I'm busy crafting today...I'll have a few things to share in the next few days, but until then...On a warm sunny day like today this looks even more inviting...wouldn't you like to be a guest at this perfect brunch???
I LOVE the 4th of July!!! It's right up there with Christmas and Halloween as far as I'm concerned. Something about all that red, white and blue just makes me happy. What can be better than fireworks, the warm summer night, amazing food and celebrating our beautiful and awe inspiring country. I thought I'd get you started thinking in that direction since we only have a week left to prepare!! Here are some fun images and ideas for you...
They sell these fun beverage containers everywhere these days. Homegoods, Costco, Crate and Barrel, you name it. Fill them with Fruit Punch, Sprite and Blue Kool Aid and you automatically have a fun and festive and practical centerpiece!
I'll do a little tutorial on how to make something similar to these fun decorations later this week. SO easy!!!
** Money saving tip** Think of what you have around the house...do you have a fun red, white and blue quilt that can substitute as a table cloth for the day??
a couple more fun table ideas rom social couture...you can find the red and white striped popcorn bags and boxes at your local Cost Plus World Market. Love the simple idea of strawberries in white buckets with ribbon tied around.
**Money Saving Tip** Make your own "white buckets" with some inexpensive terra cotta pots that you paint white with a 99cent bottle of acrylic paint.
This banner is SO cute!!! Check out how to make it and a bunch of other great crafts with this 4th of July Crafts Tutorial from Country Living.
another super cute placecard idea from Country Living
and finally Martha. We must remember our party favors! Keep your guests cool on the warm summer night with these adorable DIY patriotic fans...
Well, no matter what you may have thought of him as a person you have to admit that MJ's music has played a role in your life...I mean, who doesn't know the words to most of his songs? :) It seems surreal that the king of pop is gone. His thriller album was the first record I ever owned...and still do, yep the original vinyl! This morning I was listening to the Today show and LA Reid said "let's turn down the chatter and turn up the music." Sounds like a good idea to me! RIP MJ.
Yesterday was a little bit of a crazy day in our house. We got to make a surprise visit to the dr.'s office. Poor little Ash was trying to get her cup from off the kitchen island. She stepped up onto one of the rungs on the bottom of a barstool and before she knew it her little toes slipped right off. She landed chin first on the seat of the stool. :( At first I thought it was a just a simple bitten tongue, until it kept bleeding and she kept screaming...then I realized she was bleeding from her chin too. She had bitten right through her lip!!!
Now, for those of you that know me, it is a miracle that I have two children...by c-section none the less! From the time I was little I have NOT handled anything having to do with the medical industry well. ;) I am still known at the Kaiser hospital in SD from the time I was 5 and had to get my "starting school" shots. After I sent the nurses on a mad dash to catch me it took 5 of them plus my mom to hold me down. :) My mom's reaction when she heard the news was...did you take someone to drive you to the doctor??? (knowing that I probably shouldn't have been driving in my condition..lol!! forget ash...i was the one experiencing major trauma! :) But seriously, I called the doctor, we ran over and fortunately she was chatting everyone up by the time we got there and the bleeding had stopped. One of her teeth just barely pierced the skin. Thank goodness!! If it had been any worse the day's adventures would have continued with a visit to the oral surgeon I was told. whew!!! Needless to say she is in a lot of pain and will have the worlds biggest canker sore until the wound heals, but we're just grateful we didn't lose any teeth or cause any scarring on that precious little face!!
Before the "incident" I snapped these shots of my little cutie...thank goodness!! These smiles will have to hold me over for a few days until I see some more from that little fat lipped girl!!
In Orange County we aren't allowed to have backyards ;) but a girl can dream, right?
Does it get any cuter than that? I love the simplicity of it. Rattan mats for wall coverings, tree trunks for bedside tables, a couple of old palettes painted n a yummy shade of blue for the base of the daybed...all very DIY friendly. I love the idea that you can take a build it yourself shed from Lowe's or Home Depot and turn it in to something so beautiful. Who wouldn't want to come stay at you house??
The hello kitty mecca had been calling Ash's name for some time and on Saturday we finally took the trip. John was less than thrilled to set his three year old free in an entire store of girly, pink, WAY overpriced trinkets, but let's face it, you have to capitalize on these photo ops while you can. ;) When she's five she might not find the Sanrio store quite as exciting. :) Fortunately she's a pretty good shopper and while she enjoyed filling her arms with item after item, she was also perfectly happy to put them all back when asked. :) She was just happy to be there. :) (but yes, we did leave with a few things) :)
She had it in her sights from the minute we got on the escalator...
the minute we entered she was off... filling her little arms with all kinds of hello kitty goodness...
at least she was trying to be fiscally responsible by checking prices. ;)
she was careful to only grab necessities-- like a water bowl for the pet that we don't have
you would have thought she was on supermarket sweep. it was great. every little girl should have the chance to visit the hello kitt store once. if you're going to go, make sure you are prepared to shoot discreetly. Most of these were taken from the hip...literally. with no flash. i didn't see what I had captured until i got home. stores are not usually photography friendly. :)
We are foodies. We LOVE to go out and explore restaurants. Thanks to my sister, we have a Zagat membership and we are religious readers of the travel bible... Frommer's. I thought on ocassion I would throw in a restaurant review here and there to let you know about some of our favorite places in the OC and new places that we find. SO, here's an oldie but goodie! :)
A few years ago we were introduced to this family favorite by some good friends. It's a little tucked away in an old house in downtown Laguna, just a little south of the intersection of Mermaid and Second, but it is worth hunting it down! If you love Mexican food, than this is a MUST try. Be sure to bring a few quarters to feed the meters.
Be prepared to mingle with the locals and make some new friends. Seating is TIGHT. Just four small tables outside and indoor seating that totals all of three barstools...but again, it's worth the standing room only!
They are known for their fish tacos, especially Salmon, but I'm not a Salmon lover so I LOVE the Halibut tacos...
The chicken tacos are YUMMY too...
Everyone I talked to, locals, visitors from Georgia, and a surfer from Costa Rica all raved about their food too. I think I'm going to have to try their avocado lime salad next time...that seemed to be a popular choice. Order yourself a lemonade to wash it all down...it is the best fresh sqeezed lemonade I've had in quite a while...no minute maid here!
With reasonable prices, a friendly casual atmosphere, and amazing food you should definitely give La Sirena Grill a try next time you're in the mood for Mexican. :) Maybe I'll see you there! :)
La Sirena Grill 347 Mermaid St Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (949) 497-8226
ok, honest opinion...I seriously want to do this.............
to the walls in Ashley's room. She has white wainscotting up about 5 feet on the wall...and then the next 3 feet are about this color pink.....I'm seeing the text from Fancy Nancy written in black cursive like this all over the pink...what do you think??? i LOVE it. And, I was thinking if I wasn't brave enough to do the black, it would be cool to do the writing in either a slighty lighter version of the same pink, or the exact same color pink only in HIGH GLOSS so it would be this really cool tone on tone textured effect. Hmmmmmm......that combined with her little chandelier would be pretty cute!
And I'm totally doing this to my downstairs closet, I have been waiting like a YEAR for it to happen and I think it might actually happen soon! ;) lol!...
Isn't that the coolest???? They simply pasted the pages of old book on to the walls like wallpaper. Wouldn't that be a cool surprise when you opened the door?? LOVE it! I totally love a little pop of "wow" and the unexpected every now and then in a room.
Just a couple of fun and easy ways to spruce up your home without breaking the bank.
We FINALLY saw the sun this weekend! We have been experiencing the normal "june gloom" around here for the last few weeks, but this weekend we got lucky. It was cloudy at our house and we headed to the beach just to go to the tide pools since it was too cold to actually go to the beach. To our surprise it was SUNNY on the coast. Usually it's the other way around. :) Like any good southern californians we had towels and suits in the car and our trip to the tide pools quickly turned into a day at the beach. :) The surf was huge and the water looked AMAZING! It was like we were in Hawaii. Not quite as warm though. ;)
Hope your summer days are filled with lots of memories like this!
It seriously doesn't get any cuter than this. It is 45 minutes of giggles from mom's outside the big double sided mirror watching these little cutie pies twirl to their heart's content. The double sided mirror explains the reflection in these ...sorry about that. I had to take them through the glass so I didn't disrupt too much! ;)
Ash tells everyone she knows that she is in "ballerina school." Too cute.
You know there are lots more pictures coming of this in the future!! :)