Friday, July 13, 2012

Friday Wearables - Latin Quote Necklaces

My Alis Volat Propriis necklace has been so popular that I now offer three new necklaces with handstamped Greek quotes!  Here they are:

Luceat Lux Vestra Necklace (translation: Let your light shine)

Luctor Et Emergo Necklace (translation: I struggle, and I emerge)

Vincit Qui Se Vincit Necklace (translation: She overcomes, who overcomes herself)

Which one is your favorite?

Happy Friday, and have a fantastic weekend!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Healthy Snacks - 150 Calorie Mixed Nut Packs

I recently bought a variety of nuts at a local international foods store (raw cashews, hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts and pecans) and made them into snack packs!

As I was about to make them, I happened to read an article that talked about snacking right.  According to the article, a snack should be around 150-175 calories.  I researched various nut calories and came up with an average number of 7-8 calories per nut, which means there are on average 19-20 nuts in a 150-calorie snack.

First, I mixed the nuts in a huge bowl.

Next, I divided them up into small batches - 21 nuts each.  (By the way, see the gorgeous cutting board in the two photos below?  My brother-in-law made it from scratch!  Can you believe it?  It is amazing, and one of the best presents I have ever gotten.)

Finally, I placed each batch into a small snack bag.  Voila!

I took them to work, and now reach for one when I feel that afternoon craving for a snack that's both delicious and nutritious!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

New Lens!

I am beyond excited - this weekend I became a proud owner of this awesome Canon lens!  I did quite a bit of research before settling on this one, and so far it's fantastic.  Just in time for our vacation!

Speaking of vacation, shop will be closed tomorrow - Sunday, May 27th.  Have a great rest of the week!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Giveaway Winner!

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway! 

The winner of Mother's Day giveaway is Stephanie (entry #8)!  Congratulations - I will be contacting you shortly!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Cherry Blossoms at Brooklyn Botanical Garden

A couple of weeks ago, I spent several hours at Brooklyn Botanical Garden, enjoying the gorgeous cherry blossoms that had peaked that week.  I have lots more pictures to share with you but here is one for now:

Happy Monday!  Have a great week!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Mother's Day Giveaway - Mother Daughter Stamped Charm Set

Hello everyone!  With Mother's Day just around the corner, it's the perfect time for a giveaway!

One person will win this Mother Daughter Stamped Charm Set - Sterling Silver Disc and Heart Charm, Heart Cut-Out, Personalized, $50 value:

To enter the giveaway:
1. Leave a comment in this post.

2. Be sure to leave your name and e-mail address right in the comments section, so that I have a way to get in touch with you.

I will pick a winner at random. The giveaway will be open until Monday, May 14 , 2012. One entry per person please. It is open to all readers. Good luck!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Central Park Blossoms

There were tons of gorgeous blossoms at Central Park this Sunday.  I was glad to have my macro lens handy!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Crocus - II

Seemingly overnight, these little blooms opened!  They made me think of Spring and the melting snow (although we haven't had much snow this year!).

Sunday, February 5, 2012


Just yesterday you couldn't even see the tiny purple blooms.  I gave them a little water, and this morning they were out already, reaching for the light.  Can't wait until they open up!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Woodstock, VT

Recently we took a trip to a small village Woodstock, Vermont.  We rented a charming cabin, and what a terrific find it was!  It snowed for two days while we were there, and you can see for yourself what beautiful scenery we enjoyed.

The cabin was as charming inside as it was outside.  Sue, the owner, meticulously placed every single item with thought and care to create a cozy and welcoming ambiance.  Here are some of the lovely details.

We felt at home and spent a few relaxing days enjoying the cozy cabin and peaceful surroundings.

Hope your weekend is going well!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Wishing a Happy and Healthy New Year to you and your loved ones!

We enjoyed these beautiful amaryllis blooms this holiday season.  I've never had so many blooms on one!  I think there were six of them at once.