Thursday, February 22, 2018
1. I’m thankful for my husband. I may not have known that he was “the one” when we saw Crocodile Dundee on Halloween of 1986, but I did have a feeling that he’d always be in my life. There are so many things that I love and that I’m thankful for in him, it would take me forever to list them all.
2. I’m thankful for my two sons. I may not be the domestic goddess that I imagined I’d be, but I love my boys beyond measure. They are silly, and smart, and fun, and loving. There are times that they are so much alike, and then others when I think they couldn’t be more different. There isn’t anything that I wouldn’t do for them (well, within reason). I’m so proud to be their mom.
3. I’m thankful for my family. I’ve often preferred to hang with my family than with friends or at activities. Not in a weird way, but I’m a major homebody. My mom and dad were so awesome. They loved eachother like crazy, and they were so much fun to be around. My brother is my best friend. We went to boarding school and college together, and I love that he calls me just to visit. He’s hilarious, kind and incredibly successful. My sister and I have become close as adults. Maybe I was just enough younger than her, so that we didn’t quite understand one another growing up-I have no idea. Once we grew up, though, we get along so well. She’s incredibly smart and driven. She speaks like 4 languages, and is confident.
4. I’m thankful for our dog, Waffles. I love her so much. She is so incredibly sweet and loving. I love all animals, but she is so special. If I’m having a bad day, a cuddle with Waffles will turn it around. It’s like she knows.
Again, there are so many things that I’m thankful for. To pick 4 doesn’t seem right, but I think my original statement of just being thankful is pretty accurate.
Monday, February 12, 2018
However, I’ve been evaluating our home, and despite the fact that things aren’t necessarily my style, there is a lot of beauty in the home that my inlaws have lived in for 50 years. They like everything to be in its place, and it’s easy to see how much they love every item.
There are a lot of antiques and wood in our house. Again, not really me, but I’ve always loved this little comb and brush box that is hanging in our bathroom. It had dried flowers in it, but I like it just like this. It’s simple and quaint, and yes, beautiful.
My father in law loves clocks. Part of his nighttime routine is winding them (I’m sure there is an exact number of turns for each one) before he goes to bed. This one is so beautiful, and I’d love to know it’s history before it came to their house in Iowa.
This statue is actually one of the only things I brought over when we cleared out my mom’s condo. When I was in middle school, my parents redecorated our house. It was the 80s, so everything matched. Mauve carpets, floral wallpaper with mauve flowers, and this little lady was in our living room. I didn’t know where to put it, but it reminds me of my parents, and when my dad was alive. I think she looks great outside, and I love how this photo turned out.
Monday, February 5, 2018
Here are my favorites:
There are obviously more, but these are my favorites.
Orchids are to die for, but for the life of me, I can’t keep them alive.
Daisies are simple and happy.
Gerber daisies and a bit of whimsicle color
Roses. I know many people believe that roses are overdone, but I believe that RED roses are tired, especially this time of year. When I was a sorority girl, my mom used to send me yellow roses (our colors were black and gold). I had peach roses in my wedding bouquet, and they were lovely. I’ve always loved the roses that are kind of yellowish, that are tipped in red. And of course, I love hot pink roses.
What are your favorite flowers?
Friday, February 2, 2018
I really want my blog to have substance, and I love to write. Moving forward, I hope to be more consistent about writing, and to have my posts be about things that are “me,” rather than “things.” Often the two mix, because I love beautiful things, and I’m a pretty major consumer. So, perhaps a hybrid.
I’ve decided to take on the List It Challenge from the 1407planners. There are only 20, so I’m hopeful that I can do it.
As you can see from the image above, it shouldn’t be too too hard, and it will hopefully give a little push to be more creative, and to make time to write.
Currently, it’s February 2nd, but I just came across the list. So, without further ado...
#1 February Goals
- I hope to complete the February List It Challenge
- Purge and Organize our room, and our kids’ room
- Do a better job of self-care (and define what it means to ma personally)
I know I say it a lot, but I would love for you to follow along with me. What is one of your goals for February?
Sunday, December 10, 2017
If you look further back, however, you’ll see historical figures wearing jewels that they owned, or that were passed down within their families. One woman always perfectly adorned was Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. Many of the jewels that Jackie Kennedy wore became iconic pieces. So much so, that there has been, and there continues to be, a demand for replicas of her most sought after looks.
My friend, Diana Miller, is the owner of SCLadyDiJewelry. She has a large collection of jewelry pieces from the Jackie Kennedy Collection. This collection was designed and made by Camrose & Kross, the makers of fine jewelry. All of the JBK pieces come in beautiful velour-covered boxes with Certificates of Authenticity.
For over a ten-year period, Camrose &Kross painstakingly created replicas of many of Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s personal pieces of jewelry, right down to their exact weight. However, Camrose & Kross has retired this collection and destroyed all of the molds for it. Pieces from The Jacqueline Kennedy Jewelry Collection are becoming more and more scarce and, therefore, have become HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE. The replicas are identified by a "JBK" signature stamp. (JBK stands for Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.)
Diana has been stocking up on JBK pieces in her Etsy Store for the holidays (I’ve chosen just a few to share photos of in this post). They are immensely popular items in her store. All of the pieces are Like New and a great investment as collector items. I, myself, have a copy of her everyday watch that I wear almost daily. It’s gorgeous, and I’m very proud to wear it.
Monday, December 4, 2017
You can also get a discount at Naughton Braun Pearls using code PM15%Coupon.
Rudas Pearl Earrings:
- Freshwater drop Pearl earrings
- Gold plate over Sterling Silver shepherds hooks
- Clear CZ setting suspending a 10.5mm high lustre freshwater white pearl
I’m the meantime, my giveaway ends on 12/7/17. You can’t win if you don’t enter!
Pearl Giveaway Entry
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
I think we have many great loves in our lives. Hopefully by the time we are old enough to appreciate love, we have found one that is mature, that loves us back, and that makes us both happy. But wow, along the way, it can be bumpy. I mean crazy, put on your seat belt and hold on because it will be BUMPY. It can suck, it can be incredible, we can be in over our heads, and we might not care.
I believe that every relationship, no matter how big or small, is an important one. Even if they rip our hearts out, there is still something important that we take with us to the next relationship. Hopefully, we take what we have learned about ourselves or about what we will need one day. I'm going to mix metaphors a ton in this post, and I don't really care. You've got to kiss a lot of frogs, my friend, in hopes that in the end, you'll find a prince-IF that's what you're looking for in the end. I’ve absolutely got mine, but parts of it can be so hard.
I've never thought that I was one for woulda, coulda, shouldas, but as I get older, I realize that I clearly am in some ways. I've looked back on every relationship, it seems, and wished I could have done something differently, even if that something was to wear cuter shoes or to triumphantly slap someone across the face as I spin on my heal and head out the door.
Even in friendships. I wish I had been (and that I am) a stronger, more resilient person. I would not let myself get walked over, only called when someone needs something from me, ignored until a friend needs “therapy” from me, and most importantly (yes, taking absolute blame here), I wish I had ever told a friend that I needed them.
This post sounds much like a whoa is me ramble, but it’s really not. I found the beginning of it in my “drive” while trying unsuccessfully to get a December calendar to print. I don’t remember when I wrote it, but it seems like a good post to put up.
It’s the holidays, and I imagine there are some readers who are feeling ignored and lonely. There’s always something we wish we could do differently.
Life. Can. Be. Hard.
Let’s talk about it.