Friday I'm in Love

It's Friday and Valentine's weekend (perfect for Friday I'm in Love)!  Thanks for stopping by to see what I'm digging this week.  Don't forget to pop over to the other gals' sites to see what they're loving, too: MishaKendraMary Beth, and Amanda.

ONE: Vintage Valentine

A few years ago, after my grandma passed away, I discovered this vintage Valentine that she had saved.  It was given to her by my grandpa in 1946, a year before they were married.  My grandma was certainly not a pack rat, so I think it's special that she kept this for the rest of her life.  The back contains a hand written note that begins, "Miss Smigiel Darling, this is the day I could really call you darling without you thinking I'm sick."  Haha!  My grandma once told me that no matter what kind of day either of them had, when she would get home, he'd always say something that would make her laugh.  I guess it was true even before they were Mr. & Mrs.

G-ma & g-pa around 1946

G-ma & g-pa around 1946

TWO: Vintage necklace

Paired with number one, I found this vintage necklace from my grandpa to my grandma.  It was tucked away in her jewelry drawer next to a velvet box containing her parents' wedding bands.  On the back, the necklace is engraved with 'GK TO VS 2-14-46'.  So special.


THREE: Sambazon Protein Shakes

I normally don't like protein shakes (I'm not into whey), but these Sambazon drinks are delicious!  They're made with soy milk and açaí  berries.  I've tried the chocolate-almond-coconut milk and the vanilla-açaí .  Both were quite tasty!  I picked mine up at EarthFare, but I'm pretty sure Whole Foods sells them, too. 

FOUR: Jim Gaffigan Obsessed

I love Jim Gaffigan!  He was hilarious on My Boys and his comedy specials always crack me up.  Among other things, his latest show, Obsessed, tackles shellfish, the kale craze, weddings, and Southern food.  I love that he doesn't just stand their dropping f*bombs and saying crude comments.  Check it out on iTunes.


Have a Happy Valentine's Day!  And Happy Birthday to Misha!

Friday I'm in Love

It's Friday!  Thanks for stopping by to see what I'm digging this week.  Don't forget to pop over to the other gals' sites to see what they're loving, too: Misha, KendraMary Beth, and Amanda.

ONE: Vintage holiday placemats

As a nun, my great-aunt, Sister Angela, did not have a lot of money.  She did, however, have many family members--ten siblings and countless nieces and nephews.  When it came time to give Christmas presents, Sister Angela was creative and resourceful.  One of my favorite gifts was a set of placemats that she made for my grandparents decades ago.  Recycling greeting cards that she had received, my aunt cut the imagery into circles, layered them, laminated the front and added decorative contact paper on the back.  I love the vintage illustrations!  Every year when I get the placemats out of the holiday box, I find joy in her thoughtfulness.  I think they truly embody the Christmas spirit!

TWO: Aveda Tea

I don't drink coffee, but I drink tea like a Brit.  I prefer my cold tea to be sweet and my hot tea to be herbal.  Aveda's organic blend combines licorice and peppermint.  It's caffeine free, so it's the perfect beverage to sip on a cold winter's night.

THREE: Portillo's shipment

You can take the girl out of Chicago, but you can't take Chicago out of the girl.  Portillo's used to be a staple of my diet before I moved to the Lowcountry...I'm talking several times a week.  Thankfully, on, I can have an Italian beef kit delivered to my southern home.  In fact, I have a shipment arriving today!  Yes, that was my stomach grumbling.  And, if I'm ever feeling extra homesick, I can order beef and a Lou Malnati's deep dish at

FOUR: Miniature Horses

Thanks to Parks and Rec, I'm a big fan of miniature horses.  (You're 5000 candles in the wind, Li'l Sebastian!)  My dream is to own an 18th century house with a big barn, lots of acreage, and a couple of therapy miniature horses.  This little fella, Black Beauty, is currently for sale.  He's therapy trained and is already putting smiles on the faces of rehab patients.  The woman at 4:25 of this video keeps my dream alive.  Someday...someday..


You know what I'm doing tonight...eating beef and browsing videos of mini horses!  Hope you have an awesome weekend!