Amber Housley

5 Tips for Decorating Your Creative Space

Category: AH Living, Home

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1. Peruse your Pinterest. This seems like a no brainer, but it’s often that we are busy pinning so many pins that we often don’t pause and go back to see the common thread in what we’re pinning. Is there a common color scheme that you’re attracted to? Any similar patterns that are on your various boards?

2. Look for decor in unexpected places. I’ve found many pieces that I love from Pottery Barn Kids and Land of Nod. My style is playful and colorful but still sophisticated. Over the years, I’ve found everything from prints, to shelves to rugs and accent pieces that are all usually a bit cheaper than their adult counterparts.

3. When in doubt, visit TJ Maxx & Marshalls. It’s true, I love these stores. I’ve found many a vase, jar, and accent piece at affordable prices from these wonderful stores. I love having groups and trios of vases and containers on shelves and desks.

4. Bring in the outdoors. Whether it’s blooms from your garden (like my Limelight hydrangeas above!) or an easy to care for plant, it’s amazing what some fresh greenery does for your space and your creativity. It just automatically makes the place feel happier.

5. Surround yourself with things that truly bring you joy. Another seemingly no brainer, but even I get tired of things and after awhile, starts to feel like clutter. Every couple of months, I like to do a purge of my decor and supplies and donate them to keep things feeling fresh and inspiring.

The Fringe Hours Book

Category: AH Living, Home

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I was fortunate to be on the launch team and received an advanced copy of my friend Jessica Turner‘s new book, The Fringe Hours. Her book is all about empowering women to take back pockets of time for self-care and doing the things they love. I relate with Jessica on so many levels: we both have full-time marketing careers, our own creative businesses, young families, and we even happen to live in Nashville! But really, we both get asked the same question over and over again: “how do you do it all?” This book here, is the answer to it!

 

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Even more exciting, The Fringe Hours made it to the shelves of Target this week! Now even more women have easy access to this great book. Jessica was a speaker at my conference Inspired back in August of 2013 and I love the passion she shares for women to make themselves a priority and carve out creative time. I’m finally wrapping my copy up and looking forward to gifting it to a friend. If you haven’t already, go grab yourself a copy!

Welcome Spring Sip n’ See Party with Aladdin

Category: AH Living, Parties

It is a tradition here in the South that when you have a baby, you host something called a Sip n’ See. It is a time when your friends and family come over to sip some fun drinks and see your new little one! I knew that I wanted to host a Sip n’ See for Kayla, and now that the Spring weather is finally here, it was the perfect time to do so.

Amber Housley Living | Welcome Spring Sip n' See Aladdin Party

Amber Housley Living | Welcome Spring Sip n' See Aladdin Party

Amber Housley Living | Welcome Spring Sip n' See Aladdin Party

Twelve of my sweet friends from Bunko, Amber Housley Inspired, Making Things Happen, the wedding industry, and more came over to see Kayla for the first time. Everyone mingled around the house, but the favorite spot was definitely our new kitchen nook!

Amber Housley Living | Welcome Spring Sip n' See Aladdin Party

Amber Housley Living | Welcome Spring Sip n' See Aladdin Party

Sweet Tea never looked so good

We made four different drinks for people to sip on: Sweet Tea, Berry Lemonade, Jack Daniel’s Honey Punch, and White Sangria. We displayed them in the most adorable one gallon Classic Glass Mason Dispensers from Aladdin. Y’all, these are some of the best drink dispensers I’ve ever worked with. They are a great size for mixing, they are glass, which helps to keep the drinks extra cold and are also naturally BPA free, and the nozzle doesn’t drip when you are getting a drink! That is really important to me so I don’t ruin my countertop or floors, so I was excited about the great quality during my party.

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Amber Housley Living | Welcome Spring Sip n' See Aladdin Party

I served the drinks in the most adorable 16 oz Classic Mason To-Go Cups. They come in a four pack, and also come in four different colors: royal blue, aqua, clear, and magenta. Naturally I preferred the magenta! These cups are appropriately called to-go cups because they come with a twist on lid and are extremely durable. They are made out of Eastman Tritan plastic, so they will not crack, break or stain. They are also dishwasher safe, which is a huge plus when cleaning up after a party! And of course, they look adorable paired with a floral paper straw.

Amber Housley Living | Welcome Spring Sip and See Aladdin Party

Amber Housley Living | Welcome Spring Sip and See Aladdin Party

Amber Housley Living | Welcome Spring Sip n' See Aladdin Party

I also prepared some tasty treats for everyone to snack on in addition to sipping on the delectable drinks. I purposefully chose snacks that could be prepared quickly while still being delicious. We had some fancier snacks, like the water crackers with white cheddar, arugula and honey and the spinach and artichoke dip, balanced with some simple snacks like cheddar bunnies (for Spring!), white cheddar popcorn, and grapes. An easy tip for making the most simple of snacks look fancier is displaying them in cute containers. Even fun cupcake liners work fabulously!

See that clear mason jar tumbler with the blue top? It has to be my favorite product from Aladdin by far. It is their 16 oz Classic Insulated Mason Tumbler, and it is amazing. As Aladdin likes to say, it is iced tea’s new BFF (or sweet tea in my case!). These tumblers have a no-sweat exterior, so your hands stay nice and dry on the hottest of Spring and Summer days. They are also double wall insulated, making them perfect for hot or cold drinks. Extra bonus feature? They are single serve compatible, meaning that you can stick your tumbler right under your Keurig and brew your favorite coffee. How cool is that? The tumblers also feature a wide “smoothie-sized” straw, so you can drink thin drinks like sweet tea or thicker ones like smoothies and margaritas. And just like the to-go cups, they are dishwasher safe. Can you tell how smitten by these tumblers I am?

If you love these products and are hoping to try them out for yourself, you’re in luck! They are available at your local Walmart stores, so you don’t even have to wait for them to be shipped to you!

Amber Housley Living | Welcome Spring Sip n' See Party with Aladdin

Disclaimer: I have partnered with Aladdin via MomTrends for this party and blog post. They provided me with the Aladdin products as well as compensation. The opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Six Kid-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Treats

Category: AH Living, Recipes

I always love making holiday themed treats, and especially adore all of the color I get to use when creating St. Patrick’s Day treats! I’ve rounded up six of my favorite, kid friendly treats.

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Rainbow Jiggle | Leprechaun S’mores | Push Pops | Fruity Rainbow | Clover Pancakes | Lucky Charm Cookies

Every holiday deserves something sweet. We think these rainbow jiggles are so much fun, and would be easy to make! Your kids will love eating s’mores in the shape of leprechaun hats, and having minty green push pops! As a mama, I know I need to give my kids fruit every day. They are much more likely to eat it if it is displayed in a fruity rainbow form or on top of green clover pancakes. Then, give them one last treat with these lucky charm cookies.

Do you have any favorite St. Patrick’s Day treats that you think we should try? We’d love to hear!

Six Healthy and Easy Lunches for Working Women

Category: AH Living, Recipes

As working ladies, we know how hard it can be to stay healthy while on a tight schedule. You have to get up early in the morning, and often times do not have time to prepare a proper meal to bring to work for lunch. So, we have rounded up six healthy and easy lunches for working women that you should be able to either prepare ahead of time, or quickly in the morning!

Six Healthy and Easy Lunches for Working Women | Amber Housley Living

Mediterranean Barley Salad | Quinoa Grecian Salad | Gazpacho with Shrimp and Avocado Relish

Tomato, Mozzarella, and Roasted Red Pepper Sandwich | Grilled Veggie and Hummus Wrap | Asian Green Bean Salad

The key to bringing a healthy meal to work is planning ahead. Write down the ingredients for these recipes before you go to the grocery store, and try to prepare them over the weekend so that all you need to do in the morning is place them in a tupperware.

Salads are some of the easiest meals to prepare, and some of the most delightful to eat cold. However, it can get incredibly boring to continuously eat a typically Greek or Caesar salad. Instead, try this Mediterranean barley salad or quinoa Grecian salad. The barley and quinoa will pack you with extra protein, allowing you to stay full longer and focused on your work.

Another quick idea is this gazpacho with shrimp and avocado relish. Soup is one of the easiest meals to prepare, and we love that the gazpacho is meant to be eaten cold. It is perfect for a meal when you need to work through lunch, because you don’t even need to spend time heating it up. We suggest packing the shrimp and avocado relish separately in a Ziploc bag, then adding it to the gazpacho when you are ready to eat so as to avoid the topping getting soggy.

Sandwiches and wraps are some of my favorite go-to’s, and these two sound delicious! I love this twist on a caprese sandwich – the tomato, mozzarella, and roasted red pepper sandwich on whole wheat bread. You can roast the red peppers over the weekend, and pre-slice the tomato and mozzarella the night before so that all you need to do in the morning is throw everything together. Use some of the roasted red peppers again later in the week with this grilled veggie and hummus wrap, which can also be quickly put together in the morning.

Add an Asian zest to your week and switch things up by trying this Asian green bean salad. It is filled with veggies like the other recipes, but has a different taste all together, so your taste buds will not get bored of eating healthy! You can even bring chop sticks into work if you’d like.

Do you have any favorite go-to lunch recipes? If so, we would love to hear them and try them out ourselves. Make sure to visit our Tasty Food Pinterest board for even more fun food ideas.