Mid Century Modern Make Over

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I am all about mid-century modern recently. The furniture is so classic yet whimsical at the same time in its interesting shapes. I found this gorgeous little table/desk for only ten bucks! Amidst all the junk at the thrift store I was drawn to its interesting leg shape and wood pattern on the front cabinet. By buying some new hardware and sprucing up the wood it looks so glamorous and expensive. I love it! I always am telling friends that you have to train your eye at thrift stores and antique shops to be able to single out pieces and see the vision of them outside of their cluttered surroundings! Click to read more about the transformation of this!

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I started by rubbing this bees wax on the wood – always following the grain of the wood.

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After removing the old pull knob, there were holes that did not match my new knob! I bought this wood filler to cover the holes.

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I then drilled a hole for my new knob.

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I love how glamorous this knob is! Knobs are a quick, effective, and cheap way to spruce up old furniture!

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I added some fun accessories to spruce it up.

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I just love how this turned out! So easy and fun!

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Baby Steps: 3 Easy Meal Ideas for the Man Who’s Never Cooked For Himself!

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While many men know how to slap a steak on the barbeque, they may feel a little awkward in the kitchen. The reality is that if you can cook on a barbie you can cook in an oven, and if you can read, a recipe is actually pretty easy! Since cooking on a barbecue is so fool proof guys seem to keep there culinary skills strictly at the barbecue. These skills can be translated directly to the kitchen, and what better time of year to take that leap of faith than around Valentines Day! In fact, the modern barbeque is becoming more and more like an outdoor kitchen where you can cook almost anything! Check out these awesome barbecues at BBQ’s Galore and see just how amazing some of these new up and coming contraptions can be! Why not treat yourself with a new barbecue AND spoil your significant other with the great meals you will make on one of these beauties!

Keep reading for a few easy meal ideas for the man who’s never cooked for himself but wants to make a big impression this Valentines Day!

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San Francisco!

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One of my dearest friends Rachel has lived in San Francisco for the past two and a half years. She is packing up and moving back to Santa Barbara, so Nathan and I decided to visit her for one last hurrah in the city, and help her pack up of course! I LOVE this place! The eclectic vibe has excited me these last few days in a way it never did during past visits. I am so enamored by the detailed architecture, heavenly food scene, and overall energy that lies in the city’s streets. Here are a few pictures I have taken thus far.

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[Rachel and I on her stoop! She lived in the most adorable neighborhood.]

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[We walked the streets of China town on Chinese new years!]

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[Nathan and I went to dinner on Fisherman’s Wharf, Nathan enjoyed crab bisque and I went for caprese.]

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[We visited The Embarcadero farmer’s market! I loved all the gorgeous flowers.]

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[We got lunch at what I would call the BEST sandwich place in the world! I have visited this place every time I have been in San Fran. They put 4, yes 4 avocados in my ten inch sandwich!]

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[My cheese and avocado sandwich]

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[Nathan’ s roast beef!]

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[We decided to take the 1 home to enjoy the breathtaking views!]

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Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein

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I am a HUGE fan of chow mein. However, I am not a huge fan of the baggage it leaves behind (remember the saying, “a moment on the lips forever on the hips?”) Since I am currently in the process of downsizing my hips, chow mein is not really in the cards for me, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think about it a whole lot. Spaghetti squash is my new saving grace. Whenever I crave noodles, spaghetti squash will do the job! I have grown to love this squash and in the midst of my health craze it makes me feel comforted and satisfied. This chowmein spin is so amazing I will make it over and over again! Enjoy.

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