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Picture Thoughts

I have been thinking a great deal about photos lately. Odd, I know, but in this digital age, we spend a great deal of time with devices in our hands, including smartphones and cameras. We constantly snap photos of ourselves, our food, the drinks we consume, our friends, beaches,and  all those sexy, likable images.


When I scroll through the images we capture as a family, they are typically of what we consider “special moments” in our lives. You know, the vacations, holidays, birthdays – those moments we try in vain to remember. But over the Christmas holiday, I looked at Robert, the resident photographer in our home, and said, “What if we started to capture the everyday, normal and banal moments with the same gusto as we photograph those moments on vacation? The very moments that truly represent who we are as individuals and as a family.”

I love the idea, because the daily existence of our normal routines; rising out of a warm bed, fixing breakfast, unloading a dishwasher, grocery shopping, prepping meals, going to work, sweating at the gym, well those are the very events that create our lives, not the random holidays. I want to remember the jammies my children are wearing right now, what their faces look like when they first wake, the way our daughter holds our hand as she falls asleep each night, us gathered around the table discussing what we feel grateful for, the LEGO playing in their rooms. I want to remember those moments with clarity.


Much like taking candid images of people, which truly capture their true essence, maybe we should spend our time taking photos of our everyday lives because once again, there is magic to be had in the routine.

Happy photo taking. Go capture the normal and make it spectacular!

Nutrition 101

At the start of each New Year, we typically run out of the gate with lofty goals and dreams. Great! I am a huge fan of ambition. Go get ’em!


One common goal many of us make, typically comes in the shape of the way we eat and our exercise routines. We long to lose a few pounds, get in shape, run a race, feel better, etc. What we typically do not do, however, is ask ourselves why? Why do we want to feel better, eat better, get into shape or run that race? There is a lot of power behind the “why.”


Allow the “why” and some of the other tough questions to fuel your decisions/choices/ideas about nutrition. Because when we ask ourselves the hard questions, we might just shift our goals from a focus on the the aesthetics to the long-term health, environmental and social impacts of our food choices.

The food we eat fuels our body. What are you fueling your body with?

Do you know where your food comes from?

Do you understand the process of raising and harvesting the food you eat, including the animals and the animal products you consume?

Do you feel comfortable with the food you purchase, how it was grown, treated and treated with, and the miles it traveled to arrive at your plate?

How does the food you eat make you feel? Does your body react well to those foods you consume?

How does the food you consume enhance or hinder your health? Consider your mental, physical and spiritual health as all playing major roles in this process.

We all have choices when it comes to the way in which we spend our money.  One of the greatest choices we make is through the way in which we eat. I have always said that eating is a fabulous way of voting. We vote every single time we make a purchase, so spend your money on those items that most resonate with you. That is powerful.


Draw your own conclusions, educate yourself and become clear on your goals, and your personal intentions. Eating is one way in which we express ourselves, care for ourselves and our families. The main purpose of the food we consume is to nourish our bodies and bring us together with those people we love. Eat well, live well and play often.

Winter Reads

Winter is the ideal time to curl up with a good book under the relaxing glow of lit candles. This winter, we are spending some of our time reading the following:

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Richard Louv quickly became an instant favorite of mine while reading his book Last Child in the Woods, which literally altered the way in which we parent. Pretty profound.

His current book, The Nature Principle, goes on to encourage its readers to get outside, to explore and absorb nature. The book discusses how essential nature is to the well-being of humanity especially in this technology driven era. A fabulous, scientific and encouraging read.

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Principles by Ray Dalio – This business/life book came highly recommended. A gift received for Christmas and a book we cannot wait to dive into once deadlines are met and projects are complete. A business book that can easily translate into a book about life, is a read we are anxious to devour. As Ray says, “Rather than thinking, “I’m right.” I start to ask myself,”How do I know I’m right?”

Other great reads this February include:

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After being referenced in the ages old movies, You’ve Got Mail, we had to purchase the series as a Christmas gift for our favorite gal. So far, these old books are lovely.

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This second of a six part series is an enchanting magical tale of twins Alex and Connor as they explore the fairy tale world. We are hooked!

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I know we will finish this book, but reading it each morning at the breakfast table before we race off to start the day means we only cover a few pages at a time.


The Power of One

At a recent TEDx Youth event in Basel, we had the honor of watching Greta Thunberg’s talk, which was streamed into the conference. This articulate, well – spoken, passionate child was nothing short of inspiring. Her talk about climate change caused us all to stop in our tracks, take a deep breath and ponder our own rates of consumption, our own eating habits and our own way of living. Getting people to think critically is not always an easy task, but Greta, at just 11 years of age, provided the audience will a gift that will be far reaching. She also sparked an important dialogue, a necessary conversation that leaves us to wonder; how can we make a positive change to reduce climate change, to protect the environment for not only our generation, but for all those yet to come?

Thank you!



“Man-made climate change is real, it’s happening now, and it’s among the greatest challenges we face on planet Earth.” – Wildlife in a Warming World Report