Christmas on the beach…


i am a beach girl at heart.

don’t get me wrong, i love my Christmas moments in the pacific northwest… but oh this photo above makes me want to spend Christmas on the beach… in an old vw bus (make mine turquoise)… while i play a guitar (I guess i’d better learn how)… with champagne uncorked… and a bright beach blanket… and summer clothes on… and beat up leather puffs to sit on… and fun shiny objects just sitting there doing nothing other than making me smile.

now, that would be my dream Christmas.  with my family, of course.

love the idea

happy wednesday.


an angel and a snowman walked into a bar…

ok, that was supposed to be funny.

but actually an angel and a snowman were painted and went to good homes.


this one went to an angel of a gal.  an amazing mom of 4 and a wife to a man that i used to babysit when i was a kid.  funny how we all grow up into adults.  he is a dentist now.  how does that happen.  anyway, she is an angel to many.  and this fit her perfectly.  wish you could read all of the words, but my photography skills aren’t what they used to be.  i need to get a real camera.  these phone cameras just don’t do artwork justice.  merry Christmas bradie and family.  you are loved.


this one went to a family who decorates their home like nobody else i know.  i love it.  we have been known to secretly rearrange their reindeer in their front yard into inappropriate scenes.  all my husband and sons idea.  haha.  i learned when starting this piece that the husband’s father started the decorating tradition with him when he was a young boy.  and he just lost his father.  when i found this poem on line “Let every day be Christmas…” i knew it had to be the focus.  and it’s so true.  merry Christmas gehring family.  enjoy the holidays with all of your fun décor.

both families have said they want to hang these all year round.

i think i need a piece of Christmas art to hang all year round.  great idea.

happy tuesday.


oh night divine…

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so many wonderful songs this time of year.

we just listened to a few of the classics in our car on the way out to dinner.  brooke wanted steak.  a good steak.  hadn’t had “real food” (as she calls it) for months.  just as we were leaving our house, my mom and her husband stopped by.  what amazing timing.  they hadn’t eaten.  so we all went out.  for “good food”.  it was nice spending time with family.

and the awesome thing is, when we got back into the car, the same Christmas music was on.  waiting for us.

it brought back some nice memories.

when i was a little girl, our family used to go to midnight church on Christmas eve.  technically it was 11pm, but by the time they sang the last song it was midnight.  every year they would end the service by singing Silent Night.  i would look over at my mom and she would have tears in her eyes.  or at least i think she did.  she wouldn’t let us see them.  i know she was missing her baby.  our little sister.  but she would sing and smile at us.

now that i am older, i get it.

i love that song.

it brings tears to my eyes.

the true meaning of Christmas.  the birth of Jesus.

and being happy for what we have.  and missing those that are no longer with us.  this will be greg’s first Christmas without his mom.  and i know that is okay.  and we are all ok.  and this is the circle of life.

but i will sit back and reflect this year at some point and thank God.  thank him a lot.

so, when those parking lots are full of angry drivers and the stores have long lines… i have changed my bad attitude to… thinking it is really special that people take time out of their hectic schedules to remember someone else.  after all, who would go to target, costco or the mall this week.  most people are there to spend their hard earned money and valuable time to do something nice for someone else.  and that’s pretty cool.

i like that thought.

wishing everyone a little happy this time of year.

happy monday.


frozen peppermint pie. oh my…


hello yummy in my tummy.

funny thing is i do not like candy canes.  if you ask if i’d like a candy cane, or nothing.. i’d choose nothing.  note to self.. fill candy and cookie jars with candy canes next year and i won’t eat any of the candy.  should have done that this year.  oh well.

but i do love candy cane ice cream.

i saw this on a fun site today.  and think i might want to make it.  but if you know me… you would know i would top it with fresh whipped cream as i served it.

oh how my family would love this.

thanks for the recipe

happy sunday.


how much toilet paper can we go thru in 24 hours…


got your attention?

our daughter has been home for only 23 hours.

she ate something and gave us a 45 minute update on her first semester of college.  went out with friends.  came in after i was asleep (i was exhausted after cleaning the house, decorating her room and making her a cake).  left again.  came back for more food.  now gone again overnight.  i think she’ll be back in the morning for more food.

i don’t complain because 1. i am sooooo happy to have her home for two weeks; and 2. i remember coming home from college and doing the same thing in the 80’s.

but the one thing i have noticed is this…

i don’t know what happened but i’ve had to change the tp roll twice.  in 23 hours.

i’m used to just mason and i here at home… and greg on his days in town.  we don’t use much tp.  he’s in school all day.  but for some reason i feel the need to go to Costco tomorrow and buy a huge pack.

not even sure why i’m talking about this.  just an observation.

oh, and did i mention when it needs to be changed everyone just leaves it next to the sink?  yes, the same sink that has a lined garbagecan under it.

oh how i wish they had this funny dinosaur for the back of our toilet.  yep, you get the idea of my decorating style now.

thanks for the fun idea

and welcome home baby girl!!!!!

happy friday.


hello yellow…


i love yellow.  because brooke went through a “yellow” stage when she was little.  she had to wear these yellow jeans every day.  she sees them in photos now and asks why i would dress her like that.  um, hello.  yellow.  your choice.

and she used to sing…  you are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy, when skies are GREG (after her dad) to mason when he was a baby.

so, you ask why i like yellow?

memories of her childhood.  the sun.  it’s a happy color.  just that.

sign available on

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what a great book.  i want it.


i ate lemon pudding cake throughout my whole pregnancy with mason.  even named it “pregnant with mason lemon dessert”

(it’s in my cookbook.  and yes, I have a bout 20 left in stock if anyone needs a Christmas gift.  just email me)

note to self:  make that dessert soon. very soon.

or go to the store and buy lemon gelato.

can make your own if you like.  sounds kind of easy.

thanks for the recipe


i’m smiling just looking at these.

must buy at

fyi… that’s a website i will be spending money on next year.  love the home stuff.


i know i might possibly be the most unorganized person in my home.

hey, you try working out of your home.  easiest to just have one messy place that only i know where things are.  and that is my studio/office in a nutshell.

but i’m good when it comes to organizing for others.  and that makes me happy.  so i might need this.

note to future bosses… i am very organized in the work place!  just wanted to let you know.


love love love.

and it’s from my favorite shop in my favorite town in the world.

thanks tuvalu in laguna beach, ca.

coming to see you next month…


well, it’s raining outside.  again.  like every other day this week.

that’s washington state for you.

maybe i should have put this on my Christmas list.

thanks for making the rain fun


well, i have 10 hours to decorate our home for broooke’s arrival.

gotta get making the popcorn cake i posted about yesterday.

happy thursday.


celebrate with cake…


love this quote.

i actually want to paint it on a canvas for my kitchen some day.

our family loves cake.

don’t quite know when it started but we make lots of cakes.

unless it’s your birthday, you get a donut.

yep.  donut.  not cake.

that’s the way we roll.

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brooke comes home tomorrow night.  yay.  yay.  yay.

what a great excuse to make a cake.

i’ve been wanting to make this cake for years.

never do.

but will do now.

she is worth it.

no eggs in the recipe, but… popcorn, marshmallows, butter, m&m’s, pretzels…. hello, does it get any better than this?

i don’t think so.

thanks for the recipe.

I’ll let you know how it turns out.

happy wednesday.


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.