The Entry Way Problems

The dining room is probably the one closet to being done in the whole house. I know that three years in you think we’d have more done, but alas there’s the time and money to consider. The entry way leaves a lot to be desired though. Lets start with how far this room has come. 

This is the photo of the house when I toured it for the first time. Check out that nasty, cat pee soaked carpet. This house was way rough. The front door is to the left of the photo and you come into what is now the dining room. There’s really no entryway or foyer to speak of, we do have a large covered front porch and I’ve was toying with the idea of some covered weather proof storage out there, but that seems a bit dicey security wise. So we threw up an Enudden Towel rack as a key/purse hook and called it a day. 

Still no shoe, mail, or other storage. It’d also be nice to have a mirror. We did paint and rearrange the room a bit though.(Read about painting here). It helped me love the room way more! 

Great color right? The other side of this room is coming together quite nicely. This photo shows you how little real estate were working with. To the left of the key rack is where the china cabinet is (which is also were we hide our router) so there’s not much that can go over there. We do have the opposite corner to consider though. My main squeeze IKEA has some interesting options that might work. 

entryway options

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As much as I like the Ikea PS corner options, I’m not sure how practical they would be for me. The first one because I don’t like the gray legs, and the second because I’d like to be able to conceal shoes. I think I like the Hemnes the best of all the options. It takes up probably the least amount of space as well. It would leave enough room for a bench, and a mirror above. 

Have any ideas for me? Whats your favorite part about your entryway? 


Green Tea Smoothie

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I’ll admit it. For as much as I praise the Chemex and the Aeropress, I’m also the same kind of person who can get down on a Green Tea Frappucino. Working at starbucks in the early 2000’s I promise you I had no choice but to drink literally a million GTF’s. Since I worked at Starbucks I also know what a pain in the butt making a frappucino actually is. It’s not that it’s necessary hard to make, but it takes someone off bar long enough to get backed up with their other drink orders. I don’t think I could bring myself to have a poor barista make me one ever again. I decided to try and whip up something similar. No, this isn’t the exact recipe, but a good copy. For the recipe to be exact you would need some creme frappucino base from Starbucks (which you can’t have). I also stay away from dairy so it wasn’t really an option for me even if I could get my hands on it. So using ingredients around the house I came up with something similar, healthier, and definitely tasty!

You’ll Need:

Take your blender (here’s what I use, one of the most handy christmas presents Brian has ever gotten me!) and fill it up about halfway with ice. Cover the ice with the almond milk and add the rest of the ingredients save your sweetener. Add more milk as needed to reach the desired consistency. Taste and then add more matcha powder or sweetener per your preference. I added about two tablespoons of raw honey to mine. Blend again to combine and you’ve got a delicious smoothie! This recipe makes two large smoothies or about three small ones. You could garnish it with whip cream if that’s your thing! 

What’s your favorite smoothie combo? 

Bird’s Nest Cookies

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In honor of spring and my sweet tooth I made bird’s nest cookies! Not only are they pretty adorable, they’re very easy to make. You don’t even need your stove! These aren’t the healthiest, but as a once a year treat I’m not too concerned. 


  • One Box Frosted Flakes or Corn Flakes (depending on how sweet that sweet tooth is!)
  • One 12 Ounce Bag Dark Chocolate Chips
  • One 12 Ounce Bag Bag White Chocolate Chips
  • One Stick Of Butter
  • One Bag of Cadburry Mini Eggs 
  1. Dump both chocolates and butter into large microwave safe bowl. 
  2. Microwave in one minute intervals, stirring in between, until everything is mixed and completely melted.
  3. Pour about 3/4’s the box into the bowl and mix until coated. You may need to add more if you still have a wet mix. You want the chocolate mixture to coat the cornflakes, not swim in them. 
  4. Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners. Spoon mixture into cups, until about even with the top of the pan. Use the back of the spoon to put an indent in the nest. Stick the eggs into the dent in the nest firmly. 
  5. Put the pans into the fridge until cool and firm. The Cadburry Eggs should be stuck to the nests once the chocolate is cool. 
  6. Store in the fridge or somewhere cool in a tightly sealed container. 

PS: I tried to take one of the Cadburry Eggs of the cookie, but the bottom was stuck to the chocolate and it looked like something had hatched! 🙂

What’s your favorite Easter or Spring treat? 

iPhonography: Ditch The Gym

Now that Spring is here, what a better excuse to ditch the gym and go for a hike? I haven’t posted an iPhonography post in awhile! It’s exactly what it sounds like, photography but with the iPhone versus my usual DSLR. I’m very lucky to have some really great trails relatively close to home. Now that it’s not dropping below 60 very often anymore I’ve found myself on them usually three times a week or more. There’s something just really calming about hiking next to this little creek. Also spring is popping up everywhere you look. Can’t wait for this trail to be leafy and green soon! 

Siberian Squill sure are pretty for something that’s an invasive plant!

Have you been enjoying any spring weather? What’s your favorite place to hike?

A New Look!

So I’d been letting the blog design slide for awhile now, and decided to give it an update! I also have some cool new features!

  • You can now mouse over any image on the site for a “pin it” button. If you are planning on pinning something from a blog post, I please ask that you are on that specific post page. So the link back will take other pinterest users to the right place. IE Click the title of the blog post from the main page and then pin the image. 
  • The mobile site is now easier to browse through.
  • On the sidebar I’ve linked the various ways you can follow the blog, and the other places online you can find me. Do you prefer bloglovin, feedly, or good old fashion RSS? I’ve got them all linked on the side for easy following! You can also check out my etsy where I sell printable scrapbooking supplies (and sometimes vintage). As well as any of my posts of foodgawker or craftgawker! 
  • Social links (Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, & Facebook) are now located at the bottom of any page. Twitter is also a good way to keep up with the blog as all new post will be linked there!
  • There’s now a button that you can link back to Lux Per Diem on your blog with! On the sidebar you’ll find the button, including all the code needed to just copy and paste everything into your blog. If you’d like to trade buttons just contact me and I’d be more than happy too! 
  • I’m currently working on a project page to link my most popular crafts and recipes. Although it’s not live yet, expect it soon! I hope it makes it easier to find what your looking for. 
  • I’m also working on a new blog schedule. I’ve been a little lax on actually getting blog posts together, even though I’m still doing projects. I feel like a flexible blog post schedule will help with that. 

Do you like the new design? What kind of posts would you as a reader like to see more of?

Pinned! : Chicken Power Bowls

I know I can’t be the only one. My Pinterest is packed full of awesome ideas that I think I’ll never actually do. So I’m going to start blogging my attempts at a Pinterest project two to four times a month. I started with this recipe I found on Iowa Girl Eats via Pinterest. It’s a chicken power bowl. Basically a salad, but doesn’t power bowl sound way cooler? 

Basically just throw together some chicken, roasted chickpeas, hard boiled egg, blue cheese, brown rice, and spinach. I just dressed it with a super simple vinaigrette. It’s super good! I didn’t follow the recipe really though, except for the roasted chick peas. I took two cans of chickpeas, rinsed and drained, and tossed them with a little bit of olive oil. I put them in an oven at 350F for about 40 minutes or until they were crispy. When they were finished I seasoned them with some lemon pepper and garlic salt. 

For the chicken I cut it into strips and cooked it in a skillet with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, and garlic. I deglazed it with madeira wine. It turned out nice a juicy and perfect for a salad. The original recipe called for wonton strips, but my grocery store didn’t actually have any. Which is probably for the best since we don’t like to eat a whole lot of wheat anyway. I added some brown rice for that very reason, to keep the carbs up a bit, but without flour. 

So my first “Pinned!” project is a win at this point! Are you better than me about actually doing the projects you pin?

Daily Life

We had a mini vacation this week for my Brother’s wedding. 

The wedding and our accommodations were at the Mayhurst Inn. Which was wonderful, and full of history. Mayhurst was built by Colonel John Willis, a great-nephew of President James Madison. The bed and breakfast’s owners Pat and Jack were amazing. If you ever find yourself in Orange Virginia you should really look this place up! 

The Wedding was a black tie affair, so I probably took around a million photos of everyone dressed up. I’ll spare you those. I do love this picture of Brian and I so much though! 

We visited Montpelier (James Madison’s Estate) the day after the ceremony. Although the weather was rainy and awful, the house was still impressive. You couldn’t take any pictures inside, so here’s the view from the porch. Without cloud cover there are some pretty amazing mountains in the skyline. 

Before we left Virginia I managed to have some time to take my sister’s graduation announcement photos! Fun fact, she’s an honest to god rocket scientist!   

Brian’s Dad’s Birthday dinner! We got him The Blob on blu-ray. It was very well received. 

I attempted to make Chicken Marsala, but accidentally grabbed madeira wine. So we had some pretty tasty Chicken Madeira instead. Italian comfort food is my favorite. 

My very messy sewing space. I didn’t manage to finish the dress in time for the wedding. Although I’m a zipper insertion and a hem away from being all the way done. I’ll post more on the dress later in the week when it’s hopefully finished! 

Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are starring in the move Carol, which has been filming all over Cincinnati this month. It’s so strange/awesome to see all the old cars, extras in costume, and oh you know MOVIE STARS everyday. Although I have gotten close enough to take pictures of the actresses in the movie, I feel like a total creeper and decided against it. But if you search #carolwatch you’ll find some. 

Happy Monday! How has your week been so far?