Valentine’s day is coming this weekend, and whether you love it or hate it, you must admit having something adorable to lounge around in makes any day that much sweeter. So I present to you the madeleine mini bloomers, a free sewing pattern that you can download! It takes only a yard of fabric (along with some elastic and ribbon), and an hour or two of sewing to whip up these pretties.
"So often we let life bump us off course. We set out on a path, and almost instantly our emotions distract us, or something happens and we drift off course. If you want things out of life, you will have to go for what you want regardless of your current situation. If you concentrate on your goal and do not get distracted, you place an additional force at your disposal. For the power of will allows you to be moved into the right place at the right time. If you do not know what you want in life, you express that uncertainty into the universal law. And it --- being impartial --- expresses back to you the same feeling. The result is that nothing flows, and all your attempts to materialize your dreams fade or break up.
If you do not know what you truly want then the best move is to begin to clear out all those things that you defintiely no longer want --- debilitating relationships, unhelpful habits, lack of action, and become clear, and then you can head toward it. The path of power calls for certain aggression, as does nature. The animal in the forest goes for what it wants and in doing so it expends energy in getting its needs met. You should adopt the same style. Lock on to what you want, go for it no matter how long it takes, and you will have added concentration to your battery of techniques for self-improvement."
I love music, terribly love everything about it. I love that it can take a hold of you, recall a distance memory, change everything and at the same time remind you that nothing has changed. This song has me right now and i'm ok with that.
I suppose that a bar isn't a proper breakfast, but these Raw Organic Food Bars in Chocolate Coconut things are so good that i want to eat them for every meal. Though hard to find, they are the perfect mix of chocolate (which i'm not a huge fan of), coconut, dates and other delish though mushed up stuff that i don't care to actually look at. I keep them by my computer and eat them half at a time when the urge to snack slaps me in the face, and at 230 calories a pop they are a pretty solid snack.
I meant to take a picture of what I think may be my summer cocktail of choice, the Vodka Lemonade Fizz. The original recipe is from Gourmet Magazine but I've made some tweaks below, and I think it's just what you need on another rainy June day - a refreshingly light summer cocktail that packs enough of a silent punch so you can forget that it should be about 70 degrees, dry and sunny.
Bring lemon juice, sugar, and rosemary to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar has dissolved, then reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Discard rosemary sprigs. (This can be added to many drinks so you may want to make more (though the recipe is for 8). Pretty sure it lasts forever and smells amazing.)
Fill 8 (8-ounces) glasses halfway with ice. Divide syrup (about 2 tablespoons each) among glasses and add vodka (1 tablespoon each...or a bit more). Top off with sparkling.
* guess i should say that i have a strong love of lemonade and lime.
I highly recommend falling for a guy from Louisiana.
Really. If for no other reason but the joy of having live crawfish sent to your nyc apartment. From the moment of seeing these little buggers crawl around in water to "purge" to pouring them perfectly cooked on a newspaper covered table, opening up a cold beer and eating until your nose runs and your lips burn.
I guess you don't really need the LA guy part, but that's part of the fun. Do it. Really. It was my first crawfish experience and I wouldn't have it any other way...
If i had a laptop you can bet your bottom dollar that this would be one of the next purchases (after a mighty mouse and a solid external drive) - it would sit somewhere by the sofa and we would take turns vegging on the sofa and working or shopping/surfing online with unaffected thighs. It would be fantastic. I heart felt...
3/4" of 100% wool felt with laser-cut typographic design
I copied this from another site - wish I could remember which one because it's brilliant.
Running is beautiful in its simplicity. We set the body in motion and keep it in motion. Okay, so how do we do this? Well, we lift and drop one foot in front of the next. We also breathe. Eventually, we vary speed and distance. That’s it. Like I said, it really is quite simple. Still, talk to most people and they’ll avoid a run like it’s the plague. Running is difficult on the mind and body. Naturally, we tend to avoid it, ignoring the simple notion that our greatest gains are found in the exact places we choose not to go. It’s the one cardiovascular exercise I have never heard associated with the body “peaking out.” If you get into the habit of running a few days a week for a few months, you will lose weight, and you will feel stronger, and you will be a happier person. Someday, perhaps I’ll put some depth into my physical and psychological claims, but today, let’s remain on the task of breaking ground.
There is one constant that holds firm in every aspect of my training - from running a 5k to teaching a spin class to lifting weights to doing power yoga to training for the 26.2 miles of a marathon. In my mind, I’ve come to label it as The Push. In terms of running, it means a variety of things. It means when you wake up in the morning and don’t feel like going for a jog, The Push gets you out of bed, puts you on the road. It means when you’re out on the road and you’ve committed to running 5 miles, you don’t pull up at 3 because 3 is “good enough”. It means that if you’re comfortable running a 9 minute mile, The Push lowers your pace to an 8:45, or an 8:30, or a 7:30 because it’s possible, because when you commit to letting it kick in, the option of selling short simply fades away.
And if none of the above is clicking for you, if it’s too much rhetoric, then just be superficial. Look better, be reminded what Spring looks like, meet hot people doing it. Whatever it takes. Get out and go. After all, summer is coming.