What to Wear to a Wedding

31 Oct


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I’m getting married in the morning.  Ding dong the bells are gonna chime!  And no, I am not getting married, but we get to attend a wedding this weekend and I cannot wait!  I love a fun party!  Truly, I am giddy with excitement and can’t wait to frolic with my best peeps, celebrating the wedding of Ronnie and Jon (no h).  A great time will be had by all starting with a beautiful ceremony, fun dinner, lots of dancing, libations and did I mention lobster rolls being passed as a late night snack at 11PM.  And a late-night snack truck! And lots of dancing…and I love, love, love to dance!  I mean, OMG…So, of course this begs the question, what to wear?

Especially in these days of social media, when everything is documented, you want to be appropriately dressed for any occasion.  You also may not want to  wear the same thing over and over again, for fear of people thinking you have but one outfit. #Terry’slife.    If you do choose to wear the same dress, you can change it up with different accessories.  #options.  I have always thought that was important, hence one of my first blogs The History of the Fashion Journal, in which I explain why I journal what I wear,  so I’m not always wearing the same thing with the same crowd. #savvyblogger


Top 5 Wedding No-No's - What NOT to Wear! - to see more: www.theperfectpalette.com  - A MUST-READ for all wedding guests!

Top 5 wedding no-no’s – what not to wear!

Here are five of the most common wedding dress guest mistakes women make when choosing a wedding outfit.  Courtesy of The Perfect Palette (www.theperfectpalette.com).
 A lot of people think that this is an old-fashioned, old-school rule. Maybe the bride is super cool and doesn’t care one bit. But wearing a white dress to a wedding can rub a lot of people the wrong way. Truthfully, the most obvious mistake female wedding guests make is wearing white. In fact, anything that looks remotely bridal is out of bounds to avoid offending the bride. It’s never a good idea to wear anything that could conceivably be mistaken for a wedding dress.
Some say it is okay, however, according to Martha Stewart Weddings, “If you do show up in white, you’re not technically doing anything wrong, but people might talk and you’ll be known as “the girl who wore white at so-and-so’s wedding.” It’s just not worth it. Let the big day be about the guest of honor — the bride — and save your white dress for a special occasion that doesn’t involve vows.” So with that being said, I think you shouldn’t wear all white. Because believe me, even if you look your best in white, you won’t care what color you’re wearing when she’s staring daggers into your eyes instead of saying “I do.” Exceptions to the rule are white dresses with bold colored patterns.
The truth is that there’s really nothing wrong with wearing a red dress to a wedding. The real underlying issue with red is that it draws the eye, BIG time. And if there is only one bright red dress among a sea of pastel shades, it will stand out like a sore thumb on the group photos. To avoid stealing the show, I’d suggest avoiding red all together. Especially if the dress color could be described as “fire engine red.” Bright red is just too loud and distracting. Deep cranberry is a good alternative.
This dress would be fabulous and give you that pop of color!  I’m not sure I agree with not wearing red, btw.  Neither does the picture below, from The Dress Code.
A common wedding dress guest mistake is failing to check the invitation dress code to see which style of outfit is appropriate. For a black tie dress code an evening gown or cocktail dress is expected, for a white tie dress code nothing but a ball gown will suffice, and for a lounge suit dress code a daytime summer dress, a skirt and top or a light suit is required. If there is no dress code on the invitation, a colorful summer dress is usually a safe bet. Dress codes should be paid attention to. Believe me, you don’t want to feel out of place. Nothing could feel more awkward.
I love this dress! I also live by the rule it’s better to be overdressed, than under-dressed.
Wedding guest outfits shouldn’t look too much like the bridesmaids’ dresses. Some guests make the effort to find out the wedding color scheme and choose a coordinating dress, which is a great idea. Wearing an identical dress to the bridesmaids, however, can give the impression of being offended at not being asked to be one. Of course coincidences happen and sometimes guests will unknowingly turn up in the same color as the bridesmaids, which can’t be helped.
You can never go wrong with your LBD.
A wedding is a classy occasion. Don’t cheapen it by wearing what you wore to the bachelorette party or the club the night before. Even though the reception will likely feature dancing and single cuties, it’s not the time or the place for tiny clothes that hug every curve. Skimpy clothes fall into the bachelorette party dress code. Believe me, no one needs to see your upper thigh or your cleavage hanging out. Seriously. It’s just not a good look.
One rule, that isn’t mentioned here,  “It’s better to be overdressed than under-dressed”.  That rule applies to most occasions and it’s a rule that I happen to abide by.
And more “decoding”
So there you have it!  The top 5 wedding No-No’s when it comes to wedding attire for guests! I know there are a few exceptions to this rule. For instance, different cultures have different traditions when it comes to white and red. But generally speaking, these rules will keep you safe when you are on trying to decide what to wear (and not to wear) to your next wedding!
Great wedding guest dress ideas
:) I just thought this was Precious!
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T his is appropriate, since it’s actually Snowing today, in Chicago!
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I love, love, love animal print shoes with a black dress.
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More good winter options!
One side note here… spikey heels are never good on grass.  When I know I’m going to be walking on grass, I always wear a chunkier heel, so I don’t sink into the ground.
My friend, D, would rock this dress!
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One of my favorites, here. I love yellow dresses.
This is my option #1.  Different shoes.  I’m thinking High-heeled, red patent leather peep toe pumps.
This is my option #2.  Similar shoes.  No Tattoo.  :)
Top 20 Most Requested Wedding Dance Songs of 2014
20. “Billie Jean” – Michael Jackson
19. “Thrift Shop” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Feat. Wanz
18. “Yeah” – Usher Feat. Ludacris & Lil’ Jon
17. “Twist and Shout” – The Beatles
16. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” – Def Leppard
15. “Wobble” – VIC
14. “Call Me Maybe” – Carly Rae Jepsen
13. “Moves Like Jagger” – Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera
12. “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” – Beyonce
11. “Love Shack” – B-52’s
10. “Sweet Caroline” – Neil Diamond
9. “Cha Cha Slide” – DJ Casper
8. “Gangnam Style” – Psy
7. “Brown Eyed Girl” – Van Morrison
6. “You Shook Me All Night Long” – AC/D
5. “Livin’ On A Prayer” – Bon Jovi
4. “Sexy And I Know It” – LMFAO
3. “I Gotta Feeling” – Black Eyed Peas
2. “Cupid Shuffle” – Cupid
1. “Don’t Stop Believin’” – Journey
And so the #1 most requested wedding song of 2014, will be today’s  Song of the Day:
Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey
Some will win
Some will lose
Some were born to sing the blues
Oh, the movie never ends
It goes on and on and on and on

So, my best memory from the song, Don’t Stop Believing… It was 2010, and Kev, Patrick and I were at the Giants game, where we thought they were going to clinch to go to the world series.  So, 7th inning stretch and instead of “Take me out to the Ballgame” as we do at a Cubs game, they started playing, “Don’t Stop Believing”.  The Entire crowd started to sing, and they flashed to a picture of a man from a skybox, signing out to the crowd.  Kevin asked who it was, and I said, “Steve Perry from Journey”.  He was like, “no way”.  Way!  It was Steven Perry, and we sang that song, at the top of our lungs, with the 40,000+ other fans, for 3 minutes.  The Giants lost that game, but it was one of my all time favorite memories!



Pre-gaming…when I sent this pic to Joe, he said, “slumming with Franciscan”?  Yeah, maybe. :)



This pic was from 2010, not last weekend.  AT&T Ballpark in San Francisco, is my all-time favorite ballpark…yes, I love it more than Wrigley Field.  They serve Stella and Napa Valley wines.  What’s not to love? <3
Looking forward to Ronnie and Jon’s nuptials. Pictures to follow no doubt. #RonJon2014.  And, a Very Happy Birthday Jay!  Sorry to miss the soiree this weekend…but we’re gonna be busy dancing at the wedding of the year and eating lobster rolls!  So glad we could spend time with you last week. :)
Way to Go San Francisco Giants!  At least one of my baseball teams, sees some post-season play, and goes on to win the World Series.  #OctoberTogether.  On a little side note, I love #ChevyGuy #TechnologyandStuff.  I also love that GM has gotten behind the Rikk Wilde, who had an unfortunate, awkward, and super nervous appearance presenting the MVP award to Madison Baumgarner.  Who hasn’t flubbed up when speaking, let alone speaking in front of a crowd?  Most of us, probably aren’t doing it in front of millions, either, which as he showed, was obviously  terrifying.  So Hats off to GM, for having Rikk Wilde’s back, by tweeting, “He was on message.  The truck has technology and stuff. We will use that term and stuff.”  For the full story, Technology and Stuff.
Happy Halloween…Murphy is dressing up as a  “LineBarker”.  Brian Urlacher should watch his bark. :)

Source:  – See more at: http://www.theperfectpalette.com/2014/04/top-5-wedding-no-nos-what-not-to-wear.html#sthash.YDp5o1fV.dpuf

7 Things Healthy People Do Every Day

28 Oct


7 Things Healthy People Do Every Day.  Mer sent me this article last week, and I thought, “Now That’s a Blog”.  Of course, instead, I blogged about Dressing Your Bar Cart.  Not sure that is/was helping the “Path to a Healthy Lifestyle”, but if you knew my life, you’d say, yeah, go ahead and style that bar cart! ;)

So, this is going to be today’s blog!  And for some reason, those who subscribe to my blog, got a sneak peek this AM at my blog notes, as the new format for blogging, erroneously posted that.  Oh happy day! #StupidWordPress  #StupidBlogger

7 Things Healthy People Do Every Day

My alarm is set to the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. It’s impossible to not smile when this song plays. This, combined with the other habits below, set the tone for a productive, happy and healthy day.

1. Drink A Glass Of Water As Soon As You Wake Up

This rehydrates your body, revs up your digestive system, and gets things flowing. You may notice positive changes like clearer skin and better digestion. Bonus points if you add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice or a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar.


2. Do Not Check Your Email Or Phone For At Least An Hour

Do you sleep with your cell phone next to you and grab for it first thing when you wake? This is not a good habit. If you choose to resist the temptation to check your email and Facebook feed until at least an hour after waking up, you’ll find that your mind is more clear, focused and happy.


3. Think Of One Thing For Which You Have Gratitude

This sets the stage for positivity throughout the day. If you come up with three or five things, even better.


4. Step Outside And Take A Deep Breath

Fill your lungs with fresh air. Even if it’s cold outside. This only takes 10 seconds! It reminds you that you are alive and breathing.


5. Move Your Body

You don’t necessarily have to do an intense workout before breakfast, but moving your body even a little is a great way to get the blood flowing and shake the body into wake-up mode. Simply doing a few stretches is a great option. Or turn on your favorite song and dance like no one is watching.


6. Take Time To Eat A Healthy Breakfast

Rather than reaching for a box of cereal, focus on getting real foods in your body. Eggs, soaked oats, and smoothies are all great options. (And they really don’t take that much time to prepare.) Try it out.


7. Say Your Affirmations

Look into the mirror and say something positive to yourself. Some ideas:

  • I radiate beauty, confidence and grace.
  • Every cell in my body is healthy and vibrant.
  • I feel great when I take care of myself.


Song of the Day:  Dance with Life, by Bryan Ferry.

I need to dance with life
Sweep you away into the night
When there is no one else around
I will make every day count

I’ve decided that some nights (Saturday) are/were too Epic, to share pics and stories and it’s best to keep those to myself/ourselves.  However, I will throw this little nugget out there, because it was “super cray cray”.  That time when you and your daughter were enjoying some wine and appetizers at a restaurant and the gentleman next to you was complimenting you and your daughter, “You’re very pretty.  Actually you are beautiful.  But your daughter, well she’s somethin’ else”.  Stay with me here…Oh yeah, and he invited us Both back to “his place”. Seriously.  I mean, For the Love of God!  I believe he used to be a professional athlete, and thought he could get away with this crass behavior.  The restaurant was so appalled, (clearly as were we) they sent us several desserts. :)  Not sure this is helping this Healthy Lifestyle, either…and I do not like sweets, but that pudding-type dessert, was Un-Believable…in a good way! ;)


And there you go, a simple little Tuesday blog! <3



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Source:  http://foodmatters.tv/content/7-things-healthy-people-do-every-morning

Dressing Your Bar Cart

24 Oct

bar cart quote


When Kevin and I got our “bar cart”, I used it as a “tea cart”.  We received a beautiful sterling silver tea set from Kevin’s parents, so I outfitted my tea cart with the silver tea set and china tea cups.  My how things have changed.   It’s all about the Bar Cart now.  I think it’s high time (no pun intended) to restyle my bar cart.  I’m sharing the ideas I’ve found, with pictures of some fabulous bar carts, to hopefully inspire others as I have inspired myself.  #Alwaysthinkingofothers :)

The Anatomy of a Bar Cart



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Bar Cart Eye Candy

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So cute..would be great for a bridal shower.  I happen to have those glasses and shaker.






Spray painting this, may be easier than they let on.  #justsaying


The bar cart makes great sense for that “signature cocktail”.  Or bloody mary bar! We need a blog about that.  Oh yeah, we have one.  :)


I love, love, love this idea.  Restyling an old console TV into a bar cart!!



Song of the Day: Never Let Go, by Third Eye Blind

There’s every good reason for letting you go…

I never let you go

I never let you turn around, your back on each other


So, guessing I need to address that Bears game, where the Dolphins filleted us.  I mean, what in the world has happened to my Bears?!  And…truth be told, the Dolphins are my 2nd favorite team, so this is the only time I would root against them, regardless of whether or not they ruined our perfect season…”back in the day”.  Well, onward and upward, and bring on the Patriots.   Last time we played them, one of my all-time favorites, Cathy and her husband Phil, came in for the weekend, and the Bears, again, imploded.  Hoping for a different outcome this week.  Nonetheless, had fabulous time last weekend, starting with the Best. Tailgate. Ever!  Tracy, Catherine, Simon and Keith… really doesn’t get better than that!  Oh yeah, and Steph ;) !  Great day, bad game.


Sad, but true!



Catherine and Tracy! Both in Bears colors!



Showing that I am the best friend, ever…Steph looks so cute, and I do not, yet I post the picture anyway.  #Alwaysgiving  Wearing the new scarf I received from Connie and Cindy.  It was too warm to wear the fur, blue headband.  Seriously, no one will be more styling than I in December…and lucky for me, we have 3 December games.  And, I will figure out a better angle for that pic.  #stilllearning.


I’m feeling Tipsy and Fresh…words to live by!

So what’s better than showing up for a lunch, to find out it’s yet, another birthday lunch, with a bottle of champagne chilling in a bucket?

BD lunch


How about the Best. Card. Ever!

best card ever

Have a great weekend.  Go San Francisco Giants…cannot wait for that game.  And, of course, Go Bears!






Love ecard Friday!  Especially when I’m behind posting my blog, so am able to plug this in!


True, true, true

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True that. :)

Age-proof your body.

17 Oct

beauty has no age

Beauty has no age…or so they say. :)

One of my better traits (to me anyway) has been my ability to get ready in about 25 minutes.  Shower, make-up, blow drying hair, getting dressed.  25 minutes.  Soup to nuts.  Moisturizing my dry legs took longer than applying make-up.  #dryirishskin.  In my own defense, I really haven’t worn much make-up.  If I had a wedding (not my own, as that was an all-day event/extravaganza) or black-tie affair, I’d up that to 30 or 35 minutes.  Tops.  But truly, it really never took me long to get ready.  And yes, I’m aware it probably showed.  I would actually boast about how much time (or lack thereof) it took me to get ready.

Well, my how things have changed.  As of late, and I’d say the past 6 months or so, it’s taking me 40 minutes to get ready. And here’s the kicker… It’s not helping.  40 minutes to look the same I did, when it took 25 minutes to get ready.  And quite frankly, perhaps I look a tad worse.  Sadly, I’m sure it’s because I am not getting younger…but the good news, is neither is anyone else. Except Benjamin Button, and he’s a fictional movie character.  So, I think it’s high time to try to reverse this process, or at least as much as possible.  Plus, I really want to go back to a stream-lined time of 25 minutes to get ready.  #timematters


Oh, and did I mention I just got about 6 inches cut off my hair?  Not sure I’m loving it. It’s kind of sassy.  #whatwasithinking  #whatwassteventhinking.   Steven actually said when he was done with it/me, “the good news is your hair grows super fast”.  Yeah, super.   So, here I am getting older, with short hair (not quite short, but shorter).  6 inches shorter.  Size/length matters. :)  Since I got my hair chopped off (ok, perhaps a slight exaggeration here), I have lopped off about 7 minutes from that high of 40-45 mins.  I still want to whittle the time down, though.

Never lie about your age

I may be too late, sadly…But as I always say, no time like the present!  So, I think I need help.  And, let’s start with the aging thing first, please. ;)  I’m thinking this will help my well-being and the youthful, dewy look on my face, will require less time to get ready in the morning.  Again, #hereshoping.

My comments in Pink.

5 Simple Ways to Age-Proof Your Body…from Salon.com

Despite the fact that the average life expectancy for American men is 77 years, your body begins to lose its fortitude earlier than you might have thought. “You start to lose strength in your twenties,” as Jordan Metzl, a sports doctor in Manhattan, told GQ magazine.

Our early human ancestors only lived until roughly 30, and our bodies haven’t completely evolved to match our modern-day longevity, as GQ explained in a recent article “How to Old-Proof Your Body (While You’re Still Young).” So, you pretty much peak in your 30s, and it’s all downhill from there.

But don’t freak out because if you start now, there are simple (though sometimes strenuous) steps you can take to improve your betting odds against the Grim Reaper. Here are 5 of the best tips GQ has for age-proofing your body. (Their tips were man-centric, but the following can apply to either sex.):   A post that works for both men and women…this is called, “shoring up my male fan base”.  You are welcome, Bruce.  

  1. Cardio prevents memory slippage.

That is according to the authors of a study by the Centre for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health, in France. The study found that memory might actually begin to flicker as early as 45, and suggested that heart health equals head health.  Hoping that walking Murph 3 times a day, and exceeding 10,000 steps, daily, counts as cardio. May need to ramp that up a bit.  


  1. Roll out your soon-to-be-creaky joints.

“Every day, grab a foam roller—those long logs in a gym that look like American Gladiators weapons—and roll out every major body part for a minute each.”

I am happy to announce that I just bought a foam roller.  Pink.  18″.  Again, size matters.  I probably need a larger one, but I’m starting with the one I have.  I have gone back to weekly massages, when my schedule/life allows, but I think they are on to something in regards to these foam rollers.  No one likes creaky joints.  No one.  Or bumpy muscles, for goodness sakes!


  1. Stretching throughout the day keeps your hunchback away.

“Think about your daily movements, whether they’re typing or wiping your ass: It’s all about bending forward. … So every few hours at work, toss your hands behind your head and stretch for few minutes; you’ll open your chest and bend yourself back upright.”

Okay, I am totally into Yoga and Pilates…and I do believe I feel much better, when I start my day off by stretching.  But now that I know it can “help aging”, I shall take it more seriously. Stretch early and often. I’m from Chicago, what can I say?


This is me in this yoga poster.   Just kidding.  Her hair is too long.  Mine is shorter. ;)


This is my birthday twin and one of my besties, Kim …who is becoming a yoga instructor.  She’s fabulous!!

  1. Low impact exercise, calcium and vitamin D all help keep you standing tall, literally.

“[Men] lose about half an inch per decade, starting in your forties,” GQ explains. NYU spine doctor Jeffrey Goldstein said this is because of spinal-disk degeneration and bone weakening. “It’ll happen even faster for runners, heavy laborers, and others who stress their spines,” GQ wrote.

Ok, guessing walking Murph falls more under the “low impact exercise” than “cardio”. #knowledgeispower.  I am also a firm believer in vitamins…and my daily regimen includes both calcium and vitamin D…in the gummy bear variety.   


  1. You won’t live to 90 if you’re overweight.

Lew Hollander, the world’s oldest Ironman competitor at 84, told GQ: “There are no fat old people. Show me one. Show me a 90-year-old fat person. They don’t exist! Who’s 90 years old? The little old man—well, he’s not fat, and that’s how he got old.”

Oh boy… Let’s call this a work in progress!  A month of celebrations and festivities did not help…but a good time was had by all!  Life is short.  Have the Stella…and jar of olives.  But stretch. ;)


Song of the Day:  I Love You, by Martina McBride.  From one of  my very favorite movies, Runaway Bride.  That movie has so many great one-liners.  This is my new favorite movie that when I happen upon it on TV, I can’t stop watching!  I just may blog about this movie.  Love, love, love it!

And I’m in so totally
Wrapped up emotionally
Attracted so physically
Actin’ so recklessly
I need you so desperately
Sure as the sky is blue


Live your life and forget your age

Well, these new rules should make for a fun weekend. :)  Right.  Actually, it will be a fun weekend… Fun and Frolicking with some of my favorite peeps, starting with champagne at lunch today and Flowers Chardonnay tonight…and that is just Friday…and the Piece de Resistance… the Bears v Dolphins.  This time, it’s personal…I mean the Dolphins ruined my Bears perfect season. ;)  15-1. #SuperBowlShuffle.  Can. Not. Wait!  Are you ready for some football?!  I am!  Bring on the Dolphins…#mahi-mahi for brunch!


Cheers to a great weekend and Go Bears…and Go San Francisco Giants, on their way to the World Series!!  Looks like our schedule is such that we’ll be able to take in a game (or 2).  #Fallbreak.  Last year was SoCal…this year NorCal.  Have great story regarding a playoff game in San Fran, which I’ll share in a future blog.  #blogtoolong #Murphneedstobewalked #cardio



Related Posts:

How not to look old ;)

How not to look old for the men


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Thanks Megan, for these ecards!  And yeah, I do think I have cute kids.

turn up the music turn down the drama


Turn down the drama!



Yeah, thanks.  #scheesh




Dressing your Pumpkin

13 Oct


Gone are the days when carving a pumpkin, meant this:


Now…pumpkin carving is fancy.  And then, there’s “decorating” your pumpkin, with paint, feathers, cool colors and anything/anywhere else your imagination takes you.



Patrick and Mary’s Vineyard Vines Pumpkin…Cutest pumpkin I think I’ve ever seen.  The pumpkin matches the logo on Patrick’s shirt.

And this is what I did with the seeds they cleaned out of that pumpkin.  This was just a different twist on what I used to do with them.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Just separate the seeds from the “guts”, then boil them in saltwater for 20 minutes (this cleans them as well as salts the insides of the seeds). NOTE: they will look grey after you boil them! Then toss them in a bowl with some melted butter and salt and bake them on a baking sheet for 30-45 minutes at 300 degrees, stirring occasionally. Roast them until they’re golden brown!  This photo is a stock photo, as I forgot to take a picture before we devoured them.  :)


More Cute Decorated Pumpkins

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And, one of the cutest ideas, ever!



Song of the Day: A Sky Full of Stars, by Coldplay

‘Cause you’re a sky, you’re a sky full of stars
Such a heavenly view
You’re such a heavenly view

Happy Birthday to my sweet niece, Kelsey…and Happy Birthday to a friend whom I’ve known almost my Entire life…and that’s a long time!  Happy, Happy Carolyn!!

Birthday 2

I love when I go to a friend’s house, and she tells me “the gauntlet was thrown down by your blog”, in regards to dressing up your fall planters, or front porch, as it was in E’s case.  Love it!!


Happy Fall…Oh, and yeah, Way to Go Bears!  Nice game!!





This freaks me out…almost as much as clowns.



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Dressing your Fall Planters

10 Oct


While I am not known for my cooking, I am also not known for my gardening skills.  Reminds me of something Kevin once said about me, which I’m sure I’ve mentioned before…but it bears repeating. I’m sure he said this in response to a group of men talking about how funny, smart, football-savvy and young I am/was. ;)  He said, “if I could change one thing about her, it would be to instill a love of gardening”.  Yup…with all of my faults, and there is a laundry list, this is the best he can come up with?  Now, that should be a blog…but I digress.  :) That being said, while I do not necessarily love or enjoy gardening, I do like to have nice planters in front of my home and thought it would be nice to share some ideas for inspiration.  These fall planters, inspire me…I mean inspire me to find some ready to purchase.  #iamwhoiam

Dressing your fall planters 


This…is my favorite, btw.


I picked this, because I have a brick porch, and think this would look nice.


Looks so easy, even I could pull this off!


Pumpkins and cabage kale…the new black. ;)


One very large Mumm plant…with some colorful leaves.  Looks, doable.


I love throwing a small pumpkin or some gourds into a planter.


I’m clearly leaning towards purple… Team Kourage colors, btw.



Possibly out of my wheelhouse, but I’m certain others could pull this off.


Square planter.  Nice!



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A plethera of cute ideas!


How clever is this?


Mumms and fall leaves.  Easy.


I like the arrangement of stacking the pots and pumpkins on the steps.



Again, possibly out of my wheelhouse (yeah, definitely out of my wheelhouse), but I find it Fabulous!


I like the cascading plants.


Another cute idea.





I like the idea of painting pumpkins white… and the mumms inside the pumpkins…love it!

Martha Stewart Fall Tips:

  • A good rake not only gets the leaves up, but also aerates your soil. Good to know.
  • It’s time to prune boxwoods and shrubs. Use hand shears to shape. “Pruning is so much fun” says Martha.
  • Planting bulbs individually can be time consuming. Instead, dig out your area and apply fertilizer. Place your bulbs in the ground, root down. Make sure they are nicely spaced. Then cover the area with soil.
  • Bring color onto your porch with Fall planters. Add colorful perennials and gourds.


Song of the Day:  Moon River, from Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  Meredith and I went to see it last night, at the iPic, complete with wine.  Fabulous night and so happy I was able to be with Mer when she first saw this movie.   Sorry Stephanie, could not join us.  #nexttime

My favorite line from the movie:  “You’re a stylish girl…can’t we handle this stylishly”?  This should apply to all areas of life.


Thought of the week.  Those Matthew McConnaughey Lincoln commercials kinda freak me out.  #strange #notsellinganycars

Have a great weekend.  Go Bears (coming off 2 losses, but looking straight in the eye for a Win)!  And, Hello Blackhawks!! And whatever you do…handle it “stylishly”.









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Said no one ever!

Must Love Dogs…

9 Oct


Two years ago, to the day, my dad passed away.  It still hurts, and I miss him (and my mom) every day, but we are so lucky to have been blessed with the responsibility of taking care of his dog, Murphy.  To say my family loves Murphy would be a pretty big understatement.  Obsessed is more like it.  She brings us such joy and happiness.  I cannot even imagine our life without this 100 LB (only girl whom I would ever reveal her weight…or age) giant schnauzer.  Murphy will be 11 this month.  We don’t know the exact day, as she was a rescue dog, and DOB just indicated, October 2003.  So, today we shall celebrate Murphy’s 11th birthday!

Murphy Sept 2012

It’s only fitting that I share an article I found on Huffington Post that tells us what dogs can teach us.  Of course, I could say it in 2 words: A lot.  But I tend to be wordy, so here it is.

Here are 10 things dogs can teach us about what matters most in life:

1. Live in the moment.
Although dogs remember things like where the treats are kept, what street takes them home and who they’ve met before, they only access that information when they need it — in the moment. Whether they’re eating a bowl of kibble or chasing a ball, dogs live for the present moment. The past is gone; you can’t do anything about it. The future is unknown. The only thing you can really enjoy and affect is the present moment.

2. Overcome fear with love.
There are plenty of stories about frightful, aggressive dogs who transformed into kind, gentle dogs after they were placed in a loving environment. Dogs can overcome their fear and insecurities through love, and so can humans. Love truly does conquer all, and the first step for us is to love ourselves. If you can replace fear and self-criticism with self-love, no matter what situation you’re in, life gets easier.

3. Don’t hold grudges
A grudge is a feeling of resentment toward someone. It originates in our mind. Humans are probably the only species that holds a grudge. A dog will never be angry with you because you didn’t give him a treat after dinner last night. Holding a grudge weighs you down emotionally and keeps you from moving forward in life. Let grudges go and you will create your own personal freedom.

4. Play every day.
Dogs love to play, which usually involves lots of movement, whether it’s running, chasing or jumping. This is a good reminder for us to play and move our bodies every day as well. Playing opens up your mind and spirit to all kinds of new ideas and creativity. It’s a needed break from the constant 24/7 work environment. And if you can exercise while you play, even better. Dogs actually give you a reason to get out and go walking, hiking, running, biking or even Rollerblading. (Although, I wouldn’t recommend Rollerblading if you have dogs that pull like I do. Very fun for them. Very scary for you!)

5. Jump for joy when you’re happy.
Have you ever seen a dog circling around or jumping up and down at the thought of getting a treat or chasing a ball? Wouldn’t it be fun if we could all jump around when we’re excited about something? We live life so fast that we often forget to get excited and celebrate the good times because we’re already on to the next thing. We live in a miraculous world where the sun comes up every day, flowers bloom and seasons change. There is much to jump for joy about.

6. Accept yourself.
Can you imagine a terrier wishing she were a boxer or a poodle envious of a collie’s mane or a pug wanting the nose of a greyhound? We humans spend a lot of time trying to make ourselves look like someone else’s version of perfection instead of loving our unique features, our unique life, and yes, our unique problems. How boring it would be if all dogs (or all humans) looked and behaved alike! Love everything about yourself — the good, the bad and the ugly!

7. Enjoy the journey.
When dogs go for a car ride, they stick their head out the window, smell the air and feel the wind against their fur. They don’t care where they’re going. They’re just enjoying the journey. Although goals are great to set, we often forget that it’s the journey that matters most. When we get too attached to the outcome, we set ourselves up for frustration, depression or even anger if our exact expectations are not met. Next time you set a goal, be open to other possibilities and enjoy every moment of excitement, creativity, fun and lessons in the journey.

8. Drink lots of water.
Dogs instinctively know when their bodies need water. They usually stop eating when they’re full, and won’t eat anything that seems poisonous to them, except of course, for one of my huskies who once ate an entire platter of chocolate rum balls. Anyway… back to water. It’s a good reminder for us to stay hydrated and drink when we’re thirsty. In fact, drinking water when you feel hungry is good for weight management because often you just need some water. Another good practice is to drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up in the morning.

9. Be loyal and dependable.
Dogs are pack animals. They stick with their pack. They play with their pack. They defend their pack. This is a great reminder for all of us to be conscientious members of our human pack. The Golden Rule of treating others how you would like to be treated applies here. Being a loyal and dependable friend, lover, sibling, partner or parent will enrich your life in many ways.

10. Love unconditionally.
No matter what, dogs love you unconditionally. They wag their tails when they see you, no matter what mood you’re in. They still want to give you big wet kisses, even if you’ve just yelled at them. And they instantly forgive you no matter how you behave. Loving others unconditionally is a difficult task, but it’s the one that would surely make the world a better place if we all just tried.

So, we can learn a lot from our dogs. Their companionship, loyalty and unconditional love is unmatched by any human standards.


Here are some favorite pics of Murph.

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She never met a lounge chair she didn’t like.


Just relaxing on a family room chair.


Murph, the Queen.


Murph greeting me when I came home after a quick trip.


She will literally sit on the other couch, and stare at me when I’m working on my computer on the other couch.  :)


Happy girl.  She will do this several times on every walk.  She throws herself to the ground, and rolls around.  Sometimes she even barks while doing this, which we believe is quite the talent.


Just a little afternoon nap.


Sweet Murph.


Team Kourage puppy.


Don’t worry Pop…we are taking great care of Murphy, and love her as much as you did.


Other Great Dog Pics

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Song of the Day:  Escape by Enrique Iglesias, because Murph can be a flight risk…but not to run away, but to see what else is “out there”.

Happy, Happy Birthday Murph!  We love you, puppy!!






This makes me laugh, every time I see it.  :)  Steph…this one’s for you!

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Mer Mer…this one’s for you!


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Article Source:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/debbie-gisonni/lessons-from-dogs_b_5556867.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063


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