Monday, December 23, 2013

One Last Hit

...of inspiration before the big day. These are some of my favorite pins for the holidays. As an aside - you know what is not fun? After thinking you have gotten the kids through Barfpocalypse 2013, succumbing to it yourself the weekend before Christmas. It. Was. Terrible. On the plus side, I got to lay around A LOT when Tom took the kiddos to mom and dad's house to stay, and watched TV for 2 days straight. I haven't done that in 5 years. It was AWESOME - Will & Grace, Say Yes to the Dress, Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade, Jaws....I TOLD you I watched a lot of TV!!

If you don't think this simple little tree is the cutest thing ever, well, then, I just don't know what I'm gonna do (bonus points if you can name the movie the last part of that line is from)...

Antlers and branches and sparkle, OH MY!

Two totally different - yet equally fab - ideas for mantle decor.

Oh deer.

RRRRRRR, matey!!

Precious, easy-peasy lemon-squeezy DIY. And that mid-century sofa is killing me softly.

I am attempting a buche de noel for our Christmas dinner for the first time this year. Stay tuned next week to see how it turns out (and wish me luck)...

Have the HAPPIEST of holidays. Peace and love and chocolate to you all. God bless us, everyone!


Friday, December 20, 2013

I SWEAR I'm Not Dead.

Ya'll, the day after we got back from California this last week, we began Barfpocalypse 2013 at Casa de Blah Blah, which leaves little to no time to peruse blogs, let alone keep this one up. Hell, I didn't have an uninterrupted night of sleep until Wednesday. Soooo, wivout further adoooo, here are the rest of those pics of our trip to Cali that I promised in the last post. 

Pic outside of our room at 14 West - I HIGHLY recommend this boutique hotel. It's right on PCH, and there are only about 10 units in it, each of which is a studio apartment. We had a fireplace in our room, kitchenette, gorgeous, modern furnishings. The only downside to me was that the lighting kind of sucked in it, so I could NOT see to put my makeup on, and consequently either looked like I was wearing none, or was a contestant on RuPaul's Drag Race.

The view across PCH from our hotel. This is one of my favorite pics - I love how it looks almost like it's created with toys. I may frame this one.

And THIS is the view behind the one just above. Look at that water. I mean.
Surfboards inside the Orange Inn, which really DOES have the best coffee in Laguna. Their breakfast left a little to be desired, however. Huevos rancheros on TOAST? REALLY???

The Penguin Cafe, howevah, knows from huevos rancheros.

It would not be a trip to California without them. Ooooooh mama.

And that is me with a belly full of them. What ELSE did I put in mah belly?

Only my favorite thing EVER to put in mah belly - chicken fois brulee from the Watermarc. It's slightly different than the last time we visited, since fois gras is now illegal in Cali, but the chef came up with an alternative that is just as delish. Those things on the right side are profiteroles. NOM NOM NOM.

Ohhhh, we also got the chance to meet up with my homegirl Carrie, of the blog This Free Bird (which she is currently revamping), at her boyfriend's restaurant in Huntington Beach The Corner. If you live around there and haven't been - GO. I have three words for you: Short Rib Tacos. Okay, I have a few more: Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart on PRETZEL CRUST. SEEEEE???? Delish.

Can't leave without taking twelvity-five hundred photos of the ocean....

other sites around Laguna...

...and triplet palms.

Christmas lights in SoCal...

...Hi - I'm Shannan. I love long walks along the beach at sunset, puppies, and pina coladas...

Crazy insane surfers out there in the waves. Look, that water is FRIGID in June, but this particular day it was about 57 out, so I can only IMAGINE how cold it was then. Those dudes are DEDICATED. 

And seriously, the most insane sunsets ever.

All of my pics above are instagrammed, but this one I did nothing to. It really just looked like that. To those of you who are lucky enough to live near the ocean, please, for me - never take it for granted. To those of you who have never been to the ocean - please, for me - but more for you - GO. It is a gift.


Monday, December 9, 2013

No, I'm Not Dead

...nor have I given up blogging. I've just been in California.

Because I'm catching up, I'll leave you with a few pics of our trip before I bombard you with them. Happy Monday!


Monday, December 2, 2013

'Round Here

Thought I'd share some holiday deets from around Casa De Blah Blah. Hope you enjoy!

Got this little foxy loxy from Target a few weeks ago. I love him.

It doesn't get much better than hot cocoa with Bailey's, Snoopy, fuzzy slippers, and family.

Okay, here's the situation. My parents went away for a week's vacation. Oh, wait...wrong post... We put our tree up the day after Turkey Day, and it was like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Or Treesa. BWAH! And I undecorated the entire thing, made Tom help me straighten it, and redecorated it (with perhaps a few new goodies, and some new poy-ple lights). I love it so much more now.

Top-o-the-Tree Deets

This is my other new favorite thing in the house. And by "new," I mean "a painting that my parents had in their basement for the past 44 years, which I confiscated and up-cycled." For reals. I saw this idea forever ago somewhere on the interwebs and loved it, so I redid the painting (and just a few days after my girl Suzanne mentioned my OTHER painting on the mantle behind me in all my pics - the drippy painting on canvas, which I also DIY-d and was SO easy to do - just stand up your canvas, squirt random paint on the canvas, let it run down the canvas - you may have to thin the paint with a bit of water, and then lay flat to dry). P.S. - those YUM letters are also from Target.

Just cleaned up the old painting, and painted the frame and these bubbles around it in craft paint.  

Here's a close-up deet of the painting, along with a bird's nest which I found on the ground outside of my office one day. I wanted the kids to see it, but not be touching it all the time, so I turned a large vase upside down over it and voila - nest under glass!