Archives for January 2011

Self Magazine!

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Check out me (and my family) in the February issue of Self Magazine. I will be posting much more on the article and the subject matter (which is near and dear to my heart) but will say this, it is about how your mother’s relationship with her body impacts your relationship.


Ahava Dermud Intensive Nourishing Hand Cream


I love BIRCHBOX! It’s a beauty product subscription service, every month, for a small subscription fee, you will be sent a box of at least 5-6 samples. These are not mini samples, they are significant sized samples of really popular products.  Miss Glamorazzi brought this company to my attention and I signed up for it last month. Two Birchboxes later and am IN LOVE with it! This month, one of the samples is a bottle of Ahava Dermud Intensive Nourishing Hand Cream, 4.2 fl oz! It is the first product from the bunch that I have tested out and I love it! It smells great. It’s not too greasy and it really moisturizes your hands. My biggest pet peeve is putting on hand lotion and then feeling like you are being held captive, you don’t want to touch anything for fear that you will get lotion on it. This product does not do that, it absorbs instantly but still moisturizes intensely! Highly, highly recommend this one!

Save the Date Coasters



I love this idea for Save the Date coasters found here!

{via Oh So Beautiful Paper}



After spending a good portion of the snow day yesterday trying to help my niece build a snow man, I now have a solution should we get walloped with another blizzard…THE MINI SNOWMAN! I found these on Martha Stewart’s THE CRAFTS DEPARTMENT blog.

The Pioneer Woman


I have a new blogger crush and her name is Ree Drummond, more popularly known as The Pioneer Woman. I have heard, on many separate occasions, about The Pioneer Woman and how she was a woman who lived on a cattle ranch and blogged about it. I didn’t pay close enough attention because I immediately felt that I would never be able to relate to someone who lives on a ranch. I am more of a water and ocean kind of girl, not a land and animal one. The blogs I tend to read are people whose lives resemble my own, not those who live in worlds I can barely imagine inhabiting.

All I can say is that I was blind and now I can SEE! Reading Ree’s blog is like taking a trip to a place you never expected to go and realizing how when you get down to brass tacks (isn’t that a very cowboy-ish thing to say? See! I’m changed already!), we are all more similar than we originally believed. Reading her blog and looking at her stunning pictures is inspiring and uplifting. It gives me a whole new perspective on life, on our experiences (both shared and uniquely our own) and on the overall objective when it comes to blogging. The Pioneer Woman represents what a great blog should be, a reflection on our own corners of the world, the place we inhabit and why it is special, unique, inspiring, funny, sad, real, honest and true. She is also a woman who doesn’t claim to be an expert at anything (writing, food, photography) but follows her passions and learns as she goes. A woman who started to cook to feed her family has now written a cookbook. A woman who started journaling her life as a way to show people what life on the ranch can be like now has a memoir coming out. A woman who took pictures for fun now has thousands of gorgeous images and is teaching other people how to capture their own lives. A woman who started off with one reader and a teeny tiny space on the internet is now one of the top bloggers with hundreds of thousands of visitors to her site daily. Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, is one cool chick. …and I’m kind of in love with her boots!  I might need to get myself a pair of these.


Restoration Inspiration



I am so inspired by this restoration project that I found on 508! I love their use of wallpaper on furniture to give it a completely new look…and a simple white distressed paint job gives these pieces a brightening face lift.

Daily Beauty


I saw this on Decor8 and I had to repost. My favorite part is the stack of bowls, I think I recognize those bowls from Anthropologie and am now regretting not buying them when I first saw them.

January Goals


Following in the footsteps of one of my favorite bloggers, Meet Virginia, I’m posting my goals for January.  Here are a few things I would like to accomplish before the end of the month.

  • Read Faraday Girls by Monica McInerney
  • See Black Swan
  • Clean out my closet
  • Make cupcakes from scratch
  • Go to Paper Store
  • Buy flowers for bedroom
  • Celebrate Megan’s Birthday
  • Make a handmade card
  • Run at least three times a week
  • Have a night out with friends

What I’m Reading: Alice Munro


The point of storytelling, as Munro practices it, is to rescue the literal facts from banality, from oblivion, and to preserve — to create — some sense of continuity in the hectic ebb and flow of experience. “We can’t resist this rifling around in the past,” she writes in an epilogue, “sifting the untrustworthy evidence, linking stray names and questionable dates and anecdotes together, hanging on to threads, insisting on being joined to dead people and therefore to life.” —New York Times, 12/10/06

Happy Holidays (a few days late) from Daily Moxie

happy holidays

{Courtesy of Eat, Drink, Chic}

Paris in the Springtime


{Courtesy of Just Be Splendid}

Now that I can cross Australia off my list, it’s time to start planning a trip to Paris. Plus, if I can do a 20 hour flight to Australia (Boston to LA, LA to Australia), then a 7 hour flight to Paris is a walk in the park!

Most Anticipated Books of 2011


{Courtesy of The Millions}