Tuesday, August 31, 2010

CSN Review Dolan Barton Outdoor Light

CSN Stores has over 200 stores and if you are looking to do some online shopping chances are they have what you are looking for. They offer items for the home, pet, fitness, baby and much more. I had the opportunity to review the Dolan Barton Outdoor Light. I think beautiful light fixtures can greatly enhance a home and the Dolan Barton Outdoor light is everything I expected and more. It is well made, has beautiful glass and looks even nicer in person. This light is stunning when illuminated and even when it isn't.

Dolan Barton Outdoor Light Specifications:

  • One light hanging outdoor pendant
  • Barton collection
  • Winchester finish
  • Arizona glass
  • Accommodates: 1 x 100W medium base
  • Includes 72" chain and 84" electrical wire
  • Overall dimensions: 12" H x 7" W

There are also many other lights available in the Dolan Designs Barton Collection.

So the next time you would like to do some online shopping be sure to visit CSN Stores they just may have exactly what you are looking for.

Monday, August 30, 2010

But Mom I can do it too....

My Dad is putting in Patio Pavers at their house so my brother and John were helping him dig out A LOT of dirt. When Will saw what they were doing he insisted on helping. Being the overprotective Mother that I am, I told him he was too little and offered him a fabulous explanation as to why he shouldn't help, and that wasn't well received. He pleaded and I kept trying to explain that it would be best for him to just "supervise". So after much begging I thought about it and thought to myself why can't he do it? So for the next 3 hours Will helped dig out dirt and maybe was a bit slower than the men but when he came in the house he was so proud of himself. He had dirt in his nose, dirt in his hair, on his knees well just about everywhere. Will was so proud of himself and beaming from ear to ear. Sometimes you just have to let go no matter how hard it is. My little boy is growing up and sheltering him isn't going to allow him to prosper.

Friday, August 27, 2010

That one teacher.....

Do you remember that one teacher that was your favorite? I do, my all time favorite teacher was Mrs. Helner. She taught me to write in cursive and gave me the book Charlotte's Web. She was kind yet firm and meant business when she was teaching class. She was how all teachers should be. I wonder if she even knew what an impact she had on me and that I still remember her.

Who was your favorite teacher?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

You Capture: Outside

We spent the day with some very good friends at The Henry Ford and hit just about every attraction they had. We hit a play, rode the carousel, got to pet a horse, saw some beautiful flowers, had lolli pops and ice cream. It was a beautiful day to be outside. Why does summer have to go by so fast yet winter sticks around for too long?


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Sometimes you just have to have a little Faith...

Two of my personal favorites the Love, Faith, Hope necklace is stamped in my upper and lowercase fancy script font and the Faith necklace is stamped in my lowercase script font on a tear drop. To me jewelry is symbolic and sometimes I tug on my necklace and let it be a reminder that I just need to have a little Faith.

Both pieces are available in my shop.

La Dolce Vita

Monday, August 23, 2010

Take me out to the ball game....

Over the weekend we went to a Tigers Baseball Game and I am pretty sure we only saw about a quarter of the game, since we made multiple potty breaks, snack runs and trips to the carousel; but isn't that what a ball game is all about? What did you do this weekend?

Friday, August 20, 2010

Will you be wearing Jeggings this fall?

Have you noticed the fashion industry is really pushing leggings in stores or jeggings which are denim leggings. I remember wearing leggings back in the 80's and will admit I am not totally comfortable in them. I do however like to wear leggings under dresses, but do not think I could pull this look off.

Do you wear leggings or better yet jeggings?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Tomato Basil & Mozzerella Summertime Salad

Tomatoes fresh from our little urban garden.

Right now we have Tomatoes coming out of our ears which is fine with me, then I can make my favorite summertime salad.

Tomato Basil & Mozzarella Summertime salad:


1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3-4 Tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar
Dash of pepper
Dash of Sea salt
1/2 lb Mozzarella balls
4-5 medium Tomatoes
4-5 Fresh Basil Leaves

Combine Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, pepper and sea salt, whisk until mixed and then add Mozzarella balls and set aside. Next chop the Tomatoes and Basil. Combine all ingredients and put in the fridge to let the oils soak into the Tomatoes and cheese, but if you can't wait go ahead and dig in. Yummo!

I like to serve this with a juicy steak, crusty bread and Red wine of course.


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I'm gonna soak up the sun...

Will and his cousin Owen.

Summer is flying by at lightening speed. I know it is over for some but in Michigan kids do not go back to school until after Labor Day. We wait a very long time for nice weather and then it is typically too hot to do much so we complain about the heat. There is no pleasing us. So until summer is officially over we will try to soak up as much nice weather as we can.

On a different topic....

Such serious little boaters, I wish I knew what they were thinking about. I like to boat but I have no desire to actually drive (is that even right?) the boat. I make the perfect passenger though. The boys on the other hand think they are ready to captain the boat.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Tour of the Henry Ford Estate

Last week we took a tour of The Henry Ford Estate, former home of Henry and Clara Ford. Sadly the Henry Ford Estate will be closing at the end of the year for restoration and will not reopen for at least 2-3 years. The restaurant will not reopen and they will no longer hold wedding ceremonies. Almost 13 years ago we had our wedding ceremony at the Henry Ford Estate and it is truly a beautiful place to get married. So until it closes we will be visiting the grounds and restaurant as often as possible.

Friday, August 13, 2010

What have.....

What have you been doing this summer? I feel like summer is flying by way to fast and we still have several things on our to do list. We would still like to go to the Zoo and see a ball game. I am feeling some serious Mommy guilt lately over the lack of fun stuff I have planned for my little guy. The above picture is from a car show we went to last week, I have no idea what kind of car that even is but Will sure liked it.

What is still on your to do list this summer? Do you feel the Mommy guilt too?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Dance in the rain...

The other day Will and I were all ready to go to the local pool and then it just started raining and my little guy said, "Hey Mom why don't we just play in the rain instead" It reminded me of the below quote.

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain." anonymous.

You can learn a lot from a little guy!

The Dance in the rain necklace is new and available in my shop. So the next time it rains maybe look at it a little differently.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

You do not want to be in the crossfire of this....

They claim due to their age their aim isn't good but I am not buying it. Did you happen to see the story about the man that invented the Super Soakers on 20/20 it was pretty interesting.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Eat, Sleep, Boat, Walk...

Kane is a simple dog, give him a boat ride and life is all good. He actually asks for boat rides and goes down on the boat and waits until someone will take him. Sometimes I wish I had the life of this dog! Eat, sleep, boat and walk that is all he needs.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Gift ideas for a photographer

I got a new camera it makes me want to wear one of these necklaces from my shop. Wouldn't these make the perfect gift for a photographer?

If you would like to see product details please click on the above links.

I am such a amateur at taking pictures but sure do love to take pictures and almost never leave home with out my camera. I also love playing around with editing my photos in Picassa.

What kind of camera do you have and do you edit your pictures?

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Giveaway: Meet Milly The Pinkest Kitty from Aurora Plush Toys

Pink just happens to be my favorite color so when I was asked to review Milly The Pinkest Kitty from Aurora Plush Toys, how could I resist? We are already big fans of Aurora Plush Toys and have many of their plush toys. My son loves a Parrot puppet that we purchased while on Easter break and he has many of the Yoo Hoo and friends plush toys also by Aurora and every single one of these are adorable.

Milly The Pinkest Kitty Details:

Milly is truly the Pinkest Kitty and is simply adorable. I think any little girl would also find her adorable. There is a Milly Ballerina, Milly Princess, Milly Birthday Girl and much more, you can view the entire collection HERE. The Pink Kitty With Chocolate Carrier is chocolate scented and just too cute! You can purchase Milly at the Aurora site HERE or in many gift stores in your local area!

Would you like to win your very own Milly maybe for yourself or for a very special little girl? One lucky reader will receive a randomly selected Milly Plush from this collection.

To enter:

Visit Aurora and come back and leave a comment with your favorite Milly Plush. (1 entry)

Extra entries: (leave a separate comment for each entry)

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Contest closes on August 10th at 11:59 pm. A winner will be randomly selected and once notified will have 48 hrs to respond otherwise a new winner will be chosen. Please leave a valid email address to be notified. I received a Milly Plush from Aurora Plush toys to review and the opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

Good Luck!

Monday, August 2, 2010

A haircut, new shoes, and a new T-shirt....

and Life is Good! ACDC T-shirt and Converse Flame shoes are our latest finds from Target. Happy Monday!