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We love the whimsical look of chalk board walls in the home or in our favorite cafes. What a fun way to keep up with your weekly grocery or to-do list! Children of course will love these chalk walls – for once a wall they can draw on without getting into trouble! So if you have an extra wall in your kitchen or in one of the kid’s bedrooms, consider painting it with chalkboard paint and let the artistic expression begin!

Karson Butler Open House, December 12, 2012









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When a gal has style like Jess Kirby, there’s only a certain amount of time that she can fly below the radar before she gets picked up into the mainstream fashion world.  Libby’s stunner of a daughter-in-law, Jess Kirby, has recently been crowned with the title of Maxxinista which means she’s a trailblazer in the world of champagne style on a cheap beer budget. Jess has demonstrated her knack for finding affordable couture pieces amid racks of discount clothing at chain stores like TJ Maxx. She has a keen eye for fashion and has an innate talent of putting pieces of clothing and accessories together that the normal person would never dare to. Posting outfits of the day (aka “ootd”) on her blog Jess Style Rules, Instagram and Facebook, Jessica was recently discovered by the TJ Maxx team and invited to shop their NYC flagship store and better yet- have a professional photo shoot wearing the clothing she picked out! Further, Jess has been invited to be a contributing editor for the entire month of November on the official Maxxinista blog!  So when you can’t figure out what to wear, visit Jess’ blog for inspiration on a dime. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed! Rock on Jess, rock on.

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The sun has been setting earlier lately and the evenings promise a cool, crisp Autumnal air. Yes, it’s the fall season on Aquidneck Island and what better way to kick it off then the annual Harvest Fair at the Norman Bird Sanctuary. For the 39th year, the fair will boast fun kid’s games, great food, delightful live music and of course, the famous mud pit. This Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 5pm, grab the fam and head down to Third Beach Road in Middletown and join in on the fun. See you there!





This America’s Cup race certainly has us Newporters glowing with pride. Our own Rome Kirby is aboard Oracle which yesterday claimed a fifth straight victory over Emirates Team New Zealand and is  staying alive and well in the what has become the longest America’s Cup in history. The race would have been tied at 8 if defending champion Oracle Team USA hadn’t been hit with the harshest penalties in the regatta’s 162-year history. The penalty came in yesterday’s race when although the teams are tied on the water, the Kiwis came out of the race 8-6 because Oracle was docked two points when wing sail trimmer Dirk de Ridder was tossed from the regatta after it was discovered that the syndicate illegally modified boats during warm-up races called the America’s Cup World Series.

That shrinking lead no doubt has all of New Zealand on edge. The Kiwis have been on match point since Wednesday, only to watch Oracle’s improved 72-foot catamaran sail ahead in a determined attempt to keep the oldest trophy in international sports. Oracle Team USA, owned by software tycoon Larry Ellison, needs three more wins to keep the Auld Mug. With race 17 and possibly 18 scheduled for today, Australian-born skipper, Jimmy Spithill is attempting to pull off one of the greatest comebacks in sports history. His five-race run has matched the longest winning streak in America’s Cup match history.

Spithill was quoted as saying, “We’re sailors. We’re athletes. We’re not about the politics and all of that sort of stuff.” He continued, “Life’s not fair sometimes. … We can win this Cup. They can take as many races as they want. But for us, we know we can win this Cup if we win the next few races. So we can control our own destiny there.  Me and the boys are incredibly fired up. I’ve never seen them like this before. The entire team, there’s a lot of great energy there.”

From Aquidneck Island to San Francisco, let’s all be sure to send our team some positive vibes…Go Team Oracle!


The Kirby family cheers on Team Oracle from their home in Newport! 







Quotes and stats from this article by Bernie Wilson. 

Some photos from America’s Cup homepage.

As summer comes to a close (sigh), we look back at some of the fantastic summer dishes we saw at restaurants and dinner parties. One trend we saw and continue to see are the ever-appearing Squash Blossoms. The bright orange blossoms sold at farmers’ and specialty markets are generally from zucchini plants, though the flowers of other summer squashes may be eaten, as well. The blossoms are often served fried – a dish we will never turn down, but there are several other ways to fully enjoy the beautiful color and delicate texture and flavor of this summer ingredient. We are hoping we can still score some of these stunning blossoms today at the Farmer’s Market on Memorial Blvd!

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