olive june: August 2014

happy birthday, mom!

wishing my mom- 
my first friend
my best friend
my forever friend
a very happy birthday today.
i grew up around people who were always telling me how much they adored my mom
her kindness, her generosity, her love for others- were always all around us
it wasn't until later in life that i discovered just what they were all talking about- 
she's one of a kind-
caring beyond words
and i am so proud to call her my mom. 
wishing you the best day 
and many more years to come!

i love you, mom.

bakersfield - charlotte

this morning we are charleston, south carolina bound with my sister and her fiancé, bassey…

last night we had the best time in charlotte

happy hour at 5 church uptown 
and then a real treat
we went to the new bakersfield on east blvd in dilworth 
we LOVE the one in cincinnati and couldn't wait to try the one here- it def. did not disappoint. 
the best tacos ever. sangria. beer boots. old movies. johnny and june cash 
followed by a game of marbles at our place. 
-stay tuned for more of our weekend- 

off to explore my favorite city again <3 

36 hours in charlotte, north carolina

love, love, love this article {written by the new york times} about exploring charlotte's many highlights

 just a few of my favorite things, places, and parts of my city <3

charlotte -- you're beautiful and a great place to call home.

swedish hasbeens love

in my dream world, 

i have one of each of these beauties… adore. 


the monacos move. our first home {week two}

willow love 

-lots of updates on the future nest- 

in just two weeks, the progress went from this:
{august 8}


{august 24}

today was the first day of school! i thought it went really well~
 i am excited for year 8 <3
mr. monaco surprised me with flowers during my last block class 
he knows how to make me smile.
and then while i was working after school
a student from last year came in and thanked me for everything i taught him
he said he felt prepared- so precious. 
 relaxing with pierre before day two~
i hope all of your kids are off to a great start this year 

parents and teachers too! 

one more gift giveaway - happy first week of school!!

don't forget about this gift giveaway… which expires in three days- go check it out! 

in addition, a few other gals and i are handing out another $180!!

 secondly, the winner will get to choose any pair of darling earrings from Emma & Sophia.
yes, please.

and thirdly, a Big Spender ad space on A Fresh Start on a Budget's blog.
not too shabby.

it will launch tomorrow morning at 7:30am (eastern time) so stop back in tomorrow
check out all of the darling gals below and get entered!!

around the house {week three}

loving these looks this week~

painted welcome sign… 

oh hey. friday! | a $150 cash gift giveaway and pattern love

summer is coming to an end - so what better way to drown our sorrows than in $150 cash. 

sounds more than a little fantastic to me. 

plus the gals that are bringing the $150 cash giveaway to fruition are super super.
 i mean...just check them out...aren't they dolls-faces?

get entered below. visit their super, fun blogs. thank me later.
soup of the day | beautiful things | p. s. my name is madeline | September FARM
east willow grove | elizabeth loves
harris heart to hearts | a life like mine
blue giraffes + concrete jungles | simply love | the farmer's wife | ribbon in the sky
a Rafflecopter giveaway

five patterns i am loving at the moment

mason jar love

more ideas here

source: country living

healthy food- inspire me!

mr. monaco  and i have been working out and trying to eat healthier

so i went searching for some healthy food recipes to inspire and cook 

here are ten that look simply delicious - top10inspired

… which one looks the best to you?!

to a healthier/clean body and clothes that look and feel better…

celebrating an anniversary and feeling great last weekend
Today I am going to be handing the blog over to one of my very dear friends in Charlotte so she can share the incredible success she has had on a 30 day cleanse.  She’s only on day 15 and has already lost 10 pounds and over 18 inches!  So incredible! Her coach and her husband have done the same and have kept off the weight for over 6 months and still feel great!  I don’t want this to come across as a sales pitch, and I wouldn’t be posting her on the blog if Lindsey wasn’t 100% genuine.  She truly believes in this product and has had great results so far.  She is incredibly driven and motivated and really wants to help other people feel as great as she feels.  Please read her story below and let me know if you are interested in joining me in the journey as well… I plan to share this with you 
{my 30 day cleanse is currently in the mail- it can't get here soon enough- I am SO ready.} 
Bring on a healthier body~ because what's more important than that?

Take it away Lindsey….    
 After listening to my girlfriend and running partner for 6 months about how good she felt, I finally decided to jump on board to do a 30 day cleanse/high nutrition program.  I've been on lots of meds the last 3 months and I was ready to give my body a fresh clean start/reboot. 
I wasn't signing up 100% for weight loss, as I ALREADY ate EXTREMELY healthy and I exercise a lot.  I’ve been the same weight for a while, so I was convinced that this is where my body likes to be.  I signed up for the program to feel good and to cleanse my body.

After only 10 days into the program.  I lost 7 pounds, 11.5 inches and now on day 15, I have lost 10 pounds and over 18 inches . I have NEVER EVER been this small EVER!  I feel absolutely AMAZING and my energy is through the ROOF!  The craziest part is, I haven't had ANY COFFEE!!!!  Before I started this program, I lived for coffee and drank up to 4 cups a day.  Now I don't need it!! The energy I get from the fuel I put in my body is a better kind of energy! 
The program is an organic "food system" that takes a balanced lifestyle approach to better supporting the body's natural cleansing and replenishing needs. It is NOT a "diet" BUT a sustainable "lifestyle", NOT a "weight-loss program" BUT a "body composition system" that builds muscle while burning fat, and NOT a "fast or detox program" BUT a "nutritional cleanse" that supports the body's natural cleansing/replenishing processes with whole-food nutrition. As the world's first & ONLY "total body, deep cellular nutritional cleansing and replenishing system" it delivers many unique and diverse benefits for EVERY single cell and organ system from athletes to non-athletes. Being such a comprehensive system adaptable to ALL ages and goals it is difficult to simplify too much beyond this. It's also perfect and extremely healthy for women who are either pregnant or nursing!! What I love most are the results; more energy, better sleep, more lean muscle, faster recovery, stronger performance and less body fat!! I use a variety of products daily from vitamins to shakes along with others that fit my needs.
So proud of you, Lindsey and I can't wait to join you… here's to feeling great in an all organic, natural, and 100% healthy way - to a clean body- full of energy!! If you are interested & want to customize a program to meet your needs, touch base with me!  I am embarking on the business side of things to spread the word to others.  I would love to grow a team and help as many people as possible feel (and look!) as amazing as what Lindsey does and what I hope to feel 
(please keep in touch on here regarding my personal experience 
and again, would love for you to join me- I can't wait)!  
I saw Lindsey on July 4 and I saw her yesterday 
and the transformation is unbelievable- you look amazing, girl! 
Keep it up! Such an inspiration… 
It's a complete lifestyle change that you will NEVER want to stop.   

my website 

If you are interested in hearing more about the program, please email me at nellamonaco5@gmail.com or find me on Facebook at Janelle Monaco

I would love to do this with you- I feel like there's nothing better than feeling your best! 

… my journey will be coming very soon ...

are you worth it?