October 30, 2012

Vanilla Secrets

I must tip my hat to Pinterest as I found this household trick on there...

Instructions: Pour 2 caps full of vanilla extract into a small saucepan, then place in the oven at 300 degrees for an hour.  Within twenty minutes the whole house smells luscious. (Apparently this is is a known common realtor trick of the trade)

I have tried this many times as I live with my grandmother and her pup, and sometimes the house just smells a little too much like the little one (as much as I adore him). It's my favorite way to make the house smell warm, inviting, not too sweet and sugary, but like home.

Thanks, Pinterest!

homemade vanilla extract bottle here. (aren't they sweet? Would make a great Christmas gift...)

Tea for Tuesday

My new favorite tea.... (I just have to remember now what store I purchased it from...hmmm) Autumn in a mug...and caffeine free to boot. It's perfect without a spash or dash or anything, just the way it is.

My highest reccomendation wrapped in a blanket, or while tapping away at the keyboard during your day or over an afternoon with an old friend.  Enjoy!

Bigelow Apple Cider Tea here.

October 29, 2012

So Luxe

Confession... I dream about having a wool coat with a fur collar...feeling fancy and luxurious..I would wear it every day....to doctor appointments, to work, out to dinner, or just admiring it hanging in the closet.... 'Dahling...let's stay awhile, it's awfully cold outside..I'm so glad I can snuggle up in this fur lined coat....(I know PETA will hate me)' I really do dream of it.

Isn't this one so luxe?

Dale Dressin Long Wrap Coat, Nordstrom...found here.

October 18, 2012


NeedtoBreethe. One of my favorite artists. Where I can press play and listen to the whole album and not skip one song. Here is a favorite tune, acoustic version. 

October 14, 2012

I write for

Who do I write for?
I ask myself this at times.

I write for the soul that is craving inspiration
The young woman at college looking for guidance
The lonely, looking for a common bond
The writer looking for material, substance.

I write for a time capsule to look back on
I write for a release, for an escape, for a sanctuary.

I write for me. I write for you.
For whatever you're looking for, I hope you find it.

And like my blogging friend Holley Gerth writes here, I write because I need a reminder, I need to hear it too.

Picture here.

October 9, 2012

Musical Monday

I heard this Britt Nicole song on the way to work. She's one of my favorite artists, and this tune is the perfect way to start the morning in faith. The best way to start a Monday off on a solid foot like this. Thanks Britt ~ your talent speaks to so many.

October 4, 2012