Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Here's to the best year yet!

This year you could... 

1) Set goals that make you feel inspired. 
2) Kiss someone like you mean it. Like it's the very first time.  
3) Consider starting a second career. You can. I promise. Start small and build up to the long term dream. Create space for growth. A desk, 30 minutes a day to read, make calls to network, or a weekly visit to the library.
4) Unplug for 24 hours. I might try to...  
5) Buy something that makes you feel sexy. Even if everyone else says it is frivolous. Know in you heart that building confidence is not frivolous. 
6) Read good books.  
7) Entertain more. Gather your favorite people for good meals and lots of wine despite the fact that your dining room is "petite". We all need to remember that size doesn't matter. Packing people into a small space is much cozier than a big empty space dotted with bodies. 
8) Take up horseback riding. I rarely feel more at peace than when I am with animals or in nature. I rode as a child and miss that connection with both.
9) More yoga. Always.
10) Camp out. My favorite date ever involved a tent, 2 bottles of red wine, s'mores, and Scrabble. 

And there you have it. Resolutions. Made, broken, accomplished, and revisited. A new year is always an opportunity to change. To do it better. With more joy. I used to be overwhelmed by the necessity to change. I wondered when I would be done - the perfect complete package. And then it clicked. Perfection is not the end goal. Evolution is. I have made my peace with the change. It is in the change that we get better. Here's to a wonderful year of change! 

It's hard to believe that almost one year ago to the week I wrote this post. My heart fluttered as I hit "publish". I wondered where this blog would take me. Would it resonate? Would I still be writing one year later? And here I am. Happier than I have ever been. Writing and sharing. I cannot express how grateful I am for all of you friends and readers. Thank you for reading and thank you for reaching out to tell me what the blog means to you. Thank you for supporting me. 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Serving up love!

Things are getting crafty over here at our house... For the cook who has everything this gift is unique and shows you've put in a little extra effort to make the gift personal. Time is running out on Christmas but these can be made all year round and are great hostess gifts too! I used bamboo spoons because they are environmentally friendly and affordable. Buy spoons, get creative, give gifts! 

What to Buy:

** The Tool gets very hot. Just ask Sophie. Ouch! I would advise NOT using the tool within reach of children.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Pearly Whites

Red Wine, Coffee, Chocolate, and Berries... All God's gifts to our universe. Alas they sometimes leave a lasting impression where lasting impressions are very much unwanted. We all know the drill. A glass of red wine, and a top-off, and a top-off and a top-off... and voila! You have stained lips and tinted teeth. Eek! As you bid adieu you end up flashing your not-so-pearly whites to anyone within eyeshot. Quelle horreur! If you, like me, enjoy a glass of wine or two when out and about then Pearly Wipes might just be your new best friend. The purse-friendly compact contains 15 wipes soaked in ingredients like baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, glycerin, and peppermint which leave you with fresh breath while also removing nasty stains left by coffee, tea, and wine. It's something to smile about. Ta da! 

Love the little mirror inside the case. How very convenient. 

And travel size single packs? Genius. Put one in every purse.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Don't mean to boast but...

We've got Santa!!! I mean it. We've got Santa. And cocoa. And donuts. And Bloody Marys (with alcohol)... Can you imagine a better way to shop? If you haven't seen the big guy yet please join us this Saturday bright and early for a special event. We'll be at the BOAST pop-up shop on East Putnam Ave. (right next door to Threads and Treads) starting at 9am! They've got something for everyone on your list - and gift wrap is included. Come shop, come play, come get a free picture of your kids and Santa. Boast is back and better than ever!  

BOAST USA is truly home for the holidays. Founded at the Greenwich Field Club in 1973, Boast is celebrating its 40th year. The pop-up shop has great gear for kids, women, and men. Sporty chic - and NO, it is not just tennis apparel. I adore their sweaters, especially the fisherman's cable knit that's made in Peru. The elbows patches on other tops are beyond cute. And the racquet tote is ideal for athletes - pockets for paddles and squash/tennis racquets. Oddly enough the side pockets are ideal for a tube of balls or a bottle of vino... Come and get 'em! Kids welcome! 

And the styling...