Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Its been awhile since I shared some fun new discoveries with you all.

I am working hard to give up Diet Coke.  Instead of cola.  I drink lots of water, sparkling in particular.  Well...last time I was at Nordstrom's cafe I discovered their Sparkling Cooler (mix of tea/lemonade/club soda).  Oh refreshing and tasty.  I mix together equal parts of Crystal Light iced tea, Crystal Light lemonade and water.  Fill a glass with half of the Crystal Light mixture and half club soda and you will have a fabulous new summer drink.  Don't forget a pretty glass and straw.

As I shared with you recently I have been spending the majority of my time this summer sprucing up our home.  Two fun wall decorations I am considering are:
Plate wall art which just makes me happy to look at:

Mirror groupings really can add so much in design and texture to a room:

I have been listening to  podcasts (most from the Diana Rehm show) via NPR's website.  See I really do more than follow Suri's blog,  watch reality television and read People and Us Weekly. This link is to an interview with Chris Bohjalian (a favorite author) about his new book:

I want to hear all about your summer and the fun activities that have occupied your time.  Please tell all of us about a great book you are reading,  a trip you are planning or a wonderful day spent with friends and/or family.  I cannot believe its mid July already.  So in the remaining weeks I plan to visit the beach, lunch again on the beautiful patio at Brewsters in New Buffalo, attend as many outdoor concerts as possible, finish painting the downstairs rooms in our home and lounge with my LARGE stack of magazines on the deck.

Saturday, July 12, 2014


Hello all, have some wonderful media suggestions for you:

My husband and I went to a fabulous movie this afternoon.  I highly recommend it.  At the conclusion the entire audience clapped. When was the last time you saw that happen in a movie theater?

Have you heard of the documentary 112 Weddings?  It is also fabulous.  A wedding videographer re-visits couples years after their wedding to see how their lives and marriages have played out.  The link I have shared is to a trailer for this HBO documentary:

For some reason I resisted watching the DVD "Saving Mr. Banks."  I cannot  tell you why,  perhaps because I thought is would be a silly story about Mary Poppins.  Yes, it is about Mary Poppins but it definitely is not silly.  I have linked below to an online review site:

I enjoy listening to books on CD while driving, especially when I will be in the car for a few hours.  I am currently listening to Mindy Kalings book "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?" and it is beyond hilarious:

What have you read and/or watched lately that you enjoyed?  Please share your recommendations in the comments section below.

Saturday, July 5, 2014


Love this chocolate brown maxi dress from Anthropologie.  Have you noticed how difficult it is find clothing in a true brown?

I NEED, WANT, DESIRE, HAVE TO OWN this darling lampshade (when it goes on a 50% off sale, that is, please please Anthropologie, make this happen).  Seriously isn't this just the cutest, happiest little shade you have ever seen???

Love this Kate Spade dress for someone (not me, that is for sure).  It would be adorable for a rehearsal dinner or fancy party:

Thank you Kate Spade for this fabulous thought:

Wednesday, July 2, 2014


No excuses, life has been busy and blogging has not been at the top of my priority list this summer.  However I realize I miss it and so..... here we go ..........again...........................

I think the debate will go on forever:

Lets drop the topic of guilt and instead focus on happiness:

Getting ready for a serious closet clean out and this article helped me decide what stays and what goes:

I have been focused on sprucing up our home the past few months.  Enjoyed this post from one of my favorite blogs: