by Alix

Jul

23

Introducing: Made to Make Workshop with Food Made by Tom!

July 23, 2015 in blogging, Craft, DIY, Eat, food, Uncategorized by Alix

Made to Make Workshop cooking class

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Friends. This project of mine has been in the works for months. In fact July has been consumed by two HUGE projects around here and I will share the other one with you come mid-August. But today (like right now) I finally get to spill the beans on this first very exciting new part of the brand Alix Adams

Introducing…..bdbdbdbdbdbdbdb (that’s a drum roll) dbdbdbdbdbdbdb… the Made to Make Workshop! Baaaaaah! (cannons going off)!

- What is Made to Make Workshop? Well let me tell you. Once a month I, Alix Adams, will be hosting a local Utah workshop where you can buy a ticket and come kick-it. (That rhyme was 100% intentional and I make no apologies). I will host this workshop and a local skilled expert will teach you the tricks of their trade! It’s a party and a class. A plass. No a workshop!

- Who is teaching at Made to Make in August? Glad you asked! Tom of Food Made by Tom will be teach a kick-a four course cooking class where guest will get to experience hands-on cooking. For $130.00 you learn how to make original recipes, take home an amazing swag bag (I just custom ordered some swag and it is so lovely), and there will be a photo booth!

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- Who will be teaching future Made to Make Workshops? Keep an eye out for future workshops taught by Melissa Esplin (calligraphy guru), Lizzy’s Lilies (think harvest crowns), Alix (that’s me), and many more! Skills will range from brush lettering, to home decorating, and even photography 101. I’m excited.

- How much will these said workshops be? This all depends on who is teaching the workshop, how much valuable information you gain from the workshop, and the cost of materials. Workshops will range from $75.00 to $160.00 and I promise to do all I can to give you the very best value for your dollar. Promise!

- Where are the workshops? For now Made to Make Workshops will be held in Utah, but who knows what the future holds!?

BUY TICKETS HERE for the Made to Make Workshop with Food Made by Tom!

BONUS! Be one of the first 5 to snag an early bird ticket for $20.00 off! That’s $110.00 total babes.

Can’t wait to meet you :)

xo Alix

by Alix

Jul

22

Food Truck Search Party 1: Kitchen Eighty Eight

July 22, 2015 in Eat, family, Favorites, food, Food Truck Search Party, Uncategorized by Alix

Best food trucks tour

Today is a historic day. Mark your calendars and cleanse you pallets. Today is the beginning of my new epic and really yummy series: Food Truck Search Party! (That’s #FoodTruckSearchParty for you social-media inclined folks…who I love dearly!) This series is a search for the best local food trucks, and it’s a party because food on wheels + family + camera = party. Always. Every month I will search out a new food truck to try, I will drag my family along, and I will share my favorites with you!

I’m particularly excited about this series because:

1. Food. That’s obvious.

2. It forces me to seek out talented food-making-truck-driving chefs.

3. It’s a family party. I like them.

Now for Kitchen Eighty Eight. Where I start my food truck search party. This food truck has my heart. A quick glance at the menu and it’s obvious that this food truck believes in feeding you and feeding you well. We tried the Pork Tenderloin and the Tri-Tip Steak. My personal favorite was the Pork but you can drizzle on a variety of sauces for completely new tastes. And don’t get me started on sauces. A good sauce can get a girl all worked up you know.

The folks running Kitchen Eighty Eight also happen to be some of the good ones. After I found out that we share an obsession for the original Neflix series Chef’s Table, I knew we were food documentary soul siblings. (That’s a thing right?) I’m a food snob at heart (who will absolutely eat fast food like I’m pregnant with quadruplets) and Kitchen Eighty Eight hits the sweet spot of quick/easy and quality food.

My one MUST EAT ITEM? The chocolate mousse. Holy heavens above, it is so effing good. Do yourself a favor.

Best food trucks tour

Best food trucks tour

Best food trucks tour

Best food trucks tour

Best food trucks tour

Best food trucks tour

Best food trucks tour

Best food trucks tour

Best food trucks tour

Best food trucks tour

Best food trucks tour

Best food trucks tour

More food-related news coming tomorrow so don’t forget to check back in!

And while I’m thinking about it…this is not a sponsored  post, but you can find Kitchen Eighty Eight on Facebook and Instagram. :)

xo Alix

by Alix

Jul

21

My office plants!

July 21, 2015 in Home, house, House Tour by Alix

Great plants for your home

First, “I’m so fancy”. That’s what my mug says and I’m sure it is talking to my office. Because folks, my office is starting to look soooooo fancy. I put sweat and blood into this room (but mostly a lot of sweat) and it’s just about perfect. The new return-air vent treatment is looking more stylish and the extra trim really beefed up the baseboards. And if there is anything that really gets me going, it would have to be beefy baseboards. Right?

Oh and the office plants. You. Guys. My office plants are just the best. We are becoming quick friends as I learn how to not over/under water them and how to give them enough but not too much sun. They are so patient with me.

I teamed up with Costa Farms for literally the best plant purchasing experience of my life. And they are not paying me to say that. It simply was the best. I am notorious for killing house plants with gusto. For years I only bought cacti and succulents with only a 50% survival rate. Now I’m no professor, but that’s not exactly a passing grade. Costa Farms really held my black-thumbed hand through the whole experience. They helped me find the perfect plants for me (like an e-harmony profile for plants) and the result basically was: doesn’t die easy and no bamboo. Spot on folks. Then, here comes my favorite part, they shipped it to my front porch. I did not have to load one plant into my trunk with screaming kids in their car seat. Nope. They were delivered to my door! Plants on doorstep. Are you hearing me world?

Bonus you ask? Why yes there is an added bonus…All the plants I got are focused on improving air quality. A real O2 boost for my office! Which means that because of my office plants, I can now do yoga or aerobics will editing photos (which is what I did anyways, but this way I can breath better).

I have a few more surprises in store for this fancy office of mine, but for now lets just look at my office plants in utter appreciation. Then please offer a quick prayer to mother earth asking that I don’t accidentally kill them all!

Great plants for your home

Great plants for your home

Great plants for your home

Great plants for your home

Great plants for your home

Great plants for your home

Great plants for your home

So in case you are interested in more pictures of my house-in-progress you may want to check out Charlotte’s room and my patio challenge.

And one last thank you to Costa Farms for making this project and post possible!

x0 Alix

by Alix

Jun

30

Bold floral kimono for summer!

June 30, 2015 in beauty, Cents of Style, fashion, parenting, portraits, Uncategorized by Alix

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes

Images by Sam of Pierson Photo Company

When it comes to my wardrobe I am a big fan of statement pieces. I mean, we only live once so why not go for it!? One phrase that I have never quite understood is “I could never pull that off.” When a women says, “I love your [insert with "bold lipstick", "bright jacket", etc.], but I could never pull it off!” I’m like, why not? What determines if one is capable of wearing a florescent pink lip color? Is there a committee somewhere making these decisions? Because if there is I want to create a glitter-ridden poster and protest on their doorstep. If I can pull off a floral kimono for summer, you totally can pull it off too!

Also, a little note on motherhood: praise be to fashionable flats! I love a comfortable and stylish flat shoe. Heels used to be my jam, but as a mom I am on my feet all day long, every day. Isn’t it funny how motherhood blankets every part of your life? I think it is so very important that moms find things that define them beyond motherhood, but those little babes are always a part of me. That’s why I refuse to give up style. I’m still me, but my kiddos just make life better!

floral kimono | detail ring | bold neon flats | gold ring stacks

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes  silver honeycomb ring

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes

 

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes  Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes

Also! Cents of Style is offering some pretty hot summer deals right now!

Check out the 4th of July stars and stripes scarf for only $7.95 + free shipping with the code FREEDOMSCARF!

And my favorite circle skirt is 50% off + & free shipping with the code SUMMERSKIRT.

x0 Alix

by Alix

Jun

17

A Ruffled Life Reader Survey! + a giveaway!

June 17, 2015 in blogging, giveaway, Uncategorized by Alix

Giant-Dreamcatcher

A Ruffled Life is about to undergo some major renovations (and isn’t it about time!?) so things have been a little slow moving here on the blog. I can’t even tell you how excited I am about these changes! Very very excited!

And also, I have been thinking more about what I share on A Ruffled Life and I think we can improve / mix things up a bit. I have lots of exciting ideas in store for this little website of mine, but what I really, really, really want to know is…what do you want to see on A Ruffled Life? What have you enjoyed? What have you not-so-much enjoyed? So please, if you don’t mind, and it will be sincerely appreciated if you do, take my reader survey!

 

>>>>>>  Take READER SURVEY!  <<<<<<

 

Bonus! If you do take the reader survey, continue below and enter my $50 Amazon gift card giveaway! Whoop Whoop! (Must be 18+ to enter. Survey ends June 24th at 12:00PM MST. Party on.)

 

by Alix

Jun

9

Disneyland is even better than the pictures

June 9, 2015 in Charlotte, family, Husband, Liam, love, marriage, summer, travel, vacation by Alix

Disneyland-Fun-9

I am a huge fan of cinema in general. Music buffs may collect songs, records, and show of their music trivia knowledge. Meanwhile I’m buying the soundtrack to Rio 2 and quoting Guardians of the Galaxy. I love movies and all the magic that surrounds them. Disney/Pixar movies…action movies…nerd movies…chick-flicks. All of the movies. (But not scary movies because…why???). I mean I am freaking out about the new Star Wars! Ah!

So with a love of the cinematic magic, there was a good chance that I was going to love all that Disneyland and California Adventures had to offer. But guys, Disneyland is even better than the pictures. It was pure magic. I know this may sound weird, but one of my favorite parts was the coordination of music, sound, smell, and visual. The timing was spot-on on every ride. It was one production after another and I was in heaven. Plus I’m a sucker for scary rides so we sprinted from ride to ride like maniacs (“walk please”).

Seriously, I can’t freaking wait to go back to Disneyland (I campaign for a Disney trip every day and we only got home a week ago. Clint thinks I’m over dramatic about it). And despite the fact that my family is frowning in most pictures (I must be the only one who gives a flip about pictures), they all had a really good time too. Like I said, Disneyland is even better than the pictures!

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by Alix

Jun

1

Summer Fashion: Cute Sandals for Summer

June 1, 2015 in beauty, Cents of Style, fashion, hair, portraits, shop, summer, Uncategorized by Alix

Leather jacket and cute sandals for summer

Images by Sam | Location at The Chocolate in West Jordan
Is it March that comes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb? Because that is more what our May felt like around here. Just this week the rain finally subsided and we dared put on a pair of shorts. For weeks I have been trying to will the sun to listen to me by incorporating cute sandals for summer into my wardrobe. I may be sporting summer jackets into May, but my feet will be sending a different message: it’s summer and it’s time to play!
Plus I think a mixture of sandals, jackets, and jogger pants can say that you are ready to take on the day with casual class. A mixture of slouchy pants, metallic sandals, and a tailored jackets make a bold statement. Like I’m making big decisions, and I’m comfortable while I’m doing it! Or I changing diapers like it’s my job! Oh wait, it is. ;)
I mostly just like my fashion to be a conjunction of practical, fitted, and stylin’. Cents of Style really helps me make that a reality by adding intentionally bold pieces to my existing wardrobe.
Leather jacket and cute sandals for summer
Leather jacket and cute sandals for summer

by Alix

May

25

Wire star art!

May 25, 2015 in Craft, DIY, For The Love Of, Home, house, summer, Uncategorized by Alix

Easy DIY wire star art

It’s a holiday (Happy Memorial Day! by the way) so I will just pop in real quick, say hello, give you a DIY idea, and be on my merry little way! We are now officially entering the sandal-wearing, sun-soaking, Popsicle stain summer days of the year. I’m so happy it finally came!

As a mom of two young children, the seasons are not yet marked by school and activities, but by whether or not it is warm enough to get out of the house. And I could use some time outside. Liam has taken to emptying every toy container in his room daily, which gives his room a nice ransacked look. Like the set of an apocalypse movie…charming. Charlotte also enjoys the outdoors for the motor workout: grass to touch, leaves to eat, birds to glare at (it is bright and sunny after all).

But I know for many of you dear friends, the sun is refusing to make an appearance (what a diva) so may I offer you a craft of sympathy? This wire star art DIY is the perfect craft for the season too! I hang up my wire star art every summer to signify the time for summer fun has begun! You can hope on over to For The Love Of to get a full tutorial on how to make some wire star art of your own…and it will look fabulous, I just know it.

Easy DIY wire star art

PS: Don’t forget to tag any DIYs you find and make on A Ruffled Life: #ARuffledLifeMakes (because I just have to see them!)

PPS (for summer fun!): A sprinkler “kid wash” that is a total hit. Fruit drinks stirrers that refuse to be only a beverage or only a drink. And one of my top 5 favorite posts of all time…sprinkle-dipped ice cream cones!

xo Alix

by Alix

May

21

DIY Unicorn Bust

May 21, 2015 in Craft, DIY, Home, house, Uncategorized by Alix

This DIY unicorn bust is the perfect whimsical detail

Images by Sam of Pierson Photo Company and me!

My enthusiasm for interior design is broad. In a style diagnostic, my preferences ranged from whimsical farmhouse to bohemian mid century modern. If you can pin point what that looks like, you are welcome to come to my home and make all my difficult design decisions (like how to arrange a beloved ceramic deer head with vintage tea towels and a garden gnome). Did I mention I have a blue couch? The couch is not the point. The point is, I have a deep appreciation for many styles one might find in an interior (or exterior really). And whimsical unicorn style is definitely not out of the question. In fact, this DIY unicorn bust is the star of my little Charlotte’s room! (You can see more of Charlotte’s room here, here, and here). It’s a DIY that was definitely a labor of love, but I am delighted by how it turned out!

Wanna make your own DIY unicorn bust? Um k!


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by Alix

May

20

DIY Geometric Necklace

May 20, 2015 in beauty, Craft, DIY, fashion, For The Love Of, gifts by Alix

Such an cool and simple DIY geometric necklace

Every single time I wear this necklace, someone always complements me on it! They inevitably ask if I made it and I confess to the deed. The truth is, this DIY geometric necklace that I crafted for the blog For The Love Of is one of my wardrobe staples. I love it. As a person who crafts daily (or is at least trying to craft/create daily), I rarely create things that integrate into my daily life so effortlessly. Perhaps it is the simplicity of this DIY geometric necklace that draws me in. Honestly I can’t wear giant dream catchers and 37 succulent varieties
around my neck without being institutionalized, so a handmade geo necklaces will have to do the trick.

Anyways, people were asking where the tutorial was at and I can’t ignore what the people want! You can find how to make DIY geometric necklace here.

And because this seems like too short a post to hit publish on, I will now brief you in what I did today: fed a baby yams for the first time (she looked at me like I was, in fact, insane), changed poopy underwear…and then a bath ensued, watched last nights Younger (new obsession), made mac n’ cheese to the absolute perfect creaminess (and you thought I couldn’t cook), read a chapter from this book (it’s in my top 10 books of all time. I really really love it), more diapers, and then brunch with Michelle Obama, and I’m off to an evening of girl time with the cast of Golden Girls! (I may be lying about those last two).

Such an cool and simple DIY geometric necklace

I also love to wear my DIY leather swoop necklace and in case you want to dress it up: my top 5 lipsticks of all time!

Images by the fabulous Sam.

xo Alix