Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Fun and Funky Handbags for Spring

Spring is in the air! Okay maybe that is a stretch but we did have a few 70 degree days that gave me some inspiration! That is just like Nashville. What is the saying? If you don't like the weather wait five minutes! Anyway all the fresh spring-like air made me realize I need a new spring bag! I decided to check out all the new and funky designs Etsy has to offer for adornment this spring!

Check them out and rate your favorite bag in the comments section (mine is #2...I am a sucker for polka dots!).

#1



See the Drawing Room Purse No. 2 at the sea within. This fun and funky market bag is just right for saturday morning farmer's market! Check out this funky t-shirt for a fab match!


#2



Check out the cafe bag at zelaya's! This oh-so-lovely wooden handled purse could go from sunday brunch to down the aisle! For a perfect compliment be sure to check out zelaya's simple and fresh leaf applique dress.


#3


This Gathered Khaki Clutch can be found at sewn on a sunday. Together with this dress, the pair would be the perfect duet for a spring wedding!

#4



I wouldn't feel like this was a proper blog unless I found soemthing fabulous to cover all those cute MacBooks out there! This fabulous MacBook Envelope for all you hip and trendy Mac users can be found at fernfiddlehead's!

#5


I am a sucker for anything yellow and Yellow Graphic Bag from b.vann originals is the perfect spring/summer bag!



Remember to rate your fav!

Saturday, February 14, 2009


This week has been such a test to my will, my sanity, and my marriage. If the old saying is true that the first year of marriage is the hardest then Z and I are rapidly becoming a cliche! At first I thought someone or something was testing us. How strong are we as a couple? How do we cope as a couple? But then I realized the test was meant for me only. As someone who has long battled depression, I realize now that I married a really strong man who is of sound mind and judgement. His lessons, it seems, were learned early on while mine are just starting to present themselves (in rapid succession no less).

I have always felt I have lived a very blessed, very charmed life. About a month before we moved I was walking through our old apartment and had a quick thought that my charm or sense of security was about to end. Is that not a weird thing to just randomly come into your head? Don't get me wrong it has been a tough year altogether. It just hasn't felt like a real test until recently. I guess facing the reality of getting yet another job that would make most high schoolers proud has left me feeling pretty dismal. And even worse is what this reality says about my abilities as a small business owner. On top of all that I am quite sure my husband would indeed prefer an equal partner to a blood sucking bon bon eating disaster of a wife. So I feel...

I am scared.
I am anxious.
I am disappointed.
I am trying to remember to breathe.

And yet at the end of this royally bad week, tonight it is starting to make sense. The reality is that all of this anger and depression has nothing to do with my marriage or my lack of a stable income. It has to do with me growing up. It has to do with me becoming less of a daughter and more of a wife. So I feel uncertain and I feel scared. But you know what? I am certain that finally knowing why I am feeling scared and resistant to change is half the battle.

Thanks for reading I needed to get that out. Happy Valentine's Day to everyone. On that note I leave you with my favorite quote...

"If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you." -Winnie the Pooh

Thursday, February 12, 2009

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In honor of Valentine's Day (I guess also in honor of the current budget I am trying to adhere to) here is my tribute to all things pink on my wish list this year!!





A Girl Can Dream!!

Here's hoping you all have a great Valentine's Day. Z and I are headed to a hockey game while trying to adhere to our current budget (thanks dad for the free tickets!!). Whether you are celebrating with your love or just celebrating yourself remember it is a day dedicated to those you love!! Do something nice for yourself and for those that mean the most to you!

What are you doing to celebrate yourself and those you love this Valentine's Day?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

My Parents Future Family Room


As I stated in a previous post I have been toying with the idea of starting a new career. I am still trying to find temp. work but I have also been searching for something more permanent as well as more ME! My parents have been so wonderful by letting me guide them through all the decisions, both exciting and tedious, of their new home remodel. I AM LOVING IT!! I wanted to share with you my story board for their room. I will also be posting before and after photos once we are finished. By the way Dana, I will need great after photos for my portfolio! So I hope you enjoy! I am very proud of the space and my parents have been such a joy to work with. They have been both open and adventurous when it comes to their new space!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

At the recommendation of another blogger SuitableHustle, I started using an online gadget to create my story boards. So just for fun here is my idea for our family room. With a new full-time job looming I needed to lose myself in something creative and mindless! I will be following the family room with a dining room re-model as well as my parents story board in the new format. Enjoy! Also can anyone with a full-time job please leave me a comment with some time management tips. I feel like I am never going to have time let alone the inspiration for anything creative!! I hope you enjoy the room!
My Dream Family Room
My Family Room - by jewels1977 on Polyvore.com

Thursday, February 5, 2009


I was surfing the Internet and found this article on anti-cancer foods. I just thought it was nice to find it all in one place. I added recipes to the more unique foods! Enjoy and feel free to add your own recipes in the comment section!! Happy Health in 2009!

Top Ten Anti-Cancer Foods

1.)Turmeric

Thai Grilled Chicken with Sweet Chile Dipping Sauce

INGREDIENTS (Nutrition)
1/2 cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 (3 pound) chicken, cut into pieces
6 tablespoons rice vinegar
4 tablespoons water
4 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon minced bird's eye chili
1/4 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS
a.In a shallow dish, mix together the coconut milk, fish sauce, 2 tablespoons minced garlic, cilantro, turmeric, curry powder, and white pepper. Add chicken, and turn to coat. Cover, and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

b.Preheat grill for high heat.

c.In a saucepan, combine vinegar, water, sugar, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, bird's eye chili, and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer until liquid is reduced, about 5 minutes. Stir sauce from time to time. Remove from heat and allow to cool before use.

d.Lightly oil grill grate. Discard marinade, and place chicken on the grill. Cook for 10 minutes per side, or until slightly charred and juices run clear. Brush with sauce before serving. Serve remaining sauce on the side for dipping

2.)Blueberries, Acai Berries, Raspberries, and Cranberries

Antioxidant Smoothie
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup acai berry juice (such as Bom Dia Acai Berry with Cacao)
1/2 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt (such as Stonyfield)
1 Tbsp. unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder

Combine all ingredients in a regular or Vita Mix blender. Mix until smooth

3.)Green Tea (two cups a day)

4.)Garlic (some experts also recommend waiting 15 minutes between peeling and chopping the garlic to get the full effects of the active compounds.)

5.)Broccoli and Cabbage (British researchers made headlines last year with a study that showed that men with early signs of developing prostate cancer prevented tumor growth by eating broccoli four times a week. Other studies have shown anti-cancer benefits from eating cabbage, brussels sprouts, and other cruciferous vegetables.)

6.)Onions and Leeks (According to the National Institutes of Health, studies of people from Southern Europe who eat a diet high in garlic and onions show a direct relationship between high consumption of "allium" vegetables (all types of garlic, onions, and leeks) and reduced risk of many common cancers.)

7.)Tomatoes

8.)Soy (To get the anti-cancer benefits of soy, you need to consume about 50 grams per day of the whole food, such as raw fresh soybeans, known as edamame, dry roasted soybeans, or tofu.)

9.)Red Wine

10.)Watercress and Spinach (According to researchers in Ireland, who released studies in the past two years showing that eating watercress everyday can prevent the DNA damage that leads to cancer.)

The Importance of Crossing Your T's


I have learned a couple of things about myself as of late. 1) I do not fully cross my t's and 2) I always write a title before I know what I am going to write about. Are those not two very weird things? The non crossing of t's, I am told, means I have trouble following through as well as the inability to complete the tasks I start. This could be why I have about 15 unfinished blogs. The title before subject is probably related to the "t" thing! I need a lesson in staying focused. I think it must be a trait associated with being creative, this lack of focus. At any given moment I have about 5 things I am trying to figure out and finish. My question to the universe is this, "Am I capable of changing the things that keep me from moving forward?"

Recently I have been exploring a new career path. And I am filled with such old school anxiety. I am afraid but excited. What if I forget to cross my t's?

What are your best tips for staying focused?

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Slowly Turning My House Into A Home

I am one of those people who likes to do nothing. I enjoy playing Internet scrabble while watching House Hunters. It is rapidly becoming a problem. That being said it will be no surprise when I tell you I just hung pictures in the house I have lived in for over 5 months. I don't know why I put things off and it is a habit I am rapidly trying to break. Looking at my little entry way message/keys/cell phone charging station I feel so inspired to turn the rest of my house into a home before I go back to work. I hope you enjoy the pics of my finished entry way. Next up installing my coat rack and therefore finally removing all the coats/sweaters/bags from my banister!! Could it be that organization is like a drug? Or is it that I am an addict looking for my next fix?
Our Newly Organized Entryway!


(A little Rock Band never hurt anybody!)

(And finally a place for our "B" collection. My mother would be so proud!!)

Next Up: The Coat Rack!!

What is your best tip for staying organized?