Mar

18

Time Flies

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It has been a busy few weeks and with us being gifted some pretty amazing weather, I’ve been hard pressed to find any desire to come inside, much less sit in front of the laptop. Today, the weather shifted and it was not only rainy, but also chilly and seemed more like Fall. I did manage to duck out between rain showers and get in good 5 mile work out- so that was the silver lining. I’m on day 18 of Whole 30, and I am feeling fabulous.

I am finally back in my work out groove and adding the Whole 30 for an extra reset is the boost I needed. Bring on London! I’ll be ready!

Mar

18

Have Guitar will Travel

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When you are a music lover and are traveling what do you do? You hit up guitar center dallas to see what they have to offer. Personally, if you know me then you know that I don’t play any musical instruments, but that’s exactly what my guitar playing friend recently did when he found himself in Dallas on business. He even found a few favorites that he’s trying to decide whether to wait a while or to pick one up for his upcoming 40th birthday bash. Either way, I know once he gets it- we will all be enjoying his new muse.

Mar

8

Spring Cometh

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Even though there is still quite a chill to the air, and with today’s rain it’s downright cold- I can see signs of Spring everywhere.  I’ve been getting out a lot to try to get in more daily exercise and the crocus are starting to bloom, daffodils are blooming, plus I’m seeing life in the forms of new growth on the trees and shrubs that have been bare for quite some time.   It brings me joy.    Something I hear people asking quite a lot is what a persons favorite season is.

I am someone who fully loves each season for all that it has to share.  I see each one as a gift and when they start to ‘unwrap’, it is always a great source of joy for me.

The daylight hours are getting longer each day and that in itself brings me a lot of joy.   It seems like a time of new beginnings, change, and possibilities.

What brings you joy?

Mar

8

Moroccan Berber Rugs in Your Residence

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A beautiful living space can make you feel good about yourself. It can give you extra confidence. It can also impress any guests who come your way. If you want to design a home that oozes appeal, there are certain components that may be able to help you achieve your goal. Moroccan Berber rugs are one such example. If you want your home to look modern, exotic and fresh at the exact same time, traditional rugs made by the Beni Ourain peoples of North Africa are exactly what you need. Moroccan Berber rugs are the perfect combination of contemporary and timeless. That’s why they’re the ideal home design elements for people who lead fast-paced and busy lifestyles. They’re versatile. They’re so many different things all wrapped into one!

A Beni Ourain rug in your home can contribute to a look that’s endlessly inviting. Berber rugs feature sharp and geometric designs that look like nothing else you’ve seen before. Although they’re steeped in tradition and the past, they also have distinctly modern feels. This may be due to their geometric patterns. If you like the idea of a handwoven rug that’s full of diamonds and other meaningful symbols, you can’t go wrong with these stunning Berber rugs.

These rugs are amazingly resilient. That’s exactly why they can work well in so many types of households. If you’re a single professional who has no children but who regularly invites guests over for dinner and general gatherings, you’ll love how strong and dependable these rugs are. Moroccan Berber rugs can tolerate a lot. They can tolerate significant foot traffic on a daily basis. That’s also why they’re so great for parents who have energetic children in their homes. If you’re the parent of a rambunctious three year-old, you won’t have to worry about the little guy damaging your gorgeous rug in any way. That’s true freedom.

Moroccan Berber rugs also feel absolutely wonderful. If you’re sick of walking on rugs that feel hard, stiff and just plain uncomfortable, a Moroccan Berber rug will make a superb change of pace for you. These rugs are incredibly soft. They make the feet feel like royalty. They’re also nice and warm. If you dislike nothing more than walking around on floors that feel cold, you won’t be able to resist all of your Beni Ourain options. These rugs are rapidly gaining momentum everywhere. People are drawn to them for so many diverse reasons. It isn’t at all difficult to keep these rugs in strong condition. They don’t have complex or time-consuming maintenance requirements. People who want to invest in low-maintenance rugs that are beautiful and appealing should take the time to look into these traditional delights today.

Feb

14

Free Lunch on Valentine’s Day

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FullSizeRender (6)A few days ago I joined in on a ‘Give Away’ that one of my Instagram followers was doing for a free lunch on Valentine’s Day. I thought it sounded like fun especially since I love trying new places, plus we had no plans to celebrate today.

To my surprise, I actually won the give away and spent the afternoon with my favorite guy at this cafe I’d never been to. Since I was craving salad, plus I’m trying to slim down- I opted for the warm goat cheese and spinach salad and I am SO glad I did. It was delicious. I skipped the bread since I’m trying to keep carbs somewhat at a minimum, but the salad- out of this world. Marcel had a club sandwich and french fries, which also were a win.

The food was good, the vibe good- and the coffee also a winner. Can’t beat that combination. Oh and did I mention the people were also super friendly?

What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?

Feb

14

Helping Out

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Happy Valentine’s Day! I spent the afternoon out and about with my favorite guy. We had a good lunch, plus great conversation. He enlisted my help to find our neighbor’s wife a good deal for him for some new equipment for his band. I was happy to spend a little time checking things out for them, but didn’t take me long to be able to share that she could get 0% interest on instruments at musiciansfriend.com, which will mean a great deal to her, I know as they just recently had a new addition to the family.

Today and every day, we should share love. Even those little things of looking something up for someone or being able to help them find a gift for someone else can make a difference to them.

Feb

3

Happy February

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Day three of the second month of the year and I heard through the grapevine that we’ll be getting six more weeks of winter as Mister Phil saw his shadow.     Quite truthfully-  aside from the grey days and a few days of really cold weather, we haven’t seen ‘that’ much winter, so I wouldn’t mind a bit of snow.

I know-   my summer-loving friends are cursing me under their breath about right now, wondering how I could dare wish for such a thing when there are sunnier skies and warmer weather to be had.    I am a love-all-seasons kind of girl, and I do love the coziness or hygge of the winter months.   I’ve been getting some writing projects done, working on various organizing projects, plus work has been keeping me busy as well.  Add the social activities and life has a good buzz happening.

What about you?  Do you prefer the hustle and bustle of Summer or the coziness of Winter?

 

 

Jan

23

Getting Organized

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It’s hard for me to believe that we are in the last week of the first month of 2017 and it seems like a huge blur.   When I look back, I can’t figure out where the month has gone, and I also can’t figure out what I’ve done this past month, although I know that I’ve accomplished more than my mind first thinks of.

I’ve been in the process of reorganizing my business supplies and finding a better way to utilize the space that I have.    At times- I wish I had more space or at least a professional organizer, but since I don’t- I’m making the most of researching containers to store things in and creating a better system to keep everything much more organized.

I know having photo props, event items, plus cake pans, fondants, cookie cutters, and ingredients all labeled and organized by season and so forth will make life SO much easier for me when it comes to creating-    I also love beautiful packaging, so I’ve got an ever growing supply of ribbon as well.  I love it though :)

What are your favorite tips for organizing supplies?    Any favorite product ideas you’d like to share? I’d love to hear about them!

Dec

10

Marcel and I spent a few days away earlier in the week and on the first day we were gone, we arrived at our hotel to find that the ground was covered in white.  It wasn’t snow, but a heavy frost that stayed all day (with the exception of where the sun shined directly on it), and it was absolutely breathtaking.

I was able to grab a few photos before the sun went down, and my intention was to get up early the next morning and to visit some of the hiking trails and take a few more shots of the beautiful area and frost.    Unfortunately the blue skies were replaced with grey and during the night the frost had melted, leaving behind the magic of the frost.

Since I grew up in the Deep South and a white Christmas is almost unheard of,  I dream every year of having a White Christmas.   Since moving I’ve had one twice in the last fourteen years, plus I had one once when I lived in Williamsburg, but that’s all.    It’s beautiful, peaceful and filled with magic and I’d love one this year.    I know I’m not the only one, and I also know with snow comes road hazards, but Let it snow! Let it Snow!   If only for a day!

Nov

29

Sunday we celebrated “Friendsgiving” with a few friends.  One couple and their adorable children, plus the husband of a friend of ours.  She’s visiting her family and he was ‘home alone’, so we thought he would enjoy spending the day with us eating good food, laughing and playing games.   He felt that he would also, and said YES to joining us.  Roses

Even though I wasn’t feeling my optimum self, we still had a wonderful time and the food was delicious.   I brought several dishes and the hostess also made several dishes and it was more than enough to feed our very small crowd.   Plus we all had leftovers, which is always a huge plus in my book when it comes to Thanksgiving.    I’m grateful for these friends, plus my other friends both here and back ‘home’.   Life is better when shared with friends.

Martijn surprised Bobbi and I both with a huge bouquet of flowers each.  The photo is a shot of my flowers-   and is one of my favorite bouquets to receive of all time.  I love the white roses with the red ornamental peppers-   There’s something about the pop of color that makes me happy every single time I look at them.

How did you spend your Thanksgiving?

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