Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
I love love this idea, the 3/50 project, was started by Cinda Baxter, you can check out her blog here. The premise is to choose three independently owned stores in your neighborhood, for instance, your favorite coffee shop (mine is two blocks down, i visit it almost daily), or your favorite little book shop, mine is McNally Jackson's in Nolita or your favorite clothing shop. Spend $50 a month at one of the stores and it can really (and truly) make a big difference to your community and quality of life, not to mention the struggling business owner. I love living on New York's upper west side but I fear it is turning into one giant mall. My husband, a born and bred New Yorker, who grow up in this area, said the change is shocking. In one way, street crime is way down and it is much more kid friendly but gone are all the mom and pop shops, the fabulous Shakespeare & Co bookstore, the Mystery book store, the diners are also fast disappearing...So go out there and choose your 3/50!
Thursday, November 4, 2010
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Friday, October 15, 2010
In the house I grew up in, my sister and I had (at times) the attic bedroom to ourselves. In the bathroom was a giant red claw foot bath tub, it was awesome. I wish I had a picture of it. I'll never forget the day we had a contractor in the house (I was about 8 or 9) and the tub starting to crack the floor below, the contractor ran down the stairs in this absolute panic and for some reason we thought it was the funniest thing. One day, I'd like to have a red tub again, maybe something like this:
Posted by Michelle Parks McCourt at Friday, October 15, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
It has often been said, there is no manual to parenting. First time parents (myself, one of them) must fumble, stumble and find our own way to being a confident, self assured parent. There are so many (well meaning) people, willing to give advice. The best person to listen to, I've found is yourself. This article hit a chord with me, mothers are just trying their best everyday without having to worry about a 6 month old 'babbling vowels'. A friend told me the other day, it really all depends on the rhythm of the mother, is she happy, is she calm etc...and I couldn't agree more. Sometimes, I feel like I've got it all sorted out and then the next day, I feel like I'm flailing (just a little flail here or there:) Every parent I've ever known only wants their child to be healthy and happy, it is universal. I try to read as much as I can about being a good mother, but I might start to listen more to the mother inside me instead of the mother on the written page.
Posted by Michelle Parks McCourt at Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Rita Konig (love her) has a great post all about the art of the bookshelf. Books are essential for me and I love having a home full of coffee table books, worn through paperbacks, latest off the shelf hard back books...They mean so much to me, reading is such a big part of my life. I love this short post about bookshelves...check it out.
Posted by Michelle Parks McCourt at Tuesday, October 05, 2010
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010
A few weeks ago, my good friend S, invited my family up to her husband's cottage in Southern Ontario. Cottage life is big in Canada, specifically Ontario. I just love this shot of the dock, so very inviting. Thank you S&P for providing us with such a gorgeous place to convalesce.
Posted by Michelle Parks McCourt at Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
My dear Dad died on Sunday, June 19th (the day before Father's day) of an inoperable brain tumor. He died with so much dignity and grace. I miss him so much. Dad loved his family, he loved skiing, tennis, playing bridge, road trips, picnics and traveling. But above all else he loved to talk about the accomplishments of 'his girls', (much to the embarrassment of me and my sister) but now I look back and it gives me great comfort to know how proud he was of us.
Life goes on and he was adamant I live life to the fullest. We had several lucid days with him before he died, we really got to say everything we wanted and we heard everything from him too; how much he loved us and how proud he was of us .I will be forever grateful for those days. I love you Dad.
This was taken at Christmas a few years ago.
My Dad as a boy (he was 9 in that picture) and my Dad as a handsome man of 35!
Posted by Michelle Parks McCourt at Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Finally, my search for Toms Shoes are over. After going to three shops nearby, (sold out after 1 week!) I got lucky on my fourth try, my new kicks are black (I live in New York after all) and hot red - don't you think they would look just a little fantastic with an all white outfit? The silver is on my maybe list. The best thing about Toms, is when you buy a pair, they match it with giving a brand new pair to a child in need.
Posted by Michelle Parks McCourt at Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Ever since we bought the house upstate I have wanted to put a big window in the living room & paint it. This spring we added a gorgeous picture window and painted it a fresh coat of yellow, da vinci's canvas from Benjamin Moore. My sister has this colour in her house and I have always loved it. It has an ochre look about it and brightens the room up. I just love this yellow.
The picture window (now I just need to do something about that horrid chandelier)
Posted by Michelle Parks McCourt at Thursday, May 20, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
I love the idea of reading book after book to Gus. Here are some very cool and practical bookshelves.
These two are from Apartment Therapy. I love the blue cloud...
This tree bookshelf is sweet. Source unknown to me.
These are some pretty spectacular bookshelves! From Marvelous Kiddo.
Posted by Michelle Parks McCourt at Monday, May 17, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Upstate Escape: If anyone is interested in renting our 1860 fully renovated farmhouse in the Hudson Valley of New York, please email me, email@example.com. The house has a 3 bedrooms, plus a nursery and sleeps 6 comfortably. There is a daybed in the library off the living room for an extra person. The back of the house is park like, very private with a gentle stream that cascades into a waterfall. Full BBQ set up and outdoor games and lawn furniture.There are walking trails in the back and a state park with a beach like lake only 2 miles away. A great place to get away from it all. We are offering short term rentals; weekends and week days. Happy thursday. xoxo
Posted by Michelle Parks McCourt at Thursday, May 06, 2010
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Tuesday, April 6, 2010
At 38 weeks pregnant, the idea of getting into a swimsuit is a scary one indeed. But one day, one day...if I can get my "uni-thigh" back into shape, I would like to dream about wearing one of these. A girl can dream...
Posted by Michelle Parks McCourt at Tuesday, April 06, 2010