BOOTIES FOR ALL SEASONS

When Adrienne at therichlifeonabudget and Jill at everythingjustso chose booties for March’s how I wear my series, I knew I could have some fun with this.

For starters, I love wearing booties. I find them easy to style, versatile, and comfortable. My only problem with booties is the many different styles available and disciplining myself from purchasing every pair I think I need.
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A stylish pair of booties can really make your outfit come alive. Like these high heel semi-cowboy booties.
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They were the perfect choice to pair with my black skinny jeans and tailored blazer.
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Yes, I think I just might have a little too much fun while wearing them.
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Or on the days when the weather begins to feel like spring, you can put on a pair of these.
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And add a little pattern and texture mixing while your at it.
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My collection of booties just keeps on growing but can you really blame us?
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Make sure you hop on over to Jill and Adrienne’s today to see all the fun array of booties.

Outfit details:
first outfit-
booties-bebe (old)
blazer-Ralph Lauren
black skinny jeans-Madewell

second outfit
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blazer-norsdstrom (old)
cropped pants-jcrew (last year)
lace tee-banana republic

OAKWOOD HOMES PART 2- DREAMY BATHROOMS

As I mentioned last week in my post, which was all about the exquisite grotto style kitchen, today I’m thrilled to show and tell how Oakwood Homes presents their take on dreamy bathrooms.

One of the first rooms I visit when touring a model home is always the master bathroom.

Why?

Because to me it’s the room which says, “Relaxation”.

It should be the room to rewind, rejuvenate, and refresh.

I was in dream land as I walked through their bathroom portion of Oakwood Homes showroom.
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This model sets the mood for dreamy in my book.
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From the counter tops and storage . . .
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To the details in the tile work . . .
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And take a look at the sink.
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And the options of fixtures and faucets.
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But what about this walk in shower . . .
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Or the car-wash style shower.
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Oakwood homes definitely hits the mark on creating ‘dreamy’ style bathrooms.

If your in the market now or in the future for building a new home, drop on over to their showroom, located at 206 E. Winchester Street. You will find a friendly, knowledgable and creative staff ready to help design your dream home.
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Thank you, once again, Oakwood Homes, for the opportunity to tour and spend time with you.

LUNCH DATE

One of my favorite lines to hear or say is . . .

Do you want to have lunch

Getting together with friends for lunch provides the opportunity to . . .

Spend time with them,

Renewing and developing friendships,

Engaging in wonderful conversations which

often leads to lots and lots of laughter.

Trying new restaurants

and new dishes (which I didn’t have to cook).

and best of all . . .

it gives you an excuse to dress up a bit for the afternoon.
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I try to have lunch with friends at least once a week and when doing so I usually dress according to where we will be meeting for the afternoon. It’s normally on the casual side of dressing and yet I think it’s a great excuse to dress up a bit. This day we were meeting at a little boutique, Dear Lizzies’s, where every corner is quite magical and feminine.

So I grabbed my lady-like bag and dressed the part.
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Do you have lunch with friends?
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If so how often and do you use it as an excuse to dress up a bit? I would love to hear about where you go and how you dress.
As always my friends, thanks for dropping by. Have a most wonderful day.

Linking up with Dawn Lucy for Friday Fun Fashion
And Alice at happinessatmidlife for TBT

BUILDING A NEW HOME-AN EVENT WITH OAKWOOD HOMES

Ok, Par and I are not building our new home yet, but it’s no secret that sooner or later we will. So when we were invited to attend an event at the new Oakwood Homes showroom, located 204 E. Winchester Street, in Murray, I gladly accepted.
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I’ll admit, I was a bit more (actually a lot more) excited than Par about this event, but as soon as we entered the showroom and were warmly greeted by an amazing staff, things changed quickly. Par instantly became engaged in a one-on-one conversation with Mike Stewart, the president of the Utah Division. He took the time to explain the background of this amazing company, which recently acquired another home builder, Henry Walker Homes. They also discussed the many different locations Oakwood Homes has acquired as well as their future locations, which for the two of us is the top priority in building our dream home.

We then set off to tour this massive showroom, did I mention massive? Talk about a one stop shopping center, and seriously all in one building. I was amazed and thrilled to see the vast array of options available all in one location, not to mention top notch quality. You can literally build your dream home right from this showroom.
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Just take a look at the tile section . . .
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And the lights . . .
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And my favorite, the granite and cabinets choices . . .
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Par and I even took a few minutes to create a new imaginery kitchen. Yes, my friends, I’m really loving the white maple cabinets and this light granite combined with a walnut wood floor. Quite different from my lovely kitchen I have now, but change is fun, change is good.
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Oakwood Homes also provides designers that can help with all your wants, needs, and desires. Two of whom we met that evening, Andrew Nielsen and Holly Keck and let me tell you, they know home design.

One of the highlights of the evening was being catered a delicious meal in the Grotto kitchen, courtesy of Whole Foods, by two of their amazing chefs, Aaron and Jake, (aka the two friendly giants).
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Not only did they cook up a dinner of sweet heart steaks with garlic herbed potatoes, pork chops with apple chutney and truffle mashed potatoes, they also took the time to share a cooking demo in the Grotto kitchen featuring crab cakes and parmesan tuiles with heirloom tomato salad.
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Does it look as if Par is having a good time?
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I’m terribly in love with this Grotto kitchen style.
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For those of you who are in the market for a new home, from now through March 31 Oakwood Homes is running a promo. If you purchase a new home, you get the kitchen Grotto or a spa shower, which I will feature next Wednesday, as a free upgrade.

I left this fun and eventful evening knowing that when the time comes, I know who I can turn to to help build my dream home. Oakwood Homes knows how to build and create a house that can be called a home.

Thank you Oakwood Homesand Whole Foods for a wonderful and eventful evening.

HAVE YOU HEARD OF JEKYLL ISLAND?

Have you heard of Jekyll Island? If not, your with a lot of others including myself, until a few weeks ago when I decided to join my hubby on a business trip.

His meeting was actually being held in Jacksonville so we decided to make the weekend before a little more entertaining and go somewhere new . . .

unheard of . . .

and so we found ourselves planted magically back in time on the quiet little resort of Jekyll Island.

I won’t go into the history of this beautiful Island, you can all google that for yourselves, but I will gladly share some of the splendid and alluring qualities about this Island.

As we drove up to what is known as the “club resort” you are welcomed by this . . .
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(the original clubhouse built in the early 1900’s, I mean take me back to that fun time of history)
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Yes, I did spend some time just relaxing in the white chairs.

And of course, my husband and I joined this adorable couple for a game of croquet.
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We were told to make certain we had lunch at the Courtyard . . .
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I kept pinching myself to know I wasn’t back in England or France . . .

And don’t be fooled by just the atmosphere, the food was AMAZING.

I couldn’t seem to get enough of these mossy trees . . .
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or Cinderalla’s carriage . . .
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(I really don’t make a very good modern day Cinderalla, forgetting my gown and all)

This is basically how I travel, comfy clothes . . .
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A no iron, non wrinkle kind of dress, really comfy shoes and I always throw in or on a scarf in case it gets a bit chilly.
(today I had a dress from banana republic, patent leather vans, scarf from jcrew and later a cardigan from banana republic.)
Our cute waiter saw my camera and quickly adviced us to head over to Driftwood Beach, telling me that I would be awestruck at what I would capture.

I will be forever grateful for his advice . . .
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Awestruck indeed . . .
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Breathtaking beyond words . . .
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It was a quite kind of beauty I had never quite experienced before.
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And one I hope to return to again.
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As always my friends, thanks for dropping by. Have a most wonderful day.

Linking up with Patti for the ever so fun Visible Monday.

HANDMADE * HOMEMADE * AND DELIVERED

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There’s nothing quite like receiving an old-fashioned, handmade valentine.

And for me, there’s nothing more enjoyable than creating some old-fashion, handmade valentines.

If you follow me on instagram, then you know I’ve been traveling A LOT these past few weeks, and sadly I haven’t had much time to decorate or even think about this cute little holiday.

That is until this morning . . .

As I woke up, I thought well you still have time to

MAKE
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BAKE
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AND DELIVER
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some valentines.

So that’s exactly what I did.

It was so much fun to get lost in my crafting, creative mode . . .
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If any of you want to handmake some for next year, this is how I created my valentine treat bags.

I first chose a color scheme which was soft pinks and naturals.

Then I gathered some odds and ends from my crafting supplies.
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*tore some music sheets
*layered with a cut heart or the chalkboard tag
*layered on the XOXO tag (which I created from Rhonna Design) and printed off
*clued them on the bag

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*cut out pink tags
*layered with a cute heart
*layered with the your so sweeet tage (also created from using Rhonna Design) and printed off
*clued on to the white heart shaped doily
*after I filled the bag with the homemade popcorn I folded the edges over and clipped the doily on.

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Homemade Marshmallow Corn
(this yummy recipe comes from Margie at justagirl)
2 large batches popcorn – I use an air popper and used white corn
2 cubes butter
1 16 oz. marshmallows
1 cup brown sugar
M & M ‘s

Melt the butter, marshmallows and brown sugar and pour over popcorn. Add M&M’s at the same time you pour in the marshmallow mixtures.

Delivering Valentines is much more rewarding than receiving.

I hope you all have had a wonderful day! Hugs and kisses to you all.

Linking up with Jann for Share your cup Thursday