Three down, nine to go!

A great opportunity to reflect on the first quarter of 2012!  Are you on the right track?  If so, great continue the journey.  If not-don’t be discourage, seize this moment to modify and adjust your goals, ambitions, and action plans to correspond with your current out-look.  There is nothing wrong with change-we all need it to evolve.

I must admit I have steered off road a bit, however it’s the jolt I needed to get back on track.  Always finding the positive, my hurdle has been a learning curve-helping me redefine my desires and aspirations.

As we head into the next quarter lets not forget to capture the moments, ideas, and experiences that come our way with an opportunistic perspective!

Leave you with this Quote:

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How are you doing with your goals for 2012?

Happy April Fool’s Day & Happy Birthday Apple!

Enjoy and thanks for viewing!

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Herb garden

Getting ready for the upcoming season I put together a mini garden of three of our favorite herbs; Mint, Rosemary, & Cilantro.  Spring starts in two days but who’s counting!

Love the aroma Mint gives off.  Great for mixing into freshly squeezed lemonades, ice teas, or my husband’s killer Mojito!

Rosemary has a potent evergreen smell.  It’s delicious when added to poultry or potato’s.  Plus it’s helps improve memory-I could always use help in this category!

With a more mellow scent Cilantro is a great garnish and a staple condiment when creating Sofrito-hmm!

To add a little pizzaz to my garden I spray painted the container in a fabulous teal color.   What are your favorite herbs?

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Sustainable products

Today I found myself amidst three companies that truly keep in mind the Earth’s footprint with focuses on; sustainability, forward thinking, and the pursuit of functional simplicity.

Carnegie Fabrics offers an array of commercial grade fabrics, wallcovering, and panels that are innovative in design and yet very much appealing to the eye!

Humanscale is all about the work environment.  Manufacturing chairs, lighting, and other components that enhance comfort in the work place.

Interface Flor covers your flooring needs.  With an endless amount of designs to choose from their modular carpet tiles are good for the planet too.  Focusing on zero emissions, zero waste, and zero oil.

A huge thank you to Caroline at Carnegie Fabrics, Faith at Humanscale, Kimberly at Interface Flor, Norm, everyone that attended, and lastly Dana for organizing an insightful event!

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Blooming!

Over the weekend I couldn’t help but fall in love with the array of orchids on display at my local emporium.  So many options I decided to treat myself to two.

These Phalaenopsis orchids are the commonly sold variety, it offers about 60 species.  Aren’t they gorgeous?

Such a great investment with low maintenance, here’s why:

-Water them every 7 to 10 days.

-Keep them away from direct sunlight.

-Can bloom for a couple of months!

Enjoy and thanks for viewing!

My go to snack

I have a new obsession….don’t worry it is NOT over a material object.  I am addicted to Whole Foods Market-Honey Roasted Peanut Butter.  Over the year’s I have tasted numerous options available in the PB industry but NOTHING like this-it is absolutely heavenly.  Besides the amazing taste two key reasons I love this; I grind it myself, for super freshness; plus the only ingredient is peanuts-no added sugar, no preservatives, nor mumbo jumbo stuff.

My favorite Honey Roasted PB combos:

1-Paired with Gala apples.

2-The Elvis Presley favorite-banana with peanut butter on slice bread.

3-The classic peanut butter and jelly on white bread minus the crust please.

I haven’t tried this yet but it sure looks scrumptious; Apple, granola, semisweet chocolate chips, and peanut butter!

Looks so good!

What are your favorite peanut butter combos?

A huge thank you to Beth, my colleague, who introduced me to my new food fixation.

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Fruits & veggies are taking over!

I know my parents never thought they would see the day I would have an abundance of fruits as a dining room centerpiece.  As a huge fan of bacon and other not so healthy options, it has been a transformation of sorts.  Don’t get me wrong, I still eat all that but more in moderation today than a while back.

Yes, fruits & veggies now rule the real estate on our table, in the kitchen, and fridge too!  Prior to juicing, less then four weeks ago, the table showcased the usual; a vase paired with candlestick holders.

Pleased with how fruits & veggies continue to reboot my body, my new habit is to juice at least once a day.

Key benefits thus far:

-No headaches

-No cravings for a shot of espresso, not an ounce of added caffeine required!

-I do crave fulling meals that are NOT processed and pumped with artificial stuff.

Enjoy and thanks for viewing!

If you want to learn how I stumbled upon juicing click here.

All about POM

In my quest to eat foods that stimulate goodness for the body-I tried POM a.k.a. Pomegranate juice.   Bitterness and I are not the best of friends however it wasn’t so bad.  I guess my taste buds are evolving!  Grapefruit is now staple in my daily routine, so POM was palatable.

Here’s why you should start drinking this too:

It’s good for the heart-that’s a no brainer start now!

Offers lots of antioxidants specifically polyphenol.

POM is grown and process in the USA.

Let’s not forget to pamper the exterior of the body too, with South of France Acai Pomegranate bar soap-so refreshing!

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A Seperation

It’s such a treat to see a movie-especially a good one.  The Film Forum in NYC offer’s a great variety of both indie and classic films.  Last night we finally saw A Seperation, directed by Asghar Farhadi.  Brilliantly done-the drama holds your attention throughout the picture.  Winning so many acclaims, make it point to go see it!

-Have you seen it?

-What did you think?

Enjoy and thanks for viewing.

First class of the year

This weekend I enjoyed collaborating with a Kitchen professional and classmates over a two day period on Kitchen design. Fascinated in the development of space planning, I value the perspectives and insights industry professionals have to offer.  Like artist, designers start with a blank canvas surrounded by walls.  As the creative juices start flowing pieces get plugged-in.  Below you’ll find a rough sketch-not to scale of our brainstorming ideas.  Many details to consider!

Don’t forget to think about the following:

-Balance

-Function

-Elements of surprise; the mix of aesthetics-traditional with new.

-Will the final design match the exterior of the home?

-For resale purposes make sure the design complements the rest of the home.

Enjoy and thanks for viewing!