Friday, August 30, 2013

Recipe for a Quick Beach Getaway.

Step 1:
Start with a early morning & a long car ride....


...until you hit the sweet sight of sunshine & palm trees and the sounds of the ocean.(much better than fast food bags and whiny children.)


Step 2:
Throw in two days of of sun, sand, salty water, & smiles:







 














  
Step 3:
Add in late night beach walk and one shining moon...

Step 4:  
Say goodbye till next year.



Sunday, August 25, 2013

I used to hate the color gold...

When we bought our house, I hated the color gold. Really - it was like one of the first things I swore I was going to wipe out when we first moved in. (Of course, I still haven't wiped out all of those lovely builder grade gold fixtures but I'm working on it one at a time.) Anytime I saw something gold, I cringed a little. Lately, I've seen quite a few "pins" about using gold as an accent and I noticed that I stopped cringing as much. Eventually, I thought to myself "maybe it's not that bad." Don't get me wrong - I still cringe at builder grade "gold" but I've seen that when used correctly with the right accents & the right colors - it can actually really enhance a piece or a room.

Now onto my example - what I will call my happy little accident table.

 
I bought this little gal for $8 at a thrift store last year. I don't know why - I wasn't even sure I liked it so it sat and sat and sat for months until I finally decided that I needed to do something with it. I've been wanting a red accent piece for my living room and I needed another lamp for the evenings so I thought "why not?". I headed out to Lowes, found a deep red color swatch, and went home to promptly start painting.....where I discovered that what I swore was deep red in the store was actually a hot pink/coral. Oops.

In comes the dreaded gold: I remembered that I had a can of gold spray paint I inherited and thought I'd never use but also couldn't stand to just throw out. (To the other members of the "I can't throw it away because I might use it one day: this is a perfect example to our husbands of why our argument is valid.)

Coral/pink + gold = good.


The best way I could accomplish the combination of spray paint and regular paint is that I tackled the spray paint areas first and then applied the regular paint in the other areas. I also used 18 Qtips and several un-ladylike words attacking the areas where the paints would intersect.


It's good, yea? She won't work in my living room anymore but she'll work perfect in my bright colored eclectic dining room/office combo once it's finished. It's the one room where I let my love for bright colors overtake. ;)

 Really what do you think...is gold a yay or nay for you?

Monday, August 5, 2013

All You Need is Sunshine.

Is it really August already?! Ay. Yi. Yi. Kids here all went back to school today...yes, school time. Where has summer gone? No joke. I feel like I've completely missed it. I haven't even gotten a tan.

Which quickly brings me to what I did all day yesterday....

Sometimes the day just calls for a bikini and tanning oil.
To be a little more accurate, I spent my entire day at my Mom's at the pool in the sun with my Zeke. This particular picture just happened to be while he was "napping" (I use that term loosely since Mom said napping meant he threw pillows in the air and talked.)

The sun was beating down, the pool was cool, the kid was happy, the Vitamin D was coursing through my veins. It was so refreshing.

I mean...I honestly didn't realize that I haven't really had one entire day of just fun and sun all summer. It's been so full of work and the other stuff life throws at you that somehow it just never happened. In fact, I couldn't remember the last time I just spent a day doing...nothing or a day just having fun with Zeke minus distractions. You need those days, ya know? The funny thing was that I didn't even realize that I wasn't taking hardly any time for myself or for Zeke & I just to have fun together. It didn't even dawn on me until I was driving home, windows down, hair all crazy flipping in wind, & singing that I was more relaxed than I had been in a long time.

I've got about a month of summer and a couple months of fall left - here's to having more fun with Zeke, making more memorable memories, & giving myself a break more often.

And here's to Shark week: