Friday, July 22, 2011

Our Hearts go out to the people affected by the bombing in Norway

Photo: CNN 
I just learned of a huge explosion at a government building in Oslo, Norway. Our hearts go out to the victims and families of that explosion. We have a fair number of followers and viewers from Norway.. Mostly in part to my meeting Veronika  of Loppedilla at a bar in Copenhagen back in March and then she discovering our blog.....  
Typically, I wouldn't use this site for news.. but this explosion came 1 day after a new follower joined us from Norway.  I do hope for our followers safety... and with any luck there will be only the single death that has already been reported.


Today's Etsy!

This one is for our women blog readers. Sometimes I think we forget to...

Hang this someplace where you will remember. Come on, we've all been to through your nose, out through your mouth, 3 times. Now don't you feel better?

It's Friday, Just Breathe.

Foodie Friday!

Buffalo Pulled Chicken Sandwiches! These are really easy...great for summer or winter and it's a throw it in the crock pot and leave it sort of deal. When I say easy, I mean easy!

So here's what you need. 

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 packet dry ranch dip mix
1 1/2 - 2 cups hot sauce, we like Frank's

Once you have these things this is what you will do...

And then this....

It will look like this...

Set your crockpot on low for 5 or 6 hours, or high for 3 or 4.

It will look like this when it's ready to be shredded...

Now get shredding. Two forks works great and takes about 5 minutes.

It will look like this when it's all shredded...

VOILA! Done! How easy was that? Now eat! I serve it with chips and a salad. Throw a little more hot sauce on it to taste and sometimes I put some blue cheese on my sandwich too.

There will be leftovers so you'll have something for lunch for a couple of days. 


Thursday, July 21, 2011

A new book...possibly today's love of my life

I wanted to share a book with you that I saw at a local gift store a few weeks ago. When I saw it, I quickly noted the name and author in my phone so I could go home and order it here for about ten bucks less! Plus, I needed to buy another book so I got free shipping.

The cover of this book, alone, spoke to me. I am not a minimalist in my house. I love stuff on my walls. I don't like stuff laying all over tables, but my walls are packed. I have pictures stuffed in drawers and closets just waiting to find a home. This book came yesterday and it is awesome. Don't get me wrong, they do have some walls ideas for the minimalist too. It just so happens that the pictures all over the walls on the cover made my heart flutter.

Think about getting this's eye candy!


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Urban Style...inspired by Jackie.

Today's inspiration comes from this woman...

Every picture that I see of Jackie could have been taken today. Her style was timeless, beautiful, elegant, and classic. We could wear any of her outfits today. Now that, my friends, is perfect style!

So we'll begin with this dress. It's from Ann Taylor and is $148 plus another 30% off right now. The brings it down to about a hundred dollars. I'd say that's darn good considering it's a dress you could wear forever.

For shoes we're going to go with a shorter wedge heel with an open toe. I found these on Amazon for $89.  I love adding just a little bit of leopard to the outfit so it's not too overdone. Leopard print is a timeless classic too...don't be afraid to wear it!

We're going to keep the earrings really simple and just go with a freshwater pearl earring from Overstock. They run about $34. Again, pearls are CLASSIC. Are you sensing a theme here?

Last, let's not forget these. They're pretty much Jackie's signature style. These just happen to be from RayBan and run about $140. Again, you will where them forever so don't be afraid to spend this on them. 

Now go and buy these things, or find some good reproductions of them and get your Jackie on!


Today's Etsy!

Today I have found more wall art! I love this family rules of the house in the form of a subway sign. You could probably make one yourself, but why not buy this for $49? It's cute! 

My personal favorite? Be happy!

So for happy!


Monday, July 18, 2011

Remodel Monday.... Bathroom Style!

So, I have this friend Eric. We'll call him Eric with the red car (even though he is driving a silver car right at the moment). He lives in a rental unit in a house in St. Paul. Very cool space. A masculine Pottery Barn kind of feel. My cats love it there because he has vaulted ceilings and ledges to boot. A climbing they tend to go when they stay with him for any period of time. Despite his cools space he has this ugly bathroom. Ugly may actually be an understatement for this bathroom but my mother always said if you can't say something nice don't say anything at all. In terms of this bathroom though, I think those words of advice should and can be disregarded. Well.. onto this wonder! Enjoy... (oh, ps... the story is that he worked out with the landlord that they would pay for materials if he would do the labor. I think he even got to have a few months rent free during construction.)


 To lovely. 

 Hope you enjoyed this first remodel! If you have one to share please send it on over.

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