Thursday, July 17, 2014

Big Apple Bovees

A week before Evan came home from tour, I woke up to find an exciting email from American Airlines.  He surprised me with a trip to New York!  Which is huge because the past 6 months he has been legit around the world and traveling would probably be right up there with a root canal.

 What a guy!  I have always wanted to go there.  I've actually had a reoccurring nightmare where I am supposed to meet him on top of the Empire State Building and I loose my ticket.  Forever lost from my husband.

So we jumped on a plane and headed to the Big Apple.  Home of street meat.  And hot Garbage.  And    awesome.  We hadn't rode on a plane together since our honeymoon which was FOUR years ago.  That alone made the trip.  He never lets me carry any luggage and I got to take ridiculous sleeping pictures of him.  They are pure gold.

The first day we went to Central Park and walked around for 6890 hours looking for that dang carousel which we never found.  I mean is it always there? Where the heck is it?! I never realized how huge the park actually is! I loved looking up in the trees and seeing little pops of skyscrapers.

Of course we had to go to the Empire State building to stop the nightmares. The view is incredible. You really could see everything which is nice because you can't actually do/see everything in one trip.  That night we had dinner with a friend and walked to a dock and saw the city all lit up at night. Cities at night are my favorite.  I mean I HAD to go to the Empire State Building. Had to.  And the same with Willis Tower.  But that dock at night was beyond beautiful. And the night view from the women's bathroom at the John Hancock building kills it.  So if you ever need to take a pee in Chicago, you know where to go ladies...

The last day was filled with subway rides, Sprinkles Cupcakes, and the Museum of Natural History.  We were so worn out from walking that we had to take breaks to "view" the exhibits. Ha!

It was one of those vacations that totally wear you out! We walked over 40 miles while we were there.  The city is incredible.  There is so much energy there.  New York, I love you.  I really do! But I think our next vacation involves the beach and a hammock.

P.S. if you want to see more photos, go to Instagram and search #bigapplebovees . And follow me! I am @caseybovee .

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Keep it Cool, Man

I never really liked herbs, until this year.  All of a sudden, I can't get enough Basil.  And mint? Forget about it. I want to eat it on everything. Now if only I would start liking tomatoes… We have a shady past.

Anyway, I thought I would put my new found love for herbs to work and make some "infused water" or "Spa Water" or for us who are less trendy (me) "flavored water".  I stored the water overnight so the fruit/herb taste would be stronger.

My favorite was probably Strawberry Basil, because it's just a weirdly good combo.  Strawberries and Basil were meant to be infused.  True love, if you will?   For everyday flavored water, for sure the blackberry chocolate mint.  Have you heard of chocolate mint before? Seriously, so good! I got mine at a local nursery, and sometimes I just go to the back porch and inhale it's heavenly scent.  The watermelon mint was also super tasty.

I can't wait to try some more combos and see how tasty they are! Orange Mint? What about Plum Chocolate Mint? Cheers to hydration!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Peg Board Planter

For my senior show, I used framed pegboard to display all of my projects and had a lot left over.  I really loved the look and function of it and didn't want all that hard work to go to waste, so I started thinking about how I could use it in my home.

Herbs have been my jam lately, so I thought the pegboard would make an awesome vertical planter to display them.  Super awesome and functional? Sign me up.

The back porch has been neglected (much like this blog!) and it needed a little love.  The pegboard is just framed with stained lumber which gives it a nice modern contrast.  I picked up cheap plastic planters from Target and drilled a hole in them for the peg hooks.  Our porch is covered, so heavy moisture won't get to it that easily, but I am going to try and waterproof it just to extend its life.  I just take the plants down when I water them to avoid any excess moisture.

Our back porch still needs a lot of tlc, but this planter makes it look a little more pulled together.  I decided that I am going to try an achieve a beautiful, weed free lawn this summer.  I just want bare feet on soft green grass going on all the time.  Is that even possible? Any tips from the lawn obsessed?

Monday, May 5, 2014

Bad Blog Mom

Life has been jam-packed lately.  In between my best friend getting married, visiting Evan on tour, and finishing up my senior show and just school in general this blog has been hard core neglected.  Neglected like I forgot to pick it up at school and only remembered it when I was at home. Poor guy.  Now that school is winding down (2 more weeks until graduation!) I promise not to sit in front of the tv like a zombie and watch Flipping Out.  I swear.  It's over Jeff.

So stay tuned! I just ordered a faucet for my master bathroom so things are about to get 100 times prettier. I'm thinking white penny tile and giant round mirrors.

*Also I was lying about it being over with Jeff from Flipping Out.  I can't quit him, but I can dvr!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Bucket Lists and Neon

To say this week has been insane would be the understatement of the year! Last Friday I hopped a plane to Vegas to visit Evan on tour.  We were in Vegas for two days, then rode the bus (14 hours!) to Denver for two more days.  Then I flew home for a night and rode the Amtrak to Chicago for a school trip.  We just got back Saturday night and I have been in my pajamas ever since.  

While in Vegas, we braved the stormy weather (seriously so rainy! A cab driver told me that it only rains once a year, and then blamed me for bringing the weather to Vegas) to tour the Neon Museum which has been on my bucket list for a super long time!  All of the old lightbulbs and beautiful faded colors made for the coolest pictures.  Our sweet tour guide told us some amazing things about certain iconic signs and their history on the strip.  The signs are pieces of art and I am so glad I finally got to see them! I would live amongst the neon if they would have me.  

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Lyndi's Bridal Shower-Part II The Decor


So I am going to be honest about the fact that I was really sad to take down all the decor at the end of the night.  I just wanted to eat breakfast for a week at these tables.  You know, start your day out with an awesome party.  

As I had mentioned before the bridal shower was book & flower themed.  We also threw in gold, copper, and silver accents just to jazz it up even more.  For the tables, we just placed two long ones together to create "cafeteria style" seating.  I really liked how this turned out because it allowed for everyone to get to know eachother if they didn't already. I had already made those oragami flowers weeks prior (time consuming, but so awesome) and we layered those, real flowers, confetti, sewn book garland, books, and anything else that tickled our fancy on the tables.  I really like a collected feeling, so flowers were put in egg cups and vases of different sizes and color to make it interesting.  

For the dessert table, we actually moved my tv and placed a table over the media console! The wallpaper served as a great backdrop and we just added those book mobiles and book garland.

The flowers were probably my favorite part.  The purplish greenery was just so freaking cool.  Someone actually googled what it was and it is a member of the thistle family!  I'm sure all the farmers that read this blog (a lot, I'm sure) just fainted.  THISTLES!  We used them along with other greenery and carnations in the floral crowns, which were super easy to make and so pretty.  Also shout out to my mom, who stayed two nights in a row to help me and Morganne.  She is like the party queen.  Her nickname is Hott Donna, if that tells you anything.

It was such a fun and beautiful day full of laughter and good food. And most importantly a day dedicated to celebrating our girl's new chapter in her life. Congrats Lyndi!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Lyndi's Bridal Shower- Part I the Party

This weekend was one for the books. Literally! My friend Morganne and I threw a book/flower themed  bridal shower for our best friend Lyndi on Saturday.  This girl reads about three books a week, so it was a given that they would be the theme.  She is also a girly girl to the core and what is more girly than floral crowns?  The answer is nothing.  Floral crowns are the trump card of girly. One of the many reasons I love Lyndi is because she lets me boss her around while I take pictures and that results in a lot of fun shots.  It also doesn't hurt that she is drop dead gorgeous and wears pink tulle skirts.  I mean, can we talk about that pink tulle skirt?!

I'll be back with another post this week about the decor! 

Also a huge thanks to all the awesome gals that showed up to honor our girl. You mean the world to us/her and dang you guys looked good in those crowns!