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I am closing out 2012 with this post. Fingers crossed that my husband will be up to travel on Sunday for a few days to get away, after playing “nurse Tina” 24/7 for the last 5 days I am ready to strangle someone get away for a few days……so hopefully we will get to go and I will be back later in the week! If not you might be hearing from me again sooner than later!

Wow. Hard to believe 2012 is nearly over. Crazy, how that happens. Where on earth did time go? So many things I wanted to do. Some got done, others well….are still simmering on the front burner:) Hopefully in 2013, fingers and toes are crossed! The last five days I have been on call 24/7 for husband in bed with the flu…made the most of it, stealing an hour here and there to run out, meet a friend or do a little bargain hunting on Christmas decor for next year, saw for the umpteenth time, Last Holiday, Its Complicated and The Notebook while a box of chocolates nearby dared me to not eat it….. I lost!  I look back at my blog and see how its grown, how I have grown, reflecting fondly on all the people I have met, taking such joy out of reading over the countless emails I have received from people telling me things like “you got me excited about my house again” or “you have made me look at blue and white a whole new way and now I can’t get enough” or that they simply feel like I am their friend, and trust me, I feel like you are mine too:) The gratification blogging has brought is frankly hard to put into words, but suffice to say its a big part of my life, a big part of me and it has helped me to rediscover my passions in an unbridled and liberating way….so thank you for your support and embracing what I have to share and say!
 I thought it would be fun to reflect on my blog this past year so I included a post from every month that had special meaning or significance or just was pretty to look at! And then I finish off this post with a few personal reflections on things I have learned and take away with me as we close out 2012. And finally I want to wish each and every one of you the best 2013 possible…may it be a year filled with good health, joy, love, laughter and many reasons to smile. We have had a great year together but the best is yet to come! So let’s walk down memory lane together shall we……….

January...we moved, we finally did it!

February…..settling in!

Marcha big big announcement!

April...a prayer for Teddy (and all your prayers worked)!

Maysee what my dream wedding would look like

Junea living room is born.

July...movies, food and other fun topics!

Augustlove crowns and caronas!

September.Brimfield, the one and only!

October..a perfect month to talk about my favorite season!

Novemberwho can ever forget Sandy!

December.what else, Christmas!

And a few reflections on things I have learned in 2012…….
There is such liberation in the power of being able to “let go“. I used to think this was a silly saying/cliche  but indeed “letting go” is a real thing! Yes,  it is a lot of work to get to that point but when you realize ultimately no matter what you have planned, what you have decided will and should happen,  that it in the end what will happen…….will happen. This year has been a first for me, allowing things to happen as they are meant to happen and it has truly changed the game for me, and its very liberating! It’s a work in progress but I am moving in the right direction:)

That there are no words to properly convey how short time is, how precious and for those of you with young families, little children… really enjoy and savor every moment. Really. I cannot tell you what I would give to click my heels and have my kids be young again……never think you are taking “too many” pictures or videos. No such thing! They will be all you have to take you back to those happy times and they will keep you smiling for years…..

That when you look good you feel good. So true. When you invest that extra few minutes or effort into looking good (and of course you never know who you might run into)…..there is undoubtedly that extra pep in your step, just no doubt about it!

That life is too short to not enjoy great food. I realized this year just how much I enjoy cooking, how excited I get over buying the freshest ingredients, how a new cookbook sends my senses into overdrive….yep I love it all. It‘s like cheap therapy!  Life is too short to not enjoy good food. Scratch that…make it great food!
 I used to,  when I was younger and inexperienced,  think olive oils were all the same, that dried basil is not so different from fresh basil, that a Parmesan in the market cannot be that much more inferior to freshly shaved Parmesan….boy, was I wrong! Go out there and buy the freshest ingredients you can, then make a meal with them and see and taste the difference!

That everyone out there and I do mean everyone is fighting some kind of battle…some smaller and some bigger. By remembering that, it allows you to “give a break to people and to be more forgiving, more tolerant, I have made a conscious effort to remind myself of this often.
That you should take every single opportunity given to travel and learn, spread your wings and absorb the knowledge out there, embrace the unknown. Any chance you are given…seize it. There is so much to discover and learn. This year I hope to practice what I preach and get out there and discover something wonderful and unexpected myself! I have a lot of living yet to do…..
That when I was younger and my parents used to tell me over and over how my handwritten letters and homemade gifts (of which there were many) were the best and most cherished of any, I never believed them. But now, I “get it”. Saying they were right is an understatement. Seeing those darling letters and perfectly imperfect gifts made by my kids (then) cute little hands are truly amongst my most cherished possessions. Save every one, just touching them allows the memories to come rushing back!
 That age is just a number, I have always thought this but now I really think it, live it and believe it. I don’t feel too old to do anything, well maybe wear velour sweat suits and UGGS,  …but I honestly feel like there’s nothing I can’t do. Health is wealth, that is for sure and it applies to your mental health as much as it does to your physical being. I want to continue to challenge myself to new things.  What will you do to challenge yourself in 2013?
So that my dear friends and readers is a recap of 2012.  Its been a great year, some highs and lows…..but I truly think the best is yet to come. For all those who check in with me every day…thank you. Thank you for your support, kind and encouraging words and sharing as you do. You make me want to get up and get busy on my blog every single day! I love the connections I get to make daily with so many from all over the world..that in itself is quite a phenomenon and a true blessing!

I wish everyone a blessed and full 2013, a year filled with great things, big achievements, personal goals, unedited laughter, too many smiles to count and above all good health. Cheers to a fabulous 2013!


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Chic Coastal Living on

Tina this made me cry! You are such a talented writer! Don’t forget about that book you’re going to write someday! I truly count you as a best friend! Many blessings to you in 2013 and thank you for creating such a lovely post today! You really made my day! God bless you! XOXO P.S. loved the recaps! I was there for all of them!!

Chic Coastal Living on

One more thing…my boys are all teens now and my husband and I always say how we wished we can have them as little boys for just one day again! It does go by too fast! I spent most of my time hugging and kissing them when they were young and I require at least two hugs and a kiss each day now! Love is everything!

Anonymous on

Well done.I got up early this morning and am enjoying the quiet with a cup of coffee and your blog.I am a daily reader.I look forward to what you have to say,your pictures and recipes and of course,Teddy!Stay well and Happy New Year.

Susan W. on

Tina this was so beautiful, it brought tears to my eyes. You are so right about your reflections, especially about time, cherishing those we love, enjoying our kids when they are young and about not letting age control what we can and cannot do. I ran my first marathon this year, at 45 (it was a long time goal) and I feel now unstoppable. I love reading what you write and think, its always so inspiring to me. Thank you for your blog which is way more than pretty pictures, its like mini life lessons! I also want to wish you a happy New Year, and hope your husband is better soon and you can take your trip. Have fun.

helen tilston on

Hello Tina

Thank you for the joy you bring with your beautiful blog.

Wishing you and your family good health, joy and prosperity always.

Helen xx

Acquired Objects on

Tina you have a gift to capture everything I feel and try to live by. This is a beautiful post and one of your best thank you for opening your home and heart to us. I hope you get those few days of rest since it means hubby is feeling better. Enjoy your time off and the very best and brightest of New Years to you!


Things That Inspire on

Wondeful post – I loved going through the best of each month (might borrow this idea if I can muster up the energy for one more blog post), and especially appreciated the positive quotes and thoughts at the end of the post.

Best wishes for a great 2013, and safe travels if you are able to get away!

– Holly

Victoria on

What a wonderful post, Tina. You certainly have had an eventful 2012 and I am happy to have been along for the ride. I gave a few of the items I bought from your shop as gifts this Christmas and they were big hits. Thanks. I so agree with you about treasuring the memories of our children’s youth. Mine are in their forties now and all are here for a Christmas visit. I have made family favorite Christmas sweets; we plan to cook great food and cherish every moment. Today is good and I will seize it! Thanks for being a virtual friend, have a happy New Year and make next year even more “speshel.”

Anonymous on

I am so glad you have slowed down to a thoughtful pace. You were starting to stress me out as your post for the last month were so busy, Running here and there, doing this and that. I could not keep up mentally. I am so sorry that your husband is ill. It proves he has been over doing it as well. Now you need to rest and relax and let your creative field go fallow so that your insights will bloom forth with the spring bulbs. You were the first blog I ever read, so I blame you for getting me started in blog land where it is hard for me to stay away and get anything done. If there was a blue ribbon for readership I would win.
I hope that all doors open for you in 2013.
May the best of everything come your way.
Melinda Bennett
Mallon and Bennett Antiques

The French Hutch on

Hi Tina, You really have had an amazing year and even being so busy you’ve managed to keep your lovely posts flowing! Great positive thoughts here, and I couldn’t agree more. Time spent with family because I know how those special years go by so quickly. Living life and taking care of ones health is so important. My mom always told me health is everything. I hope to get myself back on track with a healthy diet and exercise plan, my personal goal for the new year.
Thanks Tina for sharing your lovely home. Blessings to you and yours in the New Year!

The French Hutch

Ron on

Tina, this is a beautiful post. I enjoy your fantastic blog. Happy New Year! xo

Valerie R. on

Thanks so much for that inspirational post. I brought tears to my eyes and touched me.
Happy and fabulous New Year to you and your loved ones!!! Looking forward to seeing you in 2013!

Nancy on

Tina, this is such a beautiful post. I find myself reflecting alot right now as well. You are truly blessed and we have enjoyed getting to know you through blogging immensely. Your home and your talents are so inspiring. I hope 2013 is a great year for you and your family.
Happy New Year!
xo Nancy

La Dolfina on

Such a beautiful wrap up of 2012…. Loved the insights you gained!
Happy New Year Tina

Ellen Watson on

I look forward to your post every day ! It’s the first thing I read when I open my email. Your approach to life ,and living, is inspiring ! Health & Happiness in 2013 !!

Cheryl on

What a beautiful and inspiring post. Your closing thoughts sy it all. Go ahead and wear the sweats and uggs! I do and I believe I am a bit older than you lol! Hope you get away for a much deserved break. Stay well, and have a safe and happy new year!


Anonymous on

Thank you for your sweet, kind words of encouragement. You, my dear, are an inspiration.Luckily, I knew that when my children were little that times with them were fleeting moments and I knew I had to savor every moment, However, I did not have a video camera which I really regret, but I thought it would be too painful to look back at them anyway.My children are 32 and 28 now and my happiest moments were of us playing in our little plastic scooby doo pool, trips to the park, and fishing at the pond! I wish you and yours a most happy new year!

Leslie on

Tina, this is a wonderful recap of the year and your inspirational thoughts are perfect. Appreciation for what matters most and consideration of others .. we ALL have ups/downs, and battles to fight. Life is not a cake walk.. that’s for sure, but when it’s all said and done, we realize it’s all good and we are fortunate if we live out our lives .. to watch our children grow and our spouses get old πŸ˜‰

Wishing you a wonderful weekend and I hope that your husband is better soon so you can enjoy your getaway. I also want to wish you a wonderful new year ahead ~ filled with good heath, prosperity, and happiness!


Splenderosa on

What a wonderful reprise of 2012, Tina. This is beautiful and so much fun too. Go away for a couple of days and have FUN ! Hug hubby for us and a Happy New Year to all of you + Teddy. xx’s

De tout, de rien on

Hear, hear! I raise a toast to your words of wisdom. I believe we are about the same age and I love being this age, because with it comes great wisdom and confidence that wasn’t there in our twenties. We thought we knew, but now we do know. And we appreciate more. I have plans for 2013 that will defy my age and it was all inspired by the blogging world!

All the best to you and yours for the New Year, Tina!

Kathysue on

Beautifully written post Tina!! I loved reading your reflections and I agree with them all! Happy New Year and here’s to another great, progressive year!
xo Kathysue

Cindy Albert on

Dear Tina,

I have not posted a blog or a comment in about a year, but I never miss reading your blog. Today’s blog is the BEST! I love that you shared what you have learned, how you have grown and what you believe to be the most important things in life. My mom use to tell me to enjoy the years when your children are young because they are fleeting–so true. I so admire your enthusiasm! You and your blog are a bright spot in a challenging world. Hope you have an amazing 2013. Sending you lots of love…Cindy

Penelope Pitstop on

Wonderful post – it made me cry! I hope you get to get away – sounds like you’ve earned a rest.

Loving your blog – I was a latecomer…Here’s to a fabulous 2013!


Red Door Home on

Thank you for a wonderful 2012! So looking forward to 2013 and the journey ahead. I have so enjoyed following you this past year. This was s great and inspirational post to end a terrific year.

Joyce Higgins on

Thank you for writing such a beautiful post Tina.Happy New Year to you and your family,Teddy too!

Anonymous on

You brighten my days. I love your blog and look forward to it everyday. I loved seeing your “Dream Home” become reality. How beautiful it has become. You are truly blessed. This was a fabulous blog Tina. I wish you and your family the best of what is to come in the new year. Hope your husband gets over the flu quickly and on to bigger and better things. A toast to you!! Faith B

uncoolmom17 on

I discovered you late in the game so it was nice to go back and see the post from when you first moved in. Each of your posts is a little treasure. Thank you for all you do. Can’t wait to hear about your adventures in 2013 πŸ™‚

StagerLinda on

Lovely post. Enjoy your time off. Happy New Year!

Castles Crowns and Cottages on

My precious Tina,

What a year my friend. I have tears welling up in me as I think back of all the hard work you have put into your home, Teddy’s situation, then the goodness of God to heal his little body. Your friendship, generosity and energy have been so special to me. Thank you for visiting my humble home, but it is my castle and I love it.

NOW I have been extremely busy creating my most recent piece that will be going into a shop window!!!!! Please come by on January 1 or after to take a look. I think you will like it. That is why I had NO TIME to post a REAL post this morning; I literally finished this piece yesterday, at 1:30pm, when I ruffled and hot-glued the 2000th sheet of tissue paper….wait and see what I mean.


Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. on

So fun looking back with you…I feel like I’ve lived every moment with you…I’ve been out of touch, so didn’t know your husband had the flu. Bummer…We’ve been without power because of a Winter Storm that came through on Christmas day…Just got it back yesterday. We stayed with my parents. My Dad has cancer and we had to call 911 the evening after Christmas to take him to the hospital. He has pneumonia. The hospital has been running on generators and was so full that my parents spent 30 hours in the ER because they had no beds…needless to say we are looking forward to 2013. Happy New Year…My best to you. Hope you get to take that trip. Mona

I Dream Of on

Hi Tina, What a wonderful year you’ve had and how much fun we’ve had following along with you! I hope your husband is feeling better soon so that you can get out of nurse mode and have someone spoil you a bit. Looking forward to many more conversations in the coming year. Wishing you a wonderful 2013! XOXO

The Preppy Princess on

Wowzers, reading the titles of the posts for each month really made it sink in, what an incredible year it has been for you and all of us! I still can’t see the Teddy post title without my blood boiling (grrr), but so love all of the posts, all of the fun, everything you have shared. To think about everything you have written, and then the new store you opened on top of the blog – it is extraordinary! Congratulations on such fabulous accomplishments!

Sending you Happy, Happy New Year wishes Tina!

Vicki on

Thanks Tina for sharing your beautiful home with us. Best wishes for 2013. I’ll be reading and following along πŸ™‚

Sandy at You May Be Wandering on

Wow, Tina – what an amazing year! And it’s hard to believe it has gone by so quickly!

One of the highlights of my year was starting my own blog and using yours as my “role model” – thank you for that!

I hope your husband is on the mend and you are on your way to some place fabulous.

Here’s to a happy and healthy 2013!! xoxoxoxo

Marty on

THANK YOU for sharing your thoughts, beautiful pictures, and your written words!! I love your blog! I want to come be a guest in your home. Ha! All the best in 2013, Marty W. in N.C.

Henhurst Interiors on

So much of what you’ve said here really resonates with me. Thanks for saying it ‘out loud.’ I am so looking forward to another year of your wisdom, Tina. Wishing you and yours all the best in 2013.

Alison @ The Polohouse on

Beautifully said, Tina!

Hope you are able to get off to a special
quiet place with your husband in better health.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful New Year.
So many blessing to be thankful for as this year closes
and another one begins.

Also so glad to have gotten to know you this [ast year
and to have been able to watch you and
your home and blog go through the changes!
Evolution of a home right before our eyes. It has been
so much fun watching your world come together.
Thanks for the visual feast!


Jayaitch on

Happy New Year to you, too! Thank you for a most wonderful blog!

Julia Hernstedt

Anonymous on

Hi Tina,
Thank you for a very well-timed post! I completely agree with all of your thoughts and loved the pictures that went with each one—I am very visual, so your blog is always a visual treat for me!!!

I hope that you and your husband can enjoy a relaxing time away, and I look forward to “catching up” with all of your happenings in 2013!

Take care!
Mary P

Amy on

Tina you said everything I feel. Besides getting to drool over all your pictures, I eat up every word too, your humor, kindness, sensitivity and generous spirit is something that cannot pretend to be, you are or you aren’t you and you are the real mccoy! Love your blog so much and can’t imagine a day without my enchanted home fix!
I loved going through some of the posts above that I had not seen and I cannot wait to see what lies ahead in 2013. Really hope your husband is better soon, around here the flu is going around like crazy. My daughter had it for over 8 days. Hope hes well soon and hope you get to take your trip and are headed somewhere warm and wonderful. Thanks for all YOU do and teach!

Mary Ann at classic?casual?home on

This post really gets me emotional…so inspirational and uplifting and positive. Thank you for all you do with this lovely oasis in the fast paced world. Your family and husband, and readers are blessed to have you. Happy New Year, Tina.

Carole on

Hello Tina
I wish you a verry very happy new year !!!!!!! for you and your family…Your blog is so love for me … bons baisers de FRANCE… Carole

Karen Albert on

Tina I enjoyed so much the monthly posts of 2013 and remember them all. You have accomplished so much and are a great example for all women! You are doing what you love and doing it very well!

All the best in 2013

Art by Karena

ChristineS on

Dear Tina,
Thank you for this… I think you are terrific! I recently discovered your blog and have great plans to pour through it. Of course my three little boys get in the way of such plans but that is life, and I’m blessed for it! I’ll be hosting a brunch in another few weeks and plan on searching your blog to help round out my menu and make it one enchanted morning…
Many thanks

carolyn bradford on

Cheers to you, Tina! I look forward to each every one of your posts and always treasure your comments. Your friendship this year has made my heart soar more than you can ever know! So glad you are getting to get away! So sorry your husband has been sick! We are settled in at the beach and I can say it is wonderful! even if we do nothing! Yes, 2013 should prove to be a great year for a lot of friendships that have developed through this wonderful world of blogging and I for one am looking very forward to it! And I count it a HUGE privilege to be included in this group of distinguished people! Thank you for everything you’ve done to help me along the way! Happy New Year!

michele on

tina, you’ve said it all so eloquently and well. i too find ‘letting go’ to be absolutely critical to personal growth and honestly moving forward. so many folks talk about moving forward, and it’s just lip service because they don’t change in order to proceed. letting go means releasing the weight of the burden so it’s easier to move! letting go requires open hands–always a brave posture but always the one necessary to catch the gold.

i’m rambling now. i sound like yuh mutha!

thank you for the friendship and loyalty in 2012. i don’t know how i’m gonna see another pic of your crostini and delish on european wood-ware on the blog in 2013 and not wanna immediately crash your party (assaulting your nonvirtual friends in my b line to the dessert table), but i will honestly try.

kisses and smiles to you.


Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt on

Tina its been a wonderful year….So many blessings. Its been so much fun to see the process of your house becoming a home and to see your online store be successful….looking forward to next year and just want to thank you for always stopping by my blog and leaving so many wonderful comments.

Designs By Pinky on

It has been a joy to follow along your journey of building this magnificent home, seeing you move in and get settled, open your shop!!!! and all the other wonderfukl things you have done this year! You are such an inspiration and this post is too. Wishing you all the bEST in 2013, hope you get to go away!!!! XO, Pinky

NanaDiana on

What a wonderful post, Tina. You have come a long way, baby! Don’t you love growing up and realizing that so much of what we heard as kids is really true? I can remember my father saying- If you have your health you have everything- and I never really understood it until I grew older (he had Parkinson’s). God bless you- I will be happy to follow right along with you in 2013. xo Diana

Margaret De Sisto on

Hi Tina,
I’m a fan from Down Under and have been following your blog for over a year. Every entry is inspirational!!! You are extremely talented and have exceptional taste in everything you do. I can’t wait to read your posts and am grateful to have come across your blog. Happy New Year. Best wishes Margaret

Barbara on

Thanks for the recap Tina. It’s my birthday to-day & I was feeling a little sorry for myself (I’m in my mid sixties – yuck!) then I start to count my blessings, a good husband; two great sons & five wonderful grandchildren. I maybe getting older but I’m posting your message “forget your age & live your life” on my fridge & I’m starting tomorrow I’m going to do just that. Happy New Year to you & your family.

Barbara (Canada)

Andree guillon on

J’m french woman,I’ve 3 grand children, and I’m always in my mind a “young”woman ,in the life we must always to feel optimist , smiling and also in France we buy fresh vegetables,fruits,meat,fresh fihesfrom atlantique ocean, a litle beat of suggar etc….we have a good health and we are smiling playing with our children and grand children
Bravo pour votre blog et c’est avec plaisir que jele lis continuez ,heureuse année 2013 ,la vie est belle!!!! Andree

Beth on

GREAT POST. I wish I could print it out and keep it handy. I love your thoughts on life and cannot agree more. Age is just a number (I am 42 but feel 30), appreciating those precious years when our kids are young, enjoying the good things in life like great food,and always learning. Yes you have the right idea, Tina.

I look forward to visiting some of those posts that I have not seen, especially the moving and Teddy ones. I am a newer follower found you through pictures on Pinterest of your incredible home. So happy to have found out. Hope you have a wonderful New year.

Enchanted Papers on

Your posts are always wonderful but today’s was particularly evocative. it has been an amazing year. Reading your blog is a joy. Happy and Healthy New Year to you and your family. I hope you are able to get away for a much needed rest. hugs!

debby on


I’m so sorry the hubs has been so sick. That’s tough around the holidays. I’m sure you are catering to his whims and bringing him homemade soup! Make sure to rest yourself.

Your recap was fun in retrospect and your life advice was not only great, but I agree with all of it. Oh, what I wouldn’t give to go back and spend one day with my kids at age 4. Precious. It truly does go by in a blink of the eye.

2012 was a big year for Enchanted – I can’t wait to see what adventures 2013 brings you!!!

Honored to call you my friend. Have a wonderful New Years Eve!!

Deb xo

[email protected] Pine Cones and Acorns on

Tina, you have had quite a year! It seems like you have lived in your beautiful house for well over a year. It looks fabulous! And I am looking forward to watching your blog and store grow. I am so blessed to have discovered your blog, so many inspirational images and thoughts.

I send you blessings and much happiness for the new year! Thank you for making our world a little brighter each day with your blog and friendship.

Xx Elizabeth

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) on

Tina, Of all your amazing, inspirational and gorgeous posts, I think this is my favorite one ever. Happy, happy New Year to you and your family. Linda

Anonymous on

Cheers Madame Tina!!!
Your blog is amazingly inspiring …..I look forward to the new year nd your posts

Fashion-isha on

This was such an incredible post. I love the lessons at the end and I love the roundup of your year. It’s been a good one! I can’t believe it’s already a year since you’ve moved. Happy New Year!

Carla Aston | on

Such inspirational words Tina. I cannot believe 2012 is almost over either! Wishing you an even better year in 2013. Can’t wait to see what you do!

Ideezine on


This is a wonderful post. Years come and go it’s the laughter and tears that help us grow where ever you go there you are. Many blessing to you, your husband, three sons, and of course forth son “Teddy”. I feel so hopeful for 2013 to be an incredible year and bless us all far and near.

Happy New Year!

xoxo Blessings,


designchic on

You know how we adore your blog and treasure your friendship. I always settle in with my first cup of morning coffee with The Enchanted Home, knowing it;s going to be full of eye candy and wonderful advice. Thank you for all of the gorgeous inspiration – Wishing you every happiness in 2013!!

Julie on

What a beautiful post Tina. It’s a great idea for everyone to do this kind of recount in our lives and try to remember what we learned, did wrong and accomplished in the past year. I’m sorry to hear about your husband not feeling well, hopefully this coming year will bring him good health!
I wanted to wish you a very successful and healthy new year to you and your family.

P.S. the quote about being kind to everyone we know is one of my favorites. Thank you for remind us of that.

Hugs to you,

therelishedroost on

A very Busy year for you and its so nice to see how you have kept is all in perspective! I wish you and your family and healthy and Happy New Year!
Your quotes are inspirational and make me look forward to 2013!
XO Karolyn

Victoria on

Hi Tina. What a beautiful and moving post. I totally agree with everything you said, especially about not thinking of age, always growing and appreciating our kids when they are young.
I hope your husband is better soon. A lot of people around us also with the flu, not fun around the holidays.
Have a great new years eve, and see you in 2013.

Slim Paley on

Loved this post! So much goodness to take away from here. (Including the links to posts from each month from this past year-which I MIGHT have to steal! πŸ™‚ )
I heartily agree with all that you said and will be making a valiant effort to do the same.
Every minute, every minute, every minute…. That’s all we have, after all…
Happy 2013 to you and your family Tina!

Marianne on

What a beautiful post, Tina! Wishing you the most amazing 2013 and all it has to offer. Meeting you in NYC was definitely a highlight of my year! Thank you for your friendship and support! xo

Anonymous on

I read your blog every day and I appreciate the thought and care you put into your blog.

Interior Design Musings on

I always look forward to your posts! I hope you have a marvelous New Year. Good luck on getting your hubby well and safe travel! M.

The Buzz Blog on

We’re so hoping that this comment will find you finally relaxing and enjoying yourself after caring for your sick hubby! What a wonderful post to end the year with and love your sentiments. Wishing you all the best on 2013 and so glad we made friends in the blogosphere this year.
C + C

[email protected] on

What a wonderful re-cap of your year, Tina, and many positive thoughts about going into the new year! I wish you all the best in 2013 and I’m so glad we have connected here in blogland! πŸ™‚

Marilyn *Pink Martinis and Pearls* on

Hi Tina, Quite a year you’ve had and so glad I was one of the many who shared it with you. Wishing you a very happy and successful new year.


Tiffany @ Savor Home on

Such a beautiful post!! I agree with all of your reflections- especially the one about food! πŸ™‚ I’m honored to have met you through blogging and have enjoyed following along on your journeys. I wish you a safe and happy new year! And I hope you get to take that trip!!

[email protected] Pine Cones and Acorns on

Tina, just wanted to stop in to say…happy new year! I hope your husband is feeling better. Relax, enjoy the break(when you are not taking care of him) and watch a good movie, read a book and savor the last of 2012.

Sending you best wishes for a wonderful year.


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Just curious as to why in 2 years, you’ve never posted a picture of yourself.

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So lovely! It really touched my heart. Thank you!!! Please continue the wondeful work you do. You’re a blessing and inspiration!

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