Seriously, who knew you could MAKE children's shoes??? These are so stinkin' cute!!!
You HAVE to check out this adorable esty shop... I love that there are matching onesie and shoe sets. What a great gift! (I can just imagine sitting at a baby shower and the mom-to-be opening this amazingly cute and unique gift... from me! Oh... the gift-giving satisfaction!!)
JolieBerry is giving away ONE PAIR of darling shoes to a laughuntilyourcheekshurt reader! ooh la la!! Go to the etsy shop, JolieBerry, and find your favorite style of infant shoes. Leave a comment, with your name (and a way to get in touch with you if you don't have a blog (gasp) or if your blog is private), and tell me your favorite style. My favorite??? Sweet Treats Baby!!! Love them!!! The first pair shown below are the Sweet Treats Baby... sweet, aren't they?
Enter before midnight, on Tuesday, April 7 and I will post the winner on Wednesday morning!! Good luck!!!
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Seriously, who knew you could MAKE children's shoes??? These are so stinkin' cute!!!
Monday, March 30, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
The movie "Where the Wild Things Are" is coming to a theater near you!!! Yea!!! I am so excited for this release and am so hoping they do the book justice. There has been a lot of buzz about this movie... Spike Jonze is the director and is rumored to have held up the release date to make some changes! Oh, how I hope it was worth the wait!
Friday, March 27, 2009
I LOVE DIANA KRALL! Love her!!! She is touring for the first time since 2007 and she is COMING to PHOENIX!!!! August 5 at Dodge Theater. Her next CD, Quiet Nights, will be released on March 31.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
So, after having this gift card for awhile, I finally mentioned to another friend of mine that I had this card... what did she think I should do with it?
Without even a moment's hesitation... she walked me directly over to the Starbucks kiosk at the outdoor mall where we were shopping.
I have never spent a gift card faster than that one.
It was so yummy!!!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
We had a fantastic meal! Actually... we have nothing to complain about. Wait... one thing. Read on.
Monday, March 23, 2009
This is one of my very favorite books from my childhood. I love it!!
The story is set in China and was written in 1968 by Arlene Mosel. It is about a boy named Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo. (I have never forgotten his name... ) He falls into a well and his little brother, Chang, runs to get help, but is delayed because it takes so long to say the very long name of his brother. Finally, he is able to get his mother, and the Old Man with the Ladder to get Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo out of the well.
I love saying Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo!
I read the story tonight to my seven year old daughter. I think she loves it too.
In 1997, the book was selected by The New York Times as one of the 50 best children's books of the previous 50 years.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Click here. I have been 'published' again!
I'm kind of addicted to this license plate stalking thing...
The other day, I was out running errands and FREAKED out. I totally forgot my cell phone and I didn't have a camera either. What on earth was I going to do if I found a good/bad plate???
So... I refused to even look at license plates. Seriously. I avoided even looking at a single plate.
Horrible License Plates ... I wish I had thought of it!
Friday, March 20, 2009
I recently found a fun website. I spent too much time checking out all the fun stuff at Perpetual Kid. They bill themselves as the place to "entertain your inner child" and they have a ton of great gift ideas!!!
Here are a few, very random, things that I fell in love with!
This is a rug, designed to look like a sewer cover direct from the streets of New York! How clever? $26.99 Click here for more information.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
me,me pick me! I haven't had pics taken of my family since....Well, Rylee was a year old. It's time and I love her work!
Congratulations Corbin6!!! You are going to be thrilled, thrilled, thrilled with your photos. I can't wait to see them!
Thanks to Melissa from Studio M! Her work is fantastic... and she just posted some new pics on her blog... check it out!!! Thanks also to everyone who entered.
A new giveaway will be announced in a few days! Stay tuned.
Note: I used Random.org and the generated number was... 5!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Today is Supreme Sacrifice Day!
I'm not making this up! Click here.
The website explains...
History is filled with examples of people who offered the supreme sacrifice for other people.
Today is a day to reflect and offer thanks and appreciation to those who made the supreme sacrifice for us.
Note: I am making fun a little of this holiday... that is why I edited some of the information from the website. I don't want to be irreverent.
So... in honor of this holiday... I would like to pay tribute to a great sacrifice that recently took place in my home. After three-plus years of faithful service, we said goodbye to a big part of our daily lives today! Today... Supreme Sacrifice Day, we recognize the dependability, the reliability of our good friend. She was there for us, day in and day out... always willing to do the icky work, and always doing it so silently and efficiently.
Yes, our dishwasher died a very ugly, loud death today.
So, the Supreme Sacrifice that I hail today is not only that of our dishwasher, but also that of my husband's wallet!
Thank you! Thank you!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Mental Floss claims to be...
It is a fun blog!!
I played some of the Lunchtime Quizzes... it was fun! I really enjoyed the Sesame Street Song Quiz and did pretty good. The Name that City quiz was fun too... I only got 60% on that, but it was interesting!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
My little boy would love these... I wish I had found them when he was just learning to use a fork and a spoon. The set of three is $20 at Flying Peas. Click here for more information!
Be sure to check out the links for Daddy Gifts when you are at Flying Peas. They have some cool lullaby CDs that would make great gifts!!!
Friday, March 13, 2009
Almond Cookies... don't they look soooooo yummy?
One of my favorite websites is MarthaStewart... not because I am anything close to be a "Martha Stewart" but because I find inspiration from her way of doing things.
I even have a subscription to the Martha Stewart Living magazine.
Anyway... on the website there is a feature called "Cookie of the Day" and I like to pop over and take a look every once in awhile. Yesterday's cookie, Almond Cookies, looks so yummy!
Click here for the recipe.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Does it help your chances if you are the first post? Pick me, pick me!
Sometimes it does help your chances if you are the first comment posted!!
Congratulations! And ENJOY!!!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Check it out...
I made it to the Horrible License Plates blog... again!!!!
Friday, March 6, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Encounter the hotel's ghastly ghostly guests.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Disneyland was selling these great reusable totes at most of their stores. They are the typical bag (every grocery store sells their own version with their store logo on them) and are designed so they can stand open. Each bag has a tree, in the shape of the infamous Mickey Mouse head and the tag line... "Every Tree Has Character."
The reason for the Disney theme this week is that this past weekend my husband and I were able to get away to Disneyland to see our 10-year old daughter sing with her choir! We had an incredible time!! I love Disneyland!
Leave a comment to this post by midnight, Wednesday, March 11 to be entered in a drawing for your very own green Disney Tote!! I'd love to hear what your favorite souvenir from Disneyland is! I'll post the winner on Thursday, March 12!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
One of our very favorite rides at California Adventure is Soarin' Over California. It is such an amazing ride. On this trip, we were able to ride this three times! Going to Disneyland without kids meant that we were able to do a lot of rides as single riders... cutting our waiting in line time to almost nothing!
Wikipedia has this description of the ride: The simulator attraction takes 87 guests at a time on a simulated hang glider tour of the Golden State, flying over San Francisco, Redwood Creek, Napa Valley, Monterey, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, Palm Springs (actually shot in nearby La Quinta over the golf course at PGA West), Camarillo, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, San Diego, Malibu and Los Angeles. The ride ends with a flight over Disneyland at Christmas, with a Christmas parade traveling down Main Street, U.S.A., decorations on Sleeping Beauty Castle, and fireworks.
Monday, March 2, 2009
My grandma C. introduced me to these sandwiches. Oh man... they are so good. When she found a restaurant in Phoenix that also made them, she would arrange to take me on occasion. I remember the day she called me (I was living in Utah at the time) to tell me that the restaurant was closing. She suggested we meet at Disneyland to share a sandwich. In high school I had a boyfriend that my grandparents actually quite liked (that is speaking ONLY to my taste in guys...) and one time I was staying at their house when he picked me up for a date. My grandpa slipped him a twenty-dollar bill and said... "if you are hoping for a good-night kiss... take her to The Chimney and order for her. Order the Monte Cristo Sandwich." How funny is that?
I've only attempted this recipe once... and I did not make the sauce or compote... instead I served it with Knotts Berry Farm Mixed Jelly!
note: there is nothing healthy or diet friendly about this recipe... NOTHING
Recipe from RecipeZaar. Click here.
CURRANT JELLY SAUCE
12 ounces red currant jelly
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon half-and-half
1 (12 ounce) jar red currant jelly
1 (15 ounce) can peaches
2/3 cup water
1 small egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
8 slices white bread
4 slices roasted cooked turkey (1 ounce each sandwich)
4 slices Swiss cheese (1 ounce each sandwich)
4 slices smoked ham (1 ounce each sandwich)
vegetable oil, for frying
confectioners' sugar, for dusting
fruit, compote, currant jelly sauce
1 CURRANT JELLY SAUCE: Combine jelly, water and half and half in blender and mix until smooth. Makes about 3/4 cup.
2 FRUIT COMPOTE: Combine your favorite fresh and canned fruits and chill well. Yield is about 1/2 cup per person.
3 BATTER: Place water, egg, salt, and pepper in a bowl and using an electric mixer, mix well at low speed. Add flour and baking powder and mix until batter is smooth. Chill.
4 SANDWICHES: Make 4 sandwiches, putting cheese between ham and turkey. Cut into fourths and put a toothpick through each quarter.
5 Heat about 6" of oil to 340 degrees in a fryer. Dip sandwiches in batter to cover all surfaces. Deep fry sandwiches until golden brown, turning as needed. An alternate way of frying it to put approximately 1/4" oil in a large pan and fry the sandwiches on both sides until crispy and brown.
6 Remove from oil and take out toothpicks. Drain on paper towel to remove excess oil. Sprinkle sandwiches with confectioners' sugar. Serve with fruit compote and currant jelly sauce.