Sunday, August 28, 2011

Cocktail Hour poolside*

What a beautiful summer day it was here in So Cal... I have a special guest here tonight, my cousin Mary! We made dinner together and celebrated my birthday. She brought a custom Kimtini cocktail!

What is it you ask... Well it is named in honor of my cousin Mary's sweet friend Kim.
My cousin was visiting Kim and when she left to come here she sent a batch with her.
The recipe is simply fresh squeezed lemon, premium russian vodka, a little sugar to taste and a crushed fresh sprig of mint. We used fresh chocolate mint from my herb garden and it was pretty and delicious.
We chilled the glasses and rimmed them with sugar for an extra sweet sip!
So there you have it, a Kimtini!!

Have a great start of the week....If you want to try this cocktail poolside or just in the back yard you will love it!

Cheers to Kim and all of you!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Lovin my Birthday morning*

This morning I woke up to the sun rising, I looked at the time it was 6:12 am and streaming in my bedroom window.
I thought to myself what a beautiful morning. I began thinking it's my birthday Yeah**

I started reflecting on all my birthday's and how they began from the moment I woke up.. I remember my mom always kissing me and saying Happy Birthday BOO BOO, that was my nick name she called me... My dad used to sing It's a beautiful morning, so sweet {though he used to sing that about every morning}!!! I miss them dearly and wish I could hear those voices...

I always remember beautiful days, I don't recall it ever raining on my Birthday.
August is the best month ever! It is my favorite..

I got up and made Nespresso in my new little pixie, It is going to be a beautiful day!

Happy Birthday to all of you who share my day. Please let me know if it's your birthday too.
We're Virgos!

A pic from my modeling archives*
Have a Beautiful day*

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Our Wedding Anniversary*

Today we our celebrating our 24th wedding anniversary!
It was a beautiful day and everything was exactly as I had dreamed! I designed my dress and planned every detail and it was so worth it and that's just what I love to do I could never let anyone else plan our day that wouldn't be me at all!!
It is hard to believe that it was that long ago.
I have my king Daddy home from the hospital last night. He is doing pretty well. A long first week but he is recovering from his surgery well.
I will be glad next year when we will be able to dance with me on our 25th!
We are spending the day just being together and am thankful he's home here with me.

Here are a few pics from our wedding. If you want to see more you can visit my posts from August 2010 where I shared alot last year.

Have a beautiful day filled with love*

Friday, August 19, 2011

Legs, Knees Pretty Please!

This week has been very busy and the topic around my house is LEGS,KNEES & PRETTY PLEASE!
Whats up you ask? Well...trying to be that everything gal, my little pop-warner football player has to make weight so working him out and dieting to be 100 lbs for sat....,my oldest college QB is having his preseason scrimmages and sadly I can't be there and the king Daddy ex player is in the hospital! Oh and trying to work,take care of the dog, house and well you know everything No complaints here..I have it all under control!!

We sometimes hear the line... he didn't have a leg to stand on,wow did that happen this week...

After years of pain and discomfort from playing sports it was time for my husband who had been contemplating surgery to go for it. He had total knee replacement surgery on both knees on monday afternoon. It was a long surgery but the doctor said he was in bad need of the surgery, and didn't know how he made it so long with the shape they were in. His doctor said he expects him to recover well from this and be out of pain. I asked pretty please return him home to us able to do what he loves.
The worst is over and I'm grateful he did both. Why do it twice, get it over with and move on.

It really makes you appreciate how important our legs and knees are. They support us for life and they also support us psychologically. When our legs are strong they move us in directions that are productive and self sufficient.
I love that he will be strong and will get up and down without pain and take walks on the beach and of course up and down the ladder with a beam on one shoulder. I'll have a sweet icetea ready and a kiss to thank him!

The pic is my legs in advertisement from my modeling archives!

Have a beautiful day and remember how grateful we are for strong healthy legs and knees...

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

My Favorite Sea Legend "Jacques Cousteau"

This is a world record post for me so bare with me... my funny little story I thought y'all might like!
My son was talking about a series on TV called Shark week .
So I began thinking of a pretty awesome Modeling campaign I did for The Cousteau Society and Us Divers.
The day started by taking a small boat with a makeup person, stylist and myself out of off Long Beach Harbor to this Huge vessel. We were lifted up to this boat and were greeted by Jean-Michel Cousteau, Jacques son and Dominic his lead diver.
Jacques was supposed to be there they though he would be meeting us by a small boat too. They had just received a telegram on the boat that he was in France and had an emergency to tend to.
Our location was Catalina Island , It was a beautiful winter day {Jan} The water was so calm and clear. The campaign was for Us Divers I had to get into this shark tank and be lowered into the water about to my knees! Yeah... Scary! The rest of the shoot was on the boat and on land another day. The boat was on it's maiden voyage. It was just built for Jacques in France.

After the shoot Jean-Michel and Dominic asked me if I have ever dove. I said no.. Oh,will suit you up and we would love to take you on your first dive!!! I stood there and was so excited, guess what I said... No Thank you. I was terrified because I didn't know any of them and I thought to myself what if something happens...They kept trying to persuade me and said we aren't going to let anything happen to you!
Can you believe I was such a chicken!!!
Anyway they dove down and got sea urchins and pulled a knife out and just ate it in the water! Of course I politely said No Thank you to that too.. I'll wait for dinner, I said!

On they way back the staff and chef prepared a fabulous dinner and we all sat together around this long table in the dining galley and I couldn't stop thinking about{my Dad} and how cute everything was. The china had their monogram on them and the stemware were etched... You know I wanted to ask for a place setting sooo bad!!!
I regret not asking for a plate!
They gave me a t-shirt to change into and I wore it at dinner.. LOVED LOVE LOVED it. I almost wore it out... now I don't wear it anymore because I want to save it just for the memory!

Sooo when I told my fiance {FYI this didn't go over well...} and my parents about the shoot and that they wanted to give me my first diving lesson and I said No Thank You they couldn't believe it.. I tried to explain to my Fiance that if he was there I would of... He said to me.. HONEY, you were with the most experienced divers in the world, It doesn't get any better than that... He was so right. Yikes I surely missed an opportunity of a lifetime!.

Enjoy the snapshots from my camera taken from the shoot. Jean-Michel has the grey beard a beautiful man and so much like his father. Dominic in the water with his sea urchin snack!

A little bio on My Favorite Sea Legend*
French born Jacques Cousteau was the explorer of the Worlds Oceans.
He dubbed it as "The Blue Continent". He was a story teller, movie maker, underwater marine ecologist and scientific observer. He was fascinated with and explored shipwrecks, he made his first underwater film entitled "Shipwrecks". During his trips he filmed movies. All of which he won academy awards for.
He later in his career, saw the result of nuclear waste being dumped into our bodies of water and he carried out many public campaigns against it.
In his name, the Cousteau Society was founded,which would work to protect marine life.

Jacques was awarded the UN environmental prize and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Ronald Reagan. Also known for his and his inventions, the aqua-lung underwater breathing machine,underwater camera gear that was then bought by Nikon.

My dad loved him, we watched all his explorations and I wished my dad could of been with me on my amazing booking! He talked about it for years and he asked me to describe the ship and the details of my day over and over!

Thankful for the my personal and awesome memory... I have so much respect for Jacques Cousteau and his team for what they have contributed to the world.
He shared with us his experiences through his documentaries and his work.

Let's keep his legacy alive...and keep our waters and earth clean*
P.S. I still get teased about not accepting the lesson !!!!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Summer evenings at home*

The other night we sat out on our terrace and enjoyed the beautiful hot air balloons that quietly glided over our house. I love that! It is so pretty to see.

Earlier that day I found a new love...
It is a local place called Baker & Olive* Infused Basalmic, Olive oils wines and handmade breads.
Oh my goodness! Right up my cooking alley. So we bought some and that's what we prepared for dinner.
Handmade bread, some delicious cheeses for pairing with oils and basalmic and a salad. A few fresh tomatoes from the garden... It was like we were in Napa!
A perfect summer evening poolside.

I hope your enjoying the summer evenings!
Have fun it's the best month of summer*

Monday, August 1, 2011

* Happy August Wishes *

August 1st... Can you believe it is already here!

This is my FAVORITE month. Why?
Well.. Here are my *6* reasons why I adore August!

*1st... it is my Birthday month*
*2nd... because it's my Anniversary month*
*3rd... it's summer vacation month*
*4th... it feels like the HEART of summer*
*5th... so many delicious fruits are in season, watermelon, strawberries, peaches etc.*
*6th...beautiful roses, going barefoot, shorts, alfresco dining, warm beaches and lakes & everyone seems so HAPPY*

Thoughts of PINK my favorite colour are so00 on my mind in August!

{Take a look at from last August it was a whole month of pink down to my pink wedding gown! Hope you get a chance to look back at my blog from August 2010}

Here are a couple pics of my Pink eden roses, this is my favorite Rose... I think!
I will be sharing PINK every August, I started this last year It was so fun..

Happy first day of August!
It is a beautiful morning here in So. Cal.