Friday, May 9, 2014

FRENCH BREAD ON FRIDAY ...petite fête de lumière!


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this place...


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a small festival of light.   
     (OMgosh!  don't you love it?)



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a sweet and simple art of living...


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my "wake up thoughts"...sprinkled...shared.



...big dreams.

...and little ones.


...l a u g h i n g .


                  ...tearing.


...being silly                                                          ...cRazY!


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happy weekend!


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happy Mother's day!

(if i haven't been by to visit...i'm on my way!)

withLove!

Monday, May 5, 2014

The E N V E L O P E please...yes...the R E D one!

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i started blogging as a creative outlet when i became

 an empty nester. i know that i am in the company of others

that started their blog for the very same reason.

i will admit, at one time, i considered the monetary rewards from

blogging, especially with retirement on the horizon, (in about 5 years).

i did monetize it for awhile. when the political ads popped up, i promptly

postponed  my relationship with adsense.

***

about a month ago, i received a kind email from

red E N V E L O P E.  someone had read my post, "GRANDMA CONTESSA and a RECIPE!",

 about Holland observing Ina Garten making a smoothie on the Food Network and

stating, "Look Mama! Grandma's on TV making a smoothie!"

(i still get a kick out of that story!)

the email said..."in honor of Mother's Day, we would like to send you a gift!"

so many Mother's Day Gifts to chose from...


who me?

my petite, boutique blog?



oh...my, there was so much to choose from.


i chose the personalized garden tote!




when it arrived, i thought...

i may not use this as a garden tote!

i...just...may...use it as my farmer's market bag!




pockets...pockets...pockets!  nicely finished! nice details.

there's a pocket for my wallet, cell phone, shopping list, camera,
mini journal, lipstick, sunblock, water bottle, sunglasses, readers...dare i say more!

i loved the fact that the real suede handles were long enough to

toss over my shoulder...

...and...it will fit inside my French market basket perfectly!

***

when it came time to pack for my road trip to Boise with Jay...




hmmmm...i am going to pack my new garden tote!


i'm telling you...it was a great decision!
( all my travel necessities at reach! even my laptop! )

all those pockets!
( perfect for those darn charger cords! )


my trip back home was by air. the tote fit nicely under the seat in front of me allowing quick access!
( it's snap kept everything inside through the TSA scanner!)

***

never once did red Envelope say that the gift was conditional to mentioning them on my blog.  

in the truest spirit of blog world protocol,

we never allow kindness or a good deed go by without a shout out!

i just paid the red Envelope gift giving spirit forward by

ordering the COOLEST couple's shower gift for my second son, Jay's best friend, Ty!

...and i qualified for FREE SHIPPING!

i have to keep Ty's gift under wraps until after May 17th!

thank you to the folks at red E N V E L O P E!

being a Mom of great kids is a  l i f e t i m e achievement award in itself, but

your gift, with it's recognition is so greatly appreciated, and

will be toted around the town...

...withLove!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

MAY'S PINK POST !


this morning, 

May's pink post 

was handed to me on a silver {screen} platter!




her beauty, kindness, graciousness and style, still so alive.

how appropriate that Spielberg cast her as an angel in her "film finale".


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Audrey

Angel



withLove!