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five {really} good things and a giveaway

1) Loving the new illustrated Moleskine journals that Kelly Barton has in her shop. I have one tucked into my purse to catch ideas when they come to me when I am out and about. Love is All You Need paired with that happy bunting is my favorite. She's mentioned that will even make custom Mokeskines for you! (And she's giving one away today. See the bottom of this post for more info!)

2) Ellie's new decision that my name is Mama Kitty and she is "Baby Kitty. NOT Ellie Kitty. And NOT Baby Ellie Kitty. JUST Baby Kitty." Love that when she came home yesterday she said to me as I walked into the house from the studio, "Mama Kitty get over here!" There is magic in the air in the midst of the intensity of every day with a toddler. And that magic side by side with the chaos is where I find the joy waiting for me again and again.

Here: blue sky appearing on the edges of this morning and I'm feeling very open today. #startingmoments

3) The truth on this mug is holding my hand on the days I need this reminder to just trust how it all is unfolding around me (mug from The Universe Knows).

4) I've mentioned Anna Wingfield's shop before, but I just have to tell you about two more of her products that I've been using lately because I'm just so happy to have found a "go-to" natural essences shop with products made by someone who puts so much heart into her work. 

I go through cycles of not sleeping well (this is NOT the good thing) and in December I had a series of nights where I kept having some really bad dreams. It was pretty intense. For the last couple of weeks I've been using Anna's Angel Whispers Sleeping Potion. I spray it on my pillow before I lay down each night (it has this lovely lavender smell). And I've been sleeping better. No bad dreams.

Yesterday, I had a horrible "going to bed now is the only choice" headache, and used the Migraine Relief I had actually purchased for Jon to use for his migraines. Breathing in the mint + eucalyptus smell calmed me and took a big bite out of that intense pain. 

And I've also been using the Trust Yourself roll-on perfume because the name is, well, perfect and it smells so darn good. As you can tell, I highly recommend Anna's products.

5) I am totally in awe of the Your Story Retreat selling out in less than 24 hours. Wow. (Thank you!) Dreaming up a fall retreat on the Oregon Coast in the same place. Yes. We still have spots available for the Feast Retreat this April. It is going to be so lovely and intimate.



Artist Kelly Barton is giving away one of her "love is all you need" Moleskine journals today! Yours will be hand illustrated just for you and will look like the one pictured here (and in her Etsy shop).

To enter:

Just leave a comment below in this post (and be sure to include your email address with your comment so that I can contact you if you win).

The giveaway will be open through 9PM PST on Sunday, and I will announce the randomly selected giveaway winner here in this spot on Monday. Please enter only once. Thanks!

Be sure to visit Kelly's shop!

Giveaway Winner: Comment #23 was chosen randomly. Congratulations to Meghan! Look in your inbox for an email! 

Reader Comments (82)

Migraines. The bane of my existence. I use a roll on migraine thingy-it looks like a lip gloss container with the roller ball. I got it at an aromatherapy place in the mall. It's peppermint and lavender, I think. I put it on my temples and it does help somehow. I can't tell you how much treatment I have had for migraines in the last 5 years. TONS of drugs, a surgery on the nerves in my head, freezing shots to the base of my skull every 2 weeks (which is BRUTAL) and so on. The worst is waking up in the middle of the night with one so bad you can't get out of bed to get medicine. If I could wave a magic wand....

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLelainia Lloyd

Oh my!! So lovely!!!! Thanks for the opportunity!

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSamantha

Ah, toddlers, so much fun (says she who doesn't have kids and can hand toddlers back when they get stroppy). Kelly's moleskines are so pretty! thanks for hosting the giveaway.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeanne

a note about migraines...I have only ever had an ocular migraine and that was scary but painless. however did know someone once in a past life who had them and got botox injections, that completely ended them and they had been severe, you may want to check with the neurologist....anyway , congrats on the huge success of the retreat. hope it is marvelous ! You and the cookster should come a whole day early for set up and I would come and at least cheer you on and slice fruit. or peel eggs or whatever. as for the giveaway . Pick Me ! xoxo , as always, Martha aka lillie savage

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMartha of course

i have the same mug (thank you mama kitty!) and kelly's journals make me smile :)

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkirsten

I love love love the moleskines! Can you tell that love is my word? I am drowning in Valentine goodness right now! Blessings to all of you!

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMegumi

Kelly's journals are fabulous. I'm going to try the pillow spray. Hope you're well, Liz.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJill McBride

for headaches I can vouch for Headache Zapper from Sumbody. It contains - White Willow Bark, Feverfew, Skullcap, Essential Oils of Lavender, Peppermint, and Rosemary.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJane Hamilton

Love all the links. I'm going to order a mug. Love the Moleskines. Have an awesome day!

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTere

These notebooks are very lovely!

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermjb

The lavender spray sounds wonderful. Thanks for all of the links. I'm going to check them all out! Love the moleskins....thanks so much for the opportunity to win one! Oh to live in the world of a toddler.... that sounds heavenly to me. Hope you're feeling better.
Angela Vular

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

I try so hard to find joy in the chaos but I fail each and every time. The last few days have been so very hard, I've been seeking refuge in the bathroom for even just 2 minutes. Visiting your blog has helped as it soothes my soul.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIzabela

I really want this journal!!! I love to write and if I win it, the only it's perfect timing because I am almost done with my journal!

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJessica Bueno

You always find the the cutest, darn, little things!! Hope you get better!

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJennii

You always have a way of touching me with your words. I so wish I could have made it back to the retreat this year but it wasn't in the cards for me. I will be thinking of y'all while y'all are reconnecting with each other! Happy weekend.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

thank you again for all the lovely resources. hope your sleep improve, mama kitty.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephani

great list. number 2 made me laugh and smile. so cute. i've had sleeping issues for the last two weeks. i can go to sleep fine but i've been waking up in the middle of the night. not fun. i'll have to check out that shop. happy friday!

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkeishua

These books are so cute. Thank you for the chance to win one.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJess(wakinguplate)

Toddlers can be such a cute age when they are expressing their own ideas. Kelly's Moleskin Journals look like fun.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I've been falling down Internet rabbit holes this afternoon, and am very happy to find myself here! I shall sip my tea, and dream of beautiful journals. Oh, and I'll be back. Most definitely.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen Avins

love a good moleskine, even better with kelly's artwork on the cover! hope you have a weekend full of rest and laughter.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeth H

I love journals! !!!

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commenternina mularski

Love that mug--have the same one myself. And LOVE that journal from Kelly. LOVE it. And you, of course :) xo

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan @ Life Refocused

Mama Kitty Baby Kitty precious so sweet.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlexis

Going to have to try that pillow spray. And those journals look lovely :)

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEd
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