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i’m obsessed with baseball tee’s…



i wish i had this for tonight.

because i am at home.

yes, on a friday night.

home alone.  greg at work until tomorrow night.  kids at friends homes.  and i am painting away.  but it would be so much for fun to paint in this tee.  I am going to order it in the new year.  available at


i do have wine though.

and i do have this tee.

i ordered it a few months back from  love love love it.  wear it all of the time.  people ask where i got it.  i tell them i saw it on facebook and for the first time in my life got out my wallet and said “that is mine!”.




then there is this favorite.

i am a california girl.  born in laguna beach.  i had to have it.  once i found out brooke would be moving to california next fall, i ordered it for her.  and of course i said to myself, “why not… get one for yourself.”  and i did.  from  my favorite part is the story of the girls who own this company.  i’m jealous.  i wish i had done that when i was younger.  dream big… reach for the stars!



and last but not least, my fav that i do not own yet.

i am waiting for baseball season to start.  the actual games.  so i can wear it with my converse sneakers and rolled up jeans.  i will be pulling up in a month or two and will wait patiently for my favorite UPS man.  yay.

happy friday.



8 Christmas ideas within my $50 limit…

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hint hint greg and kids!

years ago my husband and i made a deal that when Christmas came we would only spend $50 on each other.  but the deal is… you have to buy at least two things and one of them should be somewhat sentimental (meaning not all joke items).

Christmas gets too commercial.  now, don’t get me wrong… i’d LOVE to have expensive gifts under the tree waiting for me.  But i’d rather spend our money on the occasional vacation and our kids’ sports (oh boy, that’s a whole different topic all together).  in the end, it make us have to be aware of the money we spend this time of year.  and it is kind of a fun tradition.  we’ve had many friends tell us they wish they could do this.  try it.  it’s fun!  i dare you to try to buy two gifts (or more) for under $50 for your spouse.  it takes some thought and a little time.  and isn’t that what the holidays are all about?

1. JAR OF LOVE NOTES.  free!  we have old mason jars in the garage.  i have lots of ribbon and paper somewhere in my studio.  this would probably be my #1 choice of a gift from my family this year.

2. ALEX AND ANI BRACELETS.  i love these.  i actually own a few.  i got the gold “good luck 4 leaf clover” from my friends for my 50th.  and greg and the kids bought me the same one in silver to match my amazing watch (okay, so we don’t have a $50 limit for birthdays… especially 50th).  i like the birthstone and initial ones.  available online ( or at nordstrom (

3. CONVERSE TENNIES.  in tiffany blue.  or turquoise.  whatever you want to name the color… i love them.  fresh.  cute.  reminds me of spring.  perfect for some rolled up jeans and a new white tee.  this is probably what i will receive since my daughter has decided that her size 9 foot fits perfect in my 9.5 shoes (if she ties them tight).  available everywhere at our local mall.  trust me.  i’ve seen them and have tried so hard not to buy them… in hopes i will get some (remember, size 9.5) for Christmas or my bday in march.

4. A GOLDFISH NAMED SHIRLEY.  I spent the night in Seattle a few weeks back with some friends.  We stayed at Hotel Monaco (  Loved it.  A kitsy, fun, funky hotel.  And our room came with a pet.  Her name was Shirley.  She was the biggest goldfish I’ve ever seen.  In a Lucite bowl.  I was so sad when I had to give her back upon checkout.  I am sure you can find one at Petco.

5.  COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS PILLOW.  i’ve been wanting this pillow ever since it came out.  my fav designers of all times, the novogratz family (  I think the words say it all!

6.  AMAZING GRACE.  i love love love this perfume, cologne, whatever it is.  fresh.  soft.  girly.  flirty.  i love it.  i ask for it every year and they get it for me.  i sooooo hope they remember again because i am almost out.  it’s only $10 at sephora at our local mall.

7.  WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE book by oprah winfrey.  who doesn’t love oprah?  she is so inspiring.  for years i subscribed to her magazine and the first thing i did when opening up the mailbox was turn to the last page and read the article, “what i know for sure”.  ironically, it almost always was “right on” for what i was going through in life.  available at amazon (

8.  INITIAL NOTE CARDS.  i have a slight obsession with kate spade products.  do you know it’s the first store (followed close behind by anthropologie and francesca’s) I run to on el oaseo when we arrive in Palm desert every year.  i was so excited to see these are only $25.  i’d want the “T” cards, of course.  available at

well, this got me thinking.  i’d better get to my shopping.  i have a $50 bill to spend on greg.

happy wednesday.