Thursday, February 23, 2017

College Trip

Lily and I spent the day looking at a couple of colleges on Saturday. It was a fun trip to Newport News to see Christopher Newport University and on to Williamsburg to check out William & Mary.

We were both impressed at how pretty CNU was. It was such a beautiful day and it made the experience that much nicer. We toured the campus, hit the bookstore, and sat on a bench listening to two fellas play Coldplay on their violins. Very cool.












From there, we headed to Williamsburg. We toured William & Mary's campus and enjoyed seeing several students using their Enos. After spending some time at William & Mary, we decided to check out Colonial Williamsburg.







It brought back so many memories of my youth, as well as, time spent there on field trips when I was teaching. The weather was perfect for strolling the streets of Williamsburg and checking out the shops and people who were dressed in their colonial garb. 

We had a great time together and I'm looking forward to more of these college trips with Lily.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

What's New {5}

A new series about things I've found that seem to be making life easier, more fun, and/or more efficient.

I recently purchased the Eyefi Mobi SD card for Shelly and me. We are sharing it and using it in both of our cameras, when needed.




The whole idea behind the Eyefi card is that you can transfer your photos from your camera to another device over a WiFi network. It's a great way to get your photos transferred quickly to your desktop, smartphone, iPad, etc. There's no need for a cord or the need to insert the SD card into the desktop.

It's a little pricier to purchase the Eyefi Mobi SD card, but it's a huge convenience to have the photos transferred so easily over the WiFi network.


I paid for this myself. The above opinion is my own. And, I'm receiving no compensation.





Friday, February 17, 2017

Painted Coffee Table

Last week, Shelly, John and I went to the DAV Thrift Shop and looked for a desk for Shelly. Unfortunately, we were unable to find her a desk, but I did come across this coffee table that needed a little love. It was only $29 and I thought I could give her a coat of paint (or two) and renew her look. 


Original look of table (iphone photo)


We weren't sure about a coffee table in our den, but I thought it would be nice for the other couch area to have a little something there. So, for $29 and about $10 worth of paint, I thought I'd give it a go. 



I am really happy with the way the table turned out and I was very impressed with the chalkboard paint I used. It's Dixie Belle paints in Sea Glass and Drop Cloth. 







I also added a tray from TJ Maxx ($16.99) with some books, a candle from TJ Maxx (actually got 2 for $6.99), a faux succulent plant ($7.50) from Michael's, and the little sailboat (can't remember the price) is from a local beachy shop called Tin Soldiers Forgotten Treasures.












Overall, I'm happy with the low cost option for a coffee table and I'm enjoying the look.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

What's New {4}

A new series about things I've found that seem to be making life easier, more fun, and/or more efficient.



This week's item is a dog toy. It's called a Kong and it is one of Fynley's favorites. So far, it has proved to be indestructible. She has owned it for seven months and continues to play with it daily. 
Classic-KONG


It can be filled with treats, peanut butter, or a variety of other suggested items. Fynley likes the little treats that go inside, as well as, playing with it when it isn't filled. I have tried frozen peanut butter in it and it took her awhile to lick out all the peanut butter.  Granted, she was a tiny puppy then. So, I may give it another try and see how she likes it with some peanut butter in the Kong.


Kong-Stuff-N-Snacks-Dog-Treats-Puppy-Treats-Various

So, if you're looking for a great dog toy, I highly recommend the Kong.

I paid for this myself. The above opinion is my own. And, I'm receiving no compensation.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Happy Birthday, Sis!

A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my sister, Linda! I hope your day is filled with love and happiness. You are such a terrific sister and I am so grateful for you. 

And here's a little throwback photo of her with the girls:

What's New {3}

A new series about things I've found that seem to be making life easier, more fun, and/or more efficient.

This week's addition to the series is a fun card game called, Exploding Kittens. It's a fast paced game that kids of all ages can play. So fun for the family. The origin of the game is Kickstarter. So it's great to see a project becoming successful from a start up company. 

Check it out for some family card playing excitement. 

I paid for these myself. The above opinion is my own. And, I'm receiving no compensation.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

What's New {2}

A new series about things I've found that seem to be making life easier, more fun, and/or more efficient.

Installment #2 of the What's New series is all about Woolite laundry dryer balls. I found these dryer balls at Home Goods and thought I'd try them out. I bought the lavender scented balls in a pack of 6 for $6.99. 
Woolite Dryer Balls, 2 Pack


For each dryer load, I use 2 of the dryer balls and after 2 weeks of using them (around 12 loads of laundry), I'm still using the same set. They definitely cut down on the drying time and I'm saving money by not buying dryer sheets. I'm really happy with these and think they are worth checking out.

Woolite Dryer Balls, 2 Pack


I paid for these myself. The above opinion is my own. And, I'm receiving no compensation.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Girls' Blogs

The girls have both decided to start their own blogs. 


Lily's blog is called Boardwalk Chic and she plans to feature fashion and lifestyle posts. Check it out to see what she's up to these days.


Lily Foster

Shelly's blog is Shelly's Life at the Beach. She posts about fashion, crafts, and her life.


Shelly's Life at the Beach


If you have a chance, check out their blogs and leave them a message!!!