Category Archives: Inspiration

In Love with Charleston

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Hello, Friends!  I have just returned from Charleston, SC – which just might be my new favorite city in all of the land.  The Holy City absolutely lived up to its charming reputation; seeped in so much history, and full of pretty details.  I am enamored with all of the colorful facades, and the window boxes, flowers, and winding vines I saw on every surface.  What a truly beautiful place!

In addition to all of that gorgeousness, the food and shopping were spectacular!  It should come as no surprise that I dove head-first into both of those facets of life while in Chucktown.  When I am on vacation, I am always conflicted as to whether or not to whip my camera out.  I want to be fully present where I am, but I think for anyone who is a photographer, or simply passionate about photography, you come to feel even more in the moment with a camera in hand.  It’s almost as if you learn to see things differently and pick up on tiny moments that you might not otherwise.  Can anyone relate?  It’s an interesting phenomenon, for sure.  That being said, I did my best to find the balance, with and without.  These are a few (Okay, way more than a few!) of my favorite snaps, as well as my hit list of things to do and see.  Truth be told, I feel as if I could have been in Charleston for a month and not accomplished everything I wanted to, so I am already in the process of planning my next trip.  If anyone has any recommendations, please feel free to add them, as I am all ears for my next go round!

In the meantime, enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend! ♥

 

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How to Make Your Home Smell Amazing: Spring Edition

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I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend, and that all of the Mamas out there were spoiled lavishly!

I am going to keep this short and sweet today, as this post is essentially a spring-ified seasonal variation on one of my winter favorites.  I love doing things like this because not only are they cost effective to execute (I essentially foraged in and around my house for anything and everything that smelled good, and threw it in the pot!), but are all natural, too!  Plus, they look pretty on the stove.  : )  I went for a blend of eucalyptus leaves, fresh herbs, lemons, and a few leftover lavender buds from my previous post – but you can really take this idea in any direction that you want.  Please let me know if you come up with any combinations that I should try!

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Happy Earth Day ♥

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A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the Naples Botanical Garden – and in short – was in my version of heaven; sunshine, flowers, puppies (Dogs are allowed!), and photo ops around every corner!  The only thing that could have made my experience better would have been if I had made it to the Sunday yoga class that they host in the Caribbean Garden (I will on my next visit, for sure!).  : )

The property is divided into 6 sections with a rotating special exhibit.  You can currently see life-like dinosaurs “roaming” around, which is why T-Rex himself made an appearance in this post.  My favorite space, however, was the Children’s Garden.  I spared you the photos of me climbing into what was essentially a pink and purple doll house (!), but I loved all of the interactive learning stations, especially the “hidden” space above, which looked like a junkyard at the outset, but was really one big lesson in reduce, reuse, recycle.  It was so neat!

I have been wanting to upload these photos for a while now, and thought what better time to do it than Earth Day?  After all, the garden exemplifies the natural beauty the world has to offer, and is certainly an exercise in human beings taking care of – and treasuring – that. ♥

Have a beautiful day, my friends!  XX

 

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