This week has been nuts. Meetings, scheduling, volunteering, paperwork, etc. It seems like the busier I get, the less I want to actually do things. Today, I actually daydreamed about staying in bed all day and watching Netflix while I doodle and eat food that was delivered straight to my door. It was a splendid dream. Then I saw Pink Peonies Instagram photo in which she was wearing the perfect robe and it felt like a sign. But who has the luxury of an unproductive morning these days? Certainly not me. 🙁 So instead, I created a mood board of what it might looks like to have one of those beautiful, lazy, listless mornings. And of course, I had to include the robe made of perfection.
So, have you heard of Bezar before? It’s like Etsy except for beautifully curated, modern and with a gorgeous design (sorry Etsy). I stumbled upon them today and I’ll admit that I’ve spent WAAAAY too much time looking through the different shops and trying talk myself out of buying too much.
One thing I love and hate about the site is that there are new products every day but shops and their items only last for 7 days. It’s great for inspiration each day but also it means you have to buy something you love pretty much when you see it otherwise you run the risk of forgetting about it and losing your chance.
Like many new decor/deal sites, it’s member-only but sign up is free and they promise not to spam you. Take a look at Bezar (it’s linked to the sign up page) and let me know if you found anything that you love! Did you love or hate any of the things I’ve put in my shopping bag?
My husband loves summer blockbusters. I do not. Movies packed with action but light on plot are not my idea of a great afternoon. But just because most movies out during the summer are explosion-filled fluff, doesn’t mean that there aren’t some great summer flicks out there.
Far From the Madding Crowd is based on the famous Thomas Hardy novel with the same title. I’ve actually already seen this one and I LOVED it. My husband did as well. The main character is strong, yet human and Carrie Mulligan does a wonderful job. This came out early in the summer so check for it at dollar theaters and Red box.
Mr Holmes is another British film with Ian McKellen as the famous Sherlock Holmes on his last case. I haven’t seen it yet but it’s on my list and the critics loved it!
This last movie is one I just heard about and can’t wait to see. Many people that have seen it say that it’s funny, touching, and the only issue with the film is that it’s too short. I love the idea the premise of the movie- that life can change and begin again at any time.
So what movies are you watching this summer? Have you seen any of these or recommend others?
We’re closing on our new house in less than two weeks which means I should be packing up boxes, going through miscellaneous items, and all of the other boring moving stuff. But I’m not. I’m scouring the Internet for new furniture for our new digs and I don’t even feel bad about it. I like to think of it as “prepping” for new space. And the past few days I’ve been spending my “prep time” looking at gorgeous entries. Ours will be small but it doesn’t mean it can’t be interesting.
Since space is limited, I’ve pretty much decided on a lucite entry table to keep things visually clean while giving the space something solid to throw keys on. Look how pretty this one is:
Don’t you love how it defines the space without breaking it up all at the same time? Lucite is pretty much magic. Beautiful, beautiful magic. So in order to “prep” a little more (it’s always good to be prepared, right?), I thought that I’d make a mood board for how I see it styled in our new house.
AT&T’s new anti texting ad is brilliant and tragic. I love their tag line “It can wait” because it always can. I know I’ve been guilty a time or two of trying desperately to send a text out before the light changes or check on Instagram for just a second. And it’s completely dumb and ridiculously myopic. What on my phone is more important than my safety and the safety of others around me? Sometimes I think that we forget we’re driving around in machines weighing over a ton, capable of truly hurting/injuring/killing people. I’m not trying to be a downer on Monday because heaven knows- no one needs that- but I am trying to give a little different perspective on something most of us do every single day. We’ve heard for years, “give 100% to whatever you do” and I think that applies to driving as much as anything else. So today I’m going to put down the phone and start really driving. Will you?
I’m sure that we’ve all had times when we’ve taken a step back and realized that we’re not where we thought we’d be or even who we thought we’d be. It’s not necessarily a comfortable moment but I’m coming to realize that’s OK. In reading Dan Harris’s book 10% Happierhe talks about meditation and how we find discontent when our idea of how things should be confronts the idea of how things are. I’ve thought a lot about it and how it relates to my life, my goals, and my general ideology. I’ll admit that I used to be somewhat of a self-help junkie- working at Franklin Covey will do that to you- and I’ve taken so much advice to heart but honestly, there are so many conflicting messages out there. We’re told to by some schools or thought to “never stop improving” and then other camps declare to “love yourself” so much and so hard until everything becomes clear.
But is any of it true? Are there any magical mantras that will fix lapses in confidence or times when you’re sure you’re the strangest, most unloveable creature? Well, I haven’t read every single book out there but I’m pretty sure that there isn’t. Now it doesn’t mean that all of these writers and gurus are complete hacks (although some of them certainly are) but rather that they found their personal compass, their “personal truth”, if you will, and want to share it. So how do we find our “truth” when we’re in the middle of life, deadlines, and everything else? How do we decide what message we should repeat to ourselves when times feel rough, or when life feels all turned around?
I can’t claim that I have the right answer but I’m working on having the right answer for me. I’m trying to walk that fine line between over-planning and letting go and I’m not always good at it. In fact, I often struggle with the balance of it all. But even though I’m not even close to mastery, I think that it’s good to talk about it with other people. I’m always surprised when I’m struggling with something and find out that there are many other people who are struggling with the same issue, especially when I was sure that I was the only person that couldn’t get it together on that certain thing. I feel ridiculous each time I come to that realization. There is power in common goals and even in common suffering and we do a disservice to ourselves and others when we pretend we have it all together because we don’t. None of us do.
So I’m here today declaring I’m imperfect and still finding my way. I’m still on the path trying desperately to settle into myself, my life, and my relationships with others and that I’m fine with it. Or at least I’m working on it.
Ever wish for a week to end only for the next one to be just as bad? That has been my past month- or at least it’s felt that way. And I don’t know about you, but when I’m down in the dumps I love to shovel junk food into my mouth as fast as possible. But junk food never was happiness. Chocolate on the other hand, I firmly believe is. Lately my treat of choice has been Serendipity’s Frozen Hot Chocolate.
I love it for so many reasons but mostly because it’s delicious and cool during these months that try their hardest to melt your soul. And it’s made by the serving so limited indulgence can actually be a reality instead of a broken promise to yourself. Another wonderful thing is you only need a blender, ice, milk, and the mix and at this point, I keep all of those things on hand. This hasn’t changed my life, but it’s helped my day and I thought I’d share it with any of you out there who need a little pick-me-up.
You can pick up a canister at Williams and Sonoma or order it HERE on Amazon. Hope you’re making it through!
Popping in during this busy busy week to share a few things on my shopping list that would be perfect for a day at the office or a casual date night. You can leave your accessories at home for a simple and clean look or throw on a statement necklace for a pop of color! The best part about this is that each piece is on sale and that bag is a steal at $32!
Every single time I search through Target’s online selection, I’m straight up impressed. I found so many awesome mid century pieces that I thought I’d put together some awesome combinations. Check them them out in greater detail by clicking on the numbers below and don’t forget to use your red card to save 5%! Don’t have one? Don’t worry, click HERE to sign up for their awesome debit card. I love seeing the amount I save on the bottom of each receipt add up throughout the year. My husband on the other hand usually looks in horror as he realizes exactly how much we’ve spent there.
So other Target lovers, what’s your favorite pieces? Weirdly enough, I kinda really want that fox lamp!
If you want to check out more Target mid century finds, check out my other post.
Meat-less Mondays aren’t a new thing. They’ve been growing in popularity since 2012 and three years later the movement is still going strong. I love this movement for so many reasons, but especially because it normalizes the idea of having a meal not centered around meat. In the past it’s been very un-American to see carrots or beets (or any veggie) taking center stage on your dinner plate, but more and more it’s changing. For about three years my husband and I were vegetarians and going out to eat, inviting friends over for meals, and eating at other people’s homes were often frustrating and sometimes even awkward. Thanks heavens that now it’s pretty widely accepted that having meat-less meals are not only acceptable, they’re healthy.
The average cost of organic carrots is $2.26 a pound. The average cost of regular beef is $4.10 a pound.
Help the Planet
Did you know that for every pound of meat produced in the U.S., it takes 1,850 gallons of water. For a pound of vegetables it’s only 39 gallons. Not an insignificant amount when you think about the drought in California where much of our food in the U.S. is produced.
Help Your Waistline
Limiting your meat intake can help you decrease your chances of cancer. Yes, cancer, the worst “C” word. Even just one additional serving of veggies a day to can also lower your risk of heart disease by 4%.
If you’re nervous about what to cook without throwing chicken into a pan, don’t worry, there are tons of vegetarian options.
Click on the picture or HERE to find awesome French vegetarian recipes. You won’t regret trying even one of these amazing recipes! Want an awesome blog that features a lot of super great veggie recipes? Check out OhSoDelicisioso– they are amazing, especially their vegetarian chili recipe.
Anyone else out there still observe Meat-less Mondays or maybe some of you just avoid meat all together? Any recipes you swear by?