Month: March 2014

Emily & Kirby’s Wedding

RZ7A5785 I can’t tell you how excited I am to post these today. We haven’t even put the photos up on Facebook, and our families are the only ones who have seen them. Needless to say, it’s time! Our wedding was one of the best days of our lives. We got married at my grandparents house in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the middle of a redwood grove. My parents got married there almost 35 years ago, and then my brother and Katherine got married there close to 6 years ago. My grandparents have lived on that property since my mom was a little girl (for 44 years) and I grew up running around through the fields and playing at the creek. In the groomsmen photos the guys are even standing in front of my grandpa’s barn where I spent hours hanging out with him while he worked. It’s a truly special and magical place.

We then moved down to Kirby’s mom’s house (Kirby and I both grew up in Santa Cruz and met in high school) which is down near the ocean and next to a lagoon. Kirby grew up in that house, and it was the perfect place to hold an intimate party for all our closest family and friends. We did everything for the wedding with help from family and friends. The only things we outsourced were rentals and photography. Everything else we did on our own. Katherine did the flowers (which were one of my favorite parts), I bought a cheap dress on sale and had it completely remade, Kirby and I handpicked every piece that the groomsmen wore, we chose all our music, my Dad played some songs that were special to us, and I designed and made all of the invitations, favors, table numbers and anything else that was there. It was a huge collaborative effort, and we couldn’t have been more pleased with how it all came out. It represented Kirby and I perfectly, and it was a perfect way to start our lives out as husband and wife.

We’re launching Wedding Wednesdays, starting today, where we give you all sorts of advice on things from how to make your own cake topper to how to throw an epic bachelorette party. I didn’t post a lot of detail photos from wedding because those are coming in later posts. I can’t wait for you to see our photos, so without further ado… Our Wedding: 07-20-2013 RZ7A5536 RZ7A5729 RZ7A5598 RZ7A5661 RZ7A5916 RZ7A5997 Walking down RZ7A6217 RZ7A6330 Little RZ7A6262 RZ7A6378 RZ7A6627 RZ7A6587 RZ7A6797 RZ7A6819 RZ7A6923 RZ7A7188 RZ7A7109 IMG_1810 RZ7A7397 RZ7A7478 RZ7A7710 RZ7A8038 RZ7A7938 RZ7A8078 Click through the gallery to see more. Photography by our amazing and wonderful photographers, Aim & Arrow

Gourmet Sandwiches & a Beach Picnic

DSC02056 A couple Sundays ago I decided that it was time for a picnic. Does this ever happen to you? Haha. I don’t think to make a picnic very often, but the weather was perfect, we had an unused picnic basket that we received as a gift for our wedding, and I thought of the idea for this sandwich out of the blue. It was as if I had no choice. Also, filet mignon was on sale at the store…

This sandwich obviously isn’t your everyday, average, throw-it-in-a-lunch-bag-after-you-spend-half-an-hour-crafting-it-before-work kinda sandwich. It’s special, gourmet, and worth every second when you have the time on a Sunday afternoon. Your taste buds will thank you.

Ingredients: (serves 2)

For Steak:

1 piece filet mignon (also known as beef tenderloin) about 1 1/2″ thick

2 Tablespoons coconut oil



Fresh Thyme

For the sandwich:

2 ciabatta rolls

1 organic orange (split into wedges)

1 cup organic arugula

1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles (or however much you would like)

2 Tablespoons organic honey

1 Tablespoon Mayonaise (optional)


For the steak:


  1. Take out filet and let sit room temperature for about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper
  2. Heat up pan on medium heat (If you have a cast iron pan, use that)
  3. Test pan to see if it’s hot enough by throwing a few dips of water on it. If it sizzles and pops, it’s ready
  4. Add coconut oil to pan and let melt. If it starts smoking and burning, your pan is too hot. Wipe off the oil and start over.
  5. Place filet on pan and let sit for about 4-5 minutes. Do not keep flipping and checking, it’ll mess up the browning process. Add Thyme to pan
  6. Flip filet and cook to an internal temp of 130 degrees for medium rare
  7. Let meat rest before you cut it so it stays moist and retains its juices


For sandwiches:

  1. Cut the ciabatta in half and toast
  2. Spread a very thin layer of mayo on bread
  3. Layer the sliced steak, oranges, arugula, and blue cheese
  4. Drizzle with honey

Enjoy!! (Preferably in a place with a view and with some Sangria…)


DSC02079 DSC02083 Cooper enjoying the view

DSC02087 Alesha and Kirby and I took Cooper into the ocean for the first time. Luckily it was a success! DSC02120 I hope you try this sandwich at some point because it is seriously, seriously tasty. It’s a perfect way to feel like you’re having a gourmet meal without paying restaurant prices. We joked about how if we were eating at a restaurant with the same view we had, our meal would’ve cost 5 times what it did to make it. Make it for a special occasion and set up a little picnic for you and your date or a few good friends, and everyone will be impressed!

I’m leaving you with a quote that made me chuckle… I rarely follow directions when I’m cooking. Maybe you’ll make up a version of this sandwich that is even better!

I read recipes the same way I read science fiction. I get to the end and say to myself “well, that’s not going to happen”
― Rita Rudner

Real Person phone upgrade

So I got an iPhone about a year ago for the first time. Before that I was a student and just had a little one-trick-pony phone. I was so excited when I finally got one where the keyboard slides out from underneath when I was in college. I remember printing out Google directions to places and trying to read them as I drove (my manual, by the way-not easy). I even saved the sheets of printer paper with directions to places I go regularly (but can’t seem to remember how to get there) in my glove compartment.

Anyway, that was a fun trip down memory lane. My niece and nephew are gonna be like “HOW did you liiiiiivveeee???”

So I got an iPhone and was like, MY LIFE HAS CHANGED NO ONE HURT IT. So I got an intense Otter Box case because I was so afraid I was gonna kill it and not be able to afford another one. Everything was fine until…

I got a little tipsy in Connecticut visiting friends.

And put a Karl Strauss Brewery sticker on the back of it.


Then it looked like a high schooler owned it. It might as well have been an emo band sticker and not a brewery.

So I was done. I hardly ever drop my phone and I was so sick of the bulkiness. I wanted a pretty case, but not an expensive one. Then I came across this site where you can download free printables to insert into a clear iPhone case that costs $10. I was stoked.

Here is the comparison:

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I absolutely love it. Check out all the awesome free prints they have at See That There! I love so many that I feel like I could change my cover every week.

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Finally, a Real Person, adult phone. So pretty, so cheap.


Surprise Your Kids…With Their Old Toys!

This one is for all the mammas and daddas out there! After your little one(s) go to sleep, pull out a bunch of their old toys…some current favorites and some they haven’t used in a while. Create a “scene” in the living room or play area, placing the toys in fun and interactive locations. 20140320-210236.jpg My husband and I recently pulled out a collection of old wooden blocks our son is inheriting. Each night, we develop a city scape for him in the middle of the carpet. We build castles, skyscrapers, and roadways for our toddler to basically destroy in the am.  20140320-210244.jpg Inevitably he will just knock the whole thing down in a joyful and exuberant childhood way! Isn’t that the best part, anyway? 20140320-210213.jpg  His toy people and wooden cars are strategically arranged throughout the scene, and every morning it’s as if he re-discovers them for the first time. 20140320-210228.jpg 20140320-210221.jpg

Such a fun sight for us to witness! I look forward to this ritual every morning :)

Have a wonderful weekend everybody! We can’t tell you how much we appreciate you visiting our space :)

If we could see the world through the eyes of a child, we would see the magic in everything” -Patsy Cline

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