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wish lanterns

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During our most recently slumber party with our nephews, we snuggled up on the couch to finally watch the movie Tangled. (If you haven’t seen it, you should watch it… no matter how old you are.) Every year on the princesses birthday, the entire kingdom lites wish lanterns to set them free into the sky. During the wish lantern ceremony, my oldest nephew Tyler (10), looked over to me and said, “Aunt Lisa, this movie is really emotional.” I love his honesty and that he was feeling the same things I was as an adult. I told him that I would eventually love to be a part of a wish lantern ceremony, thinking that would probably never happen.

Wish lanterns from Tangled

But, then I came across some photos on Pinterest and it hit me. Why can’t we create our own “ceremony”? I bought these lanterns and was thinking we could start a tradition when we go camping as a family. How beautiful would these look floating over the lake?! I am beyond excited for our next trip!

Floating wish lanterns

summer to do list

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Now that I’ve accepted that it’s June and the thermometer has hit 100 degrees, I decided I should write a list of my summer to-do’s before I realize it’s August. I often make to-do lists in my notebook with boxes next to it so I can check them off gratifyingly, but announcing them on my blog makes them much more official. I’ve been keeping busy doing consulting work from home, and I’m loving every minute of it. I’m writing this list to remind me that it’s okay to turn off my lap top, leave my phone and play a little bit.

  • Enjoy a weekend wine tasting in each Cape May, NJ and New Hope, PA
  • Go blueberry and strawberry picking (…and finally try some new baking recipes I’ve been collecting!)
  • Organize photos for  our wedding album
  • Decide which style of album to do (thinking of doing a beautiful coffee table art book)
  • Try at least two new campsites and/or bike trails
  • Spend a day in NYC as a tourist enjoying the museums (it’s been so long since I’ve gone!)
  • Paint at least one new painting or charcoal sketch
  • Try this recipe.  (So simple to make, but looks as elegant as rose petals.)
  • Picnic in the park with the basket my parents got me last year for Christmas
  • Finish the book I’ve been reading for over four months, and read at least two more
  • Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge with nothing but my husband and camera

What about you, my sweet readers? Do you have to-do’s for the summer?

(photo via audrey hepburn complex.)


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I loved today. Let me count the ways…

. Woke up at 7:30a after getting over 8 hours sleep. I happily woke up, drank some coffee and eased into my day.
. While starting the morning doing some space planning for my residential project, I got a phone call with a job offer.
. Later received an email for a possible consulting job.
. Found out a project I worked on at a previous  job might be in vogue. Amazing.
. Purchased a fun white Calvin Klein dress (60% off) for my bachelorette party!
. My new iPhone case makes me feel like I have a new phone. (I used to have a clunky bumper that would get caught in my hair!)
. Ryan surprised me with a great bottle of wine to celebrate. (instead of the budget wine we’ve been drinking to save for the wedding…) :)

I was supposed to start my new work out routine tonight, but I’ve been sucked into a happy pinot noir euphoria. Good night, indeed.

new year

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Happy belated new year! I’ve never been one to have new year’s resolutions. I’ve recently started reading The Happiness Project and thought now was a good time to set goals for this year, rather than resolutions.

1. Get a job with a local interior design firm.
2. Save money to buy an old fixer upper with my soon to be husband!
3. Floss more often. (As in, not just when my dentist appointment is coming up!)
4. Learn and master at least 2 more recipes to add to my recipe book.

5. Take more photos and not just for special occasions. I want to remember the every day things.

6. Read more.
7. Schedule more Sunday brunches with friends.
8. Study and apply to take LEED exam to be a certified green designer.

(1978 ball via the new york times)

wish list

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In my younger years, I’d have pages of toys that I was asking Santa for Christmas. One year I even drew detailed photos of each toy I needed, including Barbie’s Glamour Camper (it was serious.). I’d like to think my wish lists have gotten a bit more sophisticated over the years and this year is no exception. Having a blog is much more convenient than drawing my wish list, don’t you think?

Chic leather and felt laptop cover.

Mahogany and antique brass tray.

The only sophisticated flannel sheets I’ve ever seen.

Cucumber tonic mask for at home spa nights.

Charcoal nude figure drawing.

Storage for my thousands of inspiration images to always have in my purse.

Thad Hayes: the Tailored Interior or any of these books I’m lusting after.

Flat black boots to keep my thick wool socks and feet warm.