Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Wall Street Journal

 Our family has this very odd thing where unusual occurrences happen often.  My 16 year old son posted a game play strategy on You Tube (watch it here).  Now if you aren't a gamer, (and I'm assuming you aren't) then you might be lost here.  So maybe three people watch it and he says, "a reporter from the Wall Street Journal wants to do a story about my video."  This is where I tell him about crazy people on the internet, not to speak with weirdos who leave comments on his YouTube page, you know the speech.  So he Googles the reporters name and sure enough he seems legit.
 Next thing you know a WSJ reporter comes from New York to interview him and it was on the front page of the Wall Street Journal this morning.

This is a link to the article:

 Basically it is about how pacifism is a trend in videogaming.  Whaa??  I know.  My part is where I say that he isn't even supposed to be playing violent video games and I don't want them in my house.

Just another day in the suburbs.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Mrs. Meyers

A big Thank You to Mrs. Meyers for the amazing gift basket! I love it, it makes cleaning so much more fun! You know that I'm crazy for Mrs. Meyers. To be honest, here is what I would REALLY like. A cleaning service that only uses Mrs. Meyers products. You could choose a scent and then have you home looking and smelling beautiful! It would be healthy for the employees as well as the homeowner. I need to get on that.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Work Wardrobe from Goodwill

Let's go shopping for work appropriate clothes at Goodwill!

Friday, January 20, 2012

DIY Peppermint Mocha Recipe

My few of my girlfriends have the Gold Starbucks card.  Now I want one.  You just have to register your Starbucks card online and then you receive points for using your card.  After A LOT of lattes they send you a Gold Card....I waaant that.  I have become addicted to the Peppermint Mocha that used to be offered ONLY during the holiday season.  Now you can buy them all year 'round.  Consequently, I had to cut myself off.  Addicted I tell you.  I decided to make my own at home so I could save myself about a bajillion dollars a week.
In a glass Pyrex measuring cup (that you picked up at Goodwill) measure 3/4 cup of half and half, or whole milk, or cream if you're crazy like that.  Heat the half and half in the microwave for about 2 NOT boil it! 
Add the chips to the milk and stir until they are all dissolved.  Then add 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
Now pour that into your adorable glass jar that you picked up at Goodwill.

Now make yourself a latte.  Or just brew some strong coffee and heat up some milk.  I like non fat.
Then whip up some Peppermint Syrup.  Its easy.  Heat 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water to a simmer on the stove, cook for about 3 minutes over low heat to dissolve the sugar.  Take OFF the burner and add 1 or 2 teaspoons of Peppermint Extract.  (Peppermint oil is better if you can find it.)
Now put it into a to-go cup just like your favorite Starbucks on the corner!!  (I bought a billion cups on-line from a Seattle coffee company.  I'm hard core, what can I say.

I use 1 to 2 teaspoons of each syrup in my latte.  I just like a hint of flavor.  Just use as much or as little as you want!

Enjoy!!!  As my children remind is not a meal! 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

What I Wore Wednesday

 Look at this amazing wool jacket I found at Goodwill.  It was hanging on the rack with the clothing that is being put out on the sales floor.  (hot tip: look there first)  I grabbed it fast!  One of the ladies who works there but was on her day off just took her eyes off of it for one second, and I got it.  She said "I knew it was you who got that jacket."  I felt a tiny bit guilty, but clearly not guilty enough to give it up.  I Love the detailing on the back.
Look at zippers on the cuffs. I am a sucker for embellishments.
I love the shoulder detail as well.  It has suede on the collar and shoulders. 
The boots are from Goodwill last year.  They are Perry Ellis America.  The jeans are my favorite Jeans from Target (of all places) they are Style #6.  I find them at Goodwill all the time and pick them up so I have backup!   I love the Modern Equestrian Look.  Especially when you can find it all at Goodwill.
I wear some variation of the jeans/boots/jacket look every day it seems. 
I'm linking up at The Pleated Poppy and Silver Style come see what the other ladies are wearing.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Goodwill Hunting...

What do you do when you have friends come in from Canada? Easy, you take them on a field trip to the GDub!
We like to start them early.
(No I'm not a janitor, I'm not sure why my keys are hanging out of my pocket.)

Look at her outfit! Sooo meee. Skinny jeans, riding boots, and a red pea coat. Ahhh a girl after my own heart. She was determined to find something to take home with her.
My little Canada Girl found an appropriate t-shirt! I had such fun shopping with my friends. Their suitcases were full! (Yes, I let them look around the rest of Denver.)

Monday, January 16, 2012

Downton Abbey

Since Mad Men has been on hiatus for the past year, I needed a new fashion inspiration. Well I found it.

Have you been watching Downton Abbey on PBS? It is in season 2 already, and it airs on Sunday nights. I watched the first season on my IPad recently. ( There is a PBS app that you can easily download.) I am obsessed with it!! You can try watching it HERE. I'm very certain that you will see A Lot of tweed in my fashion future. I would much prefer to be Lady DeeAnna, and not a servant. But according to my dad's vast genealogical research I would have been working in the kitchen if I was lucky, more likely shoveling out the barn. I am tooo fragile for that, a mere petal. Dang it.
Watch, return, discuss.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

WIWW - The Lumberjack Edition

I found this outfit inspiration on Pinterest. You know that website that pulls you in and you can't leave it all day. You can follow me here:

This jacket is a little more suited to my frame. I loooove jackets and collect them like puppies.

I'm feeling the lumberjack look right now. All of the pieces are from Goodwill of course. The shirt is American Eagle, jeans are Target, boots are Joan and David. I didn't buy this cape from Goodwill because it was way too big and swallowed me up. I do love it, but left it for someone else!
Join me at the Pleated Poppy and MomTrends to see what everyone else is wearing this week!

Monday, January 2, 2012

What I did on Christmas Vacation....

A few months ago my computer bit it and I lost alllll of my data. I know. Yes, now it is on "the cloud" to save me from myself. So when I went to send out our holiday cards I realized that I would have to put all the addresses back into my computer with the help of our old school Rolodex. So then when the holiday cards started coming in I had to add in addresses and fix some of the old ones. I live an exciting life don't be jealous.