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Like The Noonday

Remember how I said fear doesn’t get to drive?  Well I started a new adventure today.  I have been researching a company called Noonday Collection recently and have decided to join this fascinating fair trade company.  I know I’m not very good at sales (I’ve tried before…), but I am really excited to help support a cause that I feel strongly about.  If you would, please take a second to watch a couple videos about what Noonday Collection does, and I think you will see why I made the decision to join other like-minded women on this journey. If you’re interested in hosting a trunk show or maybe becoming an ambassador yourself, please don’t hesitate to contact me! Noonday Collection – Our Story from Noonday Collection on Vimeo. #NoondayStyle in the Making: Metropolitan Earrings from Noonday Collection on Vimeo. Ambassador Trips 2018 from Noonday Collection on Vimeo. Photo and video credits: Noonday Collection

Grace Over Guilt | Looking At Wellness Differently

Do not eat that girl scout cookie.   Don’t do it. Stop. Ugh…you have absolutely no willpower.  Unbelievable…. While slightly humorous, so goes the inner self-deprecating dialogue that attempts to guilt me into making healthier choices for myself.  I ask myself what negative self-talk has ever actually done for me.  Nothing, except make me feel worse. I have recently started to follow a blog by Robin Long called The Balanced Life.  Robin creates online pilates programs for busy women and is passionate about finding a balance with health and fitness.  Her belief is that guilt doesn’t work as a long-term motivator, and she reminds her followers to choose grace over guilt. It can be extremely difficult to change your way of thinking when it comes to how you see and talk to yourself.  I know this from personal experience.  However, after a particularly difficult week working with young adolescents facing suicidal thoughts and actions, I am realizing just how important it is to take care of yourself physically and, maybe especially, mentally.  These children shared their stories …

V-Day Card Roundup

Sometimes it can be hard to find the perfect card.  There have been countless times I’ve stood in a store and hated absolutely every card in sight.  Here are a few of my favorite Valentines Day cards from some of my favorite artists/stationery companies. “Sending You A Boatload Of Love” – Rifle Paper Co. “All Yours” – Red Cap Cards “So Happy To Have You In My Life” – Ferme A Papier “I’m So Lucky I Found You” – Hello!Lucky

Becoming Jane: Why You Should Add Portraits of People You Don’t Know to Your Home

I want to be Jane Austen.  Ok, not really because she actually had a challenging life.  However, I wouldn’t mind living in one of her books.  Anyone else out there feel the same way?  So since I can’t physically insert myself into her writings, I will settle for creating spaces that remind me of that time. If you’ve ever been in my home, you will know that I like old things.  Any time period, really.  I liked how a friend of mine described my style to someone.  She said, “It’s like you smushed Anthropologie and an antique store together.”  Pretty accurate.  In my quest to put a little more of the 1800s in my life, I have now decided I need to scour antique stores and estate sales for portraits of people I don’t know to display on my walls.  And maybe some fruit.  Because, look how cool… And I’m off to see what I can find with some parting advice from Jane herself: “Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh …

New Year, New Challenges

January 1st rolls around and everyone does a collective promise to overhaul their lives.  We take the opportunity of a new year to start over with a clean slate we vow not to scribble on.  About March, we scribble.  Come December, a year’s worth of broken resolutions can lead to a fair amount of self-loathing.  This year I’ve decided simply to challenge myself.  No promises I’ll hate myself for breaking.  Just goals.  Many of them are goals that will take more than one year to complete, which is ok.  The point is to live well for my whole life, not just 2017.   So, here’s to a new year with new challenges!  I can’t wait to see what I accomplish! Stop falling for diet plans and simply start living a healthy, honest life.  My challenge is to change my way of thinking and my relationship with food.  I want to encourage myself to take time to appreciate what food does for my body and become more in tune with how my body feels.  I want …

Help Support Performing Arts in High Poverty Schools

**This post is out of the ordinary for me, but I feel it is a very important cause that needs to be shared.  Thank you for your time and interest in reading!** As some of you may know, I work as a school counselor in a high poverty school in California.  In an effort to diversify what we offer our students in terms of extracurricular activities, I have decided to sponsor a theater club for our kiddos.  The problem is we have nothing.  No lights, no props, no costumes.  Nothing. We also have no money, which is why I have partnered with DonorsChoose.org to help raise money for lighting up our stage.  I desperately want to offer these kids a chance to show their creativity through the medium of performing arts.  Something like this has not been available to our kids in a very long time.  I ask that you please take a second to visit our DonorsChoose page, share with your friends, and if possible, donate a few bucks to help support performing arts …

The Little Things | Thoughts on Self-Care

Josh and I are aiming to get out of the rental game and into owning our own home.  For those of you who have done this, I am sure you already know what I’m feeling these days.  I go through a bit of an emotional roller coaster every time we decide we want to put an offer on a house and it gets snatched up by someone else.  The market is pretty tight right now, so I am constantly trying to exercise patience.  It’s tough because even though I mentally coach myself not to become emotionally attached to a house, I can’t help but invest part of myself into each offer.  So it’s up when we find something we like, and it’s down when the ordeal falls through. Yesterday I hung up my school counselor hat for the summer, so I decided to take things slowly today.  I had a few things to take care of around the house.  As you all know, laundry never seems to do itself unfortunately.  During that moment when both …

The Classics Shop

Recently Gwyneth Paltrow’s online magazine, Goop, launched a line of clothing they aptly call “The Classics Shop.”  Of course, I’m in love.  Also of course, I can’t afford it.  People who work in education generally don’t pay $600+ for one item of clothing… I sort of rediscovered Zara the other day while out shopping, and I am pleased to find that several of the GP looks featured in her amazing classics shop can be found for a much more affordable price.  However, if you can afford GP’s pieces without completely draining your savings, more power to you! Shop the Post: Goop Classics Shop or Zara

Unique Gifts for Your Foodie Friends

We all have those people in our lives.  Those people who have more than a casual interest in food.  People whose ideal date is going to a different restaurant and ordering something they’ve never tried before and rave about it for hours after.  People who don’t know how to bring an average casserole to a pot luck dinner and make something with quinoa instead.  My husband and I are those people for our friends.  We love to cook, eat, and talk about food.  Possibly to the great boredom of everyone around us, but hey…that’s why we married each other. For our wedding, a dear friend of mine gave us the most interesting gift we received from anyone.  She adopted an olive tree in Italy for us!  You’re probably thinking ok…what do you do with an adopted olive tree?  Nothing except sit back and wait for the fresh olive oil that is shipped to your door!  Our olive oil from our little olive tree made it the house today, and I am beyond excited to use …

5 Chic Ways to Decorate with Tile

Everyone it seems, including myself, is obsessed with taking pictures of their feet atop gorgeous tile patterns.  I’m not sure when this became an Instagram trend, but I love it.  Make your home worthy of the perfect feet & tile shot with a little inspiration from these rooms. Tile is a great way to incorporate color into your home.  I love a clean, white look, but a pop of interesting color or pattern is just as polished. Remember that tile is not just for the bathroom and kitchen.  Create a chic entry way or spruce up your staircase with a few decorative squares. Image Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5