Segreto Vignettes! My Advanced Copy Has Arrived!!!

I had a surprise package today!!! An advanced copy of Segreto Vignettes came to the office! My staff wanted me to open the box in front of them, so when I walked into the office I had a rush of people coming my way with their big surprise!! Yes, I had approved things along the way but never had seen the book all together and bound! The printer would send me a bound book with no writing to approve the binding and the paper. Next, the book hardcover jacket, then the printed pages and ...

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How Would You Like a Dream Vacation Home on a Private Island?

Even though we still have another month until summer officially begins, the heat here in Houston and Memorial Day coming up this weekend has me dreaming about summer vacations, and better yet, vacation homes!! My husband has always wanted a ski home in Colorado. He worked as a ski instructor in Vail after college for three years, and he still goes up 5-6 times a year to ski. I think I would love the summers there, but I am much more of a beach person, and I've been trying to slowly convert him ...

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Miracle & Skinny Noodle Challenge – No Carbs, No Calories, Delish!

Hi My Blog Friends!  I hope all of you had a wonderful Mother's Day! Mine was fun filled eating all weekend with the kiddos and hubby and my Mom and Dad!! So back to using special tricks to maintain my weight. As you all know, my New Year's resolution this year was to lose weight. Thanks so much for all of your support and encouragement - it's been a huge game-changer to have encouragement from all of you! Here I was before at a company Christmas party with my head cabinet guy Jerry and ...

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for All Types of Moms

Mother's Day is right around the corner!!! This quote is so true! And the older I get with grown children, the more I appreciate my sweet mom. She's my biggest supporter and best fan, and she has always offered the most amazing encouragement for all my crazy ideas!! Though I'm not much of an advanced planner, I decided to post my top gift-giving ideas early so you'll have plenty of inspiration when it's time to treat your mom, mother-in-law or grandmother to something special! 1. For ...

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A Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt!!

It's Valentine's Day again! So how do you show that special someone that you care? With my husband of 28 years, I have found that it's never the monetary gifts never that show him how special he is to me – after all, his eyes don’t light up at a blue Tiffany box like mine do!! But he always appreciates little notes and handmade gifts which bring out that youthful smile I fell in love with all those years before. When we first married, we were as different as black and white, but ...

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Did I Meet My Resolutions?

It’s time for New Year’s resolutions again!!!  Last year, I wrote a heartfelt post on what I wanted to achieve. My resolutions were no different than the top statistics from around the globe. And some of you, my blog friends, kept up with me all year offering words of encouragement! Thank you for that!!! The top resolution of all time is losing weight! Although I had tried just about every method sold on late-night infomercials, I lost and gained more over and over. Weighing more than my ...

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Our Thanksgiving Getaway!

I had recipes and tablescapes already planned for the annual Thanksgiving at our home when I found out from my kids that the only time they could all get off this year is Thanksgiving! Breaking the news to my parents, brother, sister, niece and nephew, I started planning a last minute vacation for the five of us. My family loves the beach, and, with limited time to spend, we wanted to try a new destination that was less than three hours away and had beautiful water. I have a lot of ...

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How To Pick The Most Luxurious Towels on a Budget!!

You know how one thing leads to another when redoing your home and the little things sometimes make the biggest difference?? That little thing for me was towels -- bath towels, bath mats, kitchen towels, cleaning towels. Some hand-me-downs from one's grandmother are worth keeping, as are some wedding gifts, but looking at how old some of my towels were (I’ve been married 28 years), I decided in this instance my very worn heirlooms should all be demoted to car washing and cleaning ...

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Meaning in a Simple Blossom

  No matter where you live, I hope something is blooming in your garden. By August, gardens in Houston are struggling in the heat, but I am happy to report that my roses and lavender are alive and well! I buy big heads of white hydrangea because I love the way they look in dining room arrangements. And sunflowers, found at the farmers' markets, look summery and fun in a pitcher out by the pool. source I thought it might be fun to look at the meaning and symbolism of a few of my ...

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The Final Reveal!!

With summer time in full force and so many people away to escape the heat, we have had fun completing projects while our vacationing clients are away!!! It's so exciting to see their faces as we reveal the new space!  In a small way, I'm getting a bit of the thrill that Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV's Fixer Upper -- whose show I am slightly obsessed with -- must feel when they reveal their amazing renovations to their clients once the home is completed, styled, and move-in ready!! ...

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