the universe has your back : gabrielle bernstein

I've been a Gabby Bernstein fan since I read her first book, Add More Ing to Your Life: A Hip Guide to Happiness. I've even traveled to see her speak & had one of her books signed. It's fair to say that her books were instrumental in me surviving the first few pre-&-post divorce years. Her latest book releases today. I…

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2 years…

2 years ago, I met a guy with a fresh tattoo (who took his shirt off 30 seconds after intros…to show me said tattoo) at a dinner arranged by mutual friends. I could tell you, in exacting detail, about that dinner…Dan laughs that I remember so much. It's easier to sum it up with this… We met. And in an…

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hello (mid) september 2016

(insert some cliched comment about time moving quickly here) Hello to one more week of Whole 30. Absolutely counting the days.  Hello travel. After taking a break from travel in August, I'm back at it. Although I love travel, being in California for less than 24hrs between flights this week was not my favorite.  Hello celebrations. Dan celebrates 42, and my Dad…

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Whole 30® – more than halfway through!

Thoughts from Day 18 of Whole 30®… Even though I was eating fairly clean before…the strict rules of this program are no joke. Sneaky sugar is EVERYWHERE. Why in the world does dried fruit needed added sugar?? Commercially available salmon jerky is hard to find. Trader Joe's jerky has brown sugar, and Epic Bars are way too peppery.  NSVs (non-scale…

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so long, #summer2016…

It's the un-official last weekend of summer, and our house seems very quiet. We've had a steady stream of houseguests, travel, bigs, and littles over the past few months. It's all added up to be a season of love, light, and so much fun. I got to spend time with two of my very best friends in California in June.…

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changing it up with Whole30®…

I have experimented with a handful of eating "programs" over the last few years. I've done vegan challenges, raw challenges, no-alcohol challenges, and even (believe it or not), a no-coffee challenge. I find that challenges are the best way to mix things up for me, and to keep me out of wacky thinking when it comes to food. For example…I…

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fab finds : CORA

Even though I've been a bit neglectful of this blog in the past year, I still get the occasional product review request. To be honest, I turn down most. So when this opportunity came along, I was poised to say "no, thank you!"…and then I read more about the company & the product, and changed my mind. Which is why…

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you’re my favorite : july/august 2016

Revisiting the "you're my favorite" prompt (my last post was a full year ago!) today! A few things that are my favorite right now/this summer/subject to change… Travel. Still & always. Strangely, I don't have any flights booked this month, although I do have some local-ish travel planned. Starting to book fall travel, and very much looking forward to winter…

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las vegas : july 2016

I had a trade show to attend in Vegas last month, and Dan came along for the adventure! I'm super grateful that he's always ready & willing to explore, experience, & enjoy.  Dan's business mentor, Nick, and his girlfriend Kathy joined us for a few days. Seeing The Beatles: Love was amazing. So great to share the experience with awesome…

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hello august 2016

It's August. Already. Huh?? hello four. For the first time in 2 years, we had all 4 kids under the same roof for a brief moment. It's really fun to watch the Littles & Bigs interact.  hello fleeting days. Hope leaves this week. Austin will leave at the end of the month. Our time with the Littles shifts when McCartney…

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hello july 2016

It's summertime…and I'm hoping that the living will start to be easy. While I wait, here's some hellos… hello travel. Always. This month, it's NYC (biz) and Vegas (biz, and Dan is joining me).  hello Iris. Dan's Mom arrives tomorrow, and I am so excited. I have several mother-in-laws, and I am fortunate that they all add something to my life.…

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summer reading : 2016

Those who know me well may gasp at this reading list, what with all the fiction. It honestly wasn't a conscious choice at first, but rather a reflection of the vibe of life right now. If I had to sum it up, I'd say it's less the frantic pace of improve, learn, grow and more a cadence of be present, enjoy,…

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hello june 2016

And….it's somehow June.  hello travel & travel planning. It's a constant, and that's good. Currently heading to Los Angeles for few days – a mix of business & pleasure. NYC soon, Vegas in a few weeks. We even starting to book end-of-year travel that involves sunshine & drinks with little umbrellas. #winning hello pneumonia. Not so good. I stopped in…

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the more of less : joshua becker

Dan and I don't live a completely minimalist lifestyle, but we do make a concerted effort to have less stuff. When we moved from a 2 bedroom apartment to a 4 bedroom house, we promised each other that we wouldn't fill every space. We're thoughtful about what we buy, and prioritize the experience of living over the materialism of living. I've…

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disney : may 2016

We spent last week in Florida with the Littles…kicking off the week with a day at Disney. We intentionally kept our first foray limited to one park (Magic Kingdom) and one full day (we arrived at 9am and literally carried them out at 10pm).  Those that know me know that Disney really isn't my thing. I've been to Disneyland a few…

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a marvelous mother’s day weekend

FRIDAY – Yes, we pretty much celebrated an entire weekend around here…and it was marvelous. We kicked it off with a May Day Celebration at McCartney's preschool on Friday. It was spectacularly sunny, and the smiles on the kids' faces made the event even brighter.  SATURDAY – I enjoyed coffee on the deck. Our view of the lake is definitely…

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2016 project life : february & march

That's right…I'm skipping January for now. It was a big month with my birthday & our Mexico trip, so I want to take a little more time sorting out what to do with it. "Catching up" on February & March was relatively simple. I ensured that photos were downloaded from my camera & my phone, I scrolled through Facebook as…

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the jagged path

"Believe in the integrity and value of the jagged path. We don't always do the right thing on our way to rightness." Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough April had it's fair share of jagged paths. There were times that tensions ran high & patience wore thin. And then, as if to add insult to (literal) injury…I'm ending the month with a strained…

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ottawa : april 2016

Took a quick trip to Canada's capital city last weekend…and I have to say that I much preferred it to Montreal. More space, less French. We managed a little shopping at IKEA and MEC, and brunch at Wilf & Ada's, before Hope embarked on another summer of tree-planting.