I have tried the nook and and kindle but I am always called back to the old trusty page turning. It just works for me. I wasnâ€™t much of a reader growing up. Iâ€™m not sure why. I guess I was lost in other forms of imagination. But, now as an adult it is one of my favorite parts of life. I am not always in a reading space.Â I go thru long periods where I am not in the mood to read at all.Â But, then there are times when TV seems too loud and over stimulating (donâ€™t get me wrong as you all know I LOVE LOVE LOVE TV) and when silence feels daunting or when the reality of my own alone-ness is confronting and somehow a book is just the perfect antidote. Â So when I am Â in the mood â€“getting lost in a book can be magical. Â It is true, that corny saying, that â€œa book is like a best friendâ€â€¦I agree. A good book can be a wonderful companion.
Iâ€™m participating in The American Heart Associationâ€™s campaign to promote heart health. Â Heart disease is the #1 killer of Americans, but there are so many simple steps, healthy habits that can help reduce your risk. Â So throughout the month, Iâ€™ll be encouraging you to join the healthy challenge,Â and Iâ€™ll be providing some tips you can use to help increase your heartâ€™s health. Â This first tip I learned from Riad Nasr, a very famous chef, and an all around awesome dude who is like my surrogate big brother! (Seriously Google him andÂ familiarizeÂ yourself with the amazingness that is Riad). Â Iâ€™ve been trying to schedule a cooking lesson with him, and one day when the planets align and our schedules permit weâ€™ll make it happen, but I had an impromptu run in with the PRO and he offered a tip that I wanted to share. Â
I was recently introduced to Joyus.com, and it’s kind of amazing. Â Best of all, they’ve decided to offer my readersÂ 20% off their first purchaseÂ (read on for details).Â Anyways, Joyus is a site with a really interestingÂ approachÂ to online shopping, they sell beauty, fashion, and home goods, but each of their products come with a video demonstration so you can really see it in action. Â My biggest gripe about shopping online is that thereâ€™s only so much you can tell from a picture, but with Joyus.com you get a much better sense of what your buying. I love it! Â Perhaps, a little too muchâ€¦I could easily get lost in the site, and spend an entire afternoon browsing all the great stuff. Â For example the gallery above has a few of the things I found and loved. Â I mean I love a cutting board and how chic is this one?!
I recently posted about my deep love for the milkmaid braid (really, it’s one of my absolute favorite hairstyles). Â Well, after posting you ladies sent me some photos of you wearing the milkmaid braid, and I must say: IT’S FABULOUS! Â So I wanted to share a few of the pics IÂ receivedÂ because you all look wonderful! Thanks for taking the time to share your beautiful braids with me. Â