Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Spring Is In The Air


Star Bunny Studio 2014


This is the best time of year. The natural world is awaking from the long winter slumber.
          A  hike in the Willamette National Forest is the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
I was excited to see wildflowers like bleeding-hearts, trillium and cylopso orchids popping up. 
Spring Is In The Air! 

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Star Bunny Studio 2014

Star Bunny Studio 2014

Star Bunny Studio 2014

Star Bunny Studio 2014

Star Bunny Studio 2014

Star Bunny Studio 2014

Star Bunny Studio 2014

Star Bunny Studio 2014

Star Bunny Studio 2014

Star Bunny Studio 2014

I hope this visual vacation inspires you to go out and enjoy the wildflowers spring
has to offer.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Day Without A Woman

 

A Day Without A Woman
'Out-of-Office' Auto-Response
 

Thank you for your visit. 
I’m out of the office today to participate in Day Without A Woman in observance of International Women’s Day. 
I am not working today and will respond to your message tomorrow. 
In solidarity, Laurie



Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Paradise Found

 

If you are brave enough to travel off the beaten path, you find all kinds of hidden gems.
Recently, I had the opportunity to spend sometime on a tiny little island off the coast of Belize. 
From friendly giant sting rays to pirate bones this island getaway had it all. 




 











 










 









I hope these photos inspire you to get off the beaten path
and go out to find yourself a little slice of paradise.






Thursday, February 9, 2017

Valentine's Day Cooking 101


The first signs of spring are starting to show in the Northwest, I for one could not be happier.
Maybe it is the love (or pollen) in the air that has me thinking about taking on the challenge
 of a Valentine's day dinner.
 For the first time...ever.



Is this culinary endeavor intimidating? Honestly, yeah. A little. I am not a chef!
Thanks to my friends at Pinterest  I have uncovered a few ideas that I am looking forward
to exploring. Lets take a look at a more creative approach to making dinner.



 recipe for beet-and-goat-cheese-heart via "The Tomato Tart"

The presentation here is just so right.
I cannot deny this roasted beet and goat cheese napoleon as an excellent start to any dinner.
I am thinking about using golden and red beets to build my tower.
Hop over to The Tomato Tart for an easy to follow recipe.




If you are like me, you have a significant other who's idea of dinner is meat and potatoes.
Never underestimate the power of a heart shaped cookie cutter.
It will take a bit of effort, but your meat dish will never look so sweet.



http://addapinch.com/baked-salmon-with-parmesan-herb-crust-recipe/#easyrecipe-8550-0

For the main dish - something fresh, healthy and easy to prepare.
 A beautiful pink salmon encrusted with Parmesan and herbs.
The recipe for this dish can be found at  Add A Pinch.



Shared.com

This idea found on Shared might be the best dessert ever.
Forget conversation hearts, meet your new adorable and intoxicating best friend - 
wine fruit snacks! Best yet, they are beyond easy to make.


I am feeling ready to try out these ideas.
Hope you too are bit more inspired to try something creative in the kitchen this valentine's day.


Monday, January 23, 2017

Signs of The Times

http://thoughtmatter.com/

An inspiring number of people hit the streets around the world 
with handmade signs raising voices to those who have commanded rules of
 oppression onto others. This was a showing that reminded us all there is power in numbers.


 

When people unite together it is a force. 
This is a force that must be used for the greater good. Love Trumps Hate.
Unity, Equality, Togetherness these are the policies that restore balance.


 
 We have a choice. 
We can come together and create change, or we continue to allow outside influences
 dictate what is best. Waiting for others to make decisions that directly effect your life is 
not freedom. If we do not utilize our rights, they will be taken away.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/behold/2012/11/08/civil_rights_victories_magnum_photos_capture_black_women_and_gay_rights.html

While some things have changed over time, many things remain the same.
Positive change towards progress in our world is something we should all work for. 


http://www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/news/2017/01/22/womens-march-signs-and-posters-from-around-the-country/

Want more information on how you can get involved?
Check out these organizations,


https://www.womensmarch.com/100/





Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Dream Theory


I recently received and email from Leesa that made me ask myself,
When was the last time you had an excellent night sleep?
With so many distractions in life it can be difficult to establish a healthy sleeping pattern.
There are a few everyday habits that can sabotage a good nights rest.
 I found myself guilty of these crimes against sleep...


 

Coffee. 
My bitter love, your intoxicating aroma wins me over again and again.

Best to skip the jolt if you are looking for dream time.
Surprisingly this little pick me up may be doing more harm than good for your sleep life
 Did you know it can take up to 12 hours for caffeine to be eliminated from your system?
There are studies to support the idea that caffeine causes physical dependence, headaches
 and can be to blame for insomnia in many people. 


 

The bedroom is not an office. 
The bedroom should be a relaxing environment.
 Don't ruin your dream time with visions of deadlines and outside stress.

 It might be tempting to send one last email, watch a movie, or play a video game before falling asleep
 however it is not the way to find a restful night. Using electronics before bed is said to negatively 
affect your sleep. It is best to remove the computer, television, tablet, and smartphone 
from the bedroom if you really want some quality rest.



That nightcap might be to blame for keeping you awake.

Another guilty pleasure that keeps us out of dreamland is alcohol.
While it may seem like something to make you sleepy, this little bad boy might end up 
fighting with your circadian rhythm. The internal clock that runs in the background 
of your brain and cycles between sleepiness and alertness at regular intervals. 
Avoid the alcohol temptation if rest is on the agenda.



Have you become dependent on a nap to get through the day?

That nap time that seems so luxurious and inviting maybe robbing  you of a decent 
night sleep. Sleeping more that 20 minutes can disrupt your natural sleeping rhythm. 
Keep the cat naps short and sweet to limit negative interaction with your
 own circadian rhythm.


To sleep better at night, try practicing the following:
      • Maintain a regular sleep time schedule
      • Establish a relaxing bedtime routine such as taking a bath or reading a book
      • Create a sleep environment that is dark, quiet, comfortable and cool
      • Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillow
      • Finish eating at least 2-3 hours before your regular bedtime
      • Exercise regularly
I hope these tips help you to find Sweet Dreams.