I didn’t take any photos while making this recipe, so you will have to just take my word for it that it is incredibly easy (and so worth it!). With just a few ingredients, you have a healthy, homemade soup that tastes so good for the fall.
Every time I walked by our guest room, I cringed a little bit, until I found out last Spring about the One Room Challenge on Calling It Home. It was the perfect nudge to get me to do something about the room I hated, and I thought it’d be fun to participate. Here’s a recap of what happened to the room. (And check out who’s taking part this time around over on Calling It Home!)
Here’s what we were dealing with before- some great shots of a room I hated (I really wish I had before before shots, which would have included artwork and furniture from the previous owners. We just bought the guest room stuff from them because it was easier for us than buying another bedroom set at the time, since we were moving from our individual apartments into this house). Oh, also- we had a major ice dam over the winter, so we had to replace the ceiling sheetrock and plaster.
This was my vision for the guest room – a serene space of neutrals:
And here is the room today. I love the cream walls and the clean look of the silver frames with white matting.
We travel quite a bit, so we decided to take photos from our favorite trips and hang them around the room. We also keep our travel books in here on a great console table I found at Target. I like having them displayed, and it’s something for our guests to check out if they need something to read.
I absolutely love how the room came out and can’t wait to get started on the next one!
If you want to read my posts from One Room Challenge over the spring, you can find them here.
Over the weekend T and I saw Gone Girl. I really liked it, though I’ve found that with books-turned-movies, I usually like the book better than the movie. Here are five instances where I recommend reading the book before seeing the movie.
Since I already mentioned it, let’s start here. The book explains a lot more (trying not to leave any spoilers here!) and goes deeper into certain characters that the movie makes seem much more peripheral. The movie does a really fabulous job, though, of leaving you with a “Whoa.” (P.S. Gillian Flynn’s book Dark Places is also becoming a movie, set to come out in 2015.)
This is the one and only book my “book club” at my previous job read, and it was mostly so we had an excuse to go see the movie together. Both were great, but this is one particular case where I think I liked my imagined version of the characters better than the movie‘s version.
I think I cried equally at the end of the book and the end of the movie (and continue to do so when I re-read or re-watch). I’m a huge Rachel McAdams fan (#girlcrush), and the casting in the movie was phenomenal. Plus, they totally got the set and the costumes down. But, let’s be real here, Nicholas Sparks is kind of a romantic genius.
In Her Shoes
This is just a feel-good book that translates into a feel-good movie. I think part of why I like both the book and movie so much is because I have sisters, but the relationships translate nicely to friends, too, if you don’t have sisters!
Do you have any book-turned-movie combos where you liked the movie better than the book?
2. Have you heard of Fashion Project? If you haven’t, definitely check it out. You donate your clothes and the proceeds from the sale of them go to the charity of your choice. Your closet is clean and your favorite charity gets a donation. Everyone wins! (P.S. Fashion Project has partnered with Simon Malls which means you can pick up a donation bag at the mall, plus get a $20 mall gift card for every five qualifying items.)
3. I’m guilty of having multiple jobs at once (maybe it’s because I can’t sit still? Is that normal?), so I thought this article was an interesting read. Is having more than one job the new normal?
4. Three crucial behaviors Steve Jobs instilled in his employees. No matter what you do, these are useful tips!
Have a great weekend!