Echo Bella...repeat beauty.

{Echo Bella}...repeat beauty. Passion for all things beautiful...fashion, jewelry, food, decor, photography and people I love. Cheers!

Favorite Quote

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." Eleanor Roosevelt

7.31.2010

Have a Great Weekend!!



                                        {Via Perfect Visit}


I hope your weekend is filled with family, friends and lots of memories!  

7.30.2010





I absolutely LOVE honey.  What could be more naturally sweet and so good for you than honey.  I had no idea the amazing healing and medicinal uses for honey until last winter when I was looking for something natural to help the kids get through the winter/germ season.  Once you read about honey, you too will be considering it a staple for the house.


Health Benefits of Honey- who would have known

Amazing Benefits of Honey- a complete site to explore

There's even a honey blog

Cinnamon and Honey...what a great combination: ( I can't say I've tried them but worth a read)

  • Curing arthritis
  • Hair Loss
  • Toothache
  • Reducing Cholesterol
  • Curing Infertility
  • Stomach Upset
  • Immune System
  • Longevity
  • Weight Loss

Another interesting place to learn about beekeeping

Last but certainly not least,  let us not forget about our favorite products by Burt's Bees

Note: {one of the best books I have ever read is "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd.}   



      

7.29.2010

Love...Love...Love these beautiful insects!






                                {via dragonfly-site}




I have spent the last few days seeing these beautiful insects all around me.  I have never really paid much attention to them until lately.  I read the meaning and symbolism and completely fell in love.  They are such fascinating insects and I know once you read about them you too will fall in love.  Also near and dear to my heart because my sister loved them!

Symbolisms of the Dragonfly

  • Maturity and a Depth of character
    The dragonfly, in almost every part of the world symbolizes change and change in the perspective of self realization; and the kind of change that has its source in mental and emotional maturity and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life.

    The traditional association of Dragonflies with water also gives rise to this meaning to this amazing insect. The Dragonfly’s scurrying flight across water represents an act of going beyond what’s on the surface and looking into the deeper implications and aspects of life.
  • Power and Poise
    The dragonfly’s agile flight and its ability to move in all six directions exude a sense of power and poise - something that comes only with age and maturity.
    The dragonfly can move at an amazing 45 miles an hour,  hover like a helicopter fly backwards like a hummingbird, fly straight up, down and on either side. What is mind blowing is the fact that it can do this while flapping its wings a mere 30 times a minute while mosquitoes and houseflies need to flap their wings 600 and 1000 times a minute respectively.

    The awe inspiring aspect is how the dragonfly accomplishes its objectives with utmost simplicity, effectiveness and well, if you look at proportions, with 20 times as much power in each of its wing strokes when compared to the other insects.  The best part is that the dragonfly does it with elegance and grace that can be compared to a veteran ballet dancer. If this is not a brazen, lazy, overkill in terms of display of raw power, what is?
  • Defeat of Self Created Illusions
    The dragonfly exhibits iridescence both on its wings as well as on its body. Iridescence is the property of an object to show itself in different colors depending on the angle and polarization of light falling on it.

    This property is seen and believed as the end of one’s self created illusions and a clear vision into the realities of life. The magical property of iridescence is also associated with the discovery of one’s own abilities by unmasking the real self and removing the doubts one casts on his/her own sense of identity. This again indirectly means self discovery and removal of inhibitions.
  • Focus on living ‘IN’ the moment
    The dragonfly normally lives most of its life as a nymph or an immature. It flies only for a fraction of its life and usually not more than a few months. This adult dragonfly does it all in these few months and leaves nothing to be desired. This style of life symbolizes and exemplifies the virtue of living IN the moment and living life to the fullest. By living in the moment you are aware of who you are, where you are, what you are doing, what you want, what you don’t and make informed choices on a moment-to-moment basis.

    This ability lets you live your life without regrets like the great dragonfly.
  • The opening of one’s eyes
    The eyes of the dragonfly are one of the most amazing and awe inspiring sights. Given almost 80% of the insect’s brain power is dedicated to its sight and the fact that it can see in all 360 degrees around it, it symbolizes the uninhibited vision of the mind and the ability to see beyond the limitations of the human self. It also in a manner of speaking symbolizes a man/woman’s rising from materialism to be able to see beyond the mundane into the vastness that is really our Universe, and our own minds.


7.28.2010

Tomatoes, oh so many tomatoes!



                   {Beef Steak Tomato Salad}


What you'll need:

  • 3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 shallot, minced

  • 2 teaspoons capers, rinsed and coarsely chopped

  • 3 ripe beefsteak tomatoes

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper


  • What to do:


  • In a small bowl, whisk together red-wine vinegar and olive oil; stir in shallot and capers.

  • Core tomatoes; cut each into 8 wedges and place in a serving bowl. Drizzle with dressing, and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.


  • I absolutely love to garden, however, this year we had a bit of an issue with the tomato plants taking over the garden.  Not only did the take it over they are now competing with the squash and zucchini.  I'll take a picture to show you this massive collection of tomatoes we have.  All my herbs, with the exception of parsley, were over powered in their fight for light.  I had to start new Basil because usually by now we have so much of it I have frozen pesto sauce.  With the next batch of tomatoes I am going to make homemade sauce to freeze so we can enjoy it all winter.  



    Love to hear about other tomato recipes you enjoy to make!!!








    7.27.2010

    The dogs of Money!





    My wonderful preteen son loves the idea of a dog made of money.  We have two puppies, a Maltese and a Shih Tzu,  which have now become "money dogs"... oh and their names are Bentley and Phantom.  Shall I say anymore?  I tell him he better keep those good grades up and the athletics to afford his "big financial dreams".  With lots of teachings and prayers he'll come to know the world and it's beauty without the superficial items. (but he still has two little sisters to look after so maybe he'll deserve a guilty pleasure or two).

    XOXO!

    7.26.2010

    Photo I find unique...beautiful




    How cool would it really be if we could see in both color and black n' white. Imagine a world where the place you were focusing on came to life with color and the rest of the world was black n' white.  Well, not sure I like that idea because you might miss out on life's little treasures... but it would neat for a day!

    7.25.2010

    Fall Fashion 2010... Paper Dolls



    Love these paper dolls.  I remember when I was little I used to play with paper dolls for hours.  Whatever happened to those? These are FABULOUS paper dolls and Danielle is wildly talented.  All the little girls in my life will love them.  Thanks again Danielle!!!

    Happy Dressing!