Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Target + Neiman Marcus? YES!!

Target and Neiman Marcus have teamed together to release a new collection on December 1st, just in time for all of your holiday shopping needs.  This collaboration marks the 50th anniversary of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.  There are 21 designers represented, including Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, Tracy Reese, Alice + Olivia, and Marchesa.  There is something for home, pets, children, women and men.  I pulled a few of my favorite pieces together below.  

 So what do you think?  Are you going to shop this collection?  Do you have any favorite pieces?  

Target + Neiman Marcus. YES!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Turkey For You, Turkey For Me

It was our turn to host Thanksgiving this year.  Of course, a few days before, I got sick.  I held it together for Thanksgiving, and then it all fell apart.  My cold morphed into the stomach flu, which was not pretty.  I spent my entire vacation sick in bed, but I am still so happy that we pulled off Thanksgiving before it all went bad.  Here are some pictures from last Thursday.

I found really cool place cards at Party City.  I loved them because 1) I think honeycomb paper is way cool 2) They were disposable, which means I didn't have to store them after the day was over and 3) They were Thanksgiving specific.  

You'll notice that I did black out the names on the cards to protect the innocent. 

We had to put two tables together to accommodate everyone, but here is a shot of one of the tables already set.  I went with vinyl table clothes and paper napkins from Party City, both Thanksgiving themed.  I haven't fully committed to cloth napkins and table cloths yet, but maybe one day.  (Notice the porkie in the background?)

 I don't have a lot of Thanksgiving decor around the house, but I do have a few things.

My Pottery Barn turkey on the right is my most prized Thanksgiving possession.  

All of the prep work was stressful for the dogs.

They sought refuge in the sunlight.

What would the holidays be without champagne (with toppers)?

Here is the progress of our turkey.  We were really excited to cook a free range organic bird this year.  Unfortunately, I can't really vouch for how it tasted.  I was too stuffed up (but it looked great).

My favorite homemade cranberry pear sauce recipe in the world.  My husband took over making it this year.  I figured people probably wouldn't want me touching their food.  

Just another shot of the table.  Can you tell I was excited about hosting for the first time?

I even decorated my chandelier.

I found these really cool pilgrim candles at Party City that I was kind of obsessed with.  (This post is no in any way affiliated with Party City, although I can see how you might think so)

My niece Sophia, Meatball, and Petunia

It was fun watching the candles melt.  In case you were wondering, the male candle disintegrated long before the female.

Petunia got a little bit spastic with a room full of people to play with.

My niece Nola is finally walking, which means she is interacting with the dogs a bit more.  Also, it made me realize just how not baby-proofed my house is.  Babies really get into everything, don't they:)

Well, that is a wrap.  I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving!  I can't wait to catch up with you.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

I Just Want To Thank You

Today is Thanksgiving, a day where I get to eat all of my favorite foods: mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing and gravy, turkey and gravy, a miscellaneous healthy veggie dish slathered in gravy, etc.  As you may know by now, we are hosting for the first time ever this year, and have been planning all of the details for weeks.  

Well, two days ago I woke up with the sorest throat ever.   Yesterday it was even worse.  My nose is stuffy, it hurts to swallow, and nothing tastes right.  To say I am bummed is a bit of an understatement.  

I have a house full of people coming over today.  I am grateful for family wanting to spend the day with us.  I am grateful for the turkey that we have spent all night brining.   I am grateful that my wonderful husband jumped in and made the cranberry sauce for me, so I don't spread my cooties to anyone else.
That very same wonderful husband is pumping me full of Dayquil and Emergen-C.  I have three adorable dogs who have been keeping me company when I need just a little more sleep before the Nyquil fully wears off in the morning  I have a warm house full of love.  I have a job that I actually like.  I have a wonderful family, both on my side and my husbands.  My problems are all very first world problems.  The kind of problems that come from having a comfortable life.  No it isn't a perfect life, but I am happy it is mine

So I can't really taste the gravy today.  I am already really sick of being sick.  I have the great fortune of knowing that this will pass, and in a few days I will be back to normal.  Let's face it, I will probably be taking care of my husband who will catch this cold next (and whoever catches it second always gets it worse).  I am grateful that I get to return the favor (of taking care of him, not of passing on the cold).

And to be perfectly honest, I am VERY thankful about this...

What are you thankful for today?

All images are from my Pinertest board here.  

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Hike With The Buck In The Weeds

It is that time of the year where the days are much shorter and cooler.  It rains...a lot.  I get home from work and it is already dark outside (yuck).  This means that the freeways are a mess, because nobody can seem to remember how to drive in the dark (but I'll save that rant for another blog post).  Husband and I had to put our after-work hiking hobby on hold for a few months, but here are some pictures from the last one we took.  

There are many trails that intersect each other in our local open space.  These markers (along with my iPhone) really help me figure out where I am.  I was not born with a terrific any sense of direction.

A beautiful view of Mt. Diablo as we ascend 650 feet (which just about murdered my calves).  No pain, no gain?

Down in the valley.

I am not going to lie, I really like how tall I look here. 

I got tired of sliding around on the sand and rocks, so I finally invested in a pair of trail shoes.  They are very comfortable and have fantastic grip.  I might try a pair of hiking shoes next year.  If anyone has any recommendations, I would love to hear from you.  

We saw several deer during this hike, but this was the clearest picture I was able to get.  Isn't he a beauty?

The sun setting over the valley.

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