DIY pipe shelving unit

One of my resolutions for 2016 is to purchase our ownย furniture. Because we’ve never done it. And we’re adults. And I can no longer bear the mismatched hodgepodge of hand-me-down furniture we’ve been sporting since college. When we got married and moved, we didn’t want to buy furniture because 1) we had no money and […]

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scenes of christmas

Finally getting around to sharing some bits of Christmas around our parts. Like every year, we went Christmas tree hunting the weekend after Thanksgiving. We came home with a 6-7 foot tall one this year, and his name is Ferdinand. He has been a lovely addition to our household. I put on Love, Actually, made […]

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thanksgiving prep

Wasn’t it just summer? And my birthday? And Halloween? How is Thanksgiving 2 weeks away? Life never seems to slow down, does it? Also, when will I stop asking questions? The next two months are going to be busy – busy with work and acting classes and the holidays (and God as my witness, a […]

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a christmas advent calendar

Happy Thanksgiving! I’m so excited and thankful that we get to spend today with family and eat a bunch of food! We were going to try and cook the entire meal to have at my grandparents’, but it was turning out to be too much of a hassle. So instead, they are ordering the meal […]

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DIY rhino costume

During our visit to the San Diegoย Zoo, we stumbled upon a zookeeper giving a feeding and information session about their rhino, so we stopped to watch and listen. Upon deciding we should all be animals for Halloween, I half-jokingly suggested Whitney should be a rhino. Well, he loved the idea. And the crafty person he […]

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DIY owl costume

Once we I decided we (Whitney, Kipling, and I) should all go as animals for Halloween, an owl was the obvious choice for a costume I could plausibly make with zero sewing skills. Originally I was only going to use clothes I had on hand plus a homemade masquerade mask, but then I decided to […]

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happy halloween!!!

Happy Halloween! I am so excited to finally share our costumes with you. Inspired by Kipling’s lion costume and our recent trip to the San Diego Zoo, we decided to all be animals! I, of course, have a small obsession with owls, and Whitney loved the rhino we got to see at the zoo during […]

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fall baking : salted caramel blondies

Fall is for baking. So last Friday, without any special occasion, I decided to bake a batch of these pumpkin salted caramel blondies, and the sea salt really gives it that something extra. I should haveย let the first half bake longer to solidify and heated up the caramel first to liquify before layering. If you […]

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our album

So, if you haven’t had enough of my wedding already, I wanted to share the wedding album I made. Sure, most photographers offer wedding albums as an addition to your package, and sure they are beautiful, but they cost a fortune. After the expenses of the wedding, I did not want to shell out $300-$400 […]

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the great pumpkin

One of the best (and maybe sometimes the worst) part about the holidays is all of the food. Good for our spirits…bad for our waistline. As I may have mentioned before I baked some pumpkin bread for my husband’s graduate student potluck dinner and to bring home for my in-laws. I baked some around Halloween […]

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