Friday, January 27, 2012

Today I got to thinking about relationships. For me, one of the most important relationships I have is with my friends and I am truly blessed to have such an amazing support system.  Everyone in my circle is unique and brings something amazing to the table. I cherish my friends and think of them as family.

Today’s blog goes out to my bestie Alaina. We became friends back in high school, junior year to be exact, and have pretty much been inseparable ever since.  We’ve certainly shared our ups and downs like any relationship but what matters is that we have each been there for each other when it counts. She’s my “Mo Anam Cara,” my soul sister and I love her to pieces. She makes me laugh like no one else can- I’m talking one of us starts laughing and because laughter is contagious we can laugh for hours about absolutely nothing. We can finish each other’s sentences, read the other one’s emotions just by looking at them, understand what each of us are thinking and know that when one of us says we’re fine, that we’re really not. The very first time we hung out I picked her up at her house in my 93’ Honda Del Sol (Insert sigh. Damn I miss that car) took the top off the car and jammed out to Lady Marmalade on our way to the mall. I still remember that like it was yesterday.

My other favorite memory is when we decided to pick out colleges.  We desperately wanted to attend the same college so we could room together- because that’s what best friends do obviously. We both got into University of Tampa but unfortunately only I was able to attend. The day that I was leaving Alaina promised to meet me at the bus shuttle to Logan to see me off. Her alarm didn’t go off and she raced to the shuttle terminal in hopes of getting to see me.  I was devastated thinking I wouldn’t get to say goodbye. She showed up JUST IN TIME with her Mom and they actually rode the bus with us all the way to the airport.  It was a teary goodbye and we were disasters but it’s still one of my favorite memories with her.

After college I returned home to live with my parents while I looked for a job and Alaina was home too. After four years away it was so good to be back and hanging out with her on a regular basis. Shortly after I got home however, she got an internship down in South Carolina and since she loved it so much she stayed down there. Because her job takes her to many places we’ve never had the pleasure of living in the same city since high school, and oh how I miss those days. Although she now lives in NYC and is only a bus/train/plane ride away, I will always miss her and hope that we will someday be little old ladies living next door to each other.
Lastly, this is the text message I received from her this morning which prompted my blog post today. “Ok I know it’s early but I saw this on the subway billboard & I had to tell you… so I always thought when you were hungry, you got hunger pains… well apparently it’s hunger pangs! Weird right?”

I hope you all have someone who is as special to you as Alaina is to me. So to Alaina- Thank you for being the Charlotte to my Carrie, the Snooki to my Deena, the Rachel to my Monica, the the Lavern to my Shirley. Here’s to another year of travels, tequila and the two of us!

What friendship means to us through the years

“In kindergarten your idea of a good friend was the person who let you have the red crayon when all that was left was the ugly black one.

In first grade your idea of a good friend was the person who went to the bathroom with you and held your hand as you walked through the scary halls.

In second grade your idea of a good friend was the person who helped you stand up to the class bully.

In third grade your idea of a good friend was the person who shared their lunch with you when you forgot yours on the bus.

In fourth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who was willing to switch square dancing partners in gym so you wouldn't have to be stuck do-si-do-ing with Nasty Nick or Smelly Susan.

In fifth grade your idea of a friend was the person who saved a seat on the back of the bus for you.

In sixth grade your idea of a friend was the person who went up to Nick or Susan, your new crush, and asked them to dance with you, so that if they said no you wouldn't have to be embarrassed.

In seventh grade your idea of a friend was the person who let you copy the social studies homework from the night before that you had.

In eighth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who helped you pack up your stuffed animals and old baseball but didn't laugh at you when you finished and broke out into tears.

In ninth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who would go to a party thrown by a senior so you wouldn't wind up being the only freshman there.

In tenth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who changed their schedule so you would have someone to sit with at lunch.

In eleventh grade your idea of a good friend was the person who gave you rides in their new car, convinced your parents that you shouldn't be grounded, consoled you when you broke up with Nick or Susan, and found you a date to the prom.

In twelfth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who helped you pick out a college/university, assured you that you would get into that college/university, helped you deal with your parents who were having a hard time adjusting to the idea of letting you go...

At graduation your idea of a good friend was the person who was crying on the inside but managed the biggest smile one could give as they congratulated you.

The summer after twelfth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who helped you clean up the bottles from that party, helped you sneak out of the house when you just couldn't deal with your parents, assured you that now that you and Nick or you and Susan were back together, you could make it through anything, helped you pack up for university and just silently hugged you as you looked through blurry eyes at 18 years of memories you were leaving behind, and finally on those last days of childhood, went out of their way to give you reassurance that you would make it in college as well as you had these past 18 years, and most importantly sent you off to college knowing you were loved.

Now, your idea of a good friend is still the person who gives you the better of the two choices, holds your hand when you're scared, helps you fight off those who try to take advantage of you, thinks of you at times when you are not there, reminds you of what you have forgotten, helps you put the past behind you but understands when you need to hold on to it a little longer, stays with you so that you have confidence, goes out of their way to make time for you, helps you clear up your mistakes, helps you deal with pressure from others, smiles for you when they are sad, helps you become a better person, and most importantly loves you!”












xox always- Linds

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Afternoon folks!

Looking for an interesting movie to watch this weekend? I highly recommend Newlyweds.

Here's some fun info about the movie:
TRIBECA —  latest film, "Newlyweds," an ode to his home neighborhood of TriBeCa, opens this week — but don't expect to find the indie film it in most theaters. It's going straight to digital On Demand and iTunes.

Burns, a longtime TriBeCa resident, shot the whole movie on a shoestring budget of just $9,000, thanks to many friends who donated their time. The film takes place entirely in his neighborhood and he initially  a play on the love triangles between characters and TriBeCa's full name.

"Shot on Canon 5d," Burns . "12 days. 3 man crew most days. 1 man others. Actors wore own clothes. Did own hair makeup. Free locations."
The movie follows newlywed TriBeCa residents Buzzy (Burns) and Katie (Caitlin Fitzgerald) as they sort through their relationship while strolling the neighborhood's cobblestoned streets, have heated exchanges outside the Franklin Street subway entrance, and dine at neighborhood favorites like Walker's, Bubby's and Estancia 460.
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Enjoy the trailer below!

xox always-Linds


Hello lovelies,

I’m so sorry I haven’t been blogging lately! Work has been really crazy busy lately, my friend Court came back into town, Seth started Grad School and I’ve been in Wedding planning mode!

No excuses, back to blogging regularly, I promise. Today’s blog is about Alex and Ani’s jewelry line. I came across this jewelry last year when I began wedding planning. I fell in love instantaneously and it is easy to see why.  The jewelry itself is beautiful but the message behind it is empowering.

Their mission statement taken directly from their website, () is: Alex and Ani’s mission is to design products that adorn the body, enlighten the mind, and empower the spirit.  Alex and Ani’s collections reflect a design aesthetic that celebrates each wearer’s unique essence.  Owner and designer Carolyn Rafaelian believes it is her life’s work to inspire her customers to relish what is unique and authentic about themselves.  Alex and Ani’s artistry lies in drawing out the beauty that resides within.

Rafaelian sold me at “unique essence” That’s pretty much what I hope to get across in my blog every day.  We are completely unique individuals and should be empowered by that concept.

The philosophy behind Alex and Ani is just as magnificent.  This is taken directly from the website, cited above. Alex and Ani is a company dedicated to creating products of unparalleled quality and beauty that promote consciousness and unity.  Manufacturing in the United States and re-using and recycling materials is an integral part of Alex and Ani’s mission as a conscious and eco-friendly company.  Alex and Ani’s collections are not only Eco-friendly, they are made up of powerful, meaningful and spiritual pieces, which uplift and inspire all who wear them.

This jewelry can be found at:

Also sold at many other locations:

Now go out and SHOP!!!

xox always- Linds





Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Today’s blog goes out to my friend Robyn who just announced her pregnancy! I couldn’t be happier for the new mom to be! My friend Leslie is also due with her second baby girl in just a few days. As I watch my friends become Moms one by one, my heart grows just a little bit bigger each time. At this stage in my life I am having an amazing time playing Auntie to all these kiddos and I have SO much respect for all my friends who have begun their new journey. I know each and every one of my friends will make amazing Moms and I am so happy for each of you!!!


xox always-Linds

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Happy Tuesday! Hope you all had a wonderfully relaxing 3 day weekend. My friend Meg came over Saturday night to watch a movie and the Pats game. We watched Crazy Stupid Love and If you like Ryan Gosling you NEED to watch this movie, adorable. Sunday I celebrated Christmas with the “in-laws” since Seth’s brother was out away for Christmas- Lots of yummy food and wine!

You know what today is? Another awesome day to introduce you to some of my favorite music ha! Seth keeps me updated on all my house music and I have to say that I am completely addicted to this song Concrete Angels by Gareth Emery Featuring Christina Novelli.

All House music fans can find Gareth performing at Royale Nightclub in Boston Thursday, February 9th at 10:00pm. Get your tickets now!!!

Check out his website




xox always-Linds

Friday, January 13, 2012

Happy Friday!! WOOHOO!! It’s been a long week for me and I am so excited to have a three day weekend. I’m also slightly excited that today is the first Friday the 13th of the year! Although I consider myself a pretty superstitious person, I happen to like Friday the 13th. Maybe it’s because I was born on the 13th so every so often my birthday falls on a Friday haha.  So for those of you intrigued by Friday the 13th I have some fun facts below. For those of you that fear the 13th you’ll find joke/pics at the bottom. Enjoy!

xox always-Linds

FRIDAY THE 13TH FACTS...
-According to Smithsonian Magazine "fear of the #13 costs American a billion dollars per year in absenteeism, train and plane cancellations, and reduced commerce on the 13th of the month." 

-Fear of Friday the 13th dates back to Nordic Mythology.  Many of their thirteenth Gods met with violent deaths, such as Loki, the trickster. 

-Ancient Romans regarded the number 13 as a symbol of death, destruction and misfortune. 

-There were 13 original colonies. 

-A witch’s coven consists of 13 members. 

-Tarot Card number 13 is the Death Card, depicting the Grim Reaper 
(although it is read as transition or change and not literal death). 

-Hotels rarely have a room number 13.  Usually it is called 12a or 14.  Same with floors of buildings and the elevators without a #13 button.  Highways sometimes will skip exit 13 altogether also. 

-There are 13 steps leading to the gallows. 

-13 knots in a hangman's noose. 

-13 feet which the guillotine blade falls. 

-The driver of Princess Diana hit pillar #13 at Place de l'Alma when she was killed in Paris, France. 

-13 people, Christ and his 12 disciples, were in attendance at the last supper.  This is where the Christian belief ties in, making Friday a believed unlucky day, as the crucifixion occurred on a Friday. 

-Certain ocean liners will be held in dock until after midnight to appease passenger's fears on Friday the 13th. 

-British study concluded that even though there were fewer cars on the road on Friday the 13th 
(as compared with other Fridays) more accidents were reported. 

-Triskaidekaphobia is the technical name for fear of Friday the 13th. 

-Apollo 13, 1970, the 13th mission launched from pad #39 (13 x 3), mission was aborted, after an explosion occurred in the fuel cell of their service module.  The rocket had left launching pad at 13:13 CST and the date was April 13th. 

-The US Seal has 13 stars, bars, feathers in the eagle's tail, 13 bars in one claw, 13 olive branches in the other. 

-A "quatrorzieme" is a professional 14th guest hired by the French who had only 13 guests in attendance for dinner, who felt that was unlucky.

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Friday the 13th Joke
A man bought a new Mercedes to celebrate his wife leaving him and was out on the interstate for a nice evening drive.


The top was down, the breeze was blowing through what was left of his hair and he decided to open her up.  As the needle jumped up to 80mph, he suddenly saw flashing red and blue lights behind him.


"There's no way they can catch a Mercedes," he thought to himself and opened her up further.  The needle hit 90, 100.... then the reality of the situation hit him.  "What am I doing?" he thought and pulled over.


The cop came up to him, took his license without a word and examined it in the car.


"It's been a long hard day, this is the end of my shift and it's Friday the 13th.  I don't feel like more paperwork, I don't need the frustration or the overtime, so if you can give me a really good excuse for your driving that I haven't heard before, you can go."


The guy thinks about it for a second and says, "Last weekend my nagging wife ran off with a cop.  I was afraid you were trying to give her back!"


"Have a nice weekend," said the officer.







Wednesday, January 11, 2012

So it's old news that I LOVEEE television and I'm pretty much addicted to the slew of shoes that I watch. I just saw a preview for a prank show by Betty White, it looks HYSTERICAL and I cannot wait to watch it! Will you be watching too?



xox always- Linds




Mornin lovelies!

Who is ready for a random act of kindness today, or as Kori put it, Little spark of kindness. I like it, has a great ring to it!!!

We all talk a big game of wanting to really change our lives, experience new journeys and to truly love ourselves. Well enough talk already, let’s help someone who is actually taking on a huge life challenge. Ladies and Gentlemen drum roll please! There are only 3 days, yes THREE left to help support the great project: Alpine Zone and guess what?! She is 95% funded woohoo!! With only $315 left to go she REALLY needs your support and donations.  Every dollar counts, but we realize in this economy that not everyone can donate- so please spread the word to all your friends and family members!  I blogged about this project a little while ago and it is truly an inspiration.  Please check out her Kickstarter page and website to read all about it!


Here is the trailer and the synopsis is below!

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Here is the synopsis about the film straight from her website!

Alpine Zone explores a 28-year-old woman’s journey to rediscover oneself by undertaking a daunting challenge: thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. Presenting herself with a test of physical and mental capabilities, and an opportunity to interact with like-minded travelers, the 6-month journey is sure to have a deep impact on the filmmakers’ life.


Like the famous Bob Dylan song suggests, “times, they are a changin’” seems to always ring true, to every generation. Each new age group seems to face challenges and expectations on many levels. Today’s generations are expected to be married, own a home, have started a career and be on their way to having their first child by the ripe age of 30. But, the times, they are a changing and with that comes a new feeling of uncertainty and desire toward self-discovery.


Starting in the Spring of 2012, filmmaker Kori Feener begins her journey to hike more than 2,000 miles, from start to finish, on the Appalachian Trail. Formally known as thru-hiking, out of the thousands that attempt it, somewhere around 20 percent actually complete the thru-hike. The tension of her decision to complete this journey is felt immediately though the opposition of close friends and family.


Through a reflexive and personal point-of-view storytelling and a cinema verite style of shooting, the documentary will engage the audience to join Feener on this life-changing experience through nature.

The themes of the film are simple and will follow through the entire process. By taking a pause out of the everyday existence and breaking life into simple moments, and simple survival needs, the filmmaker will attempt to open a new chapter in life. One aimed at appreciating the beauty of the world, while continuing to move forward and not dwell on what is left behind.


Alpine Zone is about walking through life and preserving it, while allowing for the continuation of growth and discovery. Like the natural region where it gets its name, the film deals with a delicate landscape, both literal and figurative. Where every step matters and every decision can be the difference between the end or continuation of emotional and physical growth.


xox always- Linds
PS: PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE HELP IN ANY WAY YOU CAN!!!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Mornin lovelies! Today’s post is inspired by people in my life who have no idea who amazing they really are.  I believe that people need to stop always thinking with their hearts and start listening to what’s inside their head a little more because eventually the heart will catch up and realize what‘s inside your head makes way more sense.

So most importantly to start discovering your own self worth you need to stop spending time with people who are pessimistic, unhappy or downright mean.  You should never have to prove who you are to someone because if they were truly worth the time in your life they would realize how amazing you are simply by being around you. Ah and that classic quote,” if you can’t handle me at my worst you don’t deserve me at my best.” You’d be surprised how many amazing people there are out there who will love you unconditionally, but you need to stop lowering your standards and selling yourself short. You shouldn’t have to explain your motives behind your actions to the people who really know you. They get why you do what you do.

Do you bury your head in the sand? Ha this is a funny thing Seth used to say to me all the time about my spending habits.  You can’t run and hide from your problems forever. Hey, no one said it would be easy but there comes a time in your life when you decide it’s time to face your challenges and problems and move forward. The feeling of solving any kind of problem small or significant is amazing, like a weight has been lifted. You become better and stronger in the process and can bring this new found freedom into new kinds of relationships. You can’t change what you don’t confront!

I think the number one problem many people face in any time of relationship is putting everyone else’s needs before their own. I am definitely guilty of this but I seriously try to take “me time” every so often so I don’t become entirely burned out. I think some people get so wrapped up in the idea of a relationship that they end up losing themselves in the process and losing a piece of who they are because they are always so focused on trying to make someone else happy.  That can only end in disaster.  Another big problem people face in relationships is trying to change who they are for the other person.  The grass isn’t always greener and by trying to change who you are is ultimately saying “I am not good enough.” You shouldn’t want to surround yourself with someone who doesn’t love you just the way you are because I am telling you, it’s true and someone will love you, just the way you are, even with the flaws each of us have.

Learn about yourself.  The more in tune you are with who you actually are-what your dislikes and likes are, where you want to go, who you want to be- the more in tune you can be in your relationships. I believe you become stronger as you start to like and more importantly accept who you are.  As you begin to realize who you are and what you want in life you won’t apologize for who you are and then you’ll be able to meet people who accept you because you accept yourself.
Make more mistakes. Most of us are fearful of mistakes but they make us stronger and wiser. I think I’d rather make a million mistakes and end up where I’m supposed to then be too scared to try. Who cares if you fail at something- at least you tried. That’s pretty amazing. I’d rather live life without regrets, but that’s just me.

The number one thing I need to get across is STOP OVERANALYZING. The amount of people I talk to that overanalyze relationships is insane. I constantly hear people beating themselves up and analyzing a situation where they think they did something wrong to mess up a relationship. If you overanalyze enough you may even create an imaginary problem- who wants that?! Oy vey! Overanalyzing won’t get you anywhere beside a mental ward at a hospital. You will literally drive yourself insane by replaying scenarios bit by bit. No one wants to see you pink slipped so you might as well start trying to relax.  
Some people get lonely however; don’t get into a relationship because it is convenient. Go with your gut.  If something tells you that you want to pursue a relationship then try. If your gut tells you to stop then by all means get out before someone gets hurt. Everything happens for a reason my friends. On the flip side- don’t turn a relationship down based off the fact that your last relationship didn’t work or it was too painful when it ended. Also notice your patterns- are you dating the same types of people over and over again? Hmmm… maybe it’s time for a change?

I personally can’t stand when you ask people if everything is ok when clearly it isn’t and they say, “Everything is fine.” Don’t bottle things up because you’ll end up exploding.  If a friend is willing to lend an ear, you might as well talk because I guarantee you’ll feel a lot better afterwards. 

Every now and then,
when the world sits just right,
a gentle breath of heaven
fills my soul with delight...
~Hazelmarie ‘Mattie’ Elliott, A Breath of Heaven

xox always- Linds




Monday, January 9, 2012

Happy Monday!


Hope everyone had a relaxing weekend. It was absolutely B-E-A-UTIFUL in MA on Saturday with temps close to 60.  I was outside walking Loki down by the water in a ¾ sleeve shirt and was warm. AHHH crazy New England, we never know what we are going to get!


Yesterday I had a girl’s day with my friends Laura and Emily.  We went grocery shopping at COSTCO- seriously forgot how much I love that place! Then we went back to Em’s where she made us stuffed cabbage that her family used to make on New Year’s.  Surprisingly Em is the only other person I know who has a family recipe for stuffed cabbage.  My grandfather on my mother’s side was Polish so we grew up on stuffed cabbage known as Golumpki. AMAZING. I haven’t had them in forever and Em’s recipe was so yummy!!!! We also watched the first two episodes of Shameless on Showtime. Umm not sure if you’ve ever watched it but I’m pretty sure it gave Laura and I anxiety.  Picture a bunch of 6 unruly kids in a disaster of a house trying to pay rent when their Mom ran out and their Dad is an alcoholic.  It’s definitely a comedy but OH MY the amount of chaos that ensues for the hour is too much to handle! On that note, I may watch episode 3 tonight ha!


One of my guilty pleasures on T.V. is Jersey Shore, I mean come on, who isn’t addicted to Jersey Shore?  I think Pauly D is HYSTERICAL so if you need a laugh on this manic Monday take a peek at some of Pauly’s finest moments on the show!


xox always- Linds





Friday, January 6, 2012

Morning beauties! My friend Meghan showed me this video the other day and I felt the need to share with all of you! In 2006 Dove® started The Campaign for Real Beauty.  In a recent self-esteem study, Dove® found that only 4% of women think they are beautiful.  Yes you read that right, only FOUR PERCENT! Here are a few more surprisding statistics taken straight from Dove’s website. ()

Dove® research shows that it is still important for us to address girls' anxiety about looks, as there is a universal increase in beauty pressure and a decrease in girls' confidence as they grow older. Key findings from our latest research include:
• Only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful (up from 2% in 2004)
• Only 11% of girls globally are comfortable using the word beautiful to describe themselves
• 72% of girls feel tremendous pressure to be beautiful
• 80% of women agree that every woman has something about her that is beautiful but do not see their own beauty
• More than half (54%) of women globally agree that when it comes to how they look, they are their own worst beauty critic
SOURCE: Dove Research: The Real Truth About Beauty: Revisited

I have a bunch of the Dove® self-esteem video’s below, it’s kind of amazing to watch these and see just how mesmerized our society is by “fake” beauty. You’ll see what I mean in the first video!

No wonder girls have a distorted view of beauty: please watch!



Do you want your child to be taught by the beauty industry?


Today’s girl


Isn’t it time we saw beauty in ourselves? Our “inner critic”




What you like in your friend



What society is doing to young girls


I think it's time we all stop to think about what makes each of us beautiful, inside... and out.

xox always-Linds

Thursday, January 5, 2012

I’ve been listening to Sarah Haze for awhile now and I absolutely love her and what she sings about. My favorite song is Lovely because she sings about loving herself for who she is and not changing for people.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

I found this blurb about Sarah ()
Sara Haze is a 19-year old California singer-songwriter who is wise beyond her years. A professional singer from the age of twelve, Haze has ruled stages from Canadian Music Week to SXSW to Popkomm. You might have heard Haze’s songs on shows MTV’s The Hills, and you’ll be certain to hear her from a slew of outlets over the next few years. Haze projects a distinctive authenticity; a sweet and sunny disposition underwritten by an emotional toughness built from self-confidence. These qualities come through in spades on Haze’s debut album, My Personal Sky.


Lovely Lyrics

I don't wanna be hurt
I just want to be little old me
Shouldn't have to think
Who am I suppose to be today
And what give you the right
To tell me who I should be
Who gave you that right

Cause I, I feel lovely
Just the way that I am
Yes I feel lovely
The way that I am

I know you want the best
Yeah only good things for me
But you have to realize
I can be all these things you project on me
Cause I'm beautiful to me
Doesn't that mean a thing

I feel lovely
Just the way that I am
Yes I feel lovely
The way that I am

I need that to be enough for you
Need that to be enough for you
Cause it's enough for me
It's enough for me

I'm I suppose to give up everything I am
Just to make you happy
I thought I was the one you
Always wanted me to be
It turns out I'm just little old me
I'm just little old me
And that's fine by me

Cause I, I am lovely
Just the way that I am
Oh yes I am,
Yes I am lovely
The way that I am
I am lovely lovely
I am lovely



xox always- Linds

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Good mornin!!! 

So this morning I missed the bus by about oh 20 seconds or so however, the #7 bus that I take daily comes literally every five minutes so I wasn’t concerned except for the fact that it was about 20 degrees out making for a chilly start to my morning. About five minutes pass and no bus… then Seth comes sauntering up to the bus stop and said “good thing you left early so you could stand in the cold ha!” So another few minutes pass, the bus stop is getting packed with people waiting and then all of a sudden we hear sirens and I’m thinking oh no please don’t let something interfere with the bus schedule. Well- low and behold there was an accident and none of the busses could get by.  As Seth and I are trying to figure out if I should drive us to work or we should call a cab, a girl comes up to us from the bus stop randomly and said that she was heading downtown and asked us if we wanted a ride. Out of all the people in the crowd she asked Seth and I.  I thought that was SO nice, what a complete random act of kindness!!!!!!!!! It made my morning and I wanted to share it with you in hopes of inspiring all you lovely folks to pay it forward by completing a random act of kindness today!

xox-always Linds




Tuesday, January 3, 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! Ahhh I love even numbers so it is NO surprise that I think 2012 is going to be a MAGNIFICENT year woohoo!! For some reason I have a slight OCD obsession with even numbers and it always seems like on years when I am an even number in an even year, the entire year is so much better!


I hope you all had a wonderful, relaxing and safe New Year and that you are all as excited as I am for a fresh start. I haven't come up with my New Years resolutions yet except to save money for my wedding. HA let's see if I can stop shopping long enough to save a little bit.  So speaking of fashion below are some of my favorite winter looks for 2012.  What can I say, I'm a shopaholic!!!!!!











xox always- Linds

Friday, December 30, 2011

Morning!!!

It is almost New Years Eve woohoo!!! Cheers to 2012!!

While you are out this fine Saturday evening please remember to be responsible. NO excuses, folks. Don't drink and drive- and don't ride with anybody who does.Tipsy Tow offered by AAA: You don't have to be a AAA member, from 6pm-6am on New Year's Eve/Day they will take your drunk self and your car home for FREE. Save this number... 1-800-222-4357 . Nationwide.

Now on to the fun stuff! To get you in the spirit of NYE please watch this fun video by Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Enjoy!



xox always- Linds

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Happy Wednesday! 

So technically yesterday I was on “Monday mode” since I had Monday off from work so today we can pretend is currently listening to Tuesday- deal? Ha ok so Seth and my sister introduced me to this song just a few short days ago and I LOVE it! Hope you do too!

Medina- Addiction

Should I drink another drink
See another light
I know that you may think
That I'm a broken little bird in my mind

Cause I'm falling on the floor
I'm climbing up the walls
And every time I get a grip
I seem to lose myself just a little more

Cause I am here and it eats me up
Well, I love the way it feels
I really shouldn't stay
But I can't give up
The more it hurts, the more I need

It's like an addiction
It's like an addiction

Should I drink another drink
Am I running out of time
Confusion makes me think
This solution is beyond my sorry mind

Cause I am here and it eats me up
Well, I love the way it feels
I really shouldn't stay
But I can't give up
The more it hurts, the more I need

It's like an addiction
And I just can't break free tonight
It's like an addiction
Am I the only one with the sad eyes
It's like an addiction
And I just can't break free tonight
It's like an addiction
Am I the only one with the sad eyes

I can't let go
I, I, I can't let go
I, I

It's like an addiction
And I just can't break free tonight
It's like an addiction
Am I the only one with the sad eyes
It's like an addiction
And I just can't break free tonight
It's like an addiction
Am I the only one

I can't let go
I, I, I can't let go
I, I






xox always- Linds

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Here is the true meaning of Christmas, it melts my little heart!!!



xox always- Linds

Goooood morning!!

I hope you all had an amazing Christmas (if that is what you celebrate!) Mine was celebrated with some amazing friends and family and I feel oh so lucky to have all of them in my life! I am back at work this week but my sister and Seth have the day off so they are going to roam around Boston without me… sigh.

For those of you that didn’t get to watch my sister’s episode of Starving Secrets, you can play the full episode at this link or you can watch it on demand.  I have to say, I was really impressed with the way my sister’s episode played out.  I think they made it really educational and they showed everything I had been hoping they would show in previous episodes. I like that they showed a bit of the family therapy and my sister’s meal plan when she entered treatment, and I really like that we were able to see some of her actual therapy.  My favorite is when we saw her eating pizza- one of her binge foods that she associates pain with. Her face was so cute when you could see that she was really enjoying the pizza-It made my heart melt. I thought she came off as genuine and I am so happy that she was able to share her story and in return get amazing amazing treatment. I’m so happy where she is today in her recovery and I could have never asked for anything more.  I did want to take a moment to say THANK YOU for all the outpouring of love. It means so much that all of you have supported her and our family in our recovery so thank you thank you thank you, it means the world!

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite video clips of the penguin, Cookie, being tickled. Have an awesome Tuesday!




xox always- Linds

Friday, December 23, 2011

HAPPY FRIDAY!!


Ok so on Monday I posted a video called "Shit that Girls Say" and when I subscribed to their channel I noticed there is a second "episode" soooooo enjoy!!!


Unfortunately I believe I am guilty for every single one of these... especially, "So good right?", "I think that dog needs water" and "Get these chips away from me" ha!


xox always- Linds

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Mornin folks!

I had a wonderful day off with the Sis shopping and catching up with the family however now I have a cold wommpp womppp, just in time for the holidays! However, I won’t complain because it’s about 50 degrees out.In Boston.On December 22nd.

Who wants to make a difference today with a random act of kindess? If you do, keep reading! Today I wanted to share a very intriguing documentary film, Alpine Zone. The sysnopsis is below, but I wanted to take a moment to give you some background on the filmmaker as well.  I graduated with the woman, Kori Feener, taking on this daunting challenge and she is no stranger to the world of filming documentaries.  In 2007 Kori made her first full length documentary entitled Where There is a Will.  The film follows a family that we graduated with as they try to rehabilitate their son who suffered a devastating head injury in 2006. Links to her previous work can be found below- check it out!  Her new project needs help with funding and she is impressively already 24% funded woohoo!! Every dollar counts so if after you read the synopsis below you feel like donating, please visit her kickstarter page.  All links are below! I think the challenge that she is documenting is going to be life changing and really amazing, I hope you feel the same way-Thank you!!

The full length documentary film Alpine Zone is about a 28-year-old woman’s journey to rediscovery by undertaking a daunting challenge: thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. Presenting herself with a test of physical and mental capabilities, and an opportunity to interact with other travelers, the 6-month journey is sure to have a deep impact. Today’s generations are expected to be married, have kids and a career by the age of 30. But, times are changing and with that comes a feeling of uncertainty and desire for self-discovery. Through point-of-view storytelling this film will engage the audience to join in on the experience. The film deals with a delicate landscape, where every decision can be the difference between the end or continuation of emotional and physical growth.

In order to complete this film, she need to raise $6,500 in funds. Kori is attempting to do this through an online campaign on a website called Kickstarter. What is kickstarter, you might ask? Kickstarter is an online pledge system for funding creative projects. The great thing about Kickstarter is when you donate, you receive rewards for making a pledge. The dramatic element is, as the filmmaker she only has 30 days to raise my funds and if I don’t raise enough, I get none of it! Please check out her Kickstarter page here:

Even if people can’t pledge, (minimum donation is $1) telling others about the project is a major help. Please be her advocate and pass this along to those that you think might have an interest in supporting a project like this!

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Previous work






xox always- Linds



Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mornin folks!


I'm going to be a bit absent today as I am running out the door right now to go pick up my Sis at the airport!! WOOHOOO!!! Have a wonderful day!


xox always- Linds


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Afternoon folks!

Today we'll have a double dose of music for this wonderful Tuesday afternoon!  I wanted to introduce you to Birdy from the UK.  She has such a beautiful mature voice, and she is only 15.  Yes you read that right, 15. At the age of 12 she won the under 18 singing category of the annual competition, UK Idol 2008.  Her prize was to go into a recording studio for 6 days.  My favorite song that she has on Youtube is a cover of Skinny Love. She is amazing.  Her album was released on ITunes November 7th of this year. Check her out, you will NOT be disappointed! Her voice is addicting!

To learn more about Birdy click the link!

xox always-Linds





It is my dream to someday visit Italy.  When I was younger I made up this crazy theory that I would know I was successful at my job/life if I could take my whole family to Italy… welpppppp that hasn’t happened yet but it’s still a big dream of mine!

You’re probably wondering how this relates to Currently Listening to Tuesdays and here you go- One of my favorite shows, So You Think You Can Dance featured the song Dancing by Elisa Toffoli an Italian singer.  She has released quite a few albums and is simply amazing! I never thought she would come to the US to perform but SHE DID two years ago and Seth bought us tickets to go see her for my birthday! It was at a little bar in Cambridge and it was such an experience to see her live in a small venue.  She is brilliantly magnificent live. One second she is singing a love song and the next she is rocking out.

If you are interested in reading a little bit more of her background, please click the link!

She recently released a new single that I want to share with you in addition to showing you the contemporary dance from the show So You Think You Can Dance featuring dancers: Lacey and Kameron choreographed by Mia Michaels.

Enjoy!
xox always- Linds
Us at the Elisa concert, last song of the night!




Monday, December 19, 2011

I’ve always loved photography, even though I’m not great at taking pictures, I always admire those that do, and do it well. There is something so special about being able to capture moments in time…. Ahhhh I just love it! On any given weekend you will find me perusing my old photos usually laughing hysterically.

Today I want to introduce you to a MAGNIFICENT photographer, Jason Lee.  He created a photojournal online of his two children, Kristin and Kayla. Jason’s mother was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2006 and couldn’t spend time with her granddaughters.  Lee began snapping pictures of Kristin and Kayla and posting them to a blog to share with his mother.  What started as a blog evolved into a more complex personal project documenting this children’s growth using a variety of lighting techniques and showcasing Lee’s creativity and talent as a photographer.  Lee released a photobook called “Where’s my birthday cake” showcasing his talent that was released in 2009.(source: )

I put together a collage of my favorite photos he has taken of his daughters but be sure to check out his blog and Facebook below as well!

Website
Facebook:
Flikr account:




xox always- Linds

Morning morning morning!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend! I did a TON of shopping, not for myself of course, but I helped Seth pick out entire new wardrobe ha, so much fun! This week is stressing  me out a bit even though I only have a 4 day work week. I think I'm finally starting to get sick, I have a TON of cleaning to do and the sis comes home on Wednesday. Ok that's all for my Monday morning rant... now on to the fun stuff!!

So I was up getting ready for work this morning and I turned to Seth and asked him what funny video I should show today on the blog.  He told me to look up "Things girls say".... so I did, and I was hysterically laughing the whole time!! It's a guy impersonating women's behaviors and it is AMAZING!  Hope you enjoy!!





xox always- Linds

Friday, December 16, 2011

So I was on Stumbleupon earlier and I searched “happiness” and what pops up… only one of my favorite old songs from 1997.  Reminisce along with me!!!!

Baz Luhrmann Lyrics - Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen) 
Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’97 

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience…I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; oh never mind; you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded. But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked….You are NOT as fat as you imagine.

Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day that scares you.

Sing.

Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.

Floss.

Don’t waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind…the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself.

Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters; throw away your old bank statements.

Stretch.

Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life…the most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t.

Get plenty of calcium.

Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone.

Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary…whatever you do, don’t  congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either – your choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s.

Enjoy your body, use it every way you can…don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own..

Dance…even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.

Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.

Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents; you never know when they’ll be gone for good.

Be nice to your siblings; they are the best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.
Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard; live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.

Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old, and when you do you’ll fantasize that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one might run out.

Don’t mess too much with your hair, or by the time you're 40, it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen…





xox always- Linds