I love the holidays. Its true…. I’m indeed one of THOSE people. The people who love to look at the Christmas lights on Candy Cane Lane, wrapping presents, writing holiday cards, putting up the Christmas tree while listening to endless renditions of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” while drinking hot cider. I just love it. And part of the joy for me of the season is being able to support local crafters and artists; giving a gift of handmade love and beauty to my family and friends is so magical. And that is why I am over the moon excited to be putting together the Happy Girl Holiday Craft Market.
This Sunday Happy Girl Kitchen Co. will be teaming with local artisans selling their beautiful goods such as handmade jewelry, local artwork, ceramics, beeswax candles, and so much more. Top it all off with live music, yummy food, and our amazing community… well, I think its going to be a winner! Can’t wait to see you all there, supporting our neighbors and what they do best: creating, celebrating, and bringing about joy!
Moments that make me the happiest usually involve a couple of reoccurring concepts: simplicity and beauty.
After taking a break from the my world and resting on vacation with my parents, sister, and fiance in Hawaii, I could feel myself re-inspired again. I don’t think it was even so much being in a paradise (which didn’t hurt of course), but the ability to relax and be with my family, smile together, and let go of worries….had me finding inspiration wherever I looked.
And now; refreshed and back home, in the midst of spring, I have again been finding beauty everywhere. Flowers, color, longer days, the fresh, and the new. I was particularly inspired by my simple lunch… sauteed cabbage and farmers market green onions in butter and salt/pepper topped with sour cream and smoked salmon. It made me feel simple and decadent at the same time. (not to mention pretty darn great!) I sat and ate it, imagining the same meal being nonchalantly grazed over by a bachelor in Paris on his teeny front steps, where the fabulous and simple are showcased at their prime.
Right now, Im just so happy for the simple beauty I see (and dream) in my everyday life. Its just lovely. What have you been seeing lately?
A look back at the week has me feeling so inspired. curious. ready for new. ready for change:
Leopard. How a funky pair of heels puts a pep in your step, even if you’re only folding laundry.
Etsy. The handmade work and art of others keeps me constantly entertained. Such a beautiful thing, the creative. (check out my shop!)
Spring. flowers. colors. spring onions. strawberries!
Martha. Ok, don’t kill me, but I’m obsessed. She’s over 70, curious, fantastic, and makes everyday living more like an art than a waste of time. LOVE.
Seapony. Cute, indie girl music meets summer Santa Cruz boardwalk.
More light, longer days. Thanks, Spring… I feel ya.
I’ve forced myself to “like” a lot of healthy stuff. Kale/apple juice? YUMMMMM. (not) Spirulina Green Smoothie? Fantastico. (c’est miserable) BUT this. This is not a “force the greens” down kind drink. This my friends, is delicious. More vanilla milkshake than green smoothie. More (much, much more) delicious than icky. This, is what Ive been searching for. And I’ll even share it. Thank me later. (I love flowers, raw chocolates, and anything from Anthropologie by the way.
Lifechanging (Green) Vanilla Date Shake
1 (or 1 ½) handful fresh, organic spinach
1 heaping tablespoon of almond butter
2 tablespoons organic whole milk yogurt
½ teaspoon vanilla
2 dates, pitted
1/3 cup milk of choice (cow, almond, soy, etc)
Place all of your ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Drink your greens; they’re delicious.
“Always remember your true beauty comes from within, no matter what methods you use to beautify your body on the outside. If your heart is filled with envy, hate, jealousy, and ugly, unhappy thoughts, it will discolor your aura for all to see. What you thought yesterday, you will live today. What you think today, you will live tomorrow. If you want to live a life filled with health, beauty, joy, and happiness, then think only of that which is beautiful, and you will be beautiful.”
….now how wonderful is that?