Please ride along with me as I share a little of this and a little of that.
Check out this magazine.
The other day at my hair salon I discovered a new (to me) magazine. The title drew me in immediately.
Live Happy. Those two words pretty well sum up my goal in life and the purpose of this blog.
While waiting for the color to percolate through my hair, I read the magazine from cover to cover. As soon as I got home I filled out the subscription card and stuck it in the mail.
Live Happy is not a very big magazine – 100 pages or so. Many of the articles are one page or less. It’s very easy to read.
The Live Happy tagline is “Trade stress for mindfulness.”.
While I sometimes think that the term “mindful” is overused, I love that this publication encourages readers to live and enjoy life in simple ways not requiring unrealistic crafting skills (ahem, Martha) or the purchase of some new fabulou$$ favorite thing (I’m talking to you, Oprah).
Now I love reading O and Martha Stewart Living and Real Simple but sometimes they can be overwhelming and feel a little like homework.
There is something about Live Happy (at least the 2 issues I’ve read so far) that feels like a vacation.
The magazine is available at Barnes & Noble and you can visit the Live Happy website here.
One way in which I live happy is by creating cool invitations for events.
I’m not terribly artistic – most of us accountants are not – but, with the help of a site called Cards & Pockets, I sure do have fun.
We discovered this site while planning for my daughter and son-in-law’s wedding. Annie and Jerry were interested in a non-traditional invitation. My brother and sister-in-law, the ones who host themed Thanksgiving dinners every year, generously offered to come up with a design.
While scouring the internet for ideas, my sister-in-law came across Cards & Pockets and the next thing we knew, the invitations were set.
This whole thing folded up into a nice packet fitting into large square envelopes which we lined with maps from old atlas books.
I will be co-hosting a baby shower in September and asked to be in charge of the invitations. My happy place.
This is what I’ve come up with.
Using a simple, one pocket card, I’ve printed and mounted the invitation on the flat side and used the pocket on the back to include a card with information the guests need.
Cards & Pockets has a wide variety of shapes and styles and a jillion colors to choose from. For a small price and free shipping they will send you samples of just about anything.
I bought the rights to use the passport stamp image from Can Stock Photo and I’m making great use of my tiny investment. I printed the image on envelope liners for a little extra impact. And I used the passport stamp image on Zazzle to create bookplates which will be included with each invitation.
The truth: I love DIY invitations because it allows the control freak in me to have my hands on the process and the product at all times.
Something new on the blog!
At the suggestion of some of my readers, I have compiled a list of the wines I have reviewed in various posts and also the wineries I have visited.
The very generous and kind Dana from Kiss My List provided a sounding board to help me figure out what these lists should look like. Thanks, Dana!!
When you hover over “Wineaux” on the menu bar, you will now see several options.
The “Wine Posts” tab will – you guessed it! – bring you to my wine posts.
Selecting “Red Wines” will bring up this page
and the “White Wines” tab will bring you to this.
Please let me know what you think about this snazzy new feature.
I’ll continue to add more wines as I find them. I hope this helps you get ideas about wines to try!
Lucy and Ethel attend a blog conference…
This weekend my pal, the wickedly funny Katie Clooney of Preppy Empty Nester, and I are heading to Richmond, Virginia to attend a blog conference.
We selected this particular conference because it sounded like it would provide lots of hands on learning. And we both need LOTS of hands on learning. Flying by the seat of our pants can only be sustained for so long.
Through the special Facebook group for attendees (a party that we were both very late to and had no clue it would be the primary means of communication – whoops!) we have discovered that:
- We will likely be on, let’s just say, the far north end of the age spectrum.
- There are things we don’t even know that we don’t know.
- We just might be in way over our heads.
This should be interesting…
That being said, one thing we know for sure is that we will have tons o’ fun.
But seriously… wish us luck!Thanks for stopping by,
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