Friday, October 17, 2014

Happy Birthday to my sweet baby girl...

My sweet girl is 2 today…going on 13…full of thoughts, opinions, ideas and imagination.  Yesterday, we spent a lovely afternoon baking our special zucchini muffins for today (her favorite).  Elle was such a wonderful helper…she's watched me make them so many times, she jumped right in and put the ingredients together with just a little help from mama.  She was soooo excited about her birthday, we woke up extra early today and started off with a Taylor Swift/Meghan Trainor dance party, followed by opening gifts, enjoying her special birthday muffins and then off on a trip to the local pumpkin patch.  The beginning of a wonderful birthday weekend celebration…

I'm so proud of my little baker!!!

Happy Birthday Baby Girl!  

Thank you for choosing me to be your "mammia!"

I love you endlessly.



Saturday, September 27, 2014

Lovely day...

A very special day celebrating a very special friend…
I had so much fun co-hosting an intimate bridal shower for one of my nearest & dearest.
Cheers to Jeannie & PJ; may you live happily ever after!

the bride...

Sunday, September 7, 2014

"Live each moment completely and the future will take care of itself."

- Paramahansa Yogananda

Reminding myself of this…to be present and trust that everything will be ok, even during our toughest times.

Daily practice...

For 21 days, I participated in an online guided meditation with Deepak Chopra, and it was such a wonderful, centering way to start each day.  In effort to remember some of what I've learned, I thought I'd share here…perhaps you, too, will find some of these mantras helpful if you choose to use them.

Deepak says that contentment is the source of true happiness.  He shared that life requires no struggle, fear or resistance; you only need to be.  And to become enlightened, you stop running all the time and you begin to walk…and once you're walking you slow down and stop.  Once you stop, you see who you really are.  

The journey of meditation is a process of relaxing and letting go (and, for most, it takes a lot of practice, but it is well worth the time).  Below are several Sanskrit Mantras that may help take you there.  Choose one, get comfy (sitting on the floor, your couch, upright in your bed), turn on relaxing music if you'd like, close your eyes, breathe slowly and deeply…and silently repeat the mantra, over and over to yourself and let your mind take you away…even as little as 5 minutes a day can provide significant life-changing benefits.  And remember - it's ok if your mind wanders (it will…), but when you realize it, just bring yourself back to your breath and the mantra.  Be patient with yourself.  I usually have to do this almost a dozen times through my 20-min meditations!

Sanskrit Mantra (in bold):
Rabhasa Hum - I am pure delight (my happiness shines everywhere)
Ravaye Hum - I am the light of radiance (my happiness energizes and inspires me)
Karuna Hum - I am compassion (I radiate sympathy and acceptance)
Seva Hum - I am service (my soul expands when I help others)
Prasada Hum - I am devine grace
Shanti Vira - I radiate devine blessings (I am a calming presence)
Purnamindam - I feel fulfilled (I walk in the light of my fulfillment)

In addition, I've also included (below) two 30 minute guided meditations that I have found very helpful during the last few months, as I've continued to explore the power that it has to help heal us, and open us… (thank you Aunt Mary!)

Asking for Nothing and Receiving Everything

Heal Thyself

I hope you enjoy...

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Happiness is good friends, long beach days, naked sandy babies and casual pizza parties… perfect summer day.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

courtesy of Instragram post by the lovely Krissy Engle @englekrissy

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

…and more...

I found these pics on my iPad, from a few years ago…apparently my style hasn't evolved much since…but I love that, to me, these interiors are still fresh and not dated…could be in today's design mags, if I didn't know better :)

Cozy kitchen & banquette

Old & new again...

the perfect bathroom.  done.

white. dark.  chandelier.  beautiful.

beautiful blue door!!!!

love this even though it's not necessarily what i would do in my house...eclectic & interesting yet simple

love everything…inspiration for home office

More inspiration...

Sweet & happy kitchen - old meets new

Is this for real?!  Amazing laundry room...

Laundry and storage

Monday, August 25, 2014

All dressed up in white...

As I continue to plan for our "someday" house, I've recently become much more active on Pinterest, Houzz, BHG, Coastal Living and Lonny…not to mention numerous design blogs…and one thing is always clear about my style - I LOVE LOVE LOVE white.  White walls.  White sheets.  White couches (crazy with an almost 2-year old but, hey, I still love 'em!).  White kitchens.  White bathrooms.  Fresh, clean, bright, happy white.  All with pops of color to add life and character….especially blue, greens and yellows, to bring in the beach that is so close yet sometimes seems so far, along with a touch of our travels abroad.  

As you can see below, I'm a bit conflicted with styles I love, between an eclectic/layered/relaxed style to a more preppy/traditional look…but I do my best to incorporate a little of both into our living space.  I just go with what I like and hope it all comes together, naturally… :)

Dream kitchen…including banquette for casual, cozy dining...and the huge windows

Someday I will have a blue door.

Love.  Everything.

This is just a fun, happy place…I'd do a different color bar stool but still love

Obsessed with old-meets-new…this cabinet is fab

Looks like the bedroom of someone well-traveled.  Love.

Perfect spot to enjoy some tea and blog… :)