December 02, 2016

December is Such a Tricky Month...

...filled with mixed emotions. (For me at least.)

It's December, can you even believe it? Nope, not me! As Christmas fast approaching, I realize I still have mixed feelings about Christmas and really struggle to get into it every year. Why? I've lost both my parents in the last ten years. Part of the reason is they both spent their last Christmas in hospital and were so ill. My parents used to absolutely love this time of year and having the family get together at Xmas. Let's face it: Holidays are particularly hard for people who have suffered a loss.

Unfortunately, Christmas highlights the loss, so I'm sure like all of us who have lost loved ones, this time of year makes us feel our loss more intensely.
Yes, there are happy moments and more memories made but it really is to me a bittersweet time of the year. I have, though, found ways to embrace the holidays rather than just get through them.
I still enjoy Christmas and am very much attached to the decorating and baking, and dorky Christmas music. I love that it's a time when my busy siblings can catch up and get together, but it's not like what we used to have - will never be quite the same.
Christmas is such an emotional time anyway.

Hope you have a great weekend! xx

P.S. My heart goes out to those who have lost a loved one, family member, friend.

(Photo of Hitchcock as a grandpa.)

November 18, 2016

Nature-inspired Thanksgiving Centerpiece... ensure a beautiful seasonal display. This table arrangement works perfectly for a quick and easy Thanksgiving table centerpiece.

'My philosophy is keep it simple.' For a Holiday table centerpiece you cannot go wrong with natural objects. Seasonal fruits, berries, acorn and other nuts, are all plentiful this time of year and can be used for a variety of things - the possibilities are only limited by your own imagination and creativity. These look very festive sitting around your home as well and set the mood for Thanksgiving dinner. Incorporating natural items works well in both contemporary and traditional settings. Also, using candles will instantly cozy up the place and help give your decor more warmth.

DIY Nature-Inspired Thanksgiving Arrangement: Candle Centerpiece

For a nature-inspired table arrangement: Use white or ivory candles of different sizes. Place them on your Thanksgiving dinning table or coffee table. Just gather nuts or fruit and layer in a clear glass vase around a pretty candle. Save a few nuts to scatter near your display.
Switch in ornaments and sprigs of evergreen to keep it on your table into December.

For safety, never leave a burning candle untended.

I hope this idea might inspire you to try something different this year. Have a beautiful weekend! xx

November 11, 2016

Perfect Pick-Me-Up

beautiful bunch of pink roses
A beautiful pick-me-up bunch of Roses.

From time to time, I get a little down, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. More often than not, I wake up feeling anxious and stressed...feeling like I just want to curl up under the covers and not face the day ahead. (Morning blues?). I think it's because I'm not doing well with my goals and I often fail to live up to my standards.
I'm not as disciplined as I'd like.
I leave small personal tasks undone...
I fail in eating as healthy as I want.

One of the practical ways for overcoming anxiety that works best for me is: Looking at cut flowers first thing in the morning. Flowers in your home have positive psychological benefits. They can help boost your energy levels and improve your mood. Flowers make me happy. I hope they make you, guys, happy too.

Hope you have a beautiful weekend! xx

roses motivation quote on lie

betty manousos' beautiful pink rose

November 04, 2016

A Proper Pizza is a Wondrous Thing

Gosh, it's cold outside. I'm wearing heavy jeans and a long sleeved shirt and a warm sweater. Which got me thinking this morning - what could be better than a slice of mouth-watering pizza for breakfast or actually whenever! Pizza warms me up.

What's not to love about pizza? I mean, it's crispy, it's cheesy, it's downright divine! It is beautiful to look at and substantial to eat. Pizza might be an Italian food, but Chicago-style Deep-Dish Pizza is all American.
We know you love pizza. And this one's the best you'll ever have. Okay, you want to go big tonight and make your own pizza.

Hope you have a delicious weekend! xx

10 ways to make a healthier Pizza.

Update: Though my blogroll itself vanished without a trace, the Blog Roll widget "Add a widget to your blog's layout" is still available. I did this to add the blogroll back to my sidebar, and now I'm in the process of rebuilding my Blog List. Please don't be offended if your blog hasn't appeared yet.

October 28, 2016

Have a Happy (Halloween) Weekend!

Halloween is right around the corner and that means horror movies, pumpkins, and sugar!
Hope you have a safe and delicious weekend (with lots of candy)! xx

All things Halloween. This made me smile.

(Photo of Judy Garland via Classic Movie Hub.)

October 07, 2016

Have a Wonderful Weekend

Life lately...
Capturing ordinary, everyday life in public spaces or life as its happens...
A car windshield makes a great surface for reflection photography. Trees reflected in my car's windshield. (Captured with my iphone.)
I always make coffee before I leave home, but I like to have a cup in the middle of the day, too.
Pumpkin Spice Latte and chocolate donuts only at Starbucks.

Taking in the beauty of the autumn scenery.

I can definitely feel fall is in the air. The autumn leaves are gorgeous right now, and I am encouraging everyone I know to spend a little extra time outside before the trees are bare and those amazing autumn leaves are gone.
Having a nice glass of wine after a hard day.
Sometimes it can be relaxing as long as you don't drink too much;)

Enjoying the last of summer's tomato bounty.

September 23, 2016

Five Fun Things

7 common mistakes to avoid when making pizza.

Happy Friday! Long week and I'm glad it's over! It's the weekend, so take a moment to sit back, evaluate what is important, and enjoy life!

Hope you have a good one. xx

Optical Illusion: Vanishing dots or twelve black dots illusion by Michael Bach. Really cool! This is not a gif, so try to see them all at the same time. Here is a great explanation.
Found on CircleCount.
Benefits of drinking coffee.

Retirement is one great big giant coffee break.
~Author Unknown
August 30, 1998. The first Google Doodle was the 'Burning Man Festival' symbol.
kitchen countertop styling
A simple idea for countertop styling that looks good and is functional, too: Decorate your kitchen with fruits and vegetables. And try keep things simple. Put a bunch of fresh fruits in a crystal container and display them on your kitchen countertop. A few fresh lemons in a glass jar would look lovely by themselves.

(Optical Illusion by Michael Bach via CircleCount on Google Plus.)