Monday, September 20, 2010

Hiatus.....

I am taking a temporary hiatus for a while. It may be a few days, it may be a few weeks. I know I've already taken a break but I'm needing alittle more time.

I have a lot going on right now that is completely consuming me, but I can't talk about:  I have some work stuff going on that I would love to talk about but can't and some personal stuff that I am not quite ready to share.

Unfortunately, that doesn't leave me with much entertaining blogging material. I can only take so many pictures of my cats and pass them off as decent content!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

changing of the season...

  1. Take a drive to see the changing leaves.
  2. Gather around a fire pit and make s’mores.
  3. Invite your friends for a chili cook off.
  4. Go to a college football game.
  5. Rake leaves and jump in the piles.
  6. Visit a local orchard and pick fresh apples.
  7. At the orchard pick out the perfect pumpkin to carve
  8. Visit a corn maze.
  9. Take a hay ride.
  10. Make a loaf of homemade bread.
  11. Make a homemade apple/pumpkin pie
  12. Treat yourself to a new cozy sweater.
  13. Attend a local festival.
  14. Snack on apple cider and apple tarts.
  15. Challenge your friends to a touch football game in the park.
  16. Read a horror novel.
  17. Donate old, coats to a homeless shelter.
  18. Carve pumpkins.
  19. Have a scary movie marathon.
  20. Dig up old halloween photos and frame them around the house.
  21. Open the windows and let your home breathe.
  22. Make pumpkin cookies.
  23. Pick up the phone and call an old school friend.
  24. Host a costume party.
  25. Go on a ghost tour of your city.
  26. Try a few crafts from Martha Stewart
Those are my ideas, what are your fabulous fall activities?

Saturday, September 11, 2010

25 sweet things to do for the one you love....

1. Turn down the covers and leave a chocolate on the pillow.

2. Make heart-shaped food pancakes, sandwiches, and treats.

3. Write a love note and tuck it in your lover’s wallet, briefcase, or lunchbox.

4. Provide your lover with warm towels fresh from the dryer.

5. Write a love note on the bathroom mirror with a dry erase marker.

6. Share a giant plate of spaghetti sit close and hope to slurp the same noodle.

7. Return the favor and perform a chore your sweetheart usually tends to.

8. Write a love note and leave it in their shoe.

9. Offer a 10-minute neck or foot massage.

10. Have a movie night and watch your lover’s favorite movie.

11. Provide breakfast in bed and a book they’ve been waiting to read.

12. Make a singing telegram and email it to your lover.

13. Go for a walk, hand-in-hand.

14. Send a love note in the mail, every day for a week.

15. Kiss for at least ten seconds.

16. Use/wear gifts your lover has given you over time.

17. Write a thank you note for all the little things that seem to go unnoticed.

18. Support your love’s dreams provide supplies, time, or opportunity for them to pursue something they love.

19. Turn off cell phones, computers, and TV for an entire evening and talk, talk, talk together.

20. Share a slow dance, even if it’s in the kitchen.

21. Think of three things you admire about your lover and let them know.

22. Offer your time, assistance, or input for one of your lover’s projects or ideas.

23. Vacuum your darling’s car and wipe down the dash and seats. Add a new air freshener too.

24. Write a love poem for your lover and read it out loud.

25. Create a playlist of love songs that remind you of your lover and burn them a disc.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Feel good..

1.Smile at a stranger.


2.Warm your favorite blanket in the dryer for a few minutes before bed.

3.Call someone you’re thinking about.

4.Leave a note in your mailbox thanking your mail carrier.

5.Buy a cup of coffee for the next person in line.

6.Straighten up a mess.

7.Invite someone over for dinner.

8.Pour a bubble bath for a loved one and give them an uninterrupted hour alone.

9.Volunteer an hour of our time at an elementary school or after-school program.

10.Set your alarm an hour early and make a special breakfast on an ordinary week day.

11.Reach out to someone new.

12.Make a plate of cookies for someone, just because.

13.Tutor a student.

14.Celebrate a small victory with helium balloons.

15.Give all the change in your wallet to the jar on the counter.

16.Instead of throwing out your old magazines, offer them to a friend.

17.Offer a listening ear instead of advice.

18.Honk for happy reasons.

19.Treat yourself to a milkshake.

20.Better yet, treat someone else.

21.Send a funny card in the mail.

22.Switch the roll of toilet paper.

23.Hold the door for someone.

24.Memorize a joke and tell it to three people.

25. Volunteer at your local animal shelter or adopt a grandparent for a day.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Ooey gooey.....

If you love pecan carmel rolls, you have to try them from Whole Foods in Belmar,CO. I've had a hard time trying to find a good sticky bun until going into Whole Foods and I was in the bakery department and saw these huge sticky buns. I thought wow those look amazing. So I bought one and I put it in the microwave just enough to warm it up about 30 seconds. The sticky bun then melts in your mouth. It's not to sweet but has just enough carmel to enjoy in every bite. It's loaded with pecans on top of the bun. That was something I've found other places were slacking on. I love nutty rolls! Also, since it's at Whole Foods you know that it's made naturally. Leave your comments of your best sticky bun finds!!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

If I won the lottery....

I want to wake up looking at the ocean...I've lived near water most of my life; however, it's always been my dream to fall asleep to the crashing of the waves, waking up early on the weekends to go beach combing steps from my porch, or swimming in the pool seeing the dolphins and whales playing. Of course I would have to buy a yacht and name her "Foxy Fawni". I would then save some of the money, give some to my family, and donate the rest. Here are some pictures of my 10 million dollar dream home....










What would you do if you won the lottery?

cheap find

If you were lucky enough to get the two-wheeler shirtdress last Thursday from Anthropologie you might love this necklace below to go with your dress. I found the necklace from Forever 21 for $3.80 which is a steal compared to the splurge from Anthropologie. The necklace from Anthropologie is alittle more colorful but I think the necklace from Forever 21 is a great price. I don't like to spend alot on my accessories.


Steal
Splurge

Not so crafty

From one of my favorite bloggers Love Maegan she made this necklace but I found a similar version of it for those of you not as crafty here. It's from forever 21. I get most of my accessories online from forever 21 because you can't go wrong with their prices. Plus right now their is a FREE SHIPPING OVER $40 going on until 12/09/2010 (use code SHIPFREE). Leave your favorite DIY's or cheap finds below :)

Sleepless in Denver....

Lately I haven't been getting much sleep I'm not really sure why. I've tried to think about what's bothering me or what's causing me to not be able to sleep but I can't think of where to start. I love that I found my anthropologie jacket's replica for half the price!  If you do alot of online shopping like I do you should check out ebates they pay you to shop. It's not alot typically 4% of your purchase. But it's something. If you have a rewarding website please leave your comments below. Thanks!

Monday, September 6, 2010

taste of Colorado

African Spurred Tortoise
We just got home from going to the taste of Colorado. We went 3 years ago for the first time and thought we wanted to check it out again. Plus Brett Michael's was preforming tonight and I wanted to see him in concert. So walking to the event we encountered something strange. A giant turtle crawling along on the sidewalk with an owner saying "c'mon baby". LOL! Who would have guessed you could train your turtle as your dog. Anyway, I loved this turtle it was so cute. Reminded me of the ocean. As we got to the taste of Colorado we went to buy tickets to start our samplings of restaurants in the Denver area. My boyfriend started off with sweet potato fries and of course I went for the fondue cheese. Both were really good. We then had to find some beer to wash it down. The taste of Colorado is a free event so it was really busy and for the space they allowed for the event it was hard to walk through the crowd. Which made it hard to walk around without spilling your beer on the person in front of you. It also reminded us of why we haven't gone previous years. I then saw GiGi's cupcakes they were cute mini cupcakes. I had a vanilla cupcake with cream cheese frosting. It was delicious. So light and creamy and the cake was moist. We stopped by the Dunken Donut truck for samples of ice coffees. The guy was very nice and gave us as many as we wanted. We then spun the Dunken wheel and I won a Dunkin Donut reuse-able shopping bag and my boyfriend won a free bag of coffee. We both wanted the free coffee for a year though! We then met a guy walking around with his iguana's so I had to get a picture. Well by this time we noticed that the main stage was getting crowded (where Brett Michael's was preforming). So we walked over to try and get a good seat. Brett's band put on a little pre show for us which was really nice. Helped with the waiting. Once the show started then came the pushing and fighting and we were in the middle of a throw down. People we're trying to get through and no one was letting them by with their strollers. So please Taste of Colorado next year plan more space for the event and set up the concert stages better.  If you've one to the taste of Colorado or have an event like this in your state leave your favorite foods.









Sunday, September 5, 2010

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The Shining....

Stanley Hotel

I'm sure if you've seen the movie The Shining you are aware of the famous Stanley Hotel. The hotel is located in Estes Park, CO which is a beautiful, fun little town to visit. Our tour started with the history of Estes Park and the hotel and then we went through the hotel. We're told of several encounters in a few of the rooms and things that are seen in the hallways. After the tour we captured a few unexplainable pictures so based off what we saw I would saw the Stanley Hotel is haunted but recommend you experience it for yourself. if you've had any experiences please leave your comments I'd love to read them. ;)


This picture theirs something to the left but I can't make out what it is.


This lady wasn't on our tour so I thought it was a neat she showed up.


Family traditions~

Every year the 2nd weekend in July we go to Steamboat Springs for our annual camping trip. After we set camp up and get a good nights rest we go tubing down the Yampa River. It's alot of fun. The river is more lazy with a few rapids along the way to keep it flowing/ interesting. If you're ever in the Steamboat area in the summer it's a must do. Their are also some hotsprings but I've never experienced them yet. If your in the mood for a hike you should go to Fish Creek Falls. It's an easy hike maybe half a mile in.
Yampa River

Fish Creek Falls

gifts from above....

Japanese Garden
If you ever get the chance to go to the Denver Botanic Gardens you should go. It's gorgeous! I'm sure all Botanic Gardens are the same, :). We went a week ago when my boyfriend's family was in town and just seeing the beauty of the flowers and sculptures put me in a happy mood. I had to go back a few days later to take more pictures because I couldn't get enough! I posted a few of my favorite pictures.











Random.....

Just some random thoughts going through my mind on this first Sunday of September.

1. Where is all the time going? We are almost through another year.

2. I can't believe it's almost time for the snow again!

3. I recommend researching an area and vacationing for a month or two before moving there.

4. I need a vacation!!! =)

5. So happy that NFL football has officially started:)

6. I miss all my MN/SD friends.

7. I am drowning in stress

8. I love my sweet boyfriend.

9. I love my caring family.

10. Next weekend we have the 9/11 run for fallen firefighters!

Hope everyone has a great holiday weekend. I will be catching up on cleaning and crafts.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

playing with scissors

I've recently discovered polyvore.com. I love it! You can create outfits and play around with colors and different styles. Try fun accessories or shoes. It's like your own magazine spread. You can then print it off and bring it out shopping with you. I've found it definitely helps me since I'm so indecisive and I'm a visual person. Shopping stresses me out sometimes because I wonder what I wilI wear this with. It also makes me feel better about big purchases because I can try and create other looks with things I may already have or have seen recently go on sale. So check it out and post your favorite outfits.

Homesick......

Labor day weekend... last weekend to wear white or go tubbing on the lake. The leaves are begining to change to these vibrant yellow and red colors. Perfect time of the year when the apple orchards open up and offer fresh pressed cider and apple tarts. Samplings of all kinds of apples. My new found love of hay rides and being able to go out and pick your own pumpkins to carve for Halloween. Fall is my favorite time of the year. I grew up in Northern MN and to this day still remember labor day weekend. It was the last weekend of the State fair in the heart of St. Paul. Time spent with close family and friends. Our last chance to get mini donuts and anything fried on a stick. After a fun filled day of learning new things and getting free things we always drove to Snelling blvd to see the old victorian homes. I always dreamed about living in one of these homes as a young girl. My Mom, sister, and I always stayed busy we biked and rollerbladed the lakes in St. Paul/Minneapolis. Living in Colorado I'm still trying to adjust to the dry climate (it kills my hair and skin), not having lakes around and a state fair 3 hours away.  I also miss not having much of a fall. We don't get those beautiful colors. I think of Colorado as having winter and summer seasons. I'm feeling homesick for MN and my family there. =( Don't get me wrong Colorado is a great place to live just not right for me!