Monday, July 30, 2012

Make it Pretty Monday - Week 8

Hello World!  Welcome to Make it Pretty Monday - Week 8!  Thank you to everyone who has been linking up and making my little party grow.  She's getting her muscles!  Let's get the party started.

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Pretty Trish at Old Post Road did a magnificent job of transforming her kitchen.  Go for a visit and be prepared to be amazed.  

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Craft Queen
Pretty Amanda is reminding us that Christmas is fast approaching.  Head on over to The Ivy Cottage Blog to see these fantastic book Christmas trees.  

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Shopping Queen
Pretty Megan found this great dresser at a thrift store and made her pretty again.  I never see anything this nice when I hit the thrift store.  Pop on over to Our Pinteresting Family to see this lovely find.  

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Furniture Transformation Queen
Pretty Beth worked some magic and turned this piece into a head turner.  Personally I love the depth of the color and the insides of the drawers.  To see more, head on over to Make Me Pretty Again to see this beauty.  

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Sewing Queen
Pretty Rita made this pretty maxi dress and belt.  To see how she made them, stop in for a visit at Pink Polka Dot Creations.  

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Culinary Delight Queen
Pretty Kristy made this delicious Strawberry Pasta Salad with Chicken.  For the recipe, go visit Kristy's Creative Christian Home

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Dessert Queen
Pretty Debi made Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Lava Cake to tempt us.  If you want to take the temptation head on over to Adorned from Above for the recipe.  

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DIY Queen
Pretty Emma took her boring little stools and made them pretty.  I've bookmarked this to remind myself to do this to my boring little stools.  Go to My Boju Life to see the transformation. 

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My Favorite
Pretty Judy has the prettiest closet I've ever seen.  There are just so many lovely things to look upon.  Pop on over to French Laundry to see this inspirational closet. 

Again, I had a hard time picking features.  This week we had 9!  If you were featured, feel free to grab my feature button below for your blog. 
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Alright my pretties, show me what lovelies you have. 
Here are a few guidelines to follow.

1. Link up anything Family friendly...DIY, decor, crafts, recipes, gardening, shopping finds, sewing, inspirational stories, and beautiful photography. 

2.  If you are participating in Make it Pretty Monday, be sure to link up your "permalink" post and not your general blog address. 

3.  No etsy shops, giveaways and no sponsor pages.  I might have a separate party for those when I see how well this one goes. 

4.  Please grab my button below, or have a link back to my blog so everyone can enjoy the party!  No Link Back, No Feature.  Boo.

5.  Please become a follower of The Dedicated House via Google Friend Connect or Linky Followers.

6.  Be sure to visit at least two of the other pretties at the party. Show them some love and let them know you popped in for a visit.  You know how we all love comments.  

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Enjoy the party!  Wishing all a grand week and remember to be kind to one another. 


Toodles, 
Kathryn

Friday, July 27, 2012

The eMeals Giveaway!

Hello World!  Happy Friday and happy weekend!  Quick announcement for the winner of the eMeals Giveaway!  



The winner of the 3-month subscription to eMeals is
 Heather Lay at A Cupcake Love Affair!

Congratulations Heather!  I'll be sending you an email shortly.

Thank you to all who entered.  Also, don't forget Make it Pretty Monday goes live at 8am.  Be sure to pop back in and link up all your pretties!

Wishing all a grand weekend and remember to be kind to one another. 

Toodles, 
Kathryn

Thursday, July 26, 2012

San Antonio Vacation Experience

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As all of my readers know we just got back from a little getaway down to the coast, but there is one more place I would love to squeeze in another trip before our schedules change with the start of preschool, dance, and fall students returning to my voice studio.  Where might that be?  Beautiful San Antonio, Texas of course.  San Antonio is known as one of the nation's most affordable vacation destinations.  San Antonio is making visitors' summer getaway even more value packed with  

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Off you go!  As always, wishing you a grand day and remember to be kind to one another. 


Toodles, 
Kathryn
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Summer Excursion - Galveston Island

Hello World!  Hope all are happy and well on this fine Wednesday.  A couple of weeks back, The Dedicated Husband, daughter and myself headed down to Galveston Island for a couple of days of rest and relaxation (ha, ha).  Be forewarned, there are a ton of pictures and no, I didn't post one of myself.  I didn't wear any make-up for three days...gasp.  Just didn't feel like putting it on.  And, this is very strange for me...since I love make-up.  


We stayed at the San Luis Hotel and Resort which has views of the Gulf of Mexico.  We had a nice room on the 14th floor which afforded us some lovely views of the ocean and the pool below.  Enjoy.

Gulf of Mexico View

 The pool with the beach beyond. 


The water slide with waterfall alcove at the resort. 

Ready to go to the beach. 
A windy day at the beach right before the storm blew in. 


After the storm, we headed over to Pleasure Pier which just opened up this summer.  Okay, this was my favorite part of the trip.  I love rides!




On the carousel.  She was a little cautious.  But, she went from this to this...

Beautiful detail work on the carousel. 

No, I didn't ride the swings.  They weren't working yet.  
This picture was taken high up on the ferris wheel. 
The Iron Shark.  See the vertical section?  The rider goes straight up and then straight down!  Did I ride it?  Yes, I did!  This is one of the best roller coaster rides I've been on. 
I literally squealed when I saw that Pleasure Pier had a blue and white teacup ride.  The Dedicated Daughter loved this one.  We probably rode this one at least 10 times. 

We loved the bumper cars as well.  I'm a little aggressive when driving a bumper car.  

Don't you love his face?  

What a good Daddy to ride all the kiddy rides with her until she was willing to ride them by herself.  

Pleasure Pier was followed up by dinner at The Rainforest Cafe.  
The wedding gazebo on the San Luis Resort property. 


A lobby table and mirror I adored.  
The dolphin fountain that greets you as you enter the hotel. 





Galveston Island is a beautiful little island for a quick getaway.  It is wonderful to see Galveston coming back to life after being ravaged by Hurricane Ike.  I for one am very happy.  I love being able to hop in the vehicle and be at the coast in about an hour and a half.  And, now I have a new favorite:  Pleasure Pier.  We will be back!  


I hope you enjoyed our little summer excursion.  Have you gone anywhere this summer?  I must confess, I'm ready for the schedule to be tightened up again.  But, I will relish this last year I have with the Dedicated Daughter before she heads off to kindergarten.  One more year with her going to Mother's Day Out and spending her time home with us.  


Don't forget, the giveaway is still going on.  Click here for an opportunity to win a free 3 month subscription to eMeals.  I will announce the winner on Friday.


Also, the Make it Pretty Monday party is still rocking.  Click here to join in the bash! 


As always, wishing you a grand day and remember to be kind to one another. 


Toodles,
Kathryn

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