attention, please.



After a wonderfully long Thanksgiving weekend full of surprises and good food, I'm back! I cannot believe that tomorrow will be the 1st of December (yet, it is still 85 degrees here in Florida...ugh). Isn't it crazy how fast this year is just flying? The holidays are just around the corner (eeps!) but that just means more time spent with family, friends, and other loved ones.

As a child, I loved Christmas. Everything was just so illuminated and happy. As time went on, and the older I got, that extra little bit of magic kind of faded and fell by the wayside. Santa Claus was no more, I was the one wrapping up Christmas presents from my parents to my younger siblings, and party-planning suddenly became one huge ball of stress. Where did all of that Christmas cheer go?

This year, I'm determined to bring it back. I want that sparkle to come back with a vengeance. After all, what fun is Christmas if you're a Grinch about it?






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happy thanksgiving!



Enjoy feasting to your hearts' content, everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving from my home to yours.
xoxo,
TFH.






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giving thanks.



The past few months (months, I know) have left me feeling really down in the dumps. And I keep telling myself to focus on the good stuff but sometimes that good stuff is so hard to see when you're so in the negative. That said, I sat down and thought long and hard about what I'm thankful for this year. This is what I came up with.
  • my most loving & doting husband, Ryan
  • my family
  • Olivia
  • bicycles
  • having the ability to be creative
  • almond biscotti tea
  • friends, near and far, few and far between (too many to list--you know who you are)
  • incredible neighbors (thank you thank you thank you, Marty, Tara, Mike, and Staci)
  • Rocco & Rainer
  • Amaly
  • dreams, plans, hopes, and wishes
  • books
  • hand-written letter (thank you, Letter Writers Alliance!)
  • my favorite bloggers (Celia, Melina, Nina, Meli, and Stephanie--the blog world would not be what it is without you!)
  • and of course, my lovely readers with whom this blog would not exist were it not for all of you!
What are you thankful for this year?






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departures.



Last night, Ryan and I watched a Japanese movie called Departures. It dealt with the subject of death in the most sensitive and beautiful way. Throughout the movie, I couldn't help but think of our own mortality and how when we're young, we think we are so invincible, not really realizing that life is fleeting. It sounds depressing, but the film actually put it in a different light. It was beautiful and it tugged at my heart strings.

 
 

book case.





If you're a book lover but don't know how to store your daily reads, this table will melt your heart. I love how the wooden slats double as bookmarks. Talk about form following function!






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m + e on design*sponge!

Upon perusing Design*Sponge earlier today, I happened to find our lovely friends Mike and Emma of M + E. Their gorgeous home was showcased and I could not have been prouder! For your viewing pleasure, see more here.


{P.S. Isn't that platform bed amazing?!}






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which girl are you?



Amelie or Carrie? Loving this poster from Paris Versus New York. So cheeky!






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happy monday!...and i'm back from new england!



Hello lovely readers. I am back from a weekend in New England visiting my sister, brother-in-law, and their beautiful new baby girl Olivia. Look at those cheeks! The weekend was full of much-needed time in with the family, heaps of food (of course!), and a day trip into Boston where I had the wonderful opportunity to meet the sweetest, most down-to-earth person and blogger extraordinaire Nina! I've been following her blog for nearly two years now so this was an incredible chance meeting over brunch at The Other Side Cafe (her recommendation--delicious!).

And now, I'm back to life and the swing of things. How was your weekend?

 
 

a girl's bike.






What an empowering book. This book of fifty photos of girls with their bicycles makes me want to join them in their awesome bike gang. I know fellow blogger and bike enthusiast Meli is even more passionate about riding. Do you have a bicycle? How often do you ride?






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date night.



Tonight, Ryan and I are having an impromptu date night. Why not, right? Fancy homemade spaghetti bolognese and an art show, perhaps?






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i feliz dia de los muertos !



The past few days were full of costumes and candy everywhere else but at my household. You see, I think the last time I actually celebrated Halloween was probably about 9 years ago. I stopped wearing costumes and going to Halloween parties. And not for any particular reason except that I think I might have outgrown it. Last year, I was more enthusiastic about the holiday, but for some reason, my feelings for it waned this year. Now, to those who still partake in the festivities, bravo! I'm not at all saying that what you're doing is ridiculous. In fact, I sometimes wish I still had that extra **oomph** that makes the holidays--any holiday--feel more magical. I applaud those who love putting on the make-up and the costumes and having a ball of a time. But for me, I much prefer staying in and/or engaging in something completely un-Halloween. Does that make sense?

In any case, not only is today election day (go vote!) across the U.S., it is also The Day of the Dead, or El Dia de los Muertos, a traditional celebration of departed ones. Back in the day, skulls were kept as trophies to honor those who had passed. Today, instead of real skulls (eeps!) many make sugar skulls with beautifully ornate designs. I think it's such a beautiful tradition to celebrate the dead and remember how they touched our lives in some way.






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