Thursday, June 28, 2012

Can YOU relate???

Happy Thursday Luvs,


I was inspired to cover this song by the tribute videos I watched today on YouTube. The meaning of the lyrics struck me because I can relate to the sentiment. I have humbly submitted my version to you. I have changed the inflection slightly so that it would resonate more with what I was trying to convey.  I hope you like it!





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Til next time,


Kat







Wednesday, June 27, 2012

My Passion for Wardrobing...!

Hello Luvs,


Well, I had a no show for a wardrobing appointment yesterday, and it made me upset at first.  Then, I remembered why I started doing it in the first place.  There are many reasons, and below are just a few.


Some of the VERA scarves that I have collected.
#1 There is NOTHING like the feeling of someone coming in and not seeing anything that they think will fit.  They insist on trying on things that have a so-so fit. I have found that a lot of people hold onto a body image that is no longer representative of what their bodies actually look like.  Instead of moving forward, they cling onto the vision of what they were in a particular decade. Don't get me wrong, I LOVES me some vintage and would prefer to wear vintage dresses everyday...even on SNOW DAYS! Yes,I said it, on SNOW DAYS. Anyhow, I always try to steer them toward a vintage item that works with their figure, and pair it with something that brings them into the here and now.  That way, when they get home, they can incorporate those items into what they currently own. Sometimes it becomes an aha moment where they see the fit difference.


#2 The look that I get when I tell a client they HAVE TO try on an item in which you can read on their face that they know it just won't work. Then they put it on, and SHAZAM they are asking....HOW DID YOU DO THAT??? It turns out that I know a little somethin somethin about fitting bodies, and can just see what will work.  It is a crazy gift that I am sure many others share. The joy on the client's face says it all, and there are few things that bring me greater joy than seeing someone TRULY comfortable in their own skin.


EVERY girl needs a few maxi dresses...!
#3 Occasions.....I have fitted many brides.  Some of them were mature brides, and this may or may not be their first wedding. I have had young ladies that want something less traditional and I pull out a J. Mendel that fits them like a glove. There are fashionistas that crave something vintage, and then I pull out a piece from the back and voila: it is the dress they have been looking for!  Last but not least, someone will want to find items or outfits for a theme party and/or costuming an event.  To be able to put together treasures that work makes me very happy, along with providing the challenge that I crave...!
LOVE beaded necklaces!!!


Well, those are a few of my reasons.  Probably the three at the top of my list as to why I enjoy wardrobing! If you ever need someone to take on your occasion and make it special, please reach out and we'll see what we can do!


Lots of different bags.
Til next time,


Kat
Haskell, ethnic, bakelite...I have it ALL!
MUST HAVE large table!


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Pins and such to add a finishing touch.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

80s Inspiration?!?

Hello Luvs,


I thought that I would throw some Eighties Love at ya! For my daily offering of one of the things that I truly LUV (music), I was inspired today to cover a song by the Flock of Seagulls.  It is a fun song, and I enjoyed singing it.  I hope you enjoy watching!






Til net time,


Kat

Sunday, June 24, 2012

If you were an item of clothing, what would you be?


Hello There, 




Hope your week is going well. Thought I would end the night with a question. The question is...If you were any item of clothing, what would you be? For me, that question is fairly easy. I would be a black wiggle dress from the Fifties! 



Photo courtesy of ...SVPPLY.
WAIT.....! A girl is allowed to change her mind? RIGHT!!! I would like to alternate between that, and a cherry red full length gown. 


Why the black wiggle dress? This one signifies a sense of ownership of your womanly figure. It caresses the female silhouette like no other. I would be made of either gabardine or wool. There would also be slight pleating around my hip. This would ensure that the women who wore me, and rocked a serious figure, would wiggle on down the avenue. And for the women who had a little less curve, I would have a built in figure eight. 


Thanks to CourtureAllure.com for the pic!
Then why a cherry red gown also? A woman should ALWAYS have a gorgeous red gown,  if only to wear a handful of times.  I would remind her of the memory of entering a room and having all eyes on her.  Then, I would be treasured by the next owner is the SAME EXACT way!


I am sure I am dreaming! There are those of us who would take care of our prized possessions like, well, prize possessions. Until the next GLORIOUS thing that came into our lives. I guess the point that I am trying to get to, is that ultimately, we are our MOST PRIZED POSSESSIONS, and that we need to value ourselves like the irreplaceable beings we are!


Til next time,


Kat












Wednesday, June 20, 2012

My LOVE of Avocado...the color and the fruit!

Happy Summer Solstice Luvs,


Well, it was as hot as the dickens today, and I felt like I was melting. I joke about that, but I really felt like it today...I know my limits People...and TODAY, I was there!  Anyhow, I digress!  I wanted to write to you today about my deep abiding love that I have for avocado, the fruit and the color.  I didn't really start enjoying this culinary sensation until my twenties, so I will begin with the color.


Very similar to mine...except mine was in better condition!
When I moved out from my Mom's house at the age of eighteen, it was the start of my collecting vintage furniture that was primarily avocado in color.  I would mix it with wood, and had pads (you know, the places that you reside!) that screamed another decade.  What decade you ask??? The Sixties, what else!? I had this AWESOME couch that folded out into a sofa bed and boy was it green!  It was very close to brocade in texture but a little less raised and not so hot. It was simple in design and had wooden legs.  That is what got me started on my wood kick.  I found this AMAZING lamp/table combo where the shade had this magical bubble texture and it hooked together in the center by three long metal rods that screwed in. It had a circular table that was about two-thirds of the way down and it was beyond groovy. It was a treasure that I should NEVER have parted with. Everything else (including my Story&Clark upright acoustic piano that I scored at Goodwill for $100) was a dark wood except for my end tables which were bean shaped and white. They kept falling over when you sat something on the smaller end! it was a laugh riot to watch!!!!  Every time someone came over...it was obvious- I LOVE green!  Especially acocado green...!
Now, isn't that GORGEOUS!


So, I relocated to Orange County (Huntington mainly), and I started to go to brunch on a regular basis. I would eat at a specific spot on Main St. and there was this omelet that was to die for! It had three (yes, three!) cheeses and one of the other ingredients was avocados.  They put so much it there that it was almost sinful.  I was hooked.  We never really had avocados while I was growing up so tasting them then was as if I was awakened to this THING that defied all that was expected. The creamy texture ALWAYS brought a smile to my face.  It did even this morning when  Josh made us brunch!!! It is actually food (a fruit, just in case you were wondering) that is a good fat and compliments so many things.  I put it in salad (of course), burritos, tacos, on top of enchiladas, on sandwiches, and the list goes on! I have also eaten it right out of the skin.  If you like guacamole, if you leave the pits in the dip, it will turn brown at a snails pace, if even at all.
My YUMMY meal earlier today!


So, there you have it!  I love it all.  Whether I am devouring it in my meal, or painting my wall with its color. Avocado has, and will always be, one of my FAVORITE things!!!


Til next time,


Kat



Tuesday, June 19, 2012

When did I first fall in LOVE with ALL things VINTAGE???

Hello Lovers of History,


What's not to love about this!?!
When debating what to write about today, I had a few questions rolling around in my head. The first was, what designer did I think of first as a true trailblazer and inspirational figure.  Then I started thinking about the screen icon who represented what I love about vintage most (there are current actresses and musicians who currently wear vintage SO well!). Lastly, what really made me feel that vintage fit a woman's silhouette best.  After thinking about this for a while, I had to ask myself.....When and/or why did I fall into a deep appreciation with ALL THINGS VINTAGE?!?


OH SO SASSY...Rita Moreno...!
Well, since I was a young girl, I had a fascination with old musicals.  I was glued to the television set and would not register a sound or action that was going on around me.  They would run these old movies on channel 5 I believe, and whenever they were on, you could find me sitting dead center watching them.  I LOVED (cannot emphasize this enough!) Doris Day films, My Fair Lady, Gigi, West side Story, Tammy (and her various heartthrobs!), Bye-Bye Birdie, Breakfast at Tiffany's and others that seamlessly intertwined song, dance and/or FAB fashion.  So, I guess films were the first avenue through which I became enthralled.  I loved the was they dressed,including their shoes, hair, make-up (which I love to emulate even still...down to the wonderful red lips), and attitude.


Probably one of the most emulated looks.
During my teen years, I steered away from this passion because I was a shy girl (up until high school) and wanted to feel like I was part of what was going on around me.  I was bookish (which not only increased my vocabulary, but allowed me to escape my circumstance and experience other places), and dressing in the current trends allowed me to be part of something that even today I don't understand. Not having money made it where I had to be creative with how I accomplished this...and might I say IT WASN'T EASY!  If I could speak to the girl I was, I would encourage her to be herself and hold true to the original that she is. Alas, you cannot go back in time! So, hopefully I am a good example to my daughter of not trying to fit in the square peg that society would try to force us into. That allows me to feel that it was a true lesson learned.


Eye make-up and THE wink...;-)
History WITHIN a film!
In my late teens, I moved down to Orange County, California, and that was where I started incorporating vintage into my wardrobe.  I was in an all girl band and we rocked our bell-bottoms, halters, hats, shoes, and crocheted bikinis. I have since been embracing other decades (not just the 60s).  It was beginning to be the time of my life, and I was really living it.  I was no longer the example (especially with my family) of someone who is just TOO DIFFERENT. I was finding my identity. I was expressing the part of me that was an old soul and felt that these gems that were so well made, and carried with them their own history, really needed to be showcased. So, I have deduced that I started my love affair around seven and rediscovered it before the age of twenty. I am sure that you were waiting with baited breath for that!!!


I will tell you more about my wonderful adventures during this time at a later date....!


Til next time,


Kat


**All images are courtesy of google images.**

Sunday, June 17, 2012

What today means to me...

Hello Luvs,


May all Fathers recline all year!
I want to start off by saying Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there! I have always believed that celebrating a person on one specific day is nonsense. However, for those of us with a schedule that has to remind us which way is up...it helps to have a gentle (that is me being facetious...these holidays are marketed with sledgehammers!) reminder.


My life right now (even though sometimes I feel overwhelmed just like MANY others) is blessed.  I am on a parenting journey with a Husband whose first priority is his children.  Making sure they know how much he loves them and how much they mean to him.  He is also focused on them being outstanding Human Beings and to find their passions.  I am very lucky is this way! And yes, even though I might not ALWAYS show it.....I appreciate the father who he is. But, I would not have appreciated just how wonderful he is in this moment without the life experience that I have had in the past.


Speaking from my past perspective, it has always been a rough day for me. I lost my dad from a fluke motorcycle accident when I was nine. It was especially hard for me because I thought that my dad hung the moon and the stars in the sky. They called me "Champ's shadow" and I definitely earned that nickname. His name was Champ Leonard Thaxton. He was larger than life, and strutted around with his boots, leather vest, and numerous items hanging from his belt. I would follow him around while he was fixing a car or something else very manly. Now, as an adult I have a different understanding of the man he was then.  When you are a child you want to believe that the adults in your life are infallible, but most of us find out once we are older that they are just as "Human" as we are.  They were young adults with their own dreams for their lives.  Things happen, and they deal with it the best they can. How I know specifically he had his demons is a long story that I will save for another time.


Growing up without a father is a hard road.  Some lose theirs through death, abandonment, or never even knew who their father is/was.  It is a rough time for single mothers who are trying to make sure that their children have the very best that they can provide.  This is not a situation that has a color line, even thought many would try to say it does. You look for a male role model in the wrong places.  For some, it doesn't end well. For me, I saw a way not to repeat things that I felt would not bode well for me down the road.  Who's to say how or why we make the choices we do.


I know this is a little different than the regular blog that I offer up.  This gives you an insight into what helped form me into the Woman who I am today. With all the positive thinking and sunny outlook, I had to make a conscious decision to steer my life in that direction.  Toward the light and possibilities versus the poor me stance.  This same light and possibilities that my father once had.  I am grateful that he was here...for without HIM there would be no ME!


Til next time,


Kat 


Saturday, June 16, 2012

Healthy Food can be Tasty!!!

Today started off on a great note.  Weather was not as windy and it was a little overcast.  It was a nice change from what we have been experiencing over the last month.  Breakfast was delicious but lunch was BEYOND.


In the grill pan...ready to devour!
I have been having some health issues and I have had to adjust my diet.  We have always focused on healthy options and tried to go "organic" whenever possible.  Our fav store is Trader Joe's and they have organic options that help us stay well within our budget. I have been told on MANY occasions that I should be part of their advertising team.  I cannot say enough good things about this store!  Almost everything we buy is from there.  Often times the only reason we don't is because they do not carry it!  I HIGHLY recommend!


Nice and Balanced....
Anyhow, I started off this blog wanting to write about something in particular.....LUNCH.  In our house we usually all have the same meal. But, sometimes, we make a couple different things because baby girl and boy request something else. Today the item asked for was grilled cheese sandwiches.  Now, a while back the Hubster read somewhere that when you do them with a light coating of mayo versus butter was an easier option for spreading on bread.  We started doing them that way, and the kids never noticed.  We do them on a grill pan to get the great square design that you see in the pictures. I also purchased potato bread from TJ's instead of wheat because of my new diet.  It's the first time that we have had it and I tell ya.....the sandwich tasted as if was straight from a restaurant.  It had a slightly sweet taste that was TO DIE FOR!  I wonder if some of them use potato bread? HMMMM....




Here is the LOVELY & YUMMY nacho plate...!
Now, I move on to our meal.  We decided on nachos since we still had some soy chorizo (yes, from TJ's!) that does not contain gluten so it fits the bill perfectly. Since we were out of salsa, fresh green tomatoes always works well.  We had corn on the cob left, so Josh sliced it off and added it onto the corn tortilla chips. Also on the plate were olives, colby-jack cheese, and fresh guacamole.  Another way to spice things up is the jalapeƱo pepper hot sauce from TJ's.  They recommended it versus regular tabasco sauce, and they were right.  It is thicker so it stays put, and the first ingredient is jalapeƱos so it really carries some kick.  It was truly the perfect example of sweet and spicy!!! Last but not least...my wonderful lemon water to wash it down.


Well, there you have it!  Our two kick**s meals that we had for lunch.  Try to whip them up sometime. You will be glad you did!


Til next time,


Kat

Friday, June 15, 2012

My love affair with all things....DVF!

Hello Shining Happy People, 

The Goddess Herself!
I have ALWAYS loved the items that are designed by Diane Von Furstenberg. She is a woman who TRULY gets the silhouette of the female form. She designs pieces that look good on a woman that is shaped like a pear, an hour-glass, or straight up and down. She does it all! Because of my body type, I have been especially enamored with her recent styles that have a shorter hemline. She still offers up her classic beauties but still manages to be at the forefront of what the modern woman needs to feel not only beautiful but comfortable in her own skin.   The wrap dress is something that will ALWAYS define what it means to correctly adorn and compliment a woman's body. 


Very similar to my first and second pieces.
I can still remember the first time that I owned a piece of hers. It was a wrap dress that had a fab floral print. I bought it from the buy/sell/and trade store where I was working in Northern California. I traded several other pieces, and still had to pay a small amount for the difference. It was a dress that I would wear with boots, low-heeled sandals, or my tallest platforms. It was to die for! Unfortunately for me, because I worked at this type of store I did not realize the treasure that I had. I traded it for another designer piece. It was not until much later that I wised up to the fact that I was completely clueless when it came to recognizing a true find. 


If only I was a seamstress...!
That leads me to my second piece which was a black wrap dress that was very similar to the first one in design. It was a little heavier in fabric but still the same length. I was constantly complimented when I wore it and would find myself thinking, "I am WOMAN....hear me roar!" But, being the silly girl that I am, I again traded an invaluable piece for something that I can't even remember. I know, WHAT WAS I THINKING?!? 


Read the writing on the block!!!!!
www.etsy.com/shops/katsmeoww
The last one I owned, then traded was a tank dress that I believe was from the early nineties. I did not realize that it was a Von Furstenberg until much later when I ran across an article that a co-worker brought in with that exact dress....it was several months after I had...say it with me....TRADED IT!!! Do you sense my theme here? I know that I was not wise in my decision making. 


The only solace that I can find is the fact that hopefully the women who have them now truly appreciate them for what they are. The moral of the story? I don't know. They were only dresses for goodness sake. Dresses that define a Brilliance that can only be attributed to one woman....Diane Von Furstenberg. 


Now I eagerly await the arrival of my next DVF piece.  Modern or vintage; DOES NOT matter.  After all...they are Diane Von Furstenberg pieces and they will NEVER go out of style!


Til next time, 


Kat

Thursday, June 14, 2012

And with the Wind, so goes your troubles...

Hello Lovies,


I hope that this week is treating you well.  Not long ago I sent out some tweets that were themed as such....imagine that on a windy day, you attach your troubles to the wind, and as the wind blows it takes all those troubles away! Could you imagine that actually happening?  You would not be concerned about your hair being messed up or having a Marilyn moment in your glorious 50s dress.  All you would be thinking was....ah, there goes that thought that I was fretting over. It would be taken away with all the stress lines that it threatened to leave you with.
Photo courtesy of John Elkington via Google images


So, what do you think? Would it be possible for you to try this over the next week, and remember when the slightest wind blows, attaching those worries with a string, and watching them float away.  I know that it's not as easy as that, but it might help in the approach that you have toward tackling that particular problem. Whether it is regarding a relationship quandary, financial problem, job search, or whatever you feel you are NOT doing with your life. We will try this together, and see what happens.  I would love it if you would leave comments about your experience!


Til next time,


Kat

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Nothing like treasure hunting for Fab items....!


LUV all the textures and colors!
Today was about two things.....making sure that I am Heart Healthy (which I am!) and going treasure hunting.  The first was on the schedule but the second was an added surprise.  I had a wardrobe consulting appointment with one of my All-Time FAVORITE clients and we finished up early, so I had  lots of time before my doctors appointment.  This left an hour to stop by my two of my favorite spots to find vintage treasures. Not a lot of time, but we all know that we can do some SERIOUS damage in a small amount of time!

At my first destination I was not finding anything that was interesting, then Shazam...I found three pieces that left my heart (which was not yet cleared) all aflutter. I found this GLORIOUS green Hawaiian print dress from the 70s.  Wait til you see her!  She is truly a wonder and will hopefully be added to the shop tomorrow. 
The second is a red and white gingham accented dress from the 60s.  Boy do I wish this was my size!! Last but not least was a jumper from the 60s with Groovy Psychedelic colors...YAY!
Both bold and understated...


At my second stop, the finds kept coming!  My treasures included a tan linen wiggle dress from the 50s, a polka dot button up dress from the 80s, a clutch that has a detachable outer shell that reverses (between patent leather and velvet!) from the 50s, a peasant top with pleated shoulders from the 60s, and a purple Hawaiian print mini dress from the 60s. 


Wait til you get a close look at this one.


I will hopefully be adding these lovely pieces to the shop (www.etsy.com/shops/katsmeoww) tomorrow. So, stay tuned...

Til next time,

Kat

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A TRUE DREAM MEAL?!?

Hello Fellow Lovers of ALL Things Delicious,


I come to you today to give you my ode to baked chicken!  Not only is it pretty to look at, but it also tastes DIVINE!!!!! (couldn't possibly add enough exclamations points!-oops.. there's anotha). Unfortunately, I do not have a picture of the meal. But, I can describe it for you in ALL it's glory.


The Hubster (never mentioned his given name-Josh) made dinner last night.  He roasted a chicken with yellow potatoes on the same pan.  For those of you that have not experienced these together, well, they are simply mouthwatering.  It's something about the juices of the chicken being soaked up by the potato. I do apologize to those of you who are vegetarian for this one, but I LOVE this meal! The side of the potato that was face down was golden brown and beautiful. The top of the chicken is delightfully crisp and mouthwatering...AAAHHHH I am having a flashback and reliving the otherworldly taste and I'm looking for someone to smack because yes, it was "smack somebody" good! It's a saying, and not something I have actually done...at least not yet.  Just kidding...violence is NEVER the answer! ;-)


Crispy Goodness!
He served it up with a side of broccoli that was the Gordon Ramsey twice spiced method.  And yes, we have  watched his show on Netflix and gotta say....this man is BRILLIANT when it comes to food and how to market it! He is All Around Food GENIUS!


Now...imagine these on the pan with that chicken!
Anyhow, I have found a picture (since it didn't last long enough to get one yesterday) that is as close to how it looked that I could find.  As far as how it tastes, you will have to just believe me!


Til next time,


Kat



Monday, June 11, 2012

Smiles....upon your face! NOTHING BETTER!!

Hello Luvs,


I have put up my cover of the Coldplay song "God Put a Smile Upon Your Face".  I have always pictured it as having a positive message of never underestimating yourself! That is a good message because there are a lot of our Fellow Human Beings that do just that! It has also been one of my favorite songs of theirs. The backing track is courtesy of youtube channel Seboz1.


Please have a listen....and tell me what YOU think! I would LOVE that!


Til next time,


Kat


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Sunday, June 10, 2012

OH Sir Duke....!

Hello Kats and Kittens,


I offer up to you my take on the wonderfully inspirational song by the SUPER TALENTED Stevie Wonder. I have always loved this song but never truly listened to the lyrics.  Today I kept thinking about it, and the message that it celebrates.  So, I decided to do cover of my own. Please take a listen and leave a comment below if you feel so inclined.


Hope you like it!


Til next time,


Kat

Friday, June 8, 2012

What does GREEN mean to you?

Here in New Mexico!
Today when thinking about what to write about, I was inspired by my trainride to and from Santa Fe. Seeing all the green we rode past was truly awe inspiring and made me feel blessed. I began to wonder about what this green (mood or values) meant to others. 


The ALL MIGHTY dollar...
Different people think of different things when they visualize the color green. To some, it means the color of money. Thinking always of the bottom line, and what it means to them in regard to cash reward. Being driven to collect as much as possible in order to buy, save, donate (which is a VERY good thing!), or simply bury in the back yard. 


This should be green...but you get the meaning?
Others think about the feeling of envy. The feeling that they have when someone has something that they want. They want it and they HAVE to have it. Sometimes it becomes a wish for the future, other times it is their goal before they die. They might be regretful and constantly imagine the "what ifs". Never truly living in the moment because they are continually living I the past. 


Awww, the picturesque meadow.
Could you imagine if what we all, as a whole, thought of the green that embraces the planet and the Beings that inhabit it? We could visualize beautiful tress, green green grass, and expansive meadows in which to roll around and hide in. This green takes more than one person to accomplish it. It involves removing the "me" factor, and replacing it with "we". Being part of a worldwide village that believes that we are only successful when we are all standing together as a united front, in order to bring about true beauty. Beauty that signifies kindness, love, respect, humor, forgiveness, humility, and most of all appreciation. Appreciation for what we have and for what can be. 
You and me...WE!


Enough with the heaviness! 


Til next time, 


Kat

Thursday, June 7, 2012

This is a ....Mad World!

Hello Luvs,


I hope that everyone is having a great day.  I am hoping to post one blog a day over the next week, and today I decided that I would add a vlog.  It's been a while, so it seemed fitting.


When previewing it for the Hubster, it was interesting the take that he had from my version.  I seemed to him that I have the timing in the right place, but my approach is different from that of Gary Jules.  Not being sure whether or not to take it as a compliment, I choose the positive.  We both agree that I have veered toward a version that is more Nina Simone versus that of a typical a pop singer. That in itself makes me happy!


So, here it is!  I hope you like it!  If so, please check out my other blogs/vlogs that are located in the sidebar to the right>>>>


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Til next time,


Kat

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Hidden Beauty of the Rio Grande

The View from where we were!
Today was a truly special day.  We spent it at the bookstore, taking our time and perusing til our heart was content. There is a local bookstore named Under Charlie's Covers.  It is located in Bernalillo which is down the hill from Placitas.  They moved to a new location that is bigger and fits the over 18,000 (plus) books that the owner inherited from her father.  They let you bring in your books for trade and you pay a nominal fee (.50) per book for the new ones you get.  Quite the bargain!! Both kiddos found new books that they could not live without, then we were on our way to visit The Rio Grande (a request from baby boy before we relocate)...


We usually visit The Rio Grande via The Hyatt Tamaya.  After a short walk on a trail (about 10 minutes) you come to a gazebo and we enter just past there.  Yes, we went off path, but in our defense, there is an obvious pathway that has been used by others.  Here we attempted to skip rocks (Hubster being the most adept) and collected rocks.  It appears that the area we were in was at one time submerged in water so lots of the rocks were smooth.  They were interesting colors and textures!  Yes, the kiddos made sure to get a LITTLE muddy (they are kids for goodness sake) but had such a wonderful time.  To and from we were able to find shade, and they have a wonderful bathroom (not the hole in the ground or port-a-potty that you would expect- it is The Hyatt after all!) so we made sure to have them clean themselves up before heading back.


Baby Girl & Boy before they got MUDDY!

After the short walk back we headed home.  We all felt as if we had a little workout, but without the usual feeling of working out.  The feeling of being out in nature lends itself to the feeling that we are in greatness and that the world is such a beautiful and wonderful place.  I always feel as if it forces me to take a step back and appreciate  what I have.  Yes, I have my trials and tribulations just like others, but it is how I choose to handle them that makes me UNIQUE for being me....Kat Wilson.


Til next time,


Kat

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

What makes the PERFECT scrambled eggs?

I have always made scrambled eggs a certain way. I would use a medium bowl, put in eggs, salt, pepper, garlic, a little milk, and whisk. Sometimes I would add veggies and/or chesse (sometimes both!) early on. My eggs were always considered delicious! At least, that was what I was told....and of course I CHOSE to believe them!


Well, then the Hubster comes across a video of Gordon Ramsey's where he demonstrates how to make his so called "PERFECT SCRAMBLED EGGS!" and I was simply blown away. I had no idea that there was a different way to do eggs that make them even more fluffy, creamy, and straight out DELISH!!


The Final Result! YUM!!!
So, how do you make your scrambled eggs? Do you approach it the same way that I do? Or, do you have the Ramsey approach and/or recipe. That is the question....I would love it if you left a comment about your "Dream" scrambled eggs in the comment section. 


I have attached the link below for Mr Ramsey's video. I will tell you right now that your mouth WILL be watering, and you might say to yourself....I NEVER KNEW! 


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU_B3QNu_Ks


Til next time, 

Kat

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Memories of The Great Ones....

Hello Luvs,


It's been a while since I've blogged. I have been going through some health problems that have taken me away. Not out of the woods, but I could not stay on my blog fast any longer! When trying to decide what to write about, I was only temporarily stumped. These past several months have marked the loss of three musicians that have shaped the artist I am today. They each left an undeniable mark not only on me, but also on the people that I am surrounded by. I started loving each one at a different time in my life, and they will ALWAYS be inspirational because of their strength, conscious, vocal originality, and good old fashioned Style! I am speaking of Etta James, Adam Yauch, and Donna Summer. 


An Uncompromising Trailblazer!
I can still remember as if it were yesterday when I saw Etta James perform at Irvine Meadows in Southern California. I had known her music from when I was young and was reintroduced to her when I was in a band. The lead guitar player was such a fan that to hear her speak of Etta would ignite a fire in all who listened. For her performance, Miss James was decked out in all gold! Oh boy was she a sight to see. Then she opened her mouth to sing, and it was as if the heavens opened and Pure Light spread across the venue. She was a trailblazer in her own right, and she had a take no prisoners style that set the standard for all the future singers that followed her example. She has an interesting bio, and I encourage you to really listen and learn about this dynamo! She will be missed, but it makes my heart happy that I can always listen to her musical legacy that she left behind. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goz07feA54Y


ALWAYS rockin' a Track or Jump Suit...
Next is Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys. What can I say about a man that was not only part of a trio that set their own path but still managed to stay true to themselves. The first song I heard of theirs was "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)! I was blown away by their CRAZY COOL way of expressing themselves. They had this contagious energy that even my siblings found wonderful! At a young age, my children were exposed to their music and instantly recognize when one of their songs comes on the radio. They get a kick out of their silly videos and the wacky approach to the visual of music that they have. I was lucky enough to see them play in San Francisco. It was at the very start of the concerts that would benefit the Tibetan Monks. The feeling of JOY and awe at what they were trying to do was not lost on me, and I will ALWAYS admire (his) their need to do good. He was a bright example of a musician who used his celebrity to make a difference. His life spawned what I see as a True Legacy.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBShN8qT4lk


Last but certainly not least is Donna Summer. We lost her to cancer (as with Adam). How do you describe a singer who has a voice that warms a room. She was a POWER HOUSE!!! I can easily hear her now singing (Love To Love You Baby) with all the soft yet raspy intonation that grabs you instantly. I still get chills hearing her sing! She has this vibrato that sinks in and doesn't let go. It is luck for us, living in the technology age, because we can listen to her with the simple touch of a key. Raised Baptist, she was a devout Christian and had continually been given a hard time for her the sexuality that she expressed in her music. She held her head high and set an unbelievable standard. Singers who are successful today using shock value owe a debt of gratitude to her. Even though at the time, being an African Amercican, she was not looked at as being an artist expressing herself. This did not sway her. She was also a True Artist in EVERY sense of the word! And for that, I am beyond grateful that I have experienced her gift. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8TBmeK9Abg


A TRUE GODDESS!
Please make sure to check out the links throughout the blog (courtesy of YouTube!) and photos (via Google images) to experience their music for yourself. I would love it if you would follow me on twitter @katsmeoww11 and/or like me on Facebook @http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kats-Meoww/138274446269682. 


 Til next time,


Kat