Thursday, July 30, 2009

More than you ever wanted to know

Blogging is a lot harder than it looks. Today, I got nothing for you. So, I stumbled on my friend Megan's blog and stole this "quiz" from her. Enjoy!

1. What time did you get up this morning? 7:30 am

2. How do you like your steak? Don't like steak

3. What was the last movie you saw? Away we Go with John Krasinski. It would be a cute renter.

4. What is your favorite TV show? Anything a 16 year old would watch. No lie. Gossip Girl, the Real World, Project Runway, The Bachelor/Bachlorette, anything on MTV, Food Network, HGTV. I have no life apparently.

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Destin, Florida

6. What did you have for breakfast? A granola bar. I will be honest, breakfast is my least favorite meal of the day.

7. What is your favorite cuisine? Mexican or Italian. I am so starving right now. I just made the weirdest snack - My cabot cheese and turkey bacon.

8. What foods do you dislike? Beef, peas, red or green peppers. Really, I am pretty picky. It might be easier to just name the things I do like.

9. Favorite Place to Eat? Too many to list.

10. Favorite dressing? Balsamic Vinaigrette

11. What kind of vehicle do you drive? A Honda Accord. But, we just got our first married new car. Tommy got a Jeep Patriot! I have to brag...total deal. He got $4500 for his clunker and a $3500 rebate - so $8k off a new car. Boo ya.

12. Where would you visit if you had the chance? Italy. Dying to go.

13. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? Totally full

14. Where would you want to retire? The beach and then travel to all the states I hadn't yet visited.

15. Favorite time of day? Dinner time

16. Where were you born? In Shreveport, LA

17. What is your favorite sport to watch? Honestly, none.

18. Are you a morning person or a night person? More of an evening person....

19. Do you have any pets? My two joy bringers, Carter and Pudge.

20. What did you want to be when you were little? The typical...president, doctor, all professions I would rather die than be now.

21. Are you a cat or dog person? Are there animals other than dogs?

22. Are you married? 3 years

23. Been in a car accident? Yes

24. Any pet peeves? When people answer their phone only to tell you they cannot talk and will call you back. Hello --- that is why there is voicemail.

25. Favorite Pizza Toppings? Chicken and feta

26. Favorite Flower? This one is hard...I would say it is the calla lily. But, I like so many: hydrangea, roses, gerber daisies, freesia, the list could go on.

27. Favorite ice cream? Cake batter. OMG, I could die it is so good.

28. Favorite fast food restaurant? Quiznos?

29. How many times did you fail your driver's test? Zero times!

30. From whom did you get your last email? From blogger telling me Stepfabulous left a comment.

31. Do anything spontaneous lately? I am so not spontaneous. The last spontaneous thing I did was plan a trip to Germany in 5 weeks. I am wild.

32. Like your job? Yes!

33. Broccoli? Yes

34. What was your favorite vacation? Oooh, that is hard. I loved the cruise I went on with Tommy's family and my mom, I loved Germany and I also loved going to Florida as a kid. So, there.

35. Last person you went out to dinner with? My uncle, aunt, mom and Tommy.

36. What are you listening to right now? The Simpsons. I would never listen to that out of choice. Apparently it is tivoing and I got distracted typing this!

37. What is your favorite color? Pink!

38. How many tattoos do you have? Zero.

39. What time did you finish this quiz? 6:08

40. Coffee Drinker? Sugar, cream with a side of coffee

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

More nursery decor

Allison so far has this bedding for the baby's room for Pottery Barn Kids:

Are these sheets not adorable?

How cute would these wall decals be? From etsy, of course.

I also saw this for a mobile on Rate My Space and thought it was super clever to use a real limb for the birds!


I will keep you posted of what her final nursery looks like. I think it will be adorable!!!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Rate My Space

I watch this show on HGTV but have never actually checked out the site. Mainly because I cannot fit one more piece of furniture in my little house. But, it never occurred to me to look on the site to help my sister with her nursery.

Lucky for me (well, more Allison) my friend Megan sent me a link to the nursery her sister-in-law designed for their baby and put on Rate My Space. They don't know the sex of the baby yet but the room will be perfect for a little boy or girl. I have copied her description and pictures. She is sooo talented and I absolutely LOVE this room! After this she may have a full time job doing nursery design!

This wonderful woodland themed nursery was creatively collaborated with help from my mom and sister. My mom painted the trunk of the tree, made the baby quilt and curtains for the room and my sister and I designed and created the woodland creatures on the tree and walls by using scrapbook paper. I wanted to do something gender neutral so the main colors in the nursery are yellows and greens.


The t-shirt shag rug was purchased online at Target.com and the green and white baskets and lampshade where all found at Target. I cut out snails from the accent fabric used on the curtains and ironed them on the lamp to stick with the theme of the nursery. I also ironed on coordinating ribbon to the top of each basket.

The bee hive pendent light fixture was made by using a Japanese lantern I found at World Market and attaching bees found in the scrapbooking section of Hobby Lobby.




This bird was a design on one of the scrapbooking pages I purchased. I cut her out and put her above the window for some added flair.

My mom made the curtains out of green polka dot fabric we found at Jo Ann’s. The peapod and snail (Anna Griffin) accent fabric used for the rolled up portion of the curtains came from a fabric store specializing in vintage fabrics. I was able to find a wide rickrack blue ribbon at a crafts store to secure the rolled up portion of the curtains.


For all of Erin's pictures visit her Rate My Space page here.

Monday, July 27, 2009

A Good Travel Deal

I heart Priceline and was telling a friend of mine all about it. So, I thought I would share the love with you guys too. This is my email to her verbatim, so I thought it might help you guys too on your next trip:

I love Priceline. However, I am super picky about where I stay when I go to the beach. So, I will give you my full insight on what I would do if an ocean view is really important to you guys.

When I go to a city, I always do Priceline Name Your Own Price:
- Once you enter in your destination nights a map will pop up. Just choose one area you want to stay. If your request is denied you can raise your bid by about $10 but you have to change locations on the map if you rebid.
- I usually choose a 3-star, as that is the lowest star I would be okay staying with. Those are usually like a Hilton Garden Inn. But, you can pick a low star and always get an upgrade. You can just never go down.
- I start at about $60 (ignore what they say the average cost per room is). I have gotten a room at a 4-star in Dallas, though, as low as $50.

You will either be denied or okayed. If you are denied you can go back in and bid on a different area and raise your price $10. If you are stuck on that area, you will have to either remove the cookies from your computer and go back in and bid or wait 24 hours and rebid at least $10 more. (Yes, this is seriously an art.)

That being said here are my minuses for Priceline when I am traveling to a beach:
I love to be right on the water and have an awesome view from my room. And, since you cannot gaurantee the room you are getting (one with a view) that would be a minus for me.
I also like to not have to cross a street or walk far to get to the beach, so that may be an issue with the hotel you get, even if you choose a certain area.
When traveling to cities, I don't really care where I am, so this works well for me. You are in a nice place, great price and the general vicinity of where you want to be.

Since I am a little more picky when going to the beach I use
www.vrbo.com. You talk and negotiate directly with the condo owner and see pics of the actual unit. I waited until the last minute on our honeymoon and get a $3100 condo for $1200.

Okay, probably way more than you wanted to know about Priceline. But, I love a good deal, so I hope this helps! When are you guys going? Keep me posted on what you guys get!


It's me again. Here are some samples of my deals with Priceline (these don't include taxes and fees, which will be roughly $18):
- Doubletree Dallas - $50
- Hyatt Chicago - $65
- Hyatt Ft. Lauderdale - $75
- Hilton Oklahoma City - $60

Use the money you save for an awesome meal on your next trip. (Clearly you know what my favorite thing to do on vacation is!)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Wine & Cheese Party

I have been throwing around an idea in my head to have a girl's night at my house. When I was in Germany my most favorite thing about the food was all of the fresh meats and cheese, fruit and breads. Loved it, loved it, loved it. Well, minus the meat part. But, whatev.

So, I want to have a little get together and serve all the good stuff we ate there. Granted, that is what we had for breakfast. But, it translates well to American dinners/appetizers.

Here is the spread we had every morning for breakfast. (That is my mother-in-law, sister-in-law Tori and brother-in-law Eric -- they are having a baby in December. We just had found out the night before this pic was taken that they were pregnant. I also threw up that morning -- no, I was not pregnant. I have no idea why. I was a little freaked that I was going to be allergic to Germany. I made a quick recovery. Anyway, back to the subject at hand, the food was amazing.)

So, in my Americanized version of my Wine and Cheese party, here is what I would serve:

Brushetta (recipe here) - This is one of the only things I make well and it is so easy. I always get compliments and I just love it. Only thing is, I don't go to the trouble (imagine that) of broiling the baguettes. I buy Melba Snacks and they are so easy and soak up the tomato juice perfectly.

Meats - I would need help here.

Breads - To recreate the freshness of the breads I would pick up a few from Farrell Family:

  • Organic Foccacia - A traditional Italian loaf from the Tuscany region. Crisp crust and light, airy crumb (interior).
  • Organic Tuscan - Our foccacia is made less flat than the traditional, to give added moisture and last longer. All of our foccacia's use roasted garlic, a little extra virgin olive oil and organic whole milk. Variations include Bulgarian sheeps' milk feta cheese, Greek kalamata olives, or green onions.
  • Croissants
  • Asiago Cheese Bread

Cheese -
  • Cabot Extra Sharp White Chedddar. I do realize this is totally American (but this is my Americanized version of a party), but you guys...have you ever had it? If not, it is sooooo cheap ($2.50) and it is sold at Walmart's Neighborhood Market. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I love it! I buy it and cut slices off everyday as my "after work snack."
  • Brie - obvious choice
  • Asiago
  • Regular Sharp - again, totally american but I totally love it
  • Swiss
  • And I am sure some other deliciousness that looked great at the store


Wine -

  • German Riesling - a definite. However, the strangest thing is that I could not find one while I was in Germany. No lie.
  • Reds? I would need help here. I have no clue, as I am not a big red wine drinker.

And, how would a wine party be complete without knowing whose glass you are drinking from? Well, it wouldn't so we would definitely have to have these Preppy Wine Glass Markers from This Wine is Mine.



I will be hosting this party as soon as I get a housekeeper. No, I still do not have one. I get motivated to look for one everytime I clean the house by myself, which always happens on a weekend. But, this week will be my week. Right? Crossing fingers.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Sneak Peek!

For the past two months I have been obsessively planning my sister's baby shower and it is still one month away! But, because I don't want to give away too many surprises, I am only going to give you guys a peek at what I have been doing. Let's just say you will DIE when you see the centerpieces.

First, LOVE my new cricut. How did I do anything without it? Oh wait. I didn't do anything crafty without it. But, I have made these little birds that will hang from the chandelier, the windows, etc... I have only made about 800 (or 80) in many a pattern. I hope they look cute up. Don't worry....I have already hung them around my house.

Allison's invites came in today and they are glossy and so cute. I am excited to send them. For those of you who know my sister, I do realize her last name is not Smith. I am sure the rest of my friends and family to do appreciate some anonymity on the web. ; )

The back needed a little pop of color.

I will post more soon! Really, I cannot wait for the big day to show you all the little details I have planned!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Personal Shopper

I think my other full-time job is personal shopping for friends and family. It doesn't pay well (read - at all). But, I so enjoy finding fun finds online! And, I love a challenge. This week a friend of mine asked me to help her find some baby gifts for someone she doesn't know well for under $30. OMG, you can get the freaking cutest stuff for under $30!

You guys HAVE to check out the etsy site of Cite Fuzz.

Seriously, have you ever seen a hat cuter than these???


I just love this too from We Choose Joy. I love prep!


If baby is going to have a tattoo, it might as well say "mom," right? Of course from my favorite store ever - Target.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Novelties

When deciding what to post about today it was either:

1- The very dramatic story of calling the Tulsa Fire Department last night to come to my house so I could sleep, for fear that I was dying a slow death from carbon monoxide poisoning. Which we weren't. But, that story really ended up being pretty boring. I am not dying. I have no carbon monoxide in my home. And, my ill-stomach and lethargy probably had more to do with my evening out the night before.

2- A hilarious site I found for gifts for all the special someones in your life. I decided this would be much more entertaining.

As I mentioned on my Chicago post, my Food Network magazine has the coolest stuff. Including a mention of the website Archie McPhee.

I really want these little ice cubes. They will be perefect for the next wii party I have....which cannot happen until I clean my house. So, I am sure that will take place about 6 months from now. (I still have not gotten that house keeper I was promised.)
I don't know why, but this cracks me up. Can you imagine bacon floss? I cannot decide if that is disgusting or brilliant.
Bacon floss doesn't talk to you? How about a corndog air freshener? Nothing like the smell of the fair wafting through your vehicle.


At least these don't smell:

But this does. I am sure all the men in your life would love these!



Tomorrow I am going to post some new baby finds I came across while "personal shopping" for a friend! XOXO

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Wipe out

A coworker of mine is helping a friend of hers with her new etsy business selling diaper wipe covers. I bought my sister one and it is so, so cute! So, I wanted to share the love! (I got Allison the one on the far left.)




The covers are really high-quality, really thick, super cute and extremely affordable (most are around $12). Here are my favorite from her etsy shop, Brooke's Sweet Shop.





Enjoy!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

What a blessing!

Almost a year ago I held a contest on my blog giving away items from Multiple Blessings. Lets just say, wow, what a difference a year makes. Caroline has fulfilled almost every entrepreneur's dream - being discovered. I would like to attribute that to my blog. But, I am pretty sure there are only five of you reading it. Just kidding. Sort of. (I do use my analytics...hello lurkers! Or, Kelsey and Jackie, you guys really are checking my site 100 times a day.)

Let's start with the most exciting news first! Caroline's designs are now licensed!! Meaning we will start to see her inspirational quotes and designs in Target, Walmart and drug stores throughout the US. I cannot wait to photograph myself in Target (and I so will) with one of her designs!!! Basically, I now know someone super famous. And you all pretty much do too - since you know me. One degree of seperation, at the most. Here are her designs embroidered on hand towels-- we will see these in gift shops near us soon! Seriously, that is just so cool.

Caroline's other exciting news is she is now blogging. We can keep up everything going on with her business, her family and everything in between. Since my biggest idols are entrepreneurs, (Donny Deustch, will you ever contact me?) I am super excited to keep up with her business and her products coming out! Caroline, I would also LOVE to know how this all came about. Will you fill us in on that one day too?

And, the exciting news for us is Caroline is selling all the inventory in her store for 50% off! I always get compliments on my cute cards whenever I enclose them in a package, so I have to share the love. Here are some of my faves:

A cupcake birthday card! Hello - adorable!
I have these Grace Bits and I just love them. There are 36 little sheets of note paper - perfect for writing a cute note!

This would look cute in my sister's baby's room. I absolutely love the whimsical birds. Even though it is hard to choose, I have to say this is my favorite in Caroline's collection!

I also have these and love them. I was going to a wedding every weekend, so it was so nice to have a bunch of cards on hand.


Since everyone I know is having a baby, these "Congratulations on your new chick" cards have gotten a lot of mileage and everyone loves them (including me).


With these good deals, it would be so fun to put together a gift packet for a friend (or yourself) with greeting cards for every occasion. Oh, and the 50% discount will be given once you begin the check out process. So, go shop and enjoy!
Congratulations Caroline! I am so excited for you and cannot wait to keep up with your journey!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

A compilation - kind of like mixed tape

Because I am a magazine freak and subscribe to at least 10 (don't tell my husband) on my trip to Chicago I brought about 8 that I hadn't had time to read yet. Lucky for you (and because I am a MAJOR nerd) I pulled all the pages of things I thought I needed to share (and then carried these around the city with me...I am that loyal.)

Oh, none of these really go together either. Think of it more of a menagerie or like a mixed tape.

First, if you don't subscribe to the Food Network Magazine you are totally missing out. And that is coming from someone who doesn't cook. Anyway, they have great entertaining ideas like this cocktail keg. I really want to try this! Hollow a watermelon and insert a tap from Keg Works and you have quite a statement. And basically you will keep people hydrated too...with all that water and all.



Also featured in the magazine was a whole section on using citrus. I cannot find the pics online but this will give you a good idea. Also think oranges, limes and lemons. I have done this in the fall with mini-pumpkins but this is such a fresh idea for summer!Fruit place cards were also the rage - love these - they are reusable and super cute. Another fun idea that I could not find in Google Images (and trust me I looked) was taking a lemon, cutting it into slices, removing the everything but the rind and then putting the leftover "ring" around a crisp white napkin.

Another centerpiece that was featured was a real pineapple hollowed out, like a vase, and hydrangeas coming out. Now this was so cute but have you ever tried to cut a real pineapple? You would have to have one heck of a knife to get the inside out with out cutting into the outside. But, I am also very weak.
Now for the unrelated part...are these wine bottle holders not just clever?



Cheers! More later!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Juxtaposition and a Farmer's Market

The flowers in Chicago rivaled those on my Germany trip earlier this summer. (This is it for vacay's for awhile.) The city was abloom - a former florist's dream!


It is so awesome to see a city with all of the skyscrapers intermixed with the natural beauty of flowers on ground. Keep in mind I am no photographer, so this is as good as it gets.





I do not lie when I tell you that these hydrangeas were as big as my head. I tried to get Tommy to jump in there for comparison sake but he "wants to reduce his online footprint" and flatly refused.

One of my favorite things to do when visiting any city is to visit the Farmer's Market. Strange - considering everything is pretty much perishable. But, whatev. I can't help what I like.

Fortunately, my friend Mindy let us stay a few nights with her and I wanted to get her something for her new house/30th birthday/thanks-for-letting-us-stay-with-you gift. (I know, I probably could have done better - especially considering this is more of a gift to me to put flowers together.)
Start with a medley of wild flowers -- in here we have zinnias, lilies and some other flowers I cannot identify.
I took the twine and tied it around the vase.

Next, put in the lilies.

Fill with the white drapey flowers...I thought they looked like Stars of Bethlehem and the owner told me what they were but you can only count on me for so much.

Add some color and you have a finished arrangement!

See, wasn't that easy?
 
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