Thursday, September 1, 2011

Thrill on the Hill 2011!!!!!!!!!!!

Mr and I are packing up our FJ and leaving tomorrow morning for the 5th Thrill on the Hill in Cloudcroft, NM!!!  We are very excited. We heard there is between 50-75 FJ Cruisers!!

Meet our FJ Cruiser Abby.

We will be back sometime on Monday.  To view our trip adventures visits Abby's blog: The Adventures of Abby the FJ

For more information about Thrill on the Hill please visit the website :)  Take care and look forward to seeing everyone's holiday projects on Monday :)

Beige World #33 & 34

aaahhh.... the end of August.  August has been the hottest month EVER in NM.  SEE YOU LATER!!!!  I am so over this heat and I am ready for fall!

Taken from "Before You Put That On" by Lloyd Boston

Fit is whats important!  All clothes are made differently.  Choose what fits!

Top: An ethnic print top
Bottom: Sexiest dark, fitted skirt
Shoes:  Classic high-heeled sandal in a bright color
Accessories: Diamond studs
Flex piece- Extra long thin scarf

NM Fall Colors

I am so ready for fall!  This week I have been alittle MIA as Mr and I are getting ready for an FJ Cruiser 4WD Rally in Cloudcroft, NM called THRILL ON THE HILL!  So excited!  Pics to follow.

NM does get some fall colors.  Usually in Oct the Sandia Mountains will look like this:


Monday, August 29, 2011

New Mexico 4 Wheeling

One of our favorite things to do is take the FJ Cruiser out 4 wheeling.  The NM pic of the day is from the Rio Puerco about 10 miles or so west of our house.  When we had a jeep we would go out all the time with our jeep club.  Now that we have the FJ its a little more difficult to get in but we still go.  :)  Also we are trying to meet more FJ Cruiser people.

Anywho... here is Mr. and Rubi (my jeep) going down a killer hill in the Rio Puerco.  I walked down to take the pic. Lesson learned that was a HORRIBLE idea!


Beige World-Day #32

taken from "Before You Put That On" by Lloyd Boston


Ooooo Mr. Boston DONE!  I love baths.  I love taking a long soak with my favorite magazine, bath salts, and shutting the door.  My phone gets turned off and hubby knows not to disturb me unless he has cut something off, the dog is dying, the house is on fire or there is something going on that could cause death.  Somethings Ill risk for a good bath :)  Choose your battles girls...

Here are some of my favorite spa bathrooms from

Sunday, August 28, 2011

New Mexico Feature

Many people has asked me what it is like living in New Mexico.  Is it hot?  Is it dry?  Does it rain?  Do you get snow? Do you speak English? Do I need a passport for New Mexico? Quick answer to all... Yes, Yes, Alittle, Sometimes, No I am typing in French (really!?!?!?!), and HA HA HA!!!!! No...

I've decided to share some of my pics and thoughts on New Mexico on a daily or every other day basis.  New Mexico is defiantly different place to live.  I grew up in Michigan and moved here for my hubby.  New Mexico needed to grow on me before I began to love it.  I miss the Midwest but I am slowly adjusting to New Mexico as my home.

The first picture I would like to share is a picture of the Sandia mountains.  The Sandias are the range closest to Albuquerque.  They are AMAZING!!!  My hubby took this picture on a four wheeling trip he did in Febraury.  See... New Mexico gets snow!

The Sandia Mountains (Tiwa (Pueblo) name posu gai hoo-oo, "where water slides down arroyo"[1]) are a mountain range located in Bernalillo and Sandovalcounties, immediately to the east of the city of Albuquerque in New Mexico in the southwestern United States. The range is largely within the Cibola National Forest, and part of the range is protected as the Sandia Mountain Wilderness. It is home to the Sandia Peak Ski Area. Its highest point is Sandia Crest, 10,678 feet (3,255 m).
Sandía means watermelon in Spanish,[2] and is popularly believed to be a reference to the reddish color of the mountains at sunset.[3] Also, when viewed from the west, the profile of the mountains is a long ridge, with a thin zone of green conifers near the top, suggesting the "rind" of the watermelon. However, as Robert Julyan notes,[4] "the most likely explanation is the one believed by the Sandia Indians: the Spaniards, when they encountered the Pueblo in 1540, called it Sandia, because they thought the squash growing there were watermelons, and the name Sandia soon was transferred to the mountains east of the pueblo." He also notes that the Sandia Pueblo Indians call the mountain Bien Mur, "big mountain".

The Sandias contain a location notable for prehistoric archaeology: the Sandia Cave was believed by some in the 1930s to the 1950s[7] to have been inhabited 10000 to 12000 years ago by the "Sandia Man," a cultural classification that is no longer used.[8] The cave can be accessed via a 1/2 mile trail in Las Huertas Canyon, on the northeast side of the range, near Placitas, New Mexico.
Ancestral and early Pueblo peoples have lived in the Sandia Mountains area for thousands of years. Examples of previous Pueblo settlements, now unoccupied, include Tijeras Pueblo and Pa'ako Pueblo, both founded around 700 years ago. Sandia Pueblo is a modern pueblo, abutting the Sandia Mountains on the northwest side of the range. Some of the foothills of the range are on Sandia Pueblo land; there have been disputes in the past between the Pueblo, the Forest Service, and private landowners over rights to various parts of the range. The people of Sandia Pueblo consider the mountains a sacred place.

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Peacock Personality

Every since I was a wee little Mandy I have loved peacocks.  I love their colors, their presence, and everything about them.  Everyone who knows me well always tells me "I have a peacock personality"  Finally I googled it.

SOURCE The peacock is a showy bird, with its bright colors and beautiful tail feathers. It struts around, flashing those feathers to attract the females. Thus, it's not hard to imagine that a person with the personality traits of a peacock is someone who adores attention. A peacock loves to be noticed. He or she is gregarious and talkative. A peacock sparkles and is the life of the party. However, the peacock can come across as cocky and irresponsible. A peacock is generally not great with time management or dealing with details.

I guess you could say I am a peacock :)  

I've always wanted one as a pet but that was a HUGE no go.  After talking to my husband he also said no to a peacock.  What he doesn't know is that as soon as we get some land I am totally getting a peacock and a Mini Sicilian Donkey.  TAKE THAT!

My husband knows me sssooooo well.  After pouting for abit he told me "You love inspiration!  Why don't you re-do the laundry room and use a peacock as inspiration" DONE!!!  Pouting over.  I have been on for almost an hour this morning looking for some inspiration for my laundry room.

My laundry room is about 7x7.  No windows. Just a washer. dryer and FERRETS!!!  Random ferret picture...

Ok... my laundry... as I was saying 7x7, no windows, no natural light.  Just pure function!  
I want ALOT of fun color in this space!  My house for the most part is punchy but not colorful.  I want a room that screams my apparent peacock personality.  

I am thinking about painting the walls the soft tan above for the sake of our house is a starter home and I don't want to repaint the laundry room :)  

I have a front loading washer and dryer.  Hubby will build me a counter top and I am thinking about tiling it with this tile.  HOW PEACOCK IS THIS!?!?!?!

Above my washer and dryer I could use more storage.  I like the idea of adding cabinets and shelving.  
My heart tells me to paint the cabinet a fun color but my brain says "do you really want to paint the cabinets back to white if you move?" This will depend on how much color the glass tile counter brings into the space.  

We also need to rip up our current linoleum.  My kitchen has slate tile and the rest of my house has oak laminate floors.  I am thinking a lighter tile on the floor as the room is not huge.  

Here are some more peacock inspiration that I love!!
Love the punchy purple flowers with the feather.

A piece of art like this would be perfect to tie everything together   

Beige World-Day #31

Taken from "Before You Put That On" by Lloyd Boston


"Resurrect that classic Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress, a timeless silhouette."

I love love love wrap dresses!  I think they are so flattering on many if not all body types.  You can create curve, show off curve or honestly de-emphasis curve.  Here are some of my fav wrap dresses. :)