5.31.2009

I Should Have Thrown Those Catalogs Away...

Thanks to everyone who commented on my playroom post. You had some helpful comments/advice. Seeing as my dining room has already been converted to a playroom, I'm really trying to clean up the clutter, make thing more inviting. I made the mistake of opening the Ballard Designs catalog this weekend. I now know exactly what I want to do! Unfortunately, I need to hit the lottery or... hit the lottery before I can have this look. I've also checked out the Pottery Barn Teen site for some casual seating. We actually decorated our sun porch with this seating and we love it...for a fraction of the Pottery Barn (adults?) catalog. Here goes:

Pottery Barn Teen's sectional is comfy and the color would work.

Ballard's storage bench...thanks for the great idea my loyal bloggers! I would need two.

Ballard's bench sectional is so cute...I would put 2 side by side.

This coral chandelier would top it all off.

So...what's your take on these pieces? Have you seen any of the Ballard pieces knocked off anywhere?

5.26.2009

A Relaxing Weekend







My husband and I took our 5 year old daughter and 10 year old son to Wentworth by the Sea in New Castle, New Hampshire this past weekend. We only stayed one night (budgets you know), but we had a blast. We shopped in Kittery, Maine, hit Yummies, the ultimate candy emporium, and then headed to the hotel. It's only a 10 minute ride from Kittery. We chose to stay in the "Marina Suites" this time. They are located in a building overlooking the marina. My in-laws came along, and we were able to have 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Plus, there is a full kitchen, dining area, living room, and 2 patio areas. It is so relaxing. The kids swam in 2 of the 3 pools. Who needs Disney? This is actually one of their favorite hang-outs. We are particular about when we visit...checking for great rates. The pictures say it all.

5.22.2009

My Favorite Toy... (Come on now, minds out of the gutter!)


I bought a great little gadget for myself last spring and I enjoyed it right through the summer. It is the Brill Razorcut 38 inch reel mower. I LOVE it. We have a pretty large piece of property, several acres...which gets mowed by DH on a riding mower. Near the house, we have a front and side yard that need "tidying up" more often than the entire property needs to get mowed. So that's where I come in. I am able to get out early because the mower is quiet. (I can also hear my kids screaming for me...or fighting with one another.) I get a little exercise, I feel good about the way the yard looks, and I am supporting eco-friendly practices! The mower is extremely light weight, and has blades that claim to never need resharpening. It IS NOT meant for tall, tough to cut grass. I also have to go over my dandelions several times (at least the extra large ones!) I give it two thumbs up, five stars, the green light, etc...

I ordered it from:

Peoplepoweredmachines.com
and I was very happy with the service. It needs basic assembly, which I did quickly (yes,by myself), and easily.

5.18.2009

A Jar of Memories


I'm one of those people who tears pages from magazines and files them away. You know... the perfect outfit, a great wedding cake, a beautifully decorated home, a charming garden, etc...I tore out a page from who knows what magazine at least five years ago, that showed a beautiful Memory Jar. I've wanted to make this for my mom ever since, and finally, this year, the pieces all fell into place. My oldest brother J in New Jersey sent me his childhood memories, my baby brother B in New York sent me his. My two sisters who live in a neighboring town (S and C) sent me theirs. Then I carefully chose my own. I wrote the messages on pretty paper, folded them up in a prettified jar, and it was ready to go. Judging from the smiles and laughter as Mom opened each paper, I think it was a success. So even though it's a little late for this Mother's Day...Father's Day is just around the corner!

(The picture above is the one that I made...jar from K Mart, notecards from Marshall's, ribbon from an old floral sale)

5.17.2009

A Weekend of Outfits



This weekend I wore a few new pieces with a few old pieces. I wore the rolling ruffles in blush size S (a little saggy in the straps), with the short sleeve long cardigan size S. The capris (size 6) are J. Crew from 2 years ago. The enamel flower necklace is vintage.

I also wore one of my favorite tops, the tuxedo chiffon top in the cream color. The celery tank underneath is old...bass I think. The capris are J. Crew from 2 seasons ago.

I'm about 5'7", if you're trying to figure out where things would fall on you.

5.15.2009

My Father Always Said I Was A Winner (ok...he was shaking his head as he said it...)


Stephanie at Sea Glasses was kind enough to tag me as one of the blogs to receive this great blog award. I did receive an award once...only to have the bestower (a word?) remove their post several hours later! So thanks Steph for not changing your mind. :)

These are my tasks:


1. List seven things that make me awe-summm.
2. Pass the award on to seven bloggers I read religiously.
3. Tag those 7 bloggers.
4. Don't forget to link the Queen that tagged me.
5. Copy the pic and put it into my sidebar.


The 7 Bloggers I tag are:


1.Gigi's Gone Shopping
2.One+One=Four
3.Purple Sweet Tarts
4.These are a few of Christina's favorite things
5.My Style
6.Fabulous Florida Mommy
7.Cape Cod Memories



I am sorry if I have repeated anyone!!


Seven things that make me awesome are:


1. I have a green thumb!

2. I have summer's off with my kids, and we have a fabulous time playing in the sand, picking vegetables, swinging until our toes touch the sky, and belly laughing.

3. I manage to snag some awesome deals on J Crew's sale section.

4. I am 43 and feel like I'm 23.

5. I love to write, and hope to publish a book someday.

6. I have researched tons of my family's genealogy and find it fascinating.

7. I wish I still had a milkman. (A future post!)

5.13.2009

In Memorium


Rest in Peace

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Tyler J. Trahan of East Freetown, Massachusetts

Killed in the line of duty while serving his country in Iraq
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