Thursday, 17 July 2014

Ranuncula, ranuncula & some other news

Against all odds, my ranuncula bulbs have bloomed wildly. Spindly, skinny stems hold brightly hued groups of petals and I feel as though my very pale thumb just turned four shades greener. Amen, gardening sisters.
As for the other news, I've been thinking a lot about this blog and what it's future will look like. For a while now I've wanted to create a new space with a slightly different focus, but finding the time has been a big obstacle. Posts may be few and far between as I explore what the next steps will be, but I wanted to send out a heartfelt thank you for reading my blog! Whether you are a long-time reader, occasional browser, or are completely new (HI!) I appreciate how you are taking the time to read my words, browse my little space. I appreciate you oh-so much! Don't worry, this isn't goodbye just yet. :)
Much love, Vivi

Sunday, 6 July 2014

July Vibes

The smell of homemade lemon loaf is filling the house as I type this. I've gotten back into the swing of baking now that Summer is here, and I could not be more joyful that the mixer, spatula, and measuring cups have been reunited with my baking hands. ;) Oh, and those pictures up above? My family and I took a free Sunday afternoon to feast out for lunch, browse a nearby neighborhood, and enjoy some quality time together. I have recreated the quinoa salad twice already, and a third time will definitely be on the horizon, em, tomorrow. ;) 

Much love, Vivi 

Friday, 27 June 2014

Reasons to be Happy

1. Currant scones with extravagant toppings
2. The sweetest of moms enjoying one of said scones.. :)
3. Ranunculas that have actually grown from their potted bulbs. There were my very first gardening endeavour, so, I em, thought they may be closer to a flop than a garden beauty. However, their leaves are looking mighty promising as of late.
4. A new tea cup to add to the overflowing (but never too large) collection
5. Stir fried tofu, spinach and onion atop a bed of quinoa. I love cooking! It certainly took a few burns to get into the swing of things... ;)
6. A special Father's Day present
7. Strawberry rhubarb pie. Mouth-watering fruit sweetness. Mmm yes. Good memories.

Although not pictured, the happiest thing of all is that my Chemistry class is complete! I was nervous about taking a condensed class, but God strengthened my through every lab, midterm, and exam. He is so good, and when times were stressful He provided a way out for me to de-stress. It came in the form of family, baking, reading a simple novel. Nothing is too difficult for God. Helping me through this class is certainly evidence of that!

As for the two months ahead of me? I have turned off the "school crazy" button and flicked on the summer time switch. It may sound like a dream to have such an easy going schedule all of a sudden, but after a year of non-stop school and deadlines, it can take me a while to get used to a relaxed, laid-back season of life. My plans, although very welcome to spontaneity, include spending ample amounts of time in the sun (think hikes and long walks), seeing family and friends, and volunteering. A goal I have is to write down "reasons to be happy" everyday, and I'll share them here weekly. Looking forward to a season of celebrating every little bit of God's goodness.   

Much love, Vivi

Sunday, 8 June 2014

two from today

Today marked another glorious June day. This morning I looked after the five year olds at church and witnessed the sweetest moment.
boy 1: "Gimme back my car!"
*friend wacks him in the head with it*
boy 1: "Ouch!! Teacher he hurt me!"
me: "No hitting boys. Lets take turns with the cars."
*boys look at each other sheepishly*
boy 2: "May I please play with the car now?"
boy 1: "yes..."
*hands car over slowly*
me: "can you say you're sorry for hitting your friend?"
boy 2: "I'm sorry..."
boy 1, with THE biggest and most genuine smile: "I forgive you!"
*playing happily for the remainder of the morning*
Oh, little kids. I love them so.
In other news, my Chemistry class has only three weeks left! I am beyond excited. One midterm and two finals to go and it will all be behind me. I'm looking forward to a summer full of hikes, watermelon & good reads. Ameeeen!
Much love, Vivi

Sunday, 25 May 2014


I saw a "breakfast/lunch/dinner" post on one of my favorite blogs the other day. Three meals made, photographed, and quickly devoured. I love pictures of delicious food (no surprise there... ;) and was inspired to document an entire day's food myself. But honestly, I remembered to take a picture of breakfast one day, then lunch the next, then dinner the next... So, here is a compilation of an assortment of meals from the past week- enjoy!   

B R E A K F A S T 

D I N N E R 

I found that taking pictures of my food helped me to eat a more balanced, healthier selection of foods. I'm thinking this will become a regular addition to the blog... :) What do you think?
Much love, Vivi  

Monday, 19 May 2014

little things

red nails & pink roses
spring flowers for a cheery addition to my desk
squinty-eyed Browny waking up from a nap
yoga & weights
I found these photos on my camera today- I took them weeks ago and never posted them! The same things that made me happy and rested those few weeks ago still do today. Flowers, bright nails, sweet little Browny, and some quality yoga time. What are the little things that you love?

Much love, Vivi 

Sunday, 11 May 2014


carnations for mother's day
little blue flowers found outside
iced peach tea whilst reading a new novel
mom potting plants in hanging baskets
water colours (my most favourite hobby)
wes copying me drinking out of a mason jar ;)
a different angle of the back deck
more flowers. I can't get enough of them (see the red hummingbird feeder peeping in the background? mom's favourite addition to the backyard :)

Much love, Vivi