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Through My Lens {April 2014}

May 2, 2014

This a series where I share snapshots from my daily life as captured through my iPhone. If you’re new to the series and would like to catch up (or just missed a few along the way), click here for past posts, and follow me on Instagram to keep up with my daily adventures.

It’s been a month of mixed emotions. There has been a birth and a death, moments of joy and moments of sorrow. All kinds of fears, and all kinds of excitement.

We found out on our 3-year anniversary (April 16th!) that we’re having a baby boy, who we’re naming Jack, and that has probably been the most exciting of all. I can’t believe it’s already May, and I’m one month closer to meeting my little guy. Pregnancy has been filled with all kinds of fear, but I also know that it’s an immense privilege and gift to carry a child, and I don’t want to take it for granted.

Overall, I’d say April was a busy month and a mostly good month filled with good food, friends, family and (finally) coffee…

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Coffee + scones.

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A homemade veggie burger and fries. Delicious.

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After a pretty pedicure with my friend Karen, the day before she had her baby boy Charlie!

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Where I’ve been most of the month: reading on the couch!

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Quinoa and black bean tacos with Sriracha-lime Mexican street corn. (Recipe coming, I promise.)

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My moisturizer (and stretch-mark-preventer) of choice.

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Got to visit my favorite spot in Malibu for a birthday party. Sadly, no vino for me. I guess I’ll have to go back again soon!

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Morning reading.

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Made the delicious “Rice Cream Sundae” recipe from It’s All Good. So fun!

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A bump shot at 16 weeks.

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Shauna Niequist’s blueberry crisp. Always a good idea.

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A spring pea risotto, also from It’s All Good. Clearly I can’t stop cooking from that cookbook!

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Bits of a tasty dinner outside.

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Beach essentials.

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My sweet, snuggly girl.

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Brian and I at dinner with friends. Typical.

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My girl Annie and me on our first double date with the husbands. Many more to come!

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Avocado toast for life. Can’t stop eating it.

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Maggie in her happy place.

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Another bump selfie—18 weeks!

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Hanging with my friend Ashton’s daughter Blakely in Austin. She is so expressive these days! Can’t get enough of her.

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Karen’s baby Charlie!! 9 lbs, 12 oz. Love this big guy!!

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Candid moment with Ashton and Blakely in Austin.

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And then for real.

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A mini-reunion of college girlfriends at our friend Rachel’s wedding in Austin, TX.

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Brian and I holding baby Charlie for the first time.

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19 week baby bump, snapped right before we found out that we were having a baby boy!

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A new “J” mug in honor of Jack, plus a cute onesie from Auntie Ashton.

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Wyoming sunset on our drive out to Uncle Randy’s funeral.

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Games and giggles with cousins.

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A beautiful and heartbreaking moment during the graveside service.

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Our selfie Easter photo. Never remembered to take a real one!

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My new favorite pouch, with one of my favorite quotes.

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The moment I realized Jack hit a growth spurt! Whoa baby!

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My first pregnancy jog!!

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Breakfast and reading out in the backyard.

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The contents of my tote (shared in hopes of winning the Madewell #totewell contest).

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Coffee + scones.

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20 week bump, in my favorite maternity shorts my friend Ashton lent me.

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An afternoon (decaf) iced mocha during the heat wave we’ve been having. Toasty!

What have you been up to this month? Do share! (And include a link to your blog if you share photos, too!)…

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Through My Lens {Early 2014}

March 29, 2014

This a series where I share snapshots from my daily life as captured through my iPhone. If you’re new to the series and would like to catch up (or just missed a few along the way), click here for past posts, and follow me on Instagram to keep up with my daily adventures. The following are photos from the beginning of 2014…

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A quick snapshot before New Year’s Day brunch in San Clemente with our friends Ashley and Scott.

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The moment my life changed forever.

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A delicious corn chowder from A House in the Hills.

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View from an early morning walk with Brian.

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Snuggling with Maggie, as always.

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Pretty notebooks to kick off the new year.

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Fresh bread in Boulder.

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A tasty beverage at lunch with friends.

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Dave and Brian fighting over scoops of gelato at Pizzeria Locale. (Not shown, Erin and I chowing down as well.)

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A meet-up with three dear blogger friends in Denver.

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Sneaking in my veggies with the tastiest green smoothie from Whole Foods.

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Homemade tomato bean soup, inspired by our trip to Boulder.

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Smooches from my shaggy little girl.

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Hot beignets for brunch at Union Kitchen & Tap. Seriously amazing.

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Enjoying a family dinner outside thanks to comfy new lounge furniture on the patio.

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A beautiful afternoon walk near the golf course.

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My new monogrammed swimsuit from RahRah Designs.

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San Diego’s best cinnamon roll from Claire’s on Cedros. (It’s part croissant, part cinnamon roll and tastes like absolute perfection.)

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Nothing makes me giggle more than watching her sleep like this.

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My strongest pregnancy craving yet: veggie sushi, which I literally had for lunch at least 3 times a week for a month.

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A pretty little tank with a nice reminder on it from the gals at The Kindred Street.

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Poolside essentials at my parents’ house out in the California desert.

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A sweet moment with my niece Hannah in Ohio. Love that girl so much!

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A few friends at the baby shower we hosted at my house for Karen and baby Charlie. Due any day now!!

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My new shower must-haves—Mild Marine Shampoo and Super Rich Conditioner—thanks to dry ends, plus the extra oils pregnancy is creating on my scalp.

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An early bump photo after a big lunch. It’s crazy there’s a person growing in there!

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Beach essentials on a sunny Saturday.

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Play time at Dog Beach in Del Mar with a huge Irish Wolfhound that looks sort of small in this photo because Brian is taller than the average guy.

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An afternoon of lounging with my new Kindle Paperwhite. I can honestly say that I read 100% more than before now that I have one!

What’s been notable about your life in 2014 so far? Let’s hear it!

Top photo: a delicious beet burger from a lunch spot in Boulder. Needless to say it was devoured promptly after this photo was snapped.

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Through My Lens 9.18.13

September 18, 2013

This a series where I share snapshots from my daily life as captured through my iPhone. If you’re new to the series and would like to catch up (or just missed a few along the way), click here for past posts, and follow me on Instagram to keep up with my daily adventures. The following are photos from our family vacation in Galveston this past weekend…

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What have you been up to lately? If you have a link to your photos (even Instagram!), feel free to share so I can have a peek into your life, too…

 

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Through My Lens 8.17.13

August 17, 2013

This a series where I share snapshots from my daily life as captured through my iPhone. If you’re new to the series and would like to catch up (or just missed a few along the way), click here for past posts, and follow me on Instagram to keep up with my daily adventures. The following are a jumble of photos from the end of July and the beginning of August…

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Jury duty must-haves.

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The best morning greeting when Brian leaves the house before I get up.

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Beautiful handmade bib necklace from my friend Lauren!!

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Morning reading material.

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Sushi date night with the hubs.

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Homemade acai bowl (recipe to come very soon)!

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Devouring last month’s book club pick.

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Friday morning breakfast date at our favorite local spot.

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A life-changing discovery at Trader Joe’s.

What have you been up to lately? If you have a link to your recent photos, I’d love for you to share it in the comments! I’d love to have a sneak peek into your life…

P.S. Darling Issue No. 5 (now for pre-order!), plus how to get the J.Crew look.

Through My Lens 6.10.13

June 10, 2013

This a series where I share snapshots from my daily life as captured through my iPhone. If you’re new to the series and would like to catch up (or just missed a few along the way), click here for past posts, and follow me on Instagram to keep up with my daily adventures. The following are photos from this past weekend, when our friends Travis, Lindsey and baby Ella came to visit for the first time…


Our first morning with sweet Ella.


Can’t get enough of her cuteness (and adorable striped sweatshirt)!


A quick snapshot before dinner at Prepkitchen in Del Mar.


Love birds.


My favorite human being.


So glad I captured Ella’s excited face!! It’s my favorite.


The boys, doing a little weekend yard work. (Thank you, thank you!!)


Hanging out with Ella at Dog Beach.


Soaking up the sunshine.


High school friends reunited, plus baby.


My Lindsay Letters Be True Mug arrived in the mail!! Of course, I used it immediately.


Afternoon lounging in La Jolla.


Savoring some sunny moments by the sea.

What have you been up to lately? If you have a link to your recent photos, do share! I’d love to have a sneak peek into your life…

P.S. Some thoughts on changing my tune on motherhood and also baby fever.

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Through My Lens 6.1.13

June 1, 2013

This a series where I share snapshots from my daily life as captured through my iPhone. If you’re new to the series and would like to catch up (or just missed a few along the way), click here for past posts, and follow me on Instagram to keep up with my daily adventures. The following are photos from the month of May, including oh-so-many pet photos for the animal lovers out there…


My sweet little girl. Love her scruffy face.


Making friends at dog beach! Meet Harley, the cutest golden I ever did meet!


Coffee + cookbook reading makes for a delightful long morning.


Cat-sitting for Karen. This kitty thinks he’s a dog, for real. Love him!!


Fresh summer fruit.


A tasty breakfast hash…vegan, of course!


Weekend reading. I’m a sucker for catalogs.


Scenes from a lovely wedding in Los Angeles.


Hanging with my cute wedding date.


Another successful beach run! Thankful the mirror lies aren’t taking over my brain anymore.

What have you been up to lately? If you have a link to your recent photos, do share! I’d love to have a sneak peek into your life…

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