Saturday, April 20, 2013

Kids Baffroom

It's where they do all the above 
among a few other unmentionables.

I wanted to keep it easy and
fresh and hopefully, they will keep 
it clean.

The kids' bathroom.....


Shower curtain is a Kate Spade at
Bed Bath & Beyond.

Rug is from Ikea.
I hired out the painting.
And if you are curious, the
stripes are 14 inches wide.
And if I would have known I would like
it so much, I would have done
it in our powder room downstairs.
It gets much more use!

Stool is Ikea.

I had an idea to do a collage of some Instagram pics
of my kids on our vacation.
Once it was up, it didn't 
do it for me.
I found this at Marshall's.
Maybe it will teach them to be gentle with each other.

Soaps from Home Goods....

Taking pictures of a bathroom is
pretty tough.  

It's small and you have to have
good lighting, so I had to wait for a
sunny day.

We haven't had a lot of those around here.

I'm still on the hunt for some more quirky stuff to hang in here.
But, I figure the more I add, the more
they will mess with is their bathroom after all.

{The first picture is from Pinterest, if anyone can find
the graphic artist that makes those, I would buy them in a heartbeat.}

Not much else to say, 
except I am in love with stripes right now...
let's hope the obsession lasts a few years.



Friday, April 12, 2013

My protest

This is my firm protest.
To the winter that is still
outside in our world.

I love white, but
not white in the form of snow

Take a twirl with me

and imagine the day we
can all wear this sort

of fashion instead of 

the drab colors and BOOTS.

My calendar says Spring.

I won't wait for you to catch 

up to my mindset.

I choose color.

I choose sandals.

I choose open windows
and fresh air.

I choose grilling and 
outdoor furniture.

{Pics from my Mom's Pinterest boards.}

Take that-snow! flip flops and a tank top!


Friday, April 5, 2013

Cowl Giveaway Winner

Jennifer Lawrence...
I love in, girl crush, love her.

And the way she accepted her award
and interviewed afterwards made me love
her even more.

Isn't that the best, when someone is fun and cute
and then when you see them in a different light...
you find that they are real and normal and you just think
I like them even more now that I know

I'm hoping that happens when you watch
this video of me picking a winner on the cowl scarf giveaway.
It was done in one take.
With my two kids and so you never know.
I did it from my "throne", my
favorite thing white leather chair 
I recently got at Home Goods.

Lucky gal...
....I bet you a dollar, I'll
do another giveaway from LaLaRed soon!

Have a great weekend!



Thursday, April 4, 2013

Paparazzi scores again!

My hard working, Dad retired in January.

He's that kind of guy who gets it done.
We are alike in this way.
He's a bit more selfless than
almost all folks and 
I love him.

Here's us on my wedding day.
Sweet man.

This sweet man just got sweeter.

I had some painting done in our room and
he recognized that I had piled
a lot of jewelry on a few hooks.
I'm a jewelry freak and can
admit it.

I asked if he could do something about
my beauties all in a mess.

He has built everything under
the thing I have always
admired was the cases he made for
my Mom's mini perfume collection.

He showed me a mirror he had
in his basement and
thought it would be best if he built
it around that.

And...I will admit, Branmuffin had
said if there were a mirror incorporated
in the back it would make the whole jewelry stand
much more "sick".  "Sick" is B's
west coast terminology for

My dad....sigh.

He has a way of making me feel 
 like Daddy's little girl again.

And knowing I was chomping on my 
cuticles to get this piece of glam fabulousness
 in my house and hung...he did it last night while
I spent some time with my Momma.

Talk about all work and no play.

I love jewelry,
it's a part of my personality,

The view from where I lay my head.

It's okay if you want one.
I've searched for a cure
for my jewelry problem for 
years, really.

I wish I could tell you how to,
but I can't.  Maybe I will have Paparazzi, tell you how.
{That's what my babies call him.}

I think he should go into business.

He would make a.lot.of.women.happy.
But then, he's been doing that
for years.....

Pin Dad's gotta get famous for something!



Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Momma Love

I guess I had to put that picture up to
add some humor to the crap I'm dealing with.

I haven't addressed it on here before.
Guess I have to, it's my life.

My Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer
almost 4 and half years ago.  She survived.
She did chemo and radiation and I was there
to shave her head, cheer her on, and watch her
kick it.
Cancer does a number on people.
Changes them, yes it does.

Well dang it, it came back.
End of January, I got the call from my Dad,
the pain she had been having for over a year
was due to it metastasizing in her bones.
Her upper back to be specific.

I hate cancer.
I know we aren't supposed to use that word.
But I do.
I hate what cancer does to my Mom.
It makes her weak and tired and not
able to be with me and my family.
I hate how it wreaks havoc on her body.
I know she is in good hands, but
I break down when I hear news that
she is in pain....pain so bad you" get admitted
into the hospital", kind of pain.

Cuz, I dealt with pain for 5 short weeks and 
it was a living hell.  I don't know how this
woman has put up with it like she has, for so long.

So, here is her Caring Bridge site.
I built one cuz so many people love her
and I cannot keep up with the calls/emails/texts.

I know she is loved, but you see-- it gets hard
for me to tell the details over and over.
Mainly cuz it makes it so I don't let them
sink in....I guess I should let the details marinate.

She also has a blog and has written about it
much more eloquently than I ever could.

So there you go.

Enough of that shizz.....

You guys have been sharing and commenting and
I thought no one even read this lil blog anymore!
Yay!  If you haven't yet, go to that post and 
enter to win.  I plan on picking a winner on Friday.

And I bet you a dollar, I'll give something more
from her shop soon too!

Thanks for being my support network and caring about my
life like you do......



Monday, April 1, 2013

Turn your winter scowl into a Colorful Cowl!

There comes a point in the calendar when
I refuse black/brown/gray clothing.

I just don't go there anymore.
Some of you are still wearing your boots
and coats and fingerless gloves.

I'm not.  Okay, today I wore
fingerless gloves with my morning coffee to 
help with the morning chill.

But otherwise, I am officially 
wearing sandals, sparkly ones, and I'm 
sure the guys {my engineers at work}
are in a confused state.
That's a whole nother post.

Who cares?  It's officially Spring
and even if there is snow on the ground...
I'm doing Spring fashion.
And, I'm doing it well.

I will only wear outfits with
color, pops of it maybe or
full blown color.
But the only neutral I will wear is white
from now on!

And that brings me to a give-away.

Leah at LaLaRed and I had a playdate
this past week and she's gonna give away a 
cowl scarf here!

And, if you follow me on instagram, you know

I have this one...that's become an obsession.
Thanks Leah.

I wore it two days in a row...

{Easter with my bros}

Like I need another obsession.

Oh, okay.

LaLaRed has belts and headbands and scarves,
and they all are dripping in color and cuteness and
prints you cannot find anywhere else.
So don't even try.

Wanna win a cowl?

Do this:

Shop around like girls like to do.
Then pick your absolute fave and comment on
this blogpost as to which name is your 
favorite, so I can send it to you if you win.

If you like her page on FB, you get a second entry.
And if you share my blog and comment about it on 
FB to me, I'll give you another entry.

And if you don't tell me which stuff you did this, I won't know.
So communicate that, that's another thing
us girls like to do...communicate.

That's it, that should do it.
I hope you win a cowl as cute as they
are, you will improve every outfit you own for Spring.