Sunday, December 28, 2014

Gratitude Sunday

Inspired by:  Wooly Moss Roots -Simply Joys of a Soulful Life Gratitude Sunday

I was so happy to find this sign under my tree!

G r a t i t u d e  *  S u n d a y 

{Sunday's heartfelt tradition. A time to slow down, to reflect, to be grateful. A list of gratitudes.}

This week I am thankful for:

I am so grateful to have my husband's family come to our house for Christmas.
They fill our home with love, joy, and hilarity every year.

Christmas Magic.

My kids and my husband.

These elf  p.j.s from my mom.


Board games.

Quality time.

Beautiful days.

Beautiful beaches.

Walks and bike rides.

My kids loving their great bikes that Santa gave them. 


Family time.

Baby joy.

So much love between the cousins this year.  Cousin Sean left with at least two love letters from Ro. The kids admire their big cousin Ali so much and they adore their baby cousin.  I love to watch their bonds with each other grow.

My super kids.

This past year that has been so full I am grateful for my life, my family, and the love we have.

In a year that has been filled with ups and downs for our town, our nation and the world, I am grateful that people come together in times of need, and support one another.  I hope that the world can remember that we are all people, we are all important, and we all matter.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Gratitude Sunday

Inspired by:  Wooly Moss Roots -Simply Joys of a Soulful Life Gratitude Sunday

G r a t i t u d e  *  S u n d a y 

{Sunday's heartfelt tradition. A time to slow down, to reflect, to be grateful. A list of gratitudes.}

This week I am thankful for:

My lovely Pippsters, (past, present and brand new) helping me out this holiday season. (What would I do with out them!)

A very sweet Christmas Program at Zo's school.

My parents love and support.

Getting to see all the love my kids have for their grandparents.  

Last day of school before the holiday.  I look forward to spending long days with my kids after Christmas.

Rowan and her sweet gifts for a few special people at school. Present delivery!

Date night with my dear husband, and coming home to two sweet sleeping elves.

Christmas magic.

Lights on the tree, & lights on our house.

Friends who never hesitate to help when you need them.

Friends who let you be you.


Books at bedtime.

My kids loving their evening with my best friend.  (She rocks.)

Customers coming into Pippi's.  Happy customers sharing their joy with us.

Being a part of this community.

Talking with my Marshall.

Looking forward to a full house this Christmas!  We are lucky to have Marshall's family come up to us for the holiday and stay at our house we always have so much fun.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Re-Discover Your Town- A.K.A. Shop Local Fort Bragg!

Fort Bragg downtown has seen it's fair share of ups and downs.  But I must say (empty storefronts aside) Fort Bragg downtown is pretty wonderful.  All summer long our lovely visitors tell me they look forward to coming to OUR town.  They love to walk in OUR downtown full of small, family owned shops.  No chains, no malls, unique shops, no cookie cutters here! 

People come here to get away from the hustle and bustle (or the heat) and to breath the ocean air.  And that's why I live here too, I love that it's a little slower, and I love that the air smells like salt water (or the brewery brewing), and that so many of our shops are owned by wonderful, creative, kind people.  I love knowing who I am supporting when I shop and eat.

People know we have something special here.  You can't go to a mall and get what you get here.  Many people come here to shop and avoid the malls and chain stores that plague their communities.

In our shops you are likely to find friendly, personal, customer service and someone who genuinely cares about you being happy with your purchase.  (We care about you!) We are happy to help you find that perfect gift, or that finishing touch for your outfit.  We have a bit of every thing in our downtown.

So if you have not walked around Fort Bragg downtown in a while, spend the afternoon moseying around and checking out all of our shops.  Maybe you will find a new favorite place, or re-discover an old favorite.  Or find that you actually don't HAVE to go over the hill to find what you need at good prices.

On Laurel Street alone we have:

Pippi's of course here to provide you with socks galore and many other sweet gifts like:  mini pixies, cute holiday gifts and decor,  mugs for your hot cocoa, scarves, hats, gloves, lots of cozy things, even a few sweet little toys.

Right next door to me is Cirino's Sandwich Shop.  Mark has the yummiest sandwiches in town perfect for grabbing while you shop and then taking a break on a bench or the City Hall lawn for a picnic. 

Then there is Toto Zaida, with her beautiful array of jackets, dresses, tops, scarves and art.

Bella Mia's hand made soaps and lotions.  The smells in there are totally yummy, the kids and I rarely pass up an opportunity to stop in there.

Heavenly Soles (well it's just that, heavenly!) They have a great selection of fashionable and comfortable shoes! (Just say no to Zappos!)  All my boots that you keep seeing in my photos have come from Heavenly Soles (formerly North Soles) over the years.

ER Energy has some really cool kitchen gadgets perfect for stocking stuffers, as well as cute mugs, dishes and stoneware.  And lots of Christmas ornaments!

Splendiferous  and LaTre both have great clothing from casual day wear to yoga wear and evening dresses.

Headlands Coffeehouse for great coffee that's not overly sweet!  And they have yummy food too.

Cucina Verona is now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and their menu has a lot to offer.  (Also I know you can watch sports at the bar because I can hear their customers cheering while I work sometimes!)

Not to mention (just a few) of my favorites not on Laurel Street:

The newest addition to downtown Dot & Twine.  I love it !  It is full of beautiful locally crafted goods.  (I could get into a lot of trouble in there).

Racines for great art supplies, stationary and office supplies. I love this store. 

Understuff for pj's and under...stuff.  Thank goodness I don't ever have to set foot in Victoria's Secret ever again!

The Barbelow is a great place to start a date night (we love to go there when we get a chance).

Then there is FloBeds for the most comfortable bed you will ever have.  Designed and made all here in Fort Bragg. (Yes by my wonderful dad.)

The kids' favorite is of course:

Spunky Skunk, and I like it too. They have good quality toys, books, crafts and great educational board games too.
Marshall's favorites are :

Blaqk Door for great games (video and boardgames) and comics of course.  It is a perfect shop for any gamer or geek.

Piaci's for amazing pizza and craft brew beers.

There is just so much more.  I don't know where to stop!   The Bookstore and Vinyl Cafe, If The Shoe FitsEggheadsCowlick's, The Cookie Co., Reynolds' (not just men's wear anymore ladies).

How many towns  can you go to where you can get locally made ice cream, beer, coffee, art, beds, and plenty of locally grown and locally caught food?!

Fort Bragg has a lot to offer. Accept it, embrace it, and please support it!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Gratitude Sunday

Inspired by:  Wooly Moss Roots -Simply Joys of a Soulful Life Gratitude Sunday

G r a t i t u d e  *  S u n d a y 

{Sunday's heartfelt tradition. A time to slow down, to reflect, to be grateful. A list of gratitudes.}

It has been a few weeks, life happened, so, These past few weeks I have been thankful for:

A lovely, peaceful Thanksgiving.

My cousin and his wife staying with us for the holiday weekend.

A beautiful healthy new baby in our family.  (My niece.)

A beautiful holiday with family.

A very busy Black Friday and Small Business Saturday at Pippi's.  And no Black Friday madness in Fort Bragg!

Going on our annual trip with the family to get our tree are the local school.

Trimming the tree.

Decorating our home for the holidays.

A last minute surprise trip I was able to go on to see my sister and experience the play she wrote. (It was amazing.)

My first trip away from my kids and Marshall going very smoothly.

Coming home from work at night to see our home all lit up.

Bringing out all our holiday books and reading a new one every day.

Family time.  I can't get enough of it.

Rowan learning how to read and write.  Not only is that alone awesome, but she writes me sweet notes all the time I love it!

"Dear Mom, I love you because you are nice and you take care of me and you like me." Well yes, yes I do Ro. <3

When I realized I was not going to be home for the Kidz Art opening at Toto Zaida that the kids were in, they threw me a personal art show so I wouldn't be sad.

My husband and kids. My mom and my dad. They are so supportive and loving. 

A day at home with my family.  All day. No plans, no's been a while.

Looking forward to the Carr family (my in-laws) coming to stay for Christmas.  It is a full house but we always have so much fun.

Thankful for (hoping for) a VERY busy 2 weeks to come at Pippi's!