Tag Archives: nature

Springtime Comes And The Leaves Are Back On The Trees Again…

Stella taking it in

Spring is one of my favorite times of year – a new cycle begins.

May you all have a wonderful Spring. Here’s to enjoying the plants blossoming, the flowers peeking out of their buds, the birds’ sweet songs, and the lightness the new season brings to our senses!

Laminated Cat

All You Need Is Love

Pure love - Stella


Pure love - Harrison


I just came back from a relaxing trip from California sans kids and Neil (my first time being alone in about a decade).  Although I missed my munchkins’ sweet faces and my husband’s love and support, I have to admit, the time to myself gave me the opportunity to nurture my spirit.  I saw many special people during my trip, enjoyed nature (sunlight, amazing mountains, fabulous greenery and gorgeous trees) and had the opportunity to reflect (something a lot of moms don’t have time to do juggling children, housework, a marriage and all other things life hands us on a silver platter). I realized I don’t need to put so much pressure on myself.  As the oldest child, I feel responsible for the happiness for my mom, dad, brother and sister – and of course my own little family. Then it hit me – all I need to do is support and love unconditionally. I am going to embrace this new way of thinking with all my heart. I have a feeling this simple way of being will benefit my family and me tremendously.
Gotta love The Beatles for their amazing and inspiring lyrics.

What a Sweet Day


Yesterday my mom, the kids and I ventured to Garfield Park Conservatory to check out their 2nd Annual Sweet Saturday event. While I’ve never been to the conservatory, my mom attended the Chihuly exhibit a few years ago, so she was pretty pumped to go back with us. Being a sweet and (wannabe) nature enthusiast, this was right up my alley. The plants, the trees, the beautiful flowers are gorgeous and a great reminder of what nature has to offer. It’s sometimes easy to forget with our Chicago winters, which offers plenty of bitter cold days, grayish snow and bare trees. Garfield Park is definitely a treat for our senses – a tropical oasis in the middle of our city. I was quite impressed by the greenery and the fresh air.

It was fun to learn about the cocoa bean, vanilla bean, Cinnamon, honey (did you know if bees didn’t exist we would have 1/3 less food?)…it was all so interesting. They even shared yummy samples – YES!

Tequila comes from this plant! This particular one is 50 years old and HUGE!

Persian Violet



I was in awe of their beautiful trees

This is a great event for kids. They have a little play area for the crawlers and a large(ish) slide for the older ones, lots of tasty treats, an activity center for this event and lots of neat information. If you missed it on Saturday, don’t fret, they have another on February 13, 2010.