Wednesday, September 16, 2009

I am still here!

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So I haven't gone completely awol! Just partially. I will be back, with another wedding recap!! At the rate I'm going maybe I will have them done by our first anniversary! I will post again when I can grab at the next passing opportunity. Until then, hold tight. All three of you.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

SURPRISE GIVEAWAY- Allmodern.com! {we have a WINNER!}

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We have a winner! Thant would be Jazerai {beautiful name, by the way!} who said: "I love the Coptic and Pollen pillows...the whole collection is gorgeous!" Congrats! Thanks to everyone who entered, and come back in the near future for more giveaways!!!
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Woohooo!!!!!!! I am so excited to be hosting a giveaway for the first time!
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Let me introduce you to AllModern.com!
All Modern has a fantastic selection of modern furniture and home accessories from many leading designers. Part of CSN Stores, All Modern is just one of over 200 retail sites that offer a diverse array of products from office furniture by Herman Miller to wall sconces by Murray Feiss.

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One lucky winner will recieve $50 to choose anything they'd like from AllModern.com's Accent Pillows- which you are SURE to love! I mean...there are over 700 to choose from!

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HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:
Post a comment here telling us which product(s) from Allmodern.com's Accent Pillows look especially fun to you!
• Giveaway ends Friday, August 28th at midnight CST. Winner is chosen
randomly and will be notified Saturday, August 29th and announced here as soon as they accept the prize. Good luck!!
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Please Note!!! You MUST leave me an email or URL for me to contact you! {in the comment box use openID, Google username, or name/URL} That way, I can contact you if you win! Thanks!

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Latest project!

Just made this! I grabbed some fabric from Joann (30% off!), 3 boxes of upholstery tacks, and a framed cork board, which you can get anywhere.

BIG THANKS to Lynn from 2 Excited Nests for this idea!!!! So creative!

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First I ironed the fabric. Very important =)

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Plain, ugly cork board.

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Laid the fabric over the board. Make sure you work on a flat, steady surface, and that the fabric is lined up just like you want it.

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It's a little tricky getting the tacks just right...

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I placed the tacks an inch apart.

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After I finished the tacks, I turned the board over to notice a bunch of tacks poking out! Ooops... So I pulled the fabric over {and doubled it} and then stapled it to the back of the cork. I allowed 4" all around, it was just enough to double, then cover the spikes.

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The corners were thick so I folded them carefully and used a tack to secure them.

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All done!!!! =)


Sorry for the delay in posting the giveaway, it will be Friday or Saturday probably!!! Keep checking back.

Thanks for reading and following!!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

it's a work in progress....

....that is my LIVING ROOM! or better yet, my whole HOUSE!

These two rooms I am particularly loving how the look at the moment.....but I still need a little inspiration......

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my dining room. no, still haven't found the perfect gold candles for the glass candle holders on the table. i really love the colors that ended up coming together in the dining room, the brown wood, with accents of gold, and the blue table runner.

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one side of the living room, which i really like. it's pretty spiffy already, except maybe a year or so from now i'll probably decide to rearrange it somehow. but, that's just how i do things =)

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i like this side too, but i can't decide what to put on that big wall. we have one picture to frame {a batik that stephen's aunt brought us from sri lanka.....it's incredible!}...so i guess i'll wait until we frame & hang it to see what to put with it. i made the pillows on the couch, but i think i need to make more. projects, projects =)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

On The {healthy} menu tonight....

Upon looking for a healthier way to make gyros, I came across this recipe. It's not exactly a "gyro", but I think it will make a good substitute. I had an out-of-nowhere craving for them, and since the hubby loves gyros {and grilling}, I figured, why not?

As far as health goes....it adds up to about 330 calories per serving and 5g of fat. Doesn't sound too bad =)

I will have to come back later and let you know how they came out. =) Here is the recipe, found at eatingwell.com.

{it was YUMMY!}

Indian-Spiced Chicken Pitas

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 cup thinly sliced seeded cucumber
  • 3/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro or mint
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 4 6-inch whole-wheat pitas, warmed
  • 1 cup shredded romaine lettuce
  • 2 small or 1 large tomato, sliced
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion

1. Preheat grill to medium-high or position rack in upper third of oven and preheat broiler. If grilling, oil the grill rack (see Tip). If broiling, coat a broiler pan with cooking spray.

2. Sprinkle chicken with 1 teaspoon garam masala and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Place the chicken on the grill rack or prepared pan and cook until no longer pink in the center and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 165°F, 4 to 8 minutes per side, depending on the size of the breast. Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, combine cucumber, yogurt, cilantro (or mint), lemon juice, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon garam masala and 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper in a small bowl. Thinly slice the chicken. Split open the warm pitas and fill with the chicken, yogurt sauce, lettuce, tomato and onion.

NUTRITION INFORMATION: Per serving: 333 calories; 5 g fat (1 g sat, 1 g mono); 64 mg cholesterol; 44 g carbohydrate; 32 g protein; 6 g fiber; 637 mg sodium; 485 mg potassium. Nutrition bonus: Vitamin C (35% daily value), Vitamin A (25% dv), Magnesium (21% dv), Iron (20% dv).2 1/2 Carbohydrate ServingsExchanges: 3 starch, 1 vegetable, 3 lean meat

What are some good sources {websites, books, mags, etc.} for healthy recipes???

tags: gyro, healthy, diet, low fat, indian, spicy, health, pita bread, recipe, low calorie

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Night on the Town

cb2's Urban Mandala bed linens = hello guest bedroom!!!

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Current obsession: modern city skyline prints. That's why I went cattywonkers when I got this in my email. Ah, cb2 goodness.

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aykm with this pillow?!?!?!? and how about these for tabletop??....

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But oh it doesn't stop there..... how about the bathroom??

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If this shower curtain were a skirt, I'd be sporting it.

What do you think? =)

tags: city, skyline, modern, guest bedroom, modern bedding, skyscrapers, modern decor, cb2, ikea, urban mandala, bed linens, urban style, urban decor, urban bathroom, modern bedding, cb2

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Just for laughs!

I have been wanting to share these videos from Paris for a long time- but never sat down long enough to figure out how to put them on Youtube. So here are a few videos I want to share with you- just for a laugh!

The first video was taken outside the Palais de Chaillot. Click here and scroll down a few photos to see where I'm talking about.


Now that you're back.... Right in the middle of the two buildings where you see little dots {people} congregated- is right where we were standing. Right after we visited the Eiffel Tower, we saw all the people there and decided to check it out. It was so interesting to see what the French do in their free time.

Remember me saying how there are so many "attention grabbers and stealers" in Paris? Literally, everywhere you go, there is someone with a boom box {yes I just said boom box....that's exactly what it was} playing either rap or hip hop and dancing like there's no tomorrow! Well.....here are two videos showcasing such attention grabbers...and one obnoxious attention stealer!




So funny we had to take a second video....



Okay....so get this! A few days later we were strolling around Avenue des Champs-Elysees {a major street in Paris...where the Arc de Triomphe is located} really late at night. It was a Friday and so lots of people were still out. We decided to stop and check out another crowd to see what was going on. Guess who shows up?!?! =)



I think this guy must really get around because nobody paid him any attention. Must be an everyday thing!!!!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Cermony: part one

By the time the ceremony began, there was so much going on around me and in my head I could have gone crazy. Making sure everything was perfectly in place. Trying to discreetly make it to my place without being seen before "the walk". Delivering messages to everyone imaginable. Losing car keys. Flower girls asking me how they look and assuring me that I look picture perfect. Dad crying. The list goes on!!!!!! Today's post is a long one...so without further ado.....the processional.....

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Stephen's Aunt & Uncle that came all the way from Sri Lanka for the wedding. Absolutely dear people!

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My grandmother from my mom's side.....

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And my grandmother from my dad's....

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My lovely stepmother...

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Stephen's mother. Her sister brought her a Sari from Sri Lanka, it was beautiful!

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Mom looking radiant....

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The men taking thier places =)

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Sharel

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Groomsmen...

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Rhonda

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Whitney

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Hannah

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My new sister, Milupa =) And you can't see her in this picture, but my niece Daniella is walking with her.

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and little Daniella had a great fall. I only saw it on the video afterwards, but it was so cute! She was walking fast, practically pulling her mom as she was yelling "Stephen! Timmy!" SO CUTE! She loves her uncles =) Then she finally threw her flowers and fell while reaching to get theml =)

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Miss Tasiah. loved the hair! =)

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Stephen's cousin Hansani from Sri Lanka =)

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Nicolas had the honor of carrying his daddy's Bible....but looks here like he got tired of carrying it. Haha!

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Love this. Looks like Daniella and Nicolas are having a conversation from afar.

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The flower girls were perfect. Dresses, hair, hats, baskets, and of course, smiles!!! =)

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The crowd waiting in axiousness....

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Finally!

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First glimpse...

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The longest walk of my life!

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So sweet...

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About to meet my soon-to-be husband =)

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This picture deserves to be framed and hung on it's own wall. This is among my top few favorites. Probably one of the most serene pictures of us. *sniff* That was one long processional! I didn't think it would ever arrive. I think I stood back there waiting for a lifetime....it felt longer than the days I spent waiting for this moment to get here!

Thanks again to our fabulous photographer!

Next: more of the ceremony =)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Bride & Groom Shots + Flowers!

Here are just a few of my favorite {of the many} solo shots of me and my groom. =)

I give credit to Sam Hassas for all of these fantastic pictures =)
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One of my favorites!

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My family loves this one. I like the vintage look a WHOLE lot! =)

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Full length shot! This is in our living room =)

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My most favorite Bridal shot!

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He is so striking =)

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Cute smirk ;)

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This is my most favorite picture!

For my bouqet I used Ivory roses, ranunculus, lisianthus, and anemonies. It was very soft and natural looking, just what I wanted! I told the florist, I want my bouquet to look like I went to a garden and Just grabbed flowers and tied a ribbon around it. Basically, I didn't want a perfectly round or oval shaped bouquet. My grandmother picked the flowers up from the florist and delivered them to the house where we were getting ready {which was just down the street}. When she brought it in I just gasped and was speechless. It was perfect!!!

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The florist I used was Rey Bethea in Fort Worth. They have been around since the 40's and my family has been long time customers. They knew my grandma well because she still goes there, so therefore they gave me a good discount!

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I love this. It looks so dreamy =)

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Me? Nervous?! Never! ;)

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This is an areal shot of the bridesmaid's bouquets, I LOVED how they looked! I told the florist I want "lush" and "ivory"! This was the result. Perfect!

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This is a neat shot of the gold pendant I tied to my bouquet. This was Stephen's engagement gift to me! It's so gorgeous!

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If you can see it....the flower girl baskets were completely adorable! I bought them at Party City for $7 each. They were plain satin baskets with pearl beaded handles. Then I bought ivory silk peonies from Michael's {sale $3 each} and cut off the leaves and stems, and hot glued the heads onto the front of the basket. So cute! And they only cost me $10 each!

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The Tuesday before the wedding, a few girlfriends came over and we made these pomanders for the junior bridesmaids. I LOVE LOVE LOVE how they looked! SO easy too! I bought styrofoam balls {4"} from Michael's, and about {a large number} of bushes of the ivory flowers, which happened to be on sale for $1.50 at the time! I plucked all of the flowers off the stems, and punched holes in the ball with a pen, then filled the hole with hot glue and put the flower in. It was so simple, and so pretty! The pretty blue ribbon came from Michael's $1 bin! =)

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The bridesmaid's bouquets served as table decoration at the reception. By then, they were pretty wilted though.....but I LOVE this shot of them. Hydrangeas wilt fairly quick, so make sure to have them in water up until they are used.

Next in line: ceremony pictures! =)