Latest & Greatest Resources

www.designloveinspiration.comHere are some of the latest and greatest resources that I’m currently using in my life.  I hope you find one or two you love too! Please feel free to share what you resonate with or if you use/do something similar.

  • Warm lemon water- could be counted as quite possibly life changing, for me anyway. My skin hates me and shows its hate by being red, blotchy and acne prone. Since drinking warm water with a fresh squeezed lemon every morning, I’ve noticed a huge difference in the appearance of my skin. So much so that I don’t scare the crap out of myself when passing by a mirror without makeup on.
  • Green superfood- this takes some getting used to but it’s worth it. I decided to try this instead of spending 8 million dollars for Athletic Greens. The lady at the Vitamin Shoppe told me it wasn’t so bad and she used it everyday. Upon trying it, I immediately wanted to call her and ask her why she lied to me and if she was suffering from a rare case of no taste buds. However, I kept drinking it because apparently I like to suffer and lo’ and behold my taste buds did me a favor and started tolerating the taste. If you can get over the taste, it really is worth it. I drink it every morning after my lemon water. It makes a major difference in how I feel, my energy level and overall health. With the recent move and such I stopped using it for a few weeks and noticed a change in the way I felt. When I started using it again I immediately felt a difference and just felt better overall.
  • Coffitivity– I’m actually using it right now. I use the website but they also have an app. I’m not even sure how I came about their website but I’m glad I did. Working from home for most of the day gets awfully lonely and quiet. Coffitivity creates ambient cafe sounds for background noise that supposedly helps with creativity. Love it.
  • theSkimm– a daily newsletter that is a summary of what’s happening in the world. I stopped watching the doom & gloom news years ago. Obviously, I have the internet so I am able to stay informed I just choose to not let the media ruin my life/mood with their agendas. TheSkimm is a great, quick read.
  • Humans of New York– you know how sometimes reading comments on posts makes you lose faith in humanity? Well, in addition to it being an amazing page, the people who follow the page are also pretty amazing. I follow HONY on Facebook and the stories, the realness, the feeling of connecting is powerful. This website lets me know that there is still goodness in the world and that ANYBODY has the ability to make a difference in the lives of others.
  • Tim Ferriss Podcast- Tim interviews some of the most random, interesting people on this podcast. It’s so good. I’ve been able to change my life for the better in certain areas due to the knowledge gained from these podcasts. They are absolutely fascinating.

So, questions for you:

What are your latest and greatest resources? What podcasts do you listen to and/or recommend? Who do you follow on FB or Instagram that I should be following?

Magic Lies Just Beyond Your Fear

Magic Lies Just Beyond your Fear
image credit: Dear Miss Modern 

Well hello again! Unfortunately, I have written anything since August of last year. Ultimately, I knew I couldn’t let the blog go as I started to miss creating and sharing in this format. I started to realize that no matter what else I did, this was and is an important part of me.

There’s a valid reason for my absence though, and I think you’ll be excited once you find out why!

A general theme throughout all the posts I’ve written has been about trying to find my way in this world and inspiring others to do the same. There have been ups and downs but through it all, I never stopped moving forward and taking action steps no matter how small. I literally started living the messages that I was sharing.

One of the limitations that continuously held me back was not being able to see how things would possibly work out. I had big, lofty goals but I didn’t truly believe they were possible because I just didn’t understand how they would be able to come to fruition. When I pushed past that, held steady faith and truly believed, amazing things started happening in my life.  Since my last post in August, I was able to escape the corporate rat race, move to Florida (I love it here!) and started a new professional path, one that encompasses everything I love.

Every morning I wake up and can’t believe this is my life. Please believe it hasn’t been all rainbows and cupcakes, but once I stopped living from a place of fear, amazing coincidences starting occurring in my life to the point that it was almost unbelievable. Literally, things started aligning to a point that I knew I was on the right path and two, that ultimately everything was going to be okay.

I’m living so far outside my comfort zone right now, it feels like I’m in outer space. What I found out, like the quote states, “Magic lies just beyond your fear”.

Are you experiencing the magic?

Most Pinned Roundup

Howdy and welcome to the most pinned roundup! Recently, I came across the analytics function on Pinterest and thought it would be cool to share the most pinned pictures from the site in one place.

Words can’t express how much I love Pinterest. Maybe it’s the procrastinator in me that loves Pinterest since it provides a welcome escape! I love that it has the option to create private boards and have been using those most recently to create boards for different projects. It’s also a great pick-me-up. When I need some motivation, I love to scroll through my board that’s full of motivational quotes and inspirational phrases. It always does the trick of lifting my mood. What about you, how do you use Pinterest? 

Okay, so first up is perfect to share now because I made this fall thankful, grateful, blessed printable for the fall season and it’s almost that time again now. 

Fall Thankful Grateful Blessed Printable

 The next one is a free Facebook cover. This pic here is just a preview, if you want to save it in the size of an actual Facebook cover, you’ll have to click the link and it will take you right to it.


Third is the most pinned and it’s a print that I haven’t shared before on this site. It’s available in my Etsy shop and I’ll soon add it here under the shop header located at the top of the site.

Most Pinned Quotes

I’d love to see you over at Pinterest or know what some of your favorite people or boards are to follow! Feel free to leave your the link to your profile so I can go check you out, see ya over there!


First and Last Day of School Prints

Depending on where you live, it’s almost that time again. Yep, back to school. If you’re on Facebook or Pinterest I’m sure you’ve run across a multitude of little cuties all dressed up for their first day of school holding a first day of school sign. Then on the last day of school, these pictures flood the feeds again but usually with a side by side picture showing just how much little Johnny or Susie has grown. It really is a great idea for a school scrap book or to send to family who live far away. Here are a few first and last day of school prints for you to use and/or share with someone. (The links to save them are directly below each picture.)
2014 First Day of School Printable Chalkboard-First Day of School Print

Last Day of School Print Chalkboard-Last Day of School Print

2014 First Day of School Print Floral-First Day of School Print

Last Day of School Print Floral-Last Day of School Print

 Would love to see your pictures using the prints! Hop on over to the Facebook Fan page to share, here’s the link-FB Page. See you there!


Take a Leap of Faith-Free Print

This morning while lounging in bed (after waking up way to early), the words “Take a Leap of Faith” popped in my head. I know I’m a broken record saying all too often we live our lives held captive by fear. And maybe I keep saying it because I’m trying to get through to yours truly.

Making any sort of major life change is super scary but 99.9% of the time, once you go through with it, you wonder why you didn’t do it earlier. Most times it’s the best thing that ever happened to you. What’s scarier to you, looking back on your life with regret or taking a leap of faith while you still can?

I hope these words came to you just at the right time, to inspire you to take a leap of faith. Here’s your free download…Take a Leap of Faith (click the link then save to your computer).

  Take a Leap of Faith

Random Days, Random Pics using PicMonkey

There are so many ways now to get great looking pictures with out spending a fortune. With a gazillion apps for your phone and free programs on the internet, everybody has the opportunity to make their pictures look like a million bucks.

I love playing around with different programs to see how creative I can get with them. For this set of pictures I used PicMonkey but Pixlr is also a great option.

If you want the details on how to make your iphone pictures look awesome, here’s a great post from TwoTwentyOne. 

Here are random pics from random days of my life. 


mini trays using sculpey mini trays using sculpey meditation


Giant Rubber Duck Giant Rubber Duck rustic fence dusty miller  

Mini trays using sculpey, Martha Steward gold gilding and rubber stamps
Giant Rubber Duck came to town
Statue on stairs landing
Back fence
Close up of Dusty Miller plant in garden

What program or app do you use to edit your photos?

Fitness Challenge Update #2

It’s no secret that I’ve struggled with losing weight and getting fit/healthy for some time now. Every year now for decades it seems, my new year’s resolution has been to lose weight. The saying that losing weight all starts in your mind and with your thoughts is spot on. I’m not sure why it’s taken me all these years to realize that losing weight is an inside job. But now I know, if you don’t sort out what’s going on with you on the inside, nothing’s changing on the outside.

My problem was/is I’m an emotional eater and if for some reason things weren’t going right or I was not feeling like I wanted, I turned to food. Food boosted my spirits and made me feel good. So in February or so I decided to give myself a fitness challenge of working out for 30 days straight. I actually did it and felt good but lost nothing. You can read all about it here and here.

I continued to watch what I ate, lost a few pounds and then gained them back with the exception of two pounds. Then in May some of the girls I work with were talking about this new diet. Curious, I asked what it was and they said it was called the 17 Day Diet. It didn’t seem extreme or depriving so I was willing to give it a go.
Change Your Mind Change Your Body
May 12, 2014 was my first day on the diet. It takes you through cycles with a transition day in between each cycle. Another reason I think this worked for me was because I wasn’t starving or feeling hungry all the time.  For the most part, you cut out flour and sugar. This gave me the jump start I needed and made me realize that I had a real addiction to sugar. Folks let me tell ya, after about a week I stopped feeling bloated and sluggish and felt amazing. Don’t get me wrong, the cravings were real. However, my willpower and motivation to get healthy and do right by myself, outweighed the need for that cupcake. By May 29th, the determination paid off by me losing 11.4 pounds. Seeing results and feeling the changes made all the difference. 

One thing I thought would be really hard, was giving up creamer in my coffee. I’ve been drinking french vanilla creamer in my coffee for a long time and I REALLY enjoy my coffee in the mornings. I knew I didn’t want to drink my coffee black so in the beginning I used 2 Truvia packets. My taste buds adjusted and I was fine without the creamer. Then I stumbled upon liquid flavored Stevia. Yum! I use English Toffee, Chocolate Raspberry, Vanilla and plain. They are really concentrated so you only need a few drops. A friend even mentioned she using it in plain yogurt to add flavor. Great idea right?
Fitness Challenge Update#2
After 3 cycles of the 17 Day Diet, I knew I was at a crossroads. I was really craving a bowl of frozen cake batter yogurt from Sweet Frog with pecans, chocolate covered pretzels and chocolate sauce. And after 41 days without cheating, I started feeling deprived. So guess what? I went and had the bowl of frozen yogurt with all the toppings. My craving immediately subsided and I was done. In the past, after having the ice cream I would have immediately felt defeated and said what the heck and continued to eat crappy foods. Not this time though, I had been at a crossroads and chose the right path.

Fitness Challenge Update #2
After May 29th, the weight still came off but at a slower pace. By June 17th, I was down 15 pounds then plateaued. July 4th weekend, we had friends in town and I had some carbs and it was crazy how my body reacted. Immediately, my stomach hurt and felt bloated. I felt really sluggish and just blah. I’m so thankful for that horrible feeling. Crazy huh? The reason is because right then and there I knew that those foods were so not worth that feeling. I would much rather eat clean than to have my body go through that again. The week after that, the weight started coming off again. As of July 20th, I’m so extremely happy, amazed, and grateful to say I’ve lost 20.8 pounds! Cutting out most processed foods, flour and sugars (not fruit) has transformed my life. I can’t explain how amazing I feel and how much energy I have. I now know without a doubt I will get down to a healthy weight and meet my fitness goals.

Here’s an example of what I eat in a day:

First thing upon waking: One scoop of Green Superfood powder in a cup of water followed by one cup of coffee sweetened with liquid Stevia (I’m using Sweet Leaf)
2 eggs cooked with about 1 tsp of olive oil, 2 t tablespoons of fresh salsa, fresh fruit

Snack: almonds

Lunch: large baby spinach salad with grilled chicken, shredded cheese, diced tomatoes & avocado with EVOO and fresh squeezed lemon juice (half a lemon) dressing

Snack: Kefir smoothie  (sometimes I’ll have this for breakfast) contains Kefir(plain) ( I use LifeWay), protein powder, a cup of frozen mixed berry fruit, matcha green tea
*Side note: at first I hated Kefir, it has the consistency of buttermilk but again just sticking with it after a couple of weeks, I grew to like it!

Dinner: Fresh fish or protein with 1 to 2 sides of veggies and on occasion, a sweet potato

*Sometime during the day-a cup of tea with 2 tea bags, sweetened with Stevia



Creating a Brand Identity

Hey everybody! How is your your summer going? I have been busy behind the scenes here creating a brand identity for Design Love Inspiration.

Have you noticed some of the changes to the website? I’m in the process of taking a Skillshare class called Beyond the Logo: Crafting a Brand Identity and it has really helped me start getting the look and feel of my blog where I want it to be. Creating a brand identity is important to convey your personality, values and helps formulate a certain feeling or expectation. Good visual content allows you to be instantly recognizable. Here is a little snap shot or mood board for the new look of the site. What do you think?

Creating a Brand Identity for Design Love Inspiration

To create this, I started with a secret mood board on Pinterest to collect images that I loved and that I thought represented how I wanted the blog to feel and look. You can see all of them here. There’s still a lot left for me to learn and get the hang of, such as being consistent with colors and fonts on the site.

If you haven’t checked out the Facebook page for Design Love Inspiration, here is the link to the page. I updated it to match the new feel of the blog. It’s a great way for us to connect more frequently. I hope to see you there! 


A Day in the Life…

Happy summer! It has been a scorcher here for the past couple days with indexes of 103 and 105. Too hot for me! We also had a random, major thunderstorm last week that ripped our gazebo cover to shreds. The wind was fierce and scary! Besides that random gloomy bit, here’s whats been going on in my corner of the world.


The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
This is a quick short read that has the potential to change your life, seriously.  Just from the first few pages, I was in tears. Once he hit on self-sabotage, I knew that I was meant to read this. Last fall I wrote a post, you can find it here, titled Defeating Self-Sabotage.   If you’ve read the book, I’d love to get your feedback and what you took away from it.

Wanting to try:
La Mer -“The Powder”. I splurged one year and bought a tiny little bottle of the La Mer moisturizer and it was like a little corner of heaven bottled up. It was so luxurious. Unfortunately, my budget at the moment doesn’t cover moisturizers that costs 3 digits. I would however love to try the powder. I bet it’s just as fancy.

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Shimmering Body Oil -This looks and sounds so dreamy for summer time.

Thinking these are neat:
Fresh Paper by Fenugreen – Keeps fruits and veggies fresher 2-4 times longer

Loving this quote:


Want to eat:
Vegan Tacos

Green Superfood-one scoop with water, every morning. The lady at the health food store said she really liked this brand and this particular one and that she drank it every morning with water. Let’s just say I was about one second away from calling her at the store and asking why she lied to me! (jk) This was the grittiest, cup of yuck. But, it’s amazing how your taste buds adjust. I kept drinking it until finally, I actually don’t mind it at all. I drink it through a straw which seems to help. 
A Day in the Life

 Excited about:
Recent weight loss of 15 pounds and 7.5 inches in a little over a month! So super excited about this one. In the past week I’ve been able to wear pants I haven’t been able to get into in over 2 years! More to come..

12 Favorite Fonts

One could say I have a slight obsession with fonts. There are different sites you can use to find fonts, some for free and some you’ll have to shell out money for. The few sites I like to use for fonts are:
Google fonts
font squirrel
Here are 12 of my favorite fonts right now.
Here are the links to each font:
1. Anna Clara  2. Bombshell  3. Cantoni 4. Icing 5. Adorn  6. Brannboll
7. Conspired Lovers 8. Frosted Illustrations 9. Heroe  10. Ride My Bike
11. Woolen  12. Jacques & Gilles

Which one is your favorite font?

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