March 16, 2018

Stephen Hawking: An Inspiration to Everyone

On Wednesday we said goodbye to Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest minds of our time.
Nebula Over the Beach.

He once said, "It would not be much of a universe if it wasn't home to the people you love."

“Remember to look up at the stars, and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”

¬Stephen Hawking

Hope you have an inspiring weekend. xx

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February 09, 2018

3 Ways To Freshen Up Your Home

I've always believed that a few small changes can cheer up a space and give a home a new look.
Here are 3 simple ways to spruce up any room in your home:

1. Indoor Garden.

Consider to create a lovely all-year-round green space with loads of plants. Use repetition as a design trick. Repeated use of the same colour in pots and foliage can bring unity to any arrangement. So cozy.

2. Wall Art.

Swapping different photos into your picture frames can make your rooms look new to you every time you walk through them.

3. Switching the Sofa.
Little changes can make a difference. Switching the sofa to a new spot would make our space a lot better. The results just might be dramatic.This is a foolproof way to make your home feel like a totally different place.

Hope you have a wonderful, relaxing weekend! xx

(Photo of Indoor Garden via Ikea, bottom photo via hgtv.)

January 26, 2018

10 Good Things About Winter

Today it is cold and rainy out.This day just begs for an inspiring wintery photo to be viewed along with a nice cup of tea. Winter is upon us. And while it is not typically my most beloved season, there are plenty of good things that make the season bearable - even enjoyable for me. Ah, the beauty of the wintery snow-filled landscape. There's a silence to a winter day that you will never experience in summer.

10 Good Things About Winter

 1. Hot Chocolate.

 2. Staying in with a good book.

 3. Soup.

 4. Big cozy sweaters.

 5. Fuzzy socks.

 6. Scarves and mittens.

 7. Snuggling in front of a fire.

 8. The smell of other people's fireplaces when you're walking through your neighborhood.

  9. Trees covered in snow.

10. Pajama days.

The more I look at this picture, the more I realize that winter isn't that bad! ;)

Hope you have a great weekend! xx

(Top photo by Tara Milk Tea. Bottom photo via)

January 19, 2018

An Easy Trick to Make Salads Feel More Inviting in Winter

I'm a huge fan of green salads, but how to eat them when it's cold. So here I am, sitting in front of my computer with my hands wrapped around a hot cup of coffee and the last thing I want is...

January 05, 2018

Welcome 2018!

Hello everybody! I hope the New Year brings with it a fresh start for you all and a sense of rejuvenation and success in every area of your life.

Remember, don't let go of your dreams; trying on your dreams is the best way to live a fulfilled life.

Hope you have a beautiful weekend. Here's to really great things to come in 2018! xx

(Photo by Karim Iliya via National Geographic.)

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December 22, 2017

Sweet Childhood Memories + Happy Holidays!

For some reason Christmastime always makes me feel nostalgic. At this time of year I tend to recall Christmases of the past, perhaps those of happier times. December brings back some of the most cherished memories of my childhood with my family.

I loved Christmas morning growing up. Thankfully we were never disappointed on Christmas Day morning. On Christmas Eve, my siblings and I used to put our little stockings under the tree. So, you can bet how excited my siblings and I were when we awoke to find a piece of candy, coins, fruit and nuts in them. Dad would tell us that Santa had left them, and that he was watching to make sure we were being good.

I remember we would all decorate the Christmas tree together and put a yellow star on the top of the tree. I remember driving around looking at twinkling lights, and the big family Christmas meal. My siblings and I continue this tradition to this day.

As an adult, I look back happily on our traditions with a smile. I really miss that last one, since my parents are no longer here on this earth. We all have people we miss during the holidays...parents, grandparents, siblings, friends. In the end, the message of Christmases past is clear; it is the people we celebrate the holidays with that matters most.

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas! However you spend this time of year, I hope it's filled with warmth and joy. Let the spirit of Christmas bring happiness in your life always. Thank you so much for your continued support and have a wonderful, restful holiday and a happy New Year!
Lots of love. xx

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(Top photo of Alfred Hitchcock.) 

December 08, 2017

Surprise Yourself + Have an Inspiring Weekend street photo
One thing I have learned from some extremely happy (and healthy aging) people is to keep on learning something new throughout my life. There's big satisfaction to be found in learning things and really mastering a new skill.
Read a book. The morning paper. Attend a seminar, watch a documentary movie, take a course for fun...
Nothing can make me more proud at the moment, than learning something new every day. You see, doing something for the first time gives me the chance to grow, to move my brain and keep it healthy. Research has long shown that new knowledge and learning activities pay off. 

Being creative with my spare time has definitely improved the quality of my life.

Hope you have a great weekend! xx

P.S. Discover your hidden talents! Remember, just because you can't currently play the piano doesn't mean that you'll never be able to.