Thursday, 29 March 2012

Stoakley Family Garden 2012

Last spring, we planted a garden and it was fun to watch it grow and we got a fair amount of veggies from it. You can read more about our garden last year here, here, here and here.

So a couple weekends ago, we planted a new round of plants and seeds.

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Camille planted only flower seeds in her garden and we planted a few more seeds to the left of Camille's space for Clyde's "garden".

In the larger area, we planted strawberries, lettuce, tomato plants, and jalapeno seeds. I also planted cilantro, basil and parsley in a pot this year. I checked out a few books from the library about vegetable gardens but I am not sure I learned too much. We will see what happens.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Better late than never menu planner

Here goes....

Tuesday - Broiled Salmon with Dijon Caper Sauce, Red Potatoes marinated in Onion Soup Dip, Zucchini/Squash Medley

Wednesday - Southwestern Turkey Meatloaf (can't find a link to this - will post if it is good. It is from BHG March or April issue)

Thursday - Flank Steak, Risotto, Salad

Friday - Dinner out

Saturday - Pork with Mango Salsa, Beans & Rice

Agent Open House

I had an agent lunch last week at my listing on Wishart Court. This is such a great home. It was nice to have so many agents come by to view all the wonderful features this home has to offer. For more details on the property, click here.

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Sunday, 25 March 2012

Sunday News & Easter Basket DIY Tutorial


Today was a complete FUN DAY because ...

The CATS Won!

Our team was amazing... we played so hard and deserved this win without a doubt!

Who was there with open arms to welcome them back to Lexington...



Of course my famous assistant, Emily, who else? LOL 
Emily with Terrance Jones, Darius Miller and Michael KG 


I will not lie, I am a little jealous of her right now ha.. how does she always end up with famous people?
(yes I am calling those 3 "famous"...they will be in the NBA next year so that's famous in my book!)

Look who was so exhausted after the game that he had to take a little nap with his two favorite squirrel toys...

Hahaha <3 him!

Ok next on the agenda :

Am I the last to find out the news about Tori & Dean ??

Pregnant AGAIN with their 4th baby ... when she just had Hattie 5 months ago! 
WOW! 

Did yall know this??

They are crazzzzzy! But I still love them :)
Can't wait for their show to come back on!

A week from now we will be on our way to NYC!!

I am BEYOND excited!

Can.Not.Wait

I think I've asked before but since I have new followers ... if anyone has any advice/suggestions on where to eat/shop/visit please comment and let me know! This is my first trip to NYC and I am pumped! We are going to be doing so many fun things! It's the kid's spring break so we will be doing lots of exciting kid things too :)

Lastly,

My Pinterest has been BLOWING UP about these Easter Buckets I made for the kids last year...


and I have had several emails... so wanted to just give a quick run down on how to make them :)

You will need these supplies:


 Silver Tins
 (Hobby Lobby last year)

 Sharpie Paint Pens 
(also Hobby Lobby)

Fingernail Polish Remover, Q-Tips & Paper Towels
(The Fingernail Polish Remover will remove the paint pens on the tin should you mess up, then just wipe it down with a paper towel and start over!)


1. Make sure the tin is clean (no dust. wipe off with wet paper towel)
2. I started with the name FIRST in the center on one side so then you can determine how much room it takes up and what you can do on the sides
3. Next I did the bunny... the white paint pen takes a couple of coats
4. After that the grass at the bottom
5. Next, different colorful eggs
6. Then if you have room you can add little curly q's or whatnot around the tin for decoration

I am NO artist, let me tell you!

So if I can do this, so can you :)

They were a big hit, all the kids in my family loved them! Of course the kids knew I made them, but set them out for the Easter Bunny to fill the night before ;)

Link up with me if you make some, I would love to see them!

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!
I've got a busy week ahead!

XO,
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Weekend Recap

We had a fabulous weekend at Keswick celebrating the wedding of a good friend from high school. Michael's parents and my mom shared care duties for Camille and Clyde and we enjoyed two nights of fun with our friends.

Our room was so cute and the hotel had such a homey feel.

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Girls

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I wish I had taken more pictures. But trust me when I tell you we had a blast!

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Week Catch Up/ OOTD/ Frankie & More

TGI-the weekend!!

I have so much to catch up on!

This is major random ... so I'm apologizing in advance!

This past week was so beautiful here in KY,  so we had to enjoy it and be outside a little ...

I got some flowers for our back patio, busted out the patio furniture and cushions and got it all spiffed up for Spring :)


We went to the park on Wednesday night and had a picnic with the kids
(I just spelled that picnik because I'm so used to typing that and then had to correct myself hahahaha!)
Picked up KFC (their choice ha) and ate on a blanket, enjoyed the weather and then played at the park for a while! So fun!


 I've picked up a few new Easter things for the house... still need to pull out my old stuff but these little knick knack patty whacks were too cute to pass up from Pier 1 ... LOVE all their Easter stuff!


Love the bunnies! I had to refrain myself because I could have bought every single solitary Easter thing in that store! If you go... you've been warned :)

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I decided to wear white for the first time this year ... I am a skeptic of it usually... but loved this shirt!


 Jeans: JCrew Skinnies
Cowboy Boots: 1883's
Shirt: Lily Pulitzer Spring Collection -
Elsa Top Ruffles
Found here...


Now let's talk about Frankie... let's be honest... he is pretty popular, always has been, and we can not hide that ;)

Yes he is a taddddd spoiled maybe... but I just love that everyone knows who "Frankie" is if they know me, and even think of him while they're shopping!

Example - one of my friends/clients sent me a text saying she thought of us when she saw this shirt and that I needed to go get it ASAP ...


How funny is that shirt!? Two of my favorite things... Frankie and the KY Wildcats! hahhaha
Loves it!!!! Thanks Kristin!! :)

Speaking of this little shit angel... I have been sleeping terrible recently! My new featherbed and bedding came in (seperate post about this! It's amazing!!) and it has helped a bit... but I think I finally realized why I keep waking up exhausted ...

Take a look ...  


This is what I wake up to ... Chris thinks it's funny.... me, not so much. Frankie literally sits right on my chest and licks my mouth, face, lays down on my chest and snores in my face, walks all on my body in the middle of the night, digs at my blankets trying to "make a bed" ... he is TOTALLY out of control! I love him more than anything on this planet ha but this has to end bless his heart! :(

I have seen fellow bloggers doing photo jewelry dumps ... super cute!
So I thought tonight as I was getting a spray tan and taking my jewelry off, it would be a good time to do one.. however I forgot to take it in Instgram :( So it's not as cute! 

Michael Khors watch, Pandora Bracelet, David Yurman Opal Bracelet, JCrew Tortoise Shell Cuff, JCrew Turtle/Diamond gold long necklace, Moon & Lola Block Initial Necklace.

OK Lastly ...

We need to talk about this...


 ***Warning... if for some reason you haven't watched the finale of PLL (not to be mistaken for PinkLouLou, but Pretty Little Liars ha) and it's still on your DVR , DO NOT READ FURTHER***

I will start by saying I am OBSESSED with this show.

I don't know how you could watch one single episode and not be so obsessed that you literally can't wait until the next Monday. It is that good. If you don't watch it, you need to watch the past seasons and then catch up in time for next season this Summer! :) You won't regret it.

So now that you know how much I love the show, I will say, I was a little disappointed with the revealing of "A"

All along I thought it was this cray-cray girl ...


Then towards the end in the last couple episodes, I really thought it could have been her...


Never one time (before the last show) did I EVER think A was Mona... ???
Really????


It just didn't make sense to me and I was thinking it was just going to be something bigger!
Now I know at the end, someome still appears to be "A" visiting her in the loony bin ... but I still was a little disappointed.

Anyone else feel this way?

I still however, will be counting down the days until the Summer season starts!! Ahh!! Can't wait!!

Tomorrow is a big day...



my CATS play to go to the final four when if they WIN!!  :)

#BBN, #Wildcatforlife, #BeatBaylor

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!!!
XO,

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Monday, 19 March 2012

Coffee Table Found!

I have been on the hunt for a coffee table with cleaner lines than the round table that was currently in my living room. The round table was actually my first wedding present, a gift from my grandmother, and so it has a lot of sentimental value. I am definitely saving it because one day I may find a new spot for it in our house.

Last week, I ventured over to Class and Trash and found this great table for $18. It was buried under another table and quite a bit more classy trash. I immediately noticed it seemed to be in fairly good condition, sturdy and the size was right. I also was attracted to the bronze detailing on the legs. And how could I resist an $18 price tag. 
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When I got the table home, I wiped it off with a dish liquid solution. I normally like to use white vinegar and water but was out of vinegar. Then I took an old toothbrush and some Brasso and scrubbed the brass detailing on the legs. The toothbrush helped make this process quicker but it was still not the most fun task on the planet. I then took a wood filler pen and filled in some of the chipped areas. After that, I wiped on a coat of dark stain that I had on hand. I let that dry overnight. Then the next morning I used Old English on the entire piece.

Here is my after...tilt your head a little and the picture will appear straight.
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Sun was really coming in here...sorry about the picture quality.
I really like it as a new addition to the living room. I found these decorating books for $1 a piece at For the Love of Jesus thrift shop. And I just noticed I left the price tags on that actually say $2 a piece so there must have been a sale on books that day because I only paid a buck!
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Sunday, 18 March 2012

St. Patrick's Day Recap

Hope everyone had a great St. Patrick's Day!!

I celebrated mine based around this...


We had tickets to go to the YUM Center in Lousiville to watch the CATS play!!

It was totally packed!!

We actually got tickets to the game before that too which was Murray St vs Marquette ... any fans?
That was a great game too!

Of course I wore my blue in support of Big Blue Nation :) But I did sneak a little green on me...


LOL, just a hair tie/bracelet ... but enough not to get myself pinched all day ;)
(I think I'm finally getting obsessed with Instagram now, where have I been?
How am I just now on the bandwagon???)

Before the game we went to eat at The Old Spaghetti Factory in downtown Lousiville... one of my favorite places!


Our seats were awesome... on the suite level in the terrace...


(I think the man behind us was smiling too haha)

The Cats played an AWESOME game, despite shitty refs the entire time! They pulled out a big win over Iowa State ...


87-71 ... GO BIG BLUE!!

So if you know anything about KY Wildacts, you know Ashley Judd is quite possibly the biggest fan... and she was in full spirit at this game... right down in the stands behind the bench!


After the game she had a little mishap...

Do you know Terrence Jones? One of our best players...


Well according to Terrence Jone's Twitter ... Ashley must have gone back to the locker room after the game and mistakenly grabbed his phone!!

Jones' tweet:
"If your trying to reach me on my phone you cant because @AshleyJudd took my phone to e town"
Judd tweeted at him:
"@TerrenceJones1 Terrence, your Mom called!"

I guess Ms. Judd got Terrence his phone back and left him this note
(which I stole from his Twitter ha, don't think he will mind, I'm pretty sure he doesn't follow my blog )


How funny is that? I love that the Wildcats are so popular :) hehe! Go CATS!!

Hope your St. Patrick's Day was just as fun!
XO,

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