Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Pottery Barn Candles

I have found the perfect $20.00 gift! Pottery Barn Beehive Candles! I love these cute little things, and they are the perfect housewarming, visiting, birthday, dinner, feel better gift. Season-less and simple...gotta love that Pottery Barn

Tasya's Flower

Wow, a week went by and I must have gotten lost. Sometimes I feel as though I do not move as fast as the Earths time...like I am on my own clock that may or may not match the other clocks around me. Monday picture day came and went...so here is a picture from the beautiful Tasya for Tuesday. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Have you ever felt as though you where unable to fix a problem? I think it is innate that human beings like to fix things, and when they cannot, an overwhelming frustration seems to always come.... pure frustration for those times when we simply become stuck.  
Sometimes "stuck" comes in the middle of a sentence... other times we find it in uncomfortable situations. Getting "stuck" can happen when you want to express yourself but your mind runs blank, or when you spend more than you should, say more or less than what is needed, take a side when you shouldn't, overbook yourself, under utilize your talents, get too comfortable in a position, pick a fight with the wrong person... now, I think you can see how this list can go on and on.   

When these situations arrive on my path, I tend to picture a wheel in my mind that is constantly moving.... as long as that wheel keeps on moving along, so too can I. Life goes on... times does not stop, and soon being "unstuck" will come to be. As long as wheels still roll and rivers still run, so too will life move on.  

Monday, March 21, 2011

Tasya's Photography

Happy Monday! My wonderful friend Tasya has been generous enough to share her photography, and I have decided to post "a picture every week". Every Monday, a new picture from Tasya Menaker will grace this blog; that way we can start the week off with something wonderful to look at. The only instruction I gave her was to please send pictures that show some form of beauty here on Earth.
With her wonderful eye, and a life filled with travel, I have a feeling she will bring us just that.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Pea Soup

Happy St. Patty's day! Here is a recipe that is perfect for celebrating spring and this fabulous holiday alike. I love a simple presentation when it comes to food, and www.yumsugar.com has given me just that. Enjoy! 

Picnic Blankets

Spring has officially sprung in the Midwest! Now is the time for planting gardens, going on walks and having picnics with friends. For the last couple of years, I have been on a search for the perfect picnic blanket, and I think I have found it! for some reason, the word "picnic blanket" always conjures up images of plaid in my mind, and this blue plaid makes me happy just looking at it. These blankets are not only great to look at, but they also zip right up and become a little bag, making storage a non-issue. Simple, classic and easy...enjoy your picnics! 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Zen in the Art of Writing

 Zen in the Art of Writing, by Ray Bradbury, is the first present my wonderful boyfriend gave to me. Why was this his first gift you ask? Well, before we went on that nervously exciting first date, he (preparing himself) had checked out my blog and knew I loved to write. Bradbury's book was his favorite creative writing book (and I am sure the only one he had ever really read). Funny how we build connections by sharing what we know... touching on what is important, and highlighting it's relevancy. This thoughtful gift is now one of my favorite tools for helping me out of writers block and creative slumps. It's a quick read, leaving one with much to think about at the end (even though it does look a bit dated). As the message inside remains perfectly relevant,  if you are wanting to write yourself, I highly suggest you check it out.

 Here is a fun little blurb on Bradbury's idea of writing naturally:

"What can we writers learn from lizards, lift from birds? In quickness is truth. The faster you blurt, the more swiftly you write, the more honest you are. In hesitation is thought. In delay comes the effort for a style, instead of leaping upon truth which is the only style worth deadfalling or tiger-trapping."

Summing up...don't think, just write...and enjoy the process as it unfolds... 

Martha's Paints

"Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow." - Douglas Pagels

I believe color to be so important in life. We count on it to keep us safe, inspire our souls and energize our bodies; whether it be with food, clothing or traveling, we use color to guide us in our daily decisions. I love colors because of the powers they possess....and how they can expel practically any emotion they choose to from my heart... evoking laugher, smiles, or tears.

Martha Stewart has one of my favorite lines of paints that cover many bases on the color spectrum, and one of my favorite past times is browsing through her beautiful selection. Each time I come and visit the color page, a new favorite emerges, and I dream about what it would look like on the walls around me.

Need to get inspired? check it out and see which color you would like to slide down today...www.marthastewart.com 

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Good Heart

The Good Heart - Official Trailer [HD]

A good movie is like a good book...when you find one, you never really forget about it. I was turned on to this movie by my love, and wanted to pass it along. If you have a little time on your hands, I would absolutely check it out (and yes it is on netflix). 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Power of Importance

Just a thought I had:

There is power in the feeling of importance that drives people to act a certain way. Importance changes our responses to situations; without the feeling of importance, we would not have reason to live or be motivated to be more in life. Importance is a tool used for gauging worth, and can change the coarse of ones life when used.

If you have some time today, think about what is important in your life and why you categorize it as so. Are you driven to be better, stronger and healthier because of what is important to you?

Sometimes there are things, people and situations that make it into my importance category and they really do not belong. When I am able to take some time and meditate about the concept of importance, clarity about who I am and why I behave the way I do comes to fruition and helps me stay true to myself, my values and my beliefs.

Thank you for reading my blog, you are the reason for it's importance in my life! 

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Pesticides Be Gone

I came across this list of foods that have the highest and lowest amounts of pesticides, and thought I would share it with all of you! Sometimes it can be challenging to buy all organic, but this guide may help to buy those items that hold a bit more "organic importance".

12 Most contaminated foods -Always buy organic:
- Apples          - Bell Peppers
- Pears             - Imported Grapes
- Spinach         - Cherries
- Peaches         - Red Raspberries
- Celery           - Potatoes
- Nectarines     - Strawberries

12 Least contaminated food:
- Kiwi            - Asparagus
- Avocado      - Papaya
- Broccoli       - Cauliflower
- Banana        - Pineapple
- Onion          - Sweet Peas
- Mangoes      - Sweet Corn

If you would like to know more,  feel free to check out www.foodnews.org 

Monday, March 7, 2011

A Beautiful Bed

How many hours do we spend in our beds? As I have said a million times before (and will say a million times more in my life) I believe our bedrooms should be our sanctuaries. Not just a place for sleep, but an oasis for relaxation and replenishment. I remember telling my boyfriends my bedroom ideas when we first started dating, and he simply laughed at my concept. That was until a few months ago... when we were sitting in his bedroom, and as he looked around at all the little changes that have been made, he said "Jules I get what you meant now when you explained the importance of a bedroom, and I love mine." 
Wow,  how this simple phrase made my day and filled my heart. As I sit now on my own little bed, I realize that it is what holds the heart of the room together. As of now, I am on a hunt for a new bed and have been on the search for over a year now. One of my favorite places to look is IKEA, where I have found some of my top favorites (in pictures above!). These beds have removable slips that can be dry cleaned! Genius I tell ya. 

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Moscow Mules

Life changes tend to rustle every part of me. When there are transitions to be made, my energy levels are through the roof, and there is not much that can calm me down. One thing I do rely on during these periods in my life is major friend time; this weekend I did just that and finally felt my nerves start to ease.
      As the rain poured down around us, my roommate and I headed out of our comfy apartment, and hailed a cab to meet a friend on the other side of town. As we made our way to the first warm bar, my roommate decided to order a moscow mule.... What a fabulous drink! I was in love on the first sip, and cannot wait to make a batch at home for friends. With my usual urge to research everything that goes into my body, I immediately surfed the web for information and ingredients. I have learned that a moscow mule was created in Manhattan during the 1950's vodka craze. The name originated from two very simple ideas. First, Russians where known to love and drink a lot of vodka. Second, the word mule was a term used to describe a mixed drink. Three friends (John Martin, Rudolph Kunett and Jack Morgan) came together with their products (ginger beer and vodka) and decided to mix them together one night.Viola! a wonderful drink was born. After many more mules were consumed, the name moscow mule was created.
The best part about the tasty drink? It is simple to make!

Moscow Mule

  • One part vodka
  • 2 to 3 parts ginger beer
  • Fresh mint
  • One part lime juice
  • Simple syrup (for me this is optional) 
If you have a copper mug, place ice inside and pour all ingredients over. If you do not have a copper mug, use any glass that makes you happy. Place the fresh sprig of mint on top, and enjoy! 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


This past weekend, I went to New York City with some of my very best friends, and we had a blast... But, I think the best part about the trip is that there isn't really much that we did differently from when we all lived together in Chicago. Drink wine in our pajamas and stay up laughing, shop, go to dinner,  and dance... Thinking back, it makes me laugh about the beauty of life, and how so much can change, and yet still be the same. My memories I take with me are just reminders of why I love the people I do with all that I have. 


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