Wednesday, October 7, 2015

First Month in a New City!

While going through my camera roll I came across some pictures I took during our first month in our new city, and I thought it would be fun to go down memory lane with you.  We have yet to discover so much more but here are some of the places/things we've come across and loved.  

One of my first positive experiences in our new city is this incredibly delicious bagel, it's so simple yet so good!  

I came across this cute little shop by the beach, love all the color!

We drove to downtown Portland shortly after moving in to check out this very popular ice cream place.  My sister in law told us about it after seeing it appear on Food Network (apparently it was rated #3 nationwide). I ordered their Petunia Strawberry Rhubard Pie flavor on a homemade cone, and I have to say that it was very very good, we're definitely going back.

That same day we stopped by Blue Star Donuts after hearing rave reviews from locals.  We were told they sell the best tasting donuts in Portland, not sure about the statement since we just moved here, but my classic sugar donut was very good.  

We visited our first farmer's market and I was blown away by the selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, not to mention the beautiful flowers.  My husband bought me a beautiful bouquet for only $5, crazy!

This corn was one of the sweetest I've every eaten.  I've been enjoying shopping for our produce at our local farmer's markets every week, love them!

Then there is this beautiful forest.

Thank you so much for coming along with me!  Have a blessed week. :)


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Fall Home Tour '15

Happy Fall, Everyone!

Fall happens to be my favorite season so you can imagine my excitement when it came to switching out some of our lighter decor.  Our home decor is very neutral and light in color, so I find that by adding a few touches around the house, the overall look and feel of our home transitions very easily with the new season.  Plus, we have a very active and curious 16 month old little boy who likes to touch everything his little hands can reach.  Due to this and the fact that we moved only a little over a month ago, I decided to keep our Fall decor rather simple this year.

Pumpkin Printable Source

This year I had the opportunity to participate in a fun Fall Collaboration Series hosted by Adrienne over at CrafTEA Mom on Youtube.  This tour is part of that collaboration.  If you would like to see more of our Fall decor simply check out my video below. The info section will have links to the other very talented ladies who participated in this collaboration, I encourage you to check them out! 

Here's to a new season!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

We're Moving, Again!

We're moving out of state in a matter of a few short weeks, that is crazy!  My mind is still trying to process everything that is going on.  Just in case you are wondering how I feel about this move, I'm excited, nervous, and sad all at the same time.  We've been waiting for this moment for years and the day is finally here.  You guys have no idea how many times my husband and I talked about moving out of California, but for one reason or another nothing happened until now.  We truly believe in God's perfect timing and we know this is not the exception.  We prayed, listened, and took the leap of faith.  Now it's time to say goodbye to our home, family, friends, and start this new journey.  I hope to share as much as possible here and on my Youtube channel, and would love it if you guys came along this new adventure with me.  Let's begin with the announcement and a few random things that happened this past week.

We began our week with fresh flowers.  Micah and I bought these beautiful flowers for my sister-in-law, aren't they just lovely?  We paid her a surprise visit at work and she absolutely loved them.  

While my husband was away on a business trip, Micah and I had the opportunity to spend some time with family.  First up was my wonderful sister who very generously invited us to a great Mediterranean restaurant near our house.  I ordered my favorite vegetarian dish, but since they were out of grape leaves (ugh, my fave), they compensated by giving me more hummus and tabouli salad.  

We enjoy our morning walks and going down the slides.  I never knew slides were so much fun!  

On Thursday I met my mom and grandma for some delicious lunch and frozen yogurt.  I had a combination of strawberry, Tahitian vanilla, and birthday cake flavored yogurt with almonds, blueberries (for Micah), and a few pieces of kiwi.  Perfect treat!

However, my absolute favorite treat during the summer time (or anytime for that matter) is watermelon.  I LOVE that stuff!  You would think I would know how to pick a good watermelon, but I still can't.  I've tried every trick (tapping, yellow spot, the greener the better) and every time I cut into it is either cheer joy or total disappointment.  There's no consistency.  Do you know a sure way to spot a good watermelon?  If you do, please share your secret.

Here is my current favorite nail polish combination, perfect for summer!

Revlon 051 Starry Pink and SinfulColors (color unknown)
My current lunch obsession - naan bread topped with hummus, avocado, tomato, veggie patty, cilantro, and a sprinkle of cheese.  It's so good and so easy.  

I hope all of you have a wonderful week!  

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

My Week Without Instagram

Last week I closed my Instagram account.  Shocked?  I am.  So many times I contemplated doing this but never had the courage to do so.  I don't like to admit that I was "addicted" to Instagram, but just between you and me, I did check it everyday.  I simply did not want to miss out on all the cool things my sweet IG friends were doing.  A few weeks ago I felt convicted in a big way and decided that it was time to take a break.  I truly believe that God put it in my heart to break away from Instagram and re-evaluate how I was utilizing my time.  I listened and took action.

I'm grateful for the wonderful women who followed, liked, and left encouraging and lovely comments.  It was fun while it lasted and I will definitely miss my daily dose of inspiration. However, I strongly feel that this was the right decision. Will I reopen my account in the future, you ask?  I don't know, only time will tell.  Just in case you are wonderding, it has been easier than I thought and I'm enjoying my time away.  However, I'm not completely walking away from all social media. My plan in to update this blog as often as possible and continue to upload new content to my Youtube channel on a weekly or semi-weekly basis.

This is a little recap of my week.  Now that I'm not spending time scroling through pictures, I've become more aware of my surroundings.  Case in point, my neighbor's lovely blooms.

Micah's fun haul!  A post reviewing these products is in the works.

I worked on a small kitchen organization project, and I really like it.  It makes me wonder what took me so long?

On Saturday I went to a very cute local coffee shop and treated myself to my first cronut.  I'm sad to report that I wasn't blown away by it, but I can finally cross this off my bucket list.  

This week was all about getting Micah a few essentials.  Here's his Baby Gap haul. :)  The sandals fit a little big but I'm sure he'll be wearing them in no time.  The gray shirt with the smiling heart was sent by mistake (we ordered a peach-y colored shirt and got this instead), but it's so cute we decided to keep it.  

Life is good.  We're in the process of potentially making some very big decisions for our little family, but I can't say much a the moment.  However, rest assured that I will write about it here once I am able to.

Hope all is well.


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Easy & Inexpensive DIY Gifts for Father's Day (Last Minute)

This is the second year that we get to celebrate my husband on Father's Day.  However, last year we didn't do much in terms of gifts - much less diy gifts.  Micah was a newborn then, which meant we were on survival mode as new parents, and I simply did not have it in me to come put on my creative gloves and start crafting.  Now that everyone is getting a decent amount of sleep (thank God!),  I decided to kick it up a notch and surprise my husband with a few diy gifts.  They are super easy to make and very inexpensive.  Most of these are kid-friendly, so get the kids involved and have fun!

These personalized rocks was the easiest project, plus it didn't cost me any money because I had all the materials on hand.

Micah helped me with this personalized canvas.  I believe I had more fun than him but that is only because he is still so little.  

This is as simple as it gets.  A glass jar and dad's favorite snack!

Source to Inspiration

This card was a bit more labour intensive but worth it in my opinion.  It's always easier to purchase a card, but there is something so special about a homemade card regardless of how neat it turns out.

I hope these ideas gave you some inspiration to make a few diy gifts for the men in your life.