Wednesday, July 28, 2010
I LOVE how they turned out and my back porch is my FAVORITE spot of the whole house!
I LOVE how our huge 6 ft fence blocks us from seeing anything outside of our little oasis!
(Now if only we could block the sound.....)
I LOVE how the curtains are always blowing because no matter how hot it is outside, there seems to always be a slight breeze on our porch!
I LOVE that I can sit out there and watch the dogs run, the kids play, and just relax!
(These are just temp curtains, so they are a tad bit too short!)
We hung them up the night before Kacey's big backyard Garden Tea Party! (that is the reason for the sparkle butterfly fabric ties on the curtains!) I really believe that they make it feel more like a room!
Next on my outdoor "to do list"
-hang either a fan or a chandelier (totally want a chandelier......but a fan is sort of a MUST in FL)
-hang shutters outside of the window (above little bench)
-Chad wants to do pavers in a few areas outside of the porch
No biggie.....should be all crossed off the list in the next year.... :)
Monday, July 26, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
This picture made me realize that I should just stick with white.....maybe even the little trim detail in this picture would work too!
I know myself enough to know that patterns freak me out! I LOVE patterns on other people, in pictures of their homes, and in my kid's rooms.....but for me........I stick with plain fabrics and plain clothes! It just works for me! (probably the reason why I stick with plain fabric pillows in my shop!)
image from country living
Now, if only I could figure out how I want to hang the curtains in my living/dining combo of a room! The windows are different heights and it seriously keeps me up at night planning what to do with them! (yes, I am aware that is sad that I lose sleep over this issue!:)
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Today I am powered by Starbucks Iced Coffee Via! MMMM!!!!!!!!!!
On my list of things to do today to get ready for Kacey's birthday party tomorrow (most are already checked off!)
-separate 500 little pearl and crystal beads into 7 cups so that each girl can make their own bracelet for themselves and their doll
-paint 7 wooden pictures frames so that they can decorate them at the party
-made about 12 tissue paper pom pom balls
-make a 3 tier cake (why oh why do i let her pick her cakes!!!!)
-grocery shop at 2 diff stores because I did NOT like the produce they had at the first one
-GET CHAD TO COME HOME FROM WORK EARLY AND HANG THESE DARN CURTAIN RODS ON THE BACK PORCH!
-make tons of pink lemonade
-make fruit dip (recipe to come....SOOO much better if you make it the night before)
-clean entire house
-get ready for one of Kacey's friends to come over and spend the night tonight!!!!!!!!
-head to the post office to send out orders
I LOVE you Starbucks Via.....and I thank you for this sudden burst of energy!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
I am thankful EVERY day that I have so many amazing pictures to look at of my family over the years! I tell Maria all the time that she has the ability to freeze a moment of our lives so that I will be able to revisit whenever I need to!
As I get ready to celebrate another year older for Kacey and send her off to Kindergarten in just a few weeks....I find myself NEEDING to look back at pictures of the past 6 years! Just to hold onto her as my baby girl for a bit longer!
I am SOOO thankful for Maria's amazing talent of capturing each stage!
Check out Maria's blog today to see more from our shoot!
I am off to CONTINUE working on party goodies, packaging up orders to ship out, and keeping the kids busy!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
I know it would be so much easier to just go to the store and buy her a cake, but I think she really enjoys that I make them as well!
With her birthday party in a few days, it is fun for me to go back and look at all the cakes I have made for her parties and I can't help but laugh! :)
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
I never really tried it, or wanted to try it, and now that I have....I am in LOVE!
I recently found this amazing recipe in Sandra Lee's Semi Homemade Magazine (July/Aug issue) and I LOVE it!!!!!
Turkey, Tomato, and Avocado Open-Faced Sandwich
2 avocados, peeled and pitted,
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
1/2 t. sea salt,
1/2 t. ground black pepper,
4 white bread slices,
8 oz. thinly sliced turkey,
2 large tomatoes, cut into 12 slices
Directions:In small bowl, mash 1 avocado. Add mayonnaise, 1/4 t. salt, and 1/4 t. pepper, stirring until smooth. Spread mixture evenly on 1 side of bread slices. Top each with 2 oz. turkey and 3 tomato slices. Cut remaining avocado lengthwise into strips. arrange 2 to 3 avocado strips on top of tomato. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 t. salt and 1/4 t. pepper. serves 4
PERFECT SUMMER DINNER!!!!!!!!!!
Thursday, July 8, 2010
I seriously have a little Party Planner on my hands!!!!!
She picked out these invites all by herself, the color choice, the style, everything!
My SUPER talented friend, Ashley, made them! Check out her shop here! I LOVE everything in her shop! She even made my blog banner, business cards, and logo design! LOVE!
Kacey was SOOO excited and proud when the invites arrived! We addressed them all, and then she was THRILLED that the Post Office had butterfly stamps for her to add!
These stir sticks are going to be placed on her cake, used as tea cup stir sticks, and just added as decoration around the party! Kacey has already used a few of them in her lemonade this week to "test" them out!
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
She has planned and picked out EVERYTHING!!!!!
The last detail that she wanted was to convince us to let her get her ears pierced BEFORE her birthday party so that she could show them to all of her friends! We decided to take her to get them done.....thinking she would chicken out! (because I DID chicken out when I got mine done! I even convinced my mom to get a 2nd hold JUST so that I could watch what it was like. She got them done......and I ran out of the store! ha!)
She was SO excited.......UNTIL they pierced them!!!!!!
She was still very brave, but did mention a few times, "That was NOT just a pinch, that REALLY hurt!"
Monday, July 5, 2010
Despite all of the rain that we had here in Florida, we had a fun and festive 4th with our family and friends!
We went to Sparklebration and the kids LOVED it!!!!!
Horses, Cotton Candy, glow sticks, friends, Bounce Houses, Slides, and LOTS OF FIREWORKS!
I am SOOO bummed that we didn't get to take any pictures once our friends met us there, but the rain was coming down and I couldn't risk my camera! (why oh why don't they make all cameras waterproof?!?)
5 kids.....6 adults.....lots of rain......late night fireworks......and no complaining!
Hope you all had a great 4th as well!