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journals and notebooks

April 20, 2012

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journals and notebooks

are you a list maker? note jotter? sketcher? if so, could there be anything more fun than filling a beautiful journal with all the inspirations you collect? anytime we go to a bookstore, browsing all of the artful journals is one of my favorite things to do. above are a few of my favorites from chronicle books, all illustrated by some of my favorite artists!

carpe diem journal by mary kate mcdevitt | dots & jots journal by denyse schmidt

native herbs journal by jill bliss| ahoy! eco-journal by julia rothman

botanicals notebook by rifle paper co. | sunblooms bound  journal by amy butler

drawing nature:  a journal by jill bliss | little mountain home journal by mike lowery

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the 2012 blend retreat

April 16, 2012

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blend retreat

i know i don’t usually post about having kick-butt workouts or running miles on end, but the truth is that taking care of my body (heart, soul and mind) is one of the most important things to me. not only for me, but for my family and my future- it’s so important to stay healthy! here to help motivate us is my dear friend, lindsay.

lindsay is one pretty awesome gal. she’s not only the buffest momma i know, but is also incredibly sweet, kindhearted and genuine. anyone who has her in their life is blessed, and you might just have that chance!

she’s recently started a super-kick-butt-blog (literally) called lindsay’s list, and is hosting a new retreat this spring called blend- a weekend retreat where bloggers and friends become blends!

if you need a little motivation, love to workout, or just need a little pick-me-up and chance to meet and greet, then this retreat is for you!

the blend retreat will be a relaxed, laid back retreat for healthy living, food and fitness bloggers from all over (though you don’t have to be a blogger!). to learn more, check out the about page and then scurry over to registration- retreat is in 3 short weeks!

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avanti cafe david and i were able to sneak away this past weekend for a quiet beach-side getaway, and were so excited to discover a new favorite restaurant. that doesn’t happen often, as my last favorite restaurant ranked first for over 2 years, but avanti cafe located in newport beach, california has easily surpassed even my highest expectations!

avanti cafe with a completely vegetarian menu, avanti cafe is tucked away in an unassuming shopping nook. upon the first moment you walk in, you’re greeted, sat down and immediately served some scrumptious veggies and onion jam. candles are lit in hanging metal nests in the window and the just-loud-enough-music sets a jazz type vibe.

avanti cafe everything they serve comes out on unique handmade pottery dishes and pieces, and amongst my favorite was this salt and pepper tray. the first time we ate here (yes, that means we went twice!) was for dinner. we got the peanut & pumpkin hush puppies, hot tacos, arugula & spinach pesto pizza and the shiitake artichoke pesto pizza.

avanti cafe during our whole meal, we just kept shaking our heads. we were completely blown away with the flavors, and could have ordered the whole meal again as soon as we had taken our last bite. it was quite possibly the best vegan fare we’ve ever had.

avanti cafe when we learned they were serving a special easter brunch, we were sure to plan our day around it!

avanti cafe easter brunch consisted of cranberry walnut french toast and golden tofu bruschetta, all served with seasonal fresh fruit, oven roasted herbed home fried red potatoes & garnet yams, coffee or tea and this delightful dessert of a vegan cookie and chocolate cupcake. seriously y’all, this is good eats.

avanti cafe

avanti cafe so needless to say, we were happy campers and fell in love with this sustainable, seasonal, vegetarian and completely delicious new find. we’ll be sure to go every time we’re in the area!

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switch easy

i ran across these stylish avant-garde iphone cases by switcheasy this morning and instantly had to know more! found via erin godbey’s pinterest, i particularly fell in love with this seafoam blossom case. made from tough polycarbonate, they not only protects your iphone from damage but their 3d form gives the user an extra tactile grip. check them out here!

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last week, i was so excited to have my dear friend katie daisy and her country-folk-singing-beau, luke redfield, come stay with us. they were able to take a quick break from their road trip around the country to swing by our humble abode and rest for a bit.

for those of you who might not be familiar with katie’s work, you should hop over and take a glance at it before reading the rest of this post. she’s not only the most talented artist i know, but her work represents a much bigger purpose. beneath the fluttering butterflies and spring colors lies a deeper meaning. each piece overflows with katie’s beautiful soul and longing to make the world a more joyful place. her work is heartfelt, stunningly beautiful and an inspiration to so many people!

much like her artwork, katie is full of life, energy and good vibes. she is ever so kind, lovely and intentional with her day to day life. i am so blessed to have her as a friend, and as i know many of you enjoy her work, i thought you might like to take a glimpse into the few days we spent together!

frolicking with katie dasiy

along with our many adventures of visiting the farmer’s market, walking amongst the lavender fields and feeding the ostriches (say, what?) we of course took some time to paint!

frolicking with katie dasiy

frolicking with katie dasiy

frolicking with katie dasiy

frolicking with katie dasiy

we stayed up late (really late) a few nights and painted together. i’m no expert so i enjoyed watching katie’s process and tried to soak up every little detail along the way. can you guess which side of the table i was painting on? :)

frolicking with katie dasiy

i especially enjoyed watching katie prep some art for a new project she’s working on. she looks pretty good at my computer, right? i’m thinking she should just move in..

frolicking with katie dasiy

and perhaps our favorite moment? when we realized we’re going to have to start collecting sunglasses to use as camera filters. (can you see me in the reflection? click on the picture to make it bigger!)

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a homesteading style

March 5, 2012

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lived in. rustic. antique. simple. natural. muted. this is my most favorite kind of style, one that gives you a sense of warm summer days and aprons blowing in the breeze.

rustic honey pot in ivory | mini french bread boards

ceramic still life | honeycomb linen pillow

lavender sachets | wooden spoon rack

peaches and blueberries | french country linen tea towels

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fiber farm

some of you may know, i have a sweet spot for farms. when i found juniper moon fiber farm (via gifted magazine) i was immediately drawn in- this is the farm of farms! not only do they have the most adorable animals (am i right?), but they offer so many wonderful opportunities!

you can join their yarn csa, shop their online store, browse all of their adorable knitting patterns, watch their lamb cam (come on, people- so cute!), even vacation there with a good ol’ farm stay. if you’re a fiber lover (and even if you’re not) i think you’ll enjoy perusing the pages of juniper moon farm, you might like it so much that you want to plan a visit!

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the secret place

January 31, 2012

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the secret place the secret place beneath the tree by little bean prints

when i was a little girl, i used to dream about a place just like this. i had grand plans of digging out a small room underneath the earth where i could have my own secret place. i believe that i even started digging, twice. because a secluded earthy place just made sense.

i guess you could say that i’ve always had the desire to roost!

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