olive june: February 2014

12 things happy people do differently

1. Express Gratitude
When you appreciate what you have, what you have appreciates in value. If we aren’t thankful for what we already have, we will have a hard time ever being happy.
2. Cultivate optimism
People who think optimistically see the world as a place packed with endless opportunities, especially in trying times.
3. Avoid over-thinking and social comparison
Comparing yourself to someone else can be poisonous. The only person you should compare yourself to is the person you were yesterday.

4. Practice Acts of Kindness
Selflessly helping someone is a super powerful way to feel good inside.
5. Nurture Social Relationships
The happiest people are those who have deep, meaningful relationships.
6. Develop strategies for coping
It helps to have healthy strategies for coping with unexpected life changes.
7. Learn to forgive
Harboring feelings of hatred is horrible for your well-being.

8. Increase flow experiences
Flow is a state in which it feels like time stands still. It’s when you’re so focused on what you’re doing that nothing distracts  or competes for your attention.
9. Savor life’s joys
Deep happiness cannot exist without slowing down to enjoy the joy. Rest. Be thankful to be alive and its experiences.
10. Commit to your goals
Persistence is key. Magical things happen when we commit ourselves to accomplish      our goals.
11. Practice spirituality
When we practice spirituality, we recognize life is bigger than us. We surrender the silly idea that we are the mightiest lifeform ever.
12. Take care of your body
Nutrition and exercise: this is crucial to being well-balanced and the happiest person you can be.

 (Inspired by the writings of Stephen Covey)

an inspiring room ...

for a young lady:

the pillow- incredible. 
one perfect desk area 
photos by meredith perdue

rodan + fields - i look at this company…

as a gift. 

for so many reasons- 

i thank my friend, blair, all the time for introducing me…

although i wasn't interested at all when she approached me


just three months in and couldn't be more excited about my future with this company-
the opportunities are endless and i am totally in love. 

i wanted to share this below- 

especially for all the moms
who are looking for some flexible income 
with some fun events out with friends

please consider this opportunity…

i truly think you will never look back!! 

this company is winning so many national awards and isn't like typical direct marketing companies- i encourage you to research and to reach out to me with any questions you may have- it's a gift- 
trust me.


I've met so many consultants who are mothers and have been able to retire from working full-time to work from home, thanks to Rodan + Fields, and I LOVE this picture from our Leadership Summit.. this business provides freedom and flexibility, and allows us to work around the rest of our lives.. not the other way around! 

Check out these inspiring stories of a couple awesome ladies (and mommas):

*email my at nellamonaco5@gmail.com with any questions you have!!* 

it's worth a little research and thought- 

i am SO glad i did

what do you have to lose? 

happy three years, mr. monaco

To Mr. Monaco,

I just wanted to let you know how much I absolutely love you.
Thank you for being such a supportive husband.
Thank you for listening to me talk on and on sometimes  
Thank you for encouraging me with your love and concern- 
I have learned that you make a really good nurse. 
I just wanted you to know that I love you.  
That even if we have bumps in the road, we will always have each other- 
that will never ever change.
That feels so good.
Thank you for loving me without borders or exceptions.  
Thank you for loving me for who I am - genuinely and whole heartedly- always.  

You are mine forever, and I yours. 
I am so glad I met you - for sangrias and guacamole- February 24, 2011-
very glad. 

last year's anniversary post - two years of true love 

paleo lemon cookies

no gluten, grain, nuts, eggs, soy, or refined sugars 

please leave me some love below in the comment box if they meet your approval

  1. 2/3 c coconut flour- spooned and leveled
  2. 1/4 t sea salt
  3. 1/4 t baking soda
  4. 1/2 t baking powder
  5. 1/4 c raw honey
  6. 1/4 c coconut oil- liquid
  7. 1/2 c full fat coconut milk
  8. 1/2 t vanilla
  9. juice from one lemon
  10. 1/2 t lemon zest
for lemon
  1. Wash lemon well. Pat dry.
  2. Roll on counter to loosen juices.
  3. Collect zest from lemon first, then juices.
  4. Juice lemon over a sieve.
  1. Whisk together dry in separate bowl.
  2. Add wet ingredients into mixing bowl.
  3. Mix together on medium until well combined.
  4. Using a Tablespoon, spoon out dough and roll in hands to form ball.
  5. Slightly smash cookie in palm.
  6. Place on parchment paper covered baking sheet.
  7. Bake on 350 for 12-15 minutes.
  8. Cool for 10 minutes.

source: peaceofmindpaleo.com

my favorite things party- food & gifts

cake and ruffle cupcakes 
were all amazing 
and were made by anna marie at desserts by debolt
go check out her facebook page! 
 ^ my favorite motto ^

i served trader joe's wine and my two favorite brews - strongbow and buds 

the fruit skewers were supposed to look like cupid's arrow…


a baguette- cut thin
put olive oil and bake for about 15 min 
then spread
 goat cheese
fig butter 
place some prosciutto
top with basil 
so delicious.

the white dip was a hit
esp. with jalapeno chips 
just four ingredients:
1 cup shredded cheese
16 oz sour cream 
1 can original rotel 
1 packet of hidden valley fiesta ranch 

i received laura's (love her- so much) cute gift:
amazing wrapping- real simple magazine on the bottom 
love rifle paper co 
 i gave:  

a wooden necklace 

my favorite blog & inspiration 

a beautiful mess' photo idea book 

let's be real honest - i LOVE photos 

thanks dad!
a hobnail/lavender candle 

 my wrapping~

everyone brought such amazing gifts 

some other items that were given:

an apron
blueberry luna bars
k cups
an eco friendly water bottle
a cute anthropologie egg tray
skinny girl margaritas
fun socks
a chalkboard frame
and so many other cute items!!