Miss F’s Birthday Hat

I am a theme girl when it comes to parties. When I started to ponder about Miss F turning one, I had some ideas in mind. Specific ideas, but I am not handy when it comes to making those ideas into reality with my own hands. The crafty in me is in the thought process only.

Miss F’s hat had to go with the theme…vintage owls with shades of pink and gold. I searched and searched and searched etsy for weeks. Finally, I found the perfect birthday hat, but it was not the owl theme. I messaged the store owner and she got back to me within minutes. Our communication via email, was so cordial. I felt like after the numerous emails, at the end of the day, we were friends.

Check out her site. She is amazingly talented.

Handmade Celebrations by LollieBlossom on Etsy.


Design Your Own Vintage Typewriter Key & Large Skeleton Key Necklace-Personalized Gift-Initials-Recycled-Letters-Numbers for $19.99 at etsy.com

When I look back at my years at school and the friends I have made, the most meaningful ones were at college. We were such a tight group. If any one of them called me at any point and said they needed me, I would drop what I was doing and be there as quick as I could. It would not matter if we hadn’t spoken in years. I know they would do the same for me.

College can be a really confusing time. You are trying to focus on studying, getting good grades so you can then focus on getting a job. But there is a parallel universe at the same time where you are focusing on finding your identity,  which has nothing to do with grades, more with academic probation then finding a job that would require you to be an adult. It’s messed up.

For me, it finally clicked. It was the first time in my life when I actually had a clue about who I was. I really knew anything in the world was possible, if I didn’t worry it away or scare the opportunity away. I started to live my life like that. It worked. I finally realized I was the only one who would get in the way of myself. No one else. I had the power of me. Well, I say I figured that out then, but I am lying. I think I am still trying to figure that out. Although, I did begin to see that anything was possible, but it required me to work hard to get it, and I did just that.


Anyway, I started this post out about friends. These gals and gents were some of the most influential people in my life. When I look back at all the most important events in my college life, it had to do with my friends. Not the grades, the jobs or the awards. It was my friends. We would call each other out when we weren’t playing fair, cheer each other on when we needed a cheering squad, laugh when we needed to work on humbleness, had plenty of material for blackmail but never used it, and would walk the walk when it needed to be shared. For some of us, we harbored sorrows and faced the cruel reality of what life can offer. We grieved for unimaginable losses, we celebrated sweet victories or trudged ahead to get to the finish line. We were all vastly different, but all the same in the most important ways.

Through our experiences together, I learned what I was capable of. I learned what a friendship meant and the work it entailed and deserved. I learned that listening was a quality that was under-rated and our vast backgrounds were teaching tools for acceptance and understanding. I learned more from my friends than any professor.

The Greek Guide

Twenty years later, we are all over the place. Living lives and going on with our days. There is one thing for certain, as much as I love and cherish where I am now and am content and happy, when I think back to those days I shared with these imaginative, brave, smart people, they really were some of the best years of my life.

image 1: From etsy.com

image 2: From instagr.am

image 3: From greekguide.tumblr.com

The Delivery on the Porch

When my kids and I saw this box on the front porch one rainy day, we all were jumping up and down. No, the item inside was not for them. It was the box that they wanted. I was jumping up and down because the item inside was for ME!

The bar cart arrived!

I think the more interesting part was what the box became though.


Tickets to the Moon for $1.25….any takers?

Making Peace With Your Body

Contributor Audra

I was running in the woods with a very good friend of mine the other day when she told me about a conversation she had with her husband. He saw something in a magazine that said only 10% of women like their bodies. He quickly remarked to his wife, are there really any women who like their bodies? Now this struck me as odd coming from him because both he and his wife are marathon trail runners. They’ve run 100 mile races and regular 26.1 mile races and have met countless runners along the way. They are both in great shape and yet he made that comment.

It got me to thinking that his wife, my friend, must have complained here and there throughout the years about her body. So I pose this question to you: are there any women out there who truly love their bodies?

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I certainly can’t lecture any of you about loving your body without first taking the plunge myself. While I take care of myself eating properly and getting exercise, I still look critically at myself in the mirror. There are parts of me that I don’t like because they are not perfect. Beating myself up about it isn’t the answer. I’ve been doing that for years and nothing has changed.  I know now that I need to do something different.  The fact of the matter is that I’m 39, I have 3 children and I work full time. I can only do what I can do. And my body, while not perfectly chiseled, has allowed me to do so many wonderful things in life. I carried 3 children to term, I have run 3 half marathons and completed a rugged maniac, I can do a pirouette and teach Zumba, and I know I could defend myself in an attack (or at least do some damage). So what am I so upset about? I have absolutely nothing to be upset about and only good things to celebrate.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t have fitness goals to strive towards. Our goals just have to change. It shouldn’t be about a pants size, but about becoming stronger and healthier, having more energy and feeling alive.


So Ladies, it’s time to make peace with your bodies. I urge you to make a list of all the great things your body has allowed you to do over the years and keep it close by. Whenever you doubt yourself for not looking a certain way, pull it out and remember you have reasons to celebrate!

Classes with Audra are scheduled:

6:35 Wednesday night and 8:00 Saturday morning at Squared Circle Studio.

Squared Circle Studio is located in Deep River

860.526.8763 to call for classes

http://www.squaredcirclect.com Home Page.