Friday, December 31, 2010

The Wonderful World of ITouch

For some reason, I really had a bee in my bonnet about the boys not having ITouches.

I think it had something to do with the cost and possibly the ability to connect to the internet, but none the less, they weren't an option for quite some time.

Until one of my brilliant children, that is definitely bound for sales someday, introduced the idea of selling their Nintendo DS systems and games to purchase said ITouch.

Well, that sounds reasonable and logical.

And I am happy to resport the ITouch hasn't been a problem at all. With firm guidelines set by Mom and Pop, parental controls, a parental passcode, and airplane mode (to turn off the wifi when needed), it's actually been nice not having to keep up with all the games as they are directly loaded onto the device. And we recently took a trip that didn't include a dvd player on an airplane and not having to deal with that at IAH security was quite delightful.

If you find yourself with a new ITouch in your home and are overwhelmed by all the app choices, take a look at the list below.

A lot are free and the rest are either .99 cents or under $5.

A lot of the apps offer a "free or lite" version for you to try it out and then you have the option to purchase the full version later. Look for those titles first.

Most of the EA games are .99 right now

I know that this list seems crazy long, but we have had ours for about 6 months and we rotate the games on and off. And some of these games were fun initially and then the boys grew tired of them. There are even some educational ones mixed in....yes, I am a former educator. Guilty as charged.

Angry Birds
City Story
Empire Story
Flash to Pass (flashcards)
Logos bible software
Restaurant Story
Sky Racer 2
WordWeb Dictionary
Asphalt 5
Bible Memory
Deer Hunter 3D
Cut the Rope
Stick Skater
Baseball 2010
Fall down
ESPN Score Center
Field Goal Frenzy
FIFA World Cup (version 11 doesn't work with itouch for some reason)
Find The Difference
Flick Fishing
Flicky Football
Flow Hockey 2
Hangman Classic
High Caliber Hunting
Holy Bible
IRate Lego Pro
Jet Car Stunts
Knights on Rush
Lemonade Tycoon
Madden NFL
Manic Marble Free
Labyrinth Lite
Tap Farm
Tap Store
Save Stickly
I Say Free
IRate Lego
Monster Truck Nitro 2
Monster Truck Nitro
NCAA Football
Need for Speed Shift
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit
Paper Pilot
Paper Toss
Parking Mania Lite
Pocket Weather
Razor Ultra Pro
RC Heli Lite
RC Plane
Real Racing GT
Red Bull X-Fighter Lite
Road to Mudness
Rollercoaster Extreme
Sports Car Engine
Star Wars The Force Unleashed
Tap Report
Tic Tac Toe Free
Tiny Chef
Touch Hockey
Traffic Rush
Warship Flight Deck Jam
Waterslide Extreme
The Weather Channel
XGames SnoCross
XPlane Carrier
2XL ATC Offroad Lite
2XL TrophyLite Rally
Flight Control
Rope and Fly

**now, most of the 'tap' games require wifi as does IRate , but most do not.
**I'm sure you noticed the abundance of boy games. Guilty. Not a lot of pink running around these parts

Do you have apps that you would recommend?

Saturday, November 27, 2010

McCormick Recipe Inspirations

Have you ever found a really fun recipe that you wanted to try but were overwhelmed by the list of ingredients? Especially if some of the spices needed are not ones you use frequently?

I'm pretty sure I don't need an entire jar of fennel seeds and I'm 99% sure I have some spices that really need to be replaced because I've been known to view cooking as more of a one-time challenge and once I've conquered a recipe...I move on. Hence the endless jars of mostly filled spices.

Sorry...rabbit trail....moving on.

While I was doing battle at HEB last week, I came across these little darlins': McCormick Recipe Inspirations.

The new McCormick Recipe Inspirations collection puts flavorful twists on traditional recipes that will impress everyone at your dinner table. Each packet includes pre-measured McCormick spices and herbs and a collectible recipe card.

They offer 12 different recipes and I brought home the Quesadilla Casserole and Tuscan Chicken Stew.

I'm excited to try them and not add more spices to my very large spice graveyard. If only I'd these during football season!

Let me know if you try any of the other recipes

Monday, November 15, 2010

Cupcake Awesomeness for the Holidays

Hey there...I know I have been MIA. Football season is winding down and it's been incredibly fun....but mercy me, we just aren't at the old homestead much. Hence, no blogging to be done. always know that if I'm absent, I just don't have anything I deem blog worthy at the time. However, can I share a pic of my football players?

Don't they look 10 feet tall?

Ok, onto some real news.

‘Tis the season for cupcakes! Below is a message from Jen and Monica at D'Lish Cupcakes.

Here are a few things going on at D’Lish this holiday season…

Monday, November 22nd:
*We will have our Pumpkin Cream Cheese and our Caramel Apple cupcakes available.
*Pick-up times will be from 11am-1pm and 5-7pm at either of our homes. (Rock Creek or Vintage Lakes)
*Please place your order by Saturday, November 20th. We’ll have boxes of 4, 6, or 12 available.

Friday and Saturday, December 3rd and 4th:
*We will be selling all our D’Lish flavors, including our Christmas collection, at the Rock Creek gift market. (14223 Winding Springs Drive, Cypress, TX 77429)

Hours are: December 3rd, 5-10pm and December 4th, 9am-4pm. We will be taking orders for our holiday gift boxes. Each box will include Red Velvet Rudolph, Let it Snow, Sugar and Spice, and Santa’s Cocoa. Price will be $12 per box.

Thursday, December 16th,:
*Holiday gift boxes can be picked up…. These make great gifts for teachers, neighbors, co-workers, and friends.
*We will send out an e-mail with photos of the gift box early in December. Please place orders by Monday, December 13th.

We are also offering limited bookings for holiday parties in December. Please contact us at for more information.

For our customers who need to expense orders for business needs, we are now offering payment via PayPal. We would like to reserve this option for corporate and large orders.

D’Lish is finally entering the 21st (or is it 20th??) century. Become a fan of D'Lish Cupcake Catering on Facebook by clicking here We are getting our page organized, but there are a lot of photos you can check out now.

Make the season a little merrier with D’Lish cupcakes!

Jen and Monica

Thursday, October 14, 2010

D-Lish Cupcakes Available Today!

D-Lish Cupcakes were featured at the Gyspy Market yesterday and they have extras to sell today.

And they are offer fabulous bundle pricing!! 4 cupcakes for $10 or 6 for $15.

Please see their note below and give them a try. You won't be sorry!

Good morning friends! We had a great day at The Gypsy Market yesterday. Unfortunately, due to miscommunication we will be unable to sell cupcakes we planned to sell there today. Sooooo, we need to sell 200 cupcakes today! If you did not have a chance to see us at one of our fall markets, this is a great way to try some D'Lish variety! The complete list is below! They are $3.00 each, can be purchased in any quantity, and can be picked up at my house any time today! Please call my cell by 1:00 if you would like us to reserve any for you (832-594-4955). After 1:00 we will be delivering any that have not been reserved to local businesses/offices as samples. Please pass this along to anyone you think might be interested. Thanks!


Here's what we have. Our menu is attached with descriptions of each cupcake!

Raspberry White Chocolate Mousse: 14
Boston Cream Pie: 9
Cranberry Orange Cheesecake: 7
Raspberry Lemonade: 1
Mint Chocolate Cheesecake Swirl: 7
Tiramisu: 8
Strawberry: 16
Pina Colada: 4
Dulce de Leche: 21
Creme Brulee: 9
Red Velvet: 38
Caramel Apple: 3
Carrot Cake: 25
Coconut Cream Pie: 1
Chocolate Lovers: 26
D'Lish Original: 11

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

D'Lish Cupcakes

It's no secret I really enjoy gift markets. Granted, most in this area have some of the same vendors that I know and love dearly, but I still like to pop in and take a peek to see if there is anything I just cannot live without.

Plus, I get the chance to love on my friends who are uber creative and have booths at these markets.

There was a Christmas in July market this summer at a nearby church and I discovered 2 gals that are taking cupcakes to a whole 'nutha level.

Mercy me. These cupcakes are the perfect trifecta: look amazing, smell delightful and taste like nothing I had ever tasted.

May I introduce you to D'Lish Cupcakes?

Monica and Jen are the co-owners of D'Lish Cupcakes. They bake these darlin' treats in their own kitchens in Spring, TX.

They offer cupcake catering for all occasions: private parties, birthdays, corporate events, weddings and gifts (I took a box of 4 to a friend as a housewarming gift, SCORE!)

They offer a myriad of unique flavors. Here's a few: coconut cream pie, pumpkin cream cheese, cranberry orange cheesecake, caramel apple, strawberry (with real strawberries pieces, yum!), dulce de leche, pina colada, raspberry lemonade, mint chocolate chip, and their signature d'lish..which is the ultimate chocolate cupcake with turquoise frosting.

What I loved about these gals is they have taken the cupcake and dressed it up by thinking outside the box. Their flavors are uniquely theirs and they have a hint of decoration that is the perfect touch.

Take a peek at the pictures below and see if you can resist. If you can't, email them at and asked to be added to their email mailing list. They will email you what shows they will be at and also when certain flavors are available.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Boys of Fall....and the Mom that cooks for them

It's the fall and we live in the South...

Football is here.

I'm a die-hard Aggie, but I have to admit that I secretly love to watch high school football more than college these days.

Maybe it is because they still love the game for what it is, not what it can give back to them. Maybe it is because I love the sense of community that resonates on a Friday night under those lights. Especially is small towns were a few of the cheerleaders come late to the game because their volleyball game ran late and then one of those same girls then leads the band at half time as their drum major.

Small town USA, nothing like it.

This fall our boys are playing tackle football for the very first time. I know some are gasping at the sheer idea of an 8 year old and a 10 year old strapping on pads and going to town.

I know...I. Was. That. Girl.

But here we are, 4 weeks deep and so far, so good.

What I thought to be major hurdles have been small and the boys are hanging tough.

Their momma has never done more laundry in her life. Thank goodness my man saw fit to bless me with a new washer and dryer for Mother's Day last Spring.

But an area that I'm still weeding through is the dinner situation.

A sweet friend of mine walked this road ahead of me and gave great advice regarding the feeding of the boys of fall. Her idea was to feed them dinner right after school, before practice, and then snack 'em after.

With the heat, I haven't been able to try that yet for fear of dinner not being a blessing the 2nd time around, if you know what I mean.

So today I bring you several recipes from my trusty crockpot. She does all the work for me while I sit in my folded chair and watch my boys do up-downs, run inclines and learn how to shoot the gap and trust their blockers.

Crockpot Cream Cheese Chicken

1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast halves -- uncooked
15 ounce can black beans
15 ounce can yellow corn
16 ounces salsa
8 ounces fat-free cream cheese -- Kraft Philadelphia Brand preferred

Put frozen chicken breasts in crockpot. Cover them with a can of drained black beans, can of drained corn and jar of salsa. Cook on high 4-5 hours or until chicken is cooked. Place block of cream cheese on top and cook for additional 1/2 hour.

*Serving options: shred chicken and serve over chips, top with guacamole

Peking Pork Chops

6 pork chops about 1" thick
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1-2 cloves garlic-mashed
salt and pepper to taste

Put pork chops in crock pot- mix other stuff together and pour over chops. Cook on low 4-6 hours or until tender. Serve w/ rice, or chinese noodles.

Slow-Cooker BBQ Chicken

3-4 chicken breasts (can be frozen)
2 C ketchup
4 tbs brown sugar
1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 tbs soy sauce
1 tbs vinegar
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Mix all ingredients (except chicken) in crock-pot. Add the chicken, coating each piece in sauce. Cook on high 4 hours. Remove chicken and
shred/pull with forks. Return to pot and stir in sauce to coat. Serve on buns.

**leftovers can be frozen and re-heated for sandwiches, a topping for baked potates or used to make BBQ chicken pizza (put on a pizza crust, top with favorite cheeses, onions, etc.) BBQ chicken burritos also work nicely (put on tortillas, add refried beans, cheeses, etc.)

And finally, I leave you with a great new song by Kenny Chesney. The video has commentary from various coaches and clips from all types of football. Overlook the teensy word spoken right before the song begins. I looked and looked for a version without it...

Monday, August 9, 2010

Chilly Milly's Snow Cones

Summertime is making plans to pack her bags and leave us in 2 weeks.


I almost feel like she already has one foot out the door as football practice begins tonight and hence begins my what-to-do-for-dinner-when-dinner-is-at-8pm situation. But that is a post for another day.

Although Cypress is saturated with ice cream shops and wine bars, you do not see many snow cone options.

Chilly Milly's has come to town!

She has a little red trailer at the corner of Grant and N. Eldridge and she boasts of New Orleans Style snow cones. We caught her right at closing time yesterday and will most certainly find ourselves holding onto summer a bit longer by visiting her again in the coming weeks.

Give her a try!

She is open 1 pm- 7 pm Tuesday - Saturday and 12pm - 5 pm on Sundays.

Chilly Milly's Snow Cones
13750 N. Eldridge
Cypress, TX 77429

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Happy Birthday Whataburger!

If you know me well, you know my youngest loves him some ketchup. We were thrilled to find a shirt on a recent vacation that summed him says "I put ketchup on my ketchup".

True dat

And there is no better ketchup in all the land that rivals the ketchup at Whataburger. I am talking taste and the cute little tubs. You know the ones that you just rip the top off and have instant dipping potential instead of having to open endless packets to yield 1 measly teaspoon of ketchup.

Tell me I am not alone here.

So, from 5-8pm, if you show up at any Whataburger wearing orange, you will be greatly rewarded with a whataburger in celebration of their 60th birthday.

And do not forget to stash some of that yummy ketchup in your purse for late.

Not saying I have ever done that...

Finally, a good reason for my oldest to wear that hideous burnt orange shirt he loves so dearly. Yes, he still loves the Horns.

Help us..

Thursday, July 29, 2010

'Keep EJ's Open' Month

Restaurants are a dime a dozen in the Cypress area, some better than others.

But it means a lot when you have one close to home that can be called upon to feed the family in a pinch or when Mama just ain't feelin' it...if you know what I mean.

EJ's Neighborhood Pizzeria needs your help. See the letter below from Eric, the owner. BTW- their Tomato Vinaigrette is to DIE for.

Dear Loyal EJ’s Customers,

I have reached out over the past few months asking for your help to keep our doors open. The response has been great and I want to share a sincere thank you!

Over the past month, we have seen a few restaurants and businesses close their doors here in the Cypress area. Please help us continue to thrive so we do not become another victim of this economy.

As we continue to move forward, I am officially declaring August as “Keep EJ’s Open Month”. Although we are doing better, August has historically been one of our worst months. I am personally asking you to help us keep our doors open through continued visits and inviting those who may have not been to EJ’s before, to give us a try.

Here are some other ways that you may not be aware of that can continue to help us thrive:

Host a birthday or team party here. We have a great deal of $5 per person that gets you pizza and drinks for everyone!

Let us cater your party. If you are hosting a party at home or at work, we can provide you with pick-up or drop-off catering orders.

Are you a part of an organization who’s looking to raise money? EJ’s has hosted numerous successful fundraisers in the past! We will donate 15% of our sales back to your organization.

Need to entertain a group of kids? We offer kitchen tours and make your own pizza parties. We host kids groups of 10-15 where they get to take a tour of the kitchen and then make their own pizza. We’ve been doing this for years and is one of our best kept secrets (not purposely though).

Be an EJ’s advocate! Please feel free to forward our email offers to your friends and encourage them to sign up for our email club. You can also join us on Facebook and share you great experiences with you friends.

I know that I have continually asked you for your support and you have stepped up. Now it’s my turn. I vow to you that EJ’s will continue to improve. I am already working on several new menu items. I also plan to refresh the restaurant and retrain my employees to provide better customer service. These are just a few of the commitments I am personally making to you, our loyal EJ’s customers.

Once again, I sincerely appreciate all of the time and support you have given to EJ’s. I look forward to being a part of this community for many years to come!

Eric Lippmann

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Houston Restaurant Week 2010

Are you a foodie?

Get ready to be dazzled.

It's time for Houston Restaurant Week 2010.

From August 1st-21st, you have a chance to dine out to help fight hunger in Houston. The opportunity to enjoy a three course gourmet meal for $35 per person (not including beverages, tax or gratuity) awaits you. Participating restaurants will donate $5 from each special meal sold to the Houston Food Bank. This is a wonderful opportunity for diners to try new restaurants or re-visit old favorites while helping to fight hunger in Houston.

And new this year....a LUNCH option! 2 courses for $20 and $3 will be donated to the Houston Food Bank.

Below is a sneak peek of some of the restaurants that are participating....and you can go here to view menu choices.

III Forks
51 Fifteen
Americas Post Oak "The Original"
Amerigo's Grille
Azuma Sushi and Robata Bar
Backstreet Café
benjy's in The Village
benjy's on Washington
Bistro Catron
Bistro Don Camillo
Branch Water Tavern
Brasserie Max & Julie
Brennan's of Houston
Brenner's on the Bayou
Brenner's Steakhouse
Cadillac Bar Houston
Café Moustache
The Capital Grille
Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano
Cavatore Italian Restaurant
Ciao Bello
Cielo Mexican Bistro
Crapitto's Cucina Italiana
Crave Sushi Boutique
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House
Downtown Aquarium
Eddie V's Prime Seafood
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Frank's Chop House
Gigi's Asian Bistro & Dumpling Bar
The Grove
Haven, A Seasonal Kitchen
House of Blues Foundation Room
La Griglia
Le Mistral
Mark's American Cuisine
Max's Wine Dive
McCormick & Schmick's
The Melting Pot - Westheimer
Mockingbird Bistro
Monarch Restaurant and Lounge
Morton's The Steakhouse
Mo's…A Place for Steaks
Noe @ The Omni Houston Galleria Hotel
The Oceanaire Seafood Room
Olivette at The Houstonian
Ouisie's Table
Palm Restaurant
Pappas Bros. Steak House
Pappas Grill
Perry's Steakhouse & Grille
Polo's Signature
Post Oak Grill
Prego Restaurant
Quattro at Four Seasons Hotel Houston
Rainbow Lodge
Ruggles Grill
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Sambuca Restaurant
Smith & Wollensky
Soma Sushi
The St. Regis Houston - Remington Restaurant
Strata Restaurant & Bar
Sullivan's Steakhouse
Valentino Vin Bar
Vic & Anthony's
Willie G's Seafood & Steaks

Monday, July 5, 2010

Shoplifting Birthday Party Ideas

I'm a rule-follower to the core, so I can safely tell you that I don't lie, cheat or steal...or tolerate those that do (and all the Aggies said, Whoop!).

So when I say I'm shoplifting birthday party ideas, I mean that I'm linking to another fabulous site and giving her all the credit.

We do share a name, after all.

Happy Birthday Planning!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A Great Article Regarding High School Reunions

It seems we are deep in the heart of high school reunion season. Facebook is boomin' with pictures of all the festivities and my best guess is this will continue into the fall.

I receive an email newsletter for Lauren Battistini at Color My Closet and she featured an article addressing this very topic.

Take a peek and don't be 'that' girl.

'Nuff said.

Avoid These Common Wardrobe Mishaps When Heading to Your High School Reunion

The thought of attending a high school reunion can conjure up all types of sentiments: panic, fear, dread, joy, excitement, nervousness, or anticipation. I will be attending two high school reunions this summer, as I transferred to a new high school my junior year. This will be my first time to attend any such reunion, and the idea of attending brings about feelings of both excitement and nervousness for me. On the one hand, I want to play it cool and look like I threw my outfit together without so much as a second thought. In other words, I want to look like I'm not trying too hard. On the other hand, a lot is at stake so there is a bit of pressure. I have not seen many of my former classmates in twenty years! What if I'm overdressed or under dressed? Some of the same feelings of insecurity I experienced as a high school student could easily come creeping back up, but only if I let them. I have decided not to let past fears and insecurities get in the way of my having a fabulous time with my former classmates. I also have a great wardrobe plan for the night. Here are my stylist tips on what not to wear for your high school reunion.

1. Just because you can doesn't mean you should

I don't care if you are a swimsuit model with a figure to die for. Please do not put your entire body on display with skimpy outfits that leave nothing to the imagination. Opt instead for age appropriate outfits that are well-fitted but provide some coverage. By all means, show your curves with well-tailored clothing, but don't show all of cleavage and/or legs! Why not try an asymmetrical top that is baggy with some dark skinny jeans and heels? Balance your look by wearing either fitted on top and baggy on bottom, or baggy on top and fitted on bottom. The exception to this is if you find a dress that hugs--not clings--in all the right places!

2. Casual doesn't mean flip flops and cut offs

Many high school reunions consist of weekend long activities ranging from barbecues to golf tournaments. Too many people take the term 'casual' to extremes by looking sloppy and altogether inappropriate. Forgo the flip flops, logo t-shirts and cutoff shorts. You can never go wrong with white denim or Bermuda shorts. White denim can be dressed up or down, and it is universally flattering in a boot cut leg. Bermuda shorts fall either mid thigh or knee length and can be worn with espadrilles, nice sandals, or even ballet flats.

3. Save your sexy bling for the bedroom

Skip the tight bejeweled tanks and shorts, some of which are adorned with phrases like "Naughty" and "Too Hot To Handle." Where on earth this is appropriate I do not know, but I can tell you that a high school reunion is certainly not the venue for this sexy attire.

4. Face the fact that you've gained weight since high school and don't stuff yourself into a tight dress

Just as tacky as the model thin woman in a skin-tight dress is a plus-sized woman squeezing into junior sized clothing. Most women do not look as trim at their high school reunions as they did in high school, and that is quite alright. Dress for your size now and not the size you used to be. Select an outfit that skims your curves and be sure to get it altered to perfection. Many women do not realize this, but store bought clothing fits less than one percent of the population perfectly. Over 99% of women should get their clothing altered, and you are likely no exception!

5. You do not have to look like you are on the runway in Paris

Being trendy and being stylish are two different things entirely. Trends will come and go, and some trends are not meant for your body type and/or age, so pick a stylish ensemble for your reunion. A stylish outfit is one that you can conceivably wear for more than two years and still look sharp. Wearing a radical trend from head to toe only makes you look like you are trying too hard. If you must be trendy, then choose one trend and use it sparingly. If you must wear neon pink--though I plead with you to reconsider that choice--wear it in the form of a bracelet or watch. Accessories are a refined way to incorporate this season's trends.

6. Take the outfit on the mannequin and mix it up

The folks who dress the mannequins in department stores like Macy's and Dillard's are there to give you inspiration and ideas. They do not intend for you to copy their look from top to
bottom. Everything does not have to coordinate and match to perfection. In fact, looking too 'matchy matchy' translates as looking geeky--to use a word from my generation. I encourage you to take what you see on the mannequin and try to find a similar look using pieces from different brands. Experiment with textures and colors to create your own spin on an outfit.

7. Waiting until the last minute to shop guarantees failure

You have enough pressure as it is to look good for your reunion. Don't add to the pressure by waiting until a few days before the reunion to go shopping. Shop at least a few weeks in advance, and be sure to buy the outfit and any other accessories beforehand. Go home and try on your fully accessorized outfit, then get a second opinion from your most trusted fashionista friend(s). Shopping in emergency mode is always a recipe for disaster!

8. Reinventing your whole look through a new hairdo and makeup palette is also a tricky idea

The time to experiment with new hairstyle and makeup colors is not just before your reunion. What if your stylist dyes your hair a strange shade of red and you look like Ronald McDonald's long lost sister? Restrain yourself and go with a look that you know works. Go for some subtle highlights and a trim instead. Keep your makeup palette simple and refined.

9. Speaking of makeup, more is not more--less is more

The quickest way to look ten years older at your reunion is to pile on the makeup. Foundation, powder, blush, loads of eye makeup and lipstick showcase every nook and cranny on your face, including those pesky lines and wrinkles that likely have begun to appear. A much more youthful look can be achieved with tinted moisturizer, an illuminating powder with light deflecting properties, and an appropriate amount of color on the face. Go dramatic with either smoky eyes or a bright lip color, but please don't do both. That would be overkill.

10. Playing it safe with a plain outfit is just - well - boring

You don't want to look like you are trying too hard, right? I feel similarly, but let's not play it too safe and wind up looking boring. Stay away from all black or just neutral colored ensembles. Mix in a bright color like turquoise or red. Let the color add interest to an otherwise simple outfit. Add some unique jewelry to make a basic t-shirt come alive. Keep the silhouette simple but add interest with details such as ruffling, stitching, jewelry, and color.

The most important thing to remember about your high school reunion is to walk with confidence and just be yourself. Relax--okay, try to relax--and have a fun time reconnecting with your classmates.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Painting With a Twist

Looking for a fun evening out while creating your own masterpiece?

Painting With A Twist just arrived to the Cypress area (they have locations in Florida, Lousiana and other parts of TX, who knew?). You can go alone or grab a friend or two, your favorite bottle of wine or beverage, and paint a picture along with a local artist.

They provide your paint, canvas and brushes and you'll have a fun evening with friends. Plus, at the end of the evening, you’ll have a one-of-a-kind creation and, hopefully, a newfound talent you'll want to explore!

Think it'll be too hard? Their instructor will guide you through each step of recreating the featured picture, and you'll have painlessly created a piece of art before you know it.

There are no commitments, and their calendar offers what masterpieces are options to create.

More questions? Check our their FAQ's.

Musings of a 37 year old

Yes, ladies, it's been almost a month since my last post and now I'm on the true backside of 35.

Makes a girl really want to get in a bathing suit and bare her wares at the neighborhood pool.


Especially when the pool is already feeling like a hot tub...sigh.

But, thank goodness my tankini and skirt mask a multitude of sins.

Smoke and mirrors, baby. Smoke and mirrors.

Speaking of mirrors....pondering for the day...If more people could see themselves from behind, do you think they'd make the clothing choices they make? I have the 3-way mirror at Kohls to thank for many an almost-fatal-clothing-decision.

And is it just me or do people tell all in dressing rooms? Forget taxi cab confessions...try dressing room confessions. Mostly moms and daughters.... sometimes friend to friend. People...those doors and walls DO NOT go all the way to the floor. Don't you see the slats on that door? It's just like an AC vent....we can hear everything!!

Moving on....the hunt for summer dresses are my new thing because it appears Houston has shifted and we are closer to the equator. I have to say the junior departments at many retailers are a very well kept secret. Nordstrom's junior department is a great place to find cute clothing and accessories for 1/2 the price and I scored several cute dresses in the junior sections of JC Penny and Kohls recently. Yes, you might have to go up a size or 2. It's all good- cut that tag out and roll with it!

An update on my oh-so-fun pitcher I told you about....I have to say that oranges are working the best, peels removed. The lemons and limes tasted kinda freaky, go figure. Haven't tried to infuse lemonade yet...that's on the agenda for July. Gotta pace myself.

And finally, something of value to take from today's post....I have discovered Diet Stewart's Orange 'n Cream fountain classics. Girls, it's only 20 calories and it is SO yummy. Try an HEB near you. You won't be sorry.

VBS is next week at our church...I can only imagine the blog material I'll have next week. Stay tuned. I'll try not to be gone so long this time.

Happy Summer!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Black Leather and Pink Satin Jackets

Last week my top news source,, revealed to me that Top Gun was released 24 years ago.

What you talkin' 'bout, Willis?

HOW is that possible?

My bratty brother-in-law informed me he was 4 at the time.

I hope he can feel the stink-eye I am giving him all the way from H'town to Germany.


And just like I can remember where and when I saw Maverick, Goose, Slider and Ice Man play that famous sand volleyball scene, particular music has the same effect.

Music is a great marker for memories of our lives.

I'm going to out myself by saying that sometimes the dial on my radio somehow arrives on Sunny 99.1 and when I hear a Chicago song, it takes me back to slow dancin' in the gym of my Junior High School.

Arms extended, hands on each other's shoulders (we kept it PG back then) and feet moving side to side, side to side.

I'm quite sure I was workin' some amazing hair....big bangs and Sun In, baby!

But just as High School Music captured a generation of kids a few years back, our soundtrack was Grease.

It was the word, after all.

Brace yourself..... there is something coming you are going to just L-O-V-E, LOVE.

Girls, there is going to be a Grease Sing-A-Long.

It's true!

Here's the catch.

One night only....July 25th....and limited release.

But here's the problem. One VERY important city is missing.


Dallas got the love. Austin got the love. We need Summer Lovin' too!

Visit Grease Sing-A-Long and there is a special spot that you can click on to add Houston.

I feel a girls' night out comin'!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

New from Dave Barnes

Mercy me....if you have never heard of Dave Barnes, you need to click on the video below RIGHT NOW.

Don't you tell me you don't have 4 minutes.

4 short minutes will bless yourself silly.

Click on it already!

What a wonderful song and even more amazing video.

I am SUCH a sucker for this kinda stuff.

So grateful for God's divine conspiracy in my life. I'm the luckiest gal in the entire world.

I’ve been a walking heartache
I’ve made a mess of me
The person that I’ve been lately
Ain’t who I wanna be

But you stay here right beside me
Watch as the storm goes through
And I need you

God gave me you for the ups and downs
God gave me you for the days of doubt
For when I think I’ve lost my way
There are no words here left to say, it’s true
God gave me you

There’s more here than what were seeing
A divine conspiracy
That you, an angel lovely
Could somehow fall for me
You’ll always be love’s great martyr
Ill be the flattered fool
I need you

God gave me you for the ups and downs
God gave me you for the days of doubt
For when I think I’ve lost my way
There are no words here left to say, it’s true
God gave me you

On my own I’m only
Half of what I could be
I can’t do without you
We are stitched together
And what love has tethered
I could never undo

God gave me you for the ups and downs
God gave me you for the days of doubt
God gave me you for the ups and downs
God gave me you for the days of doubt
For when I think I’ve lost my way
There are no words here left to say, it’s true
God gave me you, gave me you.
Gave me you.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

My BFF for Summertime

How in the world is it already May?

Our summer calendar is still in pencil....I need some events in pen. Yes, please!

I can hardly stand how amazing it has been in H'town, in regards to weather. Alas, tomorrow the south wind is coming and my hair will be in a low ponytail until September.

'Tis true....BUT, I have something SO fun to share that will be oh so useful this summer.

Now, let me first offer the disclaimer that although I am an fitness informercial junkie (STILL haven't bought P90x, thank you very much) and I'm not a big QVC girl.

Don't get me wrong, they offer some pretty fun stuff and let's be honest, those dern hosts could sell ice to an eskimo. Is it any wonder that so many Americans are in a heap of credit card debt?

And don't you crack up laughing at the phone-in testimonials? There is always Jolene from Arkansas. You know I'm right!

Get ready....this is going to change the way you think about getting your 64 ounces of drinking water each and every day.

Brace yourself...

Introducing QVC's Acrylic 80 oz. Pitcher with Fruit Infuser.

How FUN is that?

You can create your own fruit-flavored waters, sodas, and teas with this handy-dandy pitcher.

All you have to do is add cut fruit--lemons, limes, strawberries, raspberries, etc to the rod in the center, and your beverage is infused with natural flavor. And as long as you keep the pitcher full, the fruit can last for up to 2 weeks!

Now, you know I read the reviews..because that is what I do. Everyone seems to like it...but be careful as some report that the pitcher cracks over time and the ring near the infuser rod might crack as well.

It happens. It's plastic, people.

I ordered several for late Mother's Day gifts. I think they are super fun!

And don't worry, I won't be making this a habit. Although QVC does have a pretty cool Pilates machine.....nah, the shipping would be insane. Whew, dodged a bullet there!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Free Goodies on Tax Day!

CINNABON: Get two free bite-sized cupcakes from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at participating mall locations as part of "Tax Day Bites!" Flavors include Chocolate Passion, 24-Carrot Cake, Vanilla Bliss and Cinnacake Classic.

MAGGIEMOO'S: Get one free slice of ice cream pizza -- ice cream with red frosting to look like sauce and white chocolate to look like cheese -- at participating locations from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. (Gonna have to go to Aggieland for this one, ladies)

STARBUCKS: Get free brewed coffee all day Thursday if you bring your own mug, a promotion the cafe chain says is friendly to the environment as well as taxpayers.


BOSTON MARKET: For a "last-minute tax break" -- one free meal for each one you buy Thursday through Sunday -- show this coupon:

IHOP: Expanding on the tax deduction parents get for kids, the restaurant chain is offering free dinner for one child age 12 or younger with each adult meal purchased 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. all month long.

MCCORMICK & SCHMICK'S: The seafood restaurant is offering $10.40 dinner and drink specials in the bar on Thursday -- a nod to the 1040 tax form. Bar guests who come in April 15 also receive a $10.40 gift certificate for a later visit. And professional tax preparers, who may have to work right until the midnight deadline Thursday, get their freebie Friday: dessert on the house plus a $10.40 certificate if they show a business card.

P.F. CHANG'S: Get 15 percent off food purchases for dine-in or take-out, excluding alcohol and happy hour food and beverages.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Family Camping Workshops

I'm not really an outdoor-camping-kinda gal but I live in a house full of blue, so outdoor girl has to show up every once in awhile.

How cool that the someone has taken some of the guesswork out of the how-to of camping?

The Texas Outdoor Family Program offers families the opportunity to learn the basics of camping through weekend workshops around Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio.

These workshops are hosted at state parks and at various partner sites (such as city and county parks) where your family receives hands-on experience learning basic outdoor skills. You will learn everything you need to create great memories enjoying the outdoors with your family, including:

* How to set up and break down camp (including your tent)
* Fire starting
* Outdoor cooking
* Guided walks
* Nature activities
* How to use a GPS
* Geocaching
* Introductions to a wide range of outdoor activities (such as fishing, kayaking, wildlife watching) depending on the site location, facilities and the season of the year

Best of all, no experience is necessary and you get all the help and advice you need from highly skilled outdoor specialists and trained volunteers!

Take a look at their calendar, pick a location and learn how to get out there and see those big, bright stars at night!

Monday, April 5, 2010

My Gray Hair

My name is Laurie and I have color-resistant gray hair.

It is true.

I also have kids that get cavities very easily due to their teeth composition, but that is for another day when I feel like having true confessions. Maybe we can discuss plantar warts and athletes foot that day too.

Did I mention I'm the ONLY pink in a house full of BLUE?

Well, I feel so much better.

You blondes out there do not know the angst us brunettes encounter every 4-6 weeks. I am about to go all Lucy-Lawless aka Sheena Warrior Princess on my hair and dye it dark brown, instead of medium brown, if it doesn't start behaving.

It makes my eyes look so much greener, you know.

And let's not even start talking about the bags that are now taking up residence under my eyes.

Don't get me wrong, I have an entire arsenal of Mary Kay products to remedy these lovelies but I am not consistent enough to make a difference. Suggestions welcome.

But back to my gray hair.

I'm not sure why weeks between my home-dye jobs are becoming less and less, but I think it might have something to do with my younger son, Big Little Brother.

He's my kiddo that truly believes, in every ounce of his marrow, that the consequence is worth whatever adventure needs to be lived.

Don't get me wrong, he is a sweet, sweet boy. Gives me more hugs, kisses and words of affirmation that I can count, but that boy is a Velociraptor. He likes to test those fences.

So it should be of no surprise to you what transpired at Easter Brunch yesterday with my 17 family members.

BLB had already finished the majority of his food, checked out the rest rooms and other points of interest at said Country Club and was in need of another beverage.

No problem. There was a beverage station nearby and he's a capable guy.

So imagine our surprise when he comes back with orange juice in a champagne flute.

I immediately asked him if the orange juice tasted funny and maybe Mom should taste it just in case.

Ladies and gentleman, my 7 year-old son had somehow snagged a Mimosa instead of regular orange juice.

And somewhere, someone today is wondering what the heck happened to their lovely brunch drink that they set down for just a moment.

I'll be buying that dark brown hair dye this week.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Double Dipping, Date Night Style

Sometimes when I'm just not feelin' the need to share (or the stuff I have discovered really isn't blog-worthy), I will duplicate posts from my other blog, In The Know Northwest.

Some of you might not even know it exists....or even care for that matter...but I digress.

Today's post is about live music in our area. Who knew we had so many places to choose from? Not I, that is for sure.

And I'm thinkin' these places don't offer chicken nuggets or macaroni and cheese. Bonus!

Pick a night, pick a place and carve out some time to enjoy the love of your life for a few hours. You might even get to consume your dinner at the correct temperature, for a change.

I'm just sayin'.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Free Treat Offers

Tomorrow, March 23rd from 12-8 pm, is free cone day at participating Ben & Jerry's locations.

Click here for more details.

From what I hear, Starbucks is also offering a free pastry with purchase of a hand-crafted beverage from opening until 10:30 am. You'll need coupon, don't forget.

I don't do crowds....y'all have a great time!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Cleaning For A Reason

Did you know there is a non-profit cleaning service that offers free professional housecleaning and maid services to improve the lives of women undergoing treatment for cancer - any type of cancer?

I didn't either until today.

You see, I am following the journey and praying for a friend that I served on Traditions Council with at A&M and she has quite an amazing support system.

Women are great like that....we can dig up resources as far as the East from the West.

As I was reading about her pathology report, someone offered information about Cleaning For A Reason, a non-profit cleaning service that offers housecleaning for women undergoing treatment for cancer.

There is an application process and as with any non-profit organization, the demand far exceeds their ability to meet every need, but they attempt to match as many patients as possible who go through their application process.

What an amazing blessing.....knew it needed to be passed along.

Have a great Spring Break!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


So, last Wednesday was Ash Wednesday... which means we are almost a full week into Lent.

As card-carrying members of the Baptist church, we don't traditionally participate in Lent, but I sure do like the idea of removing something of importance to me for 40 days to move my focus back to Christ and prepare my heart for the sacrifice and celebration of Easter.

Can I be honest and say that I STILL haven't figured out what I'm giving up or adding in for Lent?

'Tis true, tis true.

Don't judge.

My first thought was to de-activate my Facebook account, but then I thought, "What if I accidentally cancel it all together and then I have to go through the torture of asking all those people to be my friend again?"

No thank you. I don't want a do-over in Junior High 101.

Perhaps reading Beth Moore's new book So Long Insecurity might help with that. Costco, Barnes and Noble or Lifeway can hook you up. And it's totally ok to take off the book jacket or maybe put the book in your cart with the title facing down if you don't want people to know you are reading a book about insecurity. I'm just sayin'....

And then I thought about giving up sugar. But you know, that is not a pure-hearted choice because I have ulterior motives of changing the way my clothes fit, not changing my heart and my focus.

I don't like chocolate or soft drinks enough to give them up and I've been so sporadic at blogging that I don't think it would be much of a sacrifice to stop that for 40 days.

So, I'm going a different direction this year. I'm adding things into my day instead of removing them. My good friend, Michele, planted that radical idea in my head last year. She's great like that.

Two primary needs for me to be the Wifey and Mom ALL my boys deserve are my time with God and my time working out.

One changes my heart and my attitude and hear me clearly, I DON'T LIKE WORKING OUT...but it sure makes the Fruit of the Spirit a bit easier to accomplish. Can I hear an Amen?

So, before I can jump on my computer for any reason other than work-related stuff, I need to have those 2 things taken care of for the day.

I know it seems small, but for me, it comes from my desire to be the gal God truly wants me to be.....and honestly already thinks I am.

Now that I've outed myself, I'll be starting my 40 days tomorrow. Thanks for the accountability!

In other news, we had snow flurries today for a total of 28 minutes. My sweet children have GOT to see real snow in the near future. At the mere sight of white condensation, they were asking for snow hats and pictures to be taken. Bless them.

I obliged and this is all we got.

Please ignore the sweatshirt. He bought it with his own Christmas money.

For the love.

Oh, and one last thing. If you didn't give up desserts for Lent, you have got to try Bakerella's Peach Crumb Cake. My friend, Becky, brought that sweetness to Dinner Club and I thought we were all going to make a vow to wear elastic pants to have another serving.

Have a great week!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Heart of the Matter

We have a phrase in our house which can be heard when anyone resembles Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh....or when the bottom lip is protruding over the top....or when those sweet faces are carrying a scowl that could scare off Cruela DaVille.

That is a 'Why-are-you-so-downcast-oh-my-soul' moment.

The kids don't really appreciate the wit but my man does, and let's just be honest, laughter is what gets you through the day sometimes.

That's been me the past week or so.

Downcast oh my soul.

Lately, it seems like no one can catch a break. Not for me personally, but with certain people we know and hold close to our hearts.

Tray's Young Life Leader, the one completely responsible for him coming to know the Lord, was healed and called Home after a hard fought battle with brain cancer. His two sweet boys will hear of his legacy because it is both deep and wide.

A friend from college just discovered she has an aggressive form of breast cancer and her insurance company is being rather fussy about her treatment.

Another friend from high school whose husband's cancer is back. He's in the middle of a daily chemo treatment this very week.

My little friend, Witt will have open heart surgery tomorrow as another sweet little one is one day closer to Eternal Healing from a cancer that is taking over her little body.

A precious college friend whose 5-month-old baby boy has several surgeries in his future, and several already under his belt.

My list looks a bit like yours, I'm guessing, because each one of us has someone fighting a battle of their own today.

And that is when it becomes extremely obvious that extending intentional grace to those around us is incredibly important. Hard at times? Sure. But oh so important.

When we hear their stories of raw honesty and faith, put faces with those stories and we get a tiny glimpse into their lives, we are granted the privilege to learn from them as they hope, question, live out this current season of their lives and then cling to God as He is the one that is sovereign over it all.

It turns our focus to something far bigger than ourselves and the daily frustrations that we give way too much energy to.

I don't tell you all this to make you sad or for you to feel sorry for them.

That is not what any of them would want.

Instead, try viewing today through a different lens. Be present today with your family. Let something that seems gigantic in the moment, roll off you like water to a duck because in the grand scheme of things, it won't be gigantic long-term. Heck, maybe not even within 2 hours that very same day.

Perspective is such a gift. Don't miss it...I know I have been guilty of that in the past.

In an effort to change my focus yesterday, Fun Laurie showed up and made red velvet cake balls with her two cuties. About 10 minutes in when our hands and countertop were stained red from said red velvet cake, I swore off ever making this sounds-good-in-theory recipe ever again.

But after I got the kids in bed and figured out the best way to achieve ample chocolate coverage without the balls totally breaking apart, I realized they weren't so bad after all.....not to mention the finished product was pretty darn tasty. Gotta love those 600 readers' comments below the actual post. Women are a wealth of knowledge, I tell you, and we aren't so shy in sharing, are we?

And it was while reading those comments that I happen to see that you can make the same recipe using chocolate cake and german chocolate icing.

Oh sweet mama.

I'm SO making these cake balls again. And a batch of these for good measure.

Because a sugary treat can brighten any day.....even when it is 100% chance of rain.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

What's New at Two for Tea?

You know I'm a lover of a good Tea Room.

One very close to my house and heart has some new opportunities for February.

*NEW* Valentine's Buffet Brunch

Show your love for the whole family or as a couple by spending this special day together.

Menu will include Tea for Two specialties such as their Chicken & Spinach Quiche and popular brunch favorites such as Soup, Salads and yummy Pork Loin with fixin's. And they didn't forget the kiddos-they will also feature kid fav's such as Mac & Cheese & Sweets. This is just a sample of all the goodies they will have for you to enjoy.

Tea for Two Copperfield AND Tea for Two Lakewood Forest

Sunday, February 14
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Adults $17.95
Children (10 & under) $12.95

For more information or to make reservations contact:

Tea for Two - Copperfield 281/855-1118
Tea for Two - Lakewood Forest 281/655-4900

Romantic Valentine's Dinner (Two dates to choose from!)

A 10 year tradition at Tea for Two! Join them for a romantic 4-course dinner in their cozy & intimate settings. Please plan on making your reservations early as they fill up very quickly!

Tea for Two - Copperfield ~ Saturday, February 13 ~ 7 p.m.
Tea for Two - Lakewood Forest ~ Sunday, February 14 ~ 6 p.m.

$34.95 Jumbo Shrimp entree
$29.95 Stuffed Chicken Breast entree

For more information or to make reservations (please specify entree selection) contact:

Copperfield 281/855-1118
Lakewood Forest 281/655-4900

Valentine's Kid's Cooking Class

Back by popular demand! This Kid's Cooking Class is all about Sweets for the Sweet...

Saturday, February 13 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Lakewood Forest location only!

$30.00 per student
For ages 6 - 10 years old.

To register for Cooking Class call Susan at 832 237-4749 or e-mail her at with COMPLETE contact information so I may contact you for pre-payment.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Winkflash Flat Rate Book Sale

Remember those photo books that you wanted to make last year and never had the time?

Now is the time, my friends.

Winkflash is having their Flat Rate Book Sale. You can make a 100 page book for $13-$27...depending on the size you choose.

Use coupon code ITSBACK.

No excuses! Rainy Friday....get on it!

Friday, January 22, 2010

100th Day of School: 2010 Edition

I'm not completely sure when the 100th day of school is as I, I meant WE, have graduated from the looming 100th day of school craft....but I'm pretty sure it's coming.

Not to fear!

Visit this link for Tip Junkie's newest and greatest ideas to celebrate that oh-so-important day and perhaps revisit my post from last year and you should be good to go. Just be warned that this might happen if you choose the googly-eye shirt.

Good times, good times.

Now, wasn't that easy? Your welcome.

Getting all that glue off your hands, your people's hands and the dog?

Good luck with that. :-)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Three Rounds of Randomness

First things first:::: Please pray for sweet baby Witt. You may have never clicked on that blue square on the left side of my blog but today is that day. His little heart needs a lot of prayer and his Mom and Dad do as well. I'm quite sure your prayer list is growing, just as is mine. I can't help but sometimes think life is just so hard. Thank you for interceding for this precious family.

Hopefully absence has made your heart grow fonder and you'll be especially intrigued by the three rounds of randomness I bring you today.

With a house full of boys and a dog, the need to cover odors is right up there with making sure we never run out of beef jerkey and toilet paper.

I'm a candle girl by nature, but when I'm not paying close attention to those darn wicks, the slight black smoke makes it way to my walls and that's not a blessing. You might not even notice it until you take a picture down off your wall and realize you know exactly where to hang it again.

Recent development of soy candles has certainly helped as they don't emit the black smoke, but an open flame is still a dangerous venture as ball throwing is not limited to the great outdoors in the Mounce house.

I love me some plug-ins and they do the job for my smelly canine but what to do with all these candles?

Enter the electric candle warmer.

You might notice this particular model got bum reviews and I was in agreement until I realized a smaller candle is needed to allow the candle wax to completely liquify. I had been making the mistake of plopping a big 'ol Yankee Candle on there and wondering why I wasn't smelling anything. I'm happy to report my warmer is NOT broken. How 'bout that?

Now let's talk house shoes. Can't say I've ever been in the camp that wears them frequently as my feet tend to get super hot and I don't have an abundance of hard floors in my house. But the Acorn Spa Thong had me the minute I slipped them on. And with them being major on-sale, 6 colors to choose from AND free shipping? Sold to the girl in Cypress!

My final offering is an opportunity for your family to kick family game night up a notch in sophistication.

No Stress Chess is a way to learn chess without stress! The secret? An innovative deck of action cards. Each depicts a chess piece and how it moves. Once you become comfortable with the moves and powers of each chess piece, you can flip the two-sided board over and play standard chess. 68 5-star ratings can't be wrong!

Here's hoping you have a great rest of the week and I have more organized thoughts next week!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Strength Sessions by Christie Lacy

Taking pictures.....really good pictures, is a gift.

Capturing the right expression allows that memory to live on way past what our mind remembers.

Christie Lacy has the gift.

I believe her heart has so much to do with her work. She is one of those gals that lights up a room and has the ability to make you feel as if you are the best family/person she has ever photographed. And when you get the proofs back? You totally agree.

She's also incredibly creative and she's ready to share her newest idea with you.

Strength Sessions

Strength Sessions are a complimentary photo session + package focusing on people (and if applicable, their families) who are walking a really tough road with grace, dignity and strength. This is an opportunity to document the strength of their story and the inspiration they have been as they live, as they fight, as they overcome.

Here’s where you can be a part of this. Take a moment to consider the people in your life: the people you cross paths with daily, the people you know at church, at work, at school. What challenges have they been given? What situations do they face that might seem just flat out seem like it's TOO much bear? What have they had to overcome? Christie wants you to introduce them to her.

Email her their stories, maybe a photo or two. Tell her a little bit about them, how they’ve affected your live, why you are inspired by them and why you think they deserve to have a Strength Session. The deadline is February 5th.

Wasn't it Eleanor Roosevelt that said women are like tea bags.....the hotter the water, the stronger they become? Read more about Strength Sessions here.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Help For Haiti

We are 15 days into 2010 and I still have a slight case of writer’s block.....which can better be termed as... I don’t have anything really snappy to say.

That coupled with everyone trying to get back into the swing of things and not much happening 'round these parts…there doesn’t seem like much that is blogworthy lately.

Case in point...status updates on Facebook have been filled with mystery status involving colors, inches, book excerpts and the macarena....but only the chosen few know what the heck it all means and then of course, the Pants on the Ground YouTube video.

Okey dokey...moving on.

Then add the tragic earthquake in Haiti into the mix and anything that I thought might be remotely entertaining and readable has now been pushed aside for another day. Images of the devastation are all over the news but equally, the relief efforts are making progress slowly.

Thank you to all the heroes that dropped everything to help. Their work will seem unending. Pray for them.

How else can you help? Below are a few ideas.

1. Text ‘disaster’ to 90999 to donate $10 to Compassion International. (the donation will show up on your next cell phone statement)

2. Text ‘Haiti’ to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross

3. Donate directly to Compassion International’s Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund.

4. Donate directly to the Red Cross directly.

5. Donate to Samaritan’s Purse directly.

6. Order a Help Haiti t-shirt for $25. 100% of all the proceeds will be divided equally between Real Hope for Haiti and Heartline. Jaime Ivey and her husband have a daughter from Haiti and a son that is still there…awaiting adoption. He survived the earthquake….pray, pray, pray. Click here to see their interview on CNN.

7. Join the Skip A Meal For Haiti group on Facebook. They aren't collecting donations but are planning a HUNGER FOR HAITI DAY: Skip a meal or 2 on Jan 20th 2010 and give what the meal would’ve cost to Haiti help.

8. Visit Hope For Haiti. This site is set up raffle-style. Make a donation, get a raffle ticket, enter to win fun items like jewelry, dishes, photo sessions, etc.

It doesn't take a large monetary donation to make a difference. Every little bit helps.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

In This Love For Life

It started with a date party in the Fall of 1992.

He made a video to ask me to his formal.
Should have known right there that he wasn't like the others.

I attended said formal and received a 'D' in Anatomy
that semester as I didn't study a lick
that entire weekend.


Changed my major next semester.
It was the first of many ways he would corrupt me....just kidding.
Yes, I did say that outloud.

Fast forward 3 years and he picked me to be his love for life.

No, he wasn't 12. Reverse the numbers.

Think I could get back in that dress?

And could someone have spoken the truth in love regarding
my obvious need for self-tanner before rocking those red lips?

Stop's not nice.

And no comments about my beautiful bangs.

Today, we are celebrating 15 years.

I'm so lucky He planned for him to choose me....
and I'd say 'YES' all over again.

Happy Anniversary to the man who brings out the best in me every single day
and loves me and our two boys with all that he is.