Bye, Bye Birdie?

Welcome spring…..finally!

Today just feels like spring might actually be serious about arriving…hopefully it’s not an April Fool’s prank, however one never knows!

Someone who has arrived like clockwork though, are the robins.  And while they are beautiful, and I love hearing their sweet songs, I am not a fan of them nesting on our porches.  They leave quite a mess!

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And so I’m playing offense here and hoping it works.  They say that noises and reflective, shiny things may deter the feathered friends.

I’ve also tried stacking tennis balls on top of our porch posts….

Judge if you must, however we do have 72 acres for them to reside:)

We shall see….

Meantime, if you see this girl in between these two cuties:


Please wish her a happy birthday – it’s a  ‘special’ one for sure.  I seriously do not know where the time goes:)

Blue Apron

Hello there~ sorry it’s been a while!

Have your heard of Blue Apron?  I decided to give it a try after reading about this company on several blogs.  I also felt like we were preparing the same recipes week after week, and needed to try something different.  Perhaps it ‘s the harsh winter we have had, combined with my lack of imagination when it comes to cooking!

Here’s what comes in your order:


All fresh ingredients packed on ice.  We ordered the 2 person plan.


They send you just enough for each meal.  In our case, we get 3 dinners per week.


They send a recipe card with easy-to-follow recipe cards.  Each recipe takes about 25 – 30 minutes to prepare.


The above picture shows our first meal and it was delicious.

I’ll keep you posted, but this may be  just what we needed to add some variety to our dinner menu.

Has anyone else tried this?  Please share:)


Fashion Finds

Have you been searching for steals and deals lately?

Here are some fashion finds I’m liking:

The sweater, dress, and blouse are from here. They are having 40% off this weekend.

I like the Sorel snow boots – especially the black laces.  They can be found here.

The Lindsey Plate Frye boots are on different websites, but can be found here.

Happy shopping!

Just Breathe

Oh, how I have enjoyed this break. Taking time to organize  and prepare for this past holiday made it especially enjoyable.  I plan to carry this idea over into 2015.  Life  is not always predictable, neat, or organized.


So, when I come home, it helps me to relax and unwind if I have systems in place that help me to manage all the “stuff” that life throws at you.

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Welcome 2015!

Here’s hoping you all had a nice holiday with your loved ones. We spent lots of time with family, as well as time out hiking the trails for some exercise and fresh air.  We  are hoping to have dodged the flu that has been going around – let’s keep our fingers crossed for now.

Meet our latest member of the family, “Mufasa”.  Citylogger and I met him while on a walk a while ago.  In fact, he was standing only feet away and we didn’t realize it until we looked up.  He’s quite regal, and quite large.




Here’s hoping your 2015 is a good one:)

Designingacres…all 72 of them!