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July 15, 2015

Local Pizza Love

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By Desiree Spinner

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Wesleigh and I got to make pizza at our favorite local place, Pizza Barbone a few weeks ago. Check out the full post here on the Boston Day Book.

Photography by Rebecca Hansen from First Mate Photo

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One of the hardest things to do in life, is to let things go that have caused us pain or anguish. In my long journey to be a more mindful mama, and person, I have learned the things that have happened to be in the past, or my past behaviors, do not have power over me in the present. What I mean is, I can forgive those who have wronged me and not feel like in this moment, I am am being walked all over on because I chose to let it go. I can also enjoy life in this very second because other people’s actions do not control how I feel right now.

If you haven’t read Eckhart Tolle’s book, A New Earth I suggest you Amazon. Get the audio version if you can, there is something powerful about hearing his words out loud that really make it sink in. Here is some wisdom below that I have learned…

1. It our thoughts about peoples behavior that are negative, not the behavior itself:

This one made me mad when I first heard it, but think really soak this in… If a friend cancels plans last minute, it doesn’t mean that he/she is a flake or a bad friend. We attach those thoughts to other people’s behavior and it can make us mad, upset, vulnerable etc. When we learn to let those feelings go, and be in the moment with our frustration, we can truly see that it is our negative association with someone cancelling plans that makes us mad, and not the person. Realizing that is the first step to letting go.

 2. The past has no control over us if we live in moment:

Learning the art and science of mindfulness (life changing read here and here) is what helps me every day live by this statement. My past decisions, how I may or may not have handled situations, how people have wronged me, hurt me, shown unjust to me-DOES NOT-I repeat-DOES NOT have the power over me in the present. I can be happy and mindful despite them. Every moment is a new moment, I am not negatively affected by my past, and you should not be either. It does not define who we are right now, it only does if we let it.  I believe that with every part of me.

3. Meditate:

I know you are sick of hearing me say this, but really here’s what you do; light a candle find a comfortable spot, even out on some music, and just be. Think about why you are in pain, sadness etc and live in that pain for a moment. Think about who you would be if that persons behavior wasn’t affecting you. Would you be more free spirited? Happy? Outgoing? Able to trust? Now think about how you ARE that person because you are letting go of those feelings wrapped around another humans behavior. It does NOT have control over you and your happiness.  If meditation is not for you, I suggest this amazing guide

4. Work it out:

A good run(or walk) with some “pump me up” music can really do wonders for your brain. Live in the moment during your run, don’t zone out! Put on a podcast if you have a hard time staying present. Working out our frustrations to have a clear mind, is the most healthy way to get real about your emotions. It’s also SO great for your body to release any stress!

5. Listen to this Podcast:

Brooke Castillo, master life coach and amazing biz lady, breaks down 50 teachings of Eckhart Tolle and it’s powerful and easy to listen to/follow along.

 

Photo by Rebecca Hansen of First Mate Photo

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There is nothing better than relaxing in a beach chair by the ocean with a great book in your hand. I always have my nose in a book-if the kids are behaving! I narrowed down my favorite summer reads and even a few I haven’t gotten to yet, but I can’t wait to drive into.

Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfullness: I in the middle of this book right now and I just cannot put it down. It is a beautiful melding of the science and art of mindfulness.

The Garden of Eden: This is may be one of my favorite books of all time. A summer romance and lots of scandal on the coast of France and Spain.

 How to be Parisian Wherever You are: I literally read this in one day! It’s a quick, fun and funny read about all the essentials for being a Parisian.

Z. A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald: The lovely woman at the book store the next town over, recommended this and it’s going to be my next beach read!

Gypsy Living: I LOVE this book. Stories of modern day gypsies and their beautiful dwellings.

Tigers in the Red Weather: The PERFECT summer read about long sunny days spent on Martha’s Vineyard. Lot’s of family drama!

Paris Letters: Ever thought you should just pack up your life and move to Paris one day? OK well this girl did and it’s a great-and true-story.

Go Set a Watchman: I cannot tell you how excited I am for this to be released. I pre-ordered it months ago and will jump for joy when it arrives. It is the first book Harper Lee ever wrote, only to have it rejected by publishers. She re-wrote it into what we know today as To Kill a Mockingbird.