Monday, August 30, 2010

Back to School

(Sidenote: Does anyone else automatically get Adam Sandler singing "Back to School" stuck in their head from just reading the title? If so, sorry :)

Going back to school my favorite part of the whole getting ready process wasn't the clothes, I'm not what you would call a fashionista, it was always the school suppiles. Even now I get a rosy glow just thinking about brand new Sharpie markers, clean folders and freshly sharpened pencils.

When I was in school (yes it was a long time ago) you couldn't just have your run of the mill version of pencils and pens and notebook paper. No siree. There was only one type of paper supplies that were acceptable. And when I reveal who it is it is going to prove that it has been a long while since I was an elementary student.

It was all about this:

Lisa Frank

Oh.My. Goodness. How I loved Lisa Frank.

As a budding artist the idea of drawing really super duper cute animals and getting to color them in crazy florescent colors (with a high sheen!) seemed like the perfect job. I'm pretty sure I probably wrote her a snail mail letter telling her as much. I had it all. Erasers (small enough for a younger sibling to confuse with candy) stickers (that never ever got used) and pencils and folders and every stationary need that a young 8-11 year old's heart could imagine.

The best item was a pink (naturally) metal pencil case that held all my precious goodies in it. I'm pretty sure (ok crossing my fingers and hoping) that the pencil case is still around, sitting on a dusty shelf at my parent's house right now.

There were a few characters that showed up a lot in my materials.

I always kind of thought of the unicorn horse as the Lisa Frank signature item.

I lived in Florida so there was plenty of these guys.

Probably my least favorite Lisa Frank character. I just never got it.

My favorite characters.

All images from Lisa Frank

It is interesting to me now as an adult to look at the marketing and the identity of this brand. The fact that this colorful company took off with such a basic, simple name for such an over the top brand.

Did you love love love Lisa Frank too? Love office/stationary supplies?


Wednesday, August 25, 2010


And now for a new feature!

Every Wednesday I will have a Wednesday's Wednesday Wisdom post to get you through your Hump Day! Wednesday is of course the middle of the work week and also happens to be my lovely little furbaby. So now each Wednesday there will be a cute little furry picture and some witty knowledge to go along with it. It's like a balanced meal of cuteness + smarts :) And now, to introduce my Wednesday.

Hi, my name is Wednesday. Even though I have half a million nicknames from my momma who likes to call me "monkey" "Princess Sassy Pants" and "Dubs" just to name a few. And that really is only the tip of the iceberg. Seriously.

Yes, I am named after Wednesday Addams. Adams was my momma's maiden name and we came together right around Halloween so it all seemed to fit. Do you think I look like a Halloween cat?
I love kitty party mix, being scratched under my chin and giving my momma the "Puss in Boots look" at 3AM when I want some lovin'.

Lovin', please.

I also love candy corn and coffee (REALLY LOVE coffee).

My job around these parts involves protecting this house from would be invader squirrels and birds. I take my job VERY seriously. I've heard that we live on the 2nd floor in a rock solid building in the middle of a big city but I don't think that is any reason to let my guard down. Danger is OUT there.

My other hobbies include playing with milk rings (skim milk preferred) and policing The Dog,

Spooning with my momma,

and occasionally taking over for the Easter bunny,

Hope you enjoy Wednesday's Wednesday Wisdom!


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Soulard Farmer's Market

This weekend my hubby and I went to visit the Soulard Farmer's Market. It is a huge farmer's market that is pretty famous in this area. Once we got there we wondered why it took so long for us to check it out.

It was very busy

Soulard is a part of the city that has a New Orleans, French quarter influence. It is home to the second largest Mardi Gras party in the US each year. They have some New Orleans type food. Like heaven on a plate, sprinkled with powder sugar:


Love love love

Hubby was excited about his spicy Polish dog, not as excited about lugging around a watermelon.

Doesn't he look excited? :)

I was excited about this. The sign said that it was "real" Margaritaville mix.

Right up my alley.

Only person that drinks a margarita with her pinky up.

Our loot!

The market is open all year long, I'm interested in seeing what kind of produce and goods are available as it gets closer to fall.

Ever been to a really unique farmer's market? What was your favorite part?


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Falling into Fall

Fall has always been my favorite time of year. Back in Florida you had to wait till November to feel any hint of fall. Now living in St. Louis you start to feel the fall much sooner, usually by the end of September. I was thinking about Halloween and all the decorations I have to celebrate my favorite holiday this past weekend. I had a talk with myself, which I have frequently, and decided I wasn't going to put up any of my fall and Halloween decorations until the very end of September or the beginning of October. And then I went to the mall that day and saw that every store seemed to be taking a big leap ahead and had fall and Halloween merchandise out already. In August. BEFORE Labor Day.

Anyone else think that fall is coming much sooner this year then in past years?

I do love so many elements of the fall season, these are just a few.

How cute is this little guy? Check out this Etsy store

Favorite movie and I get to watch it October-December!

Only time I'm always aching to get into Starbucks

I love the fall foliage in North Carolina's mountains, fall leaves, cinnamon smells, dresses with tights, boots, apple and pumpkin picking with my hubby, Halloween decorations EVERYWHERE (This is Halloween, this is halloween :) and all the great pumpkin treats!

Do you love the fall time? What are your favorite fall treats and activities?


Thursday, August 12, 2010


I have lots of great clients that contact me to help them create their wedding maps and wedding projects. It's especially great when I get a client that has a unique location or details that I happen to be interested in.

A gorgeous destination wedding in Riviera Maya was right up my alley.

Super colorful, palm trees, and then there was this:

Boo-yah! Margaritas! Only thing better would be to ACTUALLY have those margaritas and not just draw them :)
(Names and dates have been changed)

I've been all about the margaritas lately. I think it has something to do with this guy:

The guy to blame for Parrottheads.

Who or what do you blame for your summer indulgences?


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Stay Cool

Wylie says....

It's hot out there folks, stay cool.
Wisdom from Wylie. We're hitting the upper 90's again this week. Stay cool people.


Monday, August 9, 2010

Shark Week!

You know that you must be a pretty cool animal if the Discovery Channel gives you a week of your very own. Shark Week usually doesn't disappoint though and they always have shark infested waters and scary moments that probably keep a lot of people out of the ocean for a couple of days.

Growing up in Florida thinking about sharks really wasn't any big deal. I grew up in Venice Florida which happens to be the sharks tooth capital of the world.

Real shark's tooth found in Venice Florida! Crazy, right?

But when it looks this beautiful you can't really blame them for enjoying the scenery.

We had a festival each year called the Sharks Tooth Festival. It's funny to me now how NORMAL that all sounded back in the day. It was just the environment that I was living in and had always known. Now that I'm landlocked all those quirky little things make me appreciate where I grew up.

Did you grow up in an area with a special title or special hometown quirk?


Monday, August 2, 2010

Buckling in to the Healthy Wagon

I really have been inspired lately to get more health aware. To make some healthier choices not just for outside, physical appearance reasons but to FEEL GOOD or at least better. I'm in good health, I'm in decent shape but like everything else I treat my life, I know I can do better. I'm a total fixer and I'm setting my sights on getting healthier.

So lately there has been a lot of the following in my life lately:

Hanging out with her:

Drinking more of this:

Green tea

Lots of tunes to get moving with:

And snacking on these lovelies:


What do you need to help inspire healthy living?