Nov 29, 2011

Jami Smith's New Christmas Album - Free Downloads!

I just had to share this with you all!  The beautiful, immensely talented, and ever-joyful-in-Christ Jami Smith has released her second Christmas album - Joyful Joyful.  She has one of the most amazing voices I have ever heard! We listen to her first Christmas album - Hope of all the Earth - all season long in our house!

We first discovered Jami at Crossings Community Church when we lived in Oklahoma City several years ago. She led worship in the more contemporary service that we attended.  On a whim, we asked her if she would be available to sing at our wedding in Texas 5 years ago, and she sweetly accepted and made our special day even more special for us.  Since then we've loved following her and seeing her success.

Her new Christmas album is available for download on iTunes here.  And, you can download two FREE songs from the album on NoiseTrade here.  I did this today and love them both!  Can't wait to get the full CD...

Check out her website, Jami Smith, to see all her available CDs and read about her ministry.  May Jami's sweet voice bring joy to your heart this Christmas season and throughout the year!  -Kristen

Nov 28, 2011

Gifts that Give Back Part 3

I was looking around on this peaceful Cyber Monday, and stumbled upon a great deal from an organization whose mission has always grabbed my heart strings - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Not just a portion of your proceeds, but 100% of profits, benefit St. Jude's research.  AWESOME!!!  For a limited time, all regularly priced items are 25% off when you use the promotional code CYBERSTJ11 during checkout.  Check out a few of the great gift items offered this year!  Many of which are designed by well-known fashion brands...

I spotted this Juicy Couture key ring ($38 before 25% discount) in InStyle Magazine and loved it before I even saw that it's proceeds benefited such a wonderful organization.  The same charms come on a necklace ($48) that is available through the St. Jude website as well.

These limited edition 2011 glass ornaments are only $10 each or 2 for $18.  They were inspired by St. Jude patient artwork.  They have several other designs to choose from here.

These scoop-neck DKNY tees ($26 each) have a beautiful message and a fashion-forward design.  Best of both worlds!

Nov 27, 2011

Homemade Felt Christmas Trees

At last, it's time for Christmas decorating!  Thanksgiving came and went so quickly this year, and I feel like Christmas is speeding straight toward us and will be here before we know it.  So, before December hits us head-on take some time to get ahead of the game and make some fun Christmas decorations that also make great gifts for friends and family.  This craft was inspired by my husband who said, "Hey, I have any idea!  You should make some Christmas trees out of those foam cones at the craft store..."  He's often my muse for creative things - and this idea of his was a great one.

We made two stripe trees, a loop tree, and a pom pom tree.  Aren't they adorable?  And, they were super easy to create.

The materials list includes the following:
- Sheets of felt (or pom poms) in your desired colors.  (I bought one sheet each of several different colors, and had plenty.)

- Styrofoam cone from the floral section of your local craft store

- Dress-maker's pins (as long as they're straight, long, and have a small head they'll work)

Nov 25, 2011

A Dream Christmas Wish List

On this Black Friday, I'm happy to say that our Christmas shopping is completely done!  We forged the shopping malls early this year and boy, oh boy, are we ever so happy that we did.  For those of you shopping today, have heart!  I hear the post-Thanksgiving internet sales are fantastic this year, so you may even save some money.

Because we've already completed our shopping, I decided I'd share a dream wish list with you because it has some beautiful things on it that you may like as well.  My husband is making fun of me because I'm sending you "my" wish list, but I explained to him that we like to collaborate to make sure we're not missing out on anything.  Disclaimer: Most (ok, all...) of the items are a bit over the top.  Why is it that our wish list gets so much more expensive as we get older?  A girl can always dream, right?!?

These super cute Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses ($170) can be found at Sunglass Hut.  I stopped by the store the other day to try on a few pairs of Ray-Bans, my go-to brand for quality sunglasses, and surprisingly I ended up liking this D&G pair better than any other pair in the store.  They're stylish and chic but practical because they're polarized (a must for true sun protection) and wrap around the face well.

This beauty of a hand-bag is the Florence ($199 British pounds or, sadly, $313 US dollars) by Modalu London, the British brand recently made famous by the super-chic Middleton sisters, who have impeccable taste if I do say so myself.  I haven't seen them model this bag, but if I chose one to splurge on this would be it.  It's the perfect size to hold an extra diaper or two, has a detachable shoulder strap for practicality, is a neutral color that will go with everything, and has a wonderful texture about it with the woven leather and sturdy studded strap.  Oh, and it has outside pockets to stash keys, chapstick, a cell phone, and the occasional teething ring.

Hello, Gorgeous!  I want to get a pair of these Megan strappy sandals ($140) in "Oscar gold" from Banana Republic and display them on a shelf or something.  Ok, true confessions, I might wear a pair of dressy heels once or twice a year - for a wedding or an anniversary dinner - but if I had these, I would find a way to wear them more.  I tend to gravitate to the classic little black dress, or maybe another solid-colored ensemble for special occasions.  These shoes would definitely punch it up a other accessories required.  I might just forget that I crawl around barefooted on the floor with a toddler all day.

This Jewelry Tree ($70) from Red Envelope is crafted of brass and finished in beautiful satin nickel with lots of sturdy branches for hanging necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, plus a solid mango-wood base for holding watches and rings.  You can even get it personalized with a classy silver-plated monogram.  Sculptural + practical = fabulous!

Nov 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

pic from Epicurious

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Here are some interesting Thanksgiving facts from Today I Found Out... to share with your family and friends while you sit around and digest your big meal:

1. The author of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" was largely responsible for the establishment of the national Thanksgiving Holiday.  Sarah Joseph Hale campaigned for nearly 20 years and through five presidencies, until October 3rd, 1863 when President Lincoln decided to heed her request and declare the last Thursday in November as a national Thanksgiving holiday, which it became that same year.

2. The date of Thanksgiving was once changed to try and boost the economy.  President Franklin D. Roosevelt changed the traditional date of Thanksgiving from the last Thursday in November to the second to last Thursday in November in 1939, 1940, and 1941, in order to extend the Christmas shopping season by a week.  It was after these (failed) attempts that Congress decided to set the date of Thanksgiving into U.S. law  in 1941 - declaring the holiday to fall on the fourth Thursday of November.

3. One of the main reasons we eat what we eat on Thanksgiving - turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, and mashed potatoes - is because Sarah Joseph Hale had written numerous editorials that were widely circulated outlining various recipes to be used for Thanksgiving dinner.  She was a lady on a mission!  Today about 280 million turkeys are sold annually for Thanksgiving ($3 Billion in sales) and 20% of all cranberries that are consumed in the U.S. per year are eaten on Thanksgiving.

4. The only items that are known to be served on the first Thanksgiving were deer, various types of fowl, corn, cod, bass, and shellfish.

Nov 22, 2011

Furniture Face-Lift - New Knobs!

Having done a lot of Craig's List furniture refinishing lately, I've been inspired to do a little face-lift on furniture we've already got.  I decided to start with the furniture in our baby girl's nursery.  We purchased it new before her arrival, and it's beautiful, but I wanted to add a little something to it so it looked a little more sophisticated as she gets older and transitions out of "babyhood" (kinda sad).  I decided to look around for some new hardware - a quick and easy fix that can really transform furniture pieces.  I found a great website called that sells discounted decorative hardware - they have the best prices on hardware that I've seen anywhere.  I found these knobs on their site and ordered them - they were $2.47 per knob.

About a week and a half later, they arrived on our doorstep.  After working with the company, I'd highly recommend them.  I called them to check on the status of my order a couple days after I ordered the knobs and customer service was very helpful.

Here is a picture of the dresser before:

It's cute furniture with the bun feet and dental molding along the top...but it looks a little like big-box furniture store wares (because it is!).  I wanted to add a little contrast to the all-white going on.

Nov 20, 2011

Delish Green Bean Casserole

Today, I continue what I started last week and post another delicious Thanksgiving side item.  So, we all love the age-old Thanksgiving classic, Green Bean Casserole topped with French's Fried Onions, but a few years ago our dear friends made this recipe which totally blew all other green bean casseroles out of the water.  It's "way better" than the recipe on the French's Fried Onions can.  I promise!

pic from RachelleB

Thankfully, there aren't many ingredients in this dish so it's not at all complicated to throw together at the last minute.  That being said, it may be a little tough to find French's Fried Onions at the grocery store this week...

1 bag (16 oz) frozen organic french cut green beans
1 can Campbell's Low Sodium Cream of Mushroom soup
1 can-full of buttermilk (use the soup can to measure)
1 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese + a little extra for on top
1 can French's Fried Onions

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the green beans, soup, buttermilk, pepper, and Parmesan cheese in an oven-safe casserole dish.  Stir to mix well.
2) Sprinkle the top with French's Fried Onions and an extra dash of grated Parmesan cheese.
3) Bake for 45 minutes.  Serve warm.

That was super easy!  This dish adds a nice dash of green to a spread of Thanksgiving foods that tend to look all yellow and brown - i.e. turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, creamed corn, yams, etc.  Just add some beautiful red cranberry sauce to the table, and you've got it made.

I'd encourage you to double this recipe if you have more than 2-4 people eating dinner with you - it gets inhaled. Enjoy!

Nov 18, 2011

Thanksgiving Decor Ideas

I'll be honest with you - I skipped decorating for Thanksgiving and moved right on to Christmas decor this year. We'll be traveling the whole week of Thanksgiving, so I figured we wouldn't be here to appreciate Thanksgiving decorations.  That being said, I found some simple decorating and craft ideas for those of you who are gracious hosts for the big day this next week.  Hope you find some inspiration for your home!

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This mantel is beautifully decorated with nothing but autumn leaves.  It's the perfect example of understated elegance in a beautiful natural form!

 pic from casa-diseno-blog

Here are some fall leaves in a table center-piece - a color infusion for your Thanksgiving spread.  I know this decor is only possible for those of us who live in places with fall foliage...unfortunately, not everyone has access to these gorgeous leaves.  If that's you, don't be discouraged because there are lots of other options - just keep reading!

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Now this is one I can see myself using next year - some dried corn and gold candles in a glass candle holder.  It looks amazing, is well contained, and doesn't take up tons of space on the table.  Fabulous!

pic from Weddingbee

Same idea as above, just with fresh cranberries instead of corn.  A combo of the two would be delightful!  If you're looking for something you have around the house or yard, try some dried beans, acorns, or even small rocks or pebbles.

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The classic Thanksgiving cornucopia overflowing with pumpkins and other gourds.  You could use some fruits and veggies instead - use what you've got in your kitchen.  A wicker cornucopia, like the one above, can often be found at a local craft store.

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I love this idea!  Print out your Thanksgiving menu and place it in a frame you have on-hand.  Dress it up with some autumn-inspired ribbon and a few sprigs of wheat, twigs, or dried herbs.

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These monogrammed pumpkins make great place settings.  All you need is a few small pumpkins - I'd use the tiny ones you can pick up at the grocery store or small fake ones on sale at craft stores (post-Halloween pricing!) - a paintbrush and some acrylic craft paint, or a gold paint-pen.  If you can't find pumpkins, try apples instead.

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This gorgeous table runner is a strip of burlap or canvas fabric topped with two fall-hued satin ribbons.  You can glue the layers together with fabric glue (or hot glue if you're adding other items on top) or stitch them together for more staying-power.

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A tree of thanks!  Find a bare branch in your yard, leave it natural or spray paint it white like shown above, then place it in a tall vase.  Cut out some leaves from colored construction paper and tie some string/twine to them. Scatter the leaves around the base of the branch and place some pens near-by.  Ask your guests to take a leaf and write down what they're thankful for, then have them place their leaf on the tree.  Love it!

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This "wild turkey" is made out of things you find in your own backyard.  It's a fun project for the kids while they're off from school for the holiday next week.  A little Elmer glue, pebbles, leaves, bark, etc. and you have a precious piece of original artwork.  It can be framed and placed on your mantel or in your center-piece.

After looking at these pictures, I'm already looking forward to decorating for Thanksgiving next year...that is, if we're home for it.

Nov 16, 2011

A Room I Love...Inviting Formality

pic from Adore Magazine via Being Brazen

Sometimes I come across a space that I really love and want to pick it apart so I can learn how to create a room that completely draws you in and makes you want to stay a while.  This room did just that for me!  I'm rarely attracted to formal spaces because they don't look like they can be truly lived in - especially with kids under the age of 10 - but after I looked at the individual pieces of this room I realized that it has a nice balance in practicality.  Let me share my most favorite parts of this room with you.

Nov 15, 2011

Online Design Magazines

Recently I've stumbled upon several awesome online design magazines that are totally free and require no sign-ups, no loging-in, nada...  Just go to the provided link and browse away, flipping through pages at your own speed and book-marking as desired.  My two favorite things about online magazines: 1) they have embedded links you can click on that will take you directly to the source of the products that are featured and 2) they are friendly to the environment (no printing = no wasted paper and toxic ink).  LOVE that!  Oh, and did I mention that they're FREE?!?

Here are 4 of my favorites to take a gander at...most of them have holiday editions available, including festive decorating ideas and wonderful gift suggestions.

1) Adore Home Magazine - this gem of a glossy is an Australian publication but this issue happens to feature New York, which is a little closer to home for most of us.

Click here to access Adore Home Magazine.

Something else that's wonderful - you can subscribe to this free publication.  Enter your email here and you'll be notified when a new issue is available.

2) House of Fifty - this publication was founded by a sublimely gifted Oregon designer, Janell, who is the mastermind behind the fabulous Isabella & Max Rooms and House of Fifty blogs.  I love her blogs and her magazine, which is released several times a year.

Click here to access House of Fifty.

You can subscribe to Janell's future magazine releases here.

3) The Holiday Guide by Emily Henderson - a fabulous gift guide created by a team working with the one-of-a-kind Emily Henderson, who won HGTV's Design Star last year.  She has amazing style and and a super fun personality that shines through all her work.  The magazine is posted to her blog, Style by Emily Henderson.

Click here to access The Holiday Guide.

If you haven't already, you must check out Emily's show on HGTV - Secrets From a Stylist.  It will make you smile!

4) Finally, Lonny Magazine releases a new publication every two months.

Click here to access Lonny Magazine.

You can also find tons of archived issues of Lonny Magazine here.  (Note: In order to link to sources in Lonny Magazine, you click on the picture and select "buy" for it to take you to the item of interest's website.)

I've probably given you days (and maybe weeks) worth of great inspired reading and looking!  Don't forget to eat, sleep, bathe, work, and love on your family.  I promise, these magazines will be available online for a good while. Please enjoy!  -Kristen

Nov 14, 2011

Host and Hostess Gifts

Every day we're getting closer and closer to the flood of holiday parties.  While a bottle of good wine or a bouquet of flowers are always thoughtful gifts to take the host and/or hostess, sometimes it's nice to give something a little more unique that will last beyond a week.  This season, I've seen lots of great host/hostess gifts that I thought I'd organize together into one post.  Here are 10 fun items that made me smile:

This beautiful Castle Key Bottle Opener from Anthropologie ($12) is the perfect item to take for a party.  Sure to get a ton of use over the holidays, this key may even get a showcase spot on the counter throughout the year.  The really cool part, is that the functionality of it is almost disguised.

L'Occitane has crafted some beautiful limited-edition tubes that are filled with the most wonderful shea butter hand creme.  The design on the packaging is inspired by colorful African fabrics.  You can select from a variety of scents, including desert rose and hibiscus flower.  A duo pack with lip balm and hand creme is $19.

These measuring cups, $15 from Fred Flare, are simply adorable.  What a wonderful way to share a little love and appreciation for the hostess!

For the gracious host, a kitschy Handlebar Mustache Corkscrew ($15) is sure to be the life of the party.  A little sophisticated and a little goofy all at once - just like the host I'm sure! 

Nov 13, 2011

Gulliver's Corn

I'm sure you've all been recipe planning in preparation for Thanksgiving dinner.  Can you believe that it's only a week and a half away?!?  Our family is funny when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, because we always look forward to the side dishes.  We could care less about the turkey - some years we skip it all together and go for chicken breasts with cranberry orange glaze or Cornish game hens instead.

I wanted to share this Gulliver's Corn recipe with you because it's one of our family's favorite side dishes for Thanksgiving each year.  My mom always makes it for the holidays and now our little family makes it for our special occasion meals as well.  It's guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser!  Make sure to have some recipe cards for guests to copy it down, because I promise you that they will ask for the recipe.

pic from Haute Plates

Nov 11, 2011

Found It! Capiz Shell Drum Pendant...and alternatives

Oly Studio Serena Drum Pendant eclectic pendant lighting
eclectic pendant lighting design by Candelabra

Wham Bam, Thank You Ma'am!  Now that I have your attention, I wanted to share this Oly Studio Serena Drum Pendant light fixture that I finally found after scouring the web for it.  I first saw it in the pictures below that I shared with you several weeks ago in my Autumn Hues & Classic Design Abound post.

Nov 10, 2011

Thanksgiving Printable

I found a great FREE Thanksgiving printable that I wanted to share with you all.  It was created last year by Jessica of the Craftily Ever After blog, and when I saw it a few months ago I stowed it away to pull out when it was seasonally appropriate.  I'm so glad I did!

The best way to download this image is to go to Jessica's site, here.  Follow her quick and easy instructions, and there you have it!  I printed it out as an 8x10 print at FedEx Office so I wouldn't use all of our printer ink...sometimes I'm a smart cookie about things like that.  The print turned out more brown than it appeared on my computer screen, but it still looked great.

I decided to place it in a frame I had on hand, attach some ribbon to the back of the frame, then hang it from a 3M hook on the inside of our front door, which is right next to our dining room.

It serves as a simple reminder to be grateful for the many blessings in our lives, during this holiday season and every day of the year.  Thanksgiving is creeping its way up to the top spot in my favorite holidays list, because of what it stands for.  It's a holiday about families gathering to celebrate God's faithfulness and blessings - it doesn't get any better than that!

The design of the above print was inspired by the "Keep Calm And Carry On" print which was created as a propaganda poster in England during WWII.  We've seen a lot of these lately in decor:

  pic from Keep Calm London

I think they're lots of fun - graphic and bold - and they still have a good message for today.  More on the history of these posters can be found at the Keep Calm London website.  Very interesting read...I just love history!

A few other ideas for your printable...frame it and hang it solo on a wall or in a photo/picture gallery, cut it out and decoupage it to a tray that you can serve on, or print it smaller on the front of Thanksgiving dinner invitations.  Oh, the possibilities.  Enjoy!  -Kristen

Nov 9, 2011

Bedside Table Re-Do

I have another great furniture re-do to share with you.  This time it's a solid-oak bedside table circa 1980s.  I'm sure it originally came with a fine looking dresser, another matching bedside table, a headboard, and maybe a chest of drawers that came from a huge furniture store that pushes all their goods out the door in 5-piece (minimum) sets. I'm not making fun of those stores...that's the type of place where we bought our bedroom furniture and it was a great deal.  However, with design these days it's all about mixing and matching totally unrelated furniture to create a haven of myriad pieces that each tell their own story and complement each other in more unique ways.  As I learn to move big-box furniture store pieces around our house, I've been able to mix things up a bit.  When I saw this bedside table I knew it would be a perfect addition to our baby girl's nursery, adding some visual interest to a room with all-white furniture.

Here is the before pic:

You can see that it was in good shape...just a little plain jane and a bit dated.

Nov 8, 2011

Dish Cloth Pillow Cover

This was a totally fun craft, with limitless possibilities.  I found some dish cloths I really liked at Marshall's - 2 for $3.99 - and brought them home with the intent of using them in the kitchen.  Once I washed them, I decided to keep one for the kitchen and then do something a little more creative with the other one...make it into a pillow cover!

Nov 6, 2011

Pumpkin Roll

This dessert is one of our family's favorite seasonal recipes.  We make it for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and a few times in between, as well.  It's based off the traditional Libby's Pumpkin Roll recipe on

Nov 3, 2011

Bermuda, Bahamas...Come on Pretty Mama.

I figured it was about time to write another travel post, this time about somewhere tropical and warm.  It's been so cold and damp here in Portland - you know that down-to-the-bone chill - and I've been adamant against busting out the heavy winter coat until at least December.  It's silly, I know, but I think a waterproof shell should be enough for this time of year, right???  Lately I've been thinking about a wonderful trip we took last Spring to Bermuda.  I wanted to share some of the gorgeous island with you because it's a beautiful retreat from the cold and it's quick and inexpensive to get there from several large cities on the east coast.

Bask in the beauty of Bermuda!

I had never heard much about Bermuda before we signed up for our cruise to the island.  My husband and I had been to several nice Caribbean islands over the years - St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Cozumel, etc. - but we didn't want to spend the travel time to get that far south from Maryland (where we lived at the time).   We opted for a 6-day Royal Caribbean cruise out of the Port of Baltimore that took us direct to Bermuda for 2 days.  This was a great money-saver for us because we didn't have to fly anywhere to get to the port...we only lived a mile from the cruise terminal!

{My plug for cruises: If you've never taken a cruise before, I highly encourage it.  It's all-inclusive - food, lodging, entertainment - and often times you get to go to multiple destinations all for one condensed cost.  We always say it's the cheapest way to see the most places, because you're not paying to fly in and out of multiple cities and stay in multiple hotels.  Best part - you only have to pack a suitcase once...the destinations come to you!  There are several cruise lines we've taken and we can make recommendations, if you need one...}

If cruising isn't your deal, and you'd rather just fly, there are several airlines that fly direct into Bermuda from the east coast.  I've seen really good deals with Jet Blue specifically.

The island is enlarged here, but you can see how close it is to several US cities with major airport hubs.

When you get to the island and take in that mild climate, striking turquoise water, and laid-back lifestyle, you'll understand it all...and wonder why you hadn't thought to go there before.  The island is very small and it's extraordinarily expensive to live there (everything but the water is imported); however, this turns out to be great for tourists because it's extremely clean and well kept.  You won't see a spot of trash anywhere and the locals are extremely hard-working, many with 2-3 jobs, just to keep up with living in such an expensive place.  It has a completely different feel than other islands I've been to - much less hectic with no bustling markets of vendors yelling at you to purchase their wares.  I felt like it was a hidden gym that was waiting to be discovered, and I was lucky enough to be on the early-entry guest list.

The pristine city of Hamilton, the capital and main business hub of the island.

A lovely park in Hamilton.  People gather in the park for lunchtime during a busy work week...very cool.

Bermuda is quite famous for it's golf courses, but my favorite part was the pink-sand beaches.  The sand gets its color from the crustacean shells that have broken down in the sand over time.  The water was uber chilly...let's just say that only my toes made it in.  But, had I not been so distracted by the thought of laying out in the warm sun and taking an uninterrupted hour to read a book (I had a 7-month-old at the time), I would have braved the temperature and broken the plane of that gorgeous blue-hued water.

This is Horseshoe Bay beach.  It was quiet, serene, and simply divine.  There were little coves where you could completely escape from everyone else.

We were not able to make it to the most historic area of the island, St. George, but we heard wonderful things about it.  There is a delightful town square and numerous forts and old churches to visit - you could spend days there basking in the history of the island. 

Fort St. Catherine in St. George, Bermuda.  I'm bummed we missed it...but there is always next time.

We did a little exploring around King's Warf (a.k.a. the Royal Naval Dockyard), where our ship pulled in.  Bermuda is well know for it's rum, so we did some rum-cake tasting at the Bermuda Rum-Cake Company.  I don't really care for rum, but rum-cake is delicious!

Chocolate, coconut, banana, ginger, traditional...any flavor of run-cake.  You name it, it's there!

 There is a lot of British influence in Bermuda, as it's a British overseas territory.  Love those red phone booths, even if they are quite obsolete in this day and age.

 Lovely architecture!  All the roofs in Bermuda are white from a Lyme coating that is required by code.  The Lyme serves as a natural water filtration method because water is such a precious resource there.  When it rains, the water runs over the roof, is naturally purified, and flows from gutters into cisterns underground.

Grand anchors signify the past, present, and future nautical influence on the island, which contributes to a very preppy ambiance, I think.  Well, that and the Bermuda shorts that the business-men wear...

Yes, men actually wear this outfit to work in Bermuda, even the bankers!

I hope we get the chance to return to Bermuda someday.  It's a place I left thinking "If I had millions of dollars, my tropical get-away would definitely be here!"  It's a quiet haven and second-home for movie stars (i.e. Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones) and financial moguls (i.e. Ross Perot) alike.  And, I now know why!

When we go back, I'd love to stay in this seaside hotel that we passed while on the bus - The Reefs. (Oh, and Bermuda has a fantastic public transportation system with buses...loved that!)  I'm not so certain the hotel is super affordable...but, one can dream and there is always "off season" pricing.

The Reefs hotel is beautiful both outside...

...and inside.

I think you can hear angels singing when you walk into this suite.  Perhaps, that is included in the price...

Ok, now everyone go google Bermuda and start planning your tropical vacation.  After sharing all this with you, I'm itching to go again myself!  I hear it's off-season right now - but still 70 degrees and beautiful...  -Kristen

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