Friday, July 29, 2011

Jammin' at the Zoo

Wednesday night was Jammin' at the Zoo, at the fabulous St. Louis Zoo. Corey and I went and met up with old friends and met some new awesome friends! What a good time! Wine tasting from 6-8 and we tried some amazing new wines! Loved it!




P.S. New friends include Chris & Amy Plaisted, owners of Hammer & Hand Imports. You MUST check them out, they are amazing!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Summer!

Sorry I've been MIA lately. I was so busy on my trip I didn't have time to post much. Speaking of the trip I'll post more pictures soon!

Until then I was inspired by some fabulous summer pics! Enjoy!




Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Boston Tour

My vacation has begun! Here's a recap of my first day!

Home of Captain Willam Smith.
Captain Smith was commanding officer of the Lincoln Minute Men. He was also Abigail Adams’ brother. The house was built in 1692, and had several additions. It has been restored by the Park Service to its appearance at the time of the Revolution.

Hancock-Clarke Parsonage.
The Hancock-Clarke House, built in 1737, was the home of the Reverend John Hancock and the Reverend Jonas Clarke - two ministers who served the spiritual and secular needs of Lexington for 105 years. The Reverend Hancock’s grandson John, a frequent visitor to this house, was the first signer of the Declaration of Independence and the first Governor of Massachusetts. On the evening of April 18, 1775, John Hancock and Samuel Adams, prominent leaders in the colonial cause, were guests of the Reverend Jonas Clarke in the parsonage. Fearing that they might be captured by the British, Dr Joseph Warren of Boston sent William Dawes and Paul Revere to Lexington with news of the advancing British troops. Arriving separately, they stopped to warn Hancock and Adams, then set off for Concord.


Concord's largest cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, can be found one block east of Monument Square, on Bedford Street. It has an estimated 10,000 gravesites, many of local, national, and international interest. It was one of the first cemeteries in the United States to be designed to have a sylvan character and has also been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Up a short stretch of road lies a hollow, on the far side of which is Authors Ridge. Perched on the top-most glacial hill in the cemetery, Authors Ridge gathers together, among others, the graves of Henry Thoreau (1862), Nathaniel Hawthorne (1864), Ralph Waldo Emerson (1882), Louisa May Alcott (1888) and her father, Bronson Alcott (1888). Each is buried in a family plot and marked with modest stones. Hawthorne's marker, in keeping with his personal reserve, bears only his last name, while Emerson created his own epitaph: "The passive master lent his hand to the vast soul which o'er him planned." (from his poem, The Problem). Emerson's stone faces a large boulder at the base of the hill, which covers the resting place of Ephraim Wales Bull, the originator of the celebrated Concord Grape. At the Alcott plot, Ms. Alcott is surrounded by her father, mother and sisters, whom she made famous in Little Women. Except for Louisa May, the Alcott stones bear only the occupants’ initials. Tragedy hovers here. Bronson Alcott died on March 4, 1888, and Louisa May, gravely ill with pneumonia and shaken by his passage, died two days later. Both were buried on the same day later in the spring when the ground had thawed sufficiently.




Dad, Baba (means Grandma in Polish), and myself aboard the trolley on the Liberty Tour.

Friday, July 8, 2011

A Canadian is sort of like an American, but without the gun.

Or so I'm told... just one of the many little Canadian sayings I've found.

On Tuesday I will be headed on a much needed vacation! The sad part is I will be leaving my husband at home. Hope he doesn't burn the house down!

I'm first flying into Boston to meet my parents and grandmother, and will spend a day there. In Boston we will be taking a bus tour to view all the historical spots in the city. (and there are a lot!)

Then we are headed up to Maine where we will be visiting the Acadia National Park, taking a Boat Tour in Bar Harbor, and much more!

From there we are headed to CANADA!! We will be going to New Brunswick & Nova Scotia! I'm hoping to see the Bay of Fundy which has been said to belong in the many great wonders of the world, along with the Grand Canyon!

Here's some of the views I hope to see on my trip! I'm sure I'll take many photos of my own and can't wait to blog about it!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

ASOS is quickly becoming a favorite store of mine!!

A couple of months ago I purchased a cute and super cheap two piece from ASOS. I recently went back to the site as I got a notification of more sales.
They have AMAZING sales!!
I was suckered into buying more things... and this was narrowed down from much more...



                

(This swimsuit top matches the set I got in April!)

The most expensive thing was the belt and it was only $15, not bad!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Beautiful Curls without Heat!

I just found this tutorial. I can't WAIT to try this ! too bad it's so late or I would do it tonight! I'm curious how it will work on my poker straight hair!

P.S. Isn't her accent the cutest? You can check out her videos at The Lipstick Diaries

Friday, July 1, 2011

My little home decor project finally complete! Plus some new decor!

2 weeks ago I gave you all a little peek into the project I was working on for my bedroom.

Good News! It's complete!

After a trip to Pier 1 Imports, the only crafty store I hadn't been to, I managed to find the perfect bundle of dried stems! It wasn't light and shiny like I had planned, but better yet, it was a nice dark brown with small cream accents. I knew this would stand out beautifully against the hemp background!

I also made a trip to Weekends Only and picked up the bamboo sticks with hemp detail. (Only $12!) I think they look great in the corner!

All in all my wall decor cost:

Wood:  Free (damaged pieces from a nightstand)
Hemp:  Rolls were $5 each (I used about 1 1/2 rolls)
Sawtooth Hangers:  $1
Dried Stems:  $3
Total = $11.50







Loving my new bedroom decor but my decorating is never complete! :)

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