Psalm 37

I don’t know how to start this post.  I’ve tried like 20 different ways.  One way starts out telling you how I turned 38 last week.  And, that it was a difficult week.  A week where getting groceries felt like a ginormous task and the only thing that felt small was me. Another way I begin was by telling you of a verse in the Bible that found me last November.  One that keeps coming back month after month, in way after way.  Both feel like odd ways to start and not connected, but I suppose they are.

I felt like I should have been celebrating all last week.  Writing posts about birthday wish lists, the perfect cake recipe, and goals for the year ahead.  It wasn’t like that.  But, life isn’t always like a blog.  Life is real and raw and beautiful and sometimes awful and many times boring.  Maybe you have felt this way.  Maybe even on a birthday week.

I do my best to try and dig deep on days and weeks like these.  Looking for treasures amidst feeling tapped out.  In the dark is where light shines brightest.  We either go straight towards it, like a fly, or bury our buzzing heads to cover our blurry eyes.

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July 28, 2015

Brass fixtures in a #kitchen via La La Lovely

I don’t know about you, but I’m still la la loving the brass trend.  Funny thing is, I have a good amount of brass in my master bath.  Not current brass, but the 90’s variety.  I loathed it, but now I’ve come to be cool with it.  Even, if it is a little too brassy.

I think brass works best when in the form of fixtures, whether we are talking lights or plumbing.  And, also in the form of little this and thats throughout the house.

Here are a few looks I like and few favorite pieces to shop, if you are keen to add a bit of brass into your domaine.

Brass Fixtures #bathroom

 

Brass #bed

 

 

Brass Kitchen

I love the idea of adding a brass bar in the kitchen with hooks to hang pots and utensils on.

Stay Awhile Wall #Hook via La La Lovely Blog

And, this little “Stay Awhile” hook is the perfect way to add just a little sweet brass something!

Are you still loving this trend?  Do you have any brass items or fixtures in your home?

 

Images via : Domaine Home / Miss Moss / Poppy Talk / Interiordesu / Urban Outfitters

Different and the Same

I live in a town where every place has a memory at the ready.

This morning it’s a blueberry scone and flavored coffee.  Before Starbucks there was this.  And, even before this, there was the Treat Shop.  I’d ride my royal blue ten speed and buy a taco.  I was ten.

Today, I am seventeen.  The taste of seventeen more potent then the blueberries that I bite into.  Memories stained way deeper then any stain the blueberries might make.  My thirty seven year old self greets the seventeen year old me, over coffee with a little less sugar and the same triangle shaped scone.  Wondering, was I more me then or am I more me now?  Do we become more ourselves or do we lose ourselves as we grow and stretch; bend and break?

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July 17, 2015

Kids Masks | La La Lovely Blog

A Simple Nightstand | La La Lovely Blog

Happy Friday and a few photos from around here.

2 hour Craft Camp / Because I’ve been hoarding crafts for a few years now.

My night stand all clean / Because, mostly it is not.

It’s been such a strange summer when it comes to weather.  We have cool summers every now and again, but this has been a very wet and rainy one.  Which means we have spent a good amount of time doing things other than swimming (here is what we do on summer rainy days).  One day, while the older two were off at camp and play practice I decided maybe it was time to pull out some crafts that I had been holding onto for a couple of years (yes, years).  We made these darling monster masks and owl candy suckers.

This summer has felt pretty different from others, not just weather wise, but in the layout of our days.  They are long, starting early and ending late.  Some filled to the brim and others left to figure out what to fill it with.  Do you know these kind of summer days?  I think it has a lot to do with my two older ones getting older and my little ones still being little.  I can feel the gap this year, and I’m just trying to live in it and not over observe it.  Just more change to embrace and get comfortable with before it all changes again.

We have a crazy, busy weekend that is about to start in a few hours.  I hope whether your weekend is crazy busy or slow and restful that you find a few moments for yourself.

I’m sharing a few of my favorite links below, should you find a few moments to yourself!

ps- If you want to do a little mask making with out purchasing anything, how about this variety made from brown paper bags?  The possibilities are endless.

FEW OF MY FAVES  THIS WEEK +

01 / When sadness takes over.  I so appreciate the vulnerability in this post + relate 100%.   Also, go see Inside Out.

02 /  A few wellness apps to add.

03 / Generous people are more . . .

04 / A quick lunch I’m going to try.

05 / The podcast I’m listening to.  Tell me what your faves.

06 /  If you are looking for a good book, may I recommend . . .

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July 15, 2015

patterned books

1 / Try patterns on your bookshelf.  I’ve been turning my books backwards for years (see here and here), but I’ve never tried patterns, like this.  I think its worth a weekend try.

no churn ice cream

2 / Try making your own ice cream.  this no churn recipe looks simple and soooo good.  I’ve always wanted to try this coffee flavored version, too.

animal masks

3 / Try making forrest friend animal masks, with your kids, out of your left over school lunch bags.

10 Things to Give Up

4 / Try giving up any and all of the these life sucking things.

. . . and a simple summer bonus >> Try making ice cubes in your muffin tin!