Friday Flowers – Peony on Paper

Here’s the first blush of Spring in the form of Dempsey & Carroll’s newest offering. And, based on the monster storm that is cruising across the country, I think we could all use a little harbinger of Spring!
Notecards, notepads (love the price), desk calendar (love the croc)…available mid March. 
And some fun links for your weekend:
Homemade sprinkles make for a fun activity and custom cupcakes!
This fashionista blogger celebrates her wedding shower at one of my fav lunch spots in Dallas!
Designer Jan Showers has her showroom sale Feb 25- Mar 1!

Want to get more things done? Check out this series for inspiration!

Wishing you beautiful blooms for the weekend!

Love Thyself

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. Cupids day. 
Perhaps you’re one of the lucky few who will have rose petals laid out on your bed in the shape of a heart….but for the rest of us, I say “love thyself!”.  Never wait on someone else to treat you to the things you want and desire. That goes for an experience you want to have, a trip you want to take or a bottle of perfume or piece of jewelry you’ve been eyeing. 
Lucille Ball said it well, “Love yourself first and the rest will fall into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”
In case you are wanting to spoil yourself a little, here are some fun ❤ day related items that won’t break the bank!

Or…treat yourself to some simple pleasures. A candle lit bubble bath. A heart pumping workout that you’ve been afraid to try. Whatever you do….love and treat yourself special today, tomorrow and every day!

Foolproof Meals + Free Shipping

Welcome to a new week….the last one before we turn the calendar page to September and begin the mad dash of “back to school” or “back to work”!
Today, I want to pass along some good tidbits. 
First off, I am thrilled that Ina Garten is coming out with her new book, Barefoot Contessa Foolproofrecipes you can really trust on October 30th
I’ve been a fan of Ina’s from the beginning and think this could be a fitting title for all of her cookbooks, as everything I’ve ever made from one of her recipes has turned out beautifully. Good food, that you actually enjoy preparing and feel confident serving. In this latest cookbook, Ina takes us past the recipes and shares her secrets for getting everything on the table while it’s hot, so you can keep your hostess cool!
You can pre-order at a discount from Amazon…OR for the face value of the book ($35), you can call the Barefoot Contessa office at 631-324-0240 and order autographed copies. Think…holiday gifts! 
Second, if you’re already eyeing those yummy looking tomato crostinis with whipped feta on the cover of her new book, the recipe is here!
Finally, after seeing the post I wrote on Friday about my new favorite stationery, the sweet folks at Dempsey & Carroll are offering all of you FREE SHIPPING through the end of August with the code pinktulip12
Again, I know it’s only August, but think holiday gifts. And, you may actually get to enjoy the month of December! 
images: Barefoot Contessa cover by Quentin Bacon for Clarkson/Potter Publishers, ppt