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March 2018

This year I’m documenting what happens one little month at a time. It’s on my 101 list and it’s fun to keep track of what we’re doing. I’m sure that in years to come we’ll look back on the little details and be happy that we can remember them 🙂 Cheers to that.

Coffee Shops Visited: 8

  • Crema
  • Slow Hand Coffee
  • Case Study Coffee
  • Stumptown
  • Jim & Patty’s
  • Hidden River
  • Saint Simon
  • Thatcher’s Coffee



1 – Went to Arnold’s, Crema and RCA Studio-B.
2 – Went to Peg Leg Porker, Slow Hand Coffee Roasters. Cinco with Ernie
3 – Bowling with the Halter’s
4 – Oscar’s Party at the Halter’s
5 – Surprised the twins at their school before flying home (and discovering our flight was cancelled!)

9 – I bought Bachelor Nation 😀
10 – Went to Case Study Coffee + a cute little bakery next to it. Attempted to make a paleo apple crisp and it was AWFUL. 11 – Went to the Portland Saturday Market & Stumptown Coffee
14 – Volunteered at The Salvation Army
16 – Went to Camp Kuratli to help judge the Bible Bowl Competition
17 – Bible Bowl competition. Went to Jim & Patty’s.
19 – Got coffee with my friend Brandi at Hidden River.
21 – Volunteered at The Salvation Army
23 – Walked around the mall with my friend Anna. Had Happy Hour at Feast316 and met up with some friends at the Portland Night Market

Feast 316 Camas Washington //

Portland Night Market // Portland Night Market //

27 – Went to Saint Simon Coffee Roasters + walked to the grocery store to get dinner.
28 – Went on a hike around Lacamas Lake. Justen told me it was a walk but it was straight up a hike.

Lacamas Lake //

30 – Spent the day at camp with the Nottles.

31 – Went to Thatcher’s, spent the evening with Alan + Maria

Books Read: 2

#Girlboss and Bachelor Nation (you can read my reviews here)

Bachelor Nation //

Blog Posts Written: 4

Things Accomplished from my 101 in 1001 List:

  • 6 blog posts (#38)
  • 5 coffee shops (#47)
  • Tried a new recipe (#50)
  • 2 books (#57)
  • Bought myself flowers (#68)

Catch up on our year:

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Monday Minutes.

Crap you guys, I’m doing this. I am posting you some inspirational crap on Monday Morning. Who am I? Look, Monday’s are SO HARD. Especially Mondays that are REALLY MONDAY. Like the ULTRA MONDAY Mondays.

Here’s a little motivation for all y’all.

Mondays are FRESH. They’re often struggly, but they are FRESH. You have 1. a whole new day AND 2. a whole new week. Every day is a new day, but you’ve had some time to recharge and now you’ve got the ability to take on this whole unlived week with big, wide, empty arms. Things happened last week. Things happened this weekend. Things happened last night. But you’ve got a whole new set of weekdays to live through, and that stuff is a whole evening or weekend behind you.

NOT ONLY that, but every hour is a reset. The clock comes right back to 0 and you can choose at any point of your day to restart your day. If you’re in desperate need of some change, then sit and wait for the next MINUTE to start. There you have it. A new, fresh, untouched minute. Things might be bad, they might be hard, they might be struggly but once you survive the minute past that thing… you’ll survive another minute… and another… and then it’s been a half hour… then an hour.. then a work day, then a day… then two days.. then a week. and a month. and you. will. run. into. better. things.

If you look down the lane of the race you’re running and you are fearful, insecure, timid, worried, unprepared… then DO SOMETHING. Every precious moment is an opportunity to pick something up or set something down. Stay still until the next new minute and think about what you’re picking up or letting go, and then MAKE. THE. CHANGE. Make that change EVERY MINUTE for a DAY, for a WEEK, for a MONTH…. until the choice requires less of your energy and becomes NORMAL. That’s change. Change smarts on the smallest level, at the millisecond we get sick and tired of _______. Start or stop, but make that decision.

and even if you live today 45 seconds at a time, holding your breath for the next minute and the next hour and the end of the day… you’ll survive. You’ll sleep today off and tomorrow you can choose to hold your breath for 40 seconds at a time and one day you won’t notice the minutes passing by.

Embrace the seconds and minutes beyond what you’ve just passed through. Change the parts that you don’t like. and give yourself a lot of grace if you’ve had a really struggly Monday.

Guess what. You can re-read this post tomorrow, because it’ll be relevant tomorrow, too. I’ll be here if you need me <3


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Justen and I started dating two years ago in January, so we got to experience calendar years together, which was so fun. This is our first New Years Day to New Years Eve being married, so I wanted to document it all with monthly little recaps!


january 2018 //

Coffee shops visited: 3
Albina Press
Hidden River Roasters



4 – Spent the evening with my friend Anna.
5 – Camas First Friday, Clue Edition. Lots of sweets. Went to Hidden River Roaster.
6 – Took a girl I know shopping at Target, babysat for our friends.
7 – Justen & Andrew’s birthday party.
10 – I met up with Jackeline from Jarmendjai at Albina Press for great coffee + great convo. 2 years since we met. Stopped at Thatcher’s, where we met.
11 – Adriana came over + we exchanged Christmas gifts and watched Pitch Perfect
12 – Went to Heathen Brewing for Justen’s birthday dinner
13 – We went to Seattle for Bee + Kat’s Harry Potter themed wedding. Stopped at the Starbucks Reserve.

january 2018 //

january 2018 // january 2018 //

14 – Baby Lauren was born!
18 – Our 2nd dating anniversary. Justen used his birthday money to take us to Red Robin.
27 – Drove to Bainbridge Island for Auden’s 2nd birthday.
29 – Coffee with my dad, Bachelor with Maria.
30 – Coffee with my friend Marlis. Budget meeting dinner at Cheesecake Factory.

the woman in cabin 10 // january 2018 //

Books read: Living Well, Spending Less and The Woman in Cabin 10.

Blog posts written:

Things accomplished from my 101 in 1001 list

harry potter night // january 2018 //

  • No spend month (#6) *FINISHED!
  • Reviewed 2 months of Birchboxes (#39)
  • Posted 10 new blog posts (#40)
  • Started Project 12 (#42)
  • Visited 2 coffee shops (#47)
  • Created a signature espresso drink (#48) *FINISHED!
  • Tried a new recipe (#50)
  • Read 2 books (#57)
  • Started my empty shelf to keep books I read (#58)
  • Finished watching the Harry Potter series (#61) *FINISHED!
  • Bought fresh flowers (#68)

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Friday Mood | January 26, 2018

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We made it! We did it! and y’all I am FEELING this Friday. I’ve been babysitting overnight for 4 of the last 7 nights and I’m ready to sleep in my own bed and press my ice cold feet against Justen’s legs because he’s legally bound to me and has to put up with me. Marriage is awesome.

So anyway. This is the Fridayest Friday I’ve Fridayed through in a while.


I figured I’d share some of the stuff I’ve been collecting in my phone to share with people. Like… hey, y’all can be my people. You kind of are.

First. Let’s start with pretty much the most WTF thing I’ve seen in a REALLY LONG TIME.


The other day I saw a girl doing a Facebook live video of her preparing her baby’s placenta. It was actually a video of her with her baby’s placenta. I was like… what in THE WORLD could someone be doing with their baby’s placenta? Stupid me and my stupid curiosity, I hit up google. I’m actually judging you if you’ve done this, just saying.


A few weeks ago I left my keys at the coffee shop. When I walked back in, I realized how easy it is to identify my keys because I can be like “oh yeah, it has a mary-kateandashley keychain.” I’m super used to it and suddenly I realized how funny my keychain is. Also, I absolutely bid on (and obviously won) that keychain on eBay.

True story: about a month into dating, I thought I left my keys at a restaurant. I was panicking and remember watching Justen calmly call the restaurant and explain that we were looking for keys with a mary-kateandashley keychain with Disney Princess shoes and I thought… yeah, I think I might marry him. haha.

Real life photo of my hair this winter… anyone else feeling this? Actually my hair kind of always looks like that.

Yeah, let’s talk about how Printable Happies CONTINUES to be my spirit animal. Like… yes. everything about this. Counting down the days until we go to Nashville (31!!!!!) AND until we’re off of our no spend month so I can buy this bad boy.

Hello did y’all know that Amazon has giveaways? because they do. and on the day I discovered it, I ACTUALLY WON SOMETHING! and not something ultra lame either, I won these earrings that I actually love! I’ve not won anything since, but whatever!

I literally hate pizza, but Justen loves it, so we decided to make pizza. My half was the olive half, and when Justen presented me a piece it was a bunch of sauce and very minimal cheese and I literally lost it. I held it together for like four minutes and then I spent the next two hours crying about how Justen didn’t put cheese to the edge of the pizza. Let’s talk about how fun it must be being married to me. blonde shrug emoji

There’s all that. Happy Friday. Drop me something random in the comments below!

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SELF CARE 101: 15 ways to unwind at the end of the day

In December, I had my gallbladder removed and while I hated being in the hospital, I LOVED the recovery week. I had no option but to lay on the couch in my coziest clothes, under my coziest blanket, eat jello and binge watch Grey’s Anatomy. I was forced to just lay there and let my body take care of itself.

Since leaving my ‘regular’ job and balancing a few different streams of income, I’ve had a really hard time knowing how to stop. Some days I’ll babysit from 5:30 pm – 8:30 am, work on Poshmark listing + closet sharing + sourcing from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and then babysit from 5:30 – 8:30 am. I’ll get home, open up WordPress and try to force myself to squeeze something out. and (shocker…) there’s often nothing to squeeze because I’ve been working for like 36 hours straight.

I have a hard time letting myself rest, because every moment is a potential work hour. I’ve started to brainstorm ways to help myself transition out of “work mode” and into “rest mode” at the end of the day, and I thought I’d share my top 15 with you. I’m always down to hear more, so please drop me a comment with what you do to unwind at the end of the day!

15 ways to unwind //

  1. Take a nice warm bath. extra points for a bath bomb.
  2. Go for a walk.
    Lucie Fink recently shared that she goes on a walk when she gets home for work and it’s blown my mind. What a great way to get in some exercise and fresh air!
  3. Read a book.
    Well, not a whole one (unless you have the time!) just read a chapter.
  4. Drink a glass of water
    Stand in your kitchen and drink a big glass of water. Don’t chug it, just drink it and take a moment.
  5. Do some stretches15 ways to unwind //
  6. Diffuse some oils.
    A good calming blend is equal drops Vetiver, Lavender, Ylang Ylang and Cedarwood. Just don’t close your eyes or else you may find yourself dozing off a bit. If you want a sample of this blend, drop me a message and I’ll send you a sample of this relaxing blend!
  7. Put a few things away.
    Don’t go on any major cleaning spree, but if there’s anything out of place that interrupts your space, put it back where it should be. We’re talking minor stuff like an empty water glass or mug or a book.
  8. Journal.
  9. Put your phone in another room.
    If being away from your phone stresses you out, set a 20 minute timer and stay away from your phone for 20 minutes. Take time to just BE with yourself and your space.
  10. Change your clothes
    Put on pants that don’t button. y’all know what I mean….15 ways to unwind //
  11. Put on a playlist of relaxing music
    Doesn’t have to be Enya. John Mayer ALWAYS does it for me when I just want to unfreakingwind.
  12. Paint your nails
    Preferably while diffusing oils and listening to John Mayer… wearing pants without buttons.
  13. Meditate for a few minutes
    Use an app like Headspace and spend a few minutes meditating.
  14. Put on a face mask.
    Not trying to get ultra into DIY spa mode, but putting on a face mask forces you to just kind of take a breather.
  15. Watch an episode (or two) of your favorite TV show
    I put this one at the end because it can become a huge time suck. But there’s absolutely nothing wrong with unwinding by watching a show and diving into the fictional world of other people’s lives and problems.

Okay YOUR turn – what are things you do to unwind at the end of the day?

ps currently diffusing the blend I mentioned, burning some candles, drinking some coffee and watching Grey’s Anatomy. I took a bath (plus face mask!) and changed my clothes. So I’m living my best, most unwound life right now.

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Cozy winter movie nights with WinCo pizza and Coca-Cola®

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #WinCoPizzaNight #CollectiveBias

Is it just me, or does it seem like the days go by faster once the sun starts setting earlier? Suddenly it’s “night time” at 4 pm and it’s hard for me to want to do ANYTHING once the sun goes down.

Pair that with being a newlywed whose husband takes on an overtime project and making dinner when he gets home + eating it + cleaning up after dinner is LITERALLY followed by pajamas and bed. Y’all, that has been our glamorous life. When people ask how married life is going for us we’re like IDK we really don’t see each other that often.

Luckily, we make time to try and get time to slow down. We’ve adjusted our language from not “having time” to not “making time,” because we have as many hours in the day as Beyonce, according to Pinterest. Anyway!

On my 101 in 1001 list is a goal to watch a bunch of movies Justen wants me to watch, one of them being A Christmas Story! We made time by picking up a WinCo pizza and Coca-Cola® (for him) and a Diet Coke (for me)!  Really, is there any better way to pair pizza than with Coca-Cola?!

WinCo (follow them on Facebook and Pinterest!) is an employee-owned company with consistently low prices. Their Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat (ilovewinco) are full of behind the scenes and employee stories, which I LOVE. They limit their advertising, which helps them pass that savings on to their customers! Cozy nights in that don’t break the bank? Double win. The cozy night savings go even further. Save $1 when you buy any WinCo Pizza and (2) 2-Liter Coca-Cola Beverages (in-store coupon offer Ends 2/28/18)! We picked up a take and bake pizza at the deli and grabbed our Coca-Cola on our way to check out.

We popped in the pizza, got on our pajamas and queued up A Christmas Story. The pizza was done just in time, and thanks to our festive paper plates + cups, there were ZERO dishes to do afterwards! Which meant that we got to spend the rest of the night all cozied up, watching the movie.

Here’s the thing, y’all. It’s not about not having time. It’s not that we don’t have enough time to make memories or spend quality time or pause life, it’s that we don’t MAKE time to do those things.

If you live near a WinCo (check their site for store locations), pick up one of their deli pizzas (you can even get them HOT and READY TO GO!) grab a bottle of Coca-Cola and make time to have a night with someone you love.

Also – if you had a list of MUST WATCH movies for your spouse or best friend, what would be on them?




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