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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…


Lounging with my silly couch buddy (she loves to lay on her back, haha).


My sweet little girl. Love her scruffy face.


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


Reading alongside my pup on a restful afternoon.


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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Through My Lens 5.7.13

May 7, 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 end of April and first week of May…


Thank you, Maggie, for digging this hole to China.


Meeting little Ella for the first time!!


Hanging with Lindsey and Ella—can’t wait for them to visit in June!


Ella’s baby dedication—Lindsey and Travis are such wonderful parents already!!


My couch buddy.


Vodka Lavender Lemonade—I will be drinking this all summer long.


Strike a pose.


Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad—a refreshing and delicious dinner.


Flowers from my hubby, just because.


Maggie’s favorite thing in the world: playing with her tennis ball.


Sangria: tastes even better in a mason jar.


A little gathering to celebrate our friend Will finishing his service in the Navy!

What’s going on in your life lately? If you have links to photos, feel free to share—I’d love to learn more about you and peek into your life!

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Through My Lens 4.13.13

April 13, 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 first half of April…


Adventures in lawn mowing.


Favorite latte, favorite place.


Sharing the joys of Pannikin lattes.


My sweet friend Ashton has the most adorable baby bump!


Dinner at Poseidon in Del Mar with two of the very best friends.


I did it!! I feel like a whole new woman.


A peek at Darling’s Spring Issue—I feel so blessed to be part of the team!


Afternoon iced coffee break.


Playing with ponies (which I absolutely love now that I have bangs!).


Super energizing (and delicious) tropical green smoothie.

I spy a shaggy little girl…


Everything tastes better in a mason jar.


She loves to snuggle.


Friday morning coffee in bed with our little munchkin.

What have you been up to lately? Share links to your recent photos, if you’d like!

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March 28, 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 from my life during the month of March…


Fresh flowers and a makeshift bar.


Car show and concert with the best of friends.


Third time’s a charm when it comes to winged liner.


A pretty spring wreath for our door.


My very full, mid-week cup of coffee.


The taste of freedom.


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Notes are my love language, and he knows it.


My silly little sleeper.


Puppy nose!!


A fresh dinner at home.


A sunny springtime morning outside.


Sporting my usual uniform.

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March 11, 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 my “glamping” trip in Santa Barbara this past weekend with our friends Greg and Karen…

The beautiful campsite, and a stray cat we befriended.

Morning campfire {I look like a gnome}.

Blue bird.

Feeding goats {which are my second favorite farm animal}.

Making friends with llamas.

Miniature donkey!!!

Spotted: a teeny, tiny little field mouse!

Hand-holding.

Beach cruising around the Santa Barbara coastline.

Acting athletic.

Tree hugging.

Tree-swinging.

Discovering beauty in unexpected places.

Would you ever go glamping? What adventures have you taken lately?

P.S. Want to do some glamping yourself? We stayed at El Capitan Canyon and I highly recommend it—especially for California girls, since it’s super easy to drive there.

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January 3, 2013

This a series where I share snapshots from my daily life as captured through Instagram. 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. The following are photos from my Christmas break…

Our friends sent the cutest cards this year!

Reunited once again with my dear friend Chelsea, who I met at Pepperdine.

I sort of have a thing for J.Crew…

Nothing is better than catching up with old friends.

Me and my momma.

Christmas Eve photo shoot.

Coffee + presents, a perfect combo.

Somebody is getting Warby Parker frames soon!

Christmas morning mimosas—an annual tradition.

Christmas golfing with our friend (and future pro) Will Boyd.

They golf, we drink mimosas :)

Reading by the fire.

Getting domestic in my parents’ gourmet kitchen.

One of my all-time favorites.

PF Chizzangs.

My two loves.

Puppy ADD.

Exploring Temecula with the family.

My dad, the birthday boy!

I can’t get enough of my hubby in that adorable sweater.

Breakfast date at Temecula Creek Inn (where we got married!)

Shaggy Maggie at the beach. Love that scruff blowing in the wind.

New Year’s Eve style: sequins & gold.

Cheers to 2013!

Did you take any time off over the holidays? Did you do anything notable?

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December 17, 2012

This a series where I share snapshots from my daily life as captured through Instagram. 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. The following are an assortment of photos from the beginning of December.

Fall leaves.

Decorating our first full-sized tree!
Top knot + polka dots.
Drinks on the front porch, plus Maggie peeking out the window.
One of my favorite plants—feels just like Christmas.
Steamed apple cider for chilly December days.
Annual women’s Christmas dessert night at church.
Holiday party attire: red lips + green coat (not shown: gold sequins!!)
My cute date for the night at the company Christmas party.
New Delta Gamma friends found at the holiday party!
Post-holiday party dancing in downtown La Jolla.
Transcendent hour in La Jolla with my love.
Sunday morning sunrise.
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November 27, 2012

This a series where I share snapshots from my daily life. 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. The following are photos from Thanksgiving and the weekend following.

 
Happy Thanksmas!!

 
The silliest swing—it was so much fun to sit in!

 
Thanksmas in full effect (note the Darling Tote in the corner!)

 
My niece Jenna, every bit as sassy as I am.

 
Bailey, the little Ewok.

 
Movie time—get in my belly!! 

Kicking off the Christmas season with a favorite from my list.

 
The best sandwich in all of San Diego.

 
My friend Taxi, Karen’s cat who thinks he’s a dog.

 
My silly sleeper—so glad to be home with her again!

What did you do for Thanksgiving last week? I’d love to hear some highlights from your celebrations!

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November 15, 2012

This a series where I share snapshots from my daily life. 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. The following are an assortment of photos from the beginning of November.

My favorite candle, gifted to me by my dear friend Rebecca.

My little buddy. I work, she naps.
My first official red cup of the season. Delightful.
Pumpkin chocolate chip bread to share with the neightbors. 
Christmas is coming!
Foggy morning walk with my girl. We do get seasons in San Diego!
Brian’s CFA Charter ceremony. So proud of him!
My morning cup. I like it simple.
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November 1, 2012

This a series where I share snapshots from my daily life. 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. The following are an assortment of photos from the second half of October.

Cinnamon rolls!!

A delightfully foggy beach picnic evening with Karen and Greg for my birthday.

Best TJ’s discovery—tastes just like a York patty!

Can’t wait to dive into Christa’s book.

A perfect Saturday evening with my best friend.

Red cup at home in honor of the “holiday season.”

What have been some highlights from your week/month?

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October 8, 2012

This a series where I share snapshots from my daily life. If you’re new to the series and would like to catch up on previous posts (or just missed a few along the way), click here for past posts. The following photos are from my trip to Nashville with Rebecca, Karli and Erin.

UPDATE: Visit my Wanderlust: A Guide To Nashville post to read about all of the awesome Nashville spots we visited on our trip.


We believe in Nashville.


A chilly Nashville morning + coffee at Frothy Monkey.


Happy fall, y’all: a morning spent in Franklin.


Lush Tennessee landscape.


Lunch at Whiskey Kitchen.


Lunch at Whiskey Kitchen.


Music in the park.


Homemade happy hour.


Local chocolate discovery.


Caffeinating at Fido.


Until next time, Nashville.
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August 17, 2012

This a series where I share snapshots from my daily life. If you’re new to the series and would like to catch up on previous posts (or just missed a few along the way), click here for past posts. The following photos are from our road trip and our first week living back in San Diego.

A fiery Austin sunrise.
Scenes from our road trip.
Painting our new place.
New find: stevia-sweetened soda.
Coffee break on our new balcony. So enchanting.
Sushi date night with my hubby.

What were some highlights from your week?

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August 3, 2012

This a series where I share snapshots from my daily life. If you’re new to the series and would like to catch up on previous posts (or just missed a few along the way), click here for past posts.

Date night on the rooftop. 
The workings of a curious puppy.
Evening snuggles with my sweet girl.
Found my wedding dress while packing!
The perks of working at home: answering emails in bed in my pajamas.
A pretty appetizer made by my beloved hubby.

What’s been going on in your life?

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July 23, 2012

This a series where I share snapshots from my daily life. If you’re new to the series and would like to catch up on previous posts (or just missed a few along the way), click here for past posts. All of the photos in this post are from my trip to San Diego with Brian this past weekend.

In-flight reading material.
My heart belongs in California.
Afternoon snack.
Writing & caffeinating at my old stomping grounds.
Breakfast with Karen & Greg!
Hiking adventure.
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July 13, 2012

This a series where I share snapshots from my daily life. If you’re new to the series and would like to catch up on previous posts (or just missed a few along the way), click here for past posts. All of the photos in this post are from the 4th of July trip Brian and I took to visit my parents in Massachusetts.


4th of July sunning on the deck.


Evening sky.


Boating motto: “safety is sexy”


Neighborhood BBQ by the dock.


Sunset.


Window shopping.


Brian lounging with his big friend.


Savoring our last evening with my parents’ wiggly pup Daisy.

What’s one highlight from your past week? I’d love to hear about it!

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