• 31 October 2007
Here is my version of Budget (pick up right away--see left)
Semi-Budget (sell something and then use funds to supplement purchase!)
Splurge (ask for it as a birthday or Christmas gift--see cashmere/cable version on right).
Caveat: I realize the word "budget" is a relative term. To In Style staffers it means around $100...to moi, it means around $30. I have way too many little people dependent on me to justify multiple "In-Style-Budget-Purchases" a month.
• 29 October 2007
She found it here at Paper Source (our favorite store to peruse together) but you can find it online at other paperies like this one or this one. Now I have a reason to look forward to January 1...or maybe I'll be like Rebecca and just hang it up now anyway because it's so dang cute.
Off to find that perfect spot on the wall!
Next up...the letterbox at Red Butte Gardens! Anyone want to come? Complimentary jelly bellies for all participants!
If you have a bunch of lemons to use up, click here to view the full recipe. I love that one recipe makes two loaves. Mini-loaves would be cute too.
For the low fat version that is also tasty, click here. This Lemon-Yogurt cake would taste wonderful with the above-mentioned toppings too.
Oh how I wish I had some left. I'm hungry.
Does anyone have any tips to pass along? Keep in mind that "budget" is an underlying theme. If statistics prove accurate, I am hoping for a few hundred comments in the next few days :)
It's all spot on. We loved it and the kids can't wait to go back for more. It's surprisingly inexpensive too. Finally a children's museum that allows adults in free. I don't mind dishing out for my kids but paying my own admission seems silly. I guess the folks over at Treehouse agree.
The location is downtown near all the happening development taking place in Ogden and right across the street from the LDS Temple so it's a pretty location as well. The parking lot is small but street parking nearby is easy to find and unmetered. Afterwards we ate at the Great Harvest on quaint 25th Street and perused a local gallery as well. I couldn't believe how well-behaved the kids were in the gallery for a good 15 minutes. What in heavens name possessed them?
Click here for a $1 off coupon and head up soon!
When we decide to redo the master (not on the docket anytime soon but a girl can dream!), I think I'll order a few of these in a kid-friendly fabric like microfiber. I like the look and B. will love having another place to drape his towel :) Hmm...I may have to rethink this!
These are pretty easy to make, especially if you use a paper cutter, and the results are totally worth the minimal effort.
I modified the directions a little by:
1. using one-inch thick black twill ribbon instead of twine
2. using a paper-cutter instead of scissors
3. trimming the top about 1.5 inches after making the strips
4. adding these cute Halloween tags from Marta
Give it a go! Full directions here.
• 25 October 2007
P.S. This is what I woke up to yesterday--a beautiful gourmet breakfast a la Ben...homemade frittata with mushrooms, scallions & bacon....baguette with currant jam...pears, yogurt, raspberries with pomegranate seeds. Talk about getting off to a great start!
• 24 October 2007
Note: I visited a local ribbon store (The Lace Place on Highland Dr.) and bought some quality ribbon to wrap around the stem...just to jazz it up a bit. The copper wreath hanger was only $6 at Smith & Hawken and can be used year-round.
Here are some of my favorites:
• 23 October 2007
Guests often comment on these pans and ask questions like, "where to you purchase one?" and "how do you clean it?" and "how do you season it?", etc. Here are the answers to all those questions and a few tips from Martha.
Where to Buy: Antique stores or Kmart--Martha's Everyday line over there offers cast iron pans now.
How to Clean: The most important thing to remember about cast iron is to never use soap during the cleaning process. It will ruin the finish. Just use warm water and a sponge/scrub brush to get off any dirt particles. If you have stubborn stains, use coarse salt and a sponge. That will do the trick!
How to Season (per Martha):
Seasoning a cast-iron pan gives it a smooth, nonstick surface that actually improves with age. When you buy a new cast-iron pan, the first thing you should do is wash it in hot, soapy water. Dry the pan thoroughly, first with a dishcloth, and then in an oven heated to 300 degrees for several minutes. You must dry the pan completely to prevent rust. Then pour about a tablespoon of oil into the pan, and rub it over the surface with a paper towel. Be careful not to use too much oil or the coating will be too thick. Place the pan in a 300 degrees oven for about an hour, then remove it and let it cool. Wipe away the excess oil, and your pan will be ready to use.
To keep a seasoned cast-iron pan in good condition, simply wipe it with a paper towel and a little oil after each use to clean it. If there are stuck-on food particles, use hot water and a brush or nylon scouring pad to clean them away (never use soap). If necessary, pour some water into the pan, and boil it on top of the stove for a few minutes to eliminate stubborn food pieces. Dry and reseason the pan between washings.
I put it all together last night after picking up the prints at Target, and this morning I watched him walk...or rather "run"...down memory lane as he went through the pages with such joy. He remembered so much about his experiences and it was very fun for me to watch him become so excited!
The store I visited carried this album in three colors: red, blue & sage. If you are local, I'd drop by...if you're not local, check out Target. I noticed some cute Kolo-esque albums there the other day. Or, if you're lucky enough to live by the paper/stationery mecca also known as Paper Source, check out their vast selection of quality Kolo albums in person (you lucky dog you).
• 21 October 2007
I hope this story inspires you too. Have a thoughtful day~
• 20 October 2007
Clear off kitchen countertops
Clear kitchen countertops and put back only what you use at least two times per week. Store everything else in cabinets or drawers.
per Donna Smallin, the One-Minute Organizer
picture via House Beautiful
#1 Make your bed each day
#2 Clean out closet (take out everything not worn in one year)
• 17 October 2007
Always wanted a copper glove mold on your mantle? or a vintage Eames table? or antique French botanical prints? Oh, and you have a few bucks to spend? ...then check out 1st Dibs!
I've read about this site in a few design mags but never mentioned it until now...not sure why. It's an amazing resource for anyone interested in mid-century pieces or antiques in general.
I think these Saarinen chairs would be tres chic reupholstered in a contrasting fabric. Maybe something like this. This website is the best for fabrics. Again, I wish I could sew! Maybe I should take some local sewing classes here...
*If you like the skirt a lot, you can enjoy free shipping and 10% off all orders right now.
• 16 October 2007
Check it out here or just use the link in the right hand column.
• 15 October 2007
1. Snacks (edamame, apple, yogurt tube, gingersnaps, carrots, string cheese, lollipop, trail mix, pita chips)
2. Wooly Willy
3. Activity books & crayons (coloring, connect-the-dots, crosswords, etc.)
4. Change of clothes
6. FunForms sticker art
7. Paper towels and plastic bags
8. Portable DVD player
9. Motion-sickness bracelets
10. Magnetic Chinese checkers
These two backpacks are probably the two cutest I've ever laid my eyes upon. I feel like hoppin' on a plane right now just so I can justify snatching these up!
Click here for the barnyard animal backpacks (on sale!)
Click here for the dino backpack.
• 12 October 2007
But these are book covers worth mentioning, and making! What a great way to use all the fun paper currently hanging out in my mega disorganized craft closet...but that's another story.
Covering books is soooo easy...just read this "how-to". You'll be dreaming down memory lane in no time.
Click here for the "how-to".
And while we are on the subject of PS, can I just say how perfect these calendars are? Because there is no specified date, they can transfer from 2007-2008 in a cinch; plus, they are simple, beautiful and come in some great color choices. Love it love it love it.
Red Butte Gardens (year-round)
The Finishing School
Mani/Pedi Mini Spa
Fairmont Aquatic Center
Utah Museum of Natural History
The Lion House
Some excellent articles on spending and overspending on birthday parties--very refreshing to read. Click here, here and here. Don't want to take a few minutes to read there? Bottom line: keep it real and just have old-fashioned fun. Kids don't need a lot of pomp and circumstance to have a great time. It should be all about the kids and not about parents competing with other parents. Definitely good thoughts to remember!
Look what the magnificent Kelly included:
* Benetint & Gloss
* Andes candies
* Amy Butler book
* Burts Bees Coconut Cream
* personalized stationery
* fragrance and warmer
* Itunes GC
* pretty little necklace with my name engraved
* an adorable suitcase & luggage tage
Can you believe how amazing she is? I couldn't be more thrilled. I think I may have to add swaps up there with my Etsy addiction. This is way too much fun.
I'm not the only one who is lovin' the swap thang...click here, here or here to view more things people just love. I wanted to post many more links but for some reason Blogger isn't allowing me to put up a million links so we'll just go with these for now :)
Here are a few pics from our day. The kids were SO excited. The bottom left picture is of L. hugging a little girl (he likes to give hugs) whose identity is unknown :). I asked L. and E. to give each other a hug for the picture and L. ran towards this nearby little girl and opted to hug her instead. Silly little guy.
Until then, I will relish in buying her Mary Janes for her cute little feet.
These and these are good-looking, inexpensive and feature a Velcro strap. Nice.
If you want something more unique, more "boutique-y" then try these or these.
If you are a Mommy to pre-teen gals, check out the selection at JCPenney (I know, I know...I was surprised too); but how adorable are these for a ten-year old?
Several months ago on the cover of In Style magazine, Courtney Cox wore a feminine blouse with a long vintage locket...or at least that is how I interpreted it at the time. It's stuck with me ever since. I love the idea of wearing something around your neck that includes a picture of what matters most.
Here are a few vintage lockets on Etsy worth hangin' around the pretty little neck of yours:
Vintage Locket #1 (click on the numeral)
Vintage Locket #2
Vintage Locket #3
Vintage Locket #4
Click here to view your initial.
1. Square door mats in modern designs. Can't find them online so look in the Domestics dept next time you drop by. There were only a few left and I can see why. My favorite was the chartreuse and chocolate damask square mat.
2. This perfect fall/winter dress and this exotic looking dress
3. Fabulous RED peep toe pumps with the perfect off-the-runway heel.
*Note: I just realized she (over at Slave to Target) blogged about these same red pumps. Clearly we were both mesmerized by their "fabulousness")
4. Unique gourds for $4/bag...you can't find gourds that cute for that price anywhere else locally. See picture below~
Here is a picture taken during our photo session at Busath when we became engaged over 8 years ago. It's kind of old-fashioned, something you'd expect see in your grandma's diary from the early 20th century...but I kind of like that about it. If we only knew what we were getting into :) Three kids later...
• 09 October 2007
I found a lovely blouse for $20 in store but I found this lovely belt online for $20 too. I love the scalloped edges.
Click here to see bundles of belts, many of which start at $10.
Steak with Garlic & Rosemary, Roasted Red Potatoes with Herbs, Butter Lettuce Salad
Oven Roasted Cod with Ginger, Lime (recipe calls for Sea Bass but that is hard to find here)
Parmesan Chicken Cutlets with CSA Veggies (as in whatever my CSA box holds this week)
Gnocchi with Sausage & Spinach (If you're local, don't settle for any other sausage but Harmon's homemade Italian sausage)
Pomodoro Sauce with Shrimp & Lemon Zest over Angel Hair
Dessert: Red Velvet Cake with Seven Minute Frosting
* Go through your wardrobe and jettison anything that's one of the four S's: stretched, small, smelly (ew!), or stained (sure, you could clean the stained and smelly pieces, but the idea is to let things go).
* Turn all your hangers in one direction, and for the next six months, flip the hanger (and leave it flipped) when you wear something. Donate the untouched clothes.
Per O magazine, January 2007
Caveat: As I'm going through my closet I am taking pieces that I enjoy--but that don't fit well--to be altered. This way I can justify keeping pieces I like and increase my options. Locally I like Sugarhouse Alterations in Sugarhouse Commons (Nordstrom Rack, Michaels, Tsunami, etc.).
Organizing Tip #1
• 08 October 2007
Here are a few pictures, mostly from their day on the farm. It was definitely the favorite of all the activities!
Stinky! (Notice nose plugging)
Click here to read "How to Stop Overthinking Your Life and Start Living It". It's such a great read and will only take you about 4 minutes to complete. Come on, you've got 4 minutes don't ya?
After much research, I've found the MBM flower selection to be the best on the web (Hallmark being #2). Even at its best Teleflora can't hold a candle to these classic arrangements; many of which are placed in vintage-style vases. Does this woman ever stop creating beautiful things? It must be so tiring to be herself!
If you're struggling with what to present that someone-who-has-everything on his/her birthday, flowers might do the trick. Or, for a super duper special person, perhaps a year's worth of flowers, or a year's worth of plants would be the perfect gift.
Click here to see more flowers by Martha.
1. chocolate is amongst my favorite ingredients...okay so it's at the top!
2. the addition of freshly grated ginger...intriguing
I used a Ghirardelli semi-sweet chip because of it's high cocoa content and I'm a firm believer that food tastes a million times better if you use quality ingredients. After I restock my Callebaut supply at Gygi, I'll use those next time.
Click here for the full recipe.
I know high-waisted pants and skirts are of the moment but seriously, a high-waisted pencil skirt is more classic than trendy. This is the perfect classic black pencil skirt.
Click here for details on this little number.
• 07 October 2007
Click here to see more. Lots of fun kids and home stuff. If you are lucky enough to live in Chicago or NY, you can probably see most of this, and more, at their retail location.
• 06 October 2007
Anyway, here are a few groovy tunes to spice up your car ride or the day-to-day stuff around the house. My kids and I danced around the kitchen to #12 today and we all had a lot of fun. It was a great way to wake up our tired bodies on this oh-so-chilly day.
#1 Off the Wall, Michael Jackson
#2 Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours, Stevie Wonder
#3 Tell Me 'Bout It, Joss Stone
#4 Miss You, Rolling Stones
#5 Never Ending, Kaskade
#6 Lady (You Bring Me Up), the Commodores
#7 Not the Only One, Bonnie Raitt
#8 Weight of the World, the Samples
#9 Wild Wild Life, Talking Heads
#10 Loveblind, Jamiroquai
#11 All I Want, Toad the Wet Sprocket
#12 Overkill, Men at Work
#13 What I Am, Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians
#14 Remember the Time, Michael Jackson (again!)
#15 You Can Call Me Al, Paul Simon
So get your groove on mama! Just don't blow out your speakers like yours truly. If this does happen do not fret...the Bose Sound Dock can handle you.
• 05 October 2007
• 03 October 2007
Check it out here.