Friday, September 28, 2012

IHWSH - Fall Treats

Hooray for Fall!  We're excited for the cooler temperatures and all the apple-pumpkin-spiced treats we can find.  Below you'll find some things we're thinking about making over the next couple of months - those scarecrow treats need to happen soon.  Our mom loves to put salted peanuts and candy corn in a dish together - pretty sure she "invented" this combo (it tastes like an extra delicious "Payday" candy bar).  Now it looks like someone's created a zert out of her tasty combo!  

Jayne's Picks:
1. Pumpkin Poppers
2. Acorn Donut Holes
3. Scarecrow Treats

Katie's Picks:
  1. Pumpkin Pie Bites
  2. Caramel Apple Martini
  3. Apple-Cranberry Pocket Pies

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Bedside Beauties

I am always drawn to photos of a pretty nightstand, and know that will be one of the first things I get to in the new house. With the layout of our bedroom in our apartment, I don't have room for a nightstand on my side of the bed, so every night I pull a muscle turning off my lamp or reaching for my cell phone on top of my high dresser (whiny girl problems).

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

Can't wait to pick out night stands for both sides of the bed. Dac is looking forward to it too, so that when I'm up reading every night while he's trying to sleep, my bright lamp isn't shining down on him from above.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

You're the One That I Want

You are the one I want...ooh ooh ooh HONEY.  Below are a few of the things I'm loving on Etsy lately - I love that blueberry pie costume SO MUCH.  And I think that horseshoe necklace is so pretty (charming, even!)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Cotton Anniversary

It's really hard to believe it's been two years since this:

And what a second year it's been. We have grown a lot together in our first year in Kansas City. Lots of awesome memories to look back on - like two new jobs, our sweet new niece Nora Jayne and buying our first house together! We didn't do a great job planning how to celebrate our "cotton" anniversary, although I know Dac has something coming in the mail (that he says is for our new house) that I have no doubt will totally outdo my measly little gift. He also had the idea of visiting a TINY Missouri city called Cotton, but since it's almost 2 hours away, it's a week night and there would be nothing to do there other than say we went to Cotton for our cotton anniversary, we decided against it. But we will definitely, in traditional us fashion, be enjoying dinner out. 

Last year, for our "paper" anniversary, we made my favorite work of art together. That is something that will always be special to us. We said then that we would make something together every year... looks like we're already slacking off on that. Or maybe we can make some t-shirts this weekend?

Happy two years to my thoughtful, huge-hearted, best-husband-in-the-world, Dac.  

Monday, September 24, 2012

My Personal Museum

Took this baby to Kansas City over the weekend to visit her Aunt Jayne and Uncle Dac:

We had a great time!  What a fun city...I think Nora is pushing to move there soon to hang out with Aunt Jayne all the time.  Especially after seeing their amazing new house and meeting Dru, Leslee, Laney, and Austen too!

So today we are recovering from our travels and cleaning.  This sums up how most of the house looks right now:

Lots to do!

Also, our little Tony Danza last week:

Eleven weeks old today!  I can hardly stand it.

Friday, September 21, 2012


This week's "I'll Have What She's Having" is something we both actually get to have this weekend... Kansas City! Katie, Henry and Nora are coming to visit Dac and I and experience KC for the first time. It's Nora's first flight - this is big time! Here are a few of the things we hope to do in the quick couple of days we have together:

This was one of my favorite weekends in KC last year, so it's perfect timing for visitors! Local and national artists set up shop in my favorite shopping area, the Country Club Plaza. So not only will Katie get to check out Hall's (an awesome department store owned by Hallmark) and all of the other stores we love, we also get to check out some cool art and food stands from awesome restaurants around the city. 

Source (this is a great post about KC stuff!)
Alright, we probably won't do this one. Nora wouldn't find an art museum very exciting I'm guessing. But we can at least take a pic by the giant shuttlecock! The Nelson is a pretty outstanding museum, and we're lucky to have it here as something awesome and free to do! There is a great new contemporary wing too called the Kemper.

Duh. This is the best bbq in KC, and Henry is really only interested in a barbeque tour so we have to do this. The Z-man is where it's at. And their fries are legit too. The original location is inside a gas station. Super fancy. Anthony Bourdain named it one of the top 10 places in the world to eat before you die.

4. Eggtc.

This is my new favorite brunch place. Banana-nutella french toast is all you need to know. There are a million other restaurants I want to take them to, like Spin Pizza, Beer Kitchen, Port Fonda, BRGR and Gram&Dunn, but there are only so many meals in two days, so we shall see.

5. Little Freshie and/or Glace

This sweet little shop with delicious snow cones, italian sodas and sweet treats like macarons used to be a food truck in the Crossroads called Fresher than Fresh Snowcones. 

We also of course need to go by the City Market, the awesome farmer's market in our neighborhood. And we get to take them on a tour of our new house too! Could not be more excited for the K, H, N weekend in KC. Here's to many more (I'm going to convince them to move here).

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Guess Who's Back?

Do you know anyone who likes food, but also hates doing any physical activity to get said food into their mouth?  Then check out this thing: 
From Popcorn Indiana
The Popinator shoots a single kernel of popcorn at your mouth when you say the word "pop".  Watch the video below, it explains and shows it in action.  Also the company is named Popcorn Indiana (so Jayne will like it), but they're based out of New Jersey (so Snooki will like it).

Now make one of these that shoots roast beef sandwiches and we can talk.  Hi-ooooo.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Go, Go Jason Waterfalls

Sometimes it's more fun to sing the wrong words to a song, as long as you sing them with confidence. Here are some lyric mishaps I've run into:

1. Tiny Dancer - Elton John
My lyric: Hold me closer Tony Danza. Real lyric: Hold me closer tiny dancer. 
Ok this one I just think is funny - don't think I ever thought those were the words.

Etsy print
2. Dark Days Are Over - Florence and the Machine
My lyric: My dog days are over

3. Paradise - Coldplay
Dac's lyric: Pillow touch. Real lyric: Paradise. 
Now "pillow touch" is all I hear when I listen to that song. And he was just saying it to be funny. "What are they saying? Pillow touch?" Speaking of pillows, these are some I would like to touch...
1 / 2 / 3 / 4

4. Waterfalls - TLC
My lyric: Go, go Jason Waterfalls.  Real lyric: Don't go chasin' waterfalls. 
I really did think those were the lyrics.

5. Dynamite - Taio Cruz
My lyric: Sayin' ayo. Galileo.  Laney's lyric (my 5-year-old niece): Sayin' ayo. Baby lego.
Real lyric: Sayin' ayo. Gotta let go.
Taio Cruz really outsmarted all of us on this one. 

6. Dude Looks Like a Lady - Aerosmith
My lyric: Do it like a lady.  
Mrs. Doubtfire was one of my fave movies at one point, and I loved this song in there. Apparently I didn't ever quite get how perfect the song was for the movie.

7. Like a Prayer - Madonna
My lyric: Lepiquarsy. Real lyric: Let the choir sing. 
What does lepiquarsy mean exactly? No idea. But I would belt that word out like it made perfect sense. 

Dac also made up a fun rendition of "Just Dance" by Lady Gaga called "Just Plants." You should ask him to sing it for you.

Any lyric mixups of your own to share?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Happy Blogiversary us!  Today marks one year since our first post on "I'll Take Two."  We have had so much fun working on this blog together, and we hope you've enjoyed reading it, too.

We've had many posts about crafty things we've done/dreamt about, gift ideas for friends and family, lots and lots of baby stuff, and of course our favorites, the weekly "I'll Have What She's Having!"  We've posted on fashion we love and decor we are wild about.  We have also blogged about throwing parties and holiday fun.  But the most fun we've had with this blog came from personal interactions.  It's really flattering when a friend or acquaintance says they like your blog!  We love any and all comments and emails about our posts too!  Thank you for making this fun for us.

As we move on to year two of this blog, we hope to increase readership (to help increase the fun we mentioned above).  So, we have a favor to ask of you:  will you please pass the link to our blog on to any friends you think might also enjoy what we're saying?  We haven't done a great job of spreading the word ourselves, so that is a goal for the next year.  We're also hoping to make this whole thing a little more legit with a real design, but we need to find some money to make that happen, so we'll see.

We really do love your comments, so please leave one to let us know what kinds of posts you would like to see us write over the next year.  We're always looking for new inspiration!

You can count on us to be eating the cake above for breakfast!

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Best of Intentions

Thought I would share an idea I had...but never made happen.  I decided that thank you cards for baby gifts would be so much more fun if they had a little photo of Nora in them - saying thank you herself!  This is what I had in mind:

I made the onesie using Crayola Fabric Markers.  I just didn't get around to taking a picture of her in the onesie til I had already sealed a lot of the thank you card envelopes, and I still hand't even printed them!  The straw that broke this camel's back was the fact that the envelopes for the thank you notes I sent weren't big enough to hold a 4" x 6" picture.  Game over.  (I also don't love the photo, she wasn't feeling it that day).  But I still think it's a great idea that maybe someone else can put to use.  If you do, let me know, I'd love to see your sweet little baby saying thanks!

Here's a couple of Nora Jayne from over the weekend - this girl has got personality for miles, and we can't get enough.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

A Whole New Animal

Gold spray paint has really been a game changer. Even a plastic animal figurines (cut in half, nonetheless) can become classy/interesting decor - as magnets, mounted in a frame, or even as a coat hook. I have to give Dac credit. He actually had this idea way before it hit the Pinterest world.

As Magnets. Source
As art. This girl says she bought the figurines in the party section at Target for a few bucks. Source

Animal inspiration gets me every time. Looks like we're going to be starting a zoo at our new house (don't worry, we won't charge admission).