March 31, 2010

Sunshine Awards.


Nothing short of thankful.

The Henna Art Quilt.

Well I've finally got up the nerve to award the blogs that in my opinion are passionate and vulnerable,...and the winners are...

Serendipitous...
chune123.blogspot.com
Chris is a real as dirt and if her writing are too cheesy or mundane for you, just move on and find yourself another blog to read. She won't mind... no hard feelings... truly. She's incredible!!!

The Henna Art Quilt...
thehennaartquilt.blogspot.com
A woman who knows what her passion !! Lyndune is an amazing woman, brave and fearless.

Miz's Write For Life...
readingwritingblogging.blogspot.com
Mizrepresent (her name) musings are on writing, reading, publishing and life. Loving the discussion going on at her blog. Keep it going gurl!!!

The Window Shopper...
liz-wishfulthinking.blogspot.com

Liz is an Art and design student, seeking inspiration of all kinds.
The eclectic, the fabulous, and the fun.

nothing short of thankful...
thehubb4.blogspot.com

The Hubbards. Jason, Sarah, India and Kalib, are a family of home-schoolers, artists, music lovers, life lovers. Their journey is one to be creative and to take pride in the experiences life gives them. So loving to peep in to their lives. A simple but brilliant blog.

...it's Simple love...
itssimplelove.blogspot.com
Rachael is wonderful, she is growing on me with her zest for life and her incredible insights.

Congratulations and thank you all for sharing your hearts, you are all wonderful human beings. Much love to all.

Sitting Alone,Typing out loud......#1

Sometimes I feel like there is more I should be doing with my life, You know what I mean,... when you sit alone and think about your life.

Am I truly fulfilling my whole potential? Am I where I ought to be in life? I don't want to depress anyone,... I'm just sharing my thoughts, after all.

Sitting alone I often think about such things. Its good to reflect and take stock of ones life in a constructive way, of course. To plan your next step in life or to just prepare for what you know is to come.

Right now I'm truly grateful for my life, I'm enjoying today, who knows what the future may hold for us all,...good or bad.

So I'll kiss my kids and my husband (and my dearest dog Sam) and say thank you to God, for this life, family, friends, our home and a not so great job.

I will however keep dreaming, changing and growing, experiencing new things and seeing new places. Well I don't want to ramble on here, so take care and thank you for stopping by my faithful friends, you know who you are... and welcome my new friends in advance. Much love!!!!!

March 30, 2010

Meditation #3.




Today



At the end of today, if it has been preoccupied with thoughts of enjoyment that might be coming, we will find that we have lost something valuable that will be gone forever. Today!

In hoping to be happy about something in the future, instead of being happy right now, we are missing out. We often want more time, more money for that new purchase, a better job, better health. The list may be long.

This is such a waste because there are probably many things to feel really good about each day. Unfortunately we are encouraged to dwell on things that we have yet to acquire. If we were bombarded with daily reminders of how lucky we are and how much we have to be happy about, we would retire at night with wonderful days behind us.

"No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy the sunlight today, mix good cheer with friends today, then enjoy it and bless God for it. Do not look back on happiness or dream of it in the future. You are only sure of today; do not let yourself be cheated of it." - Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1878)

Our day should be free of other stresses and worries. An analysis of a bad event that has happened, or may happen, can be worthwhile in determining a course of action. Beyond that, to continue worrying about it is a completely useless waste of time and is harmful to our health. Worry does not help the future experience and could make it worse, and the past cannot be changed.

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could, some blunders and absurdities have crept in. Forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day." - Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

So enjoy yourself today because it is not coming back.


Image via tara frey

March 29, 2010

Calvin and Hobbes.




I'm in an Easter state of Mind.


Love this... Yumm

and this...

ohhh and these as well.

Lots of great ideas for Easter decor. Simply beautiful colors.


Happy Monday, its going to a happy week for us all!!! Take care.

March 28, 2010

Planning an Easter Egg Affair.


Oh isn't a an Easter egg tree divine,...I would love
to do one, but will I have enough time, I do hope so.


I love the idea of these cupcakes,...there will be lots of cupcakes.


I found these templates at marthastewart.com for the decorations.


I'm thinking of lots of pale yellow table cloths and flowers and streamers of bunny rabbits.


I simply must have deviled eggs on the menu,...Yumm!

Hello everyone, I have been busy these last few days, but I have missed you all. I hope everyone had a great weekend. I'm currently planning an Easter Egg Hunt for all the kids in my church,... I know this sounds crazy. Anyway I'm going to pull it off even if it kills me. All the kids are super excited,... I hope you are loving some of my ideas for the party next sunday. I've got lots of work to do, so wish me luck. I'm making party hats and my own decorations. The menu will have Coconut cake, Carrot Cake, of course... lots of pretty cheese sandwiches, cupcakes etc, etc.
Well I better start on these decorations and baskets. Love you all tons. Have a great week.

March 23, 2010

Closet Inspiration.


Everyone should have a chandelier in their closet space. Don't you think???

Have an unused space,...here is a great idea for a home office.

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR CLOSET TODAY! Download this wardrobe worksheet.
Hope everyone is having a great week so far. Much Love to all.

March 22, 2010

Cinnamon-less cinnamon rolls.

Loving these, sticky lemon breakfast rolls with lemon cream cheese glaze. click here for recipe.

Meditation #2...,God is Timeless.

Is voice becoming the new text(again)?

Your Father knows what you need before you ask” (Matthew 6:8).
E-mail, messaging, cell phones, chat rooms, teleconferencing, skype! Technology has enabled us to meet and talk to people all over the world…instantly.
Stop and think about it. You have got to be amazed at the speed our communications travel.
But even more amazing is the fact that God knows and hears our prayers even before we think about them or open our mouths. He even knows what we could have said and didn’t, how our prayers will be answered, how we will respond to the answer.
Technology is God’s idea. He wants us to use it to help reach and teach people to worship Him.
God is so amazing and great! Let’s worship Him today! He is worthy of our awe and praise.
O Lord, You have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit or stand. When far away you know my every thought. You chart my path ahead of me, and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment, you know where I am. You know what I am going to say before I even say it” (Psalm 139:1-4).

Questions: What is it that amazes you today about our great God? How can our modern technology help you to serve God better today?



March 21, 2010

Total Bliss.


Catching waves, relaxing in the sun. The whole family kicked back at the beach and when we got home we slept the rest of the day away, total bliss.

March 19, 2010

FAN-stastic Fridays

I love this blog because of her great design sense and her sense of fun, so give my gurl some love. I hope you'll like her as much as I do.
The Oh Joy blog covers inspiration & design with a focus on home accessories, textiles, and fashion. Updated 2-3 times a day, the site reaches up to 30,000 readers daily and an average of 560,000 page views per month.
Editor of Oh Joy, Joy Deangdeelert Cho is a graphic designer and blogger who worked with numerous fashion clients in New York before launching her own business, Oh Joy! She now designs textiles, packaging, and branding for clients in the fashion and food industries and sells her stationery line nationwide. She has authored the Oh Joy blog since 2005 and recently launched a new food blog, Oh Joy Eats, in 2009 chronicling her foodie adventures. She recently finished co-writing Creative, Inc. – a book about becoming a freelance creative talent to be published by Chronicle Books and released in Fall 2010.

Oh Joy Eats Blog. Swing by and check it out.

Have a great weekend folks, thank you for stopping by and remember to do something fun with someone you love. I'm taking the kids to the beach to hang out and relax. Stay safe everyone, God bless.

March 17, 2010

Free Online Books Anyone???


Free online books library for students, teachers, and the classic enthusiast. Go to readprint.com


Absolutely FREE online books
Thousands of novels, poems, stories
Easy to read books online
WARNING — The surgeon general reports that having these many free books at your disposal can be highly addictive.

Books are a passion of mine. Its even better when the books are free. I hope everyone enjoys this site especially all the Jane Austen Fans out there. Much love to everyone.

March 16, 2010

The Wolfman - Share the Videos

Going with my hubby to see this one...I love Benicio del Toro, Anthony Hopkins and Emily Blunt. I'm also going to see Shutter island with Leonardo DiCaprio. The Lovely Bones I'm staying away from because when it comes to children being abducted I'm already paranoid with my kids. Just last month we went to a street fair and my daughter went missing for 6 mins, that took 2yrs off my life span I kid you not. Has anyone seen "The Young Victoria"??? What did you think?? Take care everyone.

What's on the menu.

Now do not be deceived I am not Irish...but I love food, good food and what better way to enjoy St. Patrick's Day but with food. I know I'm going to put on something green tomorrow, have a themed tea and do something, I know my husband will love (he's a beef and potatoes guy) for supper, oooohh and some string beans (are they Irish???). Check out these recipes. I think I'm going to head off to the supermarket after work and pick up ingredients for the cake and the Beef pie, wish me luck folks. Much love.
Irish Cream Bundt Cake (from allrecipes).
Guinness and Beef Pie Recipe. Serves 4 (Adapted from Epicurious)
If you are looking for more beer and beef stew recipes, check out these Stout Braised Short Ribs

March 15, 2010

Meditation #1. Where do you run?

Where do you run when you need help? Do you call your husband and pour your heart out to him? Do you ask your Mom or Dad to listen? Or maybe you prefer to be alone in your room, where you can log onto Facebook, post your problems on your wall — and see if your friends may have the answers you need?
A few years ago, I was faced with a situation where I needed help. I did all of the above. I asked everyone except God. Usually, I go to God first. But this time my problem seemed so overwhelming that I instinctively ran to the physical things that I could touch or see with my natural senses.
Then, was faced with the possibility I was infertile, my first course of action was to have as many opinions(doctors) as possible to tell me what was wrong, why couldn't i have children. I was angry with God when I lost two babies, angry that he wasn't going to allow this to be easy for me. Yet when I when I became pregnant with my son, I fell to my knees knowing the only one I could rely on was Him.
Yes, it’s fine to go to the people around us who love us, but first we must run by faith to God. People come and go. People are not always there. Even our family as much as they may love us are not always around.
“... the LORD will take care of me. Teach me Your way, O LORD, And lead me in a smooth path” (Psalm 27:10-11, KJV).
“A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24).
We need a constant Source of help, a place we can run where our Comforter never turns away and our Guide never departs. We need a Helper who can always be found, one whose love is steady and whose forgiveness is strong. We need God.
We need God for life itself. We need Him on the days when we are popular and we need Him on the days when all of our friends are gone. We need God during nights that are filled with frustration and tears, and we need Him on nights that are filled with laughter.

James 4:8 encourages, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (NKJV).
Have a great Monday everyone, and remember to pray through your challenges, talk to God about what is burdening you today. Much Love to you all.

March 14, 2010

Caribbean Fahion Week.






Well I hope everyone is having a great weekend. I have been resting a lot and doing chores in moderation, hoping I will start the week energized and refreshed. I leave you now with some of the highlights from our Caribbean Fashion Week, please enjoy.

March 12, 2010

FAN-tastic Fridays.


I'm a huge fan of the 'Barefoot Contessa,... Ina Garten is a star in my opinion. I love her simple and uncomplicated way of approaching any recipe. To be honest I can't handle the arrogance of some of the other celebrity chefs on Food Network, but I love her. OOh and the Iron Chef battles, will post about that show another time.

Ina went from the being a financial adviser at The White House to opening her own catering company, which has blossomed into a TV show, cookbooks and a specialty food line. This woman is living her Bliss, I admire her. I have purchased a number of her cookbooks, which I pull out whenever Jerry and I plan to do any entertaining. Trust me the recipes are easy to follow and the results are usually perfection.

The recipe for the risotto above and the delicious ham can be found at Barefoot Contessa.

So be on the look out every Friday to see who or what I'm a fan of with
(Fan-static Fridays)
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also a "Day of Meditation" will be on Mondays,...I'll be sharing poetry, quotes, sayings and scriptures. So be on the look out for those.
Also I'm thinking of "What's in my TEACUP???? I'll be blogging about whatever is on my mind, that I'm pondering, whether it's a book, a movie, a recipe, an event or just my vast array of feelings, I will be sharing them with you.

Have a great weekend everyone and remember to try a new recipe this weekend.
Much Love to All.

March 10, 2010

Meet Mr. Sam.


Meet Mr. Sam everyone, I found him as a stray wandering the university grounds seven years ago. We met when I found him sitting next to my car one night. I asked him if he was going home with me,...opened the car door and he jumped in...the rest is history. Sam has been by my side through two miscarriages, and when I was on bed rest for 8 months if I was going to carry my son full term.

Sam is my first child. I will be honest with you, I love Sam very much. Two words that cause him great distress is "bath-time" and "Frontline". LOL!!! He is a pretty smart cookie and he adores the kids.

We almost lost Sam when a pitbull attacked him, we took him to the vet with not much hope of recovery, but he made it. Then we got the bill after a series of treatments. It was enormous but we couldn't sit by and watch Sam die. I guess you can't put a price on love. My poor husband blew a gasket, he said it was more than my delivery bill at the hospital and I had a C-section. He was fine in the end though, he loves Sam just as much as I do..

Sam sleeps beside me every night and is always home to greet me when I come home from work. Sometimes he sleeps with the kids and positions himself under my daughters' cradle. So cute.

I think I'll be upset if I don't see him in heaven. God will have some explaining to do, but I guess I have to get there first before I make any demands on God. Thanks for visiting everyone.

Have a good day everyone and remember to say I love you at least once a day.

March 09, 2010

Everything Turquoise...#1.

These leather Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent Coco Woven Flat Sandals feature contrast buckled ankle straps. Padded footbed and leather sole. Fits true to size. $250.


All the dresses can be found at Anthropologie.

This Zad Ribbon Seed Necklace is a large statement necklace that features a stitched fabric with glass turquoise and red seed beads, green glass bead accents and ornate design. Ribbon tie closure. $39.




Hello everyone.
It seems recently I have been drawn to the color turquoise in a subliminal way...you know what I'm talking about. Many of my purchases over the last year or has been focused solely on this color,( hence the blog background as well).... not intentional, of course. But I believe this year the color turquoise is totally me. Check out this blog, about everything turquoise, its crazy good. Hope everyone is having a good day. Thank you for stopping by and leaving your lovely thoughts, especially my new found friend Tuesdai.

March 08, 2010

"Enchanted" Faerie Art..

Bertie Bookbody
Bertie loves to read and always has a book on his lap, as you can tell he's rather a clever chap and he can do a few little magic tricks for the little ones too.
"Willow"
Willow is just a tiny little thing she can always be found swinging in the Willow trees by the pond, so keep an eye out for her.

"Grey Beard"
Grey Beard is a gnome, a very wise and kind one, he is the Great Grandfather figure in my little family...very calm and relaxed, he always knows what's going on.

Here is a little faerie tree house, Linda spotted it in the woods near her home!! I think its cute!
"Megan" the Mystic
Megan is the spellmaker in the family, she can tell fortunes by reading the stars, she only uses her skills to help others and to see them onto the right path.

"Baby Bud"
"From Little acorns grow the mighty oaks"...this little one wont grow quite as big as an oak tree, he's just a little budling.

"little Meg"
Meg is a very shy little character, she likes to sit in the woods and watch the lacewings fly around...don't talk to her though she gets afraid very easily!!

Linda Ravenscroft lives in the beautiful country of Cheshire, England (famous for the author Lewis Carroll and his Cheshire cat). Her home is situated close to a small wood, which is the inspiration for her visions of faeries. Linda uses many mediums for her paintings, her favorite being watercolour. Her Faeries are compared to angels, only more mischievous and earthbound.

Above, meet her little scribbles, The Fae Family and Friends....these are just her scribbles as she calls them... I hope you like them.

Linda's faerie art is incredible and precious, she shows us that even the smallest things can be "Enchanted" I have been a fan of her work for over two years. So now I share a little of my intrigue with you. Linda is a wonderful artist who prefers to live in a dream world rather than the not-so-wonderful real one. Can I blame her???

Sometimes I escape into her latest book called "Enchanted" just to dream and be transported to another place and time. Whenever I have friends over the book disappears from the coffee table and into the hands of one of my guest. I hope you enjoy Linda's art as I do.

Shine brightly and live your dreams everyone. Take care.

Happy Thanksgiving and a last minute dessert.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone, and may their be happy memoirs made as we gather with family and friends . Take time to be grateful for the...