Monday, January 24, 2011


One of the greatest blessings in my life is waking up to my husband's kisses all over my face. When I finally open my eyes he says "good morning, I love you!" and pulls me to my feet for a long morning hug. Like a lot of people, I hate waking up in the morning, but this ritual of ours makes the transition from night to day so sacred (and I feel so spoiled). That hug reminds me of what is important in life, and I begin my day with a foundation of love and support that I know will always be there.

I haven't always been this lucky in the affection department, but I feel almost addicted to my husband's affection. We make sure to give each other at least a few substantial, real hugs every day and doing so seems to alleviate so many of life's problems. So it made perfect sense to me when I began to read articles about the scientific effects hugs have on our bodies. Hugs send a surge of oxytocin (the feel good hormone) throughout our bodies; actually lowering stress and blood pressure, improving our mood, increasing our tolerance for pain, and increasing our trust for the person we are hugging. I hate to be cliché, but take one a day!

My wake up hug this morning led me to write this, but also led me to start mining Etsy for some hug-related items. I have struggled for years to find the perfect artwork for my bedroom walls, wanting it to feel inspirational and symbolic of the love I hope to always maintain in my life. Why hadn't I thought of it before? Hugs! The fine art prints below would be perfect! I have got to purchase one in the very near future! And, the other items are just plain adorable.

Human Nature by Kelly A Fine Art & Photography

Embrace by Kathy Marie Creations

Embrace by Jane Linders Alternative Process Photography

A Hug Lasts Forever by The Little Rice

Hugs and Kisses Pillow by Ramona Owen Designs

xo Scarf by LoopDeeDoo


  1. Thanks so much for featuring my photo in your blog. You rock!

    Jane Linders

  2. Such a lovely post...thank you for including my little ol' pillow.

    Smiles ~ Ramona

  3. Beautiful post! Thanks again for including my print!! :)

  4. I love this topic. Thanks so much for including my xo scarf. I'm humbled to e a part of this collection!


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