Sunday, August 16, 2015

happy weekend...

 a sure way to beat the heat...  just close your eyes and pretend your feet are hanging over a dock on the lake and cool water is splashing all around you.  don't you fell cooler already?


Strawberry Cheesecake Pops
Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 6 large fresh strawberries, chopped or ¾ cup frozen strawberries
  • 6 standard sized graham crackers
  • 1 tbs melted butter
Instructions
1.   In  food processor add the cream cheese, sour cream, powdered sugar and milk, process until well combined. Add the strawberries, pulse to combine.
2.   Pour mixture into popsicle molds, leaving about 1 inch of the top empty for the crust.
3.   Crush the graham crackers in a plastic bag with a rolling pin.   Pour into a bowl mix in a tablespoon of melted butter.
4.   Divide the crust evenly between the popsicles, press down gently to compact. Insert popsicle sticks, freeze for at least 6 hours and up to 3 days.

enjoy,

love sent, xo

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

dear august...

the world looks better through a cool pair of shades on the beach on a saturday...

thank you for starting out amazing, now, please slow down...









love sent, xoxo

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

lucky...

life moves quickly.  enjoy every minute.  i started this post ages ago and just logged on and decided to post it just as it is... no words just a couple of pictures of a really fun night.





love sent, xo

Sunday, July 12, 2015

new light...

the day dawns on a beautiful july morning, i can already feel the blazing heat.  i think back on this past week and all the wonderful moments i shared with people who make everything feel so meaningful.  this past vacation week has been another gift,  an opportunity to spend some moments in this staggering, gorgeous delightful and gritty life.

                                                       marthas vineyeard  2015 


                                                     our annual trip.  love these guys 

                                                      it was truly a memorable week. 


                   modeling our hightide apparel  love these designs 


                                                                      endless beach food.

                                                                          adventure

early morning solitude

                                                                            long walks

                                       cheers to another amazing trip to the vineyard...

Art replaces the light that is lost when the day fades, the moment passes, the evanescent extraordinary makes its quicksilver.  Art tries to capture that which we know leaves us, as we move in and out of each other’s lives, as we all must eventually leave this earth. Great artists know that shadow, work always against the dying light, but always knowing that the day brings new light and that the ocean which washes away all traces on the sand leaves us a new canvas with each wave.
– Elizabeth Alexander, The Light of the World

love sent, xo

Friday, July 10, 2015

once again my heart is heavy..

when the music is loud and i can't find the words sometimes pictures can tell a story..
the summer is already flying by.  i have been quiet lately, writing less. but there are a million thoughts swirling in my head just getting them down on paper hasn't been easy.  a lot of what i have been doing lately involves shifting gears forcing myself to be positive and to see all the amazing things there are to see.  we live in such a busy world everyone is so bent on getting things done faster,  bigger, better.  lately tho, more often than i'd like to admit i have been reminded how fleeting this life is.  how blessed i am today to have what i have.  enjoy today.  decide to be happy today.
today we finally brought my brother joe to his final resting place.  i hope he looked down and knows how much he was loved, how much he is missed and how much everyone cared about him.

rip sweet love.


the sun was shining down on you...  we make a gift of our lives in simple ways, by being kind, being compassionate, paying attention and doing what we can in whatever time we have.  it's not what we do that really matters its how we do it.  the secret ingredient is love.

love sent, xoxo

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

and i still whisper thank you...

today is the first day of the second half of 2015.

we all start the new year with high hopes.  the mystery is...   you never know what will be in store.
this has been a very difficult half year.  i am a pretty upbeat person.  i like to think i am a half full kind of person but this year so far has been met with a lot of challenge.  i know this is part of life. part of growing up and knowing that with love comes heartbreak, with change comes challenge, and with death comes birth again.  sometimes you just get really tired.  sometimes you just get really sad. i bet if i went through the calendar all the days would equal out, there would be as many happy days as hard ones.  but some times the hard days feel so heavy.   there is so much beauty still -  and although i know this to be true you can still feel not so great. right now so many of my friends are really in the trenches. some of us have lost parents this year, or siblings, or children. some of them are fighting for their life some are going through divorce, or preparing to say goodbye to a friend, or trying to find the right nursing care for an elderly parent and so many other life altering things.

i know hardship can take us away from joy but i also know that it also brings us closer to love.



when i look around at my friends and all that we have gone and will go through i see things i couldn't have imagined. life brings us so much unpredictability. but i do see one thing - when we are in this transition time life seems to slow down, it feels weighted and long, but the learning speeds up.
we are forced to see what really matters, who really matters. make the emptiness a container for intense growth.
in times of transition it's normal to feel defeated so it's important to choose wisely. spend time with people you adore, surround yourself with optimistic people, people who really care about your well being.
i see my closest friends and their faces have been softened by tears and tiredness. we are far better to each other for what we have all been through.

 i feel so blessed to have this kind of friendship.

love sent, xo