Painting A Trunk




Welcome to the first Makeover Monday with Her Hippie Heart!  Starting today, I will be sharing tips on making over everything from, found “treasures” to entire rooms.  Make sure that you’re subscribed so you don’t miss out on all the things featured here!

Have you ever thought about painting a trunk, but weren’t too sure how it would turn out?  Or maybe you’ve never thought about painting a trunk, but you’re ears just perked up?  I’m kind of  paint junky, so it always occurs to me to paint stuff, but the painted trunks turned out to be a total win, in my book.

The trunk that I’m featuring today was beautiful all on it’s own.  Well-made, with gorgeous detail.  Some might find it painful and even wrong to paint such a stunner, and I do understand that.  Some people are purists…loyalists.  I heart you.  I really do.  But I just can’t help myself!  I NEED to find out what will happen if I dab a little paint on there.  It makes me happy.  But please, all of you purists, keep fighting the good fight!  Don’t let us painty types get our hands on everything!! 😉  Here she is before: (please, DON’T ask me why the pic is sideways, because I just.  Don’t. Know.)




And here she is after: (FYI, I used Cobblestone by Maison Blanche Paint Company)




Now, I didn’t get a bunch of action shots on this piece, but once you learn how easy it is, you’ll forgive me.  I hope.

First, pick a paint color and start brushing it on the trunk.  Don’t try to cover it completely, just get a first coat on.




Then, when the first coat is dry, do another coat just like that, applying circular and long strokes with your brush.  If your satisfied with that shabby look (like I was on this piece), then stop there.  For a more finished look, keep adding coats until you’re happy.




On this piece, I painted over everything – the metal, wood & hardware.  Then I took 220 grit sandpaper, and lightly sanded it by hand until I achieved the shabby look I wanted.  I absolutely LOVE how the detail on the metal edges popped out!




This wasn’t the first trunk I painted, but it’s certainly my favorite so far! Here’s another example of how you can bring a trunk to life:




I showed you mine, now show me yours!  Send me some pics. 🙂

Peace & Love,






My 40 Year Old Face




A few days ago, I was met with an unsavory decision…to photoshop or not to photoshop. 

My friend and photographer, Lupita from Images Of Rain Photography , took my headshots for me a couple of weeks ago, and I could hardly wait to get the proofs back.

I love her, and I love her work. 

When I did get the proofs, I was immediately drawn to one photo of me that I thought looked great.  And I was right…it looked so great that I didn’t even recognize myself! 

As I scanned the other photos, I became painfully aware that the photos that caught my eye, were not a real representation of me. I clicked on the unedited version of the same photos and I just sat and stared at them.  For a while.  I thought, “this is what I look like.”

Those wrinkles.

Those age spots.

That nose.

That wild hair.

This is you.

THIS is what people see when you’re standing face-to-face.



This is it.  My 40 year old face. 

And I had to decide in that moment who I wanted to be.  Just a pretty face, or real and authentic? 

Considering that the Her Hippie Heart logo includes the phrase “down-to-earth,” I decided to opt for the latter. Embracing this laugh lined, sleep deprived, dehydrated, sun damaged, dessert-loving face wasn’t easy, but it was the right thing to do.

THIS is NOT me.




THIS is.




THIS is not.




THIS is.




My 40 year old face is showing, and I’m learning to be OK with that.

Peace & Love,






Balsamic Brown Sugar Rosemary Pork Chops – Guest Post


My sweet friend, Andrea over at Tabler Party of Two allowed me to guest post on her blog yesterday!  I shared with her followers my recipe for Balsamic Brown Sugar Rosemary Pork Chops.  I promise, they are much more fun to eat than say. 😉  Get the recipe here, and then be sure to dig around Andrea‘s site to get inspiration for recipes, entertaining, style and so much more!  Peace & Love. ~Carrie




How to Meal Plan For The Week in 3 Simple Steps




If you feel overwhelmed by trying to get tonight’s meal on the table, then planning for an entire week probably makes your head want to explode!  Meal planning is a time and money saver, but can be a bit daunting for some.  If that’s you, then let me show you how to meal plan for the week in 3 simple steps.



Step One: Take a peak into your fridge and freezer.

  • Check and see what you already have on hand.  Write it down!  If you buy meat on sale and freeze it, then you may already have the foundation for several meals.
  • Figure out which veggies are getting ready to turn and make a note of it.  You’ll want to either use or freeze these right away. (Tip: freezing vegetables can be a great way to add them to breads, sauces, soups and dips later.)

Step Two: Think through all the upcoming week’s activities.

  • Make note of all the nights you already have activities or dinner plans.
  • Figure out which evenings you need a quick meal, and which days will require a crockpot so you don’t have to think about dinner.
  • Plan for any guests that you might be hosting, or take the time right now to invite someone!



Step Three: Start plugging in your meals.

  • Start with the non-cook nights; write them on your meal plan calendar (or a piece of paper, or a napkin or whatever).
  • Plug in 1-2 easy meals (more if you hate to cook, but have to).  This can be breakfast for dinner, baked potatoes, leftovers, tostadas, etc.
  • Now, look for recipes to fill the rest of your week, using the ingredients you have on hand.  Pinterest is great for this!  Type in the meat or vegetable you want to use, and watch the recipes come right to you!
  • If your week isn’t full yet, then bust out some cookbooks or check out posts from your favorite bloggers (heh-hem) to finalize your week of recipes.


IMPORTANT: Keep a running grocery list while you meal plan, and check to make sure you have the ingredients for each recipe you choose.

I find that meal planning makes everything run smoother at dinner time.  It also reminds me what I need to pull out of the freezer for the week.

I’d love to hear how and if this works for you!  It makes perfect sense to me, but let me know what you think. 🙂

Peace & Love,




How To Use Exterior Siding In Your Bedroom

How To Use Exterior Siding In Your Bedroom


Using exterior siding in your bedroom can add an amazing amount of beauty and charm.  Whether it’s actual reclaimed wood, new wood with a faux finish or faux wood, you can’t go wrong with this added texture and warmth.  I’ll show you how to use exterior siding in your bedroom so that you can create a romantic and inviting space.

Yep, this is what it used to look like – my master bedroom.  Actually, this isn’t the worst it’s ever looked, as it used to be without sheetrock and insulation and had a ton more stuff stored in it!



I’ve mentioned before that we’ve been remodeling our house for over a year and a half now.  We spent much of that time getting it into proper working condition (replacing sheetrock, adding insulation, plumbing, electrical, etc.), as well as moving some walls around to make it more functional for this mama.

The great thing about stripping a home down to the bare bones, is that you get to rebuild it exactly how you want to.  The bad part is, especially if using your own hands and those of a few generous volunteers, it feels very overwhelming.  There are so many details that go into building a house, you never feel like you’re going to get to the end.  In fact, we’re not to the end.  Yet.

However, we have turned this house into a home and I couldn’t be happier with the results.  I’ll be sharing different thing that we did, but I want to start with my master bedroom.  It’s my favorite.  It has a story, and one day I’ll share that.  But for now, enjoy the transformation pics!


Tape, floating, texture and priming.

Siding Inside



Siding Inside


A coat of Alabaster paint from Sherwin Williams (my recommended paint brand, btw).


Siding Inside


Siding from the home of our precious friends (DIY on that later).  And floors – woohoo!

Siding Inside

Siding Inside

Finished product.  Or as I like to call it, heaven on earth.

Siding Inside

Siding Inside



Siding Inside

Master Bedroom

And, my previously featured dresser and chair.


The room isn’t 100% finished, but it’s still my favorite room in the house!  I have a few surprises still coming your way that I think you’re gonna love, and will make this room pure perfection.

I’d love to know what you think! Please leave your comments and questions below.

Peace & Love,


Finished product photographs by Images Of Rain Photography.

Sweet Onion Chicken Thighs


Sweet Onion Chicken Thighs


I know you all have been chomping at the bit to find out what my next recipe was going to be, and I promise these Sweet Onion Chicken Thighs are worth the wait!  I’ve been so busy with our house remodel the last couple of weeks (more on that later), that I’ve been slacking on cooking at all.  I was pretty happy to get back into the kitchen this week, and even happier with how this throw-together dish turned out!  My family said it was blog-worthy, so here ya’ go.

I often buy chicken thighs because of the price, and because of the fact that I love dark meat.  Period.  It’s moist and delicious and it’s skin crisps up real, real nice.  If this isn’t for you, or you prefer the leaner part of the chicken, then feel free to try this with chicken breasts.  I’m guessing that the cook time will be about half an hour longer, so keep that in mind when getting started.

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.  Then place your chicken in a 9×13 baking dish.  Mix together the following in a small bowl:

  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (I accidentally wrote “homey” the first time.  I wanted to leave it because it made me laugh. :))
  •  1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of hoisin sauce

Sprinkle 1 package of dry onion soup mix over the chicken.

Sweet Onion Chicken Thighs


Pour the orange juice mixture evenly into the baking pan.  Bake for 1 hour, or until cooked all the way through and the skin is crispy.

Sweet Onion Chicken Thighs


I served this with an Asian salad and some green beans.  Super easy, super delicious!  Hope your family enjoys it too.


Sweet Onion Chicken Thighs

Peace & Love


Sweet Onion Chicken Thighs


  • 8 Chicken thighs
  • 1 Package dry onion soup mix
  • 1 Cup orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon hoisin sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the chicken in a 9x13 baker.
  3. Mix together the orange juice, soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, minced garlic and hoisin sauce.
  4. Sprinkle the dry soup mix over the chicken.
  5. Pour the orange juice mixture evenly into the baker.
  6. Bake for 1 hour.
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