I’m 37 and that may make me waaaaay to old to be buying myself children’s toys but I can’t resist the charm of the antique versions, especially at Christmas. Toulouse is my latest acquisition and I think the (not very big) collection probably needs to end there before it gets weird. I don’t count tiny toy treasures in this, though. They’re for the printers trays and that’s totally OK because those need to be filled up 😬. I’m looking forward to the New Year. I’m going to strip my interior right back. It will take a while but I want a ‘fresher’, more minimalist look. It will also be really, really hard to part with some things but I feel it’s time for change. Disclaimer: been thinking this for a while but may change mind 😬. Xxx
5763820 hours ago
this year’s winter has only given me one good snowfall so far and I’m mad about it, so here’s a photo from DC’s gorgeous autumn 🍂
Happy Monday! Feeling so much better today and I am ready to go out and do some work! Hope you all have a great start of the week!💪🏻✨— wearing @lpgarconne plaid coat
11252221 hours ago
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Seriously, instead of hitting up the big box stores, I’ve been trying to be more conscious with my buying power and lend a hand in building a sustainable community!
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I have officially been the most pregnant I’ve ever been. Somehow I’m at peace with it all. Trying to take things slowly, and living in the moment. Annnd also trying to make new coffee recipes from Pinterest that look really yummy/pretty, but taste really disgusting. 😂
Besides Christmas preparations, I’m busy upgrading our lifestyle for the New 2019. Yasmin and I started with installing the smart doorbell from @ring that I showed you in my Stories earlier this week. Result: now we have a fancy two-way talking function plus extra safety for us. #ad#alwayshome
Ok, what do I need to install next on the way to a smart home? Anything I cannot love without? Anything that has improved your life quality?
2119 hours ago
💛 A ray of sunshine and little snowball 💛 looking super cute side by side 😊
The last recommended day for Christmas delivery is Thursday 20th so please get any orders in before then, remember to add the code 'whitechristmas' at the checkout! ✌🏻✨
“I have traveled through madness to find me.” - Danny Alexander // Sometimes I sit down with a photo, intending to write a long, deep caption that’s sure to inspire, but then I come up with too many ideas and can’t settle on one. This is one of those times. So I’m just going to leave you with a quote that I really love with a self portrait that I really love where I’m in a new dress that I really love 💗
3119 hours ago
Even though winter is hands down my favourite season, when it’s the summer I find myself craving the snow, and when it’s the winter I find myself longing for the sun. Why can’t I just be happy with the weather? I guess the grass really is greener... ❄️☀️What’s you’re fav season⁉️
Someone’s asked me earlier this week if I had made any resolutions, and I think for the first time I said no.
Because I believe everyday can also be a great opportunity to strive for something bigger within you. You saved that five bucks instead of grabbing hat daily coffee? You took time out of your day to tell someone that you care about them? You chose to read instead of scroll? So much came to mind as I thought on that one question.
Do not get me wrong, resolutions are awesome! But what I’ve discovered is that I have it in me to continue pushing through each season-even when it feels like the current season I’m in is going on longer than intended.
There’s greatness in still propelling yourself forward from season to season, day to day, and year into new year.
To slowing down and being intentional, and for me that’s with family, with friends, or friends who were once friends, to even taking time to take better care of myself.
This year already may be coming to a close (how the heck already!?), but I believe that some beautiful things, great wins, and amazing moments are still to come in the next ! Give yourself that grace to always go for it or even try again day after day.
Life is too short just for goals alone.
PS - we’re having an unusually warm winter here.. but luckily I don’t have to go too far to find some snow! But I wonder if we’ll have a big dumping then that will stick around for a long time... 👀🤭
“There are parts of me that will always remain untamable, messy and reckless; but I refuse to apologize for it anymore.” -Kaitlin Foster
Happy Monday folks.
It’s officially one week til Christmas Eve, and I (Nikki - half of the Cross Street dream team) should be busy doing holiday and year end related tasks.
But instead, I am reading poetry and feeling introspective. Farming can do this to you. After 8 months of full on hustle in the fields day in and day out, the quiet season hits fast and hard. Especially this season.
I sometimes crave the quiet, wide open time this season brings, like a good piece of chocolate -and other times I really wish I was still running around arms full of flowers like I was in this shot by @kristenuous.
It was a beautiful, mid September morning. We harvested stem after stem after stem, row after row and the dew from the plants soaked our jeans through.
Harvesting often creates a mixed sensation that is maddening and oddly satisfying because there are so many beautiful blooms to grab before the heat of the day sets in. And also because wet jeans are generally ill advised. I should have grabbed my bibs to keep me dry but clearly didn’t bother for some reason. These are the good kind of flower farmer problems.
I unearthed the above quote by @kaitlin.foster as I reviewed the mad scribbles on one of my many as-of-yet unfinished weekly to do lists. It’s a keeper. Enjoy. And may you find some time today or this week to slow down and enjoy a poem or two, and count down with me the days until the return of Spring and our time to hustle flowers once more.
sometimes it’s hard to choose.
sometimes it’s hard to act.
sometimes it’s hard to forgive.
it can even be hard to do what’s best for you.
we want to hold back, or hold it in. but we have to do it. you have to. we have to choose to do the hard things. we have to choose to let it hurt. we have to choose to try. we have to choose to walk away or journey through.
even if we fail. even if it’s wrong. even if we’re scared.
i think we have to try. and there’s always a chance to try again.
✨💭...And just like that, she’s Three.
Sweet Baby Girl you are so loved, you are a Child of God and created in His Image. You are fearfully and wonderfully made and you are Precious ✨(Psalm 139:14-17). We adore you, if that’s even a word that can describe the overflow we feel everyday of gratitude that we get to be your parents and watch you grow into the woman God calls and created you to be. You are lovely, loving, thoughtful and kind and “I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you...” you will continue to hear pour over you, with words of life and truth. Happy Birthday Baby Girl. 🎉💝
I love this time of year SO much. I am still bouncing around all over the country, but trying to find festive fun wherever I am. Last week, I found festive cheer in Vegas. The next couple days, LA. Then, home sweet New England through Christmas 🎄.
пусть эта фотография будет ‘выбиваться’ из моего профиля и пусть она будет самой яркой✨🖖🏼
ведь сейчас все должно быть волшебно и непринужденно. осталось немножко потерпеть и будет отдых. нужно постараться отпустить стресс и завершить все дела.
скоро праздник и я проведу его в своем северном крае, в кругу самых родных и близких. для меня новый год —исключительно семейный праздник.
будьте рядом со своими любимыми.
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177620 hours ago
I don't think I've ever been somewhere so overwhelming. The rules, 'do not cuss' being repeated in my head, the bit of uncomfortableness I feel around crowds, and the sheer extravagance is intense... yet worth it.