Focusing on the Good!

Okay so the last week has been a whirlwind for me. Life threw me a curveball in the shape of some family drama. All families go through challenging times so I wont bore you with details – I’m sure you all can relate to “family stress”. For now – things have resolved on my end so I am very happy and relieved to get back on track.  Its interesting how stressful events can bring to light some very important facts – for instance:

1. Family comes first!

2. Your To-Do list can wait – most of that crap isnt really important in light of #1 above.

3. You are stronger than you think!

4. This too shall pass… although surely not as soon as you would like!

Has this been your experience too?

Time for an update on our little remodel project I mentioned a week or so ago. You may recall we are re-doing our “mudroom”. Well, its almost done and the built-in organizer cabinet I helped the Finish Carpenter design turned out fabulous. I am so over the moon about it. Scott did a wonderful job as he always does and I thought you might like to see some photos.


Lower drawers designed for shoes


slotted upper cabinet for shopping bags


Charging Station!


Below Charging Station is a big cabinet with shelves


Right tall cabinet with organization and memo board


Tall left side cabinet with storage for an upright vacuum and cleaning bottles


Overall shot of cabinet

Pretty nobs and pulls













Right now the cabinet is painted a lovely off white base.  But we are working on some faux painting ideas to jazz up the exterior a bit. Also, the remaining walls of the mudroom are getting some chalk paint. When thats all completed I’ll take some more fun photos to share. I cant wait for the grand finale’ – I think its going to turn out awesome.


Want to see something else pretty? I ordered the cutest flip flops for my daughter and me. They are from Flip Out Sandals – Its a california based company that sells flip flops you can customize with various snaps that screw in at the top of the toe separator. We ordered a pink pair for both of us and an additional black pair for her. Then we got three different snaps that match with either pink or black. They are so cute and we love the fact that we can be match-matchy! Before long she surely wont want to wear anything that matches mom so I am thrilled we can enjoy these together this summer. The shoes were not very expensive – about $24.00 each. Not to bad considering they are very unique and pretty. Plus – with the various snaps you can create several looks with just one shoe.



Hey – an extra foot?!


the lips are soooo cute


hearts – go with everything!




more snaps


Weekend Update!

Thought I’d give you a little update as to my “goings on” since last week. We’ve had some fun stuff happening!

First of all let me say there was alot of love in our house for the entire Valentines Day Week! We had a celebration that lasted several days and spoiled each other silly. We had gifts, flowers, chocolate, ate dinner out and enjoyed lots of cuddling with one another. You might notice in that second photo a small “pinkish” bottle on the right? Thats my special Watermelon Flavored Vodka that I put in pretty jars and give to my friends. Its killer!!! So yummmy – and sort of dangerous if you know what I mean :-) We are out Valentines Night with our dear friends Bruce and Jane – along with their kids and Hannah. We went to a local sushi/teppan place and let the chef cook “Kobe Style” for us. It was fun – the kids loved it and it was a nice way to celebrate with the family. Plus the food was good – and we even stopped by Coldstone on the way home for a small ice cream treat. A perfect night!


Flowers from Daddy to Hannah


Cards and such



Fun Friends!






Even signs in the Yard so the whole world will know how much love we share!







Family Tree Purchased from Judy at ByDesignWeddings (easy shop)


This past weekend I had the pleasure of spending some time with a master yoga teacher – Steve Ross. This was my first experience with Steve and he lived up to all the great things I had heard. This guy is a superb teacher and a wonderful SOUL! Seriously – some people are so genuine and nice they just exude happiness! And Steve is definitely one of those people. The awesome Yoga Studio where I practice – Guruv Yoga ( hosted Steve for the weekend and there were events from Friday night through Sunday afternoon. I was only able to attend Friday and most of Saturday but it was well worth it! One of my favorite things is a rockin playlist and let me tell you Steve Ross had that covered. Both Friday night as well as Saturday he had the best music playing! There were 30-60 of us each day flowing to really fun beats. Both flows were challenging for sure but the fantastic music made it all the more fun and motivating. Plus, Steve has a great dry wit and cracked us up the whole time. Additionally, I got to hear him speak about meditation and practice a few types of mantra and breathing techniques AND do a Yin Yoga class as well. In Yin yoga you hold the poses for longer periods to get into the connective tissues and really loosen things up. Its 100% different from a flow class  but still very challenging in its own way! I was feeling it by Saturday night for sure! Steve is highly accomplished and his teaching background is quite impressive. But I found his demeanor and style of communicating to be my favorite things about him. I hope I get to see him again someday.


Steve Ross



Steve’s Book – Happy Yoga – highly recommend it!


Happy Happy Me

Steve was so kind to everyone and I am so glad I got the chance to practice with him! If he comes to your area – please treat yourself and go get to know him! He even signed my book copy. :-)


Other weekend highlights included a movie and dinner with friends and a trip to the mall with my favorite stylist – Hannah!

Oh, and we had salads and soup from Panera last night for dinner and copious amounts of peanut butter m and m’s. Today -construction continues!