Tuesday, September 30, 2014

cowboys & angels

For whatever reason, deep in my husband's heart this is his song for us; which while I find so undeserving, yet so flattering since it speaks so highly of how he feels for me...
Ironically, I feel it fits so perfect for him too...
He's part surfer, part country boy, and whole Marine, basically the perfect mix, in my eyes.

I cherish having already shared so many seasons with this man. Life has only gotten sweeter throughout the years.

Where you go I will go and where you stay I will stay.
- Ruth 1:16

Monday, September 29, 2014

pumpkin palooza

This weekend I took Kim to Trader Joe's to experience the pumpkin-ness that happens during the fall months. She's only been into Trader Joe's once before and, it was with me when we were rushing and there for specific items. This time however we were able to enjoy it, read all the personal recommendations under each product. Between the always outstanding customer service and delicious selections, Kim and I spent over an hour just strolling up and down the aisles. 
 Here are the seasonal/pumpkin items I walked away with...
For the pumpkin beer I plan on rimming the glass with cinnamon sugar... 

It's super simple to do and adds such a wow factor to the overall look and experience of a pumpkin beer.
[Mix 1/4 cup of brown sugar and 2 tbsp of cinnamon on a plate. Run an orange slice around the rim of the glass, then roll the glass around the sugar mixture.]
Try it!

Kim opted for the Pumpkin Spice Rooibos Tea (after highly recommended by myself), pumpkin butter, and Pumpkin and Cranberry Crisps! Oh, and the baby was craving dark peanut butter cups.

Yum, all around, you really can't got wrong. 
Do you have a Trader Joe's pumpkin favorite?

Friday, September 26, 2014

stop and smell the perfume...

I have been mixing for months to create my perfect perfume. Some scents were too leafy, some way too sweet, others just plain out not a good mix. This one though, a winner! I love this smell - Ben loved it too, musky and sweet. 

What you need:
Sweet Orange Essential Oil
Sandalwood Essential Oil

While using the pipette, add vodka 3/4 of the way to the top of the bottle. Next add 10 drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil and 30 drops of Sandalwood. Bottle, cap, and leave the mixture to settle for two weeks, shaking once a day to allow for perfume to mix. Give a little shake each time before use, and enjoy!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Summer Berry Cumble

Okay, so for a second let's hop back to summer. It's been heating up again in Southern California (I will totally be getting my fall fix soon - more on that later!!!!!) so I had to share with y'all my new (to me) summer dessert staple. Bonus! It's super easy to make.

A couple of months ago at a potluck with friends, my girlfriend made a berry crisp that I seriously could not stop eating. I totally had dessert seconds. I don't even feel shameful admitting it because it's was so delicious. She handed me over the recipe so I could make it when Ben was home. 

This recipe serves a larger group of people, but when I recreated it at home, it was just for Ben and I, so we may have had it for breakfast the next morning as well, topped with yogurt instead of vanilla ice cream. When you read the ingredients, you'll understand why this treat is sooooo decadent, but it's worth every little delicious calorie. 

What You Need:
1 c. blackberries
1 1/2 c. raspberries
2 c. strawberries
1 1/2 c. butter
3 tbsp white sugar
2 c. all purpose flour
2 c. oats
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
(Serves 8)

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degree
  2. In a bowl, toss the fruit with sugar. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine four, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg together. Cut up butter (slightly softened so it can combine) and mix it into the dry ingredients until the texture is crumbly.
  4. Add half of the crumble into the bottom of a pan (I used a Pyrex). Next, cover the bottom layer with your fruit and top with the remaining crumble.
  5. Bake for 35 minutes until the fruit bubbling and the crumble is golden.
  6. Serve. Best with vanilla ice cream, in my opinion. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

first day of fall

Happy first day of fall (well tonight), my friends! I love this time of year...all the way through to the New Year. So much cheer and goodness all around! While the temperatures are still in the 80's, there is a crispness to the air, hinting that fall is just around the corner.

Inside my home, I switched out my candles and Scentsy's and swapped over my decor the day Ben left (it was how I coped). Take a look at my little hints of fall...
[mini gourds] 

[ceramic pumpkins lined up on the mantle]

[entryway - to set the stage and atmosphere for when guests arrive]

[chalkboard wisdom]

[An Indian corn (my favorite!) wreath]

[A first day of fall outfit - all fall hues, of course. And it's most certainly too warm for cords, but they will be worn today, by golly!]

Have a great, pumkpin spice and everything nice, kind of day! Now go have a pumpkin scone!

Friday, September 19, 2014

super hero

Sometimes where I work is so.much.fun. There are moments I think I should have followed my original college path and become a teacher. Or maybe I just want a baby. Wait. Not yet.
Anyways, today is SUPER HERO DAY at work! It's been our second super hero day (since I've worked there) and, "Oh my gosh!" these little munchkins are so cute and so excited to show off their theme wear, especially today.

 Slowly my collection of theme wear for work is growing and I got super excited when I found this Marvel tee at Walmart (of all places). I wanted a Captain America shirt but they didn't have one. However, I did find this awesome gem.
Just saying...it's probably my new favorite...
[Top: Walmart, Jeans: American Eagle, Shoes: Charlotte Russe]

Do you have a favorite superhero? Marvel or DC?

When Ben and I first started dating, he started calling my dad Superman. Even still, my dad is in Ben's phone as Mr. Superman Ozga.

For me, Captain America is hands down my favorite superhero.

Thursday, September 18, 2014


While Ben was home I asked my sweet friend who is a professional photographer if she was available to capture a fun session of Ben and I. We I really wanted some good photos before he left. Remember these photos with the horse? The same photographer who did that shoot did this one too! This session was at the Oceanside Harbor, one of our favorite places. 

(Lauren actually blogged about our session here and here)
There were so many I loved, but of them all, these were the most fun to take...
I mean what girl doesn't like being twirled like a princess by her prince charming?