Thursday, July 30, 2009

Fashion Friday

Red Gingham

Happy Friday everyone!

Stepping back in time once again... :)

"Rose Red" apron at $49.95

Tank $25 by Fred Flare

Shoes $59 by

And... for splashing in the water,

working on the tan,

or sipping some of those Summer Refreshers.

Floozie by Frost French



don't forget the little Pup...

Dresses by Glamour World Pet Boutique $24.95

So, go on...

get pretty or get wet,

but whatever you do....have a spectacular weekend!!!

Tag, Your IT!


I've been tagged by the very sweet trishiekoh at Under Lock & Key.
My first tag! I'm supposed to say a few things I love.

***when i talk to my pets,
and they look at me like they know exactly what i'm saying***

***chips & salsa (i have not found any good ones in FL, another reason I miss CA.)***

***my sweetie's baby blues***

*** touching new books (i go crazy in Barnes & Noble)***

***a good chai latte***

Who's "It" next?

Simply Mel @ Reverie
Rachael @ Lovely Clusters
All great and beautiful blogs and very worth following!
What are some things that YOU love?

Travel Thursday

RVing... Would you do it Full Time?

One of today's main features on MSNBC is "On the Road Again, and Again, and Again." Which is about RV owners who become "full-timers." They give up their homes to become nomads, selling most of their belongings, or put it in storage, and bounce around from place to place wherever the wind or weather may blow.

I've always been quite intrigued by this lifestyle, as I grew up enjoying camping as a kid. I've never really roughed it, or gone backpacking, but always kind of wondered... what if?

When the movie, Into the Wild, with Emile Hirsch, came out a few years ago, based on the true story of Christopher McCandless, I could relate. My dad expressed to me... that most people could. (If you haven't seen the movie, you can read more about McCandless here.)

Chris, a college graduate who didn't want to join society in the 9-5, burned his money, and ditched his car with dreams of going to Alaska burning in his heart (SuperTramp, he called himself). But there is a big difference between Chris and retirees who have "put in their time" with society and can enjoy this leisurely lifestyle of living in Arizona or Florida in the winter, and the Northern mountains for the summer.

Could you imagine immersing yourself in this lifestyle?

Would you prefer traveling around in an RV ?

Do you like camping by tent? Or would you prefer to stay in a cabin or lodge?

Images from Disney & Into the Wild

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sunflower, Oh Sunflower
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Courtesy of

Isn't this a great idea?

It's called "Project Sprout." GTECH (Growth Through Energy & Community Health) and Green Coast Enterprises teamed up to plant Sunflower fields in empty lots in New Orleans that were considered to be "blighted". It would be nice if other counties in other states would adopt this idea. Things would sure be a lot more cheerful!

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Sunflowers are actually fairly easy to grow provided they have lots of sun and deep soil. I started a couple seeds in my window this year, then transplanted as they grew. But I decided to keep a few indoors up until they were about 3 feet high, each sprouting a beautiful flower. The window received full sun in the afternoons. Because I live in a condo, I didn't have the ability to plant them in the ground, so they lasted in a container as long as possible. But I can't wait til the day I live on lots of acreage again and can plant row of these magnificent flowers.

For more information on growing your own sunflowers, visit
Renee's Garden, Sunflower Guide, or Gardner's Net.

Painting by Ruth Suller.
What grows in your garden this year?

All Gussied Up

I was just wondering...
do you look like this happy and beautiful when grocery shopping?
(Nicole Kidman in The Stepford Wives)

Monday, July 27, 2009

10 Things That Make ME Terribly Happy

Good day! Because it's Monday, I thought I would do something positive and post my version of the rockstar diaries version of what makes me terribly happy.

1. When the lights in the fitting room are actually flattering.

2. Fried Green Tomatoes.
3. When my very handsome boyfriend yells "Muffin!" loudly in public, letting everyone know his affection... knowing it embarrasses me.

4. When my cat Sage cuddles on my chest to feel my heartbeat.

5. Cupcakes with LOTS of frosting.

6. Seeing a movie on opening weekend when Hollywood has been shamelessly promoting it forever, and they hooked me from the previews.

7. Finding my fresh red tomatoes half eaten on the floor, because Sage couldn't resist her oddly favorite food for a cat, and pretending to be mad when I scold her.

8. Daydreaming about living in Switzerland.

9. Having a lazy day watching HGTV and Food Network.

10. When my boyfriend and I stay in on a Saturday night and pick up La Spada's subs and watch movies.

Oh yum!
By the way, this photo is from Magnolia Bakery Cookbook...
and what a cookbook it is!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Lovely Weekend
Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

Photo by: Nicolette Fisher

Friday, July 24, 2009

Happy Friday!!

Ever wake up not knowing what day it is?

I didn't know if it was Friday or Tuesday when my alarm went off this morning.

"Is today Friday?" I mumbled to my beloved, instead of the usual "good morning."
"Yes," he replied.

"Ok, good... Good morning then."
Yes, it has been one of those weeks where the 9-5 just gets to you BAD. However, I have been so encouraged to wake up and read comments and see everyone's daily posts. It has seriously made me so much happier. Not get all mushy, but it's like friendship therapy. Anyway, on that note...
Here are things I'm excited to do this weekend...

1. Crafting and organizing photography for my Etsy debut.

2. Dragging my boyfriend to see The Ugly Truth, which comes out today with Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler. He's such a good sport, but shh!... I think he secretly wants to see it too.

BUT... I am counting down the days until Julie & Julia comes out. I received the book a couple years ago as a gift. And busted again, I only read half. So I'm scurrying to finish, before the movie is released on August 7th. Wait a minute...gotta add that to the list.
3. Finish Reading Julia & Julia.
My love saw the previews last night. He laughed and exclaimed, "Honey, it's You!" He was referring to Amy Adams in Julie & Julia. Not sure which line he was talking about though. "Ever feel lost?" or "I must make a pear tart." Oh well..

Have a great weekend everyone! If you make it to the movies... let me know what you think. :)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Travel Thursday

Sonoma, California

Ok, so I have been missing home like crazy the past couple of weeks in Northern California. Meaning yes... I also miss mom. So in honor of the trip she and I have yet to take to together, today's featured destination is Sonoma, California.


Photo: Sonoma County
So serene...

Photos by: & Cory Maylett

Grapes that make Northern's California fabulous wine.
Townhall... isn't it charming?

I'm hoping to go soon and tour the wineries!

Maybe we can stay at the Vintner's Inn by Ferrari Carano.
It looks so elegant but homey at the same time.

Courtesy of & Here Come The

Destination Wedding ??

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Good Eats Wednesday

Summer Refreshers

Stay cool with these delicious drinks to beat the heat this hot summer...

Basil Lemonade

Basil Lemonade
Recipe Serves 8
Time: 15 min


1 cup sugar
1 cup fresh basil leaves, plus 8 sprigs for garnishing
8 cups lemonade


1. In a small saucepan, over medium heat, bring the sugar and 1 1/2 cups cold water to a simmer. Cook, without stirring, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture thickens slightly, about 5 mintues.

2. Remove from heat, add the basil, and let cool to room temperature. Strais the syrup into a resealable container and discard the solids.

3. Pour 2 to 3 teaspoons of the basil syrup into each of 8 ice-filled glasses, then fill with lemonade. Garnish with an additional sprig of basil. (You can cover and refrigerate the remaing syrup for up to 2 weeks.)

Iced Tea Four Ways

Ginger and Honey Iced Tea
Peach and Mint Iced Tea
Pomegrante and Lime Iced Tea
Watermelon and Basil Iced Tea

Recipes and photos from Real Simple, click on your favorite above.
These sound oh so good!

The Best is Saved For Last...

When I worked at Disney World in the Magic Kingdom... yes, your heard right... I did work at Disney, serving Dole Whip soft serve at Aloha Isle. One of my favorite items there, was the Pineapple Float. They give you a choice of pineapple of vanilla soft serve on top of Dole pineapple juice.
The is so easy to make at home. Just pick up a can of Dole pineapple juice and your favorite brand of vanilla ice cream.

It is THE BEST summer treat!

The question is... do you prefer it with less ice cream...

or MORE? :)
Photos courtesty of b.iLL on flikr,,, and

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Cute Cottages & English Gardens

I think I'm missing being outdoors the past couple of days!

Photo Courtesy of

I just love these images below from Landscape Design Advisor. They offer great tips if anyone is in the market for a landscape designer.

Also, checkout Alford's English Gardens. Such a great website. They have an educational center, Garden Tours 2009, theme gardens, a monthly newletter, plant of the month, garden of the week, and even garden stories!

Enjoy! Have a great Tuesday everyone!

Monday, July 20, 2009

New Beginnings

Happy Monday! Yes, it actually is a happy Monday.
Cheers to new beginnings and new friends! I want to offer a warm welcome to my first few followers. Thank you for your support... it is very much appreciated. :)
Also, Congratulations to my wonderful boyfriend who made the decision to accept a new job offer!
These flowers from Keunkenof are for all of you to enjoy! Have a great day!

Photos by: Nicolette Fisher
Thanks again for stopping by. Happy Monday! :)


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