March 28, 2013

Where I’ve Been This Week (in case you missed me)!

I’ve been MIA this past week as my mom fell Saturday night and fractured her hip.   She had hip surgery Sunday afternoon and also some drainage on her knee from fluid.   The knee has been giving her more problems than the surgery!   Yesterday (Wednesday) we put her in a rehab facility for 21 days of intense rehabilitation to learn to walk.   She told me her physical therapy went really well today…she walked with her walker, but without assistance, 35 feet!   Now she only complains about the food and wanting her hair done!   I’m a little “punch drunk” from sitting at the hospital, stressing over this latest fall, and getting her into rehab but so very grateful for her outlook and attitude which I can learn a lot from!   We’re confident that 21 days from now she can transfer back to her assisted living home.   

Hope everyone has a blessed Easter weekend and you are able to spend time with your loved ones.

March 12, 2013

Green With Envy

Lately I have been incorporating green in my d├ęcor…it goes well with all my creams, khakis and blacks.     I was lucky to find a pretty pair of green pillows and another lantern this week and love how these simple changes give me a whole new look.   

Here’s my Easter/Spring mantle.    I love, love, love my wreath.    It’s not a boxwood but I think it looks like one.    I made a simple burlap bow and hung it on the mirror with a Command Hook.


I kept my existing frames and added the books, bunny, nest and floral stems to the urn.    I also dug out an old leopard buffet lamp to add to the mix.    (Sorry about the cord showing, I should have tried to hide it!)





I’ve had the cute green bunny for several years….and I’ve been collecting green books at thrift shops for pennies!








LOVE the color of this urn….it is sooo heavy and stays up on the mantle year round



I love how it looks with the sun streaming in



I wish I was a better photographer so that you could see the richness of these pillows….they look kinda washed out here but they are a deep emerald green.   Yes, they are velvet but I love them!    I found them at World Market…two for the price of one!    They were $9.99 each so I think I got a great deal.     Before I saw these I picked up two other green linen pillows there that were $29.99 each…I was having a real conversation with myself about paying over $60 for a pair of pillows and I’m not sure I would have gone through with the purchase but when I saw these and they were buy one, get one, I quickly put the linen pillows back.    (And yes, the lantern still has it’s price tag on…just forgot to cut it off!)






I love the color of this lantern.   I passed it up at first but finally convinced myself it **had** to come home with me!



I added some mini-books and two little Dollar Tree bunnies inside….we’ll see how long that lasts when my little 2 1/2 year old grandson gets here!



Here’s my foyer table.    I just put a nest under a cloche and added the cute bunny print to an existing frame



Nothing green here but I made a new little vignette in the kitchen.    I forgot I had this basket so I was happy when I **found** it hidden under the sideboard in my dining room.   









These are real eggs….we’ll probably have them tonight as deviled eggs!   Winking smile





That’s all the Easter/Spring decorating I’ve done.    What are some of your favorite colors to use this Spring?    I’d love to know!

March 9, 2013

Signs of Spring

I know many of you are still knee deep in snow but I wanted to show you some early signs of spring in my side yard this afternoon.

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My azaleas are blooming!  

Also, I’ve been doing some Easter decorating and will share that soon.    Here’s a little peek at what’s going on…

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I’m really into green this year and have been incorporating it throughout the house.    I bought some gorgeous green velvet sofa pillows today and a pretty green lantern.     I can’t wait to show it all to you!

Don’t forget to “spring forward” tonight!

March 4, 2013

Fabulous Finds

I love finding out about products that improve my life and/or make it easier.     I’ve come across some beauty posts where the user pays mega bucks for their products and justifies it by saying “you only have to buy it once a year”!   I even saw one post where they blogger raved about her $300+ moisturizer….not gonna happen around here!     So today I’m going to highlight a few things I’ve bought recently that have made my life easier and friendly on the pocketbook.     I have not been compensated by featuring any of these products, I just thought I’d share them with you in the event you might find something that you haven’t used/seen/bought before.

The first item is a pair of shoes I picked up this past weekend.    I was out shopping with my daughter and granddaughter and we both ended up buying the same pair of shoes.    Because I have a lot of trouble with my feet and legs, I’m always looking for shoes that are stylish, reasonably priced and most importantly, comfortable!    


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Wow!  I can’t say enough about these shoes.   They are the Skechers Go Walk.    You literally feel like you are walking on air!   I’ve been looking for a pair of shoes to replace the ones I bought several years ago and paid a lot for but they have had it.    I found another pair a few weeks ago, bought them but took them back.    I’m so glad I did because I probably wouldn’t have bought these.    Daughter put them on without socks and rolled up her jeans to a little cuff and they looked so cute!   Plus they are washable.    I’m sure I could wear them throughout the summer but I’m planning on saving them for our London trip next year.    They come in many colors but I opted for the black….thinking about going back and getting a gray color too!


Next is this little item I ordered off one of the home shopping networks.


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Emjoi Micro Pedi

For the price of a pedicure, this thing works like a charm!   I’m always a little skeptical of things like this as they usually don’t live up to their billing but this one sure did!    I have very scaly feet and have used every product on the market to try and help them.    I even got a costly prescription one time that didn’t do a thing.    The one I got came with an extra roller bar and little brush to clean it with.     The first time I used it I couldn’t believe the dead skin it took off!    Now I use it about 3-4 times a week (sometimes less) and my feet are in much better shape…especially my heel area.    If you’d like to maintain your pedi at home, I’d say pick up one of these and give it a try.


I saw the next item featured on Dr. Oz.    I’m not sure how I feel about Dr. Oz….but anyway, I picked up a jar of this moisturizer next time I was in Wal Mart and love it. 


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  I use it on my face at night, before putting on makeup, on my elbows and especially on my feet at night after using my micro pedi (above).    The jar lasts forever and it’s under $6.00.   

I also bought this next little item because we love us some bacon around here!    However, bacon is not your friend….it leaves it’s fat friends on my hips….but being from the South, I can’t give up bacon totally.    So I thought I’d try and make it a little “healthier” by leaving all the drippings in the bottom, which this claimed to do.


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I also picked this up at Wal Mart…I think it was under $10.00.    I used it the first time last Saturday morning when my granddaughter was here eating breakfast….we both declared it a winner!  

So that’s my take on some recent purchases I’ve made.    Let me know if you try any of them and what you think!

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