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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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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Whirlwind Weekend: 4th of July Edition

I am sad I won’t be able to go to Atlanta like I had hoped, to visit my dad, but we still have a jammed packed schedule none the less.

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Make brownies with a new recipe I found

De-clutter our house and get ready for our neighborhood’s July Community Yard Sale

Celebrate our 2nd year wedding anniversary here

Visit IKEA: We are updating and refreshing different spaces in our condo

PARTY- go out for drinks and dancing to celebrate a friend's birthday!!

4th of July parade with the kids

FIREWORKS over the river!!!

Visit what looks to be a vintage inspired carnival

RELAX and enjoy my little family….

What do you all have planned for this long weekend?

xoxo,
Ronita

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011

Ice Cream in Ohio: Jeni's

I know I'm a little late to hit the band wagon but goodness I can't wait to get my hands on this book... and how great she is from OHIO!!!






I will be sure to visit the shop on my next visit to our state capitol, in the meantime I am going to try some of her recipes!!!

I LOVE ICE CREAM!!

xoxo,
Ronita


Cotton Candy...get your Cotton Candy Here

One of our favorite things to do during the summer is hit up all the church festivals. This past weekend the church next to our house had theirs! Oh...what a fun time. My brother and his family, one of my BFF's and her son, and one of Scott's BFFs and his boys joined us at the festival. Here are some snapshots of our visit!!!
The Crew!!!


Bummer Cars!!!!
Cotton Candy!!!


Carousel FUN!!!

Roman....Serious face....happy face!!!

Tre' Day!!!


My beautiful niece!!!

My handsome little nephew!!!


Our TWO Little Ones watching the festivities!!!
My 2nd gorgeous niecy poo!!!

My new baby nephew. The one and only MILO BEAR!!!

We had a great weekend with great friends!!! We love making special family memories.

We are looking forward to relaxing for the 4th.
Do you all have any fun 4th of July plans?

xoxo,
Ronita

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

DIY: Bowties


I have been on a roll making handmade bowties for my little men! I have all sorts of fun vintage fabric I purchased at an estate sale last weekend! Stay tuned for more of my ties!

xoxo,
Ronita
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Dressing Boys Obsession Part 1: Bow Ties

With two boys I am always so envious in a not so envious way when I go shopping for them. There is always so many cute things for the little girls but it is usually always a challenge to find something for my little men! Well, recently I have been inspired by a close friend of ours who we shared sometime with this weekend at a wedding. He is the king of bow ties and I have been thinking, why not spice up the boys wardrobe a bit!

This just so happens I thought of this as a theme for one of my coworkers baby showers we are throwing in July!!!


I came across this really great shop on Etsy, called Hunter Gatherer. They have some really handsome vintagey fabric ties that I adore!!!!




How to tie a bow tie....


How cute....I'm on a mission to get super creative with the boys and their outfits!!! I have some really great fabric and can't wait to figure out how make bow ties for them!!

xoxo,
Ronita

Monday, June 20, 2011

MUSIC Monday: MIGUEL




I am so feeling this song and so feeling him right now!!
Do you have any favorite artist?

xoxo,
Ronita

Friday, June 17, 2011

RECIPE: Ronita’s Tropical Goddess Green Smoothie

This smoothie is inspired by, The Retro Natural’s, take on a green smoothie.
Here is my take on a yummy delicious and nutritious breakfast smoothie! I keep all of these ingredients in my pantry and love making this for breakfast before I head out to work!!! It's a perfect summertime breakfast!!!
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • ½ fresh mango (or frozen mango pieces from Trader Joe’s)
  • ½ frozen banana (I go to the produce store and get all the red tape bananas, peel them, break them in half, and place them in a freezer bag-they are perfect for smoothies-just grab and go)
  • ¼ cup pineapple tidbits
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • ¼ cup pineapple juice-from the can of tidbits
  •  If you like ice add a couple cubes
Blend and I carry it in my handy dandy reusable cup with a straw (Mommy’s sippy cup…lol)

ENJOY!!!

xoxo,
Ronita

Thursday, June 16, 2011

30 Before 30: Basic Sewing: Part 1 PILLOW

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My first project on my sewing machine. A pillow is an easy way to start learning the rthym and parts of the machine. My next project is a skirt!!!

xoxo,
Ronita

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Natural Hair Inspiration

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le coil is an awesome tumblr blog with a running collection of gorgeous natural haired beauties!! I love peeking at this blog at least twice a day.

So much inspiration in one place!

HAPPY HUMP DAY!!

xoxo,
Ronita

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Fun with fabric!!!

I pulled out my sewing machine and picked a fun print from the African fabrics I have been collecting! Stay tuned to see what I made!

HAPPY SUNDAY!

xoxo,
Ronita
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Friday, June 10, 2011

SUPER-food SPOTLIGHT: Cinnamon

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I mentioned in a previous post, here,  how honey has so many natural healing qualities. I want to share with you another inexpensive, natural SUPER FOOD; CINNAMON. I picked up a bottle from Trader Joe’s ($1.99)  and keep it on my desk. I sprinkle it on/in everything, from my morning cereal to my afternoon cup of tea!!!
Look at all the health benefits!

 
• Studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol.

• Several studies suggest that cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes.

• In some studies, cinnamon has shown an amazing ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections.

• In a study published by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland, cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.

• It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.

• In a study at Copenhagen University, patients given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month.

• When added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.

• One study found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.

• Researchers at Kansas State University found that cinnamon fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.

• It is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.

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SPRINKLE UP!!!

xoxo,
Ronita


Hair and Style Eye Candy

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Eye Candy Friday!!!!
I love her hair I love her style!!!

xoxo,
Ronita

Saturday, June 4, 2011

NEW ITEMS ADDED: My Etsy Shop



I have added new items to my Etsy shop.

 
More to come soon!
xoxo,
Ronita

Vintage Find

I have been enjoying this beautiful weather finding wonderful treasures at awesome yard sales across the city. I found this home improvement book which is truly Martha Stewart worthy. 1951 Home and Garden gardening binder. You should see the pictures in this thing! I heart!

HAPPY SATURDAY!
xoxo,
Ronita
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Friday, June 3, 2011

Honey Homemade Ice Cream!!!

I can't wait to break out one of our wedding gifts!
OUR ICE CREAM MAKER!!

Perfect for a sizzling Spring/Summer weekend!

Here is a yummy recipe I will try...you all know how much I LOVE HONEY!





Honey Ice Cream Recipe
Philadelphia Style

Prep Time: 7 minutes
Ice Cream Maker Time: Approximately 20-25 minutes
Makes: 1 1/2 quarts
Servings: Ten 1/2 cup servings
Ingredients:
1 cup milk
1/2 cup honey
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
Directions:
If you don't have an ice cream maker, click here.
Mix honey and milk together using a wire whisk to completely dissolve the honey.
Stir in heavy cream and vanilla.
Pour mixture into your ice cream maker.
Mix about 20-25 minutes or according to manufacturer's instructions.
Serve and enjoy!

xoxo,
Ronita

My Little Model





My oldest did a little modeling for a local children's boutique, The Spotted Goose,  here in town and the pics came out so cute!!!

HAPPY FRIDAY!

xoxo,
Ronita