Wednesday, December 19, 2012


Some things in life are too good not to share.  This goodness that I am about to tell you about it one of them!  
And I only found out about it because my main squeeze took a trip to Whole Foods- and when he goes to the grocery store- who knows what he is coming home with!!

Let me introduce you to the most amazing thing you will ever eat:
Chocolate Peanut Butter Kettle Corn. 
It is SO good- I literally had force myself to stop eating it.  Think: peanut butter cup popcorn.  Mmmmm...

In addition to that yummy goodness- for the first time in my life I bought a slow cooker.  I didn't grow up in a house that crock potted/slow cooked- so it feels very foreign to me, but I am already loving it.  
Yesterday I made my hubs pulled pork.  All day long I heard him taking trips into the kitchen to look at it and smell it.  It was his Christmas.  Santa came early.  He was in heaven! 
I made this recipe- and it really smelled divine (even to this vegetarian). 
Easy Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork

The slow cooker I bought is this guy- the Bella 6qt from Macys

On a non-food note- I went into Anthropologie yesterday for a quick look-see and saw a couple of things that I am still hoping Santa brings me this year.

The Tropicalia Pleated Maxi Dress is calling my name.  
I also think the Chevron Sparkle Bracelet would be a good addition to my jewelry box.  
Chevron Sparkle Bracelet
I also saw some really pretty red floral dishes on the sale table that I thought would be fun to mix and match as a holiday collection.  Somehow I don't envision Spode in my near future... and I would love to see them on display in my hutch!

That's about it! Have a great day gals!! 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Dream On...

It's no surprise that I love a beautiful tent, cabana, teepee or anyplace cozy and relaxing.   As a lover of all things lounge-y, my latest (Pinterest) finds leaving me dreaming of lazy summer afternoons and a good book... and a babysitter and a glass of sparkling rosé.  
What does your daydream look like??

#Gypsy tents

get me in there...

gorgeous fort tent

drapey tents

Monday, December 10, 2012

The White House Christmas 2012

I missed the HGTV White House Christmas special over the weekend- but happily got to see some pictures of the amazing decorations that were put up this year.  I love that the Obamas dog, Bo, was a centerpiece in the decorations this year- and that the official tree is dedicated to US troops, veterans, and military families.  There are actually 54 trees throughout the White House- now that is some serious decorating!!
The Blue Room tree- decorated with ornaments made by the children living on US military bases.
20,000 pom poms and 80 hours later, a topiary Bo is created.
A children's wonderland in the East Garden Room.

Since the 1960's a White House gingerbread house is on display.  Absolutely fantastic!

The entire photo tour is over at HGTV- check it out! 

Mama Musts

Something is in the water right now-
in the past couple of weeks several of my friends have announced that they are expecting!  Woohoo! 
So in honor of all the new mama's to-be- here is my latest roundup of pregnant mama essentials. 

First off, I just saw and have fallen in love with Perry Mackin Diaper Bags.  They are stylish and practical, with compartments for bottles and binkies- and are all under $200.  I like that they are chic enough to actually carry and don't scream "diaper bag".
The Zoey Bag
The Harper Bag
The HATCH Collection has been getting a lot of attention lately, and rightly so... 
I love the idea of investing in a couple really great pieces that can carry you throughout pregnancy and after- and not in the "bridesmaid dress you can wear again" kind of way.  We all know that no one ever wears a bridesmaid dress again, and the last thing that new moms want to do is put on maternity clothes after the delivery.  
But these pieces are things I want to wear all the time.
The Shirt Dress Short
The Shirt Dress Short
The Boyfriend Sweater
The Boyfriend Sweater
Every person out there needs to have a pot of Kiehls Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter.  I leave it on my nightstand and slather my hands and arms with it before bed each night.  But pregnant moms could use this on their belly's and I bet it would be incredible!
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The best maternity jeans out there are Gap.  The designer jeans are not nearly as comfortable and fit as well.   Wouldn't you rather save your money to buy a cute pair that you can wear longer than 9 months?!
Gap 1969 Demi Panel Always Skinny Jeans
A good scarf/wrap really is something one can't have enough of.  I like a peppy color or print to perk up those subdued winter clothes, and even more bland maternity clothes.  It really can make all the difference in an outfit, keep a mama warm, and later be used to cover up a little while nursing.  This one is JCrew (and is on sale!).
Wide cashmere wrap
Congrats to all the pregnant mamas out there!  It really is such a joy and a blessing to have a bambino on the way.
And, for the record (because everyone keeps asking), I am NOT pregnant :)

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Cheers- it's Sunday!

It's as cold as can be at a high of 20 degrees today.  Looks like we are hiding out inside, baking my Oma's butter cookies (mmm!), and hopefully going have a little bubbly! 
Happy Sunday Funday! 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Lights Aglow

Our neighborhood knows how to do holidays.
The houses are beautifully decorated- wreaths, bows, and lights like you wouldn' t believe!
There is even a house that have lights that dance with the music on a radio station- insane!!!

I am especially into all of the people that have decorated the trees in front of their houses like Christmas trees- I mean full lights and ornaments for all to enjoy!!
Some people even bought Christmas trees and decorated them on their porches- sharing their beauty with everyone.
Talk about the season of giving!

Outdoor porch Christmas tree.  Wanted to do a live tree for first Christmas in our own home, can do this on the porch and still have my fake tree in the house up early in the month.
I love an outdoor Christmas tree

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


I was out browsing today in a cute shop on South Pearl Street, called "5", and overheard a girl talking about the funny pickle ornament... 
She had no idea what the pickle is all about- so in honor of the stranger that was unaware- 
The Christmas Pickle. On Christmas Eve, you lay out the pickle ornament in front of the tree with the milk and cookies for Santa. Then, Santa hides the pickle ornament. In the morning, the first person to find the pickle ornament receives an extra present from Santa - a tradition from the 20s.

The pickle ornament is an old German tradition- some people leave it out for Santa, then Santa hides it in the tree when he comes and the first person to find the pickle gets an extra present.  Other people have the parents hide in on Christmas Eve and the children look for it in the morning. Regardless of who hides it, whoever finds it gets an extra gift!  
Sounds like a good tradition to me!!

Speaking of pickles- do yourself a favor and look for Sonoma Brinery Spicy Bread and Butter Pickles at Whole Foods.  They are amazing!!

and ps. 
It's good to be back!!