Friday, September 19, 2014

Madtown Macs is Now Charisa Darling!

Hello and Heads up! Madtown Macs is now Charisa Darling which explains the new domain.

Everything (yes, everything!) is under construction. Thanks for being so patient! 

Hope you all are doing well!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


This has been a long time coming. I have outgrown this site and feel the need to move on...I'm just not how to do so yet. Options are being debated and I hope to get a plan in motion soon. 
 I am excited for this next phase of blogging.

In the meantime, I will keep posting here but not as often. Just wanted to give a heads up on what's going down.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Champagne: Do you have a favorite?

My favorite Champagne - Veuve Demi-Sec 

It's no secret that I love champagne. All weekend long I was craving a glass (or two) of the bubbly and never got one. Ironically enough The Kitchn's site today featured 7 Best Values of Sparkling Wine. Coincidence? I think not. 

I appreciate the smart suggestions to alternatives since my favorite does not fall in the "budget friendly" category. Can't wait to drink my way through the list! 

Do you have a favorite Champagne? Please share!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The (Almost Finished) Pantry Project

Some days you wake up on a mission and never stop to question if what you're doing makes sense. This is how the Pantry Project started. In hind sight, I should have waited for the kids to start school but no, I started this project with a schedule already full of errands and other kid related stuff. I couldn't take the unfinished wood and oil stained shelves one day longer. Let's do this!   

Just one section of the chaos. 

I started with two coats of primer on the shelves.   

While those dried I thought about paint colors for the walls. I jumped from plain white to dark colors and every scenario in between but ended up choosing  the main color that's already all over our house. We had paint leftover, so I didn't need to buy any thus more money for the lighting budget, and it flows with the rest of the house. 

I don't have pictures of every step and even forgot to take a picture before loading all the food back in. Here was my process though after priming the shelves.
 -Cutting in the wall color (Holy cow there was a lot of that.)
-Rolling the wall color
-Filling in nail holes on shelf edging and random gouges in the wall
-Cutting in second coat
-Rolling second coat
-Cutting in shelves with Sherwin Williams enamel paint (sticky and thick! a little hard to work with!)
-Rolling the rest of shelves
-Cutting in second coat
-Rolling second coat

All those steps, plus drying time, plus stopping to make the kids meals, running them to where they needed to be, errands, etc., is exactly why such a small room took 5 days to finish. 

Quick story about the shelf color: I wanted a white and needed to pick before leaving the house to run an errand, so I quickly looked through a couple of color decks. I picked Cloud White by Benjamin Moore and, like I always do, Googled it quickly to see images of it on a bigger scale. Who knew so much drama could be created over a paint color! I guess Cloud White has long been noted by designers as the perfect white but there's many out there that clearly don't agree. Funny that I picked the color out of two giant paint fan decks.  

Anyways, here's a little shot of the almost finished product. I got rid of a ton of stuff and it feels great. I still need to buy a few more baskets and such, but that I will do without the kids in tow. Definitely worth the 5 days of chaos. 

This post has gone on long enough - kudos to you if you're still reading. What's left to do besides baskets? I promised the kids a dry erase wall that I'm now reconsidering and the light fixture. I want something fun and had a chandelier in mind but now think it may be too big for the space. I may save this for the laundry room and opt for something different for the pantry. 

There you go! A peek inside our pantry! 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Geocaching with Margot and Richie

It's been years since I've seen The Royal Tenenbaum's but these two reminded me of Margot and Richie yesterday while we were out on our first ever Geocaching hunt. 

Geocaching is a fancy word for modern day treasure hunting. A downloaded app uses your phone's compass to find a preset point. Vance wanted to try it out, so we did, and we were able to find 2 out of 3 boxes. 

(Since poison ivy and random biting bugs are drawn to me I do not stray from the paved path. I'm all about nature on paper, not in real life.)

Once you find the treasure box you write your name and the date, and news to me, you can swap little trinkets. (The boxes we chose to find were geared towards kids. Not sure if the more serious boxes follow the same practice.) One of my talents as a Mom is to be able to produce random items from my purse at all times. I don't remember putting plastic jumpy frogs in my purse but behold! there they were. The kids were able to trade and props to Vance for letting Vaughn choose the pink monkey doll with freakishly big eyes.

Afterwards we celebrated by having some fun at the pool. 
Some of us had more fun than others.

Hope you had a fun weekend! 


Friday, July 25, 2014

Summer hiatus

My hiatus from here wasn't planned, it just happened. Me and associates, seen above, have been having a great summer and unplugging from the computer has been nice. 

While it seems weird to gloss over the past few weeks and jump into current events, that's what I'm going to do. I'll eventually get to the old stuff, like how Vaughn and I had an amazing girls weekend, but not today. 

A fire was lit and we started a bunch of house projects all at the same time. Not our normal practice, but some days that's the only way it seems possible to ever get done. Currently, the contents of our pantry are in the dining room while the pantry is being painted.   It's a huge test in patience for me as I need order and there's none of that around here right now. Aaaannd it might get worse because we've been talking about painting our kitchen cabinets. 

Just breathe. 

Hope you all have a good weekend! 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Hands down the best nail polish dryer

Sun, heat, pool water, and painting is not the recipe for good looking fingernails. The short story is that the weekend was hard on my nails which led me to think back to the last time they were looking their best. 

Unfortunately, I don't have another trip to the spa lined up anytime soon but I remembered that this awesome product can be bought and make your home nail session a little more like the real deal.

This is CND's SolarSpeed Spray which is a nutrient and polish dryer spray. My sister and I loved the almond scent and the way it made our skin feel. It was so good that we snuck sprays on our feet while waiting for our Mom and Aunt's manicures to end. Believe me, you'd do it too. 

*CND does not know who I am - I'm just sharing awesome products!


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