Summer Bucket List – Summer book and coffee

July 23rd, 2024 klwade Posted in Bucket List, Reading, Shopping Finds No Comments »

I can usually find seasonal coffees at Aldi’s and this summer had their Summer Blend. A medium coffee with a fruity kick. I was able to get the ground coffee as well as the k-cups. I made some the other day and it was a nice mellow coffee. Not sure I can taste any fruit, but it had a nice smooth taste. It did not disappoint.

I actually tried a cold brew drink from Starbucks which I normally do not branch out and tend to stick to my favorites. I like a tried and true classic. It was worth the try.

Besides my coffee I was able to start a new book. This book was one of my Book of the Month selection by Abby Jimenez called Just for the Summer.

I am only 100 pages in and so far I am enjoying it. I like the characters and the premise.

Justin has a curse, and thanks to a Reddit thread, it’s now all over the internet. Every woman he dates goes on to find their soul mate the second they break up. When a woman slides into his DMs with the same problem, they come up with a plan: They’ll date each other and break up. Their curses will cancel each other’s out, and they’ll both go on to find the love of their lives. It’s a bonkers idea… and it just might work.  

Emma hadn’t planned that her next assignment as a traveling nurse would be in Minnesota, but she and her best friend agree that dating Justin is too good of an opportunity to pass up, especially when they get to rent an adorable cottage on a private island on Lake Minnetonka.

It’s supposed to be a quick fling, just for the summer. But when Emma’s toxic mother shows up and Justin has to assume guardianship of his three siblings, they’re suddenly navigating a lot more than they expected–including catching real feelings for each other. What if this time Fate has actually brought the perfect pair together?

Not a bad start for the summer.

Just some beautiful Katie Daisy art

October 28th, 2023 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Shopping Finds No Comments »

I love Katie Daisy and have enjoyed her art for years. You can buy her art products, cards, planners, calendars, art prints, pencils, inspiration decks, washi tape, etc at her Etsy shop or on Amazon.


Bucket List-Autumn Tea

October 3rd, 2023 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List, Shopping Finds No Comments »

At night, when there is a chill in the air. I enjoy a good cup of tea. Especially if I am under a warm blanket and have a good book, or watching a great show. I wanted some new tea options that were more in line with the season. Fortunately there are a lot of options out there.

Bigelow has a great teabag collection to capture the flavors of Autumn and Winter. I just received this tea collection in the mail yesterday so I will be have a warm cup of tea tonight. When it is all said and done, I will let you know my favorite flavor.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.

A Little Special Halloween Treat – Starbucks Style

October 30th, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Shopping Finds No Comments »

So I was watching one of my favorite you tubers and she went to Starbucks to get the Limited Edition Witches Brew drink

I always seem to forget there are special limited edition drinks everywhere, so watching the video prompted me to rush out and get one.

Ohhhhh does it look spooky!!!!

So here it is in all it purple glory

Congealed purple and eye of newt (chia seeds) or warts or dragon scales,

Whatever it is just tastes like an orange cream drink.

Not sure it was worth it, but it did get me into the spirit.


My 2015 Annual Summer Pool Party!!!!

July 7th, 2015 klwade Posted in Outdoor, Shopping Finds 1 Comment »

Its party time!!!

Pool and Water!!!!!

I planned this wonderful event and we had fun!!!!

The Decorations

Green Sitting area

This is the green corner of my garden.

Chairs and Cushions from Target

Afton Chairs

Bird Pillows

Outdoor Seat Cushions in green

Green Garden Stool by Sam’s Club


orange chairs

This is the orange side of the garden.   Sorry the photo is funky, I was really taking a picture of the garden stool for my sister.  We decided to use a navy blue garden stool instead.  Thank Goodness that SAMS Club had the stools on sale.   Yahoo!!!!  And speaking of clearance, I got the second set of chairs on clearance.  AND I got the last two chairs.  Yahoo!!!!


Coral Afton Chairs by Target

Navy Blue Cushions by Target

Orange striped lumbar cushions by Target

Navy Blue or Orange Garden Stool

Blue Table


I made these seat covers for these chairs.  I used the same material as the big chairs and sofa.  I love these folding tables from Lamps Plus.   I have the navy and the light blue ones.  The candle holders are from Joann Fabrics.

Monterey Table and Chairs in Ocean Blue and Sky Blue






party lights

So I wanted to add some extra things on my patio cover.

In the morning the sun beats down on you that I decided to make an awning to cover the area.  It was a tricky process.  The material was not really wide enough, but the angle was also wonky based on the patio curving.  So I actually make a long strip of fabric and made a rod casing at one end.  I ended up putting a cheapo curtian rod in the end and dropped it onto the rails.  It was fell between the slats and stayed put.  At the other end I looped it over the end rail and then ran it behind a rod that holds the curtains.

I also added some patio lights.   I just attached them to the slats by using a plastic tie cord.  But the cool part was we added the lights to a switch that we can turn it on via remote.

And of course there is the overhead ceiling fan.  Which I love!   A great find at Lowes!

Patio Fan

Remote Light Outlet Switch Set

vintage signs

I had a pile of old vintage signs and I wanted to put them somewhere in the yard.  I finally found this cool bench from IKEA to hang them on.

The only problem with this bench is it is suppose to be anchored to a wall.  I did not want to that so I got creative and my brother helped me add braces to the back.  So now it is real sturdy

The bench opens to store stuff, what I dont know.  But one day I will put something in there.  LOL

IKEA Applaro bench

Vintage style tin signs

Movie Screen

So since I was projecting the movie across the pool, I needed to have a larger screen than I wanted.  But it is pretty awesome.

It is a portable screen that I can take camping, or over to another persons house as well as let friend borrow.  Very easy to put together

Visual Apex ProjectoSCreen144HD Portable Movie Theater Projector Screen



Candles placed in holders  (these are awesome remote color changing timer candles perfect for outdoors)

Games placed out, and appetizer plates are ready.  These plates are cool because they are melamine and look like paper plates.  Very cute.

The mason jar makes a wonderful flower vase, it is from World Market which is AWESOME!!!!


Cards Against Humanity Game

Melamine plates

Mason jar Vase

Outdoor candles


Box of towels just waiting to be used.

Drink Central

Drink central…. Mason jar for margaritas and some Raspberry Lemonade for those who don’t want booze.  Of course I had to use paper straws.  Reminds me of the past.  LOL.

table setting


I actually did not have enough matching plates and stuff so I had to go out and get some new stuff.   LOL  No problem!

Most of it came from World Market but the bowls were from my local Vons Grocery store.  Of course I had mason jars already!!!

Fiji Melamine Plates and Bowls

Green Mason Jars

Hotel Dinnerware


Acrylic Glasses

Penny Toys

I replaced the old outdoor rug with this awesome one from World Market.

Penny, my sweet pooch had to bring her chew toy out for the party

Outdoor Rug from World Market

Music was playing from the speakers that I hung from the patio.  I dont have a picture but believe me.  We listened to 1950’s tunes from Amazon Prime (love Prime and the free stuff you can get)

Wireless Speakers

To hang all this fun stuff from my patio (curtain rods, speakers, ceiling fan, solar lights) I use these AWESOME hooks.  Nobody has these, nobody, thankfully this man created these hooks, I love them and use them all over my patio.

Aluma Hangers



We had ribs, cowboy beans, Potato salad, berries and a tart for dessert

potatoe salad

My sister made the potato salad.  My MOM use to make the best potato salad and when we eat this it reminds us of Mom.  Same with the cowboy beans.  A favorite from Mom.

Food on table

We played Cards Against Humanity and laughed and laughed until the food was ready.

Doug at table

My brother laughing and having fun!!

jan and barry at table


My Sister Janice and her husband Barry.  Barry won the game!!!!  You can see th awnings behind the curtain rod from this shot.  As well as the other stuff hanging from the patio.


After dinner we swam and goofed off.  When the sun went down, we watched a movie on the screen.

We watched the Homesman.   What a great movie with Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones.

We had popcorn, and movie snacks.

It was a good party, we all had fun, and the dishes went unwashed until the morning!!!

If you have any questions about my decorating or recipes, please let me know.


I Love Hardware Stores! Great Find

August 8th, 2014 klwade Posted in Shopping Finds No Comments »

I love going to hardware stores, small ones with personality.  Two of my favorties are Orchard Supply Hardware (aka OSH) and the Do It Center.   I dont really care about nails and tools, I love finding cute stuff that these small hardware stores sell. I dont know how many times I have found cute tins with gardening designs, wire crates to hold plants, pastel colored watering cans and other fun things.

I went to the Do-It Center in La Crescenta, CA and found adorable enamelware vintage inspired kitchen wares.


I love enamel ware….beautiful pieces with slick enamel coating!!!  I Love vintage stuff.  So when I saw these kitchen items I was in heaven.


enamelware cans

Typhoon Enamelware Kitchen Cans


They have several colors but I liked the cream color.  There was a red color, a blue color and black!

The Biscuit can has labels that you can add, such as Oats, Sugar, cookies, etc.

But what is REALLY cool about these canisters is that the inside is a MINT green.  Oh kitchenware Heaven!!!!!

So when I got home I checked out the company that makes these… Typhoon…. and guess what?  It is a company in the UK and good luck finding them in America.!!!!  YES, Thank you Do-It Center.  Guess I have to go back and get the canisters and the kitchen scale.  and the Oh so CUTE cake tin.

So next time they Hubby or Boyfriend wants to go to the Hardware store…check it out, you might find something you LOVE!!!

Typhoon Vintage Cream enamelware kitchen storage with mint interiors