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HOW TO PACK YOU PICNIC BASKET:

What would be better than a little outing on an weekday evening or on the weekend like a picnic? To be honest it is not something I do too often, but just the thought of it when its spring, the weather is starting to heat up and longer evenings makes me want to plan one right away. Not to mention it is the perfect outing for a low budget. Perfect! This will be fun, I know it:)
Well, if you are warming up to the thought but think it is a lot of work, don’t worry. Here is a little help to make you not forget what makes picnic a picnic.
What not to forget:
You will probably need a place to sit, so either bring your favorite blanket or even a couple chairs might not be a bad idea. Personally I prefer sitting on the ground so I am going bring a couple of blankets, one for the ground and one for when it starts getting chilly to keep warm. If you are in need of a blanket ikea has a lot of them for pretty cheap.
What do you want to eat when you are on a picnic, this is totally up to preference of course, there is so much to choose from but the classic is cheese, bread and wine. It is the classic for a reason. The options are endless, pack your favorite sandwich and chips for your daytime picnic or maybe you just want to snack so salsa or hummus are great options.And don’t forget your favorite beverage!
What to pack in? Well you can even do a backpack or something you have handy. I might go to World Market and buy this picnic basket because it is gorgeous and would serve well carrying my food.

No matter where or when you want to have a little picnic if you are in good company it will be a success, and the best thing is that everyone can bring their own basket full of goodies, so in other words great company and great food is the recipe to a great time. So remember, a place to sit, your favorite food and remember to invite your friends!
Let me know if you are planning an event and please email me a photo of your outing. Have fun! Xo Abella


I have seen a lot of people do IKEA hacks on Pinterest, so I decided to try it myself. It is such a great idea, because IKEA has some decent priced furniture and home decor, but maybe not exactly your style. If you buy a piece of furniture cheap, or already have something in your home that you are tired of why don't hack it and get a new look? The hard part may even be finding the right product at IKEA that you want to hack, because there is so many!!
When my husband and I bought our house in 2012 we redid the kitchen, and since we had so many windows in our kitchen we did not really have room for the cabinets above the counter. Then we thought why not install some shelves, so that's were my IKEA hack comes in. I found some shelves at IKEA with brackets for cheap, so I figured these shelves were a great starting point for me to redo them, because I liked the style but the color of the wood was just plain, so why not change the color! This is not a very hard hack, its basically just painting and if you need to you can cut the length of the shelf. IKEA already had two widths for the shelf so you can basically fit them anywhere.
Below you can see the first few steps

The next step might seem odd, and this was the first time for me, but I used coffee grounds to get that old reclaimed look. I could have stopped after the gray paint, but I had a image in my mind and I had heard that your left over coffee grounds will create the perfect brownish color so with a the gray undertone it will look like reclaimed wood! And it did:)
Look at the difference between just the paint and and applying the coffee-grounds. It is pretty amazing that it makes such a strong color. I figure using what comes from the earth could not hurt to put in your house. And if you are thinking, why don't skip the painting-part of this diy project, you can! I actually did that with the shelves in my bathroom and they turned out brown. Gorgeous, but the look is a little different from the reclaimed look I went for here. I am working on that post so it will definitely be up on my blog soon so check back, and I will link it to this post.
Let me know how YOUR shelves turn out if you try this hack, or if you have another project in mind send us a picture, I would love to see it. xo. abella