August 30, 2012

Dose of Delight: The West Niles Edition

I've spent the last 31 hours in bed with a fever trying to
convince myself that I wasn't dying from the West Niles virus.
Thank god for Pinterest.
It quickly nips those hypochondriac symptoms in the butt.
 
 So let's get on to this week's Dose of Delight {because I've got some pinning to get back to!}
Here is a mini-mini round-up of things that have inspired, thrilled, or delighted me lately.

The Wonder Forest Blog
 

The Wonder Forest blog is one of those spaces where
you want sit and gobble up every last one of Dana's posts.
I'm totally digging {do people still use that word?} the Building a Business series.
Fashion, DIY projects, pretty pictures; this bloggity blog has it all.
Oh, and did I mention she has a cute, whimsical shop too?
Check it out here.

Wild Rice Salad

I was intrigued by this salad as I am with most of Tonia's recipes but mostly it was because the recipe called for rice. Who knew? Rice and salad?
I consider myself a frou frou salad type of gal; meaning I like all the bells and whistles when it comes to my lettuce dishes.
Just lettuce and tomatoes...forget it.
That's why I think this recipe will be right up my alley.
Check it out for yourself here.

Hope you all have a delightful, non-West Niles weekend!

PS. Have you entered my $500 Oreck Purifier Giveaway yet?
I heard purifiers keep virus infected mosquitos away from you.
True story.
 
 




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August 28, 2012

Win a $500 Oreck Air Purifier: Seriously, I'm Finally Getting Good Air to My Brain!!

One of you will soon be a proud member of Club Lucky; that is if such a club exist.
Why you may ask.
Because recently I was given the chance to try the queen of all air purifiers;
the Oreck AirInstinct 200.
I suppose because the fine people of Oreck were questioning whether or not I was getting enough good quality air to my brain they felt this would be useful to me.
And they couldn't have been more right.
As if that wasn't thoughtful enough, they are offering up a second air purifier as a giveaway to one of my lucky readers!
That's a $499.99 whopper of a giveaway!
Okay, let's just round up!
That's a $500.00 whopper of a giveaway!
And yes, I'm using LOTS of exclamation points!

I think most of us are well aware that our air is contaminated with pollutants.
Can I get an "Amen!" allergy suffers?
Enter the air purifier. Its job is to knock out LL Cool J style all those pollutants such as smoke, mold, pet dander, dust, & pollen. It helps remove odors too!

So I was intrigued by the opportunity to try out the AirInstinct 200.
Especially since we have little mutts love balls running around.
Even though they are short hair doxies sometimes their dander can get to me
and I'll have itchy eyes and a nose. No fun.

Here are of some my favorite things about the Oreck AirInstinct 200:

* I Don't Have to Think: The AirInstinct, while set on automode does the thinking for you. There is no need to play around with the speeds or try to guess when you should or shouldn't use it. It will adjust itself accordingly while continously checking the particles in the air. I tested this function out when I sprayed Lysol in the room & the unit quickly detected the pollutants and automatically switched to the high turbo mode.
When my dog's tush walked by it went into "off the charts turbo mode".
Teeheehee...kidding on that last part.
*It's Quiet: The hubby had placed it in our bedroom and I didn't even know it was there!
It's sooo quiet.
*It's Productive: Unlike me, it cleans. It captures 99.97% of the particles in the air that passes through its filters.
*It's Efficient:It's Energy Star qualified.
The most powerful purifier those Oreck peeps have ever offered!
It's Puuurty: Totally reminds me of an Apple product. It's sleek, slim, and modern looking. Plus, I like that that the unit is white. White goes with everything.
In addition to these fine qualities, the AirInstinct is light weight so no need to pull a muscle carrying it from one room to another. Its also got some mood light thingy going on...bow chicka wow wow {good grief Jennifer you are never going to be asked to do a review again!}.
What I meant is there is a lighting system that tells you when its working and at what speed.
It makes for a nice night light.

Now for your chance to win this bad boy!
Enter through Rafflecopter below.
Contest ends Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 at midnight CST.

*  The giveaway winner must be a resident of the U.S. 48 contiguous states.

**Oreck Corporation provided the prize for
the sweepstakes but is not the sponsor of the sweepstakes.
*** I received this product for free from Oreck to review.
The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

Good luck!
 





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August 26, 2012

For the Love of Kale

What the kale is going on?
I hope you all had a lovely weekend.
Have I ever told you all about my infatuation with kale?
No really, my love runs deep for it.
And by deep I mean I eat it multiple times a week.
And by multiple times a week I mean I may or may not 
even consider it a dinner when the husband doesn't cook.
Honestly, I have no idea how I've managed to go this long with out turning green.
In particularly, I am talking about baked kale chips.
Ever have them?
 
Source: Poster Pop
 
They're dope. Seriously addicting.
I heart them so much that I would head bunt a rabbit if it ever tried to come between me and my kale.
Just kidding PETA.
I would never really do that.
No need to flour bomb me on my way to my car tomorrow.
Six months ago when I saw kale chip recipes running rampant on the Net I just figured it was a bunch of bark-eating-Hippies {again} trying to convince me that eating grass was just as delicious as a Five Guys bacon burger. But I'm here to tell you they really are pretty close to it.
 And no I'm not a hippie. And I don't eat bark.
 
Soooo...if you have yet to jump on the kale bandwagon I really do think you should give 'em a try!
I've perfected the chips in my toaster oven.
 
Preheat the toaster oven to 350 degrees.
Line a cookie sheet {there are usually mini ones that come with the toaster ovens}
with foil or parchment paper.
 
Rinse and dry your kale in a spinner. Then tear into bite size pieces. Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle some sea salt on top of the kale. Bake until the edges brown {but not burn!}
Typically, in my oven it takes about 8 minutes to reach optimal kale deliciousness.
 
Then they're ready to eat. Like Doritos, you can't stop at just one.
Except for unlike Doritos, kale chips are actually good on the thighs.
 
Anyone else have attachment issues with kale chips?
Any other kale recipes out there that you've tried & loved?

August 23, 2012

Friday's Dose of Delight: Let it Razafaz You

My favorite time of the week! But then again who says they hate Fridays anyways?
Crazy people. That's who.
 
Soooo.....let's get on to this week's Dose of Delight; a mini-mini round up of things that have thrilled, inspired or delighted me lately. Hopefully, they razafaz you too.
 
Fall is soooo close I can smell it. Oh wait, that's my Glade air freshner.
But really it's going to be here before we know it and with fall comes all those cozy, warm plates of goodness; like pasta, chili, and pot pies.
Mmmm..........
This dish reminds me of fall although I'd eat it any season, any time, any where.
Recipes from a woman named Martha...ever hear of her?
Check it out here.
 
 
 
Wallpaper is sometimes considered the Lindsey Lohan of home decor.
It's got a bad rep.
Mainly because back in the 80's and 90's many people suffered from post-traumatic disorder after TRYING to strip their walls of this stuff.....it may have actually led to a divorce or two as well.
Okay....I may have just made that up BUT thanks to new adhesive glue, wallpaper is now much, much easier to remove.  If you want to just dabble in the look then I suggest this great idea via Apartment Therapy.....just paste up a little for some art work and frame it with moulding.
Genius! Why didn't I think of that?
 
Hope you all have a delightful weekend!!
 
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August 22, 2012

August Crush of the Month: Tribal Arrows

Blame it on Katniss.
Blame it on the Olympics.
Blame it on that fiery red-head from "Brave".
What ever you want to blame it on the fact of the matter is tribal arrows are
everywhere and I'm A-OKAY with that.
Who knew a projectile weapon system could be so cool?
 
Here are a few archery items I'm swooning over!
 
Tribal Arrow Art Print|My Sunshine Arrow Paper Note Cards|Ashley Pahl Arrow Ring|Miju And You Sharp Shooter Screenprinted Pillow|Earth Cadets Arrow Organic Baby Onesie|Eleventy Five Crossed Arrow Mug|Rock Scissor Paper Arrow Bracelet & Necklaces|Alina & T 
Arrow I-Phone Case|Christine Marie B Pastel Arrows|Fletcher & Fox
You Can Do Anything Art Print|Bubby & Bean
Bows & Arrows Fabric|Katherine Codega
 
Now go get your cupid on!
 
What have you been crushing on this month?






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August 21, 2012

Frozen Pretzel Yogurt with PB & Chocolate: A Scoop of Heaven

A few weeks ago during our weekend getaway to Lake Geneva I discovered pure heaven at a local homemade icecream shop. I'm a sweet, salty, & sassy type of gal. Okay, I just made up the last part. It just sounded good with all those "Ssss".  Anyways, the best part about this ice cream was the bits of pretzels mixed in with the sweet chocolate & warm caramel.  It makes my heart pitter-patter just thinking about it! Or maybe that's because I just ran up a flight of stairs to get the laundry.

So this past weekend that icecream kept creeping it's way into my thoughts until finally I couldn't take it anymore! I decided to run to the store to pick up some ingredients to see if I could make a replica of the dreamy, dairy goodness. Of course since I can pack on pounds just by looking at ice cream I did my best at trying to slim down the treat by using frozen yogurt and other fat free/sugar free ingredients.

Incase you want to get in on this, here's the 4-1-1:

1.5 quarts of Edy's Slow Churned Yogurt {or any brand will do}
1 cup of  fat free semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
1/2 cups of fat free peanut butter
2 cups of pretzals {I used the small stick kind and just broke them in half as I added them into the misture}
Sugar Free Caramel for topping

 Toss all your ingrediants {minus the caramel} into a mixing bowl and for just a minute mix with a blender at a very low speed. Be careful not to mix long or at a high speed otherwise you'll just get milk!
Then I just threw everything back in the yogurt carton and tossed back into the freezer for an hour
{I felt like this helped the yogurt absorb all the different flavors but then again I have know idea what I'm talking about when it comes to food other than I like it. Alot.}
Lastly, drizzle some of that ooey gooey warm caramel on top & garnish with a few more pretzals and then dive in!
 

August 20, 2012

DIY Floor Vent Earring Holder

I'm not sure where the idea that a floor vent would make a good earring holder came from but trust me I've thought of much stranger things while brushing my teeth.
This weekend I finally reached my breaking point. My teeny tiny jewelry box had become a hot mess of studs, hoops, and danglers and I was tired of always wasting time searching for their significant others. I guess that's what you would call the better half of an earring set, right?

Enter the home improvement store. Happen to go there for something else. Forgot. Then saw floor vent and decided for a few bucks it was a quick fix to my earring dilemma.
End of story.

Anyone else ever make a little something-something
from the local Home Depot or Lowes?

PS.  Eating half a gallon of frozen yogurt smothered in gooey caramel, semi-sweet chocolate, & rich peanut butter is never a good idea. Not even if it's for the sake of a recipe blog post coming really soon. You're welcome.


August 19, 2012

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This is something that has been on my to-do list forevaaaa and after Saturday I know exactly why I have been putting this task off.
Six hours of "trying" to pretend I know a dang thing about HTML coding I have now broken and or distorted many things on this here blog.
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August 16, 2012

Dose of Delight: Who Would Have Thunk It?

I intend on getting alot done this weekend but we all know darn well come Monday my to-do list will look exactly the same as it does today. Hurumph. Accomlishing goals is overrated anyways, right?

So let's move on to this week's Dose of Delight; a mini-mini round-up of things that have inspired, thrilled, or delighted me lately. Hopefully they razafaz you too.

 Folded paper wall art. Really? Who would have thunk it?
Well of course, the genius gal behind the "How About Orange" blog thunk it.
See full tutorial here.


Thank goodness we still insist on edumacating our youngsters in this country because I sure do love perusing all the "Back to School" sales on crap I don't need.
I'm having a lovefest over the pencil boxes from Mmim on Etsy.
Of course the chevron pattern had nothing to do with it. *Nose is growing*

Inspired or delighted by anything lately? Please do share.

Hope you all have a delightful weekend, productive or not!







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August 15, 2012

I've Had a Revelation

It has recently come to my attention that I may have a problem.........

Exhibit A
Exhibit B
 And just in case you haven't figured it out yet let's look at a few more clues, shall we?


That's right I suffer from a serious mental disorder called "bluetitis".
Thankfully I saved myself a trip to the head doctor & was able to diagnose myself simply by taking a quick jaunt down memory lane here on the DN.
Look at that... a revelation!
All you ever hear about is how blogs make you more accountable for yourself.
Quite frankly my blog doesn't have that effect on me.
 I basically make up crap that I'm going to do and then just pray that y'all will forget.
True Story.

BUT who knew your blog would help you see things about yourself?
The good, the bad, the awesome.
Ugh...awesome. I apparently I also have a thingy-thing for the word "awesome".
I think I've now used it on this blog 1, 245 times.
Awesome.
{1,246 times}

Anywho, you'd think I would have suspected that I was suffering from "bluetitis" when I walked into a dressing room the other day with every cobalt blue apparel item ever known to mankind.

So see people you don't need a blog or even a psychiatrist to figure these things out about yourself!
"They" say anything from your driving style to the type of pillow you use can say alot about you.

Apparently liking the color blue means I am capable, reliable, & sensitive.
Sounds about right.....unless I've had a night with my two good friends Pinot & Grigio.
Then I think capable and reliable just go out the door.

So I'm wondering what kind of revelations would you have about yourself if you looked through your blog posts or closet or book collection?






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August 13, 2012

Mice & (Wo)Men

Here we are again, starting another week. My weekends have been a blur of events lately.
This past Saturday I totally partied like it was 1986.
See that choke hold I have on that little whippersnapper? This my friends is an example of how to properly hold a child. And all you mamas thought you had a thing or two on me, eh?

Sometimes I think the adults have more fun than the kids.

I totally had a post planned for today. It was going to be deep & profound.
Mmmkay...maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration.
But lucky for you, my free therapy session post can wait for another day.

Speaking of therapy....I also got some dose of retail therapy this past weekend at the Loft for the "friends, family, & fanatic" sales event. That last description "fanatic" was included just for me. Seriously, Annie Taylor you get me every time.
I scored this shirt in the mustard yellow & it was so hot diggity dog comfortable I had to go back and get the pink one.


I would have totally modeled it for you but I'd hate to upstage this beauty.

So what kind of weekend did you have? 






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August 9, 2012

Dose of Delight: Oh, Why Hello Friday.

For realz! I'm quite certain we skipped a day this week. It just doesn't seem like it should be Friday yet. So much so that I'm begining to question whether I am suffering from early onset of Alzheimers. I don't recall Tuesday or Wednesday happening this week but trust me I don't plan on filing a complaint with the Calendar Association or who ever is in charge of this thingamajiggy any time soon! As long as I am present for the weekends that is all that matters, right?

You know what time it is! No, not hammer time but Dose of Delight time.
A mini-mini round-up of things that have inspired, thrilled, & delighted me lately & should tickle your fancy too! What ever a fancy is?

Sometimes perusing blogland can create some unhealthy attachments. In my case it happens to be with a hedgehog. I can't even recall the blog in which I fell in love with Mr.Hedgey but all I know is some chic slapped a wooden hedgehog {if you know said chic I am referring to please give her a shout out!} clock up on her gallery wall and bam I was infatuated.
That infatuation then led to an obsession with the Etsy clock shop, Decoy Lab.
Simplistic, whimsical, and fun it's like an amusement park for clocks.


You have got to check out the before & after pics over at the Design Dining+Diapers blog in order to truly appreciate this little table makeover.
I think Taryn deserves a gold medal for thinking outside of the box!
Don't just take my word for it. No seriously, don't ever take my word for anything. One time I spent a whole month telling people I was taking a vacation to Haiti. Turns out I really meant Honduras.
So check the makeover out for yourself!

Hope you all have a delightful weekend!!



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