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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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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Let Us Not Forget...the fight continues...

"And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last."

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

football football...fall sports...

Tre' had his first football game of the season this past Saturday and they won 20-6!!
I love that my children are involved in organized sports. They are learning valuable life skills like teamwork, sportsmanship, endurance, how to interact socially with teammates and opponents, how it feels to win, how it feels to lose, and as their coaches put it the importance of being student athletes. Academics first, sports second!
They work hard and have fun together.
Throughout this time though, one of the greatest joys, is watching my husband coach my son. What a special time for them both and hopefully one they will cherish forever. A special bond is forming, something that me, as his mother, won't ever have but I know is such a blessing for them both.
We are hoping for a great football season...and are also looking forward to Roman starting T-Ball next month.

These little men keep us busy but we am blessed to have them.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Back to School 2013

and we are officially back to school!...
Tre' had his first day of second grade last Thursday and Roman had he first day of Kindergarten Friday. What a joy to see them so eager to start a new school year. I am praying for a year of safety, for the teacher's to have patience and the stamina to teach the children, and  for a year of fun learning for not only my boys but for all the children.
Here are some of our first day of school pics.

Good Luck My Boys!!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Slowly saying goodbye to summer

I walked out the door this morning and was hit with an instant feeling that summer is slowly leaving making room for fall. The chill in the air and the cool breeze got me thinking about all the things I need to do to get ready for fall. Prepare the house for back to school, switch out clothes to allow for more layering and all the fun things I can't wait to do!
Here is collection of my goodbye summer hello fall musings...
goodbye summer
1. Thinking of doing a big hair transformation, cut and color 2. celebrating my 30th birthday with fun festivities  3. candles, candles, candles
4. preserving the flavors of summer
5. dark and plumy nails 6. busting out the boots 6. healing soaks in the bath
I'm sad to see summer pass bye but I know she will return.


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

CINCINNATI SPOTLIGHT: Family Night at Paul Brown Stadium

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?!!
Well...I am not that thrilled...that means our Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays will be consumed by person and on screen...but I was ready for this event!
The Bengals held the first of two free Bengal's Family Night last week and we made sure our boys were in attendance. Tre' is now at the age where he is so into sports, not only the game but knowing all the statistics about the players and teams. Roman...well, he is more into the stadium treats, less the game. Between the great weather, fun inflatables, yummy treats, free poster and lunch bag, the boys had a fantastic time, and surprisingly so did I!
They ended the practice with all the players signing autographs. We now have two autographed posters to hang in their sports themed room.

If you are in the area and get a chance to make the August 11th night, I highly recommend it.
You can get more details, here.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Get Up and DANCE!!!!!


Turn up your speakers and let loose!!!

Cincinnati Spotlight: Flower Arranging Class @Turner Farm

I have signed up for 2 of the 3 flower arranging classes that are being held at Turner Farm. The first class was such a wonderful experience, I picked up some very helpful tricks as well as met some very creative women.
I am looking forward to class #3, horizontal sprays, in September.
 The first class was taught by Melinda a full time staffer at the farm. the class was held in the farm barn classroom (normally the classes are held out in the flower field but due to weather we had to move it inside) who was very helpful in explaining flower arranging and biology. She showed us how to use a florist block to produce the most amazing round arrangements.

Here is my beautiful arrangement at home on my dining room table. For my first time I think I did a good job! I look forward to practicing this summer.

I hope to be able to take other fun creative classes in the area. I'm looking for embroidery, preserving, knitting, calligraphy, paper crafts and cooking.
If you know of any let me know.