Archives for November 2012

i love new york

I just adore this print. It’s made by Tiffany Pelczar. And what’s even more beautiful about this print? All proceeds go to the American Red Cross and Salvation Army.



There are so many businesses online. So many creative ideas, projects, initiatives, missions. They are popping up all over the place and they are inspiring and motivating. But they can also be overwhelming. They can make you feel inferior or like a failure because you haven’t built your own successful business, because you don’t have that “million dollar idea.” But the truth is, just trying to reach your dreams is the definition of success. Taking that step, putting yourself out there, making a leap into the unknown is the sign of courage. Try everything. Be curious. Discover your passion.

β€œIt is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” – Ursula LeGuin


“It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.” ~Zig Zigler

I’m very inspired by Elisa Blaha‘s Mile-A-Day Challenge. The basic idea is that every day, from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day, you will walk or run at least a mile a day. I technically started the day before Thanksgiving and have logged three miles a day of walking. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. I haven’t gone for my walk today but I’m looking forward to it. Giving yourself a timeline with requirements that must be met can be sort of liberating. It is something that I can put on my to-do list that will actually bring me healthy benefits (and emotional, as well). I’m also working on another project that I’m looking forward to sharing with you in the very near future! It is one of those “ideas” that just brings forth a surge of excitement and enthusiasm. Can’t wait to talk about it more!


Loving Fall

I am a sucker for a New England fall. The dramatic drop in temperature. The vibrant colors that light up the trees. The crackle of fallen leaves. The cold fingers and toes at night as you snuggle deeper under your covers. It makes me feel brilliantly alive. It’s days like this that make me thankful to live where I do. Yes, when the long, hard winter months start hanging heavily over my head, I do wish for the summer skies of California. I long to feel the warm sun radiating on my body and I sense a definite change in the moods of those around me. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a real thing and I can tell you it makes an appearance every February/March without fail. But for now, the chill is delightful. It hints at holidays and time with our family. The winter chill means hot apple cider on the stove, a fire in the fireplace and cozy clothing (with elastic waists!). I am going to really try and hold onto this winter cheer for as long as humanly possible. I will try to see the beauty in everything it brings and really try not to complain too much around January, February and March. (But I can’t make any promises).


Around Here…

The holidays are fast approaching so that means the temperature is dropping…rapidly. I have become a bit of a fire fiend. I love the smell, the crackle of the logs, and the warmth a fire provides. It is soothing and comforting, it’s like coming home. Nothing makes me think of home more than the holidays. I’m really excited to spend Thanksgiving with the people I love, who mean the world to me. So my week has been spent decorating for Thanksgiving and prepping my baking skills. I’ve also been taking long walks, enjoying this brilliant fall in New England, watching the last of the leaves fall from the trees. Super Storm Sandy forced the leaves off the trees a little earlier than expected but it’s beautiful nonetheless. I’ve also been doing lots of fall cleaning and have found a great little trick. Leave a big, canvas bag in a central spot and throughout the day, as I find things that need to be put away or brought back to their home, I drop it in the bag. Instead of having clutter everywhere, I have a bag-o-stuff that I can carry around while I return things to where they belong. It works great! Plus, the bag looks cute in my hallway.

My Project Life

I could literally go on for hours about how much I love Project Life by Becky Higgins. I’ve never been a “scrapbooker.” Yes, I’m crafty. Yes, I love documenting my life, preserving my memories, reflecting on the journey I’ve been on. But layouts and color coordinating papers and stickers just never worked really well for me in my busy life. Project Life is something that I have found to be so valuable because it is so easy and intuitive. It is just structured enough to help you stay organized but still gives you the freedom to make it whatever you want. I love that it’s something that allows me to document my everyday life but also highlight the really important moments (my niece’s 10th birthday, holidays, weddings). I’ve also been able to tastefully document the not-so-bright moments in my life. It gives me a way to remember them and reflect on them in my own way. We are all on a journey and looking back over where we’ve been helps us see where we are going.


Here are a few of my favorite Project Lifers

Elise Blaha

Ali Edwards

Amy Tangerine

Project Life

I love Project Life!

Holiday Party Planning

Yes, I know Halloween was last week and Thanksgiving has yet to come, but I’m already planning my sister’s Holiday Party. Yes, it happens to be a party she has yet to say she’s having and she may discover she is having this party by reading this blog. But still, better to be prepared, right?

So I’m already falling in love with all of the sparkly, brilliant ideas I’m finding on Pinterest.

I can’t wait for this party {obviously} and I think it will be fun to spend the next two months planning. Although, maybe I should work on my Thanksgiving table first? Oh well. So much to do, so little time.

Happy Holidays!

via Amy Atlas

via Amy Atlas

via pinterest

via Pinterest

via Pinterest

I promise next time I will talk about Thanksgiving and I feel badly for not giving any love to Halloween. So in closing, I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween filled with sweet treats and spooky times!