Monday, February 28, 2011

Etsy Favorites

Just this past Friday a friend and I were discussing our weekend plans...or lack there of.
And how a weekend with nothing planned always unintentionally turns into the busiest two days of the entire week.
After a week long sickness I was hoping to relax and take my two days off to work on getting better,
no such luck, this weekend was no exception to the rule.

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend and is ready for the week ahead.
Here are a few of my recent Etsy fav's to get your week off to a good start.

perpetual calendar-tall . owls
Checkerboard Prehnite In 14K Gold Cocktail Ring


Friday, February 25, 2011


a lovely blog reader recently shared this pretty little quote with me

"A kiss makes the heart young again and wipes out the years."
-Rupert Brooke


Thursday, February 24, 2011


Grow up; become an adult. But don’t ever become a grown-up.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

weheartit wednesday









I've learned that people will forget what you said,

people will forget what you did,

but people will never forget how you made them feel.

[Maya Angelou]


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Current Addiction: Candles

There are few things in the world that smell nicer than 
these little gems from my favorite Anthropologie


Monday, February 21, 2011



Friday, February 18, 2011

Always Love Turns 1!

One year ago tomorrow I published my first blog post. 
I had gotten my tonsils out three days before and was in a pain medication enduced haze,
but I just HAD to start my blog right then. It couldn't wait.

I've spent some time lately looking back over old posts,
and its interesting to see where I was just 365 days ago,
and how much I've grown and accomplished since.

In 2010 I wrote only 75 posts.
So far this year I wrote 67 in January alone.
This year is going to be a great year.
I can feel it.

Here are a few of my favorite posts over the year:

-Hands down best YouTube video in a long time
-Philadelphia: This is Where I Call Home
-My best friend guest blogged about the Happiness Project 
while I galavanted in Puerto Rico
-Current Loves: Flowers in Newsprint
-What I was (still am) thankful for at Thanksgiving 2010
-Some of my favorite quotes here, here, here and here
-The best advice I've ever been given
-One day this will be framed in my home

    And dont forget to leave some love on Always Love


    this is my wish for you: 

    comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, 

    rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, 

    sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag,

     beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, 

    faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you are in doubt,

     courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth,

     love to complete your life. 



    Thursday, February 17, 2011


    Let your light shine.
    Be a source of strength and courage.
    Share your wisdom.
    Radiate love.
    -Wilferd Peterson

    Wednesday, February 16, 2011

    weheartit wednesday

    what a perfect way to start a morning.
    a little coffee.
    a little love.


    replace that tea with the coffee above. perfect breakfast.




    Beginning today, treat everyone you meet
    as if they were going to be dead by midnight.
    Extend to them all the care, kindness, and understanding
    you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward.
    Your life will never be the same again.
    -Og Mandino


    Tuesday, February 15, 2011

    Color Board

    Do you remember those Highlights magazines in the library of your elementary school?
    Or the dentist office? The ones with the "photo hunts" and "find whats different" puzzles?
    How about the super close up photos where you have to guess
    what the object in the picture is.

    Well if you don't remember then you've missed out on some great childhood "reading" materials.
    And you also wont understand the inspiration for this picture below.

    I'm working on an exciting guest blog for later this week.
    As my lovely faithful blog followers/readers, you get a sneak peek.
    But this super close up, borderline blurry photo and color board is all you're getting.

    Check back later this week for the big reveal!


    do the things you used to talk about doing but never did. 
    know when to let go and when to hold on tight.
     stop rushing. 
    don't be intimidated to say it like it is. 
    stop apologizing all the time. 
    learn to say no, so your yes has some oomph. 
    spend time with the friends who lift you up, 
    and cut loose the ones who bring you down. 
    stop giving your power away. 
    be more concerned with being interested than being interesting. 
    be old enough to appreciate your freedom, 
    and young enough to enjoy it. 
    finally know who you are.
    -kristin armstrong

    Monday, February 14, 2011

    Happy Valentines Day



    ‎"Love all, trust few, do wrong by none." - William Shakespeare

    Friday, February 11, 2011

    Current Love: Flowers in Newsprint

    Recently, for no particular reason (as I've never received such a bouquet)
    I have thoroughly enjoying the idea of flowers wrapped in newsprint.
    Theres something so romantic, spur of the moment, and  "city life" like of these beauties.
    how lovely would it be to get a pretty bouquet like one of these?



    Change before you have to.
    -Jack Welch


    Thursday, February 10, 2011

    Love Always Love

    Over the past few weeks/months I have been putting a significantly 
    larger effort into growing Always Love.
    [aside from the recent only-occasionally-when-i-get-a-quick-second-to-breathe
    posting methods I've had to resort to thanks to 50+ hour work weeks,
    working hard on some of my 2011 resolutions and pure exhaustion.]

    One thing I've loved most about this process is seeing my stats jump and knowing that
    somewhere out there people are actually reading what I have to share.

    So as you're stopping in and taking a look around, dont forget to leave a comment.
    I (always) love hearing from you!




    Wednesday, February 9, 2011

    weheartit wednesday

    This week has had quite a rough beginning
    and the weekend can not come soon enough.
    Luckily we're halfway to Friday.

    Here are some of my recent weheartit favorites to brighten your day.





    i need to be here.



    Tuesday, February 8, 2011


    Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time,carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration.
    Like a hummingbird, we aspire to hover and savor each moment as it passes, 
    embrace all that life has to offer and to celebrate the joy of everyday.
    The hummingbird's delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere,
    every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life's sweetest creation.


    Monday, February 7, 2011

    Two Years

    Seven hundred and thirty days.

    Even longer since the last time I saw you.
    You were radiant, as always. 
    You were smiling, as always.
    You were comforting, as always.
    You shared, you listened, you hugged me, as always.


    We said we'd meet for coffee, as always.
    We didn't. As always.

    We're all thinking of you today, 
    as if today is like every other;
    but its not.

    Today we can't say "last year..." 
    Today is plural. 
    But today...
    Today we are two years closer to seeing you again.

    I miss you.
    I love you. As always.

    Friday, February 4, 2011

    Window Shopping: Anthropologie

    If I didn't have bills to pay with my hard earned money,
    my recent paychecks would end up at Anthropologie more often than not.
    Here's what I'm lusting after now.

    This little guy's at the top of my list.

    all photos found [here]