DINNER A LOVE STORY | A new book I ordered recently that I've been enjoying - it's part memoir, part cookbook about life with kids and a love of food.

ANNA'S FACIAL EXPRESSIONS | Seriously, where does she come up with these things (need to get a good capture of it to share)? She's got a head-tilt/smile thing going on right now as she tells me certain things (telling me "how it is" of course) and I can't help but laugh and smile at her.

A LITTLE LOVE | Loving this new album called A Little Love from Renee & Jeremy. I especially love the covers of Give A Little Bit and New Soul.

SPROUTED KITCHEN | The photos alone on this blog make me want to eat more vegetables.

GOING TO THE POOL | Just not many things better. Simon complains a bit as we head out the door and as soon as we get there he grabs his swim trunks, heads to the locker room to change, comes back out and grabs his mask and he'll be occupied in the water for the next couple of hours. I so love watching him in the pool.


RIGHT NOW | I'm really just embracing being alive - going through my days with the intention of being open, awake, and really living the length and the width.

Getting ready to head to the Your Story Retreat this week. Excited to reconnect with many of the same women from last year and meet the new participants as well.

18 thoughts

  1. Vera

    2012-06-18 06:08:13 -0400

    I do not cook, and that new book you have seems to be something that could help me in that department. Thanks for the link! :)

  2. Alida

    2012-06-18 07:21:17 -0400

    I've love "Apples for Jam" (and have for a while) It's a gorgeously photographed family/documentary cookbook by Tessa Kiros. This one looks like another gem!

  3. rossana

    2012-06-18 11:08:38 -0400

    big thank you for the food blog link!!

  4. dawn

    2012-06-18 11:10:09 -0400

    Thanks for the little tidbits on what your loving, they all look good to me also.

    Especially love the last part on being open and enjoying this time to the fullest. That's what I've been doing each day I wake up and say YEA IT'S SUMMER TIME, HAVE BEEN SAYING IT TO THE KIDS AND IT SEEMS TO BE WORKING!! Wishing us both a long, fun, sunny, silly faces and lots of swimming kinda summer!!

  5. mel

    2012-06-18 15:06:44 -0400

    Checking out those great links. And love how you expressed how you are concentrating on bieng alive. What a lovely way to think about it. Bieng ALIVE.

  6. paulaflavia

    2012-06-18 15:08:41 -0400

    Love this photo

  7. sophie

    2012-06-18 18:31:54 -0400

    the cover of that book looks so amazing! must put it on my summer list.

  8. jennie

    2012-06-18 18:34:44 -0400

    loving DALS too! and jealous of your time at the pool.

  9. J3SS1C4

    2012-06-18 18:58:29 -0400

    That books looks pretty awesome! I tend to find the books I'm most drawn to have awesome covers, and that one is no exception!

  10. Lisa W.

    2012-06-18 20:58:33 -0400

    Mmmmmmmmmmm...ALL looks SO so good! Gotta check out that book, the cover alone just makes you want to read it:)

  11. Annette

    2012-06-18 23:15:58 -0400

    Love the Renee and Jeremy cd. Thanks Ali for recommending it. One funny thing, my husband came in and I was putting together the summer manifesto and listening to Renee and Jeremy. "Give it away" was on. He thought is was very funny to share on Facebook I was jamming to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and scrapping. :) Made me laugh. Really love today's post and am looking forward to checking out the other suggestions. Hope you have a wonderful time at the retreat!

  12. Phaedra

    2012-06-19 19:09:07 -0400

    Funny enough, I just ordered my copy of DALS after pondering whether or not I 'needed' it as I follow the blog pretty religiously and wasn't sure if I should splurge then decided, yes, I need to splurge on myself from time to time. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it!
    I'm also looking forward to the pool and time with my sweet peep this summer. I love to watch her in the water and it's a win/win as when I slide into the pool I feel especially alive myself!
    Thanks for such lovely reminders of how to embrace our daily lives, and, as you said,just being ALIVE!

  13. Jennifer Kistler

    2012-06-20 00:53:01 -0400

    Thanks for sharing! Just bookmarked the Simple Mom blog, will be reading more there! Love it all.

  14. Sarah Swann

    2012-06-20 12:00:20 -0400

    I just picked up Dinner A Love Story after checking out your link and watching her video on amazon. LOVE her theory about dinner! I'm excited to read it and try some of the recipes. Thanks for the recommendation.
    *Also picked up The Creative Habit after seeing it here and on Elise's blog. REALLY need to read that one!

  15. Lisa S

    2012-06-22 14:41:54 -0400

    Hi Ali, Wouldn't the cover layout of the book, Dinner a Love Story make an amazing scrapbook page?!
    Thanks for the links.

  16. Kim

    2012-06-22 17:34:32 -0400

    Open, awake, living. It's good to be in that place!

  17. Bev Mascara

    2012-07-03 10:35:30 -0400

    The author of this book is the daughter of one of bests friends in high school. How proud can I be??? Love to win the book

  18. Suzanne

    2012-07-04 22:41:06 -0400

    What is it with little girls and the head tilt? It seems to come so naturally--at just the right time for a photo!

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