Category Archives: HAPPINESS


October 12, 2015

HAPPINESS / Uncategorized

IMG_9569How do you recharge? Yesterday, I went to Target… It was glorious. I got an iced coffee and ran into someone I knew (for like 5 seconds) so I’ll add coffee date to that list. I put lots of things in my basket, walked around to areas multiple times and put most of the stuff back on the shelves. I checked my phone for Instagram decorating inspiration and web surfed. Even got a “look” from a salesperson that said, “This lady has been hovering in home decor for waay to long. Just buy that throw already, OK? It’s returnable. Gosh!” Ha! 

Phew. It’s easy for me to talk myself outta doing something for myself. I’m going to make a commitment to doing more of this! Any tips?

A Tomato

August 17, 2015

HAPPINESS / Uncategorized

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Finally, the baby takes his afternoon nap and I lie down for the nap (later than normal) I had promised myself all day. The house is a gazillion degrees but that’s not why my eyes are wide open. The next thing I know, I hear Grant waking.

I am SO happy to be living in San Diego again and with that comes some unsureness (is that a word??) of how I will re-enter a world I have been away from for a little while. I. Have. Changed. Of course there have been changes here too…my favorite donut shop is WAY too popular and now there’s a line around the block. LOL. This donut line fascination made me lose my nap. 😉

I’m moving in, cooking, trying to see friends, working photography jobs and maintaining my acupuncture license with continuing education coursework. There are birthday parties, family events… Everyone is busy! I remind myself of that when I get the guilts about falling behind in keeping up with my family and friends. 

There are a few little vegetable plants barely holding on here and what kid doesn’t love to pick a pretty red thing? 

San Diegooooo

August 13, 2015

HAPPINESS / Uncategorized

IMG_9203The past few weeks have been filled with packing, moving, a photo shoot, yada yada yada… I LOVE my blogging community and I’ve missed it here so much!!! We moved from Orange County to San Diegoooo!!! We had been talking about it for years and all of the sudden, within a matter of weeks, it happened. 

The new place is so awesome. It’s smaller than our last place yet laid out so well so it seems larger. There is a nice open plan in the family room and cute little bedrooms. The light is so beautiful! The backyard is super private and we’re excited to have friends and family over.

I made like a thousand enchiladas (rice, beans, cheese, ground turkey, green salsa) and we eat them each night on paper plates. 

I know, we have moved SO MANY TIMES in the past 3 years! HA! 

Have you ever done something impulsive and a bit scary that turned out to be so crazily awesome? Hopefully every day. lol


Told You So

July 27, 2015


1008 Nancy Lane Costa Mesa Print Size-1He walked in from the garage carrying the aluminum one I had sent him out for and it looked huge. Like flying saucer huge. He kept saying how ridiculously large the light fixture was for the tiny dining area. 

“Wait, but I have two more in the car,” said the hero.

Then I saw it. My jaw dropped and my eyes widened…

When we first moved here to this place in Orange County, I had already decided I wasn’t too fond of it and I was going to do what it took to make it a place I liked. One of the first things I did was buy a cool, retro Ikea light fixture. It’s one of those off-white, matte enamel covered industrial drop lantern/pendant things. Minimal and throwback while matching our kind of farmhouse-ish little round dining set and giving it some life.

Please note, this was to replace Chris’ current existing medieval candelabra. If Dracula trolled craigslist, we’d have a buyer for it.

He HATED the Ikea fixture I brought home.  H.A.T.E.D. It was promptly returned. Hmph.

I recently reproached the lighting situation.  After a month of showing tons of light fixtures online, I say”I saw a new aluminum Ikea fixture you may like. It comes in 2 sizes and the big one may work but please pick up one in each size (the local Ikea was out so I sent him to one near his office).” He agrees. Remember that thing in psychology that says the more you look at something, the more attractive it becomes? Well.

He came home with it in the large size, a cream version of the smaller size and THEN…the EXACT same off-white fixture I had bought last year!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh boy. I was in “I told you so heaven,” until we tried to attach it to no avail. It was just not put together very well. 


Now there is no light. LOL

Pictured: An image from a Maison Du Soir social media shoot a while back-she is so cute.

Power of Intention

June 15, 2015


MDS April Social Media-6I have a really exciting photography project coming up! You know when you put something out there like, “I’d like to be busier with my work,” and then it happens? 

I used to “say” these kinds of things all the time and then they happened! People would actually ask me what “my secret” was. I just said things in my head or out loud that I wanted. It was like saying a little prayer. Some people call it The Law of Attraction.

The past few years I had kind of stopped doing this for lots of reasons and probably no reasons but regardless I stopped and “things” kinda stopped happening. 

Is anyone willing to “say” something they want here? I want to know what other people are hoping for!!! I also want to put out intentions for you as well!

*How cool are these layouts for Maison Du Soir‘s new line?

Sponges and Sinks

June 1, 2015


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I got to go to a cool talk given by Jen Kleiner at Soho House in LA a little while ago. She was touching on how to be a good listener, allowing someone to “wring out their sponge” while you serve as a “sink.” I’m always working on this!

These glasses totally caught my attention. Aren’t they exquisite? Hope you are having a very cool Monday.