Wednesday, December 30, 2009

2010 New Year's Aspirations


After a wonderful Christmas with my family (ies), it's already New Year's Eve Eve! Our Christmas consisted of lots of yummy food, quality time with both families, a very noisy dog, Beatles Rockband, and absolutely no photos of the two of us. Oh, and a new pair of Tory Burch Revas, so I can rest my poor other pair for a bit (THANK YOU ALL-KNOWING HUSBAND!!!). 



Christmas Collage
1. My dad and I (both sans-makeup)
2. I actually added ribbon to my presents this year - so proud of me
3. My parent's dog Diesel in his finest Christmas attire
4. Eleanor admiring my new shoes


Mr. Bee and I are both a bit under the weather and it's looking like we're having a quiet night in tomorrow. I don't have a list of New Year's Resolutions, but more of aspirations. I guess that way if I don't live up to them I'm not as much of a failure.


KatherineBee's New Year's Aspirations for 2010:


1. Have patience (this is going to be a struggle...)
2. Do my best to take care of myself and stay healthy
3. Cook at least 3x a week - Real cooking and not pasta in a bag
4. Read more. I love reading and I always forget I do. Here's my current Amazon shopping cart - I'd love any suggestions!!
Have a Little Faith - Mitch Albom
The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance - Elna Baker
The Help - Kathryn Stockett
The Lucky One - Nicholas Sparks
Whistlin' Dixie in the Nor' easter - Lisa Patton
5. Have patience (See! Already impatient. Needed to add this twice)
6. More family time/less volunteer time - As it is right now, I'm a sorority chapter advisor, alumnae chapter president, have a position on the San Diego Alumnae Panhellenic board, and volunteer with a Labrador Retriever rescue (but not as much presently). And I was in Junior League, which I had to bow out of due to my other obligations. But I need more alone time and family time, and more time to focus on work, which pays the bills and interferes with said volunteering. I'm not sure what the outcome will be, but I'm awful at saying no to volunteering. Maybe saying no should be an aspiration...
6. Have a child (or at least more seriously think about it) that isn't completely covered in fur  - This one isn't totally up to me, but I'm throwing it on the list anyway. And whose to say that any child we have won't be a bear? Stranger things have happened.


Lots of things to consider, but I have a feeling that 2010 is going to be an amazing year filled with positive change. Happy New Year to everyone and please stay safe tomorrow!



Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Art of Domesticity on Amazon.com

Receiving an Amazon.com certificate is a great responsibility. 10 years ago, I would have been thrilled to spend $200 on books. Heck, I would still be thrilled! As I get older and realize there are probably better things that we need to make space for said books, I shopped around at some of the other goodies Amazon has. Some of them aren't the best representation of what I'm looking for, but close! I think the whole "upload your customer photo" feature doesn't always work out in their favor.


Also, if you have any amazing book recommendations I'd love to hear them! I'm a little embarrassed saying the last book I read was a Sookie Stackhouse book and that I'm seriously excited for the next one coming out in May...

Bedroom 



1. Taylored Bed Ruffle - A cleaner look for the bed
2. Solid Ruffled Bedskirt - A bit girlier, but still...masculine?
3. Closet Cube Organizer - Great for sweaters or shirts when drawers aren't enough
4. Vacuum-Seal Storage Bags - Do these suckers even work? If so, I have some under the bed space calling it's name


Storage



1. Dishware Shelf - I have absolutely no cabinet space, hence the need to stack plates on plates
2. Under the Sink Storage - You may not give your Under the Sink (UTS) much thought, but it needs some love. At least, mine needs some love - why wouldn't I want to prominently display my Windex?
3. Rolling Shelves - Yes, this looks like it was taken at someone's house in the Ozark's, but the general idea holds true - deep cabinets and easy access to your pots and pans. Genius!


Domesticity

Stitch-It Kit - Beginning Embroidery and Needlepoint.  I used to work on needlepoint with my grandma when I was little. Unfortunately, she always used to get the hoops and the patterns ready for me and I'd just stitch. This looks simple enough even for me, and although maybe it's a bit too "hip", could be a good hobby.







Betty Crocker Cooking Basics - I have recipe books galore, but it doesn't help if I don't know what amount a pinch is, how to "baste," or what the difference between baking and broiling is (and how the heck to even do it.) This looks like it's right up my alley, and will help me to get away from the everyday pasta and egg dishes that I excel at, and more towards normal food that isn't half-made by the nice lady in the deli department.


Also in my basket:


A thank you to my mom, who always made me write thank-you notes, tried her darndest to make me say "ma'am", and had tons of other great advice I didn't listen to.




Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas to all!

Our original holiday card




And our plan B options (since plan A had major printing issues that resulted in swiss cheese heads)



For even more enjoyment, check out sketchysantas.com for some epic pictures like this in case Santa gave you coal in your stocking:



Home with my family, tree is decorated, presents are wrapped, and It's a Wonderful Life is on. Merry Christmas everyone!


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Mr. Bee Graduates Law School

Mr. Bee graduated from law school on Monday!! I'm so extremely proud of my husband - graduating cum laude from law school in 2 1/2 years - he doesn't cease to amaze me. He's already busy studying for the bar, so I'll probably have a bit more free time to write for the next two months, but I wanted to share (again) how amazing he is and how happy I was to share the day with him and our families.









P.S. Thank you to Miss MCW for helping me with the photo editing software - you're a god-send!



We're totally dorky. Now to keep prepping for the holidays - gift wrapping is almost done and ready to head up to my parents house tomorrow afternoon. Wish we could spend more time with our families, but he has bar class right Christmas so we'll be back home so he can study. No NYE plans as of yet, but I have a feeling we'll be keeping it low-key this year. Merry Christmas if I don't have time to hop on here before the holiday!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Go Elf Yourself



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Thursday, December 17, 2009

My Home is not a Divine Design

Guilty pleasure: HGTV's Divine Design. Candice Olsen does an amazing job of transforming rooms that usually look pretty ordinary into extraordinary works of interior design art.





These aren't the best pictures, but I promise her designs don't disappoint.

There is a point to this post, and the point is - where do you hide all of your crap? Sure, your furniture may be poilshed and antique, and you may have expensive fabrics on your bed and sofa, but these photos are missing...things. For instance, my husband has clothes he has no room for, we have extra pillows and general knicknacks all over the place. When I look at people's bedrooms in blogs I wonder where the heck they hide all of it. Is it in the closet? Under the bed? Beats me. How do you keep your counters free from clutter? These are the answers to life that I'm looking for.

So I charge you, wonderful readers, with telling me how the heck to get organized and free of clutter that my cats and dog will sleep on, cover in hair, and cause me to re-wash a thousand times over. I want to start with my bedroom and bathroom, and then move onto my office and kitchen (which has absolutely no storage or cabinet space). I know that people in NY survive in small spaces with no storage space, and I want to know your secrets. I realize that I will probably never have a home featured in Country Living, but I'd at least like a home that I don't have to have professionally cleaned every time I have guests coming down (which happens to be Monday - eek!!!).

Country Living Inspirations









Happy almost Friday,


Monday, December 14, 2009

Holiday Parties and Food Galore

 Finally made it out this weekend! We spent Saturday running errands in the rain, wandering the aisles of Whole Foods, and ended the day with Christmas music and a fire in the fireplace. I love when it actually gets cold down here (at least by southern California standards!).

Sunday we had my sorority alumni Christmas party. This dress was a last-minute pick, since the other dress I'd been planning on wearing was too big. I'm hoping to get it taken in before Mr. Bee's law school graduation next week (YAYY!!!!!!). Then he'll be back to studying hardcore and I won't see him until it's over. Kind of like a groundhog. At least we have the holidays to spend together now.
  

 Me and Mr. Bee in his festive RL tie



 All the Phi girls



 

I ended up making Chex Puppy Chow - it was a huge hit! Once I was done making the topping it looked a little dry, so I ended up doubling the recipe excluding the Chex mix. Probably not the best calorie-wise.

Here's the recipe in case you want an easy, crowd-pleasing recipe for your upcoming holiday party.

Puppy Chow
9 cups Corn Chex®, Rice Chex®, Wheat Chex® or Chocolate Chex® cereal (or combination)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar


Substitution


Peanut butter and chocolate are a favorite flavor combo, but peanut butter lovers can substitute peanut butter chips for the chocolate chips to intensify that flavor.


1. Into large bowl, measure cereal; set aside.


2. In 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag.


3. Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.


1 Serving: Calories 220 (Calories from Fat 80); Total Fat 9g (Saturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 5mg; Sodium 200mg; Total Carbohydrate 30g (Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 17g); Protein 3g % Daily Value*: Vitamin A 6%; Vitamin C 2%; Calcium 6%; Iron 25% Exchanges: 1 Starch; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 1 1/2 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 2 MyPyramid Servings: 1 tsp Fats & Oils

 

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Beauty Products of Yore

Sad things about growing older: The loss of youth, skin elasticity and the demise of your favorite beauty products. This is a tribute to some of my most favorite friends from the past.

Silking Smooth Therapy Serum




My favorite hair serum ever. I've made this baby last for two years, and I will be lost in life when it's gone. I've tried Redken Hair Glass and Garnier Hair Serum, but nothing makes my hair look and feel as amazing. They actually had a whole line of shampoo and other hair products that I heard were wonderful, but apparently the distributers disagreed.

Almay Amazing Lasting Foundation



I discovered this foundation in college and boy does it live up to it's name: It's amazing, and it lasts. It's been a long, uphill battle to find a good foundation that matches my fair skin and stays on my face, and this puppy does/did. I've since replaced with Lancome Teint Idole Ultra, but this will always have a very special place in my heart.

Bath and Body Works Tutti Dolce Apple Torte Lotion



This souffle lotion came out several years ago and is one of my favorite scents. It's great for dry skin and the smell is unlike anything else I've been able to find. I've looked for it on eBay and it usually re-sells for around $50!!! The sad thing is it's pretty much worth it.

Bath and Body Works Fei Banana Lotion


This is a summer favorite of mine from another discontinued line from Bath and Body works.  It reminds me of being in the Caribbean, pina coladas, beaches and that candy that has all the different types of fruit (with the apples and grapes and bananas whose name escapes me and won't come up in Google!). It's killing me. But it smells like a good version of whatever that is.

Maybelline Expert Eyes in Gray Suede



I literally wore this as my light eye shadow color every day in college. It's a pearlescent color that looks as good during the day as it does with a smokey eye at night. I've tried MAC's Crystal Avalanche which is similar, but nowhere near as good.

I found this article a while back in iVillage about finding the closest match to your favorite discontinued products: http://beauty.ivillage.com/makeup/0,,8z32jl4x-p,00.html

Unfortunately, although some of them are close, none of them are as good as the real thing. You'd think getting older and being able to afford makeup that doesn't all come from the drug store would be more eye-opening, and instead it just makes me yearn for the days of my $5 eye shadows.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

KatherineBee's Christmas List




Bath Towels in Saddle..like a horse wears. We only use the largest body towels for some reason.



Victoria's Secret Coat - love this - it's really Jackie O. looking.


My husband really wanted me to put these boots on here. I don't want them, I just promised I'd add them.


Gone With The Wind.
So I can hang out at Tara in my spare time and have a reason to wear my corset and frilly dresses.



Warm socks.
Actually, I love everything in this nap line. Designer snuggie, vibrating foot warmer, comfy pillows?? I love you!



Please clean my house. Not a joke, would love a housecleaner gift card.


 
Tory Burch Revas - Yes, I already have a pair, but have you seen them? I wear my shoes hard, mostly because I am a total klutz, causing me to demolish the front and soles of them. But they're sooo comfy and have recharged my love for flats. I'd love another pair of the black and gold, or black and silver.



This plaid VS Coat. It gets chilly, and boy do I love any opportunity to wear a coat. Under 65 degrees? Heck yes!


VS Lounge Pant. These are silly, but I love how comfortable the material is. I wouldn't mind having some cozy pajamas.



Um, these are just hysterical. And probably very warm. And probably not very attractive to men.



This pretty, prettp laptop skin.I'd love a matching iPhone cover if I could find one.

My absoulute favorite holiday scent - people always comment that I smell like cookies.

Closet and kitchen organizers


Laptop Bag. This is the Coach Heritage Stripe e/w Crossbody Flap. I don't think it's made anymore. I can dream though, right?





Lap Desk - Something like this, but would be great if I could use a mouse on it too.

- Gift Cards for Dog Daycare, iTunes, Nordstroms (never go wrong)

Some of these are silly - I mostly just wish for an amazing 2010 for everyone, for my husband to find an awesome law job, happiness for my friends and family, and lots of dog bones for Ellie. Everything else is definitely the icing on the cake.

Also, just ordered my holiday cards and they are pretty epic if I do say so myself.  If you'd like one please message me!



Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Yardsale: Tory Burch Revas 8.5 - SOLD!

Somtimes eBay is amazing, and sometimes you find out that wow, your feet are way too narrow, what were you thinking when you bought shoes you didn't try on?!!

Anyway, my loss (tear)is your gain.

Tory Burch Leopard Reva 8.5
Brand New - In Box
$90 obo (plus $8 s/h)



I can attach more photos if you like, or pose in specific ways to really show how amazing they are (I'm thinking of dangling from a trapeze).

I'll be listing them on eBay too, but wanted to give first-dibs to my bloggie friends.

Selling on blogs/twitter is seriously the best. You guys rock.


Yardsale: Tory Burch Revas 8.5