life as of late:

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Image^^^final product (minus a frame)^^^

spring. has. sprung. <—-amen to that

and we’re doing our best to fulfill its requests: mimosas, DIY (do it yourself) canvas paintings and spending time outside with the ones you love the most.

easter came and went within the blink of an eye. after everyone left– my family sat around the kitchen table and came to a group consensus: the day just wasn’t long enough. as we get older it gets harder to get everyone in the same place at the same time. hence, why were cherish these wonderful afternoons.

i hope everyone enjoyed their spring weekend! we certainly did. thankfully, the monday blues are gone and we’re ready to cruise through this week.

things to look forward to: TSK date tomorrow, early bed times and long walks around town (without a jacket and scarf).

thanks for stopping by!

xx,micaela

 

 

balance

don’t get me wrong– i thoroughly enjoyed this past winter. but, i think it’s safe to say that i am SO over it.

the past few weeks or even days have been tough for me. in a weird kinda way– i’m just feeling ‘blah’. and we’ve all been there– but for me, its been sticking around and i am finally getting the energy to change it. my issue: i love pasta, red wine and garlic bread. and when i say ‘love’ i literally mean, ‘in love’.

in life there has got to be some sort of balance. (because quite frankly, that’s what lifes about) and let’s just say that i’ve been feeling a little off balance as of late. as i write this i’m thinking ‘don’t be too hard on yourself’ ‘we just got through winter’… BUT, alas, this chick needs a little bit more exercise and fluidity in her life. i always feel 100% different after i exercise– but sometimes, getting to the studio or gym can be like pulling teeth.

nonetheless– i’m not happy with how i am feeling. so, here’s to an all natural/healthy/clean eating life style. of course, i will indulge in the things i love the most… but as mentioned before– balance is key. so, this morning as the birds were chirping and the bull dog was snoring– i ever so quietly stepped out of bed and into my yoga clothes. 7am class, you treated me so well. and because of it– i feel wonderful– which in turn makes my day that much better.

so, cheers with me to being healthy and putting in that extra bit of energy.

also, side note: a summers tan wouldn’t hurt my mood at all. maybe that’s what i am lacking the most– some au natural vitamin d.

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^^^early morning yoga^^^

now that the sun rises a tad earlier– there’s no excuses.

happy spring ((of change))

xx,mic

4 months

4 months ago i was lucky enough to score a wonderful (cannon rebel) camera for christmas. and it has taken me FOUR months to upload pictures– i’m the worst! but with a busy lab, endless lazy nights and the convenience of my iphone– it’s taken me this long. these pictures have been from the past two (or so) weeks that depict the things that make me smile. family, my puppy, wine, thames street kitchen and of course– genuine laughter. cheers to more use of this camera– and the wonderful imagines that come along with it.

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 ^^^newport restaurant week– tsk^^^

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Image^^^the faces i wake up to^^^

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i’ll post more soon– as for now: squash spaghetti + sweet potatoes followed by some quality time with that boy of mine.

xx,m

spring walks

last night ian, clementine and i ventured on our first walk of the ‘spring season’. after dinner we slipped on our shoes and headed into the heart of our little town. my favorite thing to do is admire all the adorable homes around newport. (side note: newport is filled with so much history & charm– if you have never been, i urge you to visit!). and i swear to you– every walk i find a different house that i dub as my favorite. last nights was this:

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fresh white trim and a bold accented door– sold! at this point in our lives, renting is perfect. but– it doesn’t mean that we don’t day dream about a two story wonder filled with ivy and natural light. one day, one day.

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^^^adore these two^^^

baby elsa update: if you don’t know this– my sister and her friend from work got two sister pugs last week. but being a full time nurse allows for little play time during the day. resolution? bring your pugs to work! my mom and sister work as nurses in bristol and it is VERY animal friendly. so– the girls (elsa and kennedy) spend the day romping around my moms office.

…now, if only i could bring clementine to work.

Image^^^kennedy on the left — elsa on the right^^^

my mom just sent me this picture via snap chat and i just HAD to share it.

happy friday, readers and thanks for stopping by!
chat monday xx,m

mid-week dinners

happy thursday! as previously mentioned– i just can’t wait for this week to be over. and (to my surprise) it’s crusin’ on by! after work i stopped at le petit to pick up some wine & cheese before heading to portsmouth. we always try to set time aside for family dinners– but with everyones busy schedules, sometimes it’s near impossible. yesterday was the exception to that rule, though. all 6 massa’s were there– plus mariam and ian (which, pretty much constitute as a ‘massa’). we sat at our (HUGE) kitchen table and chatted the evening away– seriously, my dad just made a new kitchen table and it comfortably sits 8 people. we really dig it.

and of course– all dogs were there: clementine, briee and elsa. briee is still warming up to both of them but clem and el are pretty much inseparable (in the most adorable fashion). oh! and big surprise here– my dad loves them both… although he claims the opposite. but i think it’s safe to say, we are really putting this saying to good use—> the more the merrier.

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^^^quinoa stuffed tomatoes, chicken and spaghetti squash^^^Image

now– let’s get through these next 2 work days.

xx,mic

food for thought

we seriously can NOT wait for this week to be over. friday is the start of newport restaurant week (spring 2014 edition)! it’s basically like a holiday that lasts all week. here’s the skinny: newport eatery’s (and the surrounding areas) have a 3 course pre-fixed menu for super cheap. you get one appetizer, one entree and one dessert all for $35! our first stop: TSK.

i urge you all to go! check out the menus —> here <—

so in the mean time… we will be day dreaming of fancy meals and good conversation.

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^^^ the tavern on broadway last week ^^^

my cousin kelsi is making her way down to rhode island for this wondrous occasion. post dinner: we are painting canvases and drinking some more vino (oh hay, saturday night!)

xo,m

baby elsa

surprise secrets are the best (and hardest!) thing in this world. the massa family has been keeping a little secret from my niece hadley for about a month or two now. reason being: hadley is getting the surprise of a life time —> a pug puppy! shane, ali & i got a pug puppy when we were little tikes– so in natural fashion, we figured we would do the same for hadley. hash tag, tradition. everyone– meet elsa!

Image^^^our ride home^^^

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 ^^^this is how hadley found baby elsa!^^^

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i think it’s safe to say that hadley (and clementine) are the happiest girl(s) in town. rest assure, there will be many, many updates!

stay tuned, xx-m