life is effort – and so is your happy {spring gardening}

“Life is effort, and I’ll stop when I die.” – Jerry Smith, Rick and Morty Anyone else watch Rick and Morty? I can’t get over how ridiculously absurd and hilarious (albeit often gross) the show is. If you aren’t familiar, it’s an animated series (for adults) following the adventures of a kid and his scientist grandfather as they […]

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happy friday and a giveaway {closed}!

If you caught this post on Monday, you’ll remember I mentioned a fun giveaway with JORD Wood Watches. Watch the video above and head to my Instagram to enter (P.S. You’ll get something just for entering!). Good luck, and HAPPY FRIDAY! 🙂 Camera work by Tony Castillo. Editing, script, and voiceover by me. This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches. […]

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real life girl boss : maddie mcguire

*Disclosure: YouTube automatically plays video at a low resolution. Click your Settings button on the lower right corner of the video and change to 1080p HD for the best viewing quality. I’m so excited to be back with my next installment of Real Life Girl Boss – this time on camera! – with Maddie McGuire, a filmmaker in […]

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hollywood sign : a video

Sometimes you can live in a city for four years and still not see some of its most famous landmarks. I don’t think there’s anyone on this planet who isn’t familiar with the Hollywood sign, and whenever I see it in the distance (on the off chance the smog has cleared), it’s always a bit surreal. […]

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new filmmakers los angeles

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the New Filmmakers Los Angeles festival – a monthly event sponsored in part by SAG-AFTRA (the actors’ union) that screens independent films. This was my first time attending an actual film festival, so I didn’t know what to expect. At the invite of my friend Maddie McGuire, […]

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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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san francisco : a video

We’ve had several short weekend trips this year, but our quickest was just 24 hours in San Francisco. Here’s a little video I put together of our trip, and you can read more about the specifics here. P.S. A weekend in Portland and Seattle. -wonderland sam imdb.me/samanthalee

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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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i watched the gilmore girls revival and this is how i feel about it

So, I finally watched Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. I agreed to wait until my friend got back from NYC to watch the revival together (why am I such a good friend?!), only to find out he’d be leaving the next day and we could only squeeze two of the four episodes in. […]

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happy weekend links

It’s FRIDAY, and I don’t know about you, but this week has felt exceptionally long. We have a busy weekend planned and a Thanksgiving potluck on Monday before we fly back to Texas for the holiday. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and in the meantime, here’s what’s going on in my world and some […]

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