Get a Dog......

This is a wonderful piece on dogs by Ben Stein (you know the guy from Ferris Bueller's Day Off). I complain about my dogs, but deep down they mean so much to me and are my little best friends.


The Pink & Blue Project

Alexandra and Her Pink Things

I was chatting with Alek's sister-in-law about her pregnancy and asked her if she knew the gender of the baby. Alek's sister Leanna, who speaks two languages AND has a photographic memory, AND is a speed reader AND happens to hold a masters degree in English AND who is just wicked smart in general jumped in and said something about gender being culturally driven. So, I did a little research on the words sex and gender. A person's sex is physiologically determined but their gender has more to do with cultural groupings. In fact, the number of genders in other languages ranges from 2 up to 20. Essentially sex = biological and gender = social/cultural.

ANYWAY, today as I was walking through the San Francisco airport, I was struck by a photography display called The Pink & Blue Project by JeongMee Yoon:

The Pink and Blue Projects were initiated by my five-year-old daughter, who loves the color pink so much that she wanted to wear only pink clothes and play with only pink toys and objects. I discovered that my daughter’s case was not unusual. In the United States, South Korea and elsewhere, most young girls love pink clothing, accessories and toys. This phenomenon is widespread among children of various ethnic groups regardless of their cultural backgrounds. Perhaps it is the influence of pervasive commercial advertisements aimed at little girls and their parents, such as the universally popular Barbie and Hello Kitty merchandise that has developed into a modern trend. Girls train subconsciously and unconsciously to wear the color pink in order to look feminine. Pink was once a color associated with masculinity, considered to be a watered down red and held the power associated with that color. In 1914, The Sunday Sentinel, an American newspaper, advised mothers to “use pink for the boy and blue for the girl, if you are a follower of convention.” The change to pink for girls and blue for boys happened in America and elsewhere only after World War II. As modern society entered twentieth century political correctness, the concept of gender equality emerged and, as a result, reversed the perspective on the colors associated with each gender as well as the superficial connections that attached to them . Today, with the effects of advertising on consumer preferences, these color customs are a worldwide standard.

If you are going to be at the SFO airport in May, be sure to check it out. United Airlines Domestic Terminal, Gate 76A.

Jake and His Blue Things

Teacup Fancy


A few weeks ago I found a lovely bright yellow teacup and saucer at Anthropologie on sale for $7.95. I now plan to accumulate as many mismatched ones as I can find at local shops and online. The only thing that unifies them is that they all have to have gold rims. I have about five cups total now after hitting another Anthropologie sale.

As soon as I have enough I want to have a little tea party. Perhaps I can recreate the amazing tea party shower my sister threw for me on Saturday at the Beehive Tea Room.

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

What do you do with four gigantic bags of lemons? Why, make lemonade, of course!


Hot Dog on a Stick Muscle Beach Lemonade Recipe

1 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
7 cups water
1 cup granulated sugar

1. Combine the lemon juice with the water and sugar in an
2-quart pitcher. Stir or shake vigorously until all the sugar is dissolved.
2. Slice two of the remaining lemon rind halves into fourths fora total of eight pieces, then add the rinds to the pitcher. Add ice to the top of the pitcher and chill.
3. Serve the lemonade over ice in 12-ounce glass and add a lemon rind slice to each glass.

Makes 2 quarts, or 8 servings.

Just a little comparison. The lemon on the left came from Grandma Judy's tree in Arizona. The lemon on the right came from the grocery store.

Malaviscos Super Gigante!!

Grandma Judy came in town last night from Arizona. She was super tan and fresh off of a trip to Mexico. In addition to bringing huge amounts of lemons from her trees (yes, we plan to don tall hats and striped tank tops and make Hot-Dog-On-A-Stick lemonade later today...) they brought these HUGE marshmallows, which you can find in Mexican liquor stores and pharmacias. I know that these would be mere grains of sand to the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man, but to us they were quite a sight. We don't even know what to do with them. It would be a shame to melt them down for Rice Krispy treats. Any suggestions??

A Few of My Favorite Green Products

Ikea Bags - These bags hold so much! They are my favorite for grocery shopping.
Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Geranium All Purpose Cleaner - This smells uh-maz-ing. I like to buy it at Bed Bath and Beyond with my 20% off coupons. Much better deal that way.Kirkland Signature Laundry Detergent - No phospates, dyes, optical brighteners or bleaches. Also, all the chemicals used are plant-based, are safe for septic systems and nothing tested on animals.


Valencia Bottles - I use these recycled glass bottles for fresh OJ or water by my bedside for when I get thirsty in the night.

Simplicity

I just got a new "Crackberry." I like it. It sends my emails to my phone, I can search the web and it looks cool. But sometimes I yearn for a simpler phone. One that has no gadgets, no special abilities, nothing. Kind of like I yearn for my old film camera (which is broken and the camera shop tells me the cost to fix it will be as much as a brand new camera. Sigh.)

Anyway, Sony is coming out with a new phone called Simplicity. It is a mobile phone that is just a phone, nothing else. It's made for people that don't need the modern functions like SMS, Organizer, Camera, E-Mail, surfing and so on.

(Found via the Scoop)

Ribbon at Michaels

The Michaels ad this week featured 3/16" SPOOL O’ RIBBON, 5 for $1.00. (Regularly $.50 each). Naturally, we ran down and bought one in every color.

Cleaning Diamonds

I'm kinda fussy about my jewelry being clean and sparkly. I recently found this formula in Lucky magazine. It's simple and it works!


"The simplest way to clean diamond jewelry at home is to mix a quarter cup of warm water with a drop of Method dish detergent (it cuts through oils, and it's organic). Dip a soft toothbrush into the solution and gently scrub the piece rinsing it with warm water afterward."

Semi-Homemade

I recently discovered Semi-Homemade magazine. It was at my local Costco and caught my eye. It's not new, but it was new to me.

I love to cook and craft (sort of). I need things to look great without a lot of work because I just don't have the attention span to be Martha Stewart. Sandra Lee's Semi-Homemade fits the bill perfectly. Her philosophy is 70% ready-made products with 30% fresh and creative touches. So, even though most of your dishes come from ready made products, it still looks like you spent all afternoon cooking and creating.

"Sandra Lee allows anyone and everyone to take 100% of the credit for something that looks, feels and tastes as if it were completely made from scratch."

Check her out on the web at semihomemade.com

Doing Good


One of my favorite charities, the Mainline Animal Rescue benefits from Good Search:

GoodSearch is a search engine which donates 50-percent of its revenue to the charities and schools designated by its users. It's a simple and compelling concept. You use GoodSearch exactly as you would any other search engine. Because it's powered by Yahoo!, you get proven search results. The money GoodSearch donates to your cause comes from its advertisers — the users and the organizations do not spend a dime!

In 2007, GoodSearch was expanded to include GoodShop, an online shopping mall of world-class merchants dedicated to helping fund worthy causes across the country. Each purchase made via the GoodShop mall results in a donation to the user's designated charity or school – averaging approximately 3% of the sale, but going up to 20% or even more.


I really want to get out there and do good, but I feel like I don't have the time (or at least that's what I tell myself). Now I can give back with something I am going to do ANYWAY! Yay!! Thanks Internet!!

Convenient and Cute!

I'm a sucker for great packaging. So imagine my delight when I came across these Altoids smalls last week. They are SO cute. I had to buy all three flavors. They've been sitting on my desk for a few days and it makes me smile just to look at them. I just want to scoop them up and give them a big hug.

I'm not a HUGE gum person. Gum certainly has it's place, but there's always the matter of what to do with the gum. What if someone comes in for a big wet smooch? What if someone presents a delicious pastry for you to taste and there isn't a napkin or garbage can around? If you swallow it will it ever come out? THE POINT IS, we can't all get away with just putting our gum anywhere like Joaquin Phoenix.

Altoids are the best breath mint solution. As powerful as gum, but without all the hassle. The problem is that when you're going out with a little disco bag, those giant tins don't work. Enter the Altoid Tiny Tins and now the smalls. These pack as much of a punch as the standard Altoids, so don't pop 4 or 5 in your mouth at the same time. Not that I'd know anything about that...

Put It In Your Pocket, Mrs. Mudge...

For some reason, this is our favorite line from the movie Annie. We always put on our stern Daddy Warbucks face and pout our lips when we say it. Sometimes we say it when we give something to someone to put in their pocket, sometimes it will just appear out of nowhere.

ANYWAY, last weekend Eliza came over and we watched Annie. I hadn't seen this movie in probably 15 years. I would highly recommend another viewing as an adult. One, because it's charming and two, because the clothes are FABULOUS!

First we have Miss Hannigan, bitter orphanage caretaker:

Miss Hannigan's wardrobe is full of dainty earrings, layered necklaces, negligees, kimono robes and an ever present glass/bottle of homemade gin.


Then we have the fabulous Grace Farrell, personal secretary to Oliver Warbucks (not Oliver Warbucks the millionaire, Oliver Warbucks, the BILLIONAIRE). She is the consummate professional in her hats, gloves and suits, but always with a feminine detail like a bow or a ruffle or a soft touch of color.


Daddy Warbucks is ALWAYS dressed to the nines, even in the swimming pool. And he is a man of impeccable taste - sending Ms. Farrell to Tiffany to buy Annie a new locket.

I secretly want one of these caps that the Rockettes wear...


And finally we have Annie. I love her little dresses throughout the movie, worn with frilly bobby socks and patent leather Mary Jane shoes.

I have been thinking about these clothes for the last two days. I might just grab myself a bottle of gin and head out to the vintage clothing store.

AWWW!!! Bless.


Janaan is the loveliest mama to be. I can't wait to meet my niece.


Free Calling Cards

Need a cheap and quick calling card? Want to give someone your blog address, cell phone number or email without having to resort to a piece of scrap paper?

Go download these free, patterned "calling cards" you can customize and print. This downloadable pdf is designed to print 8 patterned cards compatible with Avery pre-cut business cards. Click here to make your own.

(Found via How About Orange)

Baby Boy Nursery

Last week we went to Pleasant Grove to visit our dear friend Sierra. After picking up lunch at the darling Flour Girls & Dough Boys we went back to her house to see the nursery for her new baby boy. It was so cute, we couldn't resist sharing some pictures.

The giraffe bassinet was handmade by her Dad. How cute is that?


The ever crafty Sierra made the baby sign hanging over the crib.


Spring Photo Shoot

On Monday, we had Easter pictures taken of Eliza by the talented Jodi of A Yummy Life Photography. She posted a little sneak peek on her blog today and we couldn't be more excited to see the rest of them!

If you need any shots done, be sure to call her. She is so much fun to work with. Thanks Jodi!

Steve Madden Sandals at Ross

Spring and Summer shoes are plentiful at Ross right now! We found these Steve Madden sandals for well under the prices listed at Macy's and Zappos.


Steve Madden Charrger - $12.99 at Ross! ($79.90 at Zappos.com)


Steve Madden San Frann - $14.99 at Ross! ($49.95 at SteveMadden.com)


Madden Girl - Brendahh - $15.99 at Ross! Other colors available too. ($49.90 at Zappos.com)

Bib Necklaces

I am really into Giant-Gaudy-Costume y-Mrs. Roper-esque bib necklaces right now. Who What Wear Daily says Bib Necklaces had a major presence in the season's shows.

I love that Fashion design icon Vera Wang has a signature style that she rarely deviates from and it includes BIG jewelry. She said on Oprah, "They look a lot more expensive than they are. It has a lot of effect and you don't have to really wear anything else. I think the whole point of jewelry is to lighten your face and to add another texture and another dimension to what you're wearing. The larger the piece, the less you need."

I currently only own two necklaces that would fit this description, but I am looking to add a lot more. I found this great Ebay seller who has tons of necklaces that would work for this trend. He calls them "drag queen necklaces." How great is that? Isn't it every girl's dream to look like a drag queen?