Saturday, December 20, 2008
That is right folks, Linda on the John Deer Tractor.
And one last picture for fun... The other day when I left work early my mom and I met up for coffee and a chat.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Where to start? Which tree to choose?
Oh the questions that must be asked when hunting for the right tree.
Aren't they cute?
Go dad, go!
I love this picture of the 'rents!
I think I'll take this one home ... smells good ...
And this year I cut . . .
. . . and carried my own tree! Quite empowering, I must say. :)
Friday, December 5, 2008
How Colors Can Boost Your Mood
Feeling pensive? Tranquil? Energetic? The colors around you may have a lot to do with it.
What they are: Think of these as the shades that you wouldn't necessarily find in your crayon box. Neutral colors consist of off-whites, beiges, black, and grays.
What they do: Though some might consider them boring, these shades also create an air of tranquility. Many spas and doctors' offices use these colors to inspire calm in their clientele.
Make them work for you: If serenity is what you're looking for, then you can create an oasis at home with this toned-down color palette. Although neutral colors are often used as a bridge for brighter shades, in the right combinations, they can create a space in your home that's fit for an escape from the daily demands of life.
What they are: These colors do just what their name implies—create feelings of warmth and comfort. Dark reds, burnt oranges, golds, and lighter shades of brown are all examples of warm colors.
What they do: They are known to liven up a space, inspire conversation, all while remaining in the background. These darker shades of otherwise lively colors are said to invoke deep emotions such as passion, contentment, and affection.
Make them work for you: Often, colors that inspire warmth are used in a bedroom, living room, or office to create a homey or cozy feeling. You can bring that feeling to the workplace by substituting your white coffee mug with a color reminiscent of an autumn sunset or by replacing your black picture frame with a frame in a hue suggestive of a glass of red wine. You'd be surprised how far a touch of warmth can resonate.
The Power of Color
What can color do for you?
What they are: Any color that feels like it comes from nature—including dark browns, forest green, khaki, and olive—falls under the category of earth tones.
What they do: These colors can make a person feel grounded and in touch with their surroundings. Earthy shades tend to balance and inspire personal growth.
Make them work for you: Bathrooms usually feel sterile—not unlike a dentist's office. Instead, picture this: a warm, cascading shower with a natural, rejuvenating paint scheme surrounding you. This could be one way to utilize earth tones to turn an ordinary experience into something else completely.
What they are: Imagine how you'd feel if you were surrounded by an ocean of turquoise, vibrant blues, and sage green.
What they do: Unless you were part of the cast of Lost, you would probably feel calm, languid, and refreshed. Cool colors often evoke quiet moods—as if you were removed from reality.
Make them work for you: Calmness is not an emotion often associated with working forty hours a week, being a parent, or both. In order to keep your cool in the most stressful of situations, try to utilize these soothing shades. It may mean hanging a work of art in your office at work or creating a space at home where you are encircled by these fresh colors. Try it—it's one of the easiest ways to de-stress.
I love the color green...wonder what that says about me?
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Also, if you have a few minutes to waste, check out this interesting article in Parade Magazine. It's got some VERY interesting statistics about food and how people are eating these days.
By the way, I am getting all this fabulous info (random national food days and random Parade magazine articles) from my favorite website HungryGirl. Check it out. :)
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Peanut Butter and Ritz sandwich cookies covered in a Peanut Butter and Chocolate coating. Yowza!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal cookies...wow, this recipe has everything I love! Doesn't get any better!