Summertime Favorites: Movie Night

August 28, 2014

Hello all! This past weekend, with the weather being hot and sticky, we thought we'd get together for a cozy movie night. After we had recently watched Zach Braff's "Wish You Were Here," (read our review) we were all reminiscing about one of our other favorite Zach Braff movies, "Garden State."  We also made our own popcorn and, of course, enjoyed one of our favorite desserts, s'mores!

Enjoying the last bit of sunlight before going in for our movie.

Sweet little Atticus got his first haircut this weekend, and he's growing up into a handsome little man!

Sharon made our favorite garlic popcorn and s'mores with ice cream for the evening. 

Paula's pup, Maya asking us for some popcorn. 

About to enjoy our movie!!

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Randall working it for the camera.

Support Local Crafters!

August 27, 2014

We love craft shows. Especially those that support local artists and crafters. It's fun supporting people in their own crafts, but it makes us feel like so much more part of the community to help those around us in what they love doing. Recently, one of the local breweries in town, Urban Chestnut, hosted an indie craft show organized by St. Louis Craft Mafia (is that not the greatest name for a craft community??). So we decided to go check it out! 

It was totally beautiful outside (this was before the heat wave of 2014 hit STL..we're still sweating), a perfectly picturesque night! We had loads of fun connecting with new crafters and seeing some familiar faces (we're talking Creature Type's Beyonce awesome!). 

Some of our favorite local vendors included Bohemian Babies, Just Liv, and Rack & Clutch. Check out this shop on wheels!! We can't wait for the next STL Craft Mafia event. 

Isn't this truck amazing???
Check out STL Craft Mafia for more craft events around St. Louis!

Music Monday: Of Monsters and Men

August 25, 2014

Music always fills me with whimsical nostalgia. It's strange how music can have that effect on you - invoking a heightened sense of memory. Certain songs or albums often remind me of special moments in my life; I can remember that season of my life vividly.

In my birthday wishlist post, my top item was Of Monsters and Men's My Head is an Animal album on vinyl. This album is one of those that somehow became very significant to me. When I listen to it, I can feel the warm summer breeze of the day that I first heard it. I remember the iced green tea that was my go to drink over those hot months, and my favorite past time was waking up early with the sun for a 5am Pilates class. This was a good season for me.

Much has changed in my life, but I love how these tunes take me right back to those sweet moments. Music has that unique power of making you feel somehow more alive when you listen to it. Of Monsters and Men is "soundtrack to life" kind of music for me. You know, when you find something that is so your style that you know it will be in the movie about your life? This is it. It's folky and magical - I seriously can't get enough. I'm ready for a new record already!

Love Stories: S & S

August 20, 2014

Sharon here! Today I am celebrating three years with my wonderful husband. Shane has been one of the greatest things to have ever happened to me, and I'm so happy that we get to celebrate another year together.

How Shane and I met seems like something straight out of a movie. Kind of unreal, but these events happened exactly as I describe them. Shane and I met when he was working at Starbucks. A friend and I were coming in to hang out and catch up. Shane, being the sweet, charming stud he is, decided he needed to talk to me and would do whatever he could to try. It started as soon as my friend and I walked in asking me if it was cold outside. Then he offered us a free second round of drinks. Then he was giving us free pastries. After he ran out of food to give us, he went on his break and asked me to watch his laptop for him. And then after getting ice cream next door, he decided to have a real conversation with us. He wasn't giving up! A little side note here, I'm the type of person who doesn't really like to be approached by guys, and, at the time, I kind of wanted him to leave us alone. But because I'm kind of shy, he noticed this. He knew the only way he'd get to talk to me was by talking up my friend. Once they realized that they're both into playing music and that their bands could jam together, they exchanged myspace URLS. Yes, MySpace (oh the memories of angled selfies and top eights are pouring in).

A few days later, my friend called me to tell me that Shane messaged her to ask for my myspace account (all this myspace stuff is so embarrassing!!!) and told her that I was the most beautiful and stunning girl he's ever met (I promise these are his words. I would never say that about myself!) I lost my breath and was so shocked and flattered since I thought I was being so rude to him at the store. So after a few messages back and forth, he gave me his phone number, and it was actually me who reached out to him and initiated our first "date." I say that with quotes cause I was trying to play it safe in case he was a super weirdo. He still gives me crap about not calling it our first date. Haha. But we had so much fun and now I'm proud to call it our first date and more proud to call him my husband.

Shane and I have been through so much together. As we were dating, our relationships with God only became stronger. We helped to encourage each other and pray for each other, which strengthened our relationship as well. Seeing the changes that God had made in us through the other made it clear to me that we were meant for each other. And it's true. Marriage has only helped us to be closer friends, growing closer through the tough times and fonder through the best times. I couldn't imagine life without him and am so happy that God has put him in my life. So here's to three years with my boo and prayers for many many more.

Happy anniversary to my Shane!

For Brooke and Paula's love stories, check them out here and here!

Trending Tuesdays: #indigogo

August 19, 2014

I have always loved blue. That's part of the reason why I needed to incorporate it into my kitchen cabinets! And now, there's a new blue trend. Indigo dye! (Side note my kitchen cabinet paint color was actually called Indigo Batik!) Indigo dyed linens and other objects have got me in awe at its beautiful designs and hues. Take a look for yourself, and maybe you'll fall head over heels in blue too!

Indigo by Catherin McKinley

A great DIY by Honestly WTF

Shawl from Bonhams

Source: Anthropologie

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Tasseltry by Hackwith Design House

Paintings by Lynn Pollard

Couch from Anthropologie