Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Our 4th of July!

We had a great 4th of July holiday in Tacoma with Patrick's family. This year early in the morning on the 4th we joined in a little neighborhood parade which felt so small towny and quaint in the best way. Mylo and his cousin Kenedee had the best time marching around, playing with flags, and eating lots of donuts.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Fourth of July Wedding

I couldn't wait to share a couple of photos from our wedding this past weekend. Our friends Tim Lopez and Jenna Reeves, who met on the reality dating show, Ready for Love tied the knot at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

Tim's mom and sister of La Fete worked with the couple to make the wedding gorgeous in a way that was uniquely them.

Jason and I first got to know Tim and Jenna when worked with Tim on a music video for his band, The Plain White T's.  At that point, they hadn't been dating long we're having to hide their relationship because the TV show was still airing! I have to say, I'm not someone who's ever really been into watching any sort of reality dating show. I've always been totally skeptical that it would be possible to find love on reality TV, but these two are the real deal, incredibly compatible and completely in love with each other.

If you're interested, here's People.com's article on their big day, complete with  more photos by Jason :)

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Roundup

I hope you get to escape for a lovely long weekend. I know Teresa's sitting in the sun by a lake today. As for me, I'm en route to Santa Barbara with Jason to shoot a friend's wedding. I'm excited, it's going to be beautiful and fun. Photos to come for sure. Wherever you are, happy Independence Day! 

An informative read on the legacy of the Confederacy, not necessarily fun or light, but one of the best things I've read this week. 

Great beach totes for your weekend trip to the beach

I want to try these BLT lettuce wraps

Photo by @jkoephoto

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Teresa's Summer Goals

I have some big changes happening in my work life (more to come!) but in the meantime this summer I'm really excited to be taking a good chunk of time off of work to spend time traveling with Patrick and Mylo and pay some much needed attention to our home life.

Here is my (overly?) ambitious list of goals for all my "free" time this summer:
  • Get our personal finances (which are truly a mess) in order 
  • Purge the house of everything we don't regularly use or absolutely love. Read that book about organizing and purging that everyone is recommending.  
  • Make smoothies in my new Vitamix
  • Spend more time outdoors! Here, here and here are on my list. 
  • Study for GMAT test 
  • Read at least one book about parenting from the big stack sitting next to my bed.
  • Get our photo's organized/printed so they don't all disappear into the abyss
  • Less mindless screen time during the day -- ie no TV, Candy Crush, etc. Instead, read, journal, sit outside, listen to music and BLOG!

PS. I found this when I was cleaning out my desk at work last week. The only one I achieved was buying boxes for my basement. Soooo....at least I know I can't do any worse in 2015 than I did in 2014! 

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Watermelon, Lime and Mint Infused Water

Teresa and I hung out yesterday and had a great time chatting about the blog and coming up with summer post ideas. 

While we were chatting, we made infused water. I'm doing a five day cleanse this week, part of which involves me actually remembering to drink water. So I thought this would be a good way to start. 

I've always said I'd make infused water. It's so simple! All you need to do is add fruit or herbs to water and let it soak up the flavor for a bit. 

Our version included watermelon chunks, mint sprigs and lime. And, if you're me and want to make it really easy, you buy precut watermelon. It's wonderfully refreshing, so it was perfect for this hot Seattle weather. 

I often find infused water at weddings (and spas of course) and different combinations I want to try for myself in the future include: 

Lemon and Orange


Blackberry and Sage

Cucumber, Lemon, Mint and Rosemary 

Basil and Strawberry 

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday Roundup

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? It's going to be HOTTT and sunny here in Seattle so we are thinking of ways to keep cool. Jenny and I are getting together to drink wine spritzers and do some blogging -- we have big plans for the summer. :)

Here are some links to get us started:

I HAVVVE to make these in my new Vitamix!

This made me laugh out loud. Also, this, I love Amy Schumer.

A perfect summer garden party menu.

Five quick and cheap kitchen upgrades that could be done in a weekend.

Gorgeous textiles.

Loved this -- real women in Victoria's Secret swimsuits.

Incredible mid-century bridge house and eclectic Portland bungalow.

Advice from famous ladies.

The 90's are definitely back in style.

WA folks:12 easy waterfall hikes that can be done with kids or dogs! Also GLAMPING on Orcas Island.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

My Summer Drink: Wine Spritzer

My friend Erika introduced me to my new favorite summer drink: the wine spritzer. It's the perfect way to sip wine over a whole afternoon or cut back a little on work evenings. I just combine soda/seltzer water with my favorite semi-effervescent wine (a Vinho Verde or GrĂ¼ner Veltliner work great), add ice and maybe a splash of lemon and you're set! 

PS. 17 reasons wine spritzers are the best drink of the summer. :)

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