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I was motivated to start a blog by reading all the wonderful talented individual's who have blogs out there. So, I want to make this blog about everyone who reads it. My family and God always comes first in my life. I want to share my experiences and in turn, hope to get feedback and ideas from you. I love unique things, I adore anything that sparkles (not over the top though) I love decorating, cooking, gardening, photography and shopping. My number one passion is photography! To me it becomes more than a picture, it can become a piece of art, or a beautiful memory. Decorating, though I am not a professional, and don't claim to be, has been a part of my life since I was very young, and just love searching and shopping for new ideas and incorporate the old, such as Mid-Century Modern and Hollywood Regency with contemporary. Living close to the Gulf of Mexico in Florida, and being of Hispanic heritage, I love cooking Mexican food, and love to share my authentic recipes. Though I live in Florida, my heart is in the desert southwest, and hope that my family and I will return there very soon…keep your fingers crossed that my prayers are answered SOON!!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tommy Bahama....

What a couple of weeks this has been for me and my family.  First off, getting ready for our huge family reunion was a lot of work...I still didn't get all the family photos put on CD's for everyone, there are just so many photos...I told them, that I would (should) have them done by Christmas and send each family two CD's.  I had to do a lot of pictures for our family cookbook that my cousin put together, so that did take a lot of my time…but the cookbook is wonderful, what a beautiful family heirloom it is, a sweet remembrance of my Grandparents and each and every family member filled with the best recipes and photos, what a treasure she created.  The family reunion was so special, we had it at Ft. Desoto, here on the Gulf Coast…it rained for a few minutes, just enough to cool everything down…it was a hot day, but actually not uncomfortable for an August day…many people did however, go to the beach for a nice swim.  Though most of us live here in Florida, I have some that live in Texas, and a few in Tennessee, that came, how great it was to visit with them too.  I have a very large family, so you can only imagine what a special day that was.  And yes…I took over 250 pictures…

A few weeks ago my washer and drier went…gone, nothing…so we purchased new front loading pedestal units…love them…then, last week our air conditioner, on its last leg…so we had a new unit put in on Friday…then my cousin and her son, which is my daughter’s age, came over Friday evening before the reunion.  I made a taco bar, and we ate, drank and enjoyed some family conversation.  The next day was the reunion…and on Sunday…I did nothing, but rest.  I put some spaghetti on and let it simmer for most of the day, and had a nice quiet dinner…now it’s all back to reality and I’m ready to start taking it easy and preparing for the holidays.

I know, the holidays!?!?  We’ll I love to get a jump on things, and though here in this part of Florida, it still feels like summer until around October or November, just not as hot.  I wanted to show a few beautiful items from Tommy Bahama, to help us hold on to that last bit of summer.  As much as I love the tropical look, I am so ready for fall and winter to arrive.  My daughter and I already have a day picked out and are heading to Orlando for some early Christmas shopping…

It's so nice to be back on the "Blog" again, I really missed ready all the great posts, but still haven't fully caught up yet.  I would say it's time for some lazy days of summer here for me, and get back to "some" normality.  I love Tommy Bahama and hope you enjoy the pictures and what is left of summer no matter where you live.

Aloha Ceramic Sign $14.00

Beach Stones filled with images of nautical beauty $17.95

Ceramic Punched Luminary $45.00

Driftwood Leaf Tray $48.00

Etched Palm Martini Glasses $19.50

Etched Palm Martini Pitcher $58.00

Island Botanical 16" Square Pillow $55.00

Sips & Apps  $19.95

Laguna Sail Tote $168.00

Life is One Long Weekend Cookbook $35.00

Nautical Rope Wall Clock $98

Orange Cay Castaway Pillow $50.00

Palm Desert Wine Tote $38.00

"Relax" Collapsible Duffel Bag (variety of colors) $48.00

Seashell Appetizer Plates, Set of 4 $39.00

Starfish Bowl $128.00


  1. I'm a big Tommy Bahama fan. We have a restaurant with a boutique here in the Newport Beach area. From your post I love the driftwood leaf tray.

  2. Hi friend! The Tommy Bahama pictures are lovely, very inspiring. I love all of the colors.

    You have been busy, and I hope you are now getting some much deserved rest. The cookbook sounds so wonderful, what a treasure! You put a lot of hard work into that reunion! I am glad the reunion went well. I bet it was so much fun. I keep having to remind myself as well that the holidays are right around the corner. I had a taste of cool weather this past week, and I can just smell fall! :))

    Have a great weekend!

  3. me again.

    Thanks for the compliments on my Santa Fe pictures. I thought of you often when I was there, knowing that the desert is where your heart is! I bought one Talavera serving bowl that I fell in love with and couldn't pass up. :) You are so right, the people there are so friendly. My mom and I were just blown away by how kind everyone was to us, everywhere! I am certain I will be going back to Santa Fe, again and again.


  4. You've been a busy busy girl. But having fun too. Getting to spend quality time with family is such a gift.

    Take some time and recoup on the beach for a day or two.