Monday, September 28, 2009
Food for the "Soul"
Friday, September 25, 2009
Sips of Spice
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice
Monday, September 21, 2009
Peace & Love
I can't abandon the peace & love tidbits in this blog because after all, it's what keeps this crazy world smiling. Today is International Peace Day. Take some time today and think about what you can do to sprinkle a little bit of peace and love on those around you.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
17 Candles for My Not So Little Sister
Friday, September 18, 2009
Anatomy of the Perfect Pasta Dish (perfect friends included)
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Fa la la la la
And speaking of countdowns...15 days until I fly to NYC and meet Mark in the big apple!!! I can' hardly contain my excitement.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Here is a little special edition of peace and love as a special day is upon us and because of these two, my life is truly blessed and I have much to be thankful for. When I was little, and my younger sisters and I would see my parents kiss, we would run away and tell them in whiny little voices (with very thick midwestern accents, mind you, "quit having marriage"!!!). I remember being so grossed out at the sight of two grown people kissing. My, how age changes you, for I am much wiser now and I realize that having two lovie dovie parents is very far from a bad thing.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Cupcakes, Wine Spritzers, Best Friends and A Magical Bakery Sprinkled with Pixie Dust
I made my way to Greensboro on Saturday afternoon to meet up with two of my very best friends- my DC Princess Meghan O'D (most lovingly known as MOD) and the newly engaged Lo! These girls have been in my life since my migration to the south in 1997 and since then, have been by my side to make my life a happy one. We spent time catching up, flipping through wedding magazines while staring at Lo's bling, enjoying a fun girls dinner and my favorite memory of the weekend, searching for the perfect cupcake in Greensboro.
The dessert counter was filled with decadent cakes and the case housed a plethora of cupcakes that literally made my eyes twinkle! Homemade frozen yogurt was also on the menu (pumpkin included!) and unique dessert bars, cookies and creative sweets made an appearance as well. Since cupcakes really are one of the world's most perfectly proportioned desserts, each of us chose a favorite to take home. (a picture of our little cakes can be found on my sidebar of documented deliciousness) As fall is upon us and since I am a huge proponent of pumpkin spice and seasonal flavors, I thought it most appropriate and Nina-ish to pick up a pumpkin chocolate chip cupcake with cream cheese frosting. This small individual sized masterpiece tasted as if it had been kissed by pumpkin spice angels and I could not have eaten it any slower. The last bite is always a bit sad but my tastebuds were so lucky to be graced with the wonderment that this cupcake added to my Saturday night with the girls. I don't question myself saying that I would make a trip from Charlotte to Greensboro just to have some dessert from Maxie B's...it's that good. The company wasn't so bad either and I could have not asked for better time with my girls.
Additionally, more details about the Greensboro magic and all good things in general, can be found at the newest blog on the block! MOD has taken the plunge and started her very own corner of cheer on the world wide web and I could not be more thrilled. She loves the little things in life as much as I do and I cannot wait to see what her blog has in store. We decided earlier today that taking the time to write and appreciate the little things in life make the hard days seem not so tough while also making it second nature to enjoy daily life and pick out the little pieces of magic that add smiles and sprinkles to your day.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
A Fiesta for your Mouth!
Monday, September 7, 2009
A Little "Byrdie" Told Me...
After relaxing and satisfying long weekend, I always find it a bit more of a challenge to face the week with open arms and maneuver myself back into my weekday routine. That extra weekend day almost puts me in "put me on a tropical island with my polka dot bikini and a good book" vacation mentality. Alas, the birth of a new week is before us and I thougt that a little bit of an uplift would be most welcomed.
Every once in awhile I come across some written words that tug at my heart strings and give me warm fuzzies. I am one of "those" that keeps a written journal of quotes and words that have crossed my path from time to time. My sweet friend Mary Katherine Byrd keeps this little saying by her bed and I just love it. She sent it to me the other day it left me feeling refreshed and ready to go on with the rest of my day with a positive mentality and a little something extra to think about.
Today will be a better day
Because of you.
Today, in some way you
Will make someone’s life easier.
Your smile will help
Someone find theirs.
Your concern will remind
Someone they are loved.
Your words will lift someone up or steer
Them in the right direction.
Today, when people count their blessings,
One of them will be you!
Happy Labor Day...make it a beautiful week!