Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Little Autumn Decor - Show and Tell Friday

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Welcome to Show and Tell Friday!  Honestly I am not ready for summer to be over!  My home décor is best in summer colors with lots of shells, then Christmas is my 2nd favorite decorating season, and finally Easter/Spring.  It's hard to make Autumn décor look good in my summery home!  And honestly in California it doesn't really feel like Autumn until November! 

This week it's still in the 90s but I decided to decorate just one small area with a little bit of Autumn and I think I felt the urge to do it because everyone else seems to be! Peer pressure! haha!



It's been so long since I've bought anything for my little apartment but I was at the mall and decided to stop in Ross to see what they had and I found this mercury glass candle holder and it was so inexpensive I decided to buy it.  I'm really glad I did!  I just added a white candle and some fall potpourri filler and I love it!


I have some faux blinged-out white pumpkins that I added to the large beverage dispenser. It leaks so I can't use it for beverages!  The apothecary jar I filled with more potpourri filler and faux Fall leaves. I finished it off with my large decorative acorn.  That's enough Autumn in my apartment for awhile, unless the weather decides to cool down and I feel inspired but that's not likely. September in the Bay Area is usually Indian Summer and warm!

My lease on my apartment is a 10 month lease and it's up in December. I'm still on the fence about moving but I really didn't want to move in December! Luckily they offered me a 2 month extension at the same rent I'm paying now.  There is rent control in San Jose so they can only raise it 8% which is still a lot of money with what I'm paying in rent.  I decided to take their offer so I can decorate for Christmas and actually enjoy the holidays but if I decide to move in February the rent prices will be a little higher than December.  It was one of the hardest decisions I've had to make!  The rent prices around here have been on the rise and it's making me a little nervous!  I'm paying $500 a month more than I was at my last apartment and my raises at work sure aren't going up at that rate!  At this point I don't know where I will be living next year but I'm trying not to stress out about it!

Have I mentioned that I'm having the time of my life now?  I'm going back to the beach for the weekend to go to the Capitola Art and Wine Festival this weekend.  I did a post about it back in 2010 which you can see here. Weekends at the beach with my friends are so much fun!

Thanks to all of you that join in on Show and Tell Friday every week and thanks to all of you who leave such nice comments! 
 If you are joining in on Show and Tell Friday, please remember that your Show and Tell needs to be something from your home or garden. If you would like to join in, please enter your name and leave your exact Show and Tell blog post link, not just your blog link and as a common courtesy link back to my blog.

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Thursday, September 04, 2014

Show and Tell Friday

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Hi all! Welcome to Show and Tell Friday!  Sorry I was MIA last week! I meant to put a post up last Thursday morning before I headed to the beach with my girlfriends for a few days and I totally forgot to do it! I didn't have my laptop with me so there wasn't anything I could do!
 
I've had a very fun extended weekend and unfortunately I don't have anything new to share except some photos from my fun weekend and the old mosaic above.
 
 
My friends and I went to a big Labor Day party last Monday. Please excuse my wet dress...it was in the 90s and I poured some water on me to cool down! I had no idea I it looked that bad! I brought my big sun hat to stay cool and when I arrived at my friend's house friend decided to bring a bunch of hats...that's why they are wearing sombreros! 
 
...and here's another one of us all huddled in the shade trying to stay cool!
 
 
 
These are out of order...this one below was taken Thursday night at the beach. We always go to the last beach party at the Crow's Nest which is a restaurant in Santa Cruz. I think this summer we only made it to two of them...the first one and the last one! It's a huge dance party on the beach with live music...it's so much fun!

 
.... and then Friday night we headed over to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for the last music on the beach party there. Summer just seemed to go by so fast this year! I'm a little sad to see it go...I've been having such a blast this year! 
 
...oh and we even went to another dance party outside at a park on Saturday night!  Four nights of fun!
 
So as you can see I've been out having fun with my girlfriends and not doing much around my home these days but I love to see everyone's posts...so please join in!
 
Thanks to all of you that join in on Show and Tell Friday every week and thanks to all of you who leave such nice comments! 

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Summer Fun - Show and Tell Friday

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Hi and Welcome to Show and Tell Friday!  I have nothing from my home to share with you  this week and I almost just posted an old photo from the past but then I remembered I had these photos on my iPhone from last weekend!  

See...there is a reason why I don't have much to share this summer...I've been out having fun!  Last weekend my friends and I did an over-night trip to the beach for our friend Gina's birthday.  Santa Cruz is only about 30 minutes away but it's always fun to stay over-night! 

The Santa Cruz Boardwalk has free concerts on Friday nights in the summer and last Friday we went to see Eddie Money. It was so packed that we stood around and watched for awhile but then ended up just riding the amusement park rides instead.
 
 The photo below is from the drive down there. We road got shutdown because a tree had fallen across it.  We had to sit in the car with the engine off for quite awhile before they cleared the road!  Time to snap photos, clean out the glove boxes, laugh about stupid things we did in the past...I was laughing so hard I was crying! Although we were ready to get to the beach we sure made the most of being stuck in traffic!
Stuck in Traffic Selfie!

I have to get cotton candy every time I go to the Boardwalk.  They are lucky I actually shared it with them! lol

I feel so fortunate to have such amazing girlfriends!  When we are together it's all about having fun!  We'll be back to Santa Cruz for three days next week too! I  can't wait!
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Show and Tell Friday will be back next week!

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Sorry, no Show and Tell this week. I'm taking a little vacation! I'll be back next week!

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Friday, August 08, 2014

A new soap dispenser - Show and Tell Friday

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Welcome to Show and Tell Friday! 
 
 Before I get to the little thing I'm sharing this week, I have some good news to share! 
 
 I mentioned before that I was in training to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and I'm happy to say that after 30 hours of training, I was sworn in by the judge on Tuesday!  For those that don't know...I will explain it as quickly as I can. It's a volunteer opportunity to work with kids in Foster Care.  A CASA is an advocate for the child. You spend time with them (2-3 hours a week) and you also are in contact with their social worker, their teacher, etc. You are a volunteer advocate for the child.  Your write reports to the court about them. You go to court when they have hearing about their case (about every 6 months, up to 18 months). 
 
A child in Foster Care has many people in their lives that are being paid (social workers, attorneys, etc.) but a CASA is just there because they want to be a volunteer advocate for a child! It's probably the most fulfilling volunteer opportunity out there! If you love kids and have the time I would strongly suggest looking into it! You can really make a difference! 
 
My next step is to read some cases and pick the child I want to be an advocate for.  That should be happening very soon! I could go on and on but I won't because I'm sure about 90% of you haven't even read this far but if you have...thank you!!!
 
On to the material things...but these days, even though I like beautiful things, they just aren't as important to me any longer but I did buy a cute little soap dispenser at Marshalls the other day. It has hand soap in it now but I plan on using it my kitchen for dish soap. I've been on the look out for a cute dish soap dispenser for years and I finally found one!  It was only $7.99! 

 
Since I'm slowly switching to aqua colors it was perfect! 
 
 
 Thanks to all of you that join in on Show and Tell Friday every week and thanks to all of you who leave such nice comments! 



 If you are joining in on Show and Tell Friday, please remember that your Show and Tell needs to be something from your home or garden. If you would like to join in, please enter your name and leave your exact Show and Tell blog post link, not just your blog link and as a common courtesy link back to my blog.


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