July in Photos

Hello and Happy August! The summer is flying by.

July was another busy month in a string of busy months. Other priorities (life offline) have kept me from blogging as often as I’d like, so I figured I’d catch you all up in photos.

Fun with friends

 We visited with our good friends who live out on the East Side and I got to meet their horse, Annette the Clydesdale.

We wandered visited Ohio’s wine country with those same friends and discovered new favorites from Hundley Cellars, Niagara and Harvest Red.

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(Too) Little Blue Dress Refashion

Here’s a little shopping advice, never buy a dress without trying it on first… even if it is only $2.

I picked up this blue dress and was dismayed that it was too tight and too short.

I loved the color and I like the texture, just not the fit. Continue reading

Weekend Wines and Vines

Two weekends ago we hit the vineyards of NEO with our friends (more specifically the Madison/Geneva area).

We started off with lunch and tasting trays at Debonne Vineyards. The food was okay, but the wine was excellent. Brad and I had “paninis” which were more like melt-style sandwiches and they were good. Our friend Tyler had a Chicago-style hot dog and reported that it was okay. Natalie ordered a burger and it was not good. Since they were grilling it in the outdoor pavilion, we saw how they cooked it and if I’ve learned anything from Brad’s and my reality TV guilty pleasure Bar Rescue, you should not be cooking a burger under a dome the way that they did.

But the wine was the main attraction here. I discovered that even though I love blueberries, I do not like blueberry in my wine. Peach Grigio is a whole different story though! A couple of my favorites that we tasted were the Razzbery Rieseling and the Peach Tree Grigio, the River Blanc was also very good.

We went down the road a bit to the Red Eagle Distillery, which is NOT a winery, but was still pretty cool. It’s an old barn that was converted into a distillery where they distill whiskey, bourbon and vodka. The atmosphere was cool and the cocktail menu looked amazing.

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3rd Anniversary: Waterfalls

For our third wedding anniversary over Memorial Day weekend, Brad and I wanted to take a little trip. We started looking for destinations that weren’t terribly far or expensive but would still be fun.

Like magic, a Groupon Getaways email landed in my inbox.

“How about Niagara Falls?’ I asked Brad.

“That could be fun,” he said. “I haven’t been there since I was a kid.”

“Me either.”

So off to Niagara Falls we went. Continue reading

Fun with Corks

I saw wine cork letters on Pinterest a few years ago and decided, “Hey, I’m going to make one of those!”

Not being a wino, I didn’t have access to a large number of wine corks so I asked family members and friends if they would save their corks for me. And they did! A few months later, I had enough corks for my monogram, but the corks kept coming!

Using a cardboard template that I made, I laid out all of the corks for the monogram exactly where I wanted them to go, then I fired up the glue gun and started gluing the corks together in the pattern.

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