July 8, 2012

Love is the compass of life.

– Peckeroy

Say What?

I love to hear in words how much I am loved, it reassures me. However I also love to receive little non-verbal cues of appreciation. My mom often surprises me by sending me a care package full of goodies. On the flipside, I LOVE more than anything else to send birthday presents and cards to unsuspecting friends and loved one, there's no better feeling than making someone else smile.

Crystal K. (@BelleAmourBeaut)

I hate when people throw around "I love you" like its nothing. Instead, just say it when you really mean it. It's a much more sincere and meaningful gesture when you really feel it. Do not mix up "love" and "thanks" ; both are compliments of their own, and you can be thankful without being "lovey-dovey."

Brianna Marie C. (@brianna_mariec)

Love Language

The other week I was on the way home from a mini-roadtrip with my best friends from high school. We had spent all weekend catching up and gossiping and filling each other in on everything that has been happening in our lives. Of course, the more we talked, the deeper our conversations got.

We ended up talking about what kinds of moms we thought we would be. (How we got to this conversation remains a mystery.) From there we were talking about how each of us would have different parenting skills. We talked about how each of our moms were so different, but how each of our moms loved us all the same. My friend said, “Well, we all have different love languages.”

I am now obsessed with that phrase: Love Language.

I think that there are two parts to this. The first part is that you have to know what your own love language is. The other part is that you need to realize that everyone has different ways of showing their love.

I’m the first to admit that I take things too personally. I tend to think that someone is mad at me or whatever. The truth is just that everyone shows their emotions differently. Some people are into hugs and warm and fuzzy ways of showing their love. Others leave much unsaid and may rarely express love at all. Even if a friend or family members exclaim, “I love you!” all the time... that may not truly be them expressing their love... they may have other clues!

Know yourself. And know that everyone is different. Look for the clues that show your friends’ and family members’ love languages. Once you “learn” the different languages, you will find so much love around every corner!

live your dreams,
Carly A. Heitlinger
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-Tariro Kandemiri (blog)

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Receipt Wallet

via J. Crew

Ladies, meet my newest obsession. Given to me as a gift by a friend, I tossed it in my desk drawer expecting it to just stay there unused until the next great clean out. But then flash-forward to a couple of weeks ago and me realizing I had post-work dinner plans and no makeup bag. I quickly pulled the forgotten bottle of Posietint and was SO impressed by it. Set up like a nail polish bottle, a couple strokes on each cheek is enough to give a flushy pink, fresh out of the sun glow. On initial application it does come out as a highlighter neon pink color, something that made me a little nervous, but once it's rubbed in, your skin gets the pretty pink color I mentioned above. This product is a definite must-have for any girl on the go!
Stay beautiful!
Lauren Goodwin
-- Littlelg.com

Arugula Salad with Beets and Goat Cheese

Photo/Recipe credit: simplyrecipes.com
With intense temperatures sweeping most of the nation, you may be wishing you could lie on your couch all day in air-conditioned bliss. However, that’s not a possibility for most of us, and we must face the sweltering temperatures. For a light lunch, throw together this easy salad using the freshest ingredients of summer. It will leave you feeling satisfied, but not “weighed down”- the worst feeling ever when it is this hot out! Enjoy and keep cool!
Salad Ingredients:
·Beets - (boiled until a fork easily goes in it, about an hour), peeled, sliced into strips
·Fresh arugula - rinsed, patted dry with a paper towel
·Goat cheese - chevre
·Walnuts - chopped
Dressing ingredients:
·Olive oil
·Dry powdered mustard
·Salt and pepper
·The amount of ingredients depends on how many people you are serving and how much salad you intend to serve them. The important thing is that this is a good blend of flavors. I didn't try tossing this salad; each plate was composed individually.
·The dressing for three individual salads was 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1/2 lemon, 1/4 teaspoon of powdered mustard, 3/4 teaspoon of sugar, salt and pepper to taste. Actually, it is all to taste. These are only approximate measurements.
·Assemble the salad according to how much you want. A handful of arugula leaves, a few beet juliennes, some crumbled goat cheese, garnish with chopped walnuts. Use a vinaigrette salad dressing or what I've described above.

~Emily Russell (Tumblr)

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