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Yoga at 11,500 Feet!

Back in July, we visited my best friend and her family up in Flagstaff. While we were there we decided to take the chairlift up the San Francisco Peaks at Snowbowl Ski Resort. It is so AMAZING up there! 

Simon started doing yoga at the top. He decided that Downward Facing Dog should be called Mountain Pose because it looked like all of the mountains in the background. Love that little guy!

The other appropriate pose at this altitude according to Simon was Eagle Pose. 

While we were up there my best friend’s dad played the harmonica which was so neat! It was such a lovely opportunity to take in so much beauty and be in awe of everything around us!

What’s the best yoga advice you’ve received?

Yoga Journal is one of my favorite magazines to receive every month. I love getting settled in to read about all of the positive ways yoga can affect my life and the ways it has affected others.

On their Facebook page, they asked their followers “What’s the best yoga advice you’ve received?” and then shared some of the responses in the May 2013 issue. They are all such great reminders that I just had to share!

I also wanted to be reminded of them regularly so I made up this little printable to hang where I can see it regularly and thought you might like to do the same.

Just click on the image above!

Our New Home! Before Photos: Part 1

I feel so lucky to be so in love with our new home! One day during our house hunt, I was driving around with my mom and she told me to turn on a street that she had always loved.

There was a house for sale and I looked it up on my phone using the app. I fell in love! That evening, my husband said he found a house that he loved online and it turned out to be the same house! We set up a time to see it and seriously felt like it was meant to be our home but since we were still in the closing process of our house in Chicago there was nothing we could do.

So we kept looking but nothing seemed to compare. Then, it went off the market. I was a little depressed for a couple of days and my husband kept telling me that something else would come up.

We finally closed on our house in Chicago and not long after my husband woke me up in the morning to tell me our realtor (who was AMAZING!) emailed to say that it was back on the market. Hooray! We went to look at it again and I tried to be critical to make sure that it was THE ONE. It was! 🙂

We put in an offer and it was accepted! It is quirky, needs a little work and is in a great neighborhood which are all things we were hoping for. Here are some before photos of the inside:

Entry way.

Living room plus fireplace. I love how open it is! The previous owners had a pool table under those fans but we are making that space our living room. Plus, now I have room to host yoga classes at home! (more…)

Big Likes Right Now

Big likes:

  • The smiles of my two little boys 
  • Listening to classical music while driving through the desert (this is a new one!) 
  • Hanging out in the backyard with my husband after the boys have gone to bed.
  • Singing out load
  • Chatting with friends
  • Dance parties with my family
  • Playing in the pool with my boys
  • Riding my bike
  • Going for walks in our new neighborhood
  • Eating out with my family
  • Watching and reading mysteries
  • Etsy
  • Finding shops that sell local and handmade goods
  • Vintage stores
  • Pretty and good smelling candles
  • Alfred Hitchcock movies
  • Unique jewelry
  • Buying my husband fun t-shirts
  • Reading books to my boys
  • Washi tape
  • Being Irish
  • Painting 
  • Big family get-togethers
  • Mia Farrow (I cut my hair short like her’s in Rosemary’s Baby 3 times! Haha!)
  • Teaching and taking yoga (yin yoga is my new favorite)
  • Pretty paper
  • Staring at the stars in my backyard at night
  • Learning more about plants and flowers
  • Cuddling with my cats
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Eating yummy vegetarian food
  • Traveling to new places
  • Natural beauty products
  • Inspirational quotes
  • Ice cold water
  • Enjoying a good craft beer with my husband
  • Art museums
  • Making new friends
  • Hanging out and keeping in touch with old friends
  • Essential Oils

Ooh! It feels so good to write all of these and I know I will keep thinking of more! You should give it a try too 🙂 I think I might add this exercise to a yoga class or workshop in the future.

Housewarming Party: Inspiration + Drink Menus

We are finally getting settled in our new home and had a wonderful housewarming party over Memorial Day weekend. I was trying to find inspiration for a simple theme since the main attraction was the house. I had bought a bunch of polka dot napkins a while back in Chicago that I had yet to use and realized they would be perfect! I found coordinating plates and more napkins. I love the bright colors and the circles and squares.

Just for fun, I decided to make signs for the cocktails, beer, and wine that we would be serving. I thought this would be helpful since my husband and I might be busy doing house tours.

I tried to match the colors to the plates and napkins and had a lot of fun creating these signs.

Finally, I had to make some of these “Watch Your Step” signs because our new home has a few steps that no one seems to see. We kept stumbling during our walk-throughs before buying and my aunt took a tumble during her first visit. 🙁 I also put strips of patterned washi tape on each step to help make them stand out more.

The party was a blast and I did not sit down the whole time! I will start sharing some “before” photos of the house next week. It is really a neat and unique place!