Friday, May 17, 2013

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Tuesday night, Doad and I got a spontaneous invitation to go to the Orioles game with some friends from our old church.

Mostly I went because, you know... I'm a concession stand junkie.  I love me some ballpark hot dogs, and popcorn, french fries, and chicken baskets.

Great, now I'm hungry.

*drool*  Delicious.

The food was pretty good too.  ;)

I also just love the atmosphere.  Loud, spirited fans, the smell of beer and peanuts, and a nice cool breeze to balance out the warm summer sun.  I know summer's not for a month yet, but yesterday night I could tell that it is lurking around the corner just waiting to pounce.  I can't wait. :)

Sadly, we didn't win the game. :(  But it was still a good time and I'm glad we went even though it was last minute.  I think hubby had a good time hangin' with the guys and I'm happy he likes it when I tag along too.  :)

Do you plan on going to some baseball games this summer?  What's the name of your favorite team?

Monday, May 13, 2013

Mani Monday: Gold Chevron

Happy Mani Monday!  And happy day after Mother's Day!

I hope everyone had a wonderful time celebrating their mothers and/or mother figures yesterday.  We had a lovely time hosting my family including my grandmother (PTL!) for a Mother's Day lunch.  My aunt and uncle picked her up from the rehab center and I am so happy that she finally got to see our new house and have a day out of the dreary place she's currently living in.  *yay!*


I've been in a little bit of a nail rut lately with designs.  I usually do at least an accent color or add some glitter to my manicures or something, but I've gotten lazy and rushed and have only been doing plain manicures.  Hence, the lack of Mani Monday posts - I had nothing special to share.

I think I've finally broken out of my rut and I'm really loving my current manicure.  I LOVE this color combo, what do you think?

Here's what I used:

Base Color: Lena by Julep
Chevron: Felicity by Julep and Striping Tape from Amazon seller

This was my first time using the striping tape more as "painter's tape" instead of actual decoration.  I painted the accent nail with Felicity first and waited for it to dry.  Then I applied the tape in the chevron shape, painted over it with Lena and removed the tape so the chevron would show through in the gold color.

I'm super happy with how it came out and will be trying this method more often.  I've had issues with the tape not staying on my manicures when I've tried to use it as a design.  I've tried all the tips: cutting the tape shorter than your nail, applying top coat multiple times, etc... My tape always peels off within a few hours :(

The reviews are mixed on how well the tape has worked for other people so maybe I just need to try again.  Either way, I'm loving this manicure and am trying to make it last as long as possible.

Happy Mani Monday, friends!

...PS.  Just in case your Mother's Day wasn't as awesome as you hoped - here's an encouraging word from Kid President.  We love you, moms!

Linking up...

Sunday, May 5, 2013

I love my little town

Today on our way to church we stumbled across the Fine Arts & Wine Festival happening on our little Main Street.  I don't know why, but community events like this get me all excited.  I think I just love the small town feel it brings and the fact that I "belong" to that community and get to be a part of it.

Also, I saw a sign for Chicken on a Stick.  If you're selling sketchy street food from a cart I'm totally there.  Sick, I know.  But it's always so delicious!

Anyways... we decided to check it out after we got home from church.  Awesome decision!!!

There are a ton of cute little shops and boutiques all along main street that I had not gotten to explore yet.  I dragged poor Doad into every single one of them today.  I couldn't resist all the cute decorative pieces - they were great inspiration for me since I'm in the middle of painting and decorating my craft room! :)

There was also a chalk station.  Anyone could draw on a square and then judges voted on them at the end.  Prizes were based on age category and ranged from chalk sets to gift cards for some of the local shops.  These were a few of my favorites:

After we got through all the boutiques we made it to the main festival area.  It was almost like Etsy in a festival! A large majority of the booths were handmade jewelry shops, but there were also hand carved wood pieces, candles, pottery, and my personal favorite, painted gourds!  Then there were the wine booths and of course a fresh local cheese booth (what wine festival is complete without cheese?)

Seriously, aren't those painted gourds amazing? I wish I could paint like that.

We live near the train tracks and what used to be an old train station.  It's a restaurant now, but next to it there are some old boxcars with model trains set up inside them.  I can't wait to take my nephew, The Cuteness, to see these trains.  I know he will love them.

Oh, and also there was belly-dancing.  

AKA, dancing with canes?  You're welcome for that.

Maybe I'm just a belly dancing newb, but I expected it to be more like this: (Without the candle on your head)

.... Moving on.  

I had so much fun feeling like part of the community, exploring with my prize of a husband who didn't mind being dragged to look at every jewelry booth on the street, and soaking up the wonderful, spring sunshine. I really love this little town that we've moved to.  How quickly and easily it has become home. :)