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.