shopping local…start here!

we hear it all the time. – shop locally and grow small businesses while helping support our friends and neighbors talents and dreams. I know there are items you can’t find down the street (I’m sorry but I have my eye on a Garnet Hill sweater I just might have to ask Santa for) BUT there … read on….

there’s a flower in my shower

and a collection of ferns surround my toilet. yes, I’ve created a luscious Costa Rican jungle in my bathroom and it’s by far the most fabulous and luxurious spot in the house. I’m just a sucker for green. Plants, flowers, the smell of freshly cut grass….I’d take it over the peaks of foliage, pumpkins and cinnamon scents any … read on….

shop with heart

One of my earliest memories is walking through a store (Ames, perhaps? it was the 70’s in Maine!) with a $10 bill that my parents gave me to choose a gift for a girl my age whose parents couldn’t afford to buy presents for Christmas. We never had Santa growing up so I was well … read on….

give a gift that gives back

The best gift of all is helping those in need. Ideally we can all find ways to give back throughout the year but during the holidays its especially important to share our own good fortune with others. (While I don’t assume any of us have much disposable income, we are fortunate enough to be reading this … read on….

quadruple the heart

My father had a heart attack last Sunday. it was the last thing we expected. he never had heart trouble – a little indigestion on occasion – but nothing that ever would have alluded to the possibility of an actual medical emergency. he complained of indigestion and then woke my mother up when it didn’t … read on….