunch factor but I just used red leaf. I also chopped up some tomatoes. The last fixing is flavor booster #3. I cut up 2 avocados into cubes and then drenched them in lime juice and added 2 tbsp of chopped cilantro. YUM

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos with a Chipotle Cream Sauce Once all that is done just cook your shrimp in a skillet until it turns pink and put your tacos together. I’m telling you each bite will have you saying OMG. You’ll start talking like Giada being all “the bite from the shrimp paired with the heat from the sauce…” haha! So yeah, you’ve got to give this recipe a shot and you’ll have plenty of the chipotle sauce leftover to add to all kinds of dishes. Maybe even a dip for some sweet potato fries? Oh man, now I need to make sweet potato fries! 

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos with a Chipotle Cream SauceIf you’re on Instagram you can follow me at Cindy_Made2Style and check out the hashtag #M2Sinthekitchen for some dish ideas! If there is anything you want me to share a recipe on just let me know! You can also check out the recipe tab at the top of the page for more M2S recipes! Enjoy guys ;)

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Apartment Tour

So it’s August…when did that happen?! I always feel like the summer flies by and with so much going on I’m trying to savor every moment. I’ve been so caught up with the move that I haven’t really had a chance to look back at where I was. It occurred to me that I never did a tour of my apartment so of course now that I’m gone I figured I’d finally get around to that! This was my first space that I didn’t have to share and was all my own. But anyone who did have the pleasure of living with me knows I didn’t hold back when I decorated! It was hard to leave this place mostly because it was here that I truly learned my style. There were moments of “what was I thinking,” but also moments of clarity. A ton of trial and error but in the end having that feeling that I can’t wait to be home. Nothing made me happier than when friends and family would come over and say how homey they felt being there. That was always my goal to make it feel homey, comfortable and at the same time represent my style. So here it is…my baby! I’ve attached links to projects that I’ve done within each space to help make it what it was.

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DIY Roman Shades

  Craft Storage

KITCHEN

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Target Bar Cart Makeover

EAT Sign

Furniture Makeover (Miss Kelly) 

Fabric Covered Boxes

LIVING ROOM

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Bookcase Redo

No Sew Pillow Covers

Gold Edge Frames

Ikea Hemnes Hack

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DIY Headboard

Gradient Canvas Art

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So oddly enough I don’t have any pictures of the bathroom other than what it looked like after packing up but no worries, it wasn’t anything special.  Here are some shots I took on moving day.  Pretty bittersweet! I decided to leave the roman shades because I knew I had no windows that they would work with and the person moving into the space really liked them so at least they will get used! She also bought my couch from me so that stayed behind as well. 

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And the truck on moving day…

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Now to figure out where this will all go in the house! 

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