Friday, September 12, 2014

Flip or Flop

Y’all know I’m not a cook. That’s My Sweet Hubby (MSH). Or My Sweet Daughter (TLC). I also don’t really consider myself a “housewife.” I abhor cleaning. Although I do it and, when I am in the mood, I do it with determination, style and panache. I would never consider myself even slightly okay at interior design. That is, I don’t believe I’m too terribly creative or gifted in that area. No artistic ability in this lady’s body.

So it won’t surprise y’all to know I’m not super crazy about watching cooking shows. I do, however, like to watch the competition shows like Master Chef, Top Chef, Chopped. Etc. I love these shows. MSH likes them, too. We look forward to watching them together. (We have so few other television shows that we both enjoy, don’tchaknow.)

At TLC’s casa, HGTV is on A LOT. Not 24/7. But I’d say 12/7. Especially on the weekends and/or holidays. MSH is not at all interested in HGTV. The Food Network? Check. The History Channel? Check. The Discovery Channel? NatGeo Channel? The Military Channel? Check, check and check. But not HGTV.

Consequently, at our casa, HGTV has been routinely passed by for other networks over the past two to three years. That changed about four months ago. I’m 90% certain I found these two HGTV shows I’m currently OBSESSED with and over on my own. I don’t think TLC told me about either one of them. (It’s possible she told me about the second one. Perhaps. She’ll probably say she did.) She also craves both of these fabulous shows. Immensely.

Flip or Flop!

From the HGTV website:

“Tarek is a self-proclaimed real estate genius with determination and drive. Christina is Tarek’s picture-perfect wife, who Tarek’s friends still can’t believe he landed. In each episode of Flip or Flop, Tarek and Christina flip a new property. From the nail-biting purchase at auction, to the frustrating renovations and maddening showings, to the giddy acceptance of an offer, we’ll follow along as these two relatively novice flippers try their hand at the toughest game in town.”

I had six of these FUN shows on my DVR Tuesday evening. I stayed up until midnight watching five of them. I simply cannot use good judgment when I know I have an episode to see. This couple is adorable. Their little girl, Taylor, is adorable. Their home is adorable. I heart this show!!!

My other favourite—and I truly am equally obsessed—in fact, I found this one (or TLC found it…again, not 100% certain) before Flip or Flop—is…drum roll

Fixer Upper!

From the HGTV website:

Fixer Upper pairs renovation, design and real estate pros Chip and Joanna Gaines with Waco/Dallas, Texas—area buyers to renovate the wrong house that’s in the right location.”

Key words: Waco/Dallas, Texas. They’re our peeps, y’all! Waco is about an hour and a half from our country casa. Maybe a teensy-bit farther from TLC’s home. The very first episode I watched was about a woman from a small town that one of my best friends calls home. As I watched this interesting and touching show, I texted Autumn to see if she knew the lady Joanna and Chip were helping. Duh. Of course, she did. That made the show even more intriguing. (By the way: I've currently seen all of the Fixer Upper shows. I've actually watched one or two more than twice. I'm sooo ready for a new season. Yes, please, HGTV.)

Christina and Tarek have one precious little girl. Joanna and Chip have four kids—two precious little girls and two delightful boys. Christina and Tarek live in California (Howdy, Piggy Pajamas’ Gals—we love y’all!). Joanna and Chip, as I’ve mentioned, reside and work in Texas. Flip or Flop is a 30-minute show (20 if you’ve DVRed and can pass the commercials). Fixer Upper is an hour-long show(about 45ish without said commercials).

This post is a BIG TEXAS HAIR nod to both of these fascinating shows. Watch one—or two—or ten—sometime soon!

Gotta scoot—I have ONE Flip or Flop left on my DVR…

p.s.: It's TGIF—Woo Hoo and YIPPEE! Have a Wonderful Weekend…Wherever in the World Y’all Are! 

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Leighton ...

As y’all know, Little Leighton (LL) had a rough, ROUGH summer. Her diagnosis of celiac disease came as a shock to all of us. Gluten-free for her has meant gluten-free for her Mom, Dad and any and everyone who is lucky enough to dine with her. It’s a huge, complicated, critical and quite expensive challenge that has consumed TLC for almost two months. My Sweet Hubby (MSH) and I have been learning where all the gluten-free products are in the grocery stores within a 100-mile radius of our country casa. Although I reassured TLC weeks ago that I could handle getting our posts done, this “research” on our part has taken alot more effort than I anticipated.

This past Friday, I went to visit TLC and LL at their home in North Dallas. TLC’s husband was spending the weekend bird hunting at his family’s ranch southwest of Dallas. I was invited to a “Girls Only!” escape—and was (as I know you understand) thrilled to drive east for this lovely invitation.

LL’s diagnosis has changed not only all of our “diets,” but also our entertainment habits. We can no longer just go out to eat. We have to make sure the restaurant/cafĂ© has a gluten-free menu and prepares it without “cross contamination.” At this point, we’re actually finding it’s easier to stay home and cook!

The Three Leighton Gals had a FUN visit with our Dearest Lauren (who joined us for lunch Saturday). LL’s new “big girl bed” arrived as we finished, so Lauren got to see what TLC calls the “Princess” bed. It’s not really a “Princess” bed—but TLC has convinced LL the headboard looks like a “tiara.” (It kind of does...) After LL’s nap on said new “Princess” bed, the three of us made a trip to The Mall. LL has become quite a Carousel aficionado—needing to ride the “purple horse” that has lots of sparkly bling on it. (Sadly, a little boy beat LL and I to that pretty horse. LL showed her Grammy how sweet she truly is and graciously let me find her one that had some “purple” on it!) 

Grammy also treated LL to a pair of “light up” tennis shoes! Today was her first day of pre-school (And the longest five hours of TLC's and my life...truly...). I knew she was going to need some extra fun shoes for this Big Day! (I’ll try to have TLC post a picture of them soon.) LL couldn’t take them off the rest of the weekend. She wanted to sleep in them. We convinced her that wasn’t a great idea. Sunday we played, read books, watched Disney Junior—all the things we love to do!

This was the conversation TLC and I shared while having Sunday lunch:

ELC: Listen, I know you thought you’d be able to do the next post, but let me do it this evening when I get home. Or tomorrow. I don’t mind.

TLC: Oh, Mom. I completely forgot. I’m so sorry. I’ve been useless to you and the blog. I feel awful. We should change the name to “lolwiththeleighton”—just take the “s” off and be done with it.

ELC: (as I giggled and laughed until I snorted): Stop. The past few months have been brutal. You’ve had so much to contend with…Little Leighton’s hospitalization, doctor appointments, lab visits, phone calls, shopping for gluten-free everything, cooking even more than you already do, helping Little Leighton cope with this huge change in her little life. I think the least I can do is a few more posts to our blog. So done. And done.

My intentions are to do a teensy bit better about posting than last month. TLC has taught LL to say “Patience is a virtue.” I hope y’all will be virtuous! I also hope everyone had a wonderful weekend…May this new week be full of fabulousness—sheer and utter fabulousness—for each and everyone one of y’all!

smooches and hugs from,

The Leighton

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sensational September!

This is a small-ish version of a post we did on September 2, 2012. It was originally called:

Seriously? September?

TLC and I would like to SUGGEST that, as you START this new month, you be:

Sociable; self-assured; SPIFFY; saint-like; SYMPATHETIC; skillful; SIGNIFICANT; spunky; SELECTIVE; sagacious (yep—look it up!); SILLY (why not?); SASSY; sophisticated; SCRUPULOUS; scholarly; SERENE; and self-confident.

PLEASE DON’T BE: scruffy; SHADY; a scaredy-cat; SCANDALOUS; sloppy; SAUCY; sinister; SLOSHED; sarcastic; SMELLY; showoffy; SELFISH; sedentary; SCORNFUL; salacious (another one to look up?); SHIFTY; a scamp; a SKEPTIC; sour; or STERN.

Don’t run with SCISSORS. Don’t be a SLUG. Go to a SYMPHONY! SHUT the Front Door! Visit with a SAGITTARIUS. Learn the SAMBA or the saxophone. Don’t schlepp (but you can SCHMOOZE) or SCOFF or secondguess or SCREAM or scribble.


p.s.: To read the entire past post, click here…

Sunday, August 31, 2014

adios . . .

August . . .

Hello, September!

If you're an American, and you've been "laboring" this weekend, you're in trouble. Stop immediately and get thee to the nearest davenport/couch/divan/sofa/bed/loungechair/chaiselongue (And, no, I didn't type that last one wrong. That is the correct way to spell what I thought was chaise lounge. Who knew?). It will be Labor Day in a few hours. We are NOT to labor.

That is all...
smooches from--
The Leighton Gals