November 28, 2009

recipe flags

These cute recipe flags a are a great way to tag recipes in a cookbook or magazine. The price is inexpensive too at only 5.95. When I see all the little scraps of paper stuck in my magazines I can never tell what kind of recipe it is. The food titles on these tags would solve this problem and they are so much more attractive!
via: foodforthought

November 26, 2009

happy thanksgiving 2009!

Noah and Liam playing a duet on Turkey Day! We had a lovely Thanksgiving and I am so grateful for my close and loving family!

November 24, 2009

thanksgiving blessings

I love this cute idea from Blonde Designs for a Thanksgiving activity for kids. You have them put together little treat bags with each item highlighting the symbolism of Thanksgiving. For instance, Candy Corn and Popcorn: The sacrifices of the pilgrims first winter. Food was so scarce that settlers survived on just a few kernels of corn.
What a great way to get kids talking about what Thanksgiving really represents. I can't wait until Noah and his cousins are a little older so we can do this with them.

November 23, 2009

Happy Birthday Brittany!

And now.....always bringing me Happiness!

To my sweet daughter, things I love about you

You put your heart and soul into being a good Mom to Noah
You are compassionate to those around you
You don't judge people and try to walk in their shoes
You are open minded and love learning new things
You are becoming a good cook and give me great recipes
You make me laugh
You are excited about learning to sew
You get strength from your faith
You are forgiving
You work super hard in school
and my favorite thing about you
you love hanging out with your Mom!

November 21, 2009

individual sides

I love this idea from Sunset in the first photo of using a creamer as individual gravy boats. This one is only 1.95 from Crate and Barrel. It reminded me of the mini salt and pepper shakers above that I bought several years ago. They are so great to use at times like Thanksgiving or whenever you have guests over. Everyone always loves having their own salt and pepper shaker at their place setting. I'm sure they would enjoy having their own little gravy boat too!

November 15, 2009

stunning design

What beautifully designed rooms by Kishani Perera via Elements of Style. These have got to be some of the most lovely rooms I have ever seen! You can see more of her gorgeous work here.

November 12, 2009

on my mind

Kenna Mae.....Our love and prayers are with her today as she has a Kasai procedure for Biliary Artresia.

Update: Kenna made it through the surgery well and we are so relieved. We are now just praying the Kasai procedure works and that she will be healthy again soon. She is such a brave precious little girl!
photo: sarahhullphotography

November 11, 2009

veterans day 2009

Thoughts and prayers with our veterans and soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
vt news

November 9, 2009

rules for my unborn son

I immediately thought of my grandson Noah when I come across the book Rules for My Unborn Son by Walker Lamond. Based on his touching and humorous blog 1001 Rules for My Unborn Son, I can see why all his reviews are glowing. What a perfect gift for a new Dad this Christmas.
via: Cup of Jo

November 8, 2009

living room decor

I was reading Coto De Texas.and came across this beautiful space Nate Berkus designed for his living room of his Chicago home. I had seen it before but I had forgotten how much I loved his decor. He also has great design tips for creating a home of your own.
1. Love walking through your front door
2. Your home should feel collected over time
3. Let each room tell a story of who you are
4. Make your home your own
5. Create a space that grounds you
6. Your home is one of your greatest reflections

My favorite #3!

November 7, 2009

shana faust

Beautiful images from Shana Faust website via Oh Joy. She is photo stylist and previous editor of Martha Stewart Living and her work is stunning!

November 5, 2009

small space decorating

We are going to be moving in a couple of months. I am excited about the move because we will be living close to my family and only a mile and a half from the beach! I love the beach weather in Southern California, it is as close to perfect as you can get. The other great thing is I am really familiar with the area because I grew up and lived there for 25 years. One big challenge with this move though is I am going from a house of 3500 sq. ft. to a house of 1200 sq. ft. This is going to require completely different decorating. Since my living dining area is going to be so much smaller I have started gathering pictures for inspiration. The pictures above are a few of my favorites for a small space.
images: home sweet home

November 2, 2009

trick or treat 2009

This was Noah's first year trick or treating (he was a little to young last year). That didn't stop him from catching on quickly and having a great time!
photos: Brittany Parker