Soaking in the Good Days

IMG_4119Faith 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.

I need these reminders often, don’t you?

Tea Collection Giveaway: 14 Days of Love

14-days-of-love-logoYou guys are the best.

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:

tea3This giveaway is part of the collaborative 14 Days of Love giveaway which brings even more fun from my other blogging friends. Follow and “like” the 14 days of love Facebook Page to keep up with the DAILY prizes until Valentine’s Day! Just remember, each giveaway is only three days long so enter NOW! Here is each of the 14 days, including a few contests which are now ended.  Don’t miss them!

Go to the bottom of the post for ways to ENTER NOW!

Feb. 1 Oleander and Palm – $100 Land of Nod ecard (CLOSED)

Feb. 2  Design Improvised – $100 Hayneedle ecard (CLOSED)

Feb. 3 Sarah Hearts – $150 Wayfair gift card (CLOSED)

Feb. 4 Bunny and Dolly -Petunia Pickle Bottom Diaper Bag + Baby Book (ENDING SOON!)

Feb. 5 Poppy Haus – $100 gift certificate to Kidecals

Feb. 6 ME!!! – $150 gift certificate to Tea Collection

Feb. 7 Lulu the Baker -$100 in Umba Products

Feb. 8 The Flair Exchange – $100 Tiny Prints giftcard

Feb. 9 Melissa Creates – $100 prize package from Sassy Steals

Feb. 10 Frock Files –  $185 giftbox from  Eat Boutique

Feb. 11 Hello Lidy – $100 West Elm giftcard

Feb. 12 Living on Love - $75 Minted giftcard

Feb. 13 Jade and Fern – $50 Home Depot giftcard + Handmade Valentine

Feb. 14 Squirrelly Minds – Omiyage gift box valued at $100

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Travel: Sundance Film Festival

DSC_6905 copyThe 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.

Olive oil from Mountain Town Olive Oil Company.

Cutest boutique store I wish was in my own city: Olive & Tweed.

Prospect Clothing where I got a fabulous button-down for my husband and checked out Element shoes.

Organic tea available from Java Cow for a warm and cozy drink (although we heard Atticus is really good).

My friend got an amazing “plaid” shirt from Roots, which we all loved.

A real LIVE BANKSY is on a protected wall space outside the O.C. Tanner store on 416 Main Street in Park City.  Super cool to see it in real life (photo below)!

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Anne Frank & the sunset


“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.”

Anne Frank


Iced Chai Tea from “Handmade Winter”

DSC_6497 copy 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! DSC_6410 copyDSC_6466 copyDSC_6487 copyDSC_6473 copyDSC_6499 copy

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