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Six years of marriage & love.




Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion, it is not the desire to mate every second minute of the day, it is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every cranny of your body.. That is just being “in love”, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.”

― Louis de Bernieres, Captin Corelli’s Mandolin

Happy anniversary husband. x


heart day.

{L’amour in Paris, Paul Keller; Meryabad; Keatl via here}
I’ve never been one for Valentine’s Day.
As far back as I can remember,
I’ve asked boyfriends to refrain from 
buying expensive roses that last all of one day
and I’ve almost always opted for takeout 
rather than stress to get a reservation out.
These days, I’ve warmed up a little more to the Hallmark holiday.
I love the concept of thoughtful cards and just the overall act of
spending quality time with your loved one.
And while I still say no to roses –
I do look forward to cooking up a special meal with husband
and just being how we are every day..
happy in eachother’s company.
Happy heart day friends!
xo N

dear mama.

The ordinary arts we practice everyday at home 
are of more importance to the soul
 than their simplicity might suggest.”
 – Thomas Moore
{Mama and I, June 2009}

I remember idolizing my mom as a young girl.  
I was always trying on her clothes, borrowing her jewelery or
 trying to style my hair like hers.
  To me, she was (and still is) 
the most beautiful woman in the world.

Years later, as a grown woman,
 I not only admire her for her outer beauty,
 but the inner beauty she holds.
Through her example, she’s taught me
 the importance of self-respect, knowledge and awareness. 
 Whatever good that is in me has come
 through her own wisdom, strength and love.

Happy Mother’s Day to a woman who is everything to me.

I love you Mom.

-N xx

quote, tgif and stuff.

The world is a book, and those who don’t travel only read one page.” – St. Augustine
Ahh Friday.  You certainly are my favorite.  Although my weekend doesn’t officially start until tomorrow afternoon, I’ve been in weekend mode all day.
I will be returning back to the desert the week after next.  Yes, again.  It’s that darn Expedia and their ridiculous deals!  You know I can’t pass up a good sale.  On the topic of travel, Charlie and I recently booked a weekend away in Kelowna (for his friend’s wedding in July).  It didn’t take us long to decide on where we wanted to stay.  Click here to see why 🙂
Very excited to spend some time within the province and of course, any weekend away with my love is an exciting one.

weekend wonderful.

This past Saturday was Charlie’s birthday and to celebrate the event I treated him (and myself) to a weekend in Las Vegas.  I love Vegas.  I love how you can go a zillion times in your life and have a different experience each time.  When I go with girlfriends it’s all about dancing in pretty dresses (I do love my dresses).  When I go with my mom it’s all about delicious food, shops and entertainment.  This time around it was much of both and more.

Our stay at the Wynn left us beyond satisfied, blown away if you will.  Every facet of the resort is unreal.. and our room..(53rd floor, corner suite, floor to ceiling windows, unbelievable view).

{Looking out our front window}

 It was a fairytale experience that I will always cherish and never forget.  Oh and the company wasn’t so bad either ;).

{Husband showing love to the bed} 

It’s always hard to come back to “regular” life when you’ve been away on vacation (even if it is only a weekend).  Charlie and I had many discussions about this over the course of our little adventure.  We’ve somehow trained ourselves (and by we, I mean most of society) to believe that we have to physically remove ourselves from our daily routine to get back that sense of relaxation and peace in our lives.  But it doesn’t have to be that way, does it?  Like anything else in life you have to work at maintaining it, just as you would work at maintaining a successful relationship or career.  I’m all about state of mind these days, and being as blessed as I am, it’s in a good state.
Wishing everyone a most positive and peaceful day.