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We’ve been busy behind the scenes at Casa Czarnecki over the last couple of years, redecorating and remodeling, sledgehammering walls and ripping out old flooring, and finally, FINALLY after our epic Master Bathroom Remodel, we’re moving onto the attached Master Bedroom.
I couldn’t be more excited.
Our master bedroom has been woefully outdated, with dirty textured ceilings, weird circular windows, a tan-ish brown wall paint, and forest green carpet pulling up at the corners of the room. There have been many nights where I’ve been tempted to grab a couple of blankets and a soft pillow and head to the pretty, shiny and new en suite bathroom to make a cozy little bed in the jetted tub of the master bath.
Luckily, it hasn’t come to that.
We finally put in new flooring and painted the walls of the bedroom a gorgeous, simple grey, and now it’s time to talk about decorating the old place.
It’s absolutely amazing what a fresh coat of paint and a new floor can do for a room. We still … >> find out more...
Just the name conjures up mysterious treasure, mythical stories, and mountains of adventure. The Atlantis resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas offers up all of that intrigue.
My husband and I visited Atlantis in October of 2008. It was a sales incentive trip through his company. It was an amazing trip, but I desperately missed our young daughters, who were just four and two years old at the time. We kept thinking, during that trip, of how lovely it would be to return with our girls, once they were older.
In February of 2013, we were able to do that. We were grateful that it was another sales incentive trip, so we only had to purchase flights for our daughters.I’m not going to sugar coat it, Atlantis for families, is an expensive vacation. Yes, the resort runs deals, and special offers throughout the year, and I do recommend you take advantage of them. Since everything has to be brought to the island, there’s no way around the high prices, even when someone else is footing the lodging bill. However, there are things you can do to try to save your budget.
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I’ve never regretted buying band T-shirts. I have this whole collection of shirts, picked up at concerts or hunted down on E-Bay, that are all dedicated to the music I love. And I actually wear them. I don’t just wear them for me, though. I wear them for the people around me. Because first and foremost, band t shirts are conversation-starters.
Music is one of my all-time favorite things to talk about, and when I can talk about it with a stranger on a rainy day, that is a sort of magic to me. When a melody hits you just right, it is such a joy to share it with someone. It’s a phenomenon that crosses generations. Then there are the words.
There are some perfect lyrics in the universe, (the ones you write on your hand when you’re bored) they stick to you. Well sometimes those lyrics end up on a shirt, and you can carry them around all day. When someone feels those words the same way you do, and then sees your band t shirt – presto – instant friend, and perhaps possible soul mate.
So, search a bit on your favorite online outlet. You know that … >> find out more...
Home made bread and Sunday dinner rolls, and delicious fresh cinnamon rolls are a part of my DNA. And up to this point in my life, have only been in my DNA so far as I enjoy eating all of the above foods very much, because carbs = yummmm. But even though I love me some rolls, I’ve never actually been able to make them. Properly, and for real.
(if you want to skip the story behind the rolls and jump to the recipe, you can find it at the bottom of this post)
My grandmother and mother both were, and are, phenomenal cooks. My grandmother literally fed an entire neighborhood of boys (and girls too) throughout the better part of the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. Somewhere in her busy days of raising four children and their friends, (and doing it well) my grandma managed to work full time as a nurse at a state mental health hospital, attend Brigham Young University with her daughter (my mother) to finish her college degree, write papers and complete homework, and keep an immaculate house.
I can only imagine the exhaustion. But somehow through the fog of homework and child rearing … >> find out more...
Oh that Eddie Redmayne at the Oscars last night. So adorable and wonderful. The navy tux (whoa, yes) and that darling genuine surprise on his face just endeared him to me even more. I confess I’ve seen only one of the films honored last night, but I can still have favorites, right? Julianne Moore looked exquisite and genuinely happy all night long, and hooray for Birdman director, Mexico’s Alejandro Inarritu. Really, it’s wonderful. Neil Patrick Harris was charming as always. And is there anything else, really, to say about the Lady Gaga-Julie Andrews moment? Besides, well, wow! Just wow. I’ve always loved that Julie Andrews (you don’t want to know how many times I’ve seen The Sound of Music) but last night made me a fan of Lady Gaga, too.
Some favorite looks from the 2015 Oscars:
Zoe Saldana in this blush color is sexy but demure. I love the lines and femininity here without being too fluffy or Barbie-like. Very, very pretty.
Julianne Moore in white–a trend on last night’s red carpet. Flattering, great texture and interest, and she just looked so happy and lovely. I love that she owns her … >> find out more...
The end of last year I was homeschooling my kids when an opportunity for our whole family to go to Kenya came up. It was a chance to find education outside of a textbook and to do something for others. It was right, so we went. This is the first time I’ve sat down to write and reflect on the trip and the impact it had on my kids. I don’t know if I will ever fully know how what they witnessed with their eyes, traveled to their hearts, but perhaps telling the story of the day I met one amazing sho sho will help…
First stop…the market. While waiting to buy food parcels, the kids and adults gathered to see the song and dance show that we were performing to entertain the kids gawking at this small army of white skinned weirdos who obviously weren’t from around these parts. We failed miserably at trying to be inconspicuous to avoid mzungu prices. However, if the color of our skin affected the price, I wouldn’t have noticed. Seventy dollars to buy food parcels for 24 elderly families was a steal, and I would have gladly paid more.
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Organizing Your House Week Two:
I’m an organizing fool up in here these days! I’m so excited so many of you are with me on getting your homes + lives organized in the new year (and hopefully for years to come). We can totally do this one week at a time. Thank you for the feedback on Organizing Your House Week One! Leave comments or email me if you’re really stressed about one area of your home / life and I’ll try to tackle it with you. Safety and strength in numbers, right? RIGHT? I can feel your enthusiasm all the way from here.
This week’s Organizing Your House Objective: Bathroom Drawer or Cupboard
How-To Organize Your Bathroom Vanity / Cupboard or Drawer
- Step 1: Pull everything out and see what you’ve got
I’ll be really honest with you and tell you that in the short time since we’ve remodeled our master bathroom, the vanity has become a cluttered mess. A total catch-all disaster of makeup and beauty products and random toiletries. Barf. I pulled everything out of one side (I needed to break this project up into smaller sections) and put it in a … >> find out more...
Hello friends! I hope you’re all doing well today, I really mean it. I hope it’s gloriously beautiful wherever you are, and that even if you’re neck-deep in snow or smog, or something less savory, that you’ve made your day happy in your own way.
I believe in you.
Have you ever chosen a word or phrase as a kind of personal mantra for yourself? I know a lot of people choose a word at the beginning of every new year, and some people live life by a specific mantra, but up until this year I’d never really tried it. But this year, on January 1st, I chose a personal mantra:
LET IT GO
Not like the Disney song from the movie Frozen, (although, that song is seriously the best ever even if you’re so, so, so sick of it right now) but more like, Let It GO, a philosophy for living the best life possible. For me means a lot of things.
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- of being angry at my body for having a disease, and choosing to love it instead, because being sick has taught me to be truly, deeply empathetic and compassionate, and I’m so appreciative
Frankly, my dears, I am not made for winter. Maybe it’s the low blood pressure, but I am always cold. My nose, my toes, my fingers, and my rear, sweet cheeks, are always a bit chilly. This is why in the winter, even in Northern California, my heart sings arias for tropical climates. Hawaii is hands down, my favorite place to visit when I crave ocean breezes, fresh flavors that make my mouth water, and a laid back, relaxed attitude towards life.
Hawaii is a perfect place to visit, and fantastic with kids, if you’re looking for easy. There aren’t any passports, language barriers, or currency exchanges to worry about. I’ve found that if you go off-season, you can usually find fabulous flight deals from Hawaiian Airlines.
Oahu is great for families, and is a great pick for the first island to visit. It’s the third largest Hawaiian island, and is the most populated of all the eight islands. About two-thirds of Hawaiians live on Oahu. With so much to do, or not to do, you won’t get bored on Oahu. Oahu is also ideal for discovering the flavor of what Hawaii is like, and from there pick the other … >> find out more...