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Friday Five ~ There Is Magic In Your Smile


“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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Did you know when you smile you are throwing a party in your brain?  Smiling activates the release of neuropeptides which fights off stress. Smiling 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 smile are thought of as attractive, sincere, reliable, and relaxed.

Smiling is contagious.

Here are just 5 of the millions of things that make me smile…

  1. Swinging on a swing set.

  2. Hearing someone speak Italian.

  3. Having coffee & donuts.

  4. Sitting by a fire.

  5. Last but not least, Handsome.  From that silly moment I caught him looking at me, I have not stopped smiling.



Smile! It does a body good.

It will make your day brighter and your brain throw a party!


Until next Time…


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 It’s that perfect time of year, the birds are chirping, the weather is warmer, the trees are blooming, and generally everyone is happy.

How cool are these elevator doors?  I was at a business meeting in Pasadena and every floor in this building had a different word painted across the elevator doors.

Inspiration is everywhere you look…sometimes it is actually written out just so you notice it.

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There are so many reasons I love Springtime, like the weather, people seem happier, and most of all wherever you look there are trees blooming with beautiful Spring flowers.




On a recent trip to the Orange County design center for Sunday breakfast (they have a delicious cafe hidden away there) I came upon this fantastic fountain.  We had breakfast and then did a little design center window shopping.

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Handsome just gets me.  He know exactly what to do to bring me back to center.  These pink roses did the trick, their scent is intoxicating.




A very special person surprised me with a Rainbow Roll Cake. The perfect mid-week sweet treat.

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Happy Friday!

In just a few days is Memorial Day have fun, stay safe, and please, don’t drink and drive!

Until Next Time…



Friday Five ~ Best Apps Edition

We’re talking APPS today…Friday Five Best Apps Edition

1. Companion: Mobile Personal Safety

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?

Until Next Time…


25 Random Acts Of Kindness

25 random acts of kindness

There is no better feeling than when someone does something nice for you just because, and that same feeling goes for doing something nice for someone…just because!  The world can be a very harsh place just one small act of random kindness from a fellow human can dramatically change someones life or at the very least make their day!

I have made a list of 25 little random acts of kindness, so just maybe we can all show a little more kindness and love towards each other.

One small random act of kindness can truly make someone’s day.

  1. Say “Good Morning” to the person standing next to you.
  2. Offer to return a shopping cart to the store after someone has loaded groceries in their car.
  3. Purchase coffee for the person standing in line behind you.
  4. Text someone just to say good morning or good night.
  5. Leave an encouraging note on the mirror in a public restroom.
  6. Hold the door open for others.
  7. Give a genuine compliment to at least 1 person everyday.
  8. Give a gift to someone, just because.
  9. Compliment someone to their boss.
  10. Let people merge-in during traffic.
  11. Say “thank you” and “please”.
  12. Send a care package to a solider.
  13. Buy lemonade from a kid’s lemonade stand.
  14. Put a coin in an expired meter.
  15. Say “I love you” to someone you love.
  16. Smile at people.
  17. Surprise your friend with a CD of their favorite songs.
  18. Introduce yourself to new and not so new neighbors.
  19. Compliment a stranger.
  20. Hold the elevator.
  21. Write your husband/wife a list of all the things you love about them.
  22. Check in on your elderly neighbor.
  23. Purchase extra dog and cat food and drop it off at your local animal shelter.
  24. Email or write to a teacher who made a difference in your life.
  25. Offer to buy your co-workers lunch.

How do you spread random acts of kindness?

Until Next Time…


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Friday Five ~ Cinco De May Edition

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)

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 How cute are these table centerpieces?  They are so easy to make with just a can of mexican salsa de chile fresco and a few succulents! (100 Layer Cake-let)

Friday Five - Cinco De Mayo I’m loving these tissue paper fiesta flowers!  These flowers bring color and fun to any Cinco De Mayo party. Learn how to make them with Val. (Val Event Gal)

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Get the party started with the drink of Mexico! Tequila, Of course!  These adorable sample sizes of Patron make the cutest “welcome to my party” drink. (Diana Johnson)

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 End the evening spicy with these mini hot sauce bottles as party favors. (Wilkie)

Friday Five - Cinco De MayoStay safe, please don’t drink and drive!

Until Next Time…


Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mothers day gift guide


Madewell Transport Tote  – Clean, modern and completely unfussy, this roomy leather tote is topped with comfortable over-the-shoulder straps and a convenient optional crossbody strap for when you want to wear the style hands-free.

Fringe Studio I Love You Mom Porcelain Mug – Brushstroke script and golden hearts make this porcelain mug an enchanting gift for any mother.

Lavami Bath Soak – The nature-lovers at Canada’s Lavami believe that healthy, vibrant skin comes via a nutrient-rich regimen and not by way of the latest fad. That’s why they choose each of their high-quality ingredients carefully – creating pure, handcrafted blends that are free of GMOs, synthetics and preservatives. This blend of salt, minerals and herbs reduces stress, removes toxins and offers all-over revitalization in your choice of soothing florals or stimulating citrus.

Succulent Living Wall Planter Kit – How does your garden grow? Lush with hand-selected succulents and a layer of moss, this rustic, wood-framed garden is a work of living art. Designed to thrive indoors and out, the bright array of greenery is held in place by water-preserving moss and light mesh within a square or rectangular frame. Succulents are as low maintenance as they are charming, and with the included instructions, you’ll be able to keep your clippings alive and well for years. Your portable garden can be hung from a wall or fence, or used as a living centerpiece?

Kendra Scott Kirsten Earrings in Silvertone Plate – Make a bold statement with these beautifully faceted drops framed with textured, organically shaped settings that offer a fresh twist on Kenda Scott’s classic portrait style.

Assouline Chanel – 3 Volume Set – This elegant slipcase set includes three Memoire volumes celebrating Mademoiselle’s revolutionary style.

Sugarfina Champagne Bears Gummy Candy – These Sugarfina gummy bears are made with Dom Pérignon Vintage Champagne, bringing sophistication to the nostalgic treat. These bears feature flavors of classic Brut and fashionable Rosé.

Black Pearl Max One Scented Candle –  Scented with notes of Black Rose and Ginger.  Approximately 30 hours of burn

Happy Mother’s Day!

Until Next Time…


Glamping And My EcoWash

Handsome and I have been invited to go Glamping this summer.  Just so you know I DON’T camp!  There are no if, ands, or buts about it.  But, when our friends came to us with this “glamping” invitation I was intrigued. They told us that Handsome and I would be staying in our very own 31-foot Airstream trailer.  Have you ever seen one of those beauties? I know…weird. I don’t camp yet I think an Airstream is beautiful!

Now this is the type of camping; or glamping as they call it, I can do. However, there is one drawback. There is no place to wash our clothes.  Normally when we go on vacation I bring a huge laundry bag and as we dirty our clothes we shove them in the bag. Then all we need to do when we get home is throw the bag in the laundry room. When we are ready to wash all the dirty clothes they are together in one bag and not in different suitcases mixing with the clean clothes I never ended up wearing.

I thought it would be nice to be able to wash my delicates while I’m gone so I don’t have to throw them in with the big pile of dirty clothes.

Enter Avalon Bay… They make this really cool portable (18’ high, 16” wide, & 17.5” long, when fully assembled) non-electric hand powered washing machine.

Glamping And My EcoWash

It’s lightweight and washes about 5 lbs of laundry in about 2 minutes.

Glamping And My EcoWash

The EcoWash’s pressurized cleaning technology gently cleans your clothes and removes the toughest stains. It only uses a couple of tablespoons of detergent per load depending on the size of your load. Because there are no agitators, it is extremely gentle on your clothes (that is why it is so great for your delicates).

Here’s what I washed.  The stains were removed and the clothes came out smelling clean.

  • 3 pairs of socks
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 3 t-shirts
  • 2 shirts

Glamping And My EcoWash

Photo Bombed by Biscotti

Do you answer yes to any of these questions?

  • Do you wash your dedicates separately?
  • Do you live in a dorm Room?
  • Do laundry only for yourself?
  • Does the power go out in your home frequently?
  • Do you wash cloth diapers?
  • Do you vacation on a boat or RV?
  • Do you go camping?

If you do, you need a EcoWash to make your life easier!

Using the EcoWash helps conserves water, electricity, and the chemical footprint on the environment.  Do yourself, your clothes and the environment a favor.

Want to know a secret? I keep my EcoWash in my bedroom closet, so whenever I need to wash my delicates I can set the EcoWash on my bathroom counter and wash away!

Avalon Bay and myself are giving my readers a special deal, if you order your EcoWash here using the code ECODEAL you will receive a 15% discount and free ground shipping!  This deal is only good through May 31, 2017.  So hurry!

Click here to find out more about the Avalon Bay EcoWash.

This is a sponsored post. The kind people at Avalon Bay gifted me an EcoWash to try out and let you all know what I think of it.  I love it!

Until Next Time…


Friday Five

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…)

Spring Fling Fashion

Nothing says Spring Fling Fashion like white pants and a chambray off the shoulder blouse.  Pair the two with a few well thought out accessories and you are ready for anything!

Spring Fling

Melissa Joy Manning – 14-Karat Gold Pearl Earrings

G.V.G.V. – Denim Off-Shoulders Blouse

FRAME – Le High Straight-leg Jeans

Saint Laurent – Amber Ankle Strap Sandal

Tory Burch – Women Cat Eye Sunglasses

Talbots – Straw Tote

Cartier – Ballon Bleu Watch

Charlotte Chesnais – Heart Gold-dipped Two-finger Ring

Ileana Makri – Thread 18-karat Gold Diamond Eternity Ring

JINsoon – Nail Polish – Ube

It’s feeling a lot like Spring Time now in Southern California.  So I’ve got my open toed shoes out of hiding (in case you didn’t hear we had quite a wet winter here).

Now, if I only had a convertible again!

Until next Time


5 Simple Ways To Clear The Negative Energy From Your Home

Spring is not that far away even though good ‘ol Punxsutawney Phil says it’s going to be 5 more weeks of winter.  That doesn’t mean you can’t start to getting ready for Spring cleaning now.

In fact, now is the perfect time.

5 Simple Ways To Clear The Negative Energy From Your Home

Everyone cleans their home, at least from time to time, but have you ever cleaned your home of negative energy?  Once you perform the cleansing, you definitely can feel the energy of the space lifted, it seems brighter, and the air circulates better.  You don’t have to wait for Spring to do this type of cleaning.

Just a few of the times you should do this cleaning in your home:

  1. After a divorce, break-up, or someone moves out
  2. Once you have removed clutter from your home
  3. You have moved into a new space
  4. When you have bought a second-hand item or received an antique
  5. After a large party
  6. When someone has had an illness or died
  7. After an argument
  8. If you are feeling sad
  9. You have negative feelings
  10. Prior to implementing feng shui

Here are 5 simple ways to clear that negative energy from your home:

Air Out Everything

Open all the windows and doors.  Create a draft through your home to let the outside fresh air move freely though your home, even if it’s freezing outside.  Fresh air is everything!

Repair Or Get Rid Of Broken Things

Broken items keep that negative air flowing in your home or office space.  Either fix or donate those items to get rid of their negative energy.

Remove Clutter As Soon As Possible

Doesn’t it feel great when you clean a space? “Things” retain a lot of energy and can block our path forward.  Cluttered areas can also make you feel tired emotionally and physically.

Salt The Corners Of Each Room

I know it sounds strange for those who have never heard of this.  The salt absorbs the negative energy.  Do this especially if you have moved into a previous owned home.  Pour salt into the four corners of each room and let it sit for 48 hours, then either sweep or vacuum the salt and throw it away in the trash outside of your home.

Protect Your Entrances

Windows and doors are entrances to all kinds of energy.  To make sure only the positive energy is entering, you must sure these areas are clean.  To do this, fill a bucket with water, Juice from 4 lemons, 1/4 of a cup of white vinegar, and 1/2 cup of salt.  Wiping down the doorknobs and windows with the mixture.  Then pour salt by all the entrances to your home.  Cover the salt with a door mat so the negative energy does not enter your home.

Now that your home is clean and free of negative engery enjoy all that Spring has to offer!

Until Next Time…