Thursday, April 17, 2014

10 Ways to Boost Your Happiness

Just popping in to share a poster I found.

Many of you may know that I decided to participate in a "Happiness Challenge," so for 100 days I record things in my life that contribute to my happiness.  The theory is that when we take time to notice the little things around us that contribute to our well being we will have a better outlook on life.  
I'm so glad to have this poster to remind me whenever I need a little boost.
You may find it helpful as well.
Happy Thursday!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Things That Change Your Day in an Instant

Have you ever had a whole day planned where you think you know exactly what you are going to do and then your day is completely turned upside down?  Well, Saturday was just such a day for me.

My husband and I were out checking the blooming progress of our front yard when I  slipped and in a blink of an eye I was on the ground with a broken ankle.  I'm so grateful that my husband was there to take me to the hospital where I eventually had surgery. I have a new appreciation for those women in the "Life Allert" ad saying, "I've fallen and I can't get up!"

Now I've been lucky and have never broken a bone nor been in the hospital except when my kids were born.  I'm in great health, exercise a lot, and am pretty sure-footed - or so I thought.  This just goes to show how something so unexpected can happen in an instant.  I had the whole day planned, and of course nothing got done. 

I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, soooo
 what lessons can I take from this experience? 
First, I'll be a little more careful when I'm walking - ha.
Second, I'll allow others do things for me... whether it's asking for a refill of coffee or to fetch something from across the room.  Have you ever tried to explain where something is in that cupboard or drawer? It's easier just to get it yourself! I have always been so self sufficient, it's hard to let others take control.
Third, (and the most important) practice what I preach...slow down and appreciate the little things.
For anyone that knows me I'm pretty energetic, and although a lot of my hobbies are sedentary, I love to get out for a good walk, go to the gym, and cruise the stores for bargains.  But now I'm relegated to sitting with my leg up or taking short "hops" around the house with the aid of the walker.  What a good opportunity to take some time out to meditate, reflect, and appreciate all of the good things in my life - and there's a lot. 

Perhaps you can learn from my experience too.  Disconnect for awhile and take a little time out of your busy life to reflect and appreciate all that you have.  You'll be amazed at what you will find.

Happy Wednesday! 


Monday, April 14, 2014

Lessons in Design - Texture

  Neutrals and rooms in Scandinavian design have been trending for awhile. Have you noticed, or is it just me and my design aesthetic at the moment? Rooms using black, white and gray color palettes can be tricky. They can either be a study in contrasts or very subtle, but what makes them great is the element of texture.
  Texture, that's what takes this room from ordinary to extraordinary.  Imagine this room without that unique rug, the comfy chunky knit throw and that patterned art piece.  It still would have wonderful bones - whose not on board with gorgeous wooden floors and elegant furniture pieces? But the room really comes alive with those three textural elements.  Remember I said textural.  Of course the rug and  cozy throw have lots of texture that you can really feel, but that art piece, although it has a smooth surface, has pattern which gives it visual texture.

So how do you use texture in your home?  Is it apparent or subtle?  

Happy Monday everyone -hope you have a great week.


Friday, April 11, 2014

Weekend Wishes

The sun is shining and it's forecast to be in the 80s here.. I see some outdoor improvement projects in the immediate future!  Sprucing up the deck!  Stay tuned.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wednesday's Windows…Truckee

I want to introduce you to a darling boutique in Historic Downtown Truckee

Mo, Jo & Zoe is owned and operated by a energetic mother and daughter team; and their talent for offering affordable, on trend clothing to the community is apparent. This cute store blossomed from the duo's love of jewelry (they have been making the jewelry themselves for years) and "Mo's" experience in retail. In addition to their clothing selection, they offer accessories - shoes, handbags and scarves abound. But their original to-die-for jewelry is not to be missed.   

My daughter and Mo have been friends since their retail days at Squaw Valley Resort, so we never miss an opportunity to stop by and catch up when we are in the area. (And do a little shopping as well).  

I hope if you find yourself in Historic Downtown Truckee you'll take the time to pop in - you won't be disappointed.  Their selection is amazing, their enthusiasm for their products is contagious, and their prices are the best in town. Like them on Facebook to keep up with their new selections - we do!  Oh…they also have an online shop, so you don't have to wait to visit in person. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

A Day In The Mountains - Tahoe

My wanderings took me to Tahoe this weekend.  
The tall pines, the snow capped mountains, the blue water and sky…ahh.  I'm a mountain girl, as opposed to a beach girl - I enjoy the beach, but given a choice…I'll choose the mountains any day.  Maybe it's that I spent my childhood in the mountains or that two of my children lived in Truckee for almost five years, but I simply can't go too long without sneaking up there to get my mountain fix.  

Pinecones abound… Everywhere you look, they're in window boxes, in baskets, included in displays and artwork; they are everywhere!

And although Tahoe City has gorgeous lakeside views, my heart lies with the funky little town of Truckee.  Its a blend of old lumber/railroad town and tourist chic.  
This old shepherds wagon sits in the front yard of a house just as you are entering downtown.   Notice the dried out Christmas wreath used as embellishment to the water spigot?  That's the first thing that caught my eye.  

Even their garbage cans have panache!

Just down the street we stumbled upon a consignment shop offering many items I would love to have taken home.

And then there's the Ritz-Carlton hotel.  Its breathtaking views and CLOSE proximity to my favorite ski resort - Northstar, makes it a must visit destination whenever I get the chance.  As you probably have heard, California has been experiencing a severe drought, so although it had just snowed last week, the mountain is pretty bare, thus not a lot of skiers on the slopes, and plenty of parking available.    

Tahoe is one of my happy places.  Where is yours?  

I'll be sharing more of my finds later in the week.  
But for now - Happy Monday…

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