Thumbprint Cookies {Like Grandma Used to Make}

Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Growing up, I remember eating thumbprint cookies at my grandma's house around the holidays. She was a truly remarkable lady!  What I remember most about her was how she always kept her hands so busy. You know that image that pops into your mind when you think of a "grandma." She was it! Being at her house was a lesson in baking (punching down bread dough so we could watch it rise again was my favorite), sewing, making preserves and, of course, … [Read more...]

The Village Press {An Etsy Feature} + Giveaway

Retro Art Deco Blue and Red Wedding Invitation- The Village Press

It's been way too long since my last Etsy shop feature and I'm excited to get the ball rolling again! Whether you're looking for a customized baby gift, a memorable birth announcement or an invitation that will surely get noticed, I'm certain you'll want to check out  The Village Press.   Who's Behind The Village Press? Frances Karulas is a web and graphic designer living and working out of Toronto. She caught the programming … [Read more...]

Blogging Milestone and What I’ve Learned Along the Way {Part Two}

Tips for New Bloggers- Satori Design for Living

Thank you so much for your kind comments this week! After reaching 200 posts, I feel like I have learned a few important blogging lessons. Let's just say there have been some mistakes along the way, but I've learned to pick myself up, brush myself off, and keep going. I've come to realize that blogging is no different than life with its ups and downs, and the important thing is to always remind myself why I started the blog in the first place. … [Read more...]

Blogging Milestone and What I’ve Learned Along the Way {Part One}

Julie and Julia Movie

Today marks Satori's 200th blog post and I thought it would be fun to take a little look back. When I started the blog in September of 2011, I really didn't know what to expect. I definitely couldn't have predicted how much joy it would bring to my life, and quite often have to pinch myself that I have hundreds of daily readers- say what? I know there are blogs out there that easily reach visitor numbers in the thousands every day and mine … [Read more...]

What’s Up in the Blogosphere?

31 Days Series at Nesting Place

As you would probably guess, one of my favorite things to do is read blogs. It's really what inspired me to create my own. You may remember one the first posts I wrote just over a year ago, where I explain my thought process for starting a blog. Looking back, I wonder why I didn't do it sooner. As mentioned in that post, one of the blogs I was really drawn to (and continue to be to this day) was Nesting Place. Nester has a way of digging a … [Read more...]

Feature: So Canadian, Eh?

So Canadian, Eh? Series on Hodge Podge

Happy Friday everyone! Today we're on our way to a friend's wedding and I have to say that I'm glad to have a break from staining my front porch. While we embark on the 7 hour drive (which I'm not so looking forward to), I invite you to check out my interview with Barbara over at Hodge Podge for her So Canadian, Eh? series. … [Read more...]

Pinterest Boards I’m Hooked On

Shauna Oberg on Pinterest

It's no secret that I'm addicted to Pinterest. If you haven't joined the craze, I'm surprised. I feel it's one of the best sources of inspiration and there's really no better way to store and categorize pictures along with their links.   Although I follow a variety of Pinterest boards, there are a few that seem to always catch my eye. First up, it's probably no surprise that I'm drawn to a board called Beach House by Wendy Hicken. Not … [Read more...]

What Can’t You Live Without?

chatelaine magazine

How is your summer going? We just got back from spending a few gorgeous days at the lake with our friends. Even though we're all exhausted from the sunshine, boating and late nights, it's always fun to get away and experience a change of scenery and enjoy a break from the everyday. Laughter is such good medicine! One thing I was finally able to do over the extended weekend is read through a few of the magazines I've had sitting on my … [Read more...]

What Are You Reading This Summer?

Designer Challenge

Did you read Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert? Sometimes I'm a little late jumping on a book train, and in this case, a lot late. Yesterday I finished the book and I have to say that, although she lost me at times (perhaps even bored me), there were some parts I found compelling and others that really resonated with me.   Isn't that what life is all about? If everything was exciting and earth shattering all the time, wouldn't … [Read more...]

A “Certain” Quote

Pinterest Cottage

Earlier this week, I was listening to a radio show while I worked in my office. This particular show was one of my favorite business women speaking with a spiritual author I have recently become familiar with, Gabby Bernstein. After listening to what she had to say, one of the quotes really stuck with me. "Those with the certainty of an outcome are willing to wait, and wait without anxiety."   Gabby spoke about knowing she would become … [Read more...]

Starlet Glam {An Etsy Feature} + Giveaway

Red Velvet Cake Cream

I don't know about you, but once this stage of winter hits my skin has had enough! Just over a week ago, my family and I headed out to the mountains for a little break skiing. I'm just getting back into it and I'm definitely going to make it a regular activity. One thing I don't like about being on the mountain is the toll the wind and cold takes on my face and how dry the rest of my skin can get. I have found some products I really like, but I'm … [Read more...]

Happy Valentine’s Day + Blogs I’m Crushin’ On

Amanda Carol Button

Happy Valentine's Day! Do you have any special plans? My husband is currently traveling and we've decided to celebrate when he gets back. Tonight it will just be my son and I and I'm going to make something chocolate to satisfy his sweet tooth (he gets that from me)! I'm also going to be having coffee with one of my dearest friends today. She's a nutritionist and we love bouncing ideas off one another. After spending time with her, I'm always … [Read more...]