chicago : a video

I had plans this weekend other than sitting on my couch editing, but sometimes life has other ideas (a bummed foot). The silver lining is I finally got around to putting together a video from our Chicago trip in June. We had to make a family visit to another (small) town in Illinois, so we […]

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sweet summertime : a bucket list

July 6. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that the year is HALF WAY OVER. Because honestly, wasn’t Christmas yesterday? In all seriousness, the months are blowing by. I feel like summer has been in full swing for weeks, and I have yet to do ALL THE SUMMER THINGS. Any reassuring […]

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a recommitment to slowing down

A few weeks ago I made my first trip to Illinois. We spent a couple of days in Chicago, but the real purpose of the trip was to attend my husband’s grandmother’s memorial in Putnum, Illinois. His maternal side of the family comes from a long line of corn and soy bean farmers – I’m […]

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summer fun in the city of angels

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dr Pepper®. The opinions and text are all mine. You guys know I have a steadfast love for some very particular things in this world and am nothing if not opinionated. Simply put, I know what I like and am very loyal to those […]

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summer wanderlust {venice canals}

Ah, sweet summertime. It’s just around the corner, and man has it got me day dreaming. The longer days and golden light sure do make everything feel more romantic, do they not? I’m deep in the undertaking of planning our European trip at the end of the summer. We’ll be flying into Paris for a […]

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why you should go camping – and how to do it {angeles national forest}

Ahh, the great outdoors. No better way to reset than spending a weekend in the forest with no cell service but instead with sun rays, hammock naps, and slow mornings. They sure can do the body good. I’ve been pretty open about my anxiety, about evaluating the possible triggers (if any) when my nerves are high and addressing […]

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explore la : nice coffee

Y’all know how much I love my coffee. In the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening with dessert. Popping into cafés when I travel, meeting girlfriends for a latte date, reading with a cup of joe. At this point, it’s not about the caffeine but instead about the warmth with which it feels my heart, like […]

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vancouver travel diary

The Pacific Northwest is one dreamy place. Maybe it rains a lot, but man, it sure does some beautiful things – take a look at all the GREEN. I’ve been to Portland and Seattle, but I made my first trip further north to Canada this spring. My husband was in Vancouver for work, so I took the opportunity […]

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east coast meets west coast : spring style

 It’s been a minute since my last East Coast Meets West Coast style feature (winter always seems to drag on forever, doesn’t it?), but today I am so relieved to be back with Nikki’s and my respective spring styles – all the way from New York to LA. Samantha, Los Angeles We joke about LA not having […]

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yosemite national park

2017 has been and will be the year of traveling, and I’m not mad about it. We’ve been out of town the past few weekends and will have some time to recover these next couple of days before we hop on a plane again next week (can’t wait to share the destination!). I’m grateful for […]

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