Friday, April 30, 2010
D.C. Charity Chicks' Spring event will benefit Room to Read, a non-profit focused on literacy and education in the developing world. Room to Read builds schools and libraries, publishes local-language books, and provides scholarships to young girls in Asia and Africa.
There will be a silent auction and raffle at the event to help raise additional support for Room to Read’s activities. Event tickets are $25.00 and include one raffle entry. Additional raffle tickets may be purchased for $5.00, or five for $20.00 For more information on the silent auction and raffle items, as well as various event packages, please RSVP below or visit our Events page.
Cocktails for a Cause will be a fun night out with friends, music, food, and drink specials all evening. If you are unable to attend the event, you can still support D.C. Charity Chicks and Room to Read by making a donation on our site.Please forward this invitation to family and friends, and share it online.
1140 19th Street, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20036
(two blocks from Farragut West metro station)
Tuesday, May 11, 20105:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Tickets RSVP to purchase your event and raffle tickets.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
What was one of the earliest jobs you worked when you were a teenage that you'll never forget for one reason or another!!
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I did laundry over the weekend, so when I got home last night, I spent some time hanging things and folding things, putting them away and I noticed (as usual), that I have no space in my closet to hang things, because there is too much there! I try to regularly go through my closet, taking things out that I never wear and donating them, but despite that, I feel like there is never enough room for everything.
I hope I don't sound shallow for saying this- I use my closet for a lot of storage too!
Still though, I find things in there that I haven't worn in years, but I can't bear to part with, for sentimental reasons. It isn't as though my wedding dress is hanging in there, since I'm not married yet, and I don't have any children, so I am not storing their first outfits either. My sentimental items include this ridiculous pink furry sweater thing that I bought in Poland, thinking it was the coolest thing I ever saw (it wasn't!) and a fabulous leopard-print lined red trench coat that I bought in Luxembourg (maybe I should wear that the next rainy day?).
Things like that. Clothes can invoke memories. I can remember the outfit I was wearing when I met certain boys that had importance in my life. I can recall what I was wearing when I found out that my best friend was pregnant with her first (and only) child, my godson Jackson. I can remember exactly where I was when I wore certain things. Since these things (and others) are attached to happy moments, I don't want to get rid of them, even though I may not wear that pink fluffy sweater (maybe I should post a picture of it, and take opinions?).
Do you do this? Do you attach memories to certain articles of clothing?
Monday, April 26, 2010
Katelin, of Gorgeous Footsteps in the Sand, it's YOU!!!!
Hooray, Katelin! How appropriate, as this past weekend was her birthday and she's getting married this summer! Katelin, consider this your birthday and wedding gift ;) Please email me your address so that I can send it out to you!
Thank you all for entering, and taking a minute to learn about the amazingness that is Scarlett Threads. Check back, as I love them so much that I will likely do another giveaway this summer. They have new apron designs out AND some adorable cloth bags!
Here's Steve, before-
Here's Steve, after-
He finished in about 35 minutes, which for his first ever 5K, wasn't bad! He came in well before many other runners, and met his goal of not being the last from his team to finish :)
I was so proud!
It was kind of cool being there, surrounded by all these runners. It was so early, but they had so much energy. Runners give off a cool vibe, and now I kind of want to be a runner too! It was rather inspiring, I thought.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
- 3oz of cream cheese (softened) (I used the entire package...which was too much :) The 3oz didn't seem like it was enough, but I think I had more than enough chicken, so I had to even things out. I'd say more than 3oz, but not the entire 8oz in the package...maybe 6oz would be perfect)
- 1 Tablespoon of butter (softened) I used a bit more than one tbls...
- 2 cups of cooked chicken (I chopped up a package of chicken breasts (the thin ones) into pieces and that worked fine)
- 1 Tablespoon of chopped spring onion (I don't like onions themselves, but I like the flavor, so I sprinkled in a few shakes of onion flavor!)
- Salt & Pepper
- 1 Tablespoon of dill (I didn't use dill, but used garlic instead!)
- 1 Tablespoon of rosemary (I used basil instead of rosemary)
- 1 8oz can of refrigerated crescent rolls
- 1 Tablespoon of butter (melted)
- 4 Tablespoons of crushed croutons or panko bread crumbs (I didn't do this)
7. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
They were super easy, and really good! Steve made suggestions for how we could try making them next time. Of course, he wants to add cheese...! He also thought about using shredded beef. I don't think that would work with the cream cheese, so I'd have to figure that out.
Have you made any good recipes lately?
Monday, April 19, 2010
I'm not sure why Steve is looking a bit goofy in this photo, but here is us at the wedding reception.
The wedding was at a lovely old historical church and the reception was held in a lodge at a local state park. It was low-key, like the other Iowan weddings we've gone to, where we were among the most dressed up. The wedding was on Friday, so Saturday we visited friends and then went down to the Amanas, one of my favorite places, as you know! It was a quick trip there, but I did go into my favorite quilt shop there and found some adorable fabrics, including some 1930's reproduction prints, which is my current favorite. They are too cute, so I am thinking up ideas of things to make from them!
My passport expires in October and I need to renew it now, as you aren't supposed to travel with it within six months of its expiration. This means that I've had it for nearly ten years, which means that I was in Luxembourg nine years ago right now. How is this possible?! I will admit that I was a little annoyed when I realized that its final trip was to Iowa. Lame! I should have planned a trip back to Luxembourg, so it could go back to its roots and travel full circle :) Yes, I use my passport travelling domestically too...it's just easier, I find.
How was your weekend? What did you do?
PS. My giveaway ends this Friday. Have you entered yet?
Friday, April 16, 2010
Her challenge is to buy or thrift one new dress each month, throughout the summertime. I'm not much of a thrifter (though I'd like to be- one day!), so I think I am going to challenge myself to buy one new dress a month. At the same time, part of my personal challenge could be to have at least one of the dresses be thrifted, but for some reason, I find most thrift shops a bit intimidating. Anyone in DC have a shop they love and think I should visit?
Caveat- the dress cannot cost more than $50! As much as I'd love to, I cannot rush out and spend my dress budget at anthropologie, despite my current lust for this lovely (and many others!). So pretty. Also, as you know, I have a few weddings to attend, so if I found cute dresses to wear to weddings, that would work. Bonus if I can wear them to work (with a cardigan or something!)
I won't begin until next month, since this month is half over, but I will post pictures of my dresses, I think!
So dress lovers, who wants to play?
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
This Wednesday, I am in one of my favorite cities, BOSTON! If you've never been to Boston, you are seriously missing out. It's amazing, to say the least.
Two years ago, the company I was working for at the time, had their annual meeting there. My sister lives there, and of course, my family is in nearby NH. Steve came up at the end of the meeting, so we could spend some time there. He had never been! Awful. I know.
You all know the story Make Way for Ducklings, right? At the Boston Garden, there is a statue of Mama Duck and her babies! I didn't know, but apparently there is also the same statue in Moscow, given to Former Soviet First Lady Soviet First Lady Raisa Gorbachev by Former First Lady Barbara Bush! Wikipedia has the story, if you are so inclined.
Here we are :)
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Despite the temperatures, I do have a special giveaway to share with you, one that I am really excited about. Through blogland (where else?) I've recently learned of Scarlett Threads, which is a compassionate boutique, specializing in unique products designed and produced by talented seamstresses in rural Asia. Scarlet Threads products are fairly traded and created in compliance with our core vision and values. When you purchase one of our beautiful hand-crafted products, you become part of our story by providing a woman with safe and rewarding work. (from their site)
Please read about their vision here and their values here.
Amazing story, wouldn't you say?
For you today, I am offering one of their amazing aprons, in particular, the Caroline, which is my current favorite. Right now, they have several new designs that will be out in the coming weeks, so who knows, I may do another giveaway in a few months :)
the Caroline- A little bit trendy and a little bit tropical, our Caroline apron pairs chocolate brown with a beautiful shade of teal. Styled after our popular Savannah apron, the Caroline brings the same fun ruffled hem and trimmed pocket to you in a modern color scheme. The adjustable neckline features two beautiful wooden buttons made from the husk of a coconut, and with long waist ties, we know this apron will make any woman feel beautiful.