Friday, February 22, 2013

Blog sale!

Hi all, and welcome to my blog sale! This is a sad day for me...but a fun one for you! I have come to the conclusion that even though I love these clothes, I just don't think I will see the day when some of them fit me again. Namely....the jeans. So, here we go with my second blog sale! Hope you find something you love! Here's what you need to know....

  • All prices include shipping. I am only shipping within the US.
  • I accept payment through PayPal only.
  • If you want to purchase an item, leave me a comment below detailing which item or items you would like, along with the email address you use for PayPal. Or if you'd prefer to keep your info private, you can email me at rachel@rachelsnest.com
  • Items will be sold on a first come, first-served basis. I will let you know if you are the first to request an item, or not. 
  • All items are final sale. 
  • All items are in good to excellent condition...otherwise I would not be selling them!
  • If you would like additional pictures of an item, please let me know and I'll be happy to provide them, as well as answer any other questions you might have.

Have fun shopping!



Big Star jeans. 
Size 26R.
30" length.
$27


Silver jeans. 
Size 25. 
Hemmed to 30" with original hem.
$27

Arden B. lavender lace top with button and ruffle detail and sash. 
Size Small.
$8
SOLD

Banana Republic green short sleeved sweater. 
Size XS.
$9

Smoky purple/gray sweater with cowl neck. 85% silk 15% cashmere.
Size XS.
$9

Target animal print blouse. 
Size Small. 
$7
SOLD


Forever21 100% linen top. 
Size Small.
$8


Black Guess top with open back. Worn once. (I cut the tag out).
Size XS.
$12

 Deep red ribbed sweater. 100% Merino wool.
Size XS
$9

 Banana Republic gray and white leaf top. 
Size XS
$10
SOLD

Deep purple, knit baby doll sweater with charcoal buttons. 
Size XS
$13

Banana Republic deep green, empire waist sweater. 
Size XS
$10

The Limited slate blue sweater with buttons on ends of sleeves. 
Size XS
$11

The Limited deep royal blue sweater with pleats and 3/4 sleeves. (I cut out the tag).
Size XS 
$11

Ann Taylor Loft deep red sweater.
Size XSP
$8
SOLD

JCrew white, cotton tank with double straps. 
Size XS
$8



JCrew, deep plum, 100% silk top.
Size 00.
$8
SOLD




 Nina gold strappy dress sandal. Never worn. Original box not available. 3" heel.
Size 6.5 (fits like a 6).
$18


Nine West red snake print pump. Worn a few times. Original box not available. 3 1/2" heel.
Size 6.
$18


Blue statement ring. I'm estimating that it's a size 6.
$5
SOLD


Flower necklace. 19" long
$6
SOLD

Long silver tone 3 strand necklace. 31" long.
$4
SOLD

Premier Jewelry silver necklace. (Rings are intentionally slightly bent). 29" long.
$8

Black bead 3 strand necklace. 29" long.
$4
SOLD

Gold tone bead necklace (doubled in this picture). 45" long.
$4
SOLD

Brown bead 3 strand necklace. 15" long.
$6


Chartreuse bead 3 strand necklace. 15" long.
$6


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Healthy, homemade granola bars

I've been wanting to share this recipe with you for a while now! I found it via Pinterest, and have made it several times and tried a few different versions. This one of my favorite variations...although there are so many more you can explore.

If you're thinking "homemade granola bars just sound way too difficult and time consuming to make"...it's not true! At least not of these bars. You don't even have to bake them!

Lately, I've been really into making more things homemade, and using less processed foods and snacks. ...but more on that in a later post. Let's get on to these yummy granola bars...



To make some of your own, you'll need:
(full recipe below)


Mix it up.


Put in a pan.


Press it down.


Let cool.


Cut into bars.


Wrap.


Enjoy!


Here's the full recipe:

1 1/4 cups rice cereal
1 cup uncooked, quick-cooking oats
1 tablespoon flax seed
1/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/3 cup brown rice syrup (honey is pictured above, but I prefer rice syrup)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Combine rice cereal, oats, flax seed, cranberries and pumpkin seeds in a bowl and mix. Combine the rice syrup, peanut butter, vanilla and cinnamon in a microwaveable bowl and heat until melted. Can also heat in a pot on the stove. Mix well and pour over rice and oat mixture. Stir everything with a spoon until well combined.
Put mixture into an 8 inch, non-stick pan and press down, using plastic wrap (or wax paper). Cool for about 30 minutes. Cut into bars, and wrap with plastic wrap. Can be stored in the fridge for at least a week.

The original recipe is here and there are many suggested variations. You can really use any dried fruit you like, any nut butter, any nuts or seeds....the combinations are endless! I love that I know exactly what's in them and can control each ingredient. I always have these in my fridge now to grab for a quick snack. I've even made these in a toddler-friendly version for Audrey! I plan to share that recipe in a later post.

Hope you guys try these! They're delicious, healthy, and so easy to make! Let me know if you try these...or if you've made another version of homemade granola bars before!



Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Looking for our "forever home"

Hi friends! We are having a very busy week here...how about you guys? I wanted to stop by and share a little something with you....it's not a project or a tutorial...it's a little more personal. I tend to not write very "personal" posts here. I guess that's just me. I'm kind of a private gal. But, this is something I'm really excited about, so I figured why not share it?

For the past couple of months, we've been looking for our "forever home". I say that in quotations because it's our intention that this will be where we live for a very, very long time, but of course we don't know everything that God has planned. We are so excited to be able to move to a larger, single-family home. God has really blessed us. I love our current home, it's the first place we lived together, it's Lola's first home, it's where we welcomed Audrey home. It's funny though, now that we've been searching for our next home, I'm anxious to move! I know I will miss this home, but I just feel ready to move on.

So far, we have seen at least a dozen homes at this point, but haven't found "the one". I know we will...eventually. It's funny though. Josh and I have completely different ideas of what our dream home is. He would like something brand new, with all the bells and whistles, while I would rather a big, old farmhouse built around 1900, that needs just a little work so that I can make it our own (asking a lot?!). That being said, I know we will find something we both love. We have seen a couple homes that came close, but not quite...so I know our home is out there somewhere!

Do you want to know what my dream home looks like? I'll show you....

It looks something like this from the outside







My dream kitchen could be a number of things...







And the bathroom...








I could go on...but you get the idea, right? I love old and rustic, and I love some glam!

Now, do I think we will find all of this in a home? Probably not. But I'm dreaming big. I definitely think we can find a home that over time, can become exactly our dream home. Really, more than anything, I want the home that God has for us...because He has something that is just right for our family.

So, I will keep you posted on our house hunting adventures! We will also be making a couple changes around here....painting the foyer is one of them. I'm SO over the bold color, and I've been wanting to paint it something neutral for quite a while now. I know that small change will definitely help whenever we list our home for sale, too. 

Hope you guys have a great week!

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