April showers bring may flowers🙌🏻every stem fresh and dried is from my garden🙏🏻you might think that with my allergies in full force i would stop bringing in flowers, but the pleasure must be worth the pain😉did you know that gardening or simply the presence of plants:
1. reduces stress and anxiety.
2. is scientifically proven therapy. (as my 80 year old neighbor says, “you have problems- go dig in the dirt and see how your problems disappear.”
3. increases concentration and focus by engaging with your surroundings.
4. speeds up the healing process (yep, there’s actually a reason people send flowers to those who are ill, it is proven that flowers and ornamental plants reduce healing time.)
5. increases environmental consciousness and helps us understand our connection with the earth. #howdoesyourgardengrow#wellnesswednesday#floralinspo
15 years ago these two kids were sailing around capri 🇮🇹 dining under lemon groves and swimming in grottos. i love their bright eyed optimism, their ability to make each other laugh, their unbridled attraction, but their idea of marriage was very naive. they thought marriage was a fairytale, it’s not. and as much as i love these two people, i love the people they have become much more. thankful to find something better than a fairytale. thankful for a love that is deeper than all our ickiness, flaws, and short comings. thankful for seeing beauty through the pain. thankful for second chances. here’s to 15 years, minus 2. #happyanniversary#baileystyle#loveandmarriage
‘tis the season🍓🍓🍓thank goodness #meatlessmonday isn’t sweetless monday;) eating seasonally guarantees the tastiest, most beautiful food. i loved strawberry shortcake when i was younger so with fresh local strawberries in hand it seemed like the perfect time to indulge in this treat. whether you have a special occasion this week, are feeling a little martha, or just want to snuggle up in a corner with this treat alone, now is the time for strawberry shortcake. recipe at myscoop👉🏻link in profile and check out my stories for a video tutorial🍰🍓🍰🍓🍰🍓 #eatseasonal#strawberryshortcake#eatlocal
It took generations of women who worked hard, picked cotton, and raised children to get where we are today. every time i look into this beautiful girl’s eyes i see the strength, grace, love and grit of all the women before us shining through. happy mother’s day to my mom, my mother in law, my aunts, to my grandmothers no longer with us and to all those who nurture and help younger generations believe in themselves. we’ve come a long way and this girl makes me believe in a beautiful future. ———————————————————————————
we were honored to model jewelry from @annacatejewelry this past week. these bailey chicks had a fun time and i am still in awe of these beautiful pieces and the affordable price point👉🏻 anna cate jewelry at bridge street in huntsville . #letyourlightshine#happymothersday#shegetitfromhermama
When i was little i remember helping my mom set the table. we didn’t have expensive things but my mom always took care of her things and she just had a knack for making things look pretty. adding beauty to this life takes time and love and it makes things feel special. may we choose to create beauty everyday. i wish i could fit all the incredible women i know around this table to let them know how deeply they are loved - moms, daughters, aunts, friends, entrepreneurs, artisans, visionaries, volunteers and the list goes on. i do love that my table is filled with local and regional goods from blue&white vases from in bloom , white vases from @hsvgarden , @garnier.thiebaut linens and @wedgwood china from @brombergs , flowers from my own garden and davis wholesale. this mother’s day if you are looking to add a little beauty to your table check out👉🏻myscoop link in profile for recipe and decor ideas. #happymothersday#tablesetting#buylocal
“mommy do you think the moon is watching us? do you think the moon knows how much i love you?” i can still hear her little 2 year old voice saying this as we laid in our backyard looking at the moon and stars. i wish someone would have told me to be still more often. i wish i could tell my younger self, “get in the floor - sing those nursery rhymes, repeat those abcs, read her stories, because in a flash she will no longer be little. stop distracting yourself with wine and screens, just stop and enjoy it.” these days we look so forward to the next trip, we forget about the backyard. we rush into summer forgetting that bedtime snuggle. we stay so focused on the next, we forget about the now. watch, listen, love, breathe - these are all verbs and should be given more time and energy than being on the move. be still, be present - you are enough. read ‘the one thing i wish i could tell myself as a younger mom’ at myscoop link in profile. ———————————————————————————
enjoyed getting to model @julievos jewelry from @annacatejewelry.
dress by @houseofharlow1960@revolve#mothersday#mommyandme#mytribe
Spring on a plate! i love a good salad and when a friend gives you fresh romaine and radishes from their garden - you honor those gifts of the garden with the biggest prettiest salad you can think of. a trip to my favorite farmers market at oakwood university (@oakwoodu ) completed this vegan salad nicoise. a key to good health👉🏻eat seasonally and here’s why:
1. nutrition - plants get their nutrition from the soil and sun. in fact healthy soil and good sun exposure determine how many antioxidants a vegetable will have.
2. flavor - vegetables in season are packed with so much flavor every bite is like a taste of heaven. there is a season for everything and eating produce at its peak guarantees an incredible food experience.
3. environment - it is vastly better for our earth to eat what it produces naturally. a gardener has to do far less work for radishes to grow in spring, watermelon to grow in summer, and eggplant to grow in fall.
4. community - knowing where your food comes from and where it is grown helps us understand our physical and mental connection with the land. buying locally supports people in your own community trying to do good things.
5. cooking - eating seasonally ensures we get creative with our cooking instead of in a rut. putting fresh food on the table for your family is the best thing you can do for your family’s health.
recipe at myscoop👉🏻link in profile (and many more seasonal recipes). #eatseasonal#tastytuesday#plantbased
Go big or go home, i think i'll go home - it’s an ingrained american philosophy, go big or go home! it urges dreaming big. it motivates tycoons, innovators, ceos. i myself can see where this philosophy played a large role in my life and career, i did things seemingly impossible for someone with no financial backing, and i am in awe of that 20 something year old’s confidence and ambition. the american dream is a beautiful thing, it creates some of the most genius, most creative, and most productive people in the world. but it is no secret that in this country with big dreams there are also big problems. the current health crises in our country include mental illness, opioid addiction, and alcohol abuse. many complain of chronic stress and anxiety, of not measuring up, of feeling dissatisfied even after achieving success.
demanding screen time, chained to a plane, and always in pursuit of the next schmooze opportunity, it may breed busyness (busyness that delays oneself any quiet time to truly reflect on life), but it does not breed happiness.
in a small village called riez in the luberon valley in provence there lives a bed and breakfast owner, a baker, a cafe owner, and many other small business people. they all know each other and they have a peace about them. the b&b owner isn’t trying to open up hotels across france, the baker isn’t trying to develop e-commerce across the globe, and the cafe owner is simply serving food fresh from the region. after being in this village several days, one thing was clear - these people were happy with their lives. they possessed a delightfulness that was downright infectious. they were creating beauty in this tiny village and they lived beautifully and sustainably. they weren’t famous, nor did they care to be. they weren’t rich, nor did they care to be. they also had immense pride for where they lived.
maybe the recipe for a happy, more peaceful life isn’t more, but less. maybe it’s about creating beauty in this world, a sense of purpose, intrinsic relationships, and being part of a community. maybe we need to celebrate the small as well as the big...read more👉🏻 link in profile #gobigorgohome#sweethomealabama
5 years. 5 years of digging, toiling, sweating, thorn pricks, cultivating and learning. 5 years of healing. 5 years of love and care. 5 years and this🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻no place i would rather be in the world. its beauty brings tears to my eyes and its peace blankets over me the minute i step outside. #gardening#mysanctuary#greenerwhereyouwaterit
Beauty. when i was a teenager i longed for the day when a boy would call me beautiful. in my 20s i thought beauty belonged to certain women, certain homes, and certain clothes. when i gave birth to my daughter my thoughts on what beauty is began to change. i saw the earth changing beauty in the miracle of life. and as that beautiful little creature grew, i began to see the world through her eyes and beauty was everywhere i looked- in the bee gathering pollen, in the wren building its nest, in the seedling making its way through the soil, in the carrot pulled from our garden, in every sunset and every sunrise, in the eyes and laughter of every child, and in the eyes and stories of everyone older. beauty is everywhere if we just choose to take the time to notice, to really see. we can choose to create beauty - whether it is growing a garden, a home cooked meal, encouraging a child, a work of art, planning a gathering with friends, or sharing your talent to inspire others. beautiful things take time and love. when we create beauty we bring good into this world, good that endures, good that has a chain effect. as this earth month comes to a close, may we unapologetically commit to bringing beauty into this world every day. from a visit to @pallensmith ‘s farm to toiling in my own garden to a community plant swap to a community easter egg hunt, this month was about creating beauty in this world. read more about creating beauty at ‘we are stewards of this earth’ at👉🏻myscoop.us link in profile. #earthmonth#bethechange#createcultivate
When you travel to arkansas and you come back with chickens.🐓that’s normal right? p.allen smith was offering his heritage breed chickens and it only seemed fitting to say, “yes! i’ll take two.” meet the beautiful miss maudie a golden laced wyandotte. (her companion lola a dorking isn’t quite as affection but you will meet her soon;) spent the day working in the yard while these girls made themselves at home. #pallensmith#friendnotfood#chickenfarmer
Happy earth day!🌎🦋the monarch population is reported to have increased 144% from the previous year according to the world wildlife federation! scientists believe that conservation efforts are working to save this miraculous pollinator. (video my daughter took of one of the monarchs we found on our milkweed and raised last year.) from gardening to eating plantbased to raising monarchs to composting to not using single use plastic, we try to do our part in all the ways we can to treat this earth with love and respect. read my piece ‘we are stewards of this earth’ at myscoop link in profile. #happyearthday#earthday2019#savethemonarchs