Archive for July, 2011

July 25, 2011

Fab Find: Map

If you haven’t joined yet, I highly recommend it. And not just because I get credit if you use my personal invite and then make a purchase – that’s just a bonus. But because it introduces you to so many new designs and ideas that you haven’t seen before (or at least that I haven’t see before), and you can really catch some great deals. I visit the site everyday to see what’s new. I’ve wanted to buy much of what I’ve seen. I’m constantly yelling, “Alex, come look at this!” from across the house. But, I’ve managed to maintain self-control and just do a little cyber-browsing. However, last week I came across this map and just had to have it.

I’ve been wanting a map for the walls, but just haven’t found one that I thought was quite right for us or our budget. This one is from The Future Mapping Company. I love the bright colors, and the size is great (about 4 ft x 2 ft). It was reduced to $29 on And with my $10 of credits, it was only $19 + shipping. Not too shabby for wall art that will cover a huge space. I’m hoping to hang it above the couch in the living room, but if it doesn’t work there, we have plenty of empty walls to fill. We are on a roll with wall art. I mean, we haven’t actually hung anything yet, but we’re getting there.

July 17, 2011

If a tree falls in your backyard, and your neighbor isn’t around to see it…

Who pays for it? About a month ago, we were lucky enough to have a few storms pass through the area. I know it’s weird to be excited about storms, but that was the first rain we had in a while (unfortunately, it was also the last). During the storm, we heard a thud outside. This isn’t an uncommon thing for us considering we have a forest for a backyard (read about that here). However, it was an unusually loud thud, and we both looked at each other wondering what we would find in the morning. Well, this is what we found…



At first, we were pretty excited that the storm took care of a tree removal for us, especially since we had just received a very pricey quote for having a few trees removed and some pruning done. Then we realized it wasn’t our tree that had fallen. It belonged to the neighbor that lives behind us. This was a huge tree that was obviously rotting and really needed to be cut down. Now, it was laying across the back corner of our yard, and even falling into our other neighbor’s yard while crushing the fence in between. Also, one of the thick branches of the fallen tree got stuck on the way down and is now propped up on the branch of one of our trees. We are just waiting for that to also fall and take our branch with it. That initial excitement we felt about saving a little money on tree removal changed to anger thinking about how much work it would be to cut that tree down into smaller, movable pieces. But it’s not our tree!

So Alex walked over to the neighbor’s house to politely inform them of what had happened. Nobody was home. So he left a friendly note with our phone number. We waited a few days, but no phone call. Alex walked back over to the house to try to catch them at home. That’s when he saw a For Sale sign in the front yard. WHAT!!! We thought surely the real estate agent or the homeowner would call us to get this taken care of so that potential buyers didn’t see it. But it’s been a month and so far, nothing.

Do we have to pay for this ourselves? Has anyone else ever experienced anything like this? If so, how did it get handled?

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July 10, 2011

The Big 3-0

It’s official. My twenties are over. My birthday was last week, July 3. Due to the continuous birthday celebrations (mine and America’s), I never got a chance to share with you how I spent this momentous occasion. Better late than never, right?

My day started with the best gift ever…sleeping in. Sometimes I miss those younger (kid free) days when I could sleep until noon without a care in the world. But now, the more mature version of myself sees that as a huge waste of a day. But of course, given the opportunity to get a little extra sleep, I took full advantage and slept until 8:30 AM. (Lame-o, I know).

My boys then treated me to a very delicious brunch at a local restaurant. This was very daring on my hubby’s part considering this is a white table cloth type of place and we have a crazy 18-month-old. Oscar was so confused as to why this white fabric was covering up the table. He was getting very angry at it and folding it over so he could see the table underneath. Fortunately, my boys love nothing more than breakfast. So as soon as the food came, everyone behaved (for the most part), and I was able to enjoy my Grand Marnier French Toast and a cranberry mimosa.

After brunch, we returned home to open presents. Alex bought me an Anthropologie gift card (love!) and two posters from an Etsy shop called strawberryluna. We’ve been looking for art for our bare living room walls. I found this shop a few months back and thought the designs were adorable. He remembered and chose these two posters.

I love them. The colors couldn’t be more perfect for the living room. There will definitely be a post in the near future showing where we decide to hang them.

After presents, it was nap time. The kids both took naps and so did I. That mimosa really knocked me out. I’M SO OLD!!!!

After naps, we all enjoyed a piece of this strawberries’n’cream cake. Yum-o!

We then packed up and headed to my brother’s house. I failed to mention that a few days before my b-day, my mother celebrated her retirement, and my entire family was in town – all five of my siblings and their families. We decided to have a family cookout and do some swimming. So the rest of my birthday looked a little something like this…

My family being in town threw a slight kink in Alex’s original plans for my b-day. So this past weekend, he treated me to a night out, just the two of us. We did a little shopping (had to use my Anthropologie gift card!), enjoyed dinner at a nice Greek restaurant, and saw Greg Behrendt perform at the Improv. Hilarious!

Oh, and since my in-laws agreed to take the kids for the night, both Alex and I got to sleep in…until 10:00 AM! Go us!
P.S. I forgot to mention I also received a very special surprise from my BFF in Boston. You can check it out here.