Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Roundup

Happy Weekend! I've been looking forward to this one for awhile. I'm spending my Friday finishing up some work and packing a suitcase and taking off on a sister adventure. I'm meeting my sister, Stephanie, in South Korea and we're jumping on a flight to Bali. I'm really excited. I haven't seen my sister in months. I'm also looking forward to unplugging for a bit. Apart from sending the essential "we're still alive" emails, I plan on pretending I live in a pre-internet/cell phone world for a week. I've scheduled a few posts while I'm out. Fun stories and photos to come!

I'm looking forward to long flights and beach reading. Oddly enough, I'm leaving Seattle taking a book set in Seattle and a book by a Seattle author.

Check out this Parks & Rec themed wedding shoot...someone please do this for real. I want to shoot it!

James Blunt's apology

Love this ring

Incredibly impressed by this guy, a Rwandan orphan now a freshman at Harvard.

Once again, Jennifer Garner is awesome.

Wondering what to be for Halloween? Take this quiz to find out! (Teresa got Hipster, I got Cat)

This Downton parody looks hilarious.


This would make a wonderfully welcome Halloween prank.

Marcel the Shell is baaaaaaaaack! 

Also, the photo above is a coffee shop in Korea! 

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Covers and Covers

I'm on a kick of listening to cover songs. It started with Mary Lambert's album and her beautiful voice sining the 80's classic "Jesse's Girl". And have you heard Aretha Franklin's version of "Rolling in the Deep"?  From that, a playlist was born.

I've loved covers since before I realized it. I knew the cover version long before I heard the original "Killing Me Softly". I was shocked one day circa 1997 when The Fugees' version came on the radio and MY MOM STARTED SINGING ALONG!  How did she know the words?!?  I was amazed to discover it was a Roberta Flack cover.  While I love the originals,  Ryan Adam's "Wonderwall" and Youth Group's "Forever Young" are two of my favorite songs. 

Above, an amazing cover that isn't available on Spotify, and below, I give you a mix of covers from the past and covers I've found more recently. Some are amazing, some are nostalgic, some are a little silly. Here you go!

I feel like we've come full circle, from the days where rap was known for it's sampling of songs of the past to 2014, when everyone is scrambling to post their acoustic versions of Kanye on Youtube. We live in crazy times. 

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Look who is walking!!

Mylo walking! At 15 months he's a late walker but as you can see we couldn't be more proud. So fun to see him accomplish these little milestones. Love you Butter!

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3 Reasons to Get Married By Someone You Know

My favorite ceremonies to watch, are the ones where the officiant clearly knows and loves the couple getting married. In the photos above, the groom's collage roommate performed the ceremony (he'd gotten ordained online). This was the guy who was closest to the couple from the first "Does he like me?" "Should I call her?" moments, all the way through the ups and downs and finally to the altar. The stories were heartfelt and hilarious. Also, I loved that throughout the rest of the day, the friend/officiant was treated as a member of the bridal party, included in the photos, etc.

Here are three reasons why you might consider having someone know you well perform your ceremony. Maybe that is someone who's ordained already, a pastor or rabbi, but maybe that means considering having a friend or family member get ordained in order to perform your ceremony. OR- consider doing both, if you're set on having a religious officiant, you might consider having someone who knows you do all but the official parts. We've seen this work well on a few occasions.

Here are my 3, fairly simple reasons:

1. They KNOW you! And all your guest want to too! A well spoken friend can speak to who you are as a couple, giving your guests better idea about who you are and what is important to you as a couple. Especially for couples who have pretty separate groups of friends and families who haven't spent much time with the two of you, this is a great way for them to get to know you as a couple. 

2. They won't make any crazy mistakes. Once we shot a wedding where the officiant kept getting the grooms name wrong. Really! I'm not making this up! All through the ceremony. Wrong name.  Obviously, that's an extreme example, but it is fairly obvious and impersonal to have an officiant speak in generalizations about marriage. 

3. They're in it for the long haul. In most faiths, the idea of having a rabbi or pastor marry you isn't just for the purpose of signing the official documents. This person would have been meeting with you before the wedding, offering you counseling and support, and they'd be someone you could come to after you were married. If you're hiring an officiant just for the day, you're missing out on all of that. Who is the person you'd regularly seek out for relationship advice/support? Someone who's relationship you respect. A parent, grandparent or mentor? Perhaps they are the person who should be officiating your ceremony. 

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Munchery Food Delivery

Hey Seattleites! Have you tried out Munchery food delivery yet? They started in San Francisco and recently opened up delivery in the Seattle area. Patrick and I tried it out last week and I have to say we were really impressed. Local chefs design the menu and each day you can go online or use their app to choose one of about 10 entrees and 5 sides to have delivered directly to your house or work. They are all under $10 and the portion sizes were big enough to feed us and Mylo. There are tons of healthy options and for every meal purchased they donate a meal to those in need. Win-win.

If you want to try it out, use this link for $10 off your first purchase. I think we are going to do it again this week!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Roundup

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? Fall feels like it has officially arrived in Seattle. Time to break out the boots, tea, and scarves! Here are some links that have made me smile or inspired me this week.

Amazing video of six second graders being treated to a $220 seven course meal. 

Costa Rican hotel in the trees.

Crazy pumpkins

Great parenting advice for toddlers (and those who have to endure their tantrums in public places).

Made me laugh.

Super cute idea for plain white walls.

This rang true to me.

Stunning autumn photography.

Great news! Gotta break out my coloring book today.

These interviews were inspiring for me this week. Which led me here for more inspiration.


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