Blueberry Cucumber Sparkler

Blueberry Cucumber Sparkler

During the summertime I tend to gravitate toward lighter cocktails with fresh ingredients. This cocktail is simple, refreshing, and can be easily customized with your favorite fruits and herbs. Today I chose cucumber, mint, and blueberries. On other days I've also tried strawberries, blackberries, cilantro, rosemary, and grapefruit (not all at the same time, of course!). Feel free to customize this recipe with your favorite flavor combinations. Blueberry Cucumber Sparkler,... Continue Reading

Emma's Guest Bedroom (Before + After)

Emma's Guest Bedroom (Before + After)

One of my goals for the summer was to (finally) finish our guest bedroom. During the first year and a half that I owned my home I had a roommate who occupied this room (my little brother—best roommate ever!). Soon after that, Trey and I got married and started living together, and this room became at times kind of a catch-all or junk room. I did finally get it to... Continue Reading

Reconfiguring Existing Cabinets for a Fresh Look

Reconfiguring Existing Cabinets for a Fresh Look

Hi, guys! It's Mandi with another installment of our kitchen renovation series. When we first moved into our house, I would just stare at the wasted, open space above our cabinets and scream (inside my head), "WHY?!" The extensions on the sides of the cupboards that went all the way to the ceiling didn't make any sense and gave the appearance of the cupboards being unfinished. Perhaps they were unfinished.... Continue Reading

A new ABM Adventure!

A new ABM Adventure!

This past month we celebrated the seven-year birthday of this blog. I've said many times that this journey has been a complete surprise to us. We've realized dreams, tried things, and gone places that we never thought possible. A Beautiful Mess is a blog, but it's also more than that now. It's a company and it's growing like crazy! In the past year Emma and I have been focusing more... Continue Reading

Tomato Toast + Basil Cream Cheese

Tomato Toast + Basil Cream Cheese

I am not of the mind-set that food has to be complicated in order to be good. Quite the opposite, actually. More often than not, I'll find that some of my very favorite meals turn out to be something so simple and easy to put together. Also, you don't need fancy cooking skills to make something restaurant quality. I mean, how many trendy coffee shops charge $4+ for fancy toast?... Continue Reading

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