Sunday, August 28, 2011

I am perfectly imperfect.

And I wouldn't have it any other way.

{all images via}

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Soon it shall be Friday...

1. Did you make any fun purchases this week?
Unless you count Jordan Almonds as fun (I do!) then no...

2. If you could go to any musical concert, what would it be?
Ohhhh lawdy... right now?

Well I've pretty much seen everyone live that I want to - except Jimmy Buffet.

And I'd like to go see Kenny Chesney again - and NOT be so far back that he looked like an ant.

OH! No wait - I got it... I want to go see Adele. I love her! Why (besides her awesome music of course)?


See? I think we're soul sistas. {image via}
3. What is your least fav/ most fav house chore?
I don't like any of them. None!

4. Would you prefer new appliances or clothes?
New appliances - a pink refrig, dishwasher, oven and microwave please.

OR... redo the kitchen in pink and get stainless steel appliances, like so:

And also - these (take note Santa):
5. Miracle Whip or Mayo?

And speaking of Adele...

Have an AMAZING weekend my little monsters!!!


Wednesday, August 24, 2011


I miss the changing seasons...
In Phoenix we have two seasons: F*n Hot and Not Quite as Hot.

Back home in Georgia they will soon be feeling a slight chill in the morning air - the first sign that fall is imminent. Those mornings were my favorite growing up.

Fall in South Georgia is one of the simple things in life that brings me immeasurable joy.

I miss those muddy South Georgia rivers & creeks...
But my real reason for loving the smell of that crisp Georgia air was that it meant the Albany Autumn Classic Charity Horse Show was right around the corner.

that's not me by the way...
Then not long after that - the annual AHAF Thanksgiving Arabian Horse Show in Florida. Showing and training Arabian horses was my passion - briefly my career - and now a fond memory. I hope to one day have it back in my life.

Another thing from my childhood I miss greatly is our yearly family vacations in the mountains of Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

What's your favorite thing about fall?


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Well I had a DAY!

What's better than passing a kidney stone in the wee hours of the morning - a kidney stone you didn't even know you had? SURPRISE!!!

Give up?

Well - if you said ANYTHING you win!

Sorry - you don't win a prize. In between the shooting pains, nausea and other symptoms I won't mention - I had no time for shopping today. Holy crap...

In other news - I fail at making tea.

And in more other news... I feel very much dissatisfied with life right now. Maybe it was the day full of intense, labor like pain. But I'm just "bleh"... And I felt the need to share that with you all...


Monday, August 22, 2011

Happy Monday! I guess... It is a Monday though - so do your best with it...


Mondays suck. But this song is just plain FUN! 

I'm linking up over at All The Weigh today for Friend Makin' Monday!

Cuz I'm all about makin' new friends! :)

FMM: The Last Thing...

1) What is the title of the last book you read?
The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone

2) What is the last movie you saw in a theater?
I can't even REMEMBER!!! It's been years... Maybe a cartoon with my niece - or something with my mother... Seriously - the last one that comes to mind is MaMa Mia! My mother and I went to see it the day it came out. I think that's the last movie I watched in the theater. I need to go to the movies!

3) Briefly describe the last person you saw today.
I just saw my Chinese nurse - and she's super :D

4) Which store did you most recently shop in? 
I bought dog food at Wal-Mart Friday. I hate friggin' Wal-Mart...

5) Who’s the last person you spoke to over the phone?
uhhhhh probably a client...

6) Where’s the last place you vacationed?
Cali-for-nia with seester!

7) When was the last time you kissed someone of the opposite sex?
It's been a while... I am very, very sad to admit.

8) What’s the last thing that made you laugh?
ArtsyNina's comment on my Blogaholic Network profile. I literally LOL'd. 

9) What’s the latest app that you downloaded on your phone?

10) What’s the last kind thing you did for someone?
I was the designated driver for my bestie's birthday party dinner Friday night! Yay me! 


Friday, August 19, 2011

Music, Soap & A Coupon!

Good morning Loves!

I've missed you - and have some things to share!

First of all - I'm on an all natural kick. You know, all natural health and beauty products, make-up, not to mention food... 

And you all remember my Etsy obsession right? 

Well Etsy is a fabulous way to combine those two obsessions. 

My most recent obsession has been in finding the perfect bar of soap. 

I've always been a shower gel girl, but upon learning that what most companies put in their shower gel and shampoo concoctions is actually toxic - I decided I should perhaps pursue other options.  

But I'm NOT sacrificing the smell-good aspects of my showers. That's my favorite part - I love to smell good! So I headed to Etsy - on a mission.

Here are some of the goodies I've tried that have rocked my socks!

This lovely soap is called Pink Magnolia and is sold on Etsy by SoapStore aka Arcadia Aromatics. 

I love them. 

Their soaps are handmade in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Their soaps are vegan, made with coconut milk and smell like a little slice of heaven on earth. Admittedly - I was initially drawn to this bar of soap because it's called Pink Magnolia - my favorite color and my favorite flower. Yep. I'm a sucka. But the scent is to die for - and it leaves your skin moisturized and lightly scented. 


Also from Arcadia Aromatics - I found this Himalayan Sea Salt Bar:

It is a light, freshly scented soap that naturally cleanses and detoxes your skin. It contains 75% dead sea minerals - so it's a solid salt bar yet suds up beautifully. 

One of my favorite things as a child was spending my summers on the gorgeous Florida beaches. My mother would always tell me to go rub my feet in the sand - and for good reason! She'd also have me go out in the ocean and breathe in some salt air for anything that "ailed" me. The sea has healing powers. By the time we left each year, my feet were naturally exfoliated from spending my days walking around in the white Florida beach sand and my skin naturally detoxed from the salty ocean water. 

This bar brings the healing power of the sea to your shower!

Oh how I miss Florida beaches...

So after my soap purchases, of course I had to get a soap saver! I purchased one at Whole Foods - but couldn't use it everyday. It was very rough on my skin - fine for occasional exfoliation but definitely not for everyday. So back to Etsy I go... 

And that's where I found this: 

This lovely little soap saver is PERFECT for everyday! I think I will be purchasing another... or 5! 

It is sooooo soft and works so much better than the rough one I got at Whole Foods. Sorry Whole Foods - I still love you!

But not only is the product itself fantastic - so is the seller! She sent me a coupon to share with you lovely readers - so now is the time to try out a soap saver! You won't regret it... They are already really inexpensive - and high quality... 

But she's offering Desert Belle readers a discount of 15%! So follow this link to get your coupon code and shop away!!! She has lots of other fun stuff too - like this Yoga Mat Bag...


And while we're on the subject of things I want...



Sunday, August 14, 2011


I received a lovely package in the mail from my sister this past week - aren't those type of surprises the absolute BEST?!?
My beautiful Seester and niece!
Inside my surprise package was some adorable hair decor and a t-shirt from their new business - Twilight Photography Designs.

But my favorite part of the whole package? My 5 year old niece's message on the back of the envelope the goodies arrived in...
(Obviously I do not possess the photography skills of my sister's family...)
I think it says "I love you NaNa - Kaitlyn" (NaNa is what she calls me).

Then it appears that she's learned some Italian? Not so good with the spelling perhaps - Ciao Kaitlyn! Lastly - we have a lovely picture of the two of us holding hands. I'm not sure if I'm the one that's all head or the one in a dress? Regardless... it's lovely!

Here's some pictures from their new photog business - talent runs in the family peeps!

Aren't they lovely?!?

If you're in need to of a photographer - my bro-in-law's your guy!


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

It's not goodbye...

Hello Loves!

Well - after much debate... I've decided to downsize my blogging responsibilities temporarily - which means that this blog will likely remain fairly quiet a lot of the time. I am in no way getting rid of this blog - I heart it and all you wonderful followers too much! I hope that you will stick with me and appreciate the quality not quantity that I will be posting.

I'm going to be concentrating on my weight loss blog and redefining my health, wellness and vitality - as well as my school responsibilities (so I can get this gosh darn degree done already) and my work. I've recently become a Vegan - and thus spending much more time in my kitchen also.


This is a decision that I've been debating for quite some time - and now that I've made it, I am so, SO happy! It feel 100% right, even with all the opposition I'm facing from family and friends. I hope that you'll stick around - and if you aren't already, start following along on my weight loss journey. I'd love to have your feedback!


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Music For The Morning...

OK click pause on the lovely music on the top right hand corner of your screen - I've got some music for the morning for you! I'm going to go with a mix of some happy and some sad. First the sad - then the happy. As some of you know, I'm an addictions counselor. This song is an older song, and I came across it yesterday quite by accident. I was trying to find some songs by Hinder to send to a friend who had never heard of them - and I saw this video. I loved this album when it came out but I never watched the videos to any of the songs. Watch it and you'll see why I mentioned my profession again...

Next we have another song that I discovered today. It's absolutely ADORABLE! 

Have a good day loves!


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