Happy Independence Day!

I know it’s a little late, but I was unable to get online yesterday. Overall, the day was fun and I definitely enjoyed it.

We didn’t go see a full display of Fireworks, but we did get to see a few that were near our home. We had our Now-2-years-old daughter when we went outside to see them. She hugged Daddy VERY tightly. But near the last few, she said “Ooooh” and smiled. But it took some time and reassurance. Next year is when we’ll do a full on thing and she may be old enough to remember. ;D But for now, it was a nice event.

What did you do for 4th of July?

And now, some Independence Day Trivia and fun facts!

* In May, 1776, after nearly a year of trying to resolve their differences with England, the colonies sent delegates to the Second Continental Congress. Finally, in June, admitting that their efforts were hopeless; a committee was formed to compose the formal Declaration of Independence. Headed by Thomas Jefferson, the committee also included John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Philip Livingston and Roger Sherman. On June 28, 1776, Thomas Jefferson presented the first draft of the declaration to Congress.

* Betsy Ross, according to legend, sewed the first American flag in May or June 1776, as commissioned by the Congressional Committee.

* Independence Day was first celebrated in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776.

* The Liberty Bell sounded from the tower of Independence Hall on July 8, 1776, summoning citizens to gather for the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence by Colonel John Nixon.

* Before cars ruled the roadway, the Fourth of July was traditionally the most miserable day of the year for horses, tormented by all the noise and by the boys and girls who threw firecrackers at them.

* Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on Independence Day, July 4, 1826. (Okay, not so fun, but still…)

* The 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence did not sign at the same time, nor did they sign on July 4, 1776. The official event occurred on August 2, 1776, when 50 men signed it.

* In 1941, Congress declared4th of July a federal legal holiday. It is one of the few federal holidays that have not been moved to the nearest Friday or Monday.


Why July 4th?

* Because congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4.



Creative Week!

Gasp! Where is the Deisgner of the Week?!? you may ask.

Well, I am currently doing some research and having to take another break. (Designers are busy people, so I don’t push for answers, I just ask questions. ;D)

So I thought about it, and decided, this is a good week to talk about being creative and letting it shine in your own way! And I came up with it because I am starting this new task that I decided I wanted to be done. Changes are being made people, and sometimes, we just need inspiration and to see that others go through the same creative struggles as we do.

Now I know when he have this new project/new idea/etc we  get all excited and just want to start right away. And a lot of times, that’s actually the right thing to do. (If you don’t start, you might never.) But there are somethings you need to stop and think about before hand.

Now, this can fit to many different things. (Weight loss can fit into this very easily. No Joke.) You need to realistically think about how you are going to approach it and how to make sure you can keep it going.

Now, while you think about that for a second, here is a peaceful picture that actually helps me at times (oddly enough).

Now, you may wonder why I did that. It’s because it caused you to think did it not? It may have not been about what I had talked about thinking about, but it did start a thinking process (or so I hope.)

And proves a point:

When thinking about a project, try not to have distractions and just fully think about it. When you want something to be done, you need to focus. (there is a difference between setting time aside to focus to only thinking about one thing. You need breaks too!)

These days, we can get distracted WAY too easily. Just go online to do something may turn out like this:

“Oh, I want to get that blog entry written! But I can’t think about what to write about. Well… since I need to think let me check my email. I am supposed to be getting a message from work.”
“Oh look! I have some friends with birthdays this week! In fact, she has one today! Let’s go wish her happy birthday on her facebook wall.”
“Oh wow, that’s a cute picture. Where did they get it from?
*leads to another site*
“Oh that is just too perfect! I must pin this!” (Pinterest anyone?)
“That is such a beautiful dress… what site is that from?”

And on and on. Eventually you forget what you originally wanted to do. OR it makes it even HARDER to write something because you have so much on your mind now.

And boy do I know how that goes.


Projects take time, and though we are excited about them, think about how you will realistically ACHIEVE THEM. Make a plan and figure a time that you can set aside to work on it. It will get done. Sometimes it’s slow, but the feeling of accomplishment is grand.

Now go work on those projects!

Pure Random

I can’t quite figure out what I wanted to blog about today, so I will talk about different subjects, and give you a peek at what is going on in my mind…

Warning, it is quite diverse and a few different subjects at one time.


(Not my picture. XD)

I did it! I actually tried baking with the fresh strawberries, and let me say, it was delicious! Let’s just say the cake didn’t last long enough to take a picture. My family (aka: Me, my husband and my daughter) LOVED it and it was eaten pretty quickly.

My daughter’s 2nd birthday is coming up, so I may try something like this again for her cake (I am baking it for her this year to try to save money for the zoo!) so this is definitely an idea that will be shelved and saved for future reference.


Have you seen this picture going around?

You know what I’m going to point out, right? ….

I hope you answered THE RUG! *laughs* LOOK!

It’s an older style more traditional rug but it fits in this room VERY well! I would have never thought of placing this rug in this room, but look how beautiful it looks? Isn’t it fantastic? So I tried to see if I can find a rug similar to this on eSaleRugs.com

I think I found some close ones… what do you think?



Then I found a colorful version. ;P


Now, the colorful one isn’t exactly the same, but I thought it was interesting!


And I am really excited! My baby is turning 2!! It’s amazing how fast time goes by! And we know what we’re doing for her birthday. She isn’t going to get many presents, but she is going to visit…..



We have been wanting to take her to the zoo since the first time she watched We Bought A Zoo! She loved that movie and it was her favorite for the longest time. And now, she gets to see a zoo! We figured that she is old enough now to actually enjoy it and have fun, so it’s the great “First Trip” (besides the cross country drive… but all she saw then was the backseat while wrapped in a blanket. *laughs*)

This is where we are going!

Riverbanks zoo and garden in Columbia, SC! I am truly excited. I will probably be taking a lot of pictures. My facebook friends are going to get a lot of new photos in a new album pop up on their feed soon after this. *wink*

I have been trying to plan this, but I think, in the end, winging it will just be the best thing. See what she wants to do and where she wants to go. Should be a blast.


That is a look at what goes on in my brain at one time. It is quite… amusing how it jumps so quickly to all of it and bounces back between them.

What is going on in your mind today?

My Modern Inspired Rug

I am hand clapping at how excited I was about the whole Minimal Modernism I experienced with this week’s designer.  It made me take a look at some things again and see it in a new way. Things I usually would never consider can fit well and add that hint of modern that actually works very well.

For example, the following rug from eSaleRugs: Gabbeh 33006752 (Click on the name and you’ll be directed to the exact page!)

At first, the middle design threw me off, but now that I have seen possibilities, I like it. A LOT. It has that touch of modern without being so “AH HA” in my face about it. It’s something that easily compliments, but also could work for a guy as well. (That’s very important I think. *laughs*)

What a great rug, right? Or how about Modern Tibet 33006751?

Both VERY nice. I may just get into this whole minimum modern thing. *wink*

Here’s both the links, in case you want the links to the rugs (WORTH LOOKING!)


How did he inspire you?

Designer of the Week!~

And, today, I have chosen for the Designer of the Week, the very first, will be:

Karolyn Stephenson of Town & Country Interiors!

Her Start: She graduated from Rutgers in New Jersey. She received a Bachelors of Science, and minors in the arts. But her passions ended up having her pursue the arts, and she had started her own decorative painting company Holland Brook Designs.

It was there her designer’s intuition started showing. She painted for many interior designers and found herself helping with design advice and assisting in the designing process.

She was then  hired as a design assistant by a graduate of NYSID (the New York School of Interior Design). She apprenticed with her until until the designer went on hiatus to raise a family.

She was then hired by Phyllis Patyk of Town and Country Interiors. Phyllis has experience of over 25 years! It was here that her sister Suzanne joined as well, and they both enjoyed working under Phyllis until she retired in 2008. And now, they are both  current owners of this firm!

Their Style: I believe this is best described by the designer herself: “Eclectic with traditional bones!” (Love it!)

“I love homes with personality, filled with well traveled acessories and a mix of modern and antique.

I feel each home should be a reflection of the client that has been rendered classic by our touch.”

And I couldn’t agree with her more!

Favorite Trends: Ethinic trend (because it really isn’t a trend at all!).

And here is a fun side note! Now, she talked about how well designed and traveled homes dating back to the early 1900’s (quoting her EXACT, she talks quite brilliantly!), there are ethnic influences.  She then mentioned Ikat and Chinoiserie.

Being me and my lack of good designer terms, I had to look these up. LOVE them!

First, Ikat. It is a very interesting design that I never knew had a name! I recognized it the INSTANT I looked it up. (Click on the word to have the definition.) And then I realized, she is ahead of the fashion curve, because it now is selling as well in clothes! anthropologie.com. This lady has good taste.

And she has similar taste to me. Here is the definition of Chinoiserie: a style in art (as in decoration) reflecting Chinese qualities or motifs; also : an object or decoration in this style.

Yes and YES! Love it! I have ALWAYS been that for Asian Inspired decor! Now ends my random side note.

With all that said, she says yes to Ikat and True Asian Antiques!

The advice she gave to me is that she hopes that people today enjoy trends in moderation. We need to really establish our own personal style by mixing periods and styles. Mix and match to find what says: YOU. (Or rather ME, depending on how you are wanting to phrase it.) No one wants to go into someone else’s home and see the same design, sofa, rugs, etc the same as their own. DARE TO BE DIFFERENT! 

And also, by using real antiques and not all new, it is a form of recycling. It’s good in the long run for the environment.

Now for more from me: I had such a good time talking to her! She is fun and such a nice person! And I LOVE the designs I saw on their site! (http://www.towncountryinteriors.net) So if you are int he right area for them, do contact her! I think you will not be disappointed!

And so, I will leave you with more photos, but definitely check our their site for more!

Versatile Blogger Award

Versatile Blogger Award!

Versatile Blogger Award

I was recently nominated  by Rock Bottom T-Shirts  for the Versatile Blogger Award.  I am quite honored to have been nominated. I have borrowed their style for listing this, because 1. It’s fantastic. 2. It’s easy. 3. It covers EVERYTHING to get this done!~ And so, tada!~

Versatile Blogger Award Rules

  • Add the award to your blog
  • Thank the blogger who gave it to you and include a link to their blog
  • Mention 7 random things about yourself
  • List the rules in the blog post
  • Give the award to 15 or more bloggers

Seven Random Things About Me

  1. I really am a “young mom”. (My daughter turns 2 in July!)
  2. I am a young mom in the sense that I am also 23.
  3. I love finding recipes online, and have a huge stack that I am dying to try.
  4. I have a recently developed a love for ground turkey over ground meat. (so healthy, and let me tell you, try making some baked Turkey Burgers! So juicy and delicious!)
  5. I have traveled cross-country 3 times (twice by myself!).
  6. I am slowly learning Spanish by listening (not by being taught, because my husband doesn’t have the greatest patience when it comes to teaching me. But not everyone has a teacher’s patience. *wink*)
  7. I love writing, but I only have one COMPLETE story. The rest are.. just kind of hanging around I suppose.

Fifteen Bloggers We Nominate for the Versatile Blogger Award

(Not in any order though. Just going through a list I have and these popped up first!)

1. “Ben” there, done that – My favorite Tumblr blog. XD Always so creative and shows interesting ideas.

2. dinutrition – They are ALWAYS showing healthy alternatives and recipes. And they’re good!

3.writingfrommyheart – She has interesting opinions that are definitely worth while to read. And she makes interesting points. (One of my favorites: how we don’t notice details of our daily life. For Example, what are the colors of the Google Logo?)

4. tattlestalesnthings – Cute and classy, a great blog to check out about fashion. And I enjoy it. ;D

5. yourhealthychicks – A positive blog about trying to improve your health! Take notice! Their advice and recipes are fantastic. (I need to start listening more often.)

6. whatsupyournose – Very cute. Love the different and diverse articles that they share. (Found my fair share of good stuff there.)

7. littlehouseofphotography – STUNNING. Love it. I love weddings planning and ideas. They are definitely a good source, and I just adore their page! They also do other photography as well.

8. modmissy – Good taste in decor!~ Enjoy reading her blog.

9. hackmyhome – Very cute. Love reading. It’s like getting to know her.

10. fashionenvie –  Love her taste in fashion. Yes, especially the lipgloss, bracelets… those are some of my guilty pleasures that I definitely don’t partake in enough.

11. yasmincruz – very stylish. I need to take tips from her.

12. rantingchef – He knows his stuff! I always seem to be hungry after reading his blog…

13. mythineats – Her tagline says ” Who says you can’t eat and be thin too”. So right! Pay attention to her posts… healthy and delicious! (Now, if I could get to the thing part. *wink*)

14. chelseanewsletter – Chelsea Football Team (Soccer Team) fan? This is the place for you!~

15. avynkaren – And my buddy Avyn! She writes what she wants to, and about what’s on her mind. We started the blogging journey at the same time!~

There are so many more good bloggers out there! I just ran out of time!~


The Running of Ideas…

We’ve all had it happen to us. We’ve all done it. We’re asked to come up with an idea. Chose a topic. Be creative.  And for a good amount of the time, yeah, maybe we can think of something. Give an answer. Actually chose a topic.

But if you are like me, your face can look like this: O.O

Oh yeah. I blank. Easily. I honestly don’t know what I want to write about, can’t think of a creative idea. I HATED having to chose a topic to write about in High School. I preferred that they chose it so I could at least start. I LITERALLY took days, sometimes WEEKS to finally decide upon something.

So, what do you do to help to think of something and actually get out of these sticky situations so you can go on your way and be productive? Actually do it. And here are some ideas to help get those ideas flowing!

1. Talk to someone.

Yup. That’s right. The best topics are those you are actually interested in, and sometimes just talking may spark an idea or some sort of thought that will lead to an idea. I know that I have had a few blog entries just from conversations with my friends. (For example, my friend was talking about the latest lotto and how there were three winners. It was what inspired “Feeling Lucky!”)

2. Look online.

Hey, sometimes just some suggestions are a good thing. I know that many people don’t even know where to start, and tips from seasoned pros tend to be a good thing. Why not get advice from someone who has done it before?

3. Brainstorm.

Yes, the good old fashion brainstorming. Now what I recommend is write down a list of ANYTHING. Yes, anything because you never know which one may be a good idea after all. Write down ridiculous things. Things you think has too much information. Random fun things that may relate. Anything. And time yourself. After writing all you can in one minute, go over it, and sort through your list. The ones that are too general, you can break up and see if you’d want to do anything with those. Those silly words may inspire an idea. You never know. But what matters is that you were able to get something on paper that you can at least work off of.

Those are my best. I usually talk to people and my mind wanders and it stumbles across an idea. ;P Feel free to do anything and see if it works for you.

And, if you have any ideas, feel free to comment below! I may be able to add it to my list above. And I promise, I’ll let everyone know you recommend it. ;P