6.30.2013

Ann Taylor Loft Sale Alert With Haul


Ann Taylor Loft has a great sale going on right now.  You can get 50% off everything on their website even on top of sale items. I am stocking up on items to take on our upcoming cruise so this was the perfect sale to do just that. Here is what I picked up.


Starburst Coral linen tee priced at $14.75


Neon lime 3/4 sleeve sun washed tee priced at $12.25

Linen tee priced at $14.75

Everyday tee priced at $7.25

Butter cup cotton shorts with 6in inseam priced at $19.75






linen cotton shorts in vine print with 6in inseam priced at $22.25

Cotton shorts with 6in inseam in Moroccan mint priced at $19.75

Floral spritz print linen and cotton shorts with 6in inseam priced at $20.00

I would take a look at the Ann Taylor Loft website today because items are going fast! 








6.29.2013

I Finally Found A Chair For My Guest Bedroom


I have been on the hunt for just the perfect chair for my guest bedroom desk but I wanted to stay within a certain price range. Well today I found it and I could not be happier!!!


I shared a previous post on my guest bedroom make over and its a work in progress. I am still in need of an area rug and the perfect comforter. This chair is a great new addition.



My favorite part of the chair is the shape and the silver hardware that line the chair. I think its the perfect touch.

Compared at $225.00


Here's the best part, the fabric first caught my eye and then when I saw the price I knew it was better than anything I had seen. As I started looking the chair over I noticed the back of one of the legs had a little bit of damage. I found an associate and asked if I could get a discount because of the damage and they gave e 10% off. Even better because I know I can repair this with no problem.


I was very pleased with the price because I have had my eye on this one from World Market and they wanted $279.00 and I paid $90.00 for mine.


Dallas gave me the magnet board which is hanging on the wall and that is an upcoming project where I will be painting the green frame white. I know it will be a great addition over my desk.


I am on the hunt for a new comforter to add volume to the bed. I want something very full and over flowing with fluff. I want my guest to feel at home and ready to rest.


Next will be the perfect area rug and the style I have in mind is like something shown above. I love the 2nd from the left which is soft and will let my other accents stand out.


I just can not decide if I want to add a pop of corral color like above. Any thoughts?


I could keep it very soft with the color coming the pillows and a side lamp. Thoughts?

I love this set of colors together.

I also love how adding the navy gives it a completely different look.

I still have additions to add to my desk to warm it up. Flowers and frames can really do so much.


Very happy with my Saturday chair find and I am one step closer to completing my guest room!!!


6.27.2013

Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe



I thought I would share my sweet potato casserole recipe because it doesn't have to be Thanksgiving to cook this. A Sunday afternoon dinner is perfect to serve this.

Ingredients


Filling:

  • 3 cups mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk

Topping:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Filling:
In a large bowl combine all the filling ingredients. Transfer to a buttered 1 1/2 quart casserole dish.

Topping:
In a medium bowl combine the brown sugar, flour, and butter until moist and the mixture clumps together. Stir in the pecans and spread over the top of the sweet potatoes in an even layer. Bake until the top is golden, about 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve hot.

6.24.2013

Looking to Loose 10 Pounds


Just a very quick tip!!!

I was reading an article today that really grabbed my attention. Instead of looking at loosing 10 pounds as this big task, just commit to the next 10 weeks to loose 1 pound a week. I can easily do this!!!




There are so many small things you can do to help reach this.
  • Walk/run an extra mile during your daily activity.
  • Switch a snack to a healthier choice
  • Eat meals on a smaller plate
  • Don't go back for 2nds
  • Drink more water
  • Lay off the soda drinks because they cause bloating

There are so many more things I could add to this list but this just helps get you started. One pound a week,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,that is so easy!! The biggest change is not saying I will start tomorrow. Here's to starting today!!!

6.20.2013

Healthy Life Style Both On A Physical and Mental Level


Need a break?

I have found a secret that works for me. Plan a vacation for a date in the near future. It doesn't matter  how big or small just have something fun planned. You could just be going away for the night or you could be taking a cruise with your family. The point is this gives you something to look forward to when times get stressful. You can let your mind slip away to that magical place you plan to visit.



If you feel like your inbox is over flowing with emails and task that keep you on your toes a short getaway can help you regain a sense of control in your life. They say it can even help with weight loss and a healthy heart. A vacation and weight loss.................that sounds like a winner to me!

I saw a report on the news that showed more than half of all US workers didn't use all their paid vacation days. I know there are reasons why but my goal is to make sure I spend precious time with my family that you can never get back. I am of course smart in how I do this so I have proper time to allow for sick days but when it comes to vacation time make sure you spend time with your family. Energize yourself so you feel and think in a fresh way.



I saw a study today that showed 5 days away from your email actually lowers blood pressure and helps give you a breath of fresh air. If you feel you cant do this for 5 complete days then limit the time each day while on vacation. After all if a VACATION!

6.19.2013

Night Six and Day Seven of our Cruise

Our last night on cruise! We had such an amazing time and I cant wait to go again.

Our final photo during dinner. We finished the night with a couple of bites of each dessert!





Then we went and sat on the deck and watched the sun go down for the night. It was such an amazing sight and one I will not forget.


And its gone!




Last night with our sweet bedtime animals.

Day Seven


We really took it easy on our last day so we would be rested for the trip home. I learned so many tips I cant wait to share in my next post with ideas on making cruising easy



6.17.2013

Day Six on our Cruise-The Best Day with Salsa and Salsa!


This is by far my favorite day from our trip. We were in Cozumel, Mexico and I thought it was going to be just ok since we had been two other times but Wow we had so much fun!




Always thinking ahead, I had to take these two photos to show Eddie what he should bring on our next cruise. Dallas just loves when I take "secret people photos."  



Here we are unloading from the ship to start our day.

Looks like everyone is ready to start their day.



As always lots of photos opportunities as you get off the ship.


They brought their golf clubs, I would say they are serious about their sport.


Hello Mexico!!!





Love when someone offers to take our photo. What a beautiful background!

Surfing anyone?


Our Salsa Salsa guide.



Pieces of fun culture everywhere.

These are the vans that took us to our excursion. Wow all I can say is you better stay out of their way when they are driving!!


This is the set up, its an open area with no A/C but luckily with the breeze it was only a little warm.

Our table was all set up and ready to go.


As I look at our photos now I giggle knowing part of the event was to make and taste all types of tequila and my smile gets a little funny as we go. I had to participate in the cultural experience because it was really educational!




Our fast tasting was the frozen margaritas. It was pretty hot and these actually were very refreshing!

These girls did such an amazing job! I loved every minute and they worked so hard.

Each table had to vote for a table captain and guess who won at our table!

Our bowl to make salsa and I purchased one of these two bring back with me. I have already used it and love it!

Dallas did such a great job putting everything together for us.

They wanted us to make a margarita on the rocks. We had to take a sip of the shots to know the difference of the flavors.

Dallas had more of a lemon/lime version for her age. 




Then they wanted us to try Strawberry Margaritas.

Every so often the team captain had to stand and Salsa!


Then they had us try something they called the gasoline. It as actually very good and tasted like watermelon.

Time to make salsa.

They stressed how important it was that you were not to touch the pepper.




Salsa #1 was very good.

Salsa #2 was also very good.

After all the tasting and samples I am starting to giggle a little more.

Salsa #3



Salsa #4

Salsa #5

Dessert salsa

Homemade Mexican Vanilla Bean ice cream

So yummy!





Wow what a day!


Our group was so much fun!



Then it was time to learn to salsa dance. I had so much fun watching Dallas salsa!

Hot!


I was one of the judges.


Then we had the chance to look around and go swimming if you wanted. Look at this view!!





Here's to a great vacation! Good bye Mexico for now

The best excursion every!!!


This was the pool at the hotel you can also swim at during the excursion.



If you go I would highly recommend this excursion. It was so much fun and something I know we will away remember! It was worth every penny!



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