I was talking to a friend the other day about the holiday season, specifically what we did for the new year in celebration of the clock striking 12 on the first day of a brand new number.
I can’t believe we are one day away from 2016! It seems like every year we always say the same thing about the previous year, that it went by so fast. And this one was no different. My mom recently had her second hip-replacement surgery which reminded me that I began this year at her home in Colorado, playing nurse (being really happy that’s not the career path I chose while admiring all those amazing nurses and just WOW; you all are angels, no really, you are.) By the end of last January, I felt like I had a solid direction for my life path, little did I know, I had no idea. However, I returned to California with a plan. I was going to shoot my own stuff, be my own artist and refuse to slow down… Until we went to Paris. And thus, the humble brag begins:
I just wanted to take a moment and wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas! This year has FLOWN by and I can’t believe all of the incredible places we got to go, the things we got to do, and the people we were lucky enough to spend time with. It’s been a wonderful year!
So again, Merry Christmas.
This is the time of the year where we really value “giving.” Mostly in the form of gifts to our family and friends. It can be very stressful first finding the right gifts then spending all that cash. Wouldn’t you feel better if you got something that you know is giving back at the same time? Like a two-for-one!
I made a Holiday gift-giving guide full of gifts that give back with each purchase, plus, they are the kind of thing that anyone would be super happy to receive.
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a beautiful tribute to our own lives where we come together with family and friends to celebrate the small things, the everyday things, and each other. It’s really just magical.
So I thought it would be fun to share some of the stuff that my friends (A few that I really love and adore) are thankful for in different parts of the country. Here’s what they said:
Drew is the king of sandwich making. So it’s really no surprise that he would make something delicious in the form of a sandwich. He is brilliant.
‘Inspiration’ is one of those things you don’t really know is gone until it’s gone. Working in the creative field with photography, writing, blogging, etc. You go through extremes. For a while, it seems like you have one good idea after another and the hits just keep on comin’! Then you go through a dry spell where you can’t even think about what you like, much less what you could create.
I feel like creative block is a real thing that a lot of us in the creative field (Or any field) face regularly. But how do you overcome it?
October is one of my favorite months. It’s the height of fall when the weather is usually lovely across the country, and there’s pumpkin flavored everything. When I was in college, I would very frequently treat myself to a PSL before anyone, ever called it that. I think (And I know a lot of people who would agree with me) it just tastes like fall, and it’s coffee which makes it even better in my book.
As I get older, the PSL isn’t really my go-to for October. I don’t know why, but it doesn’t really taste that great to me anymore. It might be because it’s all processed sugar, dyes and artificial flavoring for nearly $5 and as a grown-up (or whatever I am now) that doesn’t really appeal to my health morals.
However, I do still LOVE pumpkin stuff so I thought I would focus on that and tell you about all the best pumpkin things filling your grocery stores for the next week or so.
This month (Starting in September) has had it’s fair share of ups and downs (It’s the kind that comes with moving, the inevitable ones with settling and nesting) It’s been hard and FANTASTIC at the same time. Fortunately, the good definitely out weighs the bad, and every day I wake up loving Austin, our apartment and our family more and more! I think the bottom line is that this was a heart move. One that is healing all the emotional turmoil that LA created and allowing Drew and I an opportunity to fall in love all over again. (*Swoon*)
This week is all about making foods that I don’t necessarily care for, but making them well and at home! Doughnuts are typically too sugary and just gross to me. But these! This brings it to a whole new level. I really like these, and I’m not just saying that.
Drew got this recipe from his mom, who is a fabulous cook and often the inspiration for many of his cooking ventures. His family used to enjoy these babies on the regular when he was growing up! And I totally get why…