Can you feel the love tonight?

Oooh yeah baby! Yes, yes yes I can!

A few weeks ago my husband and I went back home for my sisters wedding. It had been about 8 months since we have moved to Colorado and had seen our family and friends back east. While family visits were mostly covered with the wedding, seeing our friends posed a little bit more of a challenge. With all the planning and prepping happening for the wedding, seeing everyone individually was just not going to happen……

….then my friend had an idea. A truly wonderful, beautiful, brilliant idea. Have a party…in her loft!!

Invitations went out, phone calls were made and a full-blown party was in the works. We were so excited!! When the day finally arrived, I truly couldn’t have imagined what it was going to feel like seeing everyone at once. Let me just tell you – I WAS FEELIN’ THE LOVE!!! There were so many smiling and happy faces, so many hugs shared, and of course – a HUGE music jam! Having tons of musician friends, everyone brought their instruments and talents and totally rocked out the evening. There was definitely lots of dancing and hula hooping. Check out the video below of one of the songs perform. This one is an original by Kevin Quinn (on your right). That killer solo is by the talented Charlie Stevens. Many many others contributed to this musical night as well and we love you all!! 🙂

By the end of our trip we were absolutely buzzing with the love from everyone and were definitely a little sad to leave. We certainly can’t wait to show people around our great new state, but it felt good to be near old and familiar stomping grounds again. One thing I definitely took away from this is – having a “welcome home” party is the way to go! If you can swing it and have the space you are guaranteed a good time with great people. It certainly left us with a smile on our face for weeks! Added bonus: it’s also a really great reminder of how loved you truly are, because you are TRULY loved. ❤

♥ xo


I tried something new…and I’m still alive!

This past Wednesday I went to “Painting with a Twist” for my sister’s bachelorette and I have to say, I was pretty nervous. I’ve never painted before and I don’t consider myself to be a a visual artist. Musically – no problem, but if you want me to create anything with a pen-shaped like object we might have an issue. When we got there the staff was wonderfully warm and friendly. They assured us that our paintings would turn out beautifully no matter what and to just have fun with it. We all used the same tree template as our guide.

First we started out dancing and shaking out our nerves. We had a blast and I even got called up to lead a little dance demonstration! After that it was painting time! The instructors helped us with color choice and techniques; as for the rest we were on our own. I decided before I started that I was not going to have any attachment or think about how my painting should turn out. Instead I just went with it. I let the music and the energy of the room guide me. I let my brush move where it wanted to. I let the paint do the talking.

I have to say, I’m mighty pleased with the result. I’m also 99% sure that I am addicted to painting. Blank canvas please?

Is there something that you’d like to try, but have been afraid? Perhaps you have a similar story? 

We’d love you hear from you!



♥ xo


Save a little money – MONEY!

I LOVE saving money! Don’t you?


One of my biggest budget busters has got to be groceries. I could honestly spend hours in Whole Foods just browsing. Take me to a clothing or shoe store, not so much. But food! Oh the endless possibilities, the flavors, the colors, the excitement! I was in heaven….

….until I saw what my food budget looked like at the end of the month. Not such a pretty sight. While everything was eaten and enjoyed, I still felt like there were some ways in which I could shave a little off the sides without sacrificing a lot. Here is a list (with recipes) of the things that I decided to nix buying at the grocery market and make at home instead:

Toothpaste: You might have read a lot about this lately and I’ve gotta say, the rave reviews are right! Making toothpaste at home is not only easy and cost effective, your teeth really DO feel like you just left the dentist. Every. Single. Time. This is my basic recipe for toothpaste, which I keep stored in a small mason jar. I make enough to last about a week. I don’t usually measure this stuff, so just use your best judgement (based off a 4 oz. container):

  • Coconut Oil (about a tablespoon)
  • Baking Soda (a few teaspoons worth)
  • Sea Salt (If I had to guess, I’d say I use about 3/4 teaspoon for 4 oz.)
  • Peroxide (a few splashes – enough to get everything mixed well)
  • Peppermint Oil (8-12 Drops depending on quantity and preferred minty-ness)

Salad Dressing: Salad dressing can be SO expensive to buy, but so easy and cost-effective to make at home. I’ll make up a batch and it will usually last me a week or two. A bottle of Olive Oil and Vinegar usually last me about 2-2 1/2 months when making dressing and cooking too! I usually use whatever spices I have on hand. This is my usual go to when I am feeling less creative:

  • 1 Cup Olive oil (or you can spilt 1/2 & 1/2 between Olive and Canola)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 Cup Balsalmic or Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2-4 TBSP of Dijon mustard
  • 2-4 TBSP of honey
  • Cumin
  • Oregano
  • Garlic Powder
  • Tumeric
  • Thyme

Facial Scrub:  Especially during the winter months, my face tends to get really dry. I normally moisturize with Jojoba Oil, but sometimes it’s not enough. I find this facial mask not only helps remove any dry skin, but also helps hydrate my face and restore it’s natural oil balance. Keep adding ingredients until you have a consistency you like. It should feel slightly gritty, but not painful when you scrub your face.

  • Coconut Oil
  • Sugar in the Raw
  • Tea Tree Oil

I’m also a huge potato fan. Normally I would buy bags of frozen fries, tater tots, hash browns, etc. Now I’ll buy a couple of big potatoes and shred them for hash browns or dice them up for home fries. That’s a couple bucks right there! I also try to stay away from buying too much processed food. I see if there is a way that we can make it with veggies instead, and there usually is! Being gluten free and vegetarian, this has been really helpful. One of our favorite recipes is this Noodleless Crock Pot Lasagna!

Another gluten free favorite is the corn tortilla! We used to buy bread ($5-6 a loaf!) or bagels ($4-5 for 4!) or some other GF alternative. Corn tortillas have eliminated all of that (and of course saved us some dough – haha)! I buy a bag at Whole Foods for $2.50 and use them for pretty much everything: quesedillas, PB&J roll-ups, cream cheese & veggie roll-ups, Mexican bean casserole, breakfast tacos – the list goes on and on. They have been a money saver for sure and definitely a staple in this house!

What are some ways that you can save in your home? Is there something that you can substitute that is both cost-effective and healthier? Get creative! You might be surprised at just how much you can save!

♥ xo


Walk this way! (insert crazy Steven Tyler expressions here)


The woods have a beautiful and exquisite way of letting us linger with our breath, drop the weight of our burdens to it’s strong earthy floor and sink deep into the throne of our soul’s royal palace. I find that it is within the woods that I not only find the beauty and awe of the creator, this bold, magnificent universe, but that I also find that same beauty and light in myself – for all we not all connected. One radiant energy, emerging and manifesting through creative and explorative outlets.

As my lovely coach always says: We are Souls having a Human experience. ❤

Working from home, it is soooo easy to get trapped in the house all day. Nose deep in work and then bam! it’s night time. I’ll admit that there are days that I never step foot outside the house – but I like to keep those days as few and far between as possible. One of my regular “out-of-the-house” activities includes a walk. Most days it’s a meandering 30 minute walk through the park and neighborhoods near my house. Sometimes I incorporate a few foothill trails and sometimes still I climb a mountain. Walking, running, hiking: they have always had a proofed effect on mediating my mind chatter and getting clear headed to make my next move (which is important if you want to continue to grow – which I do!).

Most of the time I like to walk in silence, hearing nature and my surroundings. Sometimes I do like to listen to music. I pick an artist or album to fit my mood and pretend that I am in a movie montage of my life as I walk. Other times I will try to kick my walk up a notch and try to match my strides to the beat of the music – or just break out and dance down the side walk!

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.” ― Henry David Thoreau

Don’t stay stuck in the house any longer! If you are able, set aside 30 minutes a day to just get outside! Good for your body & soul – not to mention the healthy doses of Vitamin D!

Do you already participate in an outdoor activity? How often do you do it? What do you love most about it?

Let us know in the comments below! 🙂

♥ xo