August 29, 2014

The Summer List 2014: Complete

I have mixed emotions over announcing that The Summer List for 2014 is complete. While it is quite exciting that we completed everything that I had planned on doing this Summer, it's still sad to think about the fact that Summer is technically over -- maybe according to the calendar, but not so for the weather. 

I am also pleased to announce that we actually did a few of the things on the list several times, and we added even more to the list, too! Little Boy has fallen in love with going to the library, and we enjoyed going swimming a few times at some of the local outdoor pools -- we save those for the really hot days.

August 22, 2014

Listen, Look, Love: August


You would not believe how excited I was to find out that the Madden brothers are back at it. I was a fan of Good Charlotte back in my high school days, and I was wondering where they were at. I heard this song on the radio last weekend, and instantly loved it. It's got a 1960's and 70's vibe to it, and reminds me of something from The Mamas & The Papas or Aquarius (Let the Sunshine In).


I have been looking for hairstyles to wear with a simple yet elegant dress that I chose for a wedding this weekend. The collar of the dress tells me that I should have my hair up, but I want something that is really understated. I'm liking the look of this hairstyle. It's exactly what I've been picturing in my head.


I just recently purchased this map of the world for my son's bedroom. I really, really love this map because UP was one of the very first Disney movies that we showed him, and this is one of my favourite quotes from the movie. I hope he will grow up believing this.

August 20, 2014

DIY: Handmade Wedding Wrapping Paper

My husband and I have a very important wedding to go to this weekend, and to make the wedding gift just a little more special I wrote song lyrics all over it -- including from the couple's first dance song. I practiced how to write each of the lyrics in my sketchbook first to make sure they looked the way I wanted, and then I wrote them on a piece of kraft paper that I had already cut to the correct size.

Then I wrapped up the gift and tied a couple of different kinds of cord around it -- I love having a drawer full of random, varying lengths of cord for this reason -- and finished it off with a shipping tag that I stamped with a flower. Simplicity is the key.

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