olive june: February 2020

simply loving

"we shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us." 
-winston churchill

borrowed words

in honor of lent beginning

simply loving

this year i am focusing on wholeness as my overall intention
i found this quote recently and can't stop thinking about it: 

"I actually attack the concept of happiness. The idea that- I don't mind people being happy- but the idea that everything we do is part of the pursuit of happiness seems to me a really dangerous idea and has led to a contemporary disease in Western society, which is fear of sadness. It's a really odd thing that we're now seeing people saying "write down three things that made you happy today before you go to sleep and "cheer up" and "happiness is our birthright" and so on. We're kind of teaching our kids that happiness is the default position. It's rubbish. Wholeness is what we ought to be striving for and part of that is sadness, disappointment, frustration, failure; all of those things which make us who we are. Happiness and victory and fulfillment are nice little things that also happen to us, but they don't teach us much. Everyone says we grow through pain and then as soon as they experience pain they say, "Quick! Move on! Cheer up!" I'd like just for a year to have a moratorium on the word "happiness" and to replace it with the word "wholeness." Ask yourself, "Is this contributing to wholeness?" and if you're having a bad day, it is."

-Hugh McKay, author of The Good Life

aldi favorites

over the past few years, we have been shopping at mainly aldi and trader joe's. as much as i love to browse and experience whole foods, the prices and options at these two stores have provided a way for our family to shop for healthy food at really unbelievable prices. we have basically been able to cut our grocery bill in half each month- while also falling in love with the food. i thought i would share an aldi shopping guide, full of our personal favorites. 

a weekend in cincy | julius turns one

fresh valentines flowers from gia & the blooms

simply loving

a dreamy galentines gathering . february 13 

a valentine's day craft for kids

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simply loving

"the ability to simplify 
means to eliminate the
unnecessary so that the
necessary may speak."
-hans hofmann

simple ways to read more books

"hug me like the night holds the moon."
-alexandra vasiliu
author of BLOOMING

in my city | cmoms consignment sale

over the past few years, i have been trying to shift my mindset in many ways. i have learned that when our first instinct is to find something locally or secondhand rather than buying it new, or to borrow for a day, we get better at leaning on those around us. and we become more aware of the importance of zero-waste and sustainability. though these actions often require a little bit more time and energy, i have found that they also bring connections and awareness. swapping with friends and buying secondhand has not only saved our family a lot of money, but it has also brought me closer to others. 

i often get asked where i buy the boys' clothes? ... mainly secondhand. zara, h & m, gap and some vintage pieces on insta are also favorites; however,  i really love local consignment shops and sales and swaps with my village of moms (so grateful for them). so i thought i would share a sale coming up this weekend for my charlotte mommas. 

february intentions

i recently heard someone say that coming up with a word each month to focus on did wonders in her life. my word for this year is wholeness ... so i am planning on coming up with 1-4 words each month to really focus on + to hopefully motivate me to create better routines and habits. 

january | vintage booth . celebrate . read 
february | wellness . paint . loved ones