Tuesday, December 31, 2013

See Ya 2013

Well Trunk Nation, here it is the final day of 2013, and a HUGE THANK YOU to each and every one of you.  I am indebted with gratitude to each of you that reads this, follow my crazy thoughts on Facebook and Twitter, Oh and Awe at my T filled Instagram feed, show up at my shows and hug me and tell me nice things and of course purchase from the shop!  I have made a lot of progress this year and it was with y'alls help.  I am just so grateful to even have the opportunity to try this owning your own business thing.  It's frustrating, intoxicating, disheartening, and back breaking sometimes but it is always always so much fun. Every. Single. Part of it.

Instead of a resolution I come up with a word for the year,  a motto almost to my self. 2013's word was Courage.   Since that was the word I had to live up to I did a lot of things outside my comfort zone and couldn't be more thankful for the opportunities and the people that I have met because of that simple word.  My word for 2014 is Persistence, a continuance on a course of action.  Can't wait for the journey ahead.

 Now let's have a photo recap of the crazy 2013.

Thank you for being there along on the ride for all this year. T and I wish you all health and happiness in 2014.


Saturday, December 28, 2013

It's hard for me to fatham that they above packages and envelopes that I picked up at the Post Office yesterday for T and I  are from people I've met on the internet!  I have met some pretty amazing women all over the world and have made some life long friendships.  Feeling very thankful this holiday season!


Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Vacation

I think this photo pretty much sums up how T and I feel this time of year.  It's been a crazy good December but I think we are both ready for our Long Winters nap, or you know maybe just a few consecutive days in a row off.  The shop will remain open, but any orders placed from today until January 1st will not ship out until January 2nd.  Hope all of you in Trunk Nation have an amazing holiday!


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

20 Seconds

One year ago today at 8:30 am I walked into the Director's office, asked if I could shut the door, sat down in a chair, took a breath and said " I am giving you my two weeks notice" and across the desk handed over an envelope containing my letter of resignation.  The look on her face, I still see to this day, it was a mix of shock and confusion, it was as if the words I had just said were Greek and that this moment wasn't entirely happening.  All in all it took me realistically 20 seconds to get that sentence out, 20 seconds of insane courage to change my life. We exchanged a few words, she asked if there was anything that would change my mind to stay, I politely said No.   When I opened the door and  walked out of that office I felt like a thousand pounds had been lifted off of my shoulders, I felt like I could finally stand up straight, that a breath could fill my entire lungs not just 30 % of them and I had a permanent smile on my face as I was freaking out inside.
It's been a rocky road, a roller coaster ride at many points but there is one thing that is for sure, those 20 seconds, I won't ever regret them a day in my life.  Those 20 seconds changed every single thing.  
Now tell me what is holding you back, it's only 20 seconds?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Hey Y'all I have been hearing that the USPS is a bit slow this holiday season therefore I have bumped up the Domestic order by deadline to Sunday, Dec. 15th. So please please if there is something in the shop you are wanting for a gift order by Sunday. Please spread the word.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Hey Trunk Nation!  Just wanted to stop by and let you know that Vintage Kitchmas Christmas items have been added to da shop as well as a few other cuties looking for their forever homes. The best part they will ship domestically FREE through Midnight, December 2nd!

Here's a great gift idea for the person on your list that likes to cook. I found this super adorable pink recipe box and thought it would make a very thoughtful gift not only for the holidays but for a housewarming or wedding shower gift as well. Just think how meaningful it would be if it was filled with delicious handwritten recipes and given with along with an apron or whisk.  Super cute and super thoughtful, if I enjoyed cooking I would really enjoy a gift like that.  Recipe Box can be found HERE


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving US Trunk Nation members and Happy Thursday to the rest of the world!  I have been reflecting on how thankful I am for everything in my life right now.  Last year at this time I was in a really dark place,  I had just found out that the boy that I had given my heart and soul to for almost a decade was doing some shady stuff, I was so miserable at my 9-5 that I had to pop Xanax before going in everyday, but now, now things I feel are finally starting to fall into place and for that I couldn't be more grateful. 
 I have so much to be thankful for today, like my AH-mazing support system that picks me up and dusts me off in my moments of self doubt. I am thankful for chance meetings that have turned into life long friendships and opportunities.  I am thankful for being able to do a job that I love and am super passionate about all the time now.  I am thankful for my family that helps, loves, encourages and supports me in this little business and puts up with all my other quarks .  I am also so very grateful for all of you, blog readers, twitter followers, facebook friends and lurkers for supporting my little endeavors in your own way.
So as a Thank You on this day of Thanks from today through Cyber Monday, December 2 there will be FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING  as well as $12.00 flat rate shipping to Canada and $25 flat rate shipping to Europe, Australia and New Zealand!! No Coupon Code is required it's already set up in the listing.   I wanted to start the free shipping today because some people might be *cough* bored *cough* at their family get together and checking out the online happenings while pretending to be interested in family affairs.

Please also keep in mind that Saturday, November 30th is also Small Business Saturday.  While those big chain stores can offer amazing deals this time of year for gifts for loved ones, please keep small businesses in mind.  After all the US was built by entrepreneurship, so get out there to your local downtown area, local craft fair,  someones own shop domain, or on Etsy. Those of us trying to make our small business dreams come true will be forever grateful for your purchase, large or small.

Over-N-Out & Gobble Gobble!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Shop Mom & Pop & A Challenge

 In a few days in the United States a majority of it's people will be sitting down to eat insane amounts of turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie and even begin the celebration of Hanukkah.  Yet, I keep hearing about another big box store that is opening to push their Black Friday specials back into Thanksgiving Day.

 Every person that is consumed with the need for "stuff" and to score that really not so great deal but appears to be the greatest deal and walks into those stores on a holiday is keeping thousands of workers away from their families and holiday celebration. The reason Thanksgiving even came about in the U.S. was for one day all of us to reflect and give thanks for all of the food and things that we have had through the year.  One day people, one stinking day to not go to a store and shop. It's borderline appalling to me that we can't even go 24 measly hours without stepping foot in a store. There is online shopping for goodness sake if you need to shop that much.

This holiday season I challenge you to the 3/50 project. First think of 3 independently owned stores or restaurants that you would miss if they were gone. Now, stop into these stores, say Hello and pick a little something. Seriously anything $5, $10 any dollars helps keep said store a float.  Just browsing or following on facebook, while great does not mean that business you like is going to stay around.  Now the 50 part if each person in the U.S. spent $50 a month at independently owned stores  their purchases would generate $42,629,700,00 in revenueNow for example, every $100 spent in independently owned stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures. In a national chain, only $43 stays in the community and the rest more then likely goes to some person you will never meet in a nice corner office with a view.  Small businesses are the backbone of our country and one that needs your support not only this holiday season but every season.

I sincerely hope that  this holiday you will consider a challenge of  two things, one  celebrating with your loved ones, cherishing that time, and wait until the next day to do your deal hunting. And two this holiday season, consider taking the Small Business Pledge with me and support small, family-owned businesses, artists and crafters for at least part of your gift giving. We are the REAL Christmas (or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa) elves and want to give you the very best during the holidays and every day. Not to mention, we typically strive to pay our workers fairly, take time for our families, and create personalized experiences you can't get at a big box store no matter how hard they try. I thank you all so much for your support so far, and really look forward to helping make your holiday gift-giving special this year. I will now step down from my soap box.


Friday, November 22, 2013

Wisest Buck

Attention Cheeseheads... even the big bucks are advising you to get to Handmade for the Holidays this weekend at Becket's in Oshkosh!  I mean, when the buck talks you must listen. See you Saturday at Becket's 10 am- 4 pm.  I mean it's going to be so happening, that even Santa will be there!


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thursdays With T : On The Road

T here it's been awhile since I've blogged, and I thought I would talk about one of my favorite things to do, travel.  As you know Mom and I travel to lots of different destinations selling all of our different things, seeing family/friends and therefore spend lots of time in hotels.  Let me tell you how much I LOVE hotels. I get to meet so many new people which is one of my favorite things to do and there are so many amazingly different smells.  There are a few things though one should remember when travelling with a dog in tow and I thought I'd help you out.

Mom says that it is a bit of a challenge sometimes to find a hotel that will allow dogs, so she uses this website called  Bring Fido but there are many out there another good one is called Pet's Welcome .  They are so easy to navigate that even I can do it, just enter the city that you are going to and it will give you a list of the hotels in the area that allow us four legged friends as well as local dog parks and walking trails. 

I will be honest mom only uses those websites when there is no La Quinta Inn hotel in the area.  We have found that all La Quinta Inns' allow dogs to also enjoy their hospitality free of charge.  (Apparently a lot of other hotels charge mom a pet fee)  I love La Quinta, it's always clean, my bed is always so huge that I even let mom sleep in it, they almost always tend to have a big area of grass for me to sniff and mom always come back in the morning with a plate full of food.

Another thing to remember when traveling with a pet is to bring along a few of our favorite things to help us feel comfortable.  When packing up mom will always tell me to pick out a toy to bring and she packs it in my travel bag along with my food, dish, blanket and of course cookies.  I will be honest, sometimes it's hard to adjust to hotel staying because there are all sorts of new noises and smells but when I have my blankie and bones from home I feel better.

Well I hope that helped some of you fellow pets when you travel with your human.  Please feel free to share any other tips.  Mom and I are off for our next adventure shortly, I can't wait!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Head's Up

Hey Trunk Nation Friends just a head's up to all of you that again this year we will be offering FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING from Thursday, November 28 through Cyber Monday, December 2. There will also be flat rate $12.00 discounted shipping to Canada, Flat Rate $25.00 discounted shipping to Europe and Australia!! No Coupon Code is required, it will already be set up in the listing.  So set a phone reminder and mark your calendars, the FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING will begin at 12:01 am on November 28th.

Please also keep in mind that Saturday, Nov. 30 is also Small Business Saturday.  While those big chain stores can offer amazing deals this time of year for gifts for loved ones, please keep small businesses in mind.  You can read the article I wrote about some of my favorite small businesses HERE from my old blog. After all the US of A was built by entrepreneurship, so get out there to your local downtown area, local craft fair,  someone's own shop domain, or on Etsy.  Those of us trying to make our small business dreams come true will be forever grateful for your purchase, large or small.


Friday, November 8, 2013

Holiday Housekeeping

Happy November Trunk Nation!  I understand it's be crickets over here on le blog for weeks, with all the social media outlets I have this one always seems to be on the back burner, so try and follow our shenanigans over on da Facebook.  I try extremely hard to not let it get that way but that doesn't always happen as you can see.  So I thought I'd pop in and let you know of some of my upcoming shows and deadlines for the Holidays. 
First off, this month I have two shows, one vintage and one handmade both out of state. What?!  
 November 15th I will be setting up the Trunk at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Pointe Indiana.  This show is being put on by the fabulous Green Shutters Vintage Shop and will go from 2 pm-8 pm. 
November 23 I will up in my home state of Wisconsin for Dainty Daisies Handmade for the Holidays show at Beckets in Oshkosh.   I will have upcycled handbags, tea cup bird feeders, baby blankets, waterless snow globes and of course doggy stockings.  The show hours are 10am - 4 pm.
And Chicago area keep your calendars open because I will be at the Fremd High School in Palatine for their Holiday Bazaar from 9 am - 4 pm.  
Let's move onto online shipping deadlines shall we, because we all want our orders to make it to us by the Holidays.
 International order by deadline is Midnight on Friday, December 13
Domestic order by deadline is Midnight on Wednesday, December 18
Again this year we will be offering gift certificates to the shop and as always offer complimentary gift wrap of your purchase, all you have to do is ask in the "Notes to Seller" section when you are completing your order.
Ok, so I think that is all the housekeeping information I needed to share with everyone.  Also, we will be hosting a special for Thanksgiving weekend... FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING and flat rate shipping to Canada, Europe and Australia! Details on that will be coming in the next week.  Hope y'all are having a great November!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thursday with T

T here checking in from my internship at Duck Commander.  Have a Happy Happy Happy Halloween! 


Thursday, October 24, 2013

My Eat, Shop, Love Day- Milwaukee Edition

Oh Milwaukee, how I love thee and your smell of hops and barley.  I get to see you quite often but not just on a me day crossing places off my list that are not exactly kid friendly when I'm there visiting the bff and nephew.

I had gotten a call from Farm Girl Antiques  to come and check on my things in her shop, so I made a day of it.  I decided to take the back roads and stop at all my favorite places along the way, since I don't ever have very much time to do that.  Along the way I stopped at Antiques on Broadway in Richmond, IL,  several consignment stores outside of Lake Geneva, Clinton Street Antiques in Milwaukee and of course perused Farm Girl while we chatted about vintage goodies.  (Seriously when you're in Milwaukee check it out it's the most ascetically stimulating building inside AND the prices are so totally reasonable.)

By the time I was done shopping and chatting, it was way past time to eat.  On my list of places to stuff my face in Milwaukee was HoneyPie Cafe in the Bayview neighborhood.  They are a locally sourced made from scratch cafe that is down right delicious.  Deer heads on the wall welcomed me and my cheesehead roots felt at home for the afternoon. I had the Burger WI complete with a sunny side egg and a blonde root beer brewed in nearby Cedarburg.  I posted a photo to the gram that I was there and immediately was flooded with comments to check out the bathroom.  As some of you may know I am a sucker for superiorly decorated restrooms, and Honeypie's does not disappoint!  Every single wall was covered in vintage needle points.

After food I decided to take a stroll down  Kinnickinnic Ave. before my drive back to da Chi.  I'm so glad I did because I discovered this great boutique called Sparrow Collective that is a mix of many different and talented independent artists.  I picked up a pair of wooden lotus flower earrings, that are  one of my new favorite go to accessories.  By now it was getting close to the time when traffic was going to be horrendous, so a quick stop at Stone Creek Coffee for a cold brew and it was time to hit the road.

Oh Milwaukee I can not wait to see your beautiful self and smell your grain and hops again in a few weeks.  As always looking for suggestions for any places you think are amazing and that I must see the next time I am in Brew City.  For Information and addresses on each of the places I talked about please click their name in the post.


Wednesday, October 9, 2013


* Attempting to get da Junk shop stocked for the Holiday season.
* Wishing that all of the inventory sitting in the corner of my house would just magically appear online for your viewing pleasure.
* Needing more hours in the day

I have a few newbies stocked in the shop.  For some reason I decided one afternoon to just shoot vintage children's inventory so that's why there's been a plethora of those goodies hitting the shelves.  I PROMISE there are more "adult" things to come, cross my heart.  But for now let's just smile at how amazing these vintage children's toys and books are mmkay.  So bright, colorful, cheerful and authentic, and all ready for you to adopt and love them!

This guy is my favorite, part of me secretly hopes he doesn't get adopted but Talky is looking for his new forever home!

Hickory Dickory Dock the child in your life needs this teaching clock!

Hey Mr. Wilson! Set of two Dennis the Menace books, because every kid should know about the original ultimate mischief maker.

 And to get you into the holiday spirit before Halloween just like every other big box store, it's Howdy Doody Time!

Keep checking da shop as lots of goods are getting stocked pretty much on the daily, usually late at night.  Let's face it I like burning the midnight oil and working while the world is quiet.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wednesday Around the Web

Hey Y'all today I thought I'd share with you a few of links that I have had book marked around the World Wide Web, we can call them Wednesday Web Time Wasters if you want. Some are a little dated but still good. You're Welcome.

This Instagram FEED  that is being published as a book. It. Is. Amazing. For. Real. Yo.

 Are you like me and ever need 95 stupid cents to fill your free Amazon Shipping Order? You're Welcome
As a poor Celiac that HAS to shop at Whole Foods I still laughed out loud while reading this ARTICLE  that is almost dead on about a Whole Foods shopping adventure, I'm sorry but it's true....

This Quote from Chirlane McCray --  I am more than just a label. Why are people so driven to labeling where we fall on the sexual spectrum? Labels put people in boxes, and those boxes are shaped like coffins. Finding the right person can be so hard that often, when a person finally finds someone she or he is comfortable with, she or he just makes it work. As my friend Vanessa says, "It's not whom you love; it's that you love."
All of THIS I'll take the reality over the fantasy any day. "Flats, a sale rack dress from Target and a sincere worry that I might not even make rent next month, especially if I keep on giving in to what is apparently my new life mantra, "It's Wednesday, this calls for margaritas!" But I'll figure it out. I always do.
Brands get sassy on social media as well! Loving these Twitter Feeds and I seriously want to hang out with whomever is tweeting over @Taco Bell.
How about you have any links you'd like to share with me?  I'm always looking for new enlightening things, leave some in the comments. Have a happy Hump Day!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Junkn Rental Shoot

Starting in January there will be a Junk in da Trunk Girls catalog available for vintage rentals for your party, photo shoot or any other needs.  A few weeks ago with the help of my very supportive friend, we styled a photo shoot for a few of the items that will be available.  Here a few teasers until the catalog launches in January.

At first for this photo shoot, I wanted to collaborate with a bunch of different businesses and support each other but that just didn't pan out.  We did however collaborate with SmashCake & Company for the party supplies that you will see better in the catalog close up shots. All the food and beverages in the photos are from the local grocery store, that was all bought the night before.  So just in case you were wondering, yes, you can make a pretty pinterest type party with attainable food, and not have to special order everything! :)


Monday, September 23, 2013

The Last Summer 2013 Adventure

What do you get when you mix a balmy 75 degree Chicago September evening with a vantage point of what is debately my new favorite view of the city all while breaking the laws of physics with an adult beverage that smokes in hand?  Why you get an evening that is out of this world at the Adler Planetarium and their monthly adult only After Dark event of course.

It's a funny story how I ended up at the After Dark party for the month of September... I may have won the tickets by following the Planetarium's twitter feed and answered one of their weekly trivia questions correctly.  (Ya I'm a nerd, I own it and Crab Nebula for the win!) Anyway that is neither here nor there.  That evening, I saw the vast beauty of the Valles Marineris on Mars via satellite images in the show Welcome To The Universe, I learned all about different constellations in The Night Sky Live  and got to look at the Harvest moon through the Doane Telescope and felt for a minute that I was as close as Neil Armstrong had been. After the museum closed, I took a few minutes to look out at the moon and it's reflection on the Lake and reflect myself on how small we really are in this vast universe.

The point of this post is, the Planetarium at night with a DJ spinning, carrying adult beverages into all the shows, finally being able to see the stars in Chicago (irregardless that it was from the inside a building) and looking through a telescope that only astronomers get to look through was amazing and ended the summer of 2013 on a high note. Fall 2013 Here. We. Go.


Saturday, September 21, 2013

20 Things

1. I like spicy food. But not spicy to the point of sweat + tears.
2. I may have an addiction to anything with the following ingredients: salted caramel
3. I often think about going back to school to become a nurse.
4. I can never decide whether I want to spend the last few minutes of my night browsing Instagram or reading.
5. I know more about football and players then some of the guys I watch with on Sundays.
6. I want to visit all 50 U.S. states. (Currently sitting at 28)
7. I already know the titles and characters of the books I want to write.
8. I’m still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.
9.  Somedays I’m extra introverted, it's a fault. Alone time is KEY to me functioning.
10. I must once a year go some place via plane for at least a week to explore. There's something about recycled air & just too many things I need to see and experience.
11. Since giving up soda, I love love love coffee. Partly for the taste, mostly for the caffeine, but mainly for the ritual of it.
12. My purse is always in a constant state of chaos.
13. I send myself multiple e-mails daily. (P.S. This blog post was composed entirely in an e-mail.)
14. I think going out for breakfast is more special then going out to dinner.
15. I love dancing. 
16. I aspire to be an amazing photographer one day.
17. I listen to music for the lyrics.
18. I hate shorts, but couldn't resist the dressy ones in the photo. 
19. I can’t begin my day without hitting snooze on my alarm at least 3 times. There’s just no way.
20. All I really want to do is enjoy every minute of my short time here. All day. Everyday. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Let's Talk About Da Funk

 Working from home has a way of turning me into a bit of a hermit. With the exception of getting out a few hours a day for errands, client meetings, treasure hunting or deciding to work from my other office aka "the coffee shop with the green lady on it's cups" most of the time it's just me, T,  loud Pandora stations and my computer.  Which to be honest is nothing short of paradise for this introverted work horse. Being your own boss is amazing.  But lately, I've been in a bit of a funk, a funk that needs a major attitude adjustment.  I put it out there to a few of my self-employed collages only to find that they too are in a funk as well. An unispired, burned out funk. Tell me is it this time of year or is there something in the water?  How do you all adjust your attitudes any suggestion would be much appreciated. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

New York State of Mind

Then:  On the morning of September 11, 2001 I was in my college dorm room getting ready for the day with the radio on when an interruption in the music came on to announce that a plane had flown into the North Tower.  I immediately turned on the TV and saw with my own eyes the chaos that was ensuing. My room mate came back from the showers to find me crying on the couch.  I walked to class as The South Tower was crumbling, campus was in complete silence.  I arrived at my creative writing class and 10 minutes in the professor sent us all home and told us to surround ourselves with people.  My roommate, floor mates and I spent the rest of the day glued to the tv and trying to call family but cell towers were down.  That night the entire campus came together in the Quad for a candlelight vigil.  I remember looking up at the sky and not seeing a single airplane and feeling melancholy.

June 2002 I left for my first visit to Manhattan, and my first visit to ground zero.  The eerie silence, interrupted every so often with sounds of bulldozers still sifting through rubble, the coldness in that particular spot in the city on a very warm day, the flowers and photos hanging on the chain link fence, and the weeping family members.  I was overcome with a feeling that New York was somewhere I needed to spend a chapter of my life. 
June 2003 I left my small town in Wisconsin for a summer in Manhattan for my internship working with kids from Manhattan that had lost someone on that horrific day. That summer turned into the most life changing summer of my life, and changed my perspective on the things that really matter in life.
Recent: Since 2003, I have been back and forth to Manhattan several times, it's a city that just calls to my soul.  But it was last summer's visit that affected me.  I had gone to the 9/11 memorial and thought I would find it sad but it was instead the most peaceful, eerily quiet and tranquil place I have ever been in the city. I went to search for the names of the relatives of the kids I had worked with. I went to the space and found the name I was searching for, it was a very humid calm July afternoon.  I put my hand a top the name and was immediately sprayed with droplets of fountain water, my eyes teared up and goosebumps ensued. It was as if he was letting me know that he was there, that he appreciated and was thanking me for coming out to visit his final resting place. That moment is something that not only stuck with me the rest of the trip, but I get goosebumps thinking of it now,  I was filled with a sense of peace and understanding that this life we all live is too short and every moment should be appreciated and never taken for granted.
Regardless of where you call home today, Chicago, New York the West coast I hope that you find the time to take a quiet moment and reflect, because it is in the darkness that we shine brightest.

Monday, September 9, 2013

  Nature is never in a hurry, she has seasons and everything that needs to be done is accomplished. It might not be perfect, even nature has flaws but the end goal is always attained.  Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways from the fierce wind battles they have had to endure.  But those trees, they take deeper roots, they have to in order to stand tall and survive.   Even in their uniquely bent flawed shapes they are still beautiful.  A few life lessons can be learned from sitting and staring at a tree, first and foremost a tree stands tall and proud no matter the weather that surrounds it.  A tree they never give up or surrender to the wind, they may bend and branches may break, but uproot that takes an insane gust and a pretty enduring battle. 
Like a bent and flawed tree we all carry our scars from our battles.  Some are physcially apparent but others we wear on the inside.  But all of those flaws put together, they make each of us who we are, a unique and beautiful part of nature that continues to battle the wind storms.  

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

My life is pretty good. It is. But I am just searching for something to make it great-
something to make it matter. And that's the hardest part is it not. Trying to figure out what that something is. But I  go forward with the hope of that when I find it I will instantly know.

 "Pool of No Inhibitions" on the Highway 20 Ride taken by yours truly.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Highway 20 Ride According to my Iphone

Highway 20 is the Highway that runs through Cascades National Park in Northern Washington and in my opinion it is one of the prettiest rides. It has mountains, rivers and views that will give you shivers from how breathtaking Mother Nature can be.  Here's a collage of iphone photos from the ride, I'm teasing you with iphone photos as I sort through the 500+ I took with my Nikon.  If you follow along with my instagram I aplogize as most of them were posted there in real time.  Enjoy!

So when you drive
And the years go flying by
I hope you smile
If I ever cross your mind
It was a pleasure of my life
And I cherished my time
On that Highway 20 ride.... 
Zac Brown Band


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Shop Clearout!!

Hey Everyone we may have went a bit overboard on our last buying trip and since we are are currently 3 sales away from the 250 sales mark, the 250th sale will get something extra special in their order and as a special gift to all of you a coupon code for 25% off of your purchase through the end of August!  Use coupon code CLEAROUT at check out!  Help us move some inventory from the warehouse because there's so much more to be added!  Good Karma points will be awarded for tweeting, facebooking and in general sharing of this coupon code! Thank You!


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Peace Out 31


Today, I venture into another year, turning the page to the beginning of another chapter.  To say that 31 was a roller coaster ride of personal growth would be an understatement. Let's just say I'm glad to be off the 12 month crazy train. I exit the ride however with a TON of valuable lessons about myself, people, business & life in general not neccessarily learned in life's nicest way but alas all lessons learned and notated.   I am looking forward to the chapter of my life's story that is 32, what will it hold only destiny knows.  Saddle up cause here we go!


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Birthday Covet List Or A Few of My Favorite Things

Here's a few of the friviolous things I'm currently coveting...

 Junk Gypsy's are two of my fav gals and now they have a limited edition truckers hat avaliable in Buckle stores!

Paddy Wax Blood Orange and Bergamot Candles.  These are the best smelling things around burned through my first couple in a few weeks and now I'm out!

I LOVE  pretty much anything and everything from LUSH but this stuff is the bomb diggity! I had a killer sunburn after hanging with the niece at the pool and this stuff worked better then aloe... just saying it's crazy awesome!

These boots seriously... I NEED them in my life like a hole in my head but they are all sorts of amazing!

This BookZine would be a great addition to my business library....

I am currently in the process of giving up my beloved soda, but I still need  that caffiene, and this adorable french press seems like the perfect solution to my new iced coffee addiction.

Except Opposite with an unlimited Uniqlo  Anthro & Century 21 shopping budget! :)
And no list of mine is complete without and Enid ofcourse!

How about you what are some of the things you are coveting?