Monday, June 29, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
And then to get the news that Michael Jackson died only hours after Farrah!!! I was cooking dinner and I heard it come over the news. I actually stood looking at the television in absolute shock. Michael Jackson is American music icon. I remember going to the mall with my big sis to buy the cassette tape, "Thriller." I remember my best friend and I wearing the one glove and parachute pants. I remember countless hours trying to get the moves down to the "Thriller" video for the school dance. Wow, it's just sad. I feel like a part of my childhood died with them today. Do you remember this picture of Michael Jackson? This is before he got all weird looking. My sister had the poster on her bedroom wall. What a strange feeling that these two icons are gone.
1958 ~ 2009
They will always be a part of my childhood memories.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Baby Bjorn Carrier
This got me thinking about gifts. What on earth should I get her as a gift? I believe newborn clothes are cliche. The baby lives in onesies for the first few months and outgrows everything so fast. Maybe I should get her a stylish diaper bag or baby Bjorn carrier. I loved the Bjorn when I as a nanny. Yes, I use to be a nanny back in college. It was a fun job. I looked after two twin girls and an infant baby boy. I got to travel all over and meet interesting people. Some were celebrities like Jimmy Buffet, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, NFL players, Vera Wang....Ah yes, Vera Wang. Y'all, this reminds me of a hilarious story that I don't really share with many people.
I was staying at a 5 star luxury resort (as a nanny) and got the night off. Being 3,000 miles from home, not knowing a soul, and 20 miles away from the city (without a car), I decided to go down to the hotel restaurant bar and grab a quick bite. It's a tropical paradise that would have been a dream vacation if I'd been there with someone. So, here I am sitting at the bar when a very nice lady and her friend begin chatting with me. During this conversation she compliments me on my dress and asked me, "Who's is it?" Perplexed by her question I replied, "It's mine." Her friend laughed so hard that she spit wine across the bar. I instantly could feel the heat rising to my cheeks as my face turned tomato red. I knew I had said something very foolish. However, the woman again smiles and politely asked, "I was asking who's the designer?" I modestly shrugged and replied, "I got it at TJ Maxx." I believe she and her friend got a bigger kick out of my second response than the first.
Shortly after the woman introduced herself. Again, I was completely clueless. I had the notion that I should have known her name by the way she paused for my reaction. But I continued talking as if I were speaking to anyone. Midway through the conversation she asked me if I would be interested in flying to NYC to watch a friends daughter during a trip they were planning. I took her card and told her I would think about it. The entire trip when I would run into her she would call out my name and wave to me. It wasn't until a year later I was flipping through a magazine when I saw the familiar face. It was Vera Wang! I could have kicked myself for not calling her back. She and her friend must have had a pretty good laugh. However, she seemed to enjoy that I was 100% clueless of who she was. I just treated her like a normal gal named, Vera.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
3. Make weekly menus to grocery shop from I do! Trade back & forth on weekly menus so we don't get tired of eating the same thing. Tuesday is "Spicy Meatloaf" night (1 point)
4. Consider the color of food when you prepare a meal. I often use orange & red bell peppers or fresh fruit as sides to jazz up the color (1 point)
9. Have at least 3 different sets of matching napkins/placemats. Have a closet full of linens. It's something that I've been collecting since my first apartment. Love to entertain! (1 point)
10. Have more than 2 sets of dishes Yes, have sets for each holiday & season (1 point)
11. Enjoy reading cookbooks like others enjoy reading magazines/novels Yes!!! (1 point)
13. Worked in your yard/garden this last week. This morning; it's so hot! (1 point)
14. Know what you are serving for breakfast in the morning. Yes, weekly menu (1 point)
15. Know how to make a curtain - mistreatments count! This is so weird. I made my first valance yesterday afternoon for my home office. I can now proudly answer yes! (1 point)
16. Ever copied a décor idea from someone else. BONUS Add 5 points if someone has copied an idea from you. Yes and yes (1 + 5=6 points)
17. Do you play background music when entertaining Yes, usually New Orleans style jazz (1 point)
18. Ever crafted your own flower arrangement. BONUS Add 5 points if you used fresh cut
flowers from your own garden/yard. Yes, my favorite are pink roses (1 +5= 6 points)
19. Baked something from scratch within the last month. Chocolate Chip Cookies (1 point)
20. Updated your home for summer. Yes (1 point)
Monday, June 22, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Drum roll please.....here's my festive 4th of July porch, y'all. I hope ya like it. I'm really proud of myself because I bought everything at discount stores/thrift shops. I think I paid a whopping $30 on holiday decorations (not bad). I just wish I had a bigger porch. My porch back in Austin was double the size of this dinky one but at least it can hold my two rockers (which I adore).
Look at all those pine needles (yuck). Our house is smack in the middle of a forest with a ton of pine trees. At first I thought they were gorgeous until I started picking the needles out of my flower beds. It's a never ending chore around here. And those dang pesty squirrels. Once you've lived in the community long enough all you have to do is mention squirrels and everyone rolls their eyes and shakes their heads. Those darn tree rats get into everything. And they use the trees as launching pads to leap from house to house. I've got two that like to hang around our back yard. One's a fatter squirrel that eats all my bird seed. We named him "Boudreaux" and his skinny partner in crime "Shay."
I heard they have a old town style parade on the 4th. Families in the community can enter their own floats and the children dress up their bikes. We also have the local churches and businesses that get in on the fun. They use the main street as the parade route and end at the lake (we live by a HUGE lake). At the town center they have live music and BBQ. At night they have a firework show. I'm really anxious to celebrate this year. We live in Mayberry USA so it should be a lot of fun. How does your family celebrate the 4th of July?
Friday, June 12, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Here's some of my favorite gifts:
Two New Orleans Cook Books I've had my eye on...
Williams&Sonoma Dessert Cook Book. I've been trying to master a great dessert recipe for my dinner parties.
Wow, my favorite magazines. He got Southern Lady's Gardening and Summer Entertaining magazines for me (special editions). He also got me a subscription for Louisiana Cooking and New Orleans Homes (two more fabulous magazines). He did good!
Look at this adorable pendant. It says, "Love ya LA." It's totally cute and I love it. Even though we live in Texas our heart will always belong to New Orleans.
Those are just a few things I got. I also got a ton of make up from my favorite line, beautiful Ann Taylor skirt, 3 Ann Taylor purses, CD of 70's love hits, my favorite brand of journals (use them to write down products, shops, and boutiques I come across). Thanks Pookie for making my Birthday special. I love you!!!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
These are my deals of the day ~
Two buckets for $12.00 that I'm going to use for house plants against my fireplace.
6 Antique Christmas Angels for $6.00. We decorate for Christmas in a retro 1940's theme. They will look perfect this upcoming Holiday Season.
A small Christmas bucket .50 cents that I'm going to use to hold utensils for Christmas brunch. Christmas Eve dinner is a our traditional china and the works. Christmas brunch is more relaxed and cutesy decor. I have the perfect Christmas plates that will match perfectly with this bucket. And a cute pillow I'll use on my front porch rocking chair during the holiday.
Christmas muffin holder for $1.25 that will look cute in my kitchen during Christmas time.
Cute little scarecrow for fall for $1.00.
Check out my frog candle holder that I paid $1.00 for.
I've been wanting two hurricane lamps to place over my antique candle holders. It's very traditional and looks awesome when I'm jazzing up my table. I paid $2.00 for both.
My favorite find today.... (drum roll).....my fourth of July pillow!!! I was looking for a uncle Sam doll to put on my front porch rocking chair but came across this cute patriotic pillow. I picked it up for only $6.00. It'll look perfect on my rocker.
GRAND TOTAL: $29.75 Woohoo!!!