Friday, March 27, 2009

Peeps & Peace

So I have to admit, my daughters are definitely my peeps! Last night I walked into the kitchen and Aspen was busily making these peace necklaces for her friends at school. She said:

"Mom, I wore this necklace I made last night to school today and EVERYBODY loved it. They were all asking where I bought it, how much it cost and everything! When I told them I made it I had 6 girls ask me if I could make them one as well. So I am going to make these necklaces and give them to all my friends tomorrow at school"

She came up with the necklace idea all on her own, and had it created within minutes.

Next she said "I also made me these earrings, I think if I wear them tomorrow I will get orders just like I did on the necklaces, but this time I'm going to charge 5 bucks for a pair!"

I turned around, smiled and thought...That's my girl! A little entrepreneur at heart! I can still remember walking around the neighborhood when I was her age selling my hand painted prayer rocks. I am sure all of the rocks that I sold are the reason for my success today. Yes, thank you kind neighbors for making my day! It wasn't about the rocks as much as me finding self worth and truly believing I could be something someday! xo, Alys

-Peace Earrings & Necklaces- $5 Bucks :)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Shop Around The Clock Sale

I recently was asked to photograph these luxurious old slips, bloomers and lingerie pieces. I couldn't resist sharing this photo with you, So I thought, what better reason to have a sale! Enjoy, xo Alys

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

My Perfect Vacation~Come Along With Me

Come along with me as I take you on a trip...I have been wanting to travel so bad lately however due to scheduling conflicts with "The Hunk" we have been unable to leave town. So I decided it would be fun to go with you all on a make believe trip for a day or so. "Acting like my not so grown up self, see previous post." Anyhow I have made plans for us to stay at this marvelous & majestic castle. I shall have the room in the top left turret, which room would you like?
You will find me here in the early morning sunrise, soaking in my bath of bubbles listening to the sounds of the earth waking up. Now you should know I am not a morning person so my bubble bath will be just the thing I need to get my body moving. Normally not talking to me before my bath is a good suggestion, I can be quite the grump I have been told!
This morning for our breakfast I thought it would be delightful to share with you freshly baked flaky croissants topped with fresh sliced berries. Looking over the river to the Eiffel tower, shall we plan our day? There is much in store for us to see and do so be sure to get your fill this morning, we will not have time to break much until dinner time...Yum!
First on the agenda we will be going shopping..YES SHOPPING! What girl doesn't like a good shopping trip and in Paris "Oh My"! I have dreamt of what the Paris Flea Markets must be like and these two photos are very much like my dreams. Wait, wait...is that a chandelier I see?!

Next we shall travel the world exploring all the interesting architectural delights our eyes can see. I adore old world architecture and this interesting castle really sparked my intrigue.
After taking in the craftsmanship of architects both old and new I am feeling a bit exhausted...I think this is a good time to lie down here and rest. I have gathered a few good books for us to read and some fresh light fruit to snack on as we drift of into slumberland for our afternoon nap.
Well I hope you are feeling rested as we are in for a treat! A treat I tell you! I have hired this dashing gondolier to give us a ride through the waters of Venice in his gondola prepared especially for us. The history of this great land will be spoken to us in Italian accent as only someone with a great love and passion for his country could, Yes I am melting!
I know, I know....I didn't want to leave the gondola either but it is time to take in some art history. The place for this today will be the Smithsonian. All of the displays both old and new inspire my creative side and fulfill my need for knowledge. I'm still not sure what that creepy looking wood spider was hanging from the ceiling! Did you see that?
They have called ahead and reserved this entire restaurant for all of us. I am so excited to taste the delicious food and mingle with all of you. I am famished after our day spent traveling and seeing all of the sites, art & architecture of our day.
One of my favorite things to do is lie by the ocean as the sun is going down. The smells and waves crashing on the beach are music to my ears. There is nothing better than the salty clean smell of ocean air. Would you like to join me in my hammock and sing a song as the sun rest on the earths shadow?
Tonight I am feeling a bit adventurous. I am ready to hit the town and explore the nightlife of this incredible city. I have never dressed up in such couture steam punk chic attire however I think this will be my outfit for the night. What do you plan on wearing, something pompadour perhaps?! Where shall we go? xo, Alys

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Grow Up...I Think Not!

So apparently it is time for me to grow up! My girls have both told me in not so round about ways this past week that I don't act my age. Pretty much insinuating that it is time for me to grow up. I don't think I like this idea very much, what fun is growing up! So instead of growing up I will pretend. I have gone out and bought myself several bottles of Grown Up Soda. It is 2 Die 4 and they know it. I'm planning on drinking it whenever they are around, acting like my not so grown up self and not sharing! Sorry girls, Grow up...I think not! Love Mom

Monday, March 9, 2009

Over The Rainbow


This past weekend we celebrated St Patricks Day at the "Over the Rainbow Party" at the cabin. As you all may know I love to play dress up, and this occasion was no different. It was so much fun dolling ourselves up for the night and seeing what other funny costumes our family had came up with. Robert, Aysha & I chose to go as Sporty Leprechaun's.

As luck would have it at the end of our rainbow was the best food ever! A feast surely made for one lucky leprechaun!
Some fun green foods ideas to add into your Irish Feast this year are Green Mashed Potatoes, Chips & Guacamole, Margaritas, Green Sliced Apples, Green Spinach Dip, Celery, Big Leafy Green Salad, & my favorite Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. You really can get creative and fun with this green idea, with a small bottle of green food coloring and a wild imagination your family will have a ball.

Robert trying to keep the pub open just a little longer!


For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way-
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Living Green


The month of March in all it Greenness always makes me think of ways I can contribute to the Green movement. Now you should know, even though I am not one of those save the earth hippie chics "However some days I think it would be totally rad to be one!" I do try to do my share of caring for our planet and my personal space. I feel if we all do just a little more it would make a huge impact on our beautiful earth.
Here are some simple ideas that you can try to incorporate this year into your Green living.

  • Find unique ways to recycle paper goods
  • Open windows & let fresh air in
  • Buy HandMade- www.etsy.com
  • Be creative in your decor-buy vintage
  • Use reusable water bottles
  • Subscribe to online newspapers & electronic statements
  • Line dry your clothes
  • Start a small pot garden
  • Carry a green shopping tote
  • Use natural fiber sponges & cleaning product
  • Shop your local farmers market

What simple ideas do you have & use that would contribute to a living green lifestyle?