a book review : chasing slow


As I sit down to pen this review, I cannot fathom describing Erin Loechner’s book, Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path, with even half so much grace and beauty as she so writes. But, here it is nonetheless. I hope it is adequate. I don’t remember when I first started following Erin’s journey […]

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reading : Chasing Slow, A Long Way Down, and The Most of Nora Ephron. I never read multiple at once, but I’m really enjoying picking up different books depending on my mood and time of day. P.S. Friend me on Goodreads! listening : to Regina Spektor’s new album + NPR (if you follow my “stories” on Instagram, […]

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explore la : abbot kinney


Though it’s been raining consistently as of late (and I’ve been a big baby about it), the first day of the year was too nice not to be outside. 70 degrees and sunny – exactly why people move to Los Angeles (and a few other reasons, perhaps). So, after a quiet night spent in on New Year’s Eve, […]

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real life girl boss : nathalie holmes


Today I’m so excited to kick off a new series on this blog – Real Life Girl Boss. In this series, I’ll be interviewing, you guessed it, Real Life Girl Bosses. What is a Girl Boss, and what makes her real? Sophia Amoruso is the designer famous for coining the term in her book #Girlboss, where […]

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dreaming of europe in my pjs


Last summer I was able to visit Europe for the first time; in fact, it was my first time out of the country since I moved back to the United States at almost eight years old. Traveling to other countries and experiencing different cultures stole my heart and opened my eyes in innumerable ways. Ever since, […]

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new year intentions


I’m a big “to-do” list maker, and the start of the new year is no exception. My biggest challenge is reining in my long lists, so I’m left with a few realistic goals I can conceivably accomplish.  Often my intentions follow some sort of pattern or fit into the same general realm – whether it be […]

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scenes of christmas


I’m trying to fight the post-Christmas blues that inevitably set in after the holidays. There is so much excitement and cheer built up at the end of the year, that when the day finally comes and goes, I can’t help but feel a little pang of sadness in my heart. It breaks even more when […]

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disney christmas : a video

With a lot of air travel the past couple weeks, I was finally able to put together a short video of our trip to Disney. Hope you enjoy (and are able to get the last of your Christmas fix). -wonderland sam imdb.me/samanthalee

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merry christmas


Merry Christmas and happy holidays from our family to yours! Just popping in to share our family’s annual Christmas card. Somehow we’ve managed to send them out the past four Christmases we’ve spent married. I like to make it as easy as possible – I search Groupon for holiday card deals and usually end up printing from Staples, […]

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home for the holidays


Being with family this Christmas has been so good for my soul. With a hectic few months of holiday celebrations and traveling, slowing down for a few days was very much needed. I only get to see my mom and sister a couple of times a year, so it’s always really special. My mama always decorates […]

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