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November 21, 2012

Say, how do you handle the highs and + lows?  Do you ever notice how sometimes they go hand in hand.  I mean one right after the other.  I guess that isn’t such a bad things when the high follows the low but when its the other way around, that is always another story. And then there is all of that glorious time in between that is the everyday.  When you really think about it, though, the everyday is pretty great.  That is where life lives (I guess this has been on my mind a lot lately).

If you follow me on Instagram then you saw I was in New York last week working on special project.  It was a pinch me kind of moment in more ways than one.  A moment where I think I’m not quite sure how all of this happened but I kind of am and who cares, I’m just grateful and going to soak in every single detail that made up those couple of days.  And I did.  I cannot wait to share it all with you in the near future.

I came home with 1 1/2 days until 15 family members would arrive at my house.  Scurried around getting things just so and before they all arrived, the flu did.  The babes, the mister and I got it (Elle + L were sparred).  It was bad.  I’m still not feeling so great, as I type this.  Our family who was almost here (having made a very long drive) turned around and went back as we tried our best to survive and keep the older ones healthy.  Major sad  as we had really fun plans for Thanksgiving and now nothing.  But this is life.  And sometimes you just have to roll with it (I hope you know when I say these sorts of things, I’m saying them to myself….I always do).  And, of course, as always… one day at a time.  When I get too many days ahead,  I get too many problems.  The weight of many days is so much heavier than the weight of one.  But for me it is trying to find the balance of planning ahead while living in today (any tips, lovelies?).

Well, whatever today is for you….embrace it.  I’m going to stay in my pj’s and nap when the kids nap.  I’m going to just embrace not feeling my best.  And when I feel more like me, I’m going to hit the ground running (one day at time) as I have another high just around the corner, but yes, with many everydays in between.

Happy Everyday, lovelies!

Oh, and speaking of New York and such.  While I was there, I happened to catch the commercial for The Land of Nod Toy Shop in Soho (if you live in NYC… you have to go).  I was so excited because Frank and Harvey (my long time friend) made the video.  To get you all in the holiday shopping mood, I thought I’d share it all with you.   It’s so darling.


October 18, 2012

The loveliest lady I know is, no doubt, my Mom.  It’s the truth.  She is beautiful, she is kind, she is compassionate, she is giving (almost to a fault) and she is strong.  She has that quiet inner strength, the kind that often goes un-noticed, and the very kind that I am trying to find in myself, these days.

While I was in New York, I came across this little  Mother ‘s Poem at Shabby Chic and I just couldn’t leave the store without it.  It is exactly how I feel and I just knew it belonged with my Mom.

Mother is a little girl who trod my path before me;
Just a bigger, wiser little girl who ran ahead –
Bigger, wiser, stronger girl who always watches o’er me,
One who knows the pitfalls in the rugged road I tread.

Mother is a playmate who will always treat me kindly –
Playmate who will yield me what true happiness demands.
She will never let my feet stray into brambles blindly –
Mother’s just a bigger little girl who understands.

Mother is an older little playmate who’ll befriend me –
Yesteryear she traveled in the path that’s mine today.
Never need I fear a foe from which she might defend –
Faithful little pal who ran ahead and learned the way.

If one of my little la la’s ever buys something like this for me, one day, than I’ll know I have done an ok job.

I love talking about mothers and daughters.  It is such a fascinating dynamic.  It can all be very good, go bad, and then suddenly be better, than before, all in a matter of a days time.  But, I’m curious, what do you love about your mom (or your relationship with your mom)?  And what qualities of hers do you wish to have in your own life?

images / Shabby Chic


October 5, 2012

Happy Birthday to my first boy, the one who melts my heart with his ocean blues.  You are already that boy who is the magic combination of tough on top and sweeter than candy (yes cotton candy) on the inside.

+  you love to play ball.  football, baseball, basketball….bouncy ball.  i often wonder why you don’t tire of this but you don’t.
+  you love candy a little too much.  i find wrappers crumpled up in the most interesting spots.  could it be all of the sweeties that make you so sweet?
+  you  light up anytime you see a a little baby (+ they always seem to light up when they see you, too) and I’m always assured of that very tender heart that is yours.
+  you are very serious about your hair, which is something to me, because you have the best hair ever (but i do miss your curls).
+  you are a great reader.  its like you didn’t even have to try.
+  your favorite book is nobody notices minerva
 you climb the door frame like spiderman
+  you ask to go to rm every night (which is code for red mango)
+  your favorite thing to wear is sports clothes, as in basketball shorts and t-shirts (grab your books, because you’re about to get schooled).
+  you like to wear your wallet chained to your pants
+  you have the best kind of laugh, the unstoppable giggle kind.
+  you are such a cuddle bear and love to cuddle more than when you were a babe.
+  you have a kindness about you that comes quite naturally
+  you love to watch super hero movies with your dad.
+  you are strong.  like muscle strong.
+  you would probably eat candy for breakfast, lunch and dinner if i let you.

Lukee, you light up my days when they are dark.  Your eyes, your smile, and your heart are a thousand rays chasing the clouds away.  It is no surprise that your name means light and illumination.   You do just that…illuminate our lives and light up our days.  I thank God for you.  You are my darling boy!

September 18, 2012

Do you ever just pretend?  You know, like you are somebody else or at least just living somewhere else.  I do, but it shouldn’t be any surprise as my imagination tends to be on the overactive side (in good and bad ways).  Usually, it’s when I’m reading a book or watching a movie, I get a little lost in the character, the set, the plot and find myself right there in the middle of it all.

This past weekend while we were in New York celebrating our anniversary and visiting dear friends, I did just that.  I imagined, envisioned, and made mental pictures of myself living in a big city.  And of course, not just myself but my lovely (not so) little brood.  Could we do it?  Would we survive?  What would life look like?  I took in so many details, as I always like to do. My eyes scanning and searching the layers beyond the surface.  This time it wasn’t just the buildings, the fashion, the food, and the palpable creative drive that seems to permiate the air.  This time, I watched families, children, everyday life, the coming, the going and those unnoticed in between moments that are often unseen and overlooked or deemed unimportant.  I found those moments to be the telling ones.

I  can’t say I have come to a conclusion on whether or not I could or could not do it.  And I suppose, a conclusion is not really necessary, as all of this thinking and imagining is theortical.  But, I like to know what I’m capable of and if I had to or even wanted to, would I survive?  Yes, is the answer to that, but would we thrive and be able to take on a such a foreign way of living?

These kinds of trips, which are usually meant for fun, always end up meaning so much more.  There is a deeper meaning to everything, at least always in my mind.  I’m grateful for the thoughts, the conversations, the learning, and the possibilities.

As for what we did, it kind of went like this….Thursday night I stopped by the Rue Turns Two party.  Then we hopped on over to an event for Q Ideas which was held in Tom’s NYC showroom (which was beyond cool).  I loved meeting new like minded friends that are brilliant in the industries they work in.

After that, we had a great time with our friends and pretty much shopped and ate our way through New York.  And although, I now probably need to exercise for a week straight…I wouldn’t have done it any other way.

Here is a list of places we went, which I would, without a doubt, recommend:

Hudson Clearwater – this place is like a secret garden.  it seriously took us awhile to even find the entrance.  so good and such a great atmosphere.

Magnolia Bakery – it had to be done.  and yes, it is a good as they say.

Co. –  for pizza.  probably the best pizza crust i’ve ever had.

Shake Shack – i could have eaten this every day.  and i’ve been thinking about it every day since.

Le Pain Quotidien – bread. croissants. tartines.  perfect for a quick bite.

Sarahbeth’s – lovely for breakfast and known for their jams.

Our last night we saw the Broadway show, Once.  The music was insane and the story is the kind that sticks with you.

I love this last shot on the flight home.  It looks like all sky, but really its where the air meets water (sky + Lake Michigan).

*Tomorrow I’m sharing some photos from a shop in NYC that totally inspired me.

images from la la Lovely Instagram.

January 5, 2012

I thought I’d pop a few pictures up of Christmas and such.  I’ve got to get better at taking more snapshots, next year, next year [I’ve got quite the “next year” list going, already].

As you can see we had fun wearing our stripes again [speaking of Polarn O. Pyret their winter sale is going on at the moment].  And we had a VERY Yo Gabba Gabba Christmas thanks to Gommy [that is la la speak for grandma].  As you can see we made a bazillion and one sugar cookies [I’ve finally found a recipe that I can call my own] and I ate a bazillion and one sugar cookies.

We also managed to squeeze in a trip to Georgia [the 13 hour car ride I told you about] and visit our sweet family.

How was your Christmas?  Did you get anything special?  What was your favorite present?  I’ll be sharing a few of my favorites in the coming days!

I’ll be back with regular posts next week.  I’m spending my extra minutes working on a little something.

Here is a little more L O V E LY in the meantime:

I’m so excited to be a part of Design Mom’s series Design Mom Asks.  Pop on over + see my favorite grocery/drug store beauty pick!

Check out my latest ideabook on Houzz : Organize Anything & Everything.  A few items you might need for the new year!

If you like my pictures you can see more on Instagram.