Thursday, January 28, 2010

Signs Of Spring Giveaway

Hello Friends!
How about a cheerful giveaway to make us forget
about the cold weather outside and think of spring?
I will draw the winner on Tuesday, February 2nd.
Take a look at what I found for you!
Here is everything! Look at all the bright colors.
Yummy milk chocolate hearts!
Delicious smelling votives in Sunsweet Melon.
They smell fresh and perfect for spring.
An olive branch jumbo mug.
Precious notecards done in yellow with black polka dots.
A pretty pen is included.
The matching spoon rest to the mug.
The latest copy of Romantic Country magazine.
A lovely canvas in a soft yellow.
This is how I feel about all of you sweet blog friends.
A darling yellow bunny plate and stand.
You just have to leave me a comment here to enter.
If you do not have a blog make sure I can contact you.
I will have to limit this one to US only.
I'm sorry but the box is quite heavy.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Decorative Towels

Hello Everyone!
Our master bathroom is large but is quite limited in storage
space for bath towels. I had to come up with some solutions.
Join me and I will show you a few.
Here is the vanity area and my tiny make up drawer.
A few weeks ago Kathy at Good Life Of Design told
us about a white sale at Neiman Marcus. I have never
had monogram towels before and decided to try them.
They are fabulous! Thank you Kathy for the information.
Pay her blog a visit to see more inspiring ideas.
Here is a wire display shelf I picked up at Ross.
It holds many decorative and extra bath towels.
A tiny tiger print pillow sits on a chair.
A silver shell holds a washcloth.
The monogram bath towels are ready for use.
More towels hang on each side of the garden tub.
More washcloths are displayed on a wooden shelf.
I found the tiger stripe design at Ross for $4 for 6.
I can't sew at all so I thought it was a great price.
Ivory shell hand towels are displayed by my sink.
We do have the under cabinets for storage but use them
to store toiletries. The oval medicine cabinet is at Lowes.
The bathroom is very long and narrow.
The floral rug is from BB& Beyond.
More towels hanging behind the door.
I put all of the space to good use.
Blue hand towels on hubs sink side.
Shell prints are from Kirklands.
I placed some towels in decorative bowls.
Some are just rolled and displayed.
I added a new topper from the Touch Of Class catalog.
Have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Accent Your Entryway

Hello Everyone!
Our home entrance makes the first impression.
It should say welcome and come on in.
I have made a few changes to ours.
A new black accent table from Marshalls.
I placed a trio of candles to display here.
Above it is a wood mirror from Target.
The feather wreath is from Michaels.
This is the view from the hallway into the foyer.
The gold table is from JCPenney. The lamp from Lowes.
I found a grouping of flower pictures at Ross.
The sage green topper is from Michaels.
Here is a black iron topper above the front door.
Thank you to Lynette for making the M for me.
She has a beautiful Etsy shop. Pay her a visit!
A sage green pumpkin tassel hangs on the knob.
Pay a visit to Angela at The Tassel House to order.
An artichoke finial sits on the floor.
The view from the family room.
It's two stories up.
I need a larger light fixture.
It works. It just seems a bit small for the space.
Here is the bird table I moved from the foyer.
I tried the black table here first. It was not right.
Then I tried it here.
It was not quite right again.
The third time was the charm.
Have a wonderful week!

Friday, January 15, 2010

I Made A Choice

Hello Everyone!
It's that time of year when we all want to get in shape.
I thought I would share with you my 4 month update.
I am by no means an expert but this has really worked
for me. Please join me for my new stats and a recipe.
On 9-09-09 I made a choice to change my life.
I had visited my doctor and had very high B/P.
Needless to say I was scared.
I left on 2 new medications that day and wanted to change.
Here are my stats as of today.
Total weight loss 38 pounds!
I have dropped 3 sizes and have a few more to go.
I'm ready for a new wardrobe. Yay!
B/P as of this am 99/63 It's very low now.
I will following up with my doctor very soon and may
be taken off the meds. I feel much better.
Very healthy eating is the way to go.
We are also working out with weights constantly.

I made a wise choice then.
Here are my main changes.
1. NO REFINED SUGARS.
My only treat is dark chocolate.
This is key and not as hard as you think.
2. Drink water, hot tea, juices, skim milk or Crystal Light.
NO SODAS or DIET SODAS. I was a diet coke fanatic.
Believe me if I can do it you can too.
3. EAT! Fruits, dark green veggies and lean protein.
NO FAST FOODS.
4. EXERCISE DAILY or at least 3-4 times a week.
5. Have a positive support system for motivation.
Have your family members help you.
6. THINK POSITIVE.
You may not lose everyday but it will come
off if you are consistent. Don't give up!
7. DO NOT EAT AT NIGHT.
This was a big one for me and I do not do this now.
Have a cut off time and stick to it.
8. Make it a healthy life change not a diet per say.
This is just the way we will be eating from now on.
I hope this inspires you!
Let me know if you have any specific questions.
Thank you all for your encouragement.
This is normal B/P. It should not be higher than this.
Mine was for about 2 years and I ignored it. Bad idea...:(
Doesn't this healthy food just look good?
It's all delicious! You don't have to be hungry to lose.
Make sure and have time to relax.
Here is an example of my healthy tuna salad lunch.
This is a healthy whole roasted chicken recipe that we make.
We have made this many times. Here are the ingredients.
Chop up the fresh herbs rosemary, thyme and sage.
We paired it with fresh asparagus and sweet potatoes.
The chopped herbs.
Add the chopped garlic to them and mix.
Wash the chicken very well in cold water. Pat dry.
Rub it with olive oil and the herbs.
Sprinkle with sea salt and ground pepper.
Cut the lemon in half and stuff in the cavity.
Add the herb stems too.
Place chicken in a roasting dish.
Cook for a 1 1/2 hours at 475. Oven times may vary.
We have a steamer from Black & Decker for our veggies.
This appliance is really great.
I use butter and cinnamon on mine. Yum!
The chicken is ready if the temp is 180 degrees.
This is the tastiest chicken ever.
Have a wonderful week!

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Welcome! Thank you for visiting my blog. I am a USMC wife married to a wonderful man for fifteen years. He's a CH-53E pilot and has done three fleet tours overseas. I am very proud of him and his hard work. For many years I worked in retail jewelry sales and finally decided it was time to stop and enjoy my decorating passion. We share our home with our cat Chestnut, Lloyd the cockatiel and a betta fish. I appreciate all of your comments and try to respond to as many as I can. Join me! I would be happy for you to follow along.


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