Archive | April, 2012

Monday Inspiration :: Put A Bird On It!

30 Apr

Monday inspiration — HUMOR!  Humor always seems to lift the spirits and lighten any load.  I especially enjoy humor that is self-deprecating.  It’s always entertaining to look at yourself and find humor in things that you usually take very seriously.

A new series YouTube series called Portlandia is hilarious.  If you haven’t watched them before, here are two of my favorite videos.  Both are poking fun of subjects I love – eating healthy and crafts.

The first called “Is it Local?” is sooooooooo funny!  It’s about eating healthy and shows a couple interrogating a waitress about the origins of the food on their menu. It’s a MUST see and your be smiling every time you think of the phrase “I’m sorry to interrupt, I had exactly the same question!”  – That will make a lot more sense after watching the video.  :)

The second is making fun of us crafty folks!  It’s a funny episode that shows two crafters who like to spruce up objects by painting birds on them.  They paint birds on just about everything they can find and go a little too bird crazy.

- Angie

Friday Favorites

27 Apr

Happy Friday!!

A little peek in my life this week:

I haven’t had a sip of coffee in over a month.  Then Starbucks at Target had mini White Chocolate Mocha samples.  I couldn’t resist!


Breakfast for dinner?  Yes please!!  And try this trick of baking some bacon in the oven.  Brilliant!

These are the devil.  Just sayin’….

No commentary needed.  The picture speaks for itself.  (And I may or may not own a pair of earrings with his face from High School Musical)

And the excitement is building for our trip to see Mickey!!

Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you when we return!



Growing Green Onions?

26 Apr

We are really loving our little herb garden.  We have cilantro coming out our ears and basil that makes my homemade spaghetti sing!

Does anyone use green onions as much as I do?  We love them and they add just enough flavor…but I usually only use a 1 stalk and the rest go to waste.

I saw on Pinterest this little ditty…and thought I’d give it a try.  And it would be fun for the kids to watch and measure…if it really worked.

First try…we cut the ends way too short.

After a week and changing the water every other day…we got nothing.  And to the trash they went.  My daughter told me to add them to our compost.  But we don’t have any compost.  I think we need to start some compost since she already thinks we have compost.  (How many times can you say compost?)

A week went by and I needed green onions again.  Off to the store.  Only used 1 stalk, of course.  This time, we cut the stems leaving a good 3 inches and place in a glass of fresh water near a sunny window.

Started as this:

3 days later, they looked like this:

And day 6, we have full grown, yummy green onions in our kitchen.

We change the water every other day and it has been so fun watching them grow.

Give it a try!



Monday Inspiration :: Creative photography by Jason Lee

23 Apr

Jason Lee is a wedding photographer who started taking photos of his daughters several years ago after his mom was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. His daughters constantly had colds and coughs so he couldn’t always bring them to visit their grandmother. Jason wanted his mom to be able to see her granddaughters without catching their germs so he started a blog where his mom could see what was going on in their life.

Jason’s daughters – eight-year-old Kristin and five-year-old Kayla help with photo ideas. Jason says that they are never-ending source of ideas!

If you are tired of posed or stiff photography, then take a look at these incredibly creative pictures taken by Jason Lee.

 To see more of Jason’s photography,  check out his website and blog here.

-All pictures courtesy of Jason Lee.

Monday :: Life

23 Apr

Nothing that I love more than spending warm mornings outside with him and her while big sister is at school.


Still in our jammies.

I feel like I am enjoying these moments so much more than I did when big sister was his age.  Time is flying.  And I wish it would stop.

And in my attempt to be in more pictures with my babies this year, here is the result:

It may not be perfect.  But it is perfect.

Happy Monday!

And we have a sign!

20 Apr

Happy Friday my friends!  Construction at the new coffee shop has been going great but it’s pretty much a full time job now.  Meeting contractors, buying supplies, evaluating work, managing when city inspections take place, etc…  If all goes as planned, we should be done in a few weeks and open for business!

And the best thing to happen lately is that our sign was completed.  Looks official now!  I love what the sign company came up with. They really gave our logo life by making it dimensional.  I also really like how they had the idea of raising the sign above the roof of the building.  It stands out and really draws attention.  What do you think?



Monday Favorites

16 Apr





window trim/window box

window box

martha stewart living. greens.

little things

Happy Monday!


Friday Favorites

13 Apr

Some of my favorite moments this week.

Glad the Easter Bunny is gone…picking up enough wrappers to send me postal:

Cannot believe they are actually growing.  Cilantro, sweet basil, lemon basil, and rosemary:

New measuring cups from my sweet friend:

Slight problem with school supplies…specifically colored pens:

and this love.  Cannot get enough of him…a gift like no other:

Are you on Instagram?  I’ve added my Instagram feed to our sidebar so follow along if you like!  I’d love to see what your snapping pictures of too!

Have an awesome weekend!


Good Deed A Day

12 Apr

I sent a text to my friend asking “how can we teach our children to be content in this world????”

It’s hard.  We live in a world with 9 year olds getting their own iphone’s, Kindle’s, and MacBook Pro.  We live in a world of constant instant gratification, not waiting for anything, and moving on to the next big thing.

I’m tired of it honestly.

And all my friends probably think I should be sent to the crazy house for wanting a simple life, free from all these crazy expectations and material things.

My symphony.

A Good Deed A Day.  Being Thankful.  Being Content.


This book as not been released yet from Amazon but you can pre order it now.

Do you feel like you a fighting a losing battle with all the worldly influences around you and your children?

What’s for Snack Wednesday :: Savory Crackers

11 Apr

When Angie and I were in Round Top, we noticed several groups of women walking around snacking on crackers.  Angie said she thought she knew what they were…some type of cracker with red pepper flakes and seasonings.

We have a big Easter block party and bring lots of fun snacks to share.  I googled “saltines with red pepper flakes” and this recipe popped up:

1 box multi grain crackers

1 cup light oil

1 packed Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing mix

1 t garlic powder

1 t red pepper flakes


Mix the seasonings and oil:

Toss in the crackers and toss…toss…toss.

Let the crackers and oil mixture sit for several hours to soak up.  And toss crackers occasionally too.

I made these the day before and 3/4 of the crackers were gone before the party.  That’s how yummy they are!



The New Round Top Phone App – Shopping for antiques is now mobile!

10 Apr

I was so excited yesterday to share what I learned watching Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and Forks Over Knives, I completely forgot to share my Round Top purchases with you.  I didn’t buy anything for personal use…only things we can use for our new coffee shop.  So these things probably don’t seem that exciting but they are to me because they are much needed in our soon to be coffee shop – Revolucion Coffee + Juice! Woot!

Bought this light fixture to hang above our large community table.  It is made from an antique holder used on a pot strainer.

These metal arrows will be used to hang above two counter areas…one will stay “Order Here” and the other will say “Pick Up Here”.

Antique women and men’s bathroom signs.  Still not 100% sure about using these but they only cost $5 each so I picked them up just in case.

My final purchase was this large metal antique letter “J”.  I thought it was very unusual since it was two toned blue and metal.  It will be perfect to use on the wall to spell out the word Juice.

I also already own a large C (I bought in October’s Round Top) that can be used to spell out the word Coffee.  I am probably going to spell both words out with different lettering – somewhat like Jack Pierson has done on the two pictures below.

That will look bright and lively on the wall don’t ya’ think?  I don’t have the “offee” or the “uice” letters required to finish spelling out the rest of the words.  I’ll probably make them because buying more large antique letters was too expensive.

While Carrie and I were grubbing down on pimento cheese and chicken salad sandwhiches, we shared a table and conversation with two very interesting people. One was David Athey who owns the Round Top Inn and the other was  Gretchen Von Rochow who co-wrote the book The Round Top Experience.

Gretchen is not only an author but creator of the phone App Round Top which allows shoppers to search for items they want to buy in Round Top.

Shopping in Round Top and surrounding areas is very difficult because it is literally fields and fields (and miles and miles) of booths.  It involves walking in the hot sun and dirt and basically just hunting and searching for items you want to buy.  This phone App helps shoppers find what they want to buy and provides maps and other instructions on how to get to that particular vendor’s booth. BRILLIANT!  And it’s FREE!

The phone App can also be used for:

  • Finding a place to stay, dine or shop.
  • Accessing map, photos and videos.
  • Learning how to shop the show.
  • See what’s happening year round.

It was completely random Carrie and I ran into David and Gretchen and got to spend lunch together.  David and Gretchen probably think Carrie and I are a little quiet but we were just so tired from shopping in the hot sun all day!!  Also we were in complete awe hearing all they had to say.

I can’t wait to read The Round Top Experience.  And I really can’t wait to use the Round Top App next year to shop for antiques.  Can you believe Gretchen actually created a phone app?  She’s genius.  To learn more, check out her website here.

And…I know where Carrie and I are staying next year at Round Top.  The Round Top Inn!  It’s a gorgeous inn that offers morning yoga and a happy hour during Round Top festivities!

Round Top Inn:  Built in the 1800s, the Round Top Inn is a local icon and historic landmark, located within the Golden Triangle of Houston, Austin and San Antonio, Texas. The inn pairs modern amenities with rustic charm, offering guests a luxurious stay in peaceful, picturesque surroundings. Seven beautifully restored guest rooms and cottages are nestled among majestic oak trees and manicured grounds—an ideal setting for those seeking a relaxing country getaway.  To book your stay or obtain more information click here.

Best wishes to David and Gretchen.  Hope we run into them again next year :)

- Angie

Monday Inspiration :: Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

9 Apr

Over the last year, I’ve become very conscious of what’s in the food we eat.  It’s been eye opening learning there are harmful chemicals and preservatives in the “healthy” food I thought I was serving my family.  Nothing including whole grain bread and fruit juices are safe.

I now check food ingredient labels and have learned that most things packaged in a box or plastic wrap are not healthy no matter what might be labeled on the front cover.  Let’s take blueberries for example.  Watching the blueberry video by Natural Foods TV and learning that most things that are supposed to contained blueberries really don’t, was one of the most riveting things I learned.  Carry talked about the blueberry problem before but if you haven’t seen the video yet, you can check it out here. The video basically shows that healthy foods toting blueberries as the main ingredients on the front of the package really contain no blueberries but instead…sugars, oils and artificial colors derived from petrochemicals.  Not a single blueberry! After watching this video, I was completely disgusted with what our government and corporate America allows in our food. It’s disgusting and should be illegal.

My husband and I have changed our diets by cutting out packaged foods and mainly eating wholesome foods like milk and dairy, lean meat ,whole grains and vegetables.  We limit our red meat intake…we grill fish, eat low fat dairy and eat as many vegetables and fruits as possible.

However, our health education took an unexpected turn this weekend when we watched the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. The movie shows that foods we thought were healthy like milk and dairy and meat products really are harmful.

Extremely harmful as in causing cancer, heart and other terminal health problems.  It is so discouraging because we really were trying to have a healthy diet but almost 50% of what we were eating was terminally dangerous!  It’s hard to explain all the reasons as to why meats and animal products (dairy) are bad for you.  There are a million and I won’t do it justice.  The movie is a must see.  I don’t like to push my opinions on people but in this case I really wanted to share information about this documentary because the information is so sensitive.  The movie really is a MUST see and will really change your life…mostly in the fact that it will probably add years to your life span if you follow what they teach.

Even if you don’t agree with going vegan, the movie Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead is so inspirational in regards to fighting obstacles, losing weight and becoming healthy.  The movie follows several people that overcome weight and health issues but there is one man name Phil in the movie that unforgettable.  Just thinking of Phil right now fills me with motivation.  I won’t ruin the movie for you but just a small snippet is that Phil is well over 400 pounds, depressed and probably about to die based on his health situation. Phil turns it all around in one of the most amazing transformations probably ever seen!

In one way I am glad I saw the film because most of the damage caused my my prior diet of meat and dairy is reservable.  But on the other hand it really pisses me off that all my life I’ve followed food charts and advice I learned in school and from the government that dictated eating meat and dairy!  Will they ever get it right?

As far as the future, I don’t know what it holds for my family and I.  We want to go vegan and have been feeling great on an all vegan diet the last few days.  Maybe we will always be vegan after this or maybe just eat vegan 80-90% of the time.  No matter what we do, I know we will always be more plant strong and will never eat meat and dairy in the same quantities as before. That’s for sure.

After seeing Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead we followed it up by watching Forks Over Knives this weekend which is another documentary with the same philosophy regarding animal meat and byproducts.  It is more educational and takes the information a little deeper.

If you are also interested in more information, you can go to the Reboot Your Life website which is from creator (Joe Cross) of the Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead movie.  It has lots of educational material, diet instructions and recipes.



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