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Melanie
St. Petersburg, Florida
Hi, I'm Melanie. This is a blog about cultivating a happy, healthy life, saying yes as often as possible, and drinking in every splendid little moment.
Interests: Color, design, typography, community, photography, writing, dachshunds, Downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, The Sunshine State, walking, the outdoors, camping, and generally being awesome.
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Fishtail Braid Friendship Bracelets DIY Macrame Bracelet Fishtail Braided Anchor Bracelet DIY Wrap Bangles I'll let you in on a silly little secret: I'm a little intimidated by braiding (and knitting and sewing and just about anything that requires good hand-eye coordination or spatial visualization ability or any talent with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2013 at Hello, moment.
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Having been lucky enough to have grown up in St. Petersburg, I've seen The Birchwood take on several different forms, from hotel to apartments to a private club with a modern speakeasy theme. It was originally constructed in 1924 as the Lantern Lane Apartments, the largest apartment homes in St.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2013 at Hello, moment.
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It's as easy as can be, and perfect for a summer morning. Cut a cantaloupe in half, cut off the rind and slice it up, break off a big knob of ginger and throw it all into your juicer, and you've got a lovely, delicious juice packed with beta-carotene, vitamin... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2013 at Hello, moment.
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Happy belated 4th! I hope your day was marvelous, full of sparklers and barbecue. I spent my Independence Day working and generally lazing about with the pups, protecting them from the booms and flashes of downtown fireworks. After work and before all the revelry was underway, though, I spirited myself... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2013 at Hello, moment.
Choose goals that infuse your life with passion and happiness and fulfillment every step of the way – even long before they’re completed. A Life Less Bullshit - How To Grab The Next Six Months By The Balls Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2013 at Hello, moment.
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Again with the watermelon - I can never get enough during the summer, and that's actually a good thing, because the benefits are practically endless: Watermelons are an excellent source of several vitamins: vitamin A, which helps maintain eye health and is an antioxidant; vitamin C, which helps strengthen immunity,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2013 at Hello, moment.
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So, I thought about starting a separate blog for this (and calling it, like, The Last 100 Pounds or something cheesy like that), on Tumblr or something, which seems less serious and a little less personal. I also really don't want this blog to turn into a weight loss blog,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2013 at Hello, moment.
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It may be 90 degrees outside, but inside it's cool and quiet and perfect for couch napping. For them. I'm still working. Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2013 at Hello, moment.
You have to make it. It's the answer to every Sunday gravy question.
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It's arguably the most famous sauce on the Internet, this perfect, simple pasta sauce adapted from Marcella Hazan’s Essentials of Italian Cooking. And it's been my go-to sauce for a few years now, perfect because I don't like to fuss in the kitchen, but I only want to eat things... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at Hello, moment.
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My history with salt is, like most everyone's, a long and storied one, from the corned beef and cabbage of my Mother's St. Patrick's Day table to the Pancetta that I ate at A Voce on recent trip to New York City, a dish so brilliantly earthy and sweetly decadent,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at Hello, moment.
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The way that Sophie Dahl writes about food is kind of sexy, isn't it? Take the peach, for example, so sweetly described in her newest book, Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights: Roasting has the same magic culinary effect as soaking. What before might have been a bit withered and cross-looking, under... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at Hello, moment.
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There is something intrinsic, essential, about getting on your feet or even sitting where you are and dancing, in your bedroom or at your desk at work or in the middle of the crush of bodies at a show or on the bus, or in your car, all by yourself... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at Hello, moment.
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I am deeply saddened by the death of Nora Ephron. She was my greatest literary and theatrical hero, and a very important part of my life, though I never had the pleasure of meeting her in person. Many people who are better writers than I am have and continue to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at Hello, moment.
Earlier this week we had some serious storms, as Florida is wont to do during hurricane season. In the midst of one of these, after the rain had gone, leaving nothing behind but wind and a yard full of fallen tree limbs, I watched from my bedroom window as a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at Hello, moment.
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I am attempting to write, but lately it has been almost impossible. Instead, I've been doing things like taking pictures, taking Foxy for car rides, doing laundry, painting my nails (red!), watching sailboats, and lighting sparklers - anything to get away from my laptop. It's a valid excuse, isn't it?... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at Hello, moment.
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This is Michael, one of my babiest cousins. He has got this little boy thing down pat. Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at Hello, moment.
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It would come as no surprise to anyone who knows me, but Wes Anderson's films are so perfect for me that I often find myself wishing that he could direct my life, as long as I could be in charge of my character, of course (I wouldn't want to end... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at Hello, moment.
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01. The locations in the film Something Borrowed, and specifically Rachel's apartment: This movie was surprisingly cute. We watched it last night instead of watching most of The Olympics opening ceremonies (though we did catch the parade of nations). I'm a bad American, and I'm sorry about that. Sometimes. Anyway,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at Hello, moment.
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Each month, Fat Mum Slim posts a photo challenge, and each month, I fail to start - and therefore fail to finish. It's not that I don't want to, but I've always had a hard time with authority, so as drawn to it as I was, I thought being instructed... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at Hello, moment.
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I've been thinking a lot about change, lately. How hard it is. How merciful you have to be with your own spirit in order to embrace it. How strong you have to be when it starts to break over you, when it starts to break you. How you have to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at Hello, moment.
“When we spend our lives waiting until we’re perfect or bulletproof before we walk into the arena, we ultimately sacrifice relationships and opportunities that may not be recoverable, we squander our precious time, and we turn our backs on our gifts, those unique contributions that only we can make. Perfect... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at Hello, moment.
Last night, Kelly and I went to see Sara Groves, an artist both of us have loved for close to ten years now, perform at a church in Orlando. Given that she's sung both of us through such a big chunk of our lives, and given that both of us... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at Hello, moment.