So, today Matt was home for his lunch break and we were sitting on the couch watching silly L play with her toys on the opposite side of the room. She is fishing toys out of her toy basket and hits one that starts playing music. And then in true “Dianne Wentworth’s granddaughter fashion” she started dancing… and not just a little head bob. No, no my girl was shaking it with her shoulders going, her head swaying and her adorable little booty just a shakin’. Matt and I were laughing so hard, but we were trying not to make a peep so as not to distract her and end the dance party remix. Highlight of my day!

Speaking of dances, I do a little {er, could be construed as flailing/just won the lottery/someone is trying to drown me} dance every time I open the mailbox and find one of these two glossies waiting on me…

Matt got me a subscription to Coastal Living for my birthday last year. Best. Birthday. Gift. Ever. I dream of living by the beach and this little beauty lets me dream away… Plus, it always has yummy recipes, especially seafood and citrus ones {my two faves}.

And Martha Stewart Living–I really don’t like to watch the lady–her show kinda puts me to sleep, but I love this magazine. It is extremely practical with creative ideas for parties, and I am especially grateful for all the gardening help. This year I am starting a garden {organic, of course} with three girlfriends! We have a huge lot at Shelby Farms, and I can’t wait! They are all way more experienced than me, so I’m especially excited to learn from them… and Martha, of course.

And even though it is frigidly cold outside, I keep hoping and wishing for spring. I’ve been having this smoothie a lot this week, and it is very yummy. Don’t let the green color scare you–or the fact that it has a cup of spinach in it–it’s really good! Promise!

Green Smoothie
from One Charming Party {a delightful blog that you must check out}

4 cups loosely packed organic baby spinach
1 1/2 cups orange juice
1 ripe banana
2 cups frozen light colored fruits, any combo
(pineapples, peaches, mangoes, honeydew)

Do not use any dark colored or red fruits. They will turn the smoothie brown and that is yucky 😦

Add ingredients to the blender in the order listed. Blend on high power until smooth. If you want it to be a little icier, you can add some ice {duh!}. This makes four 8-oz servings.

And lastly, I have decided that I prefer these little {} things to these () things… so cute! And who knows what they are really supposed to be used for, but I’m happy to think of them as cuter parenthesis!

p.s. I, of course, had to wiki the answer to the aforementioned pondering and I found out that curly brackets {yes, that’s their “official” name} are used for the following…

Curly brackets – also called braces (US) or flower brackets (India) – are sometimes used in prose to indicate a series of equal choices: “Select your animal {goat, sheep, cow, horse} and follow me”. They are used in specialized ways in poetry and music (to mark repeats or joined lines). The musical terms for this mark joining staves are accolade and “brace“, and connect two or more lines of music that are played simultaneously.[12] In mathematics they delimit sets. In many programming languages, they enclose groups of statements. Such languages (C being one of the best-known examples) are therefore called curly bracket languages. Some people use a brace to signify movement in a particular direction.

I just think they look pretty 🙂

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