Minnesota, dontcha know?

This weekend we flew up to Minnesota for the wedding of one of my oldest friends. They live in Buffalo now, but met in Minnesota where he was in grad school and she grew up. We always joke about it and call it #Minnesocold, but it has never disappointed. It was in the 70’s while we were up there, a great relief from the 95 degrees it was here in Charleston. It was in the 40s the last time I was there on a Memorial Day weekend!

Minnesota Trip - Charleston Crafted

We got in on Thursday and went out to dinner at Gasthof’s, a fun German restaurant with giant meat platters and huge beers. We headed over to get flaming drinks from Psycho Suzi’s, which is a great place to enjoy a drink on the river.

Minnesota Trip - Charleston Crafted

Minnesota Trip - Charleston Crafted

Minnesota Trip - Charleston Crafted

Friday morning a few of us went for a walk in Harriet Island Park across the river from our hotel. It was pretty cool and dreary, but it was a lot of fun exploring.

Minnesota Trip - Charleston Crafted

Minnesota Trip - Charleston Crafted

Minnesota Trip - Charleston Crafted

Friday night was the rehearsal and dinner and then we went on a PokeHunt. No, I do not have PokemonGo, but holy crap everyone else does. We ended up in a herd of more than 300 people chasing Pokemon around a park. It was insane.

Minnesota Trip - Charleston Crafted

Saturday, the groomsmen went for a walk in yet another park (there are tons of parks up there!) while Morgan and some of my friends’ girlfriends went to the Mall of America. They were too scared to ride the mini roller coasters, but said it was a sight they had to see.

Minnesota Trip - Charleston Crafted

Minnesota Trip - Charleston Crafted

The wedding was a blast Saturday night. Held at the Germanic-American Institute, the venue was multiple stories of an old house. It was a really cool interior and it was great to see what they were able to do with the decor and entertainment in there. The dancing and food was great (have you ever had a Walking Taco?) and it was more awesome to hang out with old friends.

Minnesota Trip - Charleston Crafted

Minnesota Trip - Charleston Crafted

It was a quick trip to Minnesota and we weren’t able to see a whole lot, but we had a great time with friends and family and can’t wait for the next one!

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What to do with a Formal Living Room

One thing that we insisted that we didn’t want when we were house hunting was a formal living room. What a waste of space! We would never sit there. We aren’t fancy people.

Well, we got a formal living room.

initial living room - charleston crafted

initial living room - charleston crafted

Our formal living room (I am trying to call it the “front room” to make it feel less… formal) is a completely blank slate. Literally, it’s super empty. Our plan was to leave it empty until we could get a contractor out here to take down the wall separating the front room from the dining room, but we were shocked to find out that it will be December before we can get into a contractor’s schedule.

I really don’t want the first room that you see when you walk into our house to be empty for another 6 months.

However, I am feeling apprehensive about decorating this space. I don’t want to buy furniture just to have furniture. I want to make smart, long term decisions. I’ve been pinning to my Living Rooms board, which is helping, but I also have been diving deep into One King’s Lane, one of my favorite spots for decor inspiration. While some of the pieces can be splurge-worthy, there are also great deals to be had. If you are looking for coastal decor for a living room, check out some of my picks below. If you haven’t used One King’s Lane before, sign up today for a $15 credit for purchases of $30 or more.

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No Bake Cacao Coconut Breakfast Bites

No Bake Cacao Coconut Breakfast Bites - Charleston Crafted

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Well folks, summer is officially over. Even though we don’t have kids, we are still feeling the back to school crunch. Our morning commutes have nearly doubled thanks to buses and school traffic. That means that we are trying to get up a little bit earlier, but the easiest way to save time in the morning is by preparing as much as possible the night before. In addition to prepping lunches, I try to make some breakfast items on Sunday nights.

There are lots of convenient pre-made breakfast items, but I love to start my day with a lean protein. I have recently been trying to eat vegetarian until 5pm, and just having a small amount of grilled poultry or seafood with my dinner about three days a week. I always feel lighter and leaner when I eat less meat, but I do still need protein.

For a meat-free, protein-packed breakfast, I have been loving these no-bake breakfast bites. I make them in the blender on Sundays, ball them up into bite-sized pieces, and store them to enjoy all week long. The coconut and cacao together are an amazing combination.

No Bake Cacao Coconut Breakfast Bites - Charleston Crafted

The hero of these bites is really the Kashi® Organic Breakfast Superblends. I ordered the Sun-Up Coconut Breakfast Superblend from Target.com and am so into the coconut flavor. It is really summery and fresh.

No Bake Cacao Coconut Breakfast Bites - Charleston Crafted

No Bake Cacao Coconut Breakfast Bites - Charleston Crafted

This plant based superblend is the perfect on-the-go energy for active lifestyles. It provides diverse nutrition from a variety of whole foods blended together into a convenient organic plant-based protein powder. It is vegan and gluten free and packs 15-16g of diverse plant protein.

Kashi protein at Target - Charleston Crafted

Of course, the Kashi protein powder can be mixed with almond milk, banana and ice for simple smoothie preparation, but I love using it in baked goods as well. For these bites, I combined it with oats, apple sauce, almond milk, cacao nibs, dates and salt. They are sweet and yummy and are quick ways to fill up on protein in the morning. They pack energy and are great for on-the-go breakfasts if you’re running late.

No Bake Cacao Coconut Breakfast Bites - Charleston Crafted

So, if you are looking for a convenient and clean vegetarian breakfast recipe, give this one a try! Use Coupon Code TGTKASHI for $10 off one Kashi Protein Powder (GoLean or Kashi) at Target.com!

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  1. In blender, combine oats and dates until they form a fine flour.
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  3. Roll into tablespoon sized balls. Place on a wax paper lined dish. Top each ball with cacao nibs. Freeze.
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Painting our Bathroom Vanity

Painting the Bathroom Vanity - Charleston Crafted

It’s amazing what a little paint can do. Last week, we told you about how we scraped and painted the popcorn ceilings in our master bathroom. That was just phase one of our mini master bathroom makeover. We had to paint the walls too and update some 90’s things, but we also couldn’t let the big golden oak vanity sit there.

Painting the Bathroom Vanity - Charleston Crafted

90’s brown wood was not going to work for us in our colorful, coastal spa of a bathroom. Down the road, we’d love to completely redo the bathroom, including a new vanity (one that wasn’t built for toddlers), but we decided for now to paint our bathroom vanity.

Painting the Bathroom Vanity - Charleston Crafted

It was really simple. We chose a color that was very very similar to our new sheets to try to tie the two rooms together. The paint is Valspar Cabinet Enamel and we used about 1/2 a quart on the entire project. The color is Watery Blue (Olympic). The walls are Symphony of Blues which is a darker shade on the same strip. I love pairing multiple shades of the same color!

Painting the Bathroom Vanity - Charleston Crafted

We started then by taking off all the drawers and doors. We took those to the garage to paint them there after sanding them down.

Painting the Bathroom Vanity - Charleston Crafted

Painting the Bathroom Vanity - Charleston Crafted

We obviously had to paint the vanity in place, but it works much better to take off the doors and drawers and paint them on their own. We ended up having to do four coats of paint on everything because it was a light mint color and you could see the wood still through a couple of coats.

Painting the Bathroom Vanity - Charleston Crafted

We also sprayed the hardware chrome. This gave them a modern look to go over the brass that had been there for 20 years.

Painting the Bathroom Vanity - Charleston Crafted

Before re-installing the doors onto the freshly painted vanity, we wanted to add knobs because there weren’t any at all before. They were the kind of doors that have recessed handles to pull. That’s ghetto. We ordered these really cool clear knobs with seeded bubbles inside and lined them up evenly to pull from the same place on each door and drawer.

Painting the Bathroom Vanity - Charleston Crafted

Painting the Bathroom Vanity - Charleston Crafted

We put everything back together and it looks amazing!

Painting the Bathroom Vanity - Charleston Crafted

Painting the Bathroom Vanity - Charleston Crafted

Painting the Bathroom Vanity - Charleston Crafted

Painting the bathroom vanity and adding cool knobs is really bringing the bathroom that spa-like feel. We love how it turned out!

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Friday Five

Friday Five - Charleston Crafted

Hey guys! We are trying out a new post series – Friday Five! As a bonus point each Friday afternoon, we will share our five favorite things that week. I know that I am often cruising the web on Friday afternoons and thought that this might be fun!

So, let’s get it!

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This ceiling scraper really got us through our popcorn ceiling removal last weekend. Don’t get me wrong, it was still messy, but the built in bag caught about 75% of the mess. Hallelujah!

Our fall wedding season kicks off this weekend and I decided to invest in cards in bulk. These glittery Hooray! cards are less than 50 cents each and perfect for any sort of celebration.

I received this “weather girl” dress this week and holy cow is it flattering. I suggest that you size up (I did per reviews on Amazon) but it is $22 well spent. I’ll let you know how it holds up to wash wear, though I typically air dry all of my dresses.

I’ve previously professed my love of the spiraling blogger Inspiralized. Well, this week she released her newest book – Inspiralize Everything! We will probably write a full review later, but I am obsessed with it’s organization by ingredient instead of the typical by course or meal type. She can do no wrong in my books!

I’m trying to wait to really reveal our bathroom until it’s done, but I can’t contain my excitement for these seeded glass knobs. At $12 for 10, it’s a hella good deal and they add the perfect amount of lightness and brightness wherever you put them. I may have gone back and ordered another box…

See ya on Monday!

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