I NEED these shoes!

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I first saw these cool shoes on Kingdom of Style , a Scottish fashion blog that I love. The only way to order these shoes, as the company is based in Thailand, is through facebook and a foot measuring template. I would love to have a pair but at 200 dollars if they don’t fit I will be quite upset. For now I will just admire and share with you.
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Pincushions!

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Cute DIY that I can’t wait to try!

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One of the many fun things we do at the Modern Quilt Guild is swaps; everyone makes a small project, puts it in a paper bag, and puts it on a table. Then everyone picks a random bag so that they end up with someone else’s project. It’s fun to see what everyone comes up with, and you end up with something cute to take home! This month’s swap was pincushions, and I had a lot of fun following Yellow Spool ‘s tutorial for this one with a cute embroidery hoop:

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The fabric is from a Michael Miller line called Just My Type (in “Letterpress”). I am somewhat obsessed with these prints at the moment; my love for Michael Miller’s cottons is well documented, and the colors are fantastic. I used a bunch of them for the hexie quilt (coincidentally they were just the colors I needed!) and have plans…

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How to Say Goodbye

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This weekend sucks. Not only do I have to say goodbye to one of my dear friends (left) who is moving far away, I also have to say goodbye to my husband (right) who will be “leaving for an extended period of time” (he’s military).  I don’t want to say goodbye to either one of them. Having to say goodbye to both of them in the same day is killing me inside.

I’ve been thinking about how to say goodbye to each of them in the right way so they know how much I love them and so that they know how much I will be thinking about them. I can’t find words. Even sitting here blogging about it, I can’t find words, funny huh? I’m not going to give them sappy pictures of me, we do all have Facebook for goodness sake, nor am I going to make a mix CD of our favorite songs (although I did think about doing that one evening), instead I’m going to do the complete opposite.

I’m not going to say goodbye….I’ll simply say “See ya later”.

Life is about remembering the amazing memories you create with your friends, spouses, children, pets…it should never be about that brief moment you have to say goodbye. So I refuse to say it. Whether or not I get to see my good friend again, I will always remember our adventures and fun times together. And while my husband is away, I will think of all the good times we had…not the things we are missing out on together.

So if you have to watch someone hop on a plane to leave for a long, long time…don’t say goodbye, it’s too permanent, just say ‘See ya’ and remember that life is about the moments.

~Christina

How to buy Wine

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There are many ways to select and purchase wine. One of my favorite ways is to go to Binny’s with $100, walk up to the wine expert desk and inform the always enthusiastic employee that you would like to select 5 to 6 bottles of wine. I know many people do not have $100 dollars to spend on wine at one time but it is a great way to stock your wine rack. I recieved this tip from Alpana Singh’s book, Alpana Pours.

The wine expert at Binny’s will walk you around the huge selection of wine will ask you what you like, the wines you typically drink and any food you may be serving with the wine or any special occasions coming up. It is ok if you don’t know the answer to any of these that will not defeat the wine enthusiast. Next time you need to re-stock your wine selection – and you don’t live near a wine growing region, give this a try. Also if you don’t live near a Binny’s go to your local wine shop and talk to the owners there as well. There is a fantastic one near me that sells artisanal cheeses as well.

Other ways I have selected wine: by the label (beware this can have disasterous results) by the price ( price does not dictate quality many great wines are around 10 dollars) at a wine tasting ( the best way to really know what you are getting)

Happy wine shopping!

Kathy

Always Eat The Doughnut

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This is one of my favorite quotes to live by. I’m not saying that we should all eat poorly- in fact I try to eat well and exercise most days- BUT- on the occasion that I am offered a fresh morning doughnut I rarely turn it down – eat that doughnut! Basically it is a metaphor that life is short and you should be free at times. Live and enjoy life. For others living might be doing somthing dangerous like sky diving or swimming with sharks – for me it is to eat the doughnut. This advice helped me through these horrible past 2 weeks where seemingly everything around me was breaking. First it was my laptop, then our internet, then our toilet that overflowed so horribly that it flooded our basement requiring my husband to punch a hole in the ceiling and that ruined the couch, then the dryer broke, the oven stopped working, our family room couch broke, and finally my husbands cell phone stopped working 2 days after the warrant expired. Ughhhh! Unbelieveable. Now I really try to keep life in perspective and to stay positive but I have to admit to a few child- like tantrums these past 2 weeks. All of these things are just that “things” they don’ really mean anything in the grander picture if life but when they all break at the same time it is like- ok – universe wtf. lol. But I am happy to say that the oven, toilet, and internet are fixed. I am sorry I was MIA from blogging but I am happy to be back. As for the rest – we will get to it when we get to it- for now, I’m enjoying my doughnut!

Kathy

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Pantry Chili

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This is a super easy chili recipe that doesn’t require a lot of ingredients or time but packs a powerful flavor.
1lb ground beef ( or ground turkey)
2- 15oz cans tomato sauce
1 – 15oz can dark red kidney beans
1- 15oz can diced tomatoes
1- tsp cumin powder
5- tbls chili powder
2- tbls minced onions
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp cinnamin powder
1/2 tsp black pepper

brown and drain ground beef. Mix all remaining ingredients in a large chili pot amd add the ground beef. Stir and simmer on low for at least 45 minutes – I have simmered mine for up to 2 hours stirring occasionally.

For Christina it may be odd to make chili in April, here in Chicago on Friday when I made this chili it was 40 degrees with wind gusts at 30mph so it was fitting.

Enjoy!

Kathy

April Must-Haves

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Spring is almost here…well some days it feels like spring and then others feel like we are stuck in winter. Be ready for any weather condition with these practical April Must-Haves. april

  1. The classic trench with a Military twist! Camel Military Twill Trench Coat @ Dorothy Perkins $55.
  2. Spring cleaning the natural and healthy way. Meyer’s Clean Day Cleaning Products @ Amazon.
  3. Bold print + a pop of color = the perfect Spring bag.  Poverty Flats by rian Flap Satchel @ Nordstrom $90.
  4. Comfy lounge to soak up the sun @ Amazon $135.
  5. Protect your face and embrace it’s glow. Olay Moisturizer, Youth Code BB Cream, and Nars Illuminating Serum.

Wine Wednesdays are MIA…

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Kathy typically writes “If Wine were a Movie” Wednesday but she’s unfortunately been MIA. Why? Because her wonderful husband…my brother…broke their computer! So this is a public plee to get Kathy back up and running.

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-Kathy,

We are with you. Make that man of yours (it’s ok for me to say because he’s my brother and I can pick on him all I want) fix your computer! And if he can’t I think you deserve a new one. And I think the rest of the blogging community would agree.

 

~Christina

Spring Cleaning 101

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Every year people go through an awful period in their lives when they realize they have too much crap…yes, even I have too much crap. So I wanted to help everyone out with some quick spring cleaning tips.

1. Put away all off-season accessories and bulky clothing. WHY? Because if you don’t have room to store it, you don’t need it. I always like to keep my off-season items in clear storage bins to hide under the bed or on the top shelves in my closet to prevent them from getting dusty and smelling old. (And of course I wash everything before it gets stored and I label the tote!)IMG_37102.  Go through your current collection of accessories and purge anything you don’t wear. Don’t try to make some sort of sentimental connection to it…it’s just material. These little things are the items that add up and collect dust. Organize what you keep and make sure it is working, i.e. check all watch batteries for an easy grab and go.

IMG_37093. Dust everything for a fresh start…and I mean everything! I can take up to a week (work on each room separately) to get every nook and cranny.

The “what and how” to dust:

If you haven’t worn an item of clothing in a few months – wash it or decide to donate it.

Throws and warm blankets on the beds and couches – wash them.

Base boards, yes dust the baseboards – Use an extendable Swiffer duster so you don’t get a sore back. If it hasn’t been done in years, get on your hand and knees and wash them with a wet rag (trust me, the rag will probably come out black).

Blinds – I use a steamer attachment to get in between them or use a Swiffer duster.

Above kitchen cabinets (if you have a gap)- stand on a SAFE stool or ladder and dust with a wet rag.

Dust figurines or collectables, books, picture frames, and anything else sitting on a shelf with a Swiffer duster or damp rag. (Tip- look in unexpected places like the bathroom. I dust the tops of my perfume bottles so they look new and shiny.)

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4. After dusted, not before, do a deep vacuum or steam clean of the carpets. No quick 5-minutes-per-room vacuum, slowly go over areas multiple times to give packed down dirt and dust a chance to loosen and get sucked up. Once you’re done, spray the entire house with Febreze (WHY? because who doesn’t like the smell of Febreze?!)
IMG_3717These few basic cleaning and organizing tips should help get your spring cleaning on a roll. It’s what I worked on this past weekend; this weekend I plan to tackle the garage!

 

~Christina

 

 

Letting out the Polish in Me

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I am 100% Polish, something I was never too proud to admit. Unfortunately ‘my people’ are known for being the butt of dumb jokes and hoarding down sauerkraut and sausage. While I am educated and hate the smell of cooked cabbage, I LOVE ME SOME POLISH SAUSAGE!

IMG_2596My mom always used to make a dish, which I liked to call “Poor Man’s Stew”, because she used to say [in a very thick and sometimes incoherent accent] “On the farm in Poland, we would just throw whatever food scraps we had into a pot with some sausage to cook”. So every now and again I like to chop up some veggie scraps I’ve been “saving for a quick snack” and throw them in a pot to honor my mother’s method of cooking. One of my favorite combos for a healthy, quick meal is this Turkey-Sausage, Pepper, and Zucchini Melody.

  • 1 package Johnson’s Turkey Sausage (It doesn’t taste the same, no pre-packaged Polish sausage tastes good when you are used to REAL Polish sausage, but I’ve made due with my selection here in Cali and I try to be as healthy as I can.)
  • Onion (whatever you have. 1/2 whole onion is fine)
  • 1/2 Zucchini
  • 1/2 Red Pepper
  • 2 T Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Saute everything in a pan, pot, baking dish, who cares! Just cook it thoroughly and enjoy.

That’s it. It’s how poor Polish farmers cook and I love it! It’ll be wonderful every time. I promise.

~Christina

Old-School Pinterest

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I haven’t been feeling very creative lately so I decided to go back to one of my favorite past-times -  Cutting up magazines and creating “vision boards” in my journal. This is something that I have been doing since junior high.  I have always loved fashion and beauty magazines and even in this day of digital media and Pinterest I found this activity soothing and inspirational.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love Pinterest, but this more hands-on activity was fun and it did boost my creativity.  I created several pages, one of which I am showing you here.  I learned that the trends I am craving right now (from the March 2014 editions of In Style, Vogue and Elle) are delicate gold jewelry, a gold tassel necklace, menswear blue and white button down shirt, digital print coat, delicate dresses with edgy shoes/accessories.  I encourage you to break away from digital vision boards every once in a while and construct your own old school Pinterest board.  I taped mine to the inside of my journal as a reminder of what I am craving right now and as something I can consult later for further creative inspiration.

~Kathy

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