Thursday, March 31, 2011

Ireland - Part 1 Adare Manor

Magical places....
Ever dream of staying in a castle?
That's what we got to do on our trip to Adare Manor in Ireland.
It was truly a once in a lifetime trip (back in 2007).



We flew overnight to Shannon Airport and were whisked off to the 'manor' in the early morning hours.
The manor's architecture and details are amazing.
As weary as we were, we couldn't wait to check in and explore.
Here was our key!  Try sticking that in your pocket.
Our room was fit for royalty..it was huge!

and check out this all marble bathroom. Also huge!

We were treated to a tour of the grounds of this palatial estate.


It had it's own fishing pond (not quite a moat).
Cork Tree
Can't wait to show you more!
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wordless Wednesday-Clementines


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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

{Revisit} Are You Ready for April Fool's Day-Chicken Not Pie?

I made these chicken "not pies"last year (really pudding with peas & carrots candy and chunks of white chocolate for the chicken)

We've also made this for my husband

and these
 Which are actually meatloaf and colored mashed potatoes.
I also love this gag lunch idea
and these
What are you planning for April Fool's Day?

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Decluttering and New Work space

Remember this post?
It's ok if you don't, it was over a month ago.

I was pretty excited about some special deliveries with promises of getting more organized.  Well the large Tar-jay box contained a new desk for me.  I had done some searching around and narrowed it down to these two contenders.


#2)Dolce desk (in black)

Both were priced right and attractive but I settled on The Adams desk because ultimately the width worked better for me and I liked the lip running around the back of the desk to keep things from rolling off.  It was on sale and Target was running another deal for 10% off and free shipping to boot!
I had the perfect spot for it.

It went together fairly quickly.






Hubby put it together for me.


Somebody had to take pictures!

Ta da!

The desk is small enough to be moved from room to room and it's already lived in two rooms. It's out in the den now but it's also lived in the family room.

The white boxes are from Ikea and I store receipts in them (ala Young House Love).
I love my new Macbook too.  I'm a convert from the pc world and it's been a pretty smooth transition.
The other item on my desk is my new Life Planner.
This is how my kitchen wall looked before.
It contained are busy schedules as well as invitations, school & activity reminders. It drove me a little crazy.  Jen from I Heart Organizing posted about her Life Planner and since she's my go-to guru for all things organizational, I decided to use some of my birthday money to buy one too.


Look how pretty the box is!
Inside was a personalized message and lots of extra goodies.  

There are folders in the back to hold invitations and important papers.


And I can keep track of our busy schedule in a much neater way.

Now my kitchen corner looks clean and uncluttered.
This area is also looking tidier. 
(I've switched out the plate to the Spring one...wishful thinking)
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Friday, March 25, 2011

That Was Then

That was then...
Followed by a hail and thunder storm...


This is now...



{sigh}
Hope you're having warmer weather than we are!

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