Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day!!

Hope you are having a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.  Wherever you are or whatever you are doing take a moment to remember what Memorial Day is all about and honor the men and women in uniform!  Here is a look at what's happening in cyber space.

Send our troops a Thank You at amillionthanks.org.

Donate your old cell phones to Cell Phones For Soldiers.

Support our men and women in uniform by sponsoring a USO Care Package.

Honor the military this Memorial Day Weekend by giving blood 
through donations with the American Red Cross.

Grilled Apples with Cheese & Honey looks like a yummy side dish for an outdoor picnic.

Create the next intense dark chocolate flavor at GHIRARDELLI for a chance to win sweet prizes.

Wouldn't you love to live in one of these Turquoise Beach Homes at House of Turquoise?

Beautiful Camilla Dress from Anthropologie makes me wish for a wedding to attend.

I want a retro stove!

You should try the cutest little project using Amy Butler fabric.

Love these fabric necklaces!!

Now you can create your own fabric! (Thanks Ash for the link!)

Moroccan Oil and LipFusion in Summer are 2 of my favorite beauty products.

Boys that make you say Mmm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A few posts from superheros and stilettos you may have missed-
Chunky Wood Beads
A Photo Is Worth A Thousand Words
Pistachio Crusted Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Pink Dahlia
Rompering Around

*****Just a quick note about the format for this post.  Joanna Goddard from
 A CUP OF JOE recently did a post in this format.  I liked her idea and used it for my post today!  P.S.  I love her blog, definitely worth checking out!  Happy Monday!


Covered In Style

For a day at the beach, I usually throw on a tank top and a pair of shorts when I am in need of a cover-up for my swimsuit.  This beach season I am going to try a more stylish option that is still appropriate no matter if I am lakeside, poolside, or beachside.

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Frozen Banana Berry Bars

There is hardly a dinner time meal that is not followed by dessert in our house.  It usually entails something rich, decadent, and chocolatey.  With swimsuit season already upon us, I have been trying to stay away from these little after dinner treats altogether.  When I recently came across this recipe, I thought there might be room to partake in dessert once again.  I love making desserts that take very little time and who doesn't feel as though they are indulging when eating a treat on a stick!  The agave syrup called for in the recipe was a great  sugar substitute.  The bars have a very creamy texture and definitely satisfy your sweet tooth.  It really is hard to believe that these are low-cal and at just 75 calories each, I enjoyed more than one.  Additionally, since the recipe includes bananas, berries, and buttermilk I felt it suitable for my little superhero to have one for breakfast!   


Foxy Fedora

Every summer I am on the search for a stylish hat to wear at the beach, by the pool, or outdoors running around.  I have grown a little tired of the fedora as of late, but could not resist this updated one in the prettiest turquoise/green shade.  I made a beeline for the closest check out lane and immediately wore it out of the store.  The color is surprisingly versatile and I have already worn it with various color combinations.  The malleable texture of the straw allows me to toss it into my bag so that I can pop it on in an instant.  This will definitely be my go to hat this summer!








Backyard Pool Party

What do
luau inspired decorations
too many inflatables to count
great food
fun in the sun

Which is just what we did this past weekend!  No beach-no problem, we turned our backyard into our own little island paradise with a few inexpensive and easy supplies.  My little superhero chose all of the decorations and loads of inflatables including a beach ball and ride on seal for him, a pink floating seat for mom, and a family sized pool for everyone.  I am so glad I listened to my husband and purchased the electric pump!  We enjoyed 2 sun filled days of great food and outdoor fun!  My little one was asleep before 7:00 pm both nights!  If you want to throw your own backyard pool party, island style,  Pottery Barn Kids has everything you need and so cute!!!!  I am loving the surf table, the surf beach shack, and the whale pool!  Summer is just around the corner!!  Angelia


Pretty Pillow

Is there really anything better than turquoise and white?  Well maybe I could think of a few things, but I love how my turquoise pillow turned out and my pretty pop of color against my white bedding.  My inner Martha showed herself recently and I found myself stenciling and spraying resulting in a pretty new pillow.  All you need is a pillow cover, (which you can make yourself in 10 easy steps as shown at Cottage Magpie or buy one already made from ikea), a pillow form or old toss pillow, fabric spray paint, a stencil of your choice (I love Stencil 101 by Ed Roth and this Free Stencil Pattern Site), old rags, and a piece of cardboard. 

For my pillow I followed these steps:
1.  I just layed out my stencil first to measure where I wanted it positioned. 
2.  I place my cardboard inside my pillow cover so the paint would not bleed through the  fabric.  
3.  I repositioned my stencil. 
4.  I layed old rags on the outer 4 sides of my fabirc so my spray would not splatter. 
5.  I sprayed a light coat and waited 5 minutes before spraying a second time. 
6.  I lifted off the stencil and let my pillow cover dry for about 4 hours. 


Beach Party

1.  Tropical Print Maxi Dress, Hoss Intropia, $470.00
2.  Valentino gold-tone brass coral cuff, net-a-porter.com, $425.00
3.  philosophy Beach Girl Set, Sephora, $28.00
4.  LA Colors Shimmering Loose Eyeshadow, cherryculture, $1.99
5.  Tara Matthews Bead Embellished Bikini, net-a-porter, $350.00
6.  Shell Ring, vivre, $320.00
7.  Bleach Wash Cotton Tote, Marc By Marc Jacobs, $240.00
8.  Wilma Leather Sandals, net-a-porter.com, $215.00 
A short trip to the beach last weekend with my little superhero got me longing for a summer getaway on a beautiful beach filled with surf and sand during the day and parties on the beach by night!  Bonfires, seafood, fruity frozen drinks, and my favorite beachy tunes are a must!  I love my Beach Party picks above.  Here are a few pics from my little superhero's beach party!  Angelia


Wood Bead Necklaces

I love the way my beads turned out!  They are perfect with white summer dresses!  Here is the step by step instructions for making your own!  I can't wait to try out some different colors and shapes!  Have fun!  Angelia 


Chunky Wood Beads

I know summer is right around the corner when I start gravitating toward cabana style sundresses and wood beads.  I recently discovered this inexpensive and fun way to make your own bead necklaces.  The beauty of it is that you can be as creative as you want with the color, length, and the style of beads you choose.  You can find a variety of shapes and sizes here.  See below for what you will need to get started and step by step instructions to make your own.

1.  120 16mm and 60 20mm Unfinished Wood Beads, Powder Dye by Rit, 6 yards of Round Leather Cord (2mm), Polyurethane Spray, Floral Wire
2.  I used Rit Dye Colors in Denim Blue, Tan, Teal, and Golden Yellow
3.  String your beads onto leather cord cut to your desired length to get the exact number of beads you need for 1 necklace.  Then restring the beads onto your floral wire.  Bend the floral wire into a circular shape upward.
4.  Boil 8 cups of water for each necklace.  Mix the boiling water with your desired dye colors.  For the yellow necklace, I mixed 8 cups of water with 2 teaspoons of yellow.  For the greenish blue necklace, I mixed 8 cups of water with 1/2 teaspoon of teal and 1/4 teaspoon of tan.  For the dark blue necklace, I mixed 8 cups of water with 1/4 teaspoon of denim, 1/4 teaspoon of tan, and 1/4 teaspoon of teal.  Wearing rubber gloves, submerge beads 2-6 minutes in the water (be sure you are using a nonreactive bowl or pot) and agitate gently.
5.  The longer they soak the darker they will get in color.  Scoop out at your desired level of color.
6.  Let them dry on paper towels or hang them after they are mostly dry overnight.
7.  They will be lighter in color when they are completely dry.
8.  Then to seal in the color, spray them with polyurethane, following the directions on the can.  After the spray has dried, restring them on your leather cord, knot and trim the ends.  Pile them on and when someone asks you where you got them, feel the pride when you say, "I made them!"

Stop by Thursday to see pics of how mine turned out.  Happy Beading!  Angelia 


6 Years

Happy Anniversary to my best friend and soulmate!  We celebrated 6 years this past weekend.  I love his sweet spirit and gentle soul.  I love his solace on difficult days, the laughs when sadness sneaks in, and his hugs when spirits drop.  I love his confidence when I doubt, his faith when I need to believe, and his strength when I am weak.  I love his inner child to warm my heart and his smile to brighten my existence.  What do you love about your soulmate?   

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