April 19, 2019

Bunnies and Eggs + Have a Beautiful Weekend

This morning of Good Friday can't help but remember how magical Easter morning was for me as a kid.
I remember the joy of Easter and the anticipation of Easter Sunday. I remember having an Easter egg hunt and devouring tones of chocolate treats was what we always waited anxiously for.

Everyone loves a bunny, right? The Easter Bunny is a symbol of Easter, depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs, but how a rabbit got associated with Easter?

Still I remember it was always raining on Good Friday. My mom used to say "it will always rain on Good Friday because that is the day of Christ's crucifixion". Strange as it may be it usually does.

Have a wonderful Friday! Happy Easter (to those who celebrate it)! xx

April 05, 2019

Have a Lovely Weekend!

With summer fast approaching, I thought I'd share an absolutely gorgeous aerial picture of Adria Beach Resort in Italy. This photo reminded me of leisure and fun times...sitting on the beach and listening to the ocean; this is the moment that I can breath and relax.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend. xx

(Photo by Bernhard Lang via COLOSSAL.)

March 29, 2019

Sliced Bread + Have a Delicious Weekend!

Sliced bread is turning 91 this year! The first commercial pre-sliced loaves of bread were produced on July 28, 1928 in Chillicothe, Missouri, using a machine - the world's first slicing machine - invented by Otto Frederick Rohwedder of Davenport, a jeweler from Missouri.
Rohwedder also came up with a way to keep pre-cut bread fresh. He added a feature to the Bread-Slicer machine that wrapped the loaf in a wax paper after slicing. It was an instant success!

Almost everyone has heard the phrase "the greatest thing since sliced bread".  It's been said that "the phrase is the ultimate depiction of innovating achievement and American know-how."

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! xx

(Sliced Kleen Maid Bread Ad via The Atlantic).

9 ways to turn a slice of bread into dinner. For those times when you need an easy-to-make dinner.

March 22, 2019

But Spring Is Spring + Have a Lovely Weekend!

I don't know about you, but I always feel a great uplift in my mood as soon as spring starts showing up. I love all the seasons, but spring is spring - the most romantic season of all!
Spring is finally here. The snow begins to melt and everything is getting all flowery and new and fresh again. The season of rebirth and re-awaking has officially started on March 20 for those of us residing in the Northern Hemisphere.

I'm so looking forward to the warmer weather, longer days and wildlife.
Go outside and enjoy the beautiful spring scenery. Go outside and get lost in the beauty of nature...

Hope you have an awesome weekend! xx

cutand-dry.blogspot rose spring card

(Top photo by Takeshi Tanaka.)

March 08, 2019

Happy International Women's Day!

Wishing a Happy Women's Day to all the incredible women in the world, including our wonderful female photographers and bloggers. xx

(Photo of Audrey Hepburn.)

March 01, 2019

What Is True Happiness?

While our culture is obsessed with happiness, studies show that chasing happiness can actually make us unhappy. I strongly believe that having a purpose in life is perhaps the main source of happiness and self-fulfillment.

Of course, everyone looks at life from a different perspective, different people and cultures believe different things. In my point of view, is just giving meaning to your life by challenging yourself and growing as a person, making or appreciating art, helping people in need of any help, protecting or advocating for others, embracing activities that connect you with something greater...
Maybe for you, it's something else.

It might sound a bit cliche', but a life without a purpose is a life without destination - no life at all.
Have you ever felt lost because you couldn't define your life purpose? I have. But I was determined to discover my life's purpose and meaning. So I took the time to understand what I am here to do. It wasn't until I was 27 that I clearly defined what I wanted for my life; since then I pursue that with great enthusiasm and excitement. Finding meaning in life really matters. The key is to figure out what matters most to you and enjoy it.

Ask yourself what am I passionate about? What is my life purpose? Ask yourself what you love and start taking steps to do what you love. By doing what you enjoy, you will be connected with what brings you the most joy.

There is a Chinese saying that goes: "If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody."

Hope you have a wonderful weekend. xx

(Photo by Sadik Gulec via.)

January 25, 2019

6 Fun Indoor Things To Do In Winter

If you're staying at home because of bad weather, challenge yourself and do something fun to deal winter boredom. Here are six fun things I usually do when I'm stuck at home during winter. Consider trying some of these ideas to keep yourself entertained when stuck indoors.

1. Learn something new.

A new hobby can eat up hours.

2. Organize your photos.

You can make a Photo Album online or just enjoy looking through all those photographs you have      taken.

3. Pajama Day.

Do nothing but relax. Get on your comfortable pajamas, gather some cozy blankets, and curl up with a good book on the coach during the day indoors.

4. Catch up on your favourite shows.

Catch up on your favourite shows that you missed during busy days while the cold weather keeps you inside.

5. Make soup.

There is almost nothing more comforting on a cold or rainy day than a big ol' bowl of hot soup. I have been on a soup kick lately;) We love this hearty soup that's packed with delicious ingredients.

6. Redecorate your home.

These Simple Decorating Ideas can create a whole new look.

Hope you have a great weekend. Stay warm! xx

(Photo by Michele Palazzo.)