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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Mother's Day Cards


Seeing that Mother's Day is next weekend, time is running out to buy gifts and cards online. I was browsing for some cards last night so I thought I would share my favorites (all letterpress, naturally). The first two are from one of my favorites, Smock Paper.

This card is from the ever wonderful Sycamore Street Press:

The next two are from Dutch Door Press:


And this beautiful little number is from Byvik Ink:

Last but certainly not least, from Tallulah:

I bought some cards from Tallulah for the wedding and they were a huge hit. They are even cuter in person than they are in pictures. Nole from Oh So Beautiful Paper also did a great round-up of cards, so check that out if you're still in the market. What are you all getting for your Mom? Any unique ideas? Mine reads the blog but I'll be sure to let you know what I got her after next weekend!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Flickr


The White House has an official Flickr stream. So many things about that sentence make me happy.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Lobster and Swan


First of all, just try and convince me that "Lobster and Swan" isn't one of the cutest little shop names you've ever heard. It gives me the urge to rename Lola to Lobster and get her a sister named Swan. Then when people ask us that our dogs names are, I can proudly say "Lobster & Swan." Brad would love that.

This adorable little store with the even cuter name sells all sorts of things, but I am loving these little boxes full of treasures. I can think of very few friends who would be as excited to get something like this as I would, but there are a few. There aren't any boxes of treasures for sale in the shop right now, which I may or may not be stalking until they put up some new inventory.

On another note, I stayed with my cousin in NYC this weekend who is in the midst of some shockingly horrible respiratory illness. I was the freak with the hand sanitizer and the disinfecting wipes the entire time - what anyone wants in a house guest. And now I am living in a panic that he has given me that stupid pig flu (yes, I know they're calling it the swine flu, but pig flu sounds better. I am changing it) There have been 28 confirmed cases in NYC. Pray for my immune system.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Chicken Soft Tacos


This is one of the easiest recipes we have and also one of our favorites. All you need is:
  • 3 Frozen, Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 2 Cans Rotel Tomatoes (we use the kind with green chiles)
  • 1 Envelope Taco Seasoning
  • 1 Cup Water
  • Flour Tortillas
  • Cilantro
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Any other toppings your heart may desire
Prepare yourself for some complicated instructions - you might want to grab a pen. Ready? Throw the first 4 ingredients into a slow cooker on low for 6-8 hours and enjoy. Then you might need a nap from all the effort.

You don't need to thaw the chicken, just throw it in there frozen. Do stir the taco seasoning around a little so it dissolves. And you might not need an entire cup of water - just put in enough so that the top of the chicken is covered (it depends on the size of your slow cooker). We've found that they're usually done in 6 hours, you know because when you shred the meat it literally falls apart. If there aren't more than two people eating there will be leftovers, but they are just as good the next day (and I hate leftovers).

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Stillness


{Photograph by Alicia Bock}

"Your first daily priority should be stillness, attention to what you really know and what you really feel. Don't 'network' into meaningless relationships with colleagues who bore you; find the people who can make you laugh all night, who turn on the lights in your heart and mind. Do whatever work feeds your true self, even if it's not a safe bet, even if it looks like a crazy risk, even if everyone in your life tells you you're wrong or bad or crazy." - Martha Beck

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Flowers


In my little world, there are few things better than having fresh flowers in the house. A couple of months ago Brad was going out to run errands and he asked me if I needed anything. For no real reason I asked if he would pick up some flowers. He grabbed an inexpensive bunch at the grocery store and ever since then we've just been replacing them. Some bouquets last weeks, others only a few days, but there is something so cheery and refreshing about having bunches of flowers hanging around.

This weekend we were walking around our neighborhood and since we were in need of some new flowers (note: snapdragons don't last very long) we stopped into A New Leaf. Anyone who has visited us from out of town is all too familiar with this adorable little flower shop, as I drag people in there just to look around on a regular basis. They seriously make the most beautiful arrangements - this amazing bouquet that I got for my birthday is from there.

There were orange ranunculus that I just couldn't resist, so they paired them with those crazy green things (I think they called them lotus blossoms?) and some little yellow flowers. When we were walking home this strange man came up to us and asked if we had bought the flowers for ourselves. I assumed the next question would be whether or not we had any money to spare, or some rant about spending frivilously in this economy. He didn't seem like one that would appreciate flowers. But instead he nodding knowingly and said "Right on. It's a quality of life thing." Yes, strange man. Yes it is.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Inspiration


"Do it Anyway" by Mother Theresa

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful you will win some false friends and true enemies;
Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, some could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Yikes.


This is one of my favorite beauty products, Physicians Formula concealer in yellow. It also comes in green, but the two colors serve very different purposes. The idea is that the yellow covers dark pigments well (read: circles under my eyes) and the green covers red pigments well (blemishes, scars, etc).

I have used the yellow concealer under my eyes for years, after someone showed it to me in college. My routine is always the same - I put on moisturizer and then immediately apply the concealer, so it can hang out under my eyes for awhile and make sure all those circles disappear. It aggravates absolutely everyone who has ever had the pleasure of "getting ready" with me, they all hate it that I leave the yellow stuff under my eyes while I dry my hair and finish getting ready. Rubbing it in is always the last thing I do.

So given my routine, I suppose it was inevitable that I would eventually leave the house with the yellow mess still under my eyes. Today was that day. The thing is, I left the house around 8AM and didn't realize it was there for THREE HOURS. I said hello to our maintenance man, drove Brad to work, said hello to the parking attendant in our lot, walked into my office and worked for three hours before I went to the bathroom and noticed it was there.

It wasn't like an "oh, you might have something on your face" type of thing. Huge, bright yellow streaks under each eye. I immediately started counting and realized that I talked to no less than 5 people while it was there, one of which was a conversation that lasted several minutes. What must that person have been thinking? Perhaps I was starting a new trend? Have some sort of hideous rash? Smeared some banana under each eye in case I got hungry later?

Life lesson: If you ever see someone running around with huge yellow streaks under their eyes, say something. Then wait until they leave to call them banana face.

Well, hello there...

Hi friends - I hope you all had a wonderfully relaxing weekend. Mine lasted 3 1/2 days and actually felt like a much needed break. There were lots of pictures taken and recipes tested, all of which I will be sharing as soon as I get the pictures off of the camera.

The purpose of this post is actually two fold - first, a promise to you that I will devote more time to With This Nest. There aren't quite as many of you reading this blog as opposed to the other one, but those of you who are here are a vocal bunch (which I love). The truth is that its harder than I thought to write two blogs, but the people have spoken! I promise to devote a little more time and put some more effort behind this blog. No more two week breaks.

The second purpose of the post is to show you this beautiful scarf (I absolutely love scarves). Do any of you regularly wear scarves? Because as much as I love them, I hesitate to wear them on any sort of regular basis for fear of becoming "that girl who always wears scarves." I worry that they can become a cliche quite quickly. I worry about a lot of things. What do you think?