Faith requested school at the park today. She made lunch, packed it, got the bikes in the car. Kinda couldn’t say no after that, right? I was able to get all of our reading, history, and science done with ease. Today was a reminder to think on these good days instead of all of the frustrating ones I let creep into my mind sometimes.
You continually come to my little space here to read about life, learn new recipes, join conversations, and hopefully find inspiration and happiness to take with you in your day. Thanks everyone for sharing in the parts of my life that hold meaning to me. I really want to thank you with more than words. Tea Collection has generously offered a $150 gift certificate for this giveaway!!! Amazing, right?
You guys are WELL aware of my love for Tea Collection. They are quite simply one of the best children’s clothing companies out there and the owner, Emily, is a sweet and inspiring lady. Tea understands that play-clothes don’t have to look stained and frumpy. I love seeing my kiddos dash around the yard in Tea‘s globally inspired patterns. They wash nicely and are EXTREMELY durable. My other favorite thing about Tea is their sales. Man, they have such good sales I feel like they are begging me to take the clothes off their hands. I’m happy to oblige and I’m finding myself stocking up on future sizes. ;)
Some of my favorites from the new Moroccan Collection:
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The snow, the mountains, the cozy cabins, the glorious food and local boutique shopping options. Yes! Those all make for a lovely day in my book. The Sundance Film Festival has always been an event I’ve wanted to be a part of and a few weeks ago, I finally got a chance, people!
My friend, Jeran, and I dashed to downtown Salt Lake City, in between 2 recent conferences, and we managed to snag 4 tickets to the film “Boyhood”, starring Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke and directed by Richard Linklater. Later tat week we headed up to park city with our new fast friends Laicie and Meg to see it. It was an AMAZING film, guys. The story took place over the span of a boy’s life, starting at age 5 and ending at 18. The ridiculously incredible part is…the cast remains THE SAME. You got that right…the film follows the life of the SAME boy over 12 years! That alone makes for an interesting viewing experience. It’s worth noting (because I’ve been asked enough times) that the narrative is a scripted narrative, as opposed to a documentary of a random boys life. Ethan Hawke continues his amazing dialogue skills as the little boy’s (Mason) father. I just happened to recently finish the “Before Sunrise”, “Before Sunset”, and “Before Midnight” series so Ethan’s dialogue skills are fresh on my mind (thanks for sharing them with me, Erik!). I know you guys will love this movie too. Sorry that it’s not out for you to see yet, but save it on iTunes. ;)
We enjoyed a nice drive before our evening Sundance film to capture some fun pictures in the snow at dusk. Must have been pretty funny to see 4 bloggers taking pictures of each other and everything else around us. There’s actually a picture of me below, for a change!
Our lovely stops in Park City:
Table One lunch, including charcuterie board, truffle fries, and roasted salmon with wild mushrooms and greens.
“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.”
I mentioned last week that I was so thrilled to have some of my recipes be a part of the “Handmade Winter” eBook put together by the incredible #creativemamas! Have you bought yours yet? As soon as I had my hands on a copy of the eBook, I KNEW I wanted to try Joya’s masala chai. It’s legit! She describes, in the book, the sweet memories of drinking this tea in India with her family. Memories and food are bonded together in such a glorious way, aren’t they? I love the coziness of winter so much. Cuddling up with the kids and our current piece of literature for school makes my heart happy. Well, it just so happens to have been 82 degrees today so warm chai was definitely NOT the best option and there were certainly no blankets happening! Not wanting to lose the season altogether, and wanting to make this recipe as SOON as possible, we opted for the flavors of Winter served over fresh over ice. So refreshing. So wintery. Thanks, Joya for the amazing recipe! Get your copy on the eBook here so you can make this recipe and many other projects from the “Handmade Winter” eBook. You’ll love it. Follow along the book tour by checking out the “Handmade Winter eBook Tour “ magazine on Flipboard!