Heading to the Big Apple!

Thursday afternoon the husband and I are heading to NYC for a day or two.  On Friday, I'll be exploring the city by myself while the husband is at work, and I'm hoping to do a little bit of shopping.  I want to check out C. Wonder, maybe Purl Soho, and definitely Kate's Paperie.  Does anyone have any other  recommendations?We're thinking about staying Friday night so we can check out the sights a little bit more on Saturday.   I would love any ideas!

My Parent's 30th Wedding Anniversary

Image from Pottery Barn
This Saturday marks my parent's 30th wedding anniversary, and we are celebrating at the most magical place on earth (mostly because it's close to my sister and easy for me to fly to).  As you may have noticed from my blog, our family is pretty low-key about gifts, but 30 years is pretty significant, so I wanted to try to do something special.  Despite that intention, I didn't really have time to pull much together.  Originally, I thought it would be neat to do a Shutterfly album of their wedding pictures, but I didn't have time to go home and scan them all in.  So, I resorted to buying a mother of pearl picture frame from Pottery Barn, which the husband said looked nice and it was certainly a lot easier.  I know the last thing my parents need is another trinket, but I think they will enjoy this, since it really is a nice little frame. Does anyone have some great anniversary gift ideas?  I'm always trying to think of something meaningful.

On Procrastinating and Home Decorating

I have to admit that I love reading shelter magazines and home decorating blogs, but if you walked into our apartment, you wouldn't be able to tell.  Of course, I tell myself it's because I'm limited by the husband and the budget, but really, trying to create our space just doesn't come naturally to me and half the time, I don't have a vision.  Also, I'm extremely lazy.   Case in point, a few months ago, I bought this bedspread.
I realized that the comforter didn't really match well with the vases that we had, but the husband didn't like them anyways, so they had to go. I picked up these little pink votives when my sister was visiting, but the wall was still looking pretty barren. I've been talking about printing off pictures of cherry blossoms for months, and I finally did it yesterday.  I saw these three frames at Home Goods for 8 dollars each, and I decided that I needed to just take the plunge and get this project going. Now that the pictures are hung up, I think that it's a little bit more balanced. I know all my books look junky, but they are my books, and I have no plans on getting rid of them anytime soon. (I already have gone through them quite a bit).

Anybody else ever slow to do little projects around the house?  I still have a table on our balcony that needs painting...who knows if it will get finished before the summer is over or not. If it took me this long to get a few pictures hung up, I'm guessing not!

Belated Birthday Recap!

So, with the flurry of birthdays, I never really got around to recapping all of the excitement. My whole family came up for Memorial Day (yay!), and I cooked some simple meals. On Saturday, I made salmon, asparagus, augratin potatoes, shrimp, and the husband picked up birthday cupcakes.  I was able to use our wedding china, and everything turned out well.  Sunday's lunch was much more casual, with corn on the cob, baked beans, and bbq picked up from a local place. I made blueberry no bake cheesecake for dessert, and it just happened to be national blueberry cheesecake day (who knew that was an actual day?! My sister read it in Self, and let me know that I was in the know!)
Cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake!
 When the husband's dad came into town on Sunday night, we took him out to dinner at Founding Farmer's, which really took the pressure off of me.
Here we are waiting for our table.
We also went to a Nationals and Orioles game to celebrate the husband's birthday.
The husband grew up as an O's fan, hence the ridiculous hat.
On his actual birthday, he had his little cake, and I hung up banners and tried to make things festive. We always buy a Pepperidge farm cake for him, which I think is great.  It's small, tasty, and not too pricey.
So that's how we celebrated his birthday!  Do you have any family birthday traditions?

Happy Father's Day!

I hope that everyone has a happy Father's Day, and that you can celebrate with the fathers in your life.  I'm waiting to celebrate Father's Day with my Dad on Wednesday, when I go down to Florida to spend a few days with my parents and sister.  I'm very excited to be able to spend some time with them, as we celebrate my parent's 30th anniversary too! Buying gifts for my parents is always hard for me, and it's tricky to buy for my Dad especially.  We've fallen into the routine that he gets some Virginia peanuts, a gift card, and some tools my brother picks out, which he at least pretends to appreciate.  This year, I'm also getting him a DVD of the "Men who Built America," because I think it's something that he would really enjoy watching.  The husband and I watched it a few months ago, and the entire time, we kept saying that this is something that my dad would like. I also decided to make him this little sign, because my dad says it pretty much every day. I think I'm going to make one for our apartment too,  because it definitely reminds me of home and how every day is a good day. I'll admit that this is not the most sophisticated little print, but I thought my dad could hang it out in the garage.

Sprucing up the balcony!

With the summer weather, the husband and I have been enjoying our balcony.  When we moved almost two years ago, we bought an actual couch and loveseat, which meant we had a futon with no place to go.  The husband had the crazy idea to move it to the balcony.  I thought it was an insane idea at the time, but I have to admit that we really love sitting out there and looking at the city on nice evenings.  However, the futon is a little sad looking (it's been through a lot)!  When my mom came to visit, she offered to sew up some pillows, so one trip to fabric.com, and I had some material sent to her house.  They arrived over the weekend, and I cannot believe how happy they make me.  They are definitely better than the drab, faded ones from before.
I have some other ideas to make it more of an entertaining center, because in our little apartment every little inch of space counts. I'm hoping to paint a little table that we have (although I'm still trying to figure out what color) and add this tray, cups, and pitcher from Jonathan Adler's Happy Chic line at JCP.

We also could use a new little outdoor rug, and it would help if I could keep flowers alive for more than a week or two.  Are any of you doing outdoor projects now that summer is here?