Weekly Wishes // 30


Happy Monday, folks! Every Monday I check in and share my list of goals for the week and see what I accomplished last week.

I shot one of my favorite weddings I’ve ever done over the weekend, so that’s exciting. Life busy right now, really really busy. I’m working hard to keep myself balanced between working hard and taking time to relax and care for myself. Yin and yang. Yin and yang.

Last weeks goals…

1. Work on improving my posture. I tried to be conscious of it.. I did better than usual.

2. Finish a painting. I didn’t finish but got farther!

3. Go computerless all evening at least one night this week. I didn’t….. I don’t think anyway. I was on it less than usual though. 

This week’s goals… .

1. Get my garden in the ground. Between my neighbor/biz partner and I, we’ve gotten almost all of our 3 gardens filled or planned at the very least at her place… And mine hasn’t been touched! haha It’s been raining too much to get into mine.

2. Get an engagement session in. I had one scheduled for last night, but it was rainy so we were forced to reschedule.. Need to get it done this week!

3. Finish at least one of the two paintings I started. Need to.

4. Do YOGA. For real.

What are your goals for the week?!

Hot & Sour Soup


I tend to eat a lot of Asian cuisine – inspired foods. I loooooove a good noodly, brothy soup, and there are a lot of options for these when you starting searching Asian-style recipes. I actually made this soup for breakfast. It’s a good way to get your digestive system going for the day, something warm and vinegar-y.

It’s mildly reminiscent of my favorite soup at the co-op I used to work at that was called, Dragon’s Delight. There was actually a woman who swore that that soup cured her of a migraine. I like to think this is true since the world of plants provides us with some pretty darn good medicine.



  • 1/2 yellow onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 medium sized carrot, julienned
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced thinly
  • Brown rice noodles – I used fettucine.. any brown rice noodle or even bean threads will do
  • 2 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp coconut aminos (or soy sauce if your body can tolerate it)
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp brown rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Mirin
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp red chili flakes


Heat sesame oil in skillet on medium heat. Add onions, carrots, and bell peppers. Saute until just tender and add mushrooms. Saute until lightly browned.

Add coconut aminos, vinegars, mirin, sea salt, and chili flakes. Add water to cover, then add noodles. Simmer until noodles are cooked. Serve.

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Friday Faves

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Well, another week of no time to create recipes or diy projects. I have so many ideas and just no time to execute right now! I’ve got a wedding to shoot tomorrow & an engagement session Sunday. And lots to try to catch up on at the farm this afternoon! So busy right now, I’m basically only home to sleep. I’m busier than I’d like to be, honestly, but it’s all with things I love, so I’m not burning out yet.

Here are my Friday Faves!

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These cards are so adorable.

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These leggings are to die for! The colors! The intricate hamsa! So cute.

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I love this tank... gives me a project idea…. :)

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These plugs!!!! I love Alice in Wonderland. I’d gladly wear these in my ears!

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This article made me so so so happy.

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I won a gift card for zazzle & chose this fabric (and a few other things!). I think I’m going to make a dress with it. Hopefully it turns out as I envision it, my sewing skills aren’t what they used to be.

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I used to be a dreadlocked, tie dye wearing, throwback to the age of hippies flower child, so pretty much everything in this store gives me a good sense of nostalgia. But I especially love this tank.

Happy Friday, friends! :)

Weekly Wishes // 29


Happy Monday, folks! Every Monday I check in and share my list of goals for the week and see what I accomplished last week.

I got almost nothing done over the weekend because my nieces were pretty much here the entire time. But, I got SO MUCH work done today that I almost don’t even want to set goals for the week hahahaha! I feel amazing. I’ve been working on rebranding my photography business and I made a good amount of progress. I’m second shooting a wedding for a darling friend of mine this weekend and I’m excited to spend a day with my camera. I hope you guys had a great Monday! Started the week right, and all.

Last weeks goals…

1. Make some new recipes. I only made one. I’ll post it this week! I’ve been failing terribly at writing new recipes lately. I’ve been going with super simple meals that aren’t exciting enough to share.

2. Do something creative. I started two paintings and an embroidery..

3. Enjoy some time with my family. I did. SO MUCH.

4. As soon as the rain lets up, get the strawberries and raspberries weeded at the farm. I was able to weed raspberries, but it rained….. A few inches over the last week. It’s too muddy to do anything. We had hail, too. And a tornado warning. Lost a huge tree at the farm, but no other damage. I suppose that’s good? 

This week’s goals… .

1. Work on improving my posture. I was born with my spine pretty severely outta place… And it still just doesn’t stay in place really well, and can get pretty painful. But my bad posture sure doesn’t help. I’m such a sloucher. No good.

2. Finish a painting. I’ve got two drawn, I’d like to finish at least one of them. (Hey BlissfulBritt, there just might be a sailor-cat portrait of a certain black cat of yours in the making! Heheheee)

3. Go computerless all evening at least one night this week. It truly makes me sad that I spend as much time in front of screens as I do. Blogging, photography, and graphic design = a ton of screentime. I need to sit and read or be outside at least one night this week.

What are your goals for the week?!

Friday Faves


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Happy Friday, my friends! I hope you have a lovely weekend ahead. I’m planning on trying to get some serious work done. My to do list is a little bit crazy.

I haven’t had much time this week to spend online…. but I found a few cool things to share this week. And I just realized…. there’s nothing cat related!!!! Weird.Screen Shot 2015-05-15 at 7.42.43 PM

I’ve been needing new glasses for…..7 years? hahaha I know it should be a priority, but I just keep putting it off. I finally made myself an eye doctor appointment & started looking online for frames I like. Fetch Eyewear has super cute frames and 100% of profits go to animal rescue & at home try on. I tried this pair on and I love them. I think I’m going to go with these once I get my new prescription.

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This. Is. So. Cute. 

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This actually made me laugh out loud. I think I should get it just to have around for when something shitty happens to someone I know.

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I adore these earrings & I could totally wear them underneath my stretched tunnels in my ears.

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Smoky quartz is beautiful. And even better when I can wear it around my neck.

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These sticky notes!!!!

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This would be an amazing gift for any plant collector. So many beautiful succulents in one package!!!

Happy Friday, folks!! Enjoy your weekend!



Taking Stock \\ April


I realized I totally forgot to do this yet this month… Probably because I was camping on the first?! Love this idea. Saw it on Anna’s blog, Rich as Kings last month and I adore this idea.

So, in the month of April… This is what my life was about.

Making: progress. On many things!
Cooking: Simple and quick meals
Drinking: So much water + holy basil tea
Reading: Thoreau.
Wanting: girls night with the lovely ladies I grew up with.
Looking: at screens too often.
Playing: in the garden as much as possible.
Wasting: as little as possible.
Sewing: ripped clothes and my nieces ripped butterfly net.
Wishing: I had more time for gardening. I’m going to be pretty swamped this summer.
Enjoying: The time I do have for gardening hahaha!
Waiting: for the rain to stop….. so I can get in the garden. Oh boy. See what I think about most lately??
Liking: The warming weather.
Wondering: What is going to grow best for us this year.
Loving: The fact that I have a few less weddings to photograph this year than last…. I’ll actually have a few Saturdays off this summer!
Hoping: This summer is my best summer yet.
Marvelling: At all the plants changing and growing.
Needing: To organize my schedule better & stick to it.
Smelling: Lilacs. Beginning to bloom everywhere.
Wearing: The same hoodie pretty much every day.
Following: my dreams hehehe
Noticing: How quickly my nieces are growing up
Knowing: I’m on the right path
Thinking: About too may things.
Feeling: So beyond grateful.
Bookmarking: Gardening resources
Opening: Packages. I’ve been ordering a few more things online as usual.

Weekly Wishes // 28


Happy Monday, folks! Every Monday I check in and share my list of goals for the week and see what I accomplished last week.

I had a family-filled weekend. Today I’m trying to pound out a ton of stuff on my to do list… I’ve got quite a few things done already. So, time to set some goals for the week!

Last weeks goals…

1. Get organized. I did. Somewhat.

2. Do more yoga. I did more than the week before, but not as much as I should be doing.

3. Check off a good chunk of the to-do list for the farm. I have good intentions, but the forecast isn’t looking like it will comply. We need the rain, though.

This week’s goals… .

1. Make some new recipes. I haven’t worked on any new recipes lately, but I need to. This space has been lacking new recipes. I’ve been eating quick and easy meals on the run… Steamed veggies, beans, and rice. And smoothies.

2. Do something creative. Ideally, I’ll do some painting this week. But anything I feel creatively motivated to do, will be good.

3. Enjoy some time with my family. It’s my older niece’s fifth birthday this week. I seriously  can’t believe it. She’s getting so big, and it’s making me feel like I’m beginning to age. Haha!! My uncle is staying with us from out of town for a while and I’m super excited to visit with him.

4. As soon as the rain lets up, get the strawberries and raspberries weeded at the farm. I don’t know that there’s anything else to say bout that.

What are your goals for the week?!