July 31, 2014- Do Beautiful Things
June 20-2014- Let’s Go To the Beach
Summertime is here! Salt in the air and sand in my hair, nothing is better! Here’s my Summer 2014 inspiration board!
December 12, 2013– 10 Sweet Little Winter Moments
Winter is here. The season of natural stillness. Whether we like it or not, we are a part of the season, both inside, and out. During this time of the year we often find ourselves busier & more stressed than ever. There is a tightness in our chest. With the holidays, and visiting family, and a grandpa who won’t stop calling you by your sister’s name, it might seem as though life is rushing by.
But for the sake of your body, your mind, and your spirit, you must slow down. You must find sweetness in all the frozen moments.
And so, the fourth part in my 10 Sweet Little Moments series will be about the winter, in hopes that you will turn each icicle and mug of cocoa into a reason to meditate.
In the morning, when the windows are all fogged from the breath of sleep and the day has yet to unfold from the sky, pull a pair of wool socks over your toes. Do this slowly – there’s no need to rush – and feel each unroll of the soft fabric as a warm embrace on your ankle, your calf, and maybe even up to the slope of your knee. Tuck your legs to your chest and smile.
Try to feel the outside from within. In the winter, it seems that all the smells and sounds of the world have been frozen and captured in ice breath and sharp air. Each inhale sits heavy in your ribs. Before you wipe the layer of grey from the window and cup your hands to see outside, try to taste the air and guess what the weather will be like. Imagine the light of day before you see it.
When the morning has ripened and the frozen sun is out to thaw the ground, go for a walk. Bundle up, layer yourself in cardigans and jackets and scarves, pull on your boots, and hide your hands in your pockets. Just because it’s chilly out doesn’t mean that you must enjoy the day from only inside. You don’t need to be out long. Just enough to bring life back into your winter bones. Look up at the undressed trees, branches woven like a basket in the sky, and take comfort in the fact that the leaves will return. Like all things lost, they will one day be back, slightly different, and yet the same.
If you have the wonderful privilege of living where it snows, reconnect with your inner child and catch a snowflake on your tongue. What a shame it would be if an entire white winter passed by without you craning your face upwards, squinting your eyes, and tasting a bit of the fallen heavens!
When you return from your walk, pause for a breath with your fingers on the doorknob. Notice the tightness of your skin; the flush in your cheeks; the numbness in the tip of your nose. Breathe in. Then, open the door. Allow yourself to melt. Feel cradled by the warmth and comforted at your very center.
Make hot chocolate on the stovetop – the old fashioned way. Watch the milk come to a simmer and stir the bubbles away with a wooden spoon. Expand into the stillness of the moment and feel the present settle into your ribs. Right now, this hot chocolate is the only thing that matters. Rest in the breath before your first sip, and smile.
From within, watch as winter drops in frozen pieces from the sky. Spend time watching. Allow the day to slow – reassure yourself that you have nowhere to be. Nothing to do, but this. Marvel at both the good weather, and the bad. For even in the most violent of winter storms, through the world is wind whipped and ice covered, there is beauty to be found.
Pull the blankets from the hall closet and cozy yourself under all of them. Whether alone, or with a friend, toes tangled and body heat swelling to fill all the empty spaces between wool and flannel layers. Spend the day like this. Under the covers, doing nothing. There is no shame in hibernating, I promise.
Fill your home with good smells, and warm colors. Light incense and let the smoke curl around the room. Let candles burn through the day, hang wreathes on the walls and string lights from corner to corner. Mull cider, brew tea, bake cakes and pies and things with spices that simmer in your nose and linger on the tongue.
In the winter, it is important that you take comfort in your tribe. This is the season of community. When we all come together in celebration and remembrance of a year nearly passed. I challenge you to release all expectations. Set free the thought of gifts and plans gone right, and elaborate preparations for elaborate gatherings. For a while, simply enjoy the warmth of a full room. Find sweetness in the smiles shared, the hands held, the wine glasses clinked and cocoa served. Be here, in this beautifully thawing moment, and rest in the stillness of the season.
July 7, 2013– Fine Finds!
June 23, 2013– Feather Fever!
I’m totally in love with any DIY project but this is an awesome way to spruce up any gift wrap! So easy and yet so unique!
April 18, 2013– Shine on…
April 12, 2013– Funny Friday!
Happy Friday everyone! Here’s a little somethin’ to kick off your weekend right!
March 12, 2013- Creative Gift Wrapping
Spring is rolling around the corner and with that comes spring time events, weddings, birthdays, and other gift giving soirées! I know I love nothing more then giving someone a gift that really makes an impact and creates an impression from the moment they see it! Get creative with your gift wrapping! I try and find old papers from around my home that I can recycle and objects that can add a little bit of prettiness.
Most stuff you can find around the home! Old calendars (like in the photo), magazine cut outs, vintage papers, maps, etc, are always awesome options for gift wraps. Top it off with some string, ribbon, flowers, or what I especially love (as seen in the photo) feathers!
Old brown parcel paper is another great alternative. What I love about this wrapping is it doubles as the card! You can write right on the package a special message, and to and from! Grab some ink stamps and get creative with your message!
January 19, 2013- Remember lovelies….
January 16, 2013- Wisdom Wednesday Y’all!
January 13, 2013- Mood Board: January
Thinking forward to Spring, my January mood board is all about being free, a fresh start, fresh flowers, and a fresh perspective! Let the inspiration flow!
“A symbol of new beginnings and a burst of joy out of the cold winter months, holding the promise of the coming spring”
January 8, 2012– Everyone Needs To Be Free
December 28, 2012- How To Beat A Winter Cold
If you’re anything like me, during the winter months you are almost guaranteed to catch a nasty winter cold, lucky for me its usually around Christmas time (lame!). Since it’s become a pretty common occurrence, and I’m currently struggling with it, I’ve decided to figure out how to not let this bug ruin my holiday season, or anytime of year for that matter! It’s a horrible feeling when you start to feel all congested, your throat becomes all scratchy and thick, then the sneezes start and boom! You’re laying in bed with a heavy head not being able to enjoy the holiday. Having done countless research on the internet this is what I’ve come up with, and believe it or not I got most of my tips from my favourite brand Free People‘s blog (who says fashion cant cure the world?!)
Try these tricks from Free People with a few added by yours truely!
Vitamin C– pump up the VC! Orange juice is a great way to fight a cold, so keep the liquids flowing baby!
Vitamin D – Cold season is most popular during the months when there’s little sunlight, by taking vitamin D3 you will decrease your chances of a cold.
Garlic – I know it’s really stinky but, this traditional home remedy can help ward off a cold thanks to it’s antiviral abilities. If you don’t like the taste of it on it’s own, try cooking with it as much as possible.
Sleep – If you feel a cold coming, the best thing to do is sleep it out as this will boost your immune system (this is something I know i’ve been lacking especially during the holiday season but its important!
Zinc – Always have some zinc lozenges on you, ready for when the first signs kick in. They can lessen the duration.
Drink Water – This will help cleanse your nasal passages and wash away bacteria.
No Dairy – If you are congested stay away from dairy. Dairy products help to promote mucus and it will become much thicker.
December 6, 2012– What Matters!
December 5, 2012– Just for you my sweets! Happy Wednesday!
November 28, 2012– Wisdom Wednesday!
November 22, 2012
It’s that time of year again!! Its time to put up those Christmas lights! Had some fun today helping out my daddo with the lights, even Missy helped out! Froze my buns off though, thank goodness for Starbucks Mint Hot Chocolate! Yummmmmmmy and warm!!
November 21, 2012
Just got this cool baby in the mail! Check out society6 for the most amazing iPhone cases! They offer their art work in canvas, framed prints, shirts, hoodies, etc! What’s even better….they’re offering FREE SHIPPING until Monday (November 26, 2012) HAPPY SHOPPING!
November 21, 2012
A little inspiration to get you through hump day!