Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Almost Wordless Wednesday---Sugar n' Spice

Note to self: Always close the spice cabinet before leaving the kitchen to answer the phone.

Luckily for both of us, Sweet Bean grabbed the cinnamon sugar instead of the cayenne pepper! Can you imagine?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Home Tour Tuesday---Whatcha Watchin'

Hey friends! Welcome to this week's installment {better late than never} of Home Tour Tuesday with Miss Daphne and yours truly.

I'm happy to report that I am now one day soda free {Woot! Woot!} But, there is definitely a downside to going cold turkey---caffeine withdrawal headaches! Yikes!

With busy morning complete with Sweet Bean's Kindermusik and lunch with Dad, not to mention the mind-numbing whopper of a headache that has barely subsided despite a dose of Excederin and bottle of water, this will be a quick post!

But before I get to this week's theme: Whatcha Watchin'?---Show us your tv/family room, I wanted to share something that I recently discovered.

Online discount shopping clubs are such a popular trend right now and I see invites and posts popping up left and right tempting our fingers to click and wallets to spend. Well, if you haven't heard of it, or simply haven't gotten around to checking it out, here's one more site to add to your must-sees, Joss & Main. Joss & Main is one of the newest sites I've discovered that focuses solely on home decorating, yippee!

If you'd like to join or just check it, click here or below to receive your invitation.

Joss & Main

Neat, right?

Okay, now onto my family/living/tv room.

Though she's the center of our world, we occasionally get to watch a little more than just Sweet Bean television. *Note, the key word is "occasionally."

Call it a guilty pleasure or trash tv, but I do love The Bachelor! Any thoughts on last night's episode?

As you can see, much of our DVR is full of GG programming, from Sesame Street to her Disney Channel favorites! But, Bret and I do manage to squeeze a space for a few of our favorite recordings from time to time.

Even though we often don't get to watch them until weeks later, these are among some of our {okay, my} favorite television shows: The Bachelor, The Defenders, Castle, Amazing Race, Desperate Housewives, Blue Bloods, Survivor, American Idol, the Real Housewives series, and Top Chef. Of course we do find our remote landing on a whole lot of HGTV since we continue to be obsessed with all things for the home. But even with all the great shows currently on the air, we still find ourselves channel surfing hoping to catch reruns of some of our favorites from years gone by: Will & Grace, Friends, Seinfeld, Gilmore Girls, King of Queens, and Everybody Loves Raymond.

So if it wasn't completely obvious, I admit to loving television! It's my escape and a chance for me to relax at the end of the day. So don't judge, you know you love it too!

Now, y'all watcha watchin'?

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Miscellany Monday

With nearly two months passing since my last Miscellany Monday post, I'm thinking today is as good a day as any to join in a little first of the week randomness. After all, life around here has been nothing if not completely random lately!

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

c is for

{one} C is for congratulations and Cool Gal, the winner of the fabulous February giveaway sponsored by Kara Compliment. Yay!

spring fever

{two} The absolutely gorgeous weather we've been experiencing here along the Gulf Coast this past week has me giddy with anticipation for Spring. With my shorts and flouncy sundresses itching to make their season debut, I came to the realization that my heart and mind may be ready for warmer days, but my body is screaming saying something different. So it's time for me to kick it up a notch, work out a little harder, run a little further, and reach for those carrots instead of cheesepuffs! And until the day comes (hopefully in the not so distant future) when I can look in the mirror without cringing, these Casper-like legs of mine will not see the light of day!

But my toes, well that's another story! Even a desperate need for a pedicure, can't keep me from settin' these piggies free!

one fish, two fish

{three} Sweet Bean loves animals, as most children do. She likes nothing more than to play with the neighbor's dog or to spot a kitty cat romping through the bushes at the end of the street. Lately, GG has become so enamored with Dorothy, Elmo's pet goldfish, that she apparently decided it was time that she have one (or ten) of her very own.  How did Gillian Grace's first pet come to be, you may ask? With a bottle of water and a snack cup full of goldfish crackers of course!

Bean's got great taste in pets, quite literally!

hot, hot, hot

{four} Unless you've actually witnessed this phenomenon first-hand you may think I'm fibbing. But in the microwave, a jalapeno with light up just like a sparkler on the Fourth of July! Though I've known this to be true for quite sometime,  I was reminded just the other day after popping a slice of pizza smothered in jalapenos in the microwave to reheat.  Any idea why this happens? Or is it just destined to remain right up there with Lindsay Lohan's mental state and Lady Gaga's true identity as one of life's great mysteries?

here we go again

{five} If you've read my blog for a while, you'll remember a post several months back when I admitted to being addicted to Diet Coke. And while I was able to kick the habit and go completely Diet Coke free, unfortunately I swapped one bad habit for one that is actually worse--regular Coke. My reason for giving up Diet Coke was simple, I did not like the controversy and uncertainty centered around artificial sweeteners. But loving the fizz and the taste of soda like I do, I decided to just treat myself to a regular Coke every now and again when we went out. The problem--- I'm out all the time! Like a junkie looking for her next fix, I began looking for reasons to run here and there just so I could purchase a soda. Well enough is enough! And clearly, since moderation doesn't work for me, I'm going cold turkey beginning today. Not only will giving up soda mean a healthier me, but it will also help me to be a better example to Gillian Grace. Lawdy knows I don't want her craving that sugary crack juice like her Momma! Wish me luck, friends!

bloggy encounter

{six} Late Friday evening, after Sweet Bean's marathon nap and a day spent at Gammie and Grandad's, we headed out to a local diner for a quick bite to eat. As I sat down, I noticed a lovely family seated at the booth just behind us, and after a couple quick glimpses while setting up all of Bean's dining-out paraphernalia, I couldn't shake the feeling that I knew them from somewhere. After a while it hit me---we follow each other's blogs!  Soon thereafter, we were both able to catch one another's eye and introduce ourselves, our other better halves, and tiny tots! It was so fun to meet Jennifer from The White House in person, and for Sweet Bean to meet her adorable daughter. I see many playdates in our future! Just wish I would've thought to take a picture!

sale-a-brate good times, come on

{seven} With the best of intentions to have it posted soon, I'm working on putting together my first blog sale. While I don't have frocks that would make Rachel Zoe stop and take notice, I will have several new and gently worn garments for sale at very reasonable prices! {Shhh, just don't tell my husband!} And there may or may not be one fancy schmancy handbag in the mix! Who's to say?  You'll just have to check it out for yourself!

winner winner chicken dinner

{eight} Joni and I are super excited to announce the winners of our first-ever Valentine's Day photo contest!

Make it a great one, y'all!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

My Funny Valentine---Top 10

To everyone who participated in the very first  My Funny Valentine cutest couple photo contest. Joni and I have had a blast "meeting" new bloggy friends and scrolling through each and every photo! 

Those that know me well in real life can tell you that when it comes to making decisions, I am the Queen of Wishy Washy! Luckily for everyone, Joni kindly put us on a timeline to keep things moving along, helping to make an already tough decision just a smidgen easier. And though I would've loved to have given a prize to everyone that participated, sadly this isn't Burger King and I just can't have everything my way. So without prolonging the anticipation any longer, here are the top ten photos, in no particular order.

1. Monkey Love

2. Laugh as much as you breathe, Love as long as you live

3. Even the Most Secure Couples Need Validation

4. So in Love

5. You're my favorite Deputy!

 6. When you said you loved me, you had my heart forever valentine

7. Brotherly Love #1

8. Kisses with the Fishes

 9. My Purrfect Valentine

10.Brotherly Love #2

Now it's time to vote!  Tell your friends and family to come here to vote. Everyone has until February 20, 11:59 p.m. to vote and only one vote per person is allowed.

The top 4 photos with the most votes will be rewarded with prizes from our fabulous sponsors (see left sidebar for a listing of great sponsors or click here.)

{Winner of the fabulous Kara Compliment earrings will be announced soon, stay tuned!}