Sunday, April 20, 2014


a portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2014

photo taken april 16, 2014 // Denver, Colorado

Raffa continues to love being outdoors, rain or cold or shine. Contrary to his sweet scowl in this photo, a walk outside in his blue car is one of his favorite things and is sure to make him happy. I always cherish the opportunities where we ALL - John, Raffa, Mocha, and I - get to go on a walk together.

 Read about The 52 Project and why I am participating here.

See all photos in this series here.

Friday, April 18, 2014

recipes on my mind

{photos courtesy of the The First Mess, Eats Well With Others, and PaleOMG, respectively.}
// cauliflower and roasted garbanzo “rice + peas” // from The First Mess

// spring vegetable quinoa salad with lemon basil dressing // from Eats Well With Others

// easy chocolate almond butter cups // from PaleOMG

I am just coming off of a three day juice cleanse, my third, and I am definitely ready to have solid food back in my life. This cleanse was the most difficult for me in terms of feeling hungry. The juices keep me full for the most part {16 oz every 2 hours + water will do that }, but with a lot of other stuff going on the past three days, I actually accidentally skipped at least one juice a day! That left me feeling hungry; and I am specifically craving these two salads ... luckily they are made from delicious and wholesome veggies! I likely won't get a chance to make them until I get back from Durango, but I am really looking forward to it!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

custom design // bicycle baby shower invitations

Raffa and I are headed to Durango tomorrow because I am co-hosting a baby shower for a dear friend of mine there. And, I thought I would share the invitations I designed for the shower today.

A navy, yellow, and gray bicycle theme is the direction we went with the invitations because that is the theme of baby Peter's nursery. The invitation was a simple design, with a hand script and modern block font, and a whimsical bicycle illustration, which will be carried over to several pieces at the shower (favors, food name plates, etc.). We went with gorgeous navy envelopes and yellow wrap around labels. Gray and white polka dot washi tape sealed the envelopes. For postage, we went with several smaller denominations for a fun look; the guy at the post office looked at me like I was crazy when I told him I wanted to do this. Ha!

I am so excited to be going to Durango; we haven't been since January and I am hoping for some lovely spring weather. We will certainly catch up with lots of friends, go to some favorite places, and hopefully get out on some hikes. My mom is coming with us, and so the three of us - Raffa, Mimi, and me - will spent Easter today; certainly a bummer not to be with the whole family for Easter, but I am sure we will have a lovely Easter in Durango.

By the way, these baby shower invitations are available for purchase and customization in my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

cut-off shorts for spring + summer

Go figure, last week we were wearing shorts and short sleeves and as of Sunday and yesterday there is snow on the ground!

I am always thankful for the warm spring weather, being all too ready for it after the winter. I started my shorts shopping this month and have found lots of cute pairs.

Cut off denim shorts are typically my go-to for summer; here are a few of my favorites for this spring and summer.

Siwy Maud shorts in "Always With You"

These are very short, but the are slightly longer in back which means their coverage is great. I love the wash of the denim and the distressing. These fit snug and are, as of now, my favorite pair of shorts for this spring and summer.

Siwy Madeliene shorts in "Riders of the Storm"

These are a great distressed black pair of shorts. I love how the pockets hand below the cut-off. The waistband is a little wide on these, and I also found them to be a little wide, so you may want to experiment with size and possible size down one size.

Wildfox Couture Laura Shorts

Joe's Jeans Cut Off Shorts in Deja

Both of these are a little more classy of a cut off short because they are not distressed and have a medium blue wash. I have not tried on either of these and I am personally partial to specifically distressed cut offs so I may not get a pair like this for this spring and summer.

Citizens of Humanity Ana Short

Cut offs can be really short; those Siwy Maud's for example only have a 2.25" inseam! So if you want a little more coverage, the 3" inseam on these Ana shorts by CofH are a great option. The Bonnie Short by AG Jeans is also a good option.

Monday, April 14, 2014

everyday palettes // 72 // mountain swim

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Sunday, April 13, 2014


a portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2014

photo taken april 8, 2014 // Denver, Colorado

This is the face I got in response to, "No, Raffa, don't eat that crumpled up receipt."

 Read about The 52 Project and why I am participating here.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

recipes on my mind

{photos courtesy of Half Baked Harvest, Budget Bytes, and Martha Stewart, respectively}
// Cheesy Black Bean Quinoa Taco Bake //

// Greek Marinated Chicken //

// Spinach Salad with Salmon //

We had the Greek Marinated Chicken last night and it was delicious! I used chicken cutlets, instead of the chicken pieces it calls for and I also put some feta on top (broiled it for the last 10 minutes to brown the feta). We had it with baked zucchini slices and seasoned potato wedges. It was such a delicious, satisfying meal ... and it was pretty easy too.

I wanted to make this salmon salad too, but ended up making a southwestern salmon caesar salad ... basically just greens, corn, black beans, pickled carrots, avocado, salmon and yogurt caesar dressing mixed with some adobo sauce (from a can of chipotles in adobo).

That taco bake is totally calling my name for a cold night ... we are supposed to get snow on Sunday so it is looking like the perfect meal for that evening.