Monday, January 31, 2011

screen actors guild awards

Over all I would say the blah, blah, blahs continued with the dress choices. Thankfully more color was thrown in, here are the clear winners of the night...
Annette for glitz and glamor.
Tina for color.
Mila for taking a risk that paid off beautifully.

Here's to hoping everyone else brings their A game to the Oscars...

photos via yahoo

Friday, January 28, 2011

wedding plans

My little sister's wedding plans are coming along nicely. It looks like this J.Crew Factory sweater will be part of the bridesmaids outfits (paired with a yellow skirt with a cream band around the bottom). I think I want to pair it with a gold or nude toned shoe.

friday fun day

Have you seen the "visited states" map? It colors in the states you have been to, you can also do Canadian provinces and Mexican states. Here is my map. I have visited/driven through 41 states, thanks in great part to my Dad's job. What is your favorite state you have visited? Mine might be North Carolina.

Other fun things today include the launch of Matchbook, an online magazine. They have two pages of trivial facts on Princess Margaret (Queen Elizabeth's sister) like:
"for reasons unknown to the press, the young Margaret's disco-going set of friends called her 'Yvonne'."
The magazine also has some great compilations of fashion staples and new books to check out amongst other things!

And one more thing, 13 weird things that happen at Sundance Film Festival. The Shine has had some great articles lately, this one is no exception.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

lions at the gate

Many of the older homes in the area I grew up in have lion statues that flank the entry ways to their porch. I love the idea of lions outside the home, they add such an interesting element to the exterior. Here are some pictures from around the web of lion statues.

The houses in my neighborhood would always decorate their lions for the holidays. Wreaths in December and pumpkins under the raised paws in October.

While we are on the topic of statues, here is one of my parents neighbors newest. It kind of creeps me out...

P.S. Travel Tuesday is coming back next week with a vengeance, be very excited!
via jwinfred, photo-steve, becky e, authalic, irwin-scott, biltmore, bakati

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

get me to the greek

Everyone in my office has been talking about Greek yogurt, apparently it is really good for (0 grams of fat, 140 calories and 14 grams of protein). When I was home for the holiday my parents had bought a case of Chobani Greek yogurt, further asserting that this might be a band wagon to jump on. I finally decided to try it out this week. I have had one for breakfast every morning this week and I have really enjoyed them so far. Chobani, I am sold. Hopefully they sell you at Costco.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

super bowl slider

via she knows
We are having friends over for the Super Bowl. This year I decided to do a pot luck and I think one of my contributions will be meat balls. This is my favorite tried and true meat ball recipe, I kind of like the idea I saw on She Knows, of substituting ground turkey for a healthier version.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs
1 1/2 lbs. hamburger
1/2 cup of milk
3/4 cup rolled oats
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 eggs
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Mix meatball ingredients together and form into golf ball sized meatballs. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Mix sauce ingredients together in a pan. Heat and pour over meatballs about half way through the cooking time. Serve over potatoes or rice.

Sauce (I usually double this):
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup BBQ sauce
1/2 cup vinegar
2 tsp/ Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp prepared mustard

Monday, January 24, 2011

a splash of color

Here are some random bits of color I have found over the web...

I love this statement necklace, I think it definitely qualifies as a splash of color.

The only thing I really like in this room is the green island.

This yellow dresser is gorgeous, I think my little sister would love something like that.

Last but not least, the blue wall...

via Etsy and House Beautiful

Friday, January 21, 2011

the end of the week

I love these yellow, white and green flowers. My little sister is using this color combination for her wedding so I have been pouring over different bouquets for inspiration.

I love this illustration by Ruth Sanderson. I did a guest post about her books on my big sister's blog A Window to the World.

I love the pop of yellow in this blue room.

And I love this old post on My Happy Little Life on the cycles of infertility. I can totally relate. I am all done with my current Doctor and researching and preparing to visit other doctor's around the US. Hopefully I can find one I feel more comfortable with. I have also been reading books and articles on infertility, they have me pondering a diet change to a more wholesome diet. By wholesome I mean more whole grains, fruits and veggies and less meat. I want to try to switch to organic meat at least, I figure I already have problems with the hormones in my body and the hormones they have me give my body, do I really need the hormones from my meat? I think this will take some more research. Anyway, over the next year I am going to see a couple different doctors and clinics to find one that I feel good about before we start IVF.

photos via house beautiful, ruth sanderson, christine olson photography

Thursday, January 20, 2011

be mine

If I am being honest, I actually packed all my Valentine's decor this week. I am trying to de-clutter the house and get it ready for showings. A little sad but that's reality. However, my sister has kids and they love Valentine's Day, and I like to send Valentine's every four years or so...

I saw this heart montage and thought of my sister, I think her kids would love it.

This ribbon punched valentine looks completely reasonable as far as effort and it is darling to boot.

I love the heart garland

This valentine project would be a serious undertaking, but how cool is it? A secret message valentine? What kid (or possibly adult) wouldn't love to get this in the mail.

Also, thanks to Tip Junkie for featuring one of my older valentine posts (I am number 7)!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

house plants

For the last couple of years I have been dying to get a good house plant. I have tried cacti and other miscellaneous house plants with little success. Partially because my cats tend to chew the plants and partially because I have no east or west windows to get good light. Regardless of this fact I want to try again because I love plants and because I have read that they warm a room up. That should help with staging a house, right? Enjoy some house plant inspiration.

This kumquat tree is my favorite of the bunch.

via house beautiful, desire to inspire, decorology

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

foot saver

I finally found it! My sister was given one of these years ago, it is similar to a pumice stone but it is sand paper that you use to help cracked heals. It is the best. My feet have been dying this winter so I started searching amazon and found one. My feet can't wait for it to arrive, it really is the best for cracked heels.

Monday, January 17, 2011

best of the golden globes

I have to be honest, none of the dresses blew me away. A lot of neutrals, a lot of simple lines, which is fine but when paired together equals blah. They could have taken notes from Eva and last years Emmy favorites... Despite that here were my favorites of the night.

Kira Sedwick was probably my favorite.
Scarlett Jo was the best of the neutrals.
I liked Colin Firth's date's dress...
Mila Kunis
Dianna Argon
Honorable mention to Julie Bowen. Her dress looked a lot better on tv than it does in the pictures...
photos via Yahoo!

Friday, January 14, 2011

menu planning

Monthly meal planning isn't doing it for me any more. I am trying my hand at weekly meal planning. It worked pretty well last week, the question at the end of the month will be whether r not it is more cost efficient.

photos via Dana Made and Simply Recipes
This coming week my plan includes:
Chicken Fajitas from Dana Made It
Tortilla Soup from Recipe Picnic
Meatball Subs
Chicken Broccoli Casserole
Greek Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Thursday, January 13, 2011

wedding flowers

My sister's wedding is two months away. She is having yellow, green and white for her colors. I loved these two weddings that used those colors and incorporated pops of purple. Gorgeous.

I love, love, love the yellow and purple in the boutonniere.

via style me pretty
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