Category Archives: i buy

say “cheese”…


omG…. so true!

i went through my phase of “fake butter in a tub” in college.  truthfully i just didn’t know the difference.  and i was poor.  and i don’t even recall eating much butter.  the only time i purchased real butter was when we made popcorn (in our 70’s air popper… the one with the dome lid and you melt the butter on top as it’s popping).  my dad always said “ONLY use real butter, and a slight shake or two of salt when making popcorn. no subsitutions.”

i just went through a conversation about “fake friends” with my kids.  that was interesting to say the least.  haha.  good news is that they do know who their true friends are.


and cheese…



i’ve said it over and over again…

i like appetizers and desserts.

my new fav.  originally found in southern CA last fall.  just found it locally.  i’m very excited.  garlic basil cheese.  delish.

i say always go for the “real stuff”…. butter, friends and cheese!

happy friday.



we might be moving???



i want these bar stools.  even better yet, by a pool, at a bar….


we’ve been wanting to sell our home for awhile.

brooke goes to college this fall.  greg got a new job 2 hours north.  and mason plays baseball 40 minutes away.  and me?  well, i can paint anywhere.

why do we live in a house with a big yard?  with weeding that is never ending?  and a living room that nobody uses?

times change.  we are in a new season.

and my personal dream is to rent a little beach house somewhere.

so, today when greg and i just happened to be having coffee at a little coffee shop by our house.  let me say it isn’t very often we both go out for coffee.  and this dear old friend of mine walked in.  and we got to chatting.  and she said a friend of hers is looking to move to our area with their kids.  really?  do things happen like this out of the blue?  this is the perfect home for a family with little kids.  our neighborhood is amazing.  filled with kids, fun families.  the kind like we all grew up in … it’s gated so you can play all night until your parents call you in.  and everyone knows each other.  you can borrow sugar and t.p. from the person next door…haha.

oh, boy.  this sounds like we need to stay!  but, it’s time.  time for a new phase in life.

so, we will see.

until then, i got on pinterest and found a few fun things i want in my new place.  and i don’t want to forget.  because they are so cool…




















that’s a start.

i’ll let you know what happens with our home 🙂

happy monday.


i want. i want. i want.


that was a long break.

i know.

i needed it.

soooooo much going on.  and these next few weeks i ill update you as much as i can.

but for now, i have to show  you these cute mugs ( i want one so bad!

while looking through pinterest, as i do whenever i’m overwhelmed and in need of calm, i found these.

i must get the “T” mug.

and a “B” mug for brookie’s dorm room (yes, she picked a college, yes i’ll get to that in a day or two).

i’m so excited my creative streak is back.

i missed it a lot.

happy wednesday.


why do kids only get a time out…


i want a time out.

can’t use the car.

can’t come out of my room.

can’t answer the phone.

just “don’t do anything”… you hear me???

sounds like a perfect weekend to me!

happy friday.


ps….. I just discovered this artist… ASHLEY LONGSHORE.  my new favorite obsession.  take a peek at her art.  you will love it too.  I promise.

the BEST cookies ever. just ask my kids…


i love girl scout season.

those little girls are so sweet.  so cute.  i actually like them outside the stores.  i appreciate when kids have to actually sell something face to face to reach their goal.  nobody wants to do that anymore.  yes, i’m old school.  and proud of it.

in order to make them all happy, I buy a box of Thin Mints from each visit and store in my freezer so I can make these cookies all year long.


1 c. butter, softened

1 small pkg Instant Vanilla Pudding mix

3/4 c. brown sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

2 large eggs

2 1/4 (although i use close to 2 1/2) c. flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 sleeve Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies (about 16 cookies), lightly crushed

– mix butter and dry pudding mix.  add vanilla and brown sugar.  add eggs one at a time.  mix until fluffy.  mix in flour, baking soda and salt.  Mix well.  Lightly fold in Thin Mints.  Roll into balls.  Bake in preheated 375 oven for 9-10 minutes.  EAT!

when my kids see the girl scouts… they yell, “mom, did you see?  girl scout cookies!  can you make your cookies?”

and i do.

happy monday.