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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Mother's Day Giveaway

A travel gift set of Crabtree and Evelyn Lavender (which includes Bath and Shower Gel, Body Lotion, Bath Soap, and Hand Therapy), A large bar of Pre de Provence Bath Soap and (2) handmade note cards by moi!
For all you mothers out there, Mother's Day is May 8, and to honor all those wonderful stay at home and working mommy's, mom's, mothers, grandmothers, and the wonderful people who may not have children of their own but devote their lives via teaching, counseling, and making a difference in the life of children I am having a giveaway.
All of you are special and have earned the May 8 day of honor.  This is my way of thanking all of you for your hard work, the sacrifices you make and the love you give not only to your own children but other children as well.  My hat goes off to all of you out there for bringing a lifetime of dedication and love into the lives of so many children.

To enter the giveaway all you have to do is to leave a comment below and link this post to someone who you know that is a caregiver to a child via a mom, grandmother, teacher, counselor, or a guardian so that they can enter the giveaway as well.  The winner will be selected on Monday May 9.

Good luck to everyone!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Ah, The Spa Experience

                            How would you like to bathe in this space?


                                         How About This Tub?
Image source: Ooh Food Photo Stream ( via Desire to Inspire)

                                   Or, a more minimalist stone tub
Image source: This

Wherever you relax, indulge and enjoy!


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Love Affair with 1940s Style

For as long as I can remember, I have loved the look of the style of clothes in the 1940s.  The whole era was fascinating to me...the hair, clothes, hats, bags you name it I loved it.  I thought it might be fun to show some of the styles via sewing patterns of the 40s era.

I remember seeing this style in many movies of that era.

How about this for class?

Very Chic

Nice for an afternoon brunch.

Dinner and Dancing

Image source: Google

What was your favorite year?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

At The French Cinemas-Tell No One

If you love intrigue and a good mystery you will love this movie.  It is called Tell No One.  It tells the story of a pediatrician, Alexandre Beck, who 8 years earlier has lost his wife and is still grieving.  The mystery surrounding her death never being solved and the possibility that he might have in some way been involved, brings the police to him after two bodies are uncovered near where Margot's (his wife) body was found and the police decide to re-open the case.

The mystery deepens when Alex receives anonymous e-mails with a link to a video that seems to suggest that Margot is still alive and a message that says "Tell No One".

This film is by Guillaume Canet and was in the top 10 of movies in 2008 as ranked by Entertainment Weekly, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today.  It stars Francois Cluzet, Marie-Jose Croze, Andre Dussollier, and Kristin Scott Thomas.  It is French with English subtitles and has some great tunes and is definitely one of the best thrillers I have ever seen.  I was completely taken by surprise at how it ended and in no way would I have ever guessed the outcome.  This is a great movie that I purchased from Amazon and have watched twice...a keeper for sure.  I would give this movie ********** stars out of 10.

Check out the trailer below:

Monday, April 25, 2011


 I have an album full of articles and poems that I have read over the years and the ones that I thought were particularly enlightening I would cut out and save.  I don't recall where I found this poem but it was a keeper, at least for me.  I believe that you can apply the wisdom in these words to just about any situation you may be going or have gone through.  

We all go through our lives with certain expectations applying them to every aspect of our lives.  Sometimes you aren't disappointed and other times you are.  I believe that each situation we encounter brings with it the opportunity to learn something about yourself.  It may not always turn out to be what you had hoped for or what you wanted but you can be assured that it will bring a lesson that you can learn from. 

I wanted to share this poem with you and hope you can apply it to whatever is going on in your life or perhaps with someone you do know who is having difficulties now.  I hope it brings someone a lift. 

   Veronica A. Shoffstall

  After a while, you learn the subtle difference
  Between holding a hand and chaining a soul   
  And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning
  And company doesn’t mean security,
  And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts
  And presents aren’t promises,
  And you begin to accept your defeats
  With your head up and your eyes open
  With the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child,
  And you learn to build all your roads on today
  Because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans.
  And futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.
  After a while, you learn
  That even the sunshine burns if you get too much.
   So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul,
   Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
   And you learn that you really can endure…
   That you really are strong.
   And you really do have worth.
   And you learn and learn…
   With every goodbye you learn.   

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