When my dear friend, Lora Grady, flew out to visit me in January of this year, we collaborated with some local southern creatives in a styled photoshoot. We had a blast with Augusta, GA makeup artist, Jen Paulos Lewis of Pastel Makeup and Hair. She perfected even more our two models – Brittany Regan and Elle Danielle. Lora and I got our craft on preparing tulle skirts and floral arrangements. We even found a vintage gown from Little Five Points’ fabulous consignment shop, The Clothing Warehouse. The Goat Farm in Atlanta proved to be the perfect location for our shoot!
I have been meaning to blog my photos from that session, but pregnancy has my blog as well as many other aspects of life quite behind these days! BUT – the exciting news is that Lora submitted some of her photos and a DIY tutorial I put together to Smitten Magazine. It was featured and published in the Spring Volume that came out in print this last month!
During the day, my job is pest control! I get to talk to dozens and dozens of people every day who call in seeking expert advice and help on their bug or lawn care problems. Mine is an interesting, sometimes entertaining, & sometimes frustrating job. The frustrating factor often comes in when talking about a specific little critter…. the bed bug.
BED BUGS! They DO exist! And anybody can get them. Here is a handy info-graphic created by the company a work for… Please Review…
I said it can be frustrating, because as you may have noticed above… a big reason as to why bed bugs don’t go away is because people don’t listen or follow directions. You know how many people I talk to that say either…
1. “I sprayed two days ago and i’m STILL seeing bed bugs!”
2. “I‘ve been spraying everyday for over a week now and these things won’t go away! So I doubled the amount of product and I STILL have them!”
Problem: USER ERROR
Given that a female bed bug can lay up to a dozen eggs a day – that paints the picture as to why bed bugs are definitely NOT an overnight fix. Also, over-application of a chemical will only cause problems rather than fix them. FOLLOW PRODUCT LABELS! They are there for a reason – and quite honestly, if you choose to use them as you wish instead, I have no pity for you and your bugs that won’t go away.
DIY … How do you treat then?
1. A bed bug treatment requires thorough de-cluttering & vacuuming beforehand. Always empty your vacuum OUTSIDE of your home … any critters or eggs sucked up can always crawl right back out
2. Bedding or clothing should be washed or at least tossed in the dryer on high heat for 30 mins. Heat is instant death to bed bugs and their eggs!
3. Once rooms are cleared and clean – apply the products. Spray around the perimeters of the rooms, in corners and cracks of furniture, and spot treat mattress and cushions. Use an insecticidal dust as well in the cracks and crevices of the room, bed, other furniture, and also between your mattress & boxspring and under sofa cushions.
4. Re-treat every TWO weeks until the biting / signs of bed bugs are no longer present. Step 1 and 2 should be repeated for each treatment.
5. BE PATIENT. And persistant.
We sell a large variety of products for every pest control need – including the same stuff the professionals are applying.
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if you haven’t thought about Valentine’s Day…you should! i’m not sure why, but i enjoy this holiday very much. i don’t think i’ve ever had a romantic valentine’s day spent with a significant other…so i can’t say that’s why i like the day so much. however, i’m not one that scorns the 14th and dubs it “single awareness day”….come on people, that’s ridiculous!
i like it because it’s simple and full of LOVE…and a perfect excuse to give little thoughts and tokens of love to the people in your life. growing up, valentine’s day wasn’t a HUGE deal in my house, yet i looked forward to waking up and seeing splashes of pink and red on the kitchen table where my mom had set out little treats for each of us – usually candy and some valentine socks and a special note. since we’re all girls in my house, maybe a little bottle of pink or red nail polish or a lip gloss added. it was nothing flashy, but it was special. one year, my dad even gave me fresh flowers …(i’ll never forget it, because to this day, it’s the only time he’s done that…he just doesn’t do gifts – ever)
and i always looked forward to the valentine cookies!!! my mom only made them once a year…soft, cut into big hearts, and decorated beautifully with homemade pink frosting that melted in your mouth. oh i LOVEloveLOVED them.
do you remember making a “valentine box” every year for school?!! i DO! decorating my box and putting together a valentine with candy for each kid in my class was my favorite. then coming home at the end of the day with my box full of valentines from all my classmates waiting to be opened – it was the best. at least, to me.
so, today, i still love the holiday. i still love making homemade valentines to give. family…and many to send to my friends – hand crafted with silly poems i write on the inside. ha! it’s fun. and who doesn’t love mail?! valentine’s day is for any and all…not just romantic lovers. love has so many sides to it.
in my thoughts of spreading love this year, i already started getting ideas together. little things to be given to share the love:
i experimented with sugar cookies and raspberry jam…i think they turned out quite cute, no?! ( a little white chocolate drizzle for looks…aesthetics are important! )
my homemade peanut butter cups! very easy. way better than store bought…and i love that i can control the pb/choc ratio. (i’m not a BIG pb person)
so why not take your fav store bought candy and spruce ’em up a bit?! i think it makes them extra special, and i can combine them with my other homemade treats in these little boxes (super cheap @ Hobby Lobby – just add some ribbon or something) ….
just some other simple little goodies for giving away that can be personalized….
i’m kind of obsessed with these little jars of my FAVVVY candy: dark chocolate covered almonds (dove)…mmmm….but look how cute! i would be so happy if i got this, so why wouldn’t anyone else?!?
yes, i am definitely in the spirit of the season…now it’s time for card making and more treats to prepare!
i made crepes for the first time! no, this is not my picture…i was too lazy to make a visual production of my food – though it was the photo that inspired my craving…and the recipe (found here), which i will also share below.
yes, crepes are easy. and delicious. why haven’t i made them before? no idea, really. though i’m glad i did. SOGOOD! and foolproof.
Ingredients: 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 cup (5 ounces) all purpose flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1 1/2 cups whole milk (2% worked just fine for me, too.)
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
Sugar (to sprinkle on afterwards, if you want)
1. Place oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet and heat over low heat for at least 10 minutes.
2. While skillet is heating, whisk together flour, 1 teaspoon sugar, and salt in medium bowl. In separate bowl, whisk together milk and eggs. Add half of milk mixture to dry ingredients and whisk until smooth. Add butter and whisk until incorporated. Whisk in remaining milk mixture until smooth.
3. Using paper towel, wipe out skillet, leaving thin film of oil on bottom and sides. Increase heat to medium and let skillet heat for 1 minute. After 1 minute, test heat of skillet by placing 1 teaspoon batter in center and cook for 20 seconds. If mini crêpe is golden brown on bottom, skillet is properly heated; if it is too light or too dark, adjust heat accordingly and retest.
4. Pour ¼ cup batter into far side of pan and tilt and shake gently until batter evenly covers bottom of pan. Cook crêpe without moving it until top surface is dry and crêpe starts to brown at edges, loosening crêpe from side of pan with rubber spatula, about 25 seconds. Gently slide spatula underneath edge of crêpe, grasp edge with fingertips, and flip crêpe. Cook until second side is lightly spotted, about 20 seconds. Transfer cooked crêpe to wire rack, inverting so spotted side is facing up. Return pan to heat and heat for 10 seconds before repeating with remaining batter. As crêpes are done, stack on wire rack.
btw: this crepe cake looks heavenly…my next “crepe project” to try:
have you ever been to FOODGAWKER.COM ?! oh my…it’s amazing. just go…and you’ll find yourself craving everything you see. i especially like looking under popular and favorites. SO MANY THINGS TO TRY! not enough time…or dinero.
this is how i feel today:
last october i had bronchitis. for a whole bloody month i had this horrendous cough! it sounded like death. though i didn’t realize it was bronchitis until i went to the doctor two weeks into the never-ending coughing. it was strange to me that i wasn’t congested, my nose was fine – and i felt pretty ok – just coughed. it got nasty though. low fever and feeling achy and tired. and the hacking my lungs out – horrible and painful at times. and exhausting.
anyway…for the past few days…i’ve had this “cough”. nothing else, just coughing. and progressing. the past couple nights it’s made it impossible to sleep well. and today, i feel like a zombie. tired. bags under the eyes. slight headache. slightly feverish, but i’m not positive. i don’t want to go all HYPOCHONDRIAC – but i reallyreallyR E A L L Y hope it’s not the ol’ bronchitis again. BOOOOO!
thought for today:
i do like miss swift. there’s something admirable and real about an artist that writes all their own music.
rad photo-manipulation for the day:
and, along with the food-bit of this post, a neat shabby/chic DiY food display out of tins and candlestick holders! ingenuity – i love it.
and… HEART ENVELOPES! cute.
now i just need someone to write a “love note” to.
i officially suck at my photo challenge. i work 9-5. come home and usually head to the gym. by the time i get home i’m tired, needing a shower, and it’s too dark to take pictures. excuses? yeah, maybe. whatevs.
and really, today i just want to go home and take a nap. or curl up with a good movie. or even better, with one of the 6 books i have in my room waiting to be read.