Thursday, May 26, 2011

Tooth Brushes

Have you ever lost track of when to replace your toothbrush? I know I have, and Izola has found a solution for us "forgetful" ones... Labeled toothbrushes! Each brush comes with three months listed on the base, taking all the guess work right out of the equation.


Check out their website to brows all of their creative tooth brush collections!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Photo of The Week


Today's Photo comes from Tasya's trip to Buenos Aires. Unfortunately, I did have to sit out on this adventure... my only choice left has been to live vicariously through the eye's of her camera.... Luckily, the view is fabulous. More to come next week!

Decorating Made Easy

Decorating on a budget can be challenging and end up more of an overwhelming experience by the time you finish. Personally, I have been battling with the concept of simplicity. With decorating, I tend to be on the "more is better" band wagon...but according to my boyfriend and mother, this is not always a good thing.  One of my recent decorating endeavors has been to keep my counter and table spaces a clear as possible, while still having some sort of decor element involved. What have a found that works? Vases!The impact a few flowers and a pretty vase make can be incredible. Here are a few good vase ideas if you are in the market for new decorations as well.



Need a pop of color in your home? I am loving the blue glass that Crate and Barrel has right now. Simple, elegant and fun is what comes to mind when I see this wonderful display. These three pieces can dress up a room in a  quick and affordable way.








 World Market is also a great store to find simple and cheap flower/decor vases. They have these great recycled glass options as well that make me happy. The simple vase displays the flower beautifully as well.



Last, but certainly not least, an old pitcher works wonders as a centerpiece for any table. I found this beautiful silver-plate pitcher on etsy, but you can also check out your local thrift and antiques stores for hidden treasures as well.











Thursday, May 19, 2011

Maya Andgelou Quote


Every day I learn a new lesson on life and I love to hear about what others have learned as well. I think Maya Angelou has some wonderful life lessons that you may enjoy as well...


"I've learned that I still have a lot to learn."


"I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back."


"I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one."


"I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision."


"I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back."

"I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance."

"I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as "making a life"."


"I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life."

"I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights."

Originally found here :)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Beautiful Space



My boyfriend calls me a serial obsessive... Once I get a thought in my head about something I decide to be important, I obsess about it until I either have solved it, fixed it, buy it, or break it.... Sounds like a lot of energy spent, and, let me tell ya, it is...
My new serial obsession? A new bed that I will be getting on Saturday! I am so excited about it, I am having a hard time thinking about anything else. What is there to think about? Everything! How many hours a day is spent in bed..5...7...8 (and more if we are lucky!). which is 1/3 of our entire day... I want this time to be spent in a relaxing pill-land of comfort.

This has lead me to spend all of my free time thinking about my bed, picking out the colors, the pillows, sheets and blankets. In doing so, I have stumbled on the most wonderful bed (as pictured above), that makes you want to lay down and stay awhile. The rest of this house is absolutely worth checking out as well (House Beautiful). When I finally get my bed set up, I will let you know just how tranquil it turned out!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Baby room

When I saw this baby room, I melted! I feel as though these neutral colors are much more calming than electric yellow, and pepto-bismol pink... just my theory, but you may enjoy the more "vivid" shades. My godchild's room is the brightest purple I have ever seen and she seems to love it...so does her mom...

Whatever your taste is, you have to at least give kudos to the night-light wiener dog...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad


Thank you Mark Bittman for a new Quinoa recipe! This salad can be paired with so many foods, and it makes you feel healthy just looking at it. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad
Makes: 4 servings
Time: 40 minutes
2 1/2 cups cooked quinoa or other small-kernel grain or 1 cup raw
1 large or 2 medium (about 1 pound) sweet potatoes
Salt
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and diced
1/4 cup minced red onion or shallot
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic, sherry, or red wine vinegar
1/4 cup minced fresh chives or parsley leaves
  1. If you haven’t already, cook the quinoa or other grain. Drain in a strainer and rinse. Meanwhile, peel the sweet potato and dice it into 1/2-inch or smaller pieces. Cook it in boiling salted water to cover until tender, about 15 minutes; drain well.
  2. Toss together the potato, quinoa, bell pepper, and onion; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Whisk the oil and vinegar together and toss the salad with about half of this mixture; add all or some of the rest to taste. Taste and adjust the seasoning, garnish with the chives and serve.
Southwestern Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad. Add 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced, to the mix, along with the sweet potato and quinoa; add 1/4 teaspoon cayenne, chili powder, or hot red pepper flakes. Add 1/4 cup toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds). Use freshly squeezed lime juice in place of the vinegar and cilantro in place of the chives.

A goal is a dream with a deadline. -Napoleon Hill

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Roller Blading Day!



Today is so beautiful out and I do beleive that is cause for an outdoor celebration! After my work is completed for the day, I have decided to go on a nice, long rolllerbladding ride. A few weeks ago, John and I randomly picked out a new (well, previously loved but new to me) light yellow and grey pair of blades that fit me very well. My goal is to see a new place on wheels (bike and/or blades) every week. I will keep you posted on my new finds...you never know what will be of inspiration!

...Inspirations coming soon...

Friday, May 6, 2011

A New Take On Broccoli

 Wondering what to do with that head of broccoli in the fridge? I have found the answer!

What you will need:
  •  Around 4 cups broccoli
  • About 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • A pinch of salt and some ground pepper
  • A few lemon wedges   
After tossing broccoli with olive oil, salt and pepper, place broccoli on a baking sheet. Heat up oven to 400 degrees and keep broccoli in until the bottoms on the baking sheet start to brown. After you take the broccoli out, squeeze the lemons all over, and feel free to add some cheese as well! Yum Yum Yum Yum, and probably one of the easiest creations you will ever make. Broccoli tastes sweater when cooked in the oven, and the lemon juice makes the flavors pop. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tasya's Bride


Once again we have arrived on Tasya Tuesday! Here is a picture of a French bride from a wedding she was hired to shoot at a year ago. Even the clouds look like they are smiling for this happy couple. Enjoy!

Life

I thought our teen years were the ones filled with exploration and awkward experiences..then the 20's hit, and I learned that there is so much more to think about...more pressure to become your potential, to do something, to be something...our experience becomes our backbone...what we draw life's definitions from.Those definitions help to color our world with meaning, but I am unsure about their ability to really help us "figure life out".
I was just out with a wonderful friend who happens to be in her mid 30's, and she mentioned that she is "just trying to figure things out"... In my mind I thought "Great, looking forward to another decade of figuring myself, and this World, out"... but then again, do we ever really figure "things" out? My mother reminds me constantly that she is still learning about different parts of herself.
This gets me thinking a bit more...knowing what you have done in the past, what you want to do in the future, and how you can work on it in the present, is what life seems to cycle around. And here, in the midst of this thought, I find a simple beauty in the concept of life... a realization I have had many times again and again...
I do not think the point is really to "figure life out", as we see only through our own lens... no, no, it is not the point that matters at all, but the journey you take to get there.

I hope you are enjoying your journey...

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