Tuesday, November 29, 2011

thankful for...

hope your thanksgiving was wonderful! mine was great! i don't get to spend time with my family in california on thanksgiving but i always have an awesome time spent with my in-laws. i couldn't be more happy to have such wonderful in-laws! i love this quote and it is so true. i have so many things to be thankful for...too much to list them. overall, life is so awesome and having a breath of life should be enough to be happy and thankful for - forever!

happy tuesday!


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Turkey Day!

Thank you for growing with us this year. As we celebrate with friends and family today, we'd like to extend our sincerest thank you for sharing the seasons with us this year.

embriven is all about embracing the things we have in life and the things that we cherish. We also embrace the things that motivate and drives us to keep moving forward (such as dreams, goals, desires, etc.). We believe if you really put your heart to it... good things will come.

We want to take this time to encourage all of you to stay in the fight... Keep dreaming... and keep believing... Be grateful for the things around you...

We also want to encourage you today to reach out to those in need when the opportunity arises. Say hello to a stranger, pray for the hurting, feed the hungry, spare some change, be a shoulder to cry on, and the list goes on... These simple gestures can ultimately be a life changing experience for others... Let someone know you care because I can guarantee it'll speak life into someone's heart =)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone and hope you enjoy this video!

We love because He first loved us... 1 John 4:19


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

i have a crush...

a. been admiring this look since spring and can't get it off my mind :)

b. earth tone colors are always my favorite and turning them into a fall collection is fabulous

c. i have such a big crush on this sofa that I just want to cuddle on it :)

d. sweet color pink pants

e. velvet kitten heel shoes

f. pretty fun mushroom

g. vintage window

h. i'm head over heels with this closet

photos a & b - jcrew
photos c, d, e & f - anthropologie
photos g & h - pinterest

I just joined Pinterest and I am having lots of fun with it. You can find so many pretty things! If you like pictures and pretty things then I think you will like Pinterest too. You can follow me here on Pinterest to see all the pretty things that I am loving and having a crush on.

Thanksgiving is almost here! What are you thankful for?
Love - Athena

Thursday, November 17, 2011


Oooohhh, I just discovered "the girls with glasses" and they are pretty darn fun.

Happy almost Friday!
xoxoxo - athena

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Living in a Tree

Priscilla Ahn has such a beautiful voice. This song just brings me back to dreaming about having a tree house. Ever wanted a tree house when you're a kid? Here are some beautiful ones...

Have a good Sunday!
love - athena

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thank you Veterans!

Sometimes we are so busy with our lives and so busy living it that we forget to take a moment to think about how there are actually people out there fighting for our freedom and how we don't even know how to thank them. I remember seeing a lady in her army suit one time and asked her if she's in the army. She answered yes and I reached out my hand and shook hers and told her how much I appreciate her serving the country and thanked her for everything she has done. I only share you this story because I can never forget the joy and the smile on that lady's face after I thanked her. I could see that she was happy to hear that there was actually someone out there that appreciated her service. I hope the next time you run into a Veteran you will also reach out your hand to thank them or if you have a great story to tell please share. I want your story to inspire everyone including me.

I want to take this moment to thank all the Veterans of the USA. Veterans, we honor you. We recognize and appreciate all you have done, all you are doing and all you will do to bring safety, protection and freedom to our country. Thank you to you and your family!!!

“The willingness of America's veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.” –Jeff Miller

This video says it all...please enjoy


Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Hello, can't believe Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming up pretty soon. I'm so excited as those are my two favorite holidays. It has always been my two favorite holidays because as a kid I always feel like those two holidays are the only time of year when people are the nicest. Where people are in the spirit of being thankful for things in their lives, where everyone has the spirit of joy, kindness and giving. However, I think Black Friday kind of ruined it - just saying :)

The holidays make me feel like sharing what I've been loving lately...

1. loving his front cover of Vogue magazine with Natalia Vodianova with her lovely makeup and hair.

2. still loving this #'s dresser at Anthropologie

3. loving the red Hunter rain boots - already owned a black pair but can't get my eyes off this red color.

4. love eating red velvet pop cake

5. ohhhhhh, lovely vintage Chance Encounter Ring at BHLDN

6. loving to know that this pair of shoes is arriving at my front door pretty soon :)

7. love this yellow Daytripper bag

8. love these dresses

9. loving this 70's style outfit

10. LOVE this yellow house
Have a lovely Thursday!

xoxo - athena

Monday, November 7, 2011

Who's Birthday???

Yes! It's my little baby sister's birthday today! That's her with the sunglasses below and on the top left of this blog. Happy Birthday Dora! It's a bummer that I can't spend time with you today but I'm sure you'll enjoy it with all the friends and family! Aaron and I send our best wishes to you! God bless you with a fabulous year and years to come! We love you!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

here & there

strawberry chocolate dip

Dakota smashed pea soup

lunch at California Pizza Kitchen

beautiful Fall afternoon at the lake
The day ended with this movie. Hope you had an eventful weekend as well.
xoxo - athena
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