Monday, March 21, 2011


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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Product Review - Oribe Foundation Mist

I must first tell you about my hair predicaments...  I have staticy hair.  For some reason in the last 2 months my hair has become so static-filled I have had to stop wearing it down.  I had tried the old rub-a-dryer-sheet-on-you-head trick, but to no avail.  I tried smoothening/sleeking shampoo and conditioner.  I also tried a light serum that was supposed to make hair smooth and not staticy.  Did any of them work?  No.  Boo!

Over the weekend I was in the neighborhood and went to Two Rivers Spa to buy some Moroccan Oil, which they have used on my hair and seemed to work well.  I talked to one of the gals working there and she suggested trying this new Oribe Foundation Mist.  She said it had only been on the market for sale for 3 days and thought it would work better and lighter on my hair (since my hair is fine). 

This is a happy ending!  I love this product sooo much.  It has made my hair so soft, and you guessed it - no static.  It's fabulous.  I am totally sold.  It also acts as a detangler.  You can spray it on wet, damp, or dry hair and also protects your hair from heat. Plus, all Oribe products smell divine and make your hair smell so incredible - all day long!  It's great.  I haven't had to spray any touch-up areas for static because the product has lasted and worked the entire day.  This is definitely a product I am singin' the praises for! 

To read more about this product and the specifics, click here.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Culinary Critique - La Vie En Rose

La Vie En Rose is a hidden gem in downtown Boise.  I guess it's not really "hidden"... It is located in the historic IdanHa Hotel, built in 1901.  When it was built, the hotel was the tallest building in the state of Idaho, and housed the state's first elevator.  Some of it's most notable guests included Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft.  (More interesting info on the history of the hotel can be found here.)

Walking into the restaurant I was a little surprised by how elegant it was.  The atmosphere is divine and can be summed up as bright Parisian. You'll feel you have been transported to a cafe in France with beautiful chandeliers and large picture windows that let in innumerable light.

For breakfast/brunch I had the Traditional French Toast made with their homemade brioche and hash browns with Gruyere and jack cheeses - and a side of bacon.  Whew.  It was incredibly delicious and so filling.  The brioche was so thick and heavy I couldn't finish it.  The cheesy hash browns were admittedly cold, but still were some of the best I have tasted and had a slight spicy "kick".  (So I can only imagine what they are like hot) :-)  The coffee I had was also pleasant.  Although next time I will definitely order their mocha (with Mexican-style chocolate sauce).  Jeremy had the Asparagus, Tomato & Goat Cheese Frittata (which is totally his style). It also came with toast and hashed browns.  He assured me it was also delicious. 

We didn't feel rushed at all, even on a busy Saturday morning, and all of the servers/employees we came in contact with were both friendly and quick.

Grade: A-  Take time to enjoy a little piece of France.  La Vie En Rose is an idyllic brunch location.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Family Photos

Well our church directory family photos are tonight...  Of course I am having a terrible hair day and when I get home I only have 30 minutes to redo my makeup, make sure my jeans are dry(!), and completely fix my hair.  Um... It's going to take a miracle to do that in 30 minutes. lol  I wish I had a personal stylist to do this to my hair.

A Few of My Favorite Things

Who doesn't love the smell of fresh oranges? 

The rain we've been having makes me really want a pair of cute rain boots. Maybe like these... or the more traditional Hunter wellies.

And to go with the boots... why not an adorable hat made by local business The Old Crow?

How about an exquisite Colorado vacation that could involve renting a ghost town?

Have you seen BHLDN yet? ...Dresses and accessories for weddings and soirees of all kinds...

This sounds nice about now.

Have a wonderful weekend!  Stay tuned for my Culinary Critique tomorrow!

Breakfast Date

Tomorrow we are planning on a breakfast date! And, weather permitting, taking a "photo-walk" downtown. I'm excited. We'll be hitting up La Vie En Rose, a European bakery and bistro housed in the classic IdanHa Hotel. I've heard that on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, they serve breakfast all day. **I'll be starting a column called "Culinary Critiques" - tomorrow. When we visit a new restaurant in the Treasure Valley I'll give you the low-down on everything from atmosphere, service, and of course, food. If you know of a restaurant you'd like to see in "Culinary Critiques", please let us know. :-)

Photos Beckoning Spring

Hello again! Here are some photos as promised... The lemons and flowers make me excited for springtime!

I will leave you with this pic of my Gatsby-pup. Isn't he a cutie?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Two Posts

I'm not sure why I feel the need to post twice in a row when I do post, but here is another... :-)

Yesterday I was so inspired by different photographers' work that I had been viewing. I ran straight home to the grocery store and picked up a bunch of random fruit and a bouquet of flowers for my "prop" ideas. Who else spends $25 on fruit? I guess we'll have to make some lemonade with all the lemons I bought. :-) Anyhow, I'll post some of my favorite photos in a bit. Oh, I also took some of Gatsby too. He is growing so big and I can tell his face has matured a lot.

Well my lovelies... Tomorrow night we are getting our "family" photos taken for the church directory. Not my favorite thing to do. I'd rather be behind the camera, ya know? The hardest part I think, is finding coordinating clothing for Jer and I to wear together. Some couples just dress alike and match all the time. We are not that couple! It's a hard job I'm telling you. That is going to be my task when I get home. I might be rummaging in the closets into the wee hours of the morning. We shall see. :-)


Today is a gray day... In fact I think it's getting gloomier by the second. But gloomy or not, I had a bright lunch with my husband! He called me at work and asked me out on a lunch-date. :-) I was pleasantly surprised and of course said "yes". He has been very busy studying and working lately and we just needed a few minutes to catch up with each other and chit-chat. It was a nice respite to a wintry workday.

Over the weekend my parents came to visit us. They were slated to return home on Monday, but actually got "snowed in" and decided to stay with us another day, which was terrific. :-) We always enjoy their visits and usually end up eating very well! We did a bit of shopping, playing games, chuch activities, movie watching, and actually furniture re-arranging. lol Brenda and Gerald came over Saturday and surprised us with two nice recliner chairs and a flatscreen TV that had all been in Grandma Wonch's apartment. Talk about a wonderful surprise! We are so thankful. So Monday morning we received the most snow we've had all winter- Kuna got dumped on more than anywhere else around us. It was crazy really. My folks decided to have a leisurely time and just hang out an extra day.

Thursday, March 3, 2011


Last night I had the pleasure of visiting a dear, dear lady in the hospital. She is having surgery on her hip this morning. Velma is easily one of the sweetest people I have ever known and has the most positive attitude and zest for life. Nothing seems to phase her and she loves everyone she meets. Every time we see her at church she is always so happy and excited to see us and calls us her "favorite couple". :-) She was in terrible pain on Sunday and was having a difficult time walking and didn't realize that her hip was broken. So I went to see her yesterday after work and brought her a pot of tulips. She told me, "Even when things like this happen- surgery and whatnot, well, that's just how life goes. When this happens I just thank God for everything he's given me. I have SO much to be thankful for!" What an attitude! I think Velma is the kind of person we all aspire to be. Even when she's in pain or having a rough time, she is always more concerned and sympathetic towards others. I know she challenges me every time I think of her and has been such a blessing in my life.


So much has happened in this last year. I know I haven't been on this blog in quite awhile. Truth is, I started a new blog last spring and thought that would work out, but for some reason I'm having a lot of trouble with it. So here I am, back to my faithful Blogger blog. lol I'm not going to keep any promises about "Oh I'm going to be so much better at keeping up this blog now!" because really... we know I'll have spurts of writing and spurts of absence. That's just how it is! :-) But I'm here to say "I'm back"....

Yes, a lot has happened in this past year, but God is good and we are alive and well through the loss of both of my dear grandpas and the loss of our Boomer-boy. We rejoyce they are in heaven and in the meantime are happy to have our Gatsby puppy, who I refer to as Monster. :-) He is now 6 months old as of last week, and by now probably 80+ pounds. He's growing bigger by the day (a half a pound to be exact) and we hope he is maturing that fast too. Puppies will be puppies! He's pretty smart and really is the cutest thing ever. It's hard to stay mad at hime for long when he does naughty things because he is just too adorable.

My parents are coming to town this weekend and I'm so excited for that.