I AM BORED! WHAT CAN I DO? How many times have you heard this in the last 5 weeks???!!! I love summer and we truly have had some fabulous experiences together as a family. But now that we are in the thick of summer, the planned vacations have dwindled and my kids are driving me… Continue reading Summer Rules 2019
Since the beginning of summer, our family has been go-go-going nonstop with a house-boating trip to Lake Powell, Disney Cruise to the Bahamas followed by the Disney parks in Orlando, home for a blink to watch the season finale of Big Little Lies (Oh PLEASE tell me there will be another season!!! I love all… Continue reading Summer Sippin’: Honey Peach Ice Tea
Who doesn’t love fresh flowers? After a long day’s work, arms full of groceries, you tromp thru the dirty garage and mudroom, enter into your kitchen and see that beautiful arrangement greeting you, adding a little brightness to your day. What Flowers to Buy Fresh flowers don’t have to cost a lot of money. I… Continue reading April showers bring May flowers!
My family of 4 went to Europe for spring break and had just the best time ever!!! We explored both London, England and Paris, France (with a day trip to Versaille) all in 10 days. As we traveled, I posted pictures on my personal Facebook page and got so many questions about how and… Continue reading Tips on traveling to London & Paris with kids
It's the day before my son's 10th birthday... 10 years! Double digits! I can't even believe it. It feels like just yesterday we were walking past a shiny red Corvette and he literally stopped in his tracks, as a 5 year old, stared at it, then turned to me with the biggest cherry bright eyes,… Continue reading Race Car Birthday
I have been doing auction art for about 5 years now. What is auction art, you ask? Every year our elementary school has an auction to raise money for the school. One big component of that is making art with the students and then selling it at the auction! I love it! Why do I… Continue reading The Behind the Scenes Secrets of 2019 Auction Art
Now, if you follow my Instagram you know I LOOOOVE flowers! Do you ever buy flowers, make an arrangement and some flowers DIE earlier than others? (Um...I'm talking about you, Mr. Hydrangea! I even tried this trick here with not much success. 😦 ) Exhibit A: Flowers starting to wilt *those white tulips literally fell… Continue reading Flower Refresh!
Having a slew of relatives over? Or maybe a Friends-Easter? (Doesn't quite have the same ring as Friends-giving, does it?! 🙂 ) We are having both! My in-laws, brother-in-law & his girlfriend and cousin Teresa are coming over for Easter. Then, our family dinner group who all have kids our kids age, are also coming… Continue reading Easter Sippin’
My daughter came home about a week ago and exclaimed, "Let's make marbled Easter eggs this year!" And of course I said, SOUNDS GREAT! Let's do it! Low and behold, there was an article in a magazine on marbling eggs with Cool Whip! So I jumped in the mom mobile and headed to the… Continue reading Let’s Dye Some Eggs!!!!
A tea party fit for a princess. A little wacky, a whole lot of color, and special touches throughout.
Packing yourself for a European trip can be a little stressful. Packing a family of four...ummmm, yah...I've been kind of dreading it!!!!!!!! It is March and my family of 4 is heading to London and Paris for spring break. I can't wait! It's our kids' first time traveling outside the country and my husband and I… Continue reading Packing for a 10 day trip to Europe
When I commit, I commit hard. So when I was asked to join a Bunko group in our neighborhood, and was told that "..you have to come. No excuses. We rely on all 12 members coming every month..." etc. etc. Well...she didn't know who she was talking to. I am a dedicated person. If I… Continue reading Amazing Blueberry Dessert
Do you belong to a book club? That amazing Oprah inspired us all to start one back in 1996!!! I joined one many years ago just to give me an excuse to read a book a month. With all other life distractions and responsibilities, my reading gets postponed till vacation or summer breaks. Now, that… Continue reading Thailand Inspired Cocktail
I don't know about you but some days my body just does NOT feel good!!! Hubbie's first question is, "Have you worked out?" Ok, no. I haven't. I've been SLAVING OVER MY HOUSE AND SICK CHILDREN AND THEIR SCHEDULES AND NEEDS AND TOTALLY IGNORING MY OWN, OK?!!!!! I don't yell. Only in type. 🙂 But… Continue reading Quick and Healthy After School Treat
This is the BEST red velvet you have ever tasted! And the frosting: so unique!
SO...I am a girlie girlie GIRLIE girl!!!! Head to toe, in and out, through and through. But then on May 2nd, 2009... this girlie girl birthed herself a BABY BOY!!! And this baby boy 👦🏼 was truly, ALL BOY! Head to toe, in and out, through and through. Ball was his first word. A golf… Continue reading Will You Be Mine—-Craft? A 2019 Valentine Card.
Have a desire to make some homemade bread? It's not as difficult as you may think. Let the bread rise while you're doing another task and the time just flies by!
Ever have furniture pieces that just don't fit in your home anymore? Before donating them to Goodwill, think about giving them a FACE LIFT!
Hey hey hey!!!! Everyone gearing up for Valentine's day?! Oh you know you've been shopping for the perfect pink outfit, sampling chocolates to decide which to serve and sipping on some tasty bubbly all month month long! 🙂 I have done NOTHING! Ok, maybe I bought some cards for my kids and hubby but that… Continue reading Sundown Sipper, another yummy cocktail.
I am laughing right now. This room has been a "work in progress" for almost a year?! Could that be? And to tell you the truth, it's been done for a while but it is NEVER PHOTO WORTHY! As a 'tween on the go, with 4 nights of dance, one night of choir and a… Continue reading Tween Room
Remember the "mini reveal" of "how to stencil" a Bathroom back in October? Well...all the details are complete! Come take a peek at our kids bathroom remodel! Last spring we decided it was time to "remodel" the kids bathroom. To save on cost, we kept the footprint of the room, the toilet and even the cabinets. What… Continue reading The Kids Bath is COMPLETE!
Do you make New Year's resolutions? I don't. I can't handle the disappointment in myself if I don't stick to it. Do you know how many New Year's resolutions are broken?! According to the US News, 80% of resolutions are broken by the second week in February. That's such a bummer!!! Instead of a "New… Continue reading New Year’s Re….cipes!!!
This blog is to share all my new discoveries! 'Cuz, when I find a new trick or recipe that I LOVE, I want to share it with the WORLD! With YOU!!!! Over winter break, we spent some time at our place in Sunriver. Besides playing in the snow, skiing a day or two, there was… Continue reading The Duvet Struggle is OVER!
A few years back, I tried to read what was said to be the most amazing book: The Life-Changing Art of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. And to tell you the truth, this girl (meaning ME) could NOT get into it!!!! I love my STUFF!!! But...as this 2019 New Year came, we returned from our… Continue reading Tidying Up
Did you see my instagram post last week? It was PARTY WEEK at the elementary school and we decided to do a Candyland theme, including an oversized Candyland game I created for the 3rd graders. It was such a hit! Well, this little project is what sparked the idea! To continue with the Candyland theme,… Continue reading Homemade Ornament
Have you ever had a vision in your head and then when you executed, it just didn't work? It happens ALL-THE-TIME, RIGHT?! What's even worse is when it happens with a client. (yeiks!) Here's what happened... The Job A few weeks ago a client of mine had me decorate her 12' tree. She had boxes… Continue reading Flop to POP: A Wreath Miracle
Welcome to my 2018 holiday home! Come on in!
Hey y'all! Anyone feeling festive?!!! Well a signature cocktail is JUST THE THING to put you in a festive mood! 😉 I've been serving up a few new beverages this season and this one one is one of my favorites for a large group or if you are just serving 2. 🙂 Plus, it was… Continue reading Ginger Fizz Cocktail
Now is the time for baking and giving! I love making homemade gifts to give to our special friends, teachers, bus drivers, etc. Last year, you may remember, I made my favorite granola recipe (see here!) This year I wanted to try something NEW! Making the Brittle Years ago I bought a candy thermometer. Don't… Continue reading Salted Caramel Nut Brittle
Do you ever get an idea in your head and you JUST HAVE TO DO IT?!!! It all started when I saw these adorable red lanterns on Krystal of Simply-girly.com's Instagram feed. She said they were from Walmart, of all places. I had never been to a Walmart Superstore and had no clue where the… Continue reading It’s a Candy kind of Christmas
Meadowhouse 7, our Sunriver rental
I love going picking! No! Not the nose (Ok, maybe I've been around 9 year old boys too much lately) but antique or vintage shopping!!! The year we were remodeling our Sunriver kitchen, we were in California visiting my parents. And you know how I love to walk in downtown Willow Glen, San Jose, CA . … Continue reading Finding “The Feed” Sign
It's Saturday night, before Thanksgiving and we are home. The day was filled with shopping at the Plunky Maidens Christmas Marketplace, lots of odds and ends errand running and de-cluttering of the house. As the craziness subsides, I decided to shake up a cocktail for my husband and I before dinner. This week, I had… Continue reading It’s Cranberry Jammy Cocktail Time!
Some easy gift ideas.
Hi all! OK, real quick...I'm gonna share with you the spooky spider my son and I created last week. Leave it to Better Homes & Gardens to inspire me! I mean, how many pages need to get 'doggy eared' before I just say, "DAMN! This is a good addition this month :)" October 2018 issue… Continue reading Spooky Spider
Quick tutorial on how to stencil your walls to look like wallpaper!
customizing your pumpkins with spray paint
Easy, one bowl muffin recipe
It's July 2nd and I am down in California at my parents' house. Every morning, I climb out of bed, roll into the kitchen and see my dad, sitting in his same oak antique chair in the family room, coffee on his side table, newspaper in hand and watching the news. I go about my… Continue reading Almond Streusel Blueberry Muffins
Do you have a group of gals that you get together with every month? Whether it’s book club or wine night or just a mom’s night out? Well I am fortunate enough to have moved into this beautiful neighborhood 9 years ago, when my youngest was 2 weeks old. (Oh yes. That’s a WHOLE OTHER… Continue reading She’s my cherry pie!!!
Lemon Blueberry Cake with Cream Cheese frosting...YUUMMMM!
So, I don't know about you, but there are a LOT of get-togethers in the the spring: Memorial Day, Cinco De Mayo, dinner parties, end of year parties, ...and on and on and on! We are all trying to squeeeeeze in time with our friends before everyone is off on their summer vacations with their… Continue reading Infusion Time!
We are right in the middle of baseball season and man, our food choices have gone RIGHT OUT THE WINDOW!!! Frozen corn dogs, microwaved bean and cheese burritos, just ANYTHING quick with a little protein to scarf down in 10 minutes before we head out the door and are gone for 3+ hours! Something had… Continue reading Back on a health kick
Any other Irish girl LOOOOVE Cinco De Mayo like me?!!! Maybe it's the street tacos I dream of! Or the live music of a fabulous mariachi band playing! Or even the fresh, "made-at-your-table" guacamole that you dip your freshly salted chips into. Aaaahhh! How can you go wrong with live music, fresh appetizers and a… Continue reading It’s how I Cinco De Mayo 🙂
Thank you's are important. You can't say thank you enough and the written thank you is a life skill that I am hoping to pass down with my children and hope they will continue to do so with their children. Our world is filled with so much technology that takes us away from these intimate… Continue reading Thank You Gift
Holy hello, my little blog! I have been neglecting you!!! It is not that I have been sitting on my buttocks, watching Soaps all day and eating Bon Bons! With dance competition season and baseball season (hubbie's the coach), school auction and art project deadlines, traveling to LA, etc., our lives have been in a… Continue reading Wallpaper Accent Wall
YAY! It's spring break! And what do the Manos' do on spring break? Chill out and get ready for Easter, of course!! 🙂 After seeing Hamilton (YES! WE GOT TICKETS!!!), we headed to our Sunriver home Sunday morning. Whenever we come to Sunriver, we have lots of together time: walking to the village, having hot… Continue reading An Egg-cellent Easter Activity
Well it's almost St. Patties Day!!!! Time to pull out all the green in your closet!!!! I love green but I don't tend to purchase things that are green. In grade school if I (heaven forbid) forgot to wear green on March 17th, I could always use the excuse that I have GREEN EYES (so… Continue reading TGIF: Green Cucumber
I love a challenge. I DON'T love to challenge people! I am referring to when I hear someone say, "Oh, that can't be done." or "Only she can pull that off" or "I have no idea how that would be created." It sparks something in me that takes it from "No you can't" to "YES… Continue reading Delightful Veggie-packed Dinner