Wednesday, July 30, 2014

50 Shades of Nay!

Social media was abuzz last week with the release of the 50 Shades of Grey trailer. Did you see it yet? What are your thoughts (and don’t be shy)??

If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, put the kids to bed, or go in the other room and have a peak (so we can discuss) 

I have to start off by saying I only read a bit of the first book, so I’m no expert on this, but I did listen to a lot of conversations about the books (some I wish I could erase from my memory). Even though I didn't read all three books cover to cover, I do have an opinion (I know shocker right?!) on the recently released movie trailer.

Boy did they miss the mark in their Christian Grey casting!!!! Jamie Dornan does not scream sexy, raunchy, or intensely passionate – basically not the man I envisioned in my head. Now Charlie Hunnam, who they originally cast to play Christian Grey – he screams throw you against the wall and have his way with you sexy!

Others that would have been great for this roll (again just my opinion), Tom Hardy, Jeremy Renner, Tyler Hoechlin, and Colin Farrell. 

I’m a bit torn still on how I feel about the overall trailer, I feel like it’s lacking something. Don't get me wrong I'll still see the movie when it comes out, but I think it's been receiving more hype than it deserves. 

What do you think? Will you see it? Who would have been your ideal Christian Grey?

Friday, July 25, 2014

are we there yet?!

a self-portrait? ...perhaps
And we're off! A few days ago, it dawned on me that I was about to get into the car with my 3 year old and not get out again for 7 hours, and then go to bed and get up and drive 5 more. I sprung to action! (clearly this means I perused Pinterest for 2 hours looking for some ideas). I got quite a few from the genius mommy's out there, and the next morning set about bringing them to fruition.

One idea that a friend and I have had for quite some time was to create a DIY felt faces activity - we had been inspired by this pin. The felt and googly eyes had been purchased, and this car trip was just the motivation I needed to complete start it.

Now, some people who know me are probably like wha??? She's touching felt? Voluntarily? I am 100% repulsed by the feeling of felt. It makes my skin crawl (and I'm not even being dramatic). I did a quick google search to see if maybe this was an actual thing, but its not. Just me. But the thought of incessant singing of Farmer in the Dell, or Foomoo in the Doo, or Feemee een thee Dee, or pick your own idea of torture - made me overcome it very quickly, just this once.

I'll be back next week, hopefully a little tanner, a little more relaxed, and with some wonderful memories of me and my girl.

til the shovel pales,

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

RE2PECT for the man, the myth, the legend!

Aretha Franklin sang about it, many preach for it but only a few truly earn it, 
R-E-S-P-E-C-T ... Derek Jeter is one of them!

Have you seen the new Jordan commercial honoring #2? Check it out here if you haven’t seen it yet. It’s one minute and forty second of pure respect for a man and an athlete that will go down in the history books. 

When the 2014 MLB season comes to an end, the game will hang up the jersey of another great. Now I may be a bit more biased because #2 wears pinstripes and I’m a Yankee fan, but the respect he receives from athletes, actors, public figures and dignitaries alike is how you know he’s a true "mench.”

Kids need more athletes like Jeter in the game to look up to. What these athletes don’t always keep in mind is that kids are hanging on their every move (good, bad, disrespectful, etc.) and they need to wear their role model hats a bit more seriously.

Since his first day in the big leagues Jeter has done this. The Yankees will not only be loosing a great baseball player, but an all around great guy. 

Thank you for the memories #2

Friday, July 18, 2014

a few things I think I think

I read this every time I go to the beach
(title is a nod to MMQB...7 days til the most wonderful season of all...)

How gorg is Loni's new furniture?? As for a chandelier, I'm kinda digging this one. Her new table is long enough that it could hold its own against something like that. I would love a drum pendant over our table...this one in black, please and thank you. 

This time next week, I'll be leaving for a few days at the beach - just me, my dad and Sally. What is it about the beach? I have one new book lined up (no thanks to you guys! left me hanging on book recs, y'all. just kidding. but really, I did want to know what you're reading!) - Gone Girl. I can't wait to dig my toes into the sand and read while watching my little girly build castles and get a sand-sculpted mermaid fin courtesy of grandpa. I bought her the sweetest little floppy sun hat, that actually, is a similar pattern to the pendant lamp above. Oh stripes, you get me every time. 

I'm having mild anxiety about leaving Graham for that long (the hotel isn't air conditioned - unless you count glorious salt water breeze through white linen curtains hung on open windows as A/C - so its not good for little ones...hopefully in a couple years, he'll be joining his big sis on the beach).

Guys, I made the easiest, tastiest, summeryiest recipe this week - hop on over to and check it out! 

Got any fun plans coming up? Any yummy recipes we need to make asap?

til the dill pickles,

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The search is over ...

For the perfect dining room table that is! My blog a couple weeks ago must have channeled my dream table (from Pottery Barn).

It’s the perfect farmhouse table that I’ve been looking for and the buffet is full of space. I love the shelves in the middle and it’s got ample room for all our amazing shower gifts (finally, I have somewhere to store everything!)


I'll of course have to do something about the legs of the chairs - that'll be a fall project!

Next comes the fun part … decorating!!!!! And the search for the perfect chandelier

So far this is my favorite - what do you think??

Friday, July 11, 2014

rice chex ice cream dessert

Hi. Ok, go right now, to your kitchen, and make this. If you need some ingredients from the store, then for goodness sakes, check the recipe quick and stop reading, and get in your car and get them.

For all of time, this has been my favorite (summertime) dessert. You may see the ingredients and be all like "I don't like coconut/almond/the taste of the most delicious thing ever, so I won't like this". Don't even think about it. The only, only excuse I will accept is if you're allergic to almonds. 

I didn't think to take a picture when I first made it, so all I have for you is what is left. And frankly, I can't believe that little bit has lasted this long. Post-picture, it definitely went back into the freezer smaller than when it came out.

Grandma's Rice Chex Ice Cream Dessert

2 ½  cups crushed Rice Chex
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup coconut
1 pkg. slivered almonds
½ cup butter

Toast almonds in butter ; then mix with first 3 ingredients

Pat ½ mixture in 9x13 pan

Spread vanilla ice cream (1/2 gallon) on top of mixture. (I cut away the cardboard container and slice the ice cream into 1" discs).

Put rest of mixture on top of ice cream

Freeze overnight

til the eye screams,

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Summer Vaca Flashback

Some of my summer vacation memories (ha, who am I kidding, most) include my parents and brother, aunts, uncles and cousins in the Outer Banks (I’m talking back before anyone had OBX stickers on their cars).

We would pack up like the Beverly Hillbillies and caravan down together – leaving in the middle of the night and getting into the Outer Banks just in time for the back seat to wake up because the sun was rising and we were getting hungry. 

We would rent enormous houses on the beach and settle in for two weeks of fun in the sun and craziness. Those were the days ... besides the incredible family bonding time, everyone really left everything behind in NY & PA and totally chilled. Kids bunked together and every adult couple got their own room. Each family was in charge of making dinner at least one night and there were nights where we would venture out to one of our favorite local spots (a table for 15+ was not always the easies of feats).

But what truly made those summers so special was the amazing bonds we formed year after year. People would always hear that we were going away for two weeks with our family and say “oh my god, how can you all be together for that long?” or “don’t you guys fight?” – they say you can pick your friends but you can’t pick you family and you know what I was lucky enough that I got dealt an amazing family! 

We’ve weathered hurricanes, been evacuated off the island, had some great houses and some not so great houses – but we managed to make the most out of every year and every situation.

We haven’t been back to the Outer Banks in about 5 years and there isn’t a summer that rolls around that I don’t wish we were packing up the car to head down to North Carolina for another fun-filled 2 weeks of being beach bums.

Have you ever been to the Outer Banks? If not I highly recommend it! We’ve stayed in Nags Head, Duck, Corolla and Cape Hatteras (Duck was my favorite). 

Friday, July 4, 2014

a resolution on independency

Happy 4th! Actually, Happy 7th - because hopefully you've had such a great weekend that you won't be reading this til Monday!

I'll be spending the 4th warming the house of dear friends, and enjoying fireworks from the backyard. Maybe some pool time and a night out on the town as well. And, natural-Lee, I'll be watching 1776, per tradition. There are a few parts that I fast-forward, but all in all, this movie has dry humor, singing, and history - which basic-Lee makes it right up my alley (also, lots of semi-recognizable faces...Mr. Feeney, the Supreme Court nominee from West Wing/Hank Hooper from 30Rock, Gwyneth Paltrow's mom, so yeah). Or maybe I've just outed myself as a gigantic nerd, but you've probably already figured that out (I mean, one time I did add an 'ou' to color, just for fun).

Happy Birthday America!

til the dawnzers lee light,

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Festive Fourth of July Crafts & Treats

I spent Monday night channeling my inner Martha Stewart – red, white & blue was the theme for this craft night in lieu of 4th of July.

Flowers, ribbon, flags, banners – the works!!!!

Take a look at my festive Fourth of July fun!

First step ... I gathered all my materials (vases, decorations, styrofoam for the flowers, ribbons, etc.)


Then came the fun part ... time to assemble the flowers!

Next it was on to decorate the mantle. 

Lastly putting some flags outside in the garden bed (not photographed). 

Thursday, I will be trading in my crafting tools for an apron, as I channel my inner Betty Crocker to make some fun and festive 4th of July treats for a friends BBQ - how cute are these? I'll let you know how they turn out!

What ever your 4th of July plans, I hope they are filled with fireworks that light up the night sky, yummy food & plenty of tasty libations.