simply love : October 2014
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oh hey. friday! | thank your body

self compassion is simply giving ourselves the same amount of love that we would give others. 
source
 over the past few years, i started the journey of trying to live a healthier lifestyle
{with some splurging - or 'yolo' as my friend, anna, loves to call it- simply love her- there is no one else i would rather spend 40+ hours a week with- her laughter is something i look forward to daily- along with her love for life- all the time.}
i think it's important to stop, reflect, and recognize our worth
-to try and look at the bright side of everything-
our health, our ability to love others, and the chance to give back
today i am looking sharing five ways to love ourselves more
five ways to thank our bodies.
one: show gratitude
 life is all about the little things- the simple things. the everyday ordinary times that make us stop in the moment. a sunrise, a gentle snowflake, the lips of a child sleeping. whenever i start to lose gratitude, i think about Jesus and everything that he has given me. i believe that showing people you are appreciative and thankful are so very important. personally, it is hard for me to connect and bring people into my life who are not gracious and appreciative. even when life is hard- i try to remember that every heartache and every headache is His way of showing me to be grateful for every blessing.
two: don't let others define your worth.  
i give you permission to thank your body and to love yourself. stop comparing yourself to other women- women in your life, women online, friends, acquaintances, role models. you are YOU - be proud. i feel like i have always tried to use social media to share with others and to get inspired- those who are 'annoyed' or get jealous or think it's about 'bragging' - have social media completely wrong in my opinion - and honestly, this is hard for me to understand. be you... be who you were meant to be - post what makes you happy- in a way that makes you happy. share and inspire. the negativity is drowning and i feel that the minute we start comparing ourselves to others, we fall prey to the illusion of perfection. give yourself permission to be imperfect- you are beautiful. and it's way more interesting this way anyway.
three: play
let go. be creative and go play. this varies based on each individual. words, images, and designs coming together is the way i love to play- esp. with a great pandora station in the background and a delightful candle burning. for most, it is all about balance and i believe that if something is important to you- you will find the time. you are worth it and you deserve this time. what makes you come alive? what makes you lose track in the time and brings you back to the heart of living? ... always try to live out loud.

four: let your faith be bigger than your fears.
remember that you are not alone. go out and take chances. live your life in ways that others won't - so that someday you can live the way others can't. take risks. and more than anything- forgive others in the process -- not necessarily because they deserve it {although it's so important} but because you deserve peace. 
five: love you. 
at the end of the day, i am afraid that we will look back and realize that we spent way too much time hating our bodies and not enough time loving one another... and most importantly, loving ourself. going along with this- please stop worrying about getting old - chances are- you aren't :) live in the moment. embrace where you are right now and treasure it. some of my peers have been complaining about 'being old' since about 27… honestly, i have never understood this- the way i see it, we are not old <3 ... life is a beautiful journey and i am trying to take in every step along the way.
my 30's have been different than my 20's
 {i am definitely glad i lived it up during this incredible decade. so glad. it was amazing.}
 but they haven't been worse- these years are just different- and in many ways, even better.
at the end of the day,
-thank your body-
you are so worth it.
 
how do you 'thank your body?'


 linking up with:
leaving you with a great tune
ray laMontagne - lesson learned
have a wonderful day and weekend!

sometimes...

i think i'd love to be a designer
 or a writer-
 or a potter.

sometimes, i think i'd like to be better at laundry and cooking.

sometimes, i wish i was less of a dreamer....more fearless......and tough.
sometimes, i wish life would rewind....or fast forward.

sometimes only a cup of coffee will do as i yearn for a rainy day.

sometimes, i love being me

sometimes, i don't.
sometimes i get it all totally wrong

and sometimes it's right.

sometimes i am extremely homesick- or wish i could live abroad again in europe

and sometimes i am so happy and content here.

sometimes i am lost-

but my heart is always grateful.
*all photos by melissa tuck photography

a 'my favorite things' party


last february, i threw a 'my favorite things' party for my girlfriends 
where we each gathered a gift focused around items we love most
i decided to do it over valentine's day weekend
to express my love and appreciation for friendships 
today i am going to share some of my ideas with you all…
it was a lovely evening spent with wonderful friends
here are some ideas for you:
invites:
my favorite site for invites is shutterfly's new line, treat.
the products are creative, adorable, affordable, and so easy to personalize.
here is one of my very favorites for friendships:
so, so cute!!
decor: 












a lot of my decor items were from various etsy shops; however, i also found some great finds at ikea, world market, and michael's. 
my goal for the event was for it to be inviting, feminine, and hopefully beautiful- 
i wanted it to show my love for each one of them.
...
some fun straws, rustic candles, baby's breath {$3 from the grocery store}, and vintage cards were a few of the things i decorated the event with. 



the rose gingham napkins were from ikea
food, drinks, and treats: 
{left} my favorite store bought sprinkle sugar cookies and {right} some homemade ruffle cupcakes 
{i am such a lover of ruffled bake goods}
i found the hearts and boho flag toppers on etsy 
here are some lovely ones from manniatitta
the fruit skewers were supposed to represent and symbolize 'cupid's arrow' 
i chopped up about three different colors of fresh carnations
and then applied a small amount of honey {with a small paintbrush} 
to one side of each champagne glass 
and then attached the florals
...when each guest arrived, i greeted them with a glass of bubbly for toasting...



an ombre cake with a tassel topper:
-bird plate from sweetmeas-
easy appetizer recipes that people always love:
a baguette- cut thin
put olive oil and bake for about 15 min 
then spread with goat cheese, fig butter {trader joe's}, prosciutto, and 
top with fresh basil 
the white dip above was a huge hit
esp. with jalapeno chips 
&
just four ingredients:
1 cup shredded cheese
16 oz sour cream 
1 can original rotel 
1 packet of hidden valley fiesta ranch 
when picking a menu
i decided to make/buy my all time party favorites
to share with all 

 i served wine, champagne, my two favorite beers, and pink raspberry lemonade 
{served in vintage milk glasses from micheal's}:
 gifts:
everyone brought such thoughtfully amazing gifts
the price range was around $30 
...
i have also seen a similar concept, but where people bring one small item that they love
{maybe around $3-5}
bringing enough for every person who plans to attend
everyone would then have a bag- possibly with a cute tag that says, 'favorite things' 
however, i decided to have everyone bring one larger gift
the amount of items varied per gift 
and then we picked numbers and did an exchange
… 
i loved seeing everyone's favorites!

the gift i gave:
 a wooden necklace, a hobnail candle, and a beautiful mess' amazing book 
{my biggest inspiration/favorite blog ever.}

i wrapped my gift in paper from world market
here is the cute gift that i received- loved- so much: 







some other items that were given:
wine, chocolate, bakeware, an apron, blueberry luna bars, k. cups, candles, headbands, an eco- friendly water bottle, a ceramic egg tray, skinny girl margarita mix, fun socks, soap, a chalkboard frame, cards
and so many other cute items!! 
...
i hope you enjoyed my suggestions for throwing a 'my favorite things' gathering
always here if you have any questions 
now go ahead --spoil your gals
 show them you love them, relax, and enjoy some time together
...
-i would love to know-
have you ever attended/thrown a 'my favorite things' party? 
…. any other ideas?
 i would love to hear- please comment below and inspire us all! 
xo