Thursday Thoughts

Thursday, May 14, 2015

I'm here sharing another Thursday Thoughts post, headed up by the lovely Jen of Ramblings of a Suburban Mom!
  • These two articles have literally changed my life.  Labels aren’t really my thing but boy did these articles resonate with me.  The dislike of long lines, general incompetence and forced relaxation time when I have a to do list- maybe I actually AM a Type A personality?!?  

  • I stumbled upon these beauty brands at Marshall’s earlier this week.  I could spend hours in that place, so far this year I've founds shoes, Paige jeans and shorts and now eco friendly beauty products. I already love Pacifica and am looking forward to trying Organic Surge.  Stay tuned for a review this week!

  • We are celebrating P’s birthday this weekend.  Even though he is being grumpy and doesn’t want to celebrate, I think a movie and dinner date are in order.  

  • Kiki hasn’t taken off these jellies for an entire week.  I blame her Auntie Nana.

What's on your mind this Thursday?

On the Search for Artwork: Minted Wishlist

Monday, May 11, 2015

I can’t even believe that we will soon be transitioning K into a big girl room soon.  I never quite finished her nursery so I’m determined to get her big girl room finished for us all to enjoy!  I decided to stick with the same pink and gold palette that is currently in the room.  The walls are a soft pink (Benjamin Moore's Melted Ice cream) and we accented it with white/pink furniture.  

I picked up a pretty vintage gold mirror a few years ago and it’s been in storage ever since.  I pulled it out and then began looking some prints to create a fun photo/art wall.  I’ve been pinning and searching for unique artwork, eventually landing on where I found some pretty prints that caught my eye.  Minted features artwork from independent artists at very reasonable prices! Here are some of my favorites from the nursery collection:

I'll be posting updates as soon as I make some progress on this new project!

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Mother's Day 2015

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Today was a very nice, low key Mother’s Day.  It started out with breakfast in bed (french toast of course!) and a nice long soak in the bath tub.  Of course it sounded like the children were trying to kill each other outside the door but that’s ok! :)  P filled the house with pretty flower bouquets and I was able to enjoy some relaxing time this morning to catch up on blog stuff and emails.  

We headed out to the farmers market and then while Kiki napped I ran to the plant nursery and picked up a few goodies.  Let me tell you, browsing through plants and flowers without having to chase a 2 year old is pure heaven!!  I picked out two large healthy blueberry bushes, succulents and hanging flower pots for our covered patio.  

I promised A she could help plant and it was nice to get our hands dirty and A and I talked about grey water.  We ended up setting out our buckets for some rain that might hit later this week.  She is so excited and keeps telling me she can't wait for it to rain so she can water her fruit!  Grey water collection may sound like a hassle but it's actually quite easy.  Here are a few articles about grey water if you want to easy some of the water restrictions in this insane drought. 

I hope everyone who celebrates had a lovely Mother’s Day!

She Is Beautiful 5K & 10K

Saturday, May 9, 2015

For my birthday this year I told my family I wanted one thing, for them to volunteer with me at the She is Beautiful run. The She is Beautiful organization generously allowed Unravel Pediatric Cancer to have a team of runners who could fundraise by running the race. Since I knew I wasn’t going to be ready, I signed up for the water station sponsored by Unravel. Unravel is a nonprofit inspired by Jennifer Lynn Kranz, a six year old who passed away from DIPG, an inoperable and incurable form of brain cancer.  I've posted before, this organization is close to my heart as the Kranzes are great friends of ours and I've been doing some work for the organization. 

Now I readily admit, I’ve never worked a water station in a race before. We were given some loose instructions like be prepared to get wet and not to worry about people dropping their cups. The water station organizer also noted that we would have the ability to sweep up the cups at the end of the stage. Those instructions literally flew out the window the minute we got a glimpse of runners bearing down on us. About 6,000 runners registered for the race and it was so wild! We were handing water, filling up cups, getting soaked, cheering on the Glitter Team and trying to keep the tables filled for the hundreds of runners that went buy. It was exhilarating, hectic but seeing all the Glitter Team runners with their pink accessories, now that was truly inspiring. 

Look at us smiling, we have no clue what we are about to witness... and why aren't we filling up more cups!! LOL

Look at how relaxed we are.  This was before 6,000 runners needed their water! :)

After the race I ran over the Unravel Booth and was so happy to see Jennifer's smiling face on one of the displays. The Unravel booth was swamped with people buying shirts and grabbing granola bars. But standing there, seeing how many people were reading the signs and pamphlets, and staring at just how many black unravel shirts surrounded me was overwhelming. I spied Libby chatting about Unravel to some runners- it's what she does when she is in Executive Director mode- and boy, is it something to witness.

I snapped this photo on my way back to my car and it's one of many from the day that just makes me smile.  Congrats to Team Glitter who raised over $55,000 and thank you for giving us 12!

If you'd like to get involved with Unravel go here

#BeRecycled in the Bathrooom and Win a $100 Amazon Gift Card! Ends 5/8

Friday, April 24, 2015

This giveaway was is sponsored by Bloggin' Mamas!


Since Earth Day just passed and I'm a freak about the environment I wanted to share some info that I myself was surprised to learn about recycling.  Apparently I'm not alone since 52% of Americans don't really know what they can recycle in the bathroom!  Read on and enter to win this giveaway where the prize is a $100 gift card to Amazon and commit to get educated too with some new recycling bins or maybe stock up on some recyclable bathroom products. Good Luck!
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Whether it’s hairspray, leave-in conditioner or dry shampoo, many of your favorite beauty products and packaging can take on another life through recycling. For example, your shampoo bottle could be recycled into a hairbrush, or you might find a great new dress made from the recycled plastic of your favorite bottle of lotion.  Click here to learn more about what your personal care products can become when properly recycled.

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The Habitat For Humanity Restore

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Last week I finally made it to two of the Habitat for Humanity Restores that have opened in San Jose. The Restore is a place that you can donate construction materials and furniture and they resell them to the public. They had new faucets, toilets, ceramic tiles and gently used furniture.  We saw some great pieces and for reasonable prices.

This table was $40.

This gorgeous sofa just about stopped me in my tracks!

It was also really nice to see the Las Plumas facility, one that I worked on in graduate school. Our class was tasked to take a old warehouse and create a place that the Restore could do business out of and also include a small business incubator. 

This is what the building looked like the last time I saw it.

This is the same building now!

The building is so gorgeous and everything wowed me, from the drought resistant landscaping (permeable pavement of course) to all of the immaculate conference room spaces.  This place was an absolute dump the last time I had seen it but it was great to see the before and after.  

Be Well!

Easter Weekend Recap

Monday, April 6, 2015

We had a lovely Easter weekend.  We hosted a small brunch (quiche, fruit salad, muffins and mimosas) and a egg hunt for the girls.  The plan was to do it early because of the promise of rain but not one drop fell yesterday!  Our drought is pretty serious so we could have used that rain.  

Easter baskets included American Girl accessories, legos, fruit snacks, Hello Kitty toothbrushes and a wood puzzle.

Tonight is the Duke v. Wisconsin game and I am so hyped!  I have Duke winning all my brackets and even if no money is won bragging rights are.  

I finally got around to starting Turn now that it's on Netflix.  I plan to binge watch and finish this week in preparation for the Season 2 premiere this week.  It has great actors, intrigue and is so much better than 80% of the current shows on tv. 

On tap this week is figuring out how to successfully use grey water to water my plants and finishing up some spring cleaning.  I’ll also be posting a spring themed giveaway this week!  

Be well and have a great week.