August 13, 2015

Black Exterior via La La Lovely Blog

I’ve been noticing, lately, that Ive been pinning a lot of black houses.  While, white is still my favorite, black just might be a close second.  I’m loving this look on traditional homes, cottages, and very modern homes alike.

Today, I’m sharing a few of my favorites.  A few I’d like to escape to or live, everyday, in.

Black Exterior  via La La Lovely Blog Image : Matador Network

This is a vacation spot.  Can you imagine?  If I ever built a lake house, I’d have this in mind.

Black Exterior  via La La Lovely Blog Image: Contemporist

Click Through for a few more of my favorites . . .

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August 10, 2015

days are discoveries | La La Lovely Blog

What are days for?

Life living….Yes!  But, in this day we live in…. they are meant for cramming and jamming with this and that.  They are for getting things done and getting ready for the next.  Days are for doing.  And, quite the opposite, many days are spent dragging.  Pushing through this day, dreaming of the next, and the next, or 100 days away that holds a promise of something that was planned for.

Days are for discovering.

Today is a day, like never before or none to come.

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Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe | La La Lovely Blog #SkilletCookie #ChocolateChipCookies

You have to try this!

I don’t usually start posts like this, but I had to get right to the point.  Which is make this!

Now, I’m not a food blogger, but I do consider myself a chocolate chip cookie connoisseur.  I also consider myself pretty professional at pinning pretty things that I want to try (and, almost always never do).

Well, lately, I ‘ve been noticing a pattern in some of my pins.  A good number of them included iron skillets.  Some meal recipes, but mostly desserts (have I told you I have a sweet tooth, or more specifically a chocolate tooth?).  The other pattern is that I tend to pin and then not make or DIY what I want to try.  Well, I decided it was high time I purchased an iron skillet and put some of my pins to the test.

You’ve heard of “Pinterest Fail,” right?  Well . . . this iron skillet chocolate chip recipe was more like a super success!


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Kensington House Crush Bathroom Living Room

No surprise, here, of the probability that I might be crushing on a house in South Kensington.  I love the area and I love London style.  The old meets modern gets me every single time.

But…. the thing that got me about this house was the bathroom.  Yes, it’s beautiful.  But…..there is one small thing that I never ever would have thought of that makes a huge design impact….and it’s something cheap that anyone and everyone could incorporate . . . .

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4 Practical Ways to Recoup a Bad Day via La La Lovely Image : Little Girl Blue on Flickr

I don’t know your good day to bad day ratio.  I’m not sure if things easily set you off kilter, or if aint no body gonna slow you down (oh no, I’ve got to keep on movin’ – 80’s friends sing on).  I can only guess what your last week looked like and how you might be starting off this week.

But, what I am certain of is that we all have days where we would like to crawl back under the covers, seasons where things are trying, and moments where are moods are messing with us.

I’m really trying to pay attention to myself, lately.  And, by that I mean I’m looking for patterns and trying to put my finger on what things trigger or change my mood (for both the good and the bad).

For instance, I’m learning that I get frustrated, which in turn makes me grumpy, when I’ve put together a plan and I can’t work it out as planned.  When I stop to think about it, this should be no new revelation.  I was like this as a teenager.  Now, my everyday plans (to get this done or accomplish that, etc) get interrupted on the hour because….children!   And, life doesn’t solely revolve around me, as I thought it did when I was a teenager (oy!).  Sadly, adaptability is not a strength of mine (have you done a Strengths Finder Test?).  Likely, not getting bent out of shape when my planning does, will be a life long work of mine.  When we identify patterns and personality traits about ourselves we then have the information we need to find practical ways to better our days and ourselves, in general.

Whatever it is that sets your mood or day in the wrong direction, here are four practical ways to recoup a bad day :

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