Tag Archives: good reads

Get Excited and Make Things

13 May


Working on it.

In the meantime, check out this download from Ella Publishing. I am loving all the fun tips, gorgeous photos, and, oh yeah, the FREE factor. I’m off to see James Taylor and Carole King tonight at the Hollywood Bowl con mi mama! Can’t wait to listen to great music under the stars. Have a wonderful day!


Just a few things…

10 Apr

In the spirit of lazy Saturday mornings, I found a few things that have kept me quite distracted (and parked in front of the computer for waaaay too long). So I feel like sharing the lazy bug with you as well:

I’m obsessed with podcasts. And the word obsessed applies quite literally here – it’s nothing short of an addiction. One of my favorites is Tranquility du Jour from Kimberly Wilson. Everything she blogs/speaks about it everything I want to hear.

Another favorite is the Paperclipping Roundtable. I can’t seem to get enough of that show! Especially this past week when they spoke with Stephanie Howell (whom I totally adore!). One of my favorite concepts from Stephanie during that show was when she said she really only scraps about moments as opposed to events. I want to do that too!

I just ran across The Color Room blog/color challenge site that looks quite intriguing! I can see myself going back here again and again.

One word: GLEE!!! This is how much I love that show: one time John and I watched an episode TWO times in a row! If you know anything about me and my lack of patience/ability to sit still long enough to watch an hour-long show all the way through without fidgeting like a 4 year old, you would realize what a landmark event it was for me to do such a thing. That, my friends, is good television.

Lady Gaga’s and Beyonce’s “Telephone.” That song is INTENSE! Especially when Beyonce starts rapping. And of course, the subject matter is so serious. Love it!

Kelly Purkey’s Snapshots of My Weekend posts. Such a fun concept – I’m jumping on the bandwagon too! Look for my weekend recap in photos on Monday…

Have a great weekend, everyone!

P.S. Cloudy weekend mornings make me want to watch HGTV and listen to jazz. But not at the same time.

Spring Weekend

22 Mar

First of all, I have to say THANK YOU for all the sweet comments regarding my last post! Thank you SO much! (:

This past weekend marked the start of spring! I usually experience a slight sense of dread whenever the weather starts to warm up (I fear the wrath of our summer heat!), but I can honestly say, I am LOVING this weather! It feels inviting and refreshing, and that is always a welcome thing! Here are a few highlights from the weekend:

An impromptu trip to Corriganville (which turned out to be so much fun, despite our lack of appropriate hiking attire – *see grey boots!). Library visit for fun new reads, including the Tori Spelling book! A quick Goodwill shopping trip, in which I scored the teal mug you see above. Walks around the neighboorhood with Jake. Windows open and sunlight streaming in. Watching the victorious health care bill pass, followed by this week’s exciting episode of Amazing Race (we love the cowboys!). Lots of scrapping. Brainstorming ideas for a fun collaborative blog with John. Planning another trip to Disneyland this week with our favorite Spring Breakers. Grateful for my Southern California lifestyle.

Today’s to-do list includes: working out and spring cleaning! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend as well!

Wise Words from Julie and Julia

17 Feb

“Sometimes you get a glimpse into a life that you never thought of before. There are hidden trap doors all over the place, and suddenly you see one, and the next thing you know you’re flogging grateful businessmen or chopping lobsters in half, and the world is just so much bigger than you thought it was. So that night I made my New Year’s resolution, better late than never: To Get Over My Damned Self. If I was going to follow Julia down this rabbit hole, I was going to enjoy it, by God – exhaustion, crustacean murder, and all. Because not everybody gets a rabbit hole. I was one lucky basard, when you came down to it.”

Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously

Library Love

2 Feb

I love going to the library and then going home with a handful of new reads. Usually I am very selective when it comes to what I will be taking home with me each trip, so as not to get carried away with snatching up every appealing book that catches my eye. I know myself too well to assume that 15 novels will easily be read within the three week rental window. I’ve got other things to do. Like sleep, for instance. But this time I checked out 3 novels (and 1 kid-level knitting book…what can I say, I like pictures) that I just couldn’t part with (plus I couldn’t remember where I found them, so I felt especially obligated to take them home with me – ha!). But anyways, I am already 57 pages into “Julie and Julia” and I must say, it is equally as good as the movie. Not an easy feat to accomplish. Maybe as difficult as reading 15 novels in 3 weeks?


18 Nov

I just have to say that I have been feeling incredibly grateful for so many reasons, lately. This is just another example of my good fortune – I came home from my new job (YES! I’m employed again!) to find a nice little box on the doorstep. I knew exactly what it was and ran inside and ripped this baby open to uncover my highly anticipated birthday gift from John! And good lord, it is FABULOUS! If you study scrapbooks as intently as I do, you will LOVE this book from one of my favorite scrappers! Every little piece of it is a work of art.

Two thumbs up:)