Sunday, August 31, 2008
Oh where to start....how bout the hot little cookie that we (7 adults and 3 kids) called home for 7 days and 5 nights. Located in the gated community of Wyndam Palms, this rental was perfect for our adventure.
The house had on the main floor one bedroom that the boyfriend and I secured (only complaint - no ceiling fan! ugh!) and on the upper floor it had four bedrooms plus a master suite. The community was also equipped with a big shared pool, a game room, a store, workout facility and an office. It suited us just peachy!
When you walked in the front door - this cozy sitting area was to your right.
Behind that was the dining area - and yes we dined there :) It even had a cute "window" to peer into the kitchen...that surface was littered with the many family laptops and phones.
Fully equipped kitchen - it also had sliding glass doors that led to the screened-in pool & hot tub! I must say those doors ended up getting on everyone's nerves cause of the little kiddie safety alarm - the volume could wake up the neighbors! But safety first, right? and with three little ones, you can never be too sure!
Looking out from the kitchen was a "family room" - note that the tile floor was through this area - which was great! Little wet toes were in and out quite frequently so it definitely helped when cleaning up. And that doorknob on the left led to the large laundry room - we only did about ten loads while we were there - who knew our family went through towels like it was our job?!
Here are the only two bedrooms I got photos of - and their adorable occupants! Clara got the girly room but I think she actually spent more time in her parents bed than in her flower abode. Braden and Cole got the race car themed room and had an amazing time jumping from bed to bed to bed to bed and back again. I know...I heard their shrieks of joy!
Cole and Lori & Mom and Dad spent the entire week prior to the vacation on a work related trip. So they met us in Orlando after spending some quality beach time in West Palm Beach area. I don't really know all the details but I know Lori got some FABULOUS pictures with her new SLR camera...check em out!
Anyway - there is the wrap up on the hot spot we stayed at - stay tuned for more fun vacay replays!
Friday, August 29, 2008
Mrs. Five Camels tagged me...bling tagged me to be exact. And who doesn't love a good game of tag when jewels are involved.
Here goes - my delish Elizabeth Taylor inspired jewelry box of my dreams.
Crystal encrusted hoops
Apparently these lovely ladies also give out unmerited compliments in the form of beautiful internet crystal pics...and I will take it! And hug it! And hold it! And love it!
I would like to begin my acceptance of this prestigous award with some recognition of those who made this all possible.
Thank my four readers - you know I'm talking to you - please keep coming back - I promise it will get better....hopefully.
Thank you to my husband - who without his complete infactuation with college and pro football, I would probably have no time to blog. All my bloggin time would be taken up with romantic dates, relaxing massages, and candlelight dinners.
Thank you to that 10 year old swim student and the entire country club swim team - without all those hundreds of people I would have never experienced my most embarrassing moment and quite possibly would have been placed on a path to a underdeveloped sense of humor.
Lastly - thank you tiny infant baby Jesus.
So get rested tonight cause Labor Day sales don't last forever. If only! Just the thought of these great prices disappearing after Monday makes me uncomfortable. Do you think labor breathing would help?
Oha Runners - CB2 $9.95
Hudson Ladder Bookcase - Target $79.00
Lack sidetables - IKEA $6.99
Sealy Precision Firm Support Gusseted Pillow $9.99 BOGO
Navy Stripe Beach Towel - Pottery Barn $9.99
Peep Candleholder in Olivine - CB2 $1.95
Parsons 30" Seat Height Stool - JCPenney $69.99
Rocker Frame (un-upholstered) - Walmart $155.65
Bridgeport Bordered Pillow Cover Navy - Restoration Hardware $12.99
There you have it peeps. So get a shopping and don't forget to snap a pic with all your sales and specials to share with me - cause nobody loves a good deal like I do!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
On Tuesday night around dinner time, Keisa started having the long awaited labor pains.
By 4 am, beautiful little Madilyn Kate was born.
Although Keisa was full term, Madi Kate was actually delivered a week earlier than expected. She is 19" long and weighs in at 7 lbs, 11 oz - me thinks she would have been a tough cookie to deliver if she had another week to grow!
The birth of Madi Kate actually made Tristan (7) a BIG BROTHER!! Tristan is actually Jeremy's favorite in Sunday School. He is very sweet and I am sure he will do a fine job in helping take care of his new little sister. Not that Keisa will need it - she is a nurse & the real Susie Homemaker. She does need to heal though - so you can pray for that!
We are very excited for the Taylors and actually got to visit with them on Madi's birthday with our friends - the Suters. Madi was so tiny! Jeremy got to hold her for a bit - first time holding a newbie! And that was only for a bit cause Brook & I couldn't hold her enough!!! The little bambino was so adorable I actually thought I could probably stick her in my jacket and make a run for it but alas - I didn't have keys :)
Babies are truly a miracle. Congratulations you guys! We love you!
El Cheapo here - back and rearing to go! I'm here to make sure you have some more fantastic finds that are easy on the pocketbook. Do people even call them pocketbooks anymore? or is that a serious faux pas? I bet it's like calling the car an 'automobile'..."Honey - Let's go to the automobile wash & get a good swab!" Well that just sounded British...go ahead try it with an English accent - it's jolly fun :)
Microfiber Storage Ottoman in Tan - Target $24.99
10" Bamboo Dinner Plate - Hamptons Greens Bamboo 8 for $8.80
Piped Coverlet in Green Apple in Queen - Pottery Barn $89.99
Jungle Appetizer Plate - CB2 $.95
Hayworth Decanter - Restoration Hardware $23.49
Faux leather Club Chair with matching ottoman - Big Lots $129.99 AHHH!
Xing Carved Stool - Pier 1 Imports $49.98
Trio Table Lamp - Walmart $20
8x10 Otis Rug - Crate & Barrel $199
I actually went to Target to check out the ottoman and it is what it appears. The tan color is much more appealing than the brown so keep that in mind if you are headed to Target.com. Also, at Target they have another storage ottoman on sale - featured in their Weekly deals. I couldn't find it at the store but it looks decent too. And it is under $20!
The bamboo plates are fabulous! I saw in BHG where they used them as chargers - el cheapo chargers - and they are consumer friendly for all you greenies out there!
And when it comes to that decanter - Let's just face the facts - Restoration Hardware is like totally super expensive. So to pay 24 bones for a glass water holder is pretty darn good. Plus you could add this to the guest room when friends come to visit and not only would they think - "Wow! My friend has got FANTASTIC taste but she also must love me cause I am getting totally pampered with such a gorgeous decanter!" Seriously - she will say it...just...like...that.
The club chair + ottoman + that price = Leg cramps as you knock over the little old ladies at Big Lots.
Have a grand time? Find you a steal or two? I sure hope so. And if you decide to incorporate any of SALES & SPECIALS items into your own abode - send me the pics - or throw me a comment so that I can jump up and down with you in thrifty celebration!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Colors are tricky. Why sure, I could google "color combos" or "decor palettes" or even "what stinkin color should I paint my living room?" but is that really going to satisfy the likes of this internet surfing professional? No. That does not satiate this faux-decorator. (oh and I did google that last one - yea - lots of color-confusion out there!)
But there is one site we girls can always go to for the cure to our hue blues. Yes - let's say it together...Potterybarn.com :)
So what color is the barn o' pots sportin these days? I am so glad you asked.
Gray + wood tones
White + Chartreuse
Rusty Orange + Chocolate
Navy + Marigold
Stormy Blue + Harvest Yellow
Muted Green + Honey
Maybe you need some inspiration for your office or maybe you would love to change the walls in the bath - whatever your conundrum, check out the Benjamin Moore colors for 2008 and see how those designer whiz kids run with it. So go ahead - grab ahold of the PB trend and paint your barn...er...room red or green or blue!
Oh and if you decide to change your drab to fab - please share with me the pics - I love seeing results (especially ones I don't have to lift a finger for!)
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Here are my initial thoughts - those flowery things on the drawer front have got to go! The hardware needs replaced, the inside can feature a different paint affect and the glass could even sport a new little curtain mounted on the inside for a little storage privacy. Basically the brainwaves are going crazy here cause the whole thing needs to get a redo.
How about a subtle white/yellow combo?
A neutral color with a splash of inner color - punchy interest or a punch in the mouth?
Painted wood the same color as the walls...blended or boring?Decoupage details - fronts of fun or affronts to good taste?
Pastel paints on white - too girly or subtley feminine?
I need some input - I need your help - I need your furniture CPR.
It would be a shame to let this one fall by the wayside - I know if it goes into the basement (of death) it will never come out again until the yard sale signs are firmly on the corner.
Problem enters: brown thumb alert. I can't keep anything alive. Jeremy's mom gave us two orchids and already those suckers have had a bit of a haircut due to rotting leaves.
Is there any gardeners out there that are willing to live in Atlanta? I can feed you! I make a mean striped delight!
Till the day my gardener comes forward - I will have to keep dreaming and drooling over the following beautiful Cottage Living outdoor entertaining areas.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
**notice the olympic style hand flare - and a little open mouth celebration too (again!)
So just in case the hubbie wants to cross another wishlist item off the list - here is another item that I have been eyeing :)
Jack Johnson's In Between Dreams
If you haven't danced to Better Together with your own special someone - well - it's not too late! It can totally change their mood :)
This sock hop is the boss!
My Daddie-O - he's the ginchiest!
I feel tha funk!
Tightrolling is all that and a bag of chips.