Monday, February 25, 2008

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Bande Abru

Four years ago, we discovered an Ancient Indian tradition right here in Gainesville: eyebrow threading. Also popular in Persia , Bande Abru ("Abru" means eyebrow, and "Band" is the thread) was used to signify when a little girl was turning into a woman. Practitioners use a pure cotton thread. They generally twist the hair and threading pulls out a whole row of hair, as opposed to tweezing where only one single hair is pulled out. Threading is often preferred to tweezing because of the naturally straight lines of hair removed by the thread. It is pulled out from the follicle. Vena is our amazing practitioner! It instantly completely changes the shape of your face and you are always guaranteed perfectly arched eyebrows! (Carly's right brow is threaded)...

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Taste Tester

I've baked Funfetti cupcakes every holiday for the past three years. With green/red sprinkles for Christmas, orange/black for Halloween, green for St. Patty's, and most recently red sprinkles for Valentine's Day, it's really the only thing I have mastered how to make in the four years I have been responsible for making my own meals. I enjoy cooking but am quite incapable of cooking anything else without overcooking, undercooking, burning the ingredients. Kate indulged in the batter as we made her first batch of Funfettis last week for Valentine's Day! 

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Bubbly Toes

While running the Disney Marathon could possibly be my greatest accomplishment (see medal and sweet t-shirt below), I incurred a sustaining injury from my endeavor. The blisters encumbering my toes (seen left) made it impossible for me to stand on my feet for almost a week. It didn't help jet setting to Vegas the following weekend which entailed a great deal of walking as well. Now that a full month has gone by, I still have no desire to run even though my feet are healing but I have lost three (almost four) toenails in the process. I am confident in the fact that they will grow back and feel as though this entitles me to 30% (almost 40%) off my next pedicure! =) I'm pretty hardcore.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

You can't have your cake and eat it too.

I had to laugh when I came across this picture of Kara's delicious graduation cake I accidentally indulged in on my drive up to Tallahassee...

Friday, February 15, 2008

Date Auction

Carly participated in a date auction Wednesday night in order to raise money for Relay for Life/American Cancer Society. She, being a hot commodity, went for $180!! In all, the event raised almost $1800! Carly spent last night cooking her "Valentine" a gourmet meal complete with chicken Parmesan, angel hair pasta, Caprese salad and red velvet cake for dessert.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Lower 9th Ward

On our way out of New Orleans on Sunday, we took a sobering detour through the Lower 9th Ward.. the area of New Orleans hit the hardest by Hurricane Katrina, most of which was completely wiped out when the levees broke. Many of the neighborhoods have not even begun to be restored and all that is left is cement slabs where houses once stood and families once resided. Brad Pitt has founded "Make It Right" to aide in the restoration of the unique spirit of the Lower 9th, which symbolizes the soul of New Orleans. One of the Global Green homes is almost finished (pictured above). http://www.makeitrightnola.org/

Monday, February 04, 2008

Mardi Gras 2008

Happy Mardi Gras!!
Kara and Kelley karaoking at the Cat's Meow on Rue Bourbon..

Catching beads at one of six parades we attended..

Friday, February 01, 2008

The Best Mirror is an Old Friend.



The search for the perfect bridesmaid's dress continues. I brought Kate along yesterday to try on even more dresses. Wouldn't she make the perfect flower girl?