Wednesday, June 27, 2012

wide open spaces...

when i was a kid we didn't do much traveling. sure, we went on summer vacation but usually to the cape or maybe just a few states away.  we weren't traveling to other countries as so many kids today do.  strangely tho,  i have been wired to want to travel.  although i can't always venture far it's something i really enjoy. discovering new places, new foods, new paths to the unknown, it's the thrill of the journey.  we have taken a few trips recently that leave me wanting for more. wanting to move past safe and comfortable and on to a new adventure.  every day i want to discover a new freshness to life.  i want to believe that there are still lots of blank pages in my journal.  there are still lots of stories waiting to be told, and lots of stories yet to be written.

love sent, xo

Friday, June 22, 2012

products i am loving right now....

summer beauty on the go.

1.     clinique chubby stick moisturizing lip stick in whole lotta honey - perfect nude shade for kissable lips.

2.     benefit bad girl lash - comes in a mini  travel size, sold at sephora perfect for all your summer escapes.

3.     bobbi brown's creamy concealer  -  blends easily to instantly cover and brighten dark circles.
        fuss-free pressed powder sets concealer for long-lasting wear.

4.     beach hair by charlotte ronson -   this styling spray helps you achieve beach-chic tousled hair
        it's light scent is reminiscent of a perfect beach day taking you back to summer, all year long.

5.     fresh sugar lemon body lotion - has the therapeutic qualities of real brown sugar,  this  body lotion
        leaves your skin feeling sooo soft. the light, supple texture of this superb body moisturizer makes it
        easy to use any time of the day, in any climate.

6.     bobbie brown beach eau de parfum - my new go to favorite scent of the season. it's amazing.
        it has an intoxicating blend of jasmine, sea spray, and mandarin, this is wearable anytime, anywhere.
        be careful tho,  people might follow you around. <3

happy shopping, xo

Thursday, June 21, 2012

perfect summer salad

this recipe will come in especially handy later in the summer when you have no idea what to do with all those extra zucchini.

a simple vegetable peeler is all you'll need to to cut the thin lengthwise strips of zucchini.  cut off the ends of your zucchini then use your peeler to cut the strips.

you'll want to make sure you cook your strips of zucchini either in a stove top grill or saute pan coated with a tiny bit of olive oil, they only take a couple of minutes. make sure they cool completely before adding them to your salad.

i used arugula for my salad base and tossed it in a vinaigrette of 3 parts olive oil to 1 part red wine vinegar, added a touch of dijon, a crushed garlic clove, salt, black pepper and oregano, any lemon based dressing would work as well.

lay your zucchini strips on top, toss in some feta or shaved parmesan and sprinkle with toasted nuts, i used pinenuts here with the feta, but hazel nuts or slivered almonds would be just as good. to finish, drizzle a little more dressing over the top.

enjoy, xo

summer is here...

love this.  hope you have a wonderful day.

love sent, xo

Sunday, June 17, 2012

one sunday evening in june...

the coffee pot is set up. it's all ready to push the button in the morning. it used to work on its own but i guess its tired now.   we are all tired. busy, busy weekend.  windows are open,  a breeze is blowing in, i can hear crickets and coyotes in the distance.  it's kind of freaking me out these days.  not sure why they are so close but i can hear them every night...
 i'm living the life i was meant to live.  the choices i make, where i live, who i spend time with, what makes me happy.  i wish i could say that every day is stress free, and that we all behave all the time,  but really... what would be the point?  we would be bored.  put your self out there.  meet new friends, get to know old friends better, learn new things about yourself and each other .  i promise you will feel more alive because of it.  wishing you a wonderful week ahead...

"As you look back on your life, you will often realize that many of the times you thought you were being rejected from something good, you were in fact being redirected to something better. You can't control everything. Sometimes you just need to relax and have faith that things will work out. Let go a little and just let life happen. Because sometimes the things you can't change, end up changing you and helping you grow."

highlights of the weekend. 

north conway mt washington road race.....  to the summit

aprile, amazing job.  we are already booked for next year.xo

cutest baby on the planet.. seriously...  (mom i am so proud of you - under 2 hours)

are you really leaving me with these two to babysit????

the cheers are sooo loud.......

meeting great grandma.....

motorcycle weekend...   the sites were incredible...

and always the food.....

love sent, xo

Thursday, June 14, 2012

yesterday, today and forever...

happy happy 30th anniversary!!!
so glad we were able to share in your celebration...
but really you said it the best....

"A 30 year milestone brings so much, ten kids, 11 moves, state change, ups and downs from life's challenges but oh so many of life's rewards along the way. looking forward to infinity and beyond with my amazing family and friends who have made this journey what it is. Happy Anniversary Dave...I look forward to the future and all it brings."

special times with very special people.  i love you all very much........
be back soon <3...

Friday, June 8, 2012

tastes of summer...

this has been a looong week.

so this weekend...

see more knees.

smell charcoal.

lose your sunglasses.

tread water.

eat watermelon.

break out your bike.

so there you have it.

 happy weekend, friends.

we are off on a mini surprise trip. 

can. not. wait. 

love sent, xo

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

ready, set, go - summer -~ we are ready for you

this is one of the golf courses my dad played on weekly.  although it makes me a little sad, it mostly makes me happy that he had so many wonderful days here.  it transports me back and gives me inspiration to remember to live in the moment.


Sunday, June 3, 2012

living in the moment feelings...

are always more intense.  looking back there are always things i would change ... like my hair  - lol.
but really,  in the end only the goodness stands out. the hardness seems less hard and the goodness
seems so good.

happy, happy anniversary.  i would never have made it without you...

love sent, xo