Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

questions, questions, questions

dear friends,

 I would love to know more about what you would like to see on my blog and I thought formspring would be a great way! Pop on over to my accout and ask me anything you'd like...  organizing, my faith, my home or just me!

love, o

Monday, September 26, 2011

to enhance our already beautiful selves

Some of my favorites: 

1. Sea Salt Spray : so perfect for my partly wavy hair to keep it from frizzing and holding some kind of shape
2. MAC eyeshadow- Naked Lunch : my favorite base or a simple look for a casual day!
3. Laura Mercier secret camouflage concealer : AH mazing for under eye circles, miracle worker
4. Sephora bronzer - simple, cheap and not "too much" on the orange scale
5. Toner - doing wonders for my skin.
6. Loreal Voluminous: the Mascara I swear by, have been using it since I started wearing make up and have never found a better one.

what are some of your favorites right now?? 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

ode to summer

so long sweet summer
i stumbled upon you and gratefully basked in your rays

{i used to have a slight obsession with dashboard confessionals circa 2002}


Monday, September 19, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

why is it so hard to trust?

I was with a fellowship group the other night. We were sharing scripture that had been influential in our week or summer or life and it's significance to us. As I listened to hearts being vulnerable I heard a common phrase. It is a phrase that I have said many times and heard throughout my Christian walk by many peers. I heard it in a new way and it irked something inside of me.

"I struggle trusting the Lord..."

Source: None via Olivia on Pinterest

I started thinking about Jesus sitting in the circle in my backyard with us and how he felt as he listened to his best friends, his sons and daughters share that the struggled with trusting in Him. How hurt would you be if you heard all of the people you love tell you that? You'd wonder what you had done wrong to not gain their trust, you'd wonder what it is about you and your personality and how you treat them that would make them feel that way.

The thing about Jesus is that He has never done anything to make us not trust Him. He has been nothing but majestic. His love is the ONLY love. Unconditional without fault and the only love that can truly be unconditional. He is there for us when we need Him and catches us when we fall. WHY would we not trust Him?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

off the registry

a friend asked me the other day for some ideas for bridal shower gifts that are not from the registry.

Source: via Olivia on Pinterest

1. Holiday Theme- my mom actually gave me this idea, along with a family friend who gave us this as a wedding gift: get your bride a package with holiday decor in it! Getting married young, i didn't have many items of my own to decorate for the holidays or ornaments for our Christmas tree. It was great to have a few things to start me off so I wasn't tempted to do a little shopping spree at target when each holiday came around. You could pick a holiday or do a mix of a few different ones, create a package for Christmas wrap- scissors, tape, bags, tags, wrapping paper.

2. Return Address Stamp for their new home together!

Source: via cyndi on Pinterest

3. Stationery Items: Everybody needs in their home extra cards for birthdays, envelopes, stamps, and an address book. Put together a fun kit of these items for them to start out with!
4. Receipes

5. Magazine Subscription- Martha Stewart, Real Simple, House Beautiful, Portland Monthly (or your respective city)

6. Date Night Ideas- click on the picture twice to follow to the ideas!

7. Picnic Basket- pack it with a blanket, bottle of wine, plastic wine glasses, plastic plates & silverware and any food items you can think of that are non-perishable

8. Marriage Books- some of my favorites are found here, here, here & here

9. Meal on the Honeymoon- Call ahead to the place where the couple is honeymooning and pre pay for a bottle of wine, room service or a meal at one of the restaurant at the resort or in town somewhere

10. Registry Item +

WIne glasses + a bottle of wine
coffee mugs + coffee
Cupcake tins + paper for the cupcakes

Monday, September 12, 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

Off to

Santa Barbara for a wonderful wedding weekend!

Source: via Nancy on Pinterest

This will be my second time there and absolutely loved it the first! We won't have a ton of leisure time but just in case, does anyone have any must do/eat/see suggestions?

Have a great weekend all!

Thursday, September 8, 2011


Brian and I are super blessed to be apart of an INCREDIBLE community where we live. We have so many people in our life of all ages that love on us, are there for us, encourage us and inspire us. We NEVER feel lonely and are so grateful for that. I can not wait to see how it molds and shapes as we grow and our family grows and other families grow. We are in such a fun sweet spot before all of our peers have kids we can focus on growth, each other and those around us doing the same thing.

One thing we have gotten out of the habit of doing is having meals with our community. We are all always racing to and from all of our commitments and need to take more time for this.

I am loving these dreamy tables today:

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

portland street of dreams

One of Brian and my favorite things to do in the summer is go to the Portland Street of Dreams. It's a street of about 5 homes that are BEAUTIFUL. This year's street was made up of houses that were a lot more realistic in size and amenities. I love seeing the different decor and themes and fun ideas for not only the structure of the house but the interior design, colors etc.

take a peak of some of last years favorites here.

and this year:








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