good reads

Where’d You Go, Bernadette




Book description:

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle–and people in general–has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence–creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.


I was up until midnight over the summer reading this book. It is witty, hilarious, and well plotted. I don’t think I have ever laughed out loud so many times while reading. This author has the ability to take on the topic of mental illness and weave it into the tender relationship between a mother and daughter. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a heart warming, clever and creative read! On a side note, it made me want to visit Alaska:)

good reads

big stone gap

Adriana Triagiani knows how to write a highly entertaining  story, full of romance, drama, fashion, yummy food (even recipes), and heart warming relationships. If you are looking for a girly read, with the added bonus of some historical fiction, then pick up any of her books. I loved the Valentine series and literally could not put them down. Here is my current read by her. I’m eagerly awaiting her next book- not sure if there’s one in the works…

paper crafts

project life- catching up and plans for 2015

I’ve been doing project life now for two years and when I first started I was using the becky higgins core kit in sea foam (no longer available), which I really enjoyed. I have to say though that ever since I discovered studio calico’s monthly kits, doing project life has been even more fun. I look forward to the monthly kits and they definitely motivate me.  I have been falling behind though, and need to complete the rest of the year in my 12×12 album. I will be starting January 2015 in a 9×12 album from studio calico and I plan to continue my monthly kit subscription, because even if I fall behind, it’s nice having a beautifully themed box to open when I’m ready for it and takes a lot of the work out in terms of color coordinating.

Most importantly, my loving husband bought me a photo printer for Christmas, which I am so so excited about!! No more having to wait for photos to arrive in the mail, which honestly was the biggest turn off for me and made me even consider abandoning project life. Now I can print them wirelessly, from anywhere in the apt, and I can customize the sizes! I am in love with my new printer. I highly recommend printing photos at home for those of you interested in starting project life this year.

This year I plan to include more journaling in my layouts, even though the focus will continue to be on the photos. I also want to get my better half’s perspective before jotting down our memories. I’ve been good about taking photos (thanks to instagram) but need to save more “memorabilia”, like movie stubs, tickets, small wrapping, packaging, or anything else that can be used as a souvenir.

Here are some photos of today’s work on project life. I used the studio calico walden project life kit. I haven’t even opened the december and january kits yet and just got an email this morning that the february kit has been revealed! Yikes I have lots more PL to do!

How about you? Do you do project life? What size album works best for you? What are your plans for 2015?

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omelette for two

This recipe has been inspired by Ina Garten’s omelette for two. I decided to use red peppers, potatoes, spinach and onions (since that’s what I had at home). I also used nonfat shredded cheddar and 5 whole eggs. I omitted the bacon and cream. The baking time and temp are as per her recipe (350 degrees for 15 minutes or so). So basically, you can use whatever veggies you have and sauté them before adding beaten eggs, topping it off with cheese and baking it. Make sure your pan is oven proof!

This is such a nice treat to have on lazy weekend mornings. Don’t you just love that feeling of waking up and realizing it’s the weekend and you don’t have to get ready and go to work?! THE BEST FEELING EVER:)

recipe can be found here

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more lipstick loves

Here’s another gorgeous color from milani- it’s a rich red that isn’t too bold for daytime. It looked beautiful on my mom:)

cabaret blend (40)

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my favorite winter red…

vintage wine (18) by Clinique

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2 Mac nudes..

I love them both on their own or together- modesty is a creme sheen and velvet teddy is a beautiful matte. I like to layer modesty over velvet teddy for the perfect nude!


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milani lipsticks

Here is my small collection of milani cosmetics lipsticks. This is by far my favorite drug store lipstick brand. I love the way the colors feel, go on smooth and are long lasting. Also does anyone else find that they smell like watermelon?? yum!!

teddy bare 

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hot pink rage  IMG_7745 IMG_7748

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8 things we love about Chutney

We love Chutney so so much. Here are our top 8 reasons why.

1. His lips- look at them- I mean, he’s smiling!


2. He is such a good sport about everything!





3. He looks really cute when dressed up in costumes and holiday accessories.








4. He loves going out and being adventurous but is also perfectly happy staying in.







5. He is very good at sitting down nicely and patiently waiting for a treat.



6. He is very good at making eye contact.




7. He gives equal attention to every single one of his toys.


8. …he is such a gentle soul.




Other things we love about him are:

his ridiculously cute growl

the way he pleads with us to play with him while trying his best to sit and stay nicely

his kisses

the way he looks at one of us and then the other as if he needs confirmation

the way he plays with his toys and brings them to us when we are sitting on the couch

how gentle he is about retrieving his toys without damaging anything

how good he is about sleeping in his crate at night- last night he actually walked over to it and settled in after using the bathroom- even though it wasn’t bed time quite yet!

how much he loves us:) almost as much as we love him


Aveda’s botanical kinetics line

I have been using this line on and off for a few years now and really enjoy it. The single most impressive thing to me about Aveda is that I have never broken out or had any type of negative reaction to their products. This says a lot, since I easily break out, even from using a new product as little as one time. I have to be very careful in adding anything new to my skincare routine and I always seem to come back to Aveda, especially when my skin is having its “moments”.

The two products I will be writing about are botanical kinetics hydrating lotion and the purifying creme cleanser.

Botanical kinetics hydrating lotion

Here’s the description from the Aveda website-

Nurturing your skin comes naturally with this quick-absorbing lotion-containing emollients derived from coconut, jojoba and other naturally-derived ingredients-that replenishes moisture with a gentle touch. Camomile and lavender blend helps promote a soft, supple skin texture.

  • Leaves skin feeling resilient and moisture-refreshed
  • Protects from dehydration
  • For all skin types

The hydrating lotion is a great option for the summer months, or to wear under your makeup as a great non- greasy option. I prefer to use it at night in the warmer months  and whenever my skin is acting up and I need something soothing. This calms my skin and I feel like it “breathes” better when I have this on. I also enjoy this when I’m traveling somewhere warm. It is not sticky or greasy at all, which is awesome 🙂 It’s a staple in my skincare, no matter what.

This product can be purchased here.

Botanical kinetics purifying creme cleanser

Description from website-  Improve the comfort level of daily facial cleansing with a rich creme that removes surface dirt and impurities. Extra-mild on skin with plant-derived oils plus soapwort.

  • Gently dissolves makeup and impurities
  • Leaves skin feeling soft, supple and comfortable
  • For normal to dry skin

Ok so I am in love with this cleanser! Even though I don’t have dry skin, I don’t like the feeling of a foaming cleanser first thing in the morning leaving my skin dry and tight. This cleanser does not lather up, so don’t expect that squeaky clean feel after using this. It leaves my skin feeling so so soft. I love that it does not strip the natural oils, which we need, especially in the winter months. For the summer, I will be switching to the gel cleanser version which is also part of the BK line.

This product can be purchased here.