spring at #thepalace…

I am determined to believe that SPRING is arriving in the Northeast any damn minute now. I've been pondering plants, deliberating about bookshelf styling, and contemplating some art refreshing. Note that I don't spring clean…I spring style. Things that I have my eye on… A split-leaf philodendron. My fiddle leaf has done EXTREMELY well. My dwarf myer lemon tree died…

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a weekend of ease.

If I were to choose a word to describe our weekend, I think that I'd go with…ease. With wine being a very close second choice. Dan & I have both been feeling a little over-scheduled lately, so we intentionally dialed back the pace… *Kicked off the weekend by catching up with one of my besties over Thai food.  *I took…

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weekend snapshots (the b&w edition)

Our weekends go by in a flash (yours too, huh?). We pack in a lot of activity over the course of 2+ days. This weekend, I decided to do a spin of Ali’s  The Weekend Lens, mixed with Lindsay’s Our Weekend in Black & White as we went about our life. My plan is to put all of the photos (just…

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in the arena.

Also Brene… "if you aren't in the arena also getting your ass kicked, I'm not interested in your feedback." and a long-time favorite…"don't try to win over the haters. you are not the jackass whisperer."

commitments : march 2017

A wee bit late with posting my commitments this month (if you commit to something, but don't post about it on social media, does it count?).  I jotted down some notes on a flight last week, but hadn't taken the time to really sit with them. This month, I'm… Completing Absent-minded eating habits. February is a free-for-all when it comes…

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five on friday : february 24

I wish that I could say that this week flew by…but honestly? It crawled. It creaked. It creeped. And now, it's feeling like it's time to exhale. I was going to put together a "five on friday" list of interesting links/reads, but I think I'll go with a gratitude list instead. As this loooong week comes to a close, five…

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exploring the world of essential oils…

I mentioned in my February Intentions post that I'm diving into Essential Oils with Young Living™ this year! My story with essential oils goes way back…mostly b/c of the business that I am in (no, I am still not a chemist). The naturals industry has used Essential Oils for y'know, a really long time, and so I've been involved in many…

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start here : The Premium Starter Kit

Hands down, the BEST way to get started with Young Living® is to purchase the Premium Starter Kit. Are there other starter kits? Yep? And IMHO, this one is the way to go… You’re getting a $300 value for $160 (plus tax & shipping). The Premium Starter Kit comes with a fabulous diffuser (either the Home or DewDrop), 11 Essential…

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my brother challenged me to read 100 books…

At the end of last October, I got a text from my little brother, offering up the challenge that we should both read 100 books in a year's time. By the end of December, we each had read approximately 1.5 books, so we considered those two months a head start. I can't say that 2017 is on pace to meet the…

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commitments : february 2017

It's February!! I've really come to enjoy this month. There's more & more light, which makes the bitter cold slightly more tolerable. There's Valetine's Day, which I get to celebrate with my crazy handsome fiance. And…there's a lot of chocolate and wine b/c it's bitterly cold and it's Valentine's Day! Woo hoo!  I'm going to greet each month this year…

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thoughts on completing & creating…

Dan & I attended a Special Evening About the Landmark Forum last night in Montreal, mostly b/c it was led by our forum leader, Barry Grieder, who we were eager to see again. There's something undeniably special about all Forum Leaders, and there's something super-special about the connection with the person who leads your Forum. Listening to Barry speak was…

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creative projects in 2017

At the start of every year, I start thinking about which creative projects I'm going to commit to. And in the past few years, that's been about the extent of it…I commit, but don't actually complete. Will this year be different? Time will tell! Here's what's on my creative mind… Scrapbooking – I am a lapsed scrapbooker, and I am…

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dominican republic : january 2017

Hello Punta Cana! Yes, we spent almost 10 days in December enjoying the Caribbean. Yes, we went back last week…'cause, y'know, why not?? Actually, it just so happened that Dan's company incentive trip was scheduled for January. SO MUCH FUN! We went zip-lining! Totally out of our comfort zone, and I am so glad that we did it. We couldn't…

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celebrating forty-six.

I turned forty-six yesterday! It was a wonderful day, full of celebration, friendship, & laughter. In honor of both my birthday and my OLW, here are 10 (b/c 4 + 6) people, experiences, and things that I plan to celebrate this year… Dan. Sometimes I'm sad that I missed out on so many years with him…and then I remember that…

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st maarten & st thomas : december 2016

Our beach day on St Maarten was a tiny bit rainy, but mostly just relaxing! We took a gondola ride to get a fab view of St Thomas! This guy is my favorite adventurer. I am so grateful that I get to explore the world with him. 

martinique & dominica : december 2016

Finishing up posting our December vacation photos before we head out on our January vacation (see how we're avoiding winter??)… We docked in Martinique after a sea day…perfect timing since I spent most of the sea day recovering from a stomach virus (which many people succumbed to over the course of the week). We walked & explored a bit, but…

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2017 One Little Word® : celebrate

So…I wasn't sure that I was going to choose a word for 2017.  I pretty much abandoned my word in 2016. I realized the other day that I never even blogged about it! My word was and…meant to honor all the parts & pieces of my life, to encourage inclusion, and to replace "but" in decision making. Anyone who has…

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saying so long to 2016…

This year was a whirlwind…travel, moving, changes, more travel, Landmark, little kids, big kids, many (many) bottles of wine, laughter, a few medical pauses, friends, family, and so much love. There were parts of 2016 that were, well…not so lovely (ahem)…but all in all? It was a pretty awesome year.  January : hola Mexico! February : we got engaged! (that's Mackie's "oh,…

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st croix : december 2016

The first stop of our island adventures was St Croix… I think that I will always be in love with palm trees and beaches.  Fresh coconut water? Yes please!  Love.

old san juan : december 2016

Our December adventure started with a couple of days in Old San Juan… We loved the colorful buildings & interesting architecture – and learned that the colors are assigned by applying for a painting permit. How fun is that?? We took a walking tour of Old San Juan – our tour guide, David, was terrific…and funny. "Come here. Look at…

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