I sat down with my periodical stack and came away with these inspirations:
If (NO! *WHEN*!!!!) we get to move back to the Carolinas (when this would be just a short drive away - I wouldn't go out of my way for it) this treehouse/canoe adventure would be as close as I'd come to voluntarily camping. I think it looks whimsical! (I've paid my camping dues - I camped out in several of the national parks in Kenya - Samburu, Lake Nakuru, Maasai Mara - for two weeks when I went on safari, and the summer before Davidson I did a week-long hiking/canoe trip along the Appalachian Trail called Odyssey. They were awesome experiences, but I'm all about beds & indoor plumbing now. ;-))
If anyone wanted to give us this house, I'd take it. ;-)
*this* may be our ultimate dream house. (Holy floor plan!!!) Or any of these with above ground basements. JB *has* to have a basement, esp. in our forever dream home. :-)
Southern Living recipes that sounded good to me: Barbecue-Topped Griddle Cakes, Fig-Glazed Burgers, Tomato-and-Corn Pizza, Fresh Corn-and-Asiago Cheese Bread Pudding, Heirloom Tomatoes with Fresh Peaches, Goat Cheese, & Pecans, several chicken salads, and Grown-up Banana Pudding Ice Cream - can you tell that I am the queen of salty/sweet dishes?!
I don't get too many catalogues anymore, (good, b/c I never buy anything out of them!!!) but Restoration Hardware Baby & Child showed up in the mail yesterday. Before I chucked it, I flipped through and froze on this layout:
I got my first bday present this morning (~2 weeks early ;-)) - a free Sephora Collection Beautiful Eyes Kit as my 2010 Beauty Insider Birthday Gift. The kit includes Mascara Lash Plumper, eyeshadow in shade Aspen Summit, and eye liner in shade Silver Green.
Last year, the free bday gift was a gloss trio:
And the year before that, vanilla cake bath & shower bubbles:
It's a really awesome free bday present every year!