Archives for April 2011

Fancy Friday~Beach With a Book

Summer is right around the corner.  We are beginning to make our summer, take-to-the-beach, reading list.  We would love to know what you are reading right now or what you would recommend.  We need some new material. We wanted to share our lists.  As you can see, we like to read all types of books.  So, please share your favs! Chris Ann's List: A Version of the Truth Bringing Home the Berkin Eat Pray Love Committed   Kristin's List: The Pillar's of the Earth The Heavenly … [Read more...]

Arizona Biltmore Hotel

That's were you can find me ~ under the umbrella over to the left on that bank of lounge chairs.  It's one of my favorite spots in the world. Poolside at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel is one of my favorite places to rest and relax.  It seems to be the only place where I can get a book read or be caught red handed with my own plate of wings. One theory for it's high ranking in my places of zen, might be due to the architect who designed this place or the relaxed and intimate yet luxurious vibe.  Another theory is, I'm … [Read more...]

Therapon Skin Renewal System

Kristin and I got the opportunity to try Theraderm Skin products in the last six weeks.  Therapon was our sponsor for the last BlogLove™ blogger networking event, Spark & Style.  We were happy to be able to send our BlogLove™ guests home with a good sized sample of the Skin Renewal System to try.  The system works in 4 easy steps. The first three cleanse, exfoliate, and repair~ I love that the bottle are numbered.  It makes it easy to follow the steps,  especially if you are starting a cleansing routine for the first … [Read more...]

Nick Malgieri’s Cookbook Bake!

Not too long ago, Devon and I attended a Baltimore food blogger's get together hosted by Dara at Dining Dish, in Julie from Kitchenography's home. The event was held in honor of Nick Malegieri and was an introduction to his new book Bake!. Nick is the former Executive Pastry Chef at Window's on the World.  His credentials and awards speak volumes of his talent and commitment to the art of baking. This event was wonderful, in that it was casual and informal. (My kind of event!) We gathered and … [Read more...]

Fancy Friday ~ Setting A Vintage Inspired Easter Table

Easter is a wonderful celebration.  We always look forward to a relaxed day of gathering for a lovely meal around the table, Easter egg hunts and family time.  This year, I feel ahead of the game.  My Easter table has been set for a couple of days.  Once I set it to prepare for this post, I thought, why not leave it up? Spring has not completely sprung here in Minnesota, in fact, we had snow just earlier in the week.  I didn't want my table to be overly flowery or springy.  It wouldn't fit in with the not yet green … [Read more...]

GE Momsperience Winner

First, we'd like to say, we wish we could take each of the entrants with us.  How fun would that be?  But, we can't.  We had to choose one guest. So, without further ado...   Congratulations Wendi!  You are the winner of the trip! You will be joining us at the GE Experience Center in Kentucky from May 15-17 with a handful of other bloggers to cook, eat and share tips we've learned for making entertaining simple.  GE has some other wonderful things planned and we are thrilled you will be going with … [Read more...]

Visiting The Children’s Home Spring Break

On our family's spring break vacation we got a chance to go back for a short visit to the Children's Home & Community Center.  Kristin,  Devon, Todd and I got a chance to visit the Center back in October of last year when we took our trip to Azul Sensatori.  You can read a little about the history here.  Then, a few months later, Todd and I, along with some of the folks from the company he works for, came back in February and shared a wonderful meal of empandas and gave away some books to the surrounding community. On this … [Read more...]

Fancy Friday~Spring Sprucing Ideas

Paint is a perfect way to "Spring Spruce" your house!  It's just paint.  Don't be afraid to paint a new color in a room of your house and to give it a new look.  Take a gamble.  Go out on a limb and try a color you've been thinking about.  Remember, it's just paint and you can always paint over it.  Start with a stack of paint chips.  We love Benjamin Moore paint.  It can be found at your local paint store.  If you are a Home Depot stalker, Behr is a really good brand too with a better price point. For many of us, it's … [Read more...]

Cancun Mexico Spring Break 2011

            Just a couple of weeks ago our family went on Spring Break in Cancun, Mexico.  We made it there in first class style although we almost didn't make it on the plane.  After a long day at the Minneapolis airport, flight delays, potential missed connections and several phone calls our family went from a flight through Detroit in coach to 6 first class seats on a direct flight to Cancun.  Oh, and did I mention that after we got our direct flights my husband briefly misplaced … [Read more...]

GE Momsperience 2011 Trip Giveaway

When you see this kitchen, what do you think about? Being in a baking cook-off?  Piling up your fresh vegetables, sharp knives and flavorful herbs to get started making an amazing meal?  Does it make you want to experiment, try new recipes or risk it all in an "iron-chef" type cook off?  Or does it simply want to make you renovate your current kitchen? This is the GE Monogram Kitchen at the GE Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky.  It's a theater for the senses!  It is a 10,000 sq.-ft. complex filled with … [Read more...]