Our First Visit to Guam

Why Guam? Well, why not Guam? We haven’t been there before and our friends are stationed there for three years. So it only took us eight months to see them after they left the states. We decided to cut the eleven hour flight in half and layover in Honolulu. Bruce hadn’t been there before so it worked out great. An evening and afternoon in Honolulu and we had a great time walking the lively beach city. The last time I was in Honolulu was in 2004 and I was sick in bed. All I wanted was a malasada but I just couldn’t stomach it. So, this time, I made it the first item on the list to do before we got on the place for Guam. We hopped on the city bus and headed to Lenards for malasadas and a coffee. It was sooo good! Bruce’s first steps in the waters of Waikiki beach. We made to Guam! It’s an additional 6 hours from Hawaii, but we finally got to see our friends and their three kids. They kids were a bit shy at first but seeing them at the airport was a nice surprise! First order of business after a night of good nights sleep, touring Andersen Airfare Base and then it was off to Dededo beach. This beach is basically enjoyed by the military as it is only accessible from the base. Haley and the kids go to this beach just about everyday. The waters are mostly calm… read more

Giant Gingerbread Cookies for the Christmas for gift giving

GIANT Gingerbread Cookies

Giant Gingerbread Cookie are easy and fun to make for holiday and Christmas gift giving. Make the best gingerbread cookies for friends and family.

Before and After stained contractor interior doors DIY

Before and After – Builder Grade Interior Doors Turned Into A Distressed Beauties!

My love of chalk painted started when I stumbled upon a home decor boutique in Monument, CO. The store displayed their decor items on furniture that had been treated to look “worn” and had that “chipped paint” look I liked. The shop owner showed me the Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan that was used to create these timeless pieces. Then, he showed me the classroom where he offered Chalk Paint classes. Of course, I took the classes and I was hooked. This was the answer I had been looking for for many years. I had many pieces of furniture I had collected from garage sales and thrift stores that just needed to be refinished and brought back to life. My first project, my dining room Louis chairs that I have for over 10 years. I used layers upon layers of paint to emulate old world French furniture. I utilized the techniques I had learned from class and discovered a few techniques of my own. The Interior Door Project A Wish Come True I searched through many resources to find the right interior doors. But it took longer than I expected. Of course, if the budget had been unlimited, it would have been a “bit” easier and faster to accomplish. But I wasn’t part of unlimited budget decor club so I needed to search for ideas that were within my realm of spending. However, when it came right down to it, I kept saving the exact same dark distressed door, over… read more

Farwell Paris!

Girls Trip to PARIS!

Wow! What a whirl wind of travel this Spring and Summer this year is going to be! But first, PARIS. Like most of us, Paris is on most people’s travel bucket list. It’s just a very unique and romantic culture filled with recognizable land marks full of history. On this girls trip to Paris, we had about seven full days in Paris the first week of May. Usually it is getting warm in France by this time of year according to our contact in Paris, but this year it was a bit unseasonable cooler. So we were well prepared for the cool weather and set out to have a great time with or without an umbrella and our puffer coats. On our first night at Le Grand Hotel we were greeted with someone else’s birthday dessert. For a moment we thought it was for us. But I notified room service and they had made a mistake. When they came to pick up the birthday cake they arrived with a beautiful tray of macarons for our “troubles!” Im glad I called in to room serve, but the other two wants to eat the cake! – – Karma girls, karma! But the treats in our hotel didn’t stop us from having a second dessert after dinner with our friend and guide who took us all over Paris! I couldn’t stop taking pictures of these doors. I loved the architecture! Paris building and storefronts – took tons of photos of them, too! Here… read more

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