6.19.2011

{Love to my Mom & Dad}

As soon as I woke up on this lovely Father's Day morning, I was overcome with happy thoughts about my daddy and our loving family. I went on to spend most of the morning reflecting on my childhood, and all of the amazing memories warmed my heart and brought the biggest smile to my face! 


Holidays and special occasions in the Leventis Household are always so perfect, magical, and unforgettable, and Mother's & Father's Day is no exception. They are two of the most important days of the year for my sister and me, and we love showering our parents with overwhelming {and much, much-deserved} amounts of love all day long! 



{The Leventis Family}


I want to take time to celebrate both of my parents today, and this is a little something special in honor of Father's & Mother's Day…Here's to the most wonderful man & woman I know…My sweet Mama & Daddy! 


Although there aren't enough hours in the day or words in the dictionary to describe my amazing parents, I want to attempt to share {without tearing up too badly!} just a few special memories about my mom and dad-my best friends, my mentors, my heroes, my sunshine… 


As I reflect back on the {almost} 30 years spent with my beautiful parents, I can't help but be overwhelmed by the perfect memories I have of us. Every thought that passes through my mind is such a happy one, and one thing that is a constant is the fact that they did and still do shower my sister and me with indescribable, unconditional love every second of every day of our lives. 


The way our parents love us is so special, and it is a love that I thank God every day for having the honor of feeling. I pray that I can be half the parent they are to me to children of my own some day, and I only wish I can share a bond with my children as strong as the one I share with mom and dad. 


I already have happy tears in my eyes as I type this, but here are just a few of the special ways my mama and daddy love me… 


My mama and daddy's love baked and decorated every single one of my birthday cakes as long as I can remember…Each cake was specially tailored to my interests and obsessions at the time, whether it was My Little Pony, Cabbage Patch Kids, Cheerleading, etc. 


This love taught me how to fish, instilled in me a love for the water, and took us camping on some of the best trips of our lives. 


This love served our great nation as a LTC in the US Army for 21 years, fought for our freedoms, and was the most honorable and brave soldier I've ever known…For this and many other reasons, he will always be my true hero. 


This love provided me with the best childhood a girl could hope for, and I feel blessed to have been raised in the Army. 


This love convinced my sister to let me play with the "big girls" so I never felt left out. 


This love got me ready for all my dance recitals and cheered me on each and every day. 


This love let me wear my outfits of choice to school when I was little…Even if it consisted of hot pink headbands, shorts, and sunglasses. 


This love packed my lunch every, single day and always included a sweet, handwritten note on my napkin to give me just what I needed to make my days at school special and full of smiles. 


This love handmade all of our Halloween costumes, and made every holiday so magical and beautiful for us.




This love rescued me from the neighborhood street and nursed me back to health when I had my worst bicycle wreck {although it was one of many}. 


This love picked up my crutches and spoke sweet words of encouragement to me when I was overcome with frustration on my middle school steps after injuring my ankle at gymnastics. 


This love let me hang Brad Pitt posters on every inch of wall space in my hot pink and bright green childhood bedroom. 


This love helped me make campaign posters, buttons, and banners galore whenever I decided I wanted to run for student council offices. 


This love never missed any of my cross-country races, track meets, or cheerleading events…Whether it was a weekday or weeknight basketball game, Friday night football game, or out of town competition, they were cheering me on in every arena! 


This love helped me get dressed and ready for every high school dance and made me feel like the most beautiful girl in the world. 


This love hugged me so hard and barely let go when they dropped me off for college at my USC dorm. 


This love drove to USC for every sorority function, award ceremony, and special event I had. 


This love made a trip from Florida to South Carolina to take care of me when I got my wisdom teeth pulled and all my other friends were on Spring Break vacations. 


This love comforted, held me, and dried my tears through all the heartaches and heart breaks I suffered through before I found my wonderful husband. 


This love shed tears of joy with me when I rushed home to announce my engagement. 


This love was with me on that special day that I found that "perfect dress" to wear as I married the man of my dreams. 


This love inspires me every day and has shown me how special a marriage should be by the ever-growing and unconditional love they share. 


This love has made me the woman that I am today, and I am forever thankful and overwhelmingly grateful for that. 


I love you more than you will ever know...


I hope you all have had great Father's Day! 


xoxo, 
Katherine


Mark Cosmetics (Avon)
layering bracelets saltpepper_125x125 Glycerine Hand Therapy KING FOR THE DAY! SAVE 15% on Father's Day gifts! Find the best gifts for DAD at BedHead Pajamas. Enter Promo Code: FDAY15 - 125x125
Carolee Jewelry

SHARE THIS POST - {PINTEREST}

{Let's Go Gamecocks!!!}

I have a feeling that tonight is gonna be a good night...Wanna know why?  Our USC Gamecock Baseball team - the 2010 National Champions {might I add} - are about to play their first game in their quest to defend their College World Series Title.  Oh yes, the first pitch time is set for 7 pm tonight, and you know we'll be glued to the TV.



{2010 National Champs}
As the wife of a former USC Baseball Player, I have truly fallen in love with the sport.  Gamecock Baseball has a huge presence in the Beverly household, and it makes me very happy.  You can head on over to my baseball post to read more about our story and our love for Gamecock baseball



{Gamecock Baseball graces our walls}
I will never forget that game-winning moment from the 2010 College World Series, and we were all overcome with emotion {and about to shed some tears} as we watched the team celebrate on the field at Rosenblatt Stadium.



{GAMECOCKS WIN!!!!}
Go get 'em boys, and let's win it again!!  Wish we were in Omaha, but we'll be there in spirit!!



GOOOOOOO COCKS!!!

xoxo,

Katherine


Mark Cosmetics (Avon)
layering bracelets saltpepper_125x125 Glycerine Hand Therapy KING FOR THE DAY! SAVE 15% on Father's Day gifts! Find the best gifts for DAD at BedHead Pajamas. Enter Promo Code: FDAY15 - 125x125
Carolee Jewelry

SHARE THIS POST - {PINTEREST}

6.17.2011

{Crazy about Chevron}

Happy Friday Folks!!


I hope you all have some lovely things planned for the weekend, and I wish all the dads out there a Happy Father's Day!!


I'm kicking off this beautiful day with a DIY project, and I 'm excited to be linking up to Whipperberry and Thirty Handmade Days, two of my all time favorite blogs!


Thirty Hand Made Days


I've been majorly eyeing almost every Chevron design I've seen around the web lately, and I do believe I have fallen in love with those sharp zigzag patterns in all styles and colors.  I have always been a fan of incorporating geometric shapes into my design schemes, and, as my crush on Chevron continues to grow, I decided to turn it into my latest decoration of choice.


As I drooled over all the chevron pieces I wanted to add to my "wish list", I started thinking about something...Why wait to find a perfect print when I could try to make something fabulous on my own??  Well, that's just what I did, and I'm loving the result.


We're definitely in need of some more funky art pieces to add to our new beach house, and I mixed a beautiful blue color to give these paintings even more of a pop.  I can't wait to hang them in their new home this weekend!!
What do ya think?



{My Handpainted Chevron Designs}
I had a blast on this project, and, {like blogging} I have found bliss in my new painting projects.  I'm also creating a series of modern ampersands, and here's a little sneak peek of one hanging out with Chevron...



{Coming soon to my Etsy Shop}
I hope you like them...They'll be making their way to my Etsy Shop soon, I have a lot of other prints in the works to add to this fun collection.
  
Have an awesome weekend, and take care...
xoxo,
Katherine


Mark Cosmetics (Avon)
layering bracelets saltpepper_125x125 Glycerine Hand Therapy KING FOR THE DAY! SAVE 15% on Father's Day gifts! Find the best gifts for DAD at BedHead Pajamas. Enter Promo Code: FDAY15 - 125x125
Carolee Jewelry

SHARE THIS POST - {PINTEREST}

6.14.2011

{Banana Bread for Breakfast}

I was just about to hop in my bed last night, and I was going through my nightly routine of locking the doors, setting the alarms, turning off the lights, etc.  As I walked into our kitchen to turn off the lights, I noticed that my bananas--once a beautiful bright yellow--were just about on their last leg and probably wouldn't survive another night uneaten and untouched.



{Before}
Since I hate wasting anything {especially food}, I decided to whip up some quick loaves of banana bread that made for a delicious breakfast this morning in the Beverly Household.
Bananas saved and Beverly's fed...Success!!



{After}
It's so simple and super scrumptious {it's even more tasty toasted with warm butter}!
Try it out for your fam...


BANANA BREAD
1 cup butter, softened

2 cups sugar

7 large ripe bananas, mashed

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

4 eggs, slightly beaten

3 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking soda



Makes two loaves of banana bread.



1. Cream the butter and sugar. Blend in the bananas, vanilla and eggs.



2. Whisk together the dry ingredients.



3. Add to the bread mixture and mix until just combined. Pour into two greased 9x5 inch loaf pans.



4. Bake at 350F. Check on the bread after 35 minutes (it may take up to 60 minutes). Banana bread is done when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool the banana bread in the pan for 10 minutes then cool completely on a wire rack.

ENJOY!
xoxo,
Katherine


Mark Cosmetics (Avon)
layering bracelets saltpepper_125x125 Glycerine Hand Therapy KING FOR THE DAY! SAVE 15% on Father's Day gifts! Find the best gifts for DAD at BedHead Pajamas. Enter Promo Code: FDAY15 - 125x125
Carolee Jewelry

SHARE THIS POST - {PINTEREST}

6.10.2011

{Weekend Plans}

Happy Friday, friends!!
I hope you all have something fun and fabulous planned, and I would love to hear what you're going to be up to this weekend!


I'm always excited about my weekends, but I'm especially looking forward to this one.  One of my most precious, dear, and best friends, Brittany, was married to the love of her life last weekend, and my husband and I are spending the weekend at the beach with the newlyweds and some of our other fab friends.



{Me, Brittany, Jessica, & Tiffany-My weekend beach buddies}
We'll be enjoying the beach, boat, sand, and sun, and these pictures get me even more excited to kick-off the fun...



{via Sand and Water}



{via Mary Olivia}



{via The Pursuit Aesthetic}
I think we'll also be enjoying a few of these watermelon cocktails...
So yummy and refreshing!  Cheers!!



{via examiner.com}
And I'm hoping to do a little of this with my handsome hubby ;)...



{via We Heart It}
On another little side note...This is my dream vacation destination....
Ahhhhhhh, blisssss!



{via A Beach Life}
Have a wonderful weekend, and I'll see you all again next week!
xoxo,
Katherine


Mark Cosmetics (Avon)
layering bracelets saltpepper_125x125 Glycerine Hand Therapy KING FOR THE DAY! SAVE 15% on Father's Day gifts! Find the best gifts for DAD at BedHead Pajamas. Enter Promo Code: FDAY15 - 125x125
Carolee Jewelry

SHARE THIS POST - {PINTEREST}
 
SITE DESIGN BY DESIGNER BLOGS