i love: november

i love - november
make room 2015 advent calendar + devotional by the naptime diaries, mama bear necklace by rebekah gough, fikire leather pouch by fashionABLE, pinecone fire starter DIY from somethingturquoise, project life card organizer by stamp-n-storage, knitting/crocheting needle case by otterburnpq, sorry i’m late tee from thug life shirts, octopus ornament from crate & barrel

The Holiday season is upon us! One of my favorite parts of this time of year is everything feeling a bit cozier. That pinecone fire starter DIY is calling to me, or at least taking up candle making…

The advent calendar + devotional looks like such a lovely way to prepare for Christmas, and I think I’ve found the cutest ornament ever! The tee is so me it’s embarrassing, so I think my goal is to work on my attitude toward going to things for the next two months.

A few things on my list all fall into the organization category, not surprisingly. I keep finding myself digging around the bottom of my purse, so a pretty leather pouch sounds perfect. It’s a similar story with my knitting needles (and now crochet hooks!) – they are all in about four locations – and this is by far the loveliest case I’ve found. And I can’t really ever get enough of Project Life organizing systems. This one is amazing because the slots are customizable and it sits out so everything is visible, and therefore usable.

Lastly, with all the baby shower prepping I’ve been doing mamahood is on the brain, and that sweet mama bear necklace is simply gorgeous.

 

P.S. Fun news! I’m starting a new job today! After a few days of delay it’s finally my first official day. This is also a big part of why my posting has been a little more sporadic than ought to have been. I’m a bit nervous but mostly excited. I’m still processing and deciding what this means for this space, but I intend to keep writing and posting – just maybe a little less frequently. We shall see!

Cheers + Happy Wednesday!

i love: november

cilantro lime avocado magic

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If you’re anything like me, you sometimes find bags of old, slimy, black herbs in your fridge that never had the chance to reach their full potential.

They were purchased with the good intentions of joining taco night, topping pasta dishes, or flavoring soups, only to be partially used and then forgotten. Until weeks later. Slimy and black and destined for the trash.

And another thing: what about all that flavor in the stems? Is that just automatically condemned to the trash or compost for it’s lack of leafyness?

Well to all of that I say: no more!

I was inspired the other day to throw some of the best taco toppings into a food processor and make a little magic. Here’s the gist:

Cilantro Lime Avocado Magic Stuff

  • 1 bunch of cilantro leftovers – stems and all!
  • Juice from 1/2 a lime
  • 1 avocado
  • Salt

    Throw all of your ingredients into the food processor and pulse until thoroughly combined. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.

So now, what do you do with something like this? Well, what DON’T you do? [that’s an exaggeration, there is plenty you absolutely should not do with this magic stuff]

It makes a fantastic topping on tacos, chili, soups, and just about any dish with “southwestern” in the name. It also simplifies serving as it combines three delicious toppings into one!

This stuff is really strong. I could eat it with a spoon, but Matthew not so much.

It is also a great base for a salad dressing! Keep it Paleo/Whole30 by adding some pepper and thinning it out with oil. Or go for a creamy dressing and add some mayo/greek yogurt, pepper, and then thin it out with some oil. For both of these I would recommend a light, flavorless oil like grapeseed or avocado oil.

The batch I made kept well for 4 days sealed in the fridge, but there wasn’t any left after that to know how long it’ll stay good for.

I can’t wait to make some more….cilantrolimeavocadomagic

cilantro lime avocado magic

our wedding // reception

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Party time!

But really, there’s nothing quite like the relief of being DONE planning a wedding and being able to just relax and enjoy everything and everyone.

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We spent some time before the reception taking more portraits [which resulted in some muuuuuch better light].

But then it was on to dinner!

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One of the big things I learned about planning a wedding is that at the end of the day the details don’t really matter – it just matters that you plan and prepare for something. People need to eat and somewhere to do that, but the specifics of what and where don’t make or break the day [unless it’s like reeeeeally bad, then maybe it would]. I love hearing the relief and joy in the parents’ voices at receptions – it’s just too good.

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We had a bounce house at our wedding. No, I’m not kidding. It was so much fun my family even used it the next day for a birthday celebration too!

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For our wedding favors we made homemade vanilla extract, bottled and labeled it all ourselves. We even spent hours and multiple drill bits on making the custom display…

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Entering the party like: whaaaat whaaat

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First dance! Let me just say, if you’re nervous about this you should be. Not really, but I would definitely recommend practicing before hand. You don’t need legit dance lessons or anything, but just practice moving together and talk about how you want your dance to go. We trimmed our song down quite a bit so that it didn’t drag on. It was definitely short, but we didn’t have any awkward moments of “man, this song just keeps going, doesn’t it?”

Don’t be nervous, this part is way fun even if you aren’t a dancer couple planning on doing the Dirty Dancing routine.

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One of my favorite parts of the reception was the anniversary dance! We chose some songs to be played and had all the married couples come to the dance floor to dance. Then callers announced lengths of time and the couples sat down as the number of years surpassed their years of marriage until only the couple marred the longest was left. The first one was: “if you have been married for less than 4 hours, please have a seat” which ended Matthew and I’s short stint on the floor🙂. It was lots of fun and it turned out my aunt & uncle were the winners!

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Instead of a traditional cake, we had a tower of mini cinnamon rolls. So. Good.
[our cute cake topper]

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One of the other personal touches was the bonfire + s’mores.

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Dance party!

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We enjoyed every last drop of the evening, in spite of the dropping temperatures.

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It was such a good day.

our wedding // reception

twelve blankets one year // september 

Welp, finally getting around to posting September’s blanket!

In September I decided I didn’t want to buy any yarn and instead used my stash of scraps to make a scrap yarn blanket! This blanket is 100% inspired by this one. But I definitely don’t think it turned out quuuuuite as well😉.

I knit this blanket in the seed stitch which I think works really well since adding the different blocks causes the stitching to go in different directions.

One of the hardest parts of this blankets was picking up the right amount of stitches. As you can tell by the bubbling in some sections, I picked up too many on some rows which makes the whole thing a little awkward.

In it’s current completed state it’s quite small and reminds me more of a door mat or a small area rug than a blanket. But the cool thing is I can just pick it up and add more whenever!

This was a fun little blanket to try out the technique on, but this pattern has my mind swirling with ideas…

Simple, easy enough, and my favorite: done.

twelve blankets one year // september 

weekly links // 3

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Hello, world! I’ve been MIA for two weeks because Matthew and I went on a trip to celebrate our first anniversary! It was so much fun that I needed a second week to recoup from the trip haha. I plan to finish up our wedding “series” next week, so stay tuned! But now, on to the links!

This lovely treasure trove of free printables by Emily Ley.

I found my plan for December’s blanket!

Not to nerd out on you or anything, but HOW FUN IS THIS LEMBAS BREAD RECIPE?!?!

Gorgeous and functional? These pinecone fire starters are!

My lack of fall decor had me in love with this knitted pumpkin pattern and this cute little acorn pattern.

This homemade goo-gone recipe has CHANGED MY LIFE!! [ok, that might be a slight exaggeration, but this stuff is so simple but works like magic.]

One of my goals for 2016 is to complete 3 “next-level” knitting projects, I think these slippers will be first.

Looking for some gorgeous one-of-a-kind paintings? Crystal Moody has you covered. My fave.

Love these fun light fixtures form Lucent Lightshop.

Pretty little desk calendars by Katy Girl Designs.

LOVE this extensive review of the Get To Work Book / love all of Nicole’s blog.

These new Christmas Project Life products made my heart flutter, I mean come on.

It doesn’t take much, but this lovely ceramics shop got me super excited for the Christmas season.

And lastly, this amazing FREE series of webinars on marriage. So many incredible speakers and it’s set up in an interview style that reminds me of my favorite podcasts. Definitely worth checking out.

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currently…

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Planning a baby shower for my sister.

Knitting up October’s blanket and
Needing to buy more yarn for it already.

Fighting to get up in the mornings to run.

Reading Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1 and thinking how fun it is after taking Greek Tragedy in college.

Watching Star Wars with Matthew.

Trying to be motivated to clean my house.

Working on a digital 2016 goals tracker.

Wearing hoodies + jackets & loving it.

Drinking hot coffee out of my new favorite mug.

Cooking in the crock pot lots.

Dreaming about Christmas, but
Remembering to enjoy November first.

Getting overwhelmed by all the tabs open in my browser and in my head.

Doing too much window shopping.

Cleaning up my phone by using Google Photos.

Loving these gorgeous ornaments and hoping they don’t sell out.

Feeling crazy inspired by Melissa Hartwig’s latest periscopes and feeling almost ready to jump back on the Whole30 train…

Wishing you a happy Friday + great weekend!

currently…

our wedding // ceremony

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Our wedding ceremony was the heart and soul of our wedding day.

Leading up to it I literally got knots in my stomach just thinking about walking down the aisle and speaking in front of everyone. But when the moment arrived the nervousness didn’t. I was so relieved to not spend such an important moment sick to my stomach.

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During the walk down the aisle, most of my focus was on not tripping over the front of my dress, which was somehow still too long in the front. I remember laughing with my dad and feeling so excited and slightly weirded out that so many people were looking at me.

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Matthew was feeling excited and pumped and focused on smiling so that his focus on walking at the right pace didn’t take over his face. All I remember is that by the time I could see him, he was definitely smiling.

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We both wrote our vows and it was incredibly sweet, but then Matthew took it one step further and SUNG his which was a total surprise [as you can tell by the last picture].

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I was so blessed to have my friend sing during two key parts of our ceremony, the ring blessing, and the feet washing.

Everyone gave me “you’re crazy” looks when I described what I wanted to do for the ring blessing (so I didn’t describe it to many), but it was one of the most special parts of the day and we were thrilled to include our guests in our ceremony in that way.

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Nothing too crazy or ridiculous happened during our ceremony and it went as rehearsed, thanks to the small army who helped ensure it did. Weddings are a ton of work and we are so grateful for the amazing people who gave of themselves on our wedding day.

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Yay!

p.s. Happy Back To The Future Day! Hopefully this means the edited hoax photos will stop going around😉

our wedding // ceremony