Friday, July 11, 2014

Girl Friday

We are off to Michigan (Hamptons of the mid west) again.  There is nothing like spending time at the beach to recharge your batteries.  

Just a few of my favorites
La plage in Paris

 Kapalua, HI

Seaside, FL

Holland , MI

and what I already know I will love when I visit here in October
Papagayo, CR

Life's a beach!!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Ladies Who Lunch

We are big foodies over here, I would eat out every meal if money and weight were no object.  Lisa Vanderpump makes owning a restaurant look so glamourous but the reality is that you would probably spend every night and weekend at your place, which would really effect my social life, not sure I am cut out for that.

So what's a girl to do if she wants a restaurant but still wants her nights for herself....

Open a restaurant that closes for the day when lunch is over (brilliant)  Am I really going to open a lunch spot, no.  I will, however be more than willing to sample these types of restaurants that seem to be popping up

The Woman's Exchange
This tea room is a STL classic, it has been around for years and years.  I average at this restaurant about once a month and have been doing that for 10 years, in the 10 years I have maybe seen 1 man dining.  This place is all about the ladies.  The 2 best things about this place...

the salad

and the coveted Cherry Dress that is sold in the little shop at the front of the restaurant

The Nest
if you are going to lunch with your kids, this is the new place to go

Everything they serve is fresh, organic and healthy

and cute

and while you are noshing and checking your emails your kids are happy and well contained

Half and Half
One of my favorite lunch spots sans kids.  last year the guys that own this place decided to do pop up restaurants at night.  Every couple months they had a different theme (mexican, farm to table) and it was brilliant and wildly popular.  The problem, they no longer had their nights free so they went back to just lunch.  I totally understand guys.

Death in the Afternoon
I am actually trying this new lunch only spot today, it opened a couple weeks ago and all I keep hearing is how amazing this place is.  
This restaurant is a spin off of the "members only" restaurant Blood and Sand.  These guys are brilliant, you pay a monthly membership fee otherwise you are not eating here.  Its totally worth the fee for the truffled tator tots alone, trust me.  Anyway their new baby Death in the Afternoon is the place to eat downtown, as of now anyone can dine here but if it is as popular as its big brother, that might change real soon.

Those Parisians are onto something lunch begins at 11am ends about 2pm then a little cat nap!!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Laid Back

Summer is all about forgetting schedules and flying by the seat of our pants, that is exactly what we have been up to.

We have been to the Hamptons of the Midwest aka Lake Michigan...

We tootled over to Chicago to see our girl Heather....

and a few other places

We hosted a baptism party weekend in our home for our niece...

and we took a quick jaunt down to Silver Dollar City..

Now we have 8 days in our city until we take off again for the Hamptons (Lake Michigan)

pack, unpack, laundry, repeat

Friday, June 13, 2014

Girl Friday

We have a big weekend here over at chez beautiful.  First off I think my weekend unofficially begun Wednesday night when my brother in law came to town for a visit.  He was introduced to WOP and is quite taken with it...
this rose is my latest summer obsession, perfect for a little wine on porch with friends.

My brother in law is a foodie so we have been eating and drinking like there is no tomorrow

This morning we are going to cleanse our bodies to get ready for the weekend.  First stop here

then I am taking him to my favorite juice bar for a little mean green

then we will have a few hours to chill poolside

Tonight, after the hubs gets home from work we are off to the opening night of a new restaurant owned by my brother in law's high school friend
this will be his third restaurant to open here in STL

Saturday is my and the hubs anniversary !!

We will be spending the afternoon at various kid activities

things have really changed since our wedding day

but Saturday night a celebratory dinner

Sunday is the hubs birthday and father's day.  My gift to Dan
I am taking the kids and the dog to Michigan for the week!!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

My Weekend and You Must Bake This

I seriously made the most incredible dessert last week.

You must make this brownie, you will love me and hate me all at the same time!!

The good news is that I found a new workout to try since I indulged in these brownies...

it is a cardio/dancing/drumming workout.  Has anyone tried it??  I am always up for something new at the gym.

I am still recovering from my weekend, and it is not because I overindulged in any type of liquids, I was unofficially a "dance mom."  My daughter had a dance recital and she had practice Friday night so I had about an hour and a half to grab a bite to eat with the hubs
(best turkey burger ever)

then it was on to cover the last hour of rehearsal.

Saturday morning rehearsal again from 8 am to 6 pm, lucky for me I got to leave at noon.

Sunday was the big day and we left the house at 9am and walked back in the door at 11pm.  
(after a long day)

I woke up Monday and was so confused as to the time and day since I spent 14 hours indoors on Sunday watching the same recital 3 times, its enough to make you go mad!!  I mean the things we do for our kids right??!!

And finally the pastel I had made of my Scarlett was framed

and she joins the wall with her brother and sister

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Little Face Lift

We have been in our current home for 4 years, I have managed to personalize most of our house except our family room.  It is still the same color it was when we bought it.  The problem was I did not hate the color, not love, not hate so this room was moved to the bottom of the to do list.

Well now I am so over the color and we desperately need some type of window treatment because the glare from the sun is really interfering with the hubs TV watching time.

It's a fabulous room, it was what sold us on this house, a huge family room with lots of light
but it's time for a change.

First off get rid of the yellow, and paint the walls blue.  I have my colors narrowed down to...

Benjamin Moore "blue springs"

 Benjamin Moore "summer showers"

and finally

Benjamin Moore "santorini blue"

I mean they really all 3 look almost identical but I think I am leaning towards summer shower, but that changes on a daily basis.

For our window treatments I ordered some bamboo shades, I love bamboo shades.  I need to block the glare but I don't want our room to feel dark...

this wall color with shades is what i am going for (minus the white couch, I mean I do have 3 kids and a dog)

bamboo shades just a little darker in color

and finally we need to face lift our wet bar

I mean paint the cabinets, change the counter tops and voila

nothing to it!!