Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Etsy Tuesday - Let's Get Creative! - 04.22.2014

If there's one thing that keeps me going on the daily it is creativity.  Being creative, staying creative and being inspired by the world around me is so essential to my very soul that it's something I strive for every single day.  It's an integral part of my life, in my teaching, my photography, my writing, my blog and even my parenting! Oh yes. Try NOT being creative with a toddler. Ha! Good luck with that, eh?

Today I decided to scour Etsy for some tools for you to get creative! I typically keep an inspiration journal with me at all times, where I jot down things (quotes, passages, etc...) that inspire me.  Sometimes I just glue in pictures that inspire me.  Think of it as a random journal if you will.  See... here it is below...


Here are some supplies to get you started...

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Are you feeling inspired?? Do you already have an inspiration notebook? What do you put in it? Poems? Art? Quotes? Pictures? 

I hope your Tuesday is going well.  After these past two crazy weeks, I'm happy to report I'm feeling normal again.  Thank goodness! I even went back to the gym this morning and everything! Feels good. : )

Until tomorrow!

Hugs,
Mina

Monday, April 21, 2014

Interiors Monday - Grasscloth Wallpaper - 04.21.2014

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Hello! Happy Monday everyone! I hope everyone returned refreshed from their Easter break or three day weekend (hopefully). : ) Today I'd like to share with you the new love affair with grasscloth wallpaper.  It's definitely the new thing around here.  Three of the homes I've photographed for Houzz have used it and I have fallen in love with it! It's texture is so subtle that you wonder what it is at first glance.  The colors are not too bright, not too dull, but just right.  It adds interest to a room without having the loud and obnoxious wallpaper we typically see.  I've seen it in a living room, dining space, home office and even a bathroom (as you can see above).  A few bathrooms actually! And it looks fantastic!

Would you ever wallpaper any room in your home? Too much work? Or worth it? I'd love to know!

Again, I hope your weekend was wonderful! Lil' S's grandmother put together the most beautiful Easter basket that we gave her on Sunday.  It actually happens to be the hubby's basket from childhood! In pristine condition!! Such a cool tradition to start with our little munchkin. She had an absolute blast and so did we! I hope you did too. 

Until tomorrow!

Hugs,
Mina

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bohemian Wednesday - Favorite Bohemian Rooms of the Week - 04.16.2014


Hello readers! I am so happy to be back with you for a new Bohemian Wednesday column.  I am so sorry to have been MIA for SO long! My life was turned completely upside down the past two weeks.  Just when I thought it was getting back to normal, I got sick again on Sunday night.  Had a very high fever and an episode of the chills that we all thought was a seizure.  Turned out it was my body desperately trying to regulate my body temperature.  Absolutely terrifying 10 minutes.  I thought I'd die. Seriously.  The next day (Monday) was spent getting all sorts of tests done... only to have the doctor tell me he has no idea why I've had these freak fevers and why any of it happened because all of my blood work looks "normal." Oh boy.  Sometimes I feel like the Internet is a better doctor than these "highly trained" human doctors.  Goodness. 

Needless to say... I walked out of there more confused than I was coming in.  His best advice? "Keep your eye on it." Great. Thanks.   But, as my mother says... it's better to get checked than to ignore it.

I hope you enjoy today's picks for Bohemian Wednesday.  I really have missed doing this! I miss you guys! I miss blogging SO MUCH! 

I cannot wait for my life to get "back to normal." It needs to... stat!

Have a wonderful rest of your week!!

Hugs,
Mina


Friday, April 11, 2014

Random Friday - 04.11.2014 - A Houzz Tour!

Helllllooooooo!!! I cannot believe it's been TWO weeks since I've blogged! I am SO sorry for that!! Sometimes 24 hours in a day just isn't enough.  I've had everything from article deadlines to photo shoots to work work stuff to sick kiddo to me being sick... again... to charity events to doctor visits to everything else that falls in between. Boy oh boy... What a crazy month April has been! And to think that next week is already Easter weekend! Whoa!! How did we even get here????

I wanted to share my latest house tour for Houzz with you on here! I hope you'll head on over there to read the article! Quite the talented pair! I will do my very, very best to blog all week next week!!

Hugs!
Mina






Click here for the story and more pictures!! Until Monday! Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Random Friday - It's The Little Things - 03.28.2014


I gotta tell you,  every single spring season, I get this itch to de-clutter, live simply, and change the family nutrition to an organic and natural one.  I exercise profusely and read Zen Habits on the daily. I also take a long, hard look at my finances and become nearly obsessed with budgeting and saving and planning for a rainy day.  It's weird.  What is it with spring?  In the summer I start regressing and over spend (you'd thing that would happen in the winter).  By Fall, I'm feeling guilty from the summer binge and I'm back to trying to find a middle ground.  This happens to me every.single.year.  But, one thing I have to say for sure, is that I always feel my very best in the spring.  I feel healthier, happier and ready for a fresh, clean start in every aspect of my existence.  I can wish spring lasted year round... OR I can consciously make an effort to ensure that it "does" and just stick to the spring frame of mind throughout.  For my family, for our daughter, for myself.  I've got to make the positive changes... permanent. What am I doing currently?  I joined the gym about a month ago and have been going at least 5 days a week. I've been scouring the organic foods at the grocery store and have incorporated a lot more fruit into mine and lil' S's diet.  She LOVES fruits by the way! I am so relieved because I know not all kids embrace them.  Plus, she can drink water all day long! Also, something I'm super thankful for. I've also been dying to go through the house and de-clutter.  Maybe a garage sale is in order?? Ugh. I hate doing garage sales though. Hmnnn... I need to think about that one.

If you're in the Tampa Bay area and you're looking to do some de-cluttering of your own... our Woman's Club is conducting its annual new member project and we are collecting prom dresses and accessories and shoes for the girls of a local high school.  If you'd like to donate, please drop off your donations at Why Not Boutique in South Tampa. : ) You might even end up shopping while you're there! Cute cute shop! I hope you can help out!!

So. Tell me.  What are you working on?

Here are some links to inspire you this weekend!

  1. Here are some vegan recipes to drool over.  Nope. Not turning vegan.  But, I love vegetarian alternatives and incorporate them into my diet all the time.  We're not meat eaters at home.  But, it's just a way of life... we don't try to be vegetarian.  We just kinda are. But, not 100%.  We'll eat everything available at a bbq. Not gonna lie. 
  2. And I'm obsessing over the rainbow colors bookcase in this house tour!
  3. I'm pretty sure I should study this tutorial, because lil' S has been sporting uneven bangs for a while now. Thank goodness for curly hair!
  4. I am totally into carrying around inspiration notebooks.  I LOVE this idea!
  5. OMG this home tour.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Bohemian Wednesday - My Favorite Boho Rooms of the Week - 03.26.2014

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My favorite day of the week is Wednesday because I get to search the Internet for my favorite bohemian rooms of the week to share with you. : ) I get inspired every single time! One thing all these rooms have in common is layers.  Layers can add warmth and dimension to an otherwise sterile and cold space.  You should try it. : ) 

Let me ask you... how's your week going so far? It got freakishly cold today (for Florida spring, that is) and I don't plan on taking off my coat allllll day. I don't even care what I look like. I'm just cold. Don't judge.

I will catch you guys later!

Hugs,
Mina

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Etsy Tuesday - Let's Plant Something! - 03.25.2014

Spring is definitely here and I am ready to work outside.  Last Friday I was determined to get our front entry some greenery and mulch.  Here's what the back of my car looked like when I got home...

Yep. Determined. 2 hours of sweeping up mounds of pollen (took up an entire trash bin... eeewwwwww), and mulching and putting potted and hanging plants out... I was done and happy as a clam.  Tis' the season for scouring places like Home Goods and Marshalls for cute pots.  But, Etsy isn't a bad alternative either.  Especially if you want them shipped straight to your door. : ) Here are today's picks!

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Are you outside yet or is it still to chilly in your neck of the woods?  Don't fret... warmer weather is on its way! Yippeeeeee! To think I used to love the cold weather. Ick.  Can't say that now. No sirree! 

Up to anything today? I hope you have a wonderful, wonderful day you guys.  I will catch you tomorrow!

Hugs,
Mina