Monthly Archives: May 2010

Peonies & Peas

Yesterday the rain poured down one minute, only to be replaced by the glorious sun the next. It’s the nature of Spring in Oregon and we love it. Unpredictable but beautiful. Silver light and gold.

With a bouquet of gorgeous peonies on my table and a handful of fresh spring peas I figured it was the perfect afternoon for a little team work with Grace. She was so excited to pop open each pod to reveal the tiny green peas. While she delighted in this task, I took pictures. I really loved the green of the peas with the pink of the peonies.

At the end of this lovely afternoon, I cooked up a fresh Spring inspired meal from Rachel Ray‘s cookbook. Check out the recipe here. It was delicious!

Happiness all round.

xo,

Ivy

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Pretty French Bedrooms

Honestly, I’m feeling a little overwhelmed in this new house. My mind is racing with ideas and I really need to write them down. Maybe I will try and organize my thoughts this weekend.

In the meantime, I found myself drooling over this gorgeous french bed…

Did I mention I need new bedding? Add that to the list.

Have a beautiful weekend!

xo,

Ivy

Images via: The French Bedroom Company

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A forest beckons…

After three days of being sick with a tummy bug, Grace finally seemed to be feeling better, so I decided some fresh air was in order. We spread out blankets on the lawn, painted our toes, watched the birds and enjoyed the warmth of the sun. Our new home backs to a lovely little forest. It enticed us off our quilt and into its lush green wonderland…

A small bridge crosses over a trickling creek. Grace wanted to go across but with freshly painted toes I could hardly throw on my boots! I promised her on another day we would explore further…

Grace felt it necessary to run back into the house get a crayon and paper and draw a “map”¬† of the “fairy forest” so we wouldn’t get lost. Precious.

After our brief stroll through the forest I was drawn to some of the flowers in our yard…

A lovely afternoon with my little girl, surrounded by the beauty of nature – loved it.

Get out and take a walk through a forest near you. The child in you will thank you.

xo,

Ivy

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Strings of Light

We went on sunset cruise while we were in Maui and I became totally obsessed taking pictures as night fell and the sun slipped beneath the waves. I especially liked the string of lights that twinkled gold against the deep blues of the sky. Thought I’d share…

Have a lovely Wednesday.

xo,

Ivy

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Pineapple Face Mask


Since we came back from Hawaii, pineapple has been my new addiction.

I can’t seem to get enough of it.

I’ve got gobs of fresh pineapple in my fridge so I decided to play around with it and make up a face mask.

Pineapple has a wonderfully skin friendly enzyme in it called Bromelain. It helps shed dead skin cells, brighten skin and has a gentle astringent like quality. Mixed with the moisturizing qualities of honey and the antioxidant power of green tea this mask made my skin feel fantastic.

{Bonus – the green tea and honey are acne fighters too!}

Try it out for a little tropical pampering.

You’ll need:

3-4 slices of fresh pineapple

1 tablespoon organic honey

1 tablespoon green tea

Directions:

Boil water and make a cup of strongly steeped green tea. (I like to steep mine for at least 10 minutes)

Put the pineapple and honey in the blender and mix until smooth. Add the green tea and mix to a paste.

Spread the paste over your clean face and neck. Lie back and relax for 15 minutes.

Rinse with warm water and soft wash cloth. End with a splash of cool water and finish with moisturizer.

Now, go make yourself a Mai Tai or Pina Colada!

xo,

Ivy

Image via: PushShutterSnap via Deviant Art

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Maui continued…Mama’s Fish House

Finally got wireless internet at our new home. We are moved in and loving it! I will be posting more interior design stories as the place unfolds. Right now it’s a maze of boxes and randomly placed decor…not too pretty. It will take some time but I’m looking forward to growing into this house.

Anyway, flash back to Maui. Wanted to share a little adventure we went on. It was about an hour from where we were staying in Lahaina but it was so worth the drive-

Introducing: Mama’s Fish House

Located just outside of the beach town of Paia, Mama’s Fish House has been a favorite since it opened in 1973. In fact, it was Maui first fresh fish restaurant!

The food, setting and service was outstanding…as for the $16 Mai Tais – they were worth every penny.

This, my dears, is the fantastic, postcard-like view that you have while enjoying your meal…not too shabby eh?

Our meal began with a complimentary shot of their famous ginger-tomato soup, which was decadent and velvety with the perfect kick of ginger zest. For lunch we shared the seared Ahi Tuna. (Surprise, surprise) It was melt in your mouth delicious and crusted with sesame seeds and ginger. The menu changes daily based on what is fresh and in season. Be ready to drop some $$$ at this place but it’s a wonderful splurge!

The interior is very unique, with Polynesian flare, natural textures and materials and fresh tropical floral arrangements. Warm sea breezes flow freely through the space filling it with the heavenly fragrance of the ocean. Sigh…I wish I was there right now…

A happy little Tiki guy wished us farewell. We will be back for sure!

If you go to Maui you must stop by here. You won’t regret it!

xo,

Ivy

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