Monthly Archives: August 2016

Beauty Box Favorites – Summer Edition

I subscribe to Beauty Box 5, Ipsy, and Sephora’s Play Box, and look forward to my goodies every month. Thought you might be curious what the favorites were from the summer’s boxes:

Polyvore of Ashley's beauty box favorites from Summer 2016.


Sunrise at Cocoa Beach, Florida, July 2016.

Have You Ever Stitched a Sunrise?

I took this photo when walking with my Dad in Cocoa Beach and when scrolling through my flickr album for about the two-hundredth time, I thought it might make a fun stitching project.

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New Goals, New Results? Gym Talk.

You know how you try to exercise to lose weight and it just doesn’t happen? Okay, maybe you’re one of the lucky ones. But for me, it hasn’t worked so I’m trying something different.

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Beverage dispenser set up on a colorful bar for a party.

Summer Cocktail for a Party

If you’re invited to my home during the summer months, and are not a gin drinker, chances are good that I’ll offer you a paloma, especially if you’re part of a crowd! They’re refreshing, summery, and inexpensive- something appreciated by many of us during these hot months when we’re running the A/C extra!

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Before picture - our mid-century, 1969 bathroom with green tiles.

Retro Bathroom Refresh – Before

T and I purchased our (first) house in 2009. It’s a quirky, one-story home built in 1969 with some remodeling done by the previous owners: opening up the front living room with a large archway, closing off the carport into storage, and adding a large extension to the back of the house. It really is perfect for our needs.
But it only has one bathroom.
And I’ve been miserable in that bathroom for too long.

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Ocean Drive's art deco architecture, from our trip to Miami.

Four Days in Miami? Yes, Please!

After a family reunion in Coconut Beach (where we stayed an extra night and had an amazing dinner at Fat Kahuna), then a detour to the gorgeous Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, we drove down to Miami for a few days.

T had never been to Florida before this trip, and I had never been to Miami. As a Burn Notice junkie, when planning the vacation I figured that since we were already going to Florida for the Reunion, “we might as well go down to Miami, and play super-spy.”

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Edinburgh cross stitch pattern, of Victoria Street. Available at

Summertime Stitching

With summer still raging in Texas, I like to escape to air conditioning and work on projects inside. Like cross stitching. It’s quiet, inexpensive, keeps your hands busy (and out of the snack bowl), and can be done anywhere.

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