Daily Inspiration

Sorry I have been rather quiet in the new year…. I’ve been gathering ideas, making mental notes, and have many things I want to do on Turquoise Autumn this year, and I’ve been waiting to get organized to do it.  But will I ever get organized to my high standards I set for myself?!?  Probably not, so I just need to take the next step.  Take action.  Just do it.  Right?!?  Isn’t this something we struggle with everyday?!?  I find I make many excuses for myself… not enough time in the days, household chores to do, or not enough inspiration, but that’s not necessarily true.  There is inspiration everywhere, in many things…. So today I wanted to share some of the places, people, and organizations where I get my daily inspiration.  I hope you enjoy and maybe get inspired!  😉  Happy Tuesday!

image via Beth Doane

image via Beth Doane

Beth Doane is the founder of Rain Tees, an organization that “plants trees with tees”.  Check out how Beth started this amazing business here.  Be sure to follow her on Pinterest and Facebook for great inspirational images like the one above.

image via Nest

image via Nest

I am in awe of my friend, Rebecca van Bergen, who founded Nest and the good she has spread around the world.  I am always eager to learn more from Nest and spread their mission.  Exciting things to come!  Like them on Facebook or visit here to learn more.  Or check out this great article via PBS.

I love Pure Green Magazine!  They have a beautiful publication always full of lovely content.  I want to jump inside and vicariously live through their articles.  Would that be alright, Celine MacKay?!?  😉

image via Williams-Sonoma

image via Williams-Sonoma

And always culinary inspired by Williams-Sonoma.  I work there.  And love.

Pinterest is also a source of daily inspiration.  Follow my boards here.  I especially love it for my Food Files and Kitchen ideas!

More things to come, my dear friends.  But for now, I’m off for a quick afternoon jaunt to NYC!  I shall be back soon, I promise!  Xo


Happy 2013!

After being sick with the flu over Christmas, I wanted to make sure to get 2013 off to a good start.  It has been a lovely day of cooking, reading, mimosas and spending time with my boys.  I made a potato leek tart and drank plenty of mimosas…. ’twas a good day!

IMG_20130101_160412 IMG_20130101_194655I’ve also had on my mind my resolutions for the coming year.  Not that I really write down a “resolution”, but here’s a few things that I “want” (big or small, reasonable or unreasonable) for 2013.

*  I want to make a pie.  Or two.  Or more.  (Help from here.)

*  I want to eat here.  And  here.

*  I want to go here.  Or here.  Or back here.  Or maybe even a quick weekend getaway here.

*  I want to take a photography course, maybe here.

*  I want to read more books.

*  I want to drink one a day.

*  I want more “date” nights with the hubs.

*  I want to take the little man here every day the schedule allows.

*  I want to cook with new ingredients.

*  I want to do more good here.

*  I want (and look forward) to laughing and hugging my fabulous friends and family.

*  I want to be a better (and more organized) gardener.  With inspiration from here and here.

Just to name a few….  🙂

Here’s a quote to start you off for the year… “This bright new year is given to me, to live each day with zest, to daily grow and try to be my highest and my best!”  _ William Arthur Ward

I hope you all have a happy and healthy 2013!

The Season of Giving: Love to Nest

The holidays are a time of giving.  A time of sharing love, peace, and good energy.  A time of generosity.

Meet Nest.

Founded seven years ago by my good friend, Rebecca van Bergen, Nest reaches to women around the globe, giving them the opportunity to express their artisan craft and create a sustainable business.  Nest helps to alleviate poverty, empower women and their families, and promote peace.

542693_4302278510129_363589090_nYou can also help support Nest this giving season!  If in the New York area, join Nest for an Indian Winter celebration on the evening of December 6th.  Or donate here.