JORD Wood Watch

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches

Hey everyone! I hope this finds you healthy and happy!

Today I'd like to introduce you to a new love!

It's the JORD Wood Watch also known as  I received this beautiful, unique watch just in time for fall, and I couldn't be happier with my choice!  Happy dance! I chose the JORD Frankie 35 Series in the Dark Sandalwood and Mint. In a word this cool watch is, STUNNING!!

Photo Credit: JORD Wood Watches

First let me tell you what  JORD Wood Watches is all about. JORD is a company run by artists and designers that are focused on creating timepieces for the modern lifestyle. They value sustainability. And in our world today, that is a valuable commodity. But you shouldn't have to give up quality and good-looks just to save the earth, right?  They use sustainable woods from all over the world, such as sandalwood, bamboo, zebra wood, maple, KOA just to name a few.

The craftsmanship by a true artisan is undeniable and because it's made from wood, no two watches in the world are the same!


So I'm cooking dinner one night and doing my wifely duty, when my husband comes in with the mail. He says, "A surprise just came for you in the mail!"

I rip open the outer box to find a beautiful wooden box with an engraved "J" on top! And my heart starts to beat a little faster. Right away I know that this JORD watch is going to be something pretty special!

Its so beautiful and unique! Which is what I love about this JORD watch.  Its not your run of the mill watch that you picked up at your local TJ MAXX, not that there's anything wrong with that! You will definitely receive many compliments when you wear it, as I already have! And isn't that what you want in a fine timepiece?


Now I don't claim to be a fashionista, but I like to be on trend. I like to look good, and above all feel good!  And wearing a unique watch that's so cutting edge and also made of a sustainable product, well lets just say that a JORD watch can only help your fashion game and make you feel good!

Packed for a weekend getaway, my JORD watch is the perfect fall accessory!

The Frankie 35 Series is a women's watch that you can dress up or down. From the playground, to the office and then a date night with your main squeeze! Hint! Hint to my hubby! Its a cool watch that needs to be shown off!

Let's Not Forget About The Men

Ladies, Christmas is just around the corner and we need to take care of our men!
JORD has a spectacular line of men's watches that will have your man looking fine!

Dover Koa & Black

The styles and colors are absolutely endless! Even the most selective of tastes will find something that he enjoys!


JORD is offering my readers a fabulous offer!

 YOU can have a chance to win a $75 voucher toward a JORD watch of your very own!

 Just click on this link JORD Contest Link and fill out the entry form. The winner will receive a $75 e-gift code to shop! Winner will be selected and emailed.

All other entrants will receive a $20 e-gift code automatically emailed to them just for entering!

I'm so excited to have a new, stylish watch to pair with all my fall accessories!

It's the start of a beautiful season!
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How I Do Fall!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Well Fall is officially here!

I thought I would drop in and show you how I do fall!

With all the outside construction going on, I kept it pretty simple! I hope to have some final pictures of the exterior soon! It came out better than could be expected, and we are absolutely over the moon with it!
We keep going outside and staring at it, and saying, "Is this really our house??"

But onto Fall...

Every fall I have to bring out the ole cow hide rug! He or she is one of my favorite things! I layered it with an Ikea sisal rug. But I definitely think I need a larger sisal rug. So that's on my shopping list soon! There's one from World Market that I've been eyeing. So we'll see!

Some other touches are these beautiful horse prints from Pottery Barn. I love horses and this is probably the closest I'll ever get to owning one! :(
You can find them here and here.

Also from World Market is this Tribal Carved Coffee table. I just love this table and with my little twin grand babies the rounded corners are baby safe!  It brings such a warmth and texture to the room. You can find this table by clicking here.

Also adding to the warmth of the room is my West Elm Natural tree stump side table. This table is so cute, and gets many compliments!

The breakfast area has gotten a few touches of fall too. Wheat wreaths from Michael's adorn the salvaged shutters on either side of the french doors. And my love for white pumpkins continues on the buffet table. Birch logs for all those cold Florida nights fills an old wire basket.

I also just purchased this round sisal rug from Ballard Designs and it looks wonderful with the round table. It just makes sense right? Round table, round rug! We're all happy now!

I played around with some blue and cream pumpkins for my blue dining room! I had this crate (that a gift came in) and I painted it gray. Then after wandering the aisles of Michael's and finally coming up with some pretty blue, blue-green, and cream pumpkins,  I filled it up!  I then tucked some lambs ear around it, and I had a centerpiece!

That's how I do fall!
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Decisions, Decisions!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Good morning!

The outdoor remodel is coming along and although its a total mess, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Here's where we are so far...

Its looking great! A real entry where the front door will be protected from the elements and most importantly it gives the house some WOW factor!!

Now my big decision that I have.

Front door color!

I know! I know! You're saying to yourself, "Thats your big decision?"

Hey I didn't say my life was complicated or glamorous, but its all I got right now!

But I would state that the color of your front door plays a very important part in your exteriors appeal.

And in my honest, non-professional, non-interior stylist, just an average slightly obsessed home decorators opinion...

A house is only as good as its front door!

Now take that to the bank!

Well,  I wish I could take it to the bank! Because then I wouldn't be sweating bullets over this remodel! But on to the subject at hand.

Heres whats swirling around in my little brain right now!


Cindi Carter / Glendale
Photo by S / Wiley Interior Photography - Browse traditional entryway photos

A black front door is elegant and dramatic! I think it would work well with the stone work and the house color. Although the house color might be changed to a light gray. Another decision.

A black door works well with any and all colors. Its extremely versatile.  The only negative that I can think of is it might make the area feel too dark. Which is one thing that I'm fighting against. I love the way the big ole porch opens the door area up! So the last thing I want to do is make it feel dark! Hmm...decisions!


Front Porch Bliss
Photo by Rachel Greathouse - Discover traditional entryway design inspiration

This picture just makes me happy!

Its shown with stacked stone similar to what ours will look like too!

In doing some research I found out that a red front door in early America was a sign of welcome to the passing horse and buggy traveler. Interesting. Although I don't want random strangers stopping by to say hi! I kidd. Although it is something to think about! :)

One thing that I DON'T love about my current yellow door is when the holidays roll around its very difficult to decorate with. Now a red door on the other hand! Holy moly would that scream, CHRISTMAS HOUSE!!

And since we're talking about my yellow door..


I do love this color. Its called Beeswax by Sherwin Williams. It reminds me of buh-ta (butter) and is so happy looking!

And I could just stick with this, but I would love to do something different.


Montclair Nj
Photo by Landscape Techniques Inc. - Browse traditional porch ideas

Such a classic! Clean, fresh and crisp! Movie house is what a white front door represents to me! Negatives-It will show dirt and here in Florida with the humidity it might mildew.

But with the white columns, and new white carriage style garage door it would tie in nicely giving the exterior a seamless look.

So there you have it my decisions for the week!

I would love for you to weigh in, because I value your opinion! So take a moment and leave me a comment below!

Have a beautiful day!

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A New Beginning...

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Hi everyone!

I feel like its been forever since I've blogged! But life seems to get in the way sometimes and well sometimes I just don't feel creative enough to write. :( But I do miss it! I miss the interaction with you guys and just the feeling of putting my thoughts down into words!

But today I feel like I have something fun and exciting to share! Today we started a new project, and I can't wait to document it and then eventually show the finished project!

We've started an exterior remodel on our house! And we are so excited! Why are we so excited you ask? In the past we've done exterior projects like paint and pavers and landscaping. But this project will totally change the footprint of our home! 

Let me show you what I'm talking about…

These pictures show our house as of yesterday! Its a typical ranch style home built in the late 60's. It has stucco brick on the bottom half that I hate! We painted it to match the rest of the house in the hopes it would go away! It didn't!!

 Now let me add, that we did add the porch and columns years ago. When we bought our home the flower bed in front of the porch went all the way to the window. It just had a tiny concrete slab in front of the door. So we poured a porch and my husband built the columns.

I wish so much I had pictures of the house when we bought it,  because it has gone through some radical changes to say the least!

Lesson to those just starting out with their first homes…take pictures!

Here's an outline of what will be happening.

                                *Stucco brick will be removed and replaced with stacked stone…Bye Bye!
                                *New columns

                                *Old pavers will be removed from porch and replaced

                                *Gabled entry for entrance

                                *Carriage style garage door

                                *New shutters

                                *Matching stacked stone mailbox

This gives you an idea of the gabled entry that our contractor is building. I think it will give the front door a real entrance, and balance the house!


Although ours won't be this big, I don't think! This was my inspiration picture! I just love this picture!

The stone that we're using is Country Ledgestone Bucks Co. by Boral.


The home above is another inspiration pic that I used. It has the same stacked stone and the house color is very similar to ours. I just love when we're doing a project. I'm a visual person and it really helps to see a picture.

I'm really excited about this carriage style door. If you remember I tried to give our old door the same look a couple of years ago. You can see that post here.

So there you have it!

I can't wait to show you all progress pics!

Have a great day!

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My Makeup Routine

Monday, April 18, 2016

I had to start this post off with a little humor because lets face it, none of us are getting any younger!

I'm actually older than Sally O'Malley and that I'm 54! {Gulp!}

But it is what it is! So why not try and make the best of it right?

I've had some requests from ladies who are my age as to what makeup I use since I wrote a post about my makeup obsession.

Let me start off by saying, that I don't proclaim to be an expert! And I'm in no means telling you that what I'm doing is right or perfect or what you should be doing. I'm just showing y'all what works for me and hey maybe you might find something that you like as well!

1. Derma e Hydrating Day Creme // I can't say this enough for the over 50…Okay for everyone! Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!! And NEVER go to bed with your makeup on! Oh the horror!

2. The POREfessional face primer by Benefit // Seriously, you wouldn't paint a wall without priming, right? Same concept!

3. Urban Decay Eyeshadow primer potion // Same concept as face primer, makes your shadow stay on for hours without creasing.

4. It Cosmetics Your skin But Better CC+ Full Coverage Cream // This stuff is the best! Covers, lasts all day and what I like is its buildable! I can use a little for day or build the coverage when I need it. And it has a SPF 50+

5. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye // This stuff will cover any problem you have! Not just under your eyes! Blend out well with your fingertips or I like to use the beauty blender sponge.

6. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Loose Powder // You might think this post is sponsored by It Cosmetics, it is not! I just love the stuff!! I use a big fluffy brush and lightly dip this and then shake off the excess and buff out my whole face so that everything is well blended and even.

7. DiorShow Brow Styler in Universal Brown // Now I know some might be appalled at paying $29 for an eyebrow styler but it is totally worth it! And I've had it for a year! I have skimpy brows and this fills them in so natural looking and I don't know what it is about that little brush on the end.. but its pure magic!

8. Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Black // I line the top lash line only and get it as close to the base as possible. Don't circle your entire eye with liquid eyeliner. Unless you want to look like Amy Winehouse!

9. Milani Baked Blush // I go between Dolce Pink and Luminoso which is a dupe for Nars Orgasm at a fraction of the price!

10. Mac Shroom Eyeshadow // I use this on my lid and brow bone. Nuff said!

11. Mac Mulch Eyeshadow //This is a great everyday brown. I use it on the crease and under my lower lashes.

12. It Cosmetics Hello Lashes // This is a great product as well! Good staying power, doesn't flake off!

13. Laura Geller Baked Highlighter in Portofino/French Vanilla // I use this in so many places, I could do a post on it alone! But mainly I use it on my cheekbones, down the center of my nose and chin and the inner corners of my eyes.

14. NYX Liquid Suede in Tea and Cookies // This is the flavor of the month or should I say week! Seriously I have so many lipsticks, lip glosses, stains, pencils its crazy! This is a pretty color and its  very universal so I think a lot of people could wear it. It just needs a gloss over it. But maybe thats just me!

15. NYX Butter Gloss in Eclair // And this is what I put over it! This looks pretty over the Tea and Cookies and gives it a little moisture.

Things I've learned since turning 50!
(About makeup and skincare, not life)
Take care of your skin! Clean, exfoliate, moisturize

Dark lipsticks are a no no! Too harsh!

Dark lipliner is also no good!

Heavy foundation looks bad when we start having wrinkles! It settles into them and is not a good look.

Heavy eyeliner is also not flattering as we age. Remember soften!

Lipstick and sunglasses will get you far too!

I hope you enjoyed this post on my routine!
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Back Porch Refresh For Spring!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Hello lovelies!

I don't know about you but nothing tells me that has Spring has sprung like a big mouthful of pollen!

Which means that everything and I mean everything is coated in nasty, yellow pollen dust!

But we must suffer through this nastiness in order to get to the beauty of Spring and Summer!

First thing I did was scrub everything with a bucket of sudsy water and a brush!
Then we scrubbed the pavers too!
Now on to decorating

Last year I added pops of green with the navy blue cushions, but this year I wanted to stay more classic!

So I opted to go with a navy/white combo. 

I also wanted more of a coastal feel so with a few added touches I think I achieved it!

After a very frustrating order from Overstock, I finally received my navy/white stripe rug! I think it took something like 3 weeks to get here! But it was worth the wait! Now to try and keep the white clean! Yikes!

I had this fish picture that I purchased a couple of years ago. It was hidden in the back hallway so I brought it out! I'm pretty sure I got this at Homegoods a few years ago. But I love how it ties in all the colors.

I have a thing now for blue and white ceramic pieces! I like this out here, but I'm a little scared that it might get broken so its back in the house! I picked this up from Amazon of all places!

I had the coral pillows from a few years ago too! And although its hard to see, the fish has some orange in it too. I went back and forth on whether to have a coffee table or not! I know, I have hard decisions in my life, right?

But ultimately I decided on this bamboo like table from Pier One. Its actually metal, which will stand up well to the elements. Although its a very protected space.

I ordered this outdoor chandelier from Magnolia Market and I bought outdoor electric candles from Pottery Barn that go on automatically every night. It looks so pretty and romantic!

And I'm pretty sure I showed this World Market potting bench turned bar before. But we still love it! It came in handy at Easter. I placed everything drink related, even ice out here!
No mess!!
Basil and tomatoes have been planted!!

I hope you enjoyed my back porch Spring tour!
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Weekend Project-Board and Batten

Monday, April 4, 2016

Happy Monday!

Just a quick post to follow up on my idea of adding shiplap or board and batten to my entryway. 

If you'd like to read my post on shiplap and board and batten click here.

We decided on the board and batten, because: 

1. Board and batten is throughout the rest of the house so I think it gives the space a cohesive look.

2. I was concerned because of its popularity it would look outdated SOON!
So here's the before:

And although it looked nice, it just needed something! 

It took my husband really an afternoon and a lot of sweet tea (not even a full day) to complete this project.

I snapped a few progress pics too!

This is with one coat of Benjamin Moores White Dove. In total it took 3 coats.

He had to lower it a bit from the dining room because of the dang light switch!

And tah-dah here's the after! We couldn't be happier with it!

 I haven't totally decided on how I want to style it yet. I just moved around what I had for now.

I feel that the wall looks grounded now and not just floating. And anytime you add architectural interest to a room, its a win win!

As far a decorating goes…

I've been looking at some entryway benches like these, which could actually double as extra dining room seating!

I love when I have a new area to decorate!

Oh and I almost forgot...

I still love shiplap and don't be surprised if I cave and it shows up somewhere!

Have a great day!
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