Hat’s Off To Dr. Seuss

My friend Kennedy asked me if I would be interested in going to see the Hat’s Off To Dr. Seuss Art Exhibit at The Art Shop Inc. in Greensboro, NC this past weekend.  I immediately said YES!  I grew up reading Dr. Seuss books and loved them  so.

This was such a great tribute to not only the creator of The Cat in the Hat, but also a very talented artist.

The Hat’s Off To Dr. Seuss exhibit was to show off the many hats that Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) designed himself and often wore at home while creating the many Dr. Seuss books.  

These exhibits are the first time in history that his private collection of hats have been shown to the public.  It was wonderful to see these hats and I do recall seeing some of them in his books.  The hats were in cases and we were unable to photograph the hat collection as per requested by the art gallery, so if you have a chance and the gallery comes to your area…you should check them out!

You can read more about Dr. Seuss here.

Here are some of the photos from the exhibit:

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We had a blast and it really did bring back some memories from my childhood days.

Thanks to The Art Shop for hosting this special event!

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Monday Blues

I dislike Mondays.

Especially Rainy Days & Mondays.

Below are some things that get me out of those horrible, no good Monday Blues.

1.  Coffee….Starbucks new Blonde Roast Coffee!!  I <3 the Veranda Blend.  Mellow & Soft.  Yummy goodness!

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2.   Lovely tunes.  I listen to Pandora throughout the day when I’m at home.  I love having music on…it always uplifts my mood.  My current faves all happen to be ladies:  Ellie Goulding, Lana Del Rey, Lorde, & Florence + The Machine.

3.  The Following.  Newest episode is on tonight!  I’m a HUGE Kevin Bacon fan!  I’ve watched every single episode!  Tonight is the show down between Ryan and Joe.  The suspense is killing me!kevinbacon the following

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4.  My babies.  They have grown so much!  One more week inside and then it’s time to move them on out to the chicken coop.  I’m gonna miss them being inside, but they are ready to socialize and get some freedom of their own.

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5.  Photo-editing!  My fave photo-editing programs are PicMonkey and  Fotor!

I love this part of photography.  I have so much fun editing photos and playing with all the edits and effects.

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6.  Quotes & Thoughts.  I love finding new quotes and thoughts on Facebook and Pinterest.  This one is ALL me.   It doesn’t take much to make me happy.  I’m what you call…a simple kinda gal!  =)

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So…how’s your Monday going?

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Top 5 Pinterest Finds of the Week!

It’s been awhile since I’ve compiled a Top 5 Pinterest Finds of the Week post…so I figured it was time to get it going again.  Each week I’ll be taking notes of 5 of my favorite pins and sharing them with you guys!  This is a great way to share new finds.

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Photos above and for all Pinterest Finds posts do not belong to me.  Sources are listed below.  Please click on the links below to go to the original source! 

1.  I’ve been on a fruit dip kick lately.  This Pistachio Pineapple Dip from Cathy over at Lemon Tree Dwelling is my fave so far this year!  I absolutely LOVE it.  She also has a  Creamy Strawberry Dip as well!

2.  I’m loving these Peep Houses from Joy over at Yesterfood.  This is such a fun Easter project to do with the kiddos.   Easter is just a hop around the corner!

3.  Toni over at A Bowl Full of Lemons posted some kitchen organization tips and ideas here and I really can’t wait to find me a wire basket to store my cookbooks in!   Such a great idea!

4.  And speaking of kitchens…I’m going to throw in another recipe here!  I found these Gluten free, Low-carb Spinach Cheese Balls from Gretchen over at All the Love- Without the Wheat!  These are so good!

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5.  A little bitty crafty project…these DIY Flower Earrings and free printable are from Britni over at Hazelfly!  This is perfect for a little April gift for your besties!

If you feel like joining in, please leave a comment with your link to your Pinterest Finds post!  I would love to see your faves!

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Foil Dinners!

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Foil dinners always remind me of my Girl Scouts days!

I love that you can pick and choose your own ingredients and spice it up as much as you like.  The possibilities are endless here.

Choose a meat.

Hamburger patties, steak tips, chicken breast, salmon/tilipia/shrimp.  

Or go meatless…like I did for tonight’s dinner.

Choose your veggies.

Carrots, Green Beans, Zucchini, Squash, Asparagus, Mushrooms, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Celery, Potatoes, Onions, Peppers…really any veggie works.  

Choose your spices.

I stick with salt, pepper, garlic, parsley, Mrs. Dash, and McCormick’s Lemon & Pepper seasoning.  

Choose a dressing.

I usually use Kraft’s Fat Free Ranch dressing, but I’ve also used Italian, Caesar, and Blue Cheese dressing.

I quickly wash and chop my veggies and set aside.

Place aluminum foil (I use Reynolds Wrappers-simply because they are pre-cut and ready to use) down onto a  baking sheet and simply add ingredients.

Top with spices and dressing of choice.

Wrap up and bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes.

Open up the aluminum foil and sprinkle some shredded cheese on top and place back in the oven for 10 minutes.

That’s it…one hour and dinner is served.  I chose to do a veggie foil dinner tonight-potatoes, carrots, and green beans.  Served with some broccoli rice.

Simply delicious.

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Hello April!

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My Moorpark Apricot Tree blossoms!

I don’t know about you but this girl is so glad that SPRING has arrived.

It’s 78 degrees here in NC today and I’m just loving it!

Bring on the sunshine!

I plan on spending the rest of the afternoon outside soaking up the sun!

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Product Review: Horsefeathers

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Today I’m reviewing some lovely jewelry from the very talented ladies over at Horsefeathers!  Y’all know that I support handmade businesses and I just adore these gals to pieces…not only are they best friends, but they are mother and daughter!

The  very creative mother and daughter team (Tammy & Chelsea) launched Horsefeathers Gifts in 2009 from their hometown in Western Kentucky.  The small local shop quickly turned into a online sensation.

They offer one-of-a-kind , custom made jewelry and gifts.  From vintage inspired necklaces, rings, bracelets,  & earrings along with keychains, t-shirts, and some beautiful charity pieces.  Some very charming pieces for all ladies and gents alike!

Another thing I LOVE about this handmade business is that Horsefeathers is a ecofriendly company!  I love when companies care about the world and take time to specifically care for our planet.

When they asked on their Facebook page if anyone would be interested in reviewing their lovely jewelry I jumped at the chance!  I’ve had my eye on the silk wrap bracelets for awhile now and I was thrilled to be chosen as a product reviewer.

Only problem…which piece was I going to choose!

I finally decided on the “Think Positive” hand stamped charm with the Whistlin’ Dixie silk wrap!

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I loved everything about this silk wrap bracelet!  It’s a perfect reminder for every single day…to think positively in every situation!  An ultimate mood booster for when things are not going as planned, or when people are being negative around you.   I just simply look down and read it aloud.  Think Positive.   It’s amazing how two words can change your aspect and give you some peace of mind just like that.

Chelsea and Tammy graciously sent me two additional silk wraps along with my package!   Oh, yeah!  These babies are interchangeable!  Perfect to customize your outfit for the day!

I choose the Whistlin’ Dixie wrap and they also sent along the Grasshopper and Southern Belle wraps.  I honestly LOVE them all and it’s really hard to say which one is my favorite.  I’ve worn all of them and I’m tickled pink with the range of colors in each one.  They are all so unique.

So…what are you waiting on? !

Head on over to Horsefeathersgifts.com and check them out!

If you are into social media like I am…they not only have a website here, but they also have a blog here, an instagram account here, a Pinterest account here, and they tweet over here!  (I mentioned above about the  Facebook page so you can scroll up to visit them there!)  So stop by, say hello, tell them I sent you, and order your own unique and custom made piece!  Perfect idea for birthdays, holidays, and the “just because” gift!   Your family, loved one’s, and friends would love to receive this one-of-a-kind gift.

Stay tuned, I will be giving this exact silk wrap bracelet away in a giveaway sometime this month.  How would you like the chance to win one of your own “Think Positive” silk wrap bracelets?

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