Monday, April 30, 2012


I've been back from Spain for a week, but jet lag, pregnancy exhaustion and work busyness have kept me from blogging. But I'd love to share some photos of our trip! We had a wonderful time exploring Madrid, Segovia, Barcelona and Montserrat. I especially enjoyed the fantastic art museums and public parks, and stopping for tapas or dinner at outdoor cafes was such a treat. But the best part was simply spending time and sharing the experiences with my mom, dad and sister. Here's a peek at what we saw.

Photos by me.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Hasta la Vista!

This week I'll be in Spain! I'm traveling to Madrid and Barcelona with my sister and our parents. My husband and brother-in-law couldn't get away from work so they won't be with us on this trip. It'll be strange to go without them, and I'm going to miss my husband and our pup like crazy. But my mom, dad, sister and I love to travel and I'm looking forward to sharing this experience with them. I hope it's a great time and I can't wait to visit some new places. See you in a week!

Photo from here

Friday, April 13, 2012

A Gorgeous Clash

I love the beautiful turmoil of these paintings by Todd Hunter. The colors and brushstrokes are presented in such a dynamic mashup. I can't get enough of the emotion in them!

Photos from here

Thursday, April 12, 2012

A Girl!

My husband and I just went to our first ultrasound -- and found out we're having a girl! We couldn't be more excited. It was amazing to see her little nose and feet and to hear her heartbeat. We are so in love with her already. Now we're thinking about what we'll name her and dreaming about what she'll be like. We're over the moon!

Photo from here

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Our long weekend to Milwaukee was wonderful. We walked along the river and by Lake Michigan, ate at cafes and a historic German restaurant, popped into shops and museums and strolled through the public market. We stayed at two hotels -- the elegant Pfister, where we had high tea one afternoon, and the rustic-modern Iron Horse. It was a great time!

Photos by me. 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Friday, April 6, 2012

A Little Getaway

Today my husband and I are headed to Milwaukee for a long weekend. It's for a travel story for my work, but we're looking forward to exploring the city and simply getting away together.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Photo from here

Thursday, April 5, 2012


Every once in a while, I'm overwhelmed with the beauty in what's around me. For a bit of time, I'm able to appreciate with an enhanced sense little blessings: flowers blooming, sunshine on my face, seeing a butterfly, feeling the perfect weight of my pup in my arms. I love it!

Photos by me. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


I've loved noticing lately how trees are blooming and flowering. Doesn't that sight make you happy? These recent paintings by Jen Garrido give me the same feeling.

The artist writes in a statement, "I favor forms that are nature-based and that tangle and overlap, lean, sit and hold. In my newest works, the compositions are hybrid and formal, have moments of representation and are infused with a sense of movement. I bring together shapes and lines that are biomorphic, animated and gestural. The ways in which the forms sit, touch, tangle and lay creates a space that is open to narrative."

Photos from here.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Happy April!

This month, I'm craving pastels -- around my home, in my clothes, on my nails, everywhere! It seems the perfect way to celebrate Easter and welcome spring.

* Nails