Friday, June 12, 2015

Hanging Out

We're still searching for a home in Savannah, but I'm already thinking about lounging in one of these hammocks with a tall glass of lemonade. Hopefully, we'll find a place for it soon.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

L.A. Vacation Family Photos

During our California trip, we stayed in a charming rental home in Los Angeles with the loveliest enclosed patios full of succulents and citrus trees. My dear friend Amy of Reams Photo paid us a visit from San Diego and did an impromptu family photo shoot for us one afternoon because the setting and light were just too pretty to pass up. I love how she captured this moment in time for our family. These are a few of my favorites.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

D is for Dog

This canine alphabet poster would make a fun addition to a gallery wall or be a great gift for a dog show enthusiast like myself. I'm happy to see my favorite Old English Sheepdog represented, and I'm always impressed when those tricky Q, X and Z categories can be filled.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Thoughts of the Week

Spiked lemonade all summer long.

I've always dreamed about living in some sort of repurposed space. This home in an 1850s church is amazing.

Who'd have thought Band-Aids could be so stinkin' cute?

Give me all the donuts please.

Also, all the donut waffles.

Ready to start my pool float collection.

I'm hairstyle-impaired, but this one seems doable.

Love this cute and classic front porch!

I hope you have a fun weekend planned! We'll be continuing our house hunt and celebrating my brother's birthday. Life still feels chaotic at the moment, which is why posts here have been so sporadic. I hope to find a routine again soon, and I hope you can forgive me. This Clickhole article comes to mind. ;) Happy Friday, friends!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

We Made It

We made it to Savannah! I think packing and moving top my list of least favorite activities, but we pushed through with the help of my mom -- we desperately needed an extra set of hands to seal boxes and hold baby. Now we're settling in, searching for a home and enjoying being so close to family. I'm excited about our life in the lowcountry and seeing what unfolds next.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Family Photos at Joshua Tree

During our California vacation, we stayed at Joshua Tree National Park for one night. I'd come across these beautiful family photos a while back, so I wanted to take some of our own during our brief stay. Despite the hot sun, a rattlesnake sighting (eep!), and Harrison getting a face full of sand, we managed to capture a few sweet moments. It seemed fitting to share them today since I'll be enjoying my first Mother's Day this weekend. I'm so happy to be a part of our fun, little family. Happy Mother's Day to all you wonderful women out there!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Road Leads Back to You

We're back from California, and I can't wait to share more about our trip, but first, a life update. After just over a year in Austin -- a very eventful year -- we've decided to move yet again. We're headed to Savannah, Georgia! It's my hometown, the place where Jonah and I got married, and all of my family lives there. Things came together quickly as they tend to do once we step out in faith, so the next couple of weeks will be filled with packing and moving. I never thought I'd have the chance to live in Savannah again, since we've opted for big cities throughout our marriage, but a baby -- and remote work opportunities -- can change everything. We're excited to be near family and settle in for a while, and I'm excited to rediscover my home. Hope you'll stick around for our next adventure!

Friday, April 24, 2015

California, Here We Come

We're flying to L.A. today for a nice long California vacation. We have lots of friends to introduce to Harrison, there's a new baby girl we get to meet, and we're just excited to relax, check out some shops and food trucks and enjoy the sunshine. Follow along on instagram if you like. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Food Tees


I think our little family of three could use a set of these shirts. Next on the list, donut tees.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Frocktails: Girly Grapefruit

For this frocktail, I've teamed up with Q Drinks. Their sodas are delicious, made with natural ingredients and perfect for adding a little fizz and flavor to cocktails. I stirred up a GG Thiz, a tasty, slightly savory cocktail using thyme simple syrup, lime juice, gin and sparkling grapefruit soda. 

It's a perfect shade of pale pink, so I paired it with this sweet floral dress from Gap. It's casual but cute, has a flattering flared skirt and deal-sealing pockets. A drink and a dress fit for spring!

GG Thiz
Recipe courtesy of Q Drinks

2 oz. gin
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. thyme syrup
6 oz. Q Grapefruit or other sparkling grapefruit soda
Lime wedge or slice for garnish

To make thyme syrup, dissolve 1 cup of granulated sugar in 1 cup of water, while heating to a simmer in a small sauce pan. Once simmering, remove from heat, add 5 thyme sprigs and let steep for 30 minutes. Strain and cool.

Fill a highball glass with ice, pour in the gin, fresh lime juice and thyme syrup. Top with Q Grapefruit and garnish with a lime.

Dress found here. See past frocktail posts.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Teething Toys

We're at a phase now where everything Harrison gets his hands on goes straight to his mouth -- so we may as well give him something cute to gnaw on. These teethers from Little Sapling Toys are handcrafted from maple, naturally anti-bacterial, and I love the simple, modern look.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Pull Up a Chair

I tend to be drawn to color in almost all cases, but when it comes to dining chairs, I'm not so sure. I love each of these shades, but I wonder if colorful chairs in bulk are too much of a statement. What do you think? Is it better to go with neutrals in the dining room?

[spotted here: yellow; blue; coral; mint]

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Pretty Playing Cards

I don't give much thought to decks of cards. They're one of those things that I don't remember buying, but I always have stashed away somewhere in a junk drawer. But these two beautiful decks designed by Karla Pruitt put other cards to shame. I'm already inspired to play solitaire and host poker nights more often.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Thoughts of the Week

I've got Easter on the brain this week. This Easter bark is too clever.

Bunny ears to make your ice cream cute.

And the Easter basket of my dreams.

Also, I can never resist a pavlova.

I love the style of this Chicago condo.

Macaron ice cream?! Yes please forever and ever.

Hope you have some fun in store this weekend and spring is in the air wherever you are. We're heading to Houston -- dog, baby and all -- to celebrate Jonah's birthday! Harrison's bringing his new sunglasses.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Girl Scout Cookie Inspiration: Samoa Ice Cream Terrine

I have love for all Girl Scout cookies, but Samoas hold a special place in my heart thanks to the tasty trifecta of chocolate, caramel and coconut. I tried to recreate the magic in a terrine version with three pints of gelato. It's all the flavor of the beloved cookie in frozen form.

Samoa Ice Cream Terrine

1 pint of coconut gelato
1 pint of caramel gelato
1 pint of dark chocolate gelato
1 cup toasted coconut
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate

Line the inside of a loaf pan with plastic wrap, letting a few extra inches hang out over the edges. I found taping the excess plastic wrap to the outside of the pan helped the first layer go in smoother. Let the pint of your first layer of ice cream or gelato (coconut), soften for about 20 minutes, so it’s spreadable. Using a rubber spatula, spread the whole pint in a flat layer over the bottom of the pan. Place loaf pan in the freezer for 30 minutes.

While that layer freezes, remove your second pint (caramel) from the freezer, so it can soften. Once the first layer is firm, spread the second pint of ice cream over it and return the loaf pan to the freezer. Repeat the process with your third layer (chocolate). Once you’re finished, cover the top layer with plastic wrap. Let the finished terrine freeze for at least 6 hours. Once it's ready, unfold the plastic wrap and invert the pan onto a serving plate. With a little wiggling, the terrine should slip out. Remove plastic wrap and garnish with toasted coconut. Melt chocolate and drizzle or pipe over terrine. Slice with a serrated knife and serve immediately.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Cord Case

I'm always in need of more organization in my life, which is why I like the idea of the cordito. Instead of finding tangled headphones at the bottom of my bag, they could be neatly organized alongside all my other electronic accoutrement and rolled up in a handy leather burrito.


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