It was a beautiful morning, so my son and I got our hands dirty. While I planted flowers, he rearranged the newly purchased vegetables awaiting their designated place in the garden. Little did I know that he apparently has an eye for floral design. I call it Fire Red Tomato Truck.
The weather is finally cooperating long enough for me to take my 5k training outdoors. . . and it’s about time. I really do not appreciate running, so training on a treadmill most of the spring was boring me something fierce. Of course, now I’m experiencing a whole new level of running without my push button incline and my at-a-whim speed dial (just as everyone said I would).
I’ve chosen a nice route beside the river with minimal obstacles and a wonderful view. The miles are marked on a map and a nice breeze blows in every now and in. So other than the crunch crunch beneath my shoes and avoiding the occasional dog walker or bike rider, I don’t have much about which to worry. Unfortunately, the one thing that keeps me moving has also become my nemesis in a cute mini-sized clip-on package — my ipod.
When I have The Cult’s Fire Woman blaring in my ear, I feel like I was born to run. . . born to run about a hundred feet. So I quickly discovered that something like Hooverphonic’s Renaissance Affair makes for a better long-range pace (although Fire Woman is a lot more fun). I guess music really does move me, but I’m still trying to figure out which speed is best to move me to the finish line.
Saturday’s are just those days that I find hard to pull myself away from family, garden and house duties long enough to get my witty on and write a post that most of you might be interested in reading. So I’ve decided to pull together some of my favorite ideas and inspirations, compile them into a themed post and present them to you in hopes it might spark a bit of creativity in the home and garden projects of your own.
Today is French country kitchens day. I love French country and I love kitchen design, so these are some of my favorites. I do believe just about anyone can transform their kitchen into a French country themed retreat, but you have to be willing to go all the way. An Eiffel Tower and toile tea towel does not French country make, but if you pull out the stops you can have a great finished product.
Some of these inspiration photos feel formal while others are very much more country, but that’s the beauty of French country decorating — just because “country” is in the name doesn’t mean it is only meant for Cape Cods and cottages.
If you have a French country kitchen in your home, please send me a picture. I would love to see it.
My very first Ipsy Glam Bag arrived yesterday — seeing that bright pink bubble bag in my mailbox was truly a treat. After I opened all my goodies and tried out each one, I was left with only one question. “Are all the glam bags as awesome as this?”
If you’re not an Ipster, here’s a little explanation. It’s a beauty subscription service that sends out select products through the mail for just $10 each month (that includes shipping). Each month, subscribers will receive a beautiful Glam Bag (in that bright pink bubble bag) with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. Members can watch and play along with the stylists online at Ipsy.com as they demonstrate how to use the same products you just received in the mail. You never know what you’re going to get, but that’s part of the fun.
This month’s glam bag included a cute little zippered bag, concealer (which is probably a bit dark for my skin tone, but I’ll give it a try), Mirabella lipstick in a perfect summer pink, Zoya nail polish in a subtle shade of green, organic lip gloss by Juice Beauty and, my favorite product of the whole bundle, Pacifica’s perfume roll-on in Island Vanilla. It smells wonderful!