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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January 16, 2014

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clearly, i like books.  they might be my favorite thing to shop for.  books and beauty products, probably.  and, when it comes to books i’m a two timer.  i usually have a few books going at a time.  this can be bothersome, at times, but it works for me.  i tend to always have some sort of fiction going along with an inspirational or personal growth book (or should we just say, self help).  with that, i’m also always thumbing through cook books, magazines, and anything designing i can get my hands on.

without a doubt, i still prefer reading an actual book.  long live print – - books, magazines and newspapers.   there is just something magical, and now, seemingly, old fashioned about holding a book, and turning it’s crinkly inky pages.  i love everything about the tactile experience.  i do read on my iPad when i’m traveling, on the treadmill, or if i want to stay up way late and read a book in bed.  i have found that when it comes to personal growth / self help books i always prefer print because i love to underline, write thoughts, and just mark the heck out of it.  for quick easy reading fiction the iPad is great.

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click through to see what i’m reading and have currently read:

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do you want your life to count for something?  to have meaning?  the answer to that is, probably, yes.   i do.  badly.  some days, in the midst of the daily mundane routine, i question how it all adds up.  i know that being a mom is crazy important and carries more purpose than i realize.  but some days i can’t  seem to find the meaning behind the mom.  i know it is there.  somewhere.  because before four kids, and, really, before growing up, it was there.  and through all these in between years, i’ve come to know that meaning goes beyond what we do.  and has much more to do with who we are.

Freefall to Fly, A Breathtaking Journey Towards a Life of Meaning, is a book that i’ve recently read on the topic of meaning.

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and, i’m so excited about this book  because it’s a great one but also because it is written by one of dearest friends, rebekah lyons (you may remember rebekah, and her family, from the land of nod feature a few months back…i helped decorate + style their home).

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but back to the book. … Freefall to Fly is a story.  a journey, to be exact.  it’s rebekah’s personal  journey towards a life of meaning told in a very honest, raw and real way.  a few years back, rebekah and her family packed up the familiar and left for new york city with 3 kids in tow.  as her friend, i remember  basking in her braveness and wanting a piece of it for myself.  but, taking risks and being brave doesn’t always come easy.  in the thick of it there was everything from midtown daydreams to park avenue meltdowns.  and then came a beautiful surrender.

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it was over this past christmas break, when rebekah sent me her manuscript to read. i curled up under the covers and found myself reading into the early morning hours because i just couldn’t seem to put it down.  yes, because it was a story that i wanted to see through until the end but also because i couldn’t help but find myself hidden inside the words and the pages and the pages and the words.  i seemed to be finding bits and pieces of myself that had been missing for some time.  i was found in words like, “facing our fears opens the way forward.”  (the brave piece seems to go missing with me more than i care to admit).  after reading every last word, i’d say i’m a little more found, and gently reminded that i want to be moving forward, even if it scares me.   i’m certainly on this journey towards a life of meaning.

i’m  excited to GIVEAWAY one copy of Freefall to Fly today (CLOSED)
*all you have to do is leave me a comment.  and if you’d like to share, i’d love to know what it is you’d love to do in life, if nothing was holding you back. (giveaway ends 5/16)

also, anyone who subscribes to rebekah’s blog will have a prelude and 1st chapter of Freefall to Fly delivered to their inbox.  you can subscribe here.  And…EVERYONE who purchases Freefall to Fly will receive three awesome gifts An original chalk art print by chalk artist, Dana Tanamachi, a $5 TOMS gift card, and a Freefall to Fly digital soundtrack. (I really did say everyone. Swoon!)

lastly…tonight you can join gabe and rebekah lyons, Q founders,  on launch night (tonight / april 9th at 8PM) for a Live Simulcast from NYC discussing womanhood and calling.

UPDATE : winner #33 rachel!

April 4, 2013

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when i interviewed jessica alba, a few months ago, i asked her about her favorite natural beauty products.  this led to a conversation about her upcoming book, The Honest Life, where she said she would be sharing her favorites, along with many other great things.  of course, it piqued my interest and i knew it was going to be a book i wanted to add to my collection.

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it’s obvsiouly not a a novel, but i found myself staying up late, several nights in a row, reading every sentance.  the tag line of the book is “living naturally and true to you.” yes and yes!  jessica says, “i decided to write this book becuase i was sick of being told that ‘healthy,’ ‘safe,’ and ‘eco’ meant ‘boring,’ ‘beige,’ and blah.’

i assumed there would be chapters on beauty, cleaning products and babies and so forth but i had no idea that the book covered topics such as decor and creating a space that’s cozy, clean and totally you (i loved seeing where jessica likes to shop and learning a bit more about her decor style).  the chapters cover topics such as honest food, honest clean, honest beauty, honest style, honest home, honest baby and honest inspiration.  all bases covered!  each chapter is overflowing with, honest goodness and valuable tips and tricks that are easily implemented.

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March 18, 2013

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it’s snowing again (which, for whatever reason, just makes me want to eat cheeseburgers + fries) and to top it off one of the littles is home sick. this has me thinking of a roaring fire and a good book. which is why i thought i’d pop in and tell you about a design book, i’m really loving called past & present by amy azzarito.

(how pretty are the illustrations?  there are so many great ones in the book, that i’m so inspired by …. i so wish i could draw!).

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you may recognize amy azzarito’s name as she is the managing editor at design sponge.  past & present is a really fun mix of essays and projects.  the book connects the dots between current trends and decorative art history, which is pretty fascinating, if you happen to love design and history, like me.

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i really love the correlation between the past and present and using pieces, in design (whether they are bought or handmade), that tell a story.   and all of these, easy to follow, diy projects have a story behind them which makes them all the more interesting.  also, the really fun part is that many favorite designers contributed these projects.  there are quite a a few that i’d like to try.

you can see more from the book here and you can purchase it here.  and keep an eye for a few more book reviews in the coming weeks.  there are some really great ones, i can’t wait to share with you.

images / Trina McNeilly