Thursday, January 31, 2013

hot cocoa day {& my favorite teas}

today was hot cocoa day
at ned's school
such a sweet winter tradition.
all proceeds go to the local food bank.

when i'm not drinking hot cocoa,
here's what's in my cup
:: tazo focus ::
note: tazo focus has a new package that looks like this
read about tazo tea's artistic makeover here.

briar is a master at blending flavors and scents.
amble through her beautiful etsy shop here.

:: teavana cococaramel sea salt herbal tea ::
{there's a teavana store at my mall}

i always add lots of this

and sweeten with a tiny bit of this

what's in your cup?

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

franklin's job

it's his job to make sure
that i'm getting nothing done.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

☼ marian ☼

last night's game
{she got her name and the cheerleader gene from grandma}

Monday, January 28, 2013

anastasia & l'accent nou

i'd like to introduce you to my friend,

you probably already know her
from her amazing etsy shop,
her handmade ceramic jewelry
is regularly on the front page of etsy.

or you may know her
from her beautiful blog, also named
i have her on my blogroll
over there at the right.
i love to get a glimpse of her life
and also to see her ceramic processes
{like pit-firing}.
be sure to read this post to see the love
she puts into her creations.

i am lucky to count her as my friend
and also as one of my readers,
so you may know her from her comments here.

i have admired her work for a long time
and we struck up a friendship
on etsy last year.
we are both mothers of three children.
she is a beautiful, talented woman
with a generous heart.
her artwork inspires me.
i hope to meet her in person one day.

anastasia is from russia,
near the caspian sea,
but now lives on mallorca island,
off the coast of spain.
she lives, with her family, near this paradise

last spring,
i ordered these from her shop
one for me and one for missy.
i love mine and wear it almost
every single day.
it is my rustic, delicate, tribal pearl necklace.
it suits my style perfectly
and goes with anything i'm wearing,
i'm pretty sure missy loves hers, too.
she layers hers with other necklaces.
here is missy wearing hers:
hi, missy!
{you can get your own tribal pearl necklace here}

the necklaces came packaged
with fancy chocolates and confetti
and paper flags and other treats
just like a party.
with other special presents
and secret notes tucked inside.

very recently, anastasia surprised me with this
because she knew that i loved it.
isn't it just so beautiful??
{you can get your own here}
she also sent some other special presents,
including sweet little christmas ornaments
just like these.
they graced our GIANT christmas tree,
and will forevermore. 

two things i want you to know about
before january is over...

number one:
anastasia is having a 20% off sale.
head over to her etsy shop for details.
the sale code is at the top of the page.
okay, it's HAPPYMONTH,
and it's good through the end of the month.
{you enter the code when you check out}
☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼
☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ special note ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼
☼ anastasia is extending her sale ☼
 ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ for my readers! ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼
☼ use code 51015 to get 20% off ☼
☼ ☼ ☼ through february 11 ☼ ☼ ☼
☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼

number two:
anastasia is having a giveaway.
head over to her blog to enter to win this
little legs necklace.
go!  enter to win!!
{just leave a comment to enter.  easy.}
she will pick a winner on february 1st.

thank you so so much, anastasia!
i am forever glad that we are friends.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013

:: coat ::

i have come to terms with the fact
that the amazing vintage faux fur coat
i bought this summer
is just too big for me.
{note: i am shorter than she is}
i'm selling it
on etsy
right here

Thursday, January 24, 2013

vantage point

my kitchen window
looking in from the outside, after dark

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


we are better.
we'll be back to normal tomorrow.

here's a dreamy image i found today

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

two words:


Monday, January 21, 2013

Sunday, January 20, 2013

dance like nobody's watching

do you ever?

Saturday, January 19, 2013

...breathing room...

do you need some
find it

p.s. hi, jan.
i am sending you my love.

Friday, January 18, 2013

:: sn☼w gl☼be ::

when emily left after christmas,
she flew straight to snow globe,
a snowy outdoor music festival
in south lake tahoe, december 29, 30, & 31.
she is in this video & so are lots of her pals
{that's nicole there in the first still.  we call her tolley.  hi, tolley!}
{watch for emily in a few spots wearing her snowflake mask, especially at 5:25}

Thursday, January 17, 2013

around here today

cute doggy
{sharp teeth hide inside that fuzzy face}

perfect oranges
{beautiful, organic, delicious - from barnucopia}

fresh mantel
{winter, yes.  christmas, no.}

frosty trees
{it was 0° this morning}

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


yes, he should fit in here just fine.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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