my top 10 favorite health foods

Staying healthy is a daily journey and I’m always looking for new ways to help our family eat the healthiest foods possible.  It takes commitment and isn’t easy to do in our instant-gratification, fast-food-obsessed world.  Every small effort to make good food choices is so worth it and sets a great example for our kids.  Our family isn’t perfect (hello, I’m an 80’s kid – we drank Coke when we were thirsty) and my husband and I still buy some of the big no-no’s, but we are getting better and better with our choices.  Progress over perfection!  Better insert a healthy snack pic here before I go on about our childhood eating habits.

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fall white + upcoming show!

We are patiently waiting for fall over here – the days are still hitting 90 degrees and the humidity feels like a rain forest.  Here’s some fall white and a fun outdoor event announcement below to get the autumn vibes going.

I love throws, especially neutral ones that can be thrown on a bed for an added layer of style and comfort.  Whenever we stay in a hotel, the first thing I always look for is an extra blanket – I love to bundle up!  I mentioned last week that I have a “chair problem” and should probably tell you I also have a “throw problem” too – we have throws in an array of textures and colors.  I keep them folded in a closet and bring them out depending on the season or guests we may have in our carriage house.

We have this blanket from Target (comes in five colors) and it looks so elegant and more expensive than it really is.  It’s a super soft cotton with significant weight to it, so it doesn’t feel cheap or flimsy.

Dying to sit by a fire with a hot cup of cocoa.  Good article over here sharing ideas for creating a beautiful outdoor space.  Perfect time of year for outdoor entertaining.

Speaking of outdoor entertaining, we have a fun (and free!) outdoor event you won’t want to miss this weekend!


If you’re in town, join us at Grand Boulevard Saturday, October 14th at 7:00pm for a beautiful outdoor performance of Giselle by Northwest Florida Ballet.  More info here and here.  This is a show you don’t want to miss – a classic ballet dated all the way back to Paris in the 1800’s.  Giselle is a captivating story for all ages and has breathtaking choreography.  The cast features amazing guest artists from around the world and the Northwest Florida Ballet company and Académie students.  Our ballerina daughter will be in the show and yours truly will be playing Bathilde.

How wonderful this amazing show is offered free of charge as a gift to our community.

Hope to see you there!

Tune in here Friday morning – I’ll have a post up sharing my top 10 favorite health foods and how they help you feel healthier and stronger.  Plus a few bad food confessions you may relate to, ha.  

Happy Wednesday!


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3 pretty things

Happy Friday!  The kids are out of school on Monday so we are looking forward to a much-needed extra day off.  We may be missing blue skies over the next few days, so here’s some pretty light blue to inspire your weekend.  We’ll start with this room by one of my favorite designers, Mark D. Sikes.

Blue is such a comforting, relaxing color.  I have always gravitated to it in both design and fashion.  Have you ever wondered why you like this color?  According to color psychology, light blue is the color most linked to creativity.  Sky blue is the most calming shade of blue that helps a person relax and also a color that inspires safety and serenity.  Light blue can lower the heart rate and improve mental clarity.

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love + hope

I really want this to be a blog filled with design, fashion, and spiritual inspiration, and it is always my goal that this blog is your escape from the stresses of life.  But…what happened on Sunday is a loss we all feel deep in our hearts.  Innocent lives were lost.  Hate, evil, and destruction spread like wildfire all in a matter of minutes.  My heart hurts.  Like many of us, I sat there numb asking myself  “why?”  “how could this be?” and “what is HAPPENING?!?” 

I don’t pretend to have answers.  In fact I seem to have more questions than answers at this point.  Our world is changing.  All I know to do is pray and express love in the small ways that I can in my daily life.  It may seem insignificant, but loving those around you is like planting small seeds of hope.  We ALL need hope.

Yesterday I shared this picture and personal thought above on my instagram.  The picture is one I snapped in the car with my phone (in the passenger seat) while we were driving to pick up our youngest son from camp.  A cross and a double rainbow – how often do you see these together in life?  I never have.  We drove through a rain storm and suddenly the clouds parted and two rainbows appeared.  I only saw this for a brief moment since we were driving on the highway.  It’s not the highest quality image, but in person it was so magnificent and beautiful – almost angelic.  I never posted this image anywhere, but instead kept it on my phone as a reminder of God’s presence during times of trouble, hardship, or pain.  Funny, the most beautiful rainbows emerge after the worst storms.  At the moment I didn’t realize how many times I would look at this picture during a challenging time as a way to be reminded of hope and a connection with God/goodness.

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