5 for the road: cover up

Well, I held my 5th “So NO to the Dress” party for my bunco group last night. If you are new here…you can read all about this party and it’s past here….It is a great reason to be silly and laugh a whole bunch. I am sure I will be sharing some pics next week. I’m the hippy on the bottom right;)


My friend Patti told me about this fabulous product called WOW. It is a powder/wax that covers grays sooooooo incredibly easy! I went to my salon (Omagi in the Paddock Shops) and they match up what color I needed. It will extend the time of your in between color—for those of us who are almost ALL gray:) Try it….seriously works great! (affiliate link below)

I am reading a book that is quite fascinating. It is basically the history of Home…and how our modern day comfort came to be. It started out a little slow—but stick with it….If you like history and random facts you will love it.

The peanut and I were craving apple pie a few Sunday’s…so I pulled up an easy recipe for some sautéed apples. Holy wow….they were good and quick! Melt a pat of butter in a skillet….toss in a couple apples that you peel and sliced. Let is sauté for 10 minutes. Toss in 2 T brown sugar, 1 T honey, 1/4 t cinnamon, 1/4 t nutmeg. Stir and enjoy:)


I tried a new beer….and it was yummy. Look for this Italian brew in your local shop. Great with a good pizza:)


Going to try to get a few post together for next week on a couple of projects around the house. Hope you have a great weekend:)


Brightest Recessed lighting for Kitchen

I don’t know if it’s something that I notice because I work in the kitchen the most or if it’s just something that women in general notice more than men…. but in my house I tend to notice how bright a room is a little bit more than my husband. The yellow cast of light in our kitchen was annoying to me. I’m sure when these recessed lights were installed the electrician just put in cheapest light bulbs that were available. So I went on a little bit of research and ended up finding a really good deal on some LCD recessed lighting from Amazon. This light bulb had really good reviews and it was priced very well in comparison to the big home improvement stores. I decided to take a leap of faith and test out some for our kitchen.

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Halloween Countdown Craft with Hershey’s

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Hershey Company for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Hey guys! Hope you had a wonderful fall weekend! Hubs and I celebrated all weekend long in Chicago….came home well rested and bags full of loot:) Wanted to share a fun Halloween craft today….have a great day!

Hershey’s and Halloween go hand in hand. When they asked me to come up with a fun little craft to do for Halloween I gladly agreed. This little countdown chain would be a fun weekend or classroom craft. I think the kiddos will have a great time making these….and enjoying them too!halloween countdown craft @cleverlyinspired (3)

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Paint a Polka Dot Pumpkin

A few years back my friend Brittany made up the cutest chalkboard pumpkins. She painted a chevron pattern all around the sides and then in the middle she painted a large chalkboard oval that you could write fun Halloween messages on. It was a big hit at her kiddos fall festival.

That was my inspiration for my fall porch this year. I grabbed a few pumpkins and some black and white paint and went to town! These polka dots are so easy the novice crafter can do it….I promise! You just need the right size brush….if you can spin a top….then you can paint perfect polka dots. Easy!

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I did a large S on the front. If you aren’t comfortable free handing the monogram then print one off the internet and trace on the pumpkin.

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Here is what you will need:

black paint

white paint

FrogTape Shape tape (I used the scallop design) You could use regular painters tape if you’d like)

a large pumpkin

1/2 inch craft brush

paper plate

ribbon for the top

clear sealant of some sort (preferable to be outdoor)

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I cleaned my pumpkin with a little rubbing alcohol and buffed it clean. Tape off and smooth down the tape well. Paint on the black paint….let dry and do a second coat. For the polka dots, put some paint on the brush, put your paint brush perpendicular to the surface and press and spin. See the above pics for visual. Practice on a plate to get the hang of it….spin the brush all the way until you have a perfect circle/polka dot:) You can add a few lines around the stem too:)

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After it is all dry, add a couple protective coats of outdoor sealant to protect your beautiful work!!

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Add a couple cornstalks, some mums and you’re in business:) 20150926_180445

Have fun with it!

And remember to tune in on Instagram all month long….tag up your favorite fall décor so we can feature you!


I am off to Chi town this weekend with this hunk….celebrating our 19th! So blessed to share my life with him:) I love you babe:)


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Fall off the bone tender baby back ribs

My kiddos have braces….and we all love ribs—but many times eating ribs with braces proves to be a challenge.  I have shared a recipe for ribs previously that are great for the weeknight because they cook up in just an hour. These ribs that I am sharing today are also a great weeknight meal…but you have to plan a bit more in advance. You can cook these ribs and then refrigerate—and before you eat them just heat them up on the grill. When I make these I tend to cook them earlier in the day while I am working…and then just leave them covered until dinner time. This recipe will produce tender, juicy, fall off the bone ribs every time. fall off the bone ribs @cleverlyinspired (3)

You will just need 3 ingredients…along with your favorite barbeque sauce. Easy peasy…I promise.

Do yourself a favor and line the pan with heavy duty foil (or a couple layers of regular foil.) I would even suggest a throw away foil pan.

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Finger lickin awesome:)

Fall off the bone tender baby back ribs
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Serves: 4
  • 1 rack baby back ribs
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 bottle of beer
  • seasoned to taste
  1. Heat oven 300.
  2. Line large cookie sheet with heavy duty foil.
  3. Scatter onions on foil to make a "bed" for the ribs.
  4. Place ribs on onions and season with salt, pepper or rub.
  5. Pour beer on top.
  6. Cover tightly with foil.
  7. Place in oven for 2. 5 hours.
  8. Let rest or place on grill for 10 minutes to give the ribs a crust.
  9. If making ahead, let ribs rest-- refrigerate until ready to grill and eat.


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Back on Friday with another fun Halloween craft to do with the kiddos:) Hubs and I are celebrating our 19th Anniversary in our favorite town of Chicago….peek in on Instagram for some pics:)


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