Thursday, February 14, 2013

we're in it together.

we're in it together.


i am so lucky, 
i know it. 
and i try to always remember it and show my gratitude - some days it's easier than others.

today on valentine's day i want to show my appreciation to YOU, lovelies.

one of my many favourite paper keepsakes is a little note my hubby left for me on a particularly down day a few years ago. i appreciate the genuine sentiment so much. it sits framed on my desk to remember each day.

we're in it together.

... is what it says. 

to me, finding those connections, whether it be with a friend, a parent, a sibling, your child, a romantic partner, your spirituality, your chosen philosophies in life or even your online community is what makes things both less lonely and more connected in life. sharing love. 

here's my valentine's day wish for you all: to know and sincerely feel that we're in it together. whoever your partners on the journeys of life may be. cause i think of today as a great day to spread love, not just romantical thoughts. bet you do, too.

and may each of us let those in our lives know we're here WITH them, too.

love to you, nicies.
may you feel loved always.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

how's your winter?

from Myoung Ho Lee's Photography-Act: Tree #3 via {NPRradiopictures}

gosh it's a winter wonderland here these days. pretty snow everywhere, and to be honest, everyone at our little home is so happy it see it / play in it / gaze out at the white-ly loveliness of it. me included. 

i've been taking things slowly on the blogging front these days. working on a series of other projects. 
thanks for your patience, loves. 

how's the winter where you are, sweeties? 

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

gathering pins {calligraphy & handwriting}


cheers the swell in adoration for calligraphy & handwriting of late! so i'm gathering lovely calligraphy & handwriting pins over on pinterest

and wonderfully... there's just enough time to practice your own hand at romantic lettering before valentine's day. love lettering here we come!

happy writing, lovelies!

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Monday, February 4, 2013

artists 101: modern nature with eloise renouf

beautiful nature-inspired artworks by the talented eloise renouf!


bravo nicies! 
thanks for all of your wonderful entries in the beautiful miranda britton jewelry giveaway! so excited to read about the lovely things inspiring each of you from the natural world! love it! in honour - hope you're loving the nature-inspired beauty of some of artist eloise renouf's brilliant works! love 'em!

now onto the congrats... 3 cheers for our lucky winner ...'s #694 - amanda davis light (sadly... no relation!)  author of the superfun blog primandpropah! congrats nicey - you've won yourself those gorgeous sterling silver earrings. enjoy!

which artists are you loving these days, nicies?  

check out all of the artists 101 stars so far: 

alex steinweiss 
noriko ambe 
lucky jackson 
taylor holland 
shigeru ban 

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

36 yummy & healthy-ish party snack recipes (for GAME day & everyday)


let's be honest.
i know absolutely NOTHING about american football,  or the super bowl. {except the tv commercials are famously expensive, the half-time show is the talk of the town, and superbowl parties with lots of treats are the festive event de rigueur every january!}

but at our house we do know a little something about snacks & parties. we LOVE 'em!

so here's a roundup of 36 YUMMY, some sweet, some savoury, some crunchy, some gooey, some respectably salty party snack recipes that would be a perfect addition to your super bowl party or gosh-darn any old party! i deem them *healthy-ish* as most are made from fresh ingredients and are way less greasy and sodium-packed than their processed munchie counterparts. please note: i'm not a nutritionist in the least, but i do think these goodies look YUM! enjoy!

ps: you can find all these pins, and MORE, in my *yummy & healthy-ish party snacks* board on pinterest! come follow!






mini pizzas | prevention

spicy chickpea crackers | tasty yummies
mango salsa wontons | self
smoky chipotle hummus dip | fitsugar

7-veggie fresh salsa | self
ombre fresh veggie tray | supermom moments
baked beet chips | a cozy kitchen


white bean & artichoke dip with pita crisps | self
adobo glazed mini turkey meatballs  | self
toasted sourdough, avocado &  watercress  snacks | helloonline

oven baked zucchini chips | nutritionist in the kitch
cucumber feta rolls | good life eats
mini chicken lettuce wraps | whole living 

kale chips | two take two 
rosemary sea salt soft pretzels | two peas and their pod
maple rosemary glazed cashews | a food centric life



have a yummy & healthy snack recipe to share? please add it in the comments below!

happy snacking, nicies!

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Monday, January 28, 2013



yippee! it's our first congrats post of the year! 
woohoos today go out to our lucky winner of the december *i love my sponsors* giveaway

yay to #912 : rachel e. wang
you've won a fabulous $25 gift certificate to the rikrak studio sponsor shop of your choice! 

be sure to enter to WIN our current fabulous giveaway: a gorgeous pair of $75 miranda britton sterling silver earrings! you'll love 'em! (on thru sunday!) 

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

a beautiful jewelry giveaway with miranda britton!

lovely lines.
exquisite designs.
luxurious materials.
beautiful artistry.
such are the ingredients in each of jeweler miranda britton's delicately handcrafted rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets.

working with primarily sterling silver, i love how miranda weaves natural shapes and found objects into each stunning piece of jewelry. the understated elegance thrills me. wouldn't you agree?

be sure to visit miranda around the web, and read on to WIN this pair of handsawn $75 sterling silver spruce tree earrings! woohoo!

miranda britton jewelry


one way to enter is to grab one of my rikrak studio buttons,
like this one for YOUR BLOG! here they are!

the rikrak studio

the rikrak studio
and add it to your blog!
{ ... just copy & paste the text in the box above onto your blog sidebar! thanks! }

:: RULES ::

a) it is possible to have numerous entries total per person.
b) please make sure to leave each entry as its own comment. thanks!
c) using, 1 winner of this  giveaway will be chosen on feb. 3rd, 2013 @ 12:01 am EST.
d) open to contestants worldwide.
e) please be sure to leave me an email where i can reach you if your account doesn't link to one. thanks.

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