Checking our list

Do you have a checklist? Special holiday traditions? 

Well, I found this one via simple as that and thought it would be fun to record our holidays with this photo checklist.

I'm well on my way, the Christmas spirit is in full swing at our home. I've never followed a formal checklist but I thought it would be fun to print this one out with the kids. Hopefully, they can put a name to the things we've shared as a family... 

...and see how "coo-coo" mom was and gets around the holidays. 



It's beginning to look alike like Christmas.

all images via Pinterest

Christmas day is a day of joy and charity. May God make you very rich in both. -- Phillips Brooks


thanksgivings away

I believe a true bohemian always thinks of their travels...past, present and future. One year ago, we visited one of many bohemain meccas....Budapest.

Budapest is an intriguing combination of two cities Buda and Pest, where everyone from the posh to the pauper, the artist to the historian can enjoy. I am thankful everyday and especially today for the opportunity to travel and have fond memories of Thanksgivings away in such magical places. 

Have a blessed day. Enjoy your families and thanks for being a loyal reader. I really appreciate you!

{In case you're wondering we stayed here and did this, cruised this and the kids absolutely loved THIS... just to name a few.}


Decided to stay indoors

Feel the rain.
photo taken from flickr
We were welcomed with the rain and the day ends the same. The windows whistle with every gust of wind. The decision to stay home for the night was made without hesitation or resistance. I hope I'm forgiven for my absence tonight. Sorry friends. They sleep. I write and worry about tomorrow's new experience.

The wonderkids are dreaming with the stars...hollywood that is...they want to audition for a talent company touring our area. They rehearsed all week and I have become their acting coach. One more knotch on my ever expanding mommy belt. Oh, the things we do for love.

Wishing them all the luck in the world. I'm proud already.


For the cappuccino lovers

Rememeber, I mentioned that I was looking for a capuccino that tasted anything like the ones in Italy. Well, Harold's in Northwood is where I'll be coming back for more. I challenged Chris, the barista, and he came through. He's a master barista that delivered the frothiest cappuccino in town. (Yes, he took me back to Napoli.)

Harold's is a coffee shop in a league of its own with the most intricate and intriguing iced coffee brewing system you'll ever see. It brews coffee (or tea) with a cold press to ensure that the grounds and or tea leaves remain unscorched. As a result, you have a cup of coffee/tea that is smooth and 110% caffeine proof...Pick Me Up, For Sure!

I absolutely love places like Harold's that offer a unique experience. While chatting with my friend M about everything under the sun, I took it all in and noticed that they have a lot more to offer...poetry slams, local art for sale, free comedy and eco-friendly workshops.

Definitely, a place to enjoy some local flavor and a smooth cup of coffee. 


happy weekend

Go out and enjoy the fall weather, lovelies. It'll be a long weekend of soccer games, birthday celebrations and cooking. Have Fun.


dreaming in white

White couches, white chairs, white linens, almost white everything...Dare I try...? One day,  I suppose when little fingers and little toes are no longer dangerous weapons.

[all images taken from pinterest]


Cinque Terre Update

Save Vernazza is a Facebook page that is keeping the public up to date on its rescue efforts. Vernazza is a smaaaall village but the damage is quite extensive and its location makes for tricky manuevering. However, spirits and optimism are high. As you visit the page, you can see how the firemen are sharing meals with the rest of the rescue workers and to top it off, enjoying a glass of wine. Their perspective on life is admirable.

As promised, here are more pics from our trip to Cinque Terre this summer with a little bonus...a soundtrack that I borrowed from una bella vita. The trip felt magical the instant we stepped off the train, however, the couple of hours in Vernazza were transformed into my own Italian movie with a serenade from a young canadian tourist. She was playing a piano solo at the cafe where we stopped for a cool drink and an espresso. The solo is Comptine d'un autre ete...which loosely translated means "a rhyme of another summer".  This song will always take me back to our magical moments in Cinque Terre. 

This is the best representation of how we traveled...wondergirl always tired...wonderboy helping mom by carrying camera bag, wonderbaby on mm's back...and I...behind the camera, of course. 

Yes, people do lay on the rocks to sunbathe. See the leg peeking behind the rocks.

What about you? Do have any special soundtracks playing in your head?


Have a relaxing weekend, lovelies

Insta magic
Sweet Dreams on Instagram @lizabeeandcompany

This week has come and gone. The Halloween magic has disappeared (as the decorations) but the treats will linger for what it looks like the rest of the month. The wonderkids did a fantastic job of gathering treats. As for me, I'm doing a great job of staying away from the candy jar. One way is playing with some great new photography apps, of course.

I'm falling in love with Instagram. Since I've packed my fuji instax, I've been looking for ways to document my dailies with some vintage flair. This is a fantastic way to keep up with old, new and creative friends. Love this new app on my phone. My favorite filters are Amaro, Hefe and Valencia.

So, do you Instagram?

You can find me @lizabeeandcompany.