shadows on the tennis court

tennis01Yesterday I convinced my brother to go play tennis with me because it was such a beautiful day and I’ve been dying for a chance to play. The public court we use gets full sun, and I found myself admiring the dramatic shadows as we played. So when we finished up I grabbed my iPhone and took a few snapshots. Continue reading


pretty packaging

IMG_1360-1Do you ever buy something strictly based on how it’s packaged? A book because of its cover, a candle because of its jar, or chocolate because of its wrapper?

While I didn’t purchase this chocolate only because it has the prettiest packaging in all of the land (the logo! the patterns! the colors!), I will readily say that that factor played a big part in the final decision.

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scenes from valentine’s day

IMG_1307Growing up, Valentine’s Day was never a huge thing in my family, though we definitely recognized it. My mom would make paper valentines for me, my brother, and my dad, and in recent years dad has taken us out of town for a special dinner. We don’t put a ton of stock in the holiday, but it is fun to do have an excuse to do something out of the ordinary for a day.

This year Meegan and I, both being happily and enjoyably single (seriously, it’s great), decided to take the entire day and get out of town in celebration/recognition of Valentine’s Day/Singles Awareness Day. We picked Fayetteville as our destination (the major deciding factors being a particular coffee shop and the weather forecast).

It was a perfect, perfect day. And nothing says Valentine’s Day like cruising down the freeway with the windows down singing Sara Bareilles’ King of Anything at the top of your lungs, right? :)

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a rare january monday

IMG_0306Today it was sunny and 65 degrees. I’m told that weather like this is a rarity in this part of the country at this time of year, and I believe it. So because of that, and because tomorrow’s forecast is fully 10 degrees cooler, I seized the day. Continue reading

december / the month in instagrams

[This is the post in which I share photos and a candid review of the month. Click on the photos to read the captions.]

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IMG_9506In the past, any attempt I’ve made to take photos of falling snow has been relatively unsuccessful. The snow never shows up in the photo like I want it to.

So when it snowed here on Saturday morning, I went outside in my pajamas and birkenstocks and made yet another attempt (in the spirit of trying new things). Continue reading

the 2015 calendar.

IMG_8384_1It’s finally here! The 2nd-Annual-Free-Printable-Calendar! A new year is upon us (21 days!!), and with this calendar hanging on your wall, you’ll never not know what day it is.

I took the 2015 calendar in about a million different design directions before settling on the final layout you see here (Meegan can attest to this fact, as I was often working on it at the coffee shop before our meetings). Continue reading