Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Lavender Love

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A good morning to you. I hope that you had a wonderful weekend. It was beautiful here, the sun was shining, a slight breeze was blowing, it was 78 and it felt like early summer. Today it feels a little more seasonal and it is cold and rainy. Signs of Spring are popping up all over, beautiful pastels of pink, yellow and lavender.

Image from here via Pinterest Photos by EmmaandClau

Lavender happens to be one of my favorite flowers, scents and pastel colors and I think it is a perfect accent color for Spring. 

If you would like to add a touch of lavender to your wardrobe I put together a few finds, everything from bags, to sweaters, and even these cute sneakers.

I personally love a touch of lavender in my home in the Spring. I add it to the kitchen with candles, my favorites are here and here. And with soap and lotion from Williams Sonoma.

Lavender Fields painted by Marian Buis

Art is another way to add a touch of lavender to your home you can use original art like the beautiful piece above that my friend Marian painted or a print if you are only using the art for the season. 

Last but not least, a simple lavender plant or even a plant in a lavender container would also be a beautiful addition to your home and bring Spring inside. 

Are you a lavender lover? The color, the sent, or the flower, or perhaps all of the above? Do you use lavender in your decor? Or in your garden?

I hope that you have a beautiful day whether the sun is shining or it is a grey day. Life is what we make it, so choose beauty and happiness.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Silent Sunday 2-25-2018

Have a great day!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Friday Favorites from The Kittchen, Heartbeet Kitchen, My Beautiful Paris, Soulfully Made and More

Happy Friday and a very good morning to you. How was your week? My week has been great, I enjoyed two days of beautiful, sunny, Spring-like weather. One day it was 77, the perfect weather to sit on the porch and read a good book.

This weekend we will be chilly again so I plan on revisiting many of my favorite blogs and links that I found this week.


Instant Pot White Bean Soup from Heartbeet Kitchen

I don't know if I mentioned it but I received an Instant Pot for Christmas and have yet to use it. To be honest I find it a little intimidating. But I think with these excellent instructions from The Heartbeet Kitchen I might be able to make this delicious looking White Bean Soup.

Image Fox Valley Foodie

One of my favorite bloggers Fox Valley Foodie made this Rueben Sandwich that I cannot wait to make.

Chocolate Cake with Whipped Oreo Frosting

Chocolate Cake with Whipped Oreo Frosting from Soulfully Made  looks like a a tasty treat.


If you are a truffle lover(the mushroom kind not the chocolate kind) than you will enjoy this post Truffle Hunting in the Tuscan Countryside and might want to schedule a trip to do the same. 

If you are getting ready to make plans for Summer travel and they include Amsterdam, check out this post about the food markets on Table For Two. I wanted to eat everything they featured, except the fish. 

Image from The Kittchen

I have on my list of places to see, Lapland, and this article, Why You Should Visit Lapland in the Winter by Kit of The Kittchen reminded me why. By the way Kit also make scrumptious meals. 


Interesting article on How to Be Happy

50 Doable Ways to Make Any Day Better


Image from Thisle.Harvest via Food52

What do you think about the Backward Book Trend?

Have you found anything interesting to make, read, watch or see this week? If so please share I would love to hear all about it.

I hope that you have a wonderful, relaxing weekend.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Just Curious...Are You Getting Ready to Garden?

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Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC Image Here

Good morning! A bright shiny day with warm muggy weather has dawned. A little early for the humidity but I will take warm and sunny any day. Little signs of spring are literally popping up overnight, a bunch of daffodils, a tree completely covered in pink blossoms, little buds and of course bright green weeds in the beds. 
I follow many avid and talented gardeners on both Instagram and on their blogs and I see that they are pouring over seed catalogs and making plans for Spring So it has me curious, are you getting your seeds, bulbs, and plants ordered? Or perhaps you have started your plants from the leaves of last years plants?
I am not a gardener at all but I love walking in or looking at photos of beautiful gardens. Most of the beds at our house are filled with holly, azaleas, roses and other plants that are low maintenance. We have lots of potted hydrangeas, and the other pots and planters I fill each season with herbs and other low maintenance flowers. My problem is that almost everything is exposed to full-sun and although in the past I tried to find plants that can take the heat more often than not the poor things ended up dying.

Now a days I typically I stick with ferns, geraniums, sweet potato vines, and herbs. 

Gardening requires a lot of patience and honestly I do not have it. But I greatly admire those who do. 

I would enjoy hearing about your garden, do you design your own or do you have help?  Do you have a long-term plan for your garden or do you simply plant what you like each year? Do you stick to one color? Do you plant flowers and vegetables? 
A few of my favorite gardeners are Loi from Tone on Tone,  although he is a designer he has created some stunning gardens at each of his homes.

Image Joe Valentine

And Joe Valentine, of Notes from Juniper Hill, who not only is an extraordinary gardener along with his wife but a photographer as well. Joe's stunning garden was featured on the cover and inside Traditional Home I believe in November. Both Loi and Joe are on Instagram as well as posting on their blogs.

Debra from 5th and State who is not only a designer but a landscape designer as well. I have featured many of Debra's containers on my blog in the past. If you live in the Chicago area and need help with your outdoor living area call Debra. Also make it a point to  visit her stores they are filled with so many treasures. By the way, this post is filled with excellent advice on planting containers and window boxes and how to deal with and use boxwood which I love.

I would love to hear about your garden plans, and perhaps you have some advice for me a novice and not really close to a green thumb.

Have a great day!


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Pretty in Pink

It is another grey day here but a pop of pink is an easy way to brighten the day. Pink seems to be one of those colors that you love or hate. I love it.

A simple bouquet of tulips or roses from the grocery store will add color and bring a little of the outside in, not to mention adding a smile to your face each time your see or stop to smell them. 

A favorite shirt,  sweater or tote can make your wardrobe feel as if its already Spring. 

 I typically use it in small doses because it really doesn't go with the other colors in my home except my black and white office.  And what better place to add a stack of books or a candle? Or maybe even a new mug to drink my tea from.

Whatever you think about pink you cannot deny that the first pink blossoms or tulips that you see make you anxious for the possibility of Spring and all that is new and fresh.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

20 Random Acts of Kindness

Good morning! How was your weekend? After my LONG week last week I thought I would take it easy and relax, instead I was energized to tackle a few projects around the house. I managed to clean several rooms in the house and donate 8 garbage bags to the thrift store. I still have a way to go in my purge but I am making headway. 

This past Saturday was "Random Acts of Kindness" Day and although I think the idea is great I don't think you have to limit it to one day a year. I think we should practice kindness everyday, especially on the days we feel the least kind.

Here are 20 Random Acts of Kindness that I practice.

1. Pay a stranger a compliment. Make a point of doing it every time you go out you will not believe the smile you receive in return.

2. Bring treats to your office to share with your co-workers. 

3. Write a letter of appreciation to someone who has positively influenced you. 

4. Leave your favorite book somewhere with a note for someone to enjoy it. 

5. Let someone go in front of you the next time you are in line at the store. 

6. Write letter to soldiers. 

7. Make dinner for a friend. 

8. Shovel your neighbors walkway. 

9. Send a care package to someone.

10. Bake treats and give them to friends, neighbors or people at your yoga class. 

11. Bring someone a hot cup of coffee/cocoa. 

12. Spread some encouragement online. 

13. Send card or a handwritten note to a friend. 

14. Take the time to really listen to someone.

15. Take care of the chores that you know your significant other hates. 

16. Text a friend of family member just to let them know you are thinking about them. 

17. Take your magazines to the gym for others to read. 

18. Give a bouquet of flowers to someone. 

19. Leave a gift card or a treat for your mail person, Fed-ex, UPS or other delivery person. 

20. Be kind to yourself. 

I am sure that you have your own ideas and ways that you spread kindness and I would love to hear about them so please share. 

Have a great day!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Friday Favorites from Heather Bullard, The Chic Site, Lavender & Macarons, Medium and More

Good morning. This week has been dragging so I am happy its Friday. I am not sure what the problem was but everyday was a struggle to get up and get moving and then the days just crawled. I would work for a what seemed like a few hours only to look up and see the clock had only moved an hour. Needless to say my sluggishness has left me a little behind. Oh well, I will catch up next week. This weekend I have other plans and they do not include work.

Image Heather Bullard

Once of the things on my list is this Lemon Pepper Pappardelle Chicken Soup from Heather Bullard. I have not made any chicken soup this year and I think this version looks delicious. 

Image The Chic Site

I am making this Rigatoni with Spicy Ragu from The Chic Site for dinner tonight. I could use a little comfort food. 

Image Lavender & Macarons

I want to make these Chocolate eclairs from Lavender & Macarons. Don't they look great!

Apple Cinder Vinegar Is a Wonder Serum! If you don't already know all of the great things it does for your body make sure to read this article. 


I love this article 77 Important Truths I've learned About Life. In fact I love it so much I have printed it out and tacked it on my inspiration board. 

Random but interesting fact. 


In college I earned a "Certificate" in Holocaust Literature so this list of 46 Powerful Books About the Holocaust caught my eye. 

I am a huge fan or Tim Ferriss, if you are as well this Excerpts from Tim Ferriss' Book Tribe of Mentors is a great article. 

Did you read, watch, listen to or make anything interesting or noteworthy? If so please share I love reading and seeking out the movies, books, podcasts and recipes that you suggest. 

I hope that you have a great weekend! 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

A Pop of Yellow

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Good morning! I am so excited because this morning on my way to yoga I saw a lone bright yellow  daffodil in bloom in a sea of green stems. That beautiful flower brightened a grey morning as has me thinking about Spring. 

Image here via Pinterest

I put together a few daffodil yellow items for spring. If you like a pop of color near your face these earrings would be perfect, or perhaps a beaded necklace worn on a bright white shirt! A bright tote or shoe would add just a touch of Spring to your wardrobe as we still have a few weeks left of winter. 

What do you think? Is a pop of yellow a color that you would put in your wardrobe? I love a pop of color in a bag, or an accessory. I am more apt to wear color like that as opposed to a bright dress, or pants. 

Image here

I hope that you have a bright day even if it is grey and the sun is waiting for another day!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!

Good morning! Happy Valentine's Day to you! Do you have plans for the day? A night out with your significant other, or a Galantine/Palentine gathering? 

It's funny because there are so many mixed feeling about Valentine's day, some people love it and think it is a special day set aside to show your loved one how much they mean to you. Others think it is a made-up holiday. And then there are people who are single, recently single or suffering a broken heart who would rather stay in bed for the day and get up when it is all over.

I have said it before, I am not really into Valentine's day. Don't get me wrong, I love getting cards from my husband and friends and I love to send cards and gifts to friends and family.

But I really do not like the emphasis put on the day itself.  My feeling, life is short, don't wait for a holiday to let the people in your life know that you love them!

Have a fabulous day!

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

10 Easy Valentine's Day Desserts

Good morning! I hope that you had a great weekend. Wednesday is Valentine's Day will you be doing something with your significant other, your friends or family? Whomever you are celebrating the day with I am sure that you can make it extra special if you bake one of my 10 easy Valentine's Day desserts. 

Valentine Peanut Butter Heart Cookies

Moist Chocolate Cake

Dark Chocolate Tart

Everyday Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Chocolate Cheesecake

If you would like a few more dessert ideas check out my 15 Fabulous Chocolate Valentine's Day Desserts at Once Upon A Chocolate Life.

Have a great day!