Monday, September 1

Happy Handmade Home

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Elsie and Emma's new book "A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home" is out and in stores finally!  I'm truly in love with this gem of a book.  There are several projects that I had my hands in, like that car quilt above-- it was fun stitching it up and seeing it all come together!  Anyway, if you are looking for some inspiration, I highly recommend it.  There are projects and pretty photos and party ideas... a little bit of all my favorite things.

Happy Monday, friends!

Friday, August 29

Weekly Wears: 90s Dreamin'

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Well, somehow Friday is here again!  Our band is playing a big show tonight and some of our friends are coming to town, so it's shaping up to be a great weekend.  I'm especially looking forward to a big brunch and some serious quality time with friends... and a slightly slower pace this weekend.  I try not to constantly talk about how busy we've been lately, because really, everyone's busy.  I'm just ready for a little breather and a long weekend.  Oh, and some end-of-summer swimming because we're jumping back into school on Tuesday.

Dress: c/o ModCloth;  Flannel shirt: H&M;  Shoes: c/o Free People;  Backpack: Bali ELF;  Glasses: BonLook (these are "Dolled Up")

I realize I've been known to throw around the words "dream shoes" before, but SWOON.  I have a feeling these shoes will be on my feet for the rest of eternity.  Okay, probably not, but I can tell these boots are the kind that just get better with age.  I have several pairs of boots that I've had for years and years that just get better.  Those are the best shoes.

Happy weekend, friends!  I hope it's a good one!

Thursday, August 28

Getting Back Into Cooking

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I'm a gal who loves cooking.  During the fall and winter months, I adore being in the kitchen. Once spring hits, though, it's almost as if my brain says, "Well, we're too busy now.  See ya in the fall, stove."  We do typically start getting busy in the spring, and then especially in the summer, but I've realized lately that I've been missing it.  When I was contacted by Blue Apron to try out one of their boxes, I got pretty excited.  They send you a box full of fresh ingredients and a step-by-step recipe alongside.  I was a little nervous about food sitting on my porch while we were out the day it arrived, but the refrigerated box was sealed up tight and everything was still cold by the time I opened it.

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(Side note: my garlic press is one of my very favorite kitchen tools.  I cook with fresh garlic as much as possible and I used this gadget like nobody's business.)

As you can see from the photos above, everything from Blue Apron is laid out for you and the directions are very simple to follow.  I was a little nervous about cooking with a few of the things like fresh lemongrass and ginger, but it was super simple.  By the time I was done I was asking myself why I've never tried before!

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Part of my family doesn't really eat meat, so I was curious to find out how the vegetarian options would taste.  The food was delicious and gave me even more eagerness to get back in the kitchen.  I think I'm ready to try more fresh ingredients I've never used before!!  All in all, this was a really good experience for us.  :)

What do you think?  Do you like cooking?  Do you think an all inclusive service like this is something you'd be interested in?  I'm curious!  xo.

**The first 50 readers to sign up here will receive two free meals with their first Blue Apron order.

**This post is sponsored by Blue Apron but all opinions shared are my own.

Wednesday, August 27

Snapshots: For the Summer

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People are starting to talk about Pumpkin Spice Lattes and sweaters and I'm just sitting over here, wondering how this summer sped by so quickly.  I'm going to hang onto every little bit I have left, so don't mind my total and complete denial that it's almost over.

**Andy's date
**Morning time
**Road trips
**Back seat goons
**Taco truck!!
**Outdoor movie night
**Float trip

These are some snapshots from my iPhone that never got posted over on Instagram.  Sometimes I end up having so many pictures on my phone that never see the light of day, that it seems like a shame.  Snapshots: iPhone edition.

Happy Wednesday, friends!