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April 16, 2010

Easter Egg Hunt

We took Berkley to a doggy Easter egg hunt a few weeks back. There were around 100 dogs there and the weather was just beautiful. Berk had a great time but as you can tell he most certainly did not follow the “four eggs per dog” rule! That is our greedy little monster :)

April 13, 2010

Custom Prints That Are A “Hoot”

It just makes my day when a reader emails me one of their fun finds! Check out these adorable prints for a nursery. I just love that they can be customized to incorporate fun words, names and even sayings that have meaning to you and your family! Great find Peri! Photo Courtesy:
Hoot Design Co.

April 9, 2010

Birthday Photo Funia

I wanted to do something big to wish my good friend Amy a happy 30th birthday like rent a billboard and put her smiling face on it but then I realized how much that would cost so this photo will have to due instead! J Happy Birthday Amy! Bring on the champagne!
PS – If you have never used Photo Funia you should check it out! They have all sorts of fun effects!

April 8, 2010

Frosting Shots

The frosting shot might hands down be the best “delight” I have blogged about all year!! At only $.75 a shot I can stuff my self silly!!! Cupcakes Take the Cake even suggests freezing them in the summer for a cool treat! I just keeps getting better and better! Now Berkley can have his frosty paws and mommy can have her 17 frozen frosting shots J

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April 7, 2010

Gray and Green Nail Polish

I don’t know about you but I have totally been rocking gray and green toned nail polishes this season! So refreshing to see something other than pinks and reds. These two colors, Jade and Particuliere, by Chanel would look fabulous on some fun short flirty nails!
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Happy Birthday Justin

I don’t normally use this site to share personal details but I just had to take a minute and wish my husband a very happy birthday!!! I am so proud of all that you have accomplished this year! Berkley and I are so grateful to have you in our lives!!! I love you everyday and even with these crazy tan lines :)

April 1, 2010

Easy Easter Ice Cream Sandwiches

These easy ice cream sandwiches from Twig and Thistle are going to be the perfect excuse to spend sometime in Trader Joes this weekend (not that I need oneJ). They look delicious and I love the simple wrapping with parchment paper and string! All about the packaging!
What you’ll need:
Carton of ice cream (I might use sherbert, mint or strawberry to give you that fun Easter color)
Butter waffle cookies from Trader Joe’s
Round cookie cutter bent into an oval
Large knife
Cookie sheet
Parchment paper
Wax string

1) Take your ice cream (the boxed kind works best) and cut off a 3/4″ thick slab

2) Use your cookie cutter and cut out ovals from the ice cream

3) Set the ovals on a cookie sheet with parchment paper and put the sheet in the freezer to firm up

4) While you wait, cut out 9.5″x2.5″ strips of parchment paper to use as holders for the finished product

5) Once the ice cream has chilled for a bit, transfer to the cookies with a spatula

6) For a little extra sweetness, add decorative chocolate sprinkles; simply roll the edges through the sprinkles for an even coating

7) For the final touch, wrap in parchment paper and secure with waxed thread or baker’s twine then freeze until ready to serve.

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Twig and Thistle

Confetti Tip

Use aluminum foil and a hole punch to give you the perfect silver confetti. Use different size/shape hole punches for even more variation!

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Twig and Thistle

March 31, 2010

Picnic Weather

The weather is picture perfect outside today and I would love to be enjoying one of these picnic blankets today! How comfy looking!Photo Courtesy:
White Lace Wedding

March 30, 2010

Chic Camera Bag

I have had my eye on the new Epiphanie camera bags but these photos by Michele Waite of her new bag have totally sold me. I am even kind of digging the red color! (suddenly my wish list is getting longer…oopsJ)

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Michele M. Waite

Tap Water Bottle

I love that this bottle comes in two sizes. It can be difficult to find chic reusable glass bottles in a more compact size. The smaller of the two bottles is definitely on my wish list!

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Tap Water Bottle

March 26, 2010

The Many Faces of Lili

I got the pleasure of taking some photos of the adorable Lili the other weekend and I had too much fun! That smile could make you melt!

March 25, 2010

Iced Tea Time

I know I am jumping the gun by saying it is officially “ice tea” season but I can’t help it… between the recipe and the sunshine in the photo I am craving some tea. I wonder how this would taste with agave nectar instead of honey?

Apple and Honey Iced Tea

3 cups water, boiling
4 tea bags
1/3 cup honey
3 cups apple juice

Steep tea bags in hot water for 5 minutes. Strain out tea bags, and stir in honey and juice. Mix until honey is dissolved. Chill and serve over ice. Serves 6-8

Recipe and Photo Courtesy:

Hip Hostess

March 24, 2010

Wine Gift Tags

The saying on these gift tags are just perfect!
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Paper Mash

Bathroom Renovation Update

I had to laugh when I saw this photo today because this is SO what my bathroom wall looks like right now expect with grey paint swatches. Just like everything else in my life I feel like I need to see it all before I can pick just one so my wonderful husband just keeps painting new swatches on the wall! I promise to pick one this week and hopefully have some before-and-after photos to share next week!

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The Fabric of my Life

DIY Cupcake Bar

I love frosting so the idea that I get to put my own frosting on my cupcake and nobody can judge the 2 inch layer I apply is fabulous!! I also love the use of wooden tough depressors!!

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Style Me Pretty

March 23, 2010

Hanger Monster

In addition to chewing two pairs of shoes this week Berkley has also discovered his love for Joy Mangano's Hugable Hangers! It is like we are teething all over again! Fun times :)

March 22, 2010

Birthday Balloons

I am gearing up to celebrate one of my very best friends 30th birthdays this weekend that is probably why this picture screamed to me today! How fun would it be sit at this table? Sometimes it’s fun to be a little kid once in awhile!

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Just be Splendid

March 19, 2010

WINNER of EcoSmart Giveaway

Happy Friday! I am happy to announce that the winner of Unexpected Delights first give away is Leigh Anna who said:

“It's nice to see a contest on Unexpected Delights! I would love to win these products because I'm always looking for new ways to go green.”

Congrats to you and thanks for all who participated!! Leigh if you could email me at unexpecteddelights@gmail.com I will tell you how you can redeem your prize!

Walkie Time

Sun, rain, snow, fog or high winds Berkley always gets his walk. Thank goodness though that we are starting to see a little more sun than we were in this picture!!

Flower Question

I am dying to find out what kind of flower this is with the dark middle! If you know be sure to drop me a comment below. I think they are so unique!
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Style Me Pretty

Fun Late Christmas Card

This “Christmas” card from A Little Sussy cracks me up! It is perfect for all of us that may not have been able to get that yearly traditional card out on time this year!!


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A Little Sussy

March 17, 2010

Do You Bake or Cook?

They say you either bake or cook but usually not both and I am definitely NOT a baker! However, these fun little cupcake kits are making me feel adventurous! Maybe some cupcake batter is in my near future after all!

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Plates and Napkins

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

I love green and I love Ireland so needless to say today is one of my favorite days of the year!! Like many of you out there I am extremely proud of my Irish heritage and am thinking of my very proud Irish grandmother today! J Wishing all my readers many happy Irish blessings!

May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
~Irish Blessing

March 16, 2010

Dog Scarf

I originally fell in love with the fantastic sailor knot collars below when I found out they were 100% waterproof and antimicrobial but then I saw the collegiate stripped scarf and now I am hooked!!

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