My mornings have become so routine that I go about them as though I’m on autopilot. First, I
wrap myself up in my well-loved but very ragged robe and let the dogs out into the backyard so
they can stretch their legs after a long night’s sleep. Without much thought, I scoop whole coffee
beans into the grinder, fill the coffee maker’s tank with water, add in the now-ground coffee, and
press start. As the coffee brews and fills the air with notes of chocolate, espresso, and
sometimes even a hint of orange, I let the dogs back in for breakfast. While they eat I grab a
mug from my ever-growing collection, and by that time, the carafe should be filled and ready to
have its first cup of the day poured. I have it perfectly timed.
I’ve said for years that the universe tosses you gifts daily, and that you just have to hold out your hands and catch them. Most of those gifts are overlooked moments; we get busy or tired and we just miss them. We expect them to be big and wrapped up in silver paper, with a red bow on top. I’m as guilty as everyone else. I get lazy and don’t want to peek into the shadows or even under my pillow, but that’s where they live. These gifts. The sweet nothings of the everyday.
What a delightful time of year summer is! Between picnics and beach days, reading lists and movie nights, there are countless special ways to celebrate the season. These are a few of our favorite quotes that remind us of the magic we can always expect summertime to bring.
The idea of a picnic is filled with romance and coziness. What could be lovelier than a delicious meal enjoyed outdoors in the fresh air? Simply the thought of a beautifully packed picnic basket is enough to make many of us swoon. Whether you’re enjoying it with a romantic partner or a group of friends or even by yourself, a picnic is a wonderful way to make an ordinary occasion seem extra special. Here are a few Bella-approved picnic must-haves…
As busy as we are, we always manage to find a way to pencil someone or something else into our schedule. We open our planners and see all those doctor’s appointments, work lunches, and coffee dates with friends, precisely scheduled throughout our weeks. The only time left over for ourselves is between the other appointments, and that’s just not enough.