Friday, July 31, 2009

oh baby!

So my husband has been out of town all week, we're in the middle of a heat wave, and we found out the buyers want us out of our house in just 3 short weeks. It's been a little stressful to say the least. When Ryan walked in the door last night, he'd come home with this little beauty. To think he could buy me off with a handbag... 

ok, it kind of worked.

*don't worry, he got a deal. 60% off and then 50% off of that using Nike ID. I love a man that can get me a good deal.

Thursday, July 30, 2009


We recently had a surprise party for my husband. I had a lot of fun planning it and putting it all together.

It was an outdoor movie, so we brought in a big screen, speakers and a soundboard.

a popcorn machine that made

delicious movie popcorn. We had red velvet cupcakes decorated to look like pieces of popcorn on top (with white and yellow marshmallows)

a candy concessions cart

original recipe coke from Mexico, some Thomas Kemper Rootbeer and water too.

It was quite a fun evening. Complete with embarrassing my husband with video previews of himself before the movie started.

I'm hoping his front row seat in his very own recliner may have made up for the embarrassing videos.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Monday, July 27, 2009

pink counting birds.

We've spoken of Robin Rosenthal before, and I think it's safe to say that I am a big fan. In fact I designed an entire bathroom around her original counting birds poster. It's one of my favorite rooms in the house (is that weird?). Robin has recently introduced the counting birds in PINK! and I think it's quite a fun color combination. In fact, I'm already dreaming up ways to add this one to my home as well. Which do you prefer.. the green or the pink?

Thursday, July 23, 2009

foxy and winston.

Hello Foxy and Winston, I'm glad we met. Really glad. Your name drew me in.. Foxy and Winston.. I like it. Your designs engaged me, your colors sold me, and the not so run of the mill animals closed the deal. Prairie dogs, Alpacas, Guinea Pigs, even Hedgehogs.. all underutilized in the land of design and print are finally recognized and shine in the spotlight.

If the cards and prints weren't enough, the all organic onesies with similar animal choices seem absolutely perfect for my little babe. Soft and unique, just the way I like.

You'll definitely be part of my life from here on out.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


If you're a fan of knuckleheads, they are having their $10 t-shirt sale. Also markdowns on other great clothing as well.

Monday, July 20, 2009


I'll be back tomorrow. Today is a big day for us. We have to decide about this offer on our house. I need to focus and breathe. Keep your fingers crossed for us!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

dream kitchen.. yes please.

That brick, those letters, that island.. oh baby!

A few months back, I believed I left my dream home behind in Bend, OR. It was a sad sad day (and to be honest is still sad most days). I hold Bend close to my heart and hope one day I may find myself back there again. Though perhaps not to my original dream house, but to this one instead.

I was browsing a blog I check here and there, and saw Bend in the title, so of course it grabbed my attention. This house just sold (her best friend's home).. oh how I wish I was the new owner and living in Bend.

So I just informed Ryan, that he will build me this kitchen one day, or at least have someone else build it for me. See all the pictures here.. and check out those pantry doors, it is love! Also if you want to see more of this house, which believe me you do, find links to all different amazing rooms in this post.

birthday treat.

Tomorrow is Ryan's birthday and I am on the hunt for the perfect birthday dessert. Suggestions anyone? email me ( I'll love you forever.

*above pic and recipe from here.

Monday, July 13, 2009


To me, this reading corner is perfection. Making those think letters and the flying books has now been added to my to-do list.

*first seen on cookie's nesting blog.

Friday, July 10, 2009


Have you seen this latest european invention? I want one. I hope they come to the states soon.

*thanks katie for the tip.

tea collection {winner!}

Congratulations Julie! Please contact me ( by Monday morning in order to claim your prize.

*winner chosen using

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


This wedding is amazing! Makes me want to get married all over again. Since that is not likely to happen, I'm thinking a re-creation for a birthday party. Obviously I'll have to bring it down a notch, but great inspiration!

Monday, July 6, 2009

tea collection {giveaway!}

I don't typically put video on this blog or my personal blog, and when I see them on others blogs it is a rare occasion that I'll actually sit and watch the video. BUT, I dare you to watch this one. Seriously.. seriously. 

It is no secret that Tea Collection is hands down my very favorite brand for the kids. I'm happy to pay a little extra for the quality that comes with this brand. every time. And I'll let you in on a little secret, they have pretty amazing sales. Like the one going on right now.

Tea just launched their latest line  and it is a brilliant street style collection inspired by the energy of Tokyo. I want every. piece. literally. For Finn and the girls. I've pictured a few of my must haves below.

But, it doesn't really matter what my favorites are, what matters are your favorites, because one lucky Tangled and True reader is going to walk away with $100 gift certificate from tea. That's right $100, that will add some key pieces to any back to school wardrobe for sure. 

**And because I know how bad I would want to win this giveaway, I want to give each of you every opportunity.. extra entries granted for blog posts, tweets and facebook, etc updates. Just leave a link back in the comments and those will be your extra entries. GOOD LUCK!!

Would you love to win? be sure to:
+leave a comment on this post - with your name
+tell me your favorite tea style
+giveaway will be open until 7/9/09
+winner will be announced friday morning

+winner must contact me ( within 48 hours or the prize will go to another winner.

sensibly styled.

Maybe you've already seen this on designmom, but this new-ish blog (sensibly styled) is one to watch! They're finding the hottest clothing, modest and great prices. I've already book marked tons of styles on the site. Now to make the decisions.. the hardest part.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

best ever.

If you're looking for the best chocolate chip cookies you've ever had, then I have a recipe for you! Seriously.. so good, and if you use guittard chocolate chips, oh man, you'll be in heaven. Disagree? Send me your recipe and prove me wrong.
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