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It’s My Birthday…Let’s Celebrate!

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It’s my birthday. Yippee! A day for celebrating all the many blessings in my life. 42 years worth of blessings to be exact.


Today I get to celebrate with my 2 favorite girls in the world – my daughter and my mom. We have a lunch date. What a treat! Yes, time with these lovely ladies will be good for me. A day filled with love, laughter, and fun. What more could this birthday girl ask for?!?!


The older I get, the more I love my life and the more I appreciate it. I say this every year, but I am happier today than at any other time in my life. With age comes confidence and calm – two things we can all use more of.


Yes, age is just a number and life is privilege. A privilege worth celebrating!


So this afternoon I will be celebrating AND keeping calm while relaxing at the spa. I happen to think massages are better than cake!

See you all tomorrow. You’ll recognized me as the girl who is older, wiser, and very relaxed. ;)


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Starting my Weekend of Birthday Bliss with Guided Meditation and Massage.

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Today starts my “Birthday Weekend”. Yes, that’s right. I will be celebrating for 3 days even though my actual big day isn’t until Sunday. A great excuse to party, don’t you think? And quite the change for me since all I used to do is work.

Today I will indulge myself (since it’s my weekly “Tobi Day” ) with a 60 minute massage. But the amazing thing about my massages are that they are combined with a guided meditation.

I don’t know how many of you meditate. Though I have practiced on my own for years, I just officially started meditating daily a few months ago and I take a great meditation class every Monday night here in Little Rock at MeridiYinz Yoga Studio.

But I also get the pleasure of having my health coach Julianne, as my skilled massage therapist and trained meditation guide to help shut off that little voice in my head that always seems to come alive when I lay down on the massage table.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of meditation and massage together, you have NO IDEA what you are missing. It takes massage to a whole new level. It’s euphoric really! And what a way to start off my 41st birthday weekend!

Boy have I come a long way from my 30′s full of stress and excess. I’m healthy and happy now. I am living in the moment. And for that I am so grateful.

Happy blissful weekend Y’all. I’ll be celebrating and I hope you will too!


Passion for Parties

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Julia Child was right. Passion in life is everything. In fact, I will be bringing you some amazing insight very soon about how to leverage passion to live your dream life.

But today let’s talk about two of MY passions…Entertaining and Color!

Just last week how I told you how much I’m loving all things mint. And since my birthday is in just a few days, wouldn’t mint be a great starting point for a pretty party? Throw in a bit of lovely yellow and it makes me want to scream! These photos just may INSPIRE the birthday party of my DREAMS…

Now it’s time to get my dancing shoes on so we can get this party started!

I’m off to plan a party…MINE!




Holiday Inspiration from DIFFA Dining By Design at Masin’s in Bellevue, Washington

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So yesterday I gave you a peek into my lobby re-design for Masin’s Furniture and Design for the Fall DIFFA Dining by Design Northeast Event.

Today I am bringing you a look at my table design for the DIFFA Event. Though this decor would work anytime of year, I think all the red could be great inspiration for your Holiday Tabletop.

Being that DIFFA stands for Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, I thought it would be fun to incorporate the red ribbon that is symbolic of the fight against AIDS into my design.

With that in mind, I created centerpieces by filling clear cylinders with bolts of red ribbon and then filled an inner cylinder with white tulips.

Since there would not be actual guests dining at my table, I created a more symbolic concept that was meant to have a deeper meaning and reference to the fight against AIDS. Because AIDS affects everyone, my place cards were for “Mom”, “Dad”, “Brother”, “Sister”, “Me”, and “You” with a red grosgrain detail through each.

And instead of real menu cards since there was no real menu, I decided to include “Recipes for Life” with quotes on giving back and loving one another like “the purpose of life is a life of purpose” and “no one can do everything, but everyone can do something” and “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”.

And inside my favor boxes at each place, guess what I included? Nothing…that’s right, each box was empty but it represented an intangible–Life. This was to represent the “Gift of Life” and that by giving to DIFFA, lives can be saved and specifically in the Seattle area the lives of children affected by AIDS are being saved.  With the money raised at this and previous DIFFA Northeast events, children of AIDS victims who have very ill parents or no parents to give them food, clothing, and shelter have been cared for and their lives have truly been saved. So the gift of life is not just for those suffering from the disease, but the many children of those suffering that are the innocent victims of this horrible disease.  As a mom, that was probably the best part of this whole event for me.  I felt so happy knowing that through my work, children were being cared for and their lives being improved.

The event was such a success this year thanks to the many designers who created tablescapes and to Masin’s who hosted this event for the 8th year in a row.

And the gala party was fabulously fun and glamorous, probably why it was called “DIFFA Glam”.  Here’s a pic from the DIFFA Glam red carpet with Dave Masin (far left), and other supporters of this great even that include Kathryn Greeley, Mindy Lockard and John Stevens.

If you haven’t been to Masin’s Furniture and Design and you live in or near or will be visiting the Seattle/Bellevue areas, please stop in and say  “Hello” to the generous Masin family.  You might even find a great Christmas gift for yourself or a family member and supporting this third generation family-owned furniture and design business will help the Masin’s continue to support great causes like DIFFA for another year.

And if you are moved by this post, maybe you want to give a donation to DIFFA as a Christmas gift in honor of those in your life that you love that already have everything they could possibly need. They might just prefer you use your money to help others instead. It’s a great cause!

Happy Giving!! xo,

Create a Thanksgiving Table with Character: a Giveaway from Susabelle Boutique!

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Keeping your Thanksgiving table décor true to your personal sense of style can be tricky. But, this year, I have found the cutest little accent pieces that are sure to spice up any holiday table!

My friends at Susabelle Boutique are featuring some very unique plush pumpkins that will add color to any holiday event. These pretty pumpkins would work perfectly as part of an arrangement in the center of a table, or as placecard holders for your guests. And guess what?! Susabelle is going to give one lucky reader a complete set of six 3” pumpkins!!

One special touch is that the stems are actually from real pumpkins. It gives them a more natural texture. This interesting detail is another reason why you will definitely want these beauties on your Thanksgiving table!

The pumpkins come in SO many colors they can go with any décor! If you want a more traditional look, orange, brown and green will work just fine. If you are looking to amp up the volume you could go for a bright pink or turquoise pumpkin. Just look at this selection!

The little pumpkins are also a great way to add a little more character to the table. You can place them in groups of three around the table with candles to set the mood.

I’m so surprised how versatile these pumpkins can be! They can be traditional or bright and fun! You get to put your unique spin on how you use them.

If you want to win a set of 6 3” pumpkins in assorted colors “like” Susabelle on Facebook and comment on this post confirming you have “liked” Susabelle and describe how you will use these lovely pumpkins! You don’t want to miss out, we’re announcing the winner on this Friday!