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Favorite Large Planters Under $100

Transform a simple woven storage basket into a cute and stylish planter using craft paint! Click through to see the trick to creating the perfect scalloped border.

My DIY painted basket that doubles as planter

Slowly I’m adding more and more plants to both the inside and outside of my home until one day I hope it will look almost like a jungle. If you’re a crazy plant person too, here are some great options for large planters. They all have a clean, modern aesthetic without the high-end price tag. All of them are under a $100! So if you’ve been looking for the perfect planter for that cactus on the patio or large rubber plant, here are 20 great options!

Add plants to your indoor and outdoor spaces! Check out this roundup of 20 great large planters all less than $100!

  1. Tahiti mint green planter
  2. Howell Short Planter
  3. Dundee Floor Planter with Tall Stand
  4. Slant Light Grey Short Planter
  5. Wire and Terracotta Planter
  6. Sea Grass Storage Basket
  7. Napa Fiberglass Pot Planter
  8. Ceramic Planter
  9. Blox Galvanized Hi-Gloss White Planters
  10. Bright Pink Self Watering Planter
  11. Terracotta Planter with White Accents
  12. Round Tapered Planter
  13. Pure Ceramic Pot Planter
  14. Modern by Dwell Magazine Hexagons Concrete Planter
  15. Modern Square Garden Planter
  16. Metallic Bronze Planters
  17. Blox Galvanized Hi-Gloss Navy Planter
  18. Lola Terracotta Pot Planter With Stand
  19. Faux-Concrete Square Large Planter

Looking for some outdoor inspiration on how to add plants to your home? You can see how I added plants to our patio and front porch.

Off the Cob Mexican Street Corn Recipe

Serve this easy off-the-cob Mexican street corn all summer long. Click through to watch the recipe video!

Whenever we go to one of our many favorite taco spots around LA, one thing Kevin and I always order is the street corn. If you haven’t had elote or Mexican street corn, it’s absolutely delicious and hands down the best way to eat corn. And If you’re not near a taco truck or if you’re craving sweet summer corn, you gotta try this simple recipe for making, off-the-cob esquites—off-the-cob Mexican style street corn.

Watch the video below to see how it’s made!

 

Serve this easy off-the-cob Mexican street corn all summer long. Click through to watch the recipe video!

My recipe uses 4 ears of fresh corn that are grilled for about 15 minutes on a charcoal grill. They would be jut as good on a gas grill or cooked indoors on a grill pan. If you’re short on time or simply want to skip this step, Trader Joe’s sells grilled corn off-the-cob in the frozen foods section. After cooking the onions and peppers, add the frozen grilled corn directly into the skillet and cook until heated through before adding the other ingredients.

Serve this easy off-the-cob Mexican street corn all summer long. Click through to watch the recipe video!

Off the Cob Mexican Street Corn

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

4 ears of corn, shucked
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup diced Serrano pepper
1/2 bag of Black Bean Mango Chili Lime Harvest Snaps
sea salt, to taste
zest of 1 lime
1 tbs chopped cilantro stems and leaves
1/2 cup cotija cheese
1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions, for garnish
lime wedges, for serving

Directions

  1. Grill 4 ears of corn on a pre-heated grill or grill pan for 15 minutes or until full cooked and equally charred on a sides. Remove from the grill and place on a place. Allow to cool.
  2. Use a sharp knife to carefully cut the corn off each cob (you can also use a tiny gadget to do this).
  3. Heat a medium skillet over medium high heat. Add 1 tbs olive oil and cook the red onions and Serrano pepper for 3-4 minutes or until the just begin to soften. Add the cut corn to the skillet and cook until warm, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove the skillet from the heat and add sea salt to taste. Add remaining ingredients and toss to combine. Just before serving top with fresh lime juice and thinly sliced scallions. Enjoy!

If you like things extra spicy, swap out the Mango Chili Lime for the Black Bean Habanero Harvest Snaps. They will give this dish an extra kick!

This video was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps

July 2017 Mermaid Calendar Wallpaper

Drive into summer with this free mermaid wallpaper! Click through to download for your computer, phone and tablet.

Hello mermaid!

Last month I asked my Facebook page what you would love to see on next wallpaper and the most requested idea was mermaids! What better way to drive into summer than with a cute and colorful mermaid illustration.

Anyone else suddenly wanting mermaid hair for the summer? Download the free wallpaper for all your devices below.
Drive into summer with this free July 2017 mermaid calendar wallpaper! Click through to download for your computer, phone and tablet.

DOWNLOAD THE JULY WALLPAPER

Desktop | Desktop with calendar | Desktop with quote
Laptop | Laptop with calendar | Laptop with quote
iPhone | iPhone with calendar | iPhone with quote | iPhone home screen
iPad | iPad with calendar | iPad with quote | iPad home screen
Apple Watch

Drive into summer with this free mermaid wallpaper! Click through to download for your computer, phone and tablet. Drive into summer with this free mermaid wallpaper! Click through to download for your computer, phone and tablet.

Drive into summer with this free mermaid wallpaper! Click through to download for your computer, phone and tablet.

Design and illustration by Sarah Khandjian | downloads for personal consumer use only

more summer wallpapers

If you want summer to last a little longer, check out the past wallpapers I’ve created. And if you’re a designer and want to create your own mermaid stationery, graphics and more, you can purchase my mermaid illustrations over on my Creative Market shop.

Guava Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

If you love Cuban guava and cream cheese patelitos then you have to make these easy and delicious guava cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and guava drizzle.

Being half Cuban and having grown up in Miami means I was always around really great foot. Both my mom and dad are amazing cooks and there are so many great restaurants there. But what I probably miss most about living in Miami is being near Cuban food, especially Cuban pastries. My mouth is watering as I type this!

When Kevin and I got married, we wanted to have both Cuban and Armenian inspired food at our wedding. And I wanted to find a way to incorporate one of my all time favorite treats into the wedding too. So I told the baker who was making various cupcakes for us to throw in some guava paste into the batter and top the cupcake with cream cheese frosting. A nod to the Cuban pastelitos de guava y queso. And now, nearly 9 years later I thought it would be fun to finally share this recipe!

Watch the video below to see how they are made and continue reading for the full recipe.

 

If you love Cuban guava and cream cheese patelitos then you have to make these easy and delicious guava cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and guava drizzle.

Guava Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Servings: 24 standard cupcakes

Ingredients

1 vanilla cake mix
1 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
8 oz. guava paste
16 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup guava fruit spread

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F and line 2 muffin pans with cupcake liners. Dice the guava paste into 1/2″ pieces and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add the cake mix, water, vegetable oil, and eggs. Use a hand mixer to combine all ingredients.
  3. Pour the batter into the cupcake pin and fill each liner just more than 1/2 way full. Place 3-4 guava paste pieces into each cupcake. Bake for approximately 14 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on a cooling rack.
  4. Meanwhile, use a hand or stand mixer to combine the softened cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl. Add the vanilla and 1 cup of powdered sugar. Mix until the sugar is completely blended. Add the remaining 1 cup of powdered sugar and blend until smooth and airy.
  5. Fill a pastry bag (or a large zip-top plastic bag) with the cream cheese frosting with a large star tip. Pipe the cream cheese frosting onto each cooled cupcake.
  6. Fill another pastry bag, without a tip, with guava fruit spread. Using a zig-zag motion drizzle the guava jam across each cupcake and enjoy!

If you love Cuban guava and cream cheese patelitos then you have to make these easy and delicious guava cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and guava drizzle.

You can definitely use any vanilla cake mix or your favorite recipe for the batter. When I’m short on time (which feels like always) I prefer to use a cake mix and always make my own frosting. Because 1.) ready-made frosting is kinda icky and 2.) making homemade frosting tricks everyone into thinking you made everything from scratch.

If you love Cuban guava and cream cheese patelitos then you have to make these easy and delicious guava cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and guava drizzle.

When making these and red velvet cupcakes, I follow the cream cheese frosting recipe above. It uses significantly less sugar than most other recipes because I’m a cream cheese addict and want the frosting to taste more like cream cheese than buttercream. If you’re a buttercream lover, and more powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time until it’s just right.

diy monstera leaf napkins

If you love Cuban guava and cream cheese patelitos then you have to make these easy and delicious guava cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and guava drizzle.

Have you made your favorite pastry or other sweet into a cupcake before? Let me know what your favorite combo has been and I’d love to give it a try. It might just become my next video!

If you love Cuban guava and cream cheese patelitos then you have to make these easy and delicious guava cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and guava drizzle.

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Favorite Tabletop Planters

Loving this pom pom planter by @thecraftedlife! Click through for 20 other great tabletop planters.

DIY pom pom planter by The Crafted Life

Little by little I’m slowly making our home into a jungle. And I absolutely love it. While I haven’t always had the best luck with houseplants, I’m going on my longest stretch ever of keeping all of mine alive. I think it mostly has to do with how much sunlight our house gets. And the fact that I gave up trying to maintain fickle fiddle leaf figs and opted for much easier to care for plants.

If you want to give your green thumb a try, I’ve rounded up 20 of my favorite tabletop planters you can by right now. They are all small enough to stick on a desktop, dresser, or side table to add some instant greenery to your home.

Add some greenery to your home with a houseplant in one of these pretty tabletop planters.

  1. This 3-piece planter set would be pretty arranged in a group or throughout your home.
  2. Put a snake plant in this planter and it looks like a pineapple!
  3. Gold faux marble adds subtle texture.
  4. Major mid-century modern vibes with this planter.
  5. Millennial pink planter. Need I say more?
  6. Teeny tiny pot perfect for a succulent.
  7. The happiest planter ever.
  8. The mirrored gold finish on this planter is so sleek.
  9. This rectangular galvanized planter works with both modern and rustic aesthetics.
  10. French macaron colored fluted planters would be perfect for herbs.
  11. This handmade bear planter would be adorable in a nursery.
  12. Loving this modern variation of a traditional terra-cotta planter.
  13. The geometric planter would make a cute desk accessory.
  14. The soothing mint green metal planter would be so pretty with a fern.
  15. The planter and stand combo is similar to ones from the 1950’s.
  16. The almost-white-but-still-millennial-pink color of this planter is so good.
  17. This glass greenhouse has cute scalloped details and works with most small planters.
  18. Loving the metallic gold rim on this hand plant splatter planter.
  19. Opt for a faux-marble planter and save a major $$$.
  20. This hand-poured concrete dish makes a great mini succulent planter.

Looking for more ways to add plants to your home? Try painting a basket and using it as planter or making a house number wall planter.