Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Finds - China to Outfit to Home

A piece of my heart was tapped into when I lived in North Carolina and that piece has been with my ever since. When I was about to lose a few hundred airline points, I knew exactly what I had to do to keep that part of me alive amidst all the hipsters, techies and kale eaters. I ordered a subscription to Southern Living.

This past Thanksgiving issue has been dog eared with several recipes I plan on trying this holiday season, but one particular page caught my eye. A common feature is turning a china pattern into an outfit. My first reaction was, "Oh, that's fugly." Then it grew on me. It was so fugly, it was cute. Then I thought, I bet I could turn that china pattern turned outfit into a home themed Friday Finds. So here we are. TGIF!


Clockwise from Top L:
Target - Threshold Embroidered Floral Toss Pillow
Anthropologie - Terry Quilted Washcloths
Southern Living - Magazine Subscription (for tablets too!)
Kitchen Aid - Professional 600 Series Stand Mixer in Cobalt
February Lane - But First, Coffee Print in Aqua (and only $4.95 for the printable download!)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Entries for Hummingbird Giveaway Open til Friday!

Don't forget to enter the giveaway this week! Click here for the original post.

To celebrate the end of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and to acknowledge the miracle of hope that slowly starts to grow in the soils of grief, I'm giving away one of these lovely hummingbirds to a blog friend.

Photo: {Last Week} $100 away from our SIDS Fundraising goal for October! Know someone who needs love this week? Send them this beauty and a personalized message. We'll donate $15 to fund SIDS research.
 
Brooke, over at Swell Forever, is donating $15 to SIDS research for every hummingbird ordered in the month of October. She's $100 away from her goal. You can win one here by entering in any or all of these ways:
 
1. Leave a comment here on the blog
4. Share the giveaway on Twitter
5. Share the giveaway on FB
 
If you choose entry ways 2-5, just leave a comment here that you've done it! Entries open til end of day of Friday and winner announced over the weekend!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Kitchen In Progress + Giveaway

My kitchen is the hub in our home for creating, nourishing and healing. I often feel clever, assembling ingredients into satisfying meals, or at peace as I put the kettle on to whistle while waiting for tea to brew. At times, I've also felt overwhelmed with stacks of dishes, shattered glass littering the floor and maggots crawling out the compost bin. That's why, as much as I can, I try to keep my little kitchen tidy, a blank canvas for whatever mood strikes. After a long season of feeling out of control in most areas of my life, I set the kitchen to order on a sunny day.
 



I love this cheerful set of prints that my mom gave me for my birthday several years ago. Practically year round, we leave the French doors open for Oliver to come and go as he pleases. Unfortunately for me, this leads to several itchy welts as mosquitoes also feel free to come and go.


My tea station above the range houses a canister set from England when I studied abroad, a tea set made in Portugal gifted to me on graduation, and Harry's recipe for Oatmeal Pie (his favorite healthy breakfast).
 

These amazing gold jungle magnets were a Joss & Main find and the only magnets Mr. P cares for on the front of the fridge. My guilty pleasure is covering the entire side of the fridge in magnets, cards, birth announcements and save the dates!



This little nook houses my measuring spoons handily beneath the spice cupboard along with a bowl of mostly faux fruit. The hanging planter of succulents was a little treat to myself on an excursion to Flora Grubb with a friend.



This measuring cup set was a wedding gift from a dear friend - Anthropologie I do believe - and I couldn't bear to have them languishing in a cupboard. So I repurposed the family of chicks into succulent planters on my sill overlooking Bernal Hill.


Speaking of the hill, you might remember this view from last year's Instagram 30 day photo essay. I have a new addition to the window, a handblown glass hummingbird gifted to me in remembrance of the bitty baby we lost. I see her every morning when I make the coffee, and in the afternoon, the sun catches through her delicate wings and cast luminescent shadows across the room.

To celebrate the end of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and to acknowledge the miracle of hope that slowly starts to grow in the soils of grief, I'm giving away one of these lovely hummingbirds to a blog friend.

Photo: {Last Week} $100 away from our SIDS Fundraising goal for October! Know someone who needs love this week? Send them this beauty and a personalized message. We'll donate $15 to fund SIDS research.
 
Brooke, over at Swell Forever, is donating $15 to SIDS research for every hummingbird ordered in the month of October. She's $100 away from her goal. You can win one here by entering in any or all of these ways:
 
1. Leave a comment here on the blog
4. Share the giveaway on Twitter
5. Share the giveaway on FB
 
If you choose entry ways 2-5, just leave a comment here that you've done it!


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Weekend Biking San Mateo

Just a quick drive by (bike by?) this week capturing one of the many reasons I love living in the Bay Area. We woke up last Saturday wondering what to do and after several rounds complete with Jungle Book impressions, we landed on taking the bikes out to the trails in San Mateo.
 

Seal Point Park literally has it all (dog park, beach access, kids play ground, running trails, bike trails, amazing views AND parking!). We couldn't believe how empty it was on a Saturday in October either. Plenty of parking was available and the dog parks had like 3 dogs total. What are you up to this weekend?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Finds - Fox Hunt

I saw this fox print flipping through the Crate & Barrel catalog and just fell in love with the quick water color brushstrokes building out the fleet fox. And that nose. Well, I'm a sucker for most any cute animal noses. So the Friday Finds inspiration was born this week. It's everything you need for a modern day faux fox hunt including the bed for your hound.

TGIF!


Clockwise from Top L:
Crate & Barrel - Fox Print
Bloomingdale's - Via Spiga Wool Double-breasted Coat
Lowe's - Carolina Pet Company Dog Bed in Hunter Green
lefaire - Horseshoe Necklace

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Nightime Visitors and a Potty Problem

Right before we left for our trip to Zurich, Oliver developed a severe case of anxiety presenting as territorial marking and stress peeing. We got the official diagnosis after taking him in for an emergency vet visit thinking that he must have a UTI or even a blocked urethra. Nope, as it turns out he needs a kitty Prozac and an outdoor outlet for marking to protect his turf from neighborhood friends.

When I was on the East Coast taking care of business and seeing family, Mr. P caught one of these "friends" in action.

We had seen a family of raccoons cross our deck before, but this was the first time we caught it on film.


While pretty cute, it makes us concerned about the threat of rabies or bites when letting Oliver out on the deck.


Have any of you had success with raccoon exclusion tactics? Or relaxing your kitties and solving marking problems?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Miscarriage Reflections - Light the Night

Tonight, we lit a candle to commemorate our miscarriage as a part of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month. The flame represented not only our loss, but all of losses of friends and family who know this pain first hand. Those who came forward and told us their stories were essential in helping us not feel so alone in this pain and grief. This group of people represents the worst group to be a part (nobody wishes to be in the club) and the best group - because they're among the strongest, kindest folks we've come across.

 
#swellremembers #lightthenightforRue

For those who haven't experienced this loss, but are wondering what you can do to support those who have beyond awareness day/week/month, here's a short list of some of the things that have meant the most to me:

1. Cards and letters - handwritten notes in my mail box helped so much in acknowledging the loss and showing that we were cared for.
2. Care box - a box including tea, bars of chocolate, gossip celebrity mags and comedic dvds was a favorite tangible comfort and a lovely blown glass commemorative hummingbird was another.
3. Texts and emails - especially weeks and months after the miscarriage, just to ask, "How are you?" and knowing they cared about the answer even if it was "Pretty much a hot mess."
4. Wine - not just the bottle itself, but the conversation shared while drinking it.
5. Hug - actions speak louder than words and this physical comfort said so much more than "I'm sorry" ever could (virtual hugs also very welcome!).