Designing for Summer: Interview With Jennifer Corredor of J Design Group

I love decorating my home year round to change with the seasons and summer is no exception! To take advantage of beautiful flowers and large plants during the growing season, bringing them inside can add a lot of your design and help you get closer to nature.

I had a chance to interview Jennifer Corredor, CEO/Founder of J Design Group (www.jdesigngroup.com) about her thoughts for summer decorating! Here is what we talked about: Continue reading

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An Early-Morning Walk Through Malmantile, Italy

Malmantile, Italy is a small village in the Tuscany region, about an hour or so away from Florence. I was lucky enough to visit the area after college graduation, and recently it’s been on my mind. Washington’s climate is very similar to Italy, being of similar latitude, and when it rains in the summertime and birds chirp throughout the day, as if it was a hazy, beautiful, perpetual morning, I feel like I’ve been transported back to the place that I consider to be one of the most beautiful on Earth. Continue reading

When the World Wakes Up

When I watch the world wake up I sit back and sip tea in my pajamas. I’ve been up for hours, taking in the beauty of the morning while enjoying the peace and solitude. Early birds feel the same as night owls; their time alone brings peace while everyone else is asleep. Some of my best work is done before 8am ever hits. By 9, I already feel as if I am running late. Continue reading

10 Inspiring Quotes from Children’s Book Authors

Some days in the world are harsh and pessimistic, making even the strongest adults feel like children on the inside. The books we read in childhood help us explore the world and grow our imagination, shaping us into who we are. These famous authors’ advice is still applicable for all ages, especially on darker days of winter. Here are inspiring quotes from children’s book authors for when the world feels too big to fight.

“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” –Roald Dahl Continue reading

Tenalach: One With Nature

I moved back to Eastern Washington in search of a strong connection I felt to the land, the beauty of the sky and the alien environment of the Palouse hills. The one-ness and bond I feel toward the earth and sky there is like finding a piece of yourself that’s been missing your whole life. It’s called tenalach.

Tenalach: (n.) The relationship one has to the land, the air, the water. A deep connection that makes you one with nature.
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The Journey to Happiness: ‘The Big Tiny’ Book Review

**Disclaimer: I received this book as a review copy and this post includes affiliate links. I was not compensated monetarily for this or any other post on Aquaberry Bliss.**

One unhealthy way of living that I have pledged myself away from is the 9-5 gig. With a move to working from home, I found myself with an abundance of time, creative energy and the ability to get everything done in a day I had always wanted. I no longer to commute to work, stand and wait for a clock to count down or interact with people who don’t better my life. Continue reading