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As the new year begins, I have decided to bring back my Table for one posts! Prepare yourselves.

i carry your heart with me

 

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i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)
                                      
                                 e.e. cummings

Other People’s Love Letters

“In today's day and age, a love letter can be as simple as a one-word text message, a lengthy instant message, or a blog post confessional. Luckily, editor Bill Shapiro has compiled a charming coffee table book replete with modern love letters, old school handwritten notes of desire, post-it note propositions, and lengthy devotions of unrequited love penned on antiqued stationary. Page through this hardback book and you may find yourself tearing up, as it offers a brutally honest array of conventional and unconventional love letters. Add it to your living room's decor as an instant conversation starter, or give it as a gift to a friend who appreciates unique anthologies”

$22.99

ModCloth

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Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream…

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After a year of being single I’m considering putting myself back out there. There are certain traits I am specifically attracted to in a man and to make the hunt easier I was wondering if any of you have seen or personally know this man:

Non-smoker

Physically active

Taller than me, but not too tall. I don’t like getting on my tippy toes for a kiss.

A little meat on his bones, but not fat – muscular. I like a surfer’s bod.

Secretly loves reality tv but won’t admit to it

Patient

Does not sleep in socks

Snuggle-er but not smother-er. I like snuggling when appropriate. When I’m eating dinner or brushing my teeth, snuggling is not appropriate.

Generous

Well-dressed, but not over dressed. Casual. I like a man in a button down shirt with a collar, white under shirt, and a nice pair of jeans. But can easily pull off a suit for special occasions.

Spontaneous

Level headed

Smart

Motivated

Close with family and friends

Wholesome morals but non judgmental to others

Soft skin

Humble

Willing to cook and bake with me

Sense of humor

Enjoys the outdoors. I love backpacking and going to the beach. I’d like a man who will join me.

I prefer when he is well-groomed, but I like when guys go unshaved on a occasion…I stress “on occasion”

Olive skin tone

Green or blue eyes

Hair long enough to run my hands through

Smile – doesn’t have to be perfect, but I prefer his teeth to be nice and white.

           

I hope the order is not too tall…let me know if you find him

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Personalized Kisses

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With Valentine’s Day coming up, it’s time to get crackin’ on ideas for a romantic gesture. .

Hershey’s Kiss candies are always cute for V-Day, but try giving them with a personalized twist this year. Start by removing the “Hershey’s” flags from each foil-wrapped kiss. In small print write out cute little things you love about him/her. Cut to the size of the original flags and insert your personalized flags into the kiss foils.

I’ve used this one before and if it wasn’t a dating faux pas, I’d do it again!

Gender Neutral Baby Shower Gift

Diaper Cake

A great friend of mine is due to give birth in about 1 month. Her shower was this past weekend and because they are waiting to find out the sex of the baby it was hard to shop for the right gift. This prompted me to come up with something handmade and fun.

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What you’ll need:

50-70 Diapers – For a pre-birth baby shower choose something in the lower weight range or Newborn

50-70 Goody clear medium-sized rubber bands

3 large rubber bands

Ribbon – Color/theme of your choice

Tape – Preferably double sided

Buttons (optional)

Your choice of baby items

              -i.e. teething rings, pacifier, booties, wash cloths, bottles, lotion/shampoo/powder, baby wipes, bath toys

Instructions:

Starting from the waste, roll each diaper – band each diaper with one clear rubber band

For first tier use one large rubber band to band  together half of the diapers. Do the same for the 2nd tier using  3/4 of the diapers remaining and use the last 1/4 for the top tier.

Measure ribbons for each tier, using the double sided tape to secure where needed.

Decorate with buttons, toys, and baby items however you feel.

Just have fun!

To My Niece

One of my favorite “chick lits” is A Total Waste of Makeup written by Kim Gruenenfelder. I’ve done a post on this particular book before, but I wanted to take something from that book and make it my own. Our heroine, Charlie, sits down to write out (from her life experiences) words of wisdom for her future daughter. Seeing as how she is 30, single, and without any children, she decides it would be better to focus on her future niece as the reader instead. Although I’m not yet 30 (I have 3 years and 3 months to go), still undecided about children, and I don’t have a job as a celebrity assistant allowing me to hob nob with the famous and glamorous, like Charlie I’m still rolling single. so I can relate to her when it comes to sharing my nuggets of knowledge with my own non-existent offspring. I do have 2 nieces though and what kind of aunt would I be if I didn’t give them advice for life? These things will hopefully come in installments, as I am still learning how to navigate through life myself.

Niece,

Read A Total Waste of Makeup when you’re in your 20’s. This book is light hearted, funny, and a story I think every girl can connect to. Don’t touch it until you’re in your 20’s though.

Do not paint your nails on your mother’s carpet….don’t do it on mine either.

If Facebook still exists, do not “check in” – For your safety please do not take part in publicly “checking in” wherever you go. Facebook friends are not always real friends. I just went through my list and deleted the people I have only met or talked to once. The # was surprisingly high. Paranoid or not, you can never be too safe when it comes to the internet, and letting hundreds - some times thousands - of people know your exact location at all times is reckless.

Learn how to cook and sew. Even if you’re a feminist and refuse to succumb to specific gender roles, there is something satisfying about taking the time to create something with your own hands and share it with those you love.

 

tina and kayte

Baby Girl Gifts

I’m on the hunt for a baby gift for a good friend. Because they’ve decided not to find out the sex of the baby until birth, I am having trouble refraining from buying these cute little girl things so I’m sharing them with you for now!

 

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Ritas Ruffles Socks 3/pk    $16.00

a pea in the pod

 

Sara Kety Little Black Dress Onesie   $22.00

a pea in the pod

 

Sara Kety Little Black Dress Bib   $14.00

a pea in the pod

Hepburn Fashion

I’m a big Audrey Hepburn fan. She had such a chic style and I love to mimic her fashion. I ran across these Breakfast At Tiffany’s tops today at Forever 21, and I had to buy one.

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$14.80

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$17.80

Disney Sportsmanship

Recently I watched a news segment that brought me to tears while I was at work. A local news channel was reporting on an incident from the 2010 Disneyland Half Marathon event that was held over Labor Day weekend. The incident surrounded a 76 year old Shirley Rackner who trained months in advance to participate in her first half marathon by walking alongside her daughter. 13.1 miles is a great feat for a woman in her 70’s, right?! Shirley did great, but a half mile shy of the full 13 she was accidentally knocked down by other participants and had to be escorted out by an ambulance. Shirley didn’t get to finish the race and never received her medal. Which, if you have ever run a race like that, the medal is a big deal.

Shirley was released from the hospital with a broken wrist and cuts and bruises to her head. She went to the John Wayne airport to catch her flight back home and that’s where she met Sarah White, a 16 year old high school student from Seattle who also participated in the race through Disneyland. Sarah heard about Shirley’s sad race story and when she saw her at the airport she approached her with a selfless act of kindness. Sarah insisted Shirley take her finisher’s medal!

This story made me cry for multiple reasons. As a runner, I know what it feels like at mile 12. Mile 10 is where I usually hit my wall. My joints and muscles start to stiffen and I know that if I don’t keep running then mile 10 is where my race will end. So mile 12 is such a big accomplishment. I can’t describe the amount of adrenaline coursing through you and the mindset at that point. I, personally, go into autopilot. I would be crushed if I couldn’t finish a race, no matter the distance. Poor Shirley. At 12.5 miles you can practically see the finish line!! And Sarah! She ran the entire race and deserved a medal, but was willing to give it away. I can’t say I would ever give my medal away!! What an angel.

That isn’t where the story ends though. RunDisney caught wind of what Sarah did and to honor her good sportsmanship they came to her high school with Shirley presented her with a new medal at a pep assembly. Awww!

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