Last weekend …. I got to adventure around a cabin nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains….
[Yay! Cabin in the woods! Cue: horror music interlude]
I had family in town , that I hadn’t seen in a long time.
[It was a blast to run around and act all ” touristy” in a neighboring town of Chimney Rock, NC]
So , let’s see .
Where do we start?
We got lost trying to find the cabin.
I got several bouts of motion sickness. [blargh]
But , we had wonderful weather.
And I had my trusty Pink Westie Sunglasses.
When you’re in a pinch, and feeling woozy from car sickness, it’s amazing how a good pair of sunglasses and a lot of ginger [can be your friend]
I stumbled upon Ramsey Supply Co. [Ramsey Supply on Instagram]
Each pair of sunglasses are hand-made, hand-crafted , and unique.
No two pairs of sunglasses are the same
[yes. That means no one will have your exact pair]
Each piece of wood is different, and they have a great selection.
They’re affordable , and come with a lifetime guarantee.
And here’s the best part about the company .
Their kind, compassionate, and a portion of each pair of Sunglasses …
Is donated to charity!
[I absolutely Love this]
[1mwave on Instagram]
One More Wave Surf Co. is a 301C Non-Profit organization the provides wounded and injured veterans with surfboards [customized for their needs]
Soooo [let’s sum this up]
*My sunglasses we’re hand-crafted and hand-made ?
*They are ethically made , family-run, and made in the USA ?
*The bamboo wood is renewable and sustainable?
*Ramsey gives back to those in need?
Just knowing that by getting a pair of sunglasses, you’re helping multiple people? …
They say , ” She saw the world full of rose-colored glasses”. I mean, they are pink. [Yes. Kind of like a baby/ rose pink]
And my weekend family vacation?
My mom & stepdad came to visit.
My stepdad has suffered close to 9 strokes this year.
He has gone from complete paralysis , losing his speech, motor functions, and has gone thru months of physical therapy.
I hadn’t seen them for over 8 months…
I saw my stepdad walk for the first time.
He is up and walking around. He is talking. He is laughing.
And my “Pink Westie” sunglasses were with me.
Sometimes …something as small [as Sunglasses] ….can be so much more.
Thank you Ramsey Supply Co.
We need more good.
We need more good companies like you.
I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
Quirky [sitting in the sun and Inspired] ,
It’s our day off.
What’s any good day off involve ?
Well , let’s see…
It might involve that whole ” Adulting ” thing.
[Ya know] Like paying bills , running errands, and grabbing groceries.
Closely followed by an amazing Enchilada lunch [I’ll blog later] and a good cup of coffee.
I almost forgot about the puppies.
…Somewhere in between that Enchilada Queso sauce and a Venti Vanilla Latte ..
We stopped for puppies.
We just happened to be driving past Brother Wolfe Animal Rescue.
[Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is a wonderful no-kill rescue facility located in Asheville, NC ]
Me: “Let’s stop by. We can visit the puppies . We can give them treats. And show them some Love”.
The husband [so smart]: “You’re going to get attached. You’re going to want to adopt all the dogs. And we can’t right now”.
Me: yea. No . I’m totally fine. I just want to say hi [he’s totally right]
[Have you ever had a vision of running in a field filled with Puppies? Doesn’t that sound like the best dream ever?!]
So. There we we’re at Brother Wolf.
Just walking thru. Visiting & handing out treats.
And then we saw her.
A little smiling face . Wagging tail.
The cutest little furball in the world.
She looked like some kind of mini- Aussie & Lab mix
Body and mannerisms of a mini-Aussie. Fur of a lab.
She had this twinkle in her eye.
We’d continue looking around, and we’d look over, and there she was smiling at us.
My husband couldn’t stop smiling.
As we we’re leaving, we talked about how she would be a wonderful addition to our family.
We named her Lexi. “Little Gray”. And talked about picking up an adoption application.
I want to rescue all the puppies.
Sometimes , you have to know when to give up, throw in the towel, or get a new sweater.
Which brings us to sweaters.
Do you realize how many sweaters are out there?
Specifically dog sweaters.
We ended up at Petsmart. Surrounded by dog sweaters.
We sat and debated all the different sweaters for our dogs.
Salvatore needs a rain slicker. The border collie doesn’t like getting his fur wet. Spencer [our mini Aussie] loves wearing sweaters. Plus she gets cold. And the one she has now is a little worn. So she is due for an upgrade.
You know , you’re that ‘Dog Parent’ when you spend 30 minutes debating over dog sweaters. Literally.
Pink doesn’t fit her’. The Velcro could be uncomfortable. The argyle square print . The argyle square is perfect.
We leave with one sweater.But want five sweaters. Sound familiar?
***[Luckily till tomorrow, Petsmart , is having a 40% sale ,on coats & sweaters. plus an additional 15% for PetPerks Members YES. So we got a $20 sweater, for $10] ***
Some things are unresolved. Timing is everything. We’d love little Grey. But, right now ,we have two dog sweaters. We don’t want to overstuff the closet. But we’d love a bigger family. Maybe sometime soon. I’m grateful for the beautiful family I do have.
Quirky and in love with adorable dog sweaters,
If you haven’t figured it out yet..
I have a crush on Movies.
I totally am in ” big-like “with the silver screen.
Like writing my name “in cursive with hearts ” on my notebook.
And of course this just so happens to be my favorite season for Movies
Some cool holiday parties are coming up.
[Wish I had an invite, sigh]
You’ve got the upcoming Golden Globes, SAG awards, and
[oh-hi Man -Crush- Monday] everyone’s favorite Golden Boy
my favorites of favorites , ‘The Oscars’
[yay! ] Yes. The Oscars are my Super Bowl
Any who, [enough gushing]
**Spoiler Alert: year of the awesome ensemble- driven drama & so many good “Based on a True Story” Contenders **
here’s a run-down : 12 Movies [I can’t wait to see!]
[in no particular order]
[Dream team cast alert]
Mark Ruffalo , Michael Keaton , Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber , John Slattery, Brian D’Arcy James, Stanley Tucci
High-stakes ensemble drama based upon a true story of the Boston Globe uncovering the scandal of the Catholic Church
Man, I want to play a reporter in a movie.
2. Bridge of Spies
[Favorite Director Alert]
A steven Spielberg movie . starring Tom Hanks.
No intro /bio/ tag line needed
Another newsroom drama involving 20/20 Dan Rather and the Bush Administration ..
[with another great ensemble]
I’m a fan of newsroom ensemble dramas & Cate Blanchett always rocks.
Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Elisabeth Moss, Dennis quad, Stacy Keach, Topher Grace
4. Steve Jobs
Yes, this movie has been out for awhile, and yes .. I still haven’t seen it. I need to.
Written by Aaron Sorkin [Favorite screenwriter Alert]
Directed by Danny Boyle [Slumdog Millionaire]
A bio-pic [yet again] ,another stellar ensemble driven cast , including: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels about [that Apple cool guy , Steve Jobs ]
5. By The Sea
[Favorite Dream Collaboration / Couple / Bad-Ass Female Writer /Director ]
Angelina Jolie- Pitt [Writer /Director ]
6. The Big Short
Based on a true story with a great ensemble
[you would think I’d be sick of saying that phrase, nope]
Trailer Vibe has a very dramatic Oceans 11 feel
Pitt / Bale/ Gosling/ Carell / Tomei / Gillan
[yup. You know you’re cool, if you list only the last name]
7. The Good Dinosaur
Pixar movie about Dinosaurs .
[Consider me there]
Directed by Peter Sohn , force behind Ratatouille & Monsters University
8. In the Heart of the Sea
[Favorite Director Alert]
Ron Howard at the helm of a true story. Sailors stranded at sea. In the face of a whale
9. The Revenant
[Favorite Actor Alert]
Can we please give him an Oscar already.
He’s earned like 5 by now [not really] but he has in my book.
[ aka : Silver Lining’s Playbook Reunion]
David O’Russell Directed. family drama . starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro.
[ Favorite Sports Movie Alert]
Will Smith [another Oscar contender] playing a doctor discovering brain damage in repeated concussion offenders playing in America’s favorite pastime . Sure to be a hit.
12. Star Wars.
[Favorite Director Alert / Everything Award]
Because J.J. Abrams & Star Wars
One day, I will work with you J.J. One day. [in a distant far away casting]
So there you have it guys
12 movies [ I can’t wait to see! ]
Movies inspire life . Reflect Life. Imitate Life.
And sometimes.. just make our Life better
What movies are you excited to see?
[Thank you YouTube for providing all the trailers]
Quirky and ready to buy’ all the tickets’ on the fandango,
It’s wonderful when you get a chance to collaborate with others.
This past week , I had the opportunity , to feature my first boutique on my Instagram [and Blog] [YAY!]
I fell in love with the jewelry of FableBay on etsy.
One day it scrolled across my Insta newsfeed , and I was like ” Hey. ”
And the pretty wire-wrapped gemstones necklace was like “hey”.
It was like ..Love at first sight.
I like the idea of supporting a hand-made product, supporting small business. Products are made in the USA and you are supporting business owners, artists & creatives. By supporting small business, these businesses are able to thrive and in turn , support their family.
Amber who runs FableBay Jewelry was so sweet. She was open to collaboration, willing to make time ,for my little newbie blog. She personalized my stone , and got to work that day, and shipped the next day. Professional & Super efficient. The idea that two creatives could collaborate on a first name basis, across the country, is fun and inspiring. Girl Bosses unite.
Go check out her jewelry. It’s beautiful work. Http://www.fablebay.etsy.com
[Plus no stone is the same. Wire-wrapped. Totally fit my bo-ho rocker style …Unique pieces , what up?!.. I got your number now]
*[And if you follow my Instagram Feed, you’ll see a present discount code , if you make a $50 purchase by the end of the day. ] *I’m just saying.
Plus. You should be following my Instagram.
I post too many cute dog photos. [oh , & there’s the photographer, my husband ♥️]
Quirky , creative , and happy to collaborate ,
Sometimes in a summer ..
It’s all about self-discovery , making choices , learning lessons, and growing up.
Which we saw in the 1980’s cult-classic ” Dirty Dancing”. [LOVE THAT MOVIE, in case the cap letters ,didn’t give it away ]
I remember my summer before college.
I made the choice to cut my hair short . Like really short. What was I thinking?
[Which come to think of it, kinda looked like the un-curly version of baby’s. Yes. It was that poofy.]
I discovered tweezers exist for my eyebrows. [Oh…That’s what their for]
I made grown up choices by hanging out with my friends a lot. Dancing , [Just regular , like silly dancing ] Laughing, Riding Roller-coasters.
I learned how to take a driver’s test [3 times. Yup]
But , I never did carry a watermelon
Thus , bringing us to today .
Me and my husband got the chance to visit Lake Lure for the day.
[Where they filmed portions of “Dirty Dancing”]
It was our first time going on a boat together as well
[So much excitement]
So here’s some photos of the movie filming location [now]:
– Here is where “Johnny lifts Baby in the water”.
If Lee lifted me , I would have cried, because it’s a little brisk.
So to keep it real, “I didn’t do the Lift” , but Lee said its “all good”
-Here is where “Johnny and Baby dance on the log”.
I couldn’t imagine dancing across this log, let alone walking across it. Because well , we couldn’t get to it . But if we could have , I would have tried. I think. [And probably have laughed when I fell]
– Here is where “Baby carried a watermelon”.
Yes! I carried a … I didn’t carry a watermelon. I carried a water.
[And some windbreakers and a small cooler.]
-And nobody put me in the Corner.
Nope. Not at all.
I sat right up front. with a handsome man [and a dog]
Being an Actress, I really loved writing this post.
I love the movies. Movies inspire me.
If they wanted to cast, me as Baby.. I feel like I’m now ready.
I mean, before, what did I really know?
[But now .. I’ve seen where the lift was filmed now..Boom]
A little history : Lake Lure is a man-made lake. And in honor of the famous movie, they hold a “Dirty Dancing Festival ” every summer. [Where you can recreate your Johnny & Baby Lift in a competition] that’s adorable.
So I figure, I’ll make it a random, “featured post”, to write about cool filming locations/old movie sets you can visit.
Next up: The Hunger Games Filming Locations
If you could re-create movie moments , which do you love?
What are some of your favorite movies?
What we’re you doing the summer after high school ?
[Yes, Mine was a million years ago too]
Quirky and nobody puts me in the corner ,
Whole Foods “You Complete Me” [And my Grocery Bill] #4
#4 The Peanut Butter Cookie
Sometimes while binging on a ,Grey’s Anatomy marathon, you have a sweet tooth.
Or you think you have a sweet tooth.
Maybe it’s all the drama of the show?
[No] I mean Yes. Yes. I most definitely have a sweet tooth.
My husband suggested ‘cookies. I was like ” umm. That’s awesome!
But we don’t have Ingredients. ”
And he was like ” Yes. We do. Simple. Peanut Butter, Egg , Sugar ”
Yes! He’s Right. totally right! Why is he so smart?
But since we don’t have sugar , I opted for a healthier version , Honey.
Healthy is a simple & healthy alternative to sugar.
[ don’t worry. pinterest has some awesome conversion guides.]
So here you go [the easiest most delicious cookies in the world]
*1 Cup of Peanut Butter
*1/2 cup Organic Honey
*Dark Chocolate Bits * optional
*Preheat oven to 350
*[ I might have given the collies a little peanut butter from the jar]
*Mix 1 egg , 1 cup of Peanut Butter , 1/2 cup of Honey in a bowl
*Spoon balls onto greased pan [as small or as big as you like. We opted for bigger cookies]
*I also opted for little dark chocolate pieces to place on top
*Bake for 10-12 minutes
*[We baked for 14 minutes. Crispy outside, gooey inside ]
*Smile . Enjoy. you have cookies .
[ all of our organic products we’re purchased at our friendly neighborhood Whole Foods Market Asheville]
Quirky and loving Peanut Butter ,
I know I’ve been absent for a few weeks ….Life Finds A Way, but I’m back [Yay!]
So I thought I would put my pen to this breezy afternoon day –
I just want to be creative around creatives
I just want to cultivate humor and laughter
I just want to inspire and be inspired
I just want to show compassion in the face of darkness
I just want to help & give back to those less fortunate
I just want to show strength in moments of weakness
I just want to smile instead of cry
I just want to be better for those that need me
I just want to speak for those who can’t speak
I just want to care for the wounded , battered, and bruised
I just want to show empathy instead of anger
I just want to be bold instead of ordinary
I just want to be me
And this is just one reason why I Write
Why do you write? What do you strive for? What inspires you ?
What is your dose of happiness ?
Quirky & Craving Inspiration ,