The week started off great with a walk on the Huntington Beach Pier. The surfers were out and so were the hoards of people fishing off the pier. The mornings have been full of June gloom which makes for perfect walking weather.
As much as I try to stay away from bread I just can’t help myself! So when I saw this sign at my local coffee shop I knew it was a sign… Insert smile!
So happy when I saw these beauties at Trader Joe’s. I look forward to Peonies season every year, they bring a smile to my face (maybe even more than bread). They had some beautiful burgundy ones this year, but I’m such a traditionalist.
A little garden inspiration. I’m loving the vertical gardens at this home and I’m trying to figure out how and where I can incorporate a wall like this in my backyard. I like to make a vertical herb garden. Do any of you have one?
I was doing a few errands in Laguna Beach when I came across this adorable little fairy garden tucked away on the side of a building.
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
Did you know when you smile you are throwing a party in your brain? This activity activates the release of neuropeptides which fights off stress. It also relaxes the body which can lower your heart rate and blood pressure. Studies have shown that those who smile are treated differently than those who do not. People who have a smile are thought of as attractive, sincere, reliable, and relaxed.
Here are just 10 of the millions of things that make me smile…
Swinging on a swing set.
Hearing someone speak Italian.
Eating coffee & donuts.
Sitting by a fire.
Playing with my puppy.
Coming home after a long day.
Hanging out with a friend.
When all my children are home for dinner.
Whenever I see a convertible Alfa Romero on the road.
Last but not least, Handsome. From that silly moment I caught him looking at me, I have not stopped smiling.
So next time you are out and about smile at the strangers you walk by, it just might make their day. You just never know what the power of a happy face can do to another person.
It does a body good.
It will make your day brighter and your brain will throw a party!
This is an App designed for your personal safety. Companion was designed by students at the University Of Michigan. All you need to do is enter your destination and select a few of your contacts to be your Companions (your contacts don’t even need to install the App on their phone). Companions will get a live map of your progress and will receive updates that you made it from Point A to Point B with no problems. If something happens along the way Companion will check on you to make sure everything is okay. If you don’t respond within 15 seconds, Companion will alert your contacts. There is also a “I Feel Nervous” button and that information will be passed along to your contacts, also. You can also call the police with just two taps. iOS & Android ~ Free
2. Untappd: For Beer Lovers
This App is to help you discover and keep track of every brew you drink with a network of fellow beer drinkers. You check in different beers and rate them. It finds you nearby venues, events, and beers that you will love. You can even send a virtual “cheers” to friends for their beer selection. iOS ~ Free
3. Prisma: Photo App
Turn your photos into incredible works of art using the styles of famous artists like Munk or Picasso! It also has a ton of special effects. Check out this unique photo App for yourself and create your unique art style.iOS~ Free
4. Magisto Video Editor & Movie Maker
Have you ever tried to edit a video? It a long pain staking process. Magisto make the process simple and makes your videos look as thought they were edited by a pro! The App takes your photos and videos and edits them together into videos you can share with your family and friends at places like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, even WhatsApp. iOS ~ Free
5. Pause: Learn to relax
In this crazy life that we all have sometimes it’s good to just take a moment and Pause. This App was made to help you relax. With a backdrop of soothing music, you move your finger slowly across your phone screen. Focusing on the slow and steady movement will help you to relax. iOS ~ $1.99
What are your favorite APPS you can’t live without?
In the world of beauty there are an endless amount of beauty tips and rules to follow. Over the years, I have learned a thing or two about some very important beauty tips from my mom (I should have listened to her sooner), make-up artists, friends, and my short career in a cosmetics department (I do miss the free make-up).
Today, I’m going to share with you my five favorite beauty tips that I follow daily! And if you’re not doing these things you should!
Always remove your make-up before going to bed and apply a night cream no matter how tired you are.
Make sure to exfoliate your lips prior to applying lipstick. Doing so will make your lips look more plump and help your lipstick stay on longer.
Happy Cinco De Mayo! Today on Friday Five I thought I would give you a little inspiration and five visuals to get you in the Cinco De Mayo mood! If you’re having a get-together you still have time to incorporate a few of these ideas to kick your party up a notch!
Of course no Cinco De Mayo party is complete without a pinata and these beautiful pinatas have beauty and function! I’m sure your guest will be wowed by this pinata made with fresh flowers and streamers. (made by Kristin Guy)
Favorite Things, Inspiration, and Five Happenings This Week!
The week started off slow…literally!
I spent last Saturday in the Emergency Room with a swollen leg. “They think” it’s a sprained knee. Even though I’m not very mobile I know I will always have my trusty Yorkie (Biscotti) to keep me company. (more…)
There are so many wonderful bloggers out there with such informative and brilliant information. I thought I would start a new series called Sharing Love, where I will be sharing with you all my favorite posts I have read over the past few weeks.
Thanks for checking out some of my favorites blogs posts! If you have a favorite blogger or post that you have seen lately, please share the link in the comments section and maybe I will feature them in my next Sharing Love post.