Sunday, March 15, 2015

It's Been A Long, Long Time....

It really has.

I kind of fell off the face of the earth after learning that our youngest daughter has autism and going through all the steps necessary to get her what she needed.  

I kind of went through a dark, depressed stage, too.  It kind of coincided with the prior.

It took some therapy, great "kick in the pants" books, going back to church, and making the decision that this is no way to live, to get me back on track.  I'm still a work in progress, but I've come a long way.  All of us in this house have.

I'm happy to report that Audrey, who has gone from Early Intervention programs, is now in the second grade and is an A/B student.  She still has difficulty with reading, writing and talking, but she isn't unaware or incapable.  She takes ballet and tap which she loves, but it is sometimes a love/hate relationship.  There is a lot to remember and do, but when she is happy with it, she lights up and just shines.  She is a rock star and never ceases to amaze me.  

Her older sister, Charlotte, has been a trooper through much of this.  There were many things we didn't do as a family because of the difficulty Audrey had with noises, crowds, change in general, etc. and she had to cope with it. She is also a fantastic kid!  All A honor roll since the beginning of all things school, she is also in gifted and talented, takes ballet and hip hop classes and is a junior girl scout.  She wants to be a children's book author and illustrator someday.  

Gene is still plugging away at writing software and coming up with new programs.  He has something really excellent that he is working on at the moment, and it has real potential to be life changing for many.  I can't wait to see what happens!  

As for me, I'm still taking care of one husband, two girls, two dogs, and two cats.  I try to garden (will it ever dry out enough so I can get things planted?), landscape and mow three acres.  It's a lot, but my ZTR mower makes it kind of fun, when it isn't a gazillion degrees outside.  

I'm also in the process of decluttering and organizing the house.  

THIS is a task.  

I've never really gotten rid of the kids out grown toys since Audrey was playing with them for so long, but now she is moving into strictly video games (hello, Minecraft!), American Girl, Barbie and some Legos.  I'm ready to cull the herd!  

In my quest to organize, I've tried a few methods, but nothing was working.  

I have since found the KonMari method.  I'm hooked!

You can buy a copy HERE.

I just went through all my clothes, and I have purged at least 4 trash bags worth of items.  

Per Marie Kondo's method (KonMari is derived from her last and first name combined), I'm only keeping what brings me joy.  It's amazing how much stuff I had that I truly didn't love.  Lots of tees, old yoga pants, shirts with holes and stains, the dress I bought 3 years ago that still had tags on it, the puffy marshmallow looking pullover that was NOT flattering, a track suit thing that was just sad, shoes that hurt my feet, and many, many more.  All going buh bye.  

Adios, marshmallow pullover.

A couple of piles of items to consign, give away or toss.  

My closet post purge and organizing.  Per the KonMari method, I am not storing any off season clothing anymore, except for thermal underwear, mittens and hats for winter, or swimsuits.  Everything else is in my closet or drawers where I can see them or use them any day of the year.  

My workout clothing drawer (on top) and my tee shirt and legging drawer (on bottom).  Notice how they are folded?  The KonMari method!  

I found many videos on YouTube that taught me how to do the proper method, but this video showed how to do many different kinds of clothing items in one place.  KonMari isn't mentioned, but it is the same method.

As you can tell, I'm kind of into this.  I've just received the book a couple of days ago and I'm working it as I'm reading it.  Marie Kondo has said that no one that she has worked with has ever regressed back to an untidy house after using her method, so I'm all in and I'm going to work it.  

Friday, May 21, 2010

Inspired by SATC 2

 photo from

We've all seen the ad.  There is Carrie walking in a white Halston Heritage dress with gold aviator sunnies and her high, high heels.   Very Carrie.

Since SATC is opening, I thought I would try to find a less expensive option of said outfit. 

The dress:
Ann Taylor V-Neck Empire Waist Dress  retails for $88, and right now they have a bogo promo where you buy full price item, you get the next item for 50%  off. 

The shoes:   We would all love to have some Loubouton's, but the price is right for these.  They are $37.79 at

The Necklace:  Instead of finding something exactly like in the picture, I thought she might want wear something like this...  $48 at Nordstrom.

The bag:  A vintage gold clutch for $25 from Etsy.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Strawberry Sorbet... Yum!

Since Summer is almost here, I've been craving anything fruit related lately.  I bought my first watermelon about a month ago and I've been doing so every week since.  This past week I found a great deal on strawberries at my local market, and even though I'm allergic to them (headaches and sometimes hives), I bought some anyway.  I love them and will just take a super regimen of antihistamines until the urge for strawberries passes and I move on to the next fruit.

It is almost 90 degrees today so I decided it was time to break out my ice cream maker and put it to work!

This was the result:

 Strawberry Sorbet

 What you will need:
  • 1 lb of fresh strawberries, rinsed and hulled
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt


Slice the strawberries and toss them in a medium bowl with the sugar.

Stir until the sugar starts to dissolve.  Cover and let stand in the fridge for about an hour, taking it out and stirring every so often.

Puree the strawberries and the liquid along with the lemon juice and salt in a food processor or blender until it is smooth.  You can press the mixture through a strainer or sieve to remove the seeds, but I didn't bother.  It would make it much smoother, but I kind of like the natural texture.

Put the mix in the fridge again to make sure it is good and chilled.  Once chilled, mix it in your freezer per the manufacturers instructions.  I have a cuisinart ice cream maker and it takes about 20 to 30 minutes to get to the point I like to put it in a freezer safe bowl or enjoy immediately!


Friday, May 14, 2010

It's Time to Cannes, Cannes!

Everyone knows I love a great reason to look a ball gowns and evening dresses. This week the 2010 Cannes Film Festival kicked off with the Robin Hood premiere and there was plenty of great eye candy for us to partake. 

Kate Beckinsale looks stunning!  Va-va-voom!

Check out her makeup and jewelry...

photo from Associated Press

Salma Hayek in Gucci Premiere and carrying a Gucci clutch.  It is so nice to see her in a different color and silhouette than we usually do. And just how tiny yet curvy is she after having her baby?  

photo from Fameblab

Eva Longoria Parker looks fresh in white.  

Don't you just love those earrings and her makeup?

And her hair?  So pretty!

Aishwarya Rai in what I believe to be an Ellie Saab dress.  She kind of reminds me of Sophia Loren in a very good way. 

Last, but not least, Cate.

I adore Cate Blanchett.  She is one of my favorite actresses.  I don't always love what she chooses to wear on the red carpet, but I can at least appreciate her fearlessness and willingness to express the art of fashion that many can't or won't.  This Alexander McQueen fits her perfectly and is romantic and edgy at the same time.  The pattern in the fabric kind of evokes the feel of Robin Hood, so it was a perfect choice for Cate and the event.     

photo by celbrifi.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

How clean is your makeup?

I don't usually watch my local news broadcasts. I just don't have the stomach for some of it and I find that it can be down right depressing. But last night I did watch a bit of our ABC affiliate, and I saw this segment on the cleanliness of makeup that was an eye opener. Yeah, I think we all know that we are supposed to replace our makeup every few months to a year depending on what kind it is, but THIS has me thinking of doing it more often or at least, doing a total makeup bag purge of what I know I've had for a while and may not have been taken care of properly.

They took makeup from people all over Houston and had it swabbed and tested at a local dermatologists office. The results, in some cases, were staggering and and down right scary.

They found 6 items that were contaminated. What did they find in those? Some had strep, which can cause strep throat, but also impetigo or cellulitis which if it hits the blood stream, can cause death. And some had staph, one even had a type of staph that is drug resistant and could be fatal, especially for people who have weakened immune systems.

So what can you do to protect yourself? Don't reuse sponges to reapply your makeup. If you do want to reuse, wash it and then put it in the microwave for a minute to kill the germs that are lurking there. It wasn't mentioned, but for those of us who use makeup brushes, we should also wash our foundation brush after each use.

This video is a must see. The information is so worth while, that the Baylor College of Medicine is writing the findings in a medical journal to share with other medical professionals.

Watch the video here: How clean is your makeup?

If you can't watch the video, the full article can be viewed here:

Friday, April 30, 2010

Friday Favorites... Goldfrapp!

Last summer I was playing around on YouTube and I found an artist that I have fallen totally in love with. I can't remember the first video that i saw of hers/theirs, because I kept checking out everything I could find. I then turned around and got every release she/they had and it has all been on heavy rotation in my car and ipod ever since.

Goldfrapp is essentially Allison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory. She/they have been in the music biz for a while now and is still relatively unknown here in the States; Why? I haven't a clue!!!!

Their music style ranges from electronic, chill, glam rock, folk, etc... and now with their latest release, Head First, an homage to the early 80's with songs that evoke ELO and the Xanadu soundtrack. Cool, huh!?

This Friday, I want to share a few songs/videos of hers/theirs because this is truly a favorite.

Their first single from Head First, Rocket


GOLDFRAPP | MySpace Music Videos

Ooh La La from Supernature

Goldfrapp Oh la la

Melissa Castillo | MySpace Video

Strict Machine from Black Cherry

Goldfrapp ~ Strict Machine

jerm[h@ll] | MySpace Video

Pilots from Felt Mountain (LOVE this song!)


GOLDFRAPP | MySpace Music Videos

Happiness from Seventh Tree

Goldfrapp ~ Happiness

jerm[h@ll] | MySpace Video

A great club song! Yes, Sir live at T4

Goldfrapp ~ Yes Sir (@ T4)

jerm[h@ll] | MySpace Video

I leave you with this song that has a wonderful expansive yet trippy quality to it. Have a great weekend!
Little Bird from Seventh Tree

Little Bird live from Seventh Tree

Friday, April 23, 2010

Hi All and Welcome to My First Friday Favorites Post

Photo from

It has been over a month since I posted and, even though I wanted to be here writing for our mutual pleasure, life sometimes gets in the way.  I won't bore you with details, but I may dive into the why's and whatnot's in future posts.

So, I've been thinking about doing a series in my moments of wishful blogging, and I what I came up with is Friday Favorites.  What are Friday Favorites, you ask?  Just a post about something I love or find useful that will be on Fridays.

Today I decided to spotlight something that a fellow blogger and makeup artist extraordinaire turned me on to when I asked her for a recommendation for a foundation primer.  Kathy Aragon is her name and her blog is  After I told her about my concerns, she kindly recommended Skinprep FX Primer by Cover FX .  She even has a review on her blog which you can read here

So I ordered it in the smallest size they have at Nordstrom, and I have been using it every day since. My skin seems softer, more hydrated and smooth after I apply it. My makeup goes on nicely and stays put all day. I'm so impressed, that I can't foresee ever going back to Smashbox Primer which used to be my favorite. I highly recommend it!

That is it in a nutshell. Oh, and if you want to know more about Kathy and her work, you can also visit her work website at

Have a great weekend!