Sunday, August 24, 2008

Awards & Outside Eating...

I have received a couple awards from my blog friends. Yeah! I know I shouldn't get all gushy about receiving awards but I truly like receiving them. Who doesn't?

Cindy at Love from MN has given me The Smile Award. Thank you Cindy!!

Characteristics for the Smile Award:
1. Must display a cheerful attitude. (not necessarily at all times--we are all human).
2. Must love one another.
3. Must make mistakes.
4. Must learn from others.
5. Must be a positive contributor to blog world.
6. Must love life.
7. Must love kids.

And Diane at A pictures worth 1,000 words has given me the Kreative Blogger award. Thank you Diane!!

With this award I'm supposed to list 6 things that make me happy.

1) Eating dinner at a restaurant
2) Eating lunch with friends (okay it looks like a trend here but I really don't like eating all that much)
3) Playing with my dogs. This is such a stress reliever!
4) Building legos with my middle child.
5) Watching my youngest do just about anything
6) Decorating
7) Getting along with my daughter
8) Spending alone time with my husband

Thank you ladies! There are so many wonderful blogs out there that it's almost too hard to choose a couple to give awards. So I would like to pass on these awards to each and every blog on my list.
I'm so darn excited to show you my newest purchase. I've been drooling over this outdoor table for weeks and it finally went on sale.

A few days later it went down another $100. So I grabbed my receipt and took it to customer service. They thankfully refunded it.

So now that I have an outdoor table, we can eat meals on the porch, drink coffee, enjoy the weather. Okay, so I realize it's August and 115 degrees out. But I'm thinking of the 7 months of great weather we'll eventually have.

Speaking of outdoor areas. Some friends of ours recently purchase a home in Palm Springs. I couldn't get over how beautiful the back porch was. What do you think?

They had a sitting area...

A dining area...(inspiration for my table)

An area with a fireplace...
The outdoor kitchen...
And a fountain with flowers...I could spend hours outside (during the cooler months) and lounge by the fire, roast marshmallows, gaze into the sunset. I can hardly wait until it's cooler out.

I wanted to thank everyone that left birthday wishes on my blog over the weekend. And also thank my husband who hacked into my blog to let my blog friends know it was my birthday. You are so awesome hunny! The birthday message line was perfect for bloggers. When someone left a message it would email me and I could play the message right from my computer. It was fun to hear the voices of blog friends.


Darlene said...

Congratulations on your awards...they are fun to get aren't they?!?
I LOVE your patio set and on sale and more on!!!
Your friend's outdoor space is fabulous!! Who wouldn't love that!! Glad you had a wonderful birthday....I had a ball calling your birthday line!

aj said...

Brandee-Wish I could sit at your new table with you(when it's cool)and have a girlie lunch! It looks great! And your friends home-wow. I'd love to have an outdoor area like that!

Debbie @ said...

Hi Brandee, hey love your new outside addition. I love having a patio to hang out on. I saw at Target they have outdoor rugs similar to your friends, and similar planters. I really like how you are using them as your inspiration, something to work toward. It will be fun making it all come together!
Congratulations on your award!

a day in the life of bella said...

Congratulations on your awards :)

That dining set is so pretty, and getting it on sale makes it even sweeter, doesn't it?

I missed your dh's hacking post, lol!

Happy Birthday!!!

your blogging buddy,

Melissa Wertz said...

Beautiful table and chairs! You will get years and years of use out of it. We love ours. Really nice to enjoy in our cooler weathers! And when we have Thanksgiving at our house, everyone likes to go outside to eat. That is the way it will be at your house too!

nikkicrumpet said...

The patio set is really pretty and it sounds like you got a great deal!!! I'm jealous that you actually have 7 months of good weather to sit out and enjoy the fresh air...we get about 4 months here if we're lucky! I hope you have a spectacular Monday!

Marie said...

Congrats on your awards!!! Love your patio set. I saw one at Walmart (of all places) that I really liked...but I don't have a place for it right now. I just had to pass up a bargain. lol Your friends porch is GORGEOUS!!

Here's wishing you cooler weather soon! :o)

Rue said...

Good morning Brandee :)

Your new table is fantastic! You'll enjoy it a lot when the weather gets cooler.

Your frend's patio is beautiful. She did an excellent job of making a space for everything :)


duchess said...

Congrats on the awards.
I love the table & chairs. Looks like a great place to have coffee & browse thru some decorating magazines.

Lisa Ann said...

Congrats on your awards. I love your new outdoor furniture.

Anonymous said...

Love the table and the fact that it was on sale makes it look even better!

Shannon said...

I love your new furniture! I have been eyeing this too and I didn't even need any! :)

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hey, Brandee, happy belated Birthday wishes from me! Hope it was a good one. Love your new outdoor table & chairs, glad you got a great deal on them. Your friends patio is beautiful.

What a neat idea for your catbox. Is she using it?? That's a great way to keep it out of the way.


cindy said...

OOOhhh! love the new patio set..and the lantern!...I am looking for some deals on patio sets too.....and I love your friends set, that is exactly what I am looking for!! Not alot of shopping in my you know where they got it??!! :) ~C~

Mabry's Gamma said...

CONGRATULATIONS, BRANDEE! How fun and exciting to receive awards and so deserving.

Your friends have a wonderful looking patio and I envy both of you for even having patios (I have a deck) but honestly, I think I would be more comfortable having coffee and chatting with a friend on your lovely set. It seems so warm and inviting to sit out on. Glad you found a great bargain, that is what us gals are all about.


Rae said...

Mazel Tov on your awards!! And I love your new outdoor table! It looks fabulous!!!

Laura said...

Congratulations on your awards AND your new patio set! I won't even tell you that it is 75 degrees today here, haha! Glad you had a great birthday! Enjoy your new table!

Laura :)

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

Hi Brandee, First of all, I would like to wish you a Very Happy Belated Birthday! Hope it was a wonderful one! :)

Congrats on your awards! You certainly deserve them! :) ...and I am drooling over your new table set too! Love it! Your friend has a beautiful outdoor space too!

~Rhonda :)

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

Oh, and that was so sweet of your husband to alert the blogging world of you Birtday! :)

Girly Stuff said...

I love the table...i guess it's that time of year to hit the sales on outdoor's the only way to roll!

Tricia said...

I like your new table. The cushions are pretty also. Belated Happy August Birthday!

Jenny said...

Palm Springs is really beautiful. A different kind of beauty but still beautiful. I gave up on eating outdoors because it's just so hot here. Not as hot as P.S. but still pretty hot! We live about an hour west of P.S. But your table looks great and sounds like you got a great deal. Maybe in Dec when the rest of the country is bundling up you'll be sitting on your porch enjoying the nice weather we have here :-)


Susie Harris said...

What a nice table and I cant believe they gave you back 100.00! Now thats the way to shop! I also love your friends patio. I would love to sit outside and enjoy but it's always hot here and the bugs....Take care!

Chris said...

OH man, I missed your birthday! So sorry--busy weekend. Happy Birthday! My jaw dropped at this dining set. It's gorgeous! And your friends patio? To die for! Great pictures!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Congrats on your award girlio. Happy B-day too! Hurrrrrayyyy! I love your new patio set....gorgeous. cherry

Krista ~ Bits and pieces said...

Congratulation on your award~ that is awesome

Your back patio and yard is beautiful~ There is no doubt that I would spend most of my time there!!!

Way to watch the prices ~ you girl

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I love all your favorite things to do as well.

Great selection on your new outdoor table. Your friends do indeed have a wonderful backyard space.

Thank you so much for your kind comments on my blog recently. It really touched my heart and meant so much.

Come on over and celebrate life on my blog!

momof3azkids said...

Your new table is awesome! You will surely enjoy it this fall and winter. I really need to do something about my yard!

Linda said...

Love your new table and your friend's patio set up as well.
I have enjoyed visiting your blog.

Kitty Scraps said...

Hi Brandee,
What a great patio set you snapped up for an even greater price! How cool you got the refund on the sales price! Woo woo, more shopping! And your friend is just as lucky to have such a beautiful outdoor space too. I'm so envious, I've really got to get serious about finding some thrifted wicker pieces for my porch *smiles*
Have a wonderfully blessed week!

Kelli said...

Congratulations on your awards! I just love your new patio's beautiful!

Twice as Nice said...

Love the new table and chairs. You were happy at the price and then got an additional $100 off! Your friends outdoor space is amazing. I know it was hot in the south but here in the mid west, not so much. Our summer was cooler than usual and we felt a bit cheated! We had a winter that felt like FOREVER. While fall is my favorite season I'm not quite ready.

Hooked on Houses said...

Congrats on the awards, which are well deserved!!

I love a good patio set, and this one's really beautiful. -Julia :-)

Joy said...

What a wonderful outdoor set! Looks like a great place to relax.

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