Friday, December 31, 2010

Raise Your Glass

Since today is the official "Champagne Holiday" I thought I would share a few ways to say "Cheers" in different languages. 

Some cool champagne glasses I would like :)

Cheers in Different Languages
Dry glass
A votre santé (son-tay)
To your health
Prosit (pro-zit)
Here's to you
L'chaim (la-hi-um)
To life
Salute (sah-loo-tay)
To your health
Konbai (kun-buy)
Bottoms up
Salud (sah-lood)
Good health
Na zdrowie (zdrov-yeh)
To your health
Good Luck
Будем здоровы! (Budem zdorovy)
Let's stay healthy
Zivio! Ziveli!
Let's live long
Okole Maluna!
Bottoms Up

Hope everyone has a wonderful and safe New Years!

Cheers to 2011!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas Card Display

Another reason I love the holidays....Christmas cards!

One more use for the mini shelves I built for our kitchen...

A great place to display Christmas cards


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Everything to Everyone!

Merry Christmas!
Happy Hanukkah!
Happy Kwanzaa!
Happy Everything to Everyone!

Happy Champagne Thursday!


Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Is All Around, C'Mon and Let It Snow

Nothing gets me into the Christmas spirit like a good Christmas movie.  Actually, I lied there are a lot of things that get me into the Christmas spirit, but anywho here are a few of my favorite holiday movies:

"Love Actually is all around"
Love Actually (Widescreen Edition)

 "It's Christmas Eve and we are going to go celebrate being young and being alive"
The Holiday

"Is your house on fire, Clark?"
No, Aunt Bethany, those are the Christmas lights. 
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (Special Edition)

"First we'll make snow angels for two hours, then we'll go ice skating, then we'll eat an entire roll of Toll House cookie dough as fast as we can, and then to finish, we'll snuggle!"
Elf (Infinifilm Edition)

Santa, don't forget the Grinch. I know he's mean and hairy and smelly, and his hands are cold and clammy, but I think he's kinda... sweet.
SWEET... You think he's sweet?
Cute kid, bad judge of character. 
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Widescreen Edition)

"Don't dilly-dally there, pretty lady. We're all gonna be down here talking about you."
The Family Stone (Widescreen Edition)

What are some of your favorite holiday movies?  I know there are a lot more out there.


Thursday, December 16, 2010

My Little Parkasso

I think I may have a little artist on my hands.  Parker loves to paint, color, sculpt...  I let him paint in our bathroom, where I can strip him down to his diaper and contain him in a small room where he can't get into too much trouble.  He usually draws in the kitchen in his high chair or on his easel, which is perfect for when I'm trying to prepare a meal or clean up after one.  His favorite things to draw right now are m&m's and footballs. 

Working on his painting

His Masterpiece!  

Parker's sweet easel that I scored at a garage sale for $12!

Hard at work


Friday, December 3, 2010

O Christmas Tree

I love Christmas!  Have I mentioned that before?  My mom gets me an ornament every year for Christmas, usually its one that is symbolic to something that has happened to me that year and its always something I look forward to getting.  It's always fun to get them out every year, they bring back many wonderful memories.  It has been fun watching Parker this year with the tree.  I have a couple horse ornaments that he loves and one with a cat; two of his favorite things right now.  It's definitely a tradition I will continue for Parker.  

Our Christmas Tree

All my ornaments

This has always been one of my favorites, one of my "First Christmas" ornaments

Another "First Christmas" Ornament

A car for the year I got my drivers license

The year I joined Kappa

Ice Skates I got for Chris to remember the Christmas we spent in the ER after he cut his chin playing hockey

Looking for something to do with all your old corks?  Make a Cork Reindeer
Gift from my friend Travis

One of Parker's "First Christmas" Ornaments

Space Needle to remember our time in Seattle

Mele Kalikimaka - We got this one in Maui this year
Whenever I hear "Mele Kalikimaka" it always reminds me of Christmas Vacation when he's dreaming about his pool :)


Thursday, December 2, 2010

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

One of my favorite magazines is House Beautiful.  They had 101 Party Do's and Don'ts in their Entertaining Issue last month.  And since December is usually filled with lots of parties, I thought I would share a few of my favorites.

1.  "The host's mood sets the tone."  Emily Eerdmans,
2.  "Have a stiff drink before anyone arrives.  If you are having fun, everyone will have fun."  Miles Redd, Designer
3.  "Always start with an empty dishwasher."  Chesie Breen, Founder,
4.  "You should always have a cold bottle of bubbly stashed in your refrigerator in case friends drop by, and a bottle of something sparkly for nondrinkers."  Christopher Hirsheimer, Co-founder, Canal House Cooking
5.  "Don't be afraid to throw a party because you think it will cost too much.  You can have a good time for $10 with a bottle of wine and a bag of nuts."  Thomas Jayne, Designer
6.  "Get everything ready the day before."  Suzanne Kasler, Designer
7.  "Glamorous informality is the name of the game.  Dress up, even if you are serving hot dogs!"  Simon Doonan, Creative Director Barney's New York
8.  "If you don't have time to create your own playlist, log on to"  Erin Olson,
9.  "Don't use assigned seating -- allow guests to mingle and let the evening evolve organically."  Deborah Lloyd, Co-President and Creative Director, Kate Spade New York
10.  "Don't wait for late guests.  People resent being hungry."  Isaac Mizrahi, Fashion Designer
11.  "Don't leave without saying good-bye to the host."  Kathryn M. Ireland, Designer

Happy Champagne Thursday!