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I LOVE cooking from recipes, and making up meals, I LOVE spending time with my boys (all three) and entertaining my family and friends, I LOVE bargain shopping (vintage stores included), I LOVE flipping through fashion and design mags, I LOVE the smell of libraries and how often I could get lost there, I LOVE scanning realty websites, I LOVE Trader Joes and LUSH, I LOVE fresh flowers and all four seasons, I LOVE Cincinnati and am always ready to travel, I LOVE stationary and stamps, I LOVE diamonds and pearls, tulle and lace, I LOVE smelling coffee and drinking tea, I love marshmallows and chocolate, I LOVE cozy sheets and morning sunshine, I LOVE me and I love GOD!

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Master Roman

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Animal Encounters

The family went to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens last Friday and we had a ball!!!

Lovin' Summer

SWAGGER WAGON: Great Marketing...Funny as heck!!!!

Thanks Corrine, this made my weekend!!! A parent must see!!!


Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day!!!!

A man's children and his garden both reflect the amount of weeding done during the growing season. ~ Anonymous

{My Husband, Scott}

{ My Dad, Papa Art}
{My Brother, Uncle Jerren}

    { My brother, Uncle Garrick}
{Scott's Dad, Papa Billy}

{My Step Father, Papa Joe}

I love each of your for being present and awesome role models of strong men for the family and our community. I hope your Father's Day is blessed just as you are a blessing!!!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

I Picked Up Two Lovely Ladies at the Fruit Stand...Ms. Margaret and Ms. Mary

To top off a lovely Friday impromptu breakfast I shared with my mother dearest (I sporadically took the day off to RELAX), yesterday we spent the whole morning and afternoon together. We went vintage shopping and then to the fruit and vegetable market to pick up some items. First let me say, I forgot about this little hidden gem, Country Fresh Farm Market, in Wyoming. It has some of the best produce and their meat and cheese counter boasts some of the freshest I have ever had.
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On our way into the store we stopped outside to pick through some of the fresh planted herbs and veggies, and decided we would try to grow an herb garden together, in her backyard. While we were browsing the varied selection of mint, two older ladies were there talking together. One was looking for an okra plant the other some sage. I began to speak to the older lady about what she grows in her garden and how she plants, harvests, and preserves her "crop." She told me that she is from Georgia and she grew up on fresh fruits and vegetables form her family's garden. She said she grows tomatoes, peppers, varied herbs, and her brother has a huge okra crop. We began to talk more and more about growing live fresh food, and not relying so heavily on packaged foods. I told them both about my recent strawberry canning experience and how I am so into growing and preserving my own food. They were shocked to hear of a young lady taking so much interest in what they refer to as "lost arts." Well my mom nudged me and whispered, "get their numbers maybe they can teach you some things," with a smile. I shyly said, "I would love to have your number and maybe get your pepper jelly recipe," to Ms. Margaret, and said, "I would love for you to teach me to crochet," to Ms. Mary. They were overjoyed that I took and interest and eager gave me their numbers.

The thought of having personal teachers to show me some of the "oldin' day" things that I always wonder about..I am just toooooo thrilled. You never know who you will pick up at the fruit stand (wink).

Living and Loving Life!


Love this Poster...Kill Your TV!!!

I came across this poster and it totally explains my life right now. 

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Morning Inspiration

I am loving these ruffle inspired decor photos seen on The Decorista's blog. A place to eat breakfast and a place to take a relaxing bath. My two favorite things.
So femininie and  fun...

Good Morning,


Friday, June 11, 2010

Saddness in the Midst of Celebration

In the midst of celebrating one of the most viewed sports across the world...a tragedy has happened. South Africa is the 2010 host of the International World Cup which is a very prestigious and historical feat. Last night after the kickoff concert Nelson Mandela's great grand daughter was killed in a tragic accident. "Zenani Mandela was travelling in a car returning from the World Cup kick-off concert at Orlando Stadium when the accident occurred. There was only one car involved and no one else was injured."

{photo and story courtesy}

I pray for The Mandela family during there lost....a precious little angel...


Monday, June 7, 2010

Coming Very Soon!!!

One of my new favorite design mags is coming out with their June/July issue!!


Sunday, June 6, 2010

Strawberry Jammin'

My sorority sister, Barbie, in all her fabulousness, gave me the idea of making strawberry jam with all those strawberries we picked last weekend on the farm.
Well, I took her advice and found this very easy recipe.





I was able to can (12) 8oz jars of my very own strawberry jam. I went to the craft store and purchased a 1/2 yard of a fun strawberry inspired fabric!!!
 They make such a sweet gift. I only have 5 jars left.
(1 of course reserved for Mrs. Barbara...the one with the idea (wink))

Muy Fresca

Current Obsessions


Collecting vintage milk glass. 
I found this piece this weekend along with three awesome flower vases!!!

My typewriter that is new perfect shape. I found it at a yard sale this weekend and I am so thrilled. Can't wait to come up with some fun stationary pieces!!! How vintage chic!!!

My new favorite summer treat...sweet and creamy and super delicious!!.

My most favorite obsession of all...

Movie Night on Fountain Square with my family!!! It's like a drive in without the cars. PRICELESS

Happy Sunday!!