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Friday, August 31, 2012

IKEA $500 giveaway - you don't want to miss out on this!

Hi all!

Happy Friday and happy long weekend woohoo!

Just wanted to share an awesome giveaway for you all to take advantage of.  It's for a $500 giveaway to IKEA or Wonderland as I like to call it ;)

Love me some IKEA!

Go visit Natalie at the Busy Budgeting Mama to get in on the action.  
Feast your eyes on this wonderful cuteness she did for her girls' shared room.

Good Luck!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

I needed that - Part 2

I saved the best for last  :)

Introducing....the stars of the show!
The wild horses

Is there anything more glorious than wild horses on the beach? 
I think not.

See for yourself 
(picture overload here, I couldn't stop myself...you've been warned)

Yes that's a pile of pooh, but basking next to these beauties I say who cares!?!
No horses were harmed in the taking of this photograph, they were simply taking a snooze :)
Grazing in the marshes on the bay side of the island.

The day we left there was the most stunning sunrise and Hubsy did a great job of capturing it, 
these photos are unaltered!

And now for my favorite photo from the entire trip...ta da!

Until next year my beautiful island....

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

I needed that - Part 1


I needed that.

A bit of a break from the "real" world AND the "online" world.  I love the online community of friends I've gained through this little blog o' mine but sometimes you just need to 
step back from everything and rest a bit.  
You hear me?

Anywho, we had the most fun family vacation just the four of us and 
I simply have to share it with you!

Welcome to Assateague Island, or blissdom as I've come to think of it :)

Now if you're a pamper-me type of girl (and there's nothing wrong with that) this vacay may not be for you.  But seeing as the natural world is definitely how I feel and experience God's presence and peace, 
well this one was right up my alley.

I am renewed.
I am now ready for the next chapter of life.

This was our first real vacation in 5 years so to say we were excited is an understatement.  We spent 6 days camping at Assateague island State Park.
Camping you say?  Why yes, camping.
1 week
4 people
itty bitty living space
We all lived, rather well I must say.  There's just something about being away from it all that makes you all in a better mood.  I was a better mother.  The boys fought less.  Hubsy was relaxed.  All was right with the world even though we were often sweaty with lots of bug bites.
Needless to say we didn't spend a whole lot of time in the camper,
we were there for THE BEACH darn it!
It was fabulous though, not a hotel in sight and only fellow campers on the beach
so everything was so quiet and peaceful.

View from the beach side of the dune looking at the campground, nothin' but campers and when you were down on the beach you couldn't see a one.
love fence lines
nice private beach
Without a doubt my favorite thing about this vacation was the ability I had to be a "yes" mom.
No "later honey" or "not right now sweetie", it was "sure thing!" all the way.
E wanted to fill his bucket in the water and carry it up to dump on the sand 10,000 times
and every time he would say "let's go get some more" and I said "sure babe".  Just being able to let him enjoy it over and over and the fact that I was doing it with him was priceless to me.
L spent tons of time playing in the surf with Hubsy, some special moments there I tell ya.

And we all built sand castles practically every day.  Sweet heaven.

One of the most charming things about Assateague is the wildlife.  It's everywhere and the boys loved spotting it and tallying all the different things we saw.

A Sika deer.  They were all over and not afraid to walk right up to your campsite.

This campground is in high demand and fills up a year in advance.  Hubsy had to use 2 ipads, an iphone, and a computer when the sites became available to assure that we got a spot for next year.   It took a bit of the sting out of leaving knowing that we would be back soon.

Stay tuned for Part 2 - That's where the real gems are ;)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Be back soon

Pardon the lack of posting but I have a much needed break to attend to
(which just happens to be taking place at the beach).

Your regularly scheduled programing will return soon :)

Happy final days of summer!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Friday Favorite's - Hometown edition

Ya know, Pittsburgh really is a cool place to live.  

You may think of steel mills and smog when hearing about Pittsburgh but it's far from that outdated misconception.  I won't lie, it is cloudy here most of the year but what makes Pittsburgh special is the diversity.  It really is a city founded on a bunch of different little ethnic neighborhoods. 

Even though I've lived here for 22 years, we've only recently really begun to take advantage of some things our city has to offer.  We got year long passes to the Children's Museum, Aviary, Science Center, and Carnegie Museum.  I think we've been "downtown" more in the past 6 months more than we've been in the past 6 years.  And we've really been enjoying it!

We recently got to attend a Pirates baseball game at PNC Park.  We took the boys to their first baseball game and believe me, they were excited.  I did have to make sure E understood that we were going to see baseball players and not actual Pirates ;)

They went completely prepared to catch a fly ball.  Even though that didn't happen , they still had a blast.  L was actually in to the game but E more so enjoyed the social side of it.  Chanting "let's go Bucs" and dancing around to the music played between the action.

It was fun to see them get all excited at the mascot shooting T-shirts into the crowd, the aisle vendors yelling "cotton candy here", and watching the traditional "pierogi race".

The pierogi race around the bases

All the while having a stunning view of downtown (there is a river between them, you just can't see it).

Travel and Leisure magazine recently named Pittsburgh’s PNC Park the best baseball stadium in America.
The magazine said PNC Park took the top spot because all of the seats have terrific views of the baseball games and the Pittsburgh skyline.  
It really is awesome.

Too bad they lost the game but we had a blast anyway.

Here are some of my favorite things about the city I call home.

*It has it's own language...Pittsburghese....check it out here...it's hilarious an 'at!

* We eat chipped chopped ham.
(eat it in a ham BBQ "Sammitch" - there's that Pittsburghese for you)

*Primanti's sandwiches...it comes comes with fries and slaw.
What makes it special?  The fries and slaw come in the sandwich, not just with it.

* Pittsburgh Steelers have won six Super Bowls.

* Pittsburgh Penguins have won three Stanley Cups.

*The bridges.  We have more than 1,700 bridges.

See the rowing team at the bottom?  I used to be on the rowing team in highschool.  You didn't want to mess with me, had muscles like a brick house.  What happened to them?  It's a mystery.

Some other fun facts about the 'burgh

* The fountain at Point State Park, right at the tip of the golden triangle (downtown Pittsburgh) is fed by a glacial formation and sprays 6,000 gallons per minute. 

* The Dark Knight Rises was filmed in Pittsburgh among other locales.

* The D. L. Clark Company was born in two back rooms of a house in what is now Pittsburgh's North Side in 1886. The famous Clark candy bar is now an American tradition.

* Heinz products are another proud Pittsburgh tradition. Heinz founder, Henry Heinz, literally sank his competition in the 1880's when he bought the products and equipment of a competing company and sank them in the Allegheny River!

* Brewed fresh daily at the Pittsburgh Brewery in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania, Iron City beer is definitely a Pittsburgh tradition. One of the first true lager beers brewed in the United States.

* Can you come up with the only country club to have hosted seven U.S. Opens? It’s Oakmont Country Club. Oakmont has beaten golf’s best, and is the only course named a national historic landmark. Oakmont’s legendary lightning-fast greens, thick rough and plentiful bunkers have played host to a record 18 major golf championships, including seven U.S. Opens. Golf Digest ranks Oakmont #4 in its most recent version of America’s Top 100 courses.

So there you have it.
Some favorites from my Pittsburgh home.

What's unique about your hometown? 

Linking up with Rachel :)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

From my Style Board

Oh how I wish I was a fashionista!

I LOVE clothes, jewelry, shoes, purses, hats, bags.....need I go on?  
Just your typical girly girl I guess.

Does my current look line up with what I like?  Heck no.  
I seem to be inept at piecing a wardrobe together.  So like any other smart cookie,
I turn to Pinterest for inspiration.
Here's a few favorites from my Style board.

Pinterest via Source
We're heading to the beach in a few weeks and I SO wish I could rock this look.

Pinterest via Source
I'll also take a pair of these ;)

Pinterest via Source
 Ok this is just to flirty to pass up but I may be getting to old to wear something like this....boo.

Pinterest via Source
I'll take 'em all, I ADORE turquoise!

And since back-to-school shopping has got me thinking about fall already, 
I'm dreaming of these cozy layered looks.

Pinterest via Source
If you know me, you know I'm all about purple.  
Especially the deep amethyst color of the above tank....

Pinterest via Source
Animal print + a pop of red = F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S

The Vintage Apple

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