the (summer) little things...that really are the big things

So grateful for an amazing weekend!
Starts with a sneak-peek of Tanya + Michael's celebration of LOVE! ...
(These sessions aren't for the faint of heart either...a lot of laughter, and often a few tears. I got to see how Michael moves through the eyes of Tanya! And there was even talk of ingrown hairs...?) Yes. It gets downright dirty on set.
And not 'set' as much as SETTING...
I was in heaven with the light! And these wonderful, inspiring people that opened their hearts...
To market to market...ode to my Blackberry camera for these snaps.
I'm happy I have a market buddy now that gets as stoked as I do! Up early's uh...fresh and local annnnnd CHEAP food people!!!! I'm full of gratitude for the farmers and the work that they do to fill our homes and belly's with such GOOD food. How does your family express their gratitude for the food you eat? It's a great tradition that I feel is forgotten...'grace'. And yet so powerful. Children need to know what they're eating and where it comes from...most importantly how hard some families are working for 'us'...
mmmm summer fresh and local peaches.
And I stocked up on tomatoes instead.
Next time I'll have to pick up the fuzzy navel's to brew up something peachy...

I love simplicity in the flavours of food and nothing is better than home-made tomato sauce.
It's as easy as...
*as many plum (aka Romas!) tomatoes as you like, you need and will fit in your pan
*garlic to your taste
*olive oil
*basil -- and I forgot fresh basil so I improvised here for more garnish and aesthetics than taste because...The basil makes the sauce!
Olive oil + garlic will dance in the fiery pan...when the lic's are lovely brown, throw in the chopped up Roma's. You'll get a feel for when they are done by watching them wither (the good and yummy wither!) ...toss in freshly chopped basil
And then throw in your cooked your noodles.
(I used brown rice spaghetti noodles to keep it light and gluten free)
happy Monday! Buon Appetito!
Sea salt...
always a little sea salt...
love xo
jodi renée

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Shari + Mark...with Mason on the way!

It never ceases to amaze me (actually recoil, gasp from within while trying not to retch at the same time) when brilliantly radiant expectant mommas say...
"I don't want to remember this time"
"No photos for me, I'm past the point of looking and feeling like myself"

can we just recap:
Gorgeous Goddesses relish in the best and most unbelievable experience that us woman are BLESSED with.
I've not traveled this journey "yet" and what I can say is...
I can FEEL the difference in the women who hide away, shrink and recoil at the magnanimous changes going on within. VS...the gloriously ecstatic, radiantly divine Goddesses that rock the belly 'savoring' every minute, every hour, every day...
The babe can feel that too.
There is much more going on then your extra 50lbs.
Your swollen ankles...
Your stretch marks.
And that doesn't mean you have to 'photograph' all of the above.
Perhaps just a nudge to have a look in the mirror.
A really good look.

Shari walked into the hospital the day we were supposed to shoot.
False alarm.
And she was hell bent on celebrating this 'time'.
SO young, SO beautiful and SO excited! She rocked the body that yes, she has (she literally gave birth two days after we created the above) and I believe ALL of her beauty comes from owning it...embracing it.
Never mentioning 'fat' or swollen ankles once.
With a heart full of love and a belly even fuller.
Feel the difference?

Embracing beautiful from where you are now means feeling like a million bucks NOW.
Good luck getting at a thousand if you don't.
Owning the changes that happen through life whether you're expecting...or not.
Your body is a gorgeous vessel that carries you through this crazy journey.
Treat it like a temple...
jodi renée

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"We're damn lucky to have our bodies, these strange, multi-functional machines, that let us leave our legacy on the planet. I hope you realize how powerful they are and decide that today you're going to start treating it with love and kindness. Think of it like a child; if you were to continue to feed it on mental and physical abuse, and stave it of love and nourishment, how would it grow into anything other than an angry, bitter and cold-hearted? Whereas if you tell that child every day that it is beautiful, loved and can do anything, there's no limits on what it can grow up to's pretty simple: Serve your body best so it can serve YOU best ~ Evanna Lynch

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WedLuxe Magazine | true love, true luxury

SO excited that Jaime and Patrick's A-M-A-Z-I-N-G wedding was featured on the WedLuxe Blog. Their wedding story and all the details from the incredible event are posted -- so go have a look! Just thought I'd throw in a few additional favourites...Let me know what you think!
jodi renée

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outta your mind. The best place to be. (and probably the safest)...

I stubbed my 'other' toe just to make them matchy.
Which means that one IS stubbed. Yes.
Sexy blood blister and this time I went for ripping of the skin.
I wait for things to happen about 3 times before I 'get it'...
so long Havanas. It's been swell.
And then I always wondered, while washing my blender...HOW, I didn't ever cut myself.
Thoughts become things (it's a mere puncture wound)
Send medics only if they're tan and buff please.
And a new paring knife that works well as a nail file - ouch.
Vive la aloe plant that I'm slathering.

AND that folks, is a well rounded almost dangerous weekend.
Do you think the Uni is trying to tell me something...anything??
How about "pay attention"! slow down.

Not so gentle massage trying to create some space in my hips.
They're beyond tight.

the body has all the wisdom we need.
So I step onto my mat.
Ground the four corners of my feet, where are my shins?...lengthen the the in the hips.
then it dawns on me...if there was a person beside me, vocally speaking this out loud I think I would chuck out a Jackie Chan on her...him? it?
I can get so caught up in THINKING that I have to know all the motions (that I know!)...I just gotta trust that they'll ripen themselves out of my sweet and gloriously svelte yoga pod.
The more I try to 'get it' all, the more I'm missing the juicyness of the practice.
If I breath and move I'm fine. If I'm aware and feeling...amen.
If I'm totally surrendering to the moment and allowing ME to just experience.
that's kinda living.
Probably spacious.
and I can take my fuckin ridiculous thinking hat off...

Just like fueling my body with nutrients - I don't even think about it.
Which is how I end up with a stupendous tofu and red cabbage stir-fry (cabbage cringers seriously you don't know what you're missing on a palate and cellular level!)
Which is also why juicing is NEVER a chore! Celery, beet, carrot, and apple rainbow reverie...
AND...making it to the meditation mat.
A must.
(and yea that's my 6:30am view above...ommmmmm)

...imagine practicing *life* from this amazingly awesome and KNOWING place.
that you know.
what you need to know.
when you need it.
And often the more you THINK about things, the more you'll just fuck'em up.

If you're over thinking in one area...
You might not think twice about sticking your hand in a blender.
with the blade.

happy almost monday...(sometimes I work Sundays just so I can have Mondays OFF!)
jodi renée

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