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

Live Happy

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.

DIY Invitations

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.

wedding invitation

This whole thing folded up into a nice packet fitting into large square envelopes which we lined with maps from old atlas books.

Amazing, right?!?!

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.

shower invitation

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

red wine list

and the “White Wines” tab will bring you to this.

White wine list

A list of all the wineries and tasting rooms I’ve written about, including those which are part of my pursuit to visit wineries in all 50 states, can be found here.

Taste wine with bread

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.

Shhhh there's wine in here

I’ve been “hard at work” preparing for the conference.

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:

  1. We will likely be on, let’s just say, the far north end of the age spectrum.
  2. There are things we don’t even know that we don’t know.
  3. 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!

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  1. The first thing that popped out in this post was . . . accountant? I did not know that! You do seem quite organized and methodical, so I guess it doesn’t surprise me.

    So very, very happy you’ve come up with your wine review list! Back to the organized part, I try to remember wines by the pretty picture on the label, so I need a list to run to when I forget which is which.

    Have fun at the conference!
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  2. I looked at your list of wineries and discovered you’ve never been to Missouri! That would be a great weekend trip for you. I don’t really drink anymore, but I could hook you up with a friend who knows ALL the good wineries in the St. Louis metro area.
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  3. Love the name Wineaux..have fun at the conference.
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    • Thanks, Beemie! I’m just back from the conference. Katie has already posted an hilarious – and completely accurate – review of our weekend!
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  4. Mo knows wine! And I’m definitely checking out that magazine link.

    Have fun at the blog conference. Remember that you bring something to an event like this, too. If you feel you’re on the upper spectrum of age, well, remember that you’re also bringing a wealth of life experience to a crowd that might not have that.

    I find in things like this, we sign up for what we can learn, we love it for what we experience, and we leave an impact for what we contribute.

    • Eli, you are absolutely correct. We joked about our age all weekend but it was clear that we brought something to the table. It was a very productive weekend!
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  5. Mo… Most fun I have had in a long time. My stomach still hurts from laughing so much. You are simply the best!!! Counting the minutes til February. Let’s wear matching sweaters next time!! xxoo

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