31 July 2014

10 practical things every teenager should know before they go to college

Teenagers. They are capable. More capable than you think. Here are 10 things they need to know before they go to college. In my opinion? They should know these by the 8th grade. But that's me. I home schooled 4 kids for about 9 years while running a full time business. If you think I could juggle it all on my own you are CRAZY. Besides, isn't this what you have kids for?

30 July 2014

Subscription boxes everywhere a Golden Tote review

I have been a sucker for subscription boxes for a very long time. I mean even before they were all the rage. When my man child was 15 months old I stumbled across a box for toddlers. It was $15 a month plus shipping which was pretty steep but it had a toy, a hard cover book, an activity book and something for mom. Those books are STILL some of our all time favorites.

So when Birchbox came around several years ago I was immediately attracted…that little box in the mail is still one of my monthly highlights! I have tried several other monthly boxes, I just haven't told you about them yet. I like to be very sure before I recommend ANY thing to you.

But this subscription is different. It's not a subscription really. Golden Tote. I had heard about it. I was skeptical about it. But I decided for the sake of you…of's all about you…I had to give it a shot!

Here are the details.
The curators of the box are designers, stylists and personal shoppers. Each month they curate a new collection. You check it out. You decide if you like it. No obligation ( I like that part)
You choose 1 or 2 pieces and then they surprise you - based on your profile - with the rest! So your basically shopping for yourself…then they fill in gaps.

24 July 2014

How you doin? Today's ask Lisa.

How you doin? said in my best Joey Tribbiani.

Oh you nice, kind people. Checking in on lil-ole-me after "that" ordeal of a week. month. months.

I'm ok. I'm tired. I'm mentally exhausted. And actually I'm feeling a bit burned out. Maybe I should coin the phrase "burnt" to coincide with the stupid teenage "turnt" which in all reality…do you really want to talk about being drunk or high? And to you this is socially acceptable? Vulgar. Stupid phrase.

Now burnt.  Could mean too much time in the sun. Could mean, "oops, I left the bread in the oven too long". Or, "I played with fire crackers and now I'm…". my case. I need a studio production break. I'm burnt.

Tuesday I actually moved my computer and ALL my paperwork to the back porch so it didn't feel like I was doing desk work. Fresh ice tea. Beautiful view. Shoot, I didn't even care that it was 90 degrees outside. There was a breeze!

My mind is spinning with creative juices. While my husband was gone I stripped and painted two pieces of furniture on our back porch. Loved it. 
gross garden thing - to outdoor beverage/snack station
I went pottery painting with my smallest person and the man child. So much fun. 
I painted chalk board walls in my daughters rooms. Awesome. 

Creativity. Outside of gold smithing. 
Shoot I even weeded and trimmed all our bushes - are you getting the desperate "I need to be out of the studio" vibe?

Not exactly sure what it is. May be the expeditiously light speed pace I run at has finally caught up with me. Husband in the hospital. Screeeeeching halt.

So I'm pondering. Thinking. Processing.

I want my life to make an impact. I want what I do to be a reflection of who I am, on the inside. I want you to know what makes me tick. My faith. Who I belong to. Does that even make sense? Or did I lose you there?

I also want to make fish tacos and chicken salad with goat cheese. But that's just me. Did I mention my affinity for all things in the kitchen?

See? My mind is mush!

I'm not quitting. Don't get that silly idea in your head. This is what I do. It's just not who I am. And I think…maybe a little…those lines got blurry. So, I working on making them more defined. Not accountant straight. Just visible. Separate. Different. Capisce?

Now…about those tacos….


23 July 2014

Blueberries and a muffin. My favorite thing.

Blueberry season. Oh how I love these little round-pop-them-in-your-mouth fruity pieces of joy. I put them in EVERYthing! And this is their season. Their time to shine. Basically their time to be so cheap you can buy a boatload!

22 July 2014

distressed denim. boyfriend jeans. converse. fashion i can't live without.

My whole blog post just disappeared. Gone. Another reason to hate blogger? Or just par for the course in my life?

So here it is. Last week was one of my more stressful weeks ever. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook or read my newsletter…you will know why.

Instead of re-hashing all of it - let me just tell you about two wardrobe items that got me through when I couldn't even set my mind to thinking about being fashionable. Easy go-to…just reach in the closet and get dressed items.

Destructed white boyfriend jeans from Ann Taylor loft. I have loved Ann Taylor and the Loft for a very long time. Well made items, nice fit, and they seem to be created for a tall girl. A little pricey, but they DO have the best sales.

14 July 2014

It's CHRISTMAS! In July. My biggest sale of the year!

Hey friends!
Yup it's Monday. Yup I'm blogging on a Monday. Yup I'm talking about my jewelry.

This is all about you! My Christmas in July sale is active NOW! It's my biggest sale of the year. Everything is 25% off in my Etsy shop until Friday, July 18! You don't have to do a thing…except click HERE!

There will be items added all week. Many are 'ready to ship' and when they are gone….they are gone!

So go ahead, it's hot outside and you deserve a lil sometin' sometin'! Agreed?
Like this:

Or these:

Or maybe this?

Oh shoot, get 'em all!
Remember, no code needed. Sale until Friday. Limited quantities.

love you so, (see how I rhymed there?)

     little details 
  • yes, custom and personalized items are included
  • no, you cannot combine other offers
  • yes, when it's gone it's gone
  • no, this doesn't count towards items already been purchased in my design que'

09 July 2014

Top 10 reasons to take a Royal Caribbean cruise with your family - my favorite thing

Family vacation? Yes please! A cruise? Yuck. 
That was the last place I wanted to spend my money. Tiny rooms. Germs. Drunk people. Too much food. Rocking boat. THAT was the picture in my mind. To waste our hard earned money THAT way was so not going to happen!

Here is the back story. We have never taken a family vacation. I mean a real vacation. Sure we've been to Great Wolf Lodge. A tiny cottage up north (where I did all the cooking). A drive out west (where I packed the coolers). But I'm talking vacation. Everything taken care of. Plans all made. Goal. Relax. Enjoy. Sit back. You know REAL vacation. The kind you read about "everyone else" going on.

We had decided several years ago that we would begin saving for a "real vacation". We weren't sure when we would be ready…but we had a foggy goal. It began to look like a post graduation trip. Possibly the last time we would all be together…because really…who knows. We thought Europe would be amazing. 
taken on our Royal Caribbean cruise 2014