27 July, 2009


A few posts ago, I mentioned that I had recently traveled to Washington, DC. May not have mentioned that I was attending the National Barbie Doll Convention. Yes, I said Barbie Convention...I am a Barbie doll afterall!! ;D

So what goes on at a Barbie Convention you might ask. It starts with a pre-convention activity called Room Shopping. This is where attendees open up their hotel rooms and sell items to other conventioneers. You find all kinds of things...clothes, jewelry, art, furniture and more for both dolls and people. Room shopping is a great opportunity to meet fellow Barbie collectors and find out about their collections. The convention usually starts on Wednesday evening with an opening reception. Then during the course of the next few days there are workshops and lectures, a competition room, a fashion show where Barbie comes to life, there is a silent auction and raffle room, there's a souvenir shop and usually a meal event each day. There are also groups that plan mini-parties and get-togethers as old friends come together again. The final event is a closing dinner where the official convention doll is presented.

For Barbie lovers, it's days of non-stop fun as you reconnect with past friends, meet new friends and live, talk and be all things Barbie. This year, being the 50th anniversary of Barbie's introduction, the convention was bigger and better than ever with much more fun than any of us 1100+ conventioneers had imagined. For more information on the next convention go to http://www.blogger.com/www.barbieconvention.com

But this post is supposed to be about celebrating unpacking. Why you might ask...because I've been back home for over 2 weeks and I haven't unpacked yet. I LOVE traveling and really have no problem when it comes to packing to leave, but the absolute worst part of a trip for me is unpacking. So I am writing this post as kind of an accountability check for me...I am committing to unpacking all of my bags this week. I am posting it here so that I can make unpacking a positive experience and nothing to dread. Unpacking should be celebrated because as you unpack, you have the chance to relive your trip. "When I had these jeans out I was eating dinner with so and so". So here I am committing to you that I will unpack this week and I will enjoy it...I'll be celebrating as I unpack.

Here are a few pix from the Barbie Comvention for you to enjoy.

Checking out the room shopping board to see who is selling what and where.

The convention officially starts.

Going to check in for the Barbie Fan Club.

There are life-sized dolls all around.

Here I am enjoying a cocktail at the opening night Beach Party Reception.

Here I am re-connecting with my old friends at the Meet & Greet.

This is the first night's dinner. It was sponsored by Dylan's Candy...yum!

Our table hostess gave us all pretty dolls and made our table look so pretty.

And isn't my dress adorable?!!!

My Auntie Julie turned 40 during convention and had a birthday party. Here I am next to the cake (the best place to be during a party!).

Here we are at the dinner on Friday night.

And here I am with my good friends Samantha and Barbz and their adorable puppies.

Here I am on my way to the final night's dinner.

Isn't our table lovely?!!

And our table hostess gave us yet another new friend for me to bring home with me (she gave us one at each dinner). Our tablehostess, Barb is FAB!!!

Okay...that's enough pix for now. I will post some of sites in DC later this week.

Celebrate! Luv Ya!!


26 July, 2009


Today is Sunday! The sun is shining, the temperature is mild...what a pretty Sunday!! I am about to get ready for lunch with a friend to celebrate her birthday. She just turned the big FOUR-OH!! (Happy Birthday Kara!!) I've never had Moroccan food before, but it's one of Kara's favs so I will be getting my first taste today. And today, Sunday, is a great day for trying something new!!

I was over on Facebook and a friend (thanks Madison) posted the cutest little youtube video that just has me smiling!! Hope it makes you smile too!!

Happy Sunday!!

And don't forget to celebrate!!

Luv Ya!!


25 July, 2009

Celebrating...Fun Food!!

I just love finding food that is fun! I guess I've not quite developed a mature palate when it comes to food. I like simple things that bring back memories of childhood.

This morning, for instance, I was watching Katie Brown's Workshop and saw a really cute recipe. It was designed for kids, but I think it could easily be adapted to even the most mature of palates.

The recipe is for Pizza Roll-Ups. Anyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE pizza! And this recipe is quick, simple and could go from casual snack to formal dining.

Here's the recipe:

Pizza Stick Roll-Ups
Makes 12


Two 13.8-ounce cans refrigerated pizza dough
1 cup pizza sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
10 fresh basil leaves, chopped
Sesame and poppy seeds (optional, for topping)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Open and unroll one can of pizza dough and cut into 6 even rectangles. Spread ½ of the sauce on the rectangles and sprinkle with ½ of the cheese and basil. Add your choice of fillings to the center of each rectangle. Roll the dough so that you have a long pizza roll and press the seam to secure. Fold the ends under as well, so the cheese does not back out of the rolls.
3. Place roll, seam side down, on a baking sheet. Repeat with the second can of the dough. Top pizza sticks with your choice of poppy or sesame seeds, cheese, or pepperoni.
4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown.

Here's the link to the Katie Brown website. Also check out the Zebra Mac 'N Cheese.

Just think of all the possibilities...add some fresh veggies, some pepperoni or other cooked meats...the combinations are limitless.

So if you're looking for something fun that everyone can enjoy, try out this recipe.

Have a happy today!! And remember...CELEBRATE!!!

Luv Ya!!

20 July, 2009


Sorry that I've been away for so long. How does time pass so quickly? I look up and 3 weeks have passed. Well, I've been away having a little fun and being a little sick. I spent the week after July 4th in our nation's capitol, Washington, DC. I got there for the fireworks on the 4th, but the purpose of my trip was the National Barbie Doll Collector's Convention. I'll post more about the convention later (I have 1198 pictures to weed thru). Then when I returned home, I was hit hard by a flu bug. So now, I am feeling almost fine and just read some information that I wanted to share.

I am a casual follower of Joel Osteen Ministries. The messages that he gives are usually right on and very pertinent to what is going on in my life right now. I try to watch him on Sunday mornings, and I also get his daily message "Today's Word with Joel & Victoria"

Here is today's message:

Empowered to Overcome

"I have given you authority …to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you"
(Luke 10:19, NIV)

TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria
God has given you all power and authority to overcome every obstacle you may face in life! That means you are well able to do what God has called you to do. You can accomplish your goals. You have the ideas, the creativity, and the talent to be successful. You have been armed with strength for every battle!

God has already lined up the right people to come across your path. He’s already lined up the right opportunities. You have everything you need to live a victorious life. Not an average life, not a barely-get-by, mediocre life—you were created to excel. You have seeds of greatness on the inside. You may not have seen it in the past, but if you’ll stay in faith, it’s just a matter of time—victory is on the way. Don’t settle where you are.

Rise up in faith today and begin to declare, “I will accomplish my dreams. I can overcome any obstacle. I’ve been equipped and empowered to live in victory in every area of my life.”

"Heavenly Father, thank You for the power to overcome every obstacle I may face. Help me to see myself the way You see me. Help me to embrace the victory You have in store for me today. In Jesus’ Name. Amen."

I think that this is a message that everyone needs to hear---whether you are a Christian or not---you have the power and suthority to overcome obstacles in your life. Sometimes, I think we all need to see or hear that we can overcome. We CAN do it!!! I know that alot of things seem impossible...but the key is to find a way to break things down into manageable pieces.

I also think that it is important that no matter what your age, maturity level, financial status...you need to follow your dreams! Following your dreams keeps you hopeful in a world that can be so negative. Following your dreams keeps you thinking about doing more that you are doing now. Following your dreams helps you to become an even better person than you are now.

So my wish for you today is to be inspired!! Be inspired to overcome your obstacles...be inspired to follow your dreams...and celebrate!!!

Luv Ya!!