May 30, 2014

Our Sweetened Life + Writer's Care Package Giveaway!!

Please give a warm welcome to Dianna!  She writes a wonderful lifestyle blog called Our Sweetened Life.  I got the chance to do an interview with her this week, and hope you will read along, her fantastic family, and her creativity.

Another awesome part:  she's hosting a giveaway!  It may be the cutest giveaway in the history of this blog... a Care Package for Writers- including a candle and several journals.  Scroll down and have a look!! 

PS, you can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram :)

Love her!!

1) What do you blog about?

    My blog covers a range of life topics....I blog about everything I find inspiring which includes home decor, cooking and baking and every day life. I have a weekly feature (Sweet Inspirations) that is a roundup of what has inspired me throughout the week. It changes weekly, but includes Pinterest favorites, photography inspiration, Etsy love and other cool things from around the web.  I'm a new mother to a beautiful baby girl, Laina, and I find a LOT of inspiration in her, so I write about what it's like being a new mother. I'm an Environmental Scientist by day and I needed a creative outlet so designing the blog and writing creatively has filled a huge desire for me.

2) How do you stay inspired?

    I think the biggest way I stay inspired is by connecting with other bloggers. There is an amazing online community of artists and writers and other mothers and we all share a common ground.  My husband and family is my other huge source of inspiration. They are so supportive and keep me moving forward.  When I surround myself with people and things that excite me, the inspiration flows out and is pretty much unstoppable!

3) What's been your biggest accomplishment in life?

    This is an interesting question! And I think I could have a different answer every day.  But to speak more generally, I think my biggest accomplishment so far is becoming a mother. I know it's not a unique accomplishment but being a mother is hands down the most amazing, inspiring, difficult, messy, rewarding, heart stopping thing I've ever done. Most of us wear several hats and the mother hat never comes off. The responsibility is just really awesome.  It's awesome when everything is crazy, it's awesome when we succeed at getting baby to sleep, it's awesome when we see her huge gummy smile every day.  My life has never had more purpose before becoming a mommy.

4) What's your favorite song, and why?

    I'm such a lover of music. Music has gotten me through so many things throughout my life and one thing I love most about music is the nostalgia it gives me from certain times of my life.  My love of music crosses a lot of genres but I would say that my favorite song would have to be Journey's "Don't Stop Believin".  It makes me happy, brings me back to fun times and I can't help but belt out the lyrics every time I hear it!

5) If you could be any mythical creature, what would you be?

    Hmmm... can I be a woodland faerie? I think it would be awesome to fly (it's different than being in an airplane because I would be in control!). I would love to be a tiny little blue fairy living in the deep forest, flying around, just trying to make things better!

So it was wonderful to read about Dianna, and her lovely life :)  NOW for something different... IT'S GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

writer's care package giveaway

I wasn't kidding when I said Dianna offered up a really sweet package for the writers in the hizzouse!!   It is so thought out and put together... (and check out that elephant journal up there, huh?  Sexy elephants make everything 10x better.)

It's a Care Package for Writers that is sure to keep you feeling inspired  throughout the year :)   Items include:

1) Handmade Paper journal (supports women in Tibet)
2) A is for Awesome journal (both lined and graph paper)
3) Elephant stationary (Eco-stationary)
4) Scented Candle (Poppy & Coriander)

Good luck!!

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May 28, 2014

Secret to Creativity: Structure and Balance

My friend Isaac... he came over a few weeks ago to finish a song that we started writing together!

Stability vs. Instability  

Free spirit vs. Restricted

Structured vs. Disorganized

Two ends of a spectrum, and lately my creative self has been at odds with itself in these terms.

As an artist or creator, no doubt you've heard the different expert philosophies and schools of thought. It's either all about 1) following your bliss/ finding your inspiration/ going with the flow, etc.  OR 2) putting your nose to the grindstone and just doing work.  99% perspiration and all that.

But which one is the "truth?"  For me, it's a mix of both, with slight leanings towards a good work ethic.


May 26, 2014

Golden Girl

Over this weekend we took a few days to get away in Beacon, NY (more on that later!), so I got the chance to take some photos with a very different background than usual.

So much green!


May 21, 2014

Summer Wishlist

Whenever I make a wishlist it's always dresses, so I thought this time I'd mix it up with some cute separates :)  These clothes say to me "Let's enjoy this pretty sunshine-y day, while we strut down 1st Avenue looking fierce."  Maybe because I'm also picturing them with some huge high heels, and big I-got-attitude hair.  Anyway...

1. Essential flowy crop top to wear with high-waisted jeans or shorts
2. Lacy shirt... I've been dreaming about them for months, and now I can actually wear them!
3. Flowy crop top similar to the first one, but done in florals <3 p="">4. It's just a simple little t-shirt, but when I saw it, I flipped a lid.  So cute!
5. Need a pair of aviators... love these blue tinted ones.
6. Calling back to the 90's with these ripped jean shorts (or jorts, if you will.)
7. A messenger-style bag... love the color.
8. Cropped jean vest.  Planning my Canadian tuxedo as we speak :)
9. High waisted shorts... what would I do without them?

Hope everyone's week is going great so far :)

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May 19, 2014

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May 09, 2014

Friday Songs ~ Inside Llewyn Davis

For today, this is going to be Sunday Songs on a Friday, since it's been a pretty sparse postin' week.  Also, Sunday is Mother's day, and I wanted to post something about my mom :)

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My friend Jessica was visiting from Baltimore this week.  We stayed up late, chatted up a storm, and watched the movie Inside Llewyn Davis.  I had to see it because, first of all... the Cohen Brothers! And secondly... the 1960's NYC folk scene!  A fascinating subject, for sure.

Where could this blissful pairing go wrong??

...Well sadly, somehow I couldn't make myself love this movie.  It was terrifically moody, but didn't have much in the way of a plot.  And I found the main character wholly unlikable.  Even though I have an understanding of the struggles he faces as a musician, the choices he made were almost all bad.

Anyway... this isn't a movie review, so I'll get to the redeeming part, which was the gorgeous music.  "Fare Thee Well" was a highlight for sure, and it's tune has stuck with me ever since.  Is an old folk song, sung here by Oscar Isaac (the main actor) and Marcus Mumford.

It's brilliant.

Honorable mention goes to the ridiculous "Please Mr. Kennedy," because it's a novelty and hilarious.

Actually, the studio session scene was one of my favorite film moments.  I think it's interesting to see 60's a live-recording situation played out... much different than most music we hear nowadays, which is built up track-by-track.  The type of environment shown includes several players, people learning parts on-the-spot, and perfectly clean instrumental and vocal takes- there can be basically no mistakes made.

Say whatever about the song, but you gotta respect these types of musicians (who actually do things like this in real life, not as characters in movies.)  They're no joke!

Oh and, bonus... Adam Driver!  I love that weirdo :P

(Also, I didn't even notice that Justin Timberlake was in the movie until this scene.)

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May 05, 2014

Turning blue (and purple)


Another lovely Monday....

I'm not feeling all that chatty day today, unfortunately... so I'll just mention #1- the really cool blue wall we found for the first picture!  And #2- that I'm happy to be building my kimono collection surely and steadily.

To be fair, I'm not certain that this here one  is really considered a legit kimono.  Either way, it's a lightweight piece of clothing that I'll be happy to throw over outfits this summer in lieu of cardigans.

xoxo :)


Lace kimono c/o Sheinside // Dress- UO // Boots- Blowfish

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May 02, 2014

Rainy and Cozy

cat vs. human

Hope everyone is having a nice week so far.

In case you were wondering, the kitty in the first picture's name is Thelonious, and she is in our shoes.  That's right- she literally likes to lay on top of our smelly shoes, or squeeze herself in between their empty spaces.  She's been especially interested since we set up the new rack.  It looks so uncomfortable, but it makes her happy.  :)  Haha.  Also, my camp friend Lynnette sent me that Cat vs. Human book!  Miss her.


These last few days have been storm weather- especially Wednesday.  So I've spent a lot of time cozied up with a cup of tea or coffee, listening to the rain fall outside my window.

Sometimes I like rainy days.  They can be gloomy and moody, but they can also be soothing.  They can remind you to relax.

So happy Friday.  If applicable, remember to take a break.  Do something you enjoy....  Is it ice cream trip?  A new shirt?  A moment's peace?  :)

Also, remember to laugh.  At yourself, preferably.


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