Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Woot! Our photos have arrived!

Funny how displaying pics of loved ones can instantly make a house feel much more like a home.

The photos I wrote about a few weeks ago have arrived and are now proudly displayed in my hubby and my living room!
We still have a little more to do with the room like repainting the off white walls a brighter white and replacing our 90s style mini blinds, but our cozy little living room is getting much closer to how we would like it to look.

If you can't tell already, I'm pretty excited to see it all coming together:-)

Here's a sneak peak of the room:


Monday, August 30, 2010

Lollipop, Lollipop, OH Lolli-lollipop...

Oh to be an entrepreneur...
One of my BFFs just started her own events company in Austin, TX doing children's parties, bridal showers, etc and of course sweets for the events!

I'd love to have a few of Lollipop Events creations on hand at all times to snack on:-p

Check out a few of her delicious creations!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Small Things

A very close friend of mine just returned from Vietnam and brought me back a small sticky bun key-chain from her trip.

It's so cute and goofy looking that I'm embarrassed to say it brought me more amusement than a key-chain is expected to bring an adult.

We had meet up for dinner and then coffee. As I was sitting there talking with her, sipping on my soy ice coffee and squishing the smiley faced sticky bun I realized there are a lot of things that make us happy but it can be easy for us to overlook these little happy moments in the greater scale of everyday tasks.

Life can be pretty stressful... just a reminder to stop and soak up those happy little moments that pop up along your day. :-)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Scratch n' Sniff

It's lavender picking time!
August 14th rings in the annual Chappell Hill Lavender Festival, a time where visitors to this tiny Texas town can pick aromatic lavender and purchase all sorts of great smelling lavender goods.
My brother and I took an hour drive through the areas scenic hillsides to the Chappell Hill Lavender Farm for the festival.
The area was beautiful to say the least. The farm consisted of 3,000 lush lavender plants that cascaded over several rolling acres to a large gazebo and pond.
Some friends of mine met up with us and we spent hours roaming through the acreage, picking lavender and sipping on lavender lemonade to beat the heat.
What an awesome day!
We'll be going again next year for sure.



Right now I'm loving Amocacushi Boutique, a small business established out of Chicago, IL and a one stop spot for hair accessories.
My sis-in-laws had the opportunity to model some of the 21 year old owners fabulous handmade designs.
Here are a few of my favorite photos from their modeling escapades!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Snaggle Face

I tend to make fun of my pup as she has a pretty snaggly smile, however I had a bit of a fall on Sunday and shattered my left front tooth... eek
Currently my dog and I are sharing the same toothy smile.
I'm pleased to say that I'll be on on my way to the dentist in a just a few hours to get it fixed...
Just the same, I thought I would do an ode to the snaggled ones since I am soon to be removed from this exclusive club :-p

Katie Holmes had a snaggle face for a while.

No pearly whites for Flavor Flav

Jewel looks beautiful even with a slightly crooked smile.

Not sure that I should comment on Mike Tyson...

me... cheese

Friday, August 6, 2010

♪♫ Under Da' Sea ♪♫♪

Just off the coast of Fiji resides a very unusual resort.
Poseidon Undersea Resort sits 40 feet underwater in a 5,000 acre Fijian lagoon.

They're currently offering a 7 day 6 night special for $15,000 a night.

Sign me up!

Typical Danish Home

I love Denmark!
... and this bike riding happy country has some amazing design.

Not too long ago, Oprah took a tour of a "typical" Danish home.
I've heard since this video came out that this home is actually not so typical but I still think it's lovely.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Jellyfish Lake

Last summer my husband and I finally became scuba certified. (YAY!)
Since then one of my new hobbies has been looking up potential awesome dive spots on the web.

One place that looks absolutely amazing is Jellyfish Lake in Palau.
This unusual lake is an enclosed body of water wherein the resident jellyfish have completely lost their sting because they have no predators to protect themselves from.

Due to this, these jellies spend their privileged days basking in the sun and leisurely floating from one side of the lake to the other while snacking on algae.

What a life!

Monday, August 2, 2010

"1945-1998" by Isao Hashimoto

I found this today and thought "WOW..." I had no idea so many nuclear explosions had been conducted since that first bomb in 1945. (The number was up to 2,053 by 1998, I'm curious to find out what the count is up to now...)

Isaso Hashimoto created this piece of work to be a bird's eye view of the history of nuclear explosions by scaling down a months lengh of time into one second.

No text was used so that viewers could understand the message with out a language barrier.

The blinking lights, sound, and numbers on the world map show when, where and how many experiements each country has conducted.

Isaso Hashimoto stated, "I created this work for the means of an interface to the people who are yet to know the extremely grave but present problem of the world."

His work is pretty informative and a good history lesson.

My travel check list...

We had some friends over tonight and decided to take a trip down youtube memory lane and watch the "Where The Hell Is Matt'' videos.

What a clever and upbeat concept...dance your way around the world!

I hope to one day use Matt's videos as one of my travel check list.

So far I can check off a few like:
-San Francisco, Ca
-Austin, Tx
-London, England
-Chicago, Il
-New York, Ny
-Atlanta, Ga
-Vancouver, British Columbia
- Washington D.C.
- Singapore
- Los Angeles, Ca
- Angkor Wat, Cambodia

... but I still have a lot of catching up to do.

Check out his videos and make a list of your own!