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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 Tre'

Master Roman

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Have a LUSHly Happy HalloEve

It's Halloween eve and I will be bathing the family in this soothing concoction of lavender and Tonka absolute. It's sure to warm and calm on these cold and (snowy) nights.


Monday, October 15, 2012

{my cold weather beauty products}

Cold Weather Beauty

Fresh lip care / Face care, $12 / Body cleanser / Aveda beauty product, $44 / Ojon / Carol's Daughter carols daughter / Shea moisture / Ojon , $29 / The

Cold mornings, cold nights...add these yummy products and a warm drink (my pick is I'm cider at the moment), your body will thank you!

Here are my beauty picks to combat these chilly days.
Soothing baths, creamy washes, hydrating hair fixes, and soothing balms.

I just discovered this new product at Trader Joe's and I must say it smells delightfully and at only $4.99 it sure beats it's $20.00 cousin.

What are your cold weather beauty must haves?


Saturday, October 13, 2012

{cold weather family fun}

My Little Princes

Adin Mumma for Umbra Wobble Chess Set / Melissa & Doug Standing Wooden Art Easel / Bananagrams / Classic Marbles / Pick-Up Sticks design by Wild & Wolf / Harmonica design by Wild & Wolf

When the temperature drops and it's too chilly to venture outdoors I like to find fun things for my boys to do around the house. Although we are in the age of Wii, DS, Playstation and computer games...sometimes I encourage them to unplug and get back to the basics.

We get out the easel, play UNO or pick up sticks. I am looking forward to reading The Little Prince this season as I lucked out on a discounted copy at Anthropologie.

What are your go to cold weather kid's activities?


Friday, October 12, 2012


Looking forward to this weekend with my family!


{scary pumpkin, happy pumpkin}

Our first carved pumpkin.

Tre' and daddy had a fun time carving our first pumpkin.
Roman wasn't interested.
I of course loved baking the pumpkin seeds...


Thursday, October 11, 2012

{October e-Mags}

Loving the October issues of my favorite online mags.

Click the covers and take a look.


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

{Dean Day on the Farm}

We took the boys to Shaw Farm this past weekend for a hayride and farm exploration.
We jammed to the tunes of live Bluegrass, learned about animals and enjoyed the hayride scenery.

We love our fall farm trips!
Stay tuned for our pumpkin creations!


{Rifle Paper Co. Crush)

I have a pure love for Rifle Paper Co.

Their illustrations and paper stationary are so unique and creative. I love sending and receiving handwritten correspondence and Rifle Paper Co. supports my passion.

I recently came across this 2013 calendar and it is now on my holiday wish list. It holds illustrations of various cities around the world and once the year is over you can trim and frame the beautiful art.


Thursday, October 4, 2012

{MD TO DC: Friends, Food and Festivities}

I took Scott to visit some of our very close friends in Baltimore and DC.
When I say I haven't partied like that since undergrad...
I need vacation from vacation but I think Scott (and I) enjoyed ourselves tremendously.

Thanks to all our friends for showing us so much love!!!
A special thanks to Dorian and Corrine for housing us, feeding us and entertaining us!!!

Night #1: Manhattans in Maryland

Night #2 Hooka and the Homies

A little sight seeing... Capitol Hill Market

I fell in LOVE with this dog!!! Barnabus!!

Monuments and The National Mall

MLK monument

Night Sites: We spent the last night in DC driving around viewing the monuments.

We relaxed the last day catching up on Martin reruns and rehashing our trip.

Right before we boarding the plane to head home, Dorian, took is to
Timbuktu, a lovely restaurant that specialized in lobsters and crabcakes!!!
We have decided that every fall we are going to take a trip...just the two of us to celebrate our birthdays and each other.

Year 1: KY Bourbon Trails
Year 2: MD and DC
Year 3: ?