Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Classic Nick Online

I had that song "Pinwheel, Pinwheel, Spinning Around" stuck in my head this morning. You can reminisce about all your favorite TV programs as a child with Classic Nick Online. You can also find their theme songs, which are my favorite part. Some of my picks as a kid......."Today's Special", "Bananaman", "Clarissa Explains it All", and pretty much every other show listed.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Yarnia

This was near the top of the Duchess's hit list. I was a little reluctant to begin with, but it didn't take long. It's a DIY spinning store. Just pick out the fibers and they spin them together for you. I had a silk/rayon blend spun, an alpaca/cotton blend spun and some good old fashioned wool in crazy colors spun up in no time flat, now that's my kind of spinning.
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Eco Baby Gear

We accidentally ran into this cute little shop in Portland. I guess it was not a whole lot different than your typical baby boutique, but a combination of some things I have been looking for made me a little sweet on this one in particular. Wooden toys, bottles, and yes, I am looking into cloth diapers. Great stuff, will probably blog about individual items next week.
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Powell's Books

This is a book lover's paradise. I could have spent years in there, literally. And, awesome sales. I highly recommend it as a vacation destination, but luckily they have a website as well.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Coconut Vinegar

While in Seattle we focus on 4 main types of stores 1}Yarn 2}Children 3}Fabric and last, but not least 4}Food (not just eateries, but markets and such) Plainly, Seattle just has more to offer in these areas than we are used to. On a side note, the Duchess served an LDS mission in the Philippines. In conversation today, she mentioned that on her mission she learned to love coconut vinegar. She uses it as a substitute for white vinegar often. (found at all asian markets, if not at your regular grocer)

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Red Mill Bugers

Posts will be sporadic this week while visiting the Duchess up in the PNW (and mostly Seattle/Portland related). Red Mill Burgers goes without saying every time we come, but we better wait for PBTB or we'll have hell to pay. (he comes up tomorrow) Oprah even likes it.

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Shopping @ Old Navy

A little splurge on my posting, since I missed yesterday.
I LOVE this.



Ok, maybe not together, but I love the little red detail on these shoes (the other available colors don't have the contrast stripe, not sure why)



Again, we're not aiming for something to wear together, but maybe I'll get this jewelry now that it's on sale. I've been eyeing it, mostly the bangles.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Mrs Backer's Pastry Shop

Sometimes I go clear out of my way to stop by and get a 33 cent roll that just melts in my mouth. Ok, ok, more like 6 rolls.
What!?, they're better than cookies or doughnuts.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Clearasil Daily Face Wash

I believe that you get what you pay for, except when it comes to facewash. I use this cheap stuff and it works perfectly, but the best part is........they just changed the fragrance in it, and this may sound strange, but, I want to eat it while I'm washing my face. It's seriously that yummy.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Homeaway.com

I used to be a vacationrentals.com fan, but I have since been won over by homeaway.com. If you are ever traveling somewhere that you need to rent two hotel rooms, just remember it is almost always cheaper to rent a vacation home and a lot more comfortable. Look at this beautiful place we are staying in Portland next weekend. ($150 a night, 3 bedroom, 2 bath) It's a 1908 Craftsman home, hmmmm, my house is a 1910 Craftsman. I must have a thing.


Ooooh, claw foot tub :)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Water Globe Bouncy Ball

I picked this up at Cabin Fever for "W"s bd and everyone finds it fascinating. They are 4" in diameter and they are full of water and glitter and they also bounce. The picture shows when all the glitter is flying around, but they look like a clear crystal ball when not being disturbed. I went back to get another one and they said they couldn't keep them in stock. Very cool toy. I also found them online at wowcoolstuff.com.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Pumpkin Waffle Mix @ WS

Every fall I visit Williams Sonoma to get some Pumpkin Waffle Mix. They didn't have it listed online. It's $8.50 and it only makes 2 or 3 batches, but it is soooooo worth it. It comes in a can like this, but orange.
Oops, I forgot. They started putting them in a square tin a few years back and they're $14.95, ouch, still worth it.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Moochie's Meatballs

PBTB is on a quest to find the best Philly Cheese Steak sandwich that he has ever eaten. I was reading a group on Facebook one day and found a very high recommendation for Moochie's. It was on my top ten list of places to go in the near future.
We went to the Utah State Fair last night and low and behold, Moochie's has a place at the fairgrounds.
I had fried raviolis, they were very yummy. PBTB is considering the Philly Cheese Steak as a top contender, but wants to visit the actual restaurant to be certain.
I really want to try one of their meatballs sandwiches.
(I know, I know, the pictures I find are really lame and I should go take my own.)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Snap Capp

I know, this product totally looks like an infomercial, but they really are cool. I don't drink soda and I actually made fun of the Yarn Queen when I saw them at her house. However, after thinking about it, I decided I was grateful for not having to make sure "W" wasn't tipping over her Diet Coke all the time. Or drinking it, for that matter. She bought them at Macey's.
PS I am not condoning alcoholic beverages. This was the only picture I could find.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Bacchus Socks

I usually try not to post about my knitting ventures. I am not sure how many readers are interested in the subject. But, this weather has me thinking about my next project. I am not a fan of knitting socks, kind of ironic with my sock fetish. It's the whole "knitting something I've already knit" that I don't like. When I saw this pattern in the latest Interweave Knits magazine. I couldn't help but fall in love. And the suggested yarn from Shibui is divine. I had the opportunity to meet the founder of Shibui over the weekend. I asked her what Shibui meant. She said "elegant with a touch of bitterness". I thought that highly appopritate for knitting, kinda like golf.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Cutie Pie French Terry Coat for Baby

For those of you who think I am anti-girl, I'm really not. I'm really an addict, so it's best for me to keep away. But, I couldn't resist posting this adorable coat from Babystyle. Yes, slightly pricey, but maybe for a special occasion. Let's just say, good thing I don't have any girls, we might be living on the streets. With adorable clothes, but homeless.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Utah State Fair

I need some cheering up this week. I've been dying to go to the State Fair. They are having a Senior Wii Bowling Tournament on Wednesday. That sounds hilarious. I've never seen anyone over 62 playing a Wii.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Halloween @ Grandin Road

I discovered Grandin Road a tad too late last season to add any of their spooks to my collection. We are still doing costumes, but maybe not our traditional Halloween party. This will be the first time in 7 years. I am passing that torch on to my niece, this year, and maybe for years to come.

Friday, September 5, 2008

The Sugar Plum Tree

My Dad had this poem memorized and would recite it at bedtime. Isn't it great?

Have you ever heard of the Sugar-Plum Tree?
'Tis a marvel of great renown!
It blooms on the shore of the Lollipop Sea
In the garden of Shut-Eye town;
The fruit that it bears is so wondrously sweet,
(As those who have tasted it say),
That good children have only to eat
Of that fruit to be happy next day.
When you've got to the tree, you would have a hard time
To capture the fruit which I sing;
The tree is so tall that no person can climb
To the boughs where the sugar-plums swing;
But up in that tree sits a chocolate cat,
And a gingerbread dog prowls below,
And this is the way you contrive to get at
Those sugar-plums tempting you so:
You say but the word to that gingerbread dog,
And he barks with such terrible zest
That the chocolate cat is at once all agog,
As her swelling proportions attest.
And the chocolate cat goes cavorting around
From this leafy limb unto that,
And the sugar-plums tumble, of course to the ground
Hurrah for that chocolate cat!
There are marshmallows, gumdrops and peppermint canes,
With stripings of scarlet and gold,
And you carry away of that treasure that rains
As much as your apron can hold!
So come, little child, cuddle closer to me
In your dainty white nightcap and gown,
And I'll rock you away to that Sugar-Plum Tree
In the garden of Shut-Eye Town

by: Eugene Field (1850-1895)

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Notecards @ Wee Wonderfuls

I think I need these notecards, just 'cause.

From L to R: Yarn Queen, Duchess, Myself

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Superstar Knee-high Wellie Socks @ J. Crew

I guess there are more things about cool weather that I get excited about. I inherited a sock fetish from the Yarn Queen. Not just socks, but nylons, tights, etc. These Knee-highs from J. Crew are a must have. I LOVE them. They also have opaque nylon tights, which I am always on the lookout for. And textured nylons, circles and diamonds, my favorites.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Nouveau Designs

I have been having a heck of a time trying to find a memory book for "W". I have his baby book that ends at 1 yr, but I couldn't find anything similar for ages 2+. (I am not a scrapbooker, what are blogs for?) You can get baby books that go up to age 5, but if you weren't that smart to begin with, I guess you're outta luck. So, I was very excited when Ashley at Nouveau Designs on Etsy said she would make me a custom one patterned after this sweet baby book that she already offers.



Monday, September 1, 2008

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

LAST SHOT AT MY NIE NIE AUCTION
It's a typical rainy Labor Day. This is the perfect rainy day book. Another favorite "blast from the past", for me. I could literally fill up this entire blog with my favorite children's books.