Friday Four // Valentines Edition

Hello friends and happy weekend! Its another rainy day here so Jake and I are headed to Costco yahoo!! Today I wanted to share some highlights from this past week and theres some pretty exciting news at the end so keep reading πŸ˜‰

One. School Together.Β Jake and I go to school in Rocklin on Tuesdays and Thursdays and I love it! The car rides down and back, Jake waiting outside my class for me to be done and having lunch together, whether its trying a new place or just eating packed lunches in our car together…these are some of my favorite times πŸ™‚

Two. Paw Print Project.Β My baby girl Daizy is getting pretty old. Its hard for her to make it up and down stairs now, and both of my dogs are almost completely blind. Its saddening but it doesn’t seem to keep them down. They are both still their same sweet and happy selves and still just as obsessed with hotdogs πŸ™‚ So my mom and I decided to do this paw print project with them that we have been saying we wanted to do for years. It was such a perfect sunny day and both Daizy and Rex were such good sports about it. I’m so happy and relieved to have this cute memory to hang on my wall πŸ™‚

Three.Β Jaedyn and Quinci turn 2! These little love bugs turned two whole years old on Valentines day! My sister in law threw the cutest little party and it was fun to watch them decorate cupcakes and open presents that they wanted almost nothing to do with haha Love those twinners so much!

(eating Sees candy like my Nana//One bite out of each) The best way πŸ˜‰

Four.Β Valentines Day 2017! Our Valentines day this year was mostly uneventful as it was a Tuesday and we are driving/on campus from 10am – 10 pm. But Jake did buy me this beautiful suitcase because we are going to….. HAWAII!!! Can you tell I’m excited?!?! Jake keeps cracking up because I walk around the house singing “Oh were going to the hukilau” all day long! (Its a hawaiian song… look it up on youtube)haha

So yeah, thats all I have for you today. Have a beautiful weekend!!

With love Lindsay

xoxo

Cupids Candy Cottages

Here’s a cute Valentines day activity you can do with family, friends, kids, anyone really! Everything was really easy besides for the construction of the houses (you might have to make them for the kids, I’ve heard that you can hot glue the graham crackers together to make them more sturdy for kids to decorate). All you need are chocolate graham crackers, frosting (pink, white, or red), and any valentines candy. We had a lot of fun decorating our little Valentines village of “cupids candy cottages” or “love shacks” (whatever you want to call them) and eating lots of candy of course. I love anything that I can be creative with so I may make another one with all our leftover supplies!

Aren’t these little marshmallow hearts so cute?!

My Dad even liked it πŸ™‚

“Glamour shot” of Jakes house. I love his chimeny πŸ™‚

Β “Glamour shot” of Dads house. That roof detail πŸ™‚

Let me know if you have any cute and fun activities or date ideas for Valentines day! Happy love day!!

xo

Lindsay

Empire state of Mine

 

Sweater // Boots // Lipstick

“Every next level of your life will demand a different you” I saw this quote a few months back and for some reason its stuck with me. Maybe because of current events that were happening and how repetitive they felt. But it made me want to actively try to be more optimistic and happy. For a while I’ve been trying not too expect much, not to get too excited about any one thing incase it didn’t happen because then I wouldn’t be so disappointed. Thats no way to live. So Im changing my state of mind.

Anyways these pics are from when we went to Empire Mine a few weeks ago before all the snow fell. This sweater from Urban Outfitters is my new favorite because of the turtleneck. I love it! my neck is always cold and I don’t always like scarves because I feel like they are strangling me haha. So this sweater is perfect. And these boots are the absolute comfiest things, I could wear them everyday.

Happy hump day!

with love,

Lindsay

Places I’m excited to visit!

If you have been bitten by the travel bug, love beautiful photos, or just wanted to know what one of my favorite hobbies is then you came to the right place πŸ™‚ I love love love to plan travel itineraries. I love looking up places to stay, places to eat, things to do, things to see, and when are the best times, or cheapest times to travel to each location. I love pricing everything out from how much meals would be per day to the prices of transportation. And I love the challenge of finding the cheapest flights. I started doing this in 2012 when I swore to myself that I was going to start traveling. Well… life happened and here we are 5 years later and I still haven’t caught any of those flights, stayed in any of the hotels, or visited any of my dream destinations. Its 2017 now and its as good a time as any to quit letting life just happen to me and to start living it. Im tired of looking back and saying “gosh I wish I would have just bought the damn tickets”. I’m tired of second guessing and over thinking every decision. It’s time to make my dreams my reality. Jake says this post is too sad, and maybe it is, but it makes me excited because my life is about to change πŸ™‚

SO here are my Top 5 Destinations that have been in the works for the past several years!

Santorini, Greece

Santorini looks so magical and romantic to me. Definitely my #1 choice to travel to with Jake. Not to mention how intrigued I am about the way they built this city into a mountain. I can’t wait to stay in a cave house. Preferably that pink one! πŸ™‚

Oahu, Hawaii

My Mom actually grew up on Oahu so she took my brother and I on vacation there a few summers while we were kids and I think a piece of me never left. It always felt like home and seeing pictures only reassures me that its time to make my way back.

Paris, France

Its Paris. Its classic. Its a must.

Italy

Every picture of Italy looks like the MOST beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. Positano and Cinque Terre specificaly. Also, give me all the pizza, gelato, and turquoise water!

Banff, Canada

This place is gorgeous! I can’t imagine never seeing it in person. And taking my own photos of this lake. Can you say fairy tale?!

Well there they are! My top 5 dream destinations as of today (It will probably change tomorrow haha) I hope to see all these places at some point in my lifetime, and in the meantime they are definitely being planned πŸ™‚

xoxo

Lindsay

*Photos are not my own, they can all be found on my Pinterest*

Snow day + 2017 resolutions!

It snowed last week, and it STUCK! I love the snow! It was so magical and exciting to see it covering our new back deck πŸ™‚

Ok now I’m talking 2017 Goals! This is more for me to refer back to and keep my self accountable than it is for you, but I know that I personally like to read other bloggers new years resolutions so maybe some of you will find this interesting or helpful or spark some ideas for your own list of goals or resolutions. (sorry for the run on sentence…) Ready Go!

  1. Be more consistent on blog posts. I was terrible about this last year but this year you can count on at LEAST once a week. Im shooting for every Wednesday and/or Friday. (Starting now, because I’m posting this on a Saturday haha!) There might be a bonus one here & there!
  2. Start painting again. I used to paint a lot, just for fun. Its relaxing and calming and I need some more of that in my life sometimes.
  3. Get rid of “Stuff”. I really want to move closer to a more minimal lifestyle. I don’t think I will ever actually be a minimalist because it kind of freaks me out, but you know just close to it will be fine for me. lol
  4. Do more acts of service. Whether its for Jake, family members, or a stranger, I’d like to start doing more thoughtful intensional things for people.
  5. Get our house put together. Im really excited to pick out decor for each room & do some “Room Tour” posts. And try to branch out from gray and white…but just a little.
  6. Work out 3x a week. Yes the most basic and over used resolution of all time. But would this really be a New year goal list with out it?!
  7. Start a family. Not that the effort hasn’t already been put in for a lot longer than we ever expected and I’m not going to get too far into it, but I want to really focus on this. Prayers, doctor visits, etc. Send all the baby vibes please!

xoxo

Lindsay