Tuesday, July 07, 2015


A few days ago the girls and I had brunch at a cute restaurant in Carlsbad called Cafe Topes. The second you walked in you were flooded with inspiration, one that caught our eye in particular was how they displayed their daily specials on a roll of craft paper hanging on the wall. Over the 4th of July, Tiffany recreated this look to display the beers at her party.
I simply LOVE this idea! I wrap gifts in kraft paper so I have a lot of it lying around. I think it would be fantastic to have this in a kitchen area with the meals for the week written out. I do not have the wall space anymore in our current home, but plan on using this idea whenever we move. It would be a slight upgrade from writing our meals on a post-it that's slapped on our refrigerator.
Kraft Paper + Twine + Wall Hook (Obviously one that has a good anchor to it so it doesn't rip out of the wall)
This would be good too to display quotes on a wall, a family bucket list or goals, a weekly bible verse, the possibilities are endless!

Hope y'all had a fantastic holiday, we sure did!

Monday, July 06, 2015

Monday Motivation

Have you heard of the blog A Cup of Jo
Of course you have, how silly of me. I have been reading her blog for years, even before starting my own. The other day she posted about Reddit asking, "What is the most beautiful paragraph or sentence you've ever read," followed by a few of her favorites. I am such a sucker for a good quote or inspiring message. (It's why I do Monday Motivation), but in terms of just picking one...? There is no way. So, just just like any other Monday, here is another quote I love, and one I tend to go back to whenever I feel the need for answers instead of living through the questions.
"I beg you to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer."
- Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Do you have one favorite paragraph or sentence? Or are you like me and totally unable to commit to any one phrase.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

simple decor for the 4th

4th of July is almost here and I am SO excited to celebrate one of my most favorite holidays with friends! Even better...my husband is home this year to celebrate too! When decorating for the 4th of July, I feel like simple is key. Almost as if the real decoration should be this land or the home you've created. Adding American flags to a wall or door, or tossing a new into a vase offers such an impact without being overwhelming.

Here were my favorite inspirations from around the web...

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What are your plans for the 4th of July? Camp Pendleton has a huge beach bash every year which seems totally fun but way too crowded for me so we're biking over to a big block party in the neighborhood just next to the beach. Happy Independence Day friends!

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

southern indulgences

It was such a treat to spend the week in the south with my husband and his family. It was my first time meeting his mom's side of he family which had me feeling totally nervous like when you first start dating someone.
From early mornings, rocking on the weathered white chairs to strolling along the uneven brick in the small town of Apalachicola, and everything in between... we tried to soak up the south as much as we possibly could.

The morning we arrived, we started out with breakfast at The Cracker Barrel and candy sticks for the road. I always have to grab a few of these when I leave Cracker Barrel because they remind me of the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Tutti Frutti is my favorite!

The lighthouse greeted guests the second they crossed over the bridge to St. George Island. It was out first stop on the island...

Oysters for dayssssss (totally not in season, I know, tisk tisk)...

Dewey skin & salty kisses from my main squeeze...

Brews (Microbrews make me think of San Diego and Asheville mostly, but I love seeing them making an appearance in small cities) & baseball caps...

Magnolia trees...

A lowcountry boil & the lowcountry...
Our hearts felt rejuvenated after a week of family and a slower pace. It was the first time Ben saw his parents and family post deployment so it was special for us to have that time with them and I can't imagine a better place for family to come together. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Monday Motivation - 4th of July Edition

We're back from Florida! We are feeling completely rejuvenated, but also happy to be home. Can I be honest with y'all for a minute? While we were in Florida, I kept complaining to B about how much I wanted to move back to the south, how much I missed it, and how I was "over" living in California. I felt bad whining to him about it around every turn, but the south matches my personality so much and I found myself missing even the little things.

On Saturday evening we arrived back in San Diego as we were taking a cab back to our condo, B the cab driver and I started talking about how beautiful the city was. The weather was perfect and the city lights twinkled in reflection off the bay. In the midst of conversation we learned that our driver was from Iraq. I remember at one point in the conversation we asked him how he likes living in San Diego and he responded with, "I am living in America, what is not to like."

He told us the story of his family coming here and listening to the obstacles that his family endured to get to this country, I felt incredibly silly antagonizing about living in one great city over another all week. It really brought me back into perspective of all that we have here in the United States. We have the freedom to move and live in so many beautiful places, the freedom to disagree on politics and form our own opinions, the freedom to grab opportunities that many people don't even dream of. Sometimes we get wrapped up in our world that we start to feel entitled by what we are given by simply being born here. 

For your motivation this week, if nothing else, be thankful that you get to live in this country and live freely.

Friday, June 19, 2015

bon voyage

From paradise to paradise...
We're off to St. George Island, Florida for the week! I am looking forward to being back on the east coast, surrounded by family, and in a serene beach town.
And I really wanted y'all to see my pineapple bikini top.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Welcome to the South - Gift Basket

The other day I talked to you about a gift basket Britney made for the people who bought their house, well B and I did something similar for friends who got married this past weekend. I love crafting a gift basket and as silly as it may sound, there is a science to it.

Our friends Neal and Ally tied the knot last Friday and then up and MOVED 3 days later! They are currently on their way to Georgia for a couple of months and after going to North Carolina. Since they are not from the south, we decided to give them a themed gift for their wedding. We filled a basket full of all things southern (*Note: It's hard to find anything "southern" on the west coast - Amazon helps).

Links: Gun & Garden Southerner's HandbookSavannah Bee Company Tupelo Honey, Palmetto Farms Cornbread Mix - I love this whole company, hush puppy mix and best of all grits, but I wanted to ease them into it, Junior Johnson's Moonshine, oyster shuckers

And when this is the reaction to your gift....you know you did something right.

PS. Since they wouldn't fit, I made them promise their first purchase would be a set of rocking chairs to round out their immersion into the south.