Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

People always ask me why I love Halloween so much.
I don't dress up, I don't throw a party...
I am an avid Halloween celebrator because in my opinion,
Halloween is the kick-off for the Holiday Season.

Plus, to be able to hand out candy to cute kids,
sit on my sofa and watch Hocus Pocus
(yearly tradition for as many years as I can remember),
and eat the candy that was bought for the trick-or-treaters
(eat way to much of it)...

What could be better?

So enjoy this last wonderful day of October and...

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Alexandra Grablewski

I just love when I discover new artists.
Especially when they are as talented at Alexandra Grablewski.
To be able to capture such beauty in a still life photo amazes me.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Color Palette - Flannel Colors

I'm back!
Thanks for sticking with me during my unexpected two week blog break.
Micah and I took some much needed vacation time to rest up after a busy summer,
and I expected to continue to blog during that time. 
But the moment I arrived at our destination, which was Seattle,
getting on my computer was the last thing on my mind.
I literally used my computer twice in two weeks.
It was a nice break.

But now that I am back, I am excited to start sharing with you
all the lovely things I find while browsing the web,
yummy recipes that I try,
and just little snippets of my life.

Something that I have been loving recently is Flannel.
I love how, in a flannel shirt, you can weave together colors,
that normally would not go together,
and it turns out so perfectly matched and stylish.
Time to start sporting my flannels!!

image via: piccsy

Saturday, October 20, 2012

My TWO Weeks in Instagram

Almost two weeks have gone by since I last blogged. Wow, how time flies!
Especially at this time of year when there is so many fun things to do.

So, what did I do within those two weeks?

1. Hosted a Harvest Party, which turned out to be a great success!
Complete with a Popcorn Bar, Chili Cook-Off, Bobbing for Apples, and Square Dancing.

2. I hosted the first book club meeting for the book Persuasion.
And I even made Homemade Pumpkin Pie and Homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattes.
I will be sharing that latte recipe soon... it was amazing!

3. I took Silas on a few of the last Fall walks of the season to enjoy all the bright colors...
before the snow hits and our Fall walks turn in to Winter Wonderland walks. 
4. And finally, Micah and I traveled to Seattle last Sunday
for a two week rest/vacation/dr.appointments trip.
And believe me, we are finally realizing how much we needed this rest. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Current Crush - Ballet Flats

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It's that time of year again.
Too cold for sandals and flip flops, too warm for snow boots.
So what are my go-to shoes for the season... ballet flats.
The perfect shoe in my opinion, for the Fall season.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

May Books

It's that time of year again.
The time where I start to overlap my schedule
with things I need to do this year, and things that are scheduled for next year.
So I am on the hunt for a good daily planner.

I just heard about May Books and I am seriously thinking of purchasing one.
You can customize the cover and content to exactly the way you want it!
And for me, along with the daily planner, I would want a meal planner.
When it comes to cooking, I need a plan.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Color Palette - Pumpkin & Blue

Happy Monday!

Another crisp and colorful Fall week is beginning.

I am just in love with this table-scape and color palette.
Maybe this will be my inspiration for the next event/party on my schedule.
Which reminds me ... I need to start brainstorming about the Ladies Soup Swap! 

via: SNAP 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sunday Morning Breakfast

Harvest Party has been successfully completed!
Now it's time to play catch up on the other things in my life...
like grocery shopping, cleaning, and reading.

Shopping, because I woke up this morning,
craving a warm Sunday breakfast,
only to find that we literally only had cream of wheat! 
I do love cream of wheat, but when our fridge is pretty much bare
of anything other than eggs and condiments...
well, I think I need to make a trip to the grocery store.

Cleaning, because that is always the last thing on my mind
when I have a huge event in the near future.

Reading, because my first Book Club meeting is this Friday
and I need to have half of Persuasion read by then.
And can I just tell you, that after a 10 year break
from reading Jane Austen novels,
you need a bit more concentration in reading
than you would need if you were reading Twilight.
I'm just say'n.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

My Week in Instagrams

Fall is in full swing here in the Northwest.
And to kick it off, I'm throwing a Harvest Party!

It's going to be filled with...
Chili Cook-Off
Apple Cider
 Popcorn Bar
 Face Painting
 Corn-Hole Tournament
 and even Square Dancing.

It will be a blast...
and I am going to have some
much needed rest once it's over.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Olive Box

I know we all have heard about Birchbox by now...
but have you heard of Olive Box?

Here is a little blurb about Olive Box,
from the creators of Olive Box... 

"After an age of electronic everything,
we are finally back to being excited over beautiful, handwritten letters
and receiving a physical gift in the mail...
As a member you will receive a delightful box of
paper & lifestyle products delivered to your front door each month.
From cards to artwork to inspiring books and gifting ideas,
you never know what exciting products you will unwrap each month."

What a special treat this would be every month. 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Current Crush - Figs Figs Figs

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Figs hold a special place in my heart. I guess you could call them nostalgic.
Growing up my grandparents had a magnificent fig tree on their property.
Perfectly knotty and twisted. If you've ever seen a fig tree,
then you know that they are full of personality in how each tree grows uniquely.
I have memories of climbing it, counting the ants that lived among it,
finding Easter Eggs hidden in it's secret holes;
and when I got older, and moved into my grandparents home after they passed away,
I remember reading many books under it's branches.
Funny thing is though, I don't ever remember eating any figs from that tree.
I never knew my love for the fruit until a few years ago.
One thing I wish I could go back and do differently...
take advantage of all those delicious figs.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Thakoon Addition

I know were heading into Fall and these dresses say a bit more Spring,
but I couldn't help posting these Thakoon dresses.
They are just too pretty and flow-y to pass up.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Color Palette - Ombre Pumpkins

Happy October 1st!

I love this day because I finally get to dig our holiday decorations out of the attic,
give them all a good dusting, and proudly display them for all to see.
Can't you just feel the joy of the holiday's getting nearer and nearer.

I know I can.

image via: Martha Stewart