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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Inspire Within | October 2011

Written on September 30, 2011 at 7:22 pm, by

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WHOLE FOODS GIVEAWAY | Packing School Lunches

Written on September 28, 2011 at 4:49 am, by

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The kids are back in school and we’re all starting to settle into our Fall routines.  With soccer practice, volleyball practice, homework, crazy work schedules and making family time a priority… packing school lunches is the last thing on our minds.

I scramble every morning to get the kids out of bed, dressed, and fed with a nutritious breakfast, then pack a healthy lunch.

I love Weelicious for healthy and creative lunch ideas.  Where do you go for your lunch ideas?  Better yet, what the heck do you pack your kids for lunch?

We’re giving away a WHOLE FOODS MARKET gift card worth $200.00 for the best “go to” kids lunch idea.  Just sign onto our facebook page and tell us what you pack to be automatically entered to win.  The winner of the $200.00 WHOLE FOODS MARKET gift card will be chosen at random and announced on October 5th.

We will compile the best ideas and post a menu when we announce the winner.  Good luck!

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Twitter Tuesday | Life + Style

Written on September 27, 2011 at 5:34 am, by

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Celebrity Twitter Tuesday gives us a little peek into how our favorite stylish stars make it a splendid life.  Heidi Klum tweeted this photo on her way to the Emmy Awards.

Thank you, Heidi, for indulging us in your life + style while away from the spotlight.

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Gast Architects | decor

Written on September 26, 2011 at 3:42 am, by

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I’ll be honest, the thought of hiring an Architect makes me nervous.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always wanted to build my dream house and I have incredible respect for their skill set – that rare combination of engineering practicality coupled with artistic expression.  But I’ve walked through too many homes where the owner justifies why their architect talked them into something they didn’t really want in the first place… like, for example, a large and fabulous window creating sweeping views of the valley, but what they really wanted was to feel like they lived in a tree house with small intimate spaces.

Things seem to be a little different over at Gast Architects.  An award-winning firm based in San Francisco, they seem to truly create architectural masterpieces that are tailored to each individual client.  From a lovely warm family home in Healdsburg, California to a 1920’s San Francisco apartment renovation, Gast seems to get it right each time.

 

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{All photos sourced from www.gastarchitects.com }

 

Share my love of easy elegance and finds from around the globe that are simply fabulous?  Ready to make your place a space that you adore?  I’d love to help make your house a home.  cecy j is currently accepting new interior projects.  Let’s chat info@cecyj.com

the amalfi coast | travel dreams

Written on September 23, 2011 at 5:11 am, by

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I had a dream last night that I was driving down the Amalfi Coast with the family.  I firmly believe every dream has meaning… so I’m adding Amafli Coast to my 2012 “to do” list.  It’s probably more realistic for my 2015 “to do” list, but I’ve learned you have to make plans for today if you want them to happen tomorrow.

What are you planning for 2012?  Let’s make dreamy travel plans together.  I always feel happiest when I have a trip on the horizon.  Where do you really want to go?   Try It.  Throw a dream trip out to the universe and it might just come back to you…

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{photos sourced from lonelyplanet.com & here }

 

Share my love of easy elegance and finds from around the globe that are simply fabulous?  Ready to make your place a space that you adore?  I’d love to help make your house a home.  cecy j is currently accepting new interior projects.  Let’s chat info@cecyj.com

Grades are Falling | ask my MOMMA

Written on September 22, 2011 at 4:19 am, by

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My daughter has always done really well in school.  She just turned 12 and all of a sudden not only are her grades falling but she has no interest in her friends, activities or even family events.  She is now completely distant.  We’ve always been very close but I’m having such a hard time getting her to open up so I can guide her out of this phase.

Janet, Orange County CA.

The journey through adolescence is a process.  Preteens and teenagers do not always manage changes in their bodies, appearance, minds, and emotions smoothly and elegantly so it is not unreasonable to expect bumpy responses.  In addition, your daughter is striving to establish her own identity.  All of this change can be confusing and requires time to think, often in solitude.

While it is normal for teens to decrease time spent with their families, it is not healthy for them to be without friends.  Help her to negotiate her new options and choices by giving her information, but don’t overdo it.  Perhaps share what you might have gone through when you were 12 years old in a way that builds her independence and self-worth.  Suggest ideas that will protect her from societal threats.  Avoid telling her what she should do.  Rather, model and give positive options while accepting her ideas even though they may be contrary to yours.

The fact that the changes in your daughter’s behavior were “sudden” is, however, somewhat worrisome as the evolution into adolescence should be gradual.  You might want to schedule a routine medical checkup, just to ensure that there are no physical or mental issues of concern.

It is not uncommon for a student’s grades to suffer as she transitions into junior high school because the schoolwork tends to be more academic in nature.  It is likely temporary but do not expect an automatic improvement.  Tutoring could provide her with an extra boost in confidence and specific study skills.

Lastly, be sure to schedule ongoing and specific time with your daughter to foster a real connection that is meaningful.  For example, routinely picking her up from school establishes essential time together without an option for her to say no to your invitation.

sweet paul | domestic god(ish)

Written on September 21, 2011 at 6:23 am, by

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I can’t take much credit for these beautiful photos or the amazing recipes that accompany them.  I think I’m late to the game on this one but I just stumbled upon Sweet Paul in search of some fresh Fall recipes and I got so much more than I expected…

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sweet paul, bread, fall recipes, cooking, carmel apples What started as a blog called Sweet Paul evolved into a periodical filled with easy & elegant recipes, fresh seasonal decorating & party ideas + so much more.

You can almost smell the Harvest Spiced Apple Cider and taste the Caramel Apples when looking at the beautiful photographs.  I hope you enjoy exploring Sweet Paul as much as I did.  Needless to say, I added Sweet Paul to our Periodicals to Love so it’s easy to find next time you need a wonderful recipe or entertaining idea.

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Twitter Tuesday | Life + Style

Written on September 20, 2011 at 5:56 am, by

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Celebrity Twitter Tuesday gives us a little peek into how our favorite stylish stars make it a splendid life.  Padma Lakshmi tweeted this photo of lunch.

Thank you, Padma, for indulging us in your life + style while away from the spotlight.

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the sectional couch | decor

Written on September 19, 2011 at 4:56 am, by

I personally love the sectional couch.  I know it takes up a ton of space and I’m fully aware you can overwhelm a room with the wrong one… but when you get it right, for a family room, it just makes the most sense for creating a cozy space for everyone to curl up together.

A few spaces that I think are better off after meeting the sectional.

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{photos sourced from decorpad.com| architecturaldigest.com | lonnymag.com| morrowmorrow.com| ruemag.com| amiesherrydesigns.com| jhinteriordesign.com}

 

Share my love of easy elegance and finds from around the globe that are simply fabulous?  Ready to make your place a space that you adore?  I’d love to help make your house a home.  cecy j is currently accepting new interior projects.  Let’s chat info@cecyj.com

 

dog days | life + style

Written on September 16, 2011 at 3:29 am, by

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We’re getting a doggie this weekend and I’m so thrilled!  His name is Meyer.  For almost a year, he has been raised to be a guide dog by my sister and her amazing family.  Fortunately for us, Meyer didn’t quite make the cut (over 50% of guide dogs do not pass because the requirements and training are so strict).  We feel so honored to be chosen as a suitable family for adoption.

I’ve been “dog nesting” for the last few weeks trying to mentally prepare myself and my family as well as get the house ready for what will be my 3rd boy.  I’m getting seriously outnumbered.

In case you’re in the market for a new dog, I thought I would share some “insider” tips and advice from the guide dog trainer on all the essentials like food, bones & leashes.  I also added my own 2 cents on a decor conscious purchase I made for Meyer and a few cost saving tips (geez, I thought the kids were expensive).

Have a great weekend.

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1. I shopped at all the big retailers for stainless steel bowls and had a very hard time finding a water bowl + food bowl & stand for under $75.00.  But I hit Marshalls and found a set for $14.99.  A pretty great savings…

2. My sister recommended a leather leash.  She said the leather is most comfortable for daily walks and managing such a large dog.

3. Meyer… love at first site.

4. Meyer is a Lab, so he loves his bones.  My sister recommended Nylabones for everyday and rawhide bones for special occasions but that we need to keep a close eye on him because he can choke on the rawhide.

5. Okay, a little splurge for Meyer…  Jax & Bones use some adorable textiles for their dog beds so they’re perfect for any family room.

6. Natural Balance dog food was highly recommended but it’s not cheap.  I went ahead and bought it anyway only because Pet Food Express was having a “Buy 2, Get ½ off” deal.  Purina Pro Plan was also recommended and much more affordable.