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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Provence Villa almost too beautiful to believe.

How gorgeous is this place? 
Villa Grenache in Provence, France has me breathless and is now stored away in my dream files.
Enjoy, Heidi

All images on this post found HERE

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Being your own Best Friend.

This year, I have realized that I am my own best friend and it's a really good thing.
For 10 years I have been home alone either with my child or by myself during the day and learned that I really like my solitude.  My whole life before that was being in a family of 6 and then a very busy hustle bustle young adult life of going to one job and then another and on my days off,
running away to escape by shopping.
Don't get me wrong, I still escape, but now it's through Pinterest.
But, WOW!!!, how many powerful affirmations I find and delicious recipes  and great d├ęcor.
Some days it's really overwhelming and I have to turn it off, its like awesome overload or maybe that is what if feels like to OD on Pinterest.
I told a friend that stopped by the other day that I was thankful that she walked in, so I would lay down the Pinterest Crack Pipe.  She knew exactly what I was talking about.
She also understood solitude and becoming your own best friend.
I am focusing more on the positive in life, being grateful, in return for joy.
Steering away from negativity and not taking things so personally.
Being kind to myself by not saying unkind things and comparing myself to others.
Trusting the struggle and knowing that the Universe is unfolding just as it should.
I hope you too can find the time to become your own best friend and talk to yourself in a kind way and stop comparing yourself to others.  You are unique and special and you wouldn't tell your best friend the mean things you might tell yourself and you sure as hell wouldn't compare your best friend to others, because you like her for her uniqueness, other wise she wouldn't be your best friend.
Love, Heidi
p.s. my life has gotten a whole lot easier since I have become my own Best Friend.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Pool Side Party

The only thing I love more than a swimming pool in a well manicured backyard is a pool with bistro lights and a party going on around it.
I guess you can tell it is hot here in Texas when I start posting pool pics.
I don't want an enormous pool, something simple and oval or rectangle.
I would even be happy on some days with a cattle trough.
Here are some of my favorite pools I've run across on lately.
Enjoy, Heidi

Image via Country Living

 Image via Leaf Magazine

Image via Joe Ruggiero Designer/HGTV

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

My San Antonio Excursion.

The day after my son's last day of school, my little family hit the road.
Our first stop was at our all time favorite Mexican restaurant; Chuy's in Austin.
It is fun and  retro quirky, consistent and has some of the best Mexican food we have ever eaten. 
Our next stop was San Antonio.
We went on vacation there last year, but didn't get to visit all of the attractions on my list.
So I decided we would finish the list.
I wanted to go treasure hunting at the San Antonio Market Square.
This square consists of several buildings that house restaurants and shops that specialize in Mexican handmade crafts, pottery, jewelry and clothing.  
I've always wanted a Mexican Blouse, it was love at first sight when I found this navy blue blouse.

The shop owner told me that it was made in Guatemala by men.  The little dolls that are embroidered under the flowers on the front represent each person that worked on the garment.  My blouse had 13 dolls on it, so 13 people worked on my blouse.  Such detail and beauty, I felt like a little girl playing dress up in a princess gown when I tried it on and it fit.  This one was $69.99, but I guess since it was at the end of the day and perhaps it was a slow day because she let me have it for $60.00.  The work it takes to make these pieces is tedious so I don't feel right negotiating the prices, but that didn't stop me from turning down a better price.
My next find took some restraint, because I wanted them all.
Small hand beaded coin purses also from Guatemala for $6 each.
I picked out the top 3 favs, paid and walked away. 
 Luckily for my husband and son, all of the shops were shutting down. 
For more info on the Market, read HERE.
After shopping we headed over to the Japanese Tea Gardens.
A beautiful waterfall, lush flowers and plants, sandstone structures and koi ponds surround you in this magical place that is FREE to the public. (My husband kept repeating that he couldn't believe it place was free to get in)  In 1899 George W. Brackenridge donated 199 acres of land to the city of San Antonio for a public park.  Part of this land consisted of a rock quarry that would later be turned into the Japanese Tea Gardens by the Jingu family.  To learn more, read HERE.

  The koi fish were so big and there was paths to explore up and down the entire grounds. It is even handicap accessible. 
 I give it a 5 star rating.  Enjoy, Heidi