Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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Happy April! It's my birthday month! Yippee! What are you excited about this spring?

Smiles,
gia

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014

Can't Let Go.

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Today I hugged my mom and for some reason couldn't let go. I held her tight and the tears started to come. I didn't want to cray in front of her but couldn't hold it back. I thanked her for loving me and told her how much I love her. I looked her in the eyes and she started crying too…she asked me if I was okay : it's amazing how her strongest trait of empathy is still there even with her memory loss. I told her they were happy tears because I'm so lucky she loves me…

Man this disease sucks. I know I'm not alone. Big hugs to everyone that continues to support me and my family and to anyone else that is going through or has gone through this with someone they love.

Smiles,
gia

Monday, March 3, 2014

Feeling Real.

Headphones on + tunes cranked + stickies are out! Feels like my book is coming to life...so fun! What's part of your creative process? Do share!

Smiles,
gia

Monday, February 24, 2014

On my List.

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Just added this to my Life Hit List. The tunnel of Love. Ukraine. What's on your list?

Smiles,
gia

Monday, February 17, 2014

As simple as.

My mom's memory loss journey continues to teach me… Life really can be as simple as holding hands + sitting together with the people we love.

Smiles,
gia

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A Family Tradition.


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Happy almost LOVE day! Wanna play?! 

We all know what's coming up…Valentine's Day! Or just another "Hallmark Holiday" as my brother would say. Of course I love it not because of the chocolate, roses or romance but because of what it represents to me: Sharing Love.

The only problem with this holiday as we know, is that not everyone has someone to share it with. The good news is…we can do something about that. :)

INTRODUCING: 
"Little Secret Love Notes" (a family tradition)

For the past few years I've been making little love notes with my boys that we post around our hood on Valentine's day for strangers to find. (giggle. giggle. giggle.)

We love spending the time together to think up a few inspirational messages and finding good places to stick them up or tuck them for people to discover.

So on Friday (V-Day) I want to invite you to join me in spreadin' some LOVE in your hood, anonymous style! 



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All you gotta do is follow these 3 simple steps and you're little secret happy notes of love will be ready to deliver in minutes!

Step 1. Grab some pens, paper or sticky notes and you're ready to rock n roll!

Step 2. Write down one inspirational message or quote per note. Remember you can repeat the message over and over if you'd like because you'll be leaving them for different people to find. 



Step 3. STASH + DASH! Now its time to leave your little love notes out and about for people to find. You can go for a family walk, take them with you on your commute to work or hide them while you travel like we will this year.

The ideas are endless: You can stick one on a park bench, tape it to a lamp post, leave on a bus seat, or a front door, tuck one in a car window, hide it in the staff room, or leave one on someones desk…I promise once you get started it's hard to stop!

Oh yeah, there's only one rule : HAVE FUN! (And try not to get caught! :))



Here's one my son made and left for a neighbor to find last year… :)


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And while the pens are out feel free to GO B-A-N-A-N-A-S! (Clever idea : I love it!)

I'd love to see you in action so if inspired snap a photo or two and share them with me via FB or Twitter or in the comments below. 

I hope you have as much fun as we do every year. As always thanks for being a part of this Big Hearted + Go Get 'em community and for helping to spread some Love this week...



Wanna hug? 

Smiles,
gia
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