Sunday, March 30, 2008

frosty paws

I hope for sunshine & warm spring air. kiss the frosty paws, icy ponds and wet dog away!

Tomorrow Emmie our furry blue eyed friend goes back home after a nice stay with us. Jake and Henry will surely miss her. We filled our weekend with long leash free hikes for us all.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008


Its Tuesday again, time is flying by...every time I turn around its a new week. Where has the time gone? I'm sure the two people I'm about to speak of are wondering the same thing!

Well on my table is this cute little card that reads "Save The Date. " In just one month from tomorrow around this time exactly Melissa will be walking down the aisle to a very handsome and charming man Jayson whom she will promise to grow old with for better or for worse.

The preparation leading to the wedding has been so much fun to see! We've watched Melissas vision of her wedding created right in front of our eyes; to the location, colors, flowers and loving vibe they both portray. Which will all be played out in such a gorgeous and romantic way. With love and good wishes I do save the date!

ps I'm sure in one year from now....I'll be posting pictures of a very cute baby! ;)

Monday, March 24, 2008



Who wouldn't want beautiful and glowing skin?
One important and sometimes overlooked way of achieving this is by watching what you eat. What you put into your body reflects what shows on the outside.


Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that protects skin from environmental damage. Many foods -- pink grapefruit, watermelon, and tomatoes, for example -- are rich in lycopene. Tomatoes are the best source of lycopene; it is easier to absorb lycopene from cooked or processed tomatoes.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids -- found in salmon, flax seed, and walnuts -- are essential for healthy hydrated skin.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an excellent source of antioxidants that strengthen skin tissue and help skin repair itself. It has properties capable of penetrating deep within the skin to provide healthier and younger-looking skin. Foods rich in vitamin C include oranges, pink grapefruits, red peppers, papayas, broccoli, kale, and baked potatoes. Himalayan goji juice is also extremely high in vitamin C; goji berries contain 500 times the amount of vitamin C, by weight, than oranges. For more information on goji, visit


Scientists believe the selenium mineral plays a role in skin-cancer prevention. Taken in a supplement form or in a cream, it protects skin from sun damage. Dietary sources of selenium include whole grain cereals, seafood, garlic, and eggs.


This skin-friendly mineral is important if you have acne because it tames oil production. Food sources of zinc include oysters, lean meat, and poultry.


Skin-care products rich in the same nutrients, such as good-quality cleansers and moisturizing lotions and creams, can help obtain healthy skin. Garnier Nutritioniste has a line of products rich in nutrients. For more information, visit

Saturday, March 22, 2008

oh baby!

its seems everyone is pregers in Hollywood! Here are three of the newest additions to Tinseltown....with more to come. Me personally can't wait to see what Brad and Angelina have next.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

chelsea handler love

i love all things chelsea handler...11pm nightly there is loud laughter coming from my house. tune in and be prepared for the pee yourself humor she offers...and i love chuy her little side kick. <3

Friday, March 14, 2008

girls will be girls

How to Most Effectively Pick Your Battles

We're all given a finite amount of time in a day, and it's up to each of us to determine how to spend it. In relationships (with kids, with a spouse, and so on), we're faced with many conflicts everyday, and you may be tempted to fight through each of these conflicts, to ensure you get your way, to prove that you're "right," or maybe just because you feel challenged. But most experts agree: choosing your battles wisely is a much better way of life than battling out every disagreement.

Although they may seem important at the time, most battles are NOT worth fighting.
According to Dr. Richard Carlson, author of Don't Sweat the Small Stuff ... and It's All Small Stuff, "Often we allow ourselves to get all worked up about things that, upon closer examination, aren't really that big a deal. We focus on little problems and concerns and blow them way out of proportion."

It's up to us to choose to either make a big deal or simply let it go, and, according to Dr. Carlson, if you learn to choose your battles wisely, you'll be far more effective in winning those battles that truly are important to you.

Older and Wiser
It seems that older people may really be wiser in that they are better at picking their battles than younger people, according to a study in the May 2005 Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences.

"Older people appear better able than younger people to pick their battles," said Kira Birditt, a researcher at the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR). "When they're upset with others, older people are more likely to do nothing or to wait and see if things improve. Younger people, on the other hand, are more likely to argue and yell." Could it be that older people have figured out that the majority of things we argue over just aren't worth it?

On the Road to a More Peaceful Life
Ideally, we'd all like to live in a conflict-free environment, where battles rarely, if ever, happen. And while it may seem like a stretch, getting to this point is really only a matter of figuring out what is really important to you, what is worth fighting for (and what's not), and, perhaps, being a little more open-minded and accepting of those around us. According to Dr. Carlson, for many of us this may involve reevaluating our priorities in life.

Take a minute to think about the last argument you had. Perhaps you argued with your spouse about taking out the garbage or doing dishes. Maybe you battled with your toddler to take a nap or with your teenager take his hat off inside. Then take a minute to think about what's really important to you. Chances are none of the things that you battled over will come up. Battling for your real priorities would likely involve fighting for you family's safety, changing a law to be more just, making your community a better place, and so on.

Carefully choosing which battles to fight, and which to let go, will help strengthen your relationships.

Dr. Phil McGraw, author and host of the "Dr. Phil" TV show, says of choosing your battles, "Some battles are none of your business. Some battles you can never win so why try? We all need to adopt a spirit of acceptance to get along. Even though the decision may not be what you want, your acceptance of that decision is a way to have peace. You can pull someone toward your own ideals, but eventually they will pull back to their own instincts. Therefore, have a spirit of acceptance when people's ideals are different from yours."

How to Effectively Pick Your Battles
Not only will picking your battles lead to a more peaceful existence, but it's also likely to strengthen your interpersonal relationships.

Says Sam Horn, author of Tongue Fu! How to Deflect, Disarm and Defuse Any Verbal Conflict , "Constantly riding your mate will put your entire relationship at risk. The key is to strike a balance between the battles you choose to fight and those you choose to let go."
Picking your battles does take work, and, like any lifestyle change, motivation if it's going to work. Here are some tips to help you determine what's worth fighting over, and what's best off left alone.

Nine Tips to Help You Avoid Unnecessary Battles
Don't fight over something that's none of your business, or that you can't do anything about.
Think about the consequences of the argument. Are they worth it?
Determine what the conflict is really about (are you really angry that your spouse takes a long time getting ready, or do you feel she's disrespectful for making you wait?). Once you do this, then decide if it's worth bringing up. If it is, address the underlying issue, not the superficial one.
Make sure the argument is going to solve something.
Don't fight just because you "feel you've been challenged."
Ask yourself, "Is it really a big deal?" Chances are that it's not.
Realize that you don't always have to have the last word, and often it takes the "bigger person" to simply let the conflict go.
Ask yourself, "Am I really right? Does it matter if I'm right? Is there really a 'right or wrong' for this issue?"
Is this an issue you'll remember in five years? In one year or six months, even? If not, don't fight it.
And, the next time you have a battle to fight or let go and you're having a hard time deciding what to do, think of the words of author and public speaker Dale Carnegie:
"Any fool can criticize, complain, condemn -- and most fools do. Picking your battles is impressive and fighting them fairly is essential."

Sunday, March 9, 2008

through kyles eyes

I've been working with an ophthalmologist for a few years now and have grown close with many of our patients. One patient in particular has had a long road due to trauma, we have seen him through some tough times. He came to us one day toward the end of our very frequent visits and gave me a hugged and shared with me that he is so grateful for all the Md's care and my support. He then presented me with this blue bracelet (similar to the live strong yellow bands) and said "I've made a donation toward this little boy who has suffered with eye cancer and I'd like you to have one for all that you've done for me." I was so thankful to receive the bracelet and wanted to share more on this little boy Kyle. Kyle was diagnosed with Bilateral Retinoblastoma at the age of two. For those of you that may not be familiar with that term, it is cancer in both eyes. Kyle had his left eye removed and underwent 6 months of chemotherapy for the four tumors in his right eye. Kyle is now a typical five year old and has been cancer free since January of 2005! Since that time he has fallen in love with the game of golf. He is quite talented! you may find more on Kyle through

art for animals

When watercolor artist Jill Fynne went looking for a way to give back to her community she decided to combine her love of art and animals together. Touched by the inspirational stories she had heard about how therapy and companion animals help people heal from both physical and emotional trauma, and shocked by the fact that it cost close to $20,000 to train a single therapy dog, Flynne knew that she wanted to do something to support these programs. In November 2007 she established the New England Arts For Animal (NEAFA), a non profit organization that would collect money from the sale of artwork and donate it to programs that train therapy and companion animals such as NEADS (dogs for deaf and disabled Americans) and Canines for Combat Veterans. In addition to supporting animal therapy the organization also brings attention to the local art community. People who wish to contribute to NEAFA can purchase a 2008 desk calendar filled with Flynne's watercolor and charcoal images of animals. For more information, visit

Thanks to south shore living for bringing this to my attention!

sunday star update

Heath Ledger's father has assured that Michelle Williams and Matilda "will be taken care of" following news that his actor son left everything to his parents and sisters in an outdated will.

"Matilda is an absolute priority and Michelle is an integral part of our family," Kim Ledger said in a statement. "They will be taken care of and that's how Heath would want it to be.

Heath filed a three page will in his native Australia in 2003 — before he was Oscar nominated for Brokeback Mountain, and became engaged to Williams and had Matilda, 2.

New documents filed in Manhattan's Surrogate Court, as reported by the New York Daily News, show the actor had less than $145,000 in assets when he died January 22. These include $100,000 spread across several bank accounts, a $25,000 hybrid Toyota Prius and $20,000 in furniture and fixtures.

The worth of the Brooklyn townhouse he once shared with Williams, trust funds and Australian residences is unknown.

The Daily News says the bulk of Ledger's estate will be handled in Australia.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

italian girl ♥s france

anyone who knows me. this blonde haired, blue eyed Italian girl knows i do love my background i love Italy and all things it has to offer. I def. want my children to grow up knowing Italian and eating all our homemade Italian meals that have been pasted down. I even named my dog after my papa Enrico, it means Henry in English & who knows we may have a son one day name Pasquale after my uncle, jk but who knows. Anyway, with all that said...I just have a very unhealthy obsession with all things french instead-- i heart Paris...I won't say more then Rome just yet because I may get myself in trouble (for some unknown reason?) So this man in my life needs to get me there in a hurry if he wants to stop living in this french like museum i made for ourselves =]
ok here are some great french reads.

this is paris
"So here we are," begins M. Sasek's iconic This is Paris. Sasek's whimsical drawings and witty prose introduce children to life in Paris, from sidewalk artists to mademoiselles carrying baguettes, to the history and culture of the city.

Paris Out of Hand: A Wayward Guide
Do not try to make a reservation or plot a walking tour with this deliciously droll illustrated guide to an imaginary Paris. Just close your eyes and dream. By Karen Elizabeth Gordon, Barbara Hodgson, and Nick Bantock.

My French Life

In 1999 Vicki Archer fulfilled a lifelong dream and bought a home in France. With chapters such as "The Women," "The Scents," and "The Weekend," coupled with sumptuous photography, Archer chronicles an insider's view of life in France.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

cupcake cuteness

cupcake ♥ love for '08

a theme for xmas '08 already in the works. cup cakes! I found really cute litte sweater on hangers too, i'll have to upload a picture. They are so flipping cute and they'd be great to use decorations..thinking near the laundry room--you'll have to see what im talking about. Anyway, I'm 9months early but i found some new loves to look foward to in december- love it.

pretty pooch

i heart all things dog. mostly little foo foo dogs, if i had my way we would have a female toy dog that i could shower in pearls & sweaters.
how classic does she look, these sweaters totally inspire me. I'm going to start knitting little outfits...for that little girly pooch that may come along. (hint hint shep)

I'm the only thing girly around this house. Stuck with all boys Gregg, Henry, Jacob & Oscar. I love all my boys and we are great big happy family but i crave adding a princess to the mix some day.

this is Greggs first choice, a big ol' dog. We'll have to wait until we get our big old farm house/barn we dream of. In the meantime I'll get working on my fabulous preppy sweaters!
happy march!