Memories On The Walls

Friday, April 25, 2014

One of things I love to surround myself with in my home are blown up photos and art of where my husband and I have traveled. When we took our road trip across the U.S. we spent an amazing week in Sedona and I have two large photos of the red rocks in my living room that I admire daily. I often think about the amazing hike we took there our last night. The sun was setting just as we reached the top, the sand was blazing red, the air was dry and crisp. Someone down in the valley was playing Amazing Grace on a flute. It was such a magical and healing moment. Those photos instantly take me back to that peaceful hike. Sometimes I think we fill our homes with things that after a while we tend to forget are even there. I try not to do this because I can't stand owning a bunch of stuff that doesn't have any meaning to me.
 Each year on our wedding anniversary we find a piece of art that speaks to us. On our honeymoon we had an artist draw us while we were in Vegas. Last year we bought a small painting of a ship (with our name on it) and a lighthouse from a local artist during our stay in Maine.
Today I am reliving our amazing trip to Texas. One of the highlights was the lantern festival and one of my photos will grace our walls. Some day when I'm a very old lady I will look back at all these beautiful memories and smile knowing my life was an adventure.

New Designs!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

We've been working very hard in the shop this week to roll out some new products! I love designing! As a little girl I spent summers with my grandmother, she is a craftswoman/artist. She was so patient and taught me to sew, draw, sculpt, and most importantly play! Art became a beautiful thing for me from a young age. Hours could pass and to me it feels like seconds when I'm creating. It's my privilege that I get to make things for others.

Here's what I've been working on this week. Pretty neat huh?

The Vintage Yellow Coat.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The coat, it's interesting past, and facebook on.

I absolutely love thrifting. There's something really exciting about hunting for the perfect vintage treasure. Often times it takes me a few trips to find something awe inspiring but it's really fun and relaxing. The last time The Marine and I set out for a thrifting adventure I found a gorgeous vintage yellow coat. This was a real beauty. Cut so it emphases all the right curves, beautiful fabric, just the right length, so vintage. They don't make them like that anymore ladies. The thing about thrifting is that once you find your treasure it actually has to fit! As I closed the curtain to the dressing room, I crossed my fingers that my gem could come home with me. I slid on each arm, buttoned the front and turned to the mirror. It fit like a glove. Smiling the whole way home, I felt like Laura, queen of awesome vintage finds!

Another love of mine is anything old with a story, especially old houses. I am also a huge lover of solving mysteries. On every trip my husband and I take, I always find some old mansion to explore and discover her secrets, but that's another story entirely. But I thought I should prefix the next part of my post with that.

 A few days later I had the perfect occasion to rock out my new yellow coat. All night I got compliments on my little gem. That's the beauty of vintage, it's a one of a kind treasure now.
My husband and I made the drive home in the chilly night air. I slipped my hands into my pockets to warm them up and discovered a crumpled piece of paper. "Great an old candy wrapper stuck to my new coat!" I thought. But as I pulled it out I realized the paper had someone's name on it. Of course I just had to find out the story of who owned my coat before me. I promise I am not a cyber stalker. ;) Lol!

I got on my computer when we got home and googled the name on the paper. A few names popped up and I clicked the one with a facebook account. A beautiful woman appeared on my screen and I clicked the "photos" link. As I looked through them I found my beloved new coat. One photo was of her and her husband in a big field with colorful leaves on the trees and ground. She looked happy and loved. Another was of her in the coat, buttons undone, to accommodate her pregnant belly. Yet another was surrounded by her three children in the vintage yellow coat. Not only had this woman loved this coat but she had shared her most precious life moments in it. I clicked through a few more photos to find a very old photo of possibly her grandmother wearing a strikingly similar coat. In the photo she was kissing her husband with a baby in her arms. Apparently my coat had a long history, a beautiful past.

I started thinking about how everything has a story. I know they are only clothes. Yet somehow they can take on a very special meaning to those who have experienced life's amazing moments in them. I don't know why she donated her coat, maybe so that someone just like me could make some beautiful memories in it of their own.

To the women who owned my vintage yellow coat before me. Thanks for passing her on. 

Job Fun!

Friday, April 11, 2014

When I started this blog last month my intention was to write at least a few times a week but since our arrival back to Pennsylvania I have been sick and spending most of my free time trying to get better ie: surfing the couch.  I did get a little time to add some new designs to our website though! I had so much fun creating these onesies I almost forgot how yucky I felt!

 With the new Captain America movie out, this onesie is such a fun way to celebrate your little superhero!
You can get one here:

My husband is a total gamer. I created this one in his honor. Check out our Legend Of Zelda Onesie.
I had such a fun day designing all these superhero onesies!
When I showed the office the funny baby onesies, everyone got a kick out of them so I considered them a success! :)

Birth: Nailed It!

You can find all of our funny onesies and costume onesies on our site here:

A Healthy Dinner That Tastes Good.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

In my last post I talked a bit about my own journey to wellness. I want to start sharing some of the recipes I have found to be truly nutritious and delicious. These recipes are geared for those who need a low glycemic diet but everyone would benefit greatly from this form of eating.  The foods I share also have to taste good and be very filling to fit into my regime. If I am hungry 20 minutes later or they taste gross, you won't find me eating them. SO here goes!

Last night my husband and I made one of my favorites, grilled chicken and pseudo potatoes. Since the goal is to eliminate fast sugary carbs like potatoes we substitute cauliflower in their place. Don't knock it until you try it! It's really good! 
My stew pot cooking the ingredients.
It's super simple. 
Here's how to make them. Add your grilled chicken, a fresh or frozen vegetable to your plate as well and you are in business.

*1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
*1 medium head of cauliflower
*1 medium apple
*1 medium yellow onion
* 2 teaspoons of curry powder(I don't add this)
*A pinch of sea salt and pepper
*1 cup of water.
We have also made them with garlic instead of the apple with delicious results. 

Heat the oil in a stew pot, when the oil is simmering add the cauliflower, apple, and onion. Make sure to break the cauliflower up into small pieces as shown in my photo above.
When the 3 ingredients are covered in the oil, add the water, salt and pepper.
Cover and cook until the cauliflower is tender. Turn down the heat so it doesn't burn and stir often.
Transfer the contents from pot to food processor and pulse until you achieve a mashed potato consistency.  Don't overdo it though or you will end up with runny soup. 

That's it! I meant to take a photo of the completed meal but hey we were hungry! 

*Tip: Make extra so that you have good lunch tomorrow and you aren't tempted to eat garbage. :)
Cauliflower is so incredibly good for you! Stay happy and healthy my friends!

Mentors Are A Key To Success.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

After a meeting in Dallas last week I decided to stop by the Mary Kay headquarters. This massive building with it's impressive sky high glass elevators and the wing with a museum honoring Mary Kay and her top sellers is awe inspiring. Why you might ask would I stop by another business who does direct marketing?


Whatever your goals are in life there is always someone whom you can gain inspiration from if you are willing to search for them. Mentors are an amazing way to gain knowledge and insight into something you really want for your life but maybe don't know how to make happen for yourself.

So back to Mary Kay. Mary Kay sells different products than we do at Be Personalized. But her business of giving women the opportunity to work for themselves, have more balance in their work/family schedule, and enjoy their job is what we are striving for here too. Having been there myself I understand the wants and needs of working independently. Dreading getting out of bed in the morning stinks and it's no way to live your life.

I really set out with this vision to make Be Personalized a wonderful opportunity for those who are searching for it. 
And that's exactly what we do for Be Personalized consultants everyday! 

I really enjoy helping others. But only when I could help myself achieve what I needed to did my cup run over enough to pour out blessings to other people. The same goes for you. Find a mentor(or several!), don't expect them to give away any secrets, but earnestly study their successes and failures, work hard, make something of yourself. Then go help others.

The more you give, the more you receive. ~ My favorite quote found in the Mary Kay Museum.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

"By all means follow your heart. Just be sure to take your brain with you."

Welcome! Whether you've known me for years or you don't know much(or anything) about me, thanks for stopping by! My dream for this website is to be able to write on a daily basis. To share and encourage folks to follow their life's passions. I am an artist, a musician, a songwriter, and a entrepreneur. I have the privilege of sharing my gifts with others in order to provide for myself. I am still working everyday to become the woman I want to be. :) So let's get started!

I grew up in rural Pennsylvania with towering mountains, hide and seek with the neighborhood kids, making snow cones from real snow! I lived in a town where you didn't have to lock your doors at night, your kids could walk to school without fear of them being abducted, and you spent your days dazzled by the four seasons' finicky behavior.  Sounds nice right?

My best friend and I circa grade school Halloween parade.
I wanted to start with that positive and beautiful scene because I KNOW there are wonderful things about my hometown. Yet I never felt like I fit there. And not in the popular kid sense but in the sense that I am a circle peg being jammed into a square hole. I stayed for a million reasons, my family, my dad's illness, this or that boyfriend in my early 20's, because it posed as a safe place from the great big world of "nice tries-you failed." I've travelled quite a bit and even lived a few different places within a couple of hours from home, but still never found the magical place I was looking for. I would constantly say to people that life is different in other places, people are different in other places. The response was always the same "It's the same everywhere."

I think the distinct privilege of growing up(it's certainly not the bills!) is that life makes you wiser. You learn that you have something to contribute to this world. You learn to trust your new wings and know that no matter how many people(even my family sadly) try to clip them you can and will fly. Do you know how many times I was told my ideas and skills weren't right? That I should be someone else? It wasn't until I believed in myself and worked hard at my gifts that I really started to soar.
Failure is an inevitable part of growth. Don't fear it. 

A few years ago on my honeymoon my husband and I stopped in Texas. With it's cowboy boots, music, festivals, appreciation of the arts, incredibly friendly people, booming businesses, warm sunny days, and what I call "the good life" atmosphere it was like a breath of fresh air in my stagnant soul. I felt revived and hopeful that people do, in fact, live differently. 

As our business grew( and the brutal winters back home seemed intolerable The Marine(my cute nickname for my hubby) and I devised a plan to spend some time in Texas during the coldest part of the winter. I never imagined what would happen next. We still worked our normal hours for the business but at night and on weekends he and I would partake in the DFW community. I fell head over heels in love with it. When our month was up I told The Marine I just couldn't go home because it no longer felt like my home. I don't know if Texas is my childhood "magical" place but it sure is nice! For many reasons we know the answer. For our business success, for our happiness, we know we have to call Texas home. It is a bittersweet time for us. Saying goodbye to our first house that we built from the floors up to the ceilings together that holds the laughter and tears, triumphs and struggles of our first years of marriage. Not seeing friends and family nearly enough(can't you all move to Texas already?!). Letting go as we fly off from the safety net that the hometown nest provides. Here I truly feel a part of the community. And I feel like the best version of myself. The Marine was sold even before me by the way. Where else can he shoot his guns and go to an art show in the same city?  I always wondered why we worked so hard if we had nothing to enjoy our hard work on. I don't know if Texas will be our dream place but I can tell you I am not interested in letting fear rule me or in living a life of regrets. But don't worry we still plan to visit and hope to spend our summers someplace cooler! We plan to travel a lot! For now we will be heading back to PA to get our house on the market and get prepared to move across the country.

You're invited to come along with us as we start a new journey. And it's really about the journey, not the destination.

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