Happy Labor Day!


We hope your day is full of rest, fun or maybe even a little pleasurable work this Labor Day!

We’re kicking back, saying farewell to summer and wishing fall weather would come our way soon!

-The Annes & #gabethebabe


Must Haves: Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters Bookcase

It started last year and hasn’t lost any steam yet. My addiction–my love–for Urban Outfitters and their Apartment section has grown as strong as a coffee without sugar and cream. (See: My Urban Outfitters Bridesmaid Announcements!) Like most obsessions, it has invaded my mind to the point where I visit the site at least once a day to see what’s new.

And more importantly, what’s on sale.

Today’s sale section definitely doesn’t disappoint, so I’ve decided to make a mini round-up of the home decor I find unbelievably adorable and unique!

Urban Outfitters Round-Up

Assembly Home Leaning Bookcase (pictured at the top) || I have always been a fan of the ladder shelving trend. It’s unique and fun and UO’s shevles are done in a multi blue color scheme that would make any space instantly look better. Though, that opinion is based on the fact that my favorite color is blue. The only thing keeping me from adding it to my cart is the fact that I know my two cats would try to climb it while also knocking everything off. THANKS, CATS!

Plum & Bow Strawberry Planter || Planters. A wonderful way to add some life x 2 to a space! This strawberry planter is adorable in its color and shape. It’s almost begging me to put it in my office!

4040 Locust Tinted Terrarium || I’m really leaning towards having a lot of terrariums decorating my future wedding/reception so I was drawn to this one. Tall and tinted, it almost looks mystical with some greenery inside.

Banana Table Lamp || Or, rather, the original reason I decided to make this post. I’m not a fan of eating bananas but this gilded banana lamp is too pretty and funky to be ignored. Can you say master bedroom?

Tetris Alarm Clock || I don’t need to explain why I want this. Tetris + Alarm Clock = Add to Cart.

Lucy Chair (pictured below) || I’m always on the hunt for the perfect reading chair for my office. The Lucy chair is one of my favorites to dream about. The fact that it’s now nicely reduced in price, might finally sway me to take the financial plunge and enjoy that sweet cushiony goodness.

Urban Outfitters Lucy Chair

Do yourself a fun favor and check out Urban Outfitters and its sale page!


House to Home: Throw Pillows

Bill I almost just named this post THINGS YOU SHOULD DO because, honestly, everyone should do this.

What am I talking about?!

Stepping outside of your living room design’s comfort area.

Some of you may not have an issue with this. Your living room is already eclectic with fun bursts of color and odd little knick knacks. Some of you, though, might cringe at the thought of having a good dose of random in the arguably most used entertaining area of your house. Well, if that’s you, I say WHO CARES! Do you! Don’t please people who don’t live in your house! Be daring! Be brave! Be AWESOME!

Now, back to what we (the Tylers) did.


We bought these crazy awesome throw pillows for the living room sectional from Society6!

Why? It’s hard sometimes to marry two sets of furniture, decorations, and style together. But, seeing as how Tyler and I are getting married, we’ve been setting aside a little amount of money each month to get a little something to help bring ‘us’ into this house.

This is our latest attempt and boy do we love it!


I’m a huge fan of Society6! If you haven’t checked it out then I really don’t know what you’re doing with your life. Their everything is amazing. I often browse through just because. A week or two ago I was looking through the duvet covers (which are also on my list of MUST HAVES) and throw pillows when I instantly fell in love with these four very different designs. There’s no rhyme or reason to their coupling. We just loved them and decided they didn’t look horrible together. (At least not in our opinion.) So, BAM, now our living room feels that much more fun and interesting!


The Specifics
I bought the 16 x 16 covers because I didn’t want to pay too much for the already stuffed pillows. In total these four cost $80. We then ordered some Poly-Fil from Amazon (3 bags and that was all that was needed) for less than $10.

For reference, here’s a picture of the brand.
And Harbor who was really curious about it.


Do you have a quirky, not-so-traditional living room? What’s your favorite part of your entertaining space?


Recipe: Avacado Banana Brownies


I have a bit of a sweet tooth problem. It’s hands down my biggest obstacle in any attempts to get healthier.

I will say that a few months into this Back to Basics venture of making my life and family healthier, we have taken some great steps: More veggies (and local ones at that), less meat (and clean meat when we eat it), experimenting with essential oils, cloth diapers for the little man, exercising regularly. It’s all good stuff, and we have a long way to go, but hey, that’s what this whole basics thing is all about. A little bit at a time.

Well, I should definitely be sharing about some of the other healthy steps we’re taking, but dessert is so much yummier, right?!

So here’s my latest experiment: Avacado Banana Brownies.

They were so delicious! Not super sweet, though, so if you want them that way just increase the honey. Also if you use unsweetened Carob chips (probably healthier), then you most definitely want more honey. They went over well in the husband department, too!

Here’s how to make them:


  • 1 cup sweetened carob chips
  • 1 tbs. coconut oil
  • 2 avacados
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbs. honey
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbs. vanilla
  • 1 tbs. coconut flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9×13 brownie pan (can be smaller if you like thicker brownies!)

2. In a microwave safe bowl, melt coconut oil and carob chips together. Heat for 20 seconds at a time and stir. Do this until melted.

3. With an electric mixer or food processor puree the avacados until they aren’t lumpy. Add in banana.

4. Mix carob, avacados and bananas together. Then add all the remaining ingredients and mix with electric mixer.

5. Pour batter in pan and cook for about 30 minutes.


Hope you enjoy these tasty treats! What are YOUR favorite healthy dessert options?

-Holli Anne


Before I ‘Do’: Bridesmaids Announcements

Bridesmaid Announcement Tips
Let me start by assuring you that not everyone does bridesmaid announcements. So, if you read the title and thought, “Why?” then that’s just fine! Usually, most brides-to-be and their bridal party already have a good idea of who will be asked and who will say yes. In fact, I’d bet that after the proposal (maybe not right after) most brides-to-be call these ladies and tell them that they are, of course, IN!

Me? Well, my Maids (yes, two) of Honor knew who they were. The same with a few of my bridesmaid. So why did I fool with sending out announcements?

Well, they are cute, thoughtful, and so darn presh! I wanted my ladies to get as excited as me (or at least near that level) about the wedding because they just won’t be there, they’ll be a part of it!

So here’s two ways to let your leading ladies know they’ve landed a spot next to you on your epic day!

Make it personal without breaking the bank
I loved the idea of creating little boxes of things (see this Knot post with a few examples) but when it came down to it, I didn’t have the budget to make what I really wanted to make. Plus, I wanted them to have their announcements pronto! (Read: Impatient.) So, after stressing and random internet surfing, I found Urban Outfitters’ hilarious (and pretty) cards.

Urban Outfitters Bridesmaid Announcements

Instead of getting six of the same ones, I searched and searched until I found cards I thought fit each chick and our relationship perfectly. (I know, some of these are a bit weird…but they work!) To make them even more special I filled up each with words straight from the heart and couldn’t be happier that I chose to formally do announcements this way!

Want to set your Maid of Honor announcement apart? Get something that plays with the fact that she is your Player 2 or partner in crime! (My MOH Virginia’s announcement pictured below!) ;) Or find something that dips into your combined life of inside jokes and friendship. (i.e. I Love Your Stupid Face!)

Maid of Honor Announcement

Create a Facebook group chat of awesome
I am impatient, especially when I’m excited. So before I found my announcement cards, I had kind of already told my ladies (though I asked they keep it a secret until I sent announcements out). What’s the pros of creating a group chat on Facebook for your bridal party? For one, my ladies didn’t all live in the same place and some of them hadn’t even met so it was a way to introduce them. For two, when the wedding got closer it would be easier to talk wedding plans and what not in one place so everyone was on the same page. For three, it was all my favorite ladies in one place. That = Awesome.

So, I wrote a long message detailing out who each person was, how I had met them, and why I loved them. It started a fun convo and made me even more excited for the shenanigans I’m sure we’ll all get into closer to the wedding!

These two ways to tell some important women (or men! I’m all for having men in your bridal party) aren’t overly grand or difficult, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t heartfelt and special. If you’re choosing them to be in your bridal party, then it’s safe to assume they already love and appreciate you. Just because you don’t build a box of glitter, gold, and personalized-everything, doesn’t mean they will respect or love you less!

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