Friday, September 23, 2011


I don't really blog anymore, because pinterest really does everything that I used my blog for, which was put all the things I love in one place. But tonight, I feel like writing something that will go out in the great abyss and can't be taken away.

There is so much in this world to worry about. A war that is both painfully overdue for an end, but that is also stopping potential genocide, civil war, and forced Taliban rule. Massive middle east uproars, world wide economic disaster, despair, and destitution. Insane natural disasters from hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, droughts, flooding, and fires. The blight of the bees, the state of farming today which is both awful and confounding. The fact that an entire generation of Americans is simply not growing up (ie moving out of their parent's homes, not marrying, not having children, etc.) due to a horrid lack of jobs. The way animals are treated from our grain fed cows to football players hosting dog fights. The number of homeless families, to poor mental health care given to those in poverty and those returning from war. Its overwhelming. I don't know what to think or how to effectively operate in a world where it feels like everything is falling apart, yet nothing really feels different.

I still go to work and listen to my female co-workers complain about a lack of men. I hang out with friends, who talk about the latest movie that is showing. I still come home and do my dishes and walk the dog. I make love to my husband; I wash my hair; life is moving on and yet, with SO much bad, how is it moving on, so consistently?

Since a manifesto is a public declaration of principals and/or intentions I want to say the following about what I've decided based on the fact that in the big picture the world is coming to an end, but in my day to day life it really isn't:

1. I want to buy and eat pesticide-free food. That is made in America by Americans.
2. I want to eat meat, whether cow, pig, or chicken, that eats what it ate 200 years ago, whether that be grass or scrapes.
3. I want to save the bees.
4. I declare my support of the troops. I want us to leave our wars, but also be able to determine a solution so that Iraq doesn't burst into a civil war focused on eradicating a certain people, and the Taliban are not able to create their country in Afghanistan-and no I do not know how that is to be.
5. I want to raise my children to love nature by playing outside, hold real books and turn real pages, and know the art of conversation as a way of speaking not texting.
6. I want to pray more. Whether that is in the form of yoga or the Eucharist or quite meditation.
7. I want to have a hobby farm someday. In which my husband and I grow our own produce, raise our own chickens, have our own beehive, and can what we can't eat at that moment.
9. I want to be married to the same man forever.
10. I want to travel.
11. I want to practice consumerism in a way that does not innately create poverty.
12. I want to do my dishes more often, so that they don't get so smelly.
13. I want to complain less, and do more.
14. I want to make my own ice cream.
15. I want to help revive newspapers, magazines, and museums.
16. I want to knit a pouf.
17. I want a lot, and I want to contribute.

I feel better. I hope a do better too.

Friday, July 8, 2011


watch this video...seriously people. It is all i want in a porch, and really in life...

ps. notice the little love seat from a few posts back? See meant to be!

Friday, June 24, 2011

omg, ridiculous, but awesome

Would I pay $180 for a designer dog bed? Probably not, but they are so cool!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

From Lonny Magazine...Dressing Parisian

I can get behind most of these suggestions...

Here is the run down to be Parisian chic, if you can't read the add in the magazine:

10. Jeans with gem-encrusted sandals (not sneakers).
9. Pencil skirt with ballet flats (not heels).
8. A sequined sweater with men's trousers (not with a skirt).
7. A diamond necklace with a denim skirt during the day (not a black dress in the evening) ~ personal note, diamonds are an all day kind of thing personally....don't hate me Paris I'm an American that's all...
6. Loafers with shorts, even with socks (not with long slacks and no socks).
5. An evening dress with ultra plain open toed sandals (not with the gem-encrusted evening variety).
4. A pearl necklace with a rock and roll t-shirt (not with a simple shift dress) ~ utterly agree.
3. A chiffon print dress with battered biker boots (not with brand new ballet flats).
2. A tux jacket with sneakers (not femme fatal stilettos).
1. An evening dress with a straw handbag (not a gold clutch).

Basic take away message: never be all glam, because then you are trying to hard, try to be casual with some flare. Love it Paris.

Monday, June 20, 2011

anthro lovin': summer additionA

It's on sale!!!!!!!! This would be MINE if we had a backyard, but to no avail, because we don't. Slight tear. Walking away...
So cute, and no I don't have her body, but this is for fun people!
Awesome tea spoons...totally awesome...
So pretty....

(All photos from

Saturday, April 9, 2011

due to undiagnosed sciatica...

...I want to switch from my LLBean canvas shoulder bag, to a canvas backpack. After much internet and window perusing. I have found the one:

I love everything about it. It has padded shoulder straps, lots of pockets, made in the USA, and it's stylish. And even though I am a bit nervous about white, I think I am ready to give it a try. Now, if only it wasn't $160...graduation present?

itching for ink...

all images via

Saturday, April 2, 2011

hmmm grapefruit lovin'...

Oh, hot damn! I'm ready for the summer of tart, sweet, yummy, and juicy!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

lusting over cake stands...

So, I'm Catholic and its Lent, and I gave up sweets, thus lusting over rhubarb pie is torture, but a cake stand? Well, at least I'm trying to stay away from the chocolate. Anyway, I have this lovely cake stand, but I feel like I need some fancier, cuter ones. Partially because of this picture:

But, also I just think it would be a great piece of functional art to start collecting! Any of the following would be welcome additions to my collection~

Maybe someday, when I have a bit more space! Till then I'll dream of them, and the cakes I can put on top!

its rainy and cold...

And this picture makes me want to bake up some warm bread, brew a cup of tea, and snuggle up with my hubby and bully all night long...

Monday, March 14, 2011

why, kate spade, hello...

I'm ready for sunshine, suntan lotion, sunglasses, swimsuits, oh well, I suppose I ready for SPRING!

Monday, March 7, 2011

anthropologie lovin' (oogling time)

Seriously? I want, in my house, the whole damn thing. Now Adam has his limits with ruffles, and I'm thinking the shower curtain will be our one and only, but should anyone ask, this is my ideal bedroom everything!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

oooo...this bar cart is da bomb

Have a finally found my barcart!?!?!?!?!?!?! Well, at this price perhaps not, but I can oogle it all I want.

Monday, February 21, 2011

bathroom redo has begun...

I've been thinking about how to redo my ugly green bathroom for a while. Today I made the first step:

From anthropologie....

Sunday, February 20, 2011

laundry room lust...

There is little I lust after more than kitchens; however, laundry rooms are a very close second. I love everything about laundry rooms, the functionality, the smell (clean laundry, not so much the dirty), the sounds, I mean everything. Yet, I've been living in an apartment for the last 8 years, and I can tell you that I can make due, but I just don't want to anymore. One of the things I want when we finally buy a house is a laundry room to lust for. (All these pictures came from or design sponge, but I can't remember which from where. )

And so my friends, I'll continue to fold on the couch, move the drying rack to get to the other side of the bed, hide the piles of laundry when friends come over for drinks, and drive to the laundry mat when I need to wash my comforter, but in my heart I'm cheating on washer and dryer hallway situation for anyone of these other rooms.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

peanut butter and carrot cake...

Happy 2nd Birthday Bauer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What happened when the chicken crossed the road?

He landed on my refrigerator as a cute little decal. I may not be able to raise chickens right now, but I can still have a reminder of what is to come! I love the decal craze, and for $5 from this etsy store, who can go wrong!

light lovin'

So, when A and I moved into our apartment about 14 months ago, I was dead set on getting pretty lights. I hate the cheap, ugly lighting that people usually have, especially in apartments. First thing we did was replace the kitchen chandelier. I don't have a before picture of the lighting that came with the apartment, but here is what we chose to replace it with:

We got it from Urban Outfitters, and I love it. It was fit with European lighting, but we took it to a lighting store and they rewired it for us, and they changed the color of the wire so it blended better. I'm obsessed. It really makes our kitchen unique. The whole endeavor was about $250 (initial cost, plus shipping, plus rewiring), so we had to hold off on anything else for a bit.Please ignore my outfit for a MOD party and look at the simple, but not "me" lamp in the background. This came with the marriage. Adam took bright pink lamps from his mother's house, painted them and put neutral shades on them when he moved out on his own. There were two of them and while they are fine lamps, we wanted something different. I'd been eyeing the clear ones for two years, and finally a year after the chandelier we found the best priced ones out there, that also included shades and were a good shape.

We got these from Crate and Barrel. They were $90 a piece, but compared to some of the prices we saw we were happy with it. After a certain point, it is better to just save up and get what you want instead of settling for something cheap and ugly.

The prize piece of our lighting, was the standing lamp from anthropologie that I've been ogling for about a year. We just got it as a joint Valentine's Day gift, and I'm loving every bit of it!

Again, the lamp is from Anthropolgie (with an anthro price tag too!), but the lamp shade is from Pottery Barn and was on sale! Woot! Woot! We spent quite a bit of money on lighting these last 14 months, but it makes us happy to have pretty things. I'm glad we saved for what we wanted, instead of settling for cheap, unattractive things, that won't make it past a year.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sunday, January 30, 2011

applesauce up in hizzle...

It started with four apples three weeks ago...low and behold it turns out I LOVE homemade applesauce. It was gone in a day. So, the next weekend at the farmers market (yes I'm lucky enough to live by a year round jealous) we bought a crate, I mean it was more economical that way. As we began the process we realized it was time to read up on the canning book we got for Christmas, because there was NO way we could eat that much applesauce in the next week. Thus began the all day process...
By "we" read up, I mean A did and then he explained it to me...

Someone mentioned making applesauce in a crock pot, so we tried that (I mean we had enough apples to go around), as well as adding strawberries. Strawberries I'd do again, but you don't need nearly as much water, because they add a lot more water to it (we bought them frozen from the farmers market the same day). The crock pot takes longer so I wouldn't do that again.

I add cinnamon and lemon rind only, no sugar.

A few seconds in the food processor, and viola:

This is where the canning part comes in, after you make it, it has to boil:

9 quarts of homemade applesauce, two strawberry the rest original...I'm a happy duck!