OK, what did YOU all think of last night??! Can't wait until tonite for the results! xo!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
OK, what did YOU all think of last night??! Can't wait until tonite for the results! xo!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
...Andrew and I read a TON of books. I have been reading to him ever since he was a tiny baby, reading a different book to him each night before bed. I think it is important for parents to instill a strong love for reading early on- to make it something fun and interactive that you can share together.
While I went through a huge time period of buying new books all the time for Andrew, we finally clued in to the library and LOVE to go while away time there... we peek through new books, choosing dozens.. and I do mean dozens.. of books to bring home with us. (Hey, there's no limit to how many you can check out- believe me, I asked!) We even go to Barnes & Noble to look at the new books, write down the ones we are interested in, and then go request them from the library. It costs nothing and is something so worthwhile that kids can enjoy. I think so much today gears towards entertaining kids, as opposed to teaching our children how to entertain themselves. Andrew loves to get a stack of books, curl up in his bed, and flip through the pages. And that makes me happy to see. :)
So I want to know which books you loved as a child, or which books you are reading with your kids at the moment?? The one I have pictured above, A Grand Old Tree, might be the sweetest story I've ever seen- the illustrations are what hooked me! :) Andrew and I found it yesterday at the library and he loved finding all of the little animals in the trees when we read it tonite.
Ooooh!!! And you know what else I checked out from the library today that I have been waiting WEEKS for???!! Ghost Whisperer Season Two!!! Wooooooooo!!! You know, I am opting to stay in on a Saturday night and have a date with J. Love and her ghosts... and I couldn't be happier! And tomorrow while Andrew is with his dad all day, I will be snuggled on the couch watching more hehe. I hope you are all enjoying a cozy and happy weekend as well... xo!
You've got to stop in at Pier One! The Aspen Flower scent.... oh.my.goshhhh. It is simply amazing. Seriously- I am obsessed with it. It is cheap, yummy, and it's aroma really fills up a room! Here's the description from their website about it:
"You'll imagine yourself sitting on a grassy hill, snow-capped mountains in the distance. Our soft ivory-tinted Aspen Flower Candles offer a heady scent blend of tuberose, neroli, jasmine, heliotrope, violet, cyclamen, ylang, lily, carnation and vanilla with hints of peach and coconut."
Uhhhhh, yum. Go take a whiff.
And have a fabulous weekend, xo!
And no, I am not getting any kick-backs from Pier One for this, although I should. I am just that obsessed with this candle hehe.
Friday, April 24, 2009
I love love loveeeeee foldover yoga pants to exercise in. They are flattering and so comfy-cozy. I love these capris for spring and summer, but Old Navy's got a whole bunch of different ones to suit your style. Anyone have any clothing must-haves for exercising???
Here is a bit of info about getting in the 10,000 steps a day from The Walking Site:
- Take a walk with your spouse, child, or friend
- Walk the dog
- Use the stairs instead of the elevator
- Park farther from the store
- Better yet, walk to the store
- Get up to change the channel
- Window shop
- Plan a walking meeting
- Walk over to visit a neighbor
- Get outside to walk around the garden or do a little weeding
Continue to track your daily steps and/or mileage; and keep notes on how you feel, how your body is improving, or other changes you are making to improve your health."
So go ahead and treat yourself to a new exercise outfit that will make you feel slammin' & clip on those pedometers!! Here is to a healthy and fit week, my friends!! :) And PS. Remember to leave me a comment with any fit tips! I will be compiling everyone's tips into an upcoming Fit Friday blog so we can all share our secrets! xo!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Here is Andrew during class- I had to snag a quick photo! :) Yesterday they were learning what to do and say if someone came up to them and wanted to fight. They learned to step back, put your hands up in front of your face and yell, "I don't have time!" How cool is that?! :)
I am excited to watch Andrew as he progresses through karate and learns even more! Most of you know I chose not to put Andrew in preschool this year, and so I am loving this instruction he is getting from someone aside from me. He is learning to focus,be strong, stand up for yourself, and he is having so much fun in the process. :)
More items up in the shop!
(Happy anniversary card,
father's day card,
glittery thank you card,
and of course, much more on the way!)
Have a wonderful Tuesday- American Idol tonite woooo!! xo!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
This dress is now mine!
For only $12.50!
Gosh I adore Forever 21... even in the current state of the economy, a girl can still find some super slammin' clothes.
If you are wondering about the White&Green Swap, partners will be sent out tomorrow! (Hopefully!) It was just too darn hot to do anything productive today. Over 90 degrees here in San Diego! Ugh!! I am so envious of you peeps with the snow and chilly weather right about now!
But I did watch some Gilmore Girls episodes today...
hot weather = lazy day
Friday, April 17, 2009
So I thought I would share something with you all as well... every Friday I am going to devote my blog to a "fit and healthy" topic! If you have any good tips for all of us, leave a comment here or email me to let me know. I want to include all of you in this so we can bounce ideas around and help out all of the friends we have made in the blog world! :)
- Stair climbing burns almost 700% the number of calories you burn standing on an elevator.
- Just two minutes of stair-climbing each day burns enough calories to eliminate the one pound an average adult gains each year.
- Men who climbed at least 20 floors a week (about 3 floors a day) had a 20% lower risk of stroke or death from all causes, in one study.
- Stair-climbing has been shown to raise good cholesterol and improve cardiovascular health
- Stair use also advances the city’s GreeNYC effort to reduce energy consumption. An escalator that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, can use 28,000 kilowatt hours of energy over the course of a year. That’s enough to create 43,000 pounds of carbon dioxide – more than three times the amount a car produces.
AMAZING, right??? This is something that is not only beneficial in New York City, but anywhere in the world. We can all incorporate this idea into our lives- I know there are lots of times when I can ditch the elevator and drag my butt up those stairs. It is a small change we can make, but it makes a huge impact in the end. :)
Will you be taking the stairs this week??! Can't wait until next Friday so we can chat about the healthy things in our life!! Have a great weekend everyone, xo!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
"Much of the damage is already done. The U.S. government is now in the hole over $11 trillion dollars. Over the last year or so, the government has committed over $10.5 trillion in bailouts. Additionally, there is the $52 trillion in the unfunded liabilities we call Social Security and Medicare. Let’s not even get into the current shape of many public and private pension funds, state budgets, or local budgets. Our annual gross domestic product (GDP) is only $14 trillion folks. We are sinking.
Where does this leave us? Go to a tea party. Meet others who are similarly alarmed by the direction of our states and country, put petty partisanship aside, and voice your outrage. The leadership of the country has been avoiding and continues to avoid confronting some very serious problems. The time to deal with these issues is now."
This is not about right versus left wing, it is about speaking out against the government, who is spending our money without a care. We will be at our local tea party tonite... anyone else planning on attending one of these as well?? Happy Tax Day, xo!
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
And now a question I need to ask all of you creative girls out there- here is a photo of Andrew's room so far. I have fixed it up so cute on one side and am loving the banners hanging from the ceiling, the red chair, all his little trinkets everywhere.... I think the photo above is just too cute.
What am I supposed to do behind his bed????
Here is the other side of the room... sad, right?! It looks lopsided! Does anyone have a cute, cheap and easy fix for that boring, plain wall??? I need to hang something, I am just not sure what yet. I thought I would toss it out there for some ideas from all of you... :)
do you love how Andrew makes his bed??? I let him make it every morning, and although it isn't as pristine as I would make it, I think it is important that he feels accomplished in doing a chore by himself. The pillows get tossed in a heap with lots of stuffed animals, but it's his way of doing things hehe!!
OK, ideas please!!!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Hi friends, another swap on the way!! Over coffee this morning, my mom and I were chatting about decorating for spring... so, of course, this carried over into starting yet another swap! After winter, I think we are ready for crisp & clean decor, and what better colors to inspire us than white & green!!
My mom at Foxgloves, Fabric, and Folly and I are co-hosting this swap, and we really want to make it a fun, pretty swap without spending an arm and a leg on this... I think in this economy it is more than important to put together beautiful packages without spending a lot. This swap should be creative, cute, wrapped beautifully, but should be done with a budget in mind- let's send sweet little things... cute green paper plates to make a spring snack a bit brighter... a cute green candle that smells like spring... a darling pair of green earrings to make your outfit oh-so-cute... a yummy recipe written on a super-cute green recipe card... whatever you can think of for your partner that is green and white!! :) Get to know your partner so you are able to pick out some beautiful things according to her taste.
To sign up for the swap, please email your filled out questionnaire to Holly at email@example.com or to Heidi at firstname.lastname@example.org ... we will be sure to email you back a confirmation that we have your name down for the swap. We will keep signups open until April 17th, and then we will email partners out that weekend.
After we send out partners, you will have until May 6th to send your box. Feel free to grab our button and share it on your blog. We are looking forward to hearing from lots of you!! :)
xo!- Holly & Heidi
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Each place setting is a little crooked, some of the silverware ends up upside down, and the cup always appears in a funny spot, but the fact of the matter is that Andrew feels so accomplished after setting the table. He is so incredibly proud of himself, and that makes a momma happy to see. :) Even notice the little votives??? And he wrote out place cards for everyone as well.. AH, so darn cute.
I am so proud of this little bug. :) He even went outside to pick a flower and put it in a little glass in the middle of the table... sooo Martha. hehe!
So while we are on the subject, I thought I would share some of my favorite tables that I have spotted in the past few weeks of spring...
I hope you all take the time to set a pretty table tonight and enjoy a fun dinner! Or better yet, toss the plates and silverware to the kids and make them do it- believe me, you will be glad you did. :) xo!
Friday, April 3, 2009
Today I added lots of new listings, lots of tags, and lots of bird motifs, yay! (The bird tags above are here!) I was thinking the shop was seriously lacking in tags, so I have been busily creating them in the past few days. Please check them out- they are super duper spring-y and cute and would be perfect for Easter goodies as well!
And here is a photo of my new place cards!! I was inspired to make these for my shop when Andrew decided he was going to set the table and decorate it a few nights ago... he set the table beautifully, went outside to pick flowers and put them in a little juice cup with water, and put a dish with a votive next to everyone's plate!! And to top it all off, he asked for paper so he could make "places" for each one of us to sit. So, there is my place card idea! I've got listings for flower place cards and bird place cards so far. If you are looking for a specific color or quantity, or even a different motif, convo me through Etsy or email me at email@example.com and we can work it out!
And here are my current favorite tags! They are just so darn happy!!! :) I almost don't want to part with these hehe! :) You can see them here.
Thanks for looking and hope you are all having a beautiful Friday. Happy weekend to you all, xo!