Game On!!!!

September 30th, 2010

If you want to be healthier and need a little push (ok maybe shove) in the right direction then pay close attention!

We are going to start a game called The Game on Diet.  For the basics check out the link below for the details:

So the game will start on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 and go to Wednesday, Nov 10, 2010. Please get in touch with me by October 11th to let me know if you are playing and who is on your team.

Checks for your share of the pot can be made out to Raspberry Moon and sent to 1211D Laurens Rd, Greenville, SC 29607.   To play the game you must have your check or cash to me by Wednesday, October 13! I don’t want to chase you down!

In the book you will have ideas for exercise, meals and habits. I really do think it is worth the read – so pick it up from your local bookstore or click below.

GAME ON!!!!!

Indoor Water Fountains

September 7th, 2010

So the other week in The Greenville News I saw a how to for a water garden.  So I decided to try my hand at making 1 for myself.  I look at fountains all the time but they either look cheap, all you hear is the motor, or they are crazy expensive.  I wanted 1 that would go with my new decor that is very eclectic but focusing on Bollywood inspired colors.  This was a lot of fun picking out pieces that would work well together.

So here is what you will need to get started:

  • 5 gallon bucket of 2-3 size Creek Stone – $3 – Landscaper Supply Place

I only used a small portion of these for this fountain.  I am going to used most of them in the outside fountain that I am working on next.  The shiny rocks I already had but I think I got those   at the Dollar Store.

  • Container Fountain Kit – $19.95 – Lowes

This pump has a filter that I did not use.  I am going to use it on my outdoor one.  I got this one because I needed the pump and the fountain nozzle piece for this particular fountain.    Depending on the type of fountain you are creating you can use a PVC pipe or flexible tubing.  I have not decided if I will buy another pump from this company.  I am going to try out another brand to see the pump is better.

  • Orange Vase – $9 – Ross
  • Bamboo Black Bowl – $15 – TJ Maxx

This was not a water proof bowl but it was perfect so I painted 4 coats of polyurethane.  Just apply very thin coats.

  • Polyurethane- $15 – Lowes
  • Paint Brush – $1.15 – Lowes

Ok so here are the basic directions of what I did.  Be creative – you can use all sorts of things.

  1. I had to apply about 4 thin layers of polyurethane on the bowl.
  2. I used masking tape in an X format over the area where I would be drilling the hole.  This will help to keep the drill bit in place better.  With a 1/2″ glass & tile drill bit I drilled a hole big enough at the bottom of my orange vase to fit the pump tubing.   You will have a little chipping around the hole but as no one will see that it does not matter.
  3. I had to put some large creek stones in the bottom of my bowl to level the vase and to make it a little higher to hide the top of the fountain.  Then added the shiny stones on top.
  4. Just put the pump cord out the back of the bowl.  You can not see it really.
  5. Add water and plug her in.  That is all there is to it.

Since I love to yard sale I am hoping to pick up interesting pieces to use to make more fountains and maybe create them as gifts as well.  I thought one using buttons instead of stones might be nice for my friend who sews.  Make a pretty seashell fountain out of shells and things you find on the beach from your vacation.  You might be surprised what you could make into a fountain with items you already have.  I am making a friend a fountain out of a Polish pottery bowl and Polish pottery candle holder.

Be creative and have fun.

Hot Springs, North Carolina

August 19th, 2010

Let me preference this by saying this is my very first blog post.  I am not much of a writer so just keep that in mind if you are a grammar guru!  I talk a lot and am always telling people about my experiences so I thought it might be neat to start a blog about my experiences, places I love or things I love to do.  Hopefully I can help you decide if it is something you want to check out.  I will  pretty much tell you like it is.  I am not a mean spirited person but I do believe in being up front so, I will tell you about both the good and the not so good.  Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy.

Me - Alex was being a baby & wouldn't smile for the camera!

So finally after a year I got to experience Hot Springs, NC!  Alejandro and I went for our 1 year Anniversary (hard to believe he has put up with me for that long already!).  Hot Springs is just a tiny town with a cute Main Street area. We didn’t get the opportunity to do any shopping but there are a few places to eat and shop.

We arrived around 4:30 pm and got checked into our Cabin – The Boat House about 2 blocks from the Spa (more on the cabin later).  We had just enough time to unload and head to the Spa.

Because it was so hot and we were having massages done after our soak, we decided to be lazy and drive.  Well I would have walked but someone was a big baby!;)  The entrance to the Spa is lined with trees – I always think that is so pretty.  We checked in (both employees were eating at the front desk and there is a break room right around the corner so I thought that was a little unprofessional) and the front desk gave directions like I had been there before so after having to ask for more details we headed out back for our soak.  It would have been nice to be escorted to the changing area and told a little about the history of the spa.

**Be sure to bring your bathing suit (I don’t really see why you need one you are in a private tub area but whatever makes you more comfortable) and your own towels.  If you need to rent towels they are $1 and have to get them at the front desk!

Our view from the hot tub.

I like to soak in a hot tub before a massage.  It helps me relax and loosens up my muscles which makes my massage more enjoyable.  We were in tub number 6 I believe on the creek side.  It was very peaceful and was $35 for the 2 of us for 1 hour before 6 pm.  We were escorted down to the tub (our attendant was on the phone the whole time and at 1 point we were not sure where he had turned). The tubs are very private and the view was very pretty and restful.  I loved the trees and the sound of the water.  We brought the iPod with us so we could listen to some light music and just chill.  I stayed in the tub for the whole hour but, by the end the heat was starting to get to me.  Alejandro is not much for hot water so although it did help him  relax and he fell right asleep (not hard when you work very long days, 6 days a week), he spent half of his time out of the water.  The attendants (different then the first one) came in discreetly and told us our time was over.  We headed back to the first building for our massage (massages range from $45-90ish).

Just an FYI – they drain and clean the tubs after each session!

Jeanette and Sandra were our therapists.  So off to opposite directions of the spa for our hour of massage.  The rooms were very clean and tidy.  There was a little more light then I am used to in a therapy room and my room was rather cold.  I had Sandra add a blanket for me and I could have used a heating pad as well.  In fairness I do tend to be cold when having services done.  I am one of these weird people that actually like a heating pad in the summer.  My muscles are so tight that being cold just makes it worse.  Sandra did a very nice job.  Alejandro loved Jeanette – this was his first real massage and he was like a marshmallow when he came out of the room.  Now off to The Boat House to settle in and have dinner.

View from Back Deck.

I had made a bunch of healthy stuff to eat.  So we fired up the grill for the asparagus and prepared to have dinner on the back deck.  It had cooled down some and we were able to enjoy being outside.  The animals and insects were making noise and it reminded me of back home.  Surprisingly enough I did not get assaulted with insect bites?!

The house has a studio type layout and was built in 2009.  The kitchen area is awesome , it has a punched tin back splash.  The back deck over looks the creek.  There is a nice size bathroom with a stand up shower only.  The only thing I thought could be better was the sleeper sofa.  It was not very comfortable but, I think that once they add a memory foam pad it will be good to go.  The linens were all very nice and high quality.  The sofa itself was very comfortable.  There is satellite TV for those that need it and 2 well constructed rocking chairs on the front porch if you want to sit and relax.  Everything about the house said quality to me.   I am sure we will stay there again.  This is the first year that people are staying in the cabin they wanted feedback how to make the cabin more comfortable.

I love this back splash! Punched Tin

The owners of  The Boat House are super nice!  I had booked us at another place but after a week of trying to contact them to ask some questions and not being able to get a hold of them I decided to look for another place.  I found The Boat House.  I am so glad we did.  A lot of the places were booked on Sunday night but Libby was able to accommodate us.   When I asked about check out time for Monday she told us we could stay as long as we wanted on Monday, which I am sure is not the norm but I had also explained to her our circumstance and she was just so nice about it.  She also contacted the place we were suppose to stay and told them about the problems I had contacting them and that we would be staying with them instead.  I was actually worried about the owners of the other place because I knew it was a Mom and Pop hotel.  Libbey told me the owner is sick and the person taking care of him is having a hard time keeping up with everything.  I thought it was great that she knew the people in her town.

We were going to head to Green River to go tubing but after having a slow start to the day and not very good weather we decided to head back to Greenville.  We plan to take a 1 day trip to Saluda for tubing at another time so I will keep you posted on our experience.   So instead we decided to go to The Great Escape in Simpsonville and watch The Expendables (very typical Stallone movie) but it was just nice to get to spend some time together and relax.

So if you are looking for a nice place to get away that is close by you should check out Hot Springs, NC.  Here are the links for the spa and the cabin where we stayed:

Happy Travels!

Welcome to Saucy Chica!

July 20th, 2010

Thanks for dropping by! Saucy Chica is going to be a cool blog about Greenville, skin care, bellydancing, whatever I feel like writing about. Stay tuned for more info!