Friday, August 17, 2012

Sephora Kit


By far one of my favorite bargains at Sephora...

I heart the eyeshadows.


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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Julia Child's 100th Birthday

When I was in Paris last year, I performed my own Julia Child tour based on My Life in France. Saddened that I never got the share this "tour" because those photos haven't been restored from my laptop, I'll tell you I sat on a park bench below her apartment at 81 Rue d'L'Universite. I went to Au Pied de Cochon where she frequented for the French Onion Soup (which I reviewed on TripAdvisor), and I went to the cooking store Dehillerin where Julia shopped for her cookery.

Beuof Bourginon from Domme, France.

Ahh... je t'aime Paris!

Think I'll have to watch Julie & Julia for the umpteenth time tonight.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Banana Pudding

Grandma's Southern Recipe

All I wanted for my 30th Birthday was the Banana Pudding my grandma used to make me (which I blogged about a few years ago). I bought all the ingredients, but my parents surprised me with a cake instead. So, I made it for Hayley's Garden Party and shared it with my Mom's side of the family. It was such a success I made recipe cards to mail to everyone.

Bon appetit!

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Olympic Potluck

Celebrating the Closing Ceremonies

The idea came to me mid-morning when I tried to stifle my growling stomach during a morning meeting. I couldn't stop thinking about Chinese food for lunch. That's when it occured to me how fun celebrating the closing ceremonies of the Olympics would be with an array of international cuisine.

Tuesday is the day!
Can't wait to share with you...

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Garden Party

A few weeks ago, I attended my little cousin Hayley's Garden Party...
I loved the creative desserts we had... plus they were so much fun to make!

Cupcakes and ice cream in a flower pot with pineapple flowers and gummy 'earth' worms.

Lady bug cupcakes...

So much fun!

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Freeway Opening

Last weekend I participated in a biking event to celebrate the new highway opening connecting Reno to Carson City. I was in charge of a booth on Emergency Preparedness for work and the Western Nevada Medical Reserve Corps. It was awesome to be able to participate in this event just weeks before the highway is due to open to the public.

I was quoted a couple of times on the front page of the Nevada Appeal... 
it was great publicity for work...

...but I also loved how the journalist managed
 to capture my sense of nomadness on the front page,
which I mentioned in my DIY: Collaging Home post.

Have a good day!

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

DIY - Collaging

Home is Where the Heart is...

I've wanted to share this for quite awhile... a few months ago I wanted to create something for my office area of what Home meant to me. I ripped up a map and decoupaged it for all the U.S. places that are special to me...

That's what Home means to me...

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri

Fashion Friday: Beauty

I do my own nails.
For $3-5 a bottle I can buy numerous bottles
of my latest beauty obsession Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color.
The thing I love even more than the rapid dry...
is the flat wide brush which makes for an easier DIY manicure.

Have a good weekend!

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Cat Baths

Someone thinks it's a good idea to give the kitties a bath... maybe we should ask them.

Sage: Heck No!
Rosie: Can I get in the shower with you Mom?

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Author Interview

I'm very excited to be able to share my author interview with you! Many people have asked questions about my book, 'Running Away to ...