Wednesday, April 9, 2014



What fun is having an herb garden
If you can't spice it up a bit!!

Have a happy Thursday Everyone!

: )

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

a selfie post

Hi guys..  remember me ,  Leslie?
I did it again...   Not on purpose, I swear...  there are just a million things happening in my life.

Since I haven't really done anything creative 
I am going to share something else with you.
Something that has made me very happy.

I don't do pictures...  
 I am not photogenic at all,  which is why you hardly see my face in the blog.
Except for this post..  where I am going to share some of my Unfavorites.

Here i am...   I've been doing the brunette thing for about a year.
 This is Paul and I back last Spring.
(He's got a cute twinkle in his eyes..  prolly up to no good!)

And this one... I was trying to rock a side-pony and skull shirt.

And how about this one ... 
Taken this week- one year ago while getting my one and ONLY painful tatoo.
I know that we don't generally talk about this stuff on our blogs..
but whats up with those boobs?
Where did they even come from?

And this is my scale after a 4lb weight loss.
I was so excited to be back under 165!!!

Some of you know where I am going with this post...
It started when I took that new position at work and started to move more.
aka.. run around like a crazy person!
I though that I had moved a lot before..
 ( obviously a 60 minute workout rotated with a happy meal every couple of days was not enough for me)

Since July,  I am in constant motion and I hardly have time to make junk.. let alone eat it.
Not only has the job itself been rewarding..  but the benefits that it has had on my body has been wonderful.
My back hardly hurts..  my achy knees never hurt...  and I feel amazing!

This is my scale yesterday.

 These are my old size 12 work pants.

 and these are my new favorite comfy jeans.

After all of that hard work...
It was time for a makeover.

A new fresh cut to make me look as good as I feel..

 Ta Da!

 When people ask me how i did it.. 
It's hard to answer..   I wasn't planning to drop 32 pounds.

Just move more and cut out the junk
and trust me, once you.start feeling good about yourself again..
it comes easy!

I miss you all!!!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Valentine Card Shower

Happy Sunday!!

For several years now
it's been a tradition around here to make Valentines Day Cards for the kids in the Children's Hospitals.

It is a fun event that my friend Melinda at Country dreaming started with a Card Shower blog party..
The cards sent to Melinda go to the Kansas City Children's hospital.

We normally make enough cards to send to Melinda and  to the local hospital here in Baltimore.

This year,  obstacles and busy schedules made it tough to find time to create some cards.
So.. once again, we recruited some help.

Help from some little family members and help from good friends.
The Card shower started with some heart shaped lunch

and lots of pink treats!

A small group of girl friends,  some apple moonshine, sangria , scissors, paper, glue,
 and most importantly...  girl talk!

A little Thank You for these lovely ladies
 who took time out of their busy schedules to help out at the last minute.
I really appreciate their help and friendships.

And here are just some of the cards that we ended up with!
It's quite a loot!

These girls are just to creative!

They are all so adorable!

The Kansas City cards are all boxed up and ready to go..
Of course,  I can't forget to send Melinda a little something for all of the trouble that she goes through
putting this event together.
Thank you, Melinda (and Mr Ken)!!!


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Happy February

Happy February!!!

Can you believe it..  February,  
Winter is almost half way over!!

4 more months and we'll be out on the water!  

Do you have any big plans for February or Valentines day?

We haven't made any Valentines plans yet.
 I'm pretty sure that both Paul and I are working that day
so I'm not going to plan anything fancy..
  I was thinking that I would surprise him with some yummy seafood.
 Steamed crabs sounds good!

I'm saving up for his birthday in May.. 
I am planning a surprise that he will love!!!
I will tell you more about it when it gets closer.
What I can tell you is that it will make him..
happy, happy, happy!

As for the rest of February...   

I am definitely going to bake some Valentines fun... That's a given!

The color of that book case below is my favorite color ....  
 I keep looking at it thinking.. 
 I wonder what the kitchen cabinets would look like in that gorgeous color? 
Hmmm... something to think about.
Meanwhile,  One of my missions in February is to find a tall bookcase like this one.

How about this.. a real challenge for February ~
No fast food for the month!  
That's a goal...  obtainable?  we'll see!

Lastly,  clean out and organize those dangerous kitchen cabinets.
It's a bowl/lid avalanche every time you open the doors.

I skipped the painting part of my to do list because I was so excited to start it
that i did it the other day. 
 I love hot air balloons!!!

Once I get started on a project I just can't stop!

The balloon painting is for a friend.
A lady who listens, offers advice and is sometimes my voice of reason.

Sometimes, we meet and make the most unlikely friendships..
Those are usually the ones that last.
This is my way of saying Thank you.

The other painting is one that  I did Yesterday..

And this one is a gift to another friend who is retiring from the coal yard in a few days.
 Although, he will probably not want to see coal for a very long time... 
I wanted to share with him one final sunset.

I wish you all a Fabulous February!!!
 Stay Warm.



Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Mini post ~ pillow redo

So..  If you haven't already figured it out..
I have a confession to make.

I have a pillow fetish!

It's true.
   For me,  throw pillows are the quickest and ( lets not forgot my love for instant gratification) ..
the EASIEST way to freshen up the decor.

Our living room was in desperate need of some freshening up!

So it was either paint the walls and rearrange all of the furniture.. 
Or shop for new pillows.

Shopping is way more fun.

I scored on the first stop..    TJ Max.
oh my god.. I love that store!!

The first thing that caught my eye were the paisley printed pillows.
I love paisley..  
Hey, I grew up in the 80's ~  don't judge me! 

For whatever reason..  
 These goldish yellow pillows aren't a color that I would generally look at.
Normally.. I would just pass it right by.

I'm so glad that they called out to me..... 

Pick me!  Pick me!

I love them!  
Really Really love them.

This room is crazy with color.. 
 I'm a little crazy with the bunting..
and Sharky the photo bomber ..well , he's just a little crazy, period!

Have a great Wednesday everyone!!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Hearts, snow and real life

 Good Morning!  

I have no idea why..  but I am up before dawn again.
It's all good ~  I work the morning shift today anyway.

I've got plenty of scraping and warming up to do before I leave the driveway..
So, I suppose,  being up early is a good thing.

Schools are closed today due to the 8 inches of snow that we received yesterday.
It snowed the entire day..  a pretty constant snowfall that made want to nest.

Oh..  you are wondering how we spent this snow day....

 We made pretty chocolate covered marshmallows , especially good for dipping into hot chocolate.

We hung hearts on the Sun porch while we enjoyed the beautiful view outside..


Lots and Lots of hearts.

We played outside with the boys.

and of course we dressed Darla  up in her warm coat before she joined us in the snow.

We warmed our numb toes on the hot radiator. 

 And we sat quietly, 
 Thanking God that we were all home, safe and warm , 
while savoring the beautiful dusk.

Of course..  that was the sugar coated version.

I left out the parts when..
The dogs threw up from eating to much snow.
Half of the hearts fell down.
Our backs burned and hands cramped from so much shoveling.
The Laundry and dirty dishes never seem to go away.
And a tummy ache,  just for me,  from eating to much junk.
Real life...  so much fun : )

Have a wonderful Wednesday friends.
Stay warm and happy!!!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Pallet Table

Good Morning Friends!
Happy Saturday!!

I know, I know...  I let a whole week go by without blogging.
It's been one of those weeks!

In between working, cleaning, and all of those other errands that we moms do everyday
I did manage to find some time to work on my January to-do list.

My favorite thing so far is ...
The pallet table

First, let me just say..
It is not as easy as evil Pinterest makes it look!!

The first thing I did, after decided what size I wanted my table to be,
was to have Paul use the saw and cut it in half.

Cutting it like this was perfect because it left the main frame underneath untouched.

Wearing gloves..   because this wood splinters like crazy,
I removed all of the extra planks from underneath
and added them to the open spaces on the top, and sides of the table.

Easy enough!!

This wood is funky...  If you are looking for perfect
~ maybe you could do it..   but not me,
I need instant gratification.
Plus, I like things looking old and a little beat up.

The next thing I did was sand....  

I decided I wanted to use some color.. 
I roughly coated the planks with paint, sanded it again, added a little stain, and then varnish.

Now it is time for  legs!

Everyone wants pretty thin legs...  
 except for this pallet table.

I cheated and bought some railing spindles ($12 for 4) 
because I wanted that instant gratification and I didn't feeling like using the hand saw.

Big mistake!!

Both the spindle wood and the wood frame of the pallet
are a real......    ummm...  Biotch
to work with!

I broke and striped countless screws trying to attach them!

It was a fight between me and the table..
and for or a long time,  the table was winning
until I finally managed to get them secure.

And then I realized..
That I had cut them too short!


Next week... with Paul's help,  the legs get replaced!
I'm not sure what I will use...  but they will definitely be a little thicker and taller.

As for the table itself..
I love it!!

It reminds me of a fishing pier.
Which is making my creative motor spin again.

 What can I make now?  : )

How about you all...  what's been going on where you live?

It's still cold and grey in Baltimore and this chick is counting the days until spring.

Meanwhile,  I need to get some chores done and get ready for work.

See you soon.
Have a wonderful weekend!!