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 yoga girl on the bed. 

from a while back, our delicious parfait date. (recipe here).

the storm is coming. 

we have so many pretty trees in our neighborhood. loving all the plumerias blooming lately. 

she asked if she could set up a picnic. the cutest thing. 

the view from my resting spot (marlowe's bed)

walking away with my favorite flowers. 

terrible lighting, but I love her little pose. 

blue skies. 

more blue skies. 


them and pirates of the Caribbean.

still in california--- but wanted to share a few pictures from home <3<3<3 the time change is hitting me hard-- also all this amazing fun--- it's exhausting having this much fun ;) sharing an update tomorrow and eating photos to share this week too :) yay! happy monday, friends! 

See Ya Next Week Florida!

Welp, M and I are off today. Alex, Jerry, and the chickens (who still hate me) will be here tending house.

I like traveling with little miss M. She's a really great travel buddy-- always has been. Even as a baby, I've never had issues traveling with her. Thankfully. I can't imagine not easily traveling with kids. No way, not at all. I need to be able to be on the go and I need people in my life who can do it with me :) I mean, she's not great at car rides-- well, I'm sure she would be if I stuck a device in front of her-- maybe one day. But she's great on planes. We're doing two night flights to CA, hoping we both sleep on them. I probably won't, but hopefully. Our next flights, to Massachusetts, in three weeks, is during the day--- and much shorter too, so that'll be even easier. I feel like I've gotten moderately better at flying-- it's just when the turbulence hits that I lose it now. heh. But I'm breathing in and out and trying not to share my fear with Marlowe. So far so good.

I bought this book in LA this past month. For the flight home. I haven't finished it yet (even though its really short), so I'm hoping to finish it up on this trip.

I've made a pretty awesome food list for the bay area so far. I have to put it all into a map :) If you have any other food recs for San Fran, San Jose, Berkley, Oakland, or surrounding areas, please let me know :) We don't have too many concrete plans yet. just hanging out with friends, trying to sleep enough, asian massages (without the happy ending please), and eating loads of food. It should be a really good trip :)

A few people on IG and snapchat messaged me about meeting up. I'm for it. I mean, I met the friends we're staying with in CA via the internet :) And now they're people I want in my life everyday. I love them so much-- so I'm usually put o meet more people-- just bad at planning. But if you're in the bay and want to meet up, maybe at the botanical gardens or lunch or something, email me :)

Alright friends. I'm going to pack up my electronics and tie up all the loose ends before M and I head out :) Cant wait to take (and share) CA photos :)

See our recent LA trip: HERE
And our past Bay Area trip HERE



Hey guys, so hows everyone's weekend been? Mine was good-- painfully tiring-- but maybe thats a good sign I had fun? I feel like I've been majorly m.i.a. lately. Though I don't think most people would call 3-5 days away from the internet (while using snapchat at least every other day) *m.i.a. from the internet*, right? haha. But me not posting 5 days a week on the blog and everyday on instagram is pretty weird for me anyway.

Speaking of instagram, did your feeds change over to the new algorithm? Mine hasn't yet, thankfully, but I know Alex's feed is no longer in chronological order. I like to call this "the beginning of the end of instagram".  Changes like this certainly caused the end of Facebook for most people. But who knows what will happen. Instagram isn't exactly an *instant* thing for most people anymore anyway. Ya know? Personally, I feel like I'm in a weird funk with instagram this past week anyway. Or with photo taking in general. I've hardly taken any photos at all. I want to though. I'm sure our California trip this week will help. I'm excited to go off with Miss M. my second of four trips this summer. And I know four can seem like a lot of trips for a three month period, but I wish I was taking five or six, haha. I seriously just want to be everywhere at once, like my thoughts.

I feel like I don't have much too say, but mostly because my mind is overloaded (more than usual) and I don't even know where to start with putting my ideas to writing. Hmmm. I've been dreaming a lot lately. Super intense dreams at night and super day dreaming thoughts too. I swear, you could leave me in a sunny field for hours, with some headphone on and I'd be smiling the whole entire time. Alex was right, there are definitely ants pinging around in my head-- but there's also a super amazing bollywood story going on at all times too, haha. I'm weird, it's okay.

Anyway, I'm beyond exhausted. I'm not even making sense to myself and the dark circles under my eyes are INTENSE. Super sexy too. I kept Marlowe up pretty late tonight (the two of us went on a little movie theatre date) so I'm definitely hoping she sleeps in tomorrow and I get all caught up on my sleep :) And I finally finished Felicity (it's left me with so many question on my own life--- again, because I'm super weird and overthink everything, but whatever) so theres no reason for me to keep myself up tonight ;) We all can dream big, right?

Alright friends, I'm hoping I'm in more working order tomorrow. Hope you guys had an amazing weekend! Happy monday!


Dining Room Going Green

*This post is sponsored by Valspar paint
Do you ever just get the urge to paint your house? I get it all too often. Alex and I have been planning to paint the exterior for quite some time nowwe even have our colors picked out. But right now, I'm looking at smaller projects like, "Well, maybe we should finally do that." You guys have seen our dining room before. It's decent, in my opinion, but my biggest regret is not painting the walls white when I moved in. I painted the lower half white but left the top half a cream color out of sheer laziness. So the other day, I was sitting on my couch, looking across the house, and I turned to Alex: "We should paint the dining room." He didn't jump and say, "YAY BEST IDEA EVER!" (though he maybe should?), but he agreed that maybe it was time to paint the dining room. Most of the walls in our house are white, so we both agreed we should try a much bolder color in this room. 

When I realized that Valspar had created a Zero VOC* paint line, I was like, "YAY MORE COMPANIES GOING GREEN!"because, duh, perfect timing! 

I know I've touched on it before, but it was probably 3 or 4 years ago when I moved in here. But choosing the right paint is super important. Not just the color-choosing part (though that's obviously super important), but also the type of paint. VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) can be dangerous. They have a negative impact on air quality and, in turn, your health. Health effects from VOCs range anywhere from allergies to headaches and in the most extreme cases cancer. They're badreally bad. So when you're thinking about painting your homeespecially bedrooms (but really any part of your home)think about the type of air you want to be breathing in. Is it something toxic or something much safer? I mean, the answer is simple really. 

So yeah, to see more paint companies coming around with zero VOC paintand available for purchase at Lowe’s? Well, that's pretty rad in my opinion. Also, in a ton of colors! When I have found zero VOC paints in the past, the selection has been very limited. But Valspar Zero VOC* paint had a TON of options! Endless options! Visit your local Lowe’s to find a color you’ll love.

We left Lowe's with a flamingo friend and three cans of Valspar Reserve Zero VOC* paint. There were a few options, but that one was supposed to be the best—- and have the best coverage for sure. A one, *maybe* two coat business and you’re done. Sounds good to us. And the flamingo was necessary, obviously. 

We're excited! And a tad bit nervous, haha. But mostly excited! I haven't done a bold and bright-colored wall in maybe 9 yearsbut we're thinking it should come out pretty good. Any guesses on the color we chose? Can't wait to show you! 

*This product contains 0 g/L VOC as calculated within the margin of error by EPA Method 24 

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