Obsessed: Freaks and Geeks

posted on Thursday, December 30th, 2010 at 4:06 PM.

I found another TV show marathon over the Christmas weekend that totally sucked me in: Freaks and Geeks. This show ran for one year, 18 episodes from 1999-2000. It is set in the 1980s and follows siblings Lindsay and Sam through normal high school trials and tribulations. Lindsay is a former mathlete who has befriended a group pf “freaks” and Sam, younger, is clearly a “geek.” I watched this show back when it originally aired and nowadays when people discuss TV shows that they miss, I always chime in with “Freaks and Geeks.” When watching the reruns, I realized many awesome things. First, the executive producer was Judd Apatow. Second, while I remember the actress who played the Lindsay character clearly, I did not remember that James Franco, Jason Segal, Busy Phillips and Seth Rogan are all “freaks” as well. Additionally, there are appearances by the actor who played Biff in the Back To The Future movies, Rashida Jones and Ben Stiller. What a pleasant surprise! I really enjoyed watching all of the reruns, it really does show what high school was like for the rest of us :)

Obsessed: Criminal Minds

posted on Thursday, December 30th, 2010 at 8:26 AM.

Over the Christmas holiday I discovered a TV show that I am now completely obsessed with: Criminal Minds. My friend Kelly Spalding had been telling me that she thought I would like the show, so I checked out a marathon of episodes. Now I watch every episode I can find, as the show has been on for five years now and I have a lot to catch up on :) If you like cop dramas, I recommend you check it out!

Tuesday Shoesday Part 2: real vow renewal shoes

posted on Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 at 5:00 PM.
When my friend Allison blogged these shoes last week, I had to have them. They are just so wonderful!

For more Tuesday Shoesday goodness, head over to Landlocked Bride, Life in the Superburbs, Simply and Forever, Meant to be Sent, Swatchbook Weddings, Jan Schill, The Demoiselle, Postcards and Pretties, A Realistic Wedding, and Magnolia Rouge.

Or search #tuesdayshoesday on Twitter!

Tuesday Shoesday Part 1: Christmas Shoes

posted on Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 at 2:40 PM.

No, not those Christmas shoes. I am sharing what I received last week! The first were ourchased via a Target gift card. As you may know, I’ve been on the hunt for slippers. I found these boys’ slippers and loved how warm and snug they were, but also had a sturdy sole for dog walking at night.

And these were a gift from my mom. I am so excited to have versatile black rain boots – we get a fair amount of rain in the DC area and I just love Kamik boots!

Tuesday Shoesday: real wedding shoes!

posted on Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 at 1:00 PM.

I obtained these beautiful pictures from Vida Carson, a Philadelphia wedding photographer who photographed my mailman’s daughter’s wedding in Mexico earlier this month! Robert the mailman came in beaming last week, telling us about the blog post, and as soon as I saw these, I had to share them with you. Enjoy!



To see more from her wedding, go here. And to check out their engagement session, go here.

I swear, this isn’t a wedding blog :)

For more Tuesday Shoesday goodness, head over to Landlocked Bride, Life in the Superburbs, Simply and Forever, Meant to be Sent, Swatchbook Weddings, Jan Schill, The Demoiselle, Postcards and Pretties, A Realistic Wedding, and Magnolia Rouge.

Or search #tuesdayshoesday on Twitter!

Tuesday Shoesday: Etsy Finds

posted on Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 at 1:00 PM.

My friend Amber Gustafson linked on Twitter today to some beautiful shoes that she borrowed from a friend who got them from Etsy, and it got me thinking that I needed to explore Etsy for shoes. Usually my go-to is Zappos, in case you had not noticed. But I was thrilled with the unique finds on Etsy!

I found these on the front page of women’s shoes. I love them!


These are pretty spooky and have a very strong point of view, but I think the artist seems really talented! And they would be great for Halloween!


And I can’t leave you today without a pair of slippers, since I am still in need of a new pair for this winter. Plus I just adore the dog in the photo!

For more Tuesday Shoesday goodness, head over to Landlocked Bride, Life in the Superburbs, Simply and Forever, Meant to be Sent, Swatchbook Weddings, Jan Schill, The Demoiselle, Postcards and Pretties, A Realistic Wedding, and Magnolia Rouge.

Or search #tuesdayshoesday on Twitter!

Tuesday Shoesday: Recycled Shoes

posted on Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 at 7:02 PM.

I always knew that there were multiple places to get gently worn wedding dresses on the web - Once Wed and Recycled Bride come to mind first. Well, while tooling around on Recycled Bride, I discovered that they also have new and gently used shoes for sale there too! And not just any shoes – but fancy schmancy shoes! Take a look here, and then go over there and get some!

How about brand new Christian Louboutin Prive Glitter Pumps for $250:


Or these gently worn Badgley Mischka Champagne Randee Sandal for $115:

I also adore these Stuart Weitzman Solitaire pumps for $195:


For a more budget friendly option, how about Kenneth Cole Bowloved-Sa shoes for $75:


There are many other options on the Recycled Bride website, I encourage you to check them out!

For more Tuesday Shoesday goodness, head over to Landlocked Bride, Life in the Superburbs, Simply and Forever, Meant to be Sent, Swatchbook Weddings, Jan Schill, The Demoiselle, Postcards and Pretties, A Realistic Wedding, and Magnolia Rouge.

Or search #tuesdayshoesday on Twitter!

Shopping: Give Good Stuff

posted on Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 at 2:00 PM.

As promised, today I am revealing my favorite places to shop for amazing gifts. I hope this small collection of ideas helps you out this holiday season.

As you know, I love food! And I absolutely love Zingermans. I have forgotten where I first learned about this delicious deli located in Ann Arbor. Their breads are a staple for me for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Chocolate Cherry Sourdough and the Cranberry Pecan Bread are required eating for me.

For the longest time I only bought my younger siblings clothes (I felt they had enough toys!) for birthdays and Christmas. It got to the point where when they saw my name on the “From:” line, they wouldn’t even open the package – they’d just mumble “clothes” and toss the box aside. Now they wear uniforms to school and I have been asked not to buy them any more clothes :) If you are lucky enough to get to shop for kids clothes, I recommend Mini Boden. This Canadian company sells positively adorable clothes and accessories for babies, girls and boys.

And my ultimate secret weapon, the catalog/website that has gotten me more oohs and aahs at showers and parties is (drum roll) Uncommon Goods. This website has unique and green gifts for everyone that you could possibly shop for. Take a peek, trust me you will find something to purchase – if not for someone else, then definitely for yourself.

I Hope you like my little finds. Happy shopping!

Shopping: Do Good

posted on Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 at 2:05 PM.

Every Christmas I try to spend some money on “doing good” in addition to the consumption of “stuff.” I have honed my favorites over the year and am bursting to share them with you.

First, as I’ve blogged before, I love Donors Choose. Through this organization you can look through thousands of publoc school classroom requests and contribute as much as you’d like to one or more. You can also buy a “gift card” and give it to someone else to allocate to a project. I am giving these to my 11 and 13 year old siblings this year. I can’t wait to hear what they decide to do with them.

Second, Heifer International. I LOVE this organization. They provide (mostly) animals to people in developing areas to help them not only sustain themselves through food but also generate income. You can “buy” honey bees, rabbits, geese, ducks, chickens, goats, pigs, sheep, cows and even water buffalo. What is even cooler is that you can go to the Heifer Farm in the US in the spring and help with the birthing of the lambs! How cool does that sound?

Kiva is another organization dedicated to helping people help themselves. You can give a loan to someone who is a blooming entrepreneur and be paid back within six months. Kiva believes that the partnership relationship encourages respect and dignity, as well as accountability, and that is why they promote loans and not donations.

The Wounded Warrior Project is an organization that I learned about from my clients who made donations in honor of their wedding guests, in lieu of favors. In a time where many return from war, but return wounded, this organization has a critical mission: to honor and empower this generation’s wounded warriors.

As you probably know, I am a huge advocate of homeless animals. So it is hard for me to select just one animal rescue to donate to. The larger ones (Humane Society, SPCA) already have huge benefactors. So I will point out that two I have worked with locally, and adopted my dogs from: Internet Miniature Pinscher Service and Lost Dog and Cat Rescue.

So there is my charity round up for 2010. I hope you will consider a gift to one of them this season! Tomorrow I will share some of my secret shopping websites where I get amazing gifts.