June 27, 2014

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summer is not proving to be as restful as i had hoped.  anyone else?  kids sleeping in a bit and sneaking in some time to read, study and have some quiet time in the morning is glorious, but after that it is straight up crazytown.  and, it seems our schedule feels that way too.  it’s interesting because i’m learning a lot about rest from a spiritual persecutive, but it seems like things are getting busier in the everyday kind of way.  i’m really trying to process it all.  i suppose i’m trying to come to a conclusion or three or two.  yet, i’m learning that conclusions don’t always equal change.  so maybe i shouldn’t be entirely focued on them, anyways.

what i am trying to focus on is living in moments.  if you follow me on instagram you may have seen  my post on living in the moments.   i’m tyring to focus my eyes and open my heart to the beauty that is only in this particular time – never to be repeated the same way twice.  if we plan to live in our moments than it is not a conclusion or even a decision to do so, it is a practice.  when we live outside of the moment, we are just trading today’s strength (needed for today) for tomorrow’s possible problems and eventualities.  

i’m practicing.  because, probably like many of you, i’m a crazy multi tasker who can’t turn her brain off.  i practice.  i fail.  i practice again.  that is why i’m calling it practicing.  not even a try.

i’m taking a few weeks off to practice this practice of living in the moments.  we have two trips coming up and i want to enjoy them, fully.  and, i have 3 pretty big projects in july that require a lot of attention to detail.  i’ll pop in and post when i can and i’m certain i’ll have so many things i’ll want to share because usually when i’m not looking for inspiration, that is when i find it – always.

but, lets stay in touch and keep our conversations going on instagram, twitter and pinterest!

i want to leave you with these links, because wouldn’t you know that as i’ve been mulling on this moment by moment way, there were quite a few posts, jus in the last week, that found me…and i think they are still finding others – like some of you….. i think you’ll enjoy them, find yourself in them, and think yourself through them.   if you are trying to juggle it all, multi-task everything, trying hard to focus, carrying a heavy load today and worrying about tomorrow, then these will do you good.

01 / erin’s letter to her daughter on balance and “that kind of moms.”

02 / anne’s wise words on how to focus in an age of distraction.

03 / the everygirl on embracing rest in a culture of busy.

04 / clementine daily’s practical pointers on how to stop multitasking (and why we should).

05 / lean in, recline, or just stand tall and forget about who cares how many hours beyonce has in a day (ha).

go forth and rest lovelies.  give yourself permission to take a break.  to not do it all…and enjoy what it is your are doing…moment by moment.

xx

June 26, 2014

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let’s talk books.  it’s been awhile (last post here).  i’ve always got a book or two or four going, so i thought it would be a good time to catch up.  and after all, summer is the best for reading.  don’t you think?  while i’m sharing what i’ve read recently / am reading.  i’d love to hear what you’ve been reading and whats on your list.

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June 25, 2014

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last year i bought an old wardrobe (before here) in hopes of turning it into a stand alone pantry.  our kitchen is generous in size, but lacks a pantry.  when my parents re-designed the kitchen (remember, i live in my childhood home) they did so with empty nesters in mind.  thus, no pantry at all, just a lot of cabinet space.  since my family is on the big size, with 4 growing kids, our food supply seems to be growing weekly and my cabinets just couldn’t contain it.

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basically, after finding old beauty at an antique store, all i did was paint her white and add shelves (keep reading for that bit).  anyhow, wardrobes are always enchanting to me.  i still think they may hold other worlds just beyond them.  i was told this particular piece came from england, so i’m pretty sure of it.

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i’m not the best painter, because i’m far too impatient.  i didn’t realize that layers and layers of paint would make it hard for the pantry doors to shut.  it did.  and, when i kept trying to (shove them shut, paint kept scraping off.  although i wasn’t going for a distressed look, i always go for a lived in look, so i took the scrapes with a smile.  imperfection is far more interesting than perfect.  yes?  isn’t the planter, cute (click here for the how to)?

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click thru for more details on the shelving + inside of the pantry :

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June 24, 2014

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sticks under shelves in the kitchen.

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summer in sunnies.  and, aren’t these the most perfect pair?

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almond joy smoothies.  there is no way around not trying this, for me.

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possibility.  risk and change freak me out, but staying the same does even more.

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a hammock for kitty.

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what are you loving this week?

June 20, 2014

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happy friday, lovelies.  this week has been all kinds of busy.  but, in the midst of it all, my sister has been home visiting and that was a treat.  i’m spending time with her today and then ready to welcome the weekend!  AND…i just got my iPad back, which makes me major happy.  i left it on a plane a few weeks ago when i traveled to new york and thought i was gone for good.  a really good person found it and contacted me (i did happen to hit erase on “find my iphone” app.  i haven’t connected to the internet so it hasn’t erased, but i don’t think there is a way to undo that action.  does anyone know?).  my hope in the goodness of people just went up a few points.  i also just finished a book which was nice, but now i can’t wait to start a new one.  i always feel a little sad when i finish a good book.  i’ll share more on books, next week.  send suggestions, if you have any.

how was your week?

speaking of reading…. here are a few links for your weekend reading! xo . t

FEW OF MY FAVES  THIS WEEK +

01 / an ice cream sandwich cake.  why didn’t i think of this?

02 /  this office update has me wanting to get to work.

03 /  are you pronouncing food words wrong.  i do?

04 /  anyone else suffer through summer with keratosis pilaris?  a few tips to a smoother summer.

05 / i love spying in other peoples bags (ok, and grocery carts too), don’t you?

06 / we are going to give this chore app a try.  have you used any? fill me in.

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