Floating Shelves

We’ve been settling into our new apartment for the past month or so and we’re finally wrapping things up! This wall only had the one big picture and looked a little empty so I figured I could add a little pizzaz to our set up.

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I got these floating shelves at Target and I absolutely love them. I was concerned about hanging anything too heavy so these were the perfect solution. I’ve been quite the handy-woman lately, assembling end tables, lamps, and china cabinets (all to come) so this was just one of many hammer & nail projects.

I mentioned in my Mr & Mrs post about how Young House Love suggests hanging pictures but I found a different way that works a little better for me. Painters tape!

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I assembled everything on the floor and measured out the middle of the couch then put a line of tape down the middle to measure from there. I hung the temple picture then put the strips of tape where the floatings shelves were supposed to go.

The great thing about using painters tape is that once you put in your nails or screws you can leave the tape there and you won’t see it! So sneaky!

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I’m not totally convinced about the picture arrangements I have on the shelves but I had other things to do with my life so I decided to leave it like this…and maybe I’ll get some inspiration later 🙂

That’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!

Mud Smoothie

It just looks like mud…blueberry flavored mud, doesn’t it?

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While it may look a little weird it’s actually really delicious! The combination of blueberries and banana is super interesting and I ended up loving it.

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Obviously you can add or take out whatever you want for this smoothie – totally up to you – but here is the recipe I made the other morning. If you end up making it and changing something let me know so I can try it too!


1 handful fresh spinach

1/2 c blueberries

1 banana

4 oz vanilla yogurt

1 c milk

Blend it up for 30 seconds and there you have it, your very own mud smoothie 🙂 You could always add protein powder or chia seeds for an extra kick. Enjoy!

That’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!

Glass Jars

We decided to move to our current apartment about five months ago and right around then I found these glass jars. And fell in love. I had to have them! However, we were going to move and what’s the point when that would just add one more thing to our moving list? So I waited patiently (and mentioned it every time we went shopping) until the day that I could actually buy these amazing jars!

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Aren’t they beautiful? Okay, so yeah I really love my jars. All the jars like this I saw on Pinterest were for flour, sugar, and brown sugar. Makes sense if you love baking, those ingredients come in handy all the time.

That was my original plan but of course before I even got the jars I signed up to run a half marathon with my cousin and went all healthy. Hence the quinoa & oats 🙂 I still bake, don’t get me wrong, just not as much!

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The tricky part was figuring out how in the world to put the words on! I tried using “clear” sticky paper I got at Staples but their version of clear wasn’t the invisible-clear I was going for. I talked to my Mom about ideas and she suggested I “get a vinyl lady”. Apparently she has one so I “got one” too!

My Bishop’s wife gave us this beautiful tile for our wedding with our names on it in vinyl so I asked her for a favor and there you have it! Having a vinyl lady sure pays off!

That’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!

Game Night Date Night

I like basketball and Mr. Layland likes baseball. We both think the other sport is a waste of time but love and marriage is about sacrifice, right? We’ve been lucky enough in the past few months to make it to both games and quite enjoyed ourselves!

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Phoenix Suns VS Milwakee Bucks

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Cardinals VS Diamondbacks

There are two great things about going to games as a couple.

1 – You suddenly learn that your husband knows A TON about baseball. You never knew it but he’s the walking-talking version of Baseball for Dummies that you’ve always needed! Next thing you know, you actually understand the game of baseball 🙂

2 – The food. That goes for pretty much any sporting event. Basketball? Food. Baseball? Food. Hockey? Food. Sports are a beautiful thing.

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Sadly, it was this very tray of nachos that distracted me from seeing Jabari Parker tear his ACL and get carried off the court. Missed the whole thing. I saw him fall down and next thing I know he’s already off the court and the player I THINK is Jabari Parker is walking away and I’m thinking “Oh good, he’s fine!” Little did I know that one minute I looked down would mean no more games for Jabari Parker. Ooops!

We had a blast at both games and got the chance to share our sports passions with each other. It’s always fun to add a little competition into a date night, even if it is just about which team you’re cheering for! Who does’t love screaming at the top of their lungs for a few hours?! Oh & don’t forget to document the great time you had together ❤

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That’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!

Love You

I went through a phase of doing just about everything you can to invent something with a frame and here’s one of them! I actually really love it and thought it turned out great.

Mr. Layland loves games so this idea with the Scrabble letters had a certain personal meaningfulness to it too.

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I sealed the frame to the paper inside with super glue then secured the Scrabble letters in place. The red heart is made out of felt – it took me a while to get the right size. Once everything is in place and dry I filled the frame with resin.

It made certain parts of the Scrabble letters darker in some spots…not sure why but other than that the end result was perfect! It’s like glass formed around the letters which is pretty awesome. It took several hours to dry but it was worth it! I love this decoration because it’s super cute without being too mushy 🙂 Who doesn’t love that?!

With Valentine’s Day coming up in a few weeks this might be a little DIY project to consider customizing for your loved one!

That’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!

Spinach Burgers

Just trust me. While this meal has spinach as the main ingredient, it’s surprisingly delicious! I’ve put my fair share of spinach into smoothies and know you can’t really taste a huge difference but I was still a little skeptical about making these burgers. Let me just say, this recipe made 5 burgers — and we ate them all!

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I found the recipe on this blog but I made a few changes. When I got it all mixed together it didn’t seem moist enough. Mr. Layland suggested we add another egg, so we did! Adding the egg was perfect and the patties held together really well in the pan.

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I blended the spinach in my Ninja and hand mixed in the other ingredients. I’m sure I could have just thrown it all together in the food processor…but I didn’t. Next time! I’ll definitely be making these again 🙂


1 bag fresh spinach, blended

2 egg whites

2 whole eggs

1/4 c diced onion

1/2 c shredded cheese

1/2 c Italian seasoned bread crumbs

1 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp garlic powder

Blend spinach until shredded.  Add other ingredients and stir to combine. Shape into patties and cook on the stove over medium high heat (about 5 minutes each side) until firm and golden. Enjoy!!!

That’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!

Appleberry Smoothie

This delicious organic juice is actually all thanks to Mr. Layland!

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I know, I’m a lucky girl 🙂 Ever since we got our Ninja at Christmas we’ve been going smoothie crazy! I usually put yogurt and milk in mine…but I have to say I’m still a huge fan of this juice blend Mr. Layland invented.


1 cup organic unsweetened apple juice

1 cup blueberries

1 cup raspberries

2 apples, quartered

Put all the contents into the blender and whip it up! Keep in mind this is just a juice and therefore won’t make for a substantial meal. I would suggest substituting it for your typical orange juice at breakfast!

That’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!

Mr & Mrs

We moved the week before Christmas but because of the holidays and family being in town we weren’t home much. I’m finally getting around to all the final touches and this project is one of my favorites.

I saw something like this on Pinterest and absolutely loved it. I wanted a creative way to display our wedding pictures and thought the block letters added just the right touch!

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I got the block letters at Hobby Lobby and spray painted them black. We actually used them as decorations at our wedding reception so it’s fun to have it as a permanent part of our home.

There’s honestly not much to tell with this little project, just that there are a few more holes in the wall than there are pictures 🙂 One recommendation from Young House Love that makes hanging pictures a lot easier is to tape paper to the wall to mimic the arrangement you want. That way you can move the “pictures” around and play with it until you find the right set up. When your papers are in the right place you put the nail through the paper, tear it off, and hang the picture!

Genius idea. Sadly, I was a little too excited this morning and a little too lazy to actually do that. Maybe next time I’ll be more exact but for now it works for me!

That’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!

Kickstart Smoothie

Santa was especially generous this year and got us the amazing 3-piece Ninja set. It comes with a few single serving cup attachments which frankly, is genius. The only blender I ever had was $12 from Walmart and don’t get me wrong, it usually got the job done but it sure wasn’t anything fancy. The Ninja = fancy blender. Life made.

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This recipe is takes all of 5 minutes from start to finish which is why I love it.


1 handful of spinach

4-5 hulled strawberries

1/2 c blueberries (fresh or frozen)

1 c milk

1/2 c yogurt

Put the contents into a single-serving blender in the above order and blend for 30 seconds. Voila! Your breakfast is ready to go with you anywhere!

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I love this recipe because it can be hard for me to eat as many vegetables as I should so throwing in a handful of spinach makes my day 🙂 You can also add chia seeds, ground flaxseed, or protein powder for an extra kick!

That’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!