Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Grateful


Amber Alexander

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest 
appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." J.F.K


Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!


Gratefully,
Samantha

Monday, November 21, 2011

Scenes from a Winter Fantasy

{the boys were so inspired by the art, they asked to paint as soon as we got home}

James was a Rock Star! Oliver was a Reindeer Bandit! And once again, we all had such a magical time at the Sawdust Winter Fantasy Festival, held every year at the holiday time in Laguna Beach, California. {The Festival will be going on every weekend through December 11th. You can find out more about the Festival here.} The Festival is truly a winter wonderland filled with amazing art, crafts for the kids, and special surprises around every corner!

Last year, I posted a Sawdust Festival Holiday Gift Guide. I look forward to putting together another Gift Guide for you this year! Stay tuned . . . And I hope to see you there!

xoxo
Samantha

Friday, November 18, 2011

Free Spirit Friday

In honor of all those free spirits, who inspire us to dream a little bigger and live life to its' fullest; every Friday, I will feature products, people, and places that open our hearts and our minds to the endless possibilities of happiness, creativity, and love.

And I would love Free Spirit Friday to be a blog linky party! {any excuse for a party} If you would like to join in, please link up to the permalink and share your post; and please include a link back to Vintage is for Lovers in your post. Lets see how many free spirits we can get to this party! The more the merrier!

Now, let's get this party started . . . .

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Nothing makes me want to put on a pair of angel wings and fly around with a garland of flowers in my hair, than the sight of twinkle lights! Here is a wonderful DIY on how to take a custom Bokeh photograph {like the one above} with just a few simple household supplies. You can even make shapes for special effects:

diy tutorial link

Star Projector
I am in love with this star projector that projects thousands of stars onto your ceilings and walls. {You can even "align it to your location and the time of year, so it projects a map of the clear night's sky all around you."} And with a price tag of only $22, it is a dream come true. {that is until I realized that you have to put the whole thing together with an instructional manual that is pages and pages long. oh well. still totally worth it.} Project!

Restoration Hardware
If you want to keep it simple, these Starry String Lights are delicately beautiful. I purchased a couple boxes the other day and can't wait to put them up this weekend. They come in 4 different lengths {5 ft., 10 ft., 15 ft., and 20 ft.} and two different wire tones {silver and copper}. The 5 ft and 10 ft strings are battery powered, which is super cool. The 15 ft. and 20 ft. require an electrical adapter.



Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Do you know how loved you are? 


xoxo 
Samantha




Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Being Mindful


I have been "being mindful" and extra, extra busy over the last couple of months, creating this! My new baby/company/passion project:


I mentioned a little, here and there, as to the journey I have been on, with Sydney Solis, to becoming a storytelling yoga teacher for kids. And today I feel inspired to share more with you; because I know how loving and supportive you are and have always been to me and my life. I couldn't be more excited to {finally} share with you Mindful Octopus!

Mindful Octopus is a storytelling yoga program for kids. We introduce the practice of yoga and meditation through the art of storytelling. We plant the seeds of health, imagination, and mindfulness through story, yoga, and art. 

In this beginning, Mindful Octopus will be offering classes through partnerships with local community centers, schools, and special events. I will be posting all appearances and class schedules on the Mindful Octopus website, as well as stories, yoga poses, and art projects you can do at home with your kids. It is my dream that Mindful Octopus will grow organically to become a brick and mortar studio, product line, and most importantly, a valuable and sought after program for kids of all ages.

I would also love to give a special "shout out" to my amazing illustrator, Meridth Gimbel, of Octopus Ink Illustration. {how perfect are we together? seriously. we think the same thing every day when we send love notes back and forth to each other.} Meridth is an amazing artist and business woman. If you have any illustration needs, she is a rare treasure! Her beautifully illustrated website is a must see! You can check it out here.

And while my website is being "developed," I would love if you would take the time to "like" Mindful Octopus on Facebook. You can visit the Facebook page here.

Thank you so so much for all your love and support, while I am "being mindful" and getting this baby off the ground!

xoxo
Samantha

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Love of a Bohemian Mama

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Hope you are having a peaceful week! 
Tonight is a full moon. 
Enjoy its' magical energy and the gifts that are carried with it! 

xoxo
Samantha

Monday, November 7, 2011

Chicken Soup for the Soul


4-5 pounds of a young chicken
carrots {4-5}, cut into little pieces
celery {4-5}, cut into little pieces
onion {whole}
salt
pepper
thin pasta noodles

Cut out the fat and empty the inside of the chicken. 
Put all the "goodies" in a big pot of un-salted water. 
Salt and pepper the chicken. 
Add the whole chicken to the pot.
Add carrots, celery, and whole onion to the pot.
Cover for 2.5 - 3 hours. 
Take the chicken out. De-skin. De-bone. Shred meat. 
Throw meat back into pot. 
Add thin pasta noodes for 3 minutes.
Serve hot. 

*recipe compliments of my amazing Grandma
*disclaimer: feelings of warmth, joy, and love will occur upon eating {and the occasional cure}

To Everything There Is A Season

Just outside our neighborhood we discovered a dead owl. It was laying face down with its magnificent wings spread open. We could not just leave it there, because not only do we believe that owls are sacred creatures, but we couldn't trust that this owl would be given a proper and ceremonial burial if left in the bushes. So, we rushed home, grabbed a box, and came back for the owl. We brought the owl home, and after doing a little research on the proper and most respectful Native American way to bury a sacred creature, we preformed a ritual ceremony. I have always believed in Native American tradition; and therefore, I believe that animals hold great spiritual power and symbolic meaning. If an animal crosses your path, it is believed that there is a deep significance to your life and a strong message to impart. The owl is the bringer of wisdom and death. The owl is a messenger that brings you clarity and illumination; for she "penetrates the darkness of the blackest night."

I find it very special, that in the midst of all the changes, deaths of relationships, and broken patterns in our lives over the past year, that we are {finally} receiving confirmation from the Universe that we are on the right path. After all, you have to believe, trust in your heart, and keep your eyes wide open! 


"I open my heart and soul to the truth. 
And ask that my life's journey be illuminated before me.
I ask for the wisdom to see, even in the darkness of life's challenges.
And the ability to manifest by true path."


xoxo
Samantha




Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Day Dream

{The Tee Pee at James' School}

Wow. What a whirlwind of a {long} holiday weekend! Actually, more like a whirlwind of October! Honestly, I don't know where the time goes these days!? I don't know if I am putting more on my plate than I normally do; but it all feels so natural that I am going to continue riding on this journey, trusting in the Universe, and seeing where it takes me.

Although I do have to say that the connections I have made through this blog and the comments/views I receive on a daily basis truly give me that extra dose of love that I need throughout my day. I have to apologize though because at this point, I feel as though I am not "holding up my end of the deal." I do need to work on figuring out a schedule where I spend the time needed to share the love back to you. I would love any advice or suggestions on how to manage my blog and these very special blogships while at the same time trying to start my storytelling yoga company and be a mama, wife, and friend to those so dear to my heart? Honestly, I don't know how many of you do "it." So please do share!! I want to be able to do it all!! {I think I can!!}

xoxo
Samantha
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