{monday morning} love

Monday, February 24, 2014

this morning started off as a mad scramble. a mad, mad scramble.

but i have officially put the brakes on that shit and am snuggled up with a creamy americano and some sweetness i fell in love with over the course of the last week.


this is next level brilliance...truly, genius. i mean, can you even imagine what it would feel like to play like that? mind blown.

i like this. also? when it comes to the home front, i am in perpetual survival mode.

these are beautiful but i especially love how he describes the process.

this made me snort coffee out my nose.

this quote:

we live under the impression that in order for something to be divine 
it has to be perfect.
we are mistaken.
in fact, the exact opposite is true.
to be divine is to be whole and to be whole is to be everything; 
the positive and the negative, 
the good and the bad, 
the holy man and the devil.
::debbie ford::

these photos of b:

{intentional} love

Sunday, February 23, 2014

oh boy.

we were wiped out last week by all kinds of infectious madness.

b had the chicken pox and tonsillitis.

p had fever after fever after fever and a major cough.

and i had strep throat.


on the bright side, we are all on the mend and hopefully have done our time this winter as far as illness goes!

and, not to make excuses, but all of the above should be reason enough to have missed setting an out and out intention last week!

still, i have loved all of the intentions i've set thus far and, trust, even after the week of intense focus is up, each one has continued to play huge in my life.

i like that.

a week of intense focus to get it in my bones and then it becomes a relaxed, simple and beautiful practice. a natural way of being.

as for this week, i am going to re-read each intentional post i've written so far this year, make some notes on what's working and what needs a little kick in the pants and then carry on.

i also want to tie up the loose ends around our house.


-set up my office space. it has been dragging on and on and it high time to just get that shit done

-purge; kids' toys, outgrown clothes, my clothes, the fifty jars of jam in the fridge that have mere scrapings left inside, that half dead plant on the coffee table {why can't i keep a succulent alive?}. you get the idea...ditch the clutter

-deep clean my room and the wee men's room

this week and next i am taking the first little baby steps into some exciting new territory for me and i want to be ready and focused with a clean and clear mind, heart and home.


and i missed 8/52 on the portrait project last week.

so, without further ado, p and b, week 8.

{p, now missing his two front teeth and learned to operate the loader on the tractor and can load big round bales}

{b, just sweet b}

{monday morning} love

Monday, February 10, 2014

good morning.

wake up slow:

surely some of these gems will resonate with you too

i have a folder on my computer titled "read and read and read again", you know this is going in there

come on people, we are better than this

and this is brilliant:

lastly, some beautiful words:

"every now and then, i'll meet an escapee, someone who has broken free of self-centeredness and lit out for the territory of compassion. you've met them, too, those people who seem to emit a steady stream of, for want of a better word, love-vibes. as soon as you come within range, you feel embraced, accepted for who you are. for those of us who suspect that you rarely get something for nothing, such geniality can be discomfiting. yet it feels so good to be around them. they stand there, radiating photons of goodwill, and despite yourself you beam back, and the world, in a twinkling, changes."
::marck barasch::

{intentional} love

Sunday, February 9, 2014

hello sweet loves.

this week i am going to focus on listening to my heart.

it's a practice i've been cultivating and nurturing for the last six months-ish and i love it.

it's strange, such a simple little thing, but listening to my heart has been life changing.

it has started to shift fear-based patterns, it has opened me up to more love and sweeter friendships and it has not, not once, led me astray.

i guess what is strange is that we ever move away from heart-centred living in the first place.

this week i want to listen to my heart. for everything.

heart based, oneness with the rest of the world.

{energy bar} love

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

we eat a lot of energy bars in our house.

a lot.

camping? hiking? skiing? biking? day at the beach? driving to the ranch? hangry meltdown?

energy bars are always there to save the day thanks to the fact that they are such a simple, grab and go, good for you energy boost.

but, there's always a but, they aren't particularly cheap.

i tried out some recipes to make our own but the results were always kind of "meh".

however, a couple of weeks ago i gave it one last try and created the perfect, in my humble opinion, energy bar; one that has the gooey hint of a brownie, a nice amount of crunchiness and is over the top with chocolate decadence.

you're sold on trying this out, right?

gather up:

1 1/2 cup walnuts

1 cup packed dates {pitted}

1/2 cup dried figs {stems removed}

1/2 cup prunes

1 tsp vanilla powder

1/4 tsp sea salt

4 tbsp cacao powder

1 tbsp cacao nibs

3 tbsp coconut oil

chuck all of the ingredients in your food processor and let it run until there are no big chunks of fruit left.

keep an eye on it though, as you will likely need to scrape down the sides a few times.

pour the "dough" into a container of your choice {i use a glass container that is approximately 8x8 inches and has a snap on lid} and press it firmly and evenly into the base.

place the whole lot in the fridge and allow it to firm up for an hour or so.

last step, cut and eat bars as your heart/belly desires.

that's it!

a few ways to play around with different flavours:

-use equal parts shredded coconut and rolled oats in place of the walnuts to make it school friendly

-add a drop or two of peppermint oil for mint chocolate

-add shredded coconut instead of cacao nibs

-add peanut butter in stead of cacao nibs

really, you can alter this a fair bit.

and, no, i did not take a single picture of the process or end result because, let's face it, no matter how sweetly you tie an energy bar into a little parchment paper package with pretty baker's twine...it still looks like a picture of a turd.

enjoy, friends!

{b, the top consumer of energy bars in our home}

{monday morning} love

Monday, February 3, 2014

happy first monday of february!

as always, i'm serving up some of the love i happened upon over the course of the last week.

february's theme is release

this needs to go viral and that is just kind of a sad

year of the horse is upon us

dammit. i wish i had seen this at the start of january


incredible creations; on the beach and in the mountains

i wish you a great week.

{intentional} love

Sunday, February 2, 2014

remember how last week's intention was self recognition?

yep. i did it.

and the very coolest thing was that an "identify your brilliance" session i had booked about a month ago {at the recommendation of a very trusted friend} happened to fall on thursday. and it was mind blowing. truly, it made me cry to know just exactly how cool and unique and remarkable i am.

and how incredible is it that the week i decide to focus on recognizing my own greatness also happens to be the week that i find out what my true brilliance is?

there are no coincidences y'all.

mmmmkay. onward and upward.

this week i am focusing on receptivity.

inspired by the synchronicity that has practically been punching me in the face lately and by the book i am currently hoovering {e-squared: 9 do-it-yourself energy experiments that prove your thoughts create your reality}, i want to really open myself up to receive all of the greatness that surrounds me.

that's it.

open myself up and receive all the goodness this existence has to offer.

i hope this sunday night is providing you with a little bit of extra sweetness.


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