Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tiny's Trendy Tuesday: Monogrammed Initial Necklaces

Happy Tuesday, ya'll!  And, happy new school year to all the educators out there! 

This school year is already off to a great start with Monday and Tuesday's information filled days.  Sorry, I have been slacking with my regular blog posts lately, but Sooper and I have been "busy relaxing" meaning both busy and relaxing at the same time. :)  I can't complain, but it did cause "The Tiny Librarian" (blog, not the actual tiny librarian) to suffer!

In the meantime, I also cut seven inches off my hair! Just wanted a change for a bit, and even though it was shocking at first, I am loving my new haircut. Thanks Toni (and all the stylists) @ Salon Couvie!!! Also, I finally get to to show off my beautiful custom monogrammed initial necklace and my new SOLD cropped denim, which are perfect to transition into fall, and they are both from Abeille NOLA! Oh, and I almost forgot, my new short haircut! :)

 cropped denim: SOLD (Abeille NOLA)
printed top: Fossil (old)
monogrammed initial necklace (Abeille NOLA)
More about my new favorite accessory...the monogrammed initial necklace!  I have been wanting to write a new post about my great monogrammed initial necklace from Abeille NOLA. If you are a regular blog follower, you know I have featured this amazing NOLA boutique and its very sweet and fashionable owner, Meg O'Reilly.   The monogrammed necklace is so versatile and fun, because it can be personalized with three different sizes (S, M, L), different fonts (block or script), acrylic colors (so many to choose from!) or gold/silver, and any initials or creative three letters.

My new haircut...and a close up of my JBW necklace!
Please ignore the tan lines that Sooper JB pointed out while taking the picture. :)

So many choices!!!

I love my blogger friend Lauren @ Warm & Fuzzy and especially how adorable she looks wearing her purple and gold (for LSU, of course!) monogrammed initial necklace! Here is a great picture of her from Friday's Brothers Under the Sun Tim McGraw/Kenny Chesney concert.

Lovin' how great she looks, especially with her purple and gold LTT necklace...
Geaux Tigers!

Check out Abeille NOLA on Facebook or Twitter (@AbeilleNOLA).  Or, you can call 504-324-3488 to order your custom monogrammed necklace!  Order yours soon because it takes a while for your necklace to arrive!

Have a great Tiny's Trendy Tuesday!
The Tiny Librarian

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

RevieWednesday: Looking at Lincoln

Happy RevieWednesday!

I purchased the recently published book, Looking at Lincoln, written and illustrated by the very talented Maira Kalman. She has written and illustrated both adult and children's books and the cover art for many issues of The New Yorker. I love new biographies that are perfect for young elementary students.  As a librarian, I enjoy sharing biographies through text and illustrations that make history come alive! The book answers the question, "Who was Abraham Lincoln, REALLY?" This book definitely brings Abraham Lincoln's story to life through the perspective of a young girl. I really find it helpful the way Maira Kalman uses type text for historical facts and her characteristic handwriting text for the thoughts from the perspective of the young girl narrator. By infusing fun factoids into the book, such as his love of vanilla cake, his dog Fido, apples, music, reading, Kalman makes Lincoln's story interesting and enjoyable to elementary students.

Looking at Lincoln also delicately addresses the difficult topics of the slavery, the Civil War, the tragedies of war, and Lincoln's assassination. By including these topics and presenting them in appropriate way with fresh, interesting text and bold, beautiful illustrations, Lincoln's life can be easy for young students to comprehend. Biographies must be fun and entertaining to read to hook and engage young readers, and Maira Kalman shares Lincoln's childhood through his untimely death in her unique style of writing and illustrating! This children's biography is the perfect newest addition to any elementary school library, classroom, or home! It captures of the essence of our very influential 16th president who was...
"with malice toward none, with charity for all."

Looking at Lincoln written & illustrated by Maira Kalman
Nancy Paulsen Books (2012)
 Available via Amazon here.

What biographies do you know of that bring history alive for children?

Hope you enjoy Looking at Lincoln!
The Tiny Librarian

Monday, July 9, 2012

Project Purple Dress: Abeille NOLA

Happy Tiny's Trendy Tuesday!

I have been meaning to feature my great Ladakh purple dress from Abeille NOLA for a month now, but I bought it knowing that I would need it altered so it was not immediately available to feature.  Even though it did not initially fit, I had a vision that this dress (after alterations) would be amazing for summer events, including Charmaine and Kevin's wedding (the cutest couple), date night, and other fun outings.

There are so many cute dresses and early fall clothing available @ Abeille NOLA.  Check out their Facebook page here, and visit the very lovely Meg and Abeille NOLA staff in person for some retail therapy soon!  I can't wait to pick up Lauren and I's monogrammed necklaces that finally arrived!  I am looking forward to featuring Lauren @ Warm & Fuzzy with her new (purple and gold, of course!) necklace.

The highlight of this dress is most definitely the back.  I love the unexpected crisscross straps and low cut back of the dress.  It gives it that extra special touch...and surprise!  :)  It is perfect with nude peep toe pumps as seen in the images or even gold flat sandals for a more casual look.  I also paired it with gold accessories, including drop earrings and two bracelets.  No necklace is needed since the dress has a high neckline and very cute gold double buttons to secure the straps.

Ladakh purple dress: Abeille NOLA
Madeline Gabean peep toe pumps (color: Sahara patent)

Love the dress!
It just wrinkles easily...Good thing I love ironing! :)

My other favorite thing right now is bright summery nail colors, especially mint.  I am currently loving Essie's mint green apple!  I have taken it off my nails and put it right back on 3 times!  It is a fun color and complements many summer looks, even this purple dress!  I love experimenting with nail colors, because there is such a large variety of color choices.  Plus, you can change it as often as you like depending on your mood, your outfit, or your event/occasion.

Essie mint green apple

Tiny's Oyster Pear of Wisdom (OPW) is to go bold and bright or understated and subtle with your nail polish color choices.  Always let your personality shine through, even with something as simple as your nail color.

On a side note, you must check out these sisters (my cousin and godchild) who are 2 and 4 years old belting out their favorite song in the video below.  They are singing the very catchy song, "Just the Way You Are" by Bruno Mars.  It is pretty funny, especially the sisterly love moments when the older sister is insistent that the song is "HER SONG." :)

Happy Tiny's Trendy Tuesday!
The Tiny Librarian

Casual Friday Link Up @ Two Thirty-Five

Whimsy Wednesdays @ The NY Melrose Family

Your Whims Wednesday @ My Girlish Whims

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Blueberries, Almonds, and Sugar...Oh my!

Happy 4th of July all!

SooperJB and I made a delicious blueberry almond bundt cake for a family gathering at my parents' house.  I love recipes that call for fresh ingredients, and though I often use boxed cake mix for quick and easy desserts, I am always eager to make a truly homemade dessert!  Also, I had to "borrow" my mom's bundt pan to make the cake, but it appeared that she enjoyed it enough to think it was worth it and lent it to me indefinitely.  All in the name of tasty treats!  Hopefully, you have an extra hand (or a strong man like Sooper) to help you cream the butter and sugar together.  I found this step pretty difficult even with softened butter, but Sooper did it with ease. :)

Blueberry Almond Bundt Cake Deliciousness

I found a few blueberry cake recipes, including some with lemon or strawberries, but when I came across blueberry almond cake combinations, they were too good looking to pass up!  I changed/combined a few different recipes, and the result was amazing, quick, and easy!  This moist cake is perfect for a 4th of July gathering, breakfast/brunch, or any after dinner dessert, especially during the summertime!  It makes approximately 12 slices of tasty cake.

Blueberry Almond Bundt Cake

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Baking Time: 45 min. - 1 hour

Pre and Post Baking
The Pam baking spray helps it slide out of the bundt pan with ease...NO STICKING!


10 inch bundt pan
Pam Baking spray (or Pam original spray)
* I love the baking spray.  It works very well and has a bit of flour in it so it is perfect for baked goods!

1 (12.5 oz.) can of almond filling
1 pint of fresh blueberries, washed and stems removed
2 tablespoons of all purpose flour

Cake Batter
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup (small container) sour cream

Optional toppings
Confectioners sugar
Sliced Almonds
Fresh Blueberries
Whipped Cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Coat the pan with cooking spray.

In a bowl, combine the almond filling, fresh blueberries, and 2 tablespoons of flour and mix well.  Set aside.

Cake Batter
In another bowl, combine the 2 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream (blend well) the butter and sugar until fluffy.  Using an electric mixer, add the eggs one at a time beating until fluffy.  While mixing, alternate adding the cake batter mixture and the sour cream, and lastly, add the vanilla extract.  Make sure the batter is well combined.

Spoon 1/3 of the batter into the bundt pan.  Top with half of the filling mixture.  Spoon another 1/3 of the batter and top with the rest of the filling.  Then add the last 1/3 of the batter.

Bake for 45 min.- 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool for 30 minutes and turn it upside down on a plate.  After cooled, add the confectioners' sugar.  If desired, add the sliced almonds, fresh blueberries, etc. before serving.


Have a relaxing and delicious 4th of July!
The Tiny Librarian

I am linking up with Bonnie & Trish @ Uncommon, Kimmie @ Sugar & Dots, My Meatless Mondays @ My Sweet & Savory, Lisa @ Flour Me With Love for Mix it up Monday, and Show & Share @ Southern Lovely.



Sunday, July 1, 2012

Just blew in from the Windy City!

Happy weekend ya'll!

Sooper and I are home, sweet home from the Windy City.  On our boat tour of Chicago on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, the guide provided a very entertaining explanation myth for the reason Chicago is called the Windy City.  He explained that name is not because of the winds off Lake Michigan (which I can attest to after this past week), but because the politicians and lobbyists are "full of hot air."  That sounds like  MOST cities in the United States.  But, I digress.  When Chicago and New York were both competing against one another to host the World's Fair, the New York City newspapers referred to the Chicago politicians as "windy" in their presentations to host the fair.  Eventually, Chicago was chosen to host the fair, and the mayor boasted about this prestigious honor.  Therefore, others claimed he was "blowing hot air" and "full of wind."  The combination of these occurrences surrounding the world's fair gave Chicago the "Windy City" nickname.

Our luggage, but that is a whole other story...

The purpose of our trip, besides to enjoy the city, architecture, and local cuisine, was to watch Jonnae, our friends' daughter, and her team, Arsenal FC, compete in the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) finals.  It was single game elimination, which meant, any day, a loss would eliminate them from the entire competition.  Each day, the Arsenal girls earned a win, and on the last day, they beat San Diego Surf (their competitor from California) to become the under 14 champions!  Mission accomplished!  It was so great to be there and we were able to celebrate with her after the win that day by taking her on a tour of Chicago, complete with shopping, sightseeing, and amazing meals at Big and Little's and Xoco!

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner
The team with the very heavy BLING! 

Though I am late for Insta-Friday, here is a picture walk through Chicago!

Chicago skyline @ dusk courtesy of Sooper JB

Sooper and I on Lake Michigan
(Sooper representing NOLA & the Saints)

Oak Street Beach @ Lake Michigan
beautiful beach, hot weather, very cold water

Best hot dogs in Chicago
We shared three hot dogs (Chicago style, foie gras, and chicken chorizo), and they were all very yummy!
Oh and I forgot to mention delicious cheese fries. :)

foie gras duck sausage dog
one of Hot Doug's specialty dogs

Millennium Park is home to the pavilion, art, architecture, a restaurant, food stands, benches, etc.  It includes the Frank Gehry designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion, which is an amazing outdoor area with a stage and speakers all throughout the park used for events and activities, including free concerts and movies.  On the evening we were there, they were having a "Movie in the Park" night, and attendees brought blankets and picnic style dinner to enjoy during the movie.  Also in Millennium Park is Cloud Gate, an interactive sculpture by artist Anish Kapoor.  You can see reflections of yourself and the city in the "bean shaped" sculpture.  It is definitely a must for hours!

Millennium Park
Cloud Gate, under Cloud Gate, & Jay Pritzker Pavilion
funny but true sign @ a hot dog stand in Millennium Park

Very picturesque view from the boat tour
Thanks Mr. Blake for the recommendation...we loved it!

Tiny's Oyster Pearl of Wisdom (OPW) is to definitely do something "touristy" when you are in a new location.  It is worth it, especially if you want to learn more about the place your visiting!  We decided to take a guided boat tour to relax and learn about the amazing architecture, enjoy the breeze from Lake Michigan, and experience something new and different.  You may not visit that location again or at least for a while, so be THAT tourist and have no regrets! :)

Glad to be back to the blogosphere!
The Tiny Librarian

I am linking up with Jeannett @ Life Rearranged!

life rearranged

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Academically Inclined @ Mini Me Style

Happy Thursday!

Bonnie from Mini Me Style featured me in her Academically Inclined Series on her very stylish fashion blog!


Check it out here!  

Here is little sneak peek for you!

Hope you enjoy Mini Me Style and my featured post!

The Tiny Librarian

Monday, June 18, 2012

Tiny's Trendy Tuesday: M is for monochromatic maxi!

Happy Tiny's Trendy Tuesday!

On Sunday, Sooper and I were looking forward to watching Game 3 of the NBA Finals.  I am rooting for OKC because I love Kevin Durant, and he is rooting for the Heat because he believes LeBron James is the best player in the league.  Also, Sooper is sick of LeBron haters and wants LeBron to win more championships than Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.  It is usually fun for us to support the opposing teams, except when my team loses, which occurred on Sunday, and OKC is losing the series 2-1 currently.  I hate losing! :(  No worries...they will win tonight!

We decided to watch the game while enjoying a late dinner at a local seafood restaurant.  Seafood and beer were perfect for intense and exciting game watching.  Because the weather was a bit cooler, I was able to wear my tribal print maxi dress.  Typically, the daytime NOLA heat is not conducive to maxi dress wearing.  Therefore, I reserve the maxi for the occasional overcast days and cooler nights. 

This Anthropologie hypnotic maxi dress (from last summer) is one of my favorite maxis, because it has POCKETS and was available in petite sizes for the perfect length!  In the customer review of this dress, some reviewers commented that the pockets widen hips, but in my opinion, it just depends on your body type.  This dress is fun to accessorize with gold/brown given the brown/taupe undertones in the dress.  Though I enjoying adding color to complete an outfit, I also love the simple, understated elegance a great monochromatic look.  It is subtly chic.  :) 

hypnotic maxi dress: Anthropologie (last summer)
double stranded wooden beaded necklace: Express (old)
aviator sunglasses - Michael Kors (old)
gold bangles - H & M (available in stores)
gold chain bracelet with gold/wooden charms (thrifted)
 Stacie gold/cognac gladiator sandals: Steve Madden (available here)

I am linking up with another petite and very stylish blogger, Bonnie @ Mini Me Style for her Style to the Max(i) Link Up. Check out her fashion/style blog for amazing looks.

ALSO, I will be featured in her Academically Inclined series this Thursday!


Tiny's Oyster Pearl of Wisdom (OPW) is to create a monochromatic look with clothes and accessories of different shades of the same color that are already in your closet.  A similarly hued ensemble is subtly chic and can help you highlight your best features and downplay your least favorite features.  With monochromatic styling, you can coordinate effortless, fresh, and perfectly polished looks.  Be daring and mix different textures, patterns, prints, and unique jewelry! Tiny's tip is to place the most flattering shade closest to your face.

What color and shades will you use to create your monochromatic look?

 Go OKC Thunder!

Happy Tiny's Trendy Tuesday!
The Tiny Librarian

I am linking up with...
Sarah for Tickle Me Tuesdays,
Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims,
 Lindsey @ The Pleated Poppy for WIWW,
Whatever You Want Wednesdays @ Free Pretty Things For You, &
Julie @ White Lights on Wednesday!

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White Lights on Wednesdays

Sunday, June 17, 2012

My dad is totes awesomesauce!

Happy Father's Day, ya'll!

I feel lucky and blessed to be able to share this special holiday with my dad.  My dad is for sure the best dad I could have ever imagined.  He is the strong, silent type, which is probably a good thing, since my mom and I are the girly, much less silent types. :)  Also, he is the most generous and patient person I know, and Sooper reminds me of my dad in these ways.  I forgot to mention how super talented he is as a musician, lizard catcher, master griller, and expert handyman!  He is was a band director (newly retired!) and is the trumpet player with the amazing Wise Guys Band.   My favorite things to do with my dad are eating sushi, enjoying oysters and Blue Moon beer (with orange!), watching sports on television (not tennis!), and going to Saints football games!

My brother, mom, Sooper, and I gave him a notebook computer for his combined retirement and Father's Day present.  My dad and I are similar in the fact that we both like to noodle "around" on the computer while watching television; therefore, a notebook computer is definitely a much desired piece of technology, especially for a retiree! 

Confidential to Dad (from your favorite daughter): Hope you enjoy your father's day lunch, notebook computer, and most importantly, your retirement.  Don't think you can get rid of me just because I am married!  I am not done bugging you yet! :)

My dad & I @ Sooper and I's Wedding

Happy Retirement and Father's Day, Dad!

Happy Father's Day to all the dads, grandfathers, and special men out there!
The Tiny Librarian

I am linking up with Laura @ Bits of Splendor!
bits of splendor monday

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Eat, Drink, and Be GREEN!

It's Tiny's Tasty Thursday!

Today's post celebrates favorite food and drink color!  I love salad greens, green veggies, green smoothies, greens in soups, and most importantly, green tea!  For dinner, I made a delicious and hearty lentil soup, which is easy peasy to prepare!  I also have been making a pitcher of green tea each week to ensure that I am consuming a daily dose of antioxidants in a healthy, refreshing beverage. 

Now, onto the lentil soup experience using a combination of lentil soup recipes.  This post is a little late because my mom and dad invited Sooper and I over for delicious shrimp salad (not for Sooper who is allergic to shrimp) and lasagna last night, which is when I planned on preparing the soup.  So, today, I made the lentil soup and decided to feed mom and dad. I am definitely their favorite daughter. :)  This time, I remembered to document the preparation of the soup along with the finished product.  However, I noticed a few interesting things with this soup along the way.

First, there must be a white onion shortage, because I went to Whole Foods, and there were NO white onions.  Then, I went to a local grocery store, and they had a very limited selection of white onions, but I scooped up practically the last two available white onions.  Who knew I would have to stock up on white onions, my usual onion choice because of the mild flavor for Sooper who is particular about too much onion flavor!

Second, looking at the images, I realize that I always place a cutting board on top of the free standing cutting board.  This seems a bit weird, but it may have something to do with my crazy cleanliness!

cutting board on top of cutting board :)

Also, while cutting the carrots, I must have mistaken my finger for a carrot, given the similar shape, and tried to slice it. hurt a bit, but other than some bloody carrots, everything turned out great!  :) Thank goodness for the boiling process to kill any germs (to all those who ate the soup, just kidding).
sliced carrot finger

Lentil Soup Recipe

1 white onion, diced
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
1 pound carrots, diced
1 stalk of celery, diced
1 pound green lentils (I used Whole Foods green lentils bagged/purchased by the pound)
2 quarts vegetable stock or vegetable broth

Fun Color Coordination...
Using our very colorful bowls, I chose the particular chopped/diced ingredient for each bowl.

Soak the lentils in hot water for 20-30 minutes.  While the lentils are soaking, saute the onions in 2 teaspoons of EVOO until they are translucent.  Add cumin and garlic and saute for another minute or two.  Add the carrots and celery and saute for 5 minutes.  Then, add the vegetable stock or broth and drained lentils.  Bring the soup to a boil.  Lower the heat and summer partially covered for about 1 hour or until lentils are soft.  Add salt and pepper to taste (In my opinion, you will  not need to add salt, given the amount of sodium in the stock or broth). 

Sooper Super lentil Soup...done!

Green Tea

I love the taste of green tea.  My favorite green tea is The Republic of Tea Daily Green Tea: The People's Green Tea.  I buy both the caffeinated and decaffeinated variation of The People's Green Tea, and Sooper seems to like when I drink the decaf version, especially since I am already quite a bit active without the caffeine. :)  Usually, I make a pitcher and combine 10 decaf bags with 2-3 regular caffeinated bags...a WIN-WIN!

The Republic of Tea Daily Green Tea
Caffeinated and Decafeinated

Green tea is the best source of catechins, which are considered to be more powerful than vitamins C and E in halting oxidative damage to cells caused by free radials.  They also appear to have other disease-fighting properties. Studies have found an association between consuming green tea and a reduced risk for several cancers, including, skin, breast, lung, colon, esophageal, and bladder.  In addition, because green tea undergoes less processing than black, it contains twice the concentration of these catechins. no matter what, it is good for you!

Source: WebMD, my favorite doctor! :)

A glass a day keeps the cancer away!

Happy Tiny's Tasty Thursday!
The Tiny Librarian

I am linking up with a few blogs...
Miz Helen's Full Plate Thursday, a little nosh, Amy @ SS&GF for Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, and My Sweet & Savory for Meatless Mondays!

Miz Helen’s Country Cottage
A Little Nosh