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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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Monday, September 26, 2011


(my 1st cake I have decorated from my cake class)

It's my birthday today and I am so thankful to have been blessed with another year. Thanks to all my family and friends who have celebrated with me in person and in spirit!

I love you!


Fun Nails: Black and Gold

Over the weekend I had some fun with my nails. Although, I still haven't been able to get into the crackle look I still wanted to try something different. I am a little behind the time, but I love the matte look!!!

I used OPI for Sephora: Only Gold for Me and OPI for Sephora Limited Edition : What's a Tire Jack in Matte (which I picked up last season)



Friday, September 23, 2011


Here's to...

festive decorations...

fall fashion...

baking pies (and other delectables)...

burning candles...(these are my favorite Bath and Body Works -have you smelled the new bake shop line?)

experiencing nature at one of it's best times (in my opinion)...

Cincinnati is such a great place to experience fall.
My favorite time of year!!!

HAPPY 1st Day of Fall


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Geek Alert: Changing Up my Look

I'm in the mood for a change and what easier way than to get a different shaped pair of glasses. These looks inspire me. Big, dorky, fun yet chic!


Check out some of my other inspirations, here.
Can't wait to show you what I pick!


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Weekend Getaway...Mom's 60th Birthday

We surprised my mom on her birthday with a card that read, "pack your bags we are taking a family trip to the mountains!" She was overjoyed and we had an amazing couple days!

Here are some pics from the trip. If you are ever yearning for a complete retreat away from your daily hustle and you want to take in the marvels of the mountain I recommend these cabins in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee!

View when we first walked in the cabin!

View from one of the balconies.

The Great Smoky Mountains

Auntie in the kitchen cleaning (what she loves to do) :)

Mom insisted on getting the kids out of the house! We found this little go cart/ride/arcade place and the whole family had a ball!

At 60, this is her first time driving a go cart!!

Boys and their toys...

They loved the hot tub!!!

Our last night dinner and relaxing!!!

Tre' was under the weather!

My mom and her sister

Garrick and the hubby!

Sad faces on departure morning!

The group minus my hubby!

Time for one last view!!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Just in Time for Fall...


Next Friday (Sept 23rd-3 days before my birthday) is the 1st day of fall. This free printable is perfect to place on the fridge.


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Cook Decorating Class I

Last night I took an amazing Basic Cake Decorating Class at Cincinnati Cake and Candy Supply. My hubby got this for me for Mother's Day and I signed up for their September class. It’s a 4 week class that covers how to properly ice and border a cake, how to torte a cake with fruit fillings, basic flowers including a rose and rosebud, chocolate molding, writing, basketweave, simple figure piping including a clown, lacework and use of colors. How exciting!!

Although this is not on my 30 before 30 I am adding it to the list because, wel,l it's something I've always wanted to do and I am accomplishing it!!
Below are some quick snaps from class last night. We learned about baking at various temps, the proper way to ice a cake, filling a cake with fruit, and making a buttercream icing.

My fun apron I brought to class! Just in time for Fall.

My goodie box of supplies: tips, couplers, spatula, reusable bags, flower!

Practicing my technique using the different tips.
My final product: I practiced transferring an image using piping gel, I outlined and practiced my stars to fill in this cute little piggy!

Stay tuned for pictures of next week's class.

HAPPY Tuesday


Saturday, September 10, 2011

My Fall Fashion

Here are some of my fall style pics. It's cooling down a bit and I just love to layer-jewelry, clothes....
Jewel tones and black. Gold layered bracelets and scarves.

Modstrom long skirt, €35
jean jacket, $45
Blue skinny jeans, $80
Tall tan boots, $50
Slip on shoes, $50
Pretty Ballerinas flat shoes, £99
Marc by Marc Jacobs leather handbag, £470
Monsoon jewelry, $50
Dorothy Perkins gold bangle, £13
Michael Kors Watches gold bracelet watch, £199
Betsey Johnson heart earrings, $35
Chan luu scarf, $195
butter LONDON '3 Free Nail Lacquer British Racing Green One Size, $14

What are your favorite fall pieces for the season?


Outfit of the Day: Color Blocked at Work

I'm going to start adding some Outfits of the Day to my blog. I have fun mixing low end thrifted pieces with some of my "higher-end" budget friendly pieces.

I hope you enjoy.

Sorry for the picture quality in the mirror. They will get better.

Blazer: Talbot's, thrifted, Cami: Target Black Jeans: Ralph Lauren, gifted

I tried a color blocked outfit at work this week and I received rave reviews. I even went to Tre's PTO New Family Coffee-hosted for new families to our district and received so many compliments. I always seem to be able to pull off bright colors so I am loving this look!


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Homemade Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

With all the fresh herbs and ripe tomatoes I have from my garden I decided to find a delicious homemade pasta sauce recipe. I found this one here and tweaked it a bit. The results were amazing!!!

Ingredients1 tablespoon butter
8 small tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic salt
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 cup water
1 clove garlic, grated


1.Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat; cook the tomatoes in the melted butter until they begin to fall apart, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the basil, olive oil, garlic salt, salt, and pepper. Slowly stir the flour into the mixture and cook until it begins to thicken, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir the water through the mixture to break up any lumps of the flour. Mix the garlic into the sauce and simmer another 5 minutes. Serve hot.

Cook's notes: I added just a sprinkle of red pepper flakes to kick it up a notch and while the tomatoes were simmering with the butter I added onion powder, oregano and sage from my garden and some dried thyme.