Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wishing You All....

A very very Happy Holiday and a Happy, Healthy New Year! Thank you so much for following my blog and all of your lovely comments despite my lack of posts. I hope to change that after the New Year!!!



Tuesday, December 8, 2009

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year....


This is by far my absolute most favorite time of the year! There is something so nostalgic to me about the holidays. I actually starting dating my husband on Christmas night 9 years ago, so the holiday holds a special significance to me. That and the pretty twinkly lights, the crisp air where you can almost smell Christmas as it gets closer, baking cookies and other holiday treats, making loved ones gifts, etc. I just love it all! So though this post is very short, I will be posting various holiday themed recipes, handmade gifts, and some menu ideas as well. Also, check out this nifty website where you can create your own wishlists!!! The widget is in my blog margin. If you join and create your own wishlists don't forget to add me as a friend - I would love to see what your wishing for ;) I will be adding different things periodically starting this week, so don't forget to stop back and check them out! I also wanted to share a couple pic's from a place we go to all the time called Johnson's Farm. They had the whole playground area done up in lights, had a reindeer and also marshmallow roasting. We'll definitely be going back a couple times! So fun!!


The gorgeous reindeer! Her name is Vixen and I so wanted to go in there and hug her!! lol


My Little Man & I roasting marshmallows


Me & My Sweetie <3


Austin & I under the lights



PS - thank you SO much to everyone that commented about my poor little piggy boy =( I was very sad that day and your comments really cheered me up. I am such an animal lover and I had no idea how much I would miss the little fella when he was gone....

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Harry Potter Visits My Home

The Halloween Party for my son's class yesterday was SO much fun!!! Kindergarten is such a fun age, I really really enjoy going into the class to help out. The school (Pre-school through 2nd grade) did a Halloween parade and then we went back to the classroom to play The Mummy Wrap game, Halloween Bingo and my favorite, the Touchy Feely game! Oh my goodness this was SOOO much fun. We had little shoeboxes with holes cut out of the front and each one contained a monster part for the kids to reach in and touch. There was one with monster hair and teeth (faux fur and tic tacs), another with eyeballs and a brain (grapes and a wet sponge) and one more with guts (cooked spaghetti). If you could have seen their little faces when they stuck their hands in (and promptly pulled them back out quickly) - it was hysterical!!!

Here is a pic of my little guy in his costume! I did the scar on his forehead and it looked quite good with a little cream eyeshadow and a little powder etc to give it some raised dimension ;) Trick or Treating with friends today and then a nice relaxing rest of the weekend! Happy Halloween All!!!






Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Great Coat Debacle & Halloween

Hello! So sorry for my lack of posts lately!! I've had my son home sick from school a couple times and between that, running around, volunteering at his school and getting ready for Halloween, I've been crazy busy!!! So I last posted about a coat that I had ordered from Modcloth after deciding to return the coat from Anthro. Well let me tell you this, when my husband returned that Anthro coat, I was soooo upset. Did I feel silly being that upset about a coat?! Sure I did. But I felt as though the coat and I had bonded, that we had formed a friendship and were truly meant for one another! But I still returned the Deep Woods Coat and my search for something I would love equally as much continued. I did receive the Anastasia Coat from Modcloth and it was very pretty, but sadly it was not for me. I even went to the J.Crew Factory store this past weekend and there were some gorgeous coats on sale! A charcoal colored wool trench and lady coats in apple green, purple, bright red and black. I am embarrassed to say that I purchased not one, but two coats (for the same price combined as the Anthro coat) but then returned them before we left because they just weren't what I was looking for. I know, you're probably thinking exactly what my husband said to me multiple times - "It's just a coat for pete sake!!!" I know it's just a coat.... But that didn't stop me. So my husband and I just celebrated our 7 year anniversary this past Monday and what did I get for a gift? The Anthro coat!!! lol. My long lost friend is finally home ;)

Tomorrow is going to be a busy day of Halloween activities at my Son's school so I need to rest up! He is going to be Harry Potter this year (since that is who everyone says he looks like, lol) It was a last-minute choice as the couple costumes were pondering just didn't work out. Here is a photo of him....


What do you think? Is Harry Potter the perfect costume choice or what?! We got him the robe, the scarf and the wand =) Pictures to follow soon. I hope everyone has a very Happy Halloween!!!!




Thursday, October 15, 2009

New Coat!

I posted before about the Deep Woods Coat that I recently purchased from Anthro.... I thought this coat was really beautiful and really fell in love with it. However, I was experiencing some serious "buyers remorse" over the $268 price tag - especially when I got an email from Piperlime on Monday that they were having a sale!!! So I decided to return the Anthro coat and to buy a couple pairs of much needed Fall boots (along with an extra 20% coupon) and get a less expensive coat. I happened to be reading Chloe's Blog and was reading a great post about coats when I noticed that she had a little widget for ModCloth on her page, along with a 10% coupon code (cute10)!! I decided to head over and check it out. I was coming across all these adorable blouses, dresses and accessories when I decided maybe I should check for a coat when I came across this lovely.....



The gorgeous Anastasia Coat, which I actually like a bit better than the deep woods coat and it's less $$ with a coupon too! Score!! (thanks Chloe!!!)

So since ModCloth is known to sell out of popular items and this just popped up as a new item today, I bought it. I had a feeling that if I didn't it might be one of those things that would sell out and I would never be able to find it again and would spend the rest of my life thinking "Why didn't I just buy that coat?!?!?" I've come across a couple items like that in my life and yes, I still think about them, lol. Now let's hope I like it as much in person as I did on the site!!! Review coming soon ;)




Italian Pot Roast & A Spin-Off Recipe

So lately I have been terrible at planning our dinners! Everything is last minute and thrown together. But now that the weather is cooler I decided to dust off my cookbooks and start making some cool weather favorites. Tonight we are having some Italian Pot Roast from the cookbook "Kitchen Life" by Art Smith (Oprah's Personal Chef). I've made this recipe before and it's pretty good! I usually make my Pot Roast with brown gravy etc and this is a nice twist. Plus the left-overs can be used in a different dish the next night ;) So here it is...

Italian Pot Roast

~ 2 TB olive oil, or more if needed
~ One 3 3/4 lb bottom round beef roast
~ 1 large onion chopped (I used half this and used a chopper to finely dice
~ 1 Med Carrot, diced (I omitted)
~ 1 Med Celery Rib, diced (I omitted this as well)
~ 2 Garlic Cloves
~ 3/4 Cup dry red wine, such as Zinfandel or Shiraz
~ One 28oz Can tomatoes in thick puree, chopped
~ 1 tsp dried oregano
~ 1 tsp dried basil

This recipe called for using a dutch oven over the stove-top, but I like my pot roast falling apart, so I used a crock pot (slow-cooker). If you would like the stove-top recipe email me and I will send it to you!

I just heated the oil on the stove-top at medium heat. I took the roast, rinsed and dried with a paper towel. Then I rubbed it with a little salt and pepper and then seared all sides. You want to wait at least 5 min per side before turning over. You want all that flavor seared into the meat to keep all the juices in while cooking!

While I was searing the meat I cut up my onions, garlic and veggies (if you're using them). I put my tomatoes, wine and herbs right into the slow-cooker and stirred. Then I added my diced veggies and garlic. Once the meat was done I put it into the slow-cooker as well. To add a little more flavor to the sauce I took my empty tomato can and filled it with about a 1/2 cup water and poured into the pan to de-glaze all the browned bits of flavor and then poured that in the crock as well. Just make sure to turn on your oven's fan and stand back when pouring the water in!!

I turned the slow-cooker on high, placed an old kitchen towel on top (my cooker splatters) and voila! I will most likely serve with some steamed green beans.

Best of all, you can chop up the leftovers and toss with some penne the next night! Just chop the leftover roast, add some sauce along with your regular pasta sauce, a little basic and some Parmesan and you have another easy dinner! Enjoy!!




Wednesday, October 14, 2009

And the next Bachelor is......


Jake!!!! And I couldn't be more excited!!! I missed the announcement on DWTS last night and woke up this morning to an announcement on the Comcast newsreel. I definitely developed a MAJOR crush on Jake on the last season of The Bachelorette! I was immediately smitten by his "boy next door" good looks and his kindness and charm. Can he be a little intense? Sure. But does it really matter?! I am curious to see how it all plays out this season for him. I'm wondering how he'll handle all the catty behavior that will very likely ensue on the show. I also think he's going to have a really hard time sending women home as well. We will see! C'mon January!!!

What do you think of Jake as the next Bachelor?



Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Oh How I Love thee....



Let Me count the ways... My wonderful husband took me to Anthropologie this past weekend to check out the Deep Woods Toggle Coat. I completely fell head over heels with it online and even though I was quite hesitant on the price, we went to the store so I could try it on. I was a little concerned with the thickness, or rather lack thereof on this coat, but the wool seems very heavy, so it should keep out the cold for the most part. I tried on the coat and even my husband told me I just had to get it! The cut is SO flattering and it's such a classy look!! Now I just need it to start getting cold out so I can wear it ;)



Friday, September 25, 2009

I need to go to Rehab... Fall TV Rehab that is ; )

So all the delightful Fall shows have pretty much started with the exception of a few starting back up this coming week. I am a major nightime TV addict and my head is already spinning with all of these new shows and all of my fav's back on tv ..... finally!!! After months and months of absolutely nothing to watch. Falling victim to whatever movies were on the cable channels and renting movies on Netflix. Yes, Fall TV is back!!!

I've been recently getting into The Vampire Diaries and I like it so far. Yes, I am one of those women who still watch the teen shows. There is nothing wrong with it! My husband even watches them with me (he is SO going to kick me for outing him in blogland, lol). I will admit it, they are amongst some of my favorite shows - Gossip Girl, 90210, One Tree Hill, The City, The Hills, etc. Love, love, love.

I tried out a couple new shows this week as well. Mercy, The Forgotten and Eastwick. Like them all so far! Eastwick sucked me in right away and I'm a HUGE Lindsay Price fan (loved her on Lipstick Jungle!). I can't wait to see what happens next week! And Grey's is back on! I didn't love the Season Premier, but I know it will get better... hoping at least. If not, I can always goggle McSteamy the whole show ;)

And exciting things happening this week!! Desperate Housewives, Brothers & Sisters, The City, Real World/Road Rules Challenge and Private Practice. I. Can't. Wait!!!

So what do you think about the new Fall shows so far? What are your fav's?



Friday, September 11, 2009

In Rememberance of 9/11

I will never forget this day as long as I live. I still remember exactly what I was doing the moment the first plane hit one of the twin towers. I was driving to work and I heard what happened on the radio. When I got to the office everyone was watching the news and we all watched in horror as the second tower was hit. Those images are seared into my mind and when I close my eyes I can still see them vividly. My heart goes out to all of the victims of 9/11 - whether you are a survivor, one of the lives lost, or a friend or family member of a person lost in this tragedy. I will never forget...







Sunday, August 30, 2009

Date Night - Dinner & A Movie

Last night Hubby and I FINALLY went out on a much needed date! We grabbed a quick bite at our local Cosi, made a quick trip to Borders and then made our way to the Mall to go see ....



Which I was blown away by and LOVED!!! It was everything I hoped it would be and then some. The book is my all-time favorite book ever and even though I was very happy with the cast choice I was so nervous with how the movie would turn out after reading mixed reviews. I thought that for the most part it translated really well into a movie and they did a very good job. Eric Bana was perfect as Henry and Rachel McAdams (one of my fav actresses) made a stunning Claire! The movie sucked me in just as much as the book did. I am still reeling (in a good way) today and now I want to read the book again =) Definitely a wonderful date night!!!

Has anyone else read the book and/or seen the movie? If so, what did you think?



Saturday, August 22, 2009

Weirdest Movie Ever!

So last night there was nothing on (as usual) and we had gotten a Netflix movie in the mail, so we decided to watch it. It was movie that I had put in the cue a while back because I saw that it was coming out soon and heard it was good. I had no idea what it was even about. So we put the movie in the last night and started watching it and I have to say that it was one of the most odd movies I have ever seen. The movie was called Surveillance with Bill Pullman and Julia Ormond.


It was about these people that kind of went on a killing spree and Bill and Julia play agents trying to catch them. There are also crooked cops, drug users, and lots of violence and grit - just your average fun, family film ;) LOL. But in all seriousness it was just a strange movie. I only watched the whole thing because it was so confusing and strange that I wanted to see if it was going to go anywhere. There was a twist, but I don't want to ruin it for anyone that might want to see it. I wouldn't waste your time though!

Tonight we have the new "Last House on the Left" so we'll see how that is!!



Friday, August 21, 2009

Fall Lust List Part 1

Yes, that's right .... Part 1! Because there are so many fabulous, gorgeous, and stunning lust-worthy items out there that I haven't even finished compiling that they must all be listed in multiple posts!! We'll start with my #1 most coveted item that I want in the absolute worst way and am literalling dying for it to go on sale in the next couple months because even as beautiful as it is, I am not paying $88 for a shirt, especially when I want at least two....


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The Silk Frances Camifrom J.Crew. Even thought I think this color is soo pretty, it would not look good on me. So I would probably opt for the plain neutrals of Dark Slate and/or Ivory


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The Cotton Corsage Cardi is also very pretty in person and is a more dense cotton material that would be ideal for the Fall


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And last but not least, the Smoky Gray Trench from Martin & Osa. I've been looking for a Trench as a classic Spring/Fall coat for a while now and I love the unexpected Charcoal color!

More to come soon!!!




Thursday, August 6, 2009

Reminiscing...

There has been nothing, absolutely NOTHING on TV lately!!! So we've been renting movies from Netflix and since there aren't isn't a huge variety there either, I've taken to renting shows that I've either missed or haven't seen in a really really long time! First up on the list.....


I seriously adored this show when it was on and watched every single episode from every single season! It has been so long that I feel as though I am pretty much watching it for the first time. I completely forgot all about Felicity's tapes to Sally! And I honestly do not recall Sally ever talking back (which she does at the end of each episode). I finished the first DVD from Season 1 and am anxiously awaiting the 2nd. I am really loving this idea!!



Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Sh$% Hits the Fan - Say it isn't so!!!



Bachelorette Winner Cheated With Two Different Women

Apparently the "rumors" have finally come to a head and the alleged "other women", yes, it's a plural, are coming forward. Is Ed a snake in the grass blinding Jillian or is a he guy suddenly in the limelight falling victim to claims by women wanting attention? Apparently Jillian believes the latter and is standing by her man according to this article on TVWatch. What are your thoughts? I personally am not trying to make any harsh judgments from the start. Jillian lives with this man and has been spending time with him. However, if it is all true I feel that this man has not only done Jillian wrong, but all of The Bachelor/Bachelorette fans as well and it makes him worse than Weaselly Wes in my opinion! Even during all the "rumors" going around on the net and all fans calling Ed creepy etc, I was still loyal to "Team Ed"! Am I still holding out hope that all of this isn't true? Sure - for Jillian's sake! But that doesn't mean I'm optimistic about it! What do you think?




Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Ann Taylor Loft 30% Off!



I received this email yesterday and am just getting to post it now since I spent the whole day out for a Dr's appt! I am so excited! ATL has quite a few cute things for fall that I like and with the 30% it's great!! I really like the Ruffle Wrap Dress for $79.50 - it comes in this gorgeous blue color. A trip to my local ATL is definitely in store ;)

As an added bonus, if you use the coupon code online for the 30% off and you spend $125+ you also get Free Shipping!! The coupon code is "Friends30" Enjoy!!!



Wednesday, July 22, 2009

My New Addiction!


Last night there was nothing on TV - absolutely nothing!!! So I started flipping channels and came across Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood on Oxygen. I've always liked Tori Spelling and had watched an episode or two of the first season, so I figured I would give it a go. I found myself quickly being sucked in to this show! First of all, let me just say that Tori Spelling seems like the nicest person!!! I'm putting emphasis on the "seems" part because I don't actually know her obviously, but she really does seem so genuine. Even after being stalked at the Farmer's Market by an uber creepy fan girl and being asked question after ridiculous question she remained so nice! Now I'm going to have to go OnDemand and see if I can find the older shows ;) Anyone else watch it? What do you think?



Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Bachelorette and a creepy movie!


Monday nights are one of my favorite nights and it's because I spend most of my night watching one of my most favorite shows. I loved Jillian on The Bachelor. I fell in love with her cute charm, adventurous personality and most of all, well ........ her wardrobe! There is no denying that the girl has an exceptional sense of style!! So I was super excited when I found out she was going to be the next Bachelorette. I have loved the season so far and have really enjoyed watching all the drama that has ensued - especially over Weasely Wes!!! ACK! Which brings me to last nights show....

I thought the Hawaii trip went great. Jillian was rocking some extra-cute clothes, was in a beautiful place and had the company of 3 great guys! Her date with Kiptyn looked like a lot of fun. A little scary .... but fun. Definitely fitting for both of them. Kiptyn seemed like he was very attentive and the affection between them was cute. But do I think Kiptyn is the guy for Jillian? No. I think he is so handsome, seems like a lot of fun, but I have just had this "off" feeling about him from the beginning. I've never been able to put my finger on exactly what it is. I just question his sincerity.

Moving on to Jillian's date with Reid. I thought this date seemed like it went really well! There seems to be an easiness when Jillian and Reid are together. I think they seemed to fit really well. I thought it was pretty obvious how Reid felt about her and that the reason he was holding back was because he was scared. Whenever he was around her in these settings he seemed to be a cross between a man in awe and a scared little boy. I think Reid made a HUGE mistake in not opening up and just laying it out there on the line for her. But I don't think she should have held it against him. I thought her feelings of Kiptyn possibly breaking her heart would definitely win over in the end.

The last date with Ed!! I absolutely LOVE Ed! I was sooooo happy when he came back!! I think Ed is the guy for Jillian and have thought that he would be the last man standing since she first spoke to him after his late arrival in the premier. I don't know what it is about Ed, but I just feel that there is a genuine connection there. I think he is a nice mix of all the guys and is exactly what Jillian is looking for. He has Kiptyn's adventurous side that Jill loves so much, Reid's humor and funny banter, he's sensitive and charming and have I mentioned HOT?! What more could a girl ask for?! So the date seemed like it had a fantastic start. I wasn't sure about Ed's little shortie shorts, but hey ... you can't judge a guy on his choice of bathing suits right? I mean it wasn't a speedo at least!! I thought it really showed just how serious Ed is in the fact that he had his parents fly out to Hawaii. He knew how important that was in Jillian's decision making process and it shows that he really cares about her and wants to stay. Now on to the "elephant in the room". I feel so bad for Ed. I really do. Obviously his little mishap is going to be the topic of conversation everywhere today and that is one of the things he is going to be most remembered for. I know it's reality TV and you have to have drama - but c'mon!! Cut the guy some slack for pete sake!!! I just didn't think that it was necessary to air all of that. So he had some issues .... so what!! I am glad though that Jillian talked to him before sending him home because of his little "no-show" so to speak ;)

So she kept Kiptyn and sent Reid home. Definitely not the decision I would have made, but it's a moot point because she is going to pick Ed!!! Could I be right? I guess we'll see in two weeks!! I can't wait for next weeks show and I really hope it turns into "let's slam Wes" show. I'm not a mean person. I just think the guy deserves it. I'm curious to see if he has the guts to be there. I doubt it, but then again you never know!



In addition to watching The Bachelorette, I also watched The Unborn. It was definitely creepy. Not one of my most favorite movies, but not a complete waste of time either. There were definitely some parts of it that I found disturbing ... in a good way. And it didn't hurt that hottie Cam Gigandet was in it either. If you're a horror fan I definitely think it's rent worthy. If not, you might want to skip it ;)



Friday, July 10, 2009

Baked Angel Hair with Eggplant

Last night I could not fall asleep! So I decided to see what I had saved on my DVR. I was happy to find that some old episodes of Everyday Italian had recorded and decided to watch one so that I could get sleepy. This show was called "Pasta Potluck" where Giada made her own version of Italian Mac & Cheese, Chicken Carbonara and my favorite of the three, Baked Angel Hair with Eggplant. The unique thing about this recipe is that it's like a "pasta pie". I'm only familiar with this concept because I own all of Giada's cookbooks and there is a similar recipe in one of them. But this one was a little different and looks absolutely delicious! I wish I had a photo to post but sadly there was not one included with the recipe, nor was there a clip of this dish being made. I did, however, find a photo of the finished dish on a fabulous blog called Culinary Infatuation. I hope you don't mind me swiping your photo - your blog is great by the way ;) Here is the recipe courtesy of Food Network


Baked Angel Hair with Eggplant
Courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis via Food Network




Ingredients...
~ 1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
~ 4 to 6 Japanese Eggplants (about 2 lbs total), cut into 1 inch cubes
~ Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
~ 1 TB Minced Garlic
~ 1 lb Mild Italian Turkey Sausage, casings removed
~ 1/3 Cup Dry Red Wine
~ 3 Cups Marinara Sauce
~ 1 tsp Dried Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
~ 8 oz Angel Hair Pasta
~ 1 lb Mozzarella, diced (not the kind that's soft and soaked in water/milk)
~ 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan
~ 1 (17 1/4oz) package frozen puff pastry (2 sheets) thawed


Directions...
Heat 1/3 cup of oil in a large nonstick frying pan over medium high heat. Add half of the eggplant and toss to coat in the oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Saute the eggplant until it is golden and tender, about 10 minutes. Decrease the heat to medium. Add half of the garlic and saute until it is tender, about 2 minutes longer. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the eggplant mixture to a large bowl. Repeat with the remaining 1/4 cup of oil and the remaining eggplant and garlic.

Add the sausage and wine to the same frying pan. Cook over medium-high heat until the wine evaporates and the sausage is brown, breaking the sausage into pieces with the back of a spoon, about 8 minutes. Add the sausage, marinara sauce, and crushed red pepper to the eggplant mixture, and toss to combine.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the Angel hair and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until pasta is slightly crunchy and undercooked (you will be baking it so you don't want to cook any longer). Drain. Toss the angel hair with the eggplant mixture. Cool completely. Add the mozzarella and Parmesan and toss to combine.

Preheat the over to 375 degrees F.

Roll out 1 pastry sheet on a floured surface to a 13 1/2 inch square. Transfer to a 9-inch spring form pan, allowing the excess pastry to hang over the rim. Spoon the pasta mixture into the pan. Place the second pastry sheet on top of the pasta filling. Pinch the edges of the pastry sheets together to seal. Trim the over hanging pastry edges to about 1 inch. Fold the pastry edges in to form a decorative border. Cut a slit in the center of the top pastry to allow the steam to escape.

Bake until the pastry is brown and puffed on top, about 1 hr and 30 minutes. Let stand for 20 minutes. Remove the pan sides and serve.


I know what I'll be making this weekend! Enjoy!!




Thursday, July 9, 2009

Book Review

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An Offer You Can't Refuse by Jill Mansell


Lola, 17, is deeply in love with her boyfriend, Doug. Doug’s family is wealthy, and Doug is on his way to university, while Lola is a middle-class girl and works at a fish-and-chip shop. Doug’s mother sees miniskirt-wearing Lola as an obstacle to overcome and offers her 10,000 pounds to never see Doug again. Lola is about to refuse when her father reveals a huge gambling debt. The only way to keep him safe is for Lola to accept the money. Ten years later, she encounters Doug and his mother again, and now Doug knows Lola was bought off by his mother. Lola still has feelings for Doug, but Doug won’t have anything to do with her. Will their relationship be repaired, or is the money too much to handle? Mansell’s novel is the perfect read for hopeless romantics who like happily-ever-after endings. --Hilary Hatton

Since it had been about time for me to take a break from my more intense reading I decided to try out this book by Jill Mansell. I happened to be at Border's one night perusing through the shelves and the cover of this book caught my eye. It was bright and sparkly and fun - what's not to love?! It was actually in the wrong spot so it was funny that I even came across it. I picked it up, read the back, and started reading the first couple of pages. I immediately recognized that funny British humor that I love so much! Score!! So I brought it up to the register and purchased it with my 30% off coupon - gotta love Border's!!!

I didn't end up reading the book until a little over a week ago. But I finally got to it and read it in about a week. It definitely would have been a quicker read if I hadn't had some different things going on at the time! I quite enjoyed the book. It wasn't one of the best books I've ever read, but it was funny, quirky and fluffy - just what I need sometimes!! I would definitely recommend if you're a chick lit fan and looking for a light, beach read. I just recently purchased another Jill Mansell book as well - I think she's one of my new favorite Author's ;)



Thursday, July 2, 2009

Never Miss A Sale Again!

Have you been coveting a certain item but don't want to pay full-price for it? Afraid you'll miss it when it finally goes on sale? I have the perfect solution for you! I've been using Shopping Notes for some time now and love it!! Opening an account is free and using this fabulous invention is so easy. All you do is pull up the web page of the item you want to keep track of in a separate window, copy the exact URL of the specific item, past it into your Shopping Notes Alerts and wallah! You will be notified by email if the price changes on this item. There is also an option to drag the shopping notes to your toolbar to make for easy adding whenever you come across something to add to your lust list!! Here are my recent additions to my alerts...







Both from Banana Republic who is actually offering a special Online Only sale on New Items starting today through July 5th - 20% off with coupon code "BRNEW" and Free Shipping on orders of $100 or more! To open up your own Shopping Notes account Click Here. Happy Shopping!!!



Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Spartina 449

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I was sitting here bored out of my mind, reading my blogroll again, and went on to read a post by The Pink Tutu about a fabulous blogger award that she received. Being that I love all things preppy, I was immediately attracted to the name of one of the blogger's who had bestowed her with this wonderful award - Madras & Pearls. I love Madras and I love pearls, so I was there! I clicked on the blog and scrolled down where I found a post featuring the most adorable patterned handbag! Madras had featured a company called Spartina 449! They have the cutest cosmetic bags, wristlets, wallets, and handbags all in a different island theme! Thanks so much for posting about this company Madras!!!



Martin & Osa Sale!

Martin & Osa is having a fantastic summer sale! All items in the "Sale" section are an additional 30% off with code #15516228 through July 7th and all orders placed through July 5th will receive Free Shipping (orders of $100+ always get free shipping). Martin & Osa's clothing is of fabulous quality and they have excellent customer service. I've ordered loads of times and anytime I've spoken with a rep on the phone they are always pleasant and efficient, returns are easy and super fast and I always love my purchases!! Here are some items I would recommend....

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The Floral Maxi Dress. The pictures don't do this dress justice! I own it and I LOVE it. I don't typically wear these colors, but they are really flattering and the material is this soft, gauzy cotton. It can be dressed up with a nice pair of earrings and some bangles or dressed down with a jean jacket and flip-flops!


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I own the Silk Halter Top in Cricket Navy and it is really pretty. The silk is more of a brushed silk and is nice, light and very classic. The fit is flattering and pretty true to size maybe running slightly larger. It hits right above the hip - which is nice for someone like me who is 5'4!


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If you like summer scarves M&O has a really gorgeous selection! I don't know that I would pay full price, but on sale with extra % off, they are a really great price for the quality. The Linen Ombre Scarf is very nice!


I also own a few tee's, tanks, and sweaters as well that aren't on sale, but the fabric is always soft and the clothing always seems to be very well made! And if you don't like it, you can send it back for free!