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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August 29, 2014

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it’s back to school this week with new schedules, snacks and systems.  so far it hasn’t been too much of a shock to our systems, but more of a welcome re-arrangement.  the little ones are going to a new pre-school and are loving it. and, la la entered middle school.  this is probably more of an adjustment for me because i’m totally weireded out thinking about her being in jr. high (besides, the girls is like an inch away from being taller than me!), and not just any jr. high, my old school.  she has one of my old teachers and another teacher that was a classmate and good friend of mine.  life is strange and sometimes strangely the same.  we covered books with brown paper bags, which i almost remembered how to do.  i found a bit of comfort in the cutting and wrapping after trying to wrap my mind around 6th graders using a homework “facebook like” interface.  i’m all for being very modern, social media savvy, and not in the dark ages digitally, myself.  but, when it comes to my littles i cling to things like cursive, paperbooks, inky pens, imagination and a little bit of old fashioned wondering.

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after i dropped my kids off on the first day, i blared “can’t touch this,” by m.c. hammer…danced around my house and scream sang “yo, ring the bell, schools in sucker!”  i admit i googled the lyrics to make sure i had them just right and to my surprise, i’ve been singing the song wrong for 24 years.  there was no metrolyrics to check in technicolored 1990 (and yes, i wikipedia’d to get my year right – see what i mean?  because if the year was 1995, it would have probably been ok to just assume “can’t touch this” was 1991).   while i appreciate information at my fingertips, i’ll take imagination and working out the words as i go, any day.

so while school is back in session and full of silver square apples these days, rather then the sweet red variety, don’t forget to imagine and work some things out as you go….preferably in print.

happy labor day weekend, friends.  i just now realized it was labor day weekend and my anniversary this weekend.  no plans or arrangements so nothing or anything could happen.  do you have plans or any labor day traditions?

FEW OF MY FAVES  THIS WEEK +

01 /  eden jo’s new room is as sweet as her name.

02 / i’m still liking my shorter hair, but needing a little variety.  this might do the trick.  plus it brings me back to wanting to do my hair like meg ryan in sleepless in seattle.

03 /  what’s your fave app?  these are 5 must have for creatives.  my current fave is still voxer.

04 /  a few tips on networking for introverts.  some good thoughts for those who don’t like networking, but do love mtg. new people + making connections.

05 /  avocado cilantro hummus.  yes!

06 /  some bloggy podcasts i’d love to listen to this weekend.

07 / someday i’d like to see a scandinavian summer + stay in a cottage like this.

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August 8, 2014

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how as your week been, lovelies?

i’ve been counting on august to be more relaxed and playful.  as many days by the pool as possible, fun outings, and book reading on the porch, in a hammock, or floating about in the pool.  although, there is that garage sale i’m supposed to have and that most annoying back to school shopping that i suppose there is no getting out of.  while my plan is a detailed one, it never seems to work out in that resting playing kind of way. responsibility always trumps rest and play for me (wouldn’t you know that responsibility was another result from my strength finders mentoring?  while it helps me to get things done it can be a bugger).   do you ever feel this way?

while i haven’t checked sitting by the pool off my list this week, i have spent time with friends.  i’ve had the gift of having one of my dearest friends home all summer.  but, it was goodbye this week as she is traveling back to her current home in cape town.  i hate goodbyes…or see you laters.  but, the bitter was met with some sweet when 2 other best kind of friends returned from a long trip and we were able to catch up and talk life.  as someone who can be a bit of a loner, lately, i’m finding how important close friends are.  and by close, i don’t mean proximity (some of my bestests live an ocean away.  thank god for voxer – my fave app).  i mean close as in you can skip the chit chat and talk about your cares, their cares and remind each other how much much god cares so individually for us.  treasure.

so, this weekend i’m wearing thankfulness, and treasuring time.  time with friends.  time with my little ones.  moments i manage to rest. rest that leaves room for responsibility (it takes a rested person to conquer many mountains of laundry).

happy weekend, lovelies!

p.s. this photo is from our quick trip to colorado.  mountains are always strength to me.

and, don’t forget to enter the chairish giveaway!

FEW OF MY FAVES  THIS WEEK +

01 / i want to re-create my family photos like this.  funnest idea ever!

02 /  a new take on inspiration boards using a net.

03 / biking in a skirt.  heck yeah!

04 /  i’m already running through how morning routines will work again.  this is a great idea!

05 /  blogging will not die because it was never truly alive.  woah!  she has it right, so keep writing bloggers!

06 /  if you like reading e-magazines, then you need to read this (you’ll thank me!).

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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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