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Happy Memorial Day!! Sparklers for Everyone!!

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Odd Little Optical Illusion

What???!!! Here’s an optical illusion photo that’s been floating around the internet. From the nose to the chin, it’s uncannily weird. What do you think? Were you fooled? Pop on over to to share your reaction with the creator.

Cheers, Amy

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Kissing in the rain and other summer pleasures

This picture captures the pure joy of kissing in a summer rain. One of life’s simple pleasures – it should be experienced by everyone at least once.

It’s edging towards summer now… What are some of your summer pleasures? Mine include floating in a cold lake with the sun beating down on you; the sugary brain freeze that accompanies the first bite of a really good snow cone; and the smell of grass drying out in the heat.

Cheers, Amy

PS – image originally sourced from the now-defunct

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White Sangria Recipe

Well… Let’s just say I have a new favorite summer drink. There are white sangria recipes galore across the internet, but I tend to make a straightforward mix that’s easy to customize based on what’s in your fridge.

The base starts with:

1 bottle viognier
2 cups peach nectar (you can substitute peach schnapps for some)
1 cup sparkling water

Then, slice your fruit in whatever combination you so desire. Here’s some of my favorites so far:

1) raspberries and peaches
2) strawberries and oranges
3) peaches and strawberries

Frozen fruit works equally as well as fresh. If you’re not starting with a chilled bottle, frozen fruit actually helps it get to the correct drinking temperature more quickly. Lastly, don’t be afraid to let it soak…ours always tastes better the next day.

Cheers, Amy

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Favorite Links: Vintage Mother’s Day

It’s almost Mother’s Day…do you have something special planned?

I found this image in the Shorpy Historical Photo Archives.  I love everything about it…from the trio in the foreground to the child scampering down the alley in the background. Do you think the sister is going to share?

To mothers everywhere, have a wonderful weekend. For my first Mother’s Day, I get to spend it with both my son and my mother. I can’t wait.

I thought I’d share one of my favorite blog posts about motherhood, from the always wonderful Pia Jane Bijkerk. Also, a shout out to my own mother’s eponymous blog,

The L.A. Times has an article on Famous Moms Through History. Her choice of which moms to include is a little skewed to modern celebrity, but it’s an interesting read.

Cheers, Amy

Cheers, Amy

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Grandma Moses: Amazing Mom

One of history’s most amazing moms? Grandma Moses. She raised five children on a farm. Then, in her 70s, she started painting for the first time and quickly became one of the most famous American artists.

I sometimes get a little stressed about how much of my time is taken up with my newborn son. Here’s proof that having kids doesn’t spell an end to your creative life. Grandma Moses is definitely good inspiration.

Interested in knowing more? Check out this NYTimes article on Grandma Moses’s life.

Cheers, Amy

(Images from here)

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Beauty: Post-Partum Bodies

Jessica Simpson has recently been in the news for her extended pregnancy and weight gain. To outside observers, it appears that she went over her due date…if that was the case, I send her my heartfelt sympathy. I was induced at 42 weeks with my son, and spending those last two weeks with everyone else’s anticipation was very difficult. I can only imagine how it must have been like for someone who lives in the media spotlight.

I don’t normally get very personal on this blog, but I’ve recently been thinking about post-partum bodies and beauty. Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Gift: Handbag of Indulgences

What could be more luxurious for Mother’s Day than an evening clutch filled with indulgences…and tickets to an evening out on the town? Hmmm…

The Goods:

Evening clutch from Etsy shop FoxyVida

Colette solid perfume by TOCCA

Card case wallet by Etsy shop TheCuriousCase

OPI nail color

Moonstruck Chocolate

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Make Your Own Notepad

Have you ever thought about making your own notepad? I love this idea, especially if you use it to recycle paper scraps from around the house. I currently clip papers together with a binder clip. But, imagine how nifty it would be if you were able to bind it with glue…

You could take the paper scraps, load into your printer, and easily add personalized “letterpress” images for character. Or, you could print off personalized messages for yourself or a loved one. I’d love a notepad that said “Good morning, Amy” at the top…it would make trips to the grocery store or perusals of the to-do list a little more fun. 🙂

Full details on how-to can be found at Real Simple.

Cheers, Amy

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Carrot Hug

A little bit of cuteness to start your week. (My friend Katie posted this on Pinterest…not sure where it was originally from…)

Cheers, Amy

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