Desert Encounters

September 6th, 2011

Over the weekend, we saw a side of Las Vegas we’ve never seen before, thanks to my parents who played tour guide.  My folks have recently retired there and know a thing or two about the area. Yes, we did get to spend one night downtown at the Bellagio (don’t you love that Chihuly installation on the ceiling?) but even better was the tour of Red Rock Canyon that we toured 20 minutes outside of town, beyond the city lights. 

Call us ignorant, but we never knew there was something more to Las Vegas than big casinos, Snooki parties, and Elvis impersonators.  Apparently, there’s a lot to see once you get away from the glitz, and the desert is quite a sight.  

red rock canyon view

Red Rock Canyon reminded me of three things: Sedona (Arizona), Road Runner cartoons (high five if you also love those Looney Tunes), and sliced honey baked ham.

red rock canyon

Am I the only one that sees the shapes of food in the rock formations?


OK, I guess I am.  We took the kiddos on a little hike to stretch their legs and explore the territory. 

dad with kids red rock canyon


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Winners + Wecome Fall!

September 6th, 2011

G’day all, hope you had a relaxing weekend!  We just got back from a four day getaway to Las Vegas where we hung out with the folks, explored some of the desert, and spent a lot of down time in the pool, bliss!  We had such a blast but I am exhausted and already soooo behind.  Funny how you need a vacation from your vacation, ya know? 

Announcing the five winners of the Purdy Paintbrush giveaway: #97 Angela Roberts; #313 Angie Quinton; #526 Valerie Vines; #1,187 Allison Vega, and #1,404  Clarette Rose.  Congratulations, I’ll send you all a personal email later today to confirm!

Finally a quick shout out to the top referring blogs for August, thanks so much to these inspirational sites:

Thrifty Decor Chick

Apartment Therapy

The Lettered Cottage

Better After

320 Sycamore

Miss Mustard Seed 

One Pretty Thing 

The Art of Doing Stuff

The Inspired Room

My Sweet Savannah

Bower Power

Ana White

Southern Hospitality

Hooked on Houses

Emily Clark 

I’m finally in the mood for fall, aren’t you?  Labor Day weekend always does that to me.  Time to put away all the summer decor and spruce up the house with autumn goodness.  I’m looking forward to sharing it all with you too.

I’m taking the rest of the day to get caught up – if you’ve emailed me lately and heard nothing but crickets, my apologies, I’ll do my best to get back to you today!