Saturday, February 23, 2013

Just have fun with it

"Just have fun with it," said the yoga master as she propelled her legs forward, balancing her body weight on just her arms while entering the "forearm headstand".

I opted out for "child's pose" and watched in awe. I'll try that pose later, I thought.

Day one of strength training arms by way of yoga, complete. Ladies, you know the arms I'm talking about; those I'm-not-afraid-to-wear-a-tanktop-and-wave arms. They don't exactly run in my gene pool, so I'm trying to change that small reality.

Besides, I love yoga. Beginner's yoga that is. Have you tried it? If not, you must at least once. I'm a fan of Tara Stiles and her beginner youtube videos that you can do in the privacy of your home.

I know I never look professional while trying the routines. Especially when Chad warns me-in earnest, mind you-not to collapse into the glass mirror on the other side of the room. Nevertheless, in the end I feel relaxed and well stretched.

What's your feel good go-to exercise routine? I'd love to hear!

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Happy Weekend!

Chad and I love Saturdays! Really, who doesn't? 

Freshly brewed coffee with the smallest hint of cream...
Pajamas until our agenda requires otherwise...
For Chad, a Machester United game...
For me, some time to peruse a few of my favorite blogs : A Cup of Jo , A Beautiful Mess , Rockstar Diaries

While we enjoy the waning hours of Saturday morning, I'm making plans to unplug and enjoy our silly selves without the interference of social media. Perhaps a gander around some antique shops as well. 

Enjoy your weekend, and maybe check out a few of the following interesting finds:

A new design find Fab

Interesting new lighting options @ West Elm

Cool Things ... does it live up to its name?

Gearing up for Spring fashion trends

What nail polish color are you currently craving?

Spring cleaning while keeping green.

Photos from House of Coffee in South Kensington, London. 
Every cup of coffee order is accompanied by the most mouthwatering croissant!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Winter Holds My Heart

I love winter. Maybe it is because it is the season of my birth, but I do. I. love. winter.

This doesn't mean you won't hear me gripe about being cold. North Carolina has made me a wimp. I now bundle up at the scare of below 50 Fahrenheit while those in upstate New York start breaking out the t-shirts at the promise of 55 and above.

Nevertheless, the magic of snow and the process of warming myself under blanket upon blanket captivates me. It's an adventure unlike any other. If you've grown up in colder climates, this magic catches your attention at such a young age that your whole life is lived to see each winter unfold trying to top the one before in size and stature.

So, in the wake of Nemo, stay safe you Northerners. Stay safe, but love every minute of old man winter's companionship.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


I've been a bit more into the Valentines Day spirit this year. Chad and I typically celebrate this holiday in minimalist fashion; we do something special, but not over the top. This year I want to be cheesy. I want to buy an obnoxiously large card, send a love note with the hubs to work reminding him how we fell in love, and indulge in chocolates and romantic comedy. Okay, he may not be down for the romantic comedy, but I'm still excited about the card.

So for ideas, I did what all today's rational women do: I went to Pinterest. Unfortunately the site was having "hiccups". Apparently I am not alone on my quest. So, I resorted to Google search: "Valentines Day Ideas".

Easy enough. Up popped an innumerable amount of links. I clicked on one. Esquire. Okay, I'm not a male, but the male perspective on ideas might be fun. At least until I clicked on the "next" button to discover the Valentines ideas for "the mistress".

I am quite serious, as was the article. Esquire suggested you take your mistress to lunch-keeping the bill under $100, as to not alarm the wife once the credit card bill arrives-and ensure you buy her sexy lingerie. The article continued with similar lewd and appalling advice.

A "how-to-cheat-on-your-wife" piece for Valentines Day? Really? What is the world promoting as characteristics of a "man"?

In lieu of such preposterousness, I want to compose a list of fun, creative, and exciting ways to celebrate your love to the one you vowed to be faithful. Want to help promote the sanctity of marriage? Respond with a favorite Valentines Day memory, or what you plan to do for this coming Valentines Day. We live in this world, but are certainly not of it.

Did you hear that, Esquire?