Tuesday, February 23, 2010

hmm... beautiful eye candy for a Tuesday!

Recently, there was a post over at High-heeled Foot in the Door that got me thinking... she was talking about having beautiful Hermes boxes to decorate with and it made me remember about a beautiful post I once found that featured another beautiful box... from Laduree! I honestly can't remember where I saw this post but it made me fall in love... and I got a little hungry!

I wanted so bad to have one of those boxes... one for what's inside, but also because they are so simply beautiful. Not overdone, not too much just great to photograph... hope you enjoy this eye candy to get you to the middle of the week!


Source: found on my computer--anyone know where this is from??



Monday, February 22, 2010

Just because....

Quite honestly, sometimes I google products I typically buy just to see if I can find (at a reasonable shipping price) the same thing from another country. I try to not go all out, but every once in a while it's okay to splurge here are some sites I've found that aren't TOO crazy on the shipping to the US but provide little daily pleasures :)

THE Ô DOR is one of the most recent Houses in the French market, recognized as one of the most prestigious, acknowledged throughout the world as an ambassador of taste and excellence (description from Urban Tea Merchants site). Basically, I love it for it's options in buying and you can buy from the Urban Tea Merchant (ships from Vancouver, not France) and I mean really these tins would be gorgeous afterwards!

Sometimes you want just a little something... you know that stunning set of earrings that people always ask about and you can say "oh these? They're from Peru." Yeah Overstock.com makes that easy!

Lastly, glasses! I used to go over to my Aunt's house when I was younger... she always had these amazing crystal glasses and gold rims and I used to feel like a princess drinking out of them! Now, these would be more my style... haven't ever bought from Just Morocco.com but it looks promising!!

Friday, February 19, 2010


so this weekend I'm going to try and find some time to work on our craft/guest room... but since you've already seen my love for martha's craft room here and I thought I would share another room that I just love... then after the weekend I'll share some shots of my room! Since it's still in progress this will be more motivation for me to work harder on it--and I need that motivation!

this room is from the very lovely amanda over at Kevin and Amanda. Okay, is that room amazing? Seeing that really made me realize that I can make my craft room exactly how I want it! I'm working on an idea I found over at Team DIY (here) to store my craft paper (I have much less than Amanda!) and we'll see how it turns out.


I can't wait to post pics of my room... anyone have any great craft room pictures?? What about works in progress? I'd love to see it!!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Simply sweet!

I couldn't resist posting this...

How YUMMY do those strawberries look?!?! Head over to the wonderful Tartelette to enter to win a cookbook and check out her AWESOME photography!

This weekend....

I thought I would get a jump start on this weekend... I'm only excited because quite honestly we don't do much on the weekends. We clean, do laundry, cook, clean some more, and I always talk myself into at least one home improvement project (last weekend was painting the living room AND dining room).

This weekend will be different. I absolutely LOVE horses... and I really love that we have the Florida Carriage Museum less than an hour away from my home! Each year there is the Florida Carriage and Horse Festival where competitors showcase equine performances, elegantly presented horse drawn carriages, and beautifully groomed horses of all kind. The Museum, which is free of charge on Festival day, allows the visitor to experience "four galleries of over 165 restored antique European and American carriages, including the only full state Golden Carriage in the United States." Florida Carriage Museum

There are over 400 acres at this museum and I cannot wait to go and take a million pictures, all of which I promise to share!

What do you think: if you could, would you want to live in a time where your only mode of transportation was via horse and carriage??

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The things I regret...

Things I regret:

Finally! I promise these would come... because I feel it is best to be very honest about this. I think everyone has a few things they regret after such a big event... especially someone like me who has been planning her wedding since she was 5! And I know these things aren't horrible, trust me I absolutely LOVED my wedding day these are just little things that I want to get off my chest and well, it's my blog :)

Firstly... I really regret our Cake! We had a 'friendor' for our cake... well kind of. She was a friend of about 5 or 6 of our friends. And we didn't have a tasting, but before we decided to use her we saw a bunch of pictures of cakes she had made and it all looked amazing! So, we met, we planned, and I was very VERY specific. I mean I had drawings, pictures, a list, everything! But my cake turned out... not as perfect as I imagined. The colors were not the colors we spoke about, she made some kind of cake topper thing when I wanted my DIY cake topperfrom Goose Grease to be the shining star on my own wooden stand (which she didn't use and I honestly don't know where it is now. Oh and as you'll see the in pic below... the icing didn't cover well and there are spots where the cake shows through. And while she was a friendor of sorts I should note--we paid a big price (in money and other ways) for a cake I didn't like...


My mom really wanted us to do a toast and a cake cutting thing. Here's the thing--I didn't want that at all! Although my sister-in-law and brother got us some AMAZING toasting flutes, it wasn't something we planned on using. Even better once we finally said okay fine we'll do it, we get up to the cake and everyone is watching and waiting and my mom brings out apply juice and pours it and then we have to just wait and it was just... odd...

yes, beautiful.... but I wish it had been better planned, that's all I regret when it comes down to it, no planning

So that's it.... I know out of a whole day only two things I disliked! haha but overall, I'm happy to be married and I'm happy to be with my husband.... and I will be getting a new cake for our one year anniversary lol it's already planend :)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

One more thing...

Okay, I know I know, I promised I would give you guys the things I regret, but that just wouldn't be fair to one person.

I think this says it all--no matter what I would never forget the man that means everything to me...

Monday, February 15, 2010


Since we're still on the things I would never regret (I'll get to the things that I wish I could have changed tomorrow) let me run down the four most beautiful girls in my life:

These girls were so awesome. I've known them all for quite a few years and I couldn't imagine my life without them!! They are beautiful, strong, amazing, talented, and caring! They helped me out so much and they devoted so much of themselves and their time to making sure my big day was going to be perfect!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Simply the Truth

So tonight I was driving home and decided I would be totally honest and real with you guys: there are so many things about my wedding that I regret BIG TIME!

Don't get me wrong, it was beautiful, simple, casual, lovely--but if I could do it all over again I would. Note: this is by NO MEANS a comprehensive list... there were more things I love and more things I loved less but this is just a general overview to allow me to vent it out!

BUT FIRST.... a few of the things I could never in a million years regret!

1) Location

I would probably still have the reception in the same place but I would have made it a TRUE family bbq! The ceremony was fine but honestly I would have been just as happy in the court house!!

Although, can you really beat a picture like this?!?!

2) Photographer

here are some amazing "getting ready" shots from the two lovely ladies of FatCatz!


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

i can never get enough....

...of beautiful craft rooms!

Thanks to Martha we have the chance to tour her homes whenever we feel like it! I wanted to share Cantitoe Corners Craft Room, in case any of you haven't had the opportunity to see it before!

Do you have a great craft room? Share with us! I'd love to see pictures!

Here are the pictures... I hope you enjoy it!

Wouldn't you like to craft in this room anytime you like?

I really should start collecting and keeping my random fabric pieces for scrapbooking... do you guys use old fabric when you craft scrapbook? What do you use it the most for?

Oh to have all that glitter!

So organized... and I bet it's like this when she's crafting too! I make a mess :)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

simply beautiful

sometimes I come across a site or store that just takes my breath away. Why? sometimes it's just such beautiful photography other times it's because of something so simple I just can't believe it!

Today I saw That Vintage. Lucky for all the shoppers they are currently having a 2nd Anniversary sale... Jan 31-Feb 14 free shipping and a bonus gift! Now Go Get Yourself Some Beautifulness!

All pics from That Vintage

Monday, February 8, 2010

Show and Tell!

So I thought today I would show you guys a little piece of my wedding... Mainly because for me, I have nothing else to write about! Sorry guys...

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Superbowl Sunday!

When I think of the Superbowl I think of Football Food! and commercials.... but most importantly the food! And the best food? Let me show you my fav line-up...

Chips and Salsa


Always a classic favorite and honestly, I just buy the chunky kind from a jar! You'd think I'd make my own since it's so simple--but I think it's even more simple to open a jar!


Sunny Anderson has great personality and style--I always watch her show! When I saw her make these wings a while back I knew they would be a MUST HAVE for the Superbowl!

Get the Recipe Here!

Really, how could you resist these? She makes them sweet and spicy with habanero, cayenne, brown sugar and honey!


And to round out the finish... well I did a little searching... I knew I wanted something sweet and something fun for a dessert--cookies and cakes have had way too much play time in our home the past few weeks. Of course Guy Fieri always has something with a little kick!

S'more Pizza
Get the recipe here and enjoy!


Thursday, February 4, 2010

simple wonderful thursday....

I came across some adorable pictures of kittens and it made me realize--once again the simple things in life win. These pictures should explain what I mean...

simple yarn....

a foam ball...

and a puff...

quite honestly I find it enjoyable just looking at pictures like this... I hope you do too ;)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

simply comforting wednesday

I believe in the simple things in life... and since Phil has decided to give us 6 more weeks of winter I can think of nothing better than a cozy cup of hot cocoa!

Of course, the Pioneer Woman Dulce de Leche Coffee will always be amazing but sometimes simple is best and I promise you won't regret this recipe:

You will need about a 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 3/4 cup of sugar, just a pinch of salt. For your wet ingredients you'll need about 1/3 cup boiling water and about a 1/2 cup milk and a 1/2 cup half and half.

Combine the dry ingredients in a saucepan then blend in the boiling water and allow the boiling mixture to simmer for about two minutes (keep stirring and make sure it doesn't scorch and burn!). When hot but no longer boiling stir in the milk and remove from the heat. You can then add the vanilla and pour and enjoy!

I also like to whip up some whipped cream: just whip up 1 cup cream and 1/4 cup sugar with a little vanilla and voila! Or you can always go with the good old standby from a can--which is way more fun sprayed directly into the mouth than on the hot cocoa!

Monday, February 1, 2010

A little [simple] sparkle for your night....

I love buying cheap but beautiful costume jewelry, especially on sale! However, quite often it's a little too fancy for daily wear... and maybe not quite the right accessory for that big night out--but you like love it!!

Here are some new ideas for that old jewelry...

Another beautiful idea from Martha. Enjoy the simple beauty!