Wednesday, November 30, 2011

women of god...

 Well now, that sure packs a punch.  I'm in this 
crazy busy season at work right now, and it's not easy
to remember things like tenderness when you're 
running at a million miles an hour just to keep your
head above water.  Or, if you're at all like me, isn't it
easy to get into superwoman mode and forget all about 
the importance of faith and purity

Anyone else out there like me?


Monday, November 28, 2011

some family love

We had a great Thanksgiving.  Getting to see both
of our families was amazing, and we had a completely
jam-packed weekend of friends and fun stuff.  

Sister just put this picture up, and I thought it was
too happy not to share.  Hurray for cute family!

Happy Monday, friends.

*stolen from sister

Friday, November 25, 2011

cute video

One of my artists posted this video the other day,
and I loved it too much not to share!

The concept is incredible, but I think the music
totally makes the emotion of it come alive.

Happy black Friday!  

*thanks, sid

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

thanksgiving...times two!

Sorry for being so absent this last week, friends.  
Work has gotten wonderfully busy, and my head has been
jammed full of spaces and inspiration for my clients. 

(Just ask the hubs - if I get quiet lately, he knows that
I've probably started walking through plans in my head 
and am mentally writing up proposals or brainstorming 
solutions for some tricky space or needy client.)

 But no work can compare to the excitement of this 
weekend, as we will celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow
up in Maine with my family, and then we get to have a
second Thanksgiving on Friday with hubs' family!
Yippie for double the family fun :)

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I've been loving these 
sweet gratitude posts (I & II), and want to encourage 
you to take a few minutes and list some of the 
things you're grateful for this year.  We live such
blessed lives, and have so much to say thanks for.

Hope your Thanksgiving is filled with love, 
joy, gratitude and lots of pie!  

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

stay cool.

It's been a nutty, busy day around these parts, 
so I figured this was a good reminder.   
Hope your Wednesday is cool :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

good call.

Well there's a question that makes me squirm a little bit.
I think I have some praying to


Monday, November 14, 2011

little adventure

 The sun was shining, we had the day off 
and no real plans to speak of.  So why not
climb the giant rock on the west side?  
It seemed like a good idea to me, 
so up we went...

I was wearing my most practical climbing 
shoes (ballet flats) since our morning started 
off with errands, but the hubs very sweetly 
helped me whenever the leaves were 
slippery and I had to scramble.

The pretty views were worth the little climb!  
(Check out this great photo for an idea 
of what we saw.)  Parts of our little city 
looked like those collectable ceramic villages, 
and it was great fun trying to identify which
street and building were what. 

Definitely a fun little Friday adventure!  :)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

what to wear

We did some shopping this weekend,
but I can't help but think that these
qualities would make for a better work
wardrobe then anything I purchased...


Saturday, November 12, 2011

where are you from?

I get a kick out of this map.  Yes, I know 
that it's one giant stereotype - and frankly  - 
kind of insulting, but it cracks me up.
(Plus the typography rocks!)

What do you think...funny or not?
Either way - happy weekend!


Friday, November 11, 2011

coffee time

Maybe you're not an addict like me, 
but in my world, morning doesn't really start 
until I've had those first sips of coffee. 

Hubs & I have today off, and I'm looking
forward to some lazy morning time together with 
plenty of coffee-drinking and snuggling.

Who knows what the rest of our day will hold, 
but I'm sure it will be a fun adventure! 

Once we've had the coffee, that is...


Thursday, November 10, 2011


Ever notice how quiet it is on a foggy morning?

It's like the world wakes up a little more slowly, 
and everything takes longer to get up to normal speed.  

Or maybe that's just my brain.  Hard to tell.:)


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

mmm bacon

I made this fun little appetizer for the hubs the
other night, and we both loved it.  Try it soon, 
and I promise you will be a hero to the 
bacon lovers in your life.  :)

WARNING:  This recipe involves a vegetable,
but is definitely a danger to your arteries!
you'll  need:
1 lb. fresh green beans
5 strips of bacon
3 tbsp melted butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 clove garlic (or garlic powder)
1/8 tsp soy sauce

Cook halved green beans until tender,
then drain and set aside.  (Add a pat of 
butter if you like, because if you're like
me, you'll have extra & will eat them later.) 
Cut bacon slices in half, fry over med-low 
heat until soft, then cool on a paper towel.
Wrap the little bean bundles in bacon
and place in a 13x9 pan.  (You can use a
toothpick to hold them together, or just
wrap tightly and place carefully.)

Melt the 3 tbsp of butter on med-high, 
then stir in brown sugar, garlic and soy sauce.
Once everything is melted together, brush 
or spoon the mixture over the bundles.

Bake for 10-15 mins at 400 degrees...
or until it smells so good that you 
cannot resist pulling them out to try!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

little moments

I was walking across a grocery store
parking lot the other day, when a perky 
jingle started playing.  As I looked around
trying to figure out where the tinny music
was coming from, I spotted a young
dad standing next to the tiny carousel in
front of the store - and a very happy little
one going round and round.  

It totally melted my heart to see this dad 
love his kiddo in such a sweet way,
despite whatever inconvenience or 
awkwardness it might have caused him.
And that kind of love just makes me 
smile - even in complete strangers.

Monday, November 7, 2011

initial necklace

 How sweet is this husband & wife
initial necklace?  I love the pretty, loopy
letters and the idea of wearing your
initials for the world to see!

Friday, November 4, 2011

happy things

Because it's Friday and the sun is shining,
a happy list seems appropriate...

1. Apple Streusel French Toast.
Oh my lands, this stuff was good! 
Thank you, Cracker Barrel for clogging
my arteries & making my morning.

2. New Friendships.
I've been enjoying getting to know some
pretty fabulous ladies over these last few
months.  New friends are the best!

3.  Dark Nails.
I'm loving dramatic dark tones for 
fall nails...right now, a luscious purple.

4. Maine + Family = Happiness.
We're heading home to visit my family
for the weekend, which is always lovely.
I love relaxing and catching up on all
the good stuff happening at home!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

52 Things...

Even though it feels like we just got married 
yesterday, the hubs and I celebrated our 
6 month anniversary a couple of weeks ago.

(And yes, we actually celebrated,
which was totally dorky but really fun!)

I wanted to do something sweet to love on 
my handsome guy, so I decided to tackle 

I used these more detailed directions 
to start, but mostly just figured it out 
as I went along, which was fine. 

I was really excited with how it came out, 
but more importantly, he loved it.  He seemed
pleased that I took time to express some of 
the little things I adore about him.  And that
makes me a happy girl - mission accomplished!

*Want to see more cool Pinterest inspired projects?
Check out others from the Pinterest Challenge!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

 This is so true.  (and so sweet!)
Who do you love to see smile?