fav finds | twenty-eight

after quite the hiatus, i'm bringing my fav finds back (at least for today :-) )... yes, please.

i'm sure this implies something a bit more healthy, but our (terrible, brand new, not-metting-code) roof situation makes me just want to run -- and hide.

i've thought about doing this for the last 10 years. one of these days, i will.

might have to figure out how to do this with the kids this weekend.

applesauce nut bread. yum!

love jonathan adler pillows and now there's an owl. oh dear.

pretty boots.

pretty leopard jacket.

just love dogeared necklaces and now my friend sells them.  might have to order one or two.

also love these blankets. my favorite for years.

kids and i have been having fun working on our own painted animals.

adore this custom family pillow!!

might be my pumpkin this year.

print your photographs!!  love this black & white display.

wise words.

someday i will own one of these.

i think i'm going to ask kiele to draw / paint  something like this for our house.

my sweet friend, leah of lilyblue, just released these awesome new presets.

this boy on x factor last night.  OH MY GOODNESS (have to watch the whole thing)...

last but not least, i can barely stand it...LOVE this show and season two starts in two days.

fav finds | week twenty

fav finds | week seventeen

oh this picture.

i heart twiggy.

i just want him.

no sugar oat drops. must try.

i love this idea so much. need to photograph sky's toys & create stories with the kids.

growing older is a privilege!

life is art. [source unknown]

cool coloring books for kids.

so incredibly inspired by sally mann.


beautiful simple portrait

and another stunning portrait.

this could possibly be the best kid's backpack ever.

want these shoes bad.

banana bread [with applesauce and honey, instead of oil and sugar.  i bet you could also substitute coconut flour for wheat flour]

this is so great.  gotta love her.  and ellen at the end...hilarious.

and OMG...this had me in tears.



fav finds | week sixteen

pretty swim suit.

i've been trying to think what ryder could do for his 100th day of school project and then i saw this. [although the chest hair is throwing me off a bit.]

happy day print.

no use comparing.

vegan. yum.

not vegan. yum.

super love johnny cash.

i shoot like a girl.

packaged with love.

i hate perfume.

chips and salsa. my weakness.

new favorite pants.

so much inspiration here.

drawn to this.

always on my mind.

i love hummus. said to be the best.

he would make a fun kids collage project.

be a girl with a mind. a woman with attitude. a lady with class. [author unknown]

fav finds | week fifteen

embrace it.

can't wait to make these.

i so want to create a family time capsule.  added to my next week's to-do list!

love my orange townie.  but i really need to ride it more.

hoping my kids will be inspired to make me something like this.

it would be such a dream to meet her. or photograph her. both really.

been wanting a fire pit for a while. this seems perfect.

i really want these but they're all sold our right now.

love these postcards so much, especially the bullshit makes people ugly one.

so hilarious!

roasted vegetable enchiladas. yum!

i am so getting this shirt.

magical photograph.

i really want to get a pouf for my house. preferably a bit cheaper.

roasted banana rum cake.

i was laughing so hard watching this, i could barely breathe.

fav finds | week fourteen

just follow the rules.

this website is so amazing [recipes, meal planning, shopping list printouts, food labels & so much more].

and yet, more terrarium love.

excited that these are coming to nordstroms in just a few weeks.

love this portrait so much.

be awesome -- today and everyday.

lucky us -- i'd love to make something like this [year we married & years the kids were born].

i think skyler might like this.

and ryder this.

not sure i would ever do this in my house, but i totally dig this corner. or maybe i would.

i wish i had a bigger freezer. this just seems to make sense to me.

trying to figure out where this happy reading rainbow could go in my house. i've even considered the new bathroom.

these recipes seem pretty darn amazing.


want for the littles room.

i'm making these in six days.

fav finds | week thirteen

something i try to teach my kids and always remember myself [source unknown].

love the thought of an envelope journal, to not only journal, but also collect important things from throughout the year.

so smart.

i really want pretty hangers. at least a few of them, for the  littles' room. hope to make someday.

can't wait to start photographing in the water again. love this photograph.

so love this idea of tracing the outline of famous art works and then letting the kids color them. here's how she does it.

sometimes a roar. sometimes a quiet voice.

would so love to have steve make this bookshelf. no room in this house; maybe our next house in a couple years.

love this idea for valentine's day cards. a template to allow your child to draw each child in their class and then attach candy.

oh pretty terrarium, how i want you so. but i'm afraid i might kill you, like i do all the other plants.

maybe i should start with this. yes, i'm so making one of these pots.

still dreaming about my partial tattoo sleeve. goodness, her sleeves are beautiful. [source unknown]

OMG, this photo melts my heart.

simple words [source unknown].

last but not least, this video rocks!

fav finds | week twelve

can't wait to make these once i'm done with the cleanse. i'll probably replace regular flour with coconut or almond flour.

such a beautiful photo. can't wait to shoot in some fog. it's been a long time.

i want to get this print for my kids' room.

i love absolutley everything about this little space.

such a cool window, reflection, self-portrait shot.

i want...

would love to have a terrarium in my house one day. using air plants is such a great idea, especially for me, who has a magenta thumb.

i am an artist!

adore every bit of becky earl's work and super love her new year's resolution she shared today.

wise words from a dear friend of mine.

love this 'don't be a di*k during meals with friends idea, although i personally would love to take it even further and implement with family time .

a perfect example of the joy, beauty, awesomeness, treasure...of capturing the everyday.

these look so good. trying to figure out a way that i can make them without dipping in egg (no egg for me right now).

last but not least, the clean program makes it to my fav finds this week. i decided to make yesterday the first official day of my 21-day cleanse and i have to say -- it really sucked!!  it was the raging headache that set me over the edge last night. but this comment, on my yesterday's post, has me so inspired.  i KNOW this is the right thing for me.  thank you reb!!

I'm planning to start my 3rd annual Clean cleanse in about 2 weeks.  I love love love the Clean program and plan to always do a cleanse each January - it's the perfect way to re-set your body after the holiday season and at the start of a new year.  You'll feel incredible - even after just a few days.  I have found though that I spend quite a bit of time each day preparing food and after a week or so feel like I'm getting nothing done except the cleanse.  It helps to plan ahead and to make food/smoothies for a couple days.  I'll cook enough salmon/chicken/whatever for a few lunches or make enough smoothie to last in a fridge for a few days as well.  I also plan to cook very simply for my family during that time since it sucks having to make dinner for them and then a smoothie or soup for myself.  But, even with the extra planning it helps to understand that the cleanse does add one pretty big thing to your to do list each day and that simplifying elsewhere is often necessary.  Anyway, I hope you love it.  Whenever I get sick of it or felt hungry I always remind myself: this is the kindest thing I can do for myself right now. Good luck!

fav finds | week eleven

decided to prioritize my DIY favorites, for the new year. hoping to work on these projects in the coming months. silhouette pictures

painted animal-topped jars

billy buttons

finish this calendar journal project

because i have an owl obsession and the kids would love to do this.

need to remember to show steve this since our storage shelving is falling apart

this too, for around the pool.

yarn-wrapped sticks

and words

really want to get started on this long-term 'i love you' collage

get all my photographs hung

must remember to not throw out toilet paper tubes.

want to do this today, from oma & opa's in NV to our home in FL.

one of my absolute most important DIYs in 2012 is to learn and shoot video of my family. and i love heather's yearly new year's video tradition idea.  i might just tweak this idea and add questions to my annual family book -- have the kids complete some questions every year in their own handwriting.

fav finds | week ten

love this so.

love this idea for christmas morning, although you'd have to start it in the middle of the night.  this or this might actually be a better idea for christmas morning.

some of the best photography advice ever.  which has now been followed up with this.

made this soup last week and it was amazing. i used heavy cream instead of evaporated milk.

printed and posted in my office because i need to get my butt back in gear.


i love this photo so much, i can barely stand it [wish i knew who took it].

i kind-of-sort-of-really would like to walk into the grocery store with this.

might have to do this one day.

love this DIY print share from angela hardison. joy to the world. peace on earth. she designed it for the holidays but it really could stay up all year IMHO. we have a large vintage school map hanging in our dining area. this idea now has me thinking about stenciling some words on our map.

tried and true favorite, from childhood. and yes, i need to carb / sugar detox in january.

must read. top five regrets.

i want one of these really, really bad.

something to really think about


fav finds | week nine

i'm a huge handwritten to-do list kind of girl. electronic lists just won't do. and i so love this written to-do list from johnny cash. and i just so love johnny cash.

my kind of necklace. simple and pretty.

pretty bangle bracelet.

a most perfect outfit, for almost any day.

love non-itchy smartwool socks, especially these knee-high ones.

i've made these green bean bundles quite a few times.  they're not exactly healthy but they are fabulous.

you & me & us & we & love. yes.

i love this commitment to shoot and print daily. and if you've never seen lila was here, andrea does daily photos better than any i've ever seen.  beyond inspiring.

hoping ; -) santa brings our family this. followed by this and this and this. and then i'll be on the local hunt for a bob seger, bob dylan and cat stevens album [all memories of what i listened to daily as a kid].

this is my kind of wrapping. you can find the tape here and here.

i have a thing for vintage fabrics, linens and wallpaper. and this is great.

my absolute favorite blanket / throw.

backlight love. not always the easiest but when it's good, it's really good. you can never practice enough.

i'm doing this as soon as we're back from nevada! but i want to do non-holiday versions. will be perfect for the trinkets my kids collect, e.g. shells, bottle caps, etc.

i dream about shots like this with my own family. more inspiration on this blog. sigh!!

did i share this before? just makes my heart so happy.

love this awesome blog post -- 30 things to stop doing to yourself. and love the blog in general.

fav finds | week seven

yes, it was supposed to be fav finds friday but i had two editorial shoots this weekend and my friday ended up being consumed with prepping for the shoots.  so  here with go with fav finds monday. hope you enjoy... love this

these geometric animals, to hang on the wall, are so cool

i do something like this every christmas for my neighbors and friends, although i usually useregular mini pretzels, dip the pretzels in white chocolate and then add two M&Ms. they're such an addicting snack.

would love to make one of these for each of my kids, in a theme of what they love or are into [and maybe a christmas idea for the cousins].  hmmm...the kids could even help create the cousins.

seven-layer dip [made with homemade guacamole] is one of my absolute favorites to bring to parties and pot-lucks. so love the look of this one. i also love bringing a side of garlic-garlic dip.

i used to make friendship bracelets all the time as a kid.  here's a couple cool tutorials for macrame bracelets.

this is just pretty darn fabulous. i would love to own a print.

i'm craving this. i think i'll make this tonight with some grilled chicken.

and i'm going to try this idea because the salad [in the bag] always seems to go bad in my fridge. i'm hoping that if i prep the salad ahead of time, it will actually make it's way to our plates.

i'd love to have this clock [and the table and the lamp] in my home

i'm really not a very good vegetable eater, but my friend leah swore by roasted vegetables.  so i gave them a shot and have to say...i love them.  this is the recipe i use, although i add zucchini and fresh garlic too.

i really should read this regularly