I'll be the first to admit...I do NOT have a green thumb. As a matter of fact I pretty much kill everything green and despise all things that go along with gardening...bugs, dirt, being out in the heat, you name it! :) But this summer something came over me and I decided to try and turn over a new leaf. I knew the kids would love learning about how things grow and watching the different phases of their life cycles, so I started a container garden. I loved it, cared for it, sprayed it with specially formulated organic insect repellent, researched on the internet for optimum lighting, watering and care conditions, watered and pruned it...I even hand picked pests off of it!! That was a real step for me!! lol! :) Now we are starting to reap the rewards. Every morning Ash gets up first thing, grabs her easter basket, and heads out onto the patio to see what is ripe for picking...
lately there has been a lot!! Tomatoes, red peppers, red and green grapes, strawberries, cilantro, basil...so exciting!!!
It's official, there's nothing quite like the taste of organic produce. I don't know what they do to the stuff at the store, but it just doesn't have near the flavor that this stuff does...it must be all the extra love. ;)
Next year we're hoping to add some nectarines, apples, satsuma mandarins, corn, spinach, and green beans. YUM!!!
When I ran across these a few weeks ago, I couldn't help but think--GENIUS!! They are super cute, aforadable, and you can make them in any shape or color. Your baby can have handmade clothes that are super cute and easy! It doesn't get better than that!
How about having the supplies on hand and making it baby shower activity? Let each of the guests create their own unique onesie for the mom to be.
I'm always looking for fun and unique gift ideas and I think these are perfect!! Just a warning though, if you show up with a couple of these at the next shower, be prepared to be invited to many more!!! ;)
I was looking around a few of my favorite blogs last night and stumbled upon this little gem of an idea over at Project Wedding. Didn't I tell you I love wedding sites??? ;)
If you've ever been to a little party of mine you know that I LOVE retro soda. It's way expensive a lot of times and totally frivilous but I LOVE the glass bottles, bright colors, and vintage labels. YUM!!! I definitely consider it a decoration. Around the holidays many of my favorite soda and juice makers (Jones, Boyer and Izze) create special flavors and colors just for that particular holiday. Jones make a candy corn for halloween and gingerbread for Christmas, Izze has special blackberry just for hallowen. So fun!!! So you can imagine my pure delight when I saw these images....
A couple of my favorite places to find sodas are Costco (cases of Izze bottles for reasonble prices), Cost Plus World Market (their selection varies by store), Target (great selection of Jones) and BevMo. They have a GREAT selection of TONS of sodas by the bottle or case in the back along one ofthe walls. It's great if you want a large variety because you can by them by the bottle. If you're looking for even more you can find a bunch at Beverages Direct This one is my favorite at BevMo:
It's hard to find, but if you love all things pineapple like I do, it is a MUST try. Waialua Soda Works definitely knows what they're doing when it comes to soda!! I just wish they were closer and I could try them all! :) Good news though, you can order them directly through their site linked above!
I think I feel a photo shoot coming with these fun colored sodas...hmmm...
I am feeling inspired. It's been a while since I threw a little shindig and I'm kind of getting the hankering for one now...especially after seeing this over at Amorology Weddings. I secretly want to be a wedding/party planner when I grow up. ;) I LOVE looking at wedding blogs for inspiration. So many of the ideas can be transformed to everyday use-- it's great! Check out the photos from this turquoise and lemon drop inspired wedding and tell me you aren't in the mood to host a little garden party...
The color pallette was AMAZING!!!!
Love, love love the idea of the lemon drops holding up the place cards...SO cute!!!
Remember when I found these yummy vintage blue glasses at HG a few months ago??? Well, I'm thinking those combined with the millions of lemons from my parents backyard and we've got a party!!
Thanks for the inspiration Heather! If you're looking for some more great paty ideas check out Amorology Weddings.
It's a mini album that I made for this month's kit over at CC. There are several items from this line in the kit and let me tell you they are PERFECT for all your summer photos. I had SO much fun working with them!
If you want to be entered to win some free Summer Soiree from Fancy Pants head on over to their blog and leave a comment on this post by Friday at Midnight. Good Luck!!!
And thanks to the team at Fancy Pants...I'm flattered to be included on your blog! :)
Have you ever had that friend or relative that went on a vacation and then came home with thousands of pictures and expected you to look through them and re-live their trip with them? Well, this week I am that friend. ;) lol!! I thought I'd share a few photos of our adventures last week...I promise to try and not bore you too much. :)
We started out on Saturday driving through Vegas heading to St. George, UT for a good old fashioned 4th. At first I wasn't too excited about spending most of my 4th of July in the car, but then I tried pitching it to the kids as a unique experience...what could be better than spending our nation's birthday driving across it and enjoying the beauty that it encompasses. We sang patriotic songs, talked about the colonies, the intolerable acts, the continental congress and read the declaration of independence. (thank goodness for the blackberry and internet service in the middle of nowhere!! ;))
Another fun surprise was a quick and fun vist with some really good family friends in Las Vegas. We were driving though kind of spur of the moment and gave them a call to meet us for lunch. That turned into a fun afternoon of swimming and chatting. :) We are so grateful for the wonderful friends we made in law school...really more like family if you ask me. You know the kind...friends you can go without speaking to or seeing for months and then just pick up right where you left off without missing a beat. We sure love these families and relish every moment we get to spend with them!
This kid cracks me up. I love how he insists on wearing his goggles..."but mom, they are more comfortable like this..." lol, a little funnier looking too, but while he's so little and cute we won't mention that! ;)
Thanks for a fun afternoon Allemans!!
After a nice break from the car (and some Cafe Rio) we headed to our final destination for the weekend...St. George Ut and the Inn at Entrada. For those of you that are HSM2 fans, you might recognize it as Lava Springs. Yes, we stayed at the resort where HSM2 was filmed in one of the casitas where the cast members lived during filming (insert teeny bopper squeal here). It was gorgeous!
It was incredibly fun and very reasonable. You stay in a casita that is roughly 2000 square feet with a full granite kitchen, laundry room, beautiful master bedroom and bath, great room, garage, and patio.
Here's the view from our "backyard"...this is a virtually unenhanced photo, just a little border on the edge...straight out of camera...yep, the colors in the early evening are really that gorgeous!
We spent a lot of time here...
kinda made us wonder what we were thinking heading out to a rustic cabin in the mountains shortly thereafter.... ;)