September 23, 2011

Happy Fall!

 I love this time of year! It's perfect for hiking, pumpkin patches and Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte!

Weston Red Barn Farm

Weston Bend State Park
Weston Bend State Park
Weston Bend State Park
Weston Bend State Park
    
Of course, this year, I will leave the raking to the experts...

Weston Red Barn Farm

Happy Fall!
Paula

September 22, 2011

Overheard Conversations With a Preschooler

Last night's dinner conversation went something like this... 

A: Daddy, you may get out of time-out now. (Sean returns to the table.)

A: Daddy, why did mommy put you in time-out? What did you say? 

S: I can't say it again or I will go back to timeout. 

A: Daddy, did you say shut up? 

S: No, Aidan. 

A: Did you say damn it?

S: No, Aidan.

A: Hmmm, did you say shit... (mumbled, followed by lots of laughter).


Clearly we need to censor ourselves a little bit more.... 
Paula


September 17, 2011

The Dive Bar

Broke out these lovelies for a little fun and dancing with friends last night.


...thank goodness soccer was canceled today.

Happy rainy weekend!
Paula

September 14, 2011

Home Libraries


Little Green Notebook via Paula via Pinterest

I love a beautifully styled bookcase and can appreciate the time and effort that went into adorning its shelves.
Everyone seems to organize their own book collection based on a personal preference. The librarians I work with would cringe if they saw my bookshelves... no Library of Congress, Dewey Decimal, or even color system used in this house. (No, I am not a librarian.) Upon further inspection, I realized the absurdity of how I organized  parts of my collection into classes I had taken: Medieval Art, Medieval French Literature, Chaucer, 17th-19th century literature, reference books, and the rest are haphazardly placed on shelves. You get the point...


I have always considered bookcases to be a functional piece of furniture.  Functional, simply because we have a lot of books... so many that an entire hall closet has been devoted to storing boxes of kids books until I get additional bookcases for them. (Thank goodness we have three hall closets.)

Interior Design via Paula via Pinterest

What I really want is a home library that I can hide in for hours on end reading in my Eames lounger. Until then, I can dream of spending time in these home libraries...

Frederic Mechiche's flat via Paula via Pinterest
Lonny Magazine via Paula via Pinterest
New York magazine via Habitually Chic via Paula via Pinterest

HGTV via Paula via Pinterest

The last two are my favorites!
Paula

September 11, 2011

Never Forget

Contrails left by fighter jets on 9/11/01.

The day that forever changed our lives and our country... may we never forget.

September 6, 2011

Rustic Yoga Retreat

As a frequent traveler to the Riviera Maya, I am constantly looking out for a new resort that is eco-friendly minus the crowds of Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Akumal has been the town of choice for our family for years, but I am tempted to try the new eco-friendly resorts popping up in Tulum. 


Tulum Ruins - taken by me in September 2008

Famous for its Mayan Ruins, turquoise waters, and pristine beaches, Tulum is located about two hours south of Cancun. It is easily accessible by car, the First Class ADO bus or even the colectivos; I personally use the ADO and colectivos, and recommend them for the budget-conscious traveler.  When the whole family is traveling we usually rent a car for the week. 

T on her first ADO ride.

Just remember to mind the topes if driving down highway 307! 



The Amansala Resort caught my attention because it is the antithesis of the giant, all-inclusive resorts to the north. What this bohemian boutique hotel lacks in amenities (air-conditioning, all-inclusive food/booze, and shuttles to the beach) it more than makes up for with its ambiance, location, local organic food, and retreats. With the cabana room just steps away from the beach and crisp ocean breezes, you won’t need air-conditioning to sleep nine months of the year. 

Amansala Resort

My daughter and I usually take a trip to the Mayan beach sans the boys in search of quiet beaches, good snorkeling and relaxation. We often find ourselves doing yoga in the morning overlooking the beach; however, the location of the classes at our usual resort often leaves something to be desired. At Amansala, guests can register for either a yoga retreat or bikini boot camp with a quality instructor offering group led classes throughout the trip.  

Yoga Retreat
Yoga room overlooking the ocean
Yoga Class
Room
Resort View
Sunrise Yoga
I see the yoga retreat being a perfect escape for us offering serenity and relaxation…  

Namaste!
Paula

All yoga and resort images are from the Amansala Resort.