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Month: March, 2012

Happy Weekend!

(via hip hip gin gin)

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Truth & Beauty

Truth:

&

Beauty:

Words To Live By

So, I probably sound obsessed with Joanna Goddard. . . and, well. . . I kinda am!! She is fabulous and I can completely identify with her personality, style, and lifestyle. Anyway, Joanna is featured, today, in Refinery 29‘s column, Drops of Advice, and her advice totally speaks to me, being a twenty-something novice at adult life and the escapades that come along with it. So, without further ado:

Joanna Goddard, Blogger/Writer, A Cup of Jo

“When I was in my early 20s, I felt unmoored. After college, I moved to New York City by myself. My apartment had mice, I was very single, and I was so broke that I would skip getting tomatoes on my bagel because they cost fifty cents extra. I was trying to have my Mary Tyler Moore moment, but wasn’t sure how. Was this it?

“Then, one day, I magically stumbled upon the best advice I’d ever heard. In a blog interview, photographer Stephanie Congdon Barnes said: ‘You can have the life you want.’ It was just the encouragement I needed. You can create the life you want. You can figure out what exactly that means to you, and instead of getting caught up in an imagined rat race, you can work hard, grow in your career, spend time with your family, ride your bike by the river, eat too much spaghetti, have friends over for wine and cheese, go on vacation and take funny photos… I suddenly felt like it was possible. I could carve out the life I wanted. Ten years later, I remember those beautiful words almost every day.”

Easy Travel!

That seems like an oxymoron, no??! Well, check this out:

“Can you imagine boarding a flight with just your purse and favorite book? Before you leave for vacation, LugLess will pick your suitcases upfrom your house and deliver them right to your destination.

A small suitcase costs $39, and a large suitcase costs $59, which are amazing prices considering that most airlines charge twenty-five bones to check a bag. Traveling without luggage would make a trip so much easier, especially when you have a wriggly baby in tow.

Having your bags sent ahead is something I always assumed was reserved for the Rich & Famous, but this seems totally doable! Thumbs up, LugLess.”

Thanks for the heads up, Joanna!! Next time I travel here, to visit the fam, I may have to try this! What a temptation. . .

(via A Cup Of Jo)

Happy Spring Equinox!

sun + clouds

leisurely car rides + sun + fedora hats

bike rides + trench coats

= spring ❤ ❤ ❤

Urban Preschool Genius

I saw this post on Urban Preschool (one of my all-time favorite blogs) and had to share!

“What’s it really like to see through the eyes of a child? Are babies and young children just empty, irrational vessels to be formed into little adults, until they become the perfect images of ourselves? On the contrary, argues Alison Gopnik, professor of psychology and philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley.

The author of The Philosophical Baby, The Scientist in the Crib and other influential books on cognitive development, Gopnik presents evidence that babies and children are conscious of far more than we give them credit for, as they engage every sense and spend every waking moment discovering, filing away, analyzing and acting on information about how the world works. Gopnik’s work draws on psychological, neuroscientific, and philosophical developments in child development research to understand how the human mind learns, how and why we love, our ability to innovate, as well as giving us a deeper appreciation for the role of parenthood.”

Cha-Cha-Cha Chia!

You can thank me (or Food & Wine Magazine) later, for this recipe. . .

This pudding is easy, creamy, surprisingly lemon-y, & totally good for your health! Cin cin!

Food & Wine + Goat

Healthy Splurges: Farm-Fresh Goat-Milk Lattes

Coffee bars might want to skip the $20,000 machines and buy a goat, says Dr. Daphne Miller.

Kelly Slater, 10-time world surf champion

© Alex Nabaum

It’s 7 a.m., milking time on Shining Moon Ranch in Boonville, California. Farmer Micki Colfax hands me a mug of dark-roast coffee and leads me to the goat shed where her Mendocino Grand champ, Sine Qua Non, is having its own breakfast. I’ve traveled the globe researching the world’s healthiest diets, and I’ve come to believe there are lessons we can learn right at home on local farms. I’m at the ranch because I feel that Micki (and her goats) might offer insight. Research shows that children raised on sustainable farms have fewer allergies and upper-respiratory infections than kids who grow up in a city. Micki herself has four hardy sons. I wonder, is it the sun? The fresh air? The exposure to animals? The milk they drink? All of the above? Now Micki puts my mug near one of Sine Qua Non’s teats. Two squirts and a luxurious foam rises to the brim—an instant latte. I sip. The scientist in me contemplates the milk’s medicinal qualities: lactoferrin, a powerful immune booster in the whey, and oligosaccharides, food for the infection-fighting healthy bacteria in our gut. But the gastronome in me just smiles: a rich, silky latte sine qua non. It makes me wonder: Shouldn’t every coffee bar have its own goat?

Daphne Miller is a family physician and the author of The Jungle Effect. She is currently at work on a book about healing secrets from the farm.

Irish. . .or not.

May you always be blessed
With walls for the wind
A roof for the rain
A warm cup of tea by the fire
Laughter to cheer you
Those you love near you
And all that your heart might desire

IRISH BLESSING

(via hip hip gin gin)

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