What you THINK about, you BRING about. Wooohooo ! Whoop it up !

What you think about, you bring about ?!!


OK, then I am thinking about George Clooney.

Bring him on.


Tony Robbins

He is even better.

I would have said Channing Tatum, but he is like 12 years old compared to my age.  I just turned 24 for the second time.

Visuals like that do make my grin hit my ears though.  Dream.  Dream big.

I am also thinking about island living.  How about you?


Because holy moly it’s freakin’ cold outside.  Are you frozen ?  It is teeth chattering time of year.  You know the season.  The season where your fingers feel like frozen fish sticks.

I am not posting any photos of snow in this blog post.  Why ? Because cold weather is where fun goes to die.




 Snow can kiss my butt.  Big time.

Beach, surf, cold drinks, sun , fun, sand


This is the time of year that we all need a little-pick-me-up, a cheer-me-up….a something-or-other-is up….. or someone is likely to be getting a smack down.  They might even get the look.  You know the look.  The look where you try to smile, but the skin on your face cracks off.


  Welcome to Winter.


If I saw a snowman right now, I would flat out deck him, right on his stupid carrot faced nose.  I would knock his rollie pollie fat head right off his plump shoulders.  I might even be bold enough to jump right on his fat snowman head.  Maybe kick him in the crotch.  I am sick, right?  Who beats up a snowman ??!!

I need a holiday.  I want one.  NOW.  Aaaaaand I want it to come with a cabana boy.  A hawt cabana boy.  With some loin cloth on or something.  I don’t even care if he is wearing anything.

Naked is fine.

Jokes.  Serious.

I’m just kidding.  Not really.  Seriously.

Beach life

My HEAD was so all in to that visual.  How about you ? Yup, you need some winter cheering up too.  Welcome to my shit faced snow world.

Guess what?   Our heads are about to escape that snowy world.

We all need to get hit up with some sunshine love.  A little grin never hurt anyone.  A wee escape is good for the soul.

sun sand and surf

Winter. Blah.  Cold.  Yuck.  Gross.

Some people like snow.  Some people love it.  Riddle me that.   I don’t do snow well.   I get all sorts of uncomfortable just thinking about snow.   Snow can just suck it.  Unless it is Christmas eve.  Then fine.  Snow is acceptable on that day.  That’s it.  That’s all.  Game over.  Get outta here after that.  Scoot.  Skedaddle.  Kiss off.

Grand entrance :


5 Reasons why WATER solves everything :


Need a break from it all ?  Just think about the ocean and your mind will go to a beautiful place.  I realize that imagining yourself going on a holiday may seem like a caaahrazy thought right now.  It is sort of like imagining yourself kinda pregnant.

Don’t feel bad.  I can imagine myself living on an island.  For …say…. forever.   Who’s crazy now?

sun sand and surf


I get so excited thinking about island living that I almost pass out.  Well, at least I start chewing my gum really fast and I rock back and forth on my feet.  Like a happy idiot.

Maybe that is my version of a potty dance (??)

Same same.  But different.

Oh, and btw’s, I want a sports car to boot around on that island.  Add to that …. a super cute Vespa.  A Vespa with sexy chocolate brown leather vintage seats & a sexy knock-your-socks-off kind of colour.  Don’t forget the Vespa baskets.  I want those too.  Preferably stuffed to the brim with fresh fruit, a baguette, and french wine.  Oh, and the hair?  I want my hair wrapped in some sort of gorgeousness so it doesn’t look like the usual rats nest hair ball.


My typical hair-do

Do you want to know what wise people say ??!!

 Be careful what you wish for.  You just might get it.

I need to repeat that.

Be careful what you wish for.  You just might get it.


I don’t know about you, but I am not taking any chances, and I am putting it out there.

 While you’re at it, universe, I would also like a cabana boy & full time housekeeper for my beach hut.

There.  The cat is outta the bag.

What’s your message to the universe ?

Write it down.  Get it out there.  Say it to yourself, over and over again.

~ AND ~

Share it with sugar bear.

 I wanna know.

 I wanna know.

I can’t be a dreamer all alone.

It is EPIC to dream.  Give it a try.

We all want to have our cake and we all want to eat it too.

 Nothing wrong with that, my friends.

Everything is RIGHT about that.

What you think about, you bring about.
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Slow down life. Breathe it all in.

 Are you in for dreaming up a slice of awesomeness ?

Get your visualization on.


You won’t believe how much fun you can have in your head.

I'm sick of following my dreams.
  I'm just going to ask where they are going, and follow them.

Let’s play the game of : what could go wrong ?


Nothing could go wrong.

And if something does go wrong…. just ask the cabana boy to rub a little more oil on your back.

You’ll be fine.

Just fine.

You should be getting your smile on in your head right about now.  If not, stop.  Stop right now.

Imagine this :  Can you smell the coconut oil?  Can you hear the ocean?  Can you smell the salt air ? Can you feel the breeze on your face ?


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Still feeling stressed ?  Have you ever found yourself in hot water ? Oh hells ya.  Want to know how to get out of hot water?  Get into hot water.

Take a beautifully hot bubble bath.  Light a candle.  Ignore the world.  Everything that went wrong, will suddenly feel right again.  If not, well at least you will be clean and you may smell good too.  BONUS.

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Do you have ‘bubbles for your bath’ in your house?  It eludes me every~single~time.  Like the other sock.

Solution :  Just pour shampoo in the streaming water.  It makes epic bubbles.  The kind of bubbles that wrap right around your face and billow up over your ears.  Now that’s a bubble bath.   For reals.  A legit bubble bath = epic bubbles.



Hungover ? Drink water.  I personally would never drink enough liquor to get hungover.  LIE.  I personally hate drinking water. TRUTH

Throw some lemons in cold water and now your talking water-gasms.  Try it.  I know what you are thinking.  Lynne is a biatch.  That rat face is trying to make me drink water.  I thought she loved cupcakes ? And wine ? OK….OK….I do….I do.  I balance that bad-ass stuff with water.   So you can only hate me just a bit.  Back to visualizing the ocean.  Stop hating on my bad-ass.  We need to think sun, fun and sand.  Here we go…..

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Note : cold drink ….YES !!



Want to have your skin, nails & hair feeling hydrated and healthy ? Sip that water missy. Or mister.   You should care too.  Men who are nicely groomed are HAWT.  Pay attention, men…that makes women WILD.

If you smell good …. well…. some woman is going to tap your quesadilla.  Foooshur.

 You’re welcome.


Kids having a freak out ?  Put them in water.  It works every time.  Sorry, I got talking about kids right after all that sex and beach talk.  My bad.   There must have been something weird in my water.  I drank it and got pregnant.  Four times.  Whatttup wit dat?   *swinging head back and forth looking all innocent.*

Yes, I have FOUR kids.  They are all awesome, but that could change on a moments notice.

When it does…. In the bath they go …..


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Water solves everything.

Told ya.


PS. I couldn’t resist sharing a water video/clip with you.  I don’t know jack about YouTube but I am sure as hell gonna give it a try.  I’m a YouTube virgin.  Someone needs to teach me how to upload videos to YouTube so they look as fantastic as they did in iPhoto and iMovie.  I need a YouTube Yoda.  Help !

YouTube and videos scare the bejesus outta me.  It is perplexing, non?  I need lessons in YouTube-ism.   Lesson #1 : How is it that a perfectly clear video becomes all fuzzy and shaky when I upload it to YouTube ?!!  Jeepers Creepers.  Complicated.

Until I solve that problem, come get jiggy with this water video of our dog and our daughter.  It’s a water goober dance with our Great Pyrenees dog, OLIVER.  Do you know what is great about dog spit ? Neither do I.  Dog goober and I just don’t live in the same zip code.

Are you up for a wee laugh and a little grossness too ? Wait, you might want to cover your eyes for this one…. Just listening to the video clip is good enough.   And gross.  All at once.  Here you go :


Watching that video clip made me laugh so hard… I suddenly feel happier than a witch in a broom factory.

Sorry (in advance) if you want to throw up in your mouth right now, after looking at all that goober. LOL.

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Easy as pie.  Or dog spit.

Same, same.

But different.



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46 Responses

  1. Imen says:

    As always, you are amazing Lynne! I’ve just shared this with a load of women I admire, thank you!!! Imen xx

    • Thank you, my sweet Imen… I love sharing you to my pals in Canada too… and the US… and Australia… heck, if I could scream your name from the rooftops of awesomeness… I would.

      Lynne xx

  2. Hello Kirsty,
    I am sorry to see you go, and I completely understand. I unsubscribed you from the blog, no problem at all. In case I messed it up…. LOL…{ it was my first time doing that } if you still receive a blog post update from me in your email then it has an unsubscribe button in it. Just click on that and boom, you are unsubscribed with one click.

    P.s. I read a lot of blogs and simplified my life too. What I did was unsubscribe from email lists and followed blogs via RSS feed. The blogs are listed on my google homepage now. I just click a post when I want to read it. So easy and much more simplified.

    I wish you well and send you a big cheer :)

    Lynne xx

  3. Don’t shoot me for saying this, but I still am craving a real winter. Though I understand why you want a vacation. My parents keep emailing me photos of their place by Lake Huron and I am like Wow you got out the door today and didn’t get fall into a manhole of snow. There are these hilarious Bruce Grey Ads on the radio right now inviting people to come book their winter vacation there as “Snow” apologizes for it’s dismal appearance in other parts. Like ours. I have worn my winter boots ONCE this season. I have grass on my lawn. And I am only 3 hours away from you. What happened to tobogganing and snowflakes and forts and hot chocolate on ski hills?

    I’ll make you a deal. I’ll send you our 12 degree high from yesterday if you send me some of the white stuff.

  4. Ginny says:

    Oh how that made me laugh! Hearing the sound of my own laughter in the quietness of my empty office was such a treat. Thanks Lovely. What a perfect video and fabulously flawless post. I’m a big lover of animals so naturally I’m in love with your gorgeously ginormous, drooling, goobery treasure. So sweet that your husband risked all kinds of unimaginable willies and shakes, by coming to Oliver’s rescue and freeing him from the hideous slime that was putting him at risk of becoming a social outcast. HAHA! My husband and I spend a couple Saturday’s a month rescuing and transporting animals (mostly dogs) that are scheduled to be put down at high kill shelters to non-kill rescues that have agreed to take them in, provide medical attention and find them loving homes. So naturally it always warms my heart to see a dog living amongst such a loving family. And as for the negative comment you received, please don’t take it to heart and doubt yourself (as we both know, life is too short for that nonsense) just remember, people who hurt…hurt. xoxo

    • Ginny !!! You are incredible ! I wish we lived closer, I would take one or two of those rescue dogs. Because we live on a 100 acres, it’s great for big dogs. Oliver is an outside dog. Too furry and goober-y for inside :) but he is really the sweetest dog on earth. He would probably love some dog company. Keep doing what you are doing. It is great to hear that you help pooches. xx

      • Ginny says:

        Ha! Lynne – Oliver does look like the sweetest dog. Always had dogs growing up and have had a profound appreciation for all they have to teach us. But it didn’t really hit me full throttle until my son’s Golden Retriever, Lady Courage entered our lives. Brandon was allowed to “Make a Wish” while battling bone cancer when he was 13 y/o, but every wish he wished for wasn’t allowed. Primarily because his wishes were for other people, i.e. sending his cousins to Disney World because he had been several times and they had never had the experience, etc. The whole process of him asking and then being rejected only added to the stress he was going through. I understood Make a Wishes reasoning behind their policy so I decided to take the whole wish thing in another direction. I told him to give it some serious thought and to come up with something he wanted more than anything and we would do everything in our power to grant him his wish. After about a week, he came to us with his wish of having a Golden Retriever puppy. Was so not prepared for THAT! Not a good idea with him so sick, spending lots of time in the hospital and with little to no immune system, especially when his doctors suggested against it. But there was no way I was going to bring yet another disappointment into his life. How we managed to fit an 8 week old puppy into the mix of all we had going on, I’ll never know. When there’s a will, there’s way…turns out this 8lb little puppy with a heart of gold, was the best thing for him. She seemed to immediately understand the direness of her new boy’s situation. She never left his side, even curling up around his bald head while he slept on a bean bag chair as if she knew he needed the extra warmth. While the majority of his friends faded into the background as his health declined and his appearance dramatically changed, Courage was forever by his side, loving him through it all. Teaching him the joy of living in the moment, appreciating the simplest of things, forever faithful and unconditional. She didn’t care if he was too tired to move for days on end, or that he looked dramatically different, he was HER boy and she loved him. Dogs don’t have the ability to express themselves the way that humans do, but they have an uncanny way with which they’re able to express their emotion through their eyes. I’d often times catch the two of them in deep “conversation” and was so grateful that she had come into his life. When he finally was well enough to return to school (he had taken a whole year off) she would go to the front window at the same time every day and wait for him. They are still an unstoppable, inseparable team, ten years later. : ) P.S. we too have a place that’s on over 100 acres and you’re right, it’s equivalent to dog heaven! xo

        • Oh my goodness Ginny, as I read your comment, I was so happy to read that your son is still going strong and he still has his poochy pal. I was about to bust out in tears.
          What a beautiful beautiful beautiful story. Incredible. Goosebumps right down to my toes, life story. Thank you so very much for sharing it with me and my blog readers.

          Ahhhhhmazing !!

  5. Carol says:

    Hi Lynne, I found your tree house on Houzz.. From your tree house I found you, then I said yes to an email, and then I received a journey on your crazy thinking path.
    Thank you, it was a very enjoyable, yes I did visualise many times but most of all was fascinated with how good you can articulate your feelings. Your honesty is like sitting down with a long term friend thank you very much. Can’t wait for another, I’ll say, cup of tea, befor the days work ahead of me. And if I can steal some time to look closer at your blogg site. Bye

    • Thank you sooo much Carol.

      Your comment was so beautifully timed. I sure needed that !! Something happened tonight and I wanted to share it with you.

      For the FIRST time evvvvhaa, another blog subscriber sent me a really negative comment about the post. It actually hurt my feelings so much.

      Then…. I saw your comment and I feel like the goodness erased the badness of another. Like a chalk board eraser on my brain. LOL.

      Thank YOU for that. It inspires me to keep writing from the heart by going out on a limb and throwing my words out into the universe :)

      I suppose I should count my lucky stars that I have only ever received one really bad comment… But the comment sure made me go OUCH and your comment just swirled me around to AWESOMENESS again …telling me that it is all worthwhile.

      I OWE YOU ONE.
      Lynne xx

      • Carol says:

        Ms Lynne, let me tell you this is the last time you should be offended by negativity my dear. If you start checking yourself for right or wrong then it would lose uniqueness and become scripted. Some people are scared of people that they can’t predict or box. So I say~ well done to you. Now I will put my pointed finger down, I dont want to poke you in the eye or send you cross-eyed. I want to hug you my friend.. You owe me not. I will send you some Australian sunshine for good measure. Cheers.

    • Thank you Carol !
      Oh boy, I really need to do something on Houzz. I have not done a thing on houzz lately, and now I feel kinda guilty. LOL. There are not enough hours in a day for all this fun. I also have fun on PINTEREST. I could spend daysssss there. :)
      Thank you for the beautiful words. They mean the world to me.
      I hope to see you again and again.
      Lynne xx

  6. Tristan says:

    Quite possibly the funniest blog post I have ever read… and quite possibly my most favourite one.

    Also how is it possible that every post you write gets better than the last one! Baffles me.

    P.s The kinda pregnant line made me laugh so hard I hiccuped… didn’t even know that was possible… I think I just typed “possible’ a gillions times.
    You never fail to amaze me.
    I luvvvssss you

    • Ahhh Tristan ! You were the star attraction in the video. That was such a funny day, a funny moment, a funny everything.

      KINDA pregnant was a Papa saying that he used to say. It used to make me laugh out loud. So, I wrote it in today. A funny Papa memory !!

      I luvvvssss ya right back

      Mama xx

  7. babs says:

    I ABSOLUTELY HATE SNOW! I thought I was the only one out there that hates it so much. It was so good to read your blog. My husband likes cold and every women I know right now seems to be having a hot flash. But not me. No matter what my hormones are doing I freeze. If I tell people I hate the cold they look at me like I’m weird.. Then I start to eat cookies and cake and feel a little warmer! It is so cold right now even in California. It is freezing every morning and I am fantasizing about living on an island everyday! I always had that fantasy in the winter, but now I am going to add in the cabana boy!

    • Ha Babs !
      We are two peas in a pod. I think my fingers are going to fall off. Frozen. You know it is bad when we are both WISHING for hot flashes. I bet a cabana boy would give us a hot flash. Just sayin’. :)

  8. I am a firm believer in this concept. I’m thinking beach, a pink helicopter, and the beach boys :)

    I also think the video is gross!! Thanks (ew). I am not good with spit or slobber and I have an 18 month old. Ughhhhh *shivers* I can change the dirtiest diaper but leave me out of snot and spit.

    But this was a beautiful and inspiring post that makes me long for summer and warmth.

    • So funny, Michelle ….we are two peas in a pod. You could probably hear how I react to spit and slobber in the background of the video. I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to laugh or gag. haha !

      It has been awesome hanging out with you in twitter-land. Can’t wait to see more of your blog ! (especially now that you have a SUBSCRIBE button). xx

  9. Dawna Jones says:

    Oh, all those beautiful tropical pictures leave me wanting more then ever to go somewhere warm! I’m going to have a bath!!!!!!!

  10. Katherine McKenna says:

    Oliver is nice and neat compared to my English Mastiff, Tanner, who could shake his head and land goobers on the ceiling…ugh! We’d clip a dishtowel around his neck w/ mitten clips which he’d wear daily for a drool cloth…lol!

    • Oh Katherine, that even be MORE gross. I have no idea how I managed to have four kids and not throw up from the thought of all this stuff.

      On a more FUN note :)….. I bet Tanner is (was ?) one awesome pal. xx

  11. Lynn says:

    Lynne! You words are like a balsam – of course I KNOW that what I think about, I bring about but it is nice to be told. Again and again. Thank you… Hey, in our house (which currently does not have a big dog but a teeny tiny one) dog spit is called ‘chong’. Almost always delivered by the likes of a boxer, a large terrier or maybe even a Pyrenees. As an aside, if you ever meet a friend with a dog like Oliver what you say is “hey, you have a great pair of knees too!” They may run though… :)
    Enjoy your island life today sista – send pictures!!

  12. Leave it to Chicago to have 60’s & thunderstorms the past two days and then 12° predicted for tomorrow. Strange winter but I’m still ready to get the hell out of dodge. I was thinking a swim up bar sounded fabulous, but your cabana boy sounds much better. Who the hell wants to put that much effort into swimming to get a drink. When do we leave?!

  13. Linda says:

    Sweetest dogs in the world, slobber and all! Our girl Sheba would be all smiles to meet another Pyr as handsome as Oliver. The pool is a happy reminder that Spring is closer than we think!

  14. I’m glad the video came with a gross-out warning. I finished eating and THEN pushed play. Because if Oliver wasn’t gross enough, your dry heaving noises certainly pushed me over the edge! OMG – cracking up laughing! WHY do we have dogs? Remind me? They’re so blind to their own grossness.
    Thanks for the summer reminder -.I needed that bigtime. And I’m still working on getting JP Arencibia (Blue Jays catcher) to be my cabana boy. I know he already has a summer job and everything, but really…we’re nice people, right?

    • Whew ! A gross out disclaimer is always a good idea. hahahaaaaa !

      Hey, miss pro photographer, teach me how to upload videos to YouTube so they look as clear as they did on my camera. House Four BLOG POST fooooshur !!!

      If you get JP to be your cabana boy this summer, I am never leaving your backyard pool. Just sayin’.

      • Pretty sure youtube compresses your video when you upload. That’s why the quality isn’t comparable. As to how to fix that…..ummmmmm…..no idea. I am a video dunce. I can only answer photo-related questions. LOL

  15. Paula says:

    Come to Florida with me you big whiner or should I say WINER!! I will be there from Feb19-Apr 1st-fancy a girls weekend??

    • Hmmm. Tempting. Tempting Paula. Not fair, you know I never say NO to a girlzzz road trip ! Not sure if Florida is HOT HOT HOT enough for me tho. Where in Florida ? Dreaming * thinking * scheming * xx

  16. Danica says:

    OMG! How big is your dog or your daughter is extremely small!

    Goober is gross, remind me to never enter your swimming pool!

    Great post!

    • Ha ! I agree Danica ! I didn’t go in there for the rest of the summer. JOKES :)

      Our dog weighs more than our daughter. How funny is that ?! He is a huge gentle ben tho. If anyone is ever looking for a breed that is ADORABLY friendly…Great Pyrenees is the one for you.

      Still throwing up in my mouth a little. Too funny !

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