November 21, 2014

Have an Adventurous Weekend!



Happy Friday, friends!
I took off early so I could grab my bearded man and venture west.

It's the cabin life for us! Last night we had dinner at our Carolyn's Essenhaus, caught an incredible sunset from the deck overlooking the pond, saw a family of deer at dusk, and played with a wild black kitty that I'm secretly planning on bringing home with us (don't tell Adam...).

Heading in to the nearest town to grab our favorite Mexican food for lunch and see an early showing of the 3rd installment of The Hunger Games. Isn't my phone blogging award-winning?! ;)

What are you up to?
Have an adventurous weekend, you wild things!

November 17, 2014

Mingle Monday Blog Link-Up!

Welcome back to the work week!
I figured we could sweeten up the manic Monday by doing a little blog networking. I have some great posts scheduled this week that didn't happen last week (let's face it, life just kind of happens...) and I am really looking forward to sharing!

I hope you will take 15-30 seconds today to spread some Mingle Monday love! Any effort is appreciated, even a quick Twitter shout out or tiny mention in your blog post. The smallest effort means more to me than you will ever know!

In the next few days (because last week was an epic blog fail)...

+ vacation recap in photos - finally!
+ my latest workout playlist

...and more!

   

HOW TO MINGLE

 ** Only 3 easy rules - that's all I ask! **


1) Link-up your blog below.

2) You must share a link to Mingle Monday on your post or the Mingle Monday photo.
 
3) Answer the weekly question in the comments section below and have FUN!
 
** What is on your DIY project wishlist? **


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I have a feeling it's going to be a great week.
After all, my bday is Wednesday, so it can't be that bad, right?! ;)

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November 11, 2014

7 Things on My Birthday Wishlist

Happy Veterans Day!
I want to first take a moment to say a big and very special thank to all of you who have served so bravely. Your courage is so inspiring and I greatly appreciate the many things you sacrifice for our freedom.

 Thanking and honoring our beloved vets is just another reason why the month of November is the very best birth month. ;) And speaking of birthdays, my 28th is coming up a week from tomorrow. I've had lots of raised eyebrows and questions about what would be on my birthday wish list, so I thought I would help my family out by making this extra easy (**wink wink, hubby**).

 These few things are things that I already love or have had my eye on for quite awhile. I always have an on-going "Wishlist" board on Pinterest, because I have a habit of forgetting! :)
Do any of these items make your birthday or holiday list?


 1) Crate & Barrel // Pottery Barn - Christmas Decor + Gift Cards

 I know, I know... I hear it every year { Mom! }, "Why on earth is there Christmas stuff on your bday list?" Well, quite simply? I have a complete obsession with Christmas, and there is absolutely nothing I would like better than cute decor to make our house feel more magical and cozier.

I'm in love with anything rustic, modern, and chic (hello sparkles!), so I am eye balling a few things. I want our home to feel like a cozy whimsical lodge, and would love gift cards to shop 'til I drop!

Fa La La Kitchen Towel, Set of 2



2) Artwork + Prints

Yup, I love anything you would find at a hole in the wall fair trade, organic, hippie chic coffee house, including these spectacular prints! We need some fun artwork for the Haskins House!

Large Vintage KANSAS CITY Bus Scroll, Subway Art, Tram Scroll - Hand painted and distressed on artist canvas, ready to hang 22" x 59"
Kansas City, MO


3) Nespresso Machine

My cousin Tracy made me the world's fastest most delicious almond milk lattes with this Nespresso machine and I have been googly eyed for one ever since last winter!

Nespresso® Citiz Black Espresso Machine with Aeroccino Frother in Espresso Makers | Crate and Barrel

4) Rifle Paper Co. 

I absolutely love Rifle Paper Co. and all that Anna Rifle creates, including her cute calendars, redesigned classic book covers, and prints!

Travel The World 2015 Calendar #anthropologie
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Twelve Tables 2015 Calendar #anthropologie
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5) Turbo Fire DVD Set

I have seriously wanted this workout set for a year and have yet to buy it. With the winter months approaching quickly, getting out in the cold to hit the gym is losing it's luster. I would love to be able to get a great workout in at home! My friends RAVE about Turbofire!

Amazon.com: TurboFire DVD Workout: Beachbody: Sports & Outdoors

6) Pottery Barn Robe + Slippers 

These are hands down the softest, coziest set I've ever felt! I am loving the ivory/gray ombre robe and slippers. 

Cozy Fur Robe - Ivory/Gray Ombre
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Cozy Faux Fur Slippers
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7) Cute Kitchen Accessories

I always love every kitchen Anthropologie trinket! I would love a gorgeous pie plate and spoon rest in a cool pattern. It makes cooking twice as fun. And then as a perfect duo to cute dishes, I think I need to top it all off with some cute Barr-Co. or Cucina soap + lotion sets. Love.

Okuno Spoon Rest #anthropologie

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Welp, now I am all partied out and exhausted... just kidding!

What is on your wish list?

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November 9, 2014

Mingle Monday Blog Link-Up!

I'm baaaaaccckkk!

Thanks to all of you who dropped by last Monday while I was on vacay. You set a record for highest number of participants linking up! I hope you had a noticeable increase of blog visits and found some new great sites to follow. Eeek! I am so excited.

I hope you will take 15-30 seconds today to spread some Mingle Monday love! Any effort is appreciated, even a quick Twitter shout out or tiny mention in your blog post. The smallest effort means more to me than you will ever know!

Stay tuned, coming up this week...

+ vacation recap in photos
+ birthday wishlist
+ my latest workout playlist

...and more!

And if you missed yesterday's post... I need your help/advice in choosing our Christmas card. 
Check out my 15 must have options and cast your vote! :)

   

HOW TO MINGLE

 ** Only 3 easy rules - that's all I ask! **


1) Link-up your blog below.

2) You must share a link to Mingle Monday on your post or the Mingle Monday photo.
 
3) Answer the weekly question in the comments section below and have FUN!
 
** What is your favorite thing about the month of November? **

(Mine?  My birthday, pumpkin pie, and decorating for Christmas!)


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Have a fantastic week!

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15 Must Have Holiday Cards

I don't know about you all, but I can hardly believe we are almost half way through November. Where on earth did the fall go?

 Before we know it the holidays will be here, which means I need to get on top of picking out a beautiful personalized Christmas card. Every year we send a little note of love to friends and family and have started a tradition of including a little Christmas letter inside. We absolutely love sending ours out, and enjoy looking at all of the wonderful cards we get that make opening the mail fun for a solid month!

This year I have my eye on some beauties from Minted. I absolutely love their site and have purchased everything from business cards to art prints, and you can't beat their high quality holiday card line. Here are the 15 choices I can't get enough of. I was drawn to anything nature inspired, kraft paper, pretty designs and gold foil.

How will we ever choose? Help a sister out!


1 // Complete Tree Christmas Photo Cards

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We Are Family Christmas Photo Cards

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Hand Lettered Joyeux Noel Christmas Photo Cards

4//
Peace on Earth Holiday Minibook™ Cards
Peace on Earth Holiday Minibook™ Cards

5//
Chalkboard Frame Christmas Photo Cards

6//
Watercolor Bunting Foil-Pressed Holiday Cards

7//
Noel Sprig Christmas Photo Cards

8//
Bright + Geometric Christmas Photo Cards


What I love is that they also have super cute non-photo cards! We don't have any nice photos recently, so this is a great option to still spread cheer in an artsy cheerful way.

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A New Noel Holiday Non-Photo Cards

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Peace on Earth Holiday Non-Photo Cards

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Pine and Berry Holiday Non-Photo Cards

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Garland Holiday Ornament Cards

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Joyeux Noel Holiday Non-Photo Cards

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Modern Pine Foil-Pressed Holiday Cards

15//
Noel Noel Holiday Non-Photo Cards

Alright, so what do you think?
Any favorites that you'd like to vote for?

I am dying to get my order in soon and actually be ahead of the game this year! In case you haven't stopped by Minted yet, you have to check it out - they have hundreds of gorgeous non-mainstream styles. Not to mention their awesome $25 off sale that ends tomorrow. 

I can't wait to hear your votes! 
Thanks in advance, you stylish ladies you!

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November 3, 2014

Mingle Monday Blog Link-Up!

Greetings from gorgeous Coeur d'Alene, Idaho!
I am blogging remotely while enjoying our awesome Washington/Idaho vacay. We're having a great time so far! Lots of hiking, shopping, sleeping in, great good, spa time, and spectacular views.

I may never come home!

I hope each one of you enjoyed a wonderful weekend too! And how 'bout that awesome extra hour of sleep? Thank you Daylight Savings Time!

Anyway, thanks so much for choosing to stop by and link-up! I hope you will take a second to spread the word about Mingle Monday - the more the merrier! Whether Twitter, Facebook, blog post, or smoke signals, every single effort is very appreciated. I will be re-tweeting all efforts all day long! :)

   

HOW TO MINGLE

 ** Only 3 easy rules - that's all I ask! **


1) Link-up your blog below.

2) You must share a link to Mingle Monday on your post or the Mingle Monday photo.
 
3) Answer the weekly question in the comments section below and have FUN!
 
** Because it's my birth month... What is on your bday wish list? **


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Go show Monday who's boss! :)

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October 29, 2014

Currently Loving

T-minus 29 hours until we leave for our Washington/Idaho trip!
Holy cow... how on earth am I going to get through the work day? I'm already giddy about getting the heck out of here for a bit.

I. Cannot. Focus.

I am so ready to be spending time with my other half, enjoying the crisp 50 degree fall weather, going on morning hikes, sipping hot cocoa, relaxing at the Coeur d'Alene spa. This vacation will be welcomed with open arms!

Despite my craziness, I thought if I focused on a few things I am currently loving it may get me through in the meantime...

Coeur d'Alene Resort, Coeur d'Alene, ID  So beautiful
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Currently...

listening//
To Taylor Swift's 1989 album on repeat. It's incredible and I cannot get enough! I actually met her back in 2007 and she is the nicest person on the face of the planet. Are you geeking out too?

thinking//
An express mani/pedi lunch appointment is a pre-trip necessity. In the fall I can't get enough of those extra dark nail hues. Hello plum and navy!

cheering//
For our boys in blue! That's right, the Royals have made it to the final World Series game and it's our time! Who are you cheering for?

looking //
Out the window daydreaming. In 2 days I will be glancing out our hotel window at the gorgeous lake dotted with crimson and gold trees as I'm nestled by the fireplace.

buying//
Anything plaid. Vests. Outdoors inspired cozy fall outfits. And I am dying for a pair of chunky ankle booties, but have yet to find some - any recommendations?

eating// 
A delicious homemade pumpkin chocolate chip muffin. If you are looking for a crowd pleasing recipe, look no further my friends, this is it.

watching//  
It's hard to find time to watch my favorite shows since we've been watching baseball in our jammers every night! But, have you all seen How To Get Away With Murder. That show is insane and it's placement right after Scandal makes Thursday night my favorite night.

creating//
I had a blast making our home cozy for my favorite fall season, but I have been starting to get a little googly eyed thinking about a rustic inspired Christmas tree.

Good thing we are going to my favorite Christmas store in Idaho. Last year I brought home a suitcase full of fluffy white barn owls to decorate with. This year, I am thinking pine cones, owls, feathers, gold, burlap. I am clearly out of control...


wishing// 
I could find a good new book to start over vacation. The last few I read were Gone Girl, Beautiful Ruins, and A Fault in Our Stars. Help!

planning//
WAY too many things to do on our trip. I finally had to calm down and realize that I can have some options and I really just want us to do whatever we actually feel like doing every day. Those are the best vacations.

pinning//
Different tattoo ideas. I want something delicate, beautiful, heartfelt, [small], and meaningful.

wearing//
Blue everything. Blue Royals tee, blue underoos (TMI?), blue jeans, blue hair tie. This whole city is glowing blue and I love it.

eyeing//
Some awesome prints for our house, or really anything my hipster loving heart comes across... goodness. Good thing my birthday is in 21 days! Cue birthday wishlist post...

loving//
The new Disqus commenting system I installed on the blog last week. It's so much easier to stay connected and chat with all of you! :)

counting//
Still counting down the days until Christmas... 56!


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What are you currently loving this week?


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October 26, 2014

Mingle Monday Blog Link-Up!

Man oh man, where did our weekend go?

Mine was only a day long due to working one of our biggest fundraising events of the year on Saturday. Luckily, I have today off and can enjoy every minute of it. I think I am going to kick it off by sleeping in, grabbing a mocha blender from Scooters, and then just doing whatever I feel like for the rest of the day.

Heaven, right?

I hope each one of you had a long a relaxing weekend! Thanks so much for choosing to stop by and link-up! I hope you will take a second to spread the word about Mingle Monday - the more the merrier! Whether Twitter, Facebook, blog post, or smoke signals, every single effort is very appreciated. I will be retweeting all efforts all day long! :)

 
  

HOW TO MINGLE

 ** Only 3 easy rules - that's all I ask! **


1) Link-up your blog below.

2) You must share a link to Mingle Monday on your post or the Mingle Monday photo.
 
3) Answer the weekly question in the comments section below and have FUN!
 
** What is the scariest movie you have ever seen? **
(Mine? 'SIGNS'... I'm a pansy!!)

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Wishing you a SPOOKtacular week!

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