March Roundup and Favorites

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So much happened this month.  I can hardly believe that it was all contained in only 31 days (well, 29 actually since I’m posting this a little early!) One of my proudest moments this month was the launch of this new blog.  I had been thinking about this move for awhile, but it felt so good to finally put it out there.  Brainstorming about where I want this to go, what I have to offer, what I still want and need to learn and then how to make it all happen . . . its mind boggling but so exciting at the same time.

Here were some highlights from this month (pictures above: top to bottom, left to right): The only time up the mountain this season.  It was a sad year for snow, but I still had one good run; Thai Teas and O’s favorite Thai restaurant in LA; handmade gift for O’s b-day; in line at Universal Studios;  pre-yoga workout shot; 85 Degrees iced caramel macchiato- delicious!; O made sure to pick out only the best pieces of wood for our new home project; Dad getting out his table saw for the first time in a long while to help us with our woodworking project; love the way this sign was designed at Juice it Up!; cooking my first stir-fry; taking a run on a very familiar route while contemplating the possibility of doing a full marathon in the near future; cooking up a pizza creation at Pieology; playful O captured; a craft day with just family was so relaxing and fun; Dad wearing one of the Christmas presents I got him last year- he lives down the words on that apron for sure; a little pre-Easter egg decorating.

And now for the favorites!

Recipe: I didn’t do a lot of cooking or baking this month, but I did some serious food research (in other words, I looked at lots of beautiful pictures of foods I want to make).  Here’s what I bookmarked: This breakfast goodie might create a new standard for our Sunday mornings.  You must know I love cinnamon rolls when I show you my next recipe .  Nothing like a well balanced diet, right? ;-)  I’ve also been eying this book recently.  I’m very much a beginner cook and I feel like this book might be a good starting point for a cooking newbie.

Home project: Thanks to my monthly goal of covering up some blank wall space, I managed to actually hang up some pictures! And, thinking about future projects, I’m seriously loving this idea:

Makeup product: Covergirl Stay Fabulous foundation . . . this was my everyday staple for this month.  Very lightweight and the pump makes it sanitary and mess free.

Crafting product: It has to be these mambi chip stickers from Me and My Big Ideas.  So many stickers for such a great price and they seemed to go great with a lot of the projects I worked on this month.

Movie: It might be a tie between Gravity and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2.  Both were great movies . . . in their own ways :-)

Favorite Read: Being between three books can be a good and bad thing.  Sadly, I didn’t finish a single book this month, but I’m finding The Five Paradoxical Commandments to be very uplifting and enlightening.  Hopefully I’ll be sharing a full review soon!

Workout Routine:  Running . . . it’s an oldie but goodie.  I really took advantage of the time change and great weather in SoCal and went for several after work runs this month :-)

Song: Oddly, nothing really stood out to me this month.  I typically listen to music while I’m in the car, but this month I definitely had more quiet car rides . . . must be all that yoga!

Saying/Quote: “Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.”

 

Weekend Layouts

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I’m really liking the way these weekend layouts came together.  I didn’t have a concentrated amount of time to sit down and craft, so the layouts just came together in the little chunks of time I had to pop in my room to add some paint/embellishments.  It was a bit chaotic, but it was also a lot of fun, and a new method of working for me!

ImageI’m sure there will be many more layouts with our wedding photos in the future, but the one in the layout below is truly one of my favorites (if not the favorite).  I love jumping photos.  How can you not smile when your feet are off the ground and you’re 4 feet in the air? . . . okay, I think I only make it about a half a foot off the ground in that wedding dress, but you should see me fly in my everyday clothing!

ImageImageAnd then there’s the next photo which has 4 of my favorite people in the whole world in it!  So obviously it’s a favorite too.  How is it that all of your wedding photos soon become your favorite? . . . Am I alone here?

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Food Adventure: Banana Bread

ImageDon’t you just love comfort food?  For me it often comes in the form of eating something that reminds me of my childhood . . . and this banana bread definitely reminds me of weekend afternoons when my mom would be in the kitchen preparing 1, 2, (and sometimes 3!) loaves of banana bread to use up all of our too-ripe-to-peel-and-eat bananas.  Mmmm . . . I love the aroma that fills the whole house when this bread is baking in the oven.

ImageMy favorite time to eat this bread is when it’s had a few minutes to cool after coming out of the oven, when it’s still warm enough to melt a little butter on top.  I usually keep it at room temperature the next day and then pop it in the refrigerator, where it can stay pretty fresh for about a week!  I still enjoy the cold bread as a morning snack (second breakfast anyone?) with a little coffee/tea.  Yum!  Hope you enjoy this banana bread as much as I do!

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1 cup sugar (granulated) or regular
½ cup shortening
2 eggs
3 bananas (these need to be overly ripe,)
1 tsp soda mashed with bananas
2 cups flour
½ cup walnuts (I prefer mine without)
1 tsp salt

Grease 1 loaf pan;  Bake at 350 degrees for 60 min (sometimes longer); Toothpick in center must come out clean.

Us, two years later

ImageToday we celebrate 2 years!  2 years ago we met for the first time in a little Corner Bakery cafe on a stormy Saturday afternoon.  The wind was blowing so hard that it actually flipped my umbrella inside out right outside the cafe!  Yeah, not fun when you’re trying to make a great first impression.

Every day I am so grateful for this man who is now my husband.  Of course we hit an occasional bump every once in awhile along this road, but there isn’t a day that goes by that isn’t filled with laughter, smiles and love.  Love that he’s always in my corner being supportive . . . and, I’m always his #1 fan! Love this guy so much.

XO

(HUGE thank you to Brian Fletcher for taking the photos featured in this post.  What an awesome photographer to work with for our engagement shoot and on our wedding day.  More engagement photos can be found here and some of our wedding photos can be found here.)

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Project Life: February 22 – March 2

ImageIt has taken me a little while to jump on board with project life, but I think I’m finally finding my groove with it.  I decided to not follow any kind of pattern, but to just document the most interesting/meaningful moments throughout the week.  Sometimes that will include photos and events from several days and sometimes only one day. The last couple of weeks I’ve been putting my layouts together on Friday nights and then finishing them up on Saturday morning.  Its fun looking through all of the photos and doing bits of journaling.  In a way, its kind of a therapeutic way to reflect on the week.  We shall see how this goes!

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Hawaii Honeymoon: Part 1

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Having Hawaii as our honeymoon getaway was truly a dream come true.  Somewhere along the line of our wedding planning we had tossed around the idea of traveling out of the country, and even went to get our passport photos taken.  However, there just wasn’t enough time to work full time, plan a wedding, and learn all the ins and outs of visiting a new country in 5 months!  We chose to stay in the states and visit one the most popular (if not THE most popular) honeymoon destinations.  It didn’t at all feel like we were settling . . . it is Hawaii after all!

This Part 1 post is just a few select photos of the beautiful Oahu landscape.  When we arrived in Oahu and were exiting the airport it was barely raining outside.  Throughout the whole trip we enjoyed amazing weather, with just a couple of scattered showers that didn’t really effect our plans at all.  Mostly the weather was perfect- between 75-80 degrees . . . perfect . . . and just how we imagined Hawaii weather to be ;-)  And the landscapes?  Well, they pretty much speak for themselves in these photos.  Breathtakingly beautiful.

 
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