Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Father's Day 2013

This year my dad was out of town on Father's Day (in Cancun) so I spent the day hanging out with the rest of my family. At lunch I went to my grandparents house for a potluck style lunch and spent some time visiting. Then, later in the evening I went out to eat with my stepdad, Carl, stepbrother, Dane, and my mom. We went to a few of our fave St. Louis restaurants- Pho Grand and The Gelateria. I am already craving Pho Grand again!


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Fitz and the Tantrums

I've been thinking about going to the St. Louis music festival, Loufest, this year. I went in 2010 (inaugural year) and also caught one band in 2011. It is definitely on a much smaller scale than other music festivals such as Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and Coachella, but it's a cool 2 day fest in our gorgeous, urban park-Forest Park. There is no camping at this fest and you can come and go as you please. The headliners this year are The Killers and Wilco.

I've been trying to look up music by other bands as well to get a feel of how many bands I would like to see perform. One of the bands in the lineup is Fitz and the Tantrums.

I've heard Fitz and the Tantrums on the radio and have liked a few of their songs but I thought I should look up some of their live performances. I've definitely been impressed at what I've heard so far.  They seem like a really fun band with great energy.

Here is "6AM" live on KCRW:

Friday, June 21, 2013


Last weekend I got to go to my dad's house one day to take his family's dogs out while they were on vacation. It went smoothly for the most part (besides Misty jumping the fence) and it was fun spending time with them. Makes me want a dog again!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Hey Murphy

Etsy Love: Hey Murphy

Digging the bold jewelry from Hey Murphy. Great statement pieces.

All photos: Hey Murphy

Monday, June 17, 2013

Saturday Fun

We've had a lot of rain in the St. Louis area lately, but thankfully, Saturday afternoon was nice, so my family and I headed to one of our local bar/grills for some outdoor dining.

After lunch we headed over to a local antique/gift/doll gallery shop.  My mom and Carl came across the shop when they were biking on the trails in the morning. My mom knew it was a shop I would like so she told me that I had to see it.  

And she was right! This place was amazing and had so much stuff! 7000 sq ft filled with dolls, doll house items, antique toys, paper dolls, ornaments, and other antique furniture/miscellaneous items. 

These Wizard of Oz glass ornaments were so cute and I really wanted them, but did not want to pay the somewhat hefty price.

There was so much to see that I could have easily looked around for hours!

And the dollhouses.....wowza. I loved all of the miniature furniture and dolls. So cool! I didn't have time to look through it all, but I really want to go back again. 

I will admit that some of the old dolls were a little creepy, but the majority of the toys were really cool.  There were also some really neat gifts and ornaments, so I will probably go back again for holiday decorations (hopefully the shop will be around awhile-we were the only people there while we were shopping which is not the best sign). 

The shop is in a really pretty part of town that I don't often drive through. It's funny that I live in a somewhat small town (24,000 people or so) and there are still shops/restaurants that I haven't heard of or visited. But, I love these pleasant surprises!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Summer Shows

I am loving the great dance shows on TV during the summer. So You Think You Can Dance premiered a couple weeks ago (a long time favorite) and Breaking Pointe will return for a second season on July 22 ( a new favorite).
I'm looking forward to the top 20 on So You Think You Can Dance because that is when the show really gets good!

One of my favorite performances on So You Think You Can Dance last year (always so many good dances!):

Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead

Movie flashback: Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead

I saw this movie the other day while flipping through the movie channels and remembered it from my childhood. This movie was released in 1991 so I'm sure I didn't see it right when it was released, but I have memories of it nonetheless. I had to watch it again.

The movie stars Christina Applegate and is about kids left at home for a few months with a babysitter-a babysitter that happens to die. Not nearly as morbid as it sounds (or as it should be which is odd) but the 5 kids left at home (while mom is in Australia) are forced to find a way to make money and get by on their own. Christina Applegate plays 17 year old Sue Ellen, who poses as a 28 year old at a fashion company to score a decent job to support the family. It is a silly/fun movie with the main challenge being kids trying to make it on their own (Home Alone-esque) and the eldest sibling trying to get by in the business world. There is also a little love story thrown in.

The early 1990s fashion was definitely funny to see and reminds me of the early Beverly Hills 90210 episodes (and now I want to rewatch that series).

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