October 31, 2014

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happy halloween and how was your week?  i hope it has been a lovely one wherever you are.  here the leaves are still gorgeous and the air went from indian summer on monday to windy winter like today.  maybe just maybe i might drive the littles from house to house to trick or treat.  it feels that cold.  and, i have been feeling pretty ill all week.  i’ve tried to take it easy and rest as much as possible, which i always have a hard time doing, but i made myself and think i am starting to feel a bit better today (thank, god!).  yesterday, i spent most of the day in the basement, letting the little ones play while i watched a mix of cartoons, with them, and then death comes to pemberly while they were sleeping.  have you watched it?  i’m a huge austen fan so i thought it would be worth watching.  i also started reading outlander, but i’m not quite sure about it yet.  should i keep reading?  tell me what you’ve been watching and reading lately.  i always love to know.

i have some really great reads and links to share this week that i hope you love as much as i did.  but, first this article on halloween for kids in the 70′s (same for 80′s kids too) vs. halloween for kids today is a must.  while, i love healthy everything i think i love the easy breeziness of days gone by a bit more.  what about you?

happy weekend and happy halloween.  can’t wait to catch up next week!

ps- if you need a last minute costume,  i still love the idea of tying some antlers on with ribbon!

p.s. don’t forget to enter to win the kiwi crate giveaway.  a 3 month subscription that makes crafting easy!

FEW OF MY FAVES  THIS WEEK +

01 / you don’t have to be a selfless mother to be a good one.  agree?

02 /  loving this floral + marble desktop download.

03 / did you know that listening to music while working increases your efficiency?

04 / you learn by falling.  such a great read.

05 /  i’ve never thought of leather folders, but i think i need to make one.

06 / easiest full lash mascara trick ever.  i’m giving it try next time i apply.

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October 17, 2014

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happy friday, lovelies.  it’s been a moody fall kind of week here.  i couldn’t stop snapping photos of the foggy, rainy, leaf falling days.  i lived off the long weekend which we enjoyed so much.  it was  super slow and filled with watching movies at home, taking a family bike ride to dinner at a local mexican joint, and going to see Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – which was so cute.  and, here we are at another weekend.  i love long weekends, when the kids stay home on mondays, but then i find tuesdays to feel like an angry monday.  you know?

this weekend promises to be a good one.  i hope yours is restful, adventurous and all kinds of lovely.

FEW OF MY FAVES  THIS WEEK +

01 / i shared some advice on jealousy over here.

02 / love learning about other’s beauty routines, don’t you?

03 / a how to on headscarves.

04 / it’s been forever since i’ve had a manicure…hopefully it won’t be long after seeing this inspiration.

05 /  this diy utensil rack looks very doable, and darling.

06 / i keep thinking about this sandwich.  seriously.

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September 26, 2014

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happy friday, lovelies.  what a week it has been.  i ran the 1/2 marathon (i’ll share a bit on that on monday) which was scary and exhilarating, my home and a behind the blogger series was featured on style me pretty, and next week i’ll be revealing rocco’s newly updated room (not yet seen).  however, away from the shiny screen, i’ve been dragging around in dodgy sweat pants with very soar feet and crabby children.  i should find the dichotomy humorous, but it usually just feels a little frustrating like you are living in some sort of strange middle place.  but, maybe that is just life?  you’ve just finished this or left that and you are on your way to here and slowly there.  what is here now is the weekend and i’m grateful for that.  at least a short blur of space time to enjoy the here and now.  a freeze frame to forget yesterday and to not think about tomorrow.  the leaves are changing here and the sun is warm and the air smells like life.   i’m hoping for a bike ride with my near and dear, a movie on the sofa, and just lingering over coffee in the morning.

what are you hoping for this weekend?  has fall arrived where you live?

these are my most fave photos from the style me pretty feature….because while my house is pretty and has fun elements…it’s these people that truly decorate it.  climbing indoor swings, racing down the halls, jumping on beds and eating frozen waffles frozen.  they are the beauty, the fun, and yes, sometimes the mess.  they are home.  we are loud, we are wild, we are quiet, we are emotional, we are fun, we are serious, we are crazy.  we need grace.  we give grace.  love lives among us and in us.  perfect love within the imperfect.

there are two mantras on our walls that sum it up well.  the first on the wall in our family room / kitchen area (which wasn’t photographed) is a print that says, ‘ IN THE MADNESS THERE IS LOVE.’

the second, i wrote for our entry way:

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thank you yazy jo for taking such beautiful photos (if you are in the chicago area and looking for a wedding photographer, yazy does amazing work!) and thank you style me pretty for featuring me as a blogger and my home.

happy weekend, friends!

FEW OF MY FAVES  THIS WEEK +

01 / one of my fave bloggers + friends was featured in the New York Times in an article penned “When Blogging Becomes a Slog.”  did you read it?  thoughts?

02 / hands up if you used to eat hot pockets.  love the idea of healthier home made ones like these.

03 / have you ever considered a DIY platform bed for your little ones? loving these ikea hacks.

04 / it’s that time of year when oh happy day shares the coolest costumes on the block.  love this one.

05 /  gosh, i still need to learn how to braid better because these looks are super something i’d like to try.

06 / how to feel confident in 2 minutes.  this is simple, fascinating and worth trying.

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September 19, 2014

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happy friday friends!  i hope this friday fairs well for you.  this has been quite the busy week for me, finishing up rocco’s room (and filming), wrapping up my home tour for style me pretty (coming next week!), other collaborations i’m working on …… and, tomorrow is my 1/2 marathon race.  all of this and mothering my 4 littles lovelies hasn’t left me much extra time.

i wish i had my regular links, but i needed a little time this morning to just write for myself.  it’s my best way for centering.  what is your best way to center and feel more like yourself?

amazingly, running has become a close second after writing.  i never thought i’d enjoy running – like never ever in a million hundred thousand years- but i do.  i’ll be glad to be done with the super long distances, but 3-4 miles, i have really come to enjoy (not sure i’ll feel the same way on treadmill, though).  it really clears out and quiets my busy mind and makes room for thoughts i need to think and words i need to work out.  i’ve learned so much from running.  things that have absolutely nothing to do with running and absolutely everything to do with life.

i’m super excited about tomorrow and nervous.  i run by myself most of the time, and running in mass of people seems like it might overwhelm me.  and,  i wasn’t able to run long distances for last 10 days (only shorter stints) because the last time i did my toes were in such pain that it took a week to recover.  i’m certain my time will not be great (the further i run, the slower i go, but it allows me to go the distance), i’ll probably have to walk a bit, my feet will be torn up afterwards, but the thought that i can do this is pretty amazing.  and, i’ve found a why.  so there is no stopping me.  i have a purpose in my little heart as to why i’m running and finding that has been motivation.  purpose always precedes the path.

wish me luck.  i’m wishing you all a wonderful weekend.  and, hoping you find some rest.

and, how amazing is this quote (above)? it’s random for this post, but it totally spoke to me, and so i thought it might speak to you too.  it makes me want to be able to string words together so beautifully….and, to get to the ocean soon.  very soon.

happy weekend!

ps- don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

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September 5, 2014

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happy friday.

so i saw this over on the jealous curator’s insta (do you read her blog? i get lost in all the art, like this), and had to re-post it myself.  it’s actually a t-shirt (you can get it here).  i know some of you are going to want this.  i do.  i love a good unicorn.  because who doesn’t love a magical horse.  i like to use them in rooms i design (it’s like my where’s waldo) and i way freaked out when i saw one outside my hotel in london this spring.  and, then freaked even more when i learned it is part of the british coat of arms.

well, besides talk of unicorns i’m a little low on words, but high on links this week.  some weeks it’s just the opposite.

don’t forget the discount w/ lulu + georgia if you are doing a little shopping!

see you next week!

xo . t

FEW OF MY FAVES  THIS WEEK +

01 / this, “lets make fun of anthropologie furniture” post is so hilarious.  i still love you anthro!

02 / so maybe i might be putting dry shampoo on my eyebrows this weekend.

03 /  small spaces are sometimes the sweetest.

04 /  more app obsessions (i always love to see what others love).

05 /  i’ve been wanting a iron skillet, + this skillet pizza recipe is going to make me bite the bullet.

06 / office envy.

07 / confession, i can’t stop singing this.  confession #2 i want the gold get up.

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