The Holidays. Part Dos.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The day after Christmas is always my favorite day of the Holidays.  You just get to chill out with your family...So that's what we did.  My parents live about 1 mile from The Black Hammock at Lake Jesup.  The lake is rich in Floridan history and has more gators then any other lake in Florida.  Years ago people use to dump all the gators in the county in this lake.  There are 1000's of them in the lake!  We love to The Black Hammock  because of this old, old gator called Hammy.  Plus the people watching is out of this world!  You can go on airboat rides and eat lunch at The Lazy Gator.  If you have never tried fried gator, you should, its really good.    My husband bought a 11 foot gator head to put in his office.  What a great conversion piece for a business man in SoCal ;)  

(thought this was a cool looking pic)

(W with his prized Gator Head.  He is telling people he killed it)

(My sister and bro. in law with Lily)

My family has been in the citrus business for 100 plus years in Central Florida and has groves on Lake Jesup.  After we left The Black Hammock we went to cruise the groves and pick some oranges.  It has been such a long time since we have done this as a family.  The day reminded me of my childhood. We even drove past a place deep in the groves where we use to party in high school. My Dad loved that! 

(My fam. in grove.  My dad was showing us where the state is pulling phosphate out of lake. Guess its a money maker. Who knew?!)

We are off to Chicago to visit my sister in a bit.  Say a prayer for safe travels.

xoxo, Lily's Laundry

The Holidays. Part Uno.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

We are just back from a short but busy trip to Florida.  It was a whirlwind and W. and I are off to Chicago tomorrow  for News Years, so life is busy.  We traveled the state in a Toyota minivan.  My husband was trying to persuade me it was a cool car...I mean don't get me wrong, it is very functional but I am not a functional type of person   I told him look "you married a high heel wearing girl and a minivan to me is more like a  good pair of flats."

We started off by going to South Florida where my husband's family lives.  First stop was his mothers house.  She and her husband are one of the largest orchid growers in the country.  Their property is amazing.  It is  like an orchid wonderland!  Lily loves it too because there is so much stuff to do outside.  We cruised through the greenhouses, rode on the "Gator," fed all the birds...

The next day we got up and went down to Jupiter to W's sisters house for Christmas Eve Day where the girls played with their cousins and ate dinner....

We then get back in the "functional"  minivan and drove 3 hours north to my parents house for Christmas Eve Night so the girls could have Santa on Christmas Morning.

Time frame here is about 24 hours...We are all SO TIRED!

Christmas morning we always go to my Grandmother Claire's house and exchange gifts with my Dad's side of the family.

Then everyone comes over to our house for Christmas dinner.  We then finished the night off with some sparklers left over from our wedding (8 YEARS AGO.) They still worked and Lily LOVED them.

To Be Continued...

oxoxo, Lily's Laundry


Monday, December 21, 2009

I love gift wrapping paper.  I always have.   I also love untraditional ways of wrapping presents.  This year I used all sorts of bright, funky, colored paper.  We live in a resort community, so it is perfect. I keep bows, ribbons, faux flowers and unique decorations throughout the year and I use them on my gifts.  I used ornaments, peacock feathers, lace, sequins, tulle and ribbons to wrap these up. Lily and Claire loved them!

xoxo, Lily's Laundry

Oh Santa..Where are you...

Thursday, December 17, 2009

It's that time where you are trying to find that perfect gift.  Man, sometimes it is so hard.  I think women are easy.   I tell my husband you can never go wrong with a good handbag (a.k.a Chanel) or a piece of jewelery ;} wink wink {;  I have a hard time finding that perfect something though for the men in my life.  Something that is unique yet that they will get good use out of.  So I go to the ole' tried and true gift guides that pop up this time of year.

Here are some of my favorites...

My sister's and my all time favorite magazine was Domino.  Sadly it went out of business this past spring but and new version has come out called LonNy Mag.  You can view it at
They have a great gift guide OR buy the magazine and give it as a those kind..they last all year.

I found this awesome website through LonNy that is very 20's, Flapper, East Village inspired called  Perfect if you are looking for a unique, luxurious present.  THEIR WEBSITE IS WAY TOO COOL!

Oprah always has the gift department covered.  Check out her great list.  She has  food, stocking stuffers, art work, clothes and more.  I love this photo by that has been Andy Warhol-ized.  It would be cute for a favorite pet!   You can also do something similar on canvas through your local Costco.

Cool Mom Picks has some good stuff. I love how they list it everything $, $$ or $$$. They also have some coolly worded titles like "For Your Twilight-Infatuated Niece" or "For Your Sister and Best Friend who's a Million Miles Away" (like mine, sniff sniff )

Hope these help. 
Oh P.S. Neiman's is offering free Rush shipping and gift wrap with code HURRY.  You can never go wrong there!

xoxo, Lily's Laundry

Merry. Merry. Merry...I am worn out!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

This has been the week of parties and I am exhausted so I am going to put the whole week in one post. Wednesday night we had my husband client apprecitaion party at Franklin Loan Center. We hosted about 300 people. Ruth Chris did the food and we served beer and wine. I was in charge of the decorations. We did LOTS of red roses, crystals and candles and the tables looked great. A girlfriend Kelly of mine did these crystals on her table for her birthday and it looked amazing. You can get flowers delivered in bulk from Costco. This is the third party I have done this for and every time they have turned out fantastic. You have to order them the week before, on a certain day, for the flowers to be delivered fresh. I got 200 long stem red roses for about $150. Its a great deal. If you need bulk flowers check it out, (make sure to read shipping info though) not a lot of people know about it.

Friday night we had the employees party for FLC.  It was a great time too.  Walter and I are so grateful for everyone that works at Franklin without them we would not have the company that we do.

Everything looks cool at night with all the lights ;)

Today I was at the Sacred Heart Tea selling LLB stuff.  It was lots of fun.  There were about 600 people there and some really great vendors too!  A few of them were Ashley Hackshaw from, Lisa Walker from, two sweet sisters Amy and Cara who own She She on El Paseo, Allison Hanlon Clothing and the ladies that own which has darling things too!  If you have a chance check out these blogs and website.  Everyone has great things..I am adding some pictures and then off to bed...12 more days will Christmas...and I haven't even done any of my shopping ahhhhh....

Christmas Bucket for $18 perfect for hostess gifts!

Merry Christmas, Lily's Laundry

The Sacred Heart Shopping Extravaganza!

Friday, December 11, 2009

LLB is going to be at The Sacred Heart Shopping Extravaganza on Sunday Decemeber 13th form 9:30-1:30.  Here are the details.

You won’t want to miss The Sacred Heart Shopping Extravaganza!  This Sunday Only!  A Terrific Opportunity to complete your shopping in one day and support your Sacred Heart Family with over 40 Fantastic vendors, offering wonderful deals in all price ranges, and all styles from Chic to Classy!  
At the Rancho Las Palmas Resort Grand Ballroom this Sunday Dec. 13th from 9:30-1:30! 
Support your fellow Sacred Heart Parishioner and School Family and cross off everyone on your list with one stop!
Up to 20% of your purchase will come back to Sacred Heart! Free Parking and Admission and the selection can’t be beat! These Spectacular Vendors will be ready to wrap up your shopping needs!
Merry Christmas, Lily's Laundry 
So if you are local come and check it out!

Ahhhh...The Nutcracker!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Today was a sad day for the Gator Nation! I woke up this morning nervous but thought since Lily was going to be a mouse in the Nutcracker that is was a good omen. Aren't mice suppose to terrify no such avail. I was at the Nutcracker checking my iphone every second. I felt like a man. LOL. In the end the Gators lost bad to Bama...Oh least I had a bunch of three and four years old to cheer me up! Merry Christmas!

xoxo, Lily's Laundry

Georgia on My Mind...Florida in My Heart!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

For Turkey Day we traveled, with the two babes to Thomasville, Georgia. It is a small town about 35 mins northeast of Tallahassee and the Florida border. It is deep into the southern sea, for a girl, who for the last 8 years has been indoctrinated into the SoCal lifestyle. My parents bought a darling condo there and have been asking us to come. So we finally succumbed and made the trip. Every time we step off the plane my mom says "Welcome to Dixie," which cracks me. Anyways, I have to tell you I was pleasantly surprised by Thomasville and loved the way it was decorated for the holidays.

Here are are couple of things that I found and loved.

One is a store called LAVISH. Isn't that such a great name? It is an apothecary boutique and specializes in soaps, perfumes, jewelry and some children's items. Nancy the owner also has a blog if you want to learn more about LAVISH. My parents bought my sister and me some Christmas presents from there. They wrapped them with a twig of cotton. Isn't it so creative?!?

Another store on Broad St. that is darling is called FireFly. The name reminds me of a humid summer night, catching fireflies in a mason jar and putting them next to my bed thinking they would give off enough light to be a nightlight and would still be alive in the morning. Ha. Wishful thinking.

I picked up some glitter covered reindeer. Everyone who knows me knows I like the bling. They are perfect! I will be getting all of my Christmas stuff out this week and will find the perfect place to use them.

Lily loved them too. She already knocked one of their red jeweled noses off. Opps!

On Saturday my parents watched both girls for the night and Walter, my brother and I went to GVille to watch the Mighty Gators kick some Nole Booty. We had so much fun. It really was one of the best football games I have been to. The energy in the stadium was crazy. It was Tim Tebow's last home game and crowd was twinkling from all the pictures that were being taken.

This is before game!  I asked the guy if PETA was cool with this...he said yeah ;)

With one of my BFF Meg's.  She left her man in Tampa and came up all by herself.
Got myself a new hat!  It's now my new FAV!

Wished I had one of these today when I came home from vaca and my imacs hard drive crashed...ahhhh..everyone keeps asking..."Didn't you back it up?" No! It's brand new!!!! Duhhhh...I know better!

Hope everyone else had a great Thanksgiving. I cannot believe Christmas is almost here. Wow! 2009 has gone by quickly.

The "LaLa's"

Sunday, November 22, 2009

While I was at Florida I was an Alpha Delta Pi.  I have the best girlfriends in the world.  I had 9 bridesmaids when I got married 8 years ago and all of us are still very close.  We are all spread throughout the country and 1 of us will soon be living in the BVI but we still get together a couple times of year. October was New Orleans and January will be Dallas.  We will call it The LaLa's do Dallas!  We call ourselves the LaLa's for a couple of reasons. 1. All of our names either begin with L's or A's 2. We all are in our own "LaLa Land," and 3. We are all close like the women of the YaYa Sisterhood.  Each of us has completely different personalities and that's what makes us work so great.  They all call me Madonna because I now live far away from the South and I am always changing my look. The are all very Southern and pride themselves on it!  We love each other for our individuality....Anyways to make a long story short...One of the LaLa's told me she had her own blog but she is writing it anonymously. So I had to check it out.  I have one word to define it, HYSTERICAL.  Maybe I am just biased because I know and love this person and her fuuny personality but if you want to follow a blog that will make you laugh while giving you some great tid bits on life you should check out  To get yourself started in the southern land of Miss Sweet Dreams Preppy read the post on Isacc Mizarhi first.  It is sure to give you a giggle!

LLB got a facelift!

Friday, November 20, 2009

We do this sometimes...everyone needs a little refresher!  Ours fortunately was surgically free.  In honor of our new younger, fresher look, you get 20% OFF for the weekend. Come and check it out!

Sometimes everyone just needs a good laugh!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

My brother sends me the funniest stuff...I have to give him credit here!

Happy Birthday Lily!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

We had two birthday parties this year, and it has only taken me 3 months to post pictures (her birthday is in August.)  One with all of our family in Florida at New Symnra Beach and one with all her friends back in desert at Pump It Up.

Lily loves the beach and everything about it.  She especially loves mermaids.  I had matching mermaid outfits made for Lily and Claire.  Tammy at Katie Bug Customs  helped me designs these outfits with a fabric I found on her website.  My mom made her the cutest cake for her beach party and I just had to post it!  It is a Williams and Sonoma Sand Castle mold.

At Pump it Up she had ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins.  They  did a good job and it was very reasonable.  We went to BR to have ice cream this summer and she saw this cake in the freezer and stared at it for like 45 mins.  When we left Walter said "Get her that cake for her birthday."  He is such a great dad and always wants her to be happy.  I  told myself I would never have a cheesy character birthday party but I succumb to the wishes of a 3 year old.  How could I deny her an Aerial themed party.  It looked like The Little Mermaid expoloded! LOL!

Got these great invitations from  and matching thank you notes to go with them.  Tina was great to work with.

Introducing Cranberries and Capers

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

With a newborn we have "paci's" everywhere.  So I was looking for some cute paci clips and found some by Cranberries and Capers.  Isn't their name just adorable?  So are their paci clips and they are ONLY $8!  Check them out.  They are now available at LLB!

Whoever Coined the Phrase...

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Whoever coined the phrase "Sippy Cups are not for Chardonnay" (as I pick up the millionth one off the floor tonight)  they were right, they are for VODKA on the ROCKS!  It's been a long day :)
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