Thursday, June 10, 2010

Thank you Alaska!!!

I just got back from my first real vacation in about 10 years.  We went to Anchorage, Alaska and while Anchorage is a great town we were definitely wowed when we rented a car and headed onto the road. 

Two days we went south towards Whittier and Seward.  Both were beautiful towns and on the way to both were wonderful views and hiking trails.  Whittier was very charming.  You get into Whittier through a 2.6 mile tunnel through the mountain that can only accomodate people going one way at a time.  So on the hour you can leave Whittier and on the half you can go into Whittier.  The town is very charming with small shops and friendly people.  Whittier is where we hopped on our 26 glacier cruise.  If you have not done one I highly recommend going to Alaska and doing it!  We were very fortunate that it was not very cold when we visited and there was hardly any rain.  We were really spolied!  On the cruise we spotted sea otters, harbour seals and the most beautiful glaciers.

Seward is another beautiful little town with spectacular views.  We visited the sealife center and they had the most lively and adorable sea lion ever!  His name is Woody and we were there at the right time.  It was feeding time!  Woody was performing tricks like sticking his tongue out and jumping on and off his rock.  It was just so fascinating since he was such a large sea lion!

On another day we decided to travel north of Anchorage.  The drive was not as scenic as it was South but at the end we found a quaint little town called Talkeetna.  I guess it is considered the doorway to Denali but it can sure stand on it's own.  It is very small but has many little wonderful shops and our favorite the Denali Brewing Company.  It was fun to sample their beers and then have a nice dinner in their restaurant Twister Creek.  It was so much fun.  And the town was so welcoming and people were so nice.  Hardly anyone driving up and down the road but instead there were kids riding up and down on their bikes and lots of folks just walking about.

I had never had the urge to go to Alaska but decided to tag along on my husbands business trip and I am so glad I did!  It is so hard to explain the true beauty that we saw.  From the wild moose to the bright blue glaciers I will always remember Alaska and I will always encourage others to visit if given the chance!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Bridal Shopping?

Are you or someone you know planning a wedding?  Etsy has many, many items that are unique and beautiful to make your wedding that much more special.

In August will be my husband and mines 10th anniversary.  We had a beautiful wedding in a chapel and my bridesmaids wore light blue.  It was perfect!

Etsy can help you find items to make your wedding perfect.  From jewelry, to hair combs, to wedding favors, to bridemaids/groomsmens gifts, Etsy has it all.  I have featured a few of my favorite sellers so please check them out and see what they have to offer.  If you know someone who is trying to plan their perfect wedding please share with them these fabulous finds.

Friday, May 7, 2010


Free US and Canada shipping this weekend Friday, May 7, 2010 thru Sunday, May 9, 2010 Everywhere else only pays $3.25 for shipping no matter how much you buy!

Also all orders over $50 before shipping will receive 15% off their total order prior to shipping. I can refund you the 15% through paypal or can send you a revised invoice. Shipping is already set up in listings.

So please visit GeniusJewels for great weekend deals!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Staring At Sound

The new album by Nick Dragisic is available on itunes and amazon or you can order it from his website  If you have never heard Nick's music then you are surely missing out so please check out his solo album Staring At Sound.

I haven't written in about a week but needed to come on and let you all know about Nick's new album.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.  It really touches the soul.  Be sure to read more about Nick on his webpage and what it took to create such a fantastic album!


Saturday, April 24, 2010

My 100 Items

Ok so I finally have 100 items listed in my Etsy shop!!  I am so excited!  It took a little bit of time but I made it.  So to celebrate I am going to offer free US and Canada shipping this weekend (4/24/2010 to 4/25/2010) to those who put "100 items" in the notes to seller.  I will refund you your shipping through paypal after payment is received.  Thanks for everyone's support!  Happy shopping and have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, April 23, 2010


So the husbands new hobby is fishing.  Of course he has fished before but now he is really getting interested in it.  I think it is great.  It is hard with 5 kids to find time to relax, as well as spend time with all the kids individually.  Hopefully fishing will become a way for husband and our 3 boys to spend some time together outside and without the girls.  Of course if the girls want to go they can but I don't see that happening too much.

So far husband has taken our 7 year old with him.  The 7 year old says he loved it.  Not sure if he loved being with dad or if he loved putting the worms on the hooks or both.  But as long as he had fun and enjoyed being outside I am happy!  Hopefully this is something that will continue and doesn't get too out of hand (if he pulls up in some big fishing boat I am outta here : ).

I wanted to share a few pictures from there fishing trip because they were so excited to go.  Hopefully this is the first of many father son fishing trips!  Have a great weekend everyone and enjoy those loved ones in your life!!!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


I think alot of us have something that takes us back to our childhood years.  Whether it is a sound, smell or by sight there seems to be something that whisks us right back to where we have come from.

Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago I can remember almost always being outside.  Playing ball in the yard, climbing trees (which I did alot of), playing ghost in the graveyard with all our chilhood friends, whatever it was we always seemed to be outside.  In the back yard of our tiny house with the pink awning I will always remember our lilac bush.  While driving with the windows down the other day I caught my first smell of spring.  The strong but wonderful scent of lilac immediately took me back to those times of carefree play and I felt like a child again.  Oh how I remember that smell!

I wanted to pay tribute to the most legendary flower in my memory by featuring some fantastic Etsy sellers.  Within these beautiful shops I hope you will find inspiration and rememberance.  Don't forget mother's day if approaching quickly and each one of these shops have beautiful items that I am sure every mother would love and possibly take her back to a glorius memory that has too soon been forgotten.