Archive | July, 2010

a little self-induced pressure

Anyone else out there who starts projects and then gets distracted by life and never finishes? It is the story of my life.   And, more specifically, my office. 80% is complete {maybe even more} but it’s that last little bit that I struggle to finish.


So, I’m putting some pressure on myself by telling you all that


on Monday morning.

Which means I better get off this computer and finish up the painting. 

Enjoy your weekend!

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things i like: striped paper straws

I should really title this ‘things I really like’ because I do have a slight obsession right now.


But are these not the most darling drinking straws?


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image I ordered a few packs for my Summer Boutique to fancy up the clear plastic cups I was using for the lemonade and {lucky me} have a bunch left-over.

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I especially love these gray ones, but they were sold out at the time, so I ordered raspberry, blue & green. All VERY cute.



and my little kiddos look awfully cute sipping from them.

I purchased mine from a little shop in Maine called Rock, Paper, Scissors. I’ve never been there, but read on a blog that they had great prices {$3 for a box of 50} verses some Etsy sellers who are charging $12 for 100.


Oh how I adore them.

photos from: flickr,, etsy, me
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sophie la girafe

When Audrey was still just a little teensy thing kicking away in my tummy, we were pretty sure we’d name her Sophia. 


We both loved the name and the meaning {wise} and Sophie is such a sweet nickname.


But for some reason, it didn’t fit our baby girl.


So when Audrey received a gift in the mail and we opened this little toy,


we were happy to have a  little Sophie in our lives after all.





I think she is too.

Get your own Sophie la Girafe here.

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what i wore

As promised last week, you’ll be seeing a little more leg this week. The weather has been amazing around here which means skirts, tanks, and sunburns.

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1. shirt: banana republic, skirt: old navy, shoes: target

2. shirt: old navy, jeans: citizens. Just for the record, I don’t find this outfit the least bit appealing.  One time in college I came out of our apartment wearing an outfit that I thought was cute and my best friend told me I looked a little like I was in 8th grade. That is how I feel about this one. I think I’ll resort to wearing this shirt only for pj’s.

3. skirt: old navy from about 6 years ago, shirt: target, sweater: banana republic, shoes: target

4. shirt: walmart {love this ruffle shirt and wish I bought several}, jeans: banana, shoes: target

And LOOK! I got a pedicure!

5. shirt: gap, shorts: banana republic, shoes: payless

6. shirt: nordstrom, jeans: seven dojo

7. shirt: target, sweater: martin + osa, jeans: seven A pocket, shoes: payless

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summer giveaway

Please Note: This giveaway is now over.

But our monthly giveaway is ongoing!

Find it now by clicking the ‘giveaway’ button in the menu above.

If that enormous banner up there isn’t telling enough, I wanted to let you know that I am hosting a pretty great giveaway.


Look at all of those amazing things! It sort of pains me to give a few of these items away {that big silver bowl! the most darling velvet pillow!} : but you have all been such great readers and I think I can be generous with this one.

So go enter yourself and tell your friends too!


Click the image for more information.

Best of luck!

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I’ve become pretty accustomed to seeing this:


and this:


and this:



but for some reason, I’m still slightly surprised when I see this:


or this:


or this:


      or especially this:


And while I ADORE my boys, I’m feeling pretty thankful for the beauty this little darling brings to our lives.


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Anytime I need to bring a side dish to a dinner party I have my go-to recipe. My friends probably think I can’t make anything else {which is mildly true}.  So today when I needed to make a salad for our evening’s bbq, I knew just what to make.




There is nothing better in my book than kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, tomatoes and pasta.


Here is the recipe. And just a note: I use craisins instead of currants.

Do you have a ‘go-to’ recipe? Mind sharing?

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a new {to me} dresser

As I’ve mentioned before, my mother-in-law has the best stuff.  And lucky for me, she is so generous to ‘loan’ us a few pieces from time to time.


This darling dresser was something she has had in the family for a long time and we used it as the check-out stand for the Summer Boutique.


The apple green color {with chalkboard painted back} was delightful at the boutique, but not as perfect in our neutral house.



So with my m-i-l’s approval, I decided to paint it classic white.


It took three simple coats of paint with a light sanding and it looks great!



It is very practical for this little hallway spot with its many drawers.  The bottom one holds diapers, wipes and burp cloths because really, who wants to walk all the way upstairs when the baby needs to be changed?

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What a cute little dresser.


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the boys’ room

Have you noticed that new category up there called ‘our house’? Don’t click on it, because there is nothing there. But I’m working on it. And by working on it, I mean cleaning one room of the house at a time, while the kids destroy every other room of the house, photographing and then  posting. It may take some time but it is great motivation to both finish rooms and clean them.

So here we go with the boys’ room.

Here it is in its raw before state:

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And now:


Yes, they all three share a room.


Yes, it takes them a long time to fall asleep.  But their little chattering at night is one of the sweetest sounds {not so much the getting out of bed and asking for one more drink of water}.   We like that they have a chance to be buddies and we figure there really is never a time in life when they will have their own room {college roommates, apartment-sharing, marriage} so why set them up now? And, they are only 6, 4 & 2 so ask me in a few years if this theory still works and I’ll let you know.


Two sets of bunkbeds {from costco} fit just perfectly end to end in the room. If I had it my way the bed would not cut into the window, but what can you do.


Those red boxes are from IKEA and hold all the dress-up stuff and hotwheels.


Essential to any little boy’s bedroom is the door bumper. I’ve blogged about it before, but it is seriously a life {and finger} saver.  No more slamming doors.


My mom generously gave me her own dresser to use in Audrey’s room and it didn’t fit. So we moved it into the boys’ room and it is perfection. Thanks mom.


And above it, the darlings’ initials.


Custom name prints from my new collection taped onto burlap inside a big IKEA frame.

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Such an easy way to personalize their room.


And #1 really wanted me to take a close-up of his lego robot shooting fire at the alien.



And that is the boys’ room.

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what i wore is back

It is the summertime and you’d think I’d be wearing something other than jeans, but not this girl! In my defense, it has been in the 70’s here {perfect summer weather for me!} so I am not completely crazy for wearing long pants.

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1. tunic: old navy . jeans: seven for all mankind . shoes: payless

2. jacket: banana republic . t-shirt: nordstrom rack . jeans: banana republic . shoes: target . flower: me

3. sweatshirt: target . jeans: joe’s jeans . shoes: target

4. cardigan: martin + osa {which I heard is going out of business – boo} . t-shirt: old navy . jeans: banana republic . shoes: target {clearly, I really like these as I wear them almost every day}.

5. This is a good look! And Audrey was very interested in the camera so it turned out a bit fuzzy. I’m sure you don’t want to purchase anything I have on, so no need to tell you that the pj pants are from target and tank from old navy.

6. shirt: old navy . jeans: citizens of humanity . shoes: rainbow.

It is supposed to warm up a bit, so perhaps next week I’ll show off my awesome white legs and knobby turned-in knees.  You won’t want to miss it!

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A friend from college sent me a message this weekend with this photo attached:


She said it reminded her of something I would like.

UMMMM : yes. I love it.  Thanks Amanda.

Look at this amazing space.



Those shutters are brilliant. And I love the softness of the tall curtains.



And the tufted benches.


And the enormous light fixtures.

The restaurant is Ella Dining Room & Bar in Sacramento.  It looks fabulous and I do hope to meet up with my sweet friend there someday.

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things i like: Rompers

There is nothing sweeter on a baby girl in the summer time than a little romper. Oh how I love them and their puffy, bubbly goodness.



flora & henri


elias and grace

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photo from fly through our window



babygap bloomer  made

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And my little Audrey-girl wearing a few of her own:




tea collection {it’s on sale!}


an oldie from Talbots kids, which I don’t think exists anymore.

So sweet.

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He Lives in you

A little over a year ago some good friends invited me & my husband to see The Lion King with them.  Never ones to turn down the theater, we gladly accepted the invitation and felt so lucky to see the show that had received so many incredible review.

It did not disappoint.

From the opening scene, really the opening words “NANTS INGONYAMA BAGITHI BABA SITHI UHM IGONYAMA” – you know, that first chant from The Circle of Life that sounds a little more like “naaah, tavenia, bobogitsibaba”  –  it brought chills {and probably tears because that’s how I am}.

And the costumes!

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So lifelike in an artistic sort of way.

Anyway, it was a great show and we enjoyed our evening out with our friends.  I raved about the show for a few days afterward, but haven’t given it much thought since then.

Until a song popped unexpectedly into my head yesterday and I can’t seem to get it out {not that I really want to :}

The song is called ‘He Lives in You’ and it was one I had never heard before that evening at the theater.  It takes place when Simba is struggling with his birthright as the king of the pridelands.  He doesn’t see how he could possibly be king with all he had done wrong in his life.   So Rafiki, advises him to look into a pool of water where Simba sees the reflection of his father, Mufasa the great King.  It’s admittedly a bit mystical and pagan {as some Christian reviews have said}, but the song that follows that scene spoke so much to me that I can gladly overlook those issues.

I sat in our amazing front-row-of-the-balcony seats and all through the song I just wanted to stand up and shout “PRAISE YOU JESUS!” I withheld this urge {I’m sure to my husband’s great happiness} but the song made its way deep into my heart.

I’m sure the songwriters were not trying to incorporate God and theology into The Lion King {at least, I have not found anything that says so when googling ‘lion king christian meaning’}, but sometimes HE works his way into the most unlikely places so He can speak to His people.

Like this song:

Doesn’t it just give you chills? I’m sure Rafiki’s booming voice and Simba’s physique have a little bit to do with it, but those lyrics!  What truth about God’s character.

He lives in you

He lives in me

He watches over

Everything we see

Into the water

Into the truth

In your reflection

He lives in you

When it popped so randomly into my head yesterday, I was reminded of a few things:

1. No matter where I am or where I’ve been, He is with me, in me and over me.

2. Because I am created in God’s image, when I see my own reflection, I can also see God’s. That one is so hard : how often am I critical about my body, my features, my pale skin.  If I really believe His word {which I do} then I would realize that I am ‘perfectly & wonderfully made’ exactly as He designed me to be.

3. As a child of God, I am also an heir to His throne – ROYALTY.  It is my birthright.  All I have to do is claim it and then live in the power that comes from knowing my inheritance.  Not because I deserve it, but because He gifted it to me.

I hope something about these truths resonate with you.  They are big ones all found in a small scene of a broadway production.  I like how God works.

I’d love to hear your thoughts or questions or maybe even what the Lord speaks to your heart through this beautiful song.

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This sofa never made it into the summer boutique.


Crazy upholstery {which I kind of like in a weird way and if it wasn’t faded and worn I would be tempted to clean it and use it as it is} but it is in great shape with a down cushion and no major structural issues.  I won’t even tell you how much it cost. Let’s just say it was a FIND.


We were hoping to have it reupholstered and have it for sale at the Summer Boutique, but we just ran out of time.  And when I looked into the cost to have it reupholstered, I’m not sure if we could have made a profit.  But I just can’t bear to get rid of such a cool piece of furniture so now I’m thinking maybe I can try to upholster it and use it in our home.

I’ve found some images to inspire me:





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Can’t you just see it in linen with maybe the wood painted out white? Or black? Or kept wood : hmm.  Or a graphic print would be unexpected {although harder to line up when upholstering and probably beyond my ability}.

I have never upholstered anything and I’m sure this sofa is a bit ambitious.  Any helpful hints? Or ideas for the sofa?

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The baby girl tried her first food.



The boys love their sister.





This skirt.


REALLY cute.

Hopefully you’ll be seeing it on me soon {once I figure out how to put in a zipper}.

These baby shoes.



I’d like a pair of each of them.

Totally random, I know. Just the things on my mind at this moment.

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