Check out my new friend from Dublin, Ireland and her gorgeous fascinator (her hat). She is the aunt of the groom at the wedding I went to in Canada.
She said it's Irish tradition to wear a headpiece to a wedding. I wish we had that tradition here. These hats look so classy.
So, I spent the last 2 weeks eating raw vegetables, fresh fruit, smoothies, granola bars, chicken breasts and fish - so I could lose a few inches to wear this dress for an upcoming family wedding.
And YES, it finally fits! Now I have to remember to not sit, dance or eat at the wedding so it will continue to fit - KIDDING!
Join the WAC Downtown on Saturday, October 1st for Athletes vs Autism.
This event is meant to support individuals and families in the Midwest affected by autism spectrum disorders and get a good workout while doing it!
The fun starts at 9am in Studio 1 with Troy's Remember the Cause Ringside, followed by Jesse's Bootcamp to build Awareness.
Also at 9am in the Spin Room is Kelly's Cycle Cause You Care class and in the Mind/Body room at 9am is Jenny's Premium Pilates. And there's so much more!
The event goes until 1pm with Milwaukee Admirals Mascot Roscoe to make a special appearance at noon!
For more info, click here.
Classes registration required/suggested minimum donation of $5.
Like many of you, I was glued to the TV this past weekend watching the devastation on the East Coast as Hurricane Irene blasted that area.
We have family in Jacksonsville, NC -Â not far from the coast. Thankfully they only have to do a few repairs on their roof, garage and their fence.
But others weren't as lucky. If you'd like to help, click here for a link to be redirected to the American Red Cross.
Photo credit qnr via Flickr
Have you ever wanted to go whitewater rafting? Now you can and it's right in Wisconsin!
Check out my guest blog for Travel Wisconsin that talks all about our whitewater rafting and kayaking trip up north by clicking here.
After waiting for a few months, we receive the good news this past weekend that a litter of Bernese Mountain Dog puppies were born!
Since we already have a male (Huey) we didn't want a female. The best part - this litter has 3 males! Which means, one of these puppies will likely be ours.
Since they were born on April 2nd - the breeder decided the theme of the litter would be "April Fool's".
We decided on the name Gus for "GusÂ - I fooled 'ya".Â Get it? Instead of "Guess I fooled 'ya."
Slight play on words, but for this breed the name Gus for a male will be really cute.
He'll hopefully come to our house in June.
Found out last night that my family is actually related to a Green Bay Packer Hall of Famer! As the world's biggest Packer fan this is almost too good to be true.
For real! Let me explain, my second cousin Steve's wife is a great niece of Ted Fritsch.
He led the NFL in scoring with 100 points in 1946!
Is this a stretch? Kidd thinks so, I don't.
So my husband and I are looking into life insurance - god, do I feel old even typing that.
Is this necessary. I believe that it is, but to go all Kidd O'Shea "Mr. Conspiracy Theory" is it all a scam?!
What if we never use it? Or because we're all bound to pass away at some point it will get used.
Lots of questions and we're just starting this long process of making a pretty hefty decision.
I was saddened today to hear the news that Elizabeth Edwards passed away after her long battle with cancer.
Let's face it, cancer sucks. I've seen it take the lives of people in my own life.
For me, this has nothing to do with politics. She had to bury her young son, go through a public, humiliating cheating scandal with her estranged husband and she kept her grace and composure through it all.
She has three surviving children who are now without a mom and two of them are very young.
I also lost someone very close to me around the holidays a few years ago and even though no time is easy, for me the holidays were harder - because this time of year is so much about gathering with family and friends.
As I type this I am reminded of how thankful I am for my health and the health of my family, life really is a fragile gift.
If you love your freedom, thank a Veteran. They make so many sacrifices for us and our country.
I witnessed firsthand my brother in-law miss the birth of his daughter this past March because of his deployment and this is just one example among thousands ofÂ other stories military families could share.
Hats off to you Veterans, this country wouldn't be the same without you.
When that time comes that you've decided you want to expand your family, should you tell people you're trying?
I can understand talking to close friends and family, but what are the advantages/disadvantages of telling the whole world you're trying?
A good friend said she'd loved telling people she was trying, because it prevented them from asking over and over "whenÂ are you going to have a baby?"
What do you think, should you tell people you're trying?
Gilda's Club of Southeastern Wisconsin is having their popular family event "Woof n Hoof" this Saturday, August 7th from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
A very good friend of mine as been involved with this for the past couple of years and raves about how fun it is for your whole family and your dog!
The course gives walkers the option of a 1 or 2.5 mile that starts at Atwater Elementary School on Capital Drive in Shorewood.
And unfortunately Gilda's Clubhouse in Shorewood did suffer some damage from the Brew City Flood; therefore, some funds, in part,Â will help restore their lower level.
I hope to see you there!
*Gilda's Club of Southeastern Wisconsin's missionÂ is to provide a welcoming support community for those affected by cancer.
Well, my husband Aaron attempted to refinish our hardwoods floors (he's never done this before).Â And I have to tell you, he was a natural.Â Above is how the floors looked right after they were sanded before he was able to do the edge sanding.
Here's the mineral spirits drying on the floors.
Here comes the stain!
It took 3 days, but WOW, do they look nice. (Did you notice our feet - Aaron's shoes kept breaking through the booties, so he taped his undershirts to his tennis shoes!)
Oh, and the window is splattered with "knock down" - the replacement windows go in next!
I'm finishing up the remodel on this beautiful dream kitchen with Kaerek Homes in West Allis for the upcoming MBA Parade of Homes Tour.
Is it true when they say good lighting can really add the perfect touch to a room?
Of course we'll have standard lighting on the ceiling, but what about lighting under the cabinets or even INSIDE a few cabinets, perhaps with a glass door?
I'd love to hear your ideas.Â What have you used in your kitchen, or better yet, what would you like to have in the kitchen of your dreams?
And don't forget you can check out the kitchen when it's finished in the upcoming MBA Parade of Homes Tour August 21stÂ - September 12th in Oak Creek.
What is your preference when it comes to a stoveÂ Â - gas or electric? Does one cook better, which type of stove is easier to clean?
I'm in the final stages of designing a dream kitchen with Kaerek Homes in West Allis for their upcoming MBA Parade of Homes Tour.
So far, your suggestions on countertops, lighting, flooring and cabinets has been extremely helpful. Now the little things (like which stove most people prefer) has been overlooked, but is just as important as everything else when it comes to this remodel.
Let me know by leaving a comment here - if you could have your dream kitchen, what type of stove would you want?
Don't forget you can see the finished kitchen during the MBA Parade of Homes Tour, August 21st - September 12th in Oak Creek.
I'm in the final process of designing the dream kitchen with Kaerek Homes in West Allis forÂ their upcoming MBA Parade of Homes Tour.
We have the cabinets picked out, the flooring, backsplash, appliances, countertops and even lighting.
But what color? The cabinets are on the darker side and the flooring is kind of a lighter/blonde type of wood mixed with some darker grains of wood as well.
Dark walls, light walls or a combination of both (sort of like an accent wall)?
Please let me know - all of your suggestions so far have been great. I can't wait for you to see the final result in the upcoming MBA Parade of Homes Tour, August 21stÂ - September 12th.
I'm almost done with the dream kitchen that I'm working on with Kaerek Homes in West Allis (it will be featured in this year's MBA Parade of Homes Tour).
I'm a big time wino and I thought it might be neat to add a built in wine rack to go with this beautiful kitchen. What do you think? Does it run a big risk of making the kitchen too personalized if not anyone enjoys wine? Or will it add class and elegance and become a beautiful place to showcase some vintage wine or sparkling wine glasses?
Please send me your suggestions - they have all been great suggestions so far and I can't wait for all of you to see the finished product during the MBA Parade of Homes Tour AugustÂ 21st - September 12th.
Everyone loves a big kitchen, and more counterspace is a plus too!
I'm putting the finishing touches on the beautiful, dream kitchen with Kaerek Homes in West Allis for their upcoming MBA Parade of Homes tour.
Quick question for all you savy kitchen experts. Is it best to purchase a microwave range hood compared to a regular range hood? I would think that by doing that it would save counterspace, except there are some really cool looking range tops too.
What would you do if money wasn't an issue and you could have whatever you wanted in your dream kitchen?
Keep in mind you can see this stunning kitchen when it's finished during the MBA Parade of Homes Tour August 21stÂ - September 12th.
My husband Aaron and I bought lots of stuff over the weekend for our new duplex. Two water heaters, a new screen door and a microwave range top.
Needless to say, we easily ran out of space in our small SUV. Instead of calling my in-laws to help us take some of the load, Aaron decided to take off the head rests in the front seat. Now we both had to lean forward while he drove 20 mph on the road with our flashers on.
Why won't men just ask for help?
I'm in the process of designing aÂ dream kitchen with the wonderful people at Kaerek Homes in West Allis. This has been so much fun, but I never knew how many aspects of a kitchen there really are!Â This kitchen in particular is going to be featured in the upcoming MBA Parade of Homes Tour.
With that said, my hope is that this kitchen will be functional, stylish and a place where a family will be able to enjoy each other's company.
I'm still stuck on the lighting though. I'm not sure what most people would prefer to have in their kitchen. If you could design your dream kitchen, what would you prefer: track lighting, a light fixture, recessed lighting, under cabinet lighting - there are SO many options.
Your suggestions are greatly appreciated, so feel free to leave them here under comments.
And make sure to check out the finished product during the MBA Parade of Homes Tour August 21stÂ - September 12th.
I'm getting close to finishing up the kitchen design for the Kaerek Homes in West AllisÂ MBA Parade of Homes Tour.
We've finished a lot so far - countertops, floors, cabinets, appliances and so much more. Now I need to decide how else we want to use this space.
What are your thoughts on an island? If you prefer an island, would you like there to be storage, maybe another sink or an area to put bar stools?
Other options might be a breakfast bar? Or maybe you like your kitchens to be more open and don't go with either option.
Either way, please let me know what you would prefer because my hope is that this kitchen will not only be my dream kitchen, but instead a dream come true for one lucky family who move into this house.
And if you want to see what the finished kitchen looks like, make sure to check out the MBA Parade of Homes Tour running August 21st through September 12th.
Also, if you're looking to build a new home or perhaps remodel your existing home, trust me - you can with Kaerek Homes!
A friend of mine is very passionate about the Gilda's Club of Southeastern Wisconsin and they are having a very fun event for everyone to enjoy!
It's the Gilda'sÂ FashionÂ "Show of Support" fashion show and lunch.
It's happening Thursday, May 13 at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center from 11am - 1:30pm.
For tickets call (414) 962 - 8201 ext.102.
Gilda's Club is a free cancer support community that was created in honor of commedian/actress Gilda Radner by her husband Gene Wilder.
A virus...the most dreaded word for PC users.
Our laptop has a virus and now our computer is being fixed - for a week! Thankfully, we have a family friend who we trust to take care of this, but a week without a computer (internet especially) has not been fun.
I realize many good things could come out of this new found time, but we are about to close on our first house next week and not having regular internet access has made it challenging these past couple of days.
I keep telling myself - millions of people bought homes without the internet, why should my experience be any more different or difficult.
Right now I'm sitting at my sister's quiet home (she and her husband are at work and the kids are at school) trying to take care of as much work as I can on her computer before she gets back.
But all I'm really doing is cyber snacking...what can I say I love surfing the net!
If you missed Tiger's interview he did on Sunday night on ESPN, here it is.
For me, this interview seemed much more genuine than he scripted apology that I don't think he even wrote. For his family and for himself, I hope he truly is sorry.
Now that the weather is getting nicer a battle has started up in our house - when do we turn off our heat.
I'm still cold, so I've kept the heat on at around 60 degrees. I've noticed my husband Aaron has been turning off the heat because he's "sweating"...so he claims.
It's not even officially SpringÂ and we might get snow this weekend - I say keep the heat on, at least for a little while. Am I nuts?
Check out this new website Groupon - it's a fun, new way to save money on a lot of the cool places in the Milwaukee area.
Here's how it works - every day a new deal is featured at an unbeatable price! You only get this deal if enough people join in that day (so tell your friends).
It's called "collective buying power".
I've tried it and it's easy and the deals are very good!
So we've found a duplex in the Bay View area that we like, we made an offer and it's been accepted!!!!
I can't believe that my husband Aaron and I are one step closer to being homeowners.Â Like most couples, this has been a dream for us for so many years!
The next step is having the inspector come to the property and tell us what we're dealing with when it comes to updates and repairs...or in other words, how much do we have to spend NOW vs later.
And is it normal to be so nervous about signing off on the mortgage?!Â I may faint or throw up.
ABC's hit show "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" is looking for deserving families in the Milwaukee are to be on the show.
Here's the info from their press release:
The Extreme Makeover: Home Edition producers are looking for inspiring people and families whose home desperately needs to be rebuilt.Â "We're looking for those special people who have amazing strength of character and never give up in tough situations or helping others, says Casting Supervisor Rebecca Shumsky.Â Â Â¨We want to help people whose stories have really affected their community or made a big difference in other people's lives.âÂ In addition, the homes of those families must present major problems that affect the quality of their life.Â The families or individual must not have the resources, ability or time to fix these serious problems without the showÂ´s help.Â To be eligible, a family must own a single family home and be able to show producers how a makeover will make a huge difference in their lives.Â Anyone interested in nominating a family or applying should e-mail a short description of their family and house story, names and ages of everyone in the household, and photos ofÂ the house and familyÂ to: Castingwisconsin@gmail.com.For more information on how to apply, visitors can go to abc.com.Nominations may be submitted by the family or by a member of their community. Each nomination must include a description of the major challenges within the home and a contact phone number. Anyone submitting a nomination must be able to explain why the nominated family is deserving, heroic, and/or a great role model for their community.Â The deadline for nominations is Feb. 28, 2010.
It's SOO Easy!
When it comes to cleaning up, who wants it to take a long time? No one. And that's why I've teamed up with the great people at Fiora to tell you about their amazing products that I use every day at my house! I'm talking about Fiora paper towels and bath tissue.
I have a dog, and these days with the snow melting, there's always a mess on the floor. But with Fiora paper towels I can clean it up with only one sheet!! And let's be honest, when it comes to bath tissue, you want to use the best, I know I do! That's what's great about Fiora paper towels and bath tissue, it's strong, soft, absorbent and long lasting. And the bath tissue have twice as many sheets as the double roll.
Fiora can be found at your local Piggly Wiggly, where you can shop savings, shop quality, shop the pig!
For more savings, "like" Fiora on Facebook now at https://www.facebook.com/FioraBrand and then you can thank me later when you fall in love with these products, like me!
Can't believe I'm about to write this...
Let me preface what I'm about to write by saying this: I'm not proud of myself…I'm not even HAPPY with myself. Ok, here goes!
I went to see Miley Cyrus last night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, the "BANGERZ" tour. Having been in the radio industry my whole life, part of what I enjoy the most are the shows, whether I'm a fan of the artist or not, I enjoy a great production! I enjoy seeing the crowd and it's reaction to the artist that's performing. What I saw last night was Miley OWNING the crowd filled with fans of ALL AGES!
I say this MOSTLY in a joking manner, but I saw things THAT I CAN'T UN-SEE!!!!! For example: Miley took the stage by sliding down a GIANT TONGUE SLIDE. She "flew" around on a GIANT SAUSAGE. She even forgot the words to one of her own songs "Rooting For My Baby" and acknowledged it by saying she "MESSED UP" (she used other words to explain it, LOL). There were other things that happened during the show that I can't and won't talk about here, but all that said, it was worth the price of admission IMO...a GREAT PRODUCTION! Like Miley or not, she really CAN SING and again, she OWNED the crowd last night!
Ok, I waited as long as I could: I ENJOYED IT...ALOT!
I hope you won't hold that against me
An Evergreen Harvest â Cooking with Spruce
A long time favorite in Europe, spruce shoot syrup and beer are gaining popularity in North America. The tender new growth of spruce, pines and firs were also used by Native Americans and early settlers for food and medicine.
For the best flavor, harvest the tender new growth as it emerges in spring. Remove the papery brown covering before eating or processing.
Use them fresh to flavor fish dishes, sauce or salad dressing.
Or try something simple like tea. Just dry the needles and brew into tea. Or create spruce vinegar with brown rice, vinegar and pine or spruce shoots. Just place the shoots in a glass jar, cover with brown rice vinegar, seal and let it age for a month.
Spruce shoots are also used to add the unique flavor to the Canadian martini.
Ask before harvesting spruce shoots from private and public property. And only use shoots from evergreens free of pesticides.
A bit more information: For more tips on harvesting and recipes click here.. And for more on the history of brewing and cooking with evergreen shoots click here. If you want to skip or give them a try before harvesting and preserving your own, you can find them for sale on-line at Forbes Wild Food.
For more gardening tips, how-to garden videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com.
The Easiest Way To Clean Up
If you're like me, you want to keep your house clean!! And I've teamed up with Fiora paper products and have found that Fiora paper towels and bath tissue are the most reliable when it comes to those household needs!
With a dog and my niece and nephews coming over all the time, I'm glad I've discovered Fiora paper towels! It's makes cleaning up really easy!
Fiora bath tissue and paper towels are soft, strong, absorbant and long lasting. These products are just right for me and MY budget. See for yourself and stop by your local Piggly Wiggly and look for the bright green and orange Fiora packages in their paper aisle.
And for coupons and more, "like" Fiora on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FioraBrand...trust me, you won't be disappointed!!
Disclosure: Elizabeth Kay and Fiora have teamed up to bring you information about the fine line of Fiora products.
Birth Tree March 1 through 10 - Weeping Willow
The lovely and graceful weeping willow has long been a part of our landscapes. And, although it is the birth tree for those born between March 1st and 10th, think twice before planting this beauty in your backyard.
As birth trees go, the weeping willow represents beauty filled with a bit of melancholy. Individuals with this birth tree are also said to be tasteful, dreamers, restless and have good intuition.
Today the golden weeping willow is considered the standard and the one most of us know as weeping willow. This fast growing tree is hardy in zones 2 through 9, develops a stout trunk and is covered with long pendulous branches. It is tolerant of moist to wet soils and is often found growing along ponds and streams.
This large tree is perfect for wet areas where other trees fail and where the leaf, stem and fluffy seedpod litter and aggressive roots are not a problem.
A bit more information: The golden weeping willow can grow 50 to 80 feet tall with a broad canopy. If your yard is too small or you don’t want the litter issue, visit this graceful beauty in a nearby park or natural setting.
For more gardening tips, how-to garden videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com.
Leaf Spot on Philodendron
Philodendrons have long been considered one of the easiest to grow – hardest to kill houseplants. But even these robust beauties can suffer from too much love and attention.
Don't be embarrassed if you've killed this supposedly indestructible plant – many gardeners have. The most common complaints are yellow leaves with brown spots.
Leaf spot diseases are usually the culprit and improper watering the cause.
Take a close look at the container and your watering regimen. Make sure the pot has holes in the bottom for drainage. No matter how good a gardener, it is impossible to provide exactly the right amount of moisture every time you water.
Move your plant to a container with drainage holes if needed. For best results water this and most houseplants thoroughly whenever the top couple inches of soil feels like a damp sponge. Pour off any excess water that collects in the saucer. Plants sitting in water are more subject to root rot and leaf spot diseases.
A bit more information: Reduce your work load and improve your plants' growing environment by placing stones or marbles in the saucer. The excess water can collect in the saucer while the marbles elevate the pot and plant roots above the water. As the water evaporates it increases the humidity around the plant where it is needed.
For more gardening tips, how-to garden videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com.