Tuesday, August 26, 2008

uncle nanu

you know i am always looking for nice segways that allow me to show photos of my sweet family. i totally missed a good opp with the camping post below, darn! but here is a picture of my brother, connor and madeira. . . she sure loves him!


my brother just moved to texas with his job. he is the first in the family to move out of the state in a really long time and the very first in my or my husband's immediate family to leave california. i am excited for him, though. he is ten years younger than i am and has been the baby for 22 years, it is his time to get to become his own person. he is going to do great. anyways, i was trying to think of a fun housewarming and we will miss you gift for him and his girlfriend, tracy. i absolutely love these bowls from anthropologie. they come in four colors and would definitely brighten my morning. anyways, i saw an idea on martha a while back that i just loved! and when i saw these bowls and this great granola recipe it all came together for me. . . a couple of those gorgeous bowls, a package of homemade granola (a mason jar with the recipe tied on would be cute) and two spoons would be such a great gift to let someone know that you are thinking of them. it works for so many occasions and you could add tea, coffee, a great book or just as it is. i do think i am going to have to buy two sets of the bowls, though, because it would be way to0 hard to part with them and connor may end up just getting the jar of granola and a couple of spoons. hey that would work, too and when your 22 maybe just pouring the milk in to the jar is more realiztic anyways, just teasing connor!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

gift of getting away

we just returned from our first camping trip as a family. . . we survived 5 days "roughing it". sam , madeira and i and my brother's family actually did sleep in a tent, but my parents had a cabin at el capitan canyon (ie. camping for yuppies photo of cabin above). so we had a warm shower every day, a little kitchen to cook in (although we did do breakfast and lunch on the coleman stove over at our campground), as well as a heated pool, concierge service, gourmet foods shop and firewood/smores delivery to your fire pit. i was very worried about how this trip was going to go since the word "outdoorsy" is NEVER used to describe any member of my family. but it was wonderful. it was so great to see madeira, who spends most of her time in princess dresses dancing ballet, throwing dirt on herself. she and her cousins spent five glorious days getting dirtier and dirtier. although we were only about 20 minutes from home, it felt a world away from the daily routine. i loved rising with the sun and spending time in a little 10x10 dome with those nearest and dearest. we are going to make this part of our annual summer activities from here on out. i have already found next summer's campground. mary janes farm bed and breakfast. it looks absolutely serene and the working vintage sink outside of the campsite is really what took me over the edge! so, if you are not exactly a camping type of person, like me, but want to share an unforgettable few days with your family becoming one with nature, i highly recommend you check out either of these campgrounds or look for the yuppie camping site nearest you. . .

Friday, August 15, 2008

gifted radio

i am always on the hunt for great "man gifts". i feel like women and children definitely come out on top in the whole gifting world. . .but i have found something that i know my man would love! this gorgeous vintage style radio would be so perfect on his office desk. . . besides looking cool and being mp3-ready, it is made with sustainably grown wood by carpenters in indonesia.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

regalo olive oils

Modern Art MuseumOk, I know this is weird, but I really wanted to try out this website where you can upload any photo and they will put it in a museum photo. . . .But, I also think that this new olive oil i just purchased for the store deserves to be in a museum. For one reason, they are absolutely gorgeous bottles and a high quality pure olive oil and for the second reason, the company donates all of their profits to charity. They are a family run organization who seems to have gotten it all right in their purpose and mission. Regalo means gift and this olive oil truly makes a great one in more ways than one.
Modern Art Museum by dumpr.net

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

better than a barrel of monkeys

it is no secret that i can not live without my wine. . .so maybe that is why i found this lazy susan absolutely irresistible. it is made from aged oak barrels, used in wine production for a number of years and then instead of being tossed out- is made into a wonderful and creative gift! 21.5 "wide and 3"tall. i can see a dinner party now with a couple of bottles of syrah and pinot being spun around like nobody's business! comment below or contact me directly if you would like to order one of these great "gifts" (the quotes signify the loose use of this term, because i will be gifting myself with this one. . .) cheers!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

tonite i made tacos while madeira and sam swam in the pool outside the window. talk about a gift. . .to hear your husband and little girl having fun outside and then to have all of us sit around a table for dinner, such a treat when we have such busy lives all the time. we need to do it more. so i was thinking it would be fun to go to farmers market and buy fresh tomatoes, onions, peppers, cilantro, lime, lettuce etc and then add some tortillas and pre-grilled chicken and drop it off for a friend with a new baby or new house. . .so easy to chop up everything and have a really yummy fresh meal. i used avocado oil to heat the tortillas, usually, i just warm them the oven, but i was given this great oil at the la mart and i was feeling like being very authentic since it was fiesta this weekend in santa barbara. . .apparently avocado is the healthiest oil and has one of the highest smoke points, so it is safe to cook foods in, unlike other oils. i mixed a little light sour cream, fresh salsa and lime juice for the sauce and heated up some organic black beans, super yummy family dinner!
i am going to admit that in the photo above you will see one ingredient that just does not fit in, i goofed at the market and did not realize until i tasted it. . . if you figure it out and comment about it, i will send you a little gift! (look really close and guess fast or my mom will win!)

i am ok with admitting that i like this bear. usually i cringe when my daughter brings home another stuffed animal, in fact my rule is if one comes in another must go out. when we got to the point of her crib still being up in the room for the sole purpose of holding stuffed animals, i knew it had gone too far. so, we happily donated a good percentage of them. . .BUT i think this bear is a must have. i love it because it is so super soft and cuddly and it is shaped like a teddy bear, but is flat like a blankie, so it makes cuddling with this guy safe and comfortable. and all of its parts are baby safe, too. the hollywood folk have seemed to take a liking to him, as well, so he is available in lots of fancy stores. i love to give this cutie as a gift for first birthdays.