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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Colonial in New Jersey

My family and I traveled to New York City last week. We just returned home yesterday because the kids start school on Thursday! Good Grief!! School is getting earlier and earlier. It really does cut into your summer vacation. But anyway, we did enjoy our 5 day stay in New York.

For the next few weeks I will be sharing what we did during our vacation. I love New York! We saw so much of the city. But lets move on to where we stayed.....

My husband has a friend whom he met in the military. He and his wife live in Wyckoff, New Jersey. They have a beautiful home. It was built in the 1970's and Marc has been doing a great job updating it. Below are photos of the home. I loved this home so much and my family and I are so fortunate to have friends who are willing to share their home with us.

The outside of the home

My friend's Suburban. I felt like a celebrity being picked up and dropped of
at every location and look at this huge driveway!

A photo of the backyard

Some of the front yard. They had a lot of yard!

The fantastic backyard. My daughter loved the pool!

All this space was great for entertaining. 

We made a few meals with this grill. It was great!

The pool

This was a Japanese maple tree. 
Marc said that it was planted there by the original owners. 
It was a Korean family and the tree has been there for about 40 years!

This was the living room. Sorry the photo was dark but it had great wood furniture & orchids! 

They had beautiful vintage chandeliers all over the home.

This was the downstairs bathroom.

The hallway and stairs with the original wood floors!

This was the hallway upstairs. I just adored this chandelier!

This was the gorgeous dinning room. Don't you just love the chandelier? Ana also had
Marc's family's china dishes in the cabinet and she is a collector of Swarovski crystal. 

The chandelier up close. I purchased these lilies in the Floral District.

The playroom. I love the puppet show that they had! Just fun!

This was my view every morning from the sun room. 
I loved having breakfast out here every morning and reading. 

The sun room. I loved the paint colors and the detail on the walls.

I loved this painting in the sun room.

This was where I was every morning enjoying the sun room. 

Thanks for reading!!!

(all photos by Mrs. Shockley)

Puppies & Sunday Lunch

We have a boxer named "Bishop". We have had him for about 2 years now. He is my baby! I love my boxer. Well, we recently bred him with a female boxer and they had about 8 puppies. One died because of complications but the other 7 are doing quite well.

The family of the female boxer has invited us out to see the puppies a few times now. We have enjoyed watching them grow. Below are some photos from our recent visit. Enjoy!

The family's home. Isn't it beautiful.......

The drive there..... not in the city

Look at all this space! The boxers have all this room to run!

The backyard. Soy beans are growing behind their home. 

My husband holding one of the gorgeous puppies!

Oh, he is feisty! He did not want a photo!

Me holding my favorite one... Isn't he cute?

More puppies

They fed us a great simple lunch! It was pulled pork sandwiches, alfredo macaroni with broccoli,
green beans, salad, and corn on the cob! It was wonderful!

Last but not least homemade cheese cake with homemade blueberry sauce.
Oh, gosh it was to die for!

This couple has a fantastic catering company called OnSiteCaterer. Please check out their facebook page. Their food is delicious!!!

(all photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Monday, July 21, 2014

On Vacation ~ New York City 2014

Hello all, my family and I are going to be on vacation this week. It will be a short one but I am so excited to be going to New York City!! The last time we were there was in 2007 and my husband and I were attending a two-day wedding. We didn't get to visit much of the city but from what we did see New York is just splendid!

Now we have about 5 days there and we are hoping to do more sight-seeing of the city. I will post whatever we see and do upon my return. Until then........ enjoy your week everyone!

I am hoping to visit Laduree in New York 

I want to see the Floral District

And of course the Statue of Liberty

(all photos via google)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Coach Handbags

I love this season's new summer handbags. One of my favorite designers is Coach. Their bags are affordable and are made of great quality. I have about 5 leather Coach bags. One thing I love about Coach is their repair policy. They will repair any bag of theirs no matter where you purchased it for free!

I recently sent a bag there for repair. I purchased it last year from Von Maur and one of the straps began to tear. I went to the Coach store downtown in my city and they sent it off with no problem for repair. It took about 6 weeks but it was worth it because they put new hardware on my entire bag!!

I was so excited to have my bag back and that Coach stands behind their products. As long as they keep making fantastic designs and continue with the customer service, they will always have a fan! Below are my Coach bags and a few of my new favorites from this season. Enjoy!!! 

I sold this a few months ago. 

My pink Coach diaper/laptop tote

This season's new Baby Bag Tote from Coach

My favorite; I would love to get this in all 5 colors!

(all photos are my own and

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Antiques We Should Collect

I have been told that I have an "old soul". Even as a teenager I never really dressed like the other girls in my school. When I moved out and got my own apartment I felt so free. I was free to try any decor I wanted without any criticism.

So I knew I wanted antiques for some reason but I didn't know what to collect or why. Over the years I have gone to a few antique shops and watched a few shows on antiques.  So for me it has been a learning process.

Recently, I read an article from the Huffington Post called "The 7 Best Things to Buy Vintage (& 3 to Skip). It was so helpful. I printed off the list and put in my binder. What I also noticed is that I have already purchased 5 items off the list! I was so proud of myself!

The list of vintage pieces to buy is art, wooden furniture, dishware, glasses, tablecloths, vases and silverware. The 3 items to skip were light fixtures that haven't been updated, "free" upholstered furniture and appliances you can't test out first.

I loved this list and encourage you to go and read it. The link is above. I have also included a video from the Antiques Roadshow called "What We Should Collect". I really loved the video it was helpful. So good luck on your vintage finds and I hope this helps. Enjoy!

Here is my painting that I purchased from the flea market this year. 
It is from 1983 so I got the "art" part completed from the list. 

Here is our dinning room table. It is all wood. 
So I completed the "wooden furniture" part from the list. 

Here is my vintage champagne bucket that I purchased. 
This is number 6 on the list. 

My blue and white vintage plates. This is number 3 on the list.

Antiques Roadshow | What We Should Collect - YouTube

(click on the link to watch the show)

(all photos taken by Mrs. Shockley)