Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A Day With Lowe's At The UpSkill Project

This is a sponsored post by Lowes but as always- all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Lowe's invited us to document a project called The UpSkill Project and as soon as we heard what it was we were on board. Basically, The UpSkill Project is an initiative to help customers learn right in their homes the DIY skills that will bring their home improvement projects to life. The project has two components: a contest and a community day.

To enter the contest you had to submit a video telling Lowe's about the projects you needed help with. The winners received the help of employees from their local Lowe's store for 2 days to finish these projects, $2000 to purchase the materials, and professional design consultation. They chose 5 winners in the Nashville area, and Savannah and I got to follow one of the winners through their kitchen renovation.
Meet Jose and Myra Frias! Jose and Myra have been wanting to renovate their kitchen since they purchased their house 2 years ago.
This was the sink faucet situation they were dealing with, so I'd say that The UpSkill Project came just in time!

What really impressed me about our time with Lowes and the Frias family was that the employees from Lowe's actually taught the Frias' how to do the things they needed help with. By the end of it, Myra was teaching a friend how to install the backsplash tile. Jose finally got a kitchen faucet that worked, and they both got kitchen lighting that was desperately needed.

We weren't really sure what to expect. I kind of expected that the Lowe's team would just take over so they could finish more quickly and get out of there. Instead, they really walked through each step with the family. Also, the employees that came to help out, work at the Lowe's store closest to the Frias'. So in the future as they tackle other projects, they will be able to go to their local Lowe's and know the people who can help them- because they've literally worked on projects together. How cool is that?
The other component of The UpSkill Project is the community day where Lowe's will be teaching different skills at one of their stores. If you are in Nashville on November 18th, Lowe's is having one of their community days where they will teach you:

- Tiling: Get your hands dirty and learn the proper techniques for laying and grouting tile (application techniques include floor and backsplash)
- Plumbing: Learn proper plumbing techniques specific to installing a faucet into a vanity
- Tool Demo: Receive expert advice on the safe operation, features and use of a compound miter saw, tile wet saw and oscillating tool
- Upcycling: Learn proper prep and painting techniques for refreshing an outdated piece of furniture, cabinet or dresser. Bring in your own dresser drawer or cabinet door to start your project off right
- Drywall: Learn how to properly patch drywall and hang common household d├ęcor items

If you have a project you want to finally finish, I encourage you to stop by. We will be there learning with you! Learning from someone in person is so much easier than watching a tutorial on YouTube. Plus, you have someone there so you can ask lots of questions.

Okay, so let's scroll through some before and after photos!

They also installed some under cabinet lighting that changes colors to music. Something that is perfect for this self-proclaimed "party house".

Savannah and I are obviously really into DIY projects, and we share our DIYs with you because we want YOU to feel empowered. We want you to know that if we can do something, then you can too. We have figured out how to do things from other blogs and YouTube channels and asking for help from stores like Lowe's. What is really cool about The UpSkill Project is that it teaches you how to do things that aren't too advanced, but also beyond what the average person could do on their own.

We are really impressed with The UpSkill Project as its mission is much like ours. We both want to encourage you to do for yourself. With a little help, you can DIY almost anything!

Nashville peeps! Join us this Saturday at Lowe's for The UpSkill Workshop!

Saturday, November 18, 2017
Lowe's- 410 Genie Ln.
Smyrna, TN 37167

xo, Casey and Savannah

Thursday, November 9, 2017

recipe: pumpkin spice golden milk

Last night we had some friends over and as the night got later, Casey decided she wanted to make some Golden Milk. It's a cozy non-caffeinated drink and it was pretty cold out- a perfect match for the evening! She made enough for everyone and soon had them asking for the recipe. So that's why I'm finally writing this post that we took photos for over 2 months ago. Time really gets away from me!
We originally made a big batch of golden milk mix for our Girl Boss party, and we had a lot left over. Our recipe was inspired by Tropically Lina's recipe. We personalized the recipe a bit, but the most important thing that comes from her recipe, that is SO important, is the coconut milk powder. We had never used this in our Golden Milk recipes before nor had we ever heard of it. It really is a game changer, y'all. Don't skip on this part if possible.
Now if you buy all of these ingredients, you might as well just make a big 30 day batch because you're going to end up with a lot of stuff. They don't sell coconut milk powder in a one-serving bag. We wanted to make this with all good organic ingredients, so we bought everything on Amazon and ended up with a 5 lb. bag of turmeric. *woops!* We hope to make enough golden milk to use it all up, but we are going to need to share and drink a lot!
Okay a few notes about the recipe... We add 1 packet of Truvia per serving when actually making the milk. We also add coconut sugar to the batch mix. I'm not sure if you've ever tried something sweetened with sugar and something sweetened with Truvia, but they taste very different. Sweetening it with a little coconut sugar at first and finishing with Truvia gives you the perfect sweetness without tasting fake. You can use whatever sweetener you like. If you like plain Stevia, do it. Like straight up sugar? Go for it! I'm not here to judge. Truvia is just our tried and true sweetener at the moment.
Okay, back to the coconut milk powder for a moment. If you want to make this right now and you don't randomly have coconut milk powder on hand, just make it without! It will still taste creamy and delicious. But definitely get you some CMP and try it. Next level. Just sayin'.
Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk Recipe (One Serving)

- 1 Cup Califia Farms Unsweetened Almond Milk
- 2 Tbs Coconut Milk Powder
- 1 Tbs Coconut Sugar
- 1 tsp. Turmeric Powder
- 1/4 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon Powder
- 1/8 tsp. Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
- a pinch of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
- a drop of vanilla
- 1 Stevia Packet

1. Warm 1 cup of almond milk on the stove or in the microwave.
2. Add warm milk and all other ingredients into a blender.
3. Blend on high for 30 seconds.
4. Pour and drink!

Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk Recipe (Big Batch- 30+ servings)

- 2 Cups Coconut Milk Powder
- 1 Cup Coconut Sugar
- 1/2 cup Turmeric Powder
- 1/8 Cup Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1/8 Cup Cinnamon Powder
- 2 tsp. Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
- 1 tsp. Himalayan Pink Sea Salt
- 2 tsp. Vanilla Powder

1. Mix powdered ingredients together and store in an air-tight container.
2. When ready to drink, add 1 Tbs. of mix to blender with 1 cup warmed almond milk and any extra desired sweetener (we use 1 packet Truvia).
3. Blend on high for 30 seconds.
4. Pour and drink!
Okay enough about golden milk. It's good for you and is a great bedtime drink, so just do it.
And if you liked this post, please share it on your Pinterest!

xo, Savannah

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Hiking at Long Hunter State Park

Casey and I have been hiking a little more lately because it is a form of physical activity that we enjoy. Also, we probably won't be camping anymore this year because of the colder weather. This is the same vibe as camping, but only takes a couple hours! Anyway, last weekend we went to Long Hunter State Park to do the 4 mile Day Loop hike.
I would say we did this hike in the prime time of the leaves changing. Thank goodness they actually changed this year!
This was our first hike in our new hiking boots. Usually we just hike in whatever tennis shoes we have, but we decided it was time to get the real deal. We both got the same boots (these), classic us, and so far we love them! I just felt like my feet and ankles were more supported (because they were) and I'll never hike in a tennis shoe ever again.
My favorite part of this hike was this lookout you can go down to see over the lake. You are as high as the tree tops, so it's a pretty cool little section.
We are thinking about doing a bigger hike in the Azores when we are there for my 30th birthday trip next year. It would be a trip where we would hike up and camp overnight, but we are still working out all the details on that! Over time we are going to do more mileage on our hikes, but for now we are just hiking around Nashville and getting comfortable.

Favorites from this hike:

xo, Savannah
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