April 30, 2012

A Little Break


My maternity leave starts now! So excited to be a Momma very soon!
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A Week's Worth

Here are five great outfits, perfect for the warm weather. Better yet, each outfit is under $100!

Monday - Staff Meeting $94.57
    Image 1 of ASOS Cami Top In Rib ACC Black Dangling Drop Earrings
 White Shawl Jacket 49.00 / Black Tank 9.09 / Bermudas 10.00 / Cuff 4.80 / Paisley Mary Janes 19.99 / Earrings 1.69

Tuesday - Lunch in the Park $98.69

Short Leatherette Slouch Boot
 Apericots Natural <em>Cotton Tote</em> With Fishies Print Size One Size

 Eyelet Dress 44.90 / Cowboy Booties 29.50  / Belt 9.50 / Necklace 6.80 / Fishy Tote 7.99

Wednesday - Happy Hour $99.88
Motel Dress Cut Out Sleeveless in StripeAEO Women's <em>Denim Jacket</em> (Medium Rinse)
Large Plastic Hoop Earrings

Burglar Dress 45.45 / Denim Jacket 49.50 / Flip Flops 3.94 / Plastic Hoops 0.99

Thursday - Zumba Class $95.78

Studio 54 SneakerC9 by Champion® Womens Cardio Tank w/Piping - Assorted ColorsDanskin Now - Women's Half-Zip Jersey Active Hoodie

Dance Sneakers 36.55 / Yoga Pants 22.25 / Cardio Top 16.99 / Hoodie 10.00 / Duffle 9.99

Friday  - Date Night $98.09

ASOS Scallop Midi Body-Conscious Dress    ACC  

ACCApt. 9 Camelot Floral Clutch 
Scallop Dress 39.99 /  Peep Toes 29.90 /  Rosettes 3.80 /  Pave Bracelet 10.00 / 
Clutch 14.40

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April 27, 2012

One Dish Lamb Feast

Here is a very simple and delicious lamb dinner recipe with minimal clean-up... all the cooking is done in one dish!

Broiled Lamb with Tomatoes, Potatoes, Garlic and Rosemary

Set your oven to broil on a high temperature (I use the "broil high" setting on my GE oven which, I think, is about 500 degrees)
Chop potatoes into 1/2 inch size pieces and place in your baking dish. I like to pick up one of those little net bags of potatoes from the grocery that are more or less a small potato variety packs.
Add a couple handfuls of coarsly chopped garlic, one pack of whole grape tomatoes and several sprigs of fragrant rosemary. 
Douse everything in the dish liberally in olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Place the dish in the middle shelf of your oven and let the veggies broil for 35 to 40 minutes.
When the potatoes start seem crispy on the edges and the tomatoes and garlic have acquired some blisters, remove the dish from the oven and add your lamb loin chops to the mix.
Place the dish on the top shelf of the oven and broil the lamb and veggies for three minutes (for medium rare), remove the dish, flip the chops and return the dish to the oven for another 3 minutes. Remove and let everything rest for about five minutes.
Add a chop and a nice heap of the potatoes, tomatoes, garlic and rosemary to your plate and enjoy this rustic, rich and EASY dinner. 


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April 26, 2012

3 Dining Room Ideas

Here are three very different, stylish and affordable dining room ideas for you.

Elegantly Rustic 

Exeter 5-Jar Pendant Sanctuary Dinnerware

Hand-woven Braided Jute Rug (5' x 8')
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Chicly Minimalist
MASKROS Pendant lamp IKEA Projects decorative patterns onto the ceiling and on the wall.Coupe Square Dinnerware


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Eclecticly Modern
Possini Euro Design Bubble Cascade Pendant Light
TORSBY Dining table IKEA Table surface with clear lacquer finish; simply wipes clean.  
Walk On Me Animal Zebra Narrow Stripe Novelty Rug

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There's a Panda on my Couch!

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April 25, 2012

Bunnies By the Bay

I had the incredible good fortune to work at a wonderful company called Bunnies By the Bay when Patton and I were living in beautiful Anacortes, Washington. If you aren't familiar with Bunnies, they make the most adorable and the absolute softest baby clothes and gifts I have ever seen.

Cuddle Coat
Rutabaga Bunny

The company has a truly amazing story and is made up of some of the sweetest, extremely creative and most unique people I will probably ever meet.

In addition to learning a ton about how a successful small business works, managing a retail store, working with a group of creative people to come up with terrific designs and having those designs manufactured, Bunnies By the Bay gave me something even more.

Buddy Blanket
Chaseball Blanket

I moved from my home in West Chester, PA all the way to a little island north of Seattle after I got married. I didn't know a single person there and my husband spent a lot of time travelling (he was a Naval aviator at the time and gone for months and months at a time).  The lovely folks at Bunnies gave me a great series of different jobs during my four years there (they even welcomed Goalie as a member of the team and he loved running around the beautiful old barn of a workshop on Fidalgo Bay). They made my life so much easier, less lonely, and more fun than it otherwise would have been living so far from family and friends. It meant so much more to me than I think any of my Bunny friends will ever know.

Bundle Set
Lulla Bug A Bye Binkie

I am so excited for Lucy to arrive and can't wait to get her all dolled up in adorable creations from Bunnies By the Bay, each of them made with lots of love and glad dreams.


Cuddle Toe Slippers

Next time you are in New York City stop by Bunnies By the Bay's "store within a store" at the legendary FAO Schwarz!

 Check out what the amazingly talented Bunnies are up to today

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