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Christmas ideas for the girly girls in your life (college age)…


brooke comes home in 3 days.


i’ve already done a lot of my holiday shopping.  when we were in CA visiting her it was easy.  she’s a true CA girl.

but in the meantime it was fun looking on line and finding some other things that might just come in handy this Christmas or maybe for her birthday in may.  and some of these items i actually  bought her.  but can’t tell you because there is a slight chance she’s reading this.


first thing she said to me the other night when we were facetiming… “mom, please get me some snuggy pajamas so i can stay warm in my bed when i come home… and food.  get good food.”  (enter code SHIP50 for free shipping on orders over $50)


do your kids believe that when they cannot find any of their chargers for their phone that yours is theirs… no matter what… even if you need to use it…?  thank goodness for hsn today.  saw these on tv and snagged them right away.  they can bling them up with skateboarding stickers like they do to their water bottles.


bose speakers.  yep.  so everyone can blast their music from their rooms during Christmas break.  that’s ok, i’ll take them here under my roof for two weeks any way i can.  love those kids of mine… and most of their music.  or  or


while we are talking about electronics…. aren’t these the cutest little things you’ve ever seen?  phone bling.  and they are less than $2 each.  worth ordering even if they don’t look like the photo. who can turn down a cute kitty.  and i hear elephants are supposed to bring good luck.


usb drives as jewelry?  well, hello.  why not?


chocolate gummy bears.  i don’t have to say another word!

find them at your local mall candy shop and buy them by the pound.  or go to


she just can’t eat chocolate gummie bears all day long.  well, maybe not.  haha.  she’s a great little cook but what an awesome idea.  they have a trader joes on every street corner around her neighborhood.  well, practically. (although it said unavailable…. i’m going to drive to our local trader joes this week)

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alex and ani.  I love their jewelry.  every time i go into nordstrom, it’s the first thing i see as i walk in.  and it makes me happy. i think i’m going to get brookie and i matching bracelets this year.  good luck is a great statement for 2016!  and “completely blessed” is exactly how i feel this year.  i just wish they had one that said “lotto winner” (and it came with a winning lotto ticket).  or

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i think this is the sweetest idea.  coordinate bracelets.  you can engrave your addresses where you have lived (or meaningful places) to your jewelry.  love.  love.  love.  or lots of custom ones on


brooke always said she wanted to marry a mlb player one day.   until then, she can wear this tee while watching college games.  oh, did i mention i had a slight fascination with those cute baseball boys when i was in college?


she always talks about getting a little fish of her own.  the kids gave me one for Christmas last year.  he is a blue beta fish.  his name is russel wilson.  yep, after the seattle seahawks quarterback.  and yes, he’s still with us.  isn’t this the cutest fish tank?  hmmmm… maybe when i go back to CA with her in January to set up her place.


these are so cute.  i love anything from Nordstrom.  and she does too.  their home department is so much fun to walk into.  especially in the big cities.  or if you are in tacoma, wa please see my friend theresa and buy something!!  she works on commission.


everyone needs notepads.  everyone.


and pencils.  lots of pencils.  with happy sayings on them.


brooke has an instax camera.  i actually bought it at our local michaels craft store.  they were on sale.  she uses it all of the time and hangs the photos from black and white string and little fun clips.  while searching online,  i found this instax printer.  it can take any of your smart phone photos and print onto that type of paper.  love it.  or go to your local michaels craft store and support your crafty friends.


i think lockets are so special.  my parents gave me one when i was little.

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i have this thing about “supporting your local businesses”.  people in our area have been very good to me.  and i like to return the favor.  frankie boutique is one of the cutest little shops in gig harbor.  brooke finds many items on each visit.  as a matter of fact, we bought her CA necklace there for her graduation.  and it dawned on me she does not have a WA one. (type in frankie boutique and “like” them)


i know.  this is a lot more than what i posted for the boy section.  buy hey, shopping for girls is so much more fun.  admit it.  oh, and in case she is reading this… brooke, you are not getting everything on this post…haha.

happy monday.


I can’t wait for our mother/daughter Christmas moment…

brookie comes home in 9 days.


i want to decorate her room.

i always put twinkle lights in my kids rooms.  have since they were little.  it’s a sign of the holidays.

thanks for the idea


and bake her a cake.

our family loves cake.  a lot.  it’s our thing.

thanks for the yummy photo

she has requested “time with mom” and “good food”.

i can do that.

and i can’t wait.

i need those things too.

happy tuesday.


did someone ask me to help plan a PINK party…

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a party?  ok.  a PINK party?  heck ya!!

my aunt called me and asked if i’d help her plan a party for my cousin’s youngest daughter.  her name is Annika.  we call her anni.  she has a heart like no other.  she’s a lover of God.  she’s a friend to many.  she always puts family first.  she loves deeply.  she hugs large.  she would do anything for the ones she loves…. and probably for most strangers if asked.

anni lost her mom a few years ago.  over night.  shocked everyone.  and truthfully i believe it’s what made our empire of women in the family who we are today.  we all do for each other.  anni is the one who grieves openly.  she puts it out on social media.  she talks about her mom all of the time.  I love it.  she’s doing great.  she’s a senior in college.  she’s smart and beautiful (inside and out).  she has a smile and a laugh that draws you in.  so, it was so much fun to hear we are planning a party for her.  cousin Chrissy will be smiling down on us the whole time.  she is so proud of her kids. all 4 of them.  but Annika is the one that actually asked her grammie (my aunt) if we could gather the girls and celebrate her day.  and don’t worry, we will make everything happy and pink.  just the way anni will love it.

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it was a no brainer that i said YES to help being a party planner.  i was just supposed to plan the pedicure appointments.  that seemed easy enough.  one phone call.  done.  but that’s not my style.

suddenly i find myself out today looking for pink things.  it was so much fun.  i had forgotten how much i like pink!  i think we all need to get our pedicures in various shades of pink.

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if i had a pair of these i swear i would wear them.  i love them.  pink converse.  yes, please.  hint hint for Christmas to my family perhaps?

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i think we should get these for everyone attending the party.  cheap.  cute.  who doesn’t need flip flops?

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and if we were wearing flip flops, Annika would be so cold.  she would need a pink furry soft princess blanket to cuddle up in.  after all, the day time pedicure has now turned into a sleepover.

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i might just have to splurge and get these jammies.  ok, tracy.  this party is not for you.  maybe i’ll get anni the jammies.  everyone likes to receive a victorias secret pink bag.

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how cute are these cups?  pink solo cups.  add white dots.  the kind you buy at the office supply store for your yearly garage sale.  i probably have a few thousand of them somewhere in our garage or our kitchen junk drawer.  just have to find the cups.

www,  this will find solo cups in all colors.  i love google. and i love crafting.

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and i love this cake plate.  but that would be for me.  one day.  when i can convince my husband that pink looks great in a kitchen.  i mean, who would even notice.  everything is mismatched around here anyway.

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can you imagine if i bought this and brought it.  haha.  wishful thinking.  but my oh my i want this for my little cottage on the water some day.  some day, pretty please?

december6 pinkricekrispie

hello yum.

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we could play music all night long.  we have old records at our family beach place.  frank Sinatra.  sugar hill gang.  good classics.  actually, brooke has asked for one of these for the past two years.  hmmmm.  possible gift?

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can you imagine if i bought this for Annika?  she would probably hang it above her dorm room bed.  i love it.  now i want a pink room.  can i just please have a pink closet?  with a pink velvet chair?  and a pink unicorn head?

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i need to start thinking of gifts.  these are $12 on etsy.  or if you go to oriental trading you can order them with your own sayings, or personalize with a name.  or


i’m done.

i’m pinked out.

i can hardly wait for the party.

i’ll take one of everything above.  please AND thank you.

happy monday.


i’m dreaming of a fisher Christmas…


‘dreaming’ is the key word here.

a fisher Christmas consists of whatever i happen to do to make it festive at the time.

each year it is different.

one year we had a hula hoop tree with lights hanging from the ceiling (thought it was a good idea at the time… should have just bought a tree).

most years we have fresh cut trees. we buy from our friends tree lot.  i like to support local families.  and to be honest with you, i feel sorry for the trees that are already cut down.  they need a home.  i don’t like to think of the ones that don’t get chosen by a family.  makes me sad.  every tree deserves a happy home.

last year someone gave us a fake tree they didn’t want anymore.  apparently they wanted a bigger one.  well, we live in a ranch style home.  not much room for a huge tree.  so we said yes, thank you.  yep, that’s the one we are using this year.

but i thought i’d do a little dreaming… just for fun… of what i’d like to see in my home one day.

just one Christmas morning i’d like to wake up with a decorated kitchen… instead of dishes in the sink from the casserole i insisted on making at midnight on Christmas eve after wrapping all of the presents.

thanks for the idea


i’ve always wanted a deer head, or big blue marlin, on my mantel.

i think it’s cool.

no animal would be hurt in making it though.

thanks for the idea


just once i’d like to make cookies that looked like these.  and tasted delicious.

thanks for the idea


but I know i could make these.  it appears all i have to do is go to the store and buy oreos, candy canes and white chocolate.

I could so handle that project.

thanks for the recipe


and why can’t my gifts look like this?

although i do have to admit, i buy really cute wrapping paper.  but then neglect the ribbon because a) it’s so expensive and b) it’s usually past midnight on Christmas eve when i am wrapping.  so what’s the point?  unless you are photographing your home for a magazine.  and that probably won’t be happening here this year.  haha

thanks for the pretty gift ideas  and


i know this is random.  and i’m not really sure what i would do with it.  but i think this garland of pom pom’s are so much fun.  they remind me of when i was a kid.  we actually put tinsel on our tree.  along with strung popcorn.  that we did ourselves.  and pricked our fingers on the needles.  and actually popped our own popcorn.  the microwave was not invented yet.  i loved our family trees.  we all had our own ornaments as kids.  we loved opening that box every year.  well, at least i did.

thanks for the fun idea


i want. i want. i want.

a big fireplace like my grandpa and grandma had.

and someone to come over and hang something fabulous like this.

thanks for the dream



oh ya.

peppermint cheesecake cake.

need i say more?

thanks for the photo and recipe

now, can someone make this for me and bring it over.  with a bottle of champagne.


any way you look at Christmas, it’s truly a time of giving thanks to God.  and remembering those you love.  and loving those you are with.  and finding meaning in the simple things.

happy thursday.


the 2015 thanksgiving torch has been passed to us…

are you ready, dolly???

i just found out last night that my aunt and mom have passed the torch to the next generation.

how come i suddenly fell like i am 15 and can’t live up to their expectations.  they are the ultimate hostesses with the mostess.  they have flair.  and don’t sweat.  and don’t get grumpy.  and for some reason can get an entire dinner onto the buffet at the same time and nothing is cold.  how do they do that?

hmmm.  not sure it’s fair.

there are only 2 of us girls.  and our 3 daughters.

the rest are all boys (men).

and let’s be honest, the men are not quite ready yet to make a feast of anything other that dip and chips, salsa and chips, yep… anything with chips.  and maybe a little spray cheese on crackers (by the way, my kids introduced me to that stuff recently… yum.  seriously.)

hey, maybe they could do the dishes.  YES!

it’s up to us, dolly and girls.

we can do it.

and here are a few ideas…


if it were up to me, i’d decorate the table in all white and shades of tan.  gorgeous.  thank goodness it’s not at my house this year.  i’d have a hard enough time finding 15 plates that weren’t chipped or had some foreign spot on them.  and forget about silverware.  it wouldn’t match at all.  thank goodness my aunt is hosting.  in her wonderful home in so cali.  she has everything.

thanks for the idea


i would love to put something like this on the table.  i’m curious what each generation would say.

thanks for the idea


how awesome is this table.  i mean really, would we even need nice plates and utensils?  they are already drawn in.  i think you could use fancy disposable chinette and those silver throw away cutlery… and plastic cups.  you know the kind… with the fake crystal details.  oh, so my kind of table.  why?  do you need to ask?  no dishes to wash!!  but then what would our kids do?

thanks for the idea


and there is pink.  i just love pink.  it makes me happy.  not sure we could pull this off for thanksgiving… but hey, Christmas is right around the corner.  hot pink and lime green.   yep.  that’s it.  ok, who am i kidding.  we will be eating in front of the tv, watching football and holiday shows, on our chipped plates i talked about earlier.

thanks for the idea for my own personal Christmas table

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can you imagine if dolly and i wore these tee’s as we were cooking?  with waist aprons on?  i wonder if i could get them overnighted to us.  really tracy?  don’t you have 8 santa paintings to finish tonight?  how about next year?

love all of your tees

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there will be wine.  i do know that for sure.  there always is.  the best part?  the two grandpas have wine cellars.  and their taste in wine is so much better than mine.  my palate is that of a 1987 Washington Statue University college grad.  $10 bottles of wine are fine with me.  to be honest with you i usually choose my wine for the label.  the label tells the story.  but if you have a chance, join us in giving thanks with a bottle of Tobin James.  it’s always poured at our table on this special day.  for some reason it became tradition.  we even named our appetizer in the form of a turkey “tobin the turkey”… then ate him.

must needed site for favorites if you drink wine

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i love this game.  hoping to find it on our drive  up the coast wednesday.  best questions ever.  and it beats hours of football!

thanks to my fav site for quick ordering and shipping


just a few more days.

this year i am so very grateful.

as we will be missing a few very important family members who are smiling down from heaven, and a few who could not join us, and to the new baby born into our other side of the family, we raise a toast to family and love.

happy monday.


i am crafty. i’ll bet you are too…


i’m going out to the beach this winter and gathering rocks.  lots of rocks.  heart shaped.  wishing ones with circles.  all kinds.  and i’m making a bowl of these.  and when someone needs a few words of encouragement (including myself) i will give them away one by one through the year.  then gather more when they are gone.

thanks for the idea:

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our kitchen table is round.  it’s chocolate brown.  and white leather chairs.  i love it.  but the table has a huge piece of glass on top.  i’m always washing it.  then it dawned on me… wouldn’t it always be sparkly clean if i put a whole bunch of black and white photos underneath the glass?  well, maybe.  at least it wouldn’t look as dirty or smudged.

thanks for the idea:

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i love watches.  so does greg.  what a fabulous idea for our bedroom or bathroom.  that way we can see what we actually have.  and wear them all.

thanks for the idea:

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love love love this idea.  photos in one frame.  i need to do this for brookie for Christmas.  maybe one for my mom too for all of the CA trips we take.  we have such great memories and photos.  but the photos just sit in a box.  i need to get them out quick and get started on this project.  maybe even one for mason of all of his sports over the last 15 years.  love!

thanks for the idea:


speaking of gifts.  i just found brookie’s G-EASY ticket from last years concert.  well, it’s actually a print out from the computer.  why don’t they hand out tickets like they used to.  remember all of those years when you had to actually stand in line and pay for one with cash?  and if you couldn’t get one,  you had to call radio stations for hours hoping you’d win a ticket or two (um, I never won.  that’s a bummer).  but i’ve always wanted to do this for her.  i wish i’d saved my old concert tickets and i’d decorate my house with tickets from fleetwood mac, poison, brett michaels, some random country guy who is probably famous now that we went to see on a whim, hewey lewis, neil diamond (haha…  my ex boyfriends mom took me), keith urban, and so many others i can’t even remember now because i’m so angry i didn’t save the tickets.  this could also be cool for washington state football tickets and seahawks tickets too!

p.s.  i swear i did go to some really cool concerts.  i just can’t remember.  it’s been too long.

thanks for the idea: (forgot to write the name of the site down, but you can find it)


i’m so excited to get crafty again.

happy friday.


yum yum bubble gum…


so, did you hear?

they sprayed down the iconic seattle bubble gum wall this week.

not sure why.  just know they did.  and while we were having our girls weekend away last weekend, i snuck away and took a photo in front of a section of the wall.  blurry.  why?  because we went to bed at 4am the night before.  long story.  no asking.  that’s why the makeup and hair and eyes and smile are somehow faded.  i was tired.  very tired.  but not tired enough to snap this photo.  yay me.

bubble gum was something special when i was a kid.  my dad was a dentist.  he considered sugar free trident gum to be a treat.  it wasn’t.  just sayin.  we were friends with the wrigley family…. yes, wrigley chewing gum.  and they gave us tons of it when we visited.  as much as we could hide from our parents when it was time to leave.  good memories.  steve, if you are reading this… thank you.  i loved your parents and had a lot of fun there as a kid.

in honor of bubble gum, here are a few ways i can see myself enjoying it as an adult (as i chew my trident gum, which i like now).


voodoo doughnuts in Portland.

i always add one of these to our dozen just because they are so cute.


how cute is this?  i want one for my next birthday.  in march.  hint hint, kids.


in the meantime, i might just buy one of these for our home.  love it.  of course i will fill it with pink bubble gum balls.  or turquoise.  or green.  maybe i’ll buy 3.


and today.  oh how i wish today was sunny and i could go get some vanilla ice cream (or chocolate vanilla swirl) and make these.  do the calories count if it is a craft project?  i didn’t think so.

happy tuesday.

remember, you are never too old for bubble gum.


oh how i love you…


i have to make one of these.

and hand it to brookie as she heads back to school after her holiday break.

and yes, i will make mason one too.

would greg want one?

ok, now i’ve got a project on my hand.

maybe i will turn this into a “ladies night out” project/fundraiser.

i’ll keep you posted if i do.

thanks to  for a fun idea.

happy tuesday.


7 things i need for my house NOW…


this piece of art. (my fav artist)

Assignment ID: 30104690A Great Homes Brussles - Home / Watertower in Belgium Photo by Andreas Meichsner NYTCREDIT: Andreas Meichsner for The New York Times

kitty litter box hider.


omg… want and need in FISHER or FFFF for my kitchen. (don’t understand her language, but LOVE her site)


this gigantic mirror… and white flowers of course.


the sweetest bath mat.  at one of my favorite stores.

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awesome photos of our life in one room.  the “thinking room” as my dad used to call it.

i can do this project myself.

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sure, why not throw in the gorgeous chandelier while i’m at it.

love! (fun website)


can i please just win lotto?????

happy tuesday.


it’s halloween in 2 days? nobody told me…


and it’s also mason’s 15th bday.

we used to have huge parties at our house.  lots of people came.  opened our doors every halloween for over 10 years.  sandwiches, chips, pop & adult bevies… and a cake made of anything other than cake mix.  one year donuts.  one year twinkies.  one year swiss rolls.  one year oreos.  never real cake.  now he has grown up.  he’s a man.  not really… still my baby.

holy cow.  where did time go?

i do know one thing…

everyone in our family gets a donut on their birthday.


whether i have to go to the store in the pouring down rain the night before to choose from the ones that were left, or if i can get my act together and get up at 5:00am and go get a fresh one, they will get woken up with a donut and a lit candle on top.

and yes, i do sing to them.  whether they like it or not.  i think they secretly love it.

it’s my one tradition i never forget.

(thank you for reminding me)


omg.  yes.  gotta make some of these.  way cool.



if they are lucky i will make these too.  yummo.



just noticed we don’t have one pumpkin on the porch this year.

what is my problem?

with brooke in college, greg working 2 hours away, and mason having a big social life… do i really need to carve a pumpkin?

i might just carve a pineapple.



swamp juice.  this one’s for me.

( for recipe)

i love gummy worms.  i love lime.  the only thing i’d do differently is i’d add just a tad (or more) of frozen vodka.



that’s it.

not a very crazy halloween around here this year.

we were invited to a party but greg has to work this weekend.  and he got asked by his old high school buddies to go to the UW football game.  um, i’m a WSU cougar so i don’t usually attend them.  and really, to be honest with you, a rainy, cold college football game with 4 old HS friends really doesn’t sound like my best night ever… so i said no to the couples costume party.  i mean really… who goes to a halloween party alone?  do they?  should i?  i don’t know.  got an offer from a friend to whoop it up somewhere local.  hmmm.

decisions.  decisions.

speaking of decisions.  so proud of my stud kid.  he was invited to a party at his new school by some girls.  he was really excited.  then got invited to another party at his old school also by some girls.  HEY, what’s with the girls???  his friends bailed on him to go to the second party.  and he said he’d already told the first party he’d show up.  wow, didn’t know he had that in him.  stuck with his guns.  i even told him i’d pick him up and drive him to the other party which is in the neighborhood next door.  maybe.  but he said he made a commitment.  and my answer to him was… good boy… you are true to your word… that is one of his strongest traits to be honest with you… and he would have done the same if he were invited to the other party first.   i told  him this is where really cool things happen… like you meet the girl of your dreams… or you make some fun friends… or something… it’s just fun to see what is in store.  have fun. oh, my sweet halloween birthday boy.  i love you.

probably should tell these new girls.  gotta find out who they are first.  haha.

and brooke… our sweet brooke.  called the other night needing costume ideas for a few guy friends of hers.  we searched pinterest and chatted for an hour.  ok, i searched pinterest while she talked and did her thing on the other side of the screen.  i love facetime.  best invention ever!  can’t wait to see what they all wear.

hope your halloween is fun and happy.

when my family is happy, i’m happy.

so, looks like it’s going to be a good one this year.

gotta run… getting ingredients for the swamp juice.  if nothing else, that’s what i’m doing for halloween.

happy thursday.