winning!

Sorry, I have to write about this because I never win anything! Okay, so in working out my idea for my 30 before 30 book, I was perusing the website of Pinhole Press who makes the wonderful photo journal books where I want to publish our completed list as a coffee table book. They had a contest where you could write your idea for a book and they would choose their favorite to receive a voucher for a free book and shipping, I decided to enter my idea just for fun…and they picked me! I know, I know, I was totally suprised today when I checked my email today (and a little giddy!). Thank you Pinhole Press! Sadly, this book will take a while to put together so I’m hoping the offer when still be valid once we’ve reached 30, ha.

 

it’s complicated

If life worked exactly the way we wanted it, I would live in a Nancy Meyers film (Father of the Bride, Something’s Gotta Give, It’s Complicated) she is an amazing director who can do no wrong. Her sets are always to die for – the perfect mix of high and low that creates living rooms and kitchens you see yourself entertaining in, aways whipping up elegant and beautiful meals and laughing over witty banter and a perfectly chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc with friends like Steve Martin and Meryl Streep. At thanksgiving, you gather your large family who is plagued with dysfunction, but all the more charming for it, at your lovingly distressed re-claimed farm table for 12. Nancy Meyers just gets it. Her latest  home from It’s Complicated is up for sale, how gorgeous is this one level mediterranean in northern California. And don’t even get me started on that bakery shop she owns!

lightening up

Sooo I am no designer or photographer, but I am determined to learn some basics to take better personal photos and prettify my life a little. I love coming across blogs that feature tutorials for Photoshop that I can try to DIY, and so I was thrilled to come across this tutorial as I have always been drawn to the gorgeous quality of images that look creamy and washed. It lends such a dreamy look to even the most basic photo and I really wanted to know how everyone else was doing this so fabulously! Well, I learned one way at least, check out the before and after. Maybe I will attempt to spiff up a few of our favorites from the vacation!

image via Pinterest.

you, me and dupree

How sweet are these faces? Due to our moving nearly every 6 months it’s beyond unrealistic to have a puppy (or child, or anything that needs water and care) but when we settle one day I think we will need to add one of these to the family! Taylor already has a named picked out and everything…

images via Pinterest

30 before 30

Life since we got married has been crazy, unexpected and unsettled. It has created opportunities and we are learning about ourselves, but it has also led to feeling like we have put some important things on hold. We have started a tradition in our marriage where we pick a “theme” for the year. This theme is meant to used as needed for making whatever situation we are currently in work a little better for us. For example, last year the theme was, “throw money at it.” Yes, I know, sounds irresponsible. I promise, it’s really not. This was established because we kept sacrificing an experience or making life way harder than it needed to be to save a little moolah. While it’s important to save, it’s more important not to save living for later. “Throw money at it” was created to be a bit of a mantra for when the going got tough and we needed a little something to help us get going. This experiment went well, which lead us to ask, what do we need this year? As we are both rounding 30 faster than we’d like, we are realizing we have places to go, things to do, people to see and the time to do them is now; before baby, before house, before maybe moving back to our beloved (yet remote) North West. So, drumroll please, commence the 30 before 30 list!!! This will extend for the next two years and I feel it will be our best theme yet. Of course, it seems appropriate that we will put together our 30 before 30 list in Mexico, where we will be checking off #1- our first just-us-two real vacation. To commemorate this project, I was inspired by a photo journal Piece of Toast did about their first 5 years together, and I want to publish ours as a keepsake reminding us that living is something you simply must wake up and decide to do. List to come after our trip!

images via Piece of ToastPinhole Press