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Giveaway–I Want These Shoes

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Envy is Such a Silly Shade of Green

I find that I am a bit jealous of my dog’s fascination with squirrels. Every time he comes across a squirrel on our walks through the park, his ears perk up, his mouth spreads into a wide, doggy grin and he bounces around excitedly in anticipation of the chase. How nice it must be to approach something as ordinary and mundane as a squirrel sighting with the kind of enthusiasm and curiosity that most beings reserve for only the most novel experiences.

Dress It Down

Dress It Down is a feature wherein I create a casual, affordable outfit inspired by a red carpet look. 

Today’s Dress It Down is inspired by: 

Christina Applegate at the 2008 Emmy’s 

 

 

Picture 5I love how incredibly comfortable this one shoulder tee looks! I also like that the soft flare at the hips kind of mimics the bow and train featured in Christina’s dress. The soft blue of the jeans is the closest I could come to the the color of the dress. The wedge sandals reflect not only the dress’ gold pattern, but the braided t-strap provides a slight Grecian element that I think the one shoulder, toga quality gives to the dress. I chose some simple tear drop earrings to complete the dressed down look.

Inspiration Friday: Busy Bee

Bumblina Bee Girl by thepoppytree via Etsy.

 

I have an absolutely CRAZY weekend planned. Two in-town friends with birthdays to celebrate and three out-of-town friends coming in tonight for a rather impromptu visit. So today, I’m forcing myself to feel inspired by the prospect of lots of fun, rather than focusing on how insanely packed and exhausting this weekend will be. 

 

Hope everyone has a fabulous Friday night!

Children’s Books

I’m really looking forward to getting back to some fiction writing when I’m all done with massage therapy school and able to set my own, flexible working schedule. One of the first things I plan to do is begin working on a children’s book. This has been an increasing desire for me as of late and as I contemplate it more and more, I find myself thinking back on all the books I read and loved as a kid. 

 

Aunt Isabel Tells A Good One

By Kate Duke

With the help of her niece Penelope, Aunt Isabel tells the story of the plucky young Lady Nell, a feminist rodent if there ever was one. A mixture of action adventure, fantasy and romance, Aunt Isabel Tells A Good One is a wonderful little story all about the art of storytelling. 

 

Ferdinand The Bull

By Munro Leaf

A classic about the importance and beauty of pacifism and the simplistic joy of a life spent just sitting beneath a lush tree, smelling the flowers. 

 

 

 

 

The Big Orange Splot

By D. Manus Pinkwater

A wonderful early lesson in nonconformity and acceptance. When a bird drops a gallon of orange paint on Mr. Plumbean’s roof, he paints his house multi-colored to match the splot and the change turns the neighborhood upside down. 

 

 

Gila Monsters Meet You at the Airport

By Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

This story, about the difficulty of moving and acclimating to a new place really resonated with me as a child because my family moved around quite a bit when I was little. 

 

In The Night Kitchen

By Maurice Sendak

In The Night Kitchen, from the author of Where The Wild Things Are, is a book that I remember reading with my older brother. It’s a wonderfully illustrated story of Mickey’s adventure through a baker’s kitchen. 

Giveaway Alert

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Dream Gallery

I love these paintings by Suzanne McLean, available in her Etsy shop, Dream Gallery

The colors are just beautiful!

This one makes me think of Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night. 

 

And this one reminds me of the opening sequence of The Lion King. 

 

Love It Monday

Love It Monday is a feature geared toward getting the week started on a positive note.

This Monday I’m loving:

Wacky robot prints from tsktsk

 

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